Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Make Art, Not War

So I went through a punk phase in my life where I had my lip pierced and wore chucks like it was my job. I still miss my lip piercing (and I'm secretly finding a way to get my lip re-pierced. Who says you can't have a lip piercing when you're a law student?) .... and I'm still obsessed with my chucks so I guess you can say I never really left the phase. Well there goes that.
I love this shirt. I purchased it years ago and still wear it as often as I can. It's the perfect shirt for the days when you feel like you have nothing to wear because it pretty much looks good with anything.
I planned this outfit with the shirt in mind and the yellow cardigan was the final touch. You can never go wrong with a mustard yellow cardigan. :)
Cardigan - Thrifted in Queens, NY
Shirt - Thrifted in NYC
Jeans - American Eagle
Shoes - Shi by Journeys
Bag - Urban Outfitters

... & now I must rush off to class. I have a paper due in an hour and an exam tomorrow that I haven't started studying for. Yay Senioritis. Happy Tuesday! :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pop of Color

Yesterday, B and I went for a walk through the park near his house. I love having a park so close as it's the perfect way to relax. We didn't stay for very long but I was able to capture some outfit shots. Boyfriends really do make the best photographers. Thank you B. :)
My outfit choices have changed a little now that it's getting a little warmer out because I find myself wanting to wear brighter colors and flats even though the weather doesn't really call for it. Either way, I love adding pops of color to an outfit and transforming it from a rather monochromatic palette to one with a little bit of umph
And now I'm off to have brunch with B and study all day. My Sundays are always library days. I can't wait until I can actually relax on Sundays. Isn't that what people do in the real world? Sleep in, grab a late brunch, get fruits/groceries, make dinner, watch movies/shows with a glass of wine. No? Or .... maybe that's just my ideal Sunday, haha. 
Hat - Forever21
Scarf - Boutique in Greenwich Village
Cardigan - Local Store
Shirt - Thrifted
Pants - Forever21
Flats - H&M
Key ring - ASOS
Earrings - Wet Seal
I hope you guys have an awesome Sunday! Is anyone dreading Monday as much as I am? Booo.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Fancies: Neutralizing

Happy Friday! I hope you're all having a fantastic day thus far. Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? As of now, I have no idea what I'm doing this weekend for once. The only thing I know for sure is that I'm most likely studying all day Sunday. But I don't want to think about the end of the weekend already and seeing as it is Friday, I decided to do another Friday Fancies.

Skirt - Forever21 $19.80, Top - ASOS $44.83, Earrings - ASOS $17.93, Blazer ASOS $89.63, Shoes - Steve Madden $99.95, Bag - Urban Outfitters $198

I think this outfit would be perfect for a nice dinner out at a place where you can eat outside with your group of friends or your significant other. When I was younger, I had this notion that you could only wear colors like black, red, or gray when you went out. Most of the heels I owned until recently were these colors until I realized I could wear other colors and still look like I'm going out. I also hated the color pink until recently. And then, something amazing happened. I found a pair of Steve Madden's Caryssa Blush for $18 when I went to Bloomfield to visit one of my best friends. I checked for them online and they were $70 so I know I got a good deal. Only problem is, now I've been obsessed with all things blush/pink. So I knew that I was going to feature the color for this Friday Fancies. Plus, I recently bought that Forever21 skirt and I wanted to see how I could dress it up and I actually really like the outcome. As much as I hated pink in the past, I loved neutrals and I've come to realize that a hint of pink here and there isn't so bad. Now if only my friends and I had time to dress up and go to nice restaurants more often. This whole school thing is really cutting into our social lives. :) 

 How do you guys feel about the color pink? Hate it? Love it? Would you wear this outfit out? I'd love to know! And go check out more Friday Fancies at {long distance loving}. :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunny Side Up

I took advantage of the only sunny day we're going to have this week and brought out my Spring wardrobe. 70 degrees? Perfect for a skirt right? Probably not but I decided to whip it out anyway. I'm not going to lie and say that I stayed in a skirt and heels all day, but I enjoyed being able to wear it for an hour or so. I have classes all day so I can't necessarily trot around in heels all day. My feet will hate me.
The weather was gorgeous and thennn it all went downhill. I woke up to snow this morning.
And now Stefany is going to start her rant about the weather. Just kidding. I've had enough of those posts. I'll just reminisce on a happier, sunnier time and look forward to the time where we'll have plenty of days like yesterday.
And now, I'm going to cook dinner with B, aka really he's cooking dinner and I'm sitting on the couch watching NCIS. He definitely spoils me. :)
Earrings - Boutique in Dominican Republic
White Top - H&M
Cardigan - Urban Outfitters
Skirt - Forever21
Shoes - Steve Madden
Ring - H&M

I hope your Wednesday's have been a bit warmer and sunnier. And even if it isn't, life is good; enjoy the little things. Go out and rent a good movie, have a good dinner, eat an amazing tub of ice cream, or well, you know ..... something healthy like vegetables. If you must. I, personally, like the ice cream idea a bit better.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ten Swoonworthy Accessories for Spring

So, I'm pretty much IN LOVE with any types of accessories. It's a bad, bad obsession. You name it, I probably own it. But there are some things I'm currently swooning over that I have to get my hands on one way or another. With Spring officially here, I think it's a perfect time to blog about accessories that would be perfect for the season and one's I'm sure I'll end up purchasing before the season is over.

1. Feather Earrings
Ever since I saw huge feather earrings on Pretty Little Liars, I've been obsessing over them. It is now my mission to find the perfect pair and I love that these (found on Etsy) are the perfect amount of edgy with the skulls but still have a bohemian feel to them. How cute are they?

2. Fabric Flower Necklace Bib
Talk about a statement necklace. I must find out how to make this. Also found on Etsy.

3. Watches that are also Bracelets 
Found on Urban Outfitters. I love the pastel color of the watch too. So perfect for Spring. I don't have a watch which is terrible considering I'm in my 20's and I still have to take my phone out to see what time it is. I should probably look to invest in one. Definitely wouldn't mind investing in this beauty. :)

4. Floppy Hats
I already own a floppy hat in black, but I love this natural colored one found on Forever21. 

5. Bright Plastic Bow Rings
How cute is this coral plastic bow ring? The color reminds me of Spring and it's a steal on ASOS right now.

6. Bright Bags
Perfect compliment to the bow ring! Wouldn't you agree? :)

7. Quirky Twist on Headbands
Adorable headband made by Ilene of Much Love, Illy. She makes GORGEOUS headbands that you can find on her Etsy shop.
8. Nautical Themed Jewelry
Okay, so technically I already own an anchor necklace, but I need more nautical themed jewelry like this baby above found on Etsy. Plus, the necklace I currently own is navy blue, this is more of a aqua? Haha (I can pretty much justify anything I want and turn it into something I NEED haha, bad habit).

9. Anything with a Mustache
How cute are these Etsy studs? It's a perfect, subtle way to add some quirkiness to your outfit. 

10. Charm Bracelets
One of my best friends gave me a charm bracelet on Christmas a long time ago. Unfortunately, the charm bracelet has since rusted away and I've been recently feeling a little nostalgic and it didn't help when I stumbled upon this charm bracelet on ASOS. 

And there you have it, are you guys swooning over any accessories lately?
I'm so excited to have SUN tomorrow. It was gray and dreary all day and tomorrow will be one of the few days with sun as the rest of the week looks dreary too. Yay for 56 degree weather and sun. I already have my outfit planned. Happy Tuesday loves! :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Stroll on the Boardwalk

First of all, let me just apologize for being away from the blog for so long! With working all week and catching up with friends from home, I barely had any time/energy to dedicate to the blog. This week has gone by way too fast and I'm not ready to go back to school. To make matters worse, on Friday we had a beautiful, sunny day and it gave us all a taste of spring/summer. Brett and I decided to take advantage of this gorgeous day and headed down to Jersey City's boardwalk. As much as I blog about NYC, there is one city I don't blog about enough: my hometown, Jersey City.
Our boardwalk gives us a panoramic view of NYC and even goes to Hoboken. Brett and I literally spent hours sitting and walking through here on Friday. :)
 Brett using my camera case as a hat.
It's so peaceful just to look at the water hitting the rocks.
I love wearing pastel colors during the Spring. I kinda look like an Easter egg. :)
Unfortunately, the beautiful weather didn't stay for long. The weather today was back in the low 50's. I'm still glad I was able to enjoy a taste of what's to come. Spring, HURRY UP! 
Back to school tomorrow. Blehhh. I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend thus far!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ten Lovely Things For The Home

So while this is primarily a fashion and photography blog, I have a dirty little secret (maybe not so dirty), I'm obsessed with interior design. It all started when I stumbled upon this channel HGTV (some of you may have heard of it). Well, it's safe to say I was hooked after 10 minutes. My roommates make fun of me because I watch it that often. It's even DVR'd. Yes, my obsession has come to the point where I have to record House Hunters and I'm genuinely disappointed when there aren't any new episodes. With that said, I love finding awesome things for the home so for this Ten Things Tuesday, I decided to round up a few of my favorite etsy/ikea finds.

1. Chalkboard for the Kitchen
This is going to be really weird but when I was younger (aka really in high school), I loved it when I was able to write something on the chalkboard. I really don't know what it is about chalkboards but I love them and I love the idea of hanging one in a kitchen letting everyone know what's for dinner or leaving a note for someone. When I saw this lovely one on Etsy, I literally ooh'd and aaah'd.

2. Ottoman
How cute is this ottoman?! Unfortunately it doesn't open up to store stuff, but it was so cute I could not resist posting about it. :)

3. Wooden Blocks
I love how quirky these wooden blocks are. I could see them looking perfect on my bookshelf.

4. Calendar
What else is there to say? Keep calm and carry chocolate. Everyone should abide by that rule.

5. Living Room Storage
I love the shape of this bookcase/storage system. Two of these on either side of a TV would look perfect in any living room.

6. Room Divider
I know you've all seen the scene in a movie where a girl is usually talking to someone else on the other side of the divider (usually a guy) and she's undressing and you only see her shadow and the guy really likes her so you can read his nervousness on his face, etc. No? Just me? Well, that is what this room divider reminded me of. It looks so pretty and would be perfect for dividing a bedroom area in a studio from the rest of the space.

7. Organizers for Drawers
It's green and it organizes stuff aka I love it. 

8. Nightstand

I love that it's such a simple nightstand but looks like it has tons of storage. Best part is, you can clutter up the nightstand because no one will have to know what's in there.

9. Kitchen Cart
City apartments usually have small everything and that means limited counter space in kitchens. With a kitchen cart, not only does it add some counter space, but it also doubles it as storage. And, you can also roll it around if you need to. I would say a win, win, win.

10. Chandelier
This isn't much a chandelier as it is a candelabra but I love how elegant it looks. It could warm up any room.

I want to buy all of these things. I might have to start with the drawer organizer and the chandelier, which one(s) is your favorite(s)? :) Happy Tuesday!

Also, a much needed prayer goes out to Japan. May those affected find some peace in a terrible, catastrophic time. I read on Oh Hello Friend that there will be a blogger's day of silence for Japan on Friday March 18 so I will not be posting on Friday and I hope you'll join me for this day of silence as well.


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