A few years back, my siblings and I began the tradition of taking pictures together to later gift to my parents. You would think that we would finally have the hang of it by now, but several deterrents always seem to arise without fail. Trying to coordinate our five schedules takes serious planning, along with agreeing on the location and our outfits. It wouldn’t be a photo shoot without a wardrobe malfunction, at least one of us complaining about our hair, a minor injury, and a little arguing between grins. When Jen and Natalie decided that they didn’t like their dresses, they moved to Plan B: raid my closet. I had recently bought this shift and also had this tunic in the same pattern, so they were in luck (relatively speaking, of course—Natalie had to use a chip clip to create a shape with her dress). Alison and I wore a fit and flare dress, and my brother’s outfit was upgraded with navy chinos and a bowtie this year. When we weren’t worrying about taming our frizz, applying lip gloss, and Snapchatting selfies, we managed to take a few Christmas card-worthy pictures. Third time’s a charm, right? See previous shoots here and here.
||Colleen and Ali: dress, necklace, bracelet (currently 25% off)||
||Brian: oxford, chinos (currently 25% off), bowtie||
This past weekend was my last beach trip of the season, and I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. Ironically enough, Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” is playing on my Pandora station as I type this post, making me long for days spent in bathing suits even more so than usual. My mom and I planned a mother/daughter trip, taking advantage of the quieter atmosphere as Ocean City gradually becomes a ghost town. Since Bike Week was in full force, we only ventured below 100th Street once for burgers and beer at Longboard Café. Dark clouds and rain showers kept us off the beach on Saturday, but I welcomed the excuse to start drinking well before happy hour while catching up on episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Beso Del Sol sent me a box of their natural red wine sangria at the beginning of the summer, and it quickly was added to my rotation of 5’oclock cocktails. Except for the time that I had a glass before going for a run (I’m sure my stride was crooked, providing an inordinate amount of entertainment for those driving along Coastal Highway), I’ve loved every sip. It’s definitely on the sweeter side, yet refreshing when chilled and paired with fresh fruit. Each box contains four bottles of wine and lasts up to four months, so there was plenty to share and savor all summer long.
Disclaimer: Beso Del Sol provided a sample for review. All opinions stated are my own.
For the first time in years, I decided to skip New York Fashion Week because honestly, last season was kind of lame. The focus has shifted from fashion to fashun, with too heavy of an emphasis on the front-row nobodies rather than the actual designs coming down the runway. You’ll drown in a sea of rockstud-wearing, Céline-carrying clones before you’ll make it inside the tents anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely fell prey to Valentino’s shoe of the moment, but I can also recognize when it’s time to put a pair of heels in their dust bag. Similarly, Fashion Week is kind of over (at least until it returns to the exclusive event it once was for buyers and editors).
The one thing that got me to the city though? The opportunity to catch up with friends from all over the country. RewardStyle was hosting its annual party at The Empire Hotel Rooftop, so I made a last minute decision to drive to New York with my sister on Saturday. With temperatures in the 90s, high humidity, and the threat of thunderstorms, we relied on Uber to get us around town and green juice to keep us hydrated. While many seemed to be jumping ahead to fall trends, I kept my look current and wore a matching top and skirt (now currently 50% off). And just to be clear, the girls donning leather jackets were batshit crazy. If you put 400 bloggers in the same space, you’ll get a myriad of eerily identical Instagram posts, photographer boyfriends who look miserable, and plenty of noteworthy content for an “Overheard at Fashion Week” Buzzfeed article. My few hours in the city were just enough to confirm that it’s sometimes better to watch from the sidelines.
||top, skirt, heels, statement necklace, “K” necklace, watch||