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Friday, November 15, 2019

Get Smart

To be honest, when I took this week off from work a few months ago, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. A trip? A stay-cation? Absolutely...nothing? My only real plan was to not get to the end of the year only having taken one week off (my birthday trip back in May), and end up more burnt out than I already am.
By the time this week came around I'd already concluded I wasn't doing any traveling or trips, but I was going to use the time and free mental space to my advantage. My first priority was sitting down to brainstorm and plan for myself and my blog in the coming year. I've had some ideas floating around for a bit but you know what we say about ideas: there's power to putting a goal on paper.
I also spent some time working and hanging out in downtown New Bedford, MA (where I hail from). Back in June I moved downtown after two years in the north end of the city, and I've felt so much more like myself since. Despite living closer, though, because of work I actually don't get the chance most weeks to make it my environment. I spent time working at my favorite juice bar, sat and enjoyed a sandwich at my favorite bakery.
Lastly and maybe most importantly, I spent time with myself. My therapist has emphasized lately how important it is to sit with yourself--not just do things in the name of self care per se, but to sit with yourself. Be alone. Think. It's something that hasn't come quite as easily this year as I've been managing anxiety and depression. But it is important, and I'm glad I did what I did for me this week.
faux leather harness belt: Shein / gray topcoat, vintage mom jeans: Primark / patent oxford shoes (similar here): H&M / vintage Louis Vuitton clutch

What have you done for you lately?

Monday, November 4, 2019

Frills For Fall

Good afternoon, friends. We all know that fall technically started a little over a month ago, but I don't think anything makes it more official for me than the start of daylight savings. While I appreciate ("love" might be a more appropriate word) getting an extra hour of sleep, adapting to nightfall starting around 4 or 5 never gets any easier. And with the time change comes the greater temperature change, so I try to take advantage of my truly 'fall' looks before that takes place.
As a hard and fast creature of habit, I can always go on about my go-tos and typical fall wardrobe pieces. However I've really been looking forward to shaking things up this season and sharing more unique, on-trend looks. I selected some items from Femme Luxe's current collections, like this beautiful frilled plunge neck bodysuit and this pair of mom jeans with rips at the back. These jeans are a particular favorite; they already had me from the distressing being on the back, but I live for an ankle crop. It's so flattering to the leg and to your favorite pair of ankle boots, too. From bodysuits like the one I'm wearing here, to these adorable co-ords I'm totally inspired to style more looks from Femme Luxe.
ripped back mom jeans, sheer frill bodysuit c/o Femme Luxe / wide brim fedora, black ankle boots: Target / slouchy long cardigan, crossbody bag: Old Navy, double buckle western waist belt: Express

Speaking of inspiration...I think this western belt, a favored piece in my closet, might've had some influence on the rest of my outfit. Where have you been drawing inspiration, this week?

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.

Monday, October 28, 2019

How To Wear A Satin Dress

I've come to learn that one my favorite things to do with a delicate, flowy piece like this dress is to rough it up. I already love most things with a motorcycle jacket -- my closet will confirm that as I own several. But something about this buttery soft silk dress in a beautiful, rich mahogany color specifically asked for a masculine touch. 
In a similar vein, I decided to keep it classic and throw on my Docs. They pair with most anything as well, but do tend to add even more masculine energy to the mix. So, I dressed things up to balance it out by adding this 'Dionysus' inspired bag. I haven't mentioned yet but I...love this bag? It's my new baby and I find myself wearing it almost every day, and almost everywhere. I tend to use it to dress up my typical jeans-and-t-shirt uniform, but I love it for nights out too.
satin dress: Primark (similar here) / classic motorcycle jacket: Forever 21 / Gucci 'Dionysus' inspired bag: Shein / Dr. Martens 1460 Boots / on my nails: Revlon 'Daydreamer' polish

Wanna see my 10 favorite satin dresses? And more on my Pinterest!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

On Resolutions (feat. Profusion Cosmetics palettes)

I don't typically do any serious New Year's resolutions -- and I'm not about to hit you with early 2020 resolutions, so worry not. But at the top of the year I stated, and I quote, "my only New Year's resolution is to learn how to do my eyeshadow well." I wouldn't call myself anything near a makeup guru, but over the years I've spent time perfecting my ideal makeup look and I'd like to call it a happy niche! However, I have had a tendency to stay away from eyeshadow for two primary reasons: one being that I never particularly...cared for eyeshadow for myself? and as a result came the second reason; I just didn't try it much and therefore didn't really "get" how to do it. But! That's what resolutions are for, right?

I started thinking about this resolution because at this point, currently October 13th 2019, we have about 2.5 months left in the year. I haven't really thought about much future goal-setting, and I think it's because my general indifference is further-reaching than to just annual resolutions. In fact, my therapist told me that she wants me to do a vision board for next year for this very reason. While I've been working through that, it got me thinking if there are any goals I had actually set and accomplished this year, to which I can say yes. Most were more short-term intentions, like finding a new apartment for myself and getting a new car, or reincorporating fashion into my life as a mainstay rather than a side hobby. But there's power to putting a goal on paper, so to speak, and I wanted to set forth that effort for next year by accomplishing my on-paper goal this year!

For this pretty basic look I used Finesse, Poise, and Nebula from the Profusion Amethyst Eyes palette with a bit of Devious as a base from the Profusion Nude Eyes palette. I started small with these palettes, which ran me $7 each at Target, and the payoff was great. The pigmentation definitely came through and I had shockingly minimal fallout. I'm excited to do more playing around with these palettes, and to hopefully find a more substantial palette to invest in next.

With two-point-five months left in the year, which of your resolutions and/or goals have you carried out?

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Style Week North East | SS 20 Review

I have no greater remark for the collections at Style Week this season than to say just how much the designers made me *want* these pieces! 13+ collections were presented over three nights, with designers like Peach Carr and Zoe Grinfeld giving us peak camp, all the way to Angelica Timas and Anna Lemley showcasing monochromatic minimalism and more.

Angelica Timas
I adored the modern, Afro-Parisienne vibes from Angelica Timas' collection, from the sleeves to the Parisian-inspired fabric to the sleek monochromes.

Anna Lemley

Brianna Moon and Lalla Bee are where we got some classic spring and summer beats: bright colors, punchy florals, and breezy flowing silhouettes. I cannot overstate how much I loved these fluoro pants from Brianna Moon or the gorgeous floor length floral dress and straw hats from the Lalla Bee collection.

Brianna Moon

Lalla Bee

Lastly let's circle back around to Zoe Grinfeld, a designer who's given us quite a few great camp moments (see Doll Head jacket or her 2019 capsule), because I can't just tell about this campy moment, I have to show. Calling on Twister and Blackjack--not just as a heavy theme might I add, but also featuring a set of big blow-up dice at the end of the show--was undeniably fun and playful!

runway photos: Myke Yeager via StyleWeek North East