Spring Has Sprung

We have officially entered the season of rainy with a chance of sunshine! The season of cherry blossoms, chirping birds, and budding tulips. The season where we celebrate Easter egg hunts and Christ’s miraculous resurrection. This is a season to celebrate and be thankful.

This is the season to wear a dress.

Dresses are my favorite type of clothing. They’re easy, relatively comfortable and don’t require a lot of accessories. Add a cute pair of heels and you’re good to go.

The last time I inventoried there were close to 50 dresses hanging in my closet (many with the tags still on). I’d like to think that no matter the occasion I’ll have a dress that coordinates perfectly. Beach wedding? I have a dress for that. Symphony tickets? I have a dress for that. Late night ice cream run? I have a dress for that (complete with elastic waistband).

When it comes to the Holidays, especially Christmas and Easter, I always like to wear one of my special dresses.Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 8.59.58 AM You know what I mean… one of those dresses that make you feel beautiful, powerful, and feminine all at the same time. One of those dresses in which you feel you are your best self.

I love dresses and the feelings they inspire so much that I have searched the whole internet and found the perfect five to share with you! So if you don’t have an Easter dress just yet, allow me to help you. Here is a list of this spring’s loveliest dresses from some of our favorite brand names!

  1. Kate Spade Collared Fit and Flare Dress

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2) Loft Faraway Floral Dress

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3) Kendall + Kylie Cotton Eyelet Halter Dress

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4) Banana Republic Floral Strappy Dress

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5) Anthropologie Juliet Eyelet Dress

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Hope you enjoyed the list! Spring has sprung. You deserve a new dress.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day my friends! I can’t claim even the smallest amount of Irish heritage but I can join in on the spirit of this day!

May your pockets be heavy and your hearts be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

or……

As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never be pointed in the opposite direction.

🙂

The Cape, a love story

Fall, glorious Fall! It’s my second favorite season, overshadowed only by Winter (because Winter means Christmas, the most magical time of the year!).

But Fall is awesome too, because along with the arrival of the pumpkin spice latte and the changing color of the leaves, we pack away our tank tops and flip flops and bust out the jackets and boots.*

*This is when Apple Bottom Jeans by T-Pain starts playing in the background of my mind…because of the “boots with the fur” part. Please tell me I’m not the only person this happens to.

Easy and comfortable while still retaining a chic and current vibe, the jacket/boot combo is here to stay.

One of this season’s twists on the jacket is the cape, and man, we are loving it. Not to be confused with a cloak, which is much longer and designed to protect the wearer from the elements, capes hit just below the wearer’s hips and are more fashion focused than weather resistant.

Not a sweater for the fashion faint of heart, the cape requires attitude and confidence to pull off. I myself have been hesitant to embrace the cape, but after seeing them on the runway and the streets, I think it’s time to make the leap and get one for myself.

Take a look at this season’s capes! Maybe you’ll be inspired to take the leap with me!

Collarless Woven Cape by Wayf. Nordstorm $108.00

Collarless Woven Cape by Wayf. Nordstorm $108.00

Heritage Check Cape. Topshop $95

Heritage Check Cape. Topshop $95

BA&SH Rosie Cape. Revolve $331

BA&SH Rosie Cape. Revolve $331

 

Enjoy!

Notification Nation

5:00 am. My alarm clock goes off.

After blearily stumbling through the darkness to silence the shrill piercing sound that my Samsung Galaxy has dubbed “Spring Rainfall”, I throw myself back into bed, phone in hand.

My morning routine is as follows-

  • 5:05am- Check for and read new text messages
  • 5:10am- Open my Facebook for new notifications and newsfeed (spend the next 20 minutes scrolling through updated status’s, new profile pictures, and birthday notifications)
  • 5:30am- Open email to check for new messages and favorite retailer’s sale notifications/coupons.
  • 5:45am- Panic. Sprint between kitchen, bathroom and closet to make coffee, brush teeth and get dressed.
  • 6:00am- Run out of the house because I’m late for the morning train into the city. Realize I forgot to put on deodorant.ipad-social-network-logos-21820462

While this routine is ridiculous and totally avoidable, I feel confident that some part of it mirrors how most of us spend our free time- in front of a screen.  Arguably the majority of jobs require that we sit in front of a screen of some kind. Without a laptop or monitor how can we respond to email, fill out online forms, and conduct research? Without my computer, this blog would be unable to function and I would just be a girl with a bunch of written thoughts and articles that no one would read. So I am grateful for the internet and for the connections it has allowed me.

But.

There’s always a “but“, isn’t there?

But isn’t it a little ridiculous that after spending all our working time online or chained to a computer, we would continue to remain glued to a screen well after the working hours are over? I can’t count the number of times I’ve sat down at a restaurant only to find my fellow patrons, faces basked in the glow of smart phones, instagramming their food instead of conversing with their dinner companion (who in turn is busy ranting about the restaurant’s poor service on Yelp).CELL-PHONE-DINNER-570

I don’t think these social apps are inherently evil or that our use of them will condemn us to Hell. On the contrary, I think that they offer a wonderful way to share experiences (ie, music, pictures, art) and connect us in a way that is otherwise impossible. But (again with the “but”!) there is another world out there! A world where people actually laugh out loud in the company of friends instead of sending a unenthusiastic “lol” (I doubt anybody physically rofl‘s). There is a world where people make eye contact with strangers on the bus or train, maybe even start a conversation, instead of burying themselves in an Ipad or Kindle. There is a world where invitations are written out in your own handwriting instead of sending a e-vite.  There is a world where we are not bombarded with notifications and updates regarding trivial things that don’t really affect us or unify us as a society, culture or species.

This grandiose effort to connect through technology has failed and we are now a million miles apart from the neighbor who sits beside us.

But (don’t worry, this is a good “but“) there is hope for us yet.  I recently discovered there is a way to escape this ‘notification nation’, this ‘living for a like’ mentality. It is so simple, so obvious, you are sure to kick yourself for not having thought of it first.

Turn off your phone.

Crazy I know (and ironic because you are most likely using your phone to read this).

Over the weekend, I went on a camping trip up in the Olympic Peninsula and by way of a dying battery and no cell reception, had to turn off my phone. For the first couple of hours I admit that it felt wrong, like I was missing one of my arms. As time passed, however, I forgot about the emails that were assuredly piling up in my inbox and instead focussed on the amazing turquoise color of Lake Crescent, the natural power of Marymere Falls and the companionship of some of my best friends. For the majority of the campout, I didn’t know what time it was and it didn’t matter. My contentedness was not dependent on the amount of likes I had on an instagrammed picture of Lake Crescent or the retweets of a post I made about the beauty of nature. I didn’t share my every moment camping with the social media world, but shared it instead with people who were at my side, enjoying the view just as much as I was.

And it all started by simply turning off my phone.

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~ Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

Style to be Admired

I believe that true style comes naturally but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Hollywood starlets and wanna-be pop princesses can strut around in designer labels and sit in the front row at Paris fashion week, but that still doesn’t mean they have great style….it means that have great stylists.

I’m talking about those people who are icons, who evolved into fashion legends. I’m talking about the classics! In this article, I’d like to highlight and pay tribute to some women who exemplify a style that should be admired and never overlooked.

grace kellyGrace Kelly: A woman who embodied her own name, Grace Kelly portrayed a classic elegance that was neither imposing nor timid. Though she was ultimately to become a princess to another nation, she was and still is considered American royalty by fashion lovers everywhere. She dressed according to her hourglass figure, adhering to fitted waistlines and full skirts. Her most notable fashion moment was perhaps the day of her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Many are familiar with pictures of Grace, looking resplendent in a high collared lace gown complete with a full skirt and flowing train. The soon-to-be princess looked so angelic that her dress is still used as inspiration to brides today, most recently seen in the lovely confection worn by Kate Middleton (now Duchess of Cambridge). To me, the most trademark feature of Grace Kelley’s style was the general aura of her style; trim, tidy, polished with not a hair out of place. The sophistication of a matching purse and shoe accompanied by a subtle sheen from a strand of pearls is what makes Grace Kelly the iconic woman of fashion. Few can match the class she brought to the silver screen and fewer still can capture her classic sense of style.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Another great American beauty and style icon, Jackie was always the belle of any ball she attended. As wife to the 35th president of the United States, Jackie was the symbol of classic American style to all that had the privilege to see on the arm of John F. Kennedy. One of the privileges of being the president’s wife was that Jackie was allowed to keep famous fashion designers like Oleg Cassini on retainer. During her years as the first lady, Jackie maintained a clean cut look with tailored skirts, dresses, and jackets (usually accompanied by her signature pill-box hat). In her later years, she relaxed her style and embraced a more bohemian look; longer hair, pants instead of skirts and of course, giant sunglasses. No matter what fashion vibe she was channeling, Jackie always looked put-together and unique.

doris dayDoris Day: A lovable actress whose musical films were number one hits in the 1950s and 1960s, Doris Day brought a sunny disposition and cheerful sense of style to the silver screen. Whether she was breaking up to make up with Rock Hudson, or trying to win back the affections of James Gardner, Doris’s characters were always cute, charming, and colorfully dressed (much like the actress in real life). Though not seriously sophisticated or consistently elegant, her luminous smile and vibrant wardrobe is worth mentioning as are her films. To catch some of the lively (and always color-coordinated) apparel, check out Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, A Touch of Mink, and Move Over, Darling.

 

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Emma Watson: The most current icon to make my list, Emma Watson has a certain sparkle and whit that many starlets of today lack. Most notable (besides that fact that she starred in one of the most popular film series of the last decade) is that Emma brings a sense of whimsy and femininity to everything she wears. Being a petite actress, she can pull off a lot of styles that would not suitable for taller women; she seems to favor shapelier silhouettes that are well constructed and show off her legs. Her knack for fashion is so notable that she won Best British Style at the 2014 British Fashion Awards and has modeled for both Burberry and Lancôme. Her general presence is one of grace, sophistication, and daring; I’m excited to see her style continue to evolve in the years to come.

Other style icons not to be overlooked are….
Princess Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen of Stylish Sophistication.
Diana Vreeland, late editor-in-chief of Vogue and life-long fashionista.
Emmy Rossum, beautiful singer and actress. Many recognize her as Christine from the film Phantom of the Opera; others recognize her unique sense of style.