Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Five Things

 In honor and admiration of Cupcakes and Cashmere's Emily, I imitated one of her signature style posts

Five Things
making me happy at this very moment...

4. Natty Ice

After a long day of class, followed by a brief Shakespeare session (where Katie and I had to pretend to be theatre majors - ugh), I had just made it home when it hit me... today was really the last day of classes! So naturally, I grabbed a beverage, went out on the deck, and watched one of my last College Park sunsets as an undergrad (still outside as I post this).  I decided to capture the moment with my whimpy wannabe-photographer skills. 

 Here is a little bit of scenery from our backyard... 
Crackberry Photography 101

University Club was strategically hidden in the backdrop (shh)

My fourth roommate, Shelby

To end the evening and begin the night, I'll leave you with a bonus #6... Boston almost always makes me happy but they're especially effective tonight since this jam pretty much captures the last-day-of-school & first-night-of-summer feeling perfectly... (final exams are not real).

More Than A Feelin' (really good cover) 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Missoni Hearts Havaianas

"Havaianas is a cult."
                                 - Angela Missoni 

During my ADHD detours while avoiding final papers, I discovered something amazing in
the world of flip flops... Missoni  HavaianasAnd I heart both of them. 
Missoni is an incredible Italian fashion designer and Havaianas are an amazing Brazilian brand of flip flops. Papers are calling my name, so I will summarize quickly. Italia has collaborated with Brasília to make 4 limited edition footwear creations that were released this week and have already sold out online! They’re so gorgeous and colorful and probably make feet feel pretty. I'm sure they will restock and be available soon, hopefully by May 20. Another graduation gift? I think so. (Hi Mom!) 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Chocolate Covered Creations

I found the weirdest thing in my Easter basket... 

Chocolate covered Peeps!
This would be a picture of the actual thing but I ate it immediately, sorry I'm not sorry >: )

I'm sure candy addicts and Easter celebrators are familiar with standard Peeps but for those who are not, a peep is basically fluffy marshmallow covered in granulated sprinkles and shaped like a baby chick or rabbit. They come in an assortment of spring colors, typically yellow, pink and baby blue and they're delicious.
*Disclaimer: multiple peeps may induce nausea and/or spoil your appetite for brunch. (do not exceed 3) 

Standard Peeps w/ sloppy faces
However, these new chocolate covered peeps are a revelation and so much better than regular ones, definitely my bunny basket obsession this year. This Easter day discovery also reminded me of something... so many things become phenomenally better when smothered and covered in chocolate!  

A little list of average deliciousness made crazy good when covered by chocolat (francias)...

1. S'mores (always reminds me of Sandlot, "you're killin me Smalls")  

2. Strawberries (classic fave)

3. Oreos (white chocolate)

Do you have a favorite chocolate covered food? Hope everyone had a very happy Easter! I began the day at my grandparents in Annapolis, MD and finished it up at my aunt's on the river in Fredricksburg, VA.

   The Rappahannock river & our view all afternoon

It took so much self-control to not kick off my flip-flops and dive in. How was your sunny Sunday? 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

7 ways to be 70s Chic

Everyone say "Hello” because the 70s are back!

from Almost Famous 

They rolled into stores a few weeks ago and I am so excited! I'm a huge fan of the 80s (off-the-shoulder sweatshirts, movies, music) but their 21st century revival was getting tired, so I am totally diggin' this transition into retro. It brings back so many trends and makes them feel fresh again (I know I wasn't here for the actual era, but whatever). 

the fabulous Farrah Fawcett

Not all of these trends are foreign to our youthful closets, some we may remember from 7th grade (bell bottoms) and others were a big hit in kindergarden (floral prints). But now that we can wear big girl shoes (heels, platforms, wedges) the old school trends can be combined in so many more appealing ways. 
Here are 7 trend tips to feel '70s Chic
  1. Vintage: A general concept for this style. You may achieve this by wearing faded anything, or choosing nudes and neutrals shades. 
  2. Fringe: Possibly my most favorite detail on new bags and bathing suits. Yes, its looks a little like Pocohauntas but its a cute, fun, and a casual way to make your outfit unique. 
  3. Cut-offs: Applies to tops and bottoms. The infamous short shorts are very in again and no, ripped jean shorts are not exclusive to Britney Spears and her wanabes (f.y.i. her new CD is amazing, almost as good as Blackout).
  4. Prints & Patterns: Flower prints and tribal patterns, particularly. I have a preference for tribal, but I’m learning to appreciate the florals more.   
  5. Belts & Bangles: Accessorize, and then accessorize. Big wide belts or skinny braided belts work well. Then tie something onto your wrists, ankles, neck, head or all the above. 
  6. Clunkers: You may have tried clogs this year, but now get ready for summer’s version: wedges! I love, love wedges and platforms. They give the same height and appearance benefits of heels without murdering your toes. My friend is a diehard fan of Jeffery Campbell shoes; she entered a contest and was chosen to be one of the girls featured in his new promo video. Click here for the video (she’s the one in leopard). 
  7. Chiffon: Light weight and breezy. Chiffon tops always feel pretty, feminine, and delicate.  
from Dazed and Confused 

Bring on the beads, beanies and long hair (don't care)... I think we’re in for a very seventies summer.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Favorite Word?

Ba·nan·as [buh-nan-uhz]
So our weekly assignment for the blogosphere is to post about our favorite word. This task was almost as difficult as choosing my favorite song (impossible) but after 24 hours of careful and creative consideration, I’ve concluded my favorite word is BANANAS!

scroll to 2:30 mark 
It's easy to spell (and sing, thanks Gwen) and fun to say, especially when you emphasize all three syllables (Rach Zoe has perfected this particular pronunciation). I like that it is both a noun (fruit) and an adjective (describes something ridiculous, see video above). I also like that even spoiled bananas taste good when blended into smoothies or baked into bread. This is my favorite chocolate chip banana bread recipe, so delicious it's bananas.   

I assume this word is also a favorite of Rachel Zoe, the fashion icon and celebrity stylist. She dresses many major movie stars for every event imaginable including the Oscars. She also has a reality show on Bravo called The Rachel Zoe Project if you want to see her in action. Because of the show, America has witnessed her personality quirks for several years now and per usual of reality stars, youtube comedy spoofs have been made in her honor. Here is one of my favorite impersonations (observe the “ba-nan-as”ness):  

So what’s your favorite word?  I surveyed my friends via twitter, facebook, bbm and compiled the feedback into my 20 favorites of favorites word roster (the comical yet inappropriate responses were omitted from the list, sorry). 
Big thank you to everyone who participated, even the dirty word donators. 

Favorites of Favorites 
  1. Serendipity 
  2. Psychedelic 
  3. Bonus
  4. Love 
  5. Heart
  6. Ridiculous
  7. Tragic
  8. Audacity 
  9. Spontaneity 
  10.  Irrelevant 
  11.  Summer
  12.  Fabulous
  13.  Moist
  14.  Actually
  15.  Divine
  16.  Breathe
  17.  Definitely
  18.  Famous
  19.  Imbecile
  20. “Oh-my-god” (courtesy of my mother, she does a great Janice from Friends impression)  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Beautiful Fools.. and Books

That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
                                                 - The Great Gatsby

Don’t be fooled by the fashion-exterior, mega-magazine readers (like myself) love books too. Yes, I read mostly chick lit and a few of the classics. I aim to find memorable beach reads. I’ll spare you my book reports and list five favorites I actually finished while still on vacation: 

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

They are listed in chronological order of when they were written. The last book is also the most recent to become a movie and will be in theaters on May 6! I'm really excited to see it. It stars one of my all-time favorite actresses Kate Hudson and other great actors including Ginnifer Goodwin and Colin Egglesfield. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Electric Sun

Sun-lover and compulsive shopper? Tanning Boutiques exist.

A summer tan cannot come soon enough. Today I visited Electric Sun in Ellicott City. It has combined two of my favorite activities (tanning and shopping) to join a new genre of faux-sun salons called tanning boutiques. Its filled floor to ceiling with so many cute trinkets, ranging from wine openers to polka dot flops to Bride-to-Be totes. One of my favorite finds was a Big Buddha bag. Oh, and their tanning beds are top of line. I always leave bronzed, not burned. Visit their site or fan them on facebook.