Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Red Milly Dress and Lips Clutch for Valentine's Day

Head to Toe: Dress, Milly // Coat, vintage // Booties, Nina // Clutch, Ora Delphine

Happy hearts day, fashionistas! Today is not only Valentine’s Day, but also the two month mark to our wedding! So my face is literally the heart-eye emoji today. Sean and I are celebrating with a nice dinner but otherwise keeping things low key. Thankfully, we have a long weekend coming up to knock out some planning. It’s down to the fun details—what color napkins, a basket for our flower girl, booking the honeymoon—so I’m doing my best to savor this time, because I know the big day will be here before we know it!

Here, I’m sharing an outfit I wore to the Dennis Basso fashion show earlier this week (check Instagram highlights for more), that perfectly suits the day. Tonight, I’m opting for something a little less extravagant, but it’s nice to pretend we’re going to some fancy club that requires a bright red cocktail dress, no?
PS: I'm only in the background, but this outfit made an appearance on Man Repeller and it made my whole Fashion Week.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Blush Wrap Dress and Thoughts on NYFW Street Style

Head to Toe: Dress, ASTR // Bag, Deaux Lux // Boots, Seychelles // Coat, vintage

Guys, it was a frigid start to New York Fashion Week, which usually means street style is all about the statement coat. Thursday, I wore leather leggings, a super chunky turtleneck, Sorel boots and this pink leather coat. But when I got to my first show, I felt underdressed. My biggest street style observations were embellished stilettos, lacy dresses, and long, wide-legged slacks. Now, fashion week is obviously a huge exaggeration on the way people normally dress, but to quote Carrie Bradshaw, "I couldn't help but wonder," does this mean athleisure is finally over? Or at least, will we go back to wearing our Lululemons (JK all of my leggings are from T.J. Maxx) only at Soul Cycle and to the grocery store on Saturday? Will we have to step it up in other aspect of our lives, like work or, gasp, brunch? 

I don't know if a more dressed-up lifestyle is about to take root in NYC and beyond, but I did have to step up my game for NYFW, so I ran to Rent the Runway (I do the unlimited subscription) to get a dress for day two. This is what I came up with: an ASTR wrap dress paired with my favorite vintage L.L. Bean coat (scored at L Train Vintage in Williamsburg) and over-the-knee boots. Because let me remind you, it was still bitterly cold. I didn't feel so hot when I had to wait outside for 40 minutes at the Milly show, but I felt chic AF. So, fashun, right? 

Friday, February 2, 2018

5 Stylish Dresses for Valentine's Day That Don't Try Too Hard

Head to Toe: Dress, Cupcakes & Cashmere // Coat, Opening Ceremony // Booties, Thursday Boots // Bag, vintage // Tights, MeMoi

While some have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day, I can't hate on a holiday that encourages eating chocolate and wearing my favorite color, pink. Years ago, I'd get crafty for the occasion and bake or create some little gift to give out. I remember making bookmarks with famous love letters once. Now that I'm adulting and all that, it's hard to find the time to get too creative, but I do enjoy having a nice dinner out with Sean. (I think I'll try and get some cupcakes made this year, as well.)

I also love the excuse to get a little more dressed up than I normally would to go out. This year, I'm loving a tight mid-length sweater dress with pink or red accents, like the one I'm wearing here. It's clingy and flattering in all the right places, despite horizontal stripe's reputation for widening. (Sorry I didn't get a shot without my coat, it's cold AF this week!) I'm including a few more looks below that have the right amount of festive flair without trying to hard—i.e. a fire engine red slip dress. How will you be celebrating hearts day?
Cupcakes & Cashmere Metallic Sweater Dress

H&M Knit Dress

Lulu's Cozy Midi Sweater Dress 
Zara Long Striped Dress

EVIDNT Bold Sweater Dress
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Truth About Growing Out Your Eyebrows

Head to Toe: Hat, Verloop // Sweater, Moon River // Bag, Lulu Dharma // Jeans, H&M // Sneakers, New Balance.

When I first moved to New York two years ago, I desperately wanted to achieve the full-browed look the cool Brooklyn girls around me were sporting. So, eyebrow pencil in hand, I began the long and painful process of growing them out. I followed the golden rule prescribed by experts: Do. Not. Pluck...I filled in holes and wore strategic shadow to cover up the patchiness. A few months in, I went to a brow bar to get them professionally tinted and shaped, urging the specialist to keep them as full as possible. She recommended castor oil at night to help stimulate growth in the spots that were still patchy but warned that in some cases, the root is fried and the hair may never grow in.

She was right. Two years later, my brows are more full, certainly, but there are definite spots where the hair just never grew back. (I haven't plucked a thing besides a few very stray hairs since.) When I came across the Vogue article, "A Cheater's Guide to Growing out Your Brows in 2018," I was piqued. The article mentions the steps I followed and warns of that awkward phase when your brows grow awry. The author notes that the growing out process can take months and up to a full year but never mentions the caveat that the hair may never come back at all.

In fact, all of the beauty articles I've read tell the same story: Suffer a few months of awkwardness and afterward you'll look like Cara Delevingne. Is this to sell eyebrow pencils or to keep threading salons in business? I'm not sure, but I want to arm you with some information if you're thinking about growing out. If you're a twenty-something like me and came of age in the 2000s—when Sex and the City thin arches were in fashion—and got frequent cheap wax jobs at nail salons, the truth is your brows will probable never grow in entirely. But that's okay. Eyebrow pencil/shadow/gel is your friend, and it's relatively cheap.

Right now I'm using It Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil and Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel (which came in my Birchbox), but I also love the E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit which is literally $3 at the drugstore. While you're there, grab some Castor oil and give the technique a try. Worst comes to worst, it doesn't work and you have it on hand in case of a bellyache. What's your growing out experience? Share your brow philosophy in the comments below.
Left to right: before eyebrow product, It Cosmetics pencil,  Chella gel, after product.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pink Shearling and 28 for 28

Head to Toe: Sweater and button-down, thrifted // Coat, Opening Ceremony // Jeans, Buffalo Exchange // Booties, Dr. Scholl's // Bag, Deux Lux

This past Sunday was my 28th birthday. I had the most lovely weekend celebrating in the city and am feeling better than ever about the year ahead. While I don't think I feel 28 (shout out to my massage therapist who told me I look 22 on Saturday), I know it's a significant year for me, and will always be the age when I said "I do." I didn't make New Year's resolutions this year, but I thought 28 was worthy of some general goals and reminders for self care. So here we go:
  1. Drink less.
  2. Cook more.
  3. Get manicures.
  4. Take baths.
  5. Blog more frequently.
  6. Wear sunscreen.
  7. Plan a cute outfit on Mondays.
  8. Neck moisturize.
  9. Use masks.
  10. Instagram said masks.
  11. Indulge in semi-monthly massages. 
  12. Exercise regularly.
  13. Go to bed earlier.
  14. Get up earlier.
  15. Snuggle with dogs.
  16. Send birthday cards.
  17. Write thank you notes.
  18. Say no.
  19. Say yes.
  20. Apologize less.
  21. Donate excess.
  22. Go for walks in the park. 
  23. Take breaks from social media.
  24. Buy flowers.
  25. Clean closets.
  26. Abandon bad books.
  27. Eat, drink and be married.
  28. Wear more pink.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2017 Year In Review

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When the year stretches into December and holiday stress piles up on short, cold days, it's easy to crave that fresh start January promises. This past year had its share of personal challenges for me. Career-wise, the publishing industry is going through tough times, and I certainly felt the effects. I pushed through, picked up some side hustles and am starting 2018 is a new position at a thriving luxury magazine. 

January certainly delivered on its promise for a fresh start for me, but I don't want to harp on the hiccups of 2017 because there were so many awesome moments. I think it's easy to count down to midnight and wipe away the bad tweets times, but I don't want to be dismissive of all the great things the past year provided. Below, I'm rounding up some of my favorite milestones—and outfits—from 2017, which set me up for a promising year ahead. Happy New Year, fashionistas!
  • Sean and I took our first trip to Europe together, visiting Paris and Milan.
  • I styled a bunch of fun photo shoots, including one with live piglet models. (Life goals, just saying.)
  • Sean proposed and I SAID YES!!
  • We took a week on the beach in Virginia and nailed in our wedding venue.
  • I scored quite a few front row seats at fashion week and got to interview Kristen Cavallari. 
  • We had our first Halloween party (something I've been wanting to do for years) and it was a rave success.
  • We spent Thanksgiving in Virginia, enjoyed family time and said yes to the cake!
  • My family traveled to NYC for Christmas, and we hosted our first holiday. Cornish game hens got five stars.

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