Question: why is it cemented into our brains to hate Mondays? Who woke up one Monday morning and decided that that’s how we were all going to feel for the rest of eternity?

Who is this person? Because that person sucks.

HOWEVER, guess what? Monday doesn’t have to suck, and today, today Monday does not suck. WHY? Because here’s a roundup of some of my favorite pieces that are all on sale for under $50 right now. Yas kweeeeen. ALL UNDER $50.
Happy Monday’ing.
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One of the greatest parts about summer is spontaneous weekend trips to the beach. Maybe you’re #blest enough to have a friend with a rich uncle who owns a house in the Hamptons, or you scored a last minute deal on a hotel in the area. Whatever the case may be — nobody cares — because they only care about what you’re wearing. Why? Because we’re a vain universe. Just kidding. Sort of.

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FASHION: Layering Tips For Fall

Girls everywhere are rejoicing because they can finally walk around in their yoga pants drinking a ~pumpkin spice latte~ and talk about how much they love fall. They can finally start putting together outfits to wear to the pumpkin patch and practicing their poses for the ultimate #FallGoals Instagram photo. Of course, fall would be nothing without the fashion. See, when fall comes along, we get to change up the way we dress—goodbye, shorts, and hello, flannel! Heading into a new season is like a chance to start fresh. When you’re wearing a new wardrobe, you feel a little bit different, and it’s honestly the best.
Now that we’ve officially entered the autumn season, there are a lot of fashion opportunities among us. Some people will go out and buy all the hottest trends, wear them all in a row, then have nothing unique to don after a week. Although you’d most certainly have a super-stylish week, I don’t recommend doing that. Instead, you should practice your layering skills so you can create endless interesting outfits and never feel like you’ve hit a dead-end. When it comes to layering for fall, there are some fun techniques I think you’re going to like…
Shirts under dresses

You might slightly remember this look from the ‘90s, and like the other trends from the millennials’ decade, the shirt-under-dress look has resurfaced. Just slip a tighter fitting tee or turtleneck under your simple spaghetti-strap dresses, and you’re completely ~*on-trend*~. It’s perfect for making slip dresses last through cooler weather, and you can always change out which shirt you layer. Literally, just watch Clueless 3 or 4 times and you’ll master this look in no time.
Socks with heels

Don’t let those open-toed shoes stay unworn in your closet all through the cold seasons. There is an easy remedy to this technique: just wear socks with your heelsBustle gives a good overview of how to do it, but it’s quite easy so long as you go with your gut and can get a feel for what goes and what needs to be tweaked. It might take some experimenting, but that’s half the fun! Also, who honestly keeps up with pedicures during the colder months? Like, nobody.
Tights under shorts

If you’re having a hard time saying goodbye to your shorts (ME), make them last a little longer by layering tights underneath them. You can do the same with skirts, but tights with shorts are a little more edgy and unexpected. Just make sure you coordinate your shoe choice—toed tights look pretty weird with open-toed shoes. Try pairing them with flats or fun sneakers instead.
Denim under or over anything

Denim is having a major moment (and has been for a while now), which means it’s pretty much acceptable to wear it everywhere and anywhere. Layer a denim shirt under a sweater for a cool vibe, or wear a denim jacket over one of the many trendy tops featured on Lyst. There’s really no wrong way to do denim, which makes it the easiest layering idea this fall. Plus, you’ll be making your mom proud, seeing as most of us 80’s and 90’s babies were dresses to DA NINEZ in denim. I actually remember having a denim bow for my hair. True story.

Fall Style ~ BEANIE HATS

Every year, right around this time, I tend to forget that it’s still hot in New York City and start focusing more on my fall wardrobe. 85 degrees outside? “No problem” – I say to myself – “I’ll just wear this here heavy flannel button-up top with daisy duke shorts to balance it out.” The result? Getting 5 blocks from my apartment before the first salty drop of sweat drips down my forehead and then I’m all like “what is my life even”
But, just like the character of your ex-boyfriend, somethings never change, and here I am; September 21st, 2016 talking about beanie hats and fall attire. However, it must be noted that at least I waited until the day before fall (!!!omg!!!) to assault your faces with materials and fabrics that you probs don’t want to see right now.
For starters, we need to talk about my new favorite brand, RELLA. If you know me personally, and I apologize if you do, you’ll know that I show up to pretty much everywhere sporting a beanie hat the second a red leaf hits the grass of Central Park. When I got an eye-full (is that even a word?) of RELLA’s new catalog, I knew I had just found the sole supplier of my 2016 headpiece collection.
I have a thing for pom-poms. I think they’re cute, flirty, and just overall extremely cozy looking. I’m also really excited that we started clipping pom-poms onto our purses, because I like touching them and squeezing them and I will most certainly pet yours if you ever come in contact with me.
Anyway – when I saw the Softy hat, I knew it had to be mine. Equipped with two detachable poms, the fabric is so soft and the stitching is perfect for obtaining that slouchy look. I went with this chestnuty color, since I love the way that shade contrasts with my black hair. Plus, chestnut is the black of both fall and winter; it goes with everything.
Headbands are a new thing for me, but I think it’s because I finally started to embrace my love for head pieces over the summer. Chains, crowns, you name it – I bough em’ and I wore em’. Now that we’re transitioning into a new season, it seemed only right to pick up a more suitable candidate for the changing weather. I went with the Lea.

Lastly, everyone needs a basic beanie in their wardrobe. Something without pom-poms, something without stripes. Just a basic, soft, solid color that will take you through the season and match with pretty much anything in your closet. The Cloud will be that staple for me. Unbelievably soft, you have to feel it to believe it. The fabric is sturdy enough to stick up, but light enough to achieve the slouch, which is everything you want in a beanie.

So yea, hats. I kind of love them, and if you do to, I highly recommend checking out RELLA for some new ones. The good news? Right now RELLA is running a deal where you can save 24% off your entire order just by signing up with your email address until September 30th! So treat yourself to a fall welcoming present, and go jump in a pile of leaves.


* Thank you to my friends at RELLA for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

What’s In My Bag *NYFW Edition*

The air seems misty, the skies have opened up, broken ankles everywhere, and Uber has a 7x surcharge to go 1/2 a mile. Is it the end of the world as we know it? No, it’s New York Fashion Week. Twice a year, these ~*gLaMoRoUs*~ series of events take place in New York City to showcase next seasons must haves, or as I like to call them, “things I’ll spend my rent money on.” After 7 consecutive days of your Instagram feed being flooded with models alike, you start to ask yourself a few questions:
1) Why did I go to college to become a marine biologist when I can be getting paid to pop bottles with Chance The Rapper at an after party?

2) How exactly does she get her boobs to stay confined in a dress like that?

3) When did I start following inTouch Magazines Instagram account?
Aside from those hard-hitting questions that you sit there and ponder, you wonder how the hell do you survive a week straight of high-fashion, eyeshadow, and hangovers? After attending 6 years of New York Fashion Week, my only answer is this:
You don’t. But since you kind of do, just make sure to PLAN PLAN PLAN. Literally, take the week beforehand (sorry, too late) and do absolutely nothing that way your body can fully prepare for the madness that’s ahead. It may look like fun and games, but the mental torture of trying to get to every show on time, not to mention doing it while you’re hungover (because lol after parties), is on a different level. I figured since New York Fashion Week has just started, I’d share the survival kit that I pack myself each and every go around.
The first step? Find yourself the perfect purse that is big enough to carry everything you’ll need, but still chic enough that Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t send you home crying. The bag I chose this year is the transport crossbody by Madewell. It’s suede so it’s *tote* in season, plus the fringe adds a fun notion that says “I’m here to party, but I also plan to be home by 9pm.”
I think it’s a solid choice, so at $159 you can’t go wrong.

Now onto the important stuff, like, what’s actually inside of it. Just recently someone told me that her friend carries around a tote bag filled with only cigarettes, sunglasses, and money, and I nearly died of laughter. We will not be carrying such limited things with us this week, so lets dive right into what you’ll need in order to keep your body alive:

Cameras: If you’re going to NYFW, you’re obviously going to be taking a shit ton of photos. And if you’re like me, your data plan hangs by a thread every month, so having backup options to take your shots is muy bueno. Aside from my iPhone, I usually pack my DSLR (Canon T3i, I desperately need to upgrade), as well as a good ol’ fashion point and shoot cam because you just never know. And knowing before never knowing is always knowing, or something like that.

IZZE JUICES: It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with IZZE everything. If you hang around Food and the City longer than 10 minutes you’re bound to run into a post about my favorite juices. I’m currently crushing on Sparkling Grapefruit, because it’s the perfect balance of bubbly and sweet and seriously helps me get through the day. No added sugars, no preservatives, and no caffeine, so it keeps me going without that unavoidable crash that you’ll experience with most fruity drinks. It’s an essential in my NYFW survival kit, and I think it should be apart of yours, too.

Chargers: This should honestly go without saying, but don’t forget to pack your charger. If you’re hitting up most of the shows, it’s likely you’ll be out of your apartment/hotel or out of the office for most of the day. It’s also likely that you’ll be editing and uploading photos in every cab ride that you take, and those apps take a serious shit on your battery life. If I was being perfectly honest, I rarely leave my place without my charger even if I’ll only be gone for a few hours, but especially if I’ll be gone all day.

Makeup for touchups: One of the biggest mistakes people make is stuffing their bags so tightly with makeup, they hardly have room for the other essentials. In truth, the only two things you absolutely need are blotting/translucent powders and lipstick. Powder for shine and lipstick to keep your pout on Kylie’s level. My favorite powder for long days is the Makeup Forever HD Powder, which helps ensures everything still looks #fresh. For lipstick, I always choose a nude that’s more on the pink side. They tend to just go with everything, and it’s one less thing that I have to think about.

Miscellaneous stuff: Breath mints, Advil, stain remover, and Emergen-C are always always always in my purse, let alone for NYFW. Breath mints are good for all the networking you’ll be doing, Advil for all the annoying people you’ll have to talk to, stain remover for all the shit you’re going to spill on yourself (i promise), and Emergen-C for when 6 hours have passed by and realized you haven’t eaten yet. These are important. Pack them.

So in closing, NYFW can be a bit of a #betch, but only if you let it be. You can conquer the beast and make it through like the professional Instagram celeb that you are. I have faith in you bbby.
Also, since it’s Thursday, I’d like to leave you with a #tbt from a show that I attended last year, Lauren Conrad. She absolutely killed it, and it still remains a favorite of mine to this day. That grapefruity-peachy skirt, I die. Die die die.
Happy New York Fashion Week!