3 Ways to Wear the Classic Blazer

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This is the 5th installment in a 10 part series on Wardrobe Essentials. You can click here for part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. Woo! Half way through!

Much like the pencil skirt, the blazer tends to be typecast for the office, so I decided to create three looks that weren’t quite so corporate. This is much easier when using a boyfriend/menswear inspired cut; in fact the boyfriend blazer is a piece I definitely prefer over it’s more traditional, intended-for-females cousin. But for the purposes of this post I went with just a straight forward blazer to see how well I could restyle it.

Look #1

A blazer and strappy sandals keep the T shirt and ripped jeans combo from looking too casual, but adding a massive slouchy clutch cements this outfit in the weekend category.

Look #2

This look is inspired by an outfit that I’ve been wearing a lot lately (and hopefully will be posting soon). The blazer is a perfectly unexpected topper for a witty graphic T mixed with bright colors.

Look #3

This look kind of reminds me of a little girl playing dress up. The polka dot dress and sparkly clutch border on juvenile, but are contrasted by the more serious ankle boots and blazer. I would totally wear this to cocktail hour!

What do you guys think? How do you style your blazers?

Don’t forget to click the image to shop the looks!

Have a great day!

Hello, everyone!

Having online shopping as your go-to pastime is not so great for your wallet. Luckily, some compulsive spending can be kept at bay with a simple post letting everyone know what you want and why it’s so great. Let’s start from the top shall we?

Floral Print Dress from Chic Wish. Most of the time I dress like a boy, but there is something about vintage femininity that really speaks to me. This dress has a great ’50s cut and the photographic floral print helps to bring it into this century.

“Why I Love Pizza More Than People” Notebook from Nylon. I love a good notebook, and a witty notebook is all the better. With a punch line like “volume 1″, how can you not want this on your desk?

Bohemian Clutch from Le Souk. With Coachella happening right now, I can’t help but be influenced by all the street style (field style?) pictures going around. This clutch is a great pop of color and texture for summer; put your necessities in it and throw it in your beach bag, then take it out for dinner later on in the day.

Silver d’Orsay Loafers from J. Crew. I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of flats lately and these might be them. Structured and menswear inspired with some shine and a pointed toe is the perfect yin and yang of masculinity and femininity.

Silver Crocodile Skull from Burke Decor. How about this for a coffee table ornament? The more I look at interior design, the more I’m drawn to items with a mix of nature and luxury. A silver crocodile skull is pretty much the epitome of that.

Gold Cuff with Stone Detail from A Peace Treaty. This is a new brand I recently discovered (new to me… not new new). I really love how unique everything is and I would recommend everyone go check them out!

Green Velvet Couch from Ikea. Ohhh, house porn. I can’t get enough of it lately. Unfortunately, as I am only 23 and am nowhere close to having a steady living situation, I will hold off from furniture purchases for now.

What do you guys think? What has been on your wish list lately?

Have a great day!

  Hello, everyone!

Yesterday it was so beautiful out that I dragged my friend down to Newport to meander around the Cliff Walk and take in the sights. It was so exciting to be able to go outside without even so much as a scarf! If you’ve ever been to the Cliff Walk, then you know that it is essentially a walking path along the shore line, on a cliff (duh) overlooking the ocean. The sun was shining and everything was blue and sparkling and I couldn’t help but bust out my phone to snap some of the views.

      Of course the views in the other direction aren’t so bad either… This is The Breakers, the largest of the Newport Mansions and where the Vanderbilt family used to live. It is a 70 room “cottage” that was inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin.

Casual.

  After spending some time on the Cliff Walk we took a right turn and looped back on Bellevue Avenue, where the line up of mansions are, as well as other amazing houses. I probably looked like a creep standing in the exact center of the drive way of this one while taking a photo, but it was so beautiful I couldn’t help myself. I love a white house with black shutters.

  After getting back to the car we took a short drive to Brenton Point, a park on the water that I used to visit with my family as a kid. In the summer it is a prime kite flying destination; it’s always fun to watch all of them dancing around in the sky. Unfortunately it was still a little too brisk for kite flying with the wind coming off of the water, but not too brisk for Del’s lemonade! They were parked in their usual spot ready for the good weather.

   What did you guys do this weekend?

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Breakfast Parfait Bowl

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I thought I would start off your Friday on an easy note with a new minute meal =). This parfait bowl is completely customizable so feel free to use whatever ingredients you want. You’ll need a base of either Greek yogurt or ricotta cheese. I tend to use ricotta for my parfaits. Then add whatever combo of fruit/berries you want. I gravitate towards strawberries and blueberries because there aren’t too many seeds to get stuck in your teeth and complicate your morning flossing routine. Then you can add some additional toppings for crunch and sweetness. I use blanched almonds and honey, although pecans and maple syrup would also be delicious!

What combinations are you going to try?

Have a great Friday!

3 Ways to Wear the Pencil Skirt
Hello, everyone!
I’ve been over due for the next Wardrobe Essentials post for awhile now (click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3), but as I’ve mentioned before, work clothes aren’t exactly my forte. After waiting a little too long for inspiration to strike I decided to try to style the basic pencil skirt 3 ways, none of which would include a button down (well…not one of a normal length anyway) or a blazer. Office dress seems to be the obvious choice for this particular essential, so I took it upon myself to mix it up a little.
Look #1
I really love this boxy cropped blouse with the fitted skirt and pops of color in the accessories. There is something very whimsical and boyish about the whole look. Like a little boy had to get dressed up but then wouldn’t dare leave the house without his superman mask. What do you guys think?
Look #2
This outfit is very “I begrudgingly chose to look good today even though I wanted to wear sweatpants”. It’s just badass. I adore the unique knit of this sweater and the fringe clutch adds just the right amount relaxed drama.
Look #3
If you’re ever invited to a tea party on the upper east side, you know what to wear now. It doesn’t get much more classic than this, but the exposed skin between the crop top and skirt helps to keep it fresh.
While I absolutely love all of these outfits, it occurred to me while I was putting them together that they are quite a bit dressier than the previous wardrobe essential posts. I’ve been trying to do a casual, professional, and dressy outfit example with each piece, but there’s something about the pencil skirt that begs for a little elevation. Outside the office, it becomes a Kardashian-caliber “casual” article of clothing, don’t you think? How would you guys wear the classic pencil skirt?
Per usual, you can click on the image above to be brought to all the shopping information for the outfits.
Have a great day!

 

I swear there are vegetables under there. 😋 #breakfastofchampions

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At least it's spring on my dining room table 🌼☀️

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Second star to the right and straight on till morning. #illnevergrowup

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I can feel #spring coming! It's almost time to bust my lightweight coat out of the back of my closet ☺️💐

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Hello, everyone!

I’m sorry for not posting very much recently. I’ve been teaching two night classes this semester in addition to my 9-5, so things have been pretty crazy! I figured I would post a few photos I’ve shared on Instagram lately. What do you guys think? Stay tuned; I have a lot of posts on my to-do list ;).

Have a great day!

Becky

Image via Flickr, because mine were gone before I took a photo

 Hello, everyone!

I told you I would be back with a recipe to use up all your leftover cauliflower rice! These babies are delicious and a perfect side to an omelet for brunch =).

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, boiled for 15 minutes, drained and mashed with a fork (like described here)

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 tspn cayenne

salt and olive oil

Mix the cauliflower, eggs, cheese, breadcrumbs, cayenne and salt together. I deviated from this recipe a little, using the parmesan cauliflower from this recipe, with italian breadcrumbs instead of panko and cayenne and it was still good, although the panko would probably give you a crunchier pancake. Form patties with your hands and fry in an olive oil covered pan for 3 minutes on each side. That’s it! They’re super easy to make and really yummy; a perfect combination.

Enjoy =)

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