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Styled: Faux Leather Skirt

I picked up a faux leather mini skirt at Zara while shopping for my recent vacation to Las Vegas. It was on sale and I figured might as well. I really liked it when I tried it on in the dressing room despite not really being sure what I would pair it with on a night out (or any other time really). In the picture above you can see it has a cinched waistband and pockets. Pockets are essential as any girl knows.

A faux leather mini skirt can give any wardrobe a little edginess without trying too hard. It can be paired with a feminine blouse or camisole to tone down the harshness of the leather or it can be worn with a simple t-shirt to make it look more casual. I’ve brainstormed a few ways to rock the mini with the hopes it gets more use than my faux leather birdcage skirt.

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Denim Shorts 2 Ways

Fact: the last time I genuinely chose to wear normal shorts was in 8th grade. Yes, 10+ years ago and really because I was obsessed with my Abercrombie & Fitch collection of possibly too short shorts. Eventually as an angsty teen I decided to wear the most unflattering longer shorts and I truly wish I could forget this time of my life.

Cut to now where I have rekindled my love of denim shorts. This is quite possibly due to one of two things. Either my self confidence has grown (along with my ability to give no f*cks about imperfect thighs) OR I’m just tired of overheating during the summertime while wearing jeans. Doesn’t really matter either way because now denim shorts are my go-to whether I’m running errands or just hanging around all day. Embracing shorts has made my life 35,000 times easier and I regret having ever given them up. No offense, teen angst stage. You were pretty pointless style wise.

Of course it’s really easy to have denim shorts go south fast. If they are too short or distressed it’s simple to head into “no one wants to see that” territory. I have 2 formulas for rocking denim shorts right now, and both are equally simple but stylish. A tank top when it’s warm out and a sweater when I’ve had a bit too much sun or will be hanging out in the air conditioning.

Shop this Post: Frame Denim shortsH&M sweaterAdidas sneakersZara crossbody bagClean UP Dodgers hatTopshop tank topMichael Kors duffleQuay sunglassesAncient Greek sandalsMadewell rings

What I’m Wearing

A way back somehow (I’m not very sure how) I began receiving the Goop email newsletter. A long with links to interesting stories on their website the offer tips and tricks, how-to’s and product recommendations on fashion and style. At the very end of the newsletter there’s a section of clothing and accessories they currently love. I think it’s pretty cool because what they choose often puts together a really chic outfit with clickable links to buy.

So I’m super casually borrowing it for my blog. I can’t confirm the people at Goop actually use, wear, or love those stylish pieces, but because this is my blog I can confirm I do. I thought this might be a little different than an #OOTD because I want to share the outfits I’m obsessed with or just think are pretty great.

This outfit I wore to Easter dinner at my parents this past weekend. The birdcage skirt is brand new in the spring releases of Who What Wear’s collection with Target. My only gripe is the white is very…thin when it comes to the sun. No matter what color underclothes I tried to wear there was a shadow or they were visible. I would much rather have this skirt in black (it’s available online). Other than a pretty spring skirt the rest of what I chose were just classics in my closet.

Shop This Post: Tank TopBirdcage skirtSunglassesDenim JacketSandalsBag

A Little Life Edit

Long time no see, blog. I’ve been meaning to update, but I’ve become so lost in life. So many assignments and health issues keep coming up and updating seems like not such a big priority. I mean, there’s a pretty sweet post on the Bachelor sitting in my drafts right now just begging to be finished before the EPIC of an episode on Monday, right? Hopefully with spring break happening I’ll finally get around to it. Since there was no February Edit (okay so what if February just ended on Tuesday), I thought I would just give a random Life Edit instead. I mean you can call it a February Edit if you really want. You do you.

  • Watch Abstract: The Art of Design docu-series on Netflix. It’s honestly one of the best documentary series I’ve ever seen and on design no less. What’s cool about this series is it covers so many different types of design and designers that the viewer is given a glimpse into something they may not know much about. I, for one, didn’t know anything about the design process of Nike sneakers nor the reputation of Tinker Hatfield but I was completely engrossed in his story.
  • Wear this Toxic Masculinity shirt from My Favorite Murder. With the state of chaos that America is currently living in why not show your distain for toxic masculinity with this super comfortable tee? This might be one of the softest t-shirts I have ever owned and looks great paired with my super powerful boss lady blazer.
  • Read Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill because it’s fascinating to understand why it is we do the things we do. Okay, maybe it’s just fascinating for me since my entire career path is based on getting people to buy things. Plus, I kid you not, this was recommended to me by my dentist when we were casually discussing what business school is like when I was having a check up.
  • Buy this Anine Bing velvet and lace bra because Victoria’s Secret was out of the bra I really wanted last time I headed into their store (not. cool.).
  • Try this trend I’m really not sure about: Ballerina skinny jeans. According to Topshop these are going to be all the rage. I’ve gone back and forth on what I think of them..and still am undecided.
  • Listen to Zombies on Broadway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness because no matter how old I get Andrew McMahon is still my jam. Plus it’s a really great album for listening to with the windows down on a nice, sunny day.

Gift Guide: Galentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next week, and I won’t even sit here and pretend love is super great. In fact, for the first time in my life I actually hate the word love and everything it encompasses. I am no longer the starry-eyed, hopeful girl I once was. The truth is even when you try your hardest and give everything you have to someone else, it doesn’t always work out. I’m not a Debbie Downer but it sucks to feel isolated, alone, and unimportant. So if you’re lucky in love, please do tell me your secrets. 

Enter the greatest (television event) Galentine’s Day. A day for celebrating the two best people who deserve gifts: my friends + myself. My friends are always there for me when I need them and listen to my ridiculous behavior and nonsensical thoughts. Plus we spend so much time together, it’s hard not to love them. I also love myself…sometimes. Galentine’s Day is the ultimate occasion to treat yo self. As they say, you can’t love someone else until you fully love yourself…or whatever that quote says. Even if you don’t have an S.O. to spend time with over the worst of greeting card holidays (only greeting card holiday?), you can always shower those closest to you with love.

Chinti and Parker sweaterSkinny Dip London headphonesBan.do water bottleKate Spade phone caseLouis Sherry chocolatesGalentine’s Day cardSex and the City latte mugBFF Pizza pinHot Dudes Reading Gourmand candleGummy Candies

January

January is the Monday of months. It’s cold and dark. There aren’t many movies out that aren’t scraping the bottom of the barrel of ideas. Good new music is hard to come by. I don’t feel like doing anything except hibernating in my bed. The gym is way too full (but will begin to taper out in the next couple weeks). But yet, the illusion is everything will be a fresh new start. A time to hit the reset button and start over.

America is a crazy place to be right now and I find myself angry quite a bit because this isn’t the America I want to live in nor do people remember the foundations of America to begin with. Obviously I want to avoid discussing this further because while it may be the time to say something, this isn’t the space I want to use. I always begin the year feeling like the possibilities are endless and this year finally everything will fall into place. But the truth is just a month in and I’m already feeling defeated.

Since it is my blog and a representation of me and my life, I’ll just say maybe everything I believed about a lot of things isn’t true. How is it that I continue to be hopeful and believe there’s better out there yet I can’t seem to make it happen for myself? I try to contribute the most I can to my universal bank but when I want to cash out and finally get something in return it just never shows up. It just keeps getting harder and more frustrating. I’m tired of feeling like I’m standing at a fork in the road but constantly making the wrong decision. The road just takes me back exactly to the same place as before. I hate to call it an existential crisis, but why does it feel like everything I’ve ever believed in is false? Maybe it’s just the people I choose to put my faith in who keep letting me down…

Enough of the boring stuff. Here’s all the stuff I think you need to check out right now. If you made it this far, congrats. You are a real trooper.

  • Read This: Forgive Yourself for Not Being Perfect. Then Do It Again Tomorrow. an essay by Liz Welle. Given what I said above about the state of my life, maybe it’s time to give this a shot more.
  • Eat This: Steak Tacos with Cilantro Radish Salsa. I made these a couple weeks back and they were delicious even just the steak without the salsa.
  • Try This: Dry Brushing. Reduce the appearance of cellulite and increase the function of the lymphatic system by dry brushing. It’s a quick way to relax before a shower and it makes your skin look and feel healthy.
  • Listen to This: Darling by Real Estate. Real Estate always makes me think of warmer temperatures driving around in my car with the windows down. Something I long for during winter…that is until spring really comes. Plus it’s brand new music! #blessed
  • Buy This: Reformation Anjela top. I’m obsessed with this romantic looking Reformation top. The sheer detail is perfectly on trend for those of us who aren’t really willing to take the full Kendall Jenner route to sheer tops. Not to mention how dainty and feminine it looks.
  • Watch This: Materialism: A Documentary of Important Things. As human beings we accumulate a lot of things and as someone who is utterly fascinated (and slightly annoyed) by the HGTV show about tiny houses, I found this documentary incredibly interesting. It covers the various ways people approach living a minimalist lifestyle in their own ways. Whether that means building a space that caters to their needs, living in a tiny home (or two suitcases), or just having a 33 piece wardrobe, they examine different ways to embrace a simpler way of life. Experiences and live over mass consumption of material goods. It’s streaming now on Netflix, but I’m just not quite sure I’m prepared to give up my closet for just 33 pieces.