Monday, April 2, 2018

{ STYLING NOTES } WHAT'S ON MY MIND FOR APRIL...



A fun thing about "Spring" is that it is really just a concept—a state of mind. At some point, flowers will bloom and bright green leaves will start sprouting from those depressingly bare trees. But for the most part, you and I are just trying to get by, filing our taxes, crying over our busted March Madness brackets and wondering if it's too soon to start making plans for the Fourth of July.

We got pummeled with snowstorms through most of March and I am betting that April will be an equally unsurprising mix of eye roll-inducing weather. But guess what... Talking about the weather is boring, and complaining about "Spring" is also boring. So let's move on and talk about something else: Anxiety!

When the tax deadline approaches, I start to get really anxious and send that stress in all kinds of exciting directions. For our purposes, I'm going to dive into all the fashions and fun and games that I want to purchase and indulge in while avoiding my looming date with Uncle Sam.

SQUEAKY CLEAN NEW KICKS
By far, I wear my sneakers more than any other shoes in my closet, and I bet you're the same way. We're creatures of comfort, aren't we? We're also creatures who crave novelty and newness, so join me in fawning over Allbirds' new 'Tree' runners in this 'Kauri Stone' color. I love love love my wool Allbirds already, and find myself very attracted to this new, slightly more summer-y beige and white update.

I stopped wearing my favorite Stan Smiths like a year ago because they became to dirty and "worn" for me to enjoy how they looked with outfits. I know some people crave that look, especially with like, Converse All Stars, but it doesn't feel stylish to me on the streets of New York. Anyway, while I love my navy-on-the-back version a lot and would quickly restock them in my wardrobe—I'm a little bit aching for a pair that feels slightly more... Rare. Not that I'm a sneakerhead, but these all-white Stan Smiths are so dope. And at least $30 more than a pair with navy or green on the heel. Is that price hike worth it? Methinks absolutely.

ON-THE-COUCH AFTERNOONS
I know what you're thinking—Taylor, backgammon, again? You literally mentioned in the last post you wrote which was ahem, kind of a while ago. I know, and I am... Sorry? Not that sorry actually. And that's because between then and now I found this beautiful colorful backgammon set from the MoMA Design Store. I have dreams of playing under the soft afternoon sun on our little patio, but as of now it is still very much way too cold for that, so the couch it is.

I also really want a new set of Three J NYC pajamas. I have a similar shorts set that's lavendar and white, and I do end up wearing the shirt out on the town sometimes, as I often suggest to you guys in fashion stories. This crisp blue-and-white set would serve the same purpose, just a nice update for the year. (I feel like the top would be so good tucked into a white denim skirt...)

And finally—I just finished reading The Love Gap by Jenna Birch. I loved this book, it's an easy, fascinating read that dives into some of the most common elements and issues of modern dating, from the perspective of high-achieving, high-quality women like you and me. I spent many a delightful Sunday afternoon this winter reading this book while enjoying some tea and and a candle, snuggled under a blanket on my couch.

ON-THE-COUCH COCKTAIL HOUR
While I was home in Idaho last month, my roommate came along, and in the evenings I'd whip us up a cocktail and we'd play cards until dinner was ready. The game? Rummy 500. The drink? A homemade "skinny" margarita made with surprisingly good Sauza silver tequila.

My simple recipe goes something like this: 

  • Rim a double old fashioned glass with lime juice and salt.
  • Squeeze a ton of fresh lime juice into that glass. Like, a lot. More than a shot's worth probably. 
  • Add a few splashes of simple syrup so it's not too sour. 
  • Add a shot and a splash of that Sauza silver tequila.
  • Stir.
  • Add one large ice cube or whatever ice you've got on-hand.
  • Top with soda water. 
  • Stir again!
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.

When I recreate this drink at home (which I did for some girlfriends the other night) I also made sure to have a great soundtrack going. And I know there are a lot of bluetooth speakers out there, but I can't tell you how sophisticated I feel when my music (or podcasts in the morning) come from my extremely adult Sonos Play:1 speaker. The sound is amazing, and might I suggest this Spotify 'Happy Hour' playlist I made.

Oh also if you like condiments, you should really invest in some Sun Valley Mustard. The spicy-sweet flavor is my favorite, to the point that my parents put it in my stocking every Christmas. My holiday jar is almost empty now and I'm ready to place my order for more... And I guess I just thought you guys might like it too.

A FEW FASHIONS
Fashions! Okay so, I have to tell you that after a lot of exhaustive and humiliating searching for a pair of those "cool girl" Levi's jeans, I finally found a pair that doesn't look absolutely terrible on me. I encourage you to look into the 501 Taper fit! They're distressed and slightly cropped, and for me, they sit at the right place on my waist to go well with tucked-in tops. If you, too, have been searching hopelessly to make this trend work for you, try these jeans maybe!

Also intriguing to me? Very extra hoop earrings and an Adidas track jacket. What? Yes. The hoops above are gorgeous and from Jennifer Fisher, which means they cost about $500. I'm obsessed, but not $500 obsessed/ So I found a very similar pair from Baublebar that cost just $36.

And speaking of expensive jewelry, have you heard of Foundrae? Oh man, this jewelry is so so so cool and so pretty. One of my favorite pieces is this gold and enamel cigar band ring that costs a very cool $2850. The creative director of the brand, Beth Bugdaycay describes the brand's pieces as "modern heirlooms," and I can't help but agree. Filing these away for the dream shopping list...

The Adidas track jacket thing I can't really explain except to say that Armie Hammer is my new style icon.

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