Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hair | Date Night Waves

One of the biggest stresses when it comes to dating (on top of the nervous butterflies and hoping your date will be a good conversationalist) is what the heck I'm supposed to be doing with my hair! I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my beauty and hair routine. The more natural, the better to me. But sometimes, taking just a few extra steps can make all the difference, livening things up tenfold so, so easily. I started using the XO Styling Iron, created by fellow blogger Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair. I'm very particular about the hot tools I use on my hair to make sure I'm not allowing any damage while still getting the desired effects. I've been using the XO Styling Iron ever since I first tried it. I'm basically hooked because the results have been so spot on. Using the XO Styling Iron has taken me the least amount of time to do my hair ever! Which is great for me, because I don't like to spend a lot of time on these sort of things! And I prefer to use a straightening iron to add waves, because it gives me a less intense curl and I can always assure that I won't end up looking like Shirley Temple. If it's too curly, just a swipe of the straightener tames it down. So I can easily go both ways. On date nights, I tend to to make the wave a little more extreme than normal. As the night goes on, it will effortlessly get more subtle. 

I basically start work with the hair around my face first, then start creating waves in chunks from one side to the other side. I start the wave with the iron at a little above the middle point of my head, twisting the hair around the iron with the iron horizontal, and then slowly work my way down. I break up the waves throughout to give them that messy, worn-in texture. Then I put in more beach spray and add in more tousling once I've gotten through all my hair, and I'm good to go for the night! Super easy! Thanks Cara for creating the perfect styling iron. It's truly been a life saver :)

Shop the XO Styling Iron HERE!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Overalls on Beekman Street


Courtshop denim overalls
Minkpink top // SHOP HERE
Madewell wool hat // SHOP SIMILAR
Joie leather boots // SHOP HERE
BOYY leather bag // SHOP SIMILAR

Unfortunately, the days of bare legs and tan are far gone, but lets still take a moment to remember those sweaty, steamy days of summer. I hope they don't take too long to come back around.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Horoscopes | Being Libra

 I'm not a person crazy into horoscopes, but it's nice to read them every once in a while to look for some positive inspiration and motivation. I usually see them not as definers of my future, but representations of my present. Reminders of who I am and what I am seeking to do with my life and the relationships I have built within the world I live in. To give more thought to my every day. 

I randomly looked up my horoscope for the month courtesy of ELLE.com, and I felt very happy once I got to the end of it. It was extremely positive:

Do YOU, Libra! Until October 23, the Sun is in your sign, firing up your first house of passion projects and personal identity. Your relationship-centric sign often puts your own needs aside for the sake of staying in a twosome or making others happy. But this month is time to declare your independence—stand on your own two feet, and proudly! Steep yourself in little rituals or practices that affirm your autonomy. For the first three weeks of October, you could spend time every morning writing your goals and prioritizing activities near and dear to your heart. You may take inspiration from poet Mary Oliver's "The Summer Day" on what to do with your one "wild and precious life."

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

— Mary Oliver

I love the last line of the poem, which was called out in my horoscope. Such a beautiful way to describe one's life . . . both wild and precious. Not everyone would consider their lives wild, and sadly, there are also some who don't consider their lives precious. It's interesting to think about. How different we all view our lives, and especially in relation to each other. Someone who grew up privileged and with everything at their fingertips can view their life as less precious as someone who grew up watching over 4 younger siblings and saving all their money to feed the household. Or maybe they both feel their lives are precious, but in very, very different ways. 

A wild and precious life might sound like something that exists only in dreams, but I love the idea that everyone can have a life that exists as both. To be able to dream of even the most unattainable of things, and to find the feeling of freedom in areas where passions lie . . . these are things that shouldn't be denied from anyone. Yet, the reality is that they are. And saying that one's life is precious usually relies on the one's we surround ourselves with, and the worth that others imprint on us, which in turn affects the type of light we look upon ourselves with. Most of us grew up being taught not to care what other's say, and to form opinions by ourselves, but in today's society, it's not that easy. We are impressionable by nature and we are what and who we surround ourselves with. Being picky about the people you let into your life can be the best thing you could ever do, for it will naturally guide you in the direction that is best for you. And what is more wild and precious than that exactly? 

Although I can actually call myself an adult, I know that I still have a ton of childish (yet tamed) intentions. To me, that recognition is a freedom that I have. A freedom that leaves my life up to me to live exactly the way I want it. With no restraints. No holding back of myself. No road blocks that I could never hurdle. The recognition of my freedoms and the fact that I choose to share it with the ones I love makes my life feel precious . I love them so damn much, for the good impressions they leave on me. The impressions that tell me not to change a single thing about myself. The impressions that keep me moving forward and doing what I love. The impressions that keep me dreaming and exploring and never saying never. How about we kick off this new season by living wildly and passionately, and knowing that it is the one life we will live, and so we must never allow it to break under the control of someone other than ourselves. 

As a libra, I always work to keep both a wildness and a calmness alive in my life. There's not better way for me to feel at east than this way. 


Friday, October 2, 2015

Seeing Red


Viva Aviva ruffle top // SHOP SIMILAR
KIMEM pants
Sabrina SL wool choker
Giles & Brother cuff // SHOP SIMILAR
Lacoste shoes // SHOP SIMILAR

Sometimes you want to wear your feelings, ya know? My closet isn't actually that heavy in the fire engine red department. And it's a color that I wear rarely and very sporadically, despite the fact that I've been told many times over that it is THE color for me. There do exist certain days when it tempts me like a flame, and the urge to cover myself with it is stronger than ever. These days have recently become more numerous. Maybe it just took a bold and overly confident shape to give me the flashing red YES sign for me to fully give it a go. My last day of NYFW was me going out with a bang in fire engine red. It wasn't really planned, and for me it wasn't really expected, but that's the fun of it all. The frivolity. Going against the normal current. I must confess, wearing red is starting to feel just as classic and easy as putting on a pair of blue denim jeans. Expect to see more of it on this space. When I'm in the mood, of course. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Punchy Pop


Joie silk blouse // SHOP SIMILAR
Cotton On denim skirt
Matt Bernson sandals // SHOP SIMILAR
Vintage neck scarf
COACH leather bag // SHOP HERE
Jocelyn fur heart // SHOP HERE

What I wore on the second to last day of my NYFW. I was apparently in a very minimalist mood this fashion week, and gravitated towards more whites and neutrals than ever before. But obviously I can't forget my punchy pop of color. Aaaaaaand another neck scarf in a bright hue comes into play! haha. We found this amazing street to shoot on quickly right after the Diesel show on Wall Street. It looked like something straight out of London Town! I couldn't get over it. The Financial District, despite its overly bustling streets and gargantuan amount of men in ill-fitting suits and off-color briefcases, there is quite a charm about it. Sometimes you need to stop and appreciate the uniqueness in every place you go, because most of the other times you will completely overlook it.