Sick Day Staples

Woof. Spent the past few days down for the count, so I wasn’t really feeling a hearty post today. Here’s a few of the items that got me through. And I have to admit, it wasn’t just season one of Scandal. I guess you could now consider me an #Olitz superfan… #notproudSick Day

Surviving Manhattan: Wintery Mix Edition

Sunday evening, New York City had its first official snowfall of the season. While two years ago my naive heart would have fluttered with delight, this time around my feelings have evolved. Do you know what happens when masses of well-focused texters walk aimlessly into mobs of confused, luggage-toting tourists? And when you add oversized umbrellas, a snow/rain mixture and black ice into the mix? Chaos.

People in the city regularly cannot conceptualize walking on the right side of the sidewalk or slowing down at yellow lights. Bad weather turns smart people to stupid,  stupid people to glorified marshmallows and tourists to THE SLOWEST MOVING PEOPLE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. You’re right; I have become a part of the problem. But it’s frustrating and scary to navigate this city when the weather outside is nothing short of frightful. Because I haven’t made a Polyvore in a while, here’s a few things I think might help. Take it or leave it, because as I think I just successfully established, I’ve already lost it a little and it’s not even officially winter yet. Oy.

A Manhattan Winter

Christmastime is [almost, but not really] Here

It’s already snowed in Ohio and flurries are in the forecast for NYC last night/today. Although it isn’t officially winter yet, it’s Christmas season in my mind. Yes, I’m one of those girls who starts listening to Christmas music in October. No, I won’t apologize. I’m even more psyched that I’m going to be able to make an Ohio trip happen for the holidays this year — something that I didn’t foresee to be in the cards. Due to all of this seasonal excitement, I crafted a Polyvore featuring a few of my seasonal favorites I’m already delving into! I’d say I lose my self-control around the holidays, but if I’m being honest, I never had much of that to begin with. Forty-three days until Christmas (!!!), but I mean who’s counting?Elf Christmas Cheer

[Halloween-Inspired] Cherry Bomb

Happy Halloween! Or perhaps I should more accurately say, Happy Halloween-Themed Throwback Thursday?! Instead of posting a thrilling throwback post of myself dressing as Walter White, Sarah Palin, and a black cat a million times over,  I instead give you an inspired Polyvore featuring the look of an iconic rock and roll artist: Joan Jett. For a few years, I’ve wanted to throw some punk-y all black ensemble together and roam the streets of October 31st singing “I Love Playing with Fire,” but it hasn’t happened yet. If you’re as last-minute as I am and are celebrating the holiday this evening, you’re more than welcomed to borrow my idea. Just don’t forget the choppy hair and confident attitude :)

Cherry Bomb

Project: Help Mandy Pick a Fall Jacket

I have the epitome of first world problems: I need a new fall jacket and don’t know where to begin. According to the local meteorologist’s weekend forecast, the cool weather is finally here to stay. With the combination of the [sad] fact I’m not in college anymore (see ya around, Northface Denali) and the [kind of cool, literally] fact that with my new job, I’ll be doing a lot of walking outside, I need to have something stylish to sport outdoors for the new season. There are a lot of trends out there right now: boyfriend pea coats, oversized parka, leather-infused military styles… so many are viable options. I picked a few of my top contenders below. Any thoughts/advice are welcomed. What’s your go-to outerwear look for the fall?

Fall Jacket Picks

Throwback Thursday: High School Fashion

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was high school, and if you are anything like me, your wardrobe consisted of too much animal print, shrunken graphic tees, and heavy eyeliner. I was (and am!) a classy broad, so my suburban Midwest fashion sense was knocking it out of park in the early 2000’s. In all seriousness, most of those pieces (I’d struggle to say any of that was ever trend) have been long tossed away. But every now and then, it’s fun to remember and even bring back some of the less terrible items in small doses. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I dedicated an entire Polyvore set to the years 2003-2007. Long live the memories, but may the fashion statements (for the most part) rest in peace.High School Throwback

Urban Hipster Style

Soooo I start a new job today! It’s basically a glorified version of my old job, only for a new brand targeting a youthful, hip demographic. I’m so lucky and excited to be doing a job I enjoy, with some kick-ass people, in the city I love. Here’s a Polyvore (I’m a little obsessed) showcasing some of the looks I’m hoping to rock in my first few weeks, now that wearing jeans and fashionable pieces is not permissible, but encouraged.

Urban Hipster

Keep Me Walking, October Road

October is my favorite month of the year. Once in high school, I had my birthday celebration in October because that’s when I thought I should have been born. I know, that’s super bratty and obnoxious. Yes, I am an only child; what’s your point?. I digress… I crafted a Polyvore with some pretty cool stuff that’s getting me excited for my favorite month! Enjoy.

October 1

Oxford Obsessed

Oxford Obsessed

With the recent additions of Pinterest and Polyvore to my life, it has suddenly become a lot less expensive to exercise my love for creating outfits. My wallet is ecstatic.

I’m currently coveting these Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Cuddle Oxfords in beet leather. When I initially fell in love with these beauts, I wasn’t sure how I could confidently implement them into my wardrobe. Sometimes, when you’re buying a statement piece that’s so different from what you already own, it’s hard to come up with a way to style them without breaking the bank and buying handfuls of other pieces as well.

After much consulting on the inter webs, I came up with two outfits I think I could successfully pull off:

  1. The boyfriend jeans, graphic tee and oversized watch (top left outfit) fully embrace the menswear theme. Too masculine? Maybe for some. But, embodying the “go big or go home” mentality, I say this works.
  2. On the other hand, oxfords also scream “classic school girl,” so pairing them with a crisp white button-up, a floral mini skirt and a girly statement necklace (bottom right outfit) turns this piece in a whole different direction.

Thoughts? Could you pull off either (or both) of these looks? Would you?

Fall Fantasies

Fall Fantasies

According to Merriam-Webster:

fan·ta·sy  noun \ˈfan-tə-sē, -zē\ — something that is produced by the imagination,  an idea about doing something that is far removed from normal reality, the act of imagining something

Although my first Polyvore details things which aren’t that removed from the realms of reality, it does showcase some of the items/sentiments I’ve been yearning for lately. Yesterday’s bout of frigid air was just the first of many, and I know my seasonal cravings for hot coffee, TV-saturated days off, and Ohio bonfires are just beginning. I think that a navy leather tote, tortoise iPhone cover and brand new blogging camera would be the perfect artifacts to help me transition into the cool autumn days, no? ;)