1 dress 2 ways! Old Navy has some of the best casual dresses around, but just because they’re casual doesn’t mean you can’t wear one to a nice dinner or event. Styled up and down, I’ll tell you what each look is complied of.
Dress: Old Navy
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Clutch:Betsy Johnson (given to me as a hand-me-down)
Socks: Doc Martin
Dress: Old Navy
Leather Jacket:New Look
Now for the more dressed up look, you might want to do your hair better than mine! I had don’t beautiful loose curls, but it was so foggy and humid that my hair frizzed right up. Other than that, treat yourself to a new dress and tell me how you’re styling it!
1. Do a face mask or a hair mask! A face mask and nose strip are my go to self care activity every single time. They make my skin feel so soft and radiant! I use the Biore nose strips and Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. This mask cleans your skin from the inside out. The only down side is for about 20 minutes after I use this mask, my face gets very red- but still so worth it!
2. Make a cup of your favorite tea. Growing up, and still today, tea was my mom’s answer for everything. Sick? Tea. Sad? Tea. Celebrating? Tea. Stubbed your toe? Tea! Not only is the smell of almost any tea so soothing and delicious, but the warmth from the tea eases your body into relaxation. My personal favorite? Mango Chamomile from Bigelow Tea.
3. Light some candles! Shut the lights, get a cozy blanket and pillow, and light a couple of candles. Fill your safe space with your favorite scents and just relax. I get all of my candles from TJMaxx, they are so affordable, fit any aesthetic, and there is any scent you could possibly want!
4. Put on some music! When I’m having a self care day, I usually listen to records on my record player. There’s something about it that comforts me and I can’t quite explain it. As of recently I’ve been playing the Plastic Beach vinyl by the Gorillaz.
5. Cook your favorite food! If you’re not the most inclined in the kitchen, ask your mom or another relative for a family recipe that brings you comfort. Maybe it’s a pot of chicken soup, or fresh meatloaf, maybe even as simple as a grilled cheese. No matter what it is for you, even if its just a bowl of Cheerios, there is no doubt that food brings comfort to almost anyone.
6. Buy a plant! My best friend worked at a plant store for years and has been obsessed with plants forever, but I just never really understood the appeal. For one thing, I have terrible allergies and I don’t know what would trigger them or not, and I always managed to kill any plant I had. But recently I finally started buying and taking actual care of my plants and honestly, I think I get it now. They made my home so much more homey and it’s really meditative to take proper care of them. Not too mention most plants help purify the air in your home!!
7. Change your sheets and make your bed! I think we can all agree that there is no better feeling than climbing into a nicely made bed with fresh sheets at the end of a long day. Try to make this something you do for yourself often!
This type of look is a go-to for me for a night out. High waisted jeans, tall boots or booties, a tucked blouse, and a leather jacket. Chic, comfortable, and timeless. You can even dress it up with jewelry or heels, maybe a sequin blazer.
I have naturally curly and frizzy, very thick hair. Even as a hairstylist (in training), I find it difficult to blow out my own hair. When I want my hair to embody Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show hair, I turn to my Babyliss 1 1/4 inch curling iron. I can take it over my natural hair and it still looks shiny and smooth, with the right products of course.
My earrings are hard to see, but I love them! They’re about 2 inches of a simple, thin gold chain with a tiny, little fake diamond at the end. They are so subtle and classic and, as with this outfit, can be dressed up or down!
This fall, Mike and I took a ride up to New Hampshire one Sunday. On a street corner in the middle of the mountains was a farm stand selling fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Do you see the size of those carrots? That potato? The corn sweet and crisp. These were, hands down, some of the best farmstead veggies I had ever gotten. I used most of the content of this box to make an Irish beef and Guinness stew.
Recipe to come.
Sunglasses: Warby Parker
Growing up in New Jersey with a family primarily from Brooklyn, going to the mountains wasn’t really a thing. We didn’t ski, we didn’t do any other winter sports so we never made the trip. It wasn’t until I met Mike that I went up to the mountains in New England for the first time. At first I was nervous and skeptical (ridiculous I know). I soon fell in love with the peaceful and airy surroundings and the views that go on for miles and miles. Now, I’m the one poking Mike begging to take a drive up there, especially in the fall. The Kancamangus Highway and Mohawk Trail two of our favorite spots to cruise on a sunny Sunday.
Throwing it way way back to summer 2015. Fresh faced, new glasses, cute septum ring, and a boyfriend who I hadn’t realized was evil yet. It felt like a high school summer, you know what I mean? I was working, but I had cut down my hours to take some classes at Rutgers, but even still, these three months felt so care free and fun and light. It was perfect.