My Christmas Wish List

My list this year is a bit shorter than years past. Maybe it’s a new-found maturity, maybe it’s the tiny NYC apartment that will need to house everything, who knows, but this year I’m not asking for nearly as much and I’m happy about that. HINT TO ALL RELATIVES: See below :)
2013 Christmas Wishlist

1. Sephora gift cards
With a very scant post-grad-internship income, gift cards are gold. Especially when it comes to pricey things like French cosmetics brands :)

2. Hot water bottle
This one in particular is über luxe with faux fur on one side and a cashmere merino blend on the other—from Club Monaco, of course. Why am I asking for this? If you’re asking this question you must have a penis, or you’re just seriously blessed when it comes to your monthly cramping. For that, I envy you. Otherwise, I’d like to indulge a bit and ease my intense monthly pains with something as soft as a bunny. Hell, if you can find one with real rabbit fur I’ll take it!

3. John Masters Organics Cacao and Cupuacu Body Butter
Try saying that three times fast! But seriously, this is by far one of the most nourishing body balms I’ve come across. With a decadent lingering smell of cocoa on your skin, there is no better way to banish dry patches and eczema this winter.

4. Heattech Basics from UNIQLO
The Japanese powerhouse, UNIQLO, not only has amazing price points, but also great products. I’ve been wanting to try one of their lines in particular because people across all industries have raved about it—HEATTECH. From the name you know it’s supposed to keep you warm, and with leggings at under $20? I’m SO game. I’d love to grab a few tanks, leggings, and socks…in black and grey of course. (Psst…I take an xs in tops in Uniqlo, small in bottoms/size 25, and I rock a size 9 shoe ;) )

5. Carine Roitfeld’s Irreverent
Always on the hunt for another fashion coffee table book to add to my collection, Irreverent provides great insights into the mind of Roitfeld. It’s no secret that her name is synonymous with cutting edge style, and it’s no surprise that I have her written inner workings as part of my reading list.

6. Frye Abigail Riding Boots
Though they may seem a bit simple, Abigail is one tough broad. Crafted in Spain, these babies are my ideal every day boots to wear to work. There are no unnecessary adornments or embellishments to detract from the beauty of the hide; in fact, the leather is vegetable tanned to keep the natural grain and markings of the skin.

7. A J.O.B.
Really, isn’t this just what everyone wants? A stable salary, health benefits, paid overtime (ha! I’m getting too greedy here), the feeling of FINANCIAL SECURITY. Yeah, that would be nice, but maybe this should be a New Year’s Resolution instead…

The Joys of Thrifting pt. 2: Dior Skirt Suit

Try and guess how much I paid for this skirt suit. Go ahead…$300? Nope. $150? Haha, no. $65? Give up yet? 30 bucks. At a church’s “opportunity shop” near my old apartment in DC. So many people—friends, coworkers, and strangers—are amazed that I scored this gem for so cheap, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. I purchased it as a size 12. I am a size 0. If your jaw just dropped, join everyone else I’ve told, too. But after $98 worth of tailoring I’m THRILLED with the end result:
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IMG_9769 IMG_9773The secret as to why this drastic change in size was possible: uncomplicated tailoring. The jacket does not have arm hole seams, just princess seams down the back, and thank god the bottom was a skirt—altering pants is far more costly than skirts. There is nothing to a skirt—a few darts for shaping, but a skirt is otherwise simply a tube of fabric with a lining and a zipper. Had this been a pants suit, I never would’ve bought it.

Other ways to wear it: as separates! The jacket can be worn as a coat (below) and the skirt can be worn on its own simply as a bold pencil skirt (further below). The jacket can also be worn as a minidress, but this particular day was a bit too cold for me to be willing to take those pictures on my roof ;).
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Below you will find what the set looked like before tailoring. A bit funny to look at now, especially since these pics below were taken during my first semester senior year in DC. Ah, the memories…and now the thrifted, lipstick red Christian Dior skirt suit:
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How-To: Cutely Masking Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (just one week away!!) what better way to prep than by strategically planning how to mask your food baby while still looking cute and put together. Introducing…the sweatpants’ cuter cousin: boyfriend jeans!! Paired with a fuzzy sweater in a boxy fit and adorable patterned flats, they will be staring at your shoes, not your food bump. Since Thanksgiving is all about family it’s key to keep your look comfortable yet still seeming more put together than sweats. If your holiday is a bit more dressed up…well, I’m sorry, that is unfortunate. Especially with all the food you’re going to stuff your face with and hate that you wore a skirt or fitted dress.

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Island Dreamin’

This time last year my boyfriend and I were starting to plan our Spring Break. Now that I’ve graduated, my mind hasn’t caught up with the fact that there is no designated week off in March. Ahh, Sint Maartin, how I would love to still be digging my toes in your sands… Anywho, the New York chill has me longing for island temps, but with no vacation time in sight I thought I’d be nice to all you chillins who do still have the pleasure of Spring Break.

To minimize packing you need to think strategically: how can you make one outfit look like 3 different ones? Below I’ve taken a cute long sleeve maxi dress to show how to take it from a beach coverup in the day to a rockin boho goddess by night.
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Daytime
While spending time at the beach, keep things simple with a wide brim floppy hat to protect your face, neck, and upper chest from the sun. Throw on a string bikini, simple wrap sandals, and a cute tribal fringe tote and you’re ready to go!

Nighttime
To take your look from day to night, strip off the day’s wears and prep for your evening out by gussying up a bit. Slather on a bronze shimmer oil, like the NARS one shown above. Since you’ll be in a tropical setting (hopefully) keep you makeup to the bare-min essentials: bronzer, waterproof mascara, and coral lip gloss. Transfer your evening-necessities to a cute embellished clutch, slip on a gold cocktail ring, long medallion necklace, tassel earrings for jewelry. Strap on your tall gladiator sandals and you’re ready for the night :)