Monday, May 25, 2015

{ PERSONAL STYLE } THE "ONE AND DONE" PIECE...


{ Banana Republic romper  / J. Crew sandals (old, similar) / Oakley shades }

Happy Memorial Day! Now that summer is unofficially but ceremonially here, I'm happy to be dialing back my wardrobe to wearing as little as possible whenever possible. And while I do love a dress, my tomboyish nature also loves the appeal of a romper: the playful and freeing silhouette of shorts and a blouse without all the work. Just throw it on and go—one and done.

The one above (recently worn here) was an impulse purchase I picked up from Banana Republic, and I love the dropped waist and relaxed fit. By switching out Adidas slides and a kimono for a bracelet and a pair of metallic heels this little one-piece wonder goes from errands and brunch to engagement parties and evenings on the town. I love the idea that no matter what the occasion, I can reach into my closet for this single piece and know that it will work. 

... SHOP MORE BLACK ONE-PIECE WONDERS BELOW ...

*It should be noted that of course my girl Meghan was recently wearing a very similar outfit on her blog... #greatminds

[Photography by Amanda Boyce]

Saturday, May 23, 2015

{ NEW PLAYLIST } THE #MDW SOUNDTRACK...


Whether you're planning to stay in town and enjoy your city's (probably) relatively empty bars and restaurants or have decided to venture off to a beach or a pool somewhere, there's one thing that everyone's Memorial Day weekend needs: a soundtrack. 

If you're reading this that means you're probably already down with my style of playlist and my general musical vibes—so you'll probably like what I've thrown together here. In my opinion no summer playlist worth its salt should be without a few throwback and vintage tunes, so you'll find a few gems from Paul Simon, Earth Wind & Fire and the like, not to mention Ma$e, Janet Jackson and my go-to summer band, Vampire Weekend. And since I want to keep things fresh, you'll also find some brand new songs and perhaps some artists you haven't even heard of yet. 

Maybe you'll be sitting in traffic on your way to Montauk, maybe you'll be barbecuing with friends in your backyard or camping by some peaceful lake in the middle of nowhere. Hopefully the below will help set the mood and carry you into the summer with happy, sunny grooves. Enjoy and have a great long weekend!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

ALL THE THINGS I LIKED ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK { VOL 14 }


Oh boy, it's a Memorial Day edition of the Friday link roundup! Unfortunately they aren't all themed to beaches or barbecues or something, but some of them are  about beach waves and Beiber jams, which, in my opinion, are very on-point for #MDW. Check out all the stories and videos below and have a glorious 3-day weekend!
Ever thought about getting a tattoo? I think most of us have. Over on Vogue.com, two writers MAKE A CASE FOR AND AGAINST GETTING INKED. Solid reasoning all-around... 
Ever feel like the job you have isn't the job you're meant for? Try making a list of your best talents and skills and you might end up with SOMETHING LIKE THIS, from the humor column of The New Yorker. (I too feel I could excel as "TV's Frasier.") 
My girl Grace has been knocking it out of the park on her blog, The Stripe, lately—and this BEACH WAVES HAIR TUTORIAL is no exception. Even though my hair is crazy-short now, I still want to get myself a wand and give this look a try. 
Here's a thing that's hard: He's the worst. He's so lame. And yet, JUSTIN BIEBER DOING CARPOOL KARAOKE WITH JAMES CORDEN is pretty endearing. Maybe it's just because James Corden is such a boss and the Biebs has no farther to fall? 
As I'm sure you know, David Letterman's 33-year run in late night TV ended this week. I never watched his show much (I'm more of a Jimmy Fallon devotee) but THE LAST TOP 10 LIST is pretty damn great. 
Do nice guys really finish last? The Atlantic takes a look at why IT PAYS TO BE A JERK. Ugh.
Because critters are fun, check out this list of the TOP 10 NEW SPECIES OF THE YEAR. Apparently about 18,000 new species were identified in 2014, including a prehistoric dinosaur scientists refer to as "the chicken from hell" and a spider that uses cartwheels as an escape tactic.
Want to swoon over a small space? Feast your eyes on this 362-SQUARE-FOOT CANAL COTTAGE IN VENICE BEACH featured on Domaine Home. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: HOT CHIP


As far as my musical tastes go, I would hardly call any of my leanings "weird." For me, Hot Chip is about as weird as I get. Their sound is somewhat robotic at times, and the layered vocals can feel somewhat impersonal with tones that vary from airy falsetto to cool monotones. A lot of Hot Chip songs sound the same and can feel sort of depressing—and yet. There are some pop elements and catchy hooks throughout their catalog that give the "weird" vibes some universal appeal. Songs like "Ready for the Floor," "Flutes" and "Motion Sickness" are constantly making it onto my playlists for their funky, dance-y groove. I don't think they sound like anyone else, and their rebellion against the usual sounds of electronic music is fun and refreshing.

So on that note, Hot Chip released a new album this week! Why Make Sense? is packed with the same dependably strange sounds mixed with easy, melodic grooves. Get a feel for it with the below track from the middle of the album, "Dark Night."


*Because I couldn't resist, I feel the need to point you to a few more hot tips this week from artists recently featured in the MWMM. The first is that MADE IN HEIGHTS' first full-length album is out and it is all the things and so many #vibez. The second is that Florence + The Machine also has a new song out that is a real heartbreaker. Go forth and listen.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

{ STYLING NOTES } MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ESSENTIALS...

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

I don't want to jinx it, but as of now, the forecast in the New York area for MDW is looking amazing—temperatures in the high 70s and plenty of sunshine. It's time to rejoice, summer is (basically) here.

In theory, I am not a huge fan of buying a bunch of new clothes just for one particular event or weekend. I prefer to look at what I have, decide what kind of "vibe" I want to present for said occasion, and then narrow down just one or two things that will give me the update I want and have some staying power, too.

So when it comes to this summer kickoff weekend, I have my eye on some pieces that will make me feel excited for the season and prove wearable throughout the months to come. And yes, for me that means acquiring a giant floating swan to make every pool I come across 100% more fun.

TRY A COOL-MEETS-ALL-AMERICAN-LOOK: Nothing says 'merica and 3-day-weekend quite like denim, but why not break from your usual jorts look and try a seriously cool kimono-style denim jacket? I can see this looking amazing over anything from your swimsuit by the pool to party dresses and, you know, jorts. Top off everything to wear this weekend with classic Clubmaster shades and a layer-able fish hook cuff from Miansai. And whether you use it as your weekend bag or beach tote—this rafia carryall from Madewell is the perfect way to transport all your essentials.

BREAK IN YOUR SUMMER SANDALS: Last summer I waited too long, and had a hell of a time breaking in my stiff leather Birkenstocks in time to actually enjoy how cool they looked at the beach. Best to start now by wearing yours as often as possible. Or, try their sandals with Birko-Flor uppers (mine just arrived from Zappos) that are already incredibly soft and ready to be worn all day the second they come out of the box.

LATHER ON THE SPF & PROTECT YOUR BOD: On this first weekend of summer, it's really tempting to try and get as tan as possible. But when your skin hasn't seen rays for months on end, you're most likely bound for a burn. Take it from me and start the habit now: wear a minimum of SPF 30 no matter what and shield your face with a chic straw hat or baseball cap. And on that note, I haven't quite reached the ultimate 'beach bod' status just yet, so a playful one-piece is looking like the ideal early-summer swimsuit.

PACK A POOL-SIDE NOVEL & FODDER FOR YOUR 'GRAM FAM: Whatever, you know you want to snap some envy-inducing 'grams in a pool with this giant floating swan. But when you're not debating filters and emoji-filled captions, make sure you've got an engrossing novel to help you while away the hours by the water. (I'm dying to read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins next.)

... SHOP THE POST BELOW ...

Monday, May 18, 2015

{ #TREATYOSELF } A STYLISH, SUNNY STAYCATION IN SOHO...


{ The rooftop scene at Jimmy at The James Hotel }

There are two words in the English language that are guaranteed to make any New Yorker's ears perk up: rooftop pool. (These are second only to "rent stabilized.") When you utter those words with the hazy heat of early summer lingering in the air—we'll practically lick your boots if you'll point us in the right direction.

As I mentioned in my Williamsburg staycation post, the key to making the most of a home-away-from-home in the city where you live is to just embrace the splurge. Make it special. Make the whole thing special—not just the hotel. Do a little shopping. Have one too many cocktails. Eat an indulgent meal—or three.

There are few neighborhoods in New York City that ask you to embrace indulgence more than Soho (and by extension, Nolita). Full of posh shops, delicious restaurants and plenty of cobblestone streets just waiting to be strolled—it's the perfect part of town to get lost in for a (little) while. And, with long weekends and summer Fridays in your future... I don't think I have to finish that sentence.

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SOHO/NOLITA SPOTS FOR A DOWNTOWN STAYCATION

Friday, May 15, 2015

ALL THE THINGS I LIKED ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK { VOL 13 }


{ 2000 calories at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse }

Look what a good job I'm doing! A roundup two weeks in a row, again! As I look forward to another sunny warm weekend in New York, I'm thinking about traveling, eating and #boyz. So on that note, here are this week's links, of which a few too many are from The New York Times, but like, whatever. They have decided to be somewhat relevant again, so I'm obliging. 
Well, we ruined it. TULUM IS OFFICIALLY THE WILLIAMSBURG OF MEXICO. Ugh. 
Before it becomes the new Cancun, LET'S GO TO CUBA. As The New York Times reports, it's getting easier and easier to get there. 
If you were wondering about the state of journalism, you'll want to read this story from New York magazine on the new (and sort of revolutionary? but also scary) DEAL BETWEEN THE NEW YORK TIMES AND FACEBOOK to publish exclusive content on the social network. Yep. 
Have you ever wondered WHAT 2000 CALORIES OF FOOD ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE? The New York Times has colorful, fun photographs of meals from places like Chipotle and Cheesecake Factory and facts that will blow your mind... and maybe your appetite, too. 
We all know that "The Politician" from Sex and the City went on to become the iconic Roger Sterling on Mad Men. Here are 20 SATC BOYFRIENDS THEN AND NOW. You didn't know you cared, but you do. 
"The KonMari Method" is swelling in popularity, so much so that ECONOMISTS ARE STUDYING HER APPROACH TO TIDYING and what a deep connection it has with human psychology.  
Apparently the NYT is providing all the links I wanted this week, and this Modern Love piece, SWEARING OFF THE MODERN MAN, is sweet and real and sad and heartening at the same time.