Friday, July 3, 2015

Key West

I just took a family vacation to Key West. We spent most of the time by the pool but did some exciting things too- renting mopeds, paddle boarding, drinking coconut water straight from the fruit. We saw Ernest Hemmingway's house, and more importantly the famous 6-toed cats who live there (which R29 calls one of the "Coolest U.S. Attractions You've Never Heard Of").
When I wasn't in a bathing suit (read: not often), I wore light, flowy dresses. My most summery items were best for the heat and casual vibes on the island.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Keeping up

I'm savoring my last few days of Spring break. I've spent this week applying to internships, cooking, and watching probably 50 episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians #noshame. This fur jacket has been perfect for the lukewarm temperature in Maryland, and these jeans are just as comfy as a pair of leggings.
I'm so excited to update my wardrobe for spring. I've got gladiator sandals, a suede skirt, and this scrumptious dress on my wish list. I can't wait for the weather to warm up and give me an excuse to do some shopping.


Saturday, September 6, 2014


I'm taking a really interesting class called Beauty and Diversity in the Media. We are learning about the signs the people send through their appearance. I think that's why fashion fascinates me; people communicate a thousand messages by what they choose to wear. People shape their appearance to identify with a certain group, to express nostalgia, to capture attention. 

What did I try to communicate today? I think the bright colors convey a sense of optimism, and a blazer skirt combo always looks polished.

The hotly anticipated Women in Clothes came out this week. It's a collection of varied reflections on how women use clothes to present themselves, and it's at the top of my reading list.

skirt      shoes      similar blazer     similar shirt     

"All the world's a stage, 
and all the men and women merely players:
 they have their exits and their entrances; 
and one man in his time plays many parts, 
his acts being seven ages."

Friday, July 19, 2013

An heirloom

dress: Caron
sunglasses Ray-Ban
shoes: Asos similar

I really lucked out in the grandma department. I have two sweet ladies who spoil me and I even had the chance to get to know two of my great grandmas. Today I was excited to wear a dress that my paternal grandma ( we call her Nonni) gave me. She was so excited and surprised that I was interested in something she used to wear in the 60's. Nonni told me the dress was from a fashion line started by Leslie Caron, a French ballerina-actress. In a nod to Caron I wore the dress with a ballerina bun and slipper-like shoes. If only random pirouetting was acceptable in public.
earrings poetry jewelry on etsy

Thursday, July 4, 2013


sweatshirt topshop
shorts delia*s similar
sandals h&m similar

Happy 4th! I was a bit disappointed to find I don't have one article of clothing with the American flag on it. When my family went to the beach today I tried to look at least semi-patriotic with a red shirt and white shorts. And then there was my little sister who paraded around our house with a union jack shouting "take us back" (yeah, she takes her admiration for one direction wayyyy too far).

To stay warm in the evening I changed in to my new favorite sweater and a pair of high waisted shorts. The icing on the cake? A little uncle Sam hat ring. (Literally... it was wedged in the icing of a twix cupcake I bought today)

heart earrings Betsey Johnson similar
pearl ear pin Claire's

heart earrings Betsey Johnson similar
pearl ear pin Claire's

"Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong. Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay. It's independence day. ♥ "

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Je t'adore

Jacket: American rag (vintage)
leotard: discount dance
skirt: Charlotte Russe; similar one
shoes: h&m; similar pair

The city of love lives up to its name. When I arrived in Paris, I instantly fell in love with the architecture; the pastries; the charm. 

While in the city, I saw the typical tourist attractions. I bought some French cult classics (Embryolisse and Laduree are worth the hype!). I went to fete de la musique, a music festival and my favorite part of the trip, when there is a band around every street corner of France.

Since Paris supposedly starts fashion trends before they reach elsewhere, I tried to keep my eyes peeled for any tendances. I noticed a lot of black and white vertical stripe patterns but didn't catch on to anything else. However, I found credence in the old stereotype. Most French women lean toward  fitted, monochromatic ensembles that ooze chic.

skirt: american apparel
tank: deli*s; similar one
bow: american apparel

shirt: h&m; similar one
shorts: h&m similar ones

It feels great to be back home, but I can't wait to return to the la ville-lumiere when I next get the chance!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

To DIY for

And I was like, "Baby, baby, baby, oooooh!" Yesterday was the day of my long-awaited Justin Bieber concert. My friend and I had a lot of fun putting together jazzy outfits for it. I went with a jacket in the best-ever shade of bubblegum pink and some leggings that I made. The leggings were pretty easy to make:
1. Decide where you'll be cutting the leggings and pin the outside and inside seams accordingly
2. Using fabric scissors, cut squares out of the front and back leaving the outside and inside seams so that the leggings are still in one piece. Remember, better to cut not enough and have to cut more than to cut too much!
I layered plain black tights under the leggings for an opaque/sheer contrasting effect.
Want to skip the hassle and just buy a pair? You can buy the leggings that inspired me here.
shirt, Danskin Now (walmart)
jacket, Charlotte Russe (similar one here)
shoes, Forever 21 (similar ones here)
Other than Carly Rae Jepsen being sick and unable to open the performance, the concert was perfect. I even got to meet Holly from Dance Moms. I'm am a Belieber!