I found this awesome graffiti wall on a Saturday morning run around Theodore Roosevelt Island with my beau. As we ran by, I told myself that I would have to come back to do a shoot there. I mean, how could I not? I love my city and it never ceases to amaze me. There are always new places to explore, and one of the best ways to discover those hidden gems is running. I’ve never been a “natural runner,” but I have taken to it again lately after a long 6-month hiatus. I’ve been going running with a couple friends, and although I can’t speak a word while I run (one of these days I will build up that pesky lung capacity!), it’s so much nicer to run with a buddy.
True to my word, we came back to the island. I’ve been taking the new “white is now acceptable after Labor Day” fashion rule to heart and shamelessly wearing white whenever possible. And before you flash that judgmental smirk, let me explain. White just never gets old, and black and white is too much of a classic combination to force into hibernation during the winter. I wore this dress back in August, and decided to style it with a long-sleeved gingham shirt, tights, and boots for a warmer look. Dresses with shirts underneath are my new favorite, and a white dress in December is just a bonus.
I’m back, lovelies, and just in time to catch the end of summer. August was a month of serious transition, which unfortunately didn’t allow me any time or energy to devote to my blog. But I’m back in full force and excited to look at life in a new light, which is why I thought a white monochromatic ensemble would be the perfect reentry blog post. All white reminds me of a clean canvas, fresh and ready for the first few swipes of paint. This is also the last time I could wear white jeans for a while (does everyone follow that Labor Day rule?!)…
I have joined the graphic tee craze and picked up this great black and white one from a recent Robyn and Royksopp concert (have you heard their latest single, “Do It Again“? I am obsessed) . The muted white shirt is a complete contrast to the colorful lights, over-the-top outfits, and loud trance-like beats during Robyn’s show, but it definitely fits into my current “back to basics” style. I hope to have more to share on that front in September. It’s full steam ahead into fall, and I welcome all the changes that come with it.
My new summer mantra is “less is more.” The humidity is already starting to rise and is taking a toll on my hair, skin, and any hope of looking decent without putting a ton of effort in every morning. So [for the sake of saving time, energy, and frustration], why bother? The heat [and sweaty-ness] of summer is the perfect excuse to go wild – let down that hair, wipe off that makeup, and wear lightweight clothes! I really should follow my mantra regarding my hair. Right now it’s an absolute wreck: too long, and in a million split ends. Once I do chop off an inch or two, I’m going to attempt to naturally dry my hair in the morning to give it a break from the damaging heat of my hair dryer, especially since it’s inevitably going to frizz as soon as I step out the door, oy gevalt.
For makeup, I have been using a light Jergens or Cetaphil face lotion before applying a dime-sized amount of Supergoop! Every Day Sunscreen [on days I know I’ll be outside for a while] and my favorite Physician’s Formula concealer and mineral wear foundation. I despise the “tired eyes” look I get after a long day, so to make things simple I apply a natural shadow from my Nude ‘tude palette to my lids and a swipe of mascara to my lashes. When I go for the “barely there” effect on my eyes, I usually like to add a pop of color to my lips. I’m still searching for “the perfect shade,” but I think my Revlon fuchsia stick does the trick.
I think I will be living in dresses for the next couple months – the kind that are breezy and airy and don’t take too much fuss [I don’t do the ironing thing]. Conveniently timed for summer, I found the perfect white cotton dress a couple weeks ago while shopping online at Gap: it’s super lightweight, breathable, and can easily be jazzed up with a belt or statement necklace. Better yet, it has pockets [they get me every time]. Who could ask for a better summer dress?
I tell you what. I am LOVING this bright blustery beautiful spring weather [although the wind turns my hair into a stringy tangled mess, c’est la vie] and T and I took full advantage the weekend after last with a visit to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms. Our “visit” was actually more of a long nightmarish excursion in stop-and-go traffic across town. I guess that’s what we get for venturing out on a gorgeous Saturday amongst tourists galore. Once we finally found a parking spot, T and I eagerly leaped out of the car in our crisp spring outfits ready for our cherry blossom adventure.
We have recently changed our dress code at work to just pure “casual,” meaning I have actually been able to pull out my denim during the week. This has been a completely foreign concept to me these past couple of years, so I feel like I’m going through a reacquaintance phase with my blue jeans. A pair that I have had and loved for years are a light wash pair of Levi’s. They are simple: not too tight around my waist and not too loose in the knees, can be dressed up with cuffs at the bottom and worn with a blouse and heels, or my personal favorite: worn with boots and a snazzy blazer.
I’m pretty sure my standard spring uniform will be comfy jeans paired with a graphic tee and blazer. It’s perfect because you can wear boots with it when it’s a little chilly out, or slap on a pair of leopard flats on a sunnier day! I gravitated toward a more summery look for our cherry blossom adventure because it was so warm out, and nothing screams summer more than white and blue. Teddy even jumped on the blue train with his light blue cotton shirt!
Wedding season. The season of love and romance, old traditions paired with the new, gorgeous color palettes, and of course the best season [and reason] to put on that fabulous dress. A dear colleague of mine is getting married this Saturday in Clifton, Virginia to the love of her life and I can’t wait to witness their “I Do’s” and share in their celebration! What I am not looking forward to so much is the sub 50 degree weather and rain showers that are sure to make an appearance. It’s March for Pete’s sake, isn’t it supposed to be NICE outside?! But the wedding will commence and, hey, at least the rain will hide our tears… of joy of course! I am surely in for a good cry.
With this silly transitional weather ahead, I am going to go with a black and white patterned dress I found on ModCloth. It’s a neutral option that’s not quite “wintery” but not too “springy” either, which is great because I can continue to wear this sleeveless dress into warmer spring days, and maybe even the beginning of summer, too! I do want some pop of color against my black, white, and grey ensemble, so I luckily purchased a little neon number in time from a Banana Republic online sale!