Monday, May 2, 2016

Let's Do Brunch

Head to Toe: Jumper, Hunter Bell via Rent the Runway // Heels, Clarks // Shirt, TJ Maxx (similar) // Earrings, Nina

Happy Monday, fashionistas...We survived! I have to admit, I was fighting a serious case of the Monday blues this morning, especially since it was particularly dreary for the first week of May. After a productive workday checking off my to-do list, I'm feeling positive about the week ahead. Plus, I can't complain about work after such a beautiful Saturday. We went to brunch at Paradou in NYC's trendy Meatpacking district for a friend's birthday, and the afternoon was perfect. I wanted to wear something special for the event, so I rented this Hunter Bell jumper via Rent the Runway for $30. I knew it might be chilly so I chose long pants, but the white color and cut-out silhouette kept it springlike. Two sizes were delivered right to my doorstep (the 2 fit perfectly) and came with a prepaid UPS return label. So easy! I'm seriously pondering subscribing to the unlimited program—because sometimes a girl just feels better in designer, amiright?
With the guy (left) and the birthday girl (right)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Good Jeans

Head to Toe: Top, Forever 21 // Vest, DWR Consignments // Heels, Clarks // Jeans, L Train Vintage

These mom jean cut-offs are the result of my second spring denim DIY. I'm excited for the bottoms to become more frayed after a few washes, but I'm definitely pleased with the results. The length is a great complement to my new Clarks sandals, which might possibly be the comfiest heels I've ever owned. And comfort is a necessity during my current health-kick...A friend took me to my first barre class yesterday, and the soreness today is on another level. But I'll look like a ballerina soon, amiright?

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Birthday Brunch inspired by Paperless Post

Sarah Sherman Samuel
The folks at Paperless Post are starting the conversation about parties (one of my favorite subject matters), so when they asked me to "plan" my ideal milestone gathering, my mind immediately went to my favorite weekend pastime: brunch. Since I have a winter birthday, I don't often get to have alfresco celebrations, but an outdoor brunch is the perfect soiree for a friend's big—or small—birthday, bridal shower, or just for an excuse to gather with pals and celebrate spring.
Paperless Post
Sure, a Facebook event will get people to the party, but let's adult here and send some real invitations to make it special. Don't worry, you don't have to adult too much and lick any envelopes, but Paperless Post has a ton pretty birthday invitations that let guests know exactly what the theme/formality level is for the event.
Apartment Therapy
The next important touch is flowers. For spring, my favorite "arrangements" are loose, in-season blooms. Gather up some mismatched containers (mason jars, old bottles, cleaned-out candle votives all work) and pick up about 10-15 loose stems at the flower shop. Cheaper, and much prettier, than grabbing grocery store arrangements.
Extraordinary Events
Being a host is fun but it's also important to enjoy the party. That's why I love self-serve set-ups. A mimosa bar is perfect for brunch. Just set out a few different juices, some champagne bottles and sliced fruit and let guests concoct their own cocktails.
Happy Wed
Same goes for the food! If you can set-up a little station near a plug, do it hotel style and leave out batter in a pitcher (for easy pouring) with different fillings—blueberries, chocolate chips, etc. For a birthday gathering, I love the idea of these cake batter waffles. Okay now seriously friends, who has a birthday coming up so I can throw this party? Happy celebrating!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Farfetch Trend Challenge: Cold Shoulder

Head to Toe: Blouse, Buffalo Exhange // Jeans, 341 via Buffalo Exchange // Heels, Clarks // Sweater, H&M // Shades, Fleeps

Happy Monday, fashionistas! I hope you enjoyed the spring weekend. It always goes by too fast, but a warm, sunny start to the week makes it a little bit easier to get back into the grind. (I even enjoyed my morning coffee on my rooftop.) If you caught my trend round-up post, you know I'm crushing on the cold shoulder. So when Farfetch challenged me to style one of this season's trends, I went in search of a shoulder-bearing blouse. Luckily, I found this baby secondhand with tags at Buffalo Exchange (New Yorkers recycle trends before they're even out of style, apparently). And I'm just smitten with this blush hue—in case my layout color scheme didn't give that away. Before work, I stopped into a press preview at Drome, and the designer had to double take if I was wearing a piece from her new collection, which is flush with this rose shade. Outfit win!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The White Stripes

Head to Toe: Top, Loft // Blazer, Top Shop via Thredup // Jeans, Hollister via Continuations Consignments // Shoes, Latigo // Bag, Zara // iPhone case, Candies

After a week of feeling lousy, I had to start this one with a positive outfit. I was excited to wear my revamped white skinnies (check out how I DIY'ed them here) and kept the rest neutral save for my gold oxfords. Now, I'm easing back into the rest of my life things—cooking, yoga, general hygiene—put on hold by my plague-like cold. I even made this blackberry ricotta pizza last night that was so simple yet seriously the bomb. Happy Taco Tuesday, fashionistas!
Had to include this outtake of Monti sprinting through my shot. Places to go, Mom!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Weekend DIY: Distressed Denim for Spring

Photos from Pinterest
Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Sean and I visited Connecticut to spend time with my parents and celebrate a friend's birthday. It was a ton of fun, but it's a sleepy start to the week. I did have some time to do two quick denim DIY's Sunday evening that are so easy I couldn't help but share. My mom brightened up an old pair of white jeans for me, and I wanted to make them even more on-trend by adding the popular barely-there knee slit. I also wanted to update a pair of vintage jeans that weren't quite hitting at the right length to a more stylish angle cut. I'll walk you through both of the projects—which took about 15 minutes total. All you need are the pants, some pins and scissors. 
For the ripped-knee jeans, start by trying them on and pinching where they bunch right below the knee. Line up the heights, and pin a small fold in place. Take them off—carefully—and cut a straight line along that fold, starting and finishing about a half-inch from the edges.
That's it! Remove the pins, and you have a pair of every-so-slightly ripped jeans that you can really only see when you walk or sit down (so if you work in a casual office like me, you can get away with wearing them on a weekday).
Monti says, "Good job, Mom!" Next, for the cut-off jeans, try them on and cuff up to the length you want. Mine were stiff enough that I didn't need to pin them, but pin in place if necessary. I took them back off and adjusted slightly to make sure they were even. Make sure the fold is crisp (you can also iron in place). Then, just as before, cut along the crease. To start, make a micro-fold upon the crease in the opposite direction and cut a small slit, so that you are just making a cut on the line and not a huge hole. Then, same as before, cut along the crease, being careful not to get off track across the seams. 
Done and done! Keep your eyes peeled here for how I style my old new jeans. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Brighter Days

Head to Toe: Dress, Old Navy // Flannel, Kmart // Booties, thrifted // Bag and belt, Vintage

I think I am finally starting to kick this cold. This week was a blur of tissues and tea, but thankfully Friday is here, and I'm hopeful of brighter days ahead. I wouldn't mind another day like this one last week, when I was able to enjoy the sun sans tights. Regardless, it's the weekend, so that's bright in and of itself. I'm going home to Connecticut to spend time with my parents and celebrate a friend's birthday, and I could not be more excited. Sniffles, be damned...Happy Friday, fashionistas!