December 1, 2016

{STYLE} What's Your Casual?



It's not all black, pink, and white in my wardrobe, these days. I've been crushing hard on deep cranberry and burgundy tones, and finding the places where they fit into my comfort-zone-palette. It's a refreshing and seasonally-appropriate addition to my wardrobe workhorses, and has delightfully played off my recent favorite lipstick colors. 

I'll be honest, my memories of Hush Puppies are deeply rooted in mid-90s comfort shoes and moccasins; there was a moment in my elementary school life where their suede, tan, shearling-lined loafers were the shoe to pair with our navy blue uniforms. I never had a pair, but like many of the shoe trends of my 90's dreams (Airwalks, ADIDAS Superstars, and of course, Hush Puppies), I pined after my friends' collections. They sort of fell off the radar for me, but when I found out that they're still around, kicking, and they've updated their trademark casual comfort to stylish and affordable classics, I was ready to take them for a spin. I ordered this burgundy bootie, the "Melodi Langdon," and they actually, honestly, feel like I'm walking with little clouds on my feet. The soles are cushioned and ultra-comfy while giving me a tiny bit of extra height. 

I know I don't often do "casual," (I'm basically always overdressed), but for me, the key to casual is loose, flowy, and comfortable pieces. Even with a busy print, dresses like this one are basically an all-in-one look, and adding in the booties in burgundy plays off the color palette really seamlessly. What's your casual?




This post is sponsored by Hush Puppies

All content and opinions are my own. 

November 28, 2016

{STYLE} Sunglass Fiend



It's hard to believe we're officially in the midst of the "holidays," in a year that has been so full of... everything. I know the rational reasons why time moves faster as we get older, how each 365-day stretch of time feels shorter relative to how long we've been living, but this year has actually been non-stop. It's been non-stop growth, challenge, grief, surprise, shock, career changes. So, squeezing in a quick trip to New York last week, in what has felt like an especially difficult few weeks, was a ray of sunshine - even if it was cold and overcast! 

I had so much fun working with my friend Andrew Bevan, Teen Vogue's Style Director, who is a literal delight and always makes me feel good about all the many wonderful people who work in the fashion industry, on a Facebook Livestream for Sunglass Hut. We shared some funny stories, back and forth witticisms, and reveled in guest appearances from my friend Courtney Kerr - all while chatting about the power of sunglasses. The last part might sound sarcastic, but I'm serious: growing up in southern California, I was taught the importance of protecting my eyes from the sun from a very early age, and as I've gotten older, they've become a powerful and transformational part of my style. Plus, in a year that has been as busy and anxiety-filled as this one, a great pair of oversized sunnies does a brilliant job hiding my often puffy-and-underslept eyes. Accessories: not just for looking fab. 

I did, of course, do a little bit of shopping courtesy of Sunglass Hut, and nabbed the dressed-up version of my stand-by Miu Miu's,  an amazing pair of gold, mirrored Chanel glasses, and swooned over this Prada pair. If you didn't get to catch the livestream, you can rewatch it here, and there's still time to take advantage of the amazing holiday deals that Sunglass Hut is offering right now (like up to 60% off styles that never-go-on-sale, including these classic Ray Ban Clubmasters). 

 


{SHOP THE LOOK}


This post and my appearance on Sunglass Hut's FB Live were sponsored by Sunglass Hut.
All content and opinions are my own. 

November 24, 2016

{STYLE} Self-Care with Lucy



It took a long time for me to un-do the childhood trauma of feeling like I was a failure at physical activity because my body was bigger than that of my peers. It took an even longer time for me to learn to love all the ways my body was capable of moving, feeling strong, and challenging itself. That shift in my mentality towards exercise allowed me to really center my work-outs as part of my overall approach to wellness and mental health. While there's a lot of cultural framing of workouts as a means of losing weight, I wish the focus was instead on how much moving our bodies can impact our moods in a positive way. 



When I signed up for ClassPass a few years ago, I didn't expect that it would introduce me to so many new ways to work out, and help me find the workout that made me feel my absolute best - Barre. If I had only paid attention to the dominant conversations around barre method and boutique fitness, I would have assumed it was not for me, but the truth is that it's accessible to all kinds of body shapes (and if there are positions that don't work for you or your body, there are simple modifications you can make)

Knowing which activewear lines work for your body is also a great way to instill confidence in yourself and in your workout routine. This is why I’m a huge fan of lucy Activewear’s Extended Sizes line that offers performance favorites in XS-3X. The fit, tailoring, and attention to detail in all the pieces (like savvy hidden pockets at the back of the leggings, great seaming alongside the torsos on their tops, and ultra-comfortable fabrics in a great selection of prints and colors) make their pieces especially exciting. I fell in love with lucy's constellation print, which comes in their fan-favorite Studio Hatha Leggings (great for yoga, barre, spinning, or a lazy Sunday) as well as tees and tanks, and the fit and quality of lucy’s material make staying active that much easier. Not to mention, you can easily go from spin class to the local farmers market in these stylish pieces. Chic. 

lucy is offering one $150 giftcard to one of my readers for commenting or sharing this blog post! a Rafflecopter giveaway  


You can also follow the campaign at #lucyForEveryBody



Outfit Details: Studio Hatha Leggings, Fitness Fix Tank, and Hatha Wrap all available at lucy.com





This post is part of a paid Megan Media and lucy Activewear blogging program.
All content and opinions are my own.  

November 17, 2016

{UNIFORM} The LBD with Bloomingdale's





Whenever I feel myself falling into a bit of a slump, I rely on outfit formulas that I know work best for me, like great black dresses, boots, and pops of pink. I've talked about this before -- how I tend to default to specific silhouettes and wear them on repeat (or with slight variations) until I tire of them; hey, self-care looks different for everyone, right? I couldn't resist purchasing a new pair of boots to replace the Stuart Weitzman OTK boots I've been wearing for the last three years, and this style was the ultimate winner. I love that they have a chunky, medium-height heel that makes them easy to wear from morning to night - working overtime just like my trusted LBDs.





{SHOP THE POST}


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bloomingdale's, and I received a gift card to purchase parts of the outfit. 
All content and opinions are my own. 

November 14, 2016

{STRIPED} Still Nasty




Wearing: Whistles Dress c/o ASOS, Heels, Sunglasses, Bag, Faux Fur Stole, Belt (Similar here)
I work really hard on being a source of positivity and joy. I try to look at the world through rose colored glasses, bring optimism and a sense of hopeful whimsy to what I do, and be the light that I wish to see in others. Obviously life isn’t all pink, and pugs, and Prada, but I certainly make an effort to dwell on the good. A thing that usually brings me immense gratification and fulfillment is being a support to my friends, having the opportunity to lift them up in times of need, to insert fleeting moments of delight in their lives, and to make people feel a little less alone in whatever it is they’re going through. It’s a choice I actively try to make to set aside my own anxiety and worry, to alleviate a bit of someone else’s.


I’m not going to lie: this week, in the wake of the election, in the face of feeling a weighty sense of hurt, fear, and betrayal at the hands of friends, neighbors, and family - fear that is not just for myself but for the most marginalized in our communities, I have really struggled to be that source of joy. I just have not had it in me. The best I can hope for is that, for people who have been comfortable in their complacency, who have allowed passive racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, islamophobia, sexism, ableism, transphobia, and more, to persist - that they will all be awoken from their slumber and forced to join oppressed communities in the fight for a better tomorrow. But it’s hard. And it feels not unlike the grief I’ve experienced all too often over the unexpected passing of my friends.
I took these photos before the election with Lydia, and I remember how I felt while taking them: empowered, strong, a little bit sassy. I felt defiant and unapologetic. We talked about our waning tolerance (if there ever was any) of our misogynistic culture, and how emboldened we felt to be brazen in our feminism, in the way we inhabit our bodies, in the space we take up in the world, in our capacity to not just fight for but demand a culture that respects all people, and we even laughed a little bit about our occasional misandrist feelings. We had a sense of hope, but more importantly, a sense of defiance. Even if (and when, as far as we were concerned), Hillary won the election, we still would have to keep fighting against systems of oppression.
I’m trying to tap into those feelings as much as I can. And I know that when this period of initial despair is over, I will regain that sense of strength, bravado, tenacity, and optimism. My communities are resilient, organized, resourceful, and brilliant beyond belief. I know we’re all committed to putting in work and supporting each other - and I’ve read all the think pieces out there, too, but the conversations my friends and communities are having in real life are even more nuanced, enlightened, and efficacious. Even through all the feelings we're collectively experiencing, I am proud of us.
And so, I’m wearing this striped dress again, today, as I write this. I hope that it has some transformative qualities that will help me realize and embody and tap into those same feelings I had while shooting, and the feelings of glee I had while I wore it adventuring the streets of London when Ali and I visited in September. I know my optimism is not gone, and while my sense of joy has been temporarily compromised, I will keep fighting for a better future for all of us. My brand of feminism may still be packaged in a sweet shade of pink, but know that it is even bolder and more impassioned than ever before: I’m not giving up, and neither should you.