on being 31

on being 31




Over the weekend, I celebrated my thirty-first birthday. I spent the day with my parents who drove up to New York. When they asked what I wanted to do to celebrate, there was really only one thing on my mind: Smorgasburg. Because it's my birthday and I'll eat what I want. 

Smorgasburg in Brooklyn on a sunny weekend day is what my dreams are made of, especially when all you want to do is wear stretchy shorts and sit out in the grass to bask in the glory of all the food you've managed to carry with two hands. My favorites that I would definitely want to eat again would probably be the ramen burger and the mango flower with chili. It's exactly what it sounds like...  a mango cut into the shape of a flower, topped with chili. And it's pure magic. In leu of a birthday cake, I ate an ice cream cone wrapped in a cloud of cotton candy the size of my head. You absolutely must visit Wu Kong in NYC to experience this because it's freakin WORTH IT. 

And since I'm 31 and as old as moldy cheese, I did what any old person would do on their birthday. I put  in an application for an apartment in the East Village.  I know, its a mission I've been on for quite some time now. Well, you guys, I'm here to tell you that this is most likely not the end of the road as many others applied for the same apartment at the same time I did. If I could roll my eyes any harder... 

I'm still so very thankful for the past year as I've had so many great opportunities in this crazy world of fashion and can't believe I'll be heading to London next month to design athletic wear! And the greatest birthday gift of all is booking a project in the Bahamas! I'll have more information on it soon but it's safe to say in the words of Jessie Spano: I'M SO EXCITED!!! 

Wearing: 

Crop Top & Pants: Papaya Clothing Striped Palazzo Set

Kodak series: Ireland 1999

Kodak series: Ireland 1999









The other night, I was going through some old photo albums and came across old pictures that I took from a disposable camera when I was still in middle school. I didn't realize how long I actually used disposable cameras (up until my freshman year of college in 2004!) because it's  hard to think there was a time in my life when I didn't have an iPhone. I think these photographs are precious so I wanted to share some of my travel photos that my 12 year old self took. This particular post is about the time I went to Ireland.... for a pair of shoes. 

I was in seventh grade when I saw Riverdance for the first time on VHS. I had already been dancing for years at this point and tap was my jam. Whatever they were doing on Riverdance just looked like a more challenging version of all the shuffle-ball-changes I was doing in tap class but I was all about it. I wanted to learn. And as it turns out, finding an Irish dance studio was pretty easy in our area. Go figure. Long story short, when I transitioned from soft shoe to hard shoe in class, my mom and I decided to take a weekend trip to Ireland so I could get the best hard shoe (or if we're being honest, we just wanted an excuse to go to Ireland). My dad works for the airlines so we were lucky to be able to hop on a plane whenever we wanted for free. 

The unfortunate thing about traveling when you're still young is that you're not as appreciative of the amazing opportunity to be immersed in another culture and in my case, I can't really remember what I did or what I saw other than being incredibly excited about getting a new pair of dance shoes. But I do have these photos and it gives me a window into what my 12 year old self thought was interesting and unique in Dublin. And I got to say, it's quite sweet. 

ootd + friday night tea talk

ootd + friday night tea talk


I don't know how this always happens but it just seems like every time I want to write about something more personal, it conveniently is around the time my birthday is coming up. Is this supposed to mean something?

I, like so many others, have a list of things I'd like to accomplish in this lifetime. But what I wanted to write on here is a goal that I've been trying to want to do more but I don't usually pursue it. In fact, I think as years go by, I progressively get worse at it. And that thing that I'm not good at doing is... being more social. I know. Really reaching for the big things in life.

You can ask any of the people that know me well. I've always been a homebody. Getting me to go out can be a quite a task. Things I can do at home on any given night... thats my jam. Museums, going to the ballet, a book talk... thats how I roll if I'm not hiding indoors. I know there's nothing wrong with that but I do feel like I'm missing out in life in many other ways and I know it's because I like being a hermit.

So I'm just putting it in writing right here. I'm going to try to be more social this birthday year. I'm going to remind myself to go on girl, get out there!

(But if I'm not out there, just know I'll be at home basking in the glory of a cup of tea hot off the kettle)


Ashley Mason Denim

Ashley Mason Denim




I love supporting new designers. Often times, the brands that are in their infancy pour their hearts and souls into their creations thereby delivering 110% and you know what that means? QUALITY! Ashley Mason Denim is not an exception. Their jeans are affordable (big plus!) but also comfortable, stylish, and it's easy to find a pair that compliments your unique body type. For me, it's always tough finding a pair of jeans that will fit my thighs/hips but also my waist. Nothing worse than when your jeans fit your waist nicely but leaves your booty flat, preventing it from living the dream, ya feel? I don't wear anything that I don't stand by and this brand is definitely a new favorite. You can find Ashley Mason Denim at select stores (Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, and more) or check out their Instagram


#ootd

#ootd



I feel like this is the kind of dress I would've worn four or five years ago. I was really into stripes back then, especially if it was on a maxi dress. So for me, this dress kind of brought me back to when I began blogging for fun in nursing school.

As I get older, I start to gravitate away from bodycon dresses, which used to be a staple piece in my closet in my twenties. I know it's all about how women are at ease with their bodies, and I'd like to think I am with mine, but either I'm starting to be more self-conscious or age is getting to me despite my regular workouts. Either way, I tend to shy away from bodycons these days so when I put this particular dress on, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't look as terrible as I had anticipated. In fact, I kind of liked it. Additionally, I love the cutout in the back of this dress; it's subtle but just enough of a detail to make all the difference. So it may be a body-hugging dress but I like that paired with the right shoes, I can pull this outfit off without feeling like I'm still trying to be 24 years old... if that makes sense.

Anyway, as nice as this dress is, I know I have to address one more thing that is honestly capturing my attention more than the dress itself: I have pretzel feet. I've always twisted my feet in awkward positions since I can remember and that stance is my normal, comfortable standing stance. My mom always hoped I'd grow out of it but it looks like it's here to stay. It's kind of amazing how much grace and athleticism I exude when dancing as an owner of pretzel feet. I guess you can say I'm kind of talented. *Kanye shrug*

Happy Friday!

Not at Coachella but I wish I were

Not at Coachella but I wish I were




Every year I always say I'm going to Coachella... and it never happens. As you can guess, this year is no exception. So here I am, putting it in writing: Next year FOR SURE! In the meantime, I'll be here on the east coast pretending to be at Coachella in one of my most Coachella type garb and following along on all the fun through friends' instagram stories. It's as close as I'm going to get. 

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