Tuesday, January 31, 2012

take me to the beach

{deux lux Resort Stripe Beach tote; images via Nordstrom}

I saw this bag several weeks ago while out shopping with my mom.  I took one look at it in the store and knew it had to be a deux lux bag {we all know how much I love deux lux!}.  How gorgeous and fun would this be to bring on a beach vacation!  Sequins, stripes, sand, and sun - perfection!

Monday, January 30, 2012

best of: SAG Awards

OK, so I'm going to be honest with all of you.

I didn't watch the SAG Awards, and I didn't watch any red carpet coverage either.

Actually, I spent my entire evening catching up on this season of Gossip Girl so that I could watch the 100th episode tonight {I love C & B, what can I say?}.  I did, however, peruse through numerous photos of what everyone wore and had a few favorites.  Muted and bright colors seemed to popping up everywhere and I loved it!

{Top Row, L-R: Stacy Keibler, Lea Michelle, Sofia Vergara | Bottom Row, L-R: Rose Bryne, Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays; all images via People}

I loved Dianna Agron's and Kaley Cuoco's hairstyles for the evening as well! 

A few other looks that caught my eye: Michelle Williams, Jane Lynch {pockets!}, Ashlee Simpson, and Emily Blunt.

Who were your favorites of the night?  Anyone surprised or shocked by the winners?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

sisterhood: recruitment style - part three

This post includes a Friday's Fancies, meaning that I was supposed to post this yesterday.  I don't even remember falling asleep last night, which is the reason this didn't go up {guess I was tired, huh?}.  I wanted to include this though because there was a "choose your own theme" week so I took this as an opportunity to put together an outfit for the most important round of recruitment- preference round.

Pref. round is the day where you are invited to just three houses, one of which you could become a sister of.  During the round, you'll speak to just one girl and be part of a ceremony that holds a lot of meaning for all sisters, especially seniors.  Most houses require sisters to wear a black dress and black heels, but I think this look works well for girls going through rush as well.  An easy way to add your own flair is to choose jewelry and accessories that add a little color, keep the look classic, or maybe even add rockstar glam.  Whatever you choose, this is the round where you'll see all girls, sisters and potential new members, looking their best.

Did you notice all the BaubleBar pieces?  I signed up for this a few months ago but just browsed through their site a few days ago.  I have no idea why it took me so long because I love everything they have!  If you haven't yet, you can sign up here to get in on all of the great looks and deals.

Good luck to all the girls going through recruitment these next two weekends!  And good luck to all the houses and sisters as well!  Have fun everyone!  Go Gamma Phi!

Friday, January 27, 2012

sisterhood: recruitment style - part two

Accessories are a great way to spice up an outfit.  And during recruitment, it can also be a great conversation starter.  Pick pieces that don't clash with your outfit and are things that you would wear on a normal day.  If you're unsure what to wear, choose simple pieces that go with anything.

Whatever you do, don't wear a watch.  The last thing you want is to look at your watch, even if it's just out of habit, during your conversation with a sister.  It could give her the idea that you're not interested in the conversation, even if she really does have your full attention.  If you're like me and wear a watch everyday, choose bracelets and a few bangles to wear on your wrist instead.

{A helpful tip} Jewelry from places like Forever21 or H&M can turn your fingers green, mostly because the piece isn't made from pure metal.  To prevent this, coat the inside of the piece {and any other part that may come in contact with your skin} with clear nail polish to create a barrier.  I recommend doing a few coats of this just as a precaution.  Also, whenever you go to wash your hands, make sure you take the jewelry off!  Wet skin, whether it's water or perspiration, when in contact with pieces from stores like these can also cause discoloring of your skin.  If this does happen to you, soap, water, and rubbing alcohol can remove the stain.  Unfortunately though, it will take a lot patience and perhaps a day or two before it goes away.

sisterhood: recruitment style - part one

I've been really tired lately and falling asleep so quickly that I never end up posting what I have set up for the next day.  Since I wasn't able to post on Wednesday or Thursday, I will be posting the Friday post I had planned and the two sorority recruitment entries that never made it live on time.

So sorry!  But on with the show!...

Each round of recruitment has a certain dress code.  The first round requires that all girls going through the process wears that year's recruitment shirt with jeans and boots or flats.  The second round is more casual, though that doesn't mean to throw on a graphic tee and ripped jeans.  The best way to describe it {in my opinion} - wear an outfit that you would want to wear to your first day of class.  Your best fitting jeans, a nice shirt - knit or otherwise, and a comfortable and cute pair of boots or flats is probably the best way to go.

{1. Gap 1969 Always Skinny Jeans 2. Rag & Bone Baxter Sweater 3. Ivanka Trump 'Magnoli' Flat 4. Anthropologie Pthalo - Blocked Blouse 5. Vince Camuto 'Ellen' Flat 6. Gap 1969 Always Skinny Jeans}

Each round, the dress code will get progressively more formal.  I would describe the dress code as "trendy business casual".  I wouldn't say pull out a suit, but you could most certainly wear pieces of those suits separately with heels and a fun printed silk blouse.

{A helpful tip} Don't wear your heels all day.  If you're in cold climate like Syracuse, wearing heels or wedges from house-to-house will not be comfortable, especially since each round lengthens in time spent at a sorority.  Bring your Uggs and change before you walk in the door and right when you walk out.  Along with your winter coat {Really, it's OK if you don't wear that super cute and super expensive peacoat.  Sisters will understand; they don't want you to freeze!}, bring a scarf and gloves to keep you warm as you travel between parties.  And don't forget bring a snack, like a granola bar, just in case hunger pangs start before lunch time or dinner.

Whatever outfit you choose to wear, be sure that it represents you and your style - not the sorority you think you want to be a part of.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

sisterhood: do's and don'ts of recruitment

Sorority recruitment at Syracuse starts this Friday.  I wanted to put together a list of do's and don'ts of recruitment, which would include tips and tricks that hopefully both sorority sisters and girls going through rush would find helpful.  I asked a friend who served on the executive board with me during our senior year for a little help.  Kelsey, who is also in my Gamma Phi family, is a lover of all things recruitment and did an amazing job as our Membership Vice President.

Because really, who would know the best tips and tricks other than the girl in charge of it all?

Thank you so much for your help Kelsey!

Check back tomorrow for more recruitment and sorority things!

Monday, January 23, 2012

closet classics: boat shoes

{Top Row: Found on Sperry website, Middle Row: Found on J. Crew website, Bottom Row: Found on Nordstrom Website}

I consider boat shoes to be something that everyone should own and have in their closet.  They can be paired with any outfit and are appropriate for so many occasions.

My Sperry's have seen better days.  I've been thinking about getting a new pair {or two} for weeks now and am having the hardest time choosing!  I love the classic dark brown, light brown, navy, and white.  But the gold and quilted pewter are neutral enough to wear all year long as well.  And, even though I don't think I could justify wearing them all year round, I love the green and navy color block combo and the bright colors currently available on J. Crew's site.  So many choices...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

better late than never

I tried really hard to actually get this posted on Friday.  Well, that clearly didn't happen, but I wanted to post it anyway {better late than never}.

Yesterday, one of my favorite bloggers, {av} of long distance loving, celebrated the one year anniversary {congrats!} of her series: Friday's Fancies.  Week after week, I've admired all the style boards she and other bloggers put together based on a weekly theme selected by her.  I decided to finally participate and put something together, and I'm hoping that I'll be able to do this every week!

The theme for this Friday was inspiration.  Really up to your own interpretation, I chose to pick a fashionista who, in my opinion, always gets it right - Olivia Palermo.  She has been portrayed as the villain/bitch on The City and probably isn't as well-known as the other celebrities whose style inspire me {Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Conrad, and Jennifer Aniston to name a few} but she certainly is one of the best dressed.  So well dressed in fact, that I actually had a hard time choosing which of her outfits I wanted to recreate!

Happy weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2012

happy friday!

{image via Kate Spade tumblr; 'Eat Cake for Breakfast' tote, 'Play Hooky' bag, more about Rider the pup here}

It's Friday, meaning it's the end of the work week and the weekend is just a few hours away!

But if you would rather stay home and do one or two of the above {I would do both, just saying}, that's OK too!

Because really, Kate Spade thinks it's acceptable and that's reason enough.

Happy Friday everyone!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

pop, pop, pop!

Celebrate today with a bowl at home or a bucket at the movies of popcorn!  Whether it's buttery kernels or mixed with chocolate that you love, indulge a little and add a bit more because today is a national holiday! {Sort of...}

{image via weheartit}

Happy National Popcorn Day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

go greek!

That certain time of the year is upon us.

Do you know what I'm referring too?

If you guessed, sorority recruitment then you are correct!

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority while I was a student at Syracuse University.  Fun fact: The Syracuse University chapter of Gamma Phi Beta is the Alpha Chapter, meaning it was founded at SU and is the first Gamma Phi Beta chapter {we were founded on November 11, 1874}.  I know that greek life isn't for everyone; not all of my friends belonged to a fraternity or sorority.  I can say though that some of my closest, dearest, and best friends I met through Gamma Phi.

My story starts in the spring of 2009 when I went through the recruitment process as a sophomore.  At SU, girls can go through rush as a freshmen or sophomore {or as a junior for some transfer students}.  I made the conscious choice not to go through the process until I was a sophomore with my roommate.  She and I both ended up putting Gamma Phi Beta as our first {and actually ONLY house} and were lucky enough to be selected by them as well!  We were initiated several weeks later and have been sorority members since that spring.  I was honored when, just a year later and after spending the 2009 fall semester abroad, I was elected as Education Vice President by my sisters.  I served on the Gamma Phi Beta Executive Board during my senior year with some of my fantastic sisters and met some of the sweetest freshmen and sophomores during our New Member Period.

I honestly do not regret a single moment of my time with Gamma Phi while at college and think it is one of the best decisions I've ever made {as stated on one of my sorority shirts}.  I miss them all so much and am counting down the days til I can see some of them again {especially my roommate from senior year Karen - HI KAREN!}

In honor of the upcoming two weekends of rush at Syracuse University, I will be putting together a few blog posts including a few tips and tricks that may be helpful for recruitment.  To kick it all off, I made a little something just for Gamma Phi...

... Gamma Phi Beta cookies!  These are not the prettiest cookies and they are far from perfect, but I love them anyway!  {And yes, those are crescent moon sprinkles.}

Monday, January 16, 2012

best dressed

Last night was the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards.  I watched, of course, not just to see who won, but to see what the celebrities were wearing.  Some trends that I loved: glamorous headbands, yellow gowns, and actresses showing a little leg.  There were several stars who stood out the most and, in my opinion, looked the best for the night.

{Top (L-R): Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Bottom (L-R): Kate Beckinsale, Stacy Keibler, Rainney Qualley - 2012 Miss Golden Globe, Jessica Alba; images via People}

A few other notable mentions: Michelle Williams, Berenice Bejo, Salma Hayek, and Clare Danes.

Who were your favorites from the award show?

Friday, January 13, 2012

friday favorites: get fit

On Tuesday, I posted my list of goals that I set for this year, one of which is to adopt a healthier lifestyle and exercise more.  I like to think that part of this goal means hitting up your favorite store and buying some new clothes to go with your new routine.  You may be tired and sweaty at the end of your workout, but you'll still be in style.

These are a few of my favorites, including a few that I actually own!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

it takes two to tango

Pantone announced that the 2012 color of the year is Tangerine Tango.  Since I am hoping to explore the worlds of color and pattern with my wardrobe this year, I thought this could be added to by "to try" list.  Even though I went to Syracuse, the only orange apparel I have are graphic sports tees and sweatshirts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

the wondrous world of c. wonder

Well, hello there.  Please, come in.

{image via Google}

Let me tell you about a new favorite and current obsession of mine - C. Wonder.  Haven't heard of it?  Don't fret; the flagship store just opened in October 2011 in SoHo so you're not really behind on the times.  Its SoHo location, as well as several other stores scattered in New York and New Jersey, appear to be geared towards the more peppy and preppy, hip and fun crowd.

{both images via Architectural Digest}

Wondering about the mastermind behind the brand?  None other than Christopher Burch, ex-husband of famed designer Tory Burch.  Burch teamed up with Pompei A.D., a well-known creative consultancy firm that has worked with Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Kiehl's to name a few.  Together, they were able to create an open space that housed different themes for different items, yet still remained true to the C. Wonder brand.

This store has everything you could possibly need - and want!  Monograms?  They have it.  Preppy patterns?  Got it.  Vibrant color?  Definitely.  The wide range of clothing, accessories, and home decor are not for those fearful of bright hues and all-over pattern.  The collection is timeless, chic, and luxurious that you'll be thinking that you're going to break the bank for purchases.  Hate to break it to ya, kid.  Items at this store range from $4-$300 {not taking into account the current sale}.  Cute, looks expensive, but affordable?  Count me in!  

{all images via C. Wonder}

If you happen to be near one of the four locations - SoHo, Garden State Plaza, The Westchester, or Roosevelt Field Mall - stop by.  I promise that you won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

this year, i will...

1. Be more positive and smile often.
This is not to say that I am a negative person, but I certainly have my moments.  Sometimes I can get really negative and down on myself which just causes other things to put me in a bad mood.  It's important to stop and remember that life really isn't all that bad.

2. Adopt a healthier lifestyle.
My dad was nice enough to buy me a one-year membership to the Reebok Sports Club on the Upper West Side.  The gym itself is amazing, and I've been trying to go as often as I can {a bit difficult since my dad likes to go to the gym at 4:30AM}.  But this year, I'm trying to be much healthier than I have been in the past.  That means also changing my diet and sites like these are very helpful!

3. Save money for my own apartment.
Just like most college graduates who are living at home, I am saving up to move out and have an apartment of my own.  I'm trying to be as disciplined as possible {which isn't always easy} but I know that eventually I'll have enough saved up to get a place of my own.

4. Be a better blogger.
I don't just mean for myself and my blog by posting more often and with relevant topics.  This also applies to putting myself out there more and commenting on those blogs that I read daily.  Everyone appreciates a nice comment, no matter how short or long it is.

{image via weheartit}

5. Read more often.
I used to read all the time.  So much so that I was reading 2 or 3 books a week.  It seems like somewhere along the way during my four years at college, I gave up reading for pleasure because of all of the books I needed to read for class.  Well, gone are the days of endless homework, papers, and boring chapters in really boring books about some really boring topics that made me question why I picked my major {Politics of Western Europe probably could have been interesting, but The Economist can be a little dry...}.  I'm determined to get back to my days of not being able to put the book - or rather Kindle Fire - down because I love what I'm reading.

{image via weheartit}

6. Experiment with color and patterns.
I have never been one to choose bright colors or patterns.  I tend to go for the neutrals that will go with anything and I rarely ever pick patterns.  It's time to change that!  Especially because I've really been loving stripes and polka dots lately and I am dying for a pair of red or cobalt blue {or both!} skinny jeans.

7. Wear lipstick.
Experimenting with color isn't stopping with just my clothes.  Oh no.  I am moving on up and trying on lipstick.  Though I love makeup, lipstick has never been something I've been willing to try.  Lately though, I can't stop myself from looking at the pretty tubes of Make Up For Ever or {to keep myself on budget} Revlon.  My Closet in Sketches {love this blog!} has a fun little guide on how to wear lipstick.

{image via Cupcakes and Cashmere}

8. Research graduate schools.
Though I am currently employed, I do dream and think about going back to school to get my Masters.  Around Christmas, I started looking up what schools had good programs for what I wanted to go into.  There is still a lot to look into and think about - like studying for the GREs, whether or not to just go part-time, location, etc. - but I think the time is approaching of when I may end up heading to Barnes & Noble to get a practice test book.

9. Get organized.
My friends know me as being pretty neat and a bit OCD at times.  Right now though, I'm pretty sure I'm holding onto a lot of things that haven't been used or worn in months or years.  I need to go through all of my things and decide what to keep or give away and where/how I'll want to store everything else.

10. Learn how to cook.
I love baking as you can tell from the multiple cookie and cupcakes posts I've had.  Cooking, though, has never really been my strong suit.  Hopefully this year, I'll be able to try out some fun recipes and learn tips and techniques along the way.

11. Wake up early.
But seriously.  This needs to start happening.

12. Spend more time with friends... and make some new ones!
I've never had issues being by myself or doing things alone, mainly because I'm an only child.  I have found myself not spending as much time as I could with my friends.  Now that so many of us will be living in the city or near there, I think it's time to change this.  And hey, I may make some new ones along the way!

{Gamma Phis after graduation, photo cred: my friend Erin}

What are your goals for this year?

Friday, January 6, 2012

friday five: top five goals

{image via pinterest}

The start of a new year usually means making resolutions that we all hope to keep.  I'm taking a different route and setting some goals for myself for 2012.

1. Be more positive and smile more.
2. Adopt a healthier lifestyle.
3. Save money for my own apartment.
4. Be a more consistent blogger.
5. Read more often.

Like the title of this post says, this is just my top five {you didn't think I could possibly stop there...}.  Want to see my entire list?  Stay tuned because that list is coming on Monday!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

melt in your mouth

Chocolate cake, Nutella ganache, Chocolate Hazelnut buttercream frosting?


Melt in your mouth good {or so my grandma says}.

{Ferrero Rocher cupcake recipe via Somewhere Splendid, image via my instagram}