If you find yourself questioning if that girl in front of you on the Starbucks line is going for a too-boho-for-you look (chai tea?) or a just-got-out-of-bed-don’t-bother-me look (trenti macchiato?), you’re not the only one! More often than not now, the lines between once-distinct styles are blurred, which explains your styling enigma. No matter what, though, you conclude that her outfit is on point and want to know how to snag it for yourself.
If you haven’t encountered such a problem and never heard of such a trend combo, I suggest you consider it for these reasons: 1) it is a surefire way to look like a million bucks (or close to it) while feeling outrageously comfy, 2) it is frowned upon to wear sweatpants every day (no matter how cozy they are), and 3) admit it, wearing skinny jeans 3+ days a week is too much work.
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So go ahead! Channel your 5th grade, Zoey-101-watching, American-Girl-collecting, ring-pop-eating, sleepover-loving selves and make every day a pajama party!!
There are few places I love more than New York City. I am beyond lucky to have it at my fingertips, so, naturally, I take full advantage of it when I can. Most recently, I met up with one of my closest friends, Nicole, in Soho for a shopping-filled day. As we strolled up and down the designer-lined streets and passed a wide variety of people, we filled each other in on what is new in our lives, for the last time I saw Nicole was at a class that we took together at the Fashion Institute of Technology over a year ago!
We spent the day popping in and out of practically every store on Broadway, Greene, and Spring. We were on the hunt for dresses to wear for our high school graduations (yikes!) and pieces to fill out our summer wardrobes (to commemorate the first day of summer). Sadly, we had no luck with the graduation dresses, but I did score some fab shirts at Zara! Beware of entering Zara during a sale, though; it was madness. I was mauled by crazed customers making a beeline to the fifty-person fitting room line. My items were not on final sale, so I bypassed that line and went straight to the register, figuring that if I didn’t like them when I tried them on at home (which didn’t happen), I could always return them.
Shirt: Zara – Skirt: Forever 21 – Bag: H&M (similar) – Shoes: Kohl’s – Bracelet: H&M – Necklaces: Lord & Taylor (similar)
I particularly love this shirt from Zara. When I bought it, Zara’s sale was going on, so it was a steal! It has such a tropical vibe, which made it a perfect top to wear on the first day of summer.
After a day filled with walking, Nicole and I worked up quite an appetite. We stopped to get a bite to eat at Soho Park on Prince Street for a late lunch. The outdoor seating area, complete with shrubbery and vines, is what drew us in in the beginning, but the snack bar-style system and the very affordable food sealed the deal. My chicken caesar salad and Nicole’s chicken sandwich were exceptionally delicious! Following our meal, we reluctantly made our way to our respective trains, knowing that we won’t wait another year to see each other again.
Spontaneity has never been a trait of mine; I’m a planner. For this reason, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more impulsive and spur-of-the-moment. I embraced the spirit of spontaneity on Saturday when I read about a concert in Brooklyn that was to occur later that day in an email. I immediately called up my best friend Emma and threw on a dress, and, before we knew it, we were on our way to Williamsburg!
We had no idea what to expect when we got to Brooklyn. Neither of us had ever been to Brooklyn nor had we heard of the band that is playing! Are there going to be a lot of people at the concert? Will it be inside? Will the band sound good live? We had no idea.
We were more than pleasantly surprised when we got to the concert site. The “little concert” we were going to turned out to be a festival: Northside Festival 2014! The stage was set up on Bedford Avenue, the longest street in Brooklyn, and the street was closed off for blocks so that only pedestrians could use it. Unique vendors lined the sides of the street, turf covered the street, and the coolest kids of Brooklyn swarmed up and down the street. Emma and I grabbed iced teas, sprawled out on the grass, and soaked up the sun as The Piers played a fantastic live set.
After the band finished, we popped in and out of the stores, drew on the street with chalk along with several fabulously-dressed toddlers, then we stopped for dinner at TRIX Restaurant on Bedford. Not only was the food delicious, the portions were large, the location was great, the staff were friendly, and the price was more than reasonable!
Needless to say that we made the right decision by going to the concert last minute, and we are definitely going to visit Brooklyn again.