Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tonal

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists...it is real...it is possible...it's yours." 
{Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand}

I read my first Ayn Rand book going into my junior year of high school. I believe most of my peers shied away from the particular book I read {The Fountainhead} because let's be honest, most kids my age chose the easiest and, unquestionably, the shortest read. However, easy or short never really mattered much to me when it came to literature -- I just wanted something substantial to dig into and frankly, I was intrigued. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Of the many, many books I read for school throughout my pre-college years, The Fountainhead was definitely one of them.  Coincidentally, I believe all of the books I read during my junior year of high school were some of the best books I have ever read. Ranking up there as one of my all time favorites? The Grapes of Wrath. I know, I'm a nerd. But I can't help it, I'm simply captivated by words on a page. 


Besos, 
RC









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Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunset Boulevard

"She wanted something else, something different, something more. Passion and romance perhaps, or maybe quiet conversations in candlelit rooms, or perhaps something as simple as not being second.
{Nicholas Sparks}

Happy Monday! Keeping it short and sweet today and leaving y'all with the quote above. I constantly fall in love with the beautiful way in which words are strung together, and I like to savor them until the time feels right for those jumbling words to attach themselves to one of my posts before I set them free from the entwines of my heart and share them with you. Wishing a wonderful week on all of you, and prayers and love go out to those in Nepal.


Besos, 
RC















Rebecca Taylor Leather Jacket - similar here and here || Madewell Shirt || Lord & Taylor Suede Pants {on super sale! Under $50, and yes real suede!} || Biltmore x Madewell Fedora {sold out, but linked in navy} || Aldo Pumps {old} - similar here {under $100} || Rebecca Minkoff Bag - love this

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Express Swimsuit Collection : A Review


With spring time finally rolling around mid-April {better late than never}, I bet all of us have at least one thing on our minds...summer days and beach-side vacations! With those beach bods aside {cause LET'S BE HONEST, I kinda let myself fall into the deep dark hole of hibernation}, I was super excited when Express reached out and asked if I'd like to review their new online swim collection! Express is one of those brands where it's kind of like a one-stop shop for all your wearable needs...they sell everything from suiting down to active wear and I was really beginning to wonder when swim was going to make an appearance. 

The first thing that I noticed about their swim selection is how affordable it is. I typically hate bikini shopping for one of two reasons. First, for something with so little fabric that is only seasonably wearable, it costs an astounding amount of money. Plus, most of the time, us girls like to mix and match our bikinis so it's not like you can buy one set and call it a day. Luckily, this entire set is under $60, and Express has an entire assortment of pieces that mix and match well together, plus they've offered the same prints in different silhouettes to fit all body types and preferences!


Second, it's very difficult to gauge sizing when it comes to swim, but with the set I received I can happily say it fits true to size! Granted, I chose a style where cup size definitely doesn't come into play as much, but I've literally tried on bikini tops from other brands where I've sized down an entire size and up an entire size to no avail -- the fit was simply horrendous. I'm very pleased with the fit of this top! It's snug and extremely flattering, especially if you are a little less well-endowed in the chest department. The bottom, on the other hand, is a little tougher for me. Let's just say, if you have a curvier behind and you're not a huge fan of showing lots of cheek, these bottoms might not be for you.


Overall, I highly recommend you give their new swim collection a try! I'm more of a bikini top gal than a bikini bottom gal, and in that aspect I think Express has really nailed it. I would definitely pick up a few more tops to mix and match with bottoms I already own because at $29 a piece, you can't really go wrong! I don't know about you, but I'm in there like swim wear ;)


Besos, 
RC


Thank you to Express for partnering on this post! All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Chase

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
{C.S. Lewis}

For many people, life is about the chase. We chase people, we chase love, we chase money, we chase success; we often chase things that are better left un-chased. We spend so much time and effort and emotions chasing things that need not be caught when there are far better things that await and far better things ahead. I used to be a chaser...of people, of friends, of acceptance, of recognition. I chased things not for myself but for others. I chased things that should have long been left abandoned. Now, I no longer believe in chasing, but I do believe in pursuing. To chase means to go after something with a reckless abandon, trying to catch something that doesn't want to or cannot be caught. But with pursuit there is a decided determination, a striving for accomplishment, the attaining of an end goal. You shouldn't chase love because love does not need to be caught, it needs to be pursued. You shouldn't chase people or friendships that aren't reciprocated, the ones that matter will always be present. And last, you shouldn't chase money or success, but instead your life should be about the ultimate pursuit of happiness, not running after the whisper of something that was. 


Besos, 
RC










Parker Blazer - similar here || Nanette Lepore Crop Sweater {old} - similar here || Chiffon Sleeveless Blouse {old} - love this, similar here || Vince Trousers {old} - similar here || Reed Krakoff Booties - similar here {on sale!} || Chanel Bag || Sunglass Warehouse Sunnies c/o - love these || J.Crew Necklace

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sappling

"Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough."
{Emily Dickinson}

It's been beautiful weather over here in the NYC area lately and I've been experiencing some serious FOMO while I'm at work. I think a few months ago I shared a piece of writing I did and I believe I promised to share the rest. I think I might have skipped over the winter portion {oops..!} but not trying to reflect on that anytime soon. Maybe next winter...but for now we think spring! Hope you enjoy!

The spring is beautiful in New Jersey. White mountains upon dirt mountains begin to melt away, dissolving into the earth like sugar. Seeping in through the hungry lips of a deprived land, the winter becomes a memory in Mother Nature’s book of Life. From hibernation to liberation, life begins to stretch its limbs ready to start anew. The clouds weep tears of joy as dry brown becomes a blossoming green, and the bare locks of trees begin to cover itself with promises of beauty. Flat barren landscapes become buzzing hives of work: rebuilding, re-establishing, re-inventing. Mornings are welcomed once again by the chorus of birds, each twittering their own tune as newborns squawk with unseeing eyes, hungry. Hungry for nurture, hungry for attention, hungry to depart on wings to independence.


Besos,
RC








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