3 Staple Outfits to Save Any Morning

Image from Walk in Wonderland
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Sometimes life gets so busy that sleep gets shoved to the bottom of our priorities list (even below “catch up on cat memes.” Guilty as charged). And I get it– work starts piling up, all your favorite stores are having online sales at the same time, then you start feeling anti-social so you just have to go out on the town. Before you know it the clock strikes 1, 2, 3 AM. Instead of preaching about the benefits of sleep and how to ensure you get more of it, because I honestly would be a blind woman leading the herd, I will provide you with my go-to outfits that will help you wake up after 5 hours of sleep and still look dece-piece.

1. Cut-Offs & a Crisp Clean Tee

I know the first impulse is to throw on a srat tee and gym shorts, but you can step up your look with even the simplest of switches. Cut-Offs are a girl’s bff because they are (or should be) just as comfortable as gym shorts. Paired with a clean basic tee (read: plain, striped, or cool graphics) and some chic sunglasses and you’re good to go. Heck, you can still even wear your sneakers if you really want.

Try these shorts from Express, and this tee from LOFT

2. Shift or Maxi Dress

Cut your dressing time in half by wearing half as many clothes! Find a comfy, loose shift dress that you know looks great, and you won’t even have to check the mirror on you’re way out the door. Throw it on, add some cute flats or Birkenstocks (cause apparently that’s a thing again.. maybe Tevas if you want to be really fashion forward) and you’ll look even better than you feel. It’s a one-hit-wonder.

Try this dress from Mango, or this dress from Threadsence

3. Basically Anything Black

There is something about black that is just right. Somehow, it is flattering, classic, edgy and sophisticated all at the same time. Whether it is a black dress, romper, tee & shorts/pants, you name it–  you really can’t go wrong with all black errthang. And don’t worry about looking “gothy,” so long as you don’t have an entire stick of black eyeliner on… but to each their own.

Try this jumpsuit from Forever21, or this skirt and graphic top from Uniqlo

 

Leather Norts?! Yes please.

imageSecond day of classes as an official third-year. Not only is it weird to think I am halfway through my college education, but that I am also now one of the older kids. Is it just me or have colleges decided to let in a bunch of 14 year olds? I swear I did not look that little as a freshman…

Best exercise my “back to school” shopping excuse while I still can! I’m loving loose leather, especially these sporty shorts from H&M. Great transition piece as the days get cooler, and it’s safe to say my Norts (college girl’s term for Nike shorts) have met their match! Not to say I am nixing the Norts entirely…in fact I am wearing them currently. But it’s nice to have a chicer option without sacrificing the breeziness and forgiving elastic waist as I inhale my Froyo.

Red, White, Blue & Black

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I am a big fan of our patriotic colors. They are primary, crisp, clean, and contrast nicely. But in order to sport this color combo and avoid looking like you are late to America’s birthday bash, throw in some trusty black. I wore a plain black tee as my base, and used white as an accessory to keep things fresh. Try rotating which color you use as an accent, and you’ll be able to create infinite outfits with minimal pieces!

Forever 21 blazer and tee, Old Navy Shorts, TJ Maxx bag, Target boots

Hump day was the BEST day!

Well, what a week this has proven to be. After a relaxing weekend getaway to Block Island to celebrate America’s birthday, I returned to the big city and back to work, only to find myself working behind the scenes for a style segment on the Wendy Williams show. We gave this hot mama a makeover, and boy did she work it. Check out the clip here! If you look reallllyyyy hard maybe you’ll see through the wall to find me backstage (and yes, I did see Chrissy Teigan up close and personal after her segment. And yes, she is really that beautiful).

And the day only got better from there. Following work, I took a evening stroll down 5th Avenue and headed over to Henri Bendel– my former internship employer. But this was no plain old shopping spree; in fact, there was no shopping involved (shocking, I know). No no, this was to pay a visit to one of the latest Bendel’s bags to hit stores. Say hello to the Bowery Messenger bag, designed by Meredith Wadsworth.

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Remember the bag I featured in a previous post or two? Well, the improved and finished product has finally arrived, and MY DESIGN IS BEING SOLD IN HENRI BENDEL STORES AND ONLINE! I literally can’t even believe it, it feels like a dream. I was told they were going to sell it after I presented the design last summer, but I can’t believe it has been a full year and it is really here!! I was freaking out and couldn’t stop smiling. They made the bag in three practical colors, black, grey and tan, and even designed a tote with whipstitching detail to match.

I really want to take a moment to thank everyone who has been so supportive of me thus far in pursuing my dreams. This achievement could never have happened without the help of my loving parents and family, my friends, my mentors and managers, and YOU, dear readers! Every day you all inspire me to keep doing my thing, and I feel I am getting closer and closer to my goals. Even though those goals seem to be constantly changing, my network of support has only grown with time. So with that, I thank you and love you and go check out the Bowery Messenger online and in stores!!!

Beach Trends Ain’t Your Friend

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Let’s face it. There’s no need for a bag full of accessories or products when you’re lying in the sun. All I bring is a canvas bag stuffed with a towel, a good book (or several, via Kindle), sunglasses, a beach hat, sunscreen, water, and a healthy snack. While I admire the sexy beach jewels and shimmery eyeshadow, the cut-out monokinis and wedge sandals that don the models in every summer issue magazines, they are simply impractical. That girl would enter the beach a chic, hot piece of a**, and leave with geometric sunburns, her hair knotted in her body chain and raccoon eyes running down her face– which she had so perfectly bronzed, blushed, and defined beforehand. If the realities of the beach allowed, I’d be one of those girls, but I think extravagant beach trends are just one of those styles that aught to come with a “don’t try this at home” stamp (see: Lady GaGa meatdress. Or just Lady GaGa in general).

But I don’t want to miss out on all the fun. On my walk from work to the train for my weekend beach getaway, I stopped into Forever21 and picked up this little number. I love the halter style and it’s Mara-like print. Paired with regular rise bottoms, it’s not so crazy that I’ll walk away with ridiculous tan lines.

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A Fresh Start to the Day

I recently have taken a big liking to starting my mornings off with lots of fruit. I’ve noticed that it gives me lots of energy throughout the morning, and I’m very alert and ready to face any challenge at work! It is also very convenient, as there is a fresh fruit stand that I pass every day on my way to the office. I’ll frequently purchase delicious mangos, strawberries, bananas, peaches, even cantaloupe or pineapple! It is nice that my office kitchen comes equipped with a blender, so I can make a quick and easy smoothie with any of those fruits. But this morning I tried something slightly different: a banana frosty parfait!

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I simply blended 3 frozen bananas with a little water to make a super creamy banana frosty, and mixed in blueberries, grapes, sliced banana (that’s what I had in the fridge) and topped with cinnamon and flax seeds for texture and healthy fats. It is DELICIOUS and so energizing! I plan to make this a lot. Even as a dessert! Try it out, change it up by adding in your own favorite fruits and nuts, and dig in :)

Dried and Delectable

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I think I have an addiction to dried fruit. Dried mango, dried pineapple, dried banana, dried kiwi, you name it. It doesn’t help that my office has an entire jar full of delicious dried fruit that just sits in our kitchen asking me to come to it. and I do. every. time. But it is delicious and nutritious (yes–it is!) and I don’t mind when other employees stare at me, the little newbie intern, returning for her fifth handful of banana chips. I hear a lot of people saying “that stuff is like candy,” and in terms of its addictiveness, yes it is indeed like candy. But not in nutritional content. Dried fruit, so long as it isn’t loaded with added refined sugars, is just as nutritious as fresh fruit, except that the water is removed and the nutrients are concentrated. This makes it easier to consume, so one typically eats more than they would in fresh fruit servings. This is a lot of sugar, but it is not the same sugar you see on a bag of M&Ms. This is natural sugar that is good for you! And for those who struggle getting enough servings of fruit per day, dried fruit is a great option in moderation. Now excuse me while I get my sixth handful.

Track Pants are for the office, too.

 

 


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I have always admired Blake Lively’s style. As she did so famously on Gossip Girl, she genuinely owns that woke-up-like-this fabulousness that we all yearn to possess. This particular photo of Blake rocking track pants and a white blouse has been on my inspo board for quite a while. This style is tricky, though, for us college fashionistas, particularly when you’re coming from a rural town like Charlottesville– it isn’t practical to walk around campus in heels, and nearly every time I wear something put together people ask “what’s the occasion?” Well, the occasion is that I want to look chic and not be questioned by it. Alas, here is my more casual, office and campus (and budget!) friendly take on Blake’s look.

Sweater from Forever21, Pants from H&M, Sandals from TJMaxx, Bag by Henri Bendel

 

 

Sunday Funday

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What a gorgeous weekend in the city to mark the official kick-off of summer. My sister came to visit for a day of shopping, nibbling on the delectable various Broadway Bites, and just enjoying the sun. Of course, on Sunday we took a stroll to Union Square and took in the people watching whilst I devoured my favorite refreshing meal– the Liquiteria Mean Green Acai Bowl. It has acai blended with green superfood, topped with granola, berries, sliced banana and a touch of almond butter. Ugh, now I want another one.

To stay relaxed and breezy, I donned my new flowy wide-leg pants and classic white tee from Forever21, paired with a Steve Madden bag found at Nordstrom Rack.

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