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- 01/08/17--12:05: _When Winter Attacks...
- 01/11/17--16:50: _Heroin Is Not Chic
- 01/24/17--17:14: _Sweet Child of Mine
- 02/09/17--05:18: _My Favorite Things:...
- 02/12/17--13:52: _V Is for Versatility
- 02/19/17--17:27: _Instantly Beautifie...
- 02/26/17--09:49: _Lady in Red
- 03/09/17--20:42: _A Few Eyebrow Horro...
- 03/13/17--19:39: _Northeast Problems
- 03/23/17--20:45: _A Requiem for Winter
- 03/27/17--06:58: _The Magic of Tree H...
- 04/14/17--17:42: _Feeling S'well, Tha...
- 05/07/17--09:31: _Spring Fever Remedies
- 06/05/17--16:07: _Sunny Side Up
- 06/18/17--07:50: _Summertime Red
- 06/28/17--06:34: _Girls Night In With...
- 07/07/17--05:35: _Summoning the Sunshine
- 07/13/17--14:50: _Summertime Play Time
- 07/23/17--12:20: _Nordstrom Anniversa...
- 07/25/17--21:08: _Vintage Treasures a...
- 08/09/17--18:40: _Summer in the City
- 08/16/17--16:59: _Forest Fairy
- 08/22/17--15:02: _Down by the Gatehouse
- 08/27/17--18:10: _In the Name of the ...
- 09/12/17--19:43: _Nothing Short of Me...
- 01/08/17--12:05: When Winter Attacks, Clarins Has Your Back
- 01/11/17--16:50: Heroin Is Not Chic
- 01/24/17--17:14: Sweet Child of Mine
- 02/09/17--05:18: My Favorite Things: Glossier Edition
- 02/12/17--13:52: V Is for Versatility
- 02/19/17--17:27: Instantly Beautified With Clarins
- 02/26/17--09:49: Lady in Red
- 03/09/17--20:42: A Few Eyebrow Horror Stories & My Big Comeback From the Dark Side
- 03/13/17--19:39: Northeast Problems
- 03/23/17--20:45: A Requiem for Winter
- 03/27/17--06:58: The Magic of Tree Hut Botanicals
- 04/14/17--17:42: Feeling S'well, Thankyouverymuch
- 05/07/17--09:31: Spring Fever Remedies
- 06/05/17--16:07: Sunny Side Up
- 06/18/17--07:50: Summertime Red
- 06/28/17--06:34: Girls Night In With Postmates, Taste the Style & Morgan Lane
- 07/07/17--05:35: Summoning the Sunshine
- 07/13/17--14:50: Summertime Play Time
- 07/23/17--12:20: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
- 07/25/17--21:08: Vintage Treasures at Davis Tisdale
- 08/09/17--18:40: Summer in the City
- 08/16/17--16:59: Forest Fairy
- 08/22/17--15:02: Down by the Gatehouse
- 08/27/17--18:10: In the Name of the Rose
- 09/12/17--19:43: Nothing Short of Mellow
You guys, I'm about to blow your doors off with this beauty post today. Because I come bearing skin salvation on this frigid January day.
We all know this to be true: one of the major universal skin woes experienced by every woman that lives in a 4 season climate is directly caused by cold weather. The wacky temperature plunges that occur once we get into the thick of winter can wreak serious havoc on a girl's complexion, especially so if you have sensitive skin like myself. And because I originally hail from the Great White North (that's Canada, fyi), I can unequivocally say that I've been dealing with this predicament for, well, all of my life.
And through the years, I've kind of become a pro at finding solutions. *clears throat*
But first, let's get deeper into what the problem is. Dry skin. Ugh, I know - it's the worst. Rough patches, dehydration, dullness. I've been through it all. And let's not get into how things just kind of get worse as you age, not to mention that it's all amplified through air travel, something I do a lot of. But while it can be tempting to hit the panic button when the mercury throws in a few fun thermic shocks here and there, the key is to remain calm and find crisis mode remedies.
And ladies, I have got the ultimate one - take that, Mother Nature.
The one thing the skin needs in dire times like these is a solid cure that will turn into a long-term solve.
My answer is the Clarins Hydra-Essential moisturizer and serum set. It remedies to all of the above thanks to its ability to activate the skin's natural hydration, as well as enables it to protect itself from all those insanely temperamental weather fluctuations. Not to mention that pesky pollution we expose ourselves to every single day, thank you New York City.
How's that for a major skin miracle therapy?
Now pair that with all your new year's good intentions of living a healthy lifestyle, and you and your complexion are off to the races.
I know mine is.
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Photos by Ian Rusiana
If there ever was an important blog post, this is the one.
You see my t-shirt? It says heroin is not chic. In fact, it's straight up devastating. Did you know that drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the US?
The heroin epidemic picks up steam every year and has reached monumental proportions. If you're not personally affected by the opioid crisis, than I guarantee that you know someone who is.
I feel privileged to have the podium to spread the word about this terrible thing that ruins not only the lives of those who fall victim, but that also destroys families and tears apart friendships.
Support the cause by getting your very own (and very chic!) Heroin Is Not Chic gear, by donating, or by reading up on it and taking action.
Because "there is no face of heroin, it faces us all."
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Photos by Yael Steren.
Well, if there ever was a 90s look to shoutout GnR, this is it. I always find the cycle of fashion fascinating, and I definitely would have worn this circa 1997, even though I was far more grungy at the time than what this ensemble conjures. In fact, I feel like this whole vibe is a proper marriage of the Craft meets Empire Records.
The trick with trend revivals is to reference the era of choice by incorporating modern updates. Costumes aren't cute unless it's Halloween, honey. For example: my vintage 501s, dark lip and newsboy cap feel throwback, but my sweater and boots properly anchor me in 2017.
Got a favorite decade to pull inspiration from?
Loeffler Randall booties
NARS lipstick in LaPaz
Static Nails in Hard as Stone
Bottega Veneta bag
Photos by Allie Mackin.
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You guys probably all know by now that I am a Glossier girl😀👋 (click the link in the right hand side column to shop with me!). I talked about here and here, and I keep being excited to rep for a brand that I'm really, really keen on.
I do get a ton of questions about what my favorites are and requests for recommendations (keep 'em coming!), so I figured I would list a a few of my top products here with a quick explanation for why they're on regular rotation. Don't forget that when you shop with me you'll get 20% off and free shipping on your first order ☺️.
MEGA GALAXY GREENS AND MOISTURIZING MOON MASK
I'm obsessed with masking, it's true. I blame it on aging, but it's also part of my holistic approach. These 2 masks fulfill different complexion needs that will leave your skin feeling super happy. The Moon Mask is a shot of hydration that makes your skin bright and soft, while the Mega Galaxy Greens is purifying and vitamin-filled. I use both about twice a week.
Confession: I was actually skeptical of this product before trying it. As a person who has been inflicted with not-so-great, ultra sensitive skin since I hit puberty (ugh), it takes a lot for me to stray from my tried and true cleansers. The slightest deviation can wreak immediate havoc. WELL. Let me tell you. This is my #1 favorite Glossier product of all time. It is simply amazing, I cannot stress it enough. It's soooo gentle, it removes eye makeup, which eliminates the makeup remover step, and it leaves the skin as soft as a baby's bottom and clear clear clear, bright bright bright (like a diamond! ok maybe not). I never break out when I'm using this cleanser, but more miraculous even is that I always get compliments on my skin, which, let me tell you is not something I ever thought I would experience. It feels great.
*NOTE: I must reiterate that this is my #1 favorite product in all of the line. I cannot recommend it enough!
I have tried my fair share of eyebrow gels. Those things flake, or they're not thick enough and don't tame anything. Boy Brow is quite the opposite - it's basically perfect. The tint is not aggressive (I use the blond shade after I pencil them in with the Bobbi Brown brow pencil), and it provides long-lasting texture for your brows to frame your face as they were meant to do. This product is a game changer, especially now that they just came out with a clear version. Glossier answering all of your prayers, left right and center.
*NOTE: this is my #2 favorite product in all of the line. Can't live without it.
I'm obsessed with dewy skin and that's exactly what the Haloscope shades provide. I use all of them, including this holiday season's Moonstone (sadly, no longer available). The Topaz is slightly more like a bronzer, which I use in the crease of my cheeks as an attempt at a dewy contour, and then slather the rest of my face angles in the the lighter shades. I also gloss it over my collar bone, by breast bone, and I can't wait to extend that to my arms once summer comes back.
BALM DOT COM
This universal skin salve is my ultimate salvation. Hehe. For real though, not only is it the most ideal lip goo to keep your pout soft and plump, but as its tag line would suggest, it's pretty universal. I smother it on my elbows, feet, hands and over my knuckles when they crack in the wintertime for an instant remedy. In fact, as a lip color, I like to use Haloscope (in whatever shade I fancy at the time, they all work), topped with balm dot com. My favorite flavors are the coconut and the rose. So good.
PRIMING MOISTURIZER RICH
I have other favorite in the line (see: Super Bounce + Super Pure serums, Perfecting Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, Generation G in Cake), but what you see above are my ultimate must-haves. What you should get if you're only getting introduced to Glossier. Also note that I'm much more skincare-focused than makeup-oriented. As I mention in my intro video, I have a very holistic approach to beauty and skincare, and firmly believe that how you feel on inside is reflected on the outside. Treat yourself well and it will show on your face!
Now time to try all the products (with 20% off + free shipping on your first order) and let me know which ones are your favorite too. 🤗
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The best pieces you'll ever have in your wardrobe are the ones that can play multiple roles. Those are my personal favs because their versatility means that you can wear them on repeat without feeling repetitive.
That's precisely why I can't get enough of this Cienne dress. Is it a dress? Or a tunic? It's both! It can be worn with pants, layered over a shirt, on its own, tied in the front, or in the back. It's as much a summer piece as it is a winter one, case in point: these photos.
The kicker? It can also be dressed up or dressed down, making it pretty much one of the most perfect garments I own. Can't wait to wear it in the summer without long sleeves and some vans.
Cienne NY dress
Loeffler Randall booties
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As you guys know very well, I belong to the unfussy club. I hate it when things are too complicated, I really dislike complicated processes, and I am highly averse to anything finicky. Especially when it comes to style and beauty. Call me boring, but I like to think of it as pragmatic. And most of all, efficient.
Seriously though, riddle me this: why make things complicated when they can be simple? Exactly.
That's why I was super keen on this new project. Clarins challenged me to create a beauty look using some of their cosmetics from their #instantbeautyperfectors, the whole premise tying into looking beautiful and put-together when you just realistically don't have much time to dedicate to a huge makeup routine every morning.
It was without an ounce of hesitation that I promptly accepted the mission, duh. Rushing? No time? Still cares about one's appearance? That is my jam, yo!
It actually took me no more than 5 minutes to put this makeup look together, and the results were pretty darn fresh. First I'll give you a breakdown of what I used, then I'll show you the full reveal at the bottom.
Here's how it went:
1. Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
I've never seen a cream like this, it was like a velvety concoction on my skin that fixed all of its visible flaws and made the application of foundation more flawless. Wow.
2. The Instant Light Brush-On Perfector
A concealer that also illuminates? Sign me up! Applied this under my eyes for a brightening look, which surprisingly (and delightfully) made me look more awake.
3. Face Contouring Palette
Full disclosure: I'm not the best at contouring. I always seem to get it wrong, and now I know why - I think it's all in the brush. This palette comes with a brush that has a shape I've never seen before, but it turned out to be the most ideal configuration to sweep your face from every angle. The compact has 3 colors: a lighter shade for illumination, a bronze shade for contouring, and then a blush color for your apples. Basically the perfect 3-part formula to add dimension to your face.
4. Supra Volume Mascara
Oooooohhh kayyyyy. You guys. I've been using this mascara for a couple of weeks now and it's a total game-changer. Take my word for it, I am absolutely obsessed.
5. Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
Last but ever so not least, a pretty peachy glimmery shade that comes in a cushiony stick for a flawless application to complete the whole thing. I felt oh so like a better version of little old me.
The combo of these 5 items are everything I love in makeup: natural, light, looking like myself only better, and super quick and practical to get me out the door in a flash in the morning. At night I would add a stroke of liner from the 4-Colour All-in-One Pen, which has 4 different crayon hues to choose from, one of them actually being a lip liner (how retro).
Here's how it all looked after applying all five above mentioned products:
Side note: I've also been using the Hydra-Essential cream that I previously talked about, every single day, and it's everything I've ever dreamed of in a moisturizer. My skin is super happy.
*Disclaimer*Clarins has generously provided the products for this sponsored post and I cannot wait to use them all up!
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A recurring thing that I get asked a lot is how to keep your wardrobe feeling fresh without constantly buying new pieces. I kinda broached this topic a few weeks ago, which seems to have resonated with a lot of you, so I'm back at it again with yet another dress.
Not only am I into multi-tasking garments, but I'm also a big fan of the unexpected. So what does one do when the holidays are far in the rearview mirror and you still have all those pretty shiny pieces that you may or may not have shelled out beaucoup bucks for, but that you'd still like the opportunity to don post-retox season? You do something unexpected.
It's in that spirit that I bring you the layering option, ladies. This slinky red little number is the dress I wore for New Year's Eve, and while it may seem like the type of item that's a one-and-done, I don't personally believe in one night stands with outfits. So I slapped on a basic-but-not-basic turtleneck to layer underneath and threw on my trusty Vans in lieu of heels. And the dress, while still fancy, became just a really rad daytime look.
How do you recycle your fancy ensembles?
Vintage faux fur coat
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This title reads like the chronicles of my life, in a nutshell.
Buckle down, cause it's a long one. But it's fun, if you're into laughing at someone else's misery or if you like a good comeback story.
A girl's relationship with her eyebrows might in theory sound incredibly shallow, but in practice is a very real, emotionally-charged journey that can best be described as a rollercoaster of feelings. If you're a girl not born with perfect face-framers, then you understand. And even more so if you came of age in the 90s.
So, let me tell you about the horrifying things I put my eyebrows through, and how I came back from the brink of a burning demise to finally claim my little stake in the exclusive pocket of population that feels good about their brows.
First things first, my eyebrows are quite light. I'm a pretty fair-skinned person (surprise!) and a natural blond (nothing wrong with enhancing what nature gave you with a few highlights, cough, clears throat). This seemingly banal fact was actually the beginning of my downfall. When I was a young child, I happened upon a razor in my parents' bathroom and decided it would be a good idea to "test it out". Spoiler alert: it was not a good idea.
One swipe on one eyebrow did the trick, and being the symmetry fan that I am, I went ahead and swiped the other one right off. I rationalized that at least things were still equal on both sides of my face. Yup, you can laugh, my 8-year-old self deserves a good mockery. I actually didn't think it was that obvious because I figured my eyebrows were barely noticeable to begin with. Wrong again.
The second my mother laid eyes on me post-grooming, she screeched in horror. Not my finest moment. To make matters worse, they grew back uneven, with the right side sporting a lovely scar in its very center. Actually, I never confirmed that it was a scar -- it could have also just been a bald spot that formed, perhaps in self defense, no one will ever really know.
So, from there I grew into an awkward pre-teen with really no hairs to properly frame my face. I didn't really think much of it because I wasn't really into beauty until I was about 14. Which was the second unraveling of my facial follicle lyfe.
I hate to age myself, but this was the late 90s. And thin was in for sourcils. My brow goals were like, Drew Barrymore meets Gwen Stefani -- the finest stage in all my brow existence, but far from my finest, if you know what I mean. It's pretty disheartening to look at images from that era because my heart aches every time I see what sat above my peepers (or didn't, rather) for what was a far too extended period of time.
But why on Earth would one extend such a phase, you might ask? Well, kids, let this be a lesson that you will never have to learn the hard way like this sucker did: the more you over-pluck, the more your hair will just desert you and leave you in the dust. It took years to get my shit together again: first to get my hair to grow back after I reached peak Pam Anderson arches (ugh), second, to get a decent shape to return after my mishap with the razor. And finally, to get my hair to a shade that wasn't reminiscent of Lara Stone circa her Givenchy days. Darker hair is one thing I can thank aging for, I suppose.
This is where things started to turn around for me. Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel!
A few things have contributed to my successful brow turn. First, everyone's favorite frenemy was on my side: time. As in tick tock, suffering through abundant clock rotations heals everything. Secondly, I discovered the Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil, which I use for filling. And thirdly: Glossier's Boy Brow. After experimenting with most eyebrow gels on the market and being constantly disappointed (flaking, ew no thanks), the Boy Brow was basically sent from heaven and enabled my eyebrows to enter the next phase of their existence. Aka, to start living their best life.
You see, Glossier's Boy Brow is a pomade, not a gel, and can be used to add both tint and texture to your forehead follicles. That means no flaking and long-lasting. I typically use the blond shade after the Bobbi Brown pencil and guess what?! I ACTUALLY GET COMPLIMENTS ON MY EYEBROWS. If you read my spiel above, you can understand how crazy that sounds.
A clear version of the Boy Brow just recently launched (and is pictured here), which goes on white cause it's a pomade, but dries completely invisible. This is an ideal option for the girls who were already blessed by nature with perfect bushy brows, and that only need extra grooming and texture. Grr I hate you. Just kidding.
So there you have it, ladies. It's been quite an ordeal to get to where my eyebrows and I are today, and I thank my patience and Glossier. Now it's time for you to get your own Boy Brow to begin your revolutionary eyebrow journey. Shop through my profile to get 20% off and to see which other products I can't live without (a detailed breakdown of my favorite Glossier products can be found here).
And if you have any questions (or are in need of eyebrow emotional support), email me-- we'll talk.
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Photos by Ian Rusiana.
Well, here we are, folks: mid-March and struck by the biggest snow storm of the season. *Eye roll*.
Just when you think you're out of the woods, you remember that winter is indeed still out there and ready to pounce at any given moment. Although I'll admit that it can get pretty beautiful, I personally am not a fan.
But you can clearly see in these photos who loving snow life: Wallyface. My little baby who wears his winter coat 365 days out of the year lives for snow storms.
And because of that, it makes living through Northeast blizzards a little less painful.
Warby Parker sunglasses
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As we officially enter the last week of March, I'd like to formally tell winter to fuck off, pardon my french. To be honest, the season wasn't completely terrible, I feel like Mother Nature spared us for the most part. But for some reason, March has been really annoying and decided to throw a blizzard our way, nbd.
Hopefully these will be my final winter pics for you, and I'm going out with a bang! And by bang I mean this ridiculously amazing knit sweater from Edun. Can you even with those metal loops?! Swoon, I know.
It kept me warm all winter long, but now I'm ready to say "Bonjour!" to my cutoffs, thankyouverymuch.
Sea New York jeans
Matt Bernson booties
Warby Parker sunglasses
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You guys are all well aware of my affinity for sustainability in fashion – I’ve hailed it over and over as one of my core values on this very blog. In fact, all of my choices are impacted by my ethical and environmental standards, a principle that extends organically into all aspects of my life.
I’ve found that the more I educate myself on the products and regulations that are out there, the more I cling onto these values, especially when it comes to my beauty routine. I now only seek out products that fall under the spectrum of my rigid criteria for what’s good enough to put on my skin.
That means that when I find something really good, you best believe that I’m not keeping it for myself. I recently got into Tree Hut’s new skincare line, particularly the Purifying Cleansing Gel, the Renewing Night Cream, and the Exfoliating Mud Mask (my fav! It’s so so good. You guys know I love a good mask).
It’s a new skin routine I just started and I’m in love with it for many reasons. First because the products are effective and made with all-natural botanicals, and second because they smell oh so divine. They all have that luxurious sensation, but they don’t feel overly precious, which is exactly my vibe.
Let’s break it down.
1. I start with the Purifying Cleansing Gel. It’s super gentle but it’s also thick and rich, which leaves my skin feeling like all the impurities are being washed out of it. Ok, so you know how some cleansers can make your skin feel super tight and stripped post-wash? This guy is the complete opposite of that: after rinsing, your skin feels bouncy, supple, and just simply really frickin’ great.
2. After cleansing, I mask. I’m obsessed with masking, you guys know it, I can’t shut up about it when I talk about skincare! it’s one of my favorite things to do at night, especially as I age 🙄.
The Tree Hut Exfoliating Mud Mask is amazing for many reasons. The clay consistency feels super purifying and contains little specks inside that give the sensation of gentle exfoliation while applying. It doesn’t dry really tight like some mud masks do, so you also feel like it’s infusing your skin with moisture.
And finally, it smells heavenly, which makes for a really relaxing spa-like sesh while you have it on.
3. Once the mask is all rinsed off, I finish off the ritual with the Renewing Night Cream, aaaahhh it’s like a pillow on your cheeks! It’s this perfect blend of density and lightness for that seamless absorption. It doesn’t feel greasy and overwhelming like a lot of night creams do. Instead, it’s smooth and hydrating, and also super soothing thanks to the chamomile components.
My skin type is normal, but EXTREMELY sensitive. I have to be very weary of what I put on it because anything with an iota of synthetic just makes it spiral into big time irritation mode. Not pretty.
It’s so important to me to find products like these that are comprised of natural, clean ingredients. Not only is it effective, but it’s just better for you. So literally, why not seek those properties out? It’s something you can feel good about and that also leaves you feeling good. Self-pampering sans the fuss – sign me up.
I always talk about how less is more. And these 3 Tree Hut products fulfill that prophecy.
Now go ahead and give them a try to see for yourself!
Hardly anything pains me more in this life than having to buy a plastic water bottle to quench my thirst. It was something I would do occasionally, only if I was extremely parched and out of other options. Well, I can cease my lamenting: this is a predicament I will never find myself in again.
Cause I got myself two S'well bottles and my life has been improved, along with the planet's.
There's something super magical about these bottles because they will keep the liquid that you fill them with at the right temperature. I couldn't stop gleefully proclaiming out loud (at the exasperation of my poor husband) something along the lines of "holy shit, this water is still ICE COLD!" nearly 24 hours after the bottle had been topped. "Imagine the possibilities with wine this summer!" I couldn't stop saying.
Bottom line: these bottles are all kinds of amazing, they're sustainable, stylish, cater to
As you can see from these pics, my S'well bottles have been going pretty much everywhere with me.
And head to their blog to read a fun interview I did with them about my favorite local spots in New York City!
It's that time of year again when dressing becomes a precarious adventure, never knowing if the weather will cooperate. Extreme temperature fluctuations can render even the most seasoned of style experts incapacitated when getting dressed. Rain, cool winds, intense sunshine, Mother Nature lets it fly in all different directions once springtime hits.
The silver lining is that we're almost out of the woods as we're pushing mid-May, but I will leave you with this infallible styling trick that every woman should keep in their back pocket: layers, layers, layers.
Take for example this look, a chunky sweater overtop a flowy dress. If it gets too hot I can remove the sweater and the tights. On the other hand, if it gets chillier, all I need to do is add a jacket. Going out in just a t-shirt during this shaky period of the year could potentially come at the detriment of your comfort.
Just keep that in mind, friends.
Cienne NY sweater
Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses
Kaufmann Mercantile straw bag
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I like to think of myself as a pragmatic realist. I'm not an overly bubbly person, but I'm not particularly negative either. I tend to approach things with skepticism but ultimately give every situation a fair shot to be assessed without bias.
Somehow, though, when you're wearing a joyful sweatshirt that reads Sunny Side Up on the back, it's a bit impossible to not feel a tad more enthusiastic than usual. Especially so when the sun is shining bright after a particularly drawn out and rainy spring.
What else is contributing to this pep in my step? This super practical Tumi leather backpack and my favorite Glossier Generation G shade (zip). A subtle pop of color that complements the rays on my face perfectly.
Être Cécile sweatshirt
Tumi Voyageur Calais leather backpack
Levi's mens trucker denim jacket
Glossier Generation G in Zip
I haven't worn much color in the past few years. Something about bright hues and over-saturation that made my eyes hurt. It might sound harsh, but I couldn't help it - If the tones felt too busy, I didn't feel much like myself when donning them.
Which made for a wardrobe comprised of quiet shades of neutral and a ton of denim. Not necessarily a bad thing.
But something funny happened this year, as I began to feel an attraction for colors that hadn't been on my radar for years. And while I've always randomly had a soft spot for red, this Aritzia top has recently reignited my flame for it.
Red is what I'll be wearing all summer long.
Cienne NY pants
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I got together with Taste the Style for a fun girl's night in with the lovely Shelby and Tesa. We frolicked around in Morgan Lane PJs, ordered Postmates, got pretty with Glamsquad, and had a blast.
Check out the post and the interview on Taste the Style!
Photographed by Vanessa Granda.
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This summer has brought on some strange weather, to put it mildly. First, spring never really happened as we were hit with an unusually lengthy heatwave in May. This random scorcher was sandwiched between really obnoxious rainy periods. June's been ok, but the temperatures haven't climbed as high as we're used to, and we've hardly seen a week go by without drops falling from the sky. Womp womp.
I suppose this is the kind of flip-flopping that makes you appreciate the really nice days, ain't it? I could still do without, though.
You're probably wondering what this rant about Mother Nature's offerings has anything to do with this super fun striped two-piece ensemble that seems to have been captured somewhere slightly exotic. Well, everything, because it summons the sunshine. It's also a great candidate for both a summer uniform and special occasion garb. It's perfect for a night out if worn with heels, as well as for casual daywear if worn with my trusty Vans or a pair of flat sandals.
Now if we could only start getting a little consistency from the weather.
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Matt Bernson Ceylon sandals
Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses
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There are 2 topics that I constantly hammer you guys about on this blog: my love for summertime (especially in the city) and the importance of versatility.
Take for example this casual ensemble comprised of what could be the most hot weather-friendly pieces that can still make anyone look pulled together during a heat wave. The below demonstration of a simple shoe swap changing up the whole vibe is what I speak of when I discuss the very vital subject of multitasking outfits.
With the Vans at my feet, I'm a bundle of daytime playtime, while the cherry Tibi sandals read more chic and ready for a post-grind aperol spritz on a rooftop terrace.
Catch my drift?
Aritzia top & shorts
Wyeth Eyewear sunnies
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The Nordstrom anniversary sale comes around twice a year and it's a treasure trove of deals. I couldn't resist selecting some sale picks to help you guys take advantage of this epic retail moment. Below are my top selects from the blowout, aka your autumn shopping prepper. The sale is on now, so no time to lose.
I've had a soft sport for vintage ever since I've had an opinion about my style. One of my best friends introduced me to thrifting when we were in middle school and I never looked back. In fact, the obsession grew to new heights thanks to the rise of eBay and its vintage shop community. We're all familiar with the Nasty Gal story, are we not? Smack dab in the middle of that subculture, there I was, relentlessly placing bids on the vintage pieces I had to have, night after night.
Before long I had implemented a forced self-ban, as my PayPal balance wasn't budging from the red. As my style grew and my fashion philosophy evolved, a hefty part of my wardrobe today remains comprised of secondhand treasures that I've either cherished for years, or that are new and exciting finds.
The only caveat with my vintage infatuation is that (real real talk) I actually hate shopping. I know, this might come as a shock to all of you, but it's the truth: I really can't be bothered. I like buying stuff, but the search part to me is tedious, and I have no patience for it. Doubly so for finding that epic can't-live-without secondhand needle in a haystack. No matter how much I love wearing those kinds of pieces.
Certainly you guys relate to this? That's why I'm obsessed with David Tisdale vintage. Not only is founder Elizabeth the loveliest of humans, but her eye for unearthing the raddest pieces is unparalleled. What I'm getting at is that she does all the curating work for you so that you don't have to sift through mountains of old threads to get to your treasure.
I can personally attest that she's found me many a treasure, this red linen MaxMara number being one of them. I meannnn. Go ahead and see for yourself.
Davis Tisdale vintage top (label: MaxMara)
Gap denim skirt
Vintage Armani belt
Marais USA sandals
Warby Parker sunnies
Bag from Mexico (no name)
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I found the perfect summer uniform: this super light silk, rusty red polkadot number. It can be dressed up, it can be dressed down, it takes little to no place in a suitcase, it's perfect for both the beach and the concrete, and best of all: it's super easy.
Been living in this Réalisation Par frock and I'm so obsessed that I've already started eyeing other pieces to add to my wardrobe.
You just can't beat a little summer dress when the dog days are here. What's your favorite thing to wear?
Réalisation Par dress
8 Other Reasons earrings
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I've discussed at length the ease and multitasking nature of dresses in the summertime. You just cannot go wrong: they're cute, they're literally the least difficult item of clothing to put on while making its wearer look the most dressed up. Win win, for real.
Another thing that I'm a big advocate for are contrasting elements. Case in point: a sexy slip dress paired with a sporty varsity bomber. Most perfect for chilly summer evenings in the country, I'll say.
And that's how fast you can become a forest fairy with a little attitude.
Aritzia slip dress
Aritzia bomber jacket
Vanessa Mooney earrings
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Every summer we descend upon a magical part of Upstate New York called Mohonk Mountain House (look it up). We're lucky to have ea family member with some ties to the place, which enables us to escape the city bustle whenever we need to recharge.
It also happens to be an incredibly photogenic place. When we go up to the country to chill out for a few days, I like to keep things easy and breezy, chic and comfy. I mostly live in cutoffs and loose tees when we're in the cottage, but should we venture to the outside world it's all about unfussy threads like this outfit that will pull me together without much effort.
No makeup necessary, either.
Faithfull the Brand skirt
Sol Sana sandals
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If someone would have told me a few years ago that I would wear pink dresses willingly as an adult woman, I probably would have called them crazy. Well, here we are now and I'm all over the multiple variations of rose that have permeated our collective psyche.
In fact, I'm going to go as far as saying that pink dresses are the new LBDs and I'm making the case here dressed in one on an evening dinner escapade in Soho. It's even very multifunctional since it can be both dressed up and dressed down.
Confession: I've worn a variation of this outfit with my trusty vans, with flat sandals, as well as well as with a dressier shoe like in these pics. It's basically the ideal getup.
Lou & Grey t-shirt
Maryam Nassid Zadeh
Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses
8 Other Reasons earrings
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Don't adjust your computer screen. Yes, that is indeed a yellow dress I am wearing. Is this an identity crisis?! I can't even remember the last time I wore anything yellow, let alone a full on frock.
But here I am and loving it. If you follow me on Instagram (which you should!), then you know I spent the last days of summer gallivanting about the Cyclades region and Hellenic country. I figured what could provide a better contrast to Greece's beautiful blue and white scenery than a pop of sunshine in the form of a bright, silky garment?
And that's how I came to acquire my first yellow dress. And yes, it made me feel very mellow.
Réalisation Par dress
Warby Parker sunglasses
Rare Atlantic bag
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