Tuesday, January 20, 2015

U(gg)h, They're Back

You know you're in for a long day when you start daydreaming about dinner at 8am. Then my day got even longer when I discovered the return of my arch enemy (think Serena can der Woodsen when she discovered Georgina was coming back to town) Uggs. Now I will fully admit, like every other preteen girl that fancied herself a Lauren Conrad in a world of Kristen Cavalari's, I was captivated by they're laidback surfer/ California chic esthetic, and sinfully warm interior. I fully remember them being catapulted into the spotlight when Ally Hilfiger opted to wear them to her Upper East Side high school graduation (Rich Girls, YouTube it). And like every other pod person, I waited patiently as my pale pink (gag) and chestnut brown pairs made their maiden voyage from Australia. They're warm and comfortable, I know, I get it, but so are snuggies and you don't see me wear that to Sushi Samba. There are articles of clothing that are for utility that have no place in fashion. I will totally own up to the fact that I will throw them on when there's a polar vortex outside, or with yoga pants to run errands (because, let's be really what else can you wear with yoga pants). But other than that, they should be ceremoniously burned.

Not according to Vogue. If you've check in with the fashion gospel lately you'd know that they predict Uggs are making a come back. And everyone knows that what Anna Wintour says, goes.

So from now on I plan on wearing oversized, tortouisshell sunglasses for 95% of the day to hide all of the side eye that I'll be giving to people who insist on assaulting my vision by wearing them.

Monday, January 19, 2015

101 in 1001 Update (2)

If you've been following along with my 101 in 1001 progress, which I highly doubt because I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who cares about this venture, but you'll remember we last check in here. Over the past few months, I checked a few more things off the list so if you're trying to waste a few minutes of your long weekend, read on. 

7. Organize and keep up with iCal: 
I miss the days when I could simply rely on my meticulously color coded Lilly agenda, but as an "adult" it no longer seems appropriate to pull out my mass of Le Pens and start doodling events in. 

8. Go to an event alone:
Last Wednesday I attended City Society's Lady Lesson's at Inslee Hayes, Katie Schloss and Roxy Owen's studio to talk about entrepreneurs. I definitely plan on checking out some of their other events. 

35. Keep a journal for a year of all my best New York adventures: 
This seems ridiculously preemptive since I've only been keeping up with it for two weeks, but I think starting it is going to have been the most difficult part. 

48. Take my mom to a Broadway musical: 
One of the presents I gave my mom for Christmas was a trip to Wicked. If you're one of the ten people left in America (like I was) who hasn't seen it, run don't walk to the Gershwin Theater- it's amazing! 

83. Purchase another investment coat: 
Check and Check! I got the Burberry Raincoat from Santa and last week I drank the cool-aid and bought a Canada Goose

Works in Progress: 

82. Invest in 10 more coffee table books: 
I added to my collection with this amazing gift from my roommate and this other amazing gift from my dad (he picked it out all by himself, no direct from me or momma)

88. See (or rewartch) all of Audrey Hepburn's movies:
Over the years I've seen almost all of Audrey's films but have forgotten fundamental components so I'm working on checking them off again. I recently rewatched Charade and Funny Face (and Breakfast at Tiffany's is always in my Netflix queue) 

96. Invest in three more pairs of jeans: 
got these babies for xmas 

Okay, you may now return to your regularly scheduled Bravo marathon. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Extra! Extra!

Carrie Bradshaw used to hide hers in the bathtub and mine collect dust on a shelf. Somehow, no matter how organized and fastidious I am, I always have a stack of magazines squatting somewhere in my home. Living in an apartment, especially the shoebox sized cubicals we inhabit in Manhattan, you know that's just not acceptable.

For some reason I always find it difficult to discard magazines. Whether my favorite actress is on the cover, or there was a recipe for slow cook chili that I just have to try (I don't even own a crockpot), they're just too valuable for me to throw away. 

However, a few weeks back I saw an Instagram photo that Roxy, of Society Social, posted that showcased her magazine stack as artwork! What a fabulous idea! I never would have thought to encorporate one of my decorating secrets of shame as a deliberate piece of the room.

I saw this photo on Pinterest and realized there were several ways to showcase your collection, in a organized and artistic way.

What do you do with your old magazines?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Trendy Tuesday: The Crowning Moment

I've never considered myself much of a hat person, baseball caps excluded, but lately they're everywhere and it inspires me to try something new. I feel like living in New York I'm always straddling the line of remaining true to my person style, while still trying to take risks and attempt to branch out. Hats can be a fun accessory to add a little something extra to an outfit to give the illusion that you're even more polished than normal. However, going too over the top with headwear can result in looking less like Kate Middleton and more like Princess Eugene. 

Here are a few pointers;

1. Hats should be simple. They should compliment an outfit not overpower it.
2. Stay true to the occasion. A fascinator isn't appropriate for brunch (or in North America).
3. Stick with the classics. There is a reason that certain styles are still relevant.

 Here are some hat options:

J.Crew, $58
J.Crew, $65

What are your thoughts on hats?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Golden Globes Wardrobe Recap

Award show is upon us again! It's literally the only thing that gets me through the doldrums of the winter (well that and fashion week). I have to say last night's Golden Globes did not disappoint. There were some good and some really bad enables. 

First, Best Dressed

Emily Blunt 

First of all, I'm obsessed with all the braided hairstyles we saw last night (including Jared Leto's) and fully commit myself to trying a variation in the new year. Second, I always adore white on a red carpet, it's so crisp and fresh and this Michael Kors was the perfect representation. And finally, those gorgeous statement earrings and bracelet were to-die for. (Plus she has the greatest accessory of all, John Krasinski) 

Sienna Miller

If I were running Fashion Police, she would be my pick for best dressed. I have unbelievable hair envy of her beach-chic bob and her beaded Miu Miu gown was stunning. I just want to be her. 

Allison Williams 

So Allison is my new girl crush (no pun intended). She's flawless all. the. time. and gets to be good friends with Andy Cohen (some people get all the luck). I'm pretty sure I've been obsessed with every one of her red carpet looks and last night did not disappoint. This shade of this Armani Prive gown was so flattering on her skin tone and the fringe detail made it youthful and fun. 

Julia Louis Dreyfus

I'm just convinced she is Benjamin Buttoning. Drop dead gorgeous.

Naomi Watts

Such a flattering and simple Gucci gown that shows off her beauty and don't get me started on her Bulgari choker!

Gwyneth Paltrow
She didn't walk the red carpet but her coral column dress was amazing! (It gives my favorite, Sienna Miller a run for her money) 

Worst Dressed
I have to confess that two of these pain me to no end to have to say since they are two of my favorite women of all time.

Kerry Washington

She is one of my biggest fashion icons, and not just because Olivia Pope is such a pantsuit pioneer, but this look really fell short. It's extremely unflattering on Washington's flawless frame and was very underwhelming. I just know she had several better options presented to her. Maybe she'll present at the Oscars and she can have a mulligan. 

Kristen Wigg

She is my other favorite person and this look was that of an 80's bridesmaid. Her hair and tan were very on point, but with that figure, why opt for a potato sack? 

Kiera Knightly 

But my worst dress pick would have to go to the gorgeous Kiera Knightly. The bib neckline was just so awful that I have no words. But at least she is kind enough to make herself look bad so the rest of us little people can get up and go to work today. Thanks Kiera for making us feel a little better.

Did you watch the Golden Globes? Thoughts on the looks? 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I haven't done one of these in awhile so it's most certainly time to share some of what I'm loving these days. 

(I think we should all treat ourselves to one of these for making it through our first full week back at work.)

1. Shopbop's saleit's getting better every day. (I'm particularly feeling this dress and this romper)
2. Target's new collaboration announcement: Perfect timing for swimsuit season 
3. These sunglasses: I NEED
4. Eating better: This recipe looks amazing  
5. Inslee's Calendar: I can't wait for mine to arrive!
6. Kate the Wasp: I've followed her for months on twitter but how did I not know she made videos?! I was rolling on the floor laughing.
7. This house tour

What are you loving lately? 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Trendy Tuesday: Crop Tops

If "new year, new me" is how the motto goes then I brought 2015 in with a bang. I usually feel more comfortable when I go with the tried and true styles for my body. I've scrutinized enough Instagram photos to know what is flattering, and what definitely is not. But there is one trend I have kept my eye on since last spring, the crop top. I've admired so many looks that have incorporated them but since I am far from a Victoria's Secret model I never thought I would be able to pull it off. 

Well, during the semiannual Shopbop Friend's and Family Sale, I decided to take the plunge on a Three Dot Sweater and was determined to wear it. I also purchased a Skot Party Skirt and realized they would pair perfectly with one another. 

Here is my interpretation: 

(I did hem the skirt so that it was more in proportion with the top, for those who are looking for a true representation of where the "lady length" hits.) 

Here are a few guidelines for going for the crop:

1. One Inch: Only show an inch or two of skin (even if you're Audriana Lima). 
2. Proportion is Key: Only show one area of your body at a time, so by baring your midriff calls for a longer skirt. 
3. Rib Cage: if it hits too low you will lose the figure flattering point. Your ribs are the smallest part of your body so you want to accentuate them.
4. Form Fitting: You want to make sure that the top isn't too loose or boxy, which will give the illusion of a maternity top.
5. Match Set: For curvier girls, stick with one pattern or color which will trick the eye into seeing essentially one garment and avoids chopping the body up too much.

Have you rocked the crop top yet? 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Purse Makeup Bag

One of my 101 in 1001 was to expand my makeup routine and invest in some new products. I'm far from a makeup connoisseur, I tend to stick with the tried and true items I've used forever, but feel like it's time to mix it up. I know I will never be the type of girl that spends 30-45 minutes each morning putting on her face, I don't have the time or energy for that, but I would like to become more comfortable with some new techniques. 

While my main cosmetic bag tends to be an organized catchall for all the products I acquire, my purse makeup bag is strategically packed with the bare essentials. My purse is already heavy enough without carrying a full Sephora store with me, so I have narrowed it down to the most important products. The purse cosmetic bag is predominately for touchups throughout the day, or to add a few flourishes to transition to a night out, so you definitely need a lot less. 

Here are the eight products I can't live without: 

Purse Makeup Bag
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 

1. Kiehl's Facial Cleanser: A good cleanser is key to wash the grime off and start fresh. (I swear by this Kiehl's).

2. Bobbi Brown Bronzer: Especially in the doldrums of the winter, a little color is essential for everyone.

3. NARS Concealer: As much as every girl would like to deny it, we all get blemishes from time to
time, so a little spot treatment is the perfect solution.

4. Chanel Lipgloss: My daily makeup routine is very lax, so when I am meeting friends for drinks, or grabbing dinner, I need a little extra primping. Lipgloss is the perfect finishing touch.

6. Chanel Mascara: When you're meeting a cute boy for dinner you better be ready to bat those gorgeous lashes! 

7. Stila Retractable Bronzing Brush: I've used these bronzing brushes, in my purse, for years. I love that they have a cap so the bristles are protected, which definitely helps with longevity. 

8. Rosebud Lip Balm: Rosebud is by far my favorite lip balm, it can almost double as a gloss and has amazing healing powers for chapped lips. 

9. Kiehl's Hand Salve: I don't know about you but my hand get really dry during the winter because I wash them about 100 times a day (especially during flu season) and hand lotion is essential. This one is amazing. 

I also tend to keep a few other necessities such as eyedrops, travel sized deodorant, and blotting papers in there as well so I'm always ready to go. 

What do you keep in your to-go cosmetic bag? 

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