For the last few months, I’ve seen a pair of BRIGHT blue jeans staring at me through the window of Intermix on my walk to and from Starbucks, yoga, dinner, etc. Paired with what I can only imagine is a top that costs more than my rent, I keep thinking that they are pretty C to the U-T-E. I'm always tempted to go in and try them on, but just as I’m about to, my inner dialogue goes a little something like this...
Neon yellow is great and pastel yellow is just peachy, I won’t lie to you, there isn’t a shade under the yellow sun (pun intended) that I would shun away. But put me around a marigold yellow and I’m instantly happy. And pulling out and handing over my credit card before the sales person can say “mellow yellow.”
Store after store is showing off flared and bell bottoms of all widths, washes and rises. And I couldn’t be happier! While skinny jeans are great and still have their place, I love having an alternative for days I feel more like Thunder Thighs and an excuse to always channel my inner Raquel Welch circa the 70s.
Leopard print made its come back last fall and by the looks of things, it’s not going anywhere. Leopard printed heels, flats, scarves, tops, dresses, pants (Peg Bundy was SO ahead of her time!) are popping up just about everywhere. In your typical shades, in pops of colors, mixed in with other patterns, leopard prints are just an animal you can’t avoid. Pun intended.
I always wanted a sister to turn to for fashion, dating and fitness advice, and of course someone to gossip about celebs with. So even though I don’t know G, I like to think that if I had a sister, she would be a lot like her: fun, funny, someone who exudes confidence and cool while still maintaining a down to earth vibe (and a kick-ass fashion sense). Not to mention someone who helped influence my every-day vernacular to include sayings such as “could you die?!”
If you're at all like me, when it's 90 degrees outside and I have the choice to go for a run or lay by the pool, I choose the latter. Or if it's scorching hot, I choose to sit on my couch (in my underwear?!) blasting the AC, sipping on iced tea...and since we can be honest amongst friends here, these days a workout is the furthest thing from my mind.
Jul 18, 2011
July for me brings a different kind of excitement. An excitement in the form of warm colors in chestnuts, cognacs and browns, wools and greys… boots and coats, sweaters and scarves paired with slashed prices...well there really is no containing my excitement for all of it! For me, July is all about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
Jul 15, 2011
It's July! BBQ's on the weekends, roof top cocktails, brunch outside, iced coffee, flip-flops, sunscreen and...wool sweaters in the store window displays. That's right, fall clothes are already in the stores and summer stuff is on sale!
Jul 8, 2011
Bring on the hot dogs, the sparklers, singing Bye Bye Miss American Pie on repeat and...the tacky American flag apparel. But this year my friends, there is no need to don that over-sized American flag shirt from 1998. You can lose the red bandanna and pig tails because that looks good on no one (unless you're 5 and even then I'm wary).
Nothing says summer, summer, summertime quite like a refreshing cocktail (or a Will Smith song), but we all know that sippin' our calories away poolside leads to a not-so-cute looking backside (or all-around side). Many of our favorite friendly cocktails come along with a heaping helping of calories.
While Nautical inspired clothing is big every year around the 4th of July ( I mean we all remember owning an Old Navy $5 flag shirt at some point or another) this year, Nautical is even more in style. From stripes to cherry colored bottoms, Navy blazers to white terry zip-ups, dressing yourself in the colors of our grand ol' flag has never been easier!
In this part of the country (Chicago) It's been hot in herre. Cue Nelly. And the last thing I have the energy to do when it's this hot is think about an outfit that makes me look hot, but feel cool. The Maxi Dress is always the best option for a summer wardrobe -- it has versatility, style, and a breeze drifting up the skirt! Bonus Points!
Remember the good ol' food pyramid? The one that was NOT Atkins friendly with grains at the bottom and sweets at the top? The one we were taught in school that said we need 9-11 servings of grains a day- which I took to heart when ordering soup in a sourdough bread bowl and an EXTRA SOUR DOUGH ROLL on the side thinking it was healthy?
June is here! Memorial Day has passed! It's now officially okay to wear white... and to live your in swimsuit! Holler. Bring on the SPF and the finely tanned men. Ah, how I love summer.
Memorial Day weekend is here! School is out, barbecues are in and it’s that in-between week where you’re home from school and not on to your summer plans yet, be it trip or internship or job. So the perfect thing to do with mom this weekend (aside from eating hot dogs and slaw)?! Shop. Duh!
Let's face it, looking cute for a workout is often a challenge. Actually, it's a total after-thought. You wake up, grab the first oversized t-shirt you can find and stumble to the gym in a haze, never giving much thought to what you look like or what your plans are after you tighten your core.
When we drink (and we all know this by now), we're not only consuming a ton of calories from our friend the frozen marg, but much like that fabulous children's book "If You Give A Moose A Muffin," if you give me a tequila shot, I'm going to want some mac and cheese/pizza/other late night snack to go with it. And that means may-jor (Rachel Zoe voice) extra fat and calories.
It’s cap and gown time! Pomp and circumstance! Diplomas and "OMG, college is over" tears. Which means now is a perfect time to get some items for your ‘drobe that don’t consist of sorority letters written in neon over your badonk-a-donk or look best when paired with a messy bun on the top of your head look.
Well peeps, I did it. 30 days. 90 meals. Plenty of late night snacks. All cooked by yours truly. And no fires, burnt dishes or kitchen snafus to speak of!
It's still too cold for sandals and wedges (especially this April where Detroit witnessed a 4-inch snow storm on April 18th! WTF, Mother Nature?!), but we shudder at the thought of having to tuck our calves into our boots for the 1,478th day in a row. Flats are the perfect in-betweener.
I’m generally a pretty positive person; not one to harp on the small potatoes problems in my life (like how sick I am of eating - and cooking - said small potatoes). And while I still stand by a lot of the fabulous benefits that led me to take on this challenge in the first place - I really am becoming a domesticated w-o-m-a-n (roar!) and I’m saving lots of cashola - this week brought up some obstacles in this “genius” idea of a four-week challenge.
We're college women. We're busy studying, we're lazy, we want an excuse to not have to cook... and we eat out. A lot. And when we do, it's really easy to convince ourselves that we are eating healthy. (It's one of the many skills we've mastered over the years.)
It's a brand spankin new me, people. A domesticated me. A Martha Stewart - but with more inflection in my voice while speaking - me!
So, unfortch we're a week into April and it's still cold. Which really puts a kerfuffle in your plans to wear your newest spring purchases. Colorful spring tops, shorts, peep toe pumps, cute spring dresses and springy cardigans are all sitting in your closet watching you take your same black wool sweater and boots out day after day.
Truth be told, after living in my apartment for over two years, a friend had to teach me how to use my dishwasher after a party I had. Yes, you just read that correctly. Two years. Never used my dishwasher. If only my mom (and world's best cook) could see me now; she'd be BEAMING with pride.
Spring is here! Okay, so at the moment you might not know it, what with a major snow storm beating the crap out of the East Coast (I mean, dear weather, are you fo' real? This is one April Fools joke I am not laughing at). But by all other accounts (mainly clothing store window displays and themed Starbucks gift cards), Spring is in the hizzy.
Soy is found in just about EVERYTHING these days. So much so that soy consumption in the U.S. has skyrocketed since the early 1990s. Sales climbed from $300 million in 1992 to over $4 billion in 2008. It's cheap to produce (mainly because the government subsidizes its growth) and is in tons of packaged products.
For many of us, this week brought the first real warm, gloveless days of the year. Ah, how I love that first day of 55 degree weather, when we all think 55 degrees means summer and you actually see people walking the streets in shorts and flip-flops, pretending they are perfectly cozy when they're really covered in goose bumps and their leg hair is growing back. Not that they'll admit it, or suck it up and rock their puffy jackets on a day like today. Not. A. Chance.
We all know that drinking adds extra calories. I mean, how many times have we heard someone tell us "If you want to lose weight, cut out alcohol"? But let's face it, for a lot of us, that is pretty much asking us to give up going to college.
This spring is all about bright bottoms, and mixing and matching big, bold colors. I love pairing two complementary colors together - think bright blue and orange, or pink and green. It just makes everything more exciting.
While Fall brought us sequined minis, handbags and blazers, Spring appears to bringing the 'quin in for our tootsies. From pumps to oxfords to flats and beyond, it seems that just about every style of shoe can get a dance recital makeover.
I have something to share with you. Something many of you don't want to hear (ignorance is bliss, right?), but something you all need to hear. Something that goes against everything we've been taught our whole lives. Something that is going to rock your world. You ready for it?
Here's a fact: there are few times in a day when I would pass up the temptation of something chocolate. Save for when I first wake up… er... scratch that. Let’s try this again: There is NEVER a time in the day - not even once, not even a half second - where I wouldn’t want something chocolate.
The number one reason I love the statement necklace: no effort required. In your most lazy moments you can throw on jeans, a white tee and a statement necklace and it looks like you put time and effort into your ‘fit instead of hitting snooze fifteen times.
The weather has been bat sh*t crazy. And totally unpredictable. Sort of like your emotions right around your period. And even though Thundersnow is a fun word to say (especially when said like this: THUNDERSNOOOOOW!!!!) the very cold truth is that actually walking around in Thundersnow is the opposite of fun.