September 7, 2014

Weekly Rewind

{Recent mornings have consisted of multiple September issues and lots of black coffee}

{Although summer is over, barbeque is delicious anytime}

{A spontaneous Yankees game!}

{Said another bittersweet goodbye to my apartment last week. Miss my roomie of two years already!}

This week was a bit rough for me personally and super busy and hectic at the same time--not a great mix. However, thanks to the love and help of my amazing friends, I proudly made it through! Here are a few links that I've enjoyed this week.

I have a weird obsessions with anything concerning tomatoes (except tomato soup...don't ask) and I want to make all of these 27 delicious ways to use tomatoes.

Friends has always been my very favorite television show and this news about an actual Central Perk opening in Manhattan was hands down one of my favorite things this week.

73 questions for Blake Lively from Vogue appeased my nosy curiosity.

I cannot express my excitement and admiration for Mindy Kaling landing her own solo magazine cover focusing on not only her writing and acting talents, but her awesome style as well.

Jenna Lyons to the New York Times: "I lift some heavy sequins during the day. And I walk in five-inch heels regularly, which I believe is really good for my calves. Do we have to talk about diet and fitness?"

Is it weird that I love reading about what my favorite role models eat? Check out Eva Chen's ideal lunch box here. I can't wait for more lunchbox insights!

September 2, 2014

2014 Fall Craves

1. The 90s trend is a force that cannot and will not be stopped. Graduate from the crop tops and mom jeans into some cool grungey plaid looks.

2. Is this even considered a trend if it's a loved item every year? I can't wait to pair some chunky oversized sweaters with more fitted pencil skirts (possibly in leather?) or some shorts with tights.

3. A solid pair of black booties is also a perennial staple for the cooler months. I like a more polished version of cool motorcycle boots.

4. A huge trend on runways were billowy coats that were cinched with a casual belt in a matching or super contrasting color. It makes me question whether I need another winter coat...

5. Bright colors, such as deep red and royal blue, were hot on the runways, but hot pink was a surprising addition to the bunch. Being that pink is my favorite color, I don't mind!

6. Sheer and lacy pieces like this top are the perfect way to show some skin while still staying covered during autumn and winter.

7. Another classic fall/winter trend is the leopard print or animal print in general. It was seen on everything from coats, tops and bottoms, but I hope to bring in a subtle amount with printed leopard booties.

8. Leather. I could write an ode to leather (or faux leather). It's the easiest, coolest and chicest way to look pulled together and tough in a feminine way. Next on my leopard shopping list? A straight leather skirt.

9. I always associated shearling with Ugg boots (I'm sorry if I offend, but I hate them). However, this year designers brought out full shearling coats, vests, and even mufflers. 

Life and 101 Updates

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Summer is officially over! Although it's closer to the end of the year, a lot of people (myself and Vogue included) see September as a new beginning. I am one of those people who end up making a lot of resolutions in January that tend to falter out by April, but I never really forget them. Thankfully, as the weather gets cooler and the leaves start to change colors, it reminds me that it's never too late to get back on track with goals.

Earlier this summer, I made a list of 101 goals to complete in 1001 days and although progress has been slow, it has been steady.

6. Find my signature cocktail.
Gin and tonic. Plain and simple. Just needed to make a definite decision for my own sanity.

8. Learn how to french braid hair.
This may be something that some are born with, but I have absolutely zero hair skills. Learning this was a big and exciting accomplishment for me. Check out this tutorial if you're having trouble like I was!

33. Get on a consistent blog schedule.
This is something that I've been trying to perfect all summer, but with random excursions as well as though lazy summer days, I would end my streak at about three days. This month/the rest of the year, I'm hoping to post a little something everyday to keep my motivation and inspiration high.

Happy September!

August 23, 2014

Weekly Rewind

{Spontaneous thrift store shopping}

{I took my sister and mom to the Flatiron building for their first times and remembered how the view never gets old}

{Customizable pasta, pizza, etc. for super fast and fresh food}

{Working on a new blog organization to appease my OCD tendencies}

{How I spend lazy summer days. P.S. That's one of my favorite beers!}

These past couple weeks have been filled with lazy lounging, random panic attacks about school starting again, and more laziness. During my (ample) free time, I've been going to new restaurants, taking visitors (most recently, my mom and sister) around the city and going on impromptu adventures on my own. Below are some links that I've enjoyed during my aforementioned lounging.

I hate saying that I'm ever bored (only boring people are bored), but Buzzfeed's list of 17 Things To Do When You're Bored Out of Your Mind gave me a lot of fun and practical ideas.

An interactive site by the New York Times to figure out what your summer drink is. I may have done this more than once, but I always ended up with a gin and tonic.

Supposedly meditation is the new secret to weight loss? Worth a try considering the many other benefits of meditation.

Lately, I've been feeling a slump in a lot of aspects in my life, but this list of 36 ways to boost creativity gave me a lot of inspiration.

In this age of networking, meaningful and entertaining conversations are essential to create lasting connections. Here's how to turn small talk into smart conversation.

August 22, 2014

Summer Daze

The end of summer is always bittersweet. I love fall weather and the start of holiday season, but I'm going to miss the leisurely summer days. Comfortable and cooling pieces, like my open weave top, are essential for these continuing hot summer days. On a separate note, I really need to find a way to stay active and not lazy during these warm and hazy days. Any suggestions?