My birthday happens to fall on New Year’s Eve, so I feel I have double the excuse to be SUPER extra when it comes to my party look. Is it sparkly, shiny or sheer? I’m on it. Over the top faux fur, studio 54 stye liquid mesh, aggressive party accessories that you really can only wear once? Down.
Even if it’s not your birthday on the 31st, I encourage you to go all out when it comes to your NYE outfit. It’s only the last day of the year 2017 once right?
Who remembers the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie finds the gold engagement ring Aiden is going to propose to her with and vomits? It was a classssic.
Well if someone could find an exact replica of that ring it would sell out in a hot minute because vintage- nineties-looking gold jewelry is EVERYTHING right now.
Whether its some delicate gold earrings with a wispy updo, a classic vintage Italian looking necklace paired with a sleek off the shoulder top, or statement-making chain earrings, adding an element of vintage gold makes even basic outfit look a little cooler
Happy September everyone, it’s officially Fall! I’ll save you the typical schpiel about how excited for all things boot & pumpkin related (because we know I am) by keeping it short & sweet and telling you I’m just happy to be getting into the crisper months.
J. Crew is really killing the game with their fall separates right now. They have some adorable silk & velvet camisoles that I have in my shopping cart right now, along with some super cute blazers & coats I also want to grab. PLUS an amazing fur vest in the yummiest wine color.
I‘m also in the process of building a pair of custom shoes with Shoes of Prey! I’m sure you’ve seen the shoes below on Pinterest, I feel like they are the most pinned shoes ever! They’re by Aquazarra, and retail for like $700. Since I don’t have that kind of cash lying around to spare on shoes, I decided to make a similar pair on Shoes of Prey for only $150. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!
Finally, I just stocked up on some Everlane basics. While I love a good statement piece, nothing beats have great quality pieces like long sleeve t-s for layering, crisp black jeans or my new favorite wide leg pants. Shop all the pieces I purchased below!
I don’t know if you heard, but Rihanna just changed the makeup game. Her Fenty Beauty line is TO DIE FOR. The collection is focused on skin, so think primers, highlighters, contour & concealer sticks. I bought the Universal Lip Luminizer, and am in love. While I’m not usually a gloss person, this is just so flattering and pretty with just the right amount of shimmer & warmth. You can wear it alone or layer over lipsticks and it really does look good on everyone. I also grabbed the Primer which I’ve been mixing into my foundation before applying ( I read somewhere that it works better that way) and it gives me the perfect matte without drying me out. I also grabbed the Match Stix Shimmer in Starstruck and want to get my hands on “Rum” because it’s suppose to look beautiful as a bronzed eye.
On the hair front, my hairstylist recommended these two products to me during my last visit and I’m in love. The first is an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. I have a problem scalp so this really helps both with scalp irritation and also to remove product build-up. It’s color-safe and somehow takes the place of a shampoo & conditioner, without smelling like traditional ACV. Seriously magic. The second is Marula Oil 3 in 1 Styling Creme. It’s super moisturizing and tames my frizz really well. I put it in after I shower and either let my hair air dry (90% of the time) or style. It’s like a leave-in conditioner, styling cream, and hair oil all in one, plus it smells amazing.
Healthwise, I’m trying something called carb cycling, you can read about it here. I owe you all an updated fitness post where I’ll go into more detail but essentially you cycle high carb days with low carb days as a way to decrease calories a bit & shock your body, without cutting down your carbs too much. I’m a monster on anything less than 100g of carbs per day so I’m using a moderate approach where I don’t go below that.
If you haven’t watched Narcos, do it now. I finished it in like three days, mainly because of my intense crush on Pedro Pascal. I’m also super excited that Outlander is back on! If you’ve never watched it and love period shows, it’s definitely a must! Every time I watch I have the urge to re-visit and or move to Scotland.
I also just received my first monthly task from a program called Safety Pin Box. The idea behind Safety Pin Box is to better educate white people who want to become better informed and strong allies for the Black Liberation movement, with a particular focus on women. This month’s theme is #blackreprodjustice. Repro rights are near and dear to my heart, but I know I have an inherent bias that prevents me from advocating on behalf of women of color, so I’m really excited to dig into this and make some changes to my way of thinking and advocating.
A few weeks ago I spent 10 days in Italy and it was as you would expect, magical. Heres a recap
I started in Rome and was able to spend a few days leisurely exploring the city. I had been to Rome and hit most of the touristy spots before, so this trip was really about relaxing in little cafe’s & wine bars, shopping and just seeing where ever the day took me!
The only downfall of traveling in late August is that Italians take their summer vacations then, so a couple of restaurants I was dying to try were closed! Don’t worry, I still managed to eat well 🙂 Luckily I have a bunch of girlfriends who have spent time in Rome so I had a great list of restaurants to try! Some highlights were Gelato Teatro for the MOST amazing gelato (luckily my hotel was 2 min away by foot, not planned, just lucky!) Tip: I met someone who ran food tours in Italy and told me surefire way to pick out high-quality gelato is to choose the shops where the gelato is fairly flat and unassuming, as opposed to the big billowy tubs you often see. The latter is filled with additives while the former is more natural and flavorful. I tested this out and it’s definitely true!
I also loved La Fraschetta (amazing cacio e pepe) and Checco er Carratetierre for a no frills authentic Roman experience. Cafe Grecco is also adorable and picturesque and is a famous cafe where John Keats & Lord Byron used to hang! Expensive but definitely worth a trip for a pastry and espresso (or champagne!)
I also HIGHLY recommend taking a cooking class at Cooking Classes in Rome. Chef Andrea was warm, funny and knowledgeable. The class was five hours and we prepared everything from scratch. At the end of the class the students sat down to the four course meal we made, complete with wine pairings.
I stayed in the Campo de Fiore area for the first part of my trip, and Trastevere for a night before my AM flight back to the states. I recommend both, Campo de Fiore was very central and conveniently located, and Trastevere had amazing restaurants and bars.
Next took a train to Naples and a ferry to Capri. I can honestly say Capri was one of the most glamorous places I ever visited. Capri is known for being the go to choice for celebrities like Sophia Loren and even the Kennedy’s and I can see why. It’s a beautiful, mountainous little island filled with designer shops, bars and amazing food. I stayed for two nights and could have spent five. Some people advise just doing a day trip from the Amalfi Coast but I disagree, as the magic of Capri is best felt when the crowds die down! During the day it’s a tourist trap so it can take a long time to get from one place to another, and you want to allow yourself ample time to explore both Capri city and the quieter Ana Capri.
Make sure you spend some time at one of beach clubs where you can relax, tan & order food and drinks. The most popular are Da Luigi & La Fontelina
Definitely take a boat tour around the island, it’s the best way to take in all the sights like the Blue Grotto, bottle of Mireval is optional (kind of!)
Positano & Amalfi Coast
Next I made my way over to the Amalfi Coast where I spent most of my time in Positano! It was even more beautiful in person, pictures really don’t do it justice! I stayed at Hostel Brikette which I highly recommend, especially if you’re a solo traveler & on a budget. The shared rooms are between 25-50 euro, and while I rented my own room and it wasn’t necessarily cheap, compared to even mid range hotels in Positano it was steal. It was clean, had a great breakfast menu, $6 bottles of wine and cheap cocktails served all day, along with a gorgeous balcony overlooking the ocean. I spent time at both Spiagga Grande & Fornillo beach and have to stay I preferred the latter as is was a bit less crowded and more peaceful.
Other highlights were a delicious lunch at Chez Black where I tried fried zucchini pasta ( a speciality on the Amalfi coast) and fabulous drinks at the Oyster Champagne bar at La Sirenusa, on the the most beautiful hotels in Positano! Another memorable dinner was the one I had at Next 2, definitely grab the meatballs and polenta cakes! Amazing wine selection as well.
I only had three full days in Positano so I wasn’t able to do as many day trips as I’d hoped, like explore some of the beaches in Praiano, but I was able to make it over to Ravello and I highly recommend making it a priority to visit! Ravello is higher up on the mountainside so it has a unmatched view of the coastline. Very quaint and serene, its the perfect day trip to escape the bustle of Positano during high season. I didn’t get a chance to dine at Belmond Hotel Caruso because it wasn’t open for lunch at the time but if you’re able to, definitely stop in, it’s beautiful historic luxury hotel.
I loved my taste of Italian summer, there’s really nothing like it. As soon as I got home I started brainstorming my next trip, because I always love having something to look forward to… open to suggestions!
Can you believe it’s already September!? As sad as I am to say goodbye to summer, I’m definitely getting excited for the season ahead. One of my favorite parts of a new season (fall in particular) is adding key pieces to my wardrobe to keep my look current. But it can also be overwhelming because there are so many trends that float around come September.
Here are the trends I’ve seen and that I think will hold some weight this season:
Deep red, oxblood, wine, burgundy, whatever you want to call it, this color is hot this season. It looks equally rich on clothing as well as bags and shoes. It’s neutral enough to create a monochromatic look, but I also love pairing it with white and camel for a crisp and clean look.
Wide Leg Cropped Pants
I’ve seen multiple lines carry this style, and I think it’s a super flattering alternative to traditional denim while keeping the comfort level. Get a pair in black, khaki, olive or even white (ignore the labor day rule) and pair them with flat sandals now, mules when it gets a bit colder and barely-there heels when you want to dress it up for a night out.
Shimmer, shine, sequins, mesh, gold, silver or bronze– if it looks like you could wear it to Studio 54, it’s fair game. Bonus points for something slightly sheer. I love the idea of pairing pieces like this with more substantial knits, like a metal mesh tank over a knit turtleneck.
Plush & Cozy
Whatever you do, make sure you buy yourself something fluffy & comfy this season. Teddy coats, oversize sweaters, and furry bomber jackets are all evocative of the 60’s and 70’s, but feel right at home this season.
I’ve seen everything from pajama style separates to more structured power suits this season. As you’ve probably noticed in previous posts, I love coordinating sets because you can mix and match each piece to get more wear out of them, but I plan to purchase at least one set to rock head to toe!
Scroll through some pieces I’ve picked for each of these trends below!
The third and final month of summer is upon us! August is always a funny month because you’re simultaneously soaking up the last drops of summer and starting to think about fall and all that comes with it. I’m focusing on getting as much of my summer fix as I can for the next few weeks!
I’ve always loved seeing bloggers round up their monthly favorites, whether it’s clothing, recipes, beauty items, TV shows, etc. Obviously, my picks will mostly fall into fashion & beauty categories, but there are other aspects of my life (and personal taste) I’d love to share with my followers as well!
So this is the first of a monthly favorites blog series I’m starting, I hope you enjoy!
I bought a pair of these in black and have been wearing them non-stop. Super comfortable, amazing quality, and chic. They remind me of the Hermes ones I’ve been seeing around (but for a much lower price tag only $80 and they’re high-quality leather!)
This palette holds everything I need for a full look, all in pretty rose gold tones. I’m trying to bring as little makeup as possible on my upcoming trip to Italy, but this will definitely make the cut!
I finally took some time to check out former reality star Lo Bosworth’s blog and fell in love. I’ve never read a more honest and sensitive e blog, and I loved how varied her content was. Some of her recent posts cover healthy recipes, natural beauty picks and a vlog about how she’s healing her broken heart. I love her vulnerability and commitment to wellness and mental health! Definitely, check it out! She’s my new #girlcrush
In less than a week I’m headed to my DREAM destination, the Amalfi coast! I have all things Italian on the mind and am looking forward to sharing my trip with you all! With that, I leave you with this #travelporn image
There are so many amazing swimwear brands right now that I’m obsessed with! I’ve been loving the vintage 80/90’s cuts as well as the mix of neutrals & neon I’ve been seeing. I have the bad habit of buying a new swimsuit before every beach vacation I take, but I rationalize it as motivation to workout! Besides, when you’re in the right location, a swimsuit is a full outfit anyways.
Tasha Oakely & Devin Brugman are the queens of swimwear. They have a blog dedicated to the “bikini life” called Bikini A Day. Their swimwear line features basic swimwear shapes in classic colors. They also have amazing options for larger busts.
Australians know their swimwear. Triangl started out with their signature color block neoprene bikinis but they’ve recently branched out to the trendy velvet and ribbed textures as well. I love their scoop neck & strapless options.