C’est La Vie

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Show of hands, how many of you have looked at an image on a visually driven website like Pinterest (universally accepted procrastination station) and immediately been reminded of someone close to you. Perhaps it’s a pair of camel-colored, suede driving moccasins with tassels that one of your BFFs used to sport in her ultra-preppy high school days. Maybe it’s a pillow in the perfect shade of aqua blue reminiscent of the exact color of your friend’s bedroom walls: you think to yourself, “That is such a [insert friend’s name] color!

The photo above conjured a distinct memory of my maternal grandma. Momma knew how to work the classics and often chose to wear tried-and-true prints like the featured tartan trousers. A classic “Momma” outfit also included some sort of neutral-colored cozy knit, perhaps a turtleneck and, if cold weather permitted, a fuzzy coat that often resembled the coat of a teddy bear. A devotee of the LeSportsac classic hobo, she was also known to switch it up and carry a red shoulder bag similar to the one above.

Aside from being reminded of all the wonderful times I had with Momma and the aphorisms she passed along, most memorably, “C’est la vie,” what was most enjoyable about finding this image was the fact that I further understood the trans-generational appeal of classic wardrobe staples. Momma would totally wear that outfit, I would totally wear that outfit.

And if you would totally wear this outfit too, take a look at the pieces below and shop away!

trouser
1. LOFT | 2. Asos | 3. Theory | 4. Zara
teddy coat
1. H & M | 2. Stella McCartney | 3. Topshop | 4. Asos
red bag

(clockwise, top left) 1. Aimee Kestenberg | 2. IllBeCa by Joy Gryson Church Street | 3. Alexander Wang | 4. Elizabeth & James | 5. Zara

The Dream of the 90s is Alive

Fashion, Style

After visiting New York City (a.k.a fashion mecca) last week I couldn’t help but pick up on a resounding trend. Both a call back to my childhood and a new take on laid-back, stylish dressing, 90s fashion is alive and well! In fact, not one but two of my friends (on different ends of the country, mind you) wore very similar flower print sun dresses layered under chambray shirts. Coincidence? Nope! Think leather jackets, cool backbacks, swingy printed dresses, ankle boots, very light washed jeans- the higher the rise, the better- and overalls! I know, I know, we’re all adults here. But what was once the signature piece of clothing for Amanda from the iconic MK & A 90s twin-comedy It Takes Two has now made a major comeback. Add a silk collared shirt and feminine flats and you’ll look-dare I say- sophisticated.

Monday Mood Board: Who Run the World?

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(top, left to right) from Tom Ford's SS13 collection, Lady Bey, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Emma Stone, Mary Kate & Ashley, Oprah, Gwen Stefani

(top, left to right) from Tom Ford’s SS13 collection, Lady Bey, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Emma Stone, Mary Kate & Ashley, Oprah, Gwen Stefani

| still in awe of Beyonce’s explosive performance at the Super Bowl last night, today’s mood board is inspired by strong, empowering women |

Inspiration #5

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“In order to create a genuine shift in the way we feel, in our perspective, the way we actually experience life on an everyday basis, it is essential that we look not to the past or the future, but instead to the present moment. Change happens in the here & now. How could it possibly happen anywhere else? Nothing else exists!

And that’s where meditation comes in. It is not that meditation cause the change to take place, but rather it creates the conditions for change to take place. It reminds us of that fundamental essence, which is innocent, vulnerable, gentle, kind, content, fulfilled, untouched, uncomplicated and free from habit.

I like to think of that essence as the blue sky, always present, always clear. Sure, there might be some cloudy days, but if we sit in the metaphorical deckchair for a short time, day after day, we see the clouds begin to disperse, the habits disappear…

…and we are left instead with the beauty & wonder of the blue sky.”

taken from an interview with Andy Puddicombe- author, Buddhist monk, and founder of the website Headspace– as told to Gwyneth Paltrow & featured in her weekly newsletter, Goop