Thursday, August 28, 2014

From Breakups to Makeup

"Losing you hurt, but losing my makeup bag would be a tragedy." 
- Breakups to Makeup

I'm kind of a makeup junkie. I went through a phase where I obsessed over the newest makeup launches and I was one of those girls who went ramped trying to buy that limited edition lipstick from the latest limited edition MAC collection. At one point in my late teens I even seriously considered pursuing a side business in freelance makeup artistry{?}. I don't find it all that odd because I love painting, and makeup is essentially painting on one's face to put it barbarically. I still love to do my own makeup and other people's makeup but if you gave me a choice, clothing and accessories will forever trump makeup in my books. However, that does not mean I won't continue to hoard makeup, primarily lipstick and blush {guilty pleasures die hard}.


Check out the full Breakups to Makeup collection here {currently shoppable via Etsy}. Some of my other favorite ones: "I would cry but my mascara is designer" and "I'm only helpless when my nails are drying". #staysassy




Unknown Tee - similar here || Ann Taylor Shirt || Blank NYC Jeans || Aldo Pumps || Breakups to Makeup Clutch c/o || Sunglass Warehouse Sunnies c/o || J.Crew Necklace {old}

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fade

"Holding on is all I can do until the lights fade"
-Chris Mann, When the Lights Fade

When summer begins to fade into autumn I feel like my wardrobe should reflect as such. Typically when I think mint, I think pastel combinations or a classic white pairing; I rarely go for a dark color, let alone black. But as we near the end of August, I'm beginning to transition my wardrobe to fall so I wanted to try something new and mix a seemingly feminine top into a more unexpected pairing. I also really didn't want the beautiful lace hem to get lost in a light bottom or tucked away into a skirt line. And anyways, who wouldn't know to match a mint top with a white skinny jean? In the name of personal style, I'm all about trying to bring something new to the table. 



Between me and you, choosing these pants was a great excuse for me to wear very comfortable pants to work. I kinda sorta wish all my pants were pajama pants in disguise. I picked these ones up from Zara's last sale, and they're kind of like a boyfriend jean in jogger form, made from the lightest faux suede material -- the perfect summer-to-fall transitional piece. Pairing it with silver tones cools down the outfit despite the lingering heat in the air. To me this is very feminine meets a little bit of edge, which is my kind of outfit because I'm probably {definitely} not cool enough for just straight up edgy {lezbehonest, sista don't got that swag, yafeelz?}.




 Pink Blush Top c/o - in white || Zara Pants - similar here || Zara Shoes - similar here || Aéropostale Bag c/o || Cole Haan Sunnies || J.Crew Necklace

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Every Day

My every day outfits are all some variation of boyfriend jeans + slubby tee, boyfriend jeans + swingy top, baggy top + skinny jeans, etc. And my choices of color don't stray too far either. Black + denim, white + denim, gray + denim, black + white, you get the picture. Oh and you can't forget: the one-sided tuck. I love the one-sided tuck. I one-side tuck everything. I kid you not.




It's just so much easier to get dressed for the day when you go back to the basics. I love basics and I love being comfortable. It's definitely helpful that this sort of laid-back style is also considered the norm for the corporate space I work in. I also think the idea of commuting in and out of the city puts me in less of a mood to get super dressed up because the thought of wearing a skirt or a dress and riding on crowded public transportation just sounds like a lot of {work}. Maybe I'm just super sloth-y at heart but hey - I love me a good pair of distressed boyfriend jeans. I'm pretty sure I own like seven pairs that probably look the same to everyone else besides me. Whatever floats my boat.





J.Crew Top || Aéropostale Jeans - similar here || Ray-Ban Sunnies {vintage} || La Mer Watch || Necklaces: Forever21, My Monogram Necklace c/o, Gorjana c/o || White Mountain Shoes {old}

Monday, August 18, 2014

Complement

When all else fails, choose complementary colors. 

Technically, if you think about it, blue is probably one of the most universal colors third to black and white {which technically are the absence of any color and the conglomerate of all colors}. Why do I say that? Because what essential item in your closet goes with everything? Denim. And what color is denim? You guessed it - blue. The choice of complementary colors plus the added texture of the burlap and hand painted gold accents were what initially drew me to this scarf. The rusty orange makes me itch for autumn, but for a laid-back summer vibe I opted for my favorite summer shorts, my new lace up sandals, and a classic white slubby tee. 







Madewell Top || J.Crew Shorts || Baydian Scarf c/o || J.Crew Sandals || Vintage Bag via Momma Couture || Daniel Wellington Watch || Cole Haan Sunnies 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In the Now

Resentful of the past, fearful of the future 
{via Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple}

I am an avid reader - always have been, always will be. When I was young, I used to visit the public library once a week during the summertime to borrow a huge stack of books, spend the week with my nose burrowed in the pages, cover after cover, and return again the following week to take out another stack. Life eventually got the better of me in college and I stopped reading as much, but now that I'm back on a pretty regular schedule I've picked up reading again during the downtime of my commute and lazy Sunday mornings. I'm a total bookworm. My mom tells me that even when I was a little girl {before I could read} I would go to the library, pick out a story book, and sit in the children's section narrating an entire world of fiction to myself based on the colorful drawings {I vaguely remember doing this with Cinderella, re-telling the story based off of pictures and my memory of the Disney movie}. 

The quote above is from a book that I finished this past weekend. It's a fun read, a bit quirky, and not the usual genre that I gravitate towards. I picked out that quote because I thought it was super fitting for this post. Aéropostale has recently launched a new campaign called Aero Now, with the idea of "Are you who you were a year ago?". It's about living in the now with an emphasis on the evolution of self and in their case, the evolution of a brand. It is everything in opposition to the idea of being resentful of the past and fearful of the future. With personal style, evolution is inevitable and change is a constant, but throughout it all it's about staying true to yourself at the core - that's the beauty of it.












Aéropostale Jacket c/o || Aéropostale Top c/o || Blank NYC Shorts - similar here || Aéropostale Beanie c/o || Aéropostale Bag c/o || Aldo Pumps || Sunglass Warehouse Sunnies c/o

Monday, August 11, 2014

Long Live

I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisures and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and...I believe in miracles
-Audrey Hepburn

My girl Audrey said it all. But I also believe that if I wear my pink pants forever, that summer will probably never end. Pink pants = long live summer. Now, who's gonna tell me I can't sit with them? Also, I hummed Taylor Swift the entire time I was creating this post. I hope you are now humming Taylor Swift as well. Cheers!








J.Crew Factory Top || Etcetera Pants - love these, very similar here  || Coach Shoes - similar here || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Ray-Ban Sunnies {vintage} || Necklaces: Gorjana c/o, My Monogram Necklace c/o || Bracelets: Madewell, Pandora, David Yurman || Daniel Wellington Watch