So, this year I decided to not make resolutions. I did, however, make a list of things I'd like to work on. I have made many a resolutions in the past and did not keep them up and felt guilty. So this year, I came up with things I would like to do to better myself. The word resolution just leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I suppose. Personal preference, right? One thing I really want to incorporate into my life is a somewhat steady gym routine. I am 25, almost 26, and going to the gym was never something I did regularly. Mostly because I can think of 1,001 things I would rather do. But I am getting to that age, where "adult" things are starting to matter to me. Such as spending money on quality items and not numerous things from H&M (Work in progress that one. The deals!), and nice sheets for my bed (on my birthday wishlist).
So far my gym routine has been going pretty well. I try to go a few times a week after work. Nothing major. Just a half hour on an incline on the treadmill, some crunches, stretching, lunges, etc. I leave the gym feeling so good. I really do! After a long day, I can find it difficult to go to the gym. One of the best pieces of advice I have heard is, "don't think of the gym as punishment, think of it as reward." That has gotten me to the gym on more than one occasion.
With the gym, comes fun gym gear! I invested in a few key pieces for my gym sessions and that gets me excited to go workout in my new leggings and hot pink sports bra. For those you don't love the gym atmosphere (it is an acquired taste), yoga classes or even doing exercises at home can be just as effective. Pick up a brightly colored yoga mate or weights. I also love my bkr water bottle. It's made of glass and BPA and phthalates free. Winning! Another thing to look into is personal training sessions at your gym. This can be a little pricey, but if you feel like you may need some extra help or want to challenge yourself, the extra cost could be very worth it.
Are you a gym goer? What goals have you set for yourself this year?
*SPOILER ALERT* On Saturday night, my curiosity got the best of me and I saw 50 Shades of Grey with a girlfriend. Having read the book a few summers ago by the pool for mere entertainment, I was not excepting an Oscar-worthy cinematic experience.The words ahead may bother some people, but here it goes. The acting was not very good, the script was almost comedic and very jumpy, and the only thing that got me through the movie were the clothes. There is an adorable pink dress Ana wears when she goes to meet Christian's family that I cannot stop thinking about. I also saw way to much of Dakota's breasts. I knew there would be nudity, but every chance there was, boobs were on the screen, and unfortunately, all we see of Dornan is the occasional butt shot. Hehe. there are more negatives than positives for me, but I didn't hate the movie. I guess I just expected more. Have you seen the movie? What did yo think? I'd love to know!
When it comes to my hair, I am very impulsive. I have never been too afraid of change with my locks (or with anything in life), but I have also never made an incredibly drastic changes. I've dyed it ombre, darker, lighter, at home, at a salon...You name it. After seeing Lauren Conrad chop off her hair and randomly stumbling upon Ashley Olsen's lob from a few years back, I knew I needed to make a change. What hair trend are you into? What are your thoughts on the Lob aka long bob?
These are my favorite looks of the Oscars. There were some stunning looks, but to be honest, I was surprised by how many looks were a bit... lackluster. It's the Oscars people! I want my jaw to drop! But, these ladies did not let me down. My top three looks have to be Lupita, Anna Kendrick and Emma Stone. In my eyes, Lupita can do no wrong. Anna Kendrick just looked beautiful, and Emma Stone, while I was not a huge fan of the color (I swear it looks different in every picture), the fit and beading were amazing! What were your favorite looks of the night?
J.Crew is always a top favorite, but this year picking out just a few looks was nearly impossible. The color blocking in look one is lovely. And that bow on the skirt?! Love. I would like the second look in my closet tomorrow, please. I am so happy to see a lot of feather skirts on the runway. Having one in my closet is a must!
This season's ODLR show was bittersweet. I was very excited to see what Peter Copping had up his sleeve, but not seeing Oscar's dashing smile at the close of the show was sad. With that said, Copping has carried on Oscar's vision beautifully.
Lela Rose is a new favorite this season. All of the looks were more beautiful than the last. I love the drop waist on the first look. Every time I see flowers on the runway, I think of the line from The Devil Wears Prada. "Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking." The truth is I love florals, so keep them coming! The second look is possibly my favorite floral design I have seen walk the runway this season.
Delpozo is another new favorite. The gown in look two is a dream. The light blue and grey with green floral appliques is so unexpected and gorgeous. I also love the blue applique in the third look adorned on what looks like a sheer cape.
Marchesa, Marchesa, Marchesa. The two female designers behind this line are amazing. I do not know how they keep creating such stunning pieces each year. This year the collection is very 20s inspired. The movement and silhouettes and so flattering and fun!
Alice & Olivia slayed! The rick colors and tapestry like patterns are so gorgeous. It was truly difficult to pick my favorite looks, they are all perfect.
Rodarte always seems to capture a whimsical mood. From abstract patterns to feathery and flowy pieces, there's a almost a modern fairy tale waiting to be told.
Badgley Mischka took me back to Golden Age with a 60s flare. I love the big hair and cannot get enough of the second look. The styling with lace tights is unexpected, but perfect. That winged eyeliner is also so fierce!
Oh, Carolina. Karlie Kloss (third image) said, "I truly felt like I was walking on water." I want to take that a step further. I feel like I am witnessing gorgeous watercolor paintings come to life. These patterns may be the most beautiful I have seen yet! The movement, the colors... it is just stunning.
For the full collections, be sure to go to Style.com.
The snow and the fashion goes on. Here is part two of NYFW. Altuzarra was chic and feminine. I love the frilly, high collars in each look. I would like all of the first look and the boots in looks two and three. Please and thank you.
Monique Lhuillier is a show I always look forward too. This blue and purple fur coat is beautiful! I also love the solid, sparkly set. Reds are all over the runway. Charlotte Ronson perfected the chunky sweater and skirt combo in a deep red.
Jill Stuart felt very 70s with a preppy twist. Need the poofy sleeved top in look one and cannot get enough chevron! Looks like large square belt buckles are making a comeback? I don't hate it.
Victoria Beckham always delivers elevated everyday pieces. The perfectly slouchy sweater would be perfect on a day like today. I would love to throw a bright colored coat over the white dress. I love her take on side slits.
I love a good set. Christian Siriano takes it up a notch with a feathered skirt and off the shoulder top. It is safe to say as soon as it warms up, bare shoulders will be seen everywhere. Vests were big this winter. This black and grey patterned vest from Misha Nonoo will go with just about any outfit.
The Jason Wu collection was stunningly simple. The silhouettes were sleek and flattering. I love the army greens and oversized furs. The third look above has me pretty excited that peplum could be making a comeback! It was really too short lived.
Kate Spade always delivers, and this time it came with a little black back bow. Pink and black are a great combo and I don't know why I don't so it more often!
Speaking of pink, I adore this pink coat from Zimmermann paired with a deep red and tan hat. Color blocking at it's best. Rebecca Minkoff rocked some great hats on the runway as well. She also never lets down in the coat department. The mixed fabrics are amazing.
Polo Ralph Lauren was also into the greens this season. What I really love about this look is the bright orange beanie! Very street style. This BCBG look is a sweater/dress of my frozen dreams right now. NYC is freezing and this look reminds me there is a way to be cozy and stylish. Need this look now!
It's Friday! Hooray! Here are some things that got me through the week. I am so excited to start reading my new books, especially Bad Feminist. You may notice quite a bit of pastels. It is safe to say I am beyond ready for Spring to arrive. The last picture, may be my favorite. Back in November/December, I was interning for Town & Country magazine and I had the incredible pleasure to help with an editorial shoot featuring designers such as Louis Vuitton and Prada (shown below).
OPI Polish in Alpine Snow, Skull & Glossbones, & Steady as She Rose.
Have you heard?! M.A.C. has created a limited edition Cinderella collection! The new Disney movie remake comes out March 13th and the LE M.A.C. collection goes on sale February 26th online and in stores March 5th. The collection will feature items from lip gloss to brushes ranging from $16.50-$44.00. I have my eye on the lipstick in Royal Ball. You can see the full collection exclusively on Allure.com.
February's box is amazing! I love the vibrant colors. This month's box is all about Friendship, the kind of love that is cherished.
I received 5 wonderful samples this month. The Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal perfume, which has a soft, floral scent. I will definitely be wearing this come Spring. The Gilchrist &Soames shower gel is the perfect size for traveling! I may have to save this container once I use this product up. The shower gel has a very subtle orange citrus scent. I like citrusy scents especially in the morning, it seems to help wake me up. Well, that and coffee! I am very excited to try the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting Liquid Exfoliant. I love exfoliating! This particular product is a leave-on exfoliant that "wipes away impurities to reveal smooth, even-toned, glowing skin." And you just use a cotton ball to apply it. Sounds so simple! I have try this immediately. The Parlor by Jeff Chastain was my sample choice for February. It was very secretive. In the Sample Choice video, Birchbox did not even tell us the brand name! This product is exclusive to Birchbox and is Sea Salt Spray. I sprayed some on my hair the other day and it smelled so good! The fifth sample I received is from the Balm. I love the name- Read My Lips in BAM! This lip gloss has ginseng in it which is full of antioxidants and provides loads of shine. Sounds good to me!
I am a big fan of homemade cards. I have been making cards for every occasion by hand since I was old enough to scribble and I still love it! Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show how much your love and appreciation with a homemade card. Check out my Pinterest account for some inspiration!