Week in Review: MFW

Ciao, dear readers. Apologies for the lack of updates yesterday. I’m still figuring out the balance between the new school year and blogging, but I’m excited to have some fun posts coming up on the horizon. For now, though, let’s rewind a bit a revisit the runways of Milan, the third stop on the fashion month rollercoaster. Never my favorite city on the “tour,” I was pleasantly surprised by what the Italian front had to offer for SS17. Whereas London gave my 80s vibes, all the tailored outerwear and suiting in Milano had me thinking 40s. The city’s flair for patterns was also in full force this season, with Ferragamo, Stella Jean, and others offering unique designs that are sure to fly off shelves come February.

Screen Shot 2016-09-29 at 9.43.08 PM.png

Screen Shot 2016-09-29 at 9.46.34 PM.png

Screen Shot 2016-09-29 at 9.49.30 PM.png

What was your impression of Milan Fashion Week?


Breathe, Live


VSCO Cam-1.jpg

I’ve always been an introvert. I’d joke and say that I’m my own best friend, only it’d be kind of true: On a Friday night, there is no where I’d rather be than in my room, by myself. It sounds depressing on paper (er, computer screen), but I promise it’s not. Being alone is how I recharge, and remind myself who I am and what makes me happy outside the craziness of everyday life.

But just because I need my me-time doesn’t mean I don’t love connecting with other people. On the contrary- being introverted means I’m especially fond of those special relationships, those conversations in which everything just clicks. This past weekend I had a chance to reconnect with someone I first met briefly a few months ago, and the experience totally made my week month. Even when you hardly know a person, there is something so rewarding about talking openly and honestly, whether about the future, the past, or whatever the heck is going on right here and right now. True connections are few and far between, and they can last anywhere from five seconds to five decades. As people, I suppose, it’s our job to find them, cultivate them, and smile as we watch them flourish.

Have you connected with anyone/anything lately?



Week in Review: LFW


Oh, London Town. Just when I’d all but given up on fashion week, you swept in and stole my. My penchant for hyperbole aside, the SS17 runways across the pond truly were spectacular. The Old Smoke is often hailed as the home of some of the most inventive designers around, and this season was an epic manifestation of that fact. When I went back to label the images I’d saved to my desktop, I did not find myself having to guess and cross reference to figure out whose collection was whose. Because while there were definitely some trends going around (cheerio, ’80s), each line-up was entirely it’s own. From the Classic psychedelia at Mary Katrantzou to the soft sensuality of Roksanda, these are collections we’ll remember for a long time.

Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 11.41.01 AM.png

Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 11.38.00 AM.png

Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 11.35.37 AM.png

Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 11.31.44 AM.png

What’s been your favorite collection thus far? No spoilers from Milan…I’m catching up this weekend!



Bookshelf :: Summer

Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 10.35.23 PM.png

Confession: I’ve been eager to write this post for a long time. I got on a big reading kick this summer, and have literally been counting down the days until I could share everything with you all. Alas, given that today marks the first day of fall- aka the time when most of us are transitioning back into hectic schedules- I figured now was as a good a time as any to recommend some “me time” reading material. I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to decompressing with a good book after a long day of work. Feel the same? Check out my recap below.. you might find just what your need for your next escape.

VSCO Cam-1.jpg

Rather than talk about each book individually, I organized the titles by genre and used asterisks (*) for ratings. The more asterisks (okay, up to five), the more I liked the book!

:: fiction/poetry

Ovid’s Heroines by Clare Pollard*****

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton*****

milk and honey by rupi kauer*****

The Secret History by Donna Tart****

:: young adult

Believarexic by J.J. Johnson*****

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell****

OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn****

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen***

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan***


Breaking Vegan by Jordan Younger*****

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin*****

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham*****

. . .

I know, I know: There’s a lot of five asterisks here. If I had to pick a top-top favorite, I’d probably have to go with The House of Mirth. I completely fell in love with this book, and was literally speechless when I finished it. I’m now obsessed with everything Edith Wharton, so much so that I dropped thirty dollars on a biography of her a few weeks ago. Lena Dunham’s book is definitely a close second, though, because it was one of the only books that made me LOL, IRL.

What did you read this summer? Better yet, what are you reading now? I’m currently working my way through quite a few things, so be on the lookout for a Bookshelf :: Fall coming in December!



What’s In My Bag: Sport Edition

Way back in July, I shared what I kept in my bag at my summer jobs. It’s only been two months since then, but boy have things changed! I’m back in school now, and not only am I metaphorically juggling classes, the tennis team, homework, etc. but I’m also constantly shleping stuff. Between my backpack (which, by the way, is the heaviest it’s ever been), the papers I pick up during the day, and my sports gear, my hands are rarely empty. I try to be picky about how much I tote with me, particularly when it comes to tennis bag. This is my fourth year on the team, so I’ve managed to widdle myself down to a tight edit of “essentials” that get me from class to the courts with zero (okay, maybe still a little) stress. Below, get a peek at the six items I can’t “get the W” without!

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 5.31.52 PM.png

:: sunscreen

This is kind of a no brainer, but I couldn’t not include my sunscreen on here. I keep two bottles a side pocket of my bag: sunbum SPF 30 for my body and Elta SPF for my face. I try to make sure I cover everything at least once before getting on the court, sometimes reapplying if I feel like the sun is particularly intense!

:: face wipes

I probably don’t need to tell you that it’s important not to workout with your makeup on. After changing my clothes, one of the first things I do when getting ready for practice is cleanse my face with Cetaphil wipes. I love Cetaphil’s gentle face wash for my sensitive skin, and these wipes do a great job of removing all the powder and other gunk with drying or burning your face!  

:: sunglasses

I love my Ray-Bans, but I’m too afraid of breaking them to dare playing tennis in them. Instead, I protect my eyes with a plastic pair of “sport glasses,” which contour tightly to my head so that they don’t fall off. They’re a bit intense-looking, but they get the job done without me having to worry about possible damage!

:: sneaker bag

Time to get real: After several weeks on nonstop wear and tear, sneakers start to smell. To keep my sneaks from stinking up the rest of my clothes, I pack them in a little drawstring pouch. Not only does this keep the odor at bay, but it also makes it 10x easier to navigate the rest of my bag!

:: water + snack

I’m always hungry after a long day at school, so it’s absolutely essential for me to have a snack on hand for before/during practice. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different energy ball recipes, but I also love Two Moms in the Raw gogi bars and KIND’s dark chocolate and coconut granola bars. H-two-oh, of course, is always a must.

:: sweatshirt or long sleeve

Tennis season is funny, because we start practicing in the height of August heat but by the times we wrap up it’s so cold, we can practically see our breath! It’s just starting to get a little chillier as the sun goes down, so I make sure to keep a sweatshirt on hand for the end of practice or late matches.

. . .

So there you have it: My essentials for surviving a day as a high school athlete. Even though I being on the team,  there are definitely times when the hectic schedule gets to me, and it helps to rely on my “must-haves” to get me from point A to point B!

I know a lot of guys are also atheletes/gym fiends, so I’m curious: What are you sport bag essentials? Do you take a lot of stuff, or keep it simple? Drop a line below!



Week in Review: NYFW


Yet another New York Fashion Week has already come and gone. Blink, and you probably missed it. I know I sure did: Between sports practices and surprisingly mountainous piles of homework through this first week of school, I barely had time to think straight, let alone scour runway reviews. Seriously, shout-out to Instagram (direct and “traditional”, if you can call it that) and Snapchat for satiating my fashion-hungry self with dozens of real-time images and video clips. I don’t even think I spoke to my friends at lunch this week…there were shows to watch.😉

Screen Shot 2016-09-16 at 9.32.11 PM.png

As for my thoughts? Let me just preface this by saying I’ve been mildly disappointed  by NYFW over the past couple seasons. Perhaps its a reflection of the increasingly exasperated mood in our country right now, but the city and designers that are normally so full of energy have been…lackluster. The Spring/Summer 2017 shows were a promising uptick, with designers old and new regaining some of their “oomph.” What I loved most, though, wasn’t the clothes themselves- although they were fantastic. The highlight of the week, I think, was the sartorial diversity. Gone are the days where fashion week enables us to pick up on a handful of key trends. Instead, runways are a melange of different narratives, so much so that literally anyone could find a collection they jibed with. Still craving athleisure for next spring? Go for BOSS or The Elder Statesman. Musing about something flamboyant and travel-inspired? Tory Burch and the new DVF have your back. If you’re like me, and have a nondiscriminatory longing for beauty of any kind, NYFW was your playground. I’m all over the place this season, having been wooed as much by the simple, pared-down vibes of Jenni Kayne and Ryan Roche as I was by the sparkle and whimsy at J. Crew, Delpozo, and Rachel Comey, among others.


Screen Shot 2016-09-16 at 9.24.30 PM.png

Heading into London Fashion Week, my only hope is that the Brits keep calm and carry on this trend-less trend. Boho-mod? A Renaissance fair? More nineties slip dresses? Bring it on, designers, ’cause this crowd wants to see it all.


images thanks to Vogue Runway


Coming Up Rosewater

VSCO Cam-1-3.jpg

Hellooo, world! As I write this, I’m positively thrilled to be sitting here working on my blog for the first time in over a week. The first week of school totally kicked me in the behind, so penning this post feels like coming up for some major air. It’s been a rough combo of late nights, early mornings…you get the picture.😉

Speaking of early mornings (nice segue there, amiright?), there’s been a recent update to my daily skincare/makeup routine that I’ve been dying to share. As I mentioned in my “kitchen sink” spa night post, I’ve started experimenting with different natural beauty products, from DIY masks to store-bought salves. I’m only just beginning to dip my toes into the chemical-free world, but I’ve already unearthed a can’t-live-without gem: rosewater.

Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

Yeah, you heard me: that sweet-smelling concoction made from distilled stem-on rose petals…who knew it worked wonders on the skin? As it turns out, “wonders” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Stocked with Vitamins A and C, as well as a plethora of antioxidants, a spritz of this baby can help balance you skin’s pH level, thereby reducing redness and inflammation. It also decreases the excess bacteria from your skin while simultaneously hydrating and brightening your complexion. I mean, did someone say wonder drug– er, spray?

Screen Shot 2016-09-14 at 10.18.52 PM.png

Applying toner is *very serious* work…;)

Like any can’t-live-without product, rosewater has many uses, from under-eye treatment to hair reviver. I personally am going the toner route. Every morning, after I shower and cleanse, I use a small cotton pad to dab a couple spritzes of S.W. Basics’ Rosewater Spray onto my face. I’ve been dying to try S.W. Basics products ever since reading founder Adina Grigore’s book, and this spray did not disappoint. True to its roots, it leaves my skin feeling instantly refreshed and smooth, providing the perfect base for moisturizer and makeup. This version is especially great, as it’s made without all the preservatives, synthetics, and other yucky stuff that clogs most mainstream lines. Skin-soothing and naturally sourced? Like I said, my friends, I think I’ve found the holy grail.

What are your go-to skincare/cosmetic products? Do you have any experience with all-natural lines? If so, what are your go-tos?