April 25, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} Weekend Rituals with Forever21

For a few years, the concept of "weekends" kind of eluded me. Just because the calendar said it was a Saturday or Sunday didn't mean that the working week came to an end, but recently I've made more of a concerted effort to actually observe a day (and sometimes even a day and a half, or two days!) of real, real rest. Like any normally functioning adult, life can get painfully busy for me - but it turns out I'm actually a lot more productive Monday through Friday when I work relaxation and breaks into my schedule.  Little things like taking Frankie to the dog park for an extended period of time, shopping at the local Farmer's Market, picking up my weekly batch of flowers, and getting together with friends for long dinners are my favorite ways to revel in the weekend.

One of the best parts of having a dog is having a little furry friend wake you up early in the morning and kick-start your day with a dose of affection, followed by a swift reminder to step outside and breathe some fresh air. Every weekend, we head to the dog run at McCarren Park where my neighbors get a kick out of seeing an especially sprightly pug; seriously, you've never seen a pug train for a marathon quite like Frankie does. I love these easy-breezy floral shorts for our early morning jaunts. They're great for the newly warmed-up weather and absurdly comfortable - especially for a non-shorts wearer like myself.




Wearing, below: Favorite Woven Tee c/o Forever21, Cozy Longline Cardigan c/o Forever21, Ditsy Floral Shorts c/o Forever21, Loeffler Randall Jules Wedges, Tote c/o Forever21, Double-Faced Watch c/o Forever21



Another weekend must-do is picking up a batch of fresh blooms to fill my home with for the week. I never really understood my need and obsession with fresh flowers until I started learning about astrology, and how my sign, Taurus, often displays a visceral need to fill a home environment with elements of nature - especially flowers. Anyways, it brings me a lot of joy to pick out a few different varieties of fresh and local flowers to arrange throughout my home. This season has seen a rotation of ranunculus, anemones, hyacinths, and tulips. I tend to prefer being a little dressed up regardless of what I'm doing, so this feels like a perfect outfit for running errands around my neighborhood - especially considering the fact that I always run into someone, no matter what I'm doing. For a big city, New York can feel like a really small town, sometimes - c'est la vie, indeed!

Wearing, below: C'est la Vie Sweater c/o Forever21, Leather Look Skater Skirt c/o Forever21 , Tote from Forever21, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Baublebar Necklace, Double-Faced Watch c/o Forever21, Faux Leather Booties c/o Forever21





Of course, no weekend would be complete without a night out with friends (or a date night with Ali, when our calendars are blissfully in sync... countdown to summer). While my days as a nightlife maven are basically over (circa 2005-2008, RIP Misshapes), I love going out for a nice dinner with friends and enjoying a couple cocktails. This blush pink dress has become a recent favorite because it's so easy-breezy, and is appropriate from work (with a jacket or cardigan), to the weekend, and the feminine lace touches and flowy detailing make it especially "me." I also couldn't believe how comfortable the heels (also from Forever21) are - especially at the price point. 
Wearing, below: Romantic Lace-Trimmed Dress c/o Forever21, Signature Envelope Satchel from Forever21, Quilted Leather Sleeved Jacket from Forever21, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Almond-toe Faux Leather Pump c/o Forever21


GIVEAWAY
To enter the giveaway use the form below to tweet about the contest, using #F21xME, and commenting below with your favorite pieces from Forever21's spring collection. Want help picking out favorites? Check mine out here. You can get a bonus entries by liking mine and Forever21's Facebook pages, too - just make sure to do it all through the form below! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

This post was sponsored by Forever21. $200 Giveaway is also being furnished by Forever21. Contest will end on 5/8/14 and winner will be contacted directly.
All opinions expressed are my own.
Photos by Rachel Scroggins

23 comments:

  1. I love fresh flowers too! I love how they cheer up any room or corner of my home. One of the things that I enjoy the most about living in Germany is the variety of flowers that you can buy in every single shop: from supermarkets to bakeries!
    xx,
    E.
    www.theslowpace.com

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  2. There's nothing quite like fresh flowers to brighten up the day! I wish I had the patience to keep them for myself, especially since I found a fabulous florist that is right around the corner from my house! :)
    I'm loving these looks! I've been looking for some dark floral printed shorts and these are perfect! I think those and the faux leather booties are great for Summer!

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  3. What an amazing giveaway oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this! My favorite pieces are the mixed fruit studs (http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=promo-acc-tropical-trend&ProductID=1000088043&VariantID=), this bra let (http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_crop-tops&ProductID=2000064451&VariantID=), this polka dot crop top (http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_crop-tops&ProductID=2000064030&VariantID=), and this crop top! (http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_crop-tops&ProductID=2000070478&VariantID=) Basically, i want all the crop tops ;_;

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  4. your link for your forever21's spring collection doesn't work.

    but I like http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=dress&ProductID=2000062720&VariantID=

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  5. My little fur ball enjoys the dog park too! The scarf hi lo dress looks really fun!

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  6. Ugh, I'm on there everday falling in love with their swimsuits. I really love these two.

    http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=plus&Category=whatsnew_plus&ProductID=2000088249&VariantID=

    http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=plus&Category=whatsnew_plus&ProductID=2000088252&VariantID=

    I love this dress as well - http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=plus&Category=whatsnew_plus&ProductID=2000061486&VariantID=

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  7. Love these looks!!! xo

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  8. Amazing giveaway!! I love the Worldy tribal dress, Romantic lace trim dress, and the sleek M dress!

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  9. The lace trimmed dress you have in your post is one of the contenders for my upcoming Engagement photos!! I'm also loving the lace shorts, time to step out of my comfort zone :-)

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  10. I love to shop at Forever 21+ - it's one of my go-to online shopping stops for wardrobe items for work! I currently really like the dynamite faux leather halter dress here: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=plus&Category=plus_dresses&ProductID=2000073010&VariantID=

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  11. I'm loving the sleek M-slit Dress! SUper sexy and elegant!

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  12. Love the outfits, was curious what size you wear?? Sometimes a 3x is too big and a 2x is to small im talking aboit forever 21

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  13. Your dog Frankie is so cute! But I am loving this jacket. It looks light for the spring. http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=plus&category=whatsnew_plus&productid=2000071458&SizeChart=

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  14. I love Forever 21 Plus. I can always find something cute. I love the romantic lace trim dress ! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I'm crossing my fingers.

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  15. disqus_4bRS3t9qOoApril 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    As a poor grad student I could really use this $200 for some floaty dresses and tops!

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  16. I love those booties!

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  17. I practically live at Forever 21 here, it's one of the few places I can find cute trendy stuff that doesn't hurt my wallet. i'm loving the tribal print jumpsuits and playsuits!

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  18. I'm a fan of the crop tops and linen shorts.

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  19. Never thought I would love F21, but I was WRONG! And boy oh boy do I need some new clothes!!

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  20. Charlotte Karem AlbrechtApril 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    I love that leather look skater skirt and the spotlight scuba knit dress (in coral!).

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  21. I love this dress http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=dress&ProductID=2000089295&VariantID=

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  22. I am loving everything about Forever 21 right now. I wanted the floral or printed breezy shorts they have, but unfortunately they are out of my size online. I purchased the blue and white printe jumpsuit and I adore it! I love the swimsuits as well. Everytime I go to purchase a high waisted bikini, they upload another one that becomes my favorite!

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  23. I love their fun dresses!

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