Tuesday, March 3, 2015

{STYLING NOTES} WHAT TO BUY NOW...


This is a weird time of year to shop. Stores are rolling out their early spring product, which, most often, isn't nearly as great as what will hit shelves a little later in the season. However, the urge to shop is strong. I find myself wondering if I can will spring into existance if I just buy enough ankle-skimming pants.

The weather sucks, the novelty of the snow has worn off, and the cold is threatening to drive us all into a red wine-induced hybernation we might never recover from. What can we do other than get House of Cards going on the TV while simultaneously filling our online shopping carts?

Personally, I cannot resist the shopping bug any longer. I've narrowed down my list to just a few things, since I know I'll be feeling that major spring BUY ALL THE THINGS fever in a month or two. If you're feeling similarly, allow me to suggest a few smart, lasting purchases you can make now that won't leave you feeling pangs of regret come April and May.

THE BAG: As I mentioned a few weeks ago when I was exalting the virtue of J. Crew's Downing Bucket Bag, now is a great time to invest in a bad you can carry all year long. It's kind of the ideal purchase for this time of year: You get the instant gratification of wearing it right away, and the satisfaction of knowing you'll continue to use it and love it long after the thrill of the purchase has worn off. A killer bucket bag is really on-trend now, but I I'd also consider a roomy, simple tote bag like this one from Cuyana (I love this burgundy shade) or Madewell's Transport Tote

SPRING KICKS: No sandals, not yet. Sure, the days for exposed ankles are pretty rare at this point in the year, but I sort of force them as long as the sun is out and the sidewalks are dry. For this reason, I say go ahead and invest in your new spring sneakers now. This season everyone is rocking the old school Adidas Stan Smith (they look pretty killer with black cropped pants and a coccoon coat) but I'd also argue for J. Crew's version of the Nike Internationalist with a dash of neon, or the eternal appeal of the Converse Chuck Taylor.

SILKY PANTS: I love the semi-dressy look of the 'Reese' tuxedo pants from J. Crew. They have that relaxed, slouchy silhouette but the tuxedo stripe elevates them to office and after-hours appropriate. These are the ideal pants to pull on for brunch with your new spring kicks (and a heavy coat, at least for now) and later (May?), with sassy heeled sandals and a slinky top for a hot date.

A NEW SCENT: I sometimes get into a rut where I associate certain scents with certain seasons. I love my Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, but it has the warm, comforting association of fall and winter for me. I'm thinking now is the time to seek out a bright, fresh scent that will make it feel like I'm wearing a bit of spring each day, even if it's still snowing. (Something along the lines of old favorite Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin) And on that note, any suggestions?

A NEW BEAUTY BUY: In this transitional time, why not experiment with a new lipstick hue or eyeliner shape to change things up? If you must wear that dreaded down coat for another few weeks, might as well rock it with a killer cat eye, no? I'm dying to try the incredibly well-reviewed Benefit 'They're Real' gel liner

A HAIRCUT: Yes! If you're not inspired to buy anything, why not freshen up your look in a real way? Schedule a trim or a chop and kick off spring feeling like a new version of yourself, rather than your same ol' self in a new pair of shoes. (Need some inspo? This Pinterest board should help!)

Friday, February 27, 2015

ALL THE THINGS I LIKED ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK { VOL 7 }



Can you feel it? Maybe not, because it's still so damn cold, but February is almost over. March is coming, and with it (hopefully) a little less frigid and a little more sunshine. Traditionally I hate the month of March, but if it means finally retiring my hat and scarf for the season, I'll take it. Anyway, this week's links span the spectrum of weird and wonderful and totally hilarious, but there's a larger theme which is amazing animals. Cats, llamas, snow monkeys... They all had a good week. Enjoy, and have a fantastic weekend.
You guys, my hometown is weird and wonderful. In Seattle, AN 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS GETTING GIFTS FROM CROWS. She feeds them daily, and they bring her treasures. This is not a drill. 
You know what else isn't a drill? LLAMAS ON THE LOOSE IN ARIZONA. We are all these llamas today. (For the full runaway helicopter videos, go HERE.)
IF YOU GIVE A DUDE A KALE CHIP. Humor pieces like this remind me why I wish I read The New Yorker more often. 
If you (like me) were obsessed with following the story of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, you'll want to read THIS THEORY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PLANE from Jeff Wise and New York magazine.  
You need to hear CHRISTINA AGUILERA SINGING "THIS LITTLE PIGGY" LIKE BRITNEY SPEARS. God bless you, Jimmy Fallon. 
Okay speaking of musical blasts from the past, you need to see WARREN G AND KENNY G PERFORMING "REGULATE" on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Like, what
In case you needed to be reminded that 29 isn't really that old (I always do), MEET MISSAN THE 29-YEAR-OLD CAT FROM SWEDEN. A 29 year old cat, you guys. That kitty is old. We are not old. 
If you were wondering how fashion blogger CHIARA FERRAGNI MAKES $8 MILLION PER YEAR, read this article. Then think about how she's 27 years old. Then wonder where you went wrong... 
For your weekly dose of cuuuuuuuute, may I present LIAM NEESON AND BABY SNOW MONKEYS
50 SHADES OF GREY IS A GREAT DATING GUIDE? According to New York magazine, yes. Yes, it is.
And finally, for your new favorite "winter ain't so bad" escapism, follow Glacier National Park ranger BECCA ALFAFARA ON INSTAGRAM. You're welcome. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

{GETAWAY GIRL} LONG WEEKEND IN LAKE PLACID...


"I think my nose hairs are frozen."

As we stepped out of the Tahoe and into the late evening air of Lake Placid, New York, that was one of the first things anyone said. (After a chorus of creative expletives from all five of us, of course.) 

We were trying to locate the correct entrance to the Olympic Center in town to meet our guide, Jon Lundin, for a quick tour of the place. We eventually succeeded, and had the rather incredible opportunity to stand on center ice where the famed 'Miracle On Ice' took place exactly 35 years ago—but not before we spent a bone-chilling 15 minutes outside looking for our destination.

Desperation. Exasperation. Sharp exchanges of words brought out of frustration. Thoughts of, "Should we just go back??" All of this because we had a bit of trouble finding a door.

The cold of February in Lake Placid is the kind that doesn't just get through your layers of long underwear and prickle your skin—it permeates your muscles, pumps through your veins and puts a vice grip on your bones. Every thought you have seems to get coated in icicles as soon as it leaves your brain.

That said, I don't think we could have enjoyed ourselves more if we tried. Temperatures barely crept above zero degrees the entire weekend (keeping the "feels like" temperature somewhere around -20 most days and -35 at night), but between the fabulous skiing, two cases of red wine, lingering dinners followed by epic rounds of Cards against Humanity and Kings Cup, Olympic activities and sheer determination—we made the most of New York's most frigid (and incredibly fun) winter playground.

CLICK THROUGH FOR ALL OUR ADVENTURES & MY BEST RECOMMENDATIONS...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE


{ And with one kiss
you inspire a fire of devotion that lasts for 20 years
What kind of man loves like this? }

You guys. How long have we waited for new music from Flo? It's been four years since we were blessed with Ceremonials in 2011, and her contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack, "Over The Love" came out in 2013. I've missed her so, haven't you?

When Florence + The Machine started appearing on festival lineups earlier this year, I started to get my hopes up. Now with the release of "What Kind of Man," dare I dream that a whole new album might be coming this year? This summer, even?

Anyway, since all we can do is speculate, we might as well enjoy what we have now. "What Kind Of Man" is a thumping, broken hearts anthem that sounds like classic Flo with a bit more attitude. I like it. It doesn't give me all the feels of the big songs from Lungs or Ceremonials, but it definitely has that element of earth-shaking goodness that makes her music so powerful.

Check it out below and let me know what you think:

Friday, February 20, 2015

ALL THE THINGS I LIKED ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK { VOL 6 }


I do apologize for the lack of posting this week, but it was a short one, and I was admittedly distracted. Likewise, this week's link roundup is also a bit short. However, that doesn't make them any less awesome. Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday.

If you're already sick of her, TAYLOR SWIFT'S VOGUE COVER STORY won't help much. She's a quirky mix of endearing charm and perfectionist PR that you can't help but applaud her for it. 
This Portlandia sketch on MALE FEMINISTS is pretty great. Watch it. 
From Mr Porter's excellent editorial component, The Journal, is CONFESSIONS OF A NEW YORK TAXI DRIVER. It's interesting, funny, and ultimately, very sweet. 
Don't miss CHVRCHES COVERING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE's "Cry Me A River" in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. It is excellent. And while you're at it, check out GEORGE EZRA COVERING MACY GRAY
Read this charming article from Vanity Fair about JULIE ANDREWS AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER DISCUSSING THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50 YEARS LATER. It's quite endearing and interesting.
Whether or not you give a lick about NYFW, it should be noted that JAY-Z WAS CAUGHT STREET STYLING at Lincoln Center.
The Oscars are this weekend! The Atlantic has PREDICTIONS FOR WHO WILL WIN and hat tips for those who should have been nominated.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: HOZIER


{ Babe, there's something tragic about you
Something so magic about you, don't you agree? }

No—I'm not going to force you to listen to "Take Me To Church," again. Are you guys as sick of that song as I am? For some reason it digs at me in a really unpleasant way, which I think has something to do with the fervor with which it took over the radio waves. Suddenly my trips to Duane Reade are way more emotionally tinged than they need to be.

ANYWAY, "From Eden" is not that. I love the easy rhythm of this song with it's sweet lyrics and punching percussion. While "Take Me To Church" gives me really annoying Imagine Dragons vibes, this song is much more in line with the modern folk rock/pop of Bastille or my boy George Ezra that I find so palatable these days. And in case you were wondering, most of his music is along this line, so go ahead and indulge in the full album but for now, feast your ears on "From Eden."



[Image credit: NY Mag]