Friday, September 15, 2017

{ ON MY RADAR } LIMITED EDITION KICKS FROM ALLBIRDS


{ All images via @allbirds on Instagram }

HOW I FOUND ALLBIRDS:
I truly believe that one of the keys to leading a stylish life is to surround yourself with friends and coworkers who are more stylish than you are—or at least more "in the know." My friend Andrea, whom I met while working at InStyle, is one such friend. She introduced me to Allbirds last year and once she did—I couldn't stop seeing them on the street!

WHAT THEY DO:
Runners and loungers of the sneaker variety! They used premium wool and a pretty simple, low-logo design to define their somewhat under-the-radar San Francisco-based brand with a cult following. I swear, once you've finished this article and walked outside, you'll start seeing them everywhere!

WHY THEY'RE GREAT:
People love Allbirds because they look great—but they're also really freakin' comfortable. You can wear them without socks in both cool and warm temperatures because wool is one of those fabrics that has the ability to regulate. The shoes come in three classic colors and as of right now—a whole host of new limited edition colors like lavender, mint green and birch. The seasonal rotation of small batch colorways come and go quickly—making them feel like a cult obsession of sorts.

WHAT I WANT:
Personally I like the look of the runners best, especially in the natural grey and white colors. But right now their mint green runners are heavy on my mind!

And for all my NYC readers, Allbirds just opened a long-term pop up at 68 Prince Street where you can try 'em on and test 'em out—plus they have an in-store only limited edition color that is very tops.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: FEELING REVIVED WITH KELSEY BULKIN

Back in 2014 and 2015, there was pretty much no musical artist I was more obsessed with than Made in Heights. When their full EP, Without My Enemy What Would I Do, came out in 2015 I couldn't stop playing it. It provided a super sexy soundtrack to the relationship I was in at the time, and even now, I hold it up there as one of my all-time favorite albums to play from beginning to end.

I wondered for a long time why Made in Heights never toured, and the other day decided to check in and see if they had even tweeted or updated their website since the album dropped. They have not—and as you might have guessed, it turns out that the duo that made up the group, Kelsey Belkin and Sabzi, had split some time ago. Bulkin said in an interview that she faced "a frontier of grief" after that, which influenced her first solo foray, a song called, "Andromeda."

"Andromeda" has a lot of the hallmarks of what I loved about MIH, mainly Bulkin's breathy vocals and those dark, moody vibes that drew me in back in 2014. Take a listen below and let me know what you think!


You should know that thunder can take you under
Can shake your bones inside
You should know how water will break
Never rip on your tide

Friday, July 21, 2017

DON'T SLEEP ON THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE!

It's time to shop for fall! Can you believe it? There I said it. I'm still living my most summery best life, but I do already (somewhat reluctantly) have my mind's eye on a few upcoming trends for next season. And so, it's Nordstrom to the rescue per usual.

I know it feels like it was just but a moment ago that I was waxing enthusiastic about a sale at Nordstrom. But there's a reason this is pretty much the only store I'd come out swinging for on this blog again and again, especially during sale season. Sale season can be a mess, and it can lead you down a path of irrational spending. 

But that's why the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is so genius—this sale is all about special mark downs on new fall items for a short period of time, rather than deep discounting summer stuff you won't wear in a few months. I remember my days of working the Anniversary Sale quite well, they're chaotic and fun in the store but man, aren't they just lovely online? No crowds, no one to bother you, just a bit of a flurry to make sure you click, click, click and get your sizes.

That said—there's no need to go complete insane. Personally, I would use this as an opportunity to splurge on the items you'll absolutely love—like comfortable, chic black sneakers (both Cole Haan and Nike) you'll reach for on the daily, a sophisticated boxy bag for work, and a black shift dress you can wear to literally anything.

Other than that, you'll have to decide if you want to be practical (this Clinique face lotion set is a steal and a gift from the heavens!) or perhaps a little whimsical (a silk scarf from J.Crew! A floral kimono!) A burgundy teddy bear coat will keep you cozy when the fall breezes blow and I cannot recommend the scent of Elizabeth and James Nirvana White enough—it is heaven!

There's a lot to pick through online, so I went ahead and selected 10 of my stand-out picks for you. The sale goes from Today, August 21 through August 6, but I'd shop now to ensure you get the sizes and colors you want! Good luck out there!

// SHOP MY TOP 10 ANNIVERSARY SALE PICKS BELOW //

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: A NOSTALGIC SUMMER BOP FROM KHALID

Holy moly can you believe it—I felt inspired to bring back the MWMM on a whim! I feel a little sad that I let it drop for so long, but I haven't been moved to share anything other than fully-formed playlists in a while! 

I cannot honestly promise that the music posts will continue with reliable regularity, but I do want to keep them coming. I've rounded up a little collection of songs that I think you guys will like, so the plan is to share them over the next few weeks—after all, what is summer without hot jams and cool tunes to play while you're road tripping, train-riding or just sitting in front of the AC drinking a Stiegl-rita. (If you aren't clued into what that is, the answer is buried in my Nashville guide!)

So without further ado, "8Teen" by Khalid. This whole album, American Teen, is honestly pretty great, but I had to call out this song in particular because it has such a sweet, nostalgic vibe that makes me want to sneak out of my parents basement, call my friends on my Nokia brick, and go for a joyride in my 1997 Ford Explorer until we find a kegger in park somewhere in the Seattle suburbs where I can make out with a boy that doesn't go to my school.

The lyrics make my high school association super-literal, but honestly? Oh well. This is a song you will want to dance to no matter how old you are or what you were like at 18—so give it a listen.


"I never fell in love, I saved those those feelings for you
So let's do all the stupid sh*t that young kids do"

Monday, July 17, 2017

{ GETAWAY GIRL } A LOW-KEY YET EPIC NASHVILLE WEEKEND GUIDE


{ I am basic, but this guide is not! }

Like every other young American woman with an Instagram account, visiting Nashville has been on my to-do list for a while. Regular non-social media people seem to be really into it too; the city was recently named Travel + Leisure's (reader) Destination of the Year.

Friends who've been told me it was amazing. I watched that episode of Master of None. I shamelessly enjoy(ed) Connie Britton on the show Nashville. I own cowboy boots. Apparently I was just biding my time for the right opportunity to come around—and come around it did. One of my dearest girlfriends was getting married in Memphis, another city in Tennessee. So I did what anyone in my boots would do—I booked a one-way Greyhound bus from Memphis to Nashville to extend my trip (and visit another one of my dearest friends, natch).

Without getting into what a strange and one-out-of-five "would not recommend this experience to a friend" decision that bus ride was—let's instead jump into what a great place Nashville is. I am proud to join the masses in saying I love this place and absolutely must go back soon.

// CLICK THROUGH FOR THE BEST  NASHVILLE WEEKEND GUIDE YOU HAVEN'T READ YET //

Monday, July 10, 2017

{ GETAWAY GIRL } YOUR GUIDE TO A DELIGHTFUL WEEKEND IN GREENPORT


Over the 4th of July weekend I took a petite trip to the North Fork of Long Island—to the sweet little town of Greenport. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but what my friends and I experienced was a food-fueled, relaxing and mostly oyster-centric summer getaway.

Without the crowds of Montauk or The Hamptons and with tons of local wineries nearby, Greenport feels a little bit like a secret. You can get to the beach on Shelter Island by hopping on a ferry and you can do some serious mingling and cocktailing at bars like Brix & Rye and American Beech. A small town that has it all? Maybe. I'll let you decide...

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Friday, June 30, 2017

HOLIDAY WEEKEND MICRO TREND ALERT: STRAW BAGS WITH EXTRAS


{ Image credit: @bekleidet on Instagram }

There's one scene from Sex and the City that popped into my mind when I started thinking about this micro-trend. While getting their nails done, Charlotte is explaining to Carrie that she really thinks Trey could be the one, so she wants to take it slow with him, sexually. Carrie says, "Oh, so you're the everything-but-girl." And Charlotte replies, "I like to think of it as kissing... With extras."

It's honestly not relevant to this thing that I'm writing at all except that I love her use of the word "extras." So, when I began seeing all these fun and summer-y straw / wicker bags adorned with pom-poms, tassels, rainbow colors and unusual shapes I thought to myself, "They're like straw bags... With extras!" So here we are.

Now, the basket-bag trend is huge right now, I know. Personally, living in New York it seems insanely impractical to cart my stuff around in a wicker basket, but I get the look. And obviously that Cult Gaia bag is everywhere on the blogs—which is also a little impractical but definitely good-looking. What's pulling at my summer heart-strings a little more are all these woven bags with the extras that also happen to be useful—like this insanely cool WaiWai shoulder bag in the very on-trend circle shape and adorned with a statement-making tassel or this colorful little straw crossbody from ASOS that's only $23!

My favorite brand to look out for has to be Nannacay (bags made by artisans in Peru)—this tiny basket/tote is too good, as is this one with red fringe all around it and this big, too-freaking-Instagram-worthy tote with rainbow-colored pom-poms. (In the more affordable range, don't sleep on this $38 Shiraleah envelope clutch!

Okay that's all I have to say about straw bags with extras, I hope you have a deliciously fun and festive 4th of July weekend... And it if includes kissing with extras too? Even better.

// SHOP TONS OF MY FAVORITE 'STRAW BAGS WITH EXTRAS' BELOW //