Hump Day Musings

1. YSL is back, and not just in fashion but on film in TWO biopics…which one will you see?

Movie #1:

Movie #2:

2. Mixing alcohol and a fitness regimen CAN be a thing…read the proof here (article via Refinery 29)

3. Women are finally speaking out about gaining power over their bodies and I couldn’t be more proud:

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and her awesome responses…

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4. TV stars from my favorite soap operas were (and still are) actual fashionistas:

I’ve always believed that Marissa Cooper was one of the first major TV fashion muses and this Elle article just further proved my beliefs!

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Also, Lauren Conrad wants us all to know (especially Allure Magazine) that she isn’t a “basic” bitch when it comes to style and I completely back my girl up!

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5. John Mayer is looking steamier than ever in paradise:

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6. Blake Lively has proved herself in a major way:

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Read the Vogue article here..

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7. Never pass up on a yummy brunch opportunity- even if you’ll be dining alone in your own bed

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VS.

Brunch in bedphoto 1….Both look AND taste pretty darn delicious!

8. Beyonce proved to us once again that she runs the world..this time by teasing her involvement in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie!

#fiftyshades

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A Shoe Guide: For All of the Men Out There

Since I’m currently the Men’s Shoes Assistant Manager at the Tyson’s Corner Nordstrom AND the rockin’ Anniversary sale is underway at my store, I figured that I owe it to ALL of you classy men out there to give you a little peek into my favorite styles on sale right now. In my opinion, one can learn a lot about a man solely by his shoes (pun intended). For example, they can reveal his attention to detail, knowledge of fashion, career path, care (or lack thereof) for appearance, and even his maturity level. Now, there is no need to develop a Carrie Bradshaw-esque collection of shoes; however, investing in some sensible and appropriate pairs can definitely keep your shoe game in check for the next few years. Therefore gents, I suggest that you take a look at my favorite pairs and stop by your local Nordstrom to get your shoe shopping for EVERY occasion done in a single trip! Ready, set, GO!

For the formal occasions:

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1. Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Caesy’ Cap Toe (non sale)

2. Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Remigo’ Cap Toe Oxford (anniversary sale)

3. Santoni ‘Walden’ Plain Toe Derby (anniversary sale)

4. Magnanni ‘Cesar’ Cap Toe Oxford (non sale)

5. Magnanni ‘Dante’ Plain Toe Derby (non sale)

For work/business occasions:

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1. To Boot New York ‘Felix’ Plain Toe Leather Derby (anniversary sale)

2. Allen Edmonds ‘Strand’ Oxford (anniversary sale)

3. Magnanni ‘Miro’ Double Monk Strap Shoe (anniversary sale)

4. Santoni ‘Vinnie’ Medallion Toe Oxford (anniversary sale)

5. Magnanni ‘Roca’ Wingtip (anniversary sale)

6. Allen Edmonds ‘Park Avenue’ Oxford (anniversary sale)

**If comfort is absolutely a necessity…7. Ecco ‘Decano’ Apron Toe Derby (sale)

For sweating it out:

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1. Nike Free Trainer 3.0 (sale)

2. Nike ‘Air Max 2014’ Running Shoe (sale)

3. Nike ‘Free Flyknit 4.0’ Running Shoe (non sale)

When in need for casual sneaks and summer shoes:

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1. Vans ‘LPE’ Sneaker (sale)

2. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneaker (non sale)

3. Sperry Top-Sider ‘Striper LL’ Slip-on (sale)

4. Sperry Top-Sider ‘Gold Cup – Authentic Original’ Boat Shoe (sale)

The Everyday Boot:

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1. Wolverine ‘1000 Mile-McClean’ Cap Toe Boot (sale)

2. Cole Haan ‘Air Colton’ Chukka Boot (sale)

3. Timberland ‘Wodehouse Lost History’ Chukka Boot (sale)

For day to night versatility:

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1. Magnanni ‘Nino’ Monk Strap Slip-on (sale)

2. Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Bravo’ Loafer (sale)

3. Santoni ‘Tristan’ Penny Loafer (sale)

4. Cole Haan ‘LunarGrand’ Longwing (sale)

5. Cole Haan ‘Colton’ Wingtip (sale)

For the home (and ONLY the home):

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Ugg ‘Ascot’ Suede Slipper (non sale)

Baubles

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Every girl needs something shiny and pretty to wear, especially now that there’s so much to choose from in the market today.  Whether it’s one special piece that you can’t take off or a box full of little baubles, owning indispensible jewelry is essential for women today because these pieces can communicate not only a sense of style but also the personality of the wearer.  Personally, I like to wear jewelry that carries a special meaning for me the most, but I also enjoy collecting small and delicate pieces that I can layer and combine with my more significant accessories.  This past week, I was able to add a few more pretty trinkets to my collection after spending a day shopping with my mother.  It was great having her visit and she left me with not only good memories but also some jewels to remind me of the fun few days we spent together!  I hope that everyone reading this is wearing or can think of a special piece of their own that carries some sort of meaning or special memory.  Have a fantastic Monday, be spontaneous, and stay classy my friends!  xoxo

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My new spiked cuff (top) from J Crew with some other favorite pieces

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My new gold/diamond bangle and Alexis Bittar earrings with more of my favorite jewels

It’s Time to Update Your Summer Reading List!

During my down time (a.k.a. when I’m not working or sleeping), I’ve been trying to squeeze in as much summer reading as I possibly can. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life, so in effort to read all of the books that I want to read, I’m almost always finding myself in the middle of two or three books at a time. I know very well that this isn’t the best way to showcase my multitasking talent, but hey, it works just fine for me and I DO eventually finish the ones that I believe are worth finishing. Over the past few months, I’ve stumbled upon a TON of awesome reads from all different genres, so I figured that I’d share my favorites with you! I highly suggest that you take advantage of any free time this summer and bring any of these wonderful books along with you on your next vacation or lunch break- you won’t regret it!

For the adventurous mind: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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For the ladies in need of some career-related motivation: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

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For the thrill seeking, teenager-at-heart: The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

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For the power-hungry reader: The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

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For all of you single ladies with wanderlust: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

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For the 20-somethings trying to figure out their lives (basically all of us): Friendship by Emily Gould

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For anyone with a sense of humor: Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler

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Fashion Spotlight: Customization & Personalization

Now that retailers are realizing how one of the largest groups in terms of buying power, Gen Y, likes to shop and socialize, they are changing the ways that they market and grow their businesses in order to grab the attention of this monumental generation.  Us millennials are so complex that it’s taken a long time for older generations to really figure out how to keep us interested and engaged, but I think that they’re finally starting to catch on!  In general, Gen Y is attracted to convenience, social media, ecommerce, sustainability, and lastly, personalization (which is one of the reasons why we are nicknamed the “Me Generation”).  Even though I don’t like this label given to my generation, I’ll admit that it IS partially true, even though we’re just as equally motivated and eco-conscious as we are self-absorbed.

Anywho, I’ve recently noticed that many retailers’ focus on social media and sustainability to draw our attention has been overshadowing another awesome tactic that some are using to draw us in: through personalization and customization! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite companies’ approaches to catering their products to the individualistic needs of Generation Y, so take a look and have some fun choosing your own unique items like I did!

Here are a few different methods that some of my favorite companies are using:

Design your own:

1. Jewelry Designer, Jennifer Fisher, lets you build your own necklace on her awesome website!

This is the necklace that I designed for myself:

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2. The Ray Ban website allows you to customize and personalize your own pair of sunglasses- SO COOL!

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I love this pair that I made for myself; looks like a great pair for a summer music festival!

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3. Converse lets you put together your own pair of custom sneakers- SO many options!

Here are two different pairs that I made for myself…ahh I want to buy them now!

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4. Of course, Nike, is most well known for its NikeiD program, which also allows you to alter your shoe’s fit, performance, and style to meet your needs perfectly!

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Personalize:

1. Rebecca Minkoff’s website allows you to purchase a monogrammed bag to make sure your Mini M.A.C. is ONLY for you!

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2. JCrew has also created a monogram shop that allows you to personalize your latest JCrew merchandise including sweatshirts and tank tops!

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Getting the perfect fit:

1. Levi’s has created a method on their website and in-stores called Levi’s Curve ID, which comes up with the best style, fit, and shape of jeans that will be the best for your unique body type!

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