August 29, 2016

{STYLE} Vacation Countdown




While I've been on a few amazing, short work trips this year, I haven't had a real vacation since before New Years, and before that since mine and Ali's honeymoon to Japan. It's been an incredible, bustling work-year, but I'm so excited that at the end of this week I'll be taking a transatlantic flight to London for a few days of adventuring with Ali, before heading on to the Greek Islands to celebrate Gabi's birthday with a group of friends. I've been trying to get better at "work-life balance," but whenever I think things are going to slow down, something inevitably comes up at the last minute to monopolize on whatever crumbs of "free time" I was anticipating. The latter part of this upcoming trip, however, has been on the books since last September, and the anticipation is seriously building up. I've been slowly adding white and blue pieces to my wardrobe, and now that the vacation is right around the corner, a handful of items have been prioritized into my must-wear-now pile. This top & jeans were pieces I instantly fell in love with, and I was so excited that the eloquii team surprised me by sending them my way! 

I've been pinning a ton of my Santorini inspiration for what feels like forever, but I'm definitely still open to suggestions 


Photos by Sylvia Gunde
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August 20, 2016

{STYLE} Loeffler Randall Classics





Loeffler Randall bags (and shoes, and their one-time-collection of jackets) have long been a favorite of mine. They're well-crafted and their shoes and handbags come in classic silhouettes with a little bit of a twist that gives them a little more personality than the standard set of "classics." Their core styles rarely, rarely go on sale, though - so when they reached out to let me know that they were offering some of their classic shapes and colors (black, tan, metallics, and cheetah) on an exclusive sale this weekend, I was excited to share the sale with all of you! They're one of my favorite go-to brands, and I'm excited that there's a chance to get some of their core styles at a bit of a discount. The Rider Bag (I'm wearing the mini Rider above) is available in a new maroon calf hair finish as well, which is a super gorgeous option for the upcoming fall season. You can get the exclusive 20% off discount by entering GRABBAG20 at checkout.

Excited to hear if any of you grab a bag from the sale!! I'm thinking of getting one of their large saddle bags for my upcoming travels to London and Greece! 

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August 11, 2016

{STYLE} Americana




I love the olympics. It's been a long time since I played any kind of sport competitively (like, since high school - because neither by barre classes or occasional hop onto a spin bike are remotely competitive), but I feel so invigorated by the sheer excellence, discipline, and talent of the athletes that convene from all around the globe. In spite of the many controversies leading up to and around the Rio Olympics, it's been an absolute delight to spend a portion of each night fawning over the expertise of the US Olympians. I swam competitively and played waterpolo, so cheering on Katie Ledecky feels totally second-nature, but I've also become mildly obsessed with the incredible US womens' gymnastic team. I'm pretty sure there's nothing that I am capable of doing even a fraction as good as Simone Biles can do her floor routine. It's just... truly stunning to see such strength and talent across the board. USA Olympians, I'm proud of you! 

So, I've been channeling an iota of my enthusiasm for American Athletes into my wardrobe. Red, white, and blue is rarely my color palette, but I'm really coming around to the idea that my entire life doesn't have to be combination of pink-black-and-white. Then again, I think I've said that before... 




Photos by Sylvia Gunde
Wearing ASOS Varisty Tipped Tunic, ASOS Wide Leg Jeans, Edie Parker Trunk, Miu Miu Noir Sunglasses, Assorted Bracelets from Bauble BarMarais USA "Jardin Heels" (these are currently available for pre-order, which is how I snagged them, too. Each pre-order has sold out so I highly recommend getting on the bandwagon quickly if you're interested!) 

August 10, 2016

{STYLE} At Home with Olga Intimates

 
When I think back to my early experiences in bra-wearing, I cringe at the thought of my tween self navigating the "lingerie" market. I felt so awkward in my body; at just 11-years-old I had the chest of someone much older, all while I was still literally playing with Barbie dolls. I hated my chest and while my friends got to wear cute, whimsical training bras with ditzy floral patterns, in pastel pinks and pale yellows, I managed to skip that stage entirely and was catapulted straight into orthopedic style bras. It was hard not to feel ashamed and embarrassed, rather than proud of the body I would evolve into. I felt so physically uncomfortable for years, and while it's something I've written about extensively since, I still look back at that turning point just several years ago where I finally found beautiful bras in my size as a major pivot with how I approached my body image as a whole.

Yes, I've described myself as a bra-evangelist on more than one occasion, but with good reason: it's all great and good to love your style and use that as a manifestation of your positive self-image, but what happens when the clothes come off? The foundations of my wardrobe - a great arsenal of bras, knickers, and a rotating cast of silhouettes that complements different outfits and moods, have become as important as my external wardrobe. As more intimates lines crop up and overhaul their creative approach, my lingerie drawer(s) in my wardrobe continue to grow with an exciting array of options. The most recent additions come from Olga, one of the OG intimates-purveyors from my early adventures in bra-wearing - and they've come a long way stylistically since my pre-Bat-Mitzvah introduction. The Olga Flirty line has staple silhouettes in modern finishes, with leopard print, lace, and plunge-necklines that are as sexy as they are comfortable.

Some notes on the sizing and overall fit: the collection is available in 38-46" band sizes, and C-H cup sizes, with matching bottoms available in a L-4XL, (note, the larger cup and band sizes are available in the Balconette style and the Unlined Underwire, just click "show more" on the product page next to the listed sizes). I normally wear a 36H, so I was unsure how these would fit, but I fit into the 38DDD in this line. The unlined bras fit a bit more generously in the cup, while the lined bras like the deep plunge, which has a nice, cushioned (but not super padded) cup, fits a little more snug in the bust. The straps are durable and comfortable without being wide, and the band has a 3-hook closure. The plunge bras are definitely designed with cleavage in mind, while the unlined bra has a more natural look. All the bras are priced at $45, with the matching bottom at $12.50.


I know for lots of us bigger-busted individuals, finding bras at all can be a challenge - but I'm so happy there aren't just one-or-two brands for me to rely on anymore, but plenty of real, beautiful options. Strides, baby.

 

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July 20, 2016

{STYLE} Party Time

 
I think we can all agree that the weight of the world has been resting on many of our shoulders, lately. Every day it seems we wake up to breaking news coverage that feels absolutely devastating. It's so important for me to stay current on world events and be informed on what's happening globally, but it has been equally important for my mental health to find pockets of time where I can escape, celebrate, and appreciate all the good in my own life. And there have been really, really great moments, lately. I've been lucky to celebrate birthdays with friends and family, bachelor parties, and the wedding of two of my best friends. There have been nights out for dancing, and early mornings up to enjoy the locals farmers markets and museums and galleries in my two favorite cities. Dressing up to celebrate life and enjoy a bit of a party, sometimes, makes it easier to get up out of bed and take on the day.

And while I hardly need an excuse to dress up, I love finding reasons to wear something extra festive. SimplyBe put me and a host of other beauties (Curvy Girl Chic, Hayet Rida, Beauticurve, and Style Plus Curves) to task to each style dresses from their summer collection, and I couldn't resist this sparkly number to show off my party-loving style. It's a rainbow iridescent sequin tee dress that gives off a rainbow sheen as you move or dance your way through life, (as I do quite often, if we're being honest!) 

Has fashion been a serious form of escapism for any of you? I'd love to hear how you're celebrating the good parts of life through your wardrobe (or not!) 






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