Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Sad Day

I want to take a detour from my usual posts and take a moment to address the tragedy that took place in Boston yesterday. Over the past few months, tragedy has struck the U.S. more times than I can remember in my entire 24 years. Yesterday's events were the straw that broke the camel's back. I have not been able to stop thinking about what happened. This morning on the subway I had to use all of my strength to restrain tears from running down my cheeks as I read the numerous articles on the Boston Marathon bombing in the NY Metro newspaper. The thoughtless, reckless and unnecessary deaths that have occurred these past few months will forever leave me wondering why people cause this kind of pain and havoc. Why? And for what reason?

While my mind has been filled with sad and negative thoughts, I have been trying to turn to the positive stories that can be found even in the wake of disasters. Without these stories and photos, I truly think my hope would be lost. Although an article about people donating blood and rushing to help those injured at the finish line does not reverse this tragedy, it can at least help to find the light in the darkness.

Boston and all of those effected, you are in my thoughts and prayers. To the police officers who are stationed throughout Boston, New York, and DC, thank you for your service. To those who rushed to assist people in need, thank you for your bravery and selflessness.

Here are some wise words from Mr. Rogers to shed some hope and light onto a dark and tragic event. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Festival Style

Festival Style

Coachella kicked off yesterday in Indio, CA. Someday, I would love to attend. Until then, I will live vicariously through Instagram photos and Youtube live feed. 
Here are some outfits I put together that were inspired by this desert music festival. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Showers

April Showers

Spring means rain, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your style.  A good trench is a wardrobe staple, and it looks good over anything, from casual to dressy. My go-to outfit will always be my favorite jeans and a loose top. The orange top shown above is a great color for Spring and can brighten any rainy day. Add a pretty bauble necklace for more color and a fun accessory. Booties are a great alternative to rain boots, especially during Spring when little rain showers come and go. 
What's your ideal rainy day look?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Simple Spendings

When I tell people I live in New York City, the first thing they say is, "That place is so expensive." While some things are more expensive in the big apple (living, 5 star restaurants, The Plaza Hotel), there is so much to do that doesn't have to cost much or anything at all. It all depends on where you go and when.

Today, I had the perfect NYC afternoon and spent just over 20 dollars. It started with lunch at my favorite Mexican restaurant Blockheads. The lunch special is $7 and you can get a $2 margarita. That is a delicious and filling meal with a drink for $9 plus a tip! Amazing! After lunch, my girl friend and I ventured over to 16 Handles for some froyo. I indulged in a small cup of frozen yogurt and spent under 2 dollars.

While finishing up my sweet treat, I made my way over to Central Park to walk around, people watch, take some pictures, and even wrote for a bit on a park bench. I did all of that for free. :) On my walk home, I stopped at a little bodega on the corner to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers for 7 dollars. I love flowers and after spending the day outside, I wanted to bring the outdoors indoors.

I had a lovely afternoon and only spent about 21 dollars. I am sure there will be some days when I enjoy the city and all it has to offer, from Central Park to museums, for no cost at all, and of course, there will also be some days I spend a bit more. But for the most part, you just have to know where to go and when to go. It can be expensive no mater where you live, the trick is to be a savvy spender.

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather as much as I am!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring is in the Air

Since moving to the city and starting classes at LIM College, I have learned more about J. Crew in each class I have taken than about any other company.

I have always love J.Crew, but after learning about the amazing Mickey Drexler and creative director Jenna Lyons, I now love everything about the company. When Mickey Drexler took over at J.Crew, he completely revamped the brand and developed the incredible household name we know and love today. While, I am on a college budget, I try to grab some steals here and there (always using my student i.d. for a little discount). I received an email a few weeks back that included how to style some of the beautiful spring pieces and fell in love with the looks above. I am excited to take pieces I already have in my closet and recreate some of these polished and relaxed looks when the sun decides to stick around.
What are some of your favorite brands? How would you put your own personal spin on some of these outfits?