Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gallery Wall

Yesterday I told you that I finally invested in a new dresser (and hung up my Gray Malin Central Park photograph) but the space is still missing something. I have my eye on a fun periwinkle lamp to add a little pizazz to the top of my dresser but I need to add a little color to the wall. I've been admiring other peoples gallery walls for what feels like forever and feel like this is the perfect solution to the sea of white. Gallery walls are the ideal way to showcase so many different kinds of artwork and are the perfect representation of someones personality.

I have to admit, though, I'm a little daunted by the process. First, deciding on, and acquiring all of the artwork is overwhelming. I want every piece I hang to have personal significance. Then the prospect of actually hanging the artwork already gives me anxiety since I'm so compulsive I'm not sure I'll be able to achieve the haphazard look that is essential. But never the less, I'm challenging myself to go for it and invite you along on this journey. 

Here are some of my inspiration walls: 

If you have an tips please pass them along! Be sure to check back soon when I share all of my artwork selections.

Monday, November 24, 2014

101 in 1001 Updates

Slowly but surely I have been trying to tick away at my 101 in 1001 list and figured it was time to let you in on my updates. 


5. Do a full closet purge and get rid of anything I no longer wear, or doesn't fit my personal style: 
The Happiness Project inspired me to do my closet overhaul and as Rubin's ensured, I actually feel as though I have more to wear. 

26. Go through my "Things to do in New York" books and highlight what I've already done: 
One boring night I decided to buckle down and highlight where I've already been (even color coordinated them based on when I went)

33. Invest in five new pieces of furniture of my apartment (dresser, armchair, bar stools, another bookshelf, coffee table):
Five hours after my trek to Brooklyn to Ikea, another eight hours to build it, and two nights of five hours of sleep (or less) I can definitely check that one off 


39. Play shuffleboard in Brooklyn:

This was one of my favorites to check off. A group of friends rented a cabana, took advantage of the open bar libations, and celebrated one friends birthday at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. It was well worth the wait and if you're looking for a fun activity for a large group of people this is perfect! 

42. Attend a Knicks game:


This was one of my other favorites to check off. Last saturday night my roommate surprised me with tickets to the Knicks-Sixers game since she knew it was on my list. Such a fun night! 

59. Attend the 9/11 Memorial 

In the midst of my five hour journey to-and-fro to the Brooklyn Ikea, I kept running into obstacles (such as both the 2 and 3 trains randomly stopping) and found myself directly under the memorial. It's something every American should see. 

I have a few more things in the works for next month so hopefully I'll be back with some more progress. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Back to Black

This week has given us our first real taste of winter, here in the city, and I have to say that I have already lost my appetite. But one of the gloriously refreshing things about the start of "the grey days" as I like to refer to them, is the reintroduction of the winter wardrobe. It's hardly a shocking revelation that all New Yorkers wear, even in the summer, is black. But what's so interesting is that they constantly find new and inventive ways to showcase their monochromatic palates.

(Get the look: here and here)

As I glanced around the N Train, which suddenly more closely resembled a funeral home, than a subway car, I was captivated by the different ways women were showcasing their personal style all dressed in the same color. 

Since it appears that my wardrobe will now predominately consist of one shade until the first blooms of spring I thought it was necessary to seek out some Pinspirstion...

What's your favorite look head-to-toe look? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Santa Baby...

You can keep your 54' convertible (though if you insist…) but I have been brainstorming a few items for when you "hurry down the chimney"…

3. Blue Ray-Ban Aviators  
4. The Entire Furbish Website (more specifically 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 )
7. Soulcycle Attire (such as 1 / 2 / 3 ) 

And if you're feeling particularly generous this year (I have been an "awfully good girl") this Prada Daino Hobo Bag would receive a lovely home. 

Feel free to cross any item off this list if you feel so inclined...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Handbag Essentials

A few weeks ago Julia from Rue La La reached out to me and asked me to discuss the necessities I carry around with me everyday in my handbag. Living in Manhattan, your purse becomes your car, your desk, and your overnight bag all rolled into one. At a moments notice you need to be prepared for anything that life will throw out you. Being that I was a former Girl Scout (but more likely because I'm a little bit OCD) I have my handbag necessities down to a science.

iPad (Cover) // Kate Spade Wallet // Ralph Lauren Sunglasses (old, similar pairs here and here) // Burberry Eyeglasses // Clinique Mascara // Stila Bronzer // Stila Retractable Makeup Brush // Emi-Jay Hair Ties // Gum // Metrocard // Earbuds // Band-Aids // eos // 

I'm guilty of being somewhat of a pack mule and my purse regularly weighs over 10 lbs. My preferred purse style is a tote due to the amount of essentials I carry with me, but unfortunately it means that you begin to accumulate an exorbitant amount of junk, as well. One of the best things I've ever done is switch to a smaller handbag, forcing me to substantially downsize. These are the few things that keep me sane. 

What are your handbag essentials? 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Grid Pattern

Like I said in last weeks installment of Trendy Tuesday, there are a few trends each season that I usually fall in love with, and one of the other ones I absolutely cannot get enough of is the grid pattern. It's a bold pattern but yet is still subtle enough for work or brunch. 

There are so many different ways to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. 

My personal favorite interpretation is with a matching shirt-skirt combination. 

You can never go wrong a dress 

(Get the look 1 / 2 / 3)

Add some color! 

If you're feeling bold, you can mix two trends with a grid pattern crop top. 

Are you as in love with grid patterns as I am? 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Blanket Coats

Every year, there are a few trends that I become completely obsessed with, and as soon as I saw the photo of Sarah Jessica Parker rocking her (monogrammed) Burberry blanket coat I knew this was going to be one. 

This season we have seen tons of tribal influences and the Native American look to these is extremely on point. I don't think you could get more quintessentially fall than these jackets. One of the great things about them is that they're available at really reasonable price points.

Thoughts on blanket coats? 

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Book Review

The Happiness Project
By: Gretchen Rubin

I had started and stopped Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project more times than I care to admit. For some reason, I could never seem to get into it. But a few weeks ago, on a particularly low Saturday, I decided to give it one last try. Similar to when I finally read Eat, Pray, Love, I tend to identify with , and enjoy, these types books much more when I'm in a particular head space. The first few times I attempted this book, I felt that Rubin was being too dramatic, since she appeared to have a pretty wonderful life, before I realized that was the relatable part. Of course, Elizabeth Gilbert's story was so captivating because of her complete renovation of her entire life, but Rubin's approach was much more identifiable. Most of us, also, have fantastic lives, but are not gaining the amount of joy we should out of them.

Gretchen's story inspired me to look at life differently, and to incorporate so many of her simple, yet significant, resolutions into my routine. I no longer put off a task that takes less than a minute to complete (i.e. hanging up my jacket when I walk in the door). I try to tackle a "nagging task" as often as I can (i.e. I completely cleaned out my closet). Of course some weren't directly applicable to my life, such as the marriage advice, but her tips were always useful and her approach was unique. I highly recommend this if you're looking to appreciate your life more.

Not That Kind of Girl 
By: Lena Dunham

I'm a huge Lena Dunham fan. I think she is a comedic genius and has talent beyond her years so when I heard that she was coming out with a book I was thrilled. The title sat on my "to-read" list for months until it was finally released this month. I devoured this book, and caught myself laughing out loud on the subway more than a few times. Along the same lines as Bossypants by Tin Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kahling, it is a brief glimpse of the life of Dunham. Her chapters on dating and ultimately finding love were so relatable to a twenty-something navigating that scene in Manhattan (I guess it's no surprise why Girls is such a huge hit). Dunham tackles everything from losing her virginity, to battling her weight, to writing her first web series with three of her closest friends. If you haven't done so already, stop on your way home tonight and purchase this book. I promise you won't regret it!

Any reads to suggest? 
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