Who’s That Girl

When I go shopping,  I like to imagine that if the store was a person, what would she or he look like. As I wander up and down the aisles and look through the shelves and stacks of clothing, I try to get an image in my head of who this person is. What’s their favorite food? Where is their dream vacation spot? What’s the item of clothing they can’t live without? Do they speak another language and go traveling all over the world? Or do they prefer to sit at home and snuggle up with a blanket and book? This could either be the work of an overactive imagination or proof of my slow descent into madness. Either way, it’s something that I do and something that I would like to share with you guys.

Now, if I could draw, I would sketch out lovely images of women, surrounded by the items that they love. But, a talented artist I am not. Nope, not at all. But, where my natural talents fail me, I have polyvore to lift me up!

The Gap-

She’s in grad school, studying every second she can spare. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she’s breathing in the fresh air and laughing at something her best friend just texted her. She walks too fast and falls deeply in love with all the wrong guys. Her nails are always chipped because she doesn’t have the patience to keep them up. She’d much rather be hanging with friends or studying with her classmates. Her part time job working at a non profit allows her the flexibility to still live her life while also earning money and making a difference. She’s earnest and headstrong. Easy going and well read.

gap girl

Anthropologie-

You know that girl who just looks like she speaks French, can wake up looking gorgeous, and throw together an amazing outfit in two minutes without even breaking a sweat? Yea, that’s her. She traveled during her gap year and took up random language classes as she traversed across Europe. While spending a summer in Paris, she befriended a designer, who used her as his muse  for his upcoming collection. Her boyfriend is a classically trained cellist and she likes to show up to his performances looking chic and mysterious. Her studio apartment is small and messily tidy. Stacks of magazines sit upon thrift store tables. Pillows and cushions are strewn on the floor, remnants of last night’s gathering of friends. Her refrigerator is covered with postcards from pals overseas and black and white snapshots of random days walking through the park.

anthro girl

 

H&M-

She can sing every lyric to Lana Del Ray’s Young and Beautiful and rap every line of Salt N Pepa’s Push It. She can spend hours on her hair and makeup, yet put together the perfect outfit in 10 minutes flat. Her future is wide open and before her. She is in love with life and makes no qualms letting you know it. Her days are long and her nights are even longer, but she bristles at being called a club girl. Her quick wit and easy charm makes her a favorite among the girls and guys. But she knows how to bite when backed in to a corner. Her lips are in a constant smirk, a telling sign of the quick witted quip to come.

H&M

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Boss’s Day Gift Guide

Every year it seems there is another “holiday” that someone thought up in order to make you spend more money. I mean, I understand the need to bring awareness to different things, but do we really need a holiday for every profession out there? In October alone there is Techies Day, Custodial Workers Day, Physician Assistant Day, Emergency Nurses Day, Boss’s Day, International Newspaper Carrier Day, TV Talk Show Host Day, and Mother-in-Law Day. I mean, for the love of Pete and Pete! Is this all really necessary? And what in the hell do you give on these days? Is there a card for each one of these holidays? Have I just not been paying attention to the greeting card section in Target, or is there really a section of cards for International Newspaper Carrier Day? I would honestly be shocked if I saw ONE card International Newspaper Carrier Day. I imagine there would be a picture of a dog sitting on the front steps of a house, with the paper in its mouth and the heading would read:

I guess the dog really did eat the paper! No hard feelings?
Happy International Newspaper Carrier Day!

It’s pretty sad that we have to make up holidays for professions in order for people to show appreciation. How about just not being a dick to the newspaper carrier? Is it really that difficult?  I mean, everyone has had a job at some point in their lives where they were undervalued and unappreciated. We should all be able to look back on those days and try to be more thoughtful of people as they come in and out of our lives.  That being said, let’s talk about Boss’s Day.

Wednesday, October 16th, is Boss’s Day and I am here to give you some traditional and affordable gift ideas, as well as some non-traditional and still affordable gift ideas. I am not a fan of spending a lot of money on gifts like these because the amount of money you spend is not the point. The point is to show your appreciation for said boss and to hope that the thoughtful gift will be remembered when raises and bonuses roll around.

Now, if you want to be generic and boring, you could give your boss a gift card to Target/Walmart/Marshall’s/T.J. Maxx/Homegoods. But, why would you want to be boring and generic? Plus, when you give a gift card you have to tell them how much the gift card is worth and then you get to stress about whether or not you put enough money on the gift card. I don’t know about you, but stress sucks. A lot.  So, let’s get started and make this Boss’s Day a lot less stressful and a lot more awesome.

Traditional Boss Gifts Under $30 (stick to off price retailers like T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s)

For A Female Boss:

  1. Candle & Room Spray- Only get this if you know she’ll like the scent
  2.  Memory Box- These can be placed on a desk or bookcase or shelf and are great for hiding things
  3. Stationary Set- Something simple and elegant that perhaps has her initials or a flower she loves on it.
  4. Thank You Cards – Similar to the stationary set, its best to keep it simple and only mildly feminine. Unless you know she loves multiple scrolls, heart shapes, and random birds.
  5. Journal- You can usually find a decent looking journal that in bound in leather or something that seems like leather.
  6. Specialty Hand Lotion- I would stick to light, subtle scents.

For A Male Boss:

  1. Wallet- Plain, sleek leather in black or brown is really easy to find.
  2. Travel Groom Kit Bag- You can find a decent leather/leather-like bag and then maybe put some of the travel size clear plastic bottles in it for him. That way you don’t have to worry about getting products.
  3. Thank You Cards- I would check the store to see if they have some that are monogrammed. They tend to be sleek and better suited for men, as opposed to the floral or bird motifs that adorn some other cards.  Just look for a set of cards that has the first initial of his last name.
  4. Journal- Plain front in a leather or leather like binding or a sturdy jacket.
  5. Cufflinks-Simple gold tone or silver tone.
  6. Specialty Lotion/Toiletry Item- Only go this route if you see a brand you know he likes. T.J. Maxx/Marshall’s can be a bit overwhelming for some, but if you like the hunt (such as myself) it can be totally worth it.

Non -Traditional Boss Gifts Under $30

 For A Male/Female Boss:

  1. Bottle of wine- This can be red or white, whichever you know they like. If he/she has a brand that is too expensive for your budget, ask a clerk in the store for a recommendation. Or search online for an alternative, cheaper brand and then find it and go buy it.
  2. Cookbook- Does he/she really like baking pies or cookies? Or maybe they’re more into grilling or are trying to master a specific ethnic group of food?  Maybe he/ she has a favorite chef or restaurant. Chances are there’s a cookbook out there that they would love.
  3. Travel Book- This is a great gift for a boss who is going someone for business or pleasure. There are many nifty guidebooks out there that are creatively packaged and not just the standard Fodor’s Guide. Don’t get the Fodor’s Guide.
  4. Kitchen Gadgets- These can be varied depending on your boss’s taste and preference. Maybe some kitschy measuring spoons, cheese knives, or bottle opener.
  5. Food- If you go this route, it has to be “gourmet”. Chocolates are the most commonly gifted gourmet food. Check out Harry & David for some gourmet popcorn or nuts.

Of course, if for some ridiculous reason none of these gifts seems appropriate or doable for you, then just pool some money with your other co-workers and get your boss a gift card to a restaurant or their favorite store.  The choice is yours.

Nicole Artelier Fall 2013

Channel your inner, angsty Kristen Stewart and show up looking “too cool for school” in Nicole Miller Artelier’s Fall 2013 collection. Nicole Miller’s Fall collection is a great combination of dark and somber separates that come together to create a rocker-meets-girl-next-door tomboy look. Overall, I love the skinny straight leg jeans and pants. The close fitting bottoms paired with loose, flowing tops help to create a slimmer silhouette and gives off an effortless vibe.  Add some punky ankle boots and throw in your own expressionless gaze and bitch resting face and you’ve got the K-Stew look nailed.

Flower Power

Nothing says fall like a nice floral dress, right? It used to be standard procedure to pack away your bright floral swing dresses every September and pine away for them until May. But those dog days are over. This fall has seen an influx of darker toned floral dresses that are more wearable into the cooler months. To pull off this look into the chilly months of October, November, and December, pair floral dresses with a warm leather jacket and some kicky ankle boots in this season’s must have color: taupe- rhymes with dope because it’s so awesome and extremely wearable. Taupe is much like other color neutrals: black, brown, navy, and gray. You can pair these colors with nearly any other color and they’ll look great.  Taupe booties and a dark, heathered tight can be your best friend with it comes to extending the wear of your floral dresses. But, if you’re not too keen on taupe yet (whatever, you’re missing out), there is always the standby black tights and black booties or shooties combination.

Find Your Moto

The title is a play on words…get it? Find Your Moto instead of “Find Your Mojo”. Haha, right? Fine….Moving on. It’s no secret that I’m kinda sorta, very much obsessed with finding a moto jacket for myself this fall. I have found one that could very well be THE ONE, but it’s a little pricey *cough* Vince *cough*.  But, I will not let that dissuade me. I tried on a knit moto jacket made by Diesel and it got me thinking that instead of purchasing another leather jacket, a knit moto jacket could work instead.  But, if your heart is still pining away for a leather one, there are plenty of options out there. However! I beg you to check out some of these jackets that could easily replace your go to blazer or sweater.

Tanya Taylor Spring 2014 RTW

When I first looked at this collection I had the strongest desire for a  piece of Fruitstripe gum. The stripes and colors just made my mouth start watering. Pavlov knew his stuff. That unnecessary information aside, I liked this collection and it’s kinda sorta preppy vibe. I see, much to my dismay, crop tops aren’t going anywhere.

Photos: Style.com

BCBG Spring 2014 RTW

My love affair of all things BCBG started when I was in high school. I longed for the life that would grant me the opportunities to wear Max Azria’s clothes. For my senior prom I bought my first BCBG piece. A black and blue dress with sequins and beads sewn into starburst patterns. It was magical. I still have it and even though it’s been over 10 years since I wore it, I can still fit into it. Therefore, I shall keep it.

Back to the Spring collection. Its just as lovely as my senior prom dress: watercolor prints and washed out neutrals. It’s the epitome of city sophisticate. It’s all very effortlessly chic and hassle-free glam.

Photos: Style.com

Josie Natori Spring 2014 RTW

Talk about vibrancy! This collection may start off a tad bland and tea stained, but it quickly warms up to eye popping colors, oversized bauble necklaces (love!) and slinky, sexy dresses that I can totally see Angelina Jolie or Olivia Wilde wearing down the red carpet. My favorite piece is the pink and orange pantsuit. That’s the kind of outfit that will take you places. So good…so good.

Photos: Style.com

We all float down here

Sorry for the cryptic title, but I truly love that line from that book. I made it roughly three quarters of the way through and I just couldn’t read it anymore. I saw clowns everywhere and they were not funny or cute or smiley. They were scary and freaky. However terrifying that reference is, it doesn’t stop it from popping up in my head every stinking time I step foot into the pool. The book has nothing to do with pools. But, that’s the way my mind works. Creepy experience + creepy line from book= Makea’s brain space.  #thisiswhyimsingle

I think the main reason why this reference sneaks its way to the forefront of my mind is because it serves as a reminder to me when I step into the pool. When in doubt, float. I have no qualms admitting that I am a 29 year old woman who has only known how to swim for the past two years. When I was 27 I finally drew up the nerve to register for Swimming Level I at my local community college. For the next three months I swam twice a week across the width of pool. Steadily learning new strokes and allegedly learning proper breathing techniques. We practiced diving, jumping in and retrieving items from the bottom of the pool. I perfected summersaults and flip turns. Things were looking good. Modern day Ester Williams over here! But when I decided to go for Swimming Level II, things took a turn downhill. My desire to perfect my stroke drastically diminished with the changing season. A whole year had passed since I completed level one and I just didn’t care anymore. It didn’t help that I was taking Swimming Level II in the fall. I was being forced to don a bathing suit and swim cap when I would normally insulate myself with corduroys, cable knit sweaters and leather boots.  I began to tell myself that it was okay if I skipped Monday night’s class because it was too cold to walk back from the gym to my car. It’s totally cool that I stay right here on the couch instead of going to Wednesday night’s class. Law and Order is coming on in an hour. It’s part two from last week’s cliffhanger. I can’t miss this episode. I kept along this way until I only had two weeks left and I just stopped going altogether. I had the basics down. Who was I kidding? I was never going to transform into Michael Phelps (I thought about using Ryan Lochte, but even Ryan Lochte wants swim like Michael Phelps).

This summer as I wade into the shallow end of the pool at my friend’s-parents-grandmother’s-neighbor’s house, I hold my head high. I have on my new red J.Crew bikini after all. And as I tie my silk scarf on my head and I bask in the sun, I drink my Tom Collins (thanks MomMom!) and feel at peace. There is no need to prove myself by knocking out laps up and down the pool. I’m a lounger and I was meant to lounge. And I make lounging look good.

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Wardrobe Envy: Mad Men

The women of Mad Men have some of the best wardrobes on television. From Betty Draper’s prim and proper, impeccably fitted dresses and twin sets to Jane’s figure hugging pencil skirts and sheaths, Mad Men knows style. There’s no doubt that I am merely a speck of sand in the sea of fans who would love to snatch the wardrobe closet key and wander through the racks of clothing. Now I don’t know where you are season-wise or how many episodes on Netflix you need to catch up on…you go to work, I know. So, I’m just going to assume you’ve watched the latest two seasons and know what I mean when I say I want to dance around in Megan Draper‘s closet and sing Zou Zou Bisou. Don’t kill my dream man.

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