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On Feeling Inspired

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Having a blog has become more than just a platform I use to document my style and ramble about my favorite beauty products, surprisingly it has become a huge creative outlet for me and my husband. If you didn’t know, my husband is the one that takes all my outfit pictures (I take all my beauty/product pictures) and it has truly become a labor of love for both of us. When I first met him, he had a fancy camera and a passion for photography but no outlet to showcase his work. Over the past few years, taking my style photos has become a lot about the clothes but even more about the artistic aspect behind the photos. My day job does not afford me the opportunity to express my creative side which is something I craved for so long, so thankfully this blog became the place to share that side. And while I want the focus to always be style and beauty, living in NYC has allowed me to incorporate the beauty of this city into my photos. Whether it is a graffiti door of a new hotel or the steps of the New York Public Library, the city of New York plays as much a part in my blog as beauty and clothes do. It’s still important to me that the blog represent what I actually wear rather than an outfit put together for the sake of a post, so I will always stay true to my style instead of amping it up for the camera. But that being said, I still strive to create beautiful photos that inspire me (and maybe a few of you) and constantly push myself creatively. It can still feel unnatural standing out in the middle of a crowd (though I try to avoid that as much as possible) and having my picture taken, but to be honest I have come to truly enjoy the finished product and am proud of what we have created. Everyone needs an outlet in their life to express themselves in some way – be it by cooking, singing, painting, photography, heck even knitting! Whatever it is, it’s great to feel inspired and it can often be therapeutic to develop that inspiration. Thanks for following along as I share my inspiration with all of you each week. I truly appreciate it!

I would love to know what inspires you and how you express your creativity! Leave me a comment below!  

Blouse – Club Monaco | Shorts – Tibi (on sale!, dress version here, top here, another dress version here) | Shoes – Loeffler Randall | Purse – Sophie Hulme (color is sold out, but other colors here) | Bracelet – Giles & Brother | Sunglasses – Stella McCartney (love these leopard print ones!) | Lips – Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Sunset Orange
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Silk And Denim

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When I first ordered these Equipment shorts, they felt like pajamas. Actual flimsy-flamsy silk pajama shorts that when you hold them up to the light become 100% transparent. I showed them to my mom, who was up visiting at the time, and she was as confused as I was as to how one wears these thin, yet ridiculously comfortable shorts in public. And then I put them on and it was like magic! They were not even remotely see through nor did the material seem too thin. They run a bit big so I recommend sizing down but nonetheless they feel easy and effortless. And nothing pairs better with leopard than denim, right? I’m convinced that no one does denim or chambray quite like Madewell, except maybe it’s sister store J.Crew. I have quite a few denim/chambray long sleeve button downs that make their rounds in my wardrobe but this is my first sleeveless and has probably been my most worn shirt this summer. It may rival my L.L Bean tote, shown above, for the most worn item. I bought this tote in hunter green and camouflage a few years back and I swear it has been a lifesaver. I carry it everywhere – to work, on vacation, to the beach and it holds everything. The only down side is that it doesn’t have any inside pockets so I end up carrying tons of little clutches inside to help divide everything up neatly. Who’s a tad OCD? Certainly NOT me.

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Shirt – Madewell | Shorts – Equipment | Shoes – Loeffler Randall (similar here and here) | Hat – Club Monaco (similar here) | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban | Bracelet – Giles & Brother | Tote – L.L. Bean (I have the medium size)

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Past Posts

Bits and Pieces: Metallic Sandals

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I feel like the older I get, the more I need to work comfortable pieces into my wardrobe, the catch being that they must still be stylish

Bits and Pieces: Black And White

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I recently bought sneakers this year – actual sporty, get your workout on, yoga pants approved sneakers. And they replaced the old ones I had which actually

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Bits and Pieces: Monochromatic

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There is nothing as exciting and magical as the holiday season, and then January hits. Cue the doldrums. Major doldrums.  Cold weather, not a sign of spring

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Bits and Pieces: Zebra

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Whoever made up that ridiculous rule about no white jeans after labor day or not in the winter or only on a full moon in July (ok,

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Bits and Pieces: Let It Snow

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When I texted my mother and said we were outside taking outfit shots in the snow, her response was “You are committed.  Or you should be committed.” 

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Bits and Pieces: Overcoat

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Sometimes I wear an outfit and feel that it is just too comfortable to be allowed in public.  Do you have those outfits?  Ones where you put

Bits and Pieces: All Business

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A serious outfit for a serious season. Spring and summer are the fun and playful months, but when the cooler weather hits, clothing gets more serious –

Bits and Pieces: Over sized Plaid

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Fashion is often defined by the ever present and overabundance of draped, over sized, blousey or slouchy pieces, which ultimately look good on the giraffe-like models who