Anybody still here?

Hello? Helllloo?? Oh, it was ME that was gone. I have said in the past that when I’ve gone ghost on writing, it means my zen is off. Well, kinda. I have just been the BUSIEST EVER. But without writing, my zen is still thrown off anyway because this is my outlet. So hi hello here I am.

I’ve been training a few people lately on WordPress, blogging, how to/when to, etc. etc. and my biggest piece of advice to them when starting their own blog is be consistent! And then I felt hypocritical for leaving you during the holidays. Cupping season, so in, and yet here I am throwing it off.

I have so much good stuff coming up this year, and I want to include you in it ALL. And so I will. My goal this year = get a few collaborations going so that YOU can start getting rewarded for reading my writing. ūüėČ Stay tuned on that.

Happy (long!) weekend –

Cheers!

Let’s talk: New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week started last Wednesday, and goes all the way through this week. Phew. I followed along via Instagram Live from a few of my favorite pop culture and fashion moguls: Eva Chen, Virginia Nam, Kristie Dash (my spirit animal), and BryanBoy. Trying to feel luxury via my phone isn’t the best, but I am still able to see the celebs, the runway models, the venues, the drink (and snack) offerings, and most importantly – what’s trending.

After catching shows such as Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung, Tom Ford, Alexander Wang, and Victoria Beckham, I’ve added a lot to my “want” list.

Here are some trends that I’ve observed from 220 miles away:

So fluffy I could die

Eva Chen

OK so these are Eva’s personal shoes, and she has several fluffy shoes that make me the ultimate jealous – including a new line from¬†Birkenstock. Eva also showcased the fluff on the runway throughout the week – both heels and flats alike.

I also noticed quite a few anklets – but not enough for me to think it’s a definite in. Are they coming back?!

Fringe

BryanBoy

We saw a lot of this on the runway – layered fringe. Every single show had fridge pieces scattered throughout. It was almost as if the more fringe, the better.

Tiny sunnies

E! News

Itty-bitty sunglasses are coming back in just as quickly as they went out in the early 2000s. Here, sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid show off their tiny sunglasses, after finishing walking in a NYFW show.

And I just got rid of my little Ray Bans, sigh.

Messy hair, DC

Kristie Dash

I’m happy that runway hair gets messier by the year. I still feel though that fashion’s version of ‘untamed’ would still take major prep-work. I’m on the air-dry then pretend it looks messy on purpose wagon.

Also, check those ying-yang hoops.

Feminism

Virginia Nam

This is a cultural thing for us right now that came directly after election season. Feminism isn’t going anywhere. You will see it evolve; however, it will be more obvious and universal.

Happy birthday Louie

I’m unsure why Google isn’t celebrating by replacing their letters with handbags, BUT today is, in fact, Louis Vuitton’s 196th birthday.

Who was Vuitton and how did he change fashion forever? This household name today, had a very different beginning than what you think of this luxury brand to be. Vuitton began his career as a poor and uneducated child, with few options.

His mother and father both died when Vuitton was 10. At the age of 13, he left home in eastern France, alone and on foot, bound for Paris. He walked 292-miles for more than two years, taking jobs to feed himself along the way and staying wherever he could find shelter.

In Paris, he became a boxmaker. During the Industrial Revolution, box-making was a highly respectable craft. In a market that only had rounded tops on their trunks, Vuitton introduced rectangular shaped trunks. Imagine, just making one small change, changed the world of fashion?

The  Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo, loved this new design and hired Vuitton as her personal box maker. She complimented his work by saying he packed the most beautiful clothes in an exquisite way. De Montijo provided Vuitton with a gateway to other elite clients who provided him with work for the rest of his career. Vuitton continued working until his death at the age of 70.

The next time you purchase a brand new Louis Vuitton and smell that warm scent of leather, think of Vuitton, and all of the dedication that he put in through his entire life for you to be holding that bag. Think also that you, too, could someday make one small change, that changes the world as we know it.

Cheers, to my favorite Frenchman!

Snow day

Oh, New England. Today is my Dad’s birthday (happy birthday, Dad!) and as I was saying to him earlier this morning, his day is unique as it can either be a beautiful, 70 degree day — or a full-on blizzard. 2017 decided to choose the snow. I’m hoping that spring will come rolling through any day now. In the meantime, let’s [try to] enjoy this weather.

There are some comforting things about a snow storm. For one, you don’t have to feel guilty for hanging on the couch¬†all day. After all, the Governor told us to stay home. It is also a great opportunity to cook up a delicious breakfast and/or dinner you’ve been wanting to make but haven’t had the time.

Here are some other great ideas for your snow day:

  • Relax with a bubble bath
  • Find a new book to indulge in
  • Complete those small tasks you’ve been putting off, like making a Dr. appt. or scheduling your pup to get groomed
  • Do a face mask
  • Make a fire, have some hot chocolate and watch a movie you’ve wanted to see

I’ll be working from home during the day’s storm. But, will definitely be doing some of these things afterwards. What are you planning on doing during today’s snow day?

Favorite show of all time

“But the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”

The one, the only: Sex and the City.

Freshman year of college, I couldn’t STOP watching. I have all six seasons on DVD. I’d lay in bed for hours and hours in my dorm room watching episode after episode. ¬†It never got old. I’d laugh, and cry. It is often still on E! sometimes, and I will always drop what I’m doing and watch until another show comes on.

I attribute my¬†love for writing to Carrie Bradshaw. After the first few times watching the show, I began writing – in a journal that no one would ever see. The more and more I watched the show, the more and more I’d write in my journal. It was just a few years ago that I turned my writing digital, but don’t know that I would have ever written at all if I had never fallen in love with SATC.

A few years ago, my brother and sister-in-law lived just a few blocks from the apartment that they used to film as Carrie’s apartment. In the show, Carrie was said to live on the upper East Side but filming took place in the West Village at 66 Perry Street. They took me to her apartment and I literally cried. There was a chain hanging before the steps, with a “No Trespassing” sign, but Carrie herself taught me that you don’t always have to follow the rules. I just pictured her running down those stairs in her expensive shoes, Big waiting for her in his car. All the feels.

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While these ladies were not exactly the best role models (except probably Charlotte…) they were real. So real. I found that mostly anything I was going through in life, there’s an episode for. No matter what, they always made me feel better – about anything.

Every New Years Eve since the SATC movie came out, I always listen to “Auld Lang Syne” by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis and picture Carrie running through the street over to Miranda’s house through the snow, just as the clock is about to strike midnight. It makes me cry EVERY. TIME. This song reminds me every NYE that people in your life matter more than anything else, and knowing that one fact will ensure a beautiful year ahead.

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#TeamAidan

Subscription addiction

I don’t know when I became addicted to subscription boxes, but it happened and I can’t let go. There is just something about getting a box of happiness delivered to your door that is so gratifying.

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Currently, I have three recurring subscription boxes: Stitchfix, Foodstirs, and Popsugar Must Have. I’ll talk about these later because they’re obviously my favs to still be welcomed to my door (& wallet) each month.

I have tried: Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Little Lace Box, and Le Parcel.

Okay guys Le Parcel¬†was the WORST. That box is supposed to make ladies “time of the month” happier by sending you tampons/pads, chocolate and a gift. Well, it never¬†arrived on¬†the correct¬†week, the chocolate was pretty much always melted and the gift was super cheap/tacky and something I’d never use. Also, I got the same hideous pair of sunglasses twice. No.

Little Lace Box was cute. Their boxes were sent bimonthly, and had a theme that each followed. The gifts in the boxes were always thoughtfully picked and I was typically happy with everything in there. They chose themes like fairytales and old-age love stories, sooo I wouldn’t really understand them. Maybe I would’ve paid more attention in Literature class if my teacher told me I’d one day get subscription boxes based off these novels. I did enjoy this box, and ended up quitting it because they make their own¬†beauty products/lotions/etc. and would always throw some of that in there, and I didn’t love¬†that. But I did get a super cute vase from them, and they even included a gift card to a flower company so I got a “free” bouquet to put in the vase … that was my favorite.

Blue Apron and Hello Fresh are liiiiterally the same thing. I got Blue Apron twice, and Hello Fresh once. I really enjoyed both of them. If you aren’t familiar, they send you meals with fresh, local ingredients, and step-by-step instructions on how to cook it. They include pretty much everything in the box, except any eggs/EVOO/salt/pepper that they’ll assume you have. I was iffy on Hello Fresh, since I had never really heard of it before, but will admit that they were great! They were up to the same standards as Blue Apron, which I’d assume is the most popular meal subscription. For someone like me who is a terrible cook, both of these boxes make you feel like someone should marry you NOW because you’re just the best housewife that ever was. It’s like “yes, I made this beautiful dish with all of these vegetables I’ve never heard of before, and yes, it was easy.”

Let’s get to the one’s I LOVE:

Stitchfix. I’d say this is probably one of the better-known of all subscription boxes. For $20, Stitchfix sends you a box of five cloth items per month. You can try them all on, and send back whatever you don’t want. The great thing is they make it so easy to send things back, they provide you with the postage bag and all you have to do it stick it in a USPS box. Whatever you keep, the $20 goes toward that, and if you keep all five items, you get 25% off (which is worth it if you’re keeping three or four, to just keep all). They have the best jeans. I despise trying on jeans in a store – they never fit. Stitchfix has magical jeans. They also recently got into sending shoes too, and I’ve found that I have loved the shoes they’ve sent me! I typically always keep at least one thing, to make my $20 worth it, but on occasion [like this month], I’ll keep the whole box….

Foodstirs. This is new for me, and I just got my first box this month. Very similar to Blue Apron & Hello Fresh, but for baking! Also $20/month, you get a box full of something¬†to bake. Like the other food boxes, they send you everything you need except eggs/EVOO. This month is Halloween, so the box is mummy cupcakes. I haven’t made them yet – but will share when I do next week. I am excited to start baking more. I looked at some of their past boxes and they’ve sent cookies, pancakes, brownies, cake-pops – and they all look so cute and yummy!

Saving the best for last…. Popsugar Must Have. This one is on the¬†expensive side at $50/month, but I am obbbbbsessed. [They also have a Must Have Mini at $15/month] Pretty much all of my favorite things I own, came from this box. Each month, there are¬†themes, such as¬†“comfy, detox, organized” and they send you five items (and often throw in some extras) that go along with the themes. It¬†always includes a¬†beauty product, some type of snack, and realllly cute items that I’d never find on my own.

Cheers!

All fall everything

It’s officially here, my favorite season: fall. I have already had a few PSLs (which aren’t as good as I remember them to be…), switched out my clothes from tanks¬†to huge sweaters, bought pumpkins, went apple picking and made apple crisp.

This is just the BEST time of the year in New England. While I spend most of my days dreaming of somewhere else (which is a really terrible thing to do), I have to say that I feel very lucky to live in New England this time of the year. In just a few weekends, I’ll be heading up to Vermont, which will be beautiful with the foliage. And then, mid-November, jussssst when it’s becoming TOO cold, I’m escaping to Florida for a long weekend.

Until then, I am going to enjoy every. minute. of this perfect season.

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Cheers!