Thursday, July 17, 2014

On Birks

from the May 2014 J. Crew Catalog
Before I start, I just want to go ahead and say that I am still not convinced on the socks-and-sandals front of this trend. Unless you're an Olsen twin, I'm not sure that will work.

What I like about Birkenstock sandals is the same thing I like about New Balance sneakers or baseball hats: they instantly boy up any outfit. For someone who would rather be in a dress, tomboy-ish accessories are my go-to. I really love these white ones from the May J. Crew catalog. They're fun in a monochromatic neutral look like the model is wearing above, or with cuffed denim shorts, black skinnies, or a stripy dress. Maximum comfort and minimum effort: a perfect combination of qualities in a shoe, no?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Growing My Hair Out

Illustration by Inslee Haynes, from her blog The Sketch Book

I'm really doing it this time. Like, really. Come August I say I'm going to grow out my hair every year. I cut it short in the spring, and then I let it get almost long all summer and then I think to myself "I'm gonna let it get extra long this time around just for kicks." Come September it's all chopped off again. My hair is perpetually medium length: not quite short enough and not quite long enough.

Well no more shlumpy shoulder length locks, folks!!!!!! I'm going to condition the ends every time I shower and wait (at least) a whole semester before I get a haircut. (See above illustration for length inspiration...) Now, grow hair, grow!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Bikini!

Grace Kelly photographed in Jamaica by Howell Conant
The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb. 
Diana Vreeland
It's hard to imagine a time before bikinis. There once was a period when beachwear consisted of ankle length dresses and stockings (1890s), and then scandalous, immodest swimsuits appeared in the 1920's that were still subject to strict suit regulations on beaches like West Palm Beach in Florida ("Bloomers to Bikinis: Bathing Suits Through History"). Finally on this day in 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveiled a bathing suit that would change summer forever ("Bikini Introduced").

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Orlando, Here We Go!

Cardinal & Straw in Florida

A week from today, I will be packing my bags for sunny Orlando, FL for my sorority's (Go Chi O) convention. Going to convention was one of my goals when I first pledged because I like the idea of seeing the larger network of Chi O's from all over the country come together and celebrate our history and our values. We are the largest fraternal women's organization in the country, and so to meet women beyond our chapter's reach will certainly be exciting. Aaaaannnndddd because convention takes place in Orlando this year, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that WE ARE ALSO GOING TO DISNEY WORLD. D-I-S-N-E-Y W-O-R-L-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Sartorial Goldmine

Being home has its perks. My first favorite luxury is having my closet back with all of my clothes in one place, and the second is access to my parents' closet. I don't speak of their current wardrobes, however. I like to "borrow" items that will allow me a bit of freedom on the return date and that are old enough to be considered vintage. (If I can assign a decade to a piece, I'll call it vintage.)