We’re finally starting to get a taste of warmer weather here in New York City, which means that it is almost time to start trading our all black, every day wardrobe for one that is much brighter, girlier and fun! So what items are on our wishlist this fall? Here are a few things that our members are currently coveting.
1. ModCloth heels 2. ModCloth dress 3. Urban Decay palette 4. ASOS mules 5. Chicwish skirt 6. Mossimo blazer 7. Burberry rain boots 8. Rag + Bone jeans 9. Henri Bendel backpack
So, let’s hear it! What’s on YOUR spring wishlist?
I donʼt know how many of you are “Portlandia” fans, but I certainly am. After mindlessly zoning out on multiple episodes back-to-back over Spring Break, some catch-phrases stuck in my head indeﬁnitely, inﬁltrating all aspects of my life. One of those lines was, “We can pickle that!” and “Put a bird on it!”
As I was drearily hauling myself out of bed last Tuesday morning, already running late for my class, I decided to wear my pajamas to school. Since my pajamas consist of a worn-in, oversized Frank & Oak t-shirt and nothing else, obviously I had to add a few things. My shaky foundation of a t-shirt and day old mascara was quickly pulled together by a pair of black jeggings, my trusted black booties, and a black tuxedo-inspired blazer.
I power walked to class practically giggling to myself. I hadnʼt even brushed my hair! Yet I was getting so many compliments on my outﬁt and high ponytail. I ﬁnally decided that it was the blazer, the magic black blazer. If I took this baby off, my entire outﬁt would crumble. Therefore, I concluded that it is decidedly easy to make any outﬁt look pulled together when you throw a blazer into the mix. Or, more simply stated, put a blazer on it!
Here is the outﬁt I somehow created from my pajamas and a few shiny things. I Instagrammed it (obviously), adding the #putablazeronit hashtag (inspired by Portlandia, obviously). The black tuxedo style blazer I am wearing is by BB Dakota.
Here are some awesome blazers to inspire you. I would recommend having at least three blazers in your wardrobe at all times: one in classic black, one in a solid, bright color, and one ﬂoral. They are so versatile, transitioning from each season and varied event with ease.
Over time, you can add sequined, patterned, and velvet blazers to you closet. Personally, I am still on the hunt for the perfect camel-colored one! But for now, how will you style your favorite blazer this week? Throw it over your pajamas; throw it over a dress; throw it over anything. See what happens! Instagram it and hashtag #putablazeronit!
When I went through a vegan stint last summer I discovered tons of new foods to supplement meat and animal by-products. From chia seeds to agave nectar to hemp milk, I became culinarily crafty during this process and began to really appreciate food for the first time.
Something that I discovered that I really liked cooking with in place of regular, often hydrogenated oils was virgin coconut oil. It has a high smoke point, which means you can use it to cook many things at different heats without losing its nutritional value. I sautéed, baked, and marinated with it. I even used it in my smoothies and sometimes as a replacement for dairy. Virgin coconut oil became, to me, the most wonderful and versatile cooking side-kick.
At the end of the summer, my family went on vacation to Colorado. We had decided to rough it and go camping in Buena Vista. We arrived at our campsite overlooking the mountainous scenery and began to unpack. I was proud of myself as I had packed only a small duffle bag and believed that this meant I had finally become a “low maintenance” type of woman.
A few days later, I realized my one big mistake: I had forgotten to pack lotion. The air in Colorado is very dry compared to Texas, and my knees and arms began to show just how thirsty my skin was for moisture. Because I was still trying to eat healthy, I’d brought along a few of my cooking supplies, including the virgin coconut oil. I noticed the way the jarred oil would solidify at room temperature, yet liquify in my hand. So, I decided to use it on my knees, and it felt amazing!
From then on, I was a believer in the incredible, mysterious powers of this simple and healthy oil. Virgin coconut oil can be used for so many of your beauty needs, which means it’s easy on your skin and your bank account. Here are some examples:
- As a moisturizer for your entire body.
- For dry complexions, I would recommend using it every night as an intense moisturizing treatment.
- For oily-combination complexions, like me, I would use it less frequently. Try every other night.
- As an under-eye treatment for fine lines.
- Apply directly onto acne scars to lighten them over time.
- The most fragrant and healthy tanning oil (not recommended for fair-skinned girls like myself; skin cancer isn’t cute)
- As a lip conditioner. I used it on my lips when they were so cracked they bled!
- An intense conditioning treatment for your hair. Apply to dry hair and let it sit for a few hours.
- Use it instead of shaving cream and as an after-shave lotion.
- I’ve heard it can work as a natural deodorant, which would be awesome, although I haven’t tried it yet.
- Put it on your cuticles to moisturize nail beds.
- And finally, the BIG KAHUNA, the one you’ve all been waiting for. Virgin coconut oil will fully remove all makeup! This was the most incredible discovery I’ve ever made. For years I have been searching for something that would truly take off my waterproof eye makeup and completely remove 24-hr liquid foundation. This is it! Stop buying tiny $4.00-$25.00 bottles of makeup remover right now and go pick up a big tub of Organic, Non-GMO Virgin Coconut Oil for $10.00-$15.00. It’s important to buy “virgin” coconut oil as opposed to regular because the regular oil has been processed, bleached, and deodorized, meaning it had lost its coconut scent and much of its nutritional value. Many companies are beginning to realize how amazing it is and are selling small containers of raw coconut oil for upwards of $25.00. Do yourself a favor: don’t fall into this trap and go to the cooking aisle to get yours for super cheap. It’s exactly the same, it will last you forever, and you can use it in so many ways!
Here’s a picture of mine:
How will you use coconut oil in your beauty routine?