Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: ANNA OF THE NORTH


Greetings from the road! After landing home in Seattle yesterday, my family and I are on the road driving to Sun Valley, Idaho for wedding number one. I am so looking forward to not only celebrating my darling friend Alex and her fiancé Tim, but doing so with my parents. Our families have known each other since the early 1990s, which is why I think this selection for the MWMM is pretty fitting.

I first heard Anna of the North thanks to music blog Pigeons and Planes, and quickly discovered her tiny catalog of music on Soundcloud is pretty great. Below, please enjoy her sweet, re-imagined version of the 1996 Donna Lewis classic, "I Love You Always Forever."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{STYLING NOTES} 5 IN-FLIGHT FAVORITES FOR SITTING IN COACH...


flying coach

By the time you're reading this, I'll already be en route to Seattle, a direct flight I've come to know well. And though I sometimes doubted I'd ever get there, I've finally become a pretty savvy flier, at the ripe old age of 28. I know what to wear, how to pack, and value of choosing the aisle seat over the window.

Now that I'm such an expert, I figured I'd share my easy formula for traveling in style and comfort in the summer. We all know that leggings and a cashmere sweater does the trick the rest of the year, but here's how I fly in the heat of July:

1. Slip-on sneakers are a flyer's best friend. Listen, I don't want to see your toes at the airport. And I also don't want to hassle with laces, buckles and what not when I go through security. That's why I opt for my classic Vans checkerboard kicks. They're easy to slip on and off (obviously) and comfortable enough to leave on during a six-hour flight.

2. Knit maxi dress + pashmina = the leggings of summer. This spring, I picked up the most glorious knit maxi dress from Madewell that hits just above the ankles. It has an easy crew neck and muscle tee styling, and the fabric is soft and stretchy. Unfortunately, the dress has since sold out, but I found great alternatives from Madewell (here) and Acne (here). Also, I never fly without a pashmina or scarf,because it doubles as a blanket and a pillow for long, chilly flights.

3. Aviator sunglasses because thematic. Always Ray-Ban, always perfect.

4. A structured black tote makes any travel outfit 10x more chic. It just does. An oversized black leather bag can hide what a sloppy traveler you actually are, and conceal one of those embarrassing neck pillows (if you're that kind of person). I found this overize Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote at a sample sale this year, and can't sing it's praises enough. The handles are long enough to slide it over my shoulder, and it's roomy enough for my laptop, headphones, scarf, book, and all the in-flight snacks I could ever need. (It's not quite as discreet, but the blue version is marked down for Nordstrom's Anniversary sale!)

5. Over-ear headphones are a must. Let's be real: earbuds are fine for commuting, but they really start to hurt after a few hours. For blocking out crying babies and chatty neighbors (and watching three in-flight movies in row) there's nothing better. I have these Jabra Revo wireless headphones that are so comfortable and convenient, but can't deny that the black and irredescent 'Taylor' headphones from Frends are incredibly chic.

What are your in-flight essentials?

Monday, July 28, 2014

{STORAGE WARS} WINNING THE BATTLE WITH MAKESPACE + GOODWILL


{ The MakesSpace team made my storage look really chic. }

If there's one thing that most New York apartments lack, it's storage. Right, okay and washing machines and disposals, but I digress. Without proper storage, we young folks resort to all kinds of ridiculous methods of hiding our off-season clothes and belongings—my personal favorite being multiple suitcases and weekend bags under my bed. While somewhat effective, this method of storage is ultimately problematic and frankly, juvenile.

Enter: MakeSpace. In a phrase, MakeSpace is doing for storage what Uber has done for riding in the backseat of a car driven by someone else. To help spread the word about their recent collaboration with Goodwill, Makespace offered me the opportunity to test out their service and make a super-easy (and sizeable) donation to Goodwill.

If you could see the collective amount of coats, scarves and boots the three of us roommates have been hoarding under our beds here on Avenue A, you'd understand why I thought that Valerie from MakeSpace might have been an angel on Earth.

I scheduled our pick-up and the MakeSpace team dropped off four bins to fill, plus a donation bag from Goodwill so large that Santa himself might have had a hard time getting it down the stairs. We worked for about 20 minutes to fill the bins with fur coats, down jackets, and snow boots—while they waited downstairs to retrieve everything.

And just like that, in under 30 minutes and for $25 a month, (split between the three of us, huzzah!) our fall and winter things are gone, and our apartment feels so much lighter. Like my hair, actually.

Cool, easy, affordable and doing good—who ever thought those words would describe a storage company? Learn a little more for yourself here, and check out this very fancy gif below:


Friday, July 25, 2014

{PLAYLIST} HEADING WEST IN HIGH SUMMER...


Next week I'm heading West to Idaho and Seattle for a three-week wedding blitz to celebrate some of my favorite people ever. I've been blessed with the ability to work remotely while I'm gone, and though I love my city, am relishing the opportunity to spend 21 whole days away

The first leg of my trip will be a whirlwind of a cross-country flight home to Seattle for less than 24 hours before packing up the car and driving East with my parents for my dear friend Alex's wedding in Sun Valley (first time bridesmaid, y'all!). From there, my mom and I are driving to McCall to spend a few days on Payette Lake with family friends. Then it's another long drive back to Seattle for two more weekend weddings and a whole lot of downtime in my hometown.

The whole experience is shaping up to be a healthy mix of celebrating, relaxing, lake swimming and a bit of work, naturally. As you guys know, I can hardly even take a weekend trip without creating a custom playlist, so a sojourn like this clearly requires an epic assembly of music.

The mood I'm channeling is a mix of nostalgia, Pacific Northwest vibes, mountain and wilderness calm, summertime bliss and classic foot-tapping sing-a-long jams. From The Moody Blues to Dave Matthews, Haim and Bonnie Raitt, this mix sums up everything I want this trip to be.


Full disclosure: With this long trip, I may briefly abandon you all. I'll try to keep up with posting, but sometimes a girl just needs to close the laptop and look at some trees for a while. You know?

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."