Tuesday, July 15, 2014

{SUILTSOY PSA} GO SEE 'OBVIOUS CHILD' IMMEDIATELY...


It's a rare and special thing when I actually go to the movie theater to see a movie. The last time I did, it was for The Wolf of Wall Street, and not until about five months after it came out. I felt especially incentivized yesterday—as we're in the midst of some insufferable humidity here in the city, so when Emily asked if I wanted to see Obvious Child on a whim Monday evening, I was all in. I had read quite a bit about the movie, and figured that a film pegged as an "abortion comedy" starring Jean Ralphio's sister / Marcel The Shell With Shoes On couldn't be bad.

You guys. This movie. Is so good. Jenny Slate is so good. Gillian Robespierre (the writer/director) is brilliant. While it rang especially true for Emily and I as working professionals looking for a good man in New York City who are just shy of 30, the overall message of the story and the comedy are so real and relevant that anyone can identify. (We noted there was a really darling couple in the audience who were definitely over the age of 70, and they seemed to love it.)

This is a film that's great for both cynics and romantics, of which I think I'm a little of both. The plot is strikingly realistic, but woven together with some of the smart story-telling devices we've come to love from classic rom-coms. For these reasons, I walked out of the theater feeling a bit of catharsis and a little like I had been punched in the stomach. 

Reeling from the charm, heart and emotional realness of Obvious Child and oppressed by the stormy, soggy heat of Houston Street, Emily and I retreated to Il Buco to sort out our feelings over red wine and gnocchi with artichoke. The conversation wove from relationships and single life stuff to parents and babies and friends and careers—and back to how attractive Jake Lacy is. You know, standard Monday night stuff.

Moral of the blog post: If you're a human who feels things, see this movie. Just see it. And then lets all talk.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

{JERSEY'S FINEST} SNAPS FROM OCEAN CITY...


Late one Thursday night at the end of June, five friends and I took off from Manhattan for Ocean City, New Jersey. Armed with minimal base tans and plenty of tequila, we were ready for a long weekend of beach days, game nights and daily hoagies from the WaWa.

I sort of hate the cliche concept of a "girls trip," but that's exactly what it was, and it was exactly what we needed. No agenda, no makeup and a lot of laughing.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: SUMMER HEART


{ Do what you want you will always be mine
Do what you need, yeah, I promise I'm fine }

I don't know what else to say about Summer Heart except that the name says it all. I just discovered this "project" by Swedish musician David Alexander recently, and it's like a mix of Washed Out and Beach House that's been drenched in glittering, guitar-y sunshine. 

If you could record the feeling of a perfect day at the beach and then play it back, Summer Heart is what it would sound like. Currently I can't get enough of the below, "U Got All I'm Looking 4." The vocals are reverbed to sound like they're playing from an old speaker, and the lyrics are so sweet you can't help but feel good when you listen to it.



The weekend is still a few days away, but if you close your eyes and listen, you might get a dose of that peaceful relaxation right at your desk. If you need more of that transportive feeling, check out more of Summer Heart on Spotify, especially "I Wanna Go" and "Beat of Your Heart."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

{FOR THE GUYS} SUMMER STAPLES IN SHADES OF BLUE...

I've gotten a fair amount of requests lately to bring back some menswear content to SUILTSOY. As you may or may not know, I've been doing that professionally on the regular over at Lifestyle Mirror, but I thought it would be fun to revisit here. I'm not super hip to my demographics so I don't know how many dudes are actually reading this, which means feel free to chime in if you want more or less of this in the future.

I thought I'd kick things off with a simple concept: Blue—the most essential color in a man's wardrobe. Obviously, this hue never really goes away, but it's currently enjoying a moment in the on-trend spotlight. I've long been partial to navy, but pops of royal blue, cerulean and turquoise add a fresh variety for summer. As for wearing it? The answer is this: wear it all, all together, all the time.

Inspired by our man James Bond over here, I rounded up a few of my favorite unfussy, easy-wearing blue pieces to inspire your style this season.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

{STYLING NOTES} BEACH WEEKEND ESSENTIALS...

Ocean City 2014

This weekend my friends and I are off to Ocean City, New Jersey for a much-needed long weekend. There will be no restaurants, no bars—just cooking and drinking at home, with beach days and bike riding and swimming in between. It's my first beach getaway of the season, and I'm practically jumping out of my desk in anticipation.

Ocean City is an extremely laid-back, quite little town, and our destinations pretty much include the shore, the Wawa, the grocery store and the house. Blessedly, that means there just isn't that much to pack.

For the beach, I'm going to be wearing this amazing and gigantic straw hat I picked up at Harmon last week from Panama Jack (you guys, it was $12) and a men's white shirt over a simple bikini. I'll be reading a borrowed copy of The World According To Garp (It comes highly recommended, have you guys read it?) and listening to a forthcoming playlist (hooray!) on a convenient little Jambox.

Back at the house, I see no reason to wear anything but super-comfortable maxi dresses, like my new favorite from Zara (that's now on sale, by the way), or a pair of cutoff denim shorts.

If only every trip was this easy to pack for, right?

Friday, June 20, 2014

{WEDDING SEASON 101} BE THE BEST-DRESSED GUEST AGAIN & AGAIN...

I knew this day would come. For everyone in their mid-to-late twenties, this day comes. The day when you look at your summer schedule and realize that you've entered the years when you're no longer in control of your vacation schedule. Your plans are now controlled (lovingly!) by the parade of weddings, rehearsals, engagement parties and showers your friends and family members have (lovingly!) invited you to attend.

I knocked one (wonderful!) wedding off my list in May, and between mid-July and mid-August I have three more (one as a bridesmaid), plus three rehearsal dinners. That means five different events where a dress of my choosing is required. Doubling up is a must, and choosing from what I've already got is, too. But that still means I'm in the market for a couple new frocks and accessories to get through the season. 

Whether you've got one wedding or six on your docket, you obviously want to look amazing. And with gift registries and travel expenses adding up, you're probably not looking to splurge on multiple designer dresses, shoes and cute little clutches. Neither am I.

If we're going to (lovingly!) drag ourselves across the country and beyond for our nearest and dearest, we might as well talk it out together, right? This post is as much for me as it is for you, as I have yet to successfully and stylishly budget my way through all these events. So click it on through below to check out my best wedding guest style tips and some shopping inspiration, of course.

NOT THAT WE'RE TRYING TO SHOW UP THE BRIDE BUT...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

{ADVENTURES IN HAIR} CHOPPED, FOILED & TONED...


You don't really know the value of a great haircut until you get one. This is something I only learned last week—and I'm 28 years old.

I have had long hair my whole life—long, straight, naturally milk chocolate brunette hair. Over a year ago I wrote about my issues with "hair envy," and my admittedly obsessive attitude about what my hair says about who I am. In that post, I mentioned my adoration of the long bob—as well as my fear of instant "chopper's remorse," as I call it. I was at an impasse.

And so until a few weeks ago, I clung to my fear and my assurance that long hair was a safety net I couldn't part with. Even after witnessing so many women (bloggers, celebrities, et al) chop their hair off and proclaim how great they felt—I still felt like I could never be one of them. If this all sounds a touch dramatic, brace yourself for what's coming.

My change of heart happened seemingly overnight. One day I woke up, showered, and as I stood lazily but laboriously blow drying my hair in the mirror it hit me: Eff this. I was truly ready for something new, even if it meant abandoning my fool-proof long locks. I began meticulously combing Pinterest, searching for realistic inspiration of a shorter 'do I could actually pull off.


{ Just a few of the inspiration images I found... }

Then, like a trick of fate, the ladies at Lauren + Vanessa invited me to come down to the Financial District and check out their salon and get a little summer makeover. I'm nothing if not an opportunist, and knew this was a sign that I should stop clinging to all those fears and take that shoulder-skimming leap.

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