I often tell people I'm a morning person by nature. Lately though, I've been wondering how much of my happiness in the mornings can be attributed to personality, and how much is due to preparation. I love my morning ritual because it sets me up for all-day success.
Right after I wake up, I pop a mug of filtered water in the microwave, then cut a lemon in half and add the juice. I used to skip lemon water in favor of coffee, but since committing to this habit, I feel so much more refreshed in the morning. I still enjoy my coffee once I get to the office, but I've completely stopped making it in my apartment during the week - a major morning time saver for me.
I like to read the latest news in the morning, both so that my brain is a little jump-started, and so that I am knowledgeable when I run into senior executives at the office coffee machine. The Skimm presents the headlines in an entertaining, informative, and easy to navigate format. Bonus: It arrives in my inbox at 6 a.m., so it's ready for me when I wake up. Sign up here!
I loathe being late. Leaving for work just a couple minutes early ensures that I arrive feeling ready to tackle the day, instead of flustered. I set everything that I need to take to work by the door as I'm getting ready to avoid a last-minute scramble.
What do you do in the morning to start your day off right? I want to know!
Meet my new favorite lounge pants, courtesy of PJ Pan.
As my long-time readers might recall, I have a special love for sleepwear. As much as I enjoy my old sorority sweatshirts, nothing beats slipping into beautiful fabrics with a flawless fit. I love the light, preppy stripes on my pair. I'm also planning on picking up this pair of girly shorts - perfect for summer nights!
All PJ Pan nightwear is manufactured in the UK, and made with high-quality long staple combed cotton and shell buttons. These pants are a tall girl's dream. There are options for Tall (34" inseam) and Extra Tall (36" inseam)! PJ Pan also offers a bespoke service for special size needs.
Wedding season is officially upon us, and it seems like most mailboxes are overflowing with invites. As a wedding guest, you want to your dress to be:
1. Appropriate for the event
2. Comfortable enough for all the dancing!
3. Future Facebook profile picture worthy
With so many weddings popping up every summer, you might be shopping within some financial limitations. Here are my picks for wedding guest dresses for any budget:
No matter the neighborhood, bar, or type of event, there are a few constant themes in the men you meet while dating as a post-grad. Walk into any locale filled with young professionals and adult beverages and you're sure to observe them:
The intense sports fan (often screaming at the TV/his phone and knocking over drinks). He was probably very athletic in high school and/or college and is having trouble acknowledging the glory days are over.
The I-wear-a-suit-to-work guy. He quotes Barney Stinson a lot, and is usually found hitting on bandage-dresses-are-literally-everything girl.
The tech start-up employee. Look for Warby Parker glasses and denim. Always, always wearing denim.
And (my personal favorite) the perpetual frat guy.
Why is the perpetual frat guy my favorite, you might ask? Because like that killer pair of stilettos you bought on an impulse, fraternity men get softer and more lovable with age. The traits that you loved-to-hate in college actually translate well to the real world. At least most of the time. I'm not saying these men (boys?) are always the most dateable, but they are often the most fun.
In our post-grad lives, filled with rent and Obamacare and jobs where you actually have to work and not nap (I miss you, Anthropology 101), men that apply their collegiate lessons to the real world are a welcome reprieve. In my experience, the perpetual frat guy has a few consistent traits: 1. Overconfidence. The ridiculous arrogance that was often off-putting in college can give way to a more charmingly sanguine resilience. There's something commendable about surviving the perils of adulthood relatively unscathed. Boss chewed him out this morning and four girls just shot him down? No worries, it's all good.
2.Ambition. Fraternities love to win, and post-grad winning looks a lot like upward mobility at a big boy job. This is not the guy that will want to go Dutch on the first date, if only out of respect for traditional etiquette. They don't flash money (tacky), but people still always seem to be aware that he's comfortably employed.
3. He likes to party. Only now, instead of waking up smelling like stale Natty Light, the perpetual frat boy has graduated to an age-appropriate understanding the finer aspects of liquid courage. Bonus points if he knows his bourbon. You can often observe the grown-up fraternity man in his natural habitat (a bar, festival, sporting event, etc.) re-enacting many of his wild college antics, but with smarter decisions attached. He starts with a beer instead of going straight to Fireball shots, always takes cabs, and would never vomit on you. Let's take a moment to be thankful those days are (hopefully) over.
4. Charisma. This guy is a great plus-one for all those weddings you'll be attending this summer - also known as the twentysomething jackpot. Honed by semesters as the social chair or sorority delegate, he can enjoy an open bar without humiliating you, charm your weird aunt, and hit you with a devil-may-care smile at just the right times.
5. Male friendships. The high-fiving, shit-talking, drunken I-love-you-man qualities are still there, just perhaps hiding a bit deeper when he is in the presence of women. He has stopped providing sagacious commentary such as "Bros before hoes," but in general....yeah, puts his guy friends before girls that have yet to hold significance in his life. In the post-grad world, where everyone is either (A) desperate/engaged/married/procreating or (B) terrified of commitment, these male friendships are endearing. He has the ability to commit, if only to the same group of guys. Baby steps.
Need some outfit inspiration this Monday? Dana Dimitras from Inspired is a source of fresh, fun personal style. She has been blogging for nearly two years, and Inspired has no shortage of beautifully unique looks for you to browse. I was lucky enough to get to chat with this gorgeous (and super sweet!) lady and get her perspective on personal style:
would you describe your personal style?
I enjoy the colours and experimenting with new
looks. I think my style has changed during the time and is continuing to
is something on your bucket list?
Visit a city I have never been to before.
inspired your love of fashion?
It was during the adolescence that I have noticed this
attraction for fashion, it has been something natural. Since then I started to
pay particular attention on what I was wearing.
influences or inspires your style?
Inspiration is everywhere, from fashion bloggers and
street style to celebrities. However, when it comes to my outfits I tend to
build them according to my personal taste and my mood, trying to be original as
much as possible.
are you most looking forward to wearing this season?
This season I would like to wear crop tops and
culottes, likely in white.
is your favorite place to shop?
I do not have one favourite place to shop. I usually buy
things online. I keep in mind what I am looking for then I surf different
online shops until I find what I need.
up next for Inspired?
I am expecting Inspired to grow in quality and
continue to offer readers a pleasant space to find inspiration and creative
(P.S. Let me know in the comments if there's a blogger that you want to see featured in the next Monday Meetup!)
Kate Moss's first collection for Topshop in four years launches today, and the fast fashion world is buzzing. This might be the only day I've longed to return to Oxford Circus (if you've visited London, you know what I'm talking about). The collection aims to recreate Kate's most iconic looks and capture her mellow-meets-glam party girl style.
While we'd all love to look as great as the fashion icon in these pieces, the collection is receiving mixed reviews. Alison says we've seen it all before (in the previous 14 collections Kate has done with Topshop) and describes the collection as dated and difficult to wear. While I agree with the critics of the collection on many points, I think the line has easy summertime glamour appeal. Here are the my picks: