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. 

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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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Monday, July 20, 2015

Daily Diatribe

I'm officially back, and I know it was a rather extended absence, but as I'm sure Caitlyn Jenner would tell you, the greatest transitions take time. So thank you for baring with me, I promise it will be worth it.  

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I may thought Kazakhstan was a fictional location in Borat and I would rather wear cargo shorts than play any type of team sport, but there is one skill I do possess, I am a living expert on all things pop culture. And since hot topics are pretty much to me, what applause is to Tinkerbell, I feel that we need to discuss them a little more here. So every few days I'm going to check in with what's interesting me so we can chat about it. 

Today's Topics: 

Homemade Ice Crem Sandwiches: Since New York is currently hotter than hell, the only logical response is to subside on ice cream

She's a Trainwreck: I'm kind of obsessed with everything about this summers new it-girl Amy Schumer. Her new blockbuster is sidesplittingly hilarious and her self-deprecating humor manages to hit on things pretty much every girl has felt at one point. (I'm also pretty sure she's my spirit animal in her recent Bradley Cooper interaction)

Going to the Chapel: If you're like me, you now have more daily Facebook engagement notifications than 

Jet Setter: If you're heading off on a summer vacay, look to these stylist women for some inspiration

Model Behavior: So apparently models eat? I'm willing to attempt cooking to have one thing in common with Karlie Kloss. After this I'll practically be yachting with Taylor Swift's posse. 

The Little Prince: Everyone's favorite future king is set to turn two this week, which means it's time to start taking life advice from his wild uncle Harry. 

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Out of the Office

I'm backkkk...

And just like that, I'm leaving again. I'm headed out on the high seas. Okay, more like the Long Island Expressway, but a sea will be involved. Who heads to the Hampton's after Fourth of July weekend, you ask? Well this girl! 

I decided that a four day weekend wasn't possibly long enough to adequately celebrate the independence of our nation, gorge myself of hot dogs, cycle through all of my red white and blue outfits and reach maximum mocha tanning potential. So I gave myself permission to extend my festivities...and treat myself to a new Marysia bikini.

(And while I don my favorite Saint James tee and white denim shorts, take some travel style inspiration from these celebs. )

So consider this my out of office notification and if you need to contact me I'll be spritzing myself with evian while my skin begins to resemble my Mansur Gavriel leather handbag. Actually come to think of it, don't contact me.  

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