Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bridal Shower Dress Code

Whether your excited or not, wedding season is approaching folks. With weddings come a slew of related events – engagement celebrations, bachelorettes and bridal showers. Most ladies often find themselves pondering the appropriate outfit to wear to each function, the hardest being the bridal shower. Here are a few tips to consider when celebrating the bride-to- be:

1. Let the bride shine in white. It’s a kind gesture to let her have the spotlight in solid white. She is the star of the show anyways.

2. Grandmother approved silhouettes. There will be a whole array of ages at this event, so consider your audience when picking an outfit. No deep v neckline’s or slits where the sun don’t shine. Check yourself in the mirror before heading out the door and ask yourself the question, “Would my Grandmother approve of this outfit?”

3. No Red or Black. Both colors can be a bit harsh when it comes to celebrating your friend’s upcoming nuptials. Red can be considered a “vulgar” hue and black can remind most of mourning. Stick to pretty colors and prints when celebrating your friend’s new beginnings.

Now that we got the bridal shower dress code out of the way. Here comes the fun part, check out my top picks on what to wear. I love the idea of a romper or jumpsuit as most people will opt for a fun floral dress. Which silhouette is your favorite?

Bridal Shower Dress Code

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Not sure what to get the bride-to-be, check out my other gift guide post.

Monday, April 27, 2015


Sia is that you? Nope, it is just your doppelganger Aurora. Meet the 18 year old from Bergen, Norway who has been making headlines ever since she performed at last year's CMJ Music festival and landing on many publications "must watch list." Her electronic dark pop is explosive. She is poised to take over the world with her enchanting melodies.

Check her out in Brooklyn on either May 27th (Rough Trade) or May 28th (Rockwood Music Hall) before she heads west in June. She's got similarities to Rosi Golan, Sia, and acoustic Robyn. A perfect tune below to ease you into the craziness of Monday morning. Enjoy!

Aurora - Running With The Wolves

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

My girlfriend Elana wrote me in a panic the other day as she was at a complete loss of what to get her Mom for Mother's Day. In the past, her and her sister's have bought her Mom bags, jewelry, ballet tickets - basically everything. This year, she wanted a gift a little less ordinary, something out of the box. She challenged me to create a post featuring different and unique gift ideas for Mom that aren't your typical gifts.

The holiday is quickly approaching (May 10th!) and if you haven't figured out what to get the woman in your life who has everything, than take a peak at my top 10 ideas below. Hopefully one of them will spark something creative this year.

1. Treat her to the ultimate day of pampering. First grab a handful of nail polishes from Essie's 2015 collection and then head on over to her favorite nail salon and pick up the bill for her mani/pedi. It's a great mother/daughter activity filled with endless trashy magazines. Who could resist that?

2. Being a mom can be exhausting. Most days there is no time to squeeze in a 20 minute catnap. Help enforce a little slumber by purchasing this beautifully crafted throw blanket from Pine Cone Hill

3. Some mother's are born with a green thumb and some sadly aren't. For those that have difficulty keeping plants alive a great and delightful alternative are these beautiful succulent plants that don't even need water or proper lighting. 

4. Personalize her awesomeness and snag a Rose Gold Diamond Accented Letter Necklace.   

5. A night at the theater will always put a smile on anyone's face. Hurry to see the best new comedy written and starring Larry David - A Fish In The Dark. It closes July 19th, so grab your tickets fast, she'll love it.

6. If she's a baker then she should be cooking in style. Buy her a fashionable apron from Thornback & Peel and an aqua Kitchenaid. The cookies shouldn't be the only thing that look fabulous.

7. Co Co Chanel once said "You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life." Ain't that the truth! Pick up her signature scent and she will smell of perfection even at any age.

You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.
8. Most new mother's barely have time to take a shower as they are catering to their newborns 24/7. Make an appointment for her at Drybar and her hair will thank you a million times over.

9. Superga always knows how to create stylish, comfortable and affordable sneakers. Pick up these lovely peach colored trainers. Her day of running errands just got a whole lot brighter and more fun.

10. I Love You A Latte, enough said.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Out Of The Woods

Out Of The Woods

Call me a wilderness girl at heart, but I'm a sucker for wood inspired home decor. Rustic pieces that look as if they belong in a cabin in the woods, appear antique, but have a modern twist. It's the new gender neutral shabby chic. For those living with significant others, it can be challenging to agree on furnishings that are appealing to both sexes. Yet with each and every one of these pieces, both parties are happy and so is your apartment. Consider adding a touch of wilderness to your current abode.

1. Kendra Mirror

2. Natural Tree Stump Side Table

3. Austin Chair

4. Media Console

5. Candleholder

6. Rug

7. Atwood Chest

8. Jacobson Coaster Set

9. California Wood Wall Art

10. Wooden Table

11. Salad Server Set

12. Maple Wall Clock

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ryn Weaver

Last Fall I told you about the insanely talented Ryn Weaver and her hit single Octahate. I tried scouring the internet to find anything and everything about her, but alas there wasn't much to offer, but her infectious tune. But sometimes, all the world needs is a little time. Weaver was just perfecting her craft/working on more addictive melodies before her big explosion onto the music scene began. 

On June 16th, Mad Love/Interscope Records will release her debut album and expect her career to sky rocket even further. There are 11 noteworthy tracks with production courtesy of Michael Angelakos (Passion Pit frontman) and Benny Bianco (Katy Perry & Jessie Ware). 

Her latest single, "The Fool" takes similarities from Passion Pit, with sprinkles of irresistible synthpop. A vulnerable track that is upbeat yet melancholy (my jam) that I just can't seem to stop listening to. See for yourself below and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On The Run

On The Run

I can't believe that it has been two years since I have trained and ran a half marathon. That will all come to an end on May 16th. That's right folks, I've signed up to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Each week I hit the pavement hard, rack up the mileage, and smile that I've accomplished a lot since my injury (and with no pain nonetheless). It's been a while since I've updated my running wardrobe and I can't wait to snag a few of these items to add to my closet. I'll take one of each please. Which outfit do you have your eye on?

Outfit 1:
Headband, $15
Short Sleeve T Shirt, $30
Shorts, $42
Sneakers, $90

Outfit 2:
Hat, $10
Tank, $51
Running watch, $100
Running tights, $69
Sneakers, $110

Outfit 3:
Headband, $19
Similar Tank, $22
Shorts, $44
Sneakers, $111

Outfit 4:
Hat, $20
Short Sleeve T Shirt, $37
Running Tights, $57
Sneakers, $100

Monday, April 13, 2015

Grimes x Bleachers

It seems that every song I listen to these days has Jack Antonoff written all over it. For those unfamiliar with Antonoff, he's the bassist for a little band called fun., he's got a great side project called bleachers and to top it off, he dates the infamous Lena Dunham.  When he finds free time, he often collaborates with other awesome musicians and creates even more infectious tunes. 

Brace your ears folks, Antonoff has teamed up with Grimes to make an absolutely dazzling pop song called "Entropy." This power pop tune, has that same sparking production that Antonoff penned for Swift's "Out of the Woods" but topped with the powerful echoing vocals of Claire Boucher's voice. Take a listen for yourself and then add it to your Monday morning soundtrack immediately.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Children's Section

Children's Section

The other day I got a Land of Nod catalogue in the mail. I thought to myself, how in the hell did I end up on the mailing list for the ultimate baby/children's furnishings company? But as I started to flip thru the pages, I started flagging every page in hopes of adding some of these awesome decor pieces to my current abode.

Similar to my post a few years ago with PB teen, Land of Nod is a force to be reckoned with and deserves a second glance as an adult. Take a look at my favorite pieces and then head on over to the website to add everything to your shopping chart. You'll thank me later.

1. Neon Dash Blanket, $79

2. Pinecone Wall Art, $19.95

3. Crown Jewel Mirror, $99

4. Wood Rock Lamp Base, $79 & Art Journal Table Shade, $49

5. Monarch 3 Drawer Dresser, $499

6. Ice Cream Wall Art, $19.95

7. Geo Throw Pillow, $35

8. Framework Metal Letter 'E', $7.95

9. Looking Glass Desk Chair, $149

10. Rhino Bookends, $59

Monday, April 6, 2015

Marina and the Diamonds

One of my coworkers Alysha recently introduced me to the fabulousness of Marina and the Diamonds, and let me tell you, she is one kick-ass, synth-pop, queen. Marina Lambrini Diamandis, born in Brynmawr, Wales and grew up in a the nearby village of Pandy. Through out childhood, she sang, wrote music, danced, and acted. After several unsuccessful auditions, including opportunities with the musical The Lion King and a boy band organized by Virgin Records, in 2005, she gave music her biggest effort. She came up with the stage name "Marina and the Diamonds" to honor her fans, instead of her backing band and the rest is a musical dream.

With sounds similar to Katy Perry, Regina Spektor, and Florence Welch, I've had her on heavy rotation all weekend long. Take a listen to my favorite tune below and get ready to add her to your new running playlist. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Horoscopes for April 2015


You know what they say. April showers bring...... I sure as hell hope so. As New Yorkers we are in dire need of sunshine and warmth. Let's hope that this month ahead is exciting and lively for everyone. There are predictions for each sign below from her and then head on over to get the full scoop from her website for the month of April. ENJOY!

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18)
We are now in eclipse season, so change is in the air. Last month a solar eclipse came by on March 20 in Pisces, so you may have been seeing shifts in your income or spending. For most people, that eclipse was fairly friendly for it may have opened opportunities. Eclipses always come in pairs, so the next one will be more jarring, a total eclipse of the (full) moon on April 4. It will fall in Libra, 14 degrees, and will light your ninth house, which rules several areas of your life, including travel.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20)
As you begin April, one of the year's toughest eclipses, April 4, will appear in Libra, 14 degrees, to light your eighth house of other people's money. You have two houses that rule finances, the second house that rules your salary, but it will be your eighth house that will be lit up, the one that covers large debts, such as for student loans, a mortgage, taxes, credit cards, and the like.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)
It is eclipse season, and April starts off with a full moon lunar eclipse that you are likely notice, because it may require adjustments in a close relationship. It will fall on April 4, in Libra, 14 degrees. Libra is the sign found six months away from your sign, Aries, so it's your opposite sign, putting a big spotlight on your relationship with someone with whom you may have a serious, committed relationship. That person might be your sweetheart or spouse, or a business collaborator, or an agent or partner, for example.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
The eclipses are back, and that means change is in the air. As a Taurus, you are not enthusiastic about the prospect of change, for in your very DNA you have a yen for stability and consistency. Yet the universe knows we occasionally need a push forward, and this is one of those times. A full moon lunar eclipse will arise on April 4 in Libra, 14 degrees, and light your sixth house of daily work projects, co-workers, and staff that reports to you, and this same house also rules steps you take to protect your health.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
The month starts out with a full moon lunar eclipse, April 4, and it's likely to be a nerve jangling one for just about everyone. This one, in Libra 14 degrees, will light your fifth house of love, children, and creativity. If you have been dating someone, it will be time to decide which direction to take the relationship in the future. Eclipses are often eye openers, so you are likely to get information about the person you love, and that news is likely to rattle you. Most readers will feel this eclipse in terms of love, but I have listed the other elements - pregnancy, children, creative projects - that could come up as an alternative topic, as the fifth house, lit here, will activate all these areas.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)
There will be a party going on in your tenth house of fame, honors, awards, and achievement this month, but before you can get to celebrate all the news that will be happening in your career, you will have to deal with an important and somewhat nerve-jangling eclipse, April 4 in Libra, 14 degrees. This full moon total eclipse will light your real estate, home, and family sector, so apparently a lot is going on there or soon will be.

LEO (July 23-Aug 22)
You seem to have a lot going on in your chart, and all of it looks exciting. Your ninth house is brilliantly lit, and that covers some very lofty goals and interesting people you may meet this month, or very soon. The first possibility that comes to mind is you may be traveling quite a distance, possibly internationally, perhaps because you are ready to do deals overseas for your career. Leo knows the value of face-to-face meetings, so if it is at all possible this month, you will board a jet to see your clients. You have a crown of stars in your ninth house, including the Sun, conjunct Uranus (surprise), and Mercury (communication, news, contracts), so life won't be boring, that's for sure.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22)
Finances will rule April, especially at the full moon lunar eclipse, April 4, when an expense you won't see coming will likely surface within four days of this eclipse. I feel this will be the hardest eclipse of 2015. This full moon eclipse will bring a personal purchase or outlay to culmination, so it appears you will be writing a large check. Uranus will aim his beams directly at the new moon at 180 degrees, a confrontational aspect, which underscores the surprising nature of this eclipse.

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22)
April holds a challenging eclipse that will test the strength of your closest relationship, or, alternatively, the state of your health. If both are in robust order, you will sail through April easily. The job of an eclipse is to protect you, even if the news is not always all you had hoped to hear. This will be a full moon total lunar eclipse, which brings ultimate closure and full information. I am concerned about this eclipse because it is in Libra 14 degrees and will receive a direct 180-degree opposition from Uranus in Aries. A partner is likely to shock you, and when the news is delivered - sometimes in a very casual, offhand way - you won't see it coming and it may rattle you to your bones.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21)
The planets have had you working harder than you ever worked in your life, but you are stunning every VIP around you by the sheer excellence of your work. In case you think no VIP is noticing anything that you are doing, you may be surprised to hear that they are thanking their lucky stars to have you on the team. You seem to be involved in a very important launch, project, or business relationship (or, all three!) and you are focused and enthusiastic on getting every detail right. From all this will come more responsibility and a more lofty title within months, dear Scorpio, so keep up the hard work - it will get you where you want to be professionally.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21)
This month, you will turn your attention to your personal life. You've been consumed with work, and with Mars just entering your assignment sector, business will continue to be brisk. If you are self-employed, you won't lack new assignments, but you will also have more time for your private life. Happily, the main emphasis for most of the month will switch to your personal life, centering on love, romance, and fun, and seeing your creativity blossom to new levels.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19)
This month you will have your hands full. You apparently have much going on in your home life AND your career, and at times you may wonder which area to give your full attention first. Fortunately, as a Capricorn, you are always cool no matter what pressure is put on you, for you remain logical, objective, and always rooted in reality. In fact, when there is a natural disaster somewhere in the world, the Capricorns and Virgos are the ones chosen to come in first, to organize the rescue effort, for these two earth signs rarely panic. People around you admire you, for they know you can handle almost any situation with grace.