Thursday, September 17, 2015

Book Club: Maybe, In Another Life

Do you believe in fate? If the fact that I have memorized every line to Sleepless in Seattle and My Best Freind's Wedding (and pretty much every other romantic comedy for the past 20 years) is any indication, I'd say I'm a hopeless romantic. So when I read the premise for Taylor Jenkins Reid's novel I knew it was right up my alley.

Hannah Martin seems to have pretty much nothing figured out in her life. At twenty-nine she has decided to relocate, yet again, to the only place that every really felt like home, Los Angeles. On her first night back, her best friend throws her a party and invites many characters from their past, including Hannah's ex boyfriend, Ethan...the one that got away. At the conclusion of the evening Gabby, the bestie, asks Hannah if she's ready to leave while Ethan offers to drive her home later. The book continues as two simultaneous stories play out based on Hannah's choice. The novel tackles the concept of soulmates and the tiny minutiae that ultimately builds our lives. It's a fascinating concept and I found myself comstantly conflicted about which storyline was better suited for Hannah.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Yesterday I kept thinking it was Wednesday, which is a cruel joke for your mind to play. Nevertheless, we actually did make it to Wednesday which means it's time to celebrate by sharing some of what I'm loving this week.

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Thoroughly Modern Milly: This revisable Milly sweater that my fall dreams are made of.

La Dia de los Muertos: Get a jump on that Halloween decorating with these festive tumblrs. 

Flash Photography: I'm loving stalking all of the fashion week street style pics and Bill Cunningham spottings on insta 

Truffle Hearts: With each new season comes the need for new makeup. I've been slowly phasing out the summer shimmer for more autumnal hues but my new goodies need a fancy home. You cannot beat these truffle makeup bags, perfect for TSA airport searches, or just the black hole that is your Goyard. 

Lemons and Limes: Would you believe the most expensive things on Fire Island were limes? I'm not joking. I think I need to purchase this bracelet as an homage to my final trip of the summer. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Get the Look: Suede Skirt

Suede for fall is about as revolutionary as florals for spring, but nevertheless I've been completely smitten with everything cowhide. Wether you opt to incorporate it subtly with booties, or boldly a bomber jacket, it's always a warm, cozy and sophisticated look. So even though fall feels a million miles away, a little outfit brainstorming is never a bad idea.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Daily Diatribe

Happy Monday dear friends. If you were anything like me your body was still recovering from one too many Moscow mules last week, therefore blog posts were simply not an option. I hope everyone had restful, or wild and crazy, Labor Day Weekend and is ready to take on autumn. I'm embarking on an all green juice diet for the remainder of the season thanks to last weeks shinanegans.

While I continue to coat my body in aloe, here are a few topics we needs to discuss: 

Daily Diatribe

Skirt the Rules: If summer is all about sundresses, then fall is all about the skirt/shirt combo. Here are a few looks for inspiration

Bon Appetite: Recipes with 3 ingredients of less. So simple even I think I could execute them.

The Carrie Diaries: All of Carrie's greatest fashion one-liners in one place.

French Toast: The tips every french woman has mastered.

Rose All Day: Pantone released their color of spring (a few months early) so you can get a jump on all your essentials

Picture Perfect: No set has ever caused more wanderlust than the epitome of Hampton's chic in Something's Gotta Give. One family modeled their NYC apartment after the flawless abode.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Club: Eight Hundred Grapes

I'm aware that I have recommended several books this summer but it has been an unusually great summer for reading. I told you about my top two recommendations (here and here) and I have another one to add to the 'can't miss' list, Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. I've had Dave's previous novel, The First Husband, on my 'to read' list for forever so I was excited to see she had a new release out this year. As soon as I read the brief synopsis I knew it was right up my alley. 

Georgia comes face-to-face (literally) with a shocking reality on the day of her final dress fitting, a week before her wedding. Without thinking, she immediately flees her home in Los Angeles and returns to her family's vineyard just in time for the final harvest of the season. However, she quickly realizes she didn't manage to escape all of her problems. 

The book is extremely well written and will keep you so engrossed you won't be able to put it down. If you're looking for the perfect book for a final labor day getaway this is definitely it! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

How is it already Labor Day weekend? I still get that familiar lump in my throat as the summer winds down, especially without school supply shopping to take the edge off. Even though fall is probably my favorite season, especially in NYC, it's always bittersweet having to say goodbye to effortless sundresses, al fresco dining, and bottomless iced coffees. So let's indulge in one final getaway (this girl's headed to Fire Island for a long weekend of debautury) to give this summer the sendoff it deserves. 

What I'm Loving Wednesday Labor Day Weekend
All Wrapped Up: This Herve Leger bikini is something out of my dreams.

Cocktail Hour: The perfect napkins for the happiest of hours

Speaking off...: It wouldn't be summer without Rose and I wouldn't be a white girl if I didn't recommend The Fat Jewish's greatest contribution to society

Totes: Throw your Havianna's and Lemlem coverup in here and hit the beach to soak up the last bits of sun.

Tying Up Lose Ends: The ultimate, understated, patriotic outfit. (P.S. it's on sale!)

Cheers to summer swan song! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Carrie Bradshaw Lied

Every girl who has ever watched Sex and the City (as religiously as I did) would be lying if she said she didn't indulge in the fantasy of moving to Manhattan and living a life filled with men, Manolos and massive apartments. When I moved to New York exactly two years ago today, I too had visions of rooftop BBQ's, walk-in-closets, and my very own gay best friend. But what I have come to realized in the 24 months that I have inhabited this exquisite island is that my idol lied to me. As the only meaningful anniversary in my life began to approach I decided against penning another love letter to my favorite place on earth and instead highlight some of the misconceptions our dear Carrie Bradshaw perpetuated. (Check out Harpers Bazarr's article on the same topic).

You won't bump into your Mr. Big on the street.

"Just tell me I'm the one"
Dating in this city is one of the worlds greatest mysteries, like whether the Mona Lisa is smiling or what happened to Amelia Earhart. The boys that live here are intelligent, ambitions, successful and insanely handsome. They are also incredibly spoiled. They are used to getting what they want, when they want it. If you've ever wondered what happens to those frat boys you loved so much in college, after they graduate, they move to New York. 

Your rent won't be $750 a month. 

"Delia, I ask you, how can this apartment be $2800 a month? I pay $750 for something twice the size, and it don't smell like takeout"
A little piece of my soul dies every time I hear what my friends pay in rent in other cities. Newsflash, New York is expensive. The biggest expense you will have will be rent. You'll become fluent in a new  language with words like "partial walls" and "half fridges", yet you'll still pay triple the cost. But don't worry, you won't spend too much time in your apartment.

Those Manolos...

"I spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lives in her shoes"
And since you'll be signing over your first born to pay your rent, you won't be able to afford all those shoes. Concessions will be made and I can personally attest to the fact that your wardrobe will be better than ever, it just might not contain every big designer. 

Having said all of that, I can also assure you that at the heart of that show was truth. There will be
best friends and late night diner runs. There will be comically bad blind dates. There will be an exorbitant amount of cocktails. There will be a profound love for a city. And every day will be the greatest adventure of your life. It may not look exactly like Carrie's life but at the end of the day "the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well that's just fabulous" 

Thank you for the best two years of my life, NYC. Here's to many more...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Daily Diatribe

Happy Friday! 

Daily Diatribe

Here are today's topics: 

1. Work It: Husband hunting this weekend? Try these tricks 

2. Flashback Friday: What scent did you rock in the 90's? I was totally a Ralph girl

3. Chic Capri: This is still one of the most breathtaking weddings I've ever seen. Come on, Christie Brinkley and Olivia Palermo were guests! 

4. The Cat in the Hat: You're head is about to feel very naked come Labor Day, once those Panama hats get shelved. Have no fear, check this out. 

5. Picture Perfect: What does your profile picture say about you? These are ridiculously on point! 

6. Live like Leighton: Tour Blair Waldorf's (okay, Leighton Meester, but same thing) bachelorette pad. She doesn't need it anymore

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Club: The Knockoff

"You can't teach an old dog new tricks" in this case old is 41, the dog is an editor-in-chief of one of the most popular fashion magazines, and the tricks are tweets. Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza teamed up to write one of this summers most talked about novels, The Knockoff about a middle aged fashion editor returning to work after a six month medical sabbatical to find the empire she dedicated so much time to build, has drastically changed. For millennials, it's humorous to see the complexities of older adults attempting to adapt to the social media we take for granted. For the older audience, you will undoubtedly be able to empathize.

The book is a quick and easy read. It's slightly predictable but still manages to be entertaining. It's a very harsh look into the new collaboration between the fashion industry and tech worlds and how convenience is threatening to ruin all that we fashion junkies hold so dear.

I have a few minor criticisms of the book, which contain slight spoilers. First I would argue that, at parts, you found the main character to be frustrating and a slight pushover. The amount of things she allowed her former assistant, turned colleague, Eve to get away with was rather far fetched and I found it unlikely that such a successful career woman would allow someone to take such careless liberties with a magazine she held so dearly. I know I personally would have stopped biting my tongue about 50 pages in. Secondly, if it weren't for the topical and constant references to current apps and websites, the book felt as tough it was written for a different time (when people in fashion still wore Juicy Couture velour and Herve Leger bandage dresses). Nonetheless, it was a cute storyline and the ending was satisfying. It might not be a 'can't miss' but it's not entirely a 'must skip' either.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

The only thing that makes Wednesdays more bearable is shopping. Here's how I'm getting through the week

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Oui to Clare V: I know I have to have this tank because I'm already daydreaming about hypothetical outfits. Paired with this other Wishlist topper? Um yes please! 

Crazy Cat Lady: I detest everything cat related...except these Charlotte Olympia flats. I'd tackle a litter box for these beauties. 

Dying over this DIY: I'm about as far from a botanist as one can get. I do best with bodega flowers with a five day shelf life, but I think I might be able to candle a cactus. I'd definitely give it ample love in this adorable pink and white teracata pot. 

The Days of Our Lives: I'm always looking for unique coffeetable accents- i.e. anything not featured on every Pinterest post- and think this colorful hourglass might do just the trick. 

You Had Me at Truffle: Who doesn't love anything, and everything, having to do with truffles. Well this company appropriately named Truffle offers the most adorable, and affordable, clutches and cosmetic cases. I broke one of mine out at the beach and plan on making this baby my next purchase. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Get the Look: Sweet Transitions

It’s hard to believe but we are entering into the ever difficult ‘transition’ portion of the season. –Wasn’t it like just Memorial day?!- Which means I’m day dreaming about outfits that will still be practical in the rising temperatures, but be appropriate when cross referenced with the date on the calendar.

 One outfit that keeps popping up on my Pinterest dash is this fabulously simple stripe ensemble from Julie Sarinana. This outfit is the perfect Indian Summer look, allowing you to incorporate your summer staples while still looking harvest moon appropriate.

Get the Look:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Daily Diatribe

After a week at the beach, I'm dragging a bit so this delinquent daily diatribe is particularly on point. Here's to two iced coffees today...

Daily Diatribe

Here are today's topics:

Man Repeller and Carolina Herrera: I love when cutting edge meets timeless. When it comes to relevant, up-to-the-second fashion, there is no one more fabulous than Leandra. Her street style and incredible confidence makes me tempted to pair a ball gown with a bikini top. But her designer interview series, The Chatroom may be her best contribution yet. Her latest installment is with the ever chic Carolina Herrera (but I think my all time favorite is Jenna Lyons).

National S'More Day: Everyday is national s'more day -actually it was August 10th but who's counting- if, like me, you're still celebrating this trippy recipe is for you. 

Full of Grace: Grace Kelly may be my all time favorite actress. Her timeless beauty and style -not to mention she was an actual princess- makes her stand out against all the other icons of her time. Here are some lesser known photos of Philadelphia's finest (some even, super-fan Tory hadn't even seen).

So Cute  I Could Eat It: There are so many Instagram accounts we have to follow, it's exhausting trying to keep up. But take it from me, this one won't disappoint. 

Looks J.Crew Loves: I don't care what anyone says- cough, investors, cough- J.Crew will always be my favorite spot for stylish, daily, basics. I'm happy to see the brand is attempting to veer back to their older, more classic, persona and if these looks are any indication of what's to come, I like what I'm seeing. Hello leather skirt!

Too Much of a Good Thing: What's better than getting more of a good thing? One of my favorite shoe designers, Loeffler Randal, is releasing an outerwear line this fall! I can barely contain my excitement. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

My final vacation of the summer is a mere three days away so this Wednesday I'm loving the sweet reprieve daydream packing has provided me. I compare the excitement and anticipation of a blissful, carefree, vacation to that of Christmas morning. So while the opening montage of Grease plays in my head take a peek at a few of the items I'll be throwing in my suitcase: 

Packing List: Beach

1. Saint James / 2. Chan Luu / 3. Manebi / 4. Lemlem / 5. Gorjana / 6. Sensi Studio /
 7. Loeffler Randall / 8. Illesteva / 9. Kiini  

I want nothing more than a week filled with nautical stripes, tassel scarves, teeny bikinis and straw beach bags. This years trip will be all about the classics- white jeans, chic sundresses, and cozy sweaters- mixed with unexpected pops- colorful clutches, vibrant espadrilles, and whimsical sunglasses. I'm imagining cool evenings nursing my sun soaked skin with my favorite Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, curled up in my favorite pajamas, indulging in a captivating book (check out a few of my suggestions herehere and here). 

Here are a few more items that may find themselves making the cut:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

O' Natural

There are certain things you will never catch me doing; riding a scooter, wearing culottes, eating green peppers, using the term fleek unironically. Wearing my hair naturally, in public, used to be one of them. For as long as I can remember I have worshiped at the alter of hair straighteners and blow dryers. I have catalogued more time in front of my cosmetic mirror painstakingly smoothing every tress, than I care to admit. But one of my items on my 101 in 1001 (yes that still exists, and no I haven't payed enough attention to it) was to embrace my natural hair for two weeks straight.

Embrace the hair-and roots-  
(Insert Demi Lovato singing This Is Me)

As of late, I have opted to exercise in the morning (pause for reaction) which means showering and proper hair care, as I deem appropriate, simply isn't an option. So instead of jeopardizing my job and arriving an hour late each day, I have opted to "make it work" with the hair God gave me. For anyone who has travelled on a vacation with me, you know just how much of a personal triumph this is for me.

 if you're still not sure, drink lots of rose.

While I do tend to cheat the system slightly, still smoothing out the pieces that frame my face with my most beloved possession, my round brush, I have turned to some beloved hair care products to pull the rest of the slack. Shop my favorites below

And when all else fails, pull it back in a fishtail braid and call it a day.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Daily Diatribe

Back in the midst of another work week so it's only fair we set the bar super low this week and goof off for a little while while catching up on some "vital" information. I'll just leave this here for you...

Daily Diatribe

Here are today's topics: 

What's His Number: If, like me, you suffer from Don Draper (more like Jon Hamm) withdraw every Monday, you need a little fix to help out. Check out all those women Mr. Charisma managed to charm over the years. (#teambetty)

Emoji This: I could communicate using purely emoticons. This is a skill I am very proud of. So naturally, I'm a fan of any artifact that incorporates my favorite little cartoons. The fact that they are paired with my favorite shoe style is just proof I need to have them. The only real dilemma will be choosing which combo to buy. 

Stripes, Stripes, Stripes: I'm not exaggerating when I say that 80% of my summer wardrobe consists of stripes- mainly navy and white- so I'm always desperate for some new styling ideas. 

Dirty Girl Scout: Thin Mints are my favorite cookie by far, but they only grace us with their presence but once a year. So what is a girl to do, make her own of course! This recipe is so simple, I think even I could handle it. 

Jen found her Lobster: It might not have been her week, her month or even her year, but she definitely got her day! I'm pretty sure I have liked every single link on facebook pertaining to the Jen Aniston/Justin Therox wedding. My favorite celeb finally got her happy ending

Tooth and Nail: I have yet to jump on the gel manicure bandwagon, because I prefer to change up my color weekly, but have noticed my favorite indulgence chipping way too frequently. Here are a few tips to make that mani last longer. 

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Daily Diatribe

It's almost the freakin weekend ya'll! (I'm using ya'll ironically there, in case that wasn't clear) But that means we better catch up on the latest gossip before hitting the bottle of Skinny Girl Rose tonight.

Daily Diatribe

Here are today's topics,

I Keep Track of These Things: Much like Holly Golightly, I think it's important to be well informed about the lovely lads still on the market.

It Girls: They didn't always have the fashion poise they posses today. Take a look back at some of the earlier days of fashions it-girls.

Wet, Hot, American Summer: Summer camp is making a big comeback, and it's not just because WHAS (totally made that acronym up) is back on Netflix. People, like Nicole Richie, are now going away to adult summer camp. Think rehab, but a lot less sad. Who wants to bunk with me?

Instagram It: Whose lives don't revolve around Instagram? We'll make sure you're following all sixteen of these accounts to get the maximum out of your favorite app.

I Scream, You Scream: Stuck in the city in August is a great way to begin fantasizing about moving to Antarctica, but in the mean time, you can check out these "hot" spots to cool off.

Afternoon Delight: Brunch is a sport to New Yorkers and you better bring your a-game. Dress accordingly. 

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Book Club: Yes Please

Some people worship Jesus, others Allah, most Beyonce, but for me it's comedians. As far back as I can remember, I've been a comedy dork. I can more vividly remember where I was during particular sketches of Saturday Night Live, than I can my junior year sorority formal (there may be an explanation for that, but nonetheless). Amy Schumer and Mother Theresa are pretty much on par in my book. And I challenge anyone to attempt to stump me on Tonight Show, or Late Night, trivia. 

As with every profession, certain people rise to the top and become the face of that vocation. Technology had Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, Republicans get Donald Trump, and then there's  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Tina and Amy are the Siegfried and Roy of comedy. They're a dynamic duo that is always one misstep away from being mauled by a tiger. Tina Fey's autobiography Bossypants continues to be one of my favorite books I've ever read, so you can imagine the hole in my heart that grew three sizes the day I completed her literary contribution. Thank goodness her soul sister decided to regale us with more stories of Weekend Update shenanigans, the challenges of writing a sitcom, and the insanity of being a mother. If you loved Bossypants as much as I did, you need to pick up Poehler's book. It won't disappoint 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Does anyone else feel an unusually large amount of personal satisfaction once you make it through Wednesday? It might just be me. But either way I think Wednesday's are the perfect opportunity to indulge a little. So eat some tacos, mix up some margs, and treat yourself to a Tibi top. Hey it's Wednesday!

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All Tied Up: If this Tibi top doesn't give put a smile on your face you must be dead inside. I need it now.

Pineapple Upsidedown Cake: These pineapple cookie jars are the cutest home accessory I've seen in awhile. They're the perfect way to welcome anyone into your home.

It's Not Turquoise, It's Not Lapis: It's actually cerulean. Imagine drinking a refreshing cocktail out of these speckled cerulean tumblers.

Ole Jose: Going along with that theme, this recipe for mango shrimp tacos looks easy enough that even I could make it. Not to meant ion they're one of my favorite foods. Guess we know what I'll be having for dinner

Santorini Sandal: Gold Gladiators are a staple this summer. They're so cute even Brad Pitt pulled them off

Tassels Time: Tassels are everywhere this year. Don't be left out of the trend. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Daily Diatribe

You survived Monday, and already started Tuesday, so it's practically the weekend already.

Daily Diatribe

Here are today's topics: 

Read All About It: With my final, big, vacation a mere two weeks away I'm exhaustively researching the perfect beach reads. This list has some great suggestions. (Check out my most recent favorite here and here and stay tuned for another synopsis coming Thursday!)

Beachy Keen: Is there ever a moment when Olivia Palermo isn't camera ready? Even on the beach she manages to be a style icon

So Clutch: The shoe of choice for Ms. Bradshaw, and every other girl on the planet, is expanding their brand to include the most dazzling clutches. Hello Christmas list...

Bucket List: I've still got a few good years left to accomplish some of the things on this list (and my own)

God, You're (Not) So Stupid Karen: Ever since Dear John, I have had serious hair envy over Amanda Seyfrieds gorgeous tresses and they look even more amazing as a lob. I seriously need to know how she gets her hair so shiny

Beach Block: Talk about ultimate beach house fantasy realized. 

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Girl Crush

If you've known me for awhile, you may know that I live life with the belief, that at any moment, certain celebrities are living the life I think I was destined to live, they just got their first. A sort of "bitch stole my life" kind of mantra. It all started when Tory Burch stepped onto the scene. At the time, I fancied myself the next big fashion designer, because I was blessed with the artistic skills of the average high school freshman and knew every line from Sweet Home Alabama, it was obviously my destiny. Until the day I saw that single page spread in Vogue. She was pretty, she was poised, she was stylish, she was a ME! Okay, she was obviously a better version of me on her worst day, than I could be on my best. But still, to a fifteen year old, she had already accomplished everything I had dreamt of doing with my life, complete with the spelling of her damn name!

But carry on, we must. So I began to imagine a different life...cocktails with Andy Cohen, a hit, hip show, flawless skin, and once again someone scooped me! That so easily could have been me! (Since I too could have flown on a live television broadcast, sung on Broadway, and attended Yale). But I had a choice, I could let my inner Regina George come out, or I could envy Allison Williams, her and dorky fiancé (who, in fact, isn't dorky at all. The dude founded Collge Humor. Ugh.). So for now I will just admire Bee Wintours bestie and her impecable taste.

Allison Williams

And in my version of the story, God, you can spare me the family scandal. Thanks.  

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Club: The Girl on the Train

If you've read any literary review in the last two years you might think that Gillan Flynn has a legally binding contract with every reporter to henceforth compare every novel writen to her hit, Gone Girl. If your book isn't in a genre that lends itself to this comparison, it might as well have not been published. Inevitably every title that follows the phrase "if you loved Gone Girl, you'll love..." falls short. Which is why I've waited this long to read Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train. Just like with handbags, and men, I'm not a fan of knockoffs. I prefer to wait for the original. But I needed a book to read on vacation so I succumbed to the peer pressure. I'm so glad I did.

The book is from three different women's perspectives, all of their lives intersecting in extremely interesting and complicated ways. Rachel is a very sad, lonely, alcoholic divorcee who's husband left her for another woman, Anna (whose perspective we also get to experience). The highlight of Rachel's pathetic existence are the hour long train rides she takes in the morning and evening to and from London. Along her path she encounters a couple outside her window, and she begins to imagine the story of their life together. Until, a sudden tragic turn of events interests all of their lives.

I'm hesitant to compare any book to Gone Girl because I feel it would do both works a disservice, but I have to admit these two definitely have striking similarities. Just like in Gone Girl, the book is writen in diary form, allowing the reader to really encompass the psyche of each of the different narrators. Also like Gone Girl, the entire cast is extrmely flawed and you find it difficult to root for any of them. The inevitable twist is less shocking than that of Flynn's novel, but is satisfying and juicy, in its own right. You will find yourself unable to put this book down.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm pretty sure Mother Nature is paying us back for all those times we wished for warm weather last winter. I've said it once and I'll say it again, she is one hellish bitch. This heatwave is excruciating. But I'm going to call her bluff and really embrace summer during this weeks edition of What I'm Loving Wednesday, pull a little Jedi mind trick on her (I've never seen a Star Wars).

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HERE COMES THE SUN: The only acceptable clothing to wear in these temperatures are sundresses and I cannot stop thinking about this pale yellow eyelet number by Rae Francis . I think I may need a treat-yo-self moment before my next vacation. 

IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT TO TAKE ME AWAY FROM YOU: An epic song with an even more epic music video, now in the most epic form of iPhone case. Top of my wishlist.

MATCH POINT: No barcart is complete without these. Every festive fiesta needs good cocktail napkins. August Morgan makes the cutest ones with the sassiest sayings. Make sure to give them to your guests before their too tipsy to appreciate the puns.

IF YOU LIKE PIÑA COLADAS: For the most festive fiestas, a pineapple centerpiece is a nonnegotiable. Simply hallow out one of the prickly fruits and use as a normal vase.

TELL ME SEÑORITA, I FEEL FOR YOU: Recently I've been in the market for a new armchair for my living room, but just like with clothing, the accessories are the best part. I'm thinking this colorful Otomi pillow would be the perfect crowing jewel.

YOU KNOW I'M NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR HOOP EARRINGS: If you, like Gretchen Weiners, have been personally victimized by Regina George raise your hand. If that's the case, and you're not allowed to wear hoop earrings, even though your parents gave you a really expensive white gold pair for Chanukah last year, these Gorjana Ryder Studs are the perfect alternative.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Every Pot Has A Lid

Inslee said it best when she called this summer the year of the trend. Trends are trending big time right now. Between White Girl Rose, pool floats, and constantly striving to be "on fleek", we've become white girl cliches. (Editor's note: White Girl Rose is actually delicious, I do not, nor will I ever own a pretzel shaped pool float, and the word "fleek" reminds me of dandruff). 

Panama Hat

It's exhausting trying to keep up with these flash tatted tweeners (FYI those came out last summer...). And yet I find myself constantly straddling the line between finding it imperative that I know how to "Whip and Nae Nae" and resisting the urge to dry heave every time I see someone wearing a crop top. Should I try to be cool, or is it cooler to be too cool for school? 

We can't discuss what's hot this summer without touching on Panama hats. They're trendy and exhaustingly assaulting your eyes two dozen times a day, yet are simultaneously classic and stylish. (Full disclosure, I own one. I've worn it twice.) I don't care if I look like one of the masses, I love them, so you should love them too.

There's rarely a summer outfit I don't find complimented by the addition of a Panama hat. They can be dressed up or worn with a more casual ensemble. They even have the magical powers to turn the basic stupid tee and shorts combo into something chic! So say "what's up hello" to your new lid. 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Daily Diatribe

Monday managed to creep up again somehow. So I figure no better way to ease back into the work week than by procrastinating all the things you have to accomplish while you finish your iced latte and get caught up on relevant celebrity gossip. 

Daily Diatribe

Here are today's topics: 

Candidly Nicole Returns: Few people make me laugh as hard as Nicole Richie. Watch her VH1 "reality" show this Wednesday, it won't disappoint. I promise. 

The House That Harper Built: Take a peek inside the incredibly vibrant, stylish, and sophisticated office of Caroline Harper Knapp. I'd move in tomorrow. 

Hair Do: Let's not lie, we generally dress to make other girls jealous of our expansive wardrobe and good taste, but occasionally you want to impress the fellas. Check out what hair styles they find attractive. 

Flower Power: Every girl likes flowers, Gary. (Excuse me incredibly topical The Breakup reference from 2006) So since we all obviously do like flowers, what does your favorite say about you? 

Good Blood: I think I've seen Gigi Hadid's abs more than my own (mostly because I don't have them) which is why I need to Live It. Learn It. when it comes to her workout regime. 

Totally Tory: Tory's back in this months Vogue discussing her children, her new romance (so long Lance), and her latest sportswear line. Her family and Hamptons home will make you question everything about your life and why you aren't her best friend (or at least dating one of her underaged sons). 

Okay, now go back to work before you get fired. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Daily Diatribe

Today's link lowdown is a mix of old and new news that we haven't really been able to chat about while I was on hiatus. Peruse at your leisure.

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Today's Topics: 

25 Items to Toss Before You Turn 30: In all honesty, I don't think you need to wait until you turn thirty to get rid of most of these items (if you're still rocking tube tops and denim skirts, you have bigger fish to fry) 

5 Tips for a Perfectly Polished Outfit: You know when you see those girls who can pull off the perfect symbiosis of effortless and stylish? Yeah I'm not one of them. So these tips will certainly come in handy. 

Next Up, Melissa: I know this is kind of old news, but since we haven't had the opportunity to chat in awhile, I figured we needed to discuss. Fashion Police has pretty much been by dream job since I was seven, so if it can't be me, I can think of no better of a successor to Joan's legacy than her witty daughter. 

Live Like a Super Model: I've been drooling over Gigi's apartment since Yolanda moved her in, and now I can own it! It's so youthful and chic, and for a mere $2.45 million it can be mine (which, unfortunately, isn't a bad price for a two bedroom in Soho). Check out Yolanda's other homes while you're at it, 

Emoji This: I'm pretty sure I could communicate solely using emojis, so I loved getting to see which ones some of my favorite stars use most often. 

Celebrity Soulmate: I take pretty much any quiz I come across online and while my only wedded prospect at the moment is my Netflix account, I couldn't resist finding out who's wedding style I was most similar to. Not sure how I feel about getting Kim Kardashian...
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Daily Diatribe

Here's what's going down on a Thursday

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Today's Topics:

Work It Out: I find the summer to be the most difficult season for which to dress. When deciding what to wear to work, you want outfits that are professional yet need the practicality of being able to make it to your office sans heat stroke. Here's some inspiration for you.

Bottoms Up: Margaritas are one of my favorite summer indulgences and this guide to the best ones on NYC pretty much sums up what I'll be doing from now until labor day.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: They say bad things come in threes, and after Bennifer 2.0, and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, announcing their split I'm starting to worry who might be next. I say we sacrifice Brangelina. 

Let's Get Physical: If it were socially acceptable, I'd drape myself from head-to-toe in Lululemon. At least these stars wouldn't object.

Good 'A Mate: Vogue's series 73 Questions is my favorite thing on the Internet and Nicole Kidman's installment did not disappoint. How can I not adore a woman who is (almost)
as in love with Jimmy Fallon as I am?

He Says, She Says: Ever wonder what guys really think of avant garde trends? This will answer a lot of your questions.

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Book Club: Luckiest Girl Alive

Remember when summer reading was that thing you postponed until mid August, had an anxiety attack about, and ultimately resorted to read sparknotes on? Gone are the days when reading was a chore. I attribute my love of reading to a particularly debilitating bout of food poisoning in which I received the entire anthology of Gossip Girl. Oh the days before Netflix...

First up, Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. The story is about Ani (pronounced Ah-nee, because she's annoying) a magazine editor who is in the midst of planning her dream wedding to Luke, a blue blood from upstate, as she prepares to participate in a documentary on a traumatic event she endured in high school. 

Ani is initially far from an empathetic heronin, divulging her inner most thoughts on her superiority to other women. But as the reader gets to know her, and delve into her past, you begin to understand why she is the way she is. Growing up just outside Main Line Pennsylvania, when her mother gives her the opportunity to attend a prestigious prep school. TifAni (as she was referred to then) is the consummate outsider, who somehow manages to catch the attention of the two most popular girls (think Regina George and Grethchen) who decide to take her under their wing. Of course, in true Mean Girl fashion jealousy over male attention and acquiring the ultimate title of queen bee, a great deal of drama ensues.

The story goes back and forth between present day and high school and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It's much deeper, and juicer, than a standard chick-lit novel (it's more comparable to a Jodi Picoult story). It's especially enjoyable to anyone living in New York, because her perspective on life here is pretty spot on. 

Have you read Knoll's summer hit yet? If so, did you, along with Ani, opt to trade in your Jack Rogers? 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

This week Manhattan has been smack dab in the middle of a heatwave. It got so bad I did the unthinkable, exercised before work. Want to know what makes exercising worse? Doing it at 6am. 
Those weather trolls assure us that some relief in sight but I still have PTSD from that Juno blizzard that never was, so I'm not sure how much stock I'm putting in their predictions. Since now I've gotten a taste of how hot it will be in the place where I'm most likely spending the afterlife, I've got warm weather essentials on the brain. Here are my top picks:

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I purchased this Marysia Bikini right before my trip to the Hamptons two weeks ago. I couldn't resist the scallop edging and adorable pattern. I'm already eyeing my next purchase from them.

I found myself in J.Crew for the third time in a week, as one often does, and couldn't get over their sunglass selection. This pair, in particular, may find it's way into my beach bag for my family vacay in a few weeks.

Speaking of getaways, my friends and I have become so delirious from the heat that we've begun to plan vacations that won't offer any relief for a year. I will say though, day dreaming about those lapis blue oceans and white cliffs are definitely helping me through some of these long summer days.

If you live anywhere other that New York, you most likely have an outdoor space to call your own. In that case, you must throw an al fresco dinner party and invite me immediately. Only I won't attend unless you're using these insanely gorgeous Tinsley Mortimer plates. Anyone want to slum it at
my tiny, air conditioned soiree?

If you weren't aware, off the shoulder tops are in this year (and I'd like to congratulate you from rousing from you're coma, we're glad to have you back). This Rebecca Minkoff might just be my favorite of the season. I'm drooling over the laser cutouts and subtle ruffle.

Looking for a good beach read? Look no further than Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. Full review tomorrow.

Have any good tips to beat the heat? 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bull Shirt

Shirtdresses are a summer staple. They are the perfect day-to-night transition piece and simultaneously provide the comfort, and easy of a sundress, while still maintaining a pulled together esthetic. If it were even remotely socially acceptable, my summer closet would consist of bathing suits, Lululemon, and shirtdresses. 


Since they are such a classic piece they are available at just about every price point. They're definitely a wardrobe staple you won't regret owning. Show below for a few of my favorites:

The majority of shirtdresses tend to come in a more muted,subtle, pallet so there's ample opportunity to embellish. I like to mix in fun accessories like a bold clutch or chunky jewelry to complete the ultimate effotlessly cool girl outfit.

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