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Monday, November 28, 2016

the season of gratitude

As I arrive back in Brooklyn from a long holiday weekend back home in Ohio, I can't help but to think about a few things:  

1. I have the very best family in the world. I know that a lot of people think this about their own family, but there are also a lot of people who don't. I'm so grateful to be on the positive side of this. My mom is my very best friend - I'm her mini-me, a spitting image. She's also the best person in the world, so to feel like I'm walking in her footsteps is validation that I'm doing something right. I'm also picking up on some of my favorite things about my father - a goofy sense of humor (and the lack of a filter that can sometimes create an awkward moment), a strong opinion and hard head (we may disagree a great deal but I admire his passion and ability to stand by his word), and the need to take the most moral route to success. My sister and I had a rocky relationship through our adolescence, but maturity has proven to be the glue to our now flourishing friendship and I love her so much more everyday. Over the past year, she has defied all of the odds and all of the judgements I've carelessly and regretfully tossed her way. I couldn't be more proud of her. She's the best mother I've ever met. 

2. You don't have to get along with everybody. But as long as you're not adding fuel to the fire, as long as you're minding your own business, and as long as you're pushing to do the right thing, not getting along with one person is totally alright. I'm learning that my fuse is much shorter with people that I dislike, but biting my tongue has proven to be the best move when people are intentionally nudging at my weak spots. You can have the winning argument all figured out, you can have some amazingly damaging blackmail in your back pocket, but that doesn't mean waving it in your opposer's face is the right thing to do. Save your energy for the people you love, and as Michelle Obama says, When they go low, we go high. 

3. Friends always prove what kind of friend they are in a time of need. That phrase is typically partnered with a negative connotation, but this time is quite the opposite. Yesterday was a rocky day for me, and my friends displayed their loyalty without missing a beat. A dramatic situation found it's way to being a source of gratitude. This really is the season to be thankful! 

4. I did ZERO Black Friday shopping this year. None. It felt amazing.

Jacket: Twenty5A
Sweater: Twenty5A
Jeans: Banjara Collection
Bag: Haystacks Brand
Shoes: Vans
Sunglasses: Zara

Photos by Alyssa Timoteo

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

morning phase

One of my favorite feelings in the world is waking up early, not feeling hungover, and just knowing that the day is going to be a good one. Sometimes you just have that feeling - it makes getting out of bed, getting dressed, and walking out the door not only easier, but exciting. 

I think this feeling can be driven by many things - some being a good night's sleep, less stress, and looking forward to a good cup of coffee. I remember feeling that way on the particular morning I put this outfit on. It was a Monday morning and the week felt like an upcoming adventure instead of a dreadful 5 days at the office. The streets in Williamsburg has just the right amount of bustle, my coffee was extra good, and the sun was shining at the perfect angle. I want to feel that way every morning. 

It's funny how looking back at an outfit also allows you to look back at the feeling and live it all over again. In all honesty, I probably owe is all to the cape that I was wearing - feeling all superhero chic and stuff (you can grab this cape at Tobi).

Cape: Tobi
Dress: H&M
Boots: ASOS
Sunglasses: Zara

Photos by Alyssa Timoteo

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

a perfect mix

I woke up this morning unaware that I would find the perfect mix of prints. I've transformed my style over the past year and have decided to ultimately eliminate color - I've done this for many reasons. 

First, I feel that I've always forced color into my wardrobe. I often look back at those outfits and regret wearing them. Black and white (with some grey and taupe and denim) is simply more timeless. Second, getting dressed for any occasion or situation is so much easier, all stress is pretty much eliminated. Last, you stumble upon something like this outfit with far more ease. It was unplanned, I was half asleep when I threw this on, and BOOM. Print mix heaven. I'm pretty proud.

Sweater: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Chambray shirt: GAP
Shoes: Vans
Sunglasses: Zara 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

a new start

Something that I've learned about myself over the past year is that I'm on the most extreme end of being a romantic dreamer. My best friend (who's a self-proclaimed jaded realist) says it's endearing, but that I should never tell a guy I'm seeing what I really think about him after the first date because I'll scare the shit out of him. 

Wait, what? Why would I ever admit this? 

I'm actually not sure why I'm admitting to this. Apparently being giddy and infatuated is very unattractive (even though it's the best feeling).  There's a song that reminds me of this feeling - "No No No" by Beirut - that I listen to ALL the time when I'm caught up in a new love interest. Upbeat, hopeful, friendly. I love it too much.

Yes, the love interest is this new Tobi suede dress ;) 

Dress: Tobi
Top: Zara
Boots: ASOS
Bag: Haystacks 
Sunglasses: Zara