Friday, November 3, 2017

"We Need a Little Christmas"

Hello all,

If you know me, you know that as soon as Halloween was over, I was already singing along to my favorite Christmas tunes. As it stands right now in the United States, we are in rough shape. Thus, I found this particular song perfect for my introduction to Christmas music for the year:

"We Need a Little Christmas" sung by Johnny Mathis

I've never been the biggest Johnny Mathis fan, but I find this version of this song to just be so cheery and warm. If you're feeling a bit down, I suggest turning this song all the way up, having a glass of wine, and just dancing around the room. I promise you that you'll instantly feel better.

That's my little blurb for now! Have you all started listening to Christmas music yet?

Cheers xx

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pieces to Incorporate this Fall

Hi, everyone!

Today I am briefly going to describe five items I plan to incorporate into my wardrobe this fall. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons, so I will definitely try to keep this blog updated with the new styles I'm trying out as we go along in the season.

1) Ponchos


My sister and I recently bought this ponchos from Forever 21, and I have absolutely loved wearing it. It brings me back to my elementary school days when I wore ponchos because they felt like wearing giant blankets. Only now, I am going to try and focus on wearing the poncho in a more chic fashion.

2) Thigh-high Socks

I have always been a fan of wearing thigh-high stockings as part of my lingerie collection. That being said, I haven't really experimented with thigh-high socks in a public setting. Thus, I am going to push myself this season to really step out of my comfort zone and try something different.

3) Brown Lipstick

Speaking of stepping outside my comfort zone, I am really going to push it this time by trying out brown lipstick. Brown lipstick has always had a sort of infamy about it, so why not take the challenge head on? I bought a cheap "Double Espresso" shade by Milani, so I'm going to give it a go soon and see how I like it.

4) The Pageboy Cap

I've always loved seeing people wear caps in the fall. However, I was never quite sure how to style them. This year, I am going to make an effort to work these super chic pieces into my wardrobe.

5) The Smoking Shoe

I wear a lot of penny loafers, so I think that a nice pair of velvet smoking shoes will be a good addition to my wardrobe. I have never been the biggest fan of heels, so these will be perfect in order to stay chic but also comfortable through the colder months.

That's all for now! What are some trends you are going to try to embrace this fall? Cheers x

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New York State of Mind

Hello, everyone!

I have been completely drained of energy due to my trip to New York City this past weekend. I have been to New York before, but this time was special because I got to experience it with my boyfriend, who had only been once before.

First we went to the Met Cloisters, which is an absolutely beautiful medieval art museum. Admission is pay what you can, and student tickets were only a suggested $12! Plan to commit a few hours at this museum, as there is so much art from so many different countries.

After we finished up at the Cloisters, we went to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial. I would definitely recommend going to this spot, but it is definitely a sobering experience. The one thing that troubled me about this area was that entrance to the 9/11 museum was fairly expensive. Considering what a catastrophic event this was, anyone wanting to learn more about it should be allowed free admission. Just my opinion.

After the World Trade Center, we decided to walk along the Hudson River to get to the Staten Island Ferry. This is one of my favorite walks in New York; the view of Jersey City across the Hudson is absolutely breathtaking! It took a little bit of time to walk all the way to the Staten Island Ferry, but it was well worth the walk.

The Staten Island Ferry was by far my favorite part of this trip. There are a couple things that I love about the ferry: the smell of the water, the wind in your hair, the glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. And it's all free! Everyone should take this ferry at least once, even if it's just there and immediately back. I could ride back and forth all day long!

After the Ferry, we had dinner and took the subway back to Times Square. My boyfriend had never been to Times Square at night before, so he was absolutely amazed by the number of people there. There are more people at night than during the day!

All in all, we had a wonderful day exploring one of my favorite cities! If you haven't been to New York City before, I would highly recommend taking the time to make a trip. There are so many things to see and do, and I can't imagine anyone ever being bored there.

I hope everyone is having a great week! Cheers x

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall Fashion Inspired by Sex and the City

It's been a very long time since I came on this blog, and a lot has changed with my fashion since I last posted. After having marathoned all six seasons of Sex and the City, I have been more drawn lately to the fashion of the 90's and early 2000's. While I will always love pieces from the 20's to the 60's, I am going to work more pieces from the other decades into my wardrobe as well. That's the beautiful thing about fashion; it is so ever-changing and dynamic.

We've entered one of my favorite seasons: fall. So, I thought what better way to start the season than by looking at some of my favorite Carrie Bradshaw cold-weather looks.

I absolutely love the look of her speckled coat with the striped dress underneath in addition to the classy hat and glove pairing. While I might not have ever imagined this outfit to work looking at the pieces individually, together, they just flow in a beautiful way.

I will be the first to admit that I haven't always been tulle's biggest champion. However, it has definitely grown on me. With a pair of strappy heels and a simple blazer, I think that tulle can stand alone as an eye-catching piece. I don't own any yet, but I'm definitely going to try and work some in to my holiday party wardrobe.

I absolutely adore this outfit. The jacket is such a charming shade of blue, and paired with the white mittens and hat, the whole outfit just screams Paris and class. While this shade of blue works perfectly on her, I might try for another lighter, playful color that would compliment my skin tone better.

I love this outfit because of the gorgeous pair of boots that she has on. I have always loved a pair of black, heeled boots, and these make the rest of the ensemble that much more sexy. In addition, I love that the umbrella she is carrying matches the red of the belt that she has on. It's all about accessorizing!

So there we have it! My emergence back in to the blogging world. If you're interested in some of the outfits that I put together, check out: . My sister and I co-created the blog to share some of the pieces we have put together!

I hope everyone has a lovely start to the week! Cheers xx

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Happy Birthday, Tony!

Today is is Tony Bennett's birthday! Can you believe he is 90 years old?

My mom and I had the privilege of seeing Mr. Bennett perform two years ago at Binghamton University. He was absolutely phenomenal, and at 88 years old he even performed a number without the microphone! If that isn't legendary, I don't know what is.

After the show, we waited around near some black Escalades outside of the school. Miraculously, Mr. Bennett then appeared at the side door near the vans! He came over to chat with us, and I managed to snap a picture (which is very poor quality which is why I haven't uploaded it here, but what can you say?). He was so very gracious and incredibly kind. That night was one I will never ever forget.

Mr. Bennett has a beautiful way of drawing you in with his phrasing, and once you are drawn in it's like entering another world of extraordinary tranquility and bliss. His voice still retains a lot of its silkiness from youth with a bit more raspiness. I actually prefer his more mature voice now as it adds another dimension to the music. You really have to love the music to sing it for as long as Mr. Bennett has, and it's quite apparent once you listen to him perform that he truly does love the music and adores the fans he is performing for.

To close, here is one of my favorite songs ("Autumn Leaves") performed by Mr. Bennett:

As Sinatra himself said about Tony Bennett, he really is one of the best there ever was. 

Do you have any favorite songs performed by Tony Bennett?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Song of the Day: "Pure Imagination/Candy Man"

Hello, everyone!

Again, it's been awhile since I've blogged anything. Honestly, I attribute this drought to a lack of inspiration. I find myself trying to find content to fit the theme of the blog, and I am sadly drawing blanks. Thus, I've decided to just write about whatever I am feeling or thinking about in the current moment. Most of it will still fit the blog's theme, but I am going to use this space as more of a creative outlet for me personally too!

I was just re-listening to the album Songs I Heard performed by Harry Connick Jr., and I fell in love with it all over again. He sings songs from my childhood like "Edelweiss" and "A Spoonful of Sugar" but adds a jazzy twist to them. By now, you all are probably well aware of my love for jazz. My favorites on the album are the songs he has re-done from The Sound of Music, but today it is the song, "Pure Imagination/Candy Man" that has really captured my heart. 

Have a listen:

I don't usually describe songs as being sultry or sexy, but I find this song to be the definition of those adjectives. That is what I love so much about this rendition. Nothing about the original song was sultry or seductive at all. What Connick Jr. has done is taken an innocent song from a children's movie and created something far more mature and sensual. Utter bliss.

What do you think? Do you like this mature version? Have you ever heard this album before.

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week! Cheers xx

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Rest in Peace, Mr. Wiesel

"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

Yesterday we lost a very beautiful and inspirational soul, Mr. Elie Wiesel. For those who are unfamiliar with him, Mr. Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate. He also penned the famous and eloquently written Night trilogy.

I read Night when I was a ninth grader in high school, and I distinctly remember being extraordinarily impacted by the words coming off of the page. The way that Elie Wiesel described his traumatic experiences and emotions left me wondering how it is possible that a tragedy like the Holocaust ever came to pass. Investigating further into Mr. Wiesel's life gave me an answer to my question: by people standing by and doing nothing. 

This is the most important lesson that I learned from Mr. Wiesel. When people chose to be silent and remain neutral, they are essentially helping the persecutor and not those being persecuted. We help evil win when we explicitly chose to not use our voices out of fear, selfishness, or both. 

History tends to repeat itself when we don't revisit these crucial lessons like the ones taught by Elie Wiesel. Currently, my country is facing a crisis in that we could be electing a president who spews racist comments and believes in dividing us dependent on our culture. If I have learned anything from Mr. Wiesel, it is that I cannot stand for that, and I will do everything in my power to prevent this from happening. We all have voices, and we cannot be afraid to use them, especially when times become difficult.

I wish that I had had the opportunity to hear Mr. Wiesel speak, but it is unfortunately too late now. Regardless, we can all manage to preserve his story and memory by always remembering to take a stand and be brave, even in the hardest times. 

Rest in peace, Mr. Wiesel.