Gosh it’s hot! In New York, we LIVE in the heat, you wake up in your apartment without central air, then you walk outside to work (or the subway) and wait in the heat until you finally get to your office (a place with central air, and therefore one of the best parts of your day)…. unless you work from home, like me, where you spend most of the day without central air conditioning, hanging out in the heat and trying not to sweat to death. Not sure what I mean? Take a look at this video to see exactly what I’m talking about:
Summer is also a time when you’re supposed to be able to picnic outside, play at the park or spend the day at Coney Island – but that’s tough to do when your fabric doesn’t breathe – enter the solution, cotton!
SO When it comes to having Summer Fun without feeling the heat I turn to my go-to fabric, cotton! Cotton is the most breathable, send repellant and durable fabric out there – plus it’s washable, all totally necessary things for a successful summer.It helps you look good and feel good inside and our, plus the fabric is not only comfortable, but durable enough for multiple wears. Most importantly, cotton is everywhere – some of your favorite pieces in your closet (like that little white dress or your favorite pair of jeans) are probably cotton.
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‘Tis the season …. for a wedding! All my life I have dreamed of my BIG day … the day I would finally get to be a bridesmaid!Call me crazy, but while most little girls were waiting for their wedding day, I’ve been waiting for my best friend(s) to tie the knot! I’m a big planner, I like to put things together and plan parties – that’s fun for me! SO naturally I was born to be a bridesmaid, or more accurately a maid of honor – but when you’re friends have sisters, you’ll settle for bridesmaid/queen of the batch (meaning the type A one who helps run things and gets the plan the bachelorette, yay!)
Last year was pretty epic for me, two of my closest friends got engaged and that meant that not only my friends we’re happy and in love … but also that, I GET TO BE IN A WEDDING!
I have about 4 or 5 really good friends that are “bridesmaid” material (I like to focus on quality over quantity) and the feeling is mutual on both ends, but until now none have gotten close to walking down the aisle, so my bridesmaid opportunities were few and far between, tear. But all that changed earlier this year – you should have seen me when I got the invite to be a bridesmaid for my friend Emily’s wedding in the mail, I freaked! You would have thought I was the one getting married, and I was probably at about that level of excitement!
Flash forward to six months later, we have the bridesmaid dresses (Emily has great taste, so we’re wearing the cutest floral dresses [pictured] in different styles … and mine has pockets!), my flight is booked, Paris is my date, and we’ve been given free reign on hair, so I’ll probably do it in some kind of updo, so the only thing left to decide on is makeup!
Emily is the most chill bride ever and is letting us do our own makeup (score) so I hit up the bridal section at Sephora to get everything I needed to create a glowy, summer wedding look – perfect for a bridesmaid, or wedding guest – I even picked up a gift card for the Bride-To-Be so she could pick up something new for the big day!
The end result is natural but turned up a notch with bright eyes, radiant skin, bold brow and pink tones. It’s dressy enough to shine at the event, without being too dramatic to take away from the bride – after all, it’s her day! The best part about a one stop shop with trendy makeup must haves like Sephora, is you can restock on your make up favs and add a few new things to the mix for a special occasion, like a wedding!
Press play to see how I’ll get ready for Em’s big day!
Clothes are obviously important to me, I’m always trying out new trends, pushing fashion boundaries and forever dressing outside the lines… but doing so isn’t always easy. Luckily, I have a secret super power that allows me to test the waters, and try something new without fear – confidence.
I’m a firm believer that you’re never fully dressed without a smile … or confidence! If you show up with killer confidence, you can wear anything and totally own a room. My secret to confidence is always comfort, when I feel like myself, I can really act like myself in the most natural way.
Lately, I’ve been attending a lot of swanky work events, everything from the Young Members Party at the Met to the VH1 Hip Hop Honors at Lincoln Center. At these events, I always have to look the part, usually renting a designer dress (often made of itchy fabrics) and stepping into sky high stilettos. SO how does one find comfort in shoes that pinch and a dress that isn’t your own? You stick to what you know, even if no one can see it… I’m talking about undies ladies and I don’t care who knows it!
I love a good cotton brief – it’s light weight, it’s comfortable and it just makes me feel like me! Full disclosure – I’m usually writing these posts when I’m my most comfortable, sitting next to my air conditioning unit at 2AM in an oversized Hanes cotton tee and briefs, because let’s be honest, sometimes that is way more comfortable than pajamas. I love that feeling, so I don’t know why I have to leave it for my late night blogging adventures, I want to take it with me out into the real world as my secret super power and one stop shop for immediate Comfydence (comfy + confident = comfydence)! So now you know, underneath that $1,500 Christian Siriano gown, flirty feather skirt or gorgeous fit and flare dress (all pictured), I’m keeping comfydent in my go-to Hanes Cool Comfort cotton underwear, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
So if I love my Hanes SO MUCH why hide them? I agree! When I’m not walking the red carpet, it’s kind of fun to show off my comfydence in a more playful way. Since I grew up dancing, I was always living in “spankies” which are basically short spandex shorts made for dancing! For as long as I can remember, I would wear these shorts under everything from twirl worthy dresses to flowy shorts and even jeans – I just loved the added comfort they gave me! When I moved to NYC and experienced some serious humidity for the first time, I realized the spandex fabric had to go, so I switched on over to boy shorts, like these cuties from Hanes! This summer has been especially swampy, so I’m loving their new Cool Comfort packs! They help me achieve my ultimate level of comfydence, enough to let them show a little while pairing them with a perfect cotton tee! Thanks to Hanes for partnering on this post.
You know I’m all about sweet snacks, so today I’m sharing some of my favorite not-so-known treats from Pocky! I’m sure you’ve all heard about Pocky, a Japanese snack dating back to the 60’s made from coated biscuit sticks, but you might not know it’s one of my go-to treats to eat!
Ever since I visited Japan last year, I’ve been obsessed with all things Japanese, especially in the snack department (did you know they have green tea flavored kit cats and shrimp flavored chips? WHAT!). That’s when I first discovered all of the fun flavors Pocky has to offer – before I thought they only did their classic chocolate coated ones, and don’t hate me but I’m not that much of a chocolate girl, so I was CRAZY HAPPY to learn about the other flavors. Today I’m sharing my FAV for you in a fun stylized editorial that I like to call POCKYPOPART! Plus I’m rounding up a few fun outfits that make me feel like these flavors taste, I hope it brings a big smile to your face!
Berry Berry Sweet!
Okay, so another fun fact about me is I’m allergic to strawberries, but growing up I never liked them. I remember my grandma would always try to feed me them and I would eat them and pretend I liked them because I liked her but I would end up just covering them in sugar so I could get them down, lol – Sorry Gma! In college when I started “juicing” I quickly learned that I couldn’t eat strawberries after my throat started swelling up, oops! But since I never liked them, that was okay with me – the hardest thing to give up was my favorite flavor of ice cream (strawberry) and donut frosting (strawberry/pink!). Sometimes, I can get away with ice cream, and I can usually always eat frosting but sometimes skip it just incase, so once again I was PUMPED to discover Strawberry Pocky! All of the favor, without the allergies and berry, berry sweet to eat! Eating the Strawberry Pocky makes me feel, elegant, girly, giggle and fun – just like this pretty in pink dress!
Cookies and Cream!
My favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies and cream. My preferred Milkshake? Cookies and cream. My go-to Mcflurry? Cookies and cream. My favorite cookie snack? Those black little cookies with white frosting that start with an OH and taste like, oh you know, Cookies and cream! SO I think it’s safe to say I’m a phone for cookies and cream – naturally I was all excited to try the Pocky version of my favorite flavor and it did not disappoint! The juxtaposition of the sweet coating with the biscuit is the perfect combination for a sweet snack that’s not too sweet! To play off this fun flavor, I paired it with a dress that is flirty and sweet with a bit of crunch!
To be honest, I don’t like bananas (am I a picky eater? … or avocados [don’t hate me, I know thats like breaking the blogger code or something to not be into Guac and Avocado Toast lol] or Oatmeal) It’s not about the taste, it’s because of the texture I know, I’m weird. BUT I do love banana flavoring, so a good banana ice cream, banana smoothie (blended, so not texture) or a banana covered biscuit! So I was pretty pumped to learn about the Chocolate Banana Pocky flavor. It smells like the King Kong ride at Universal Studios (does anyone remember that ride? when you met King King he would roar and the ride would be filled with the smell of bananas, ha – Banana Breath) So it instantly brought me back to a happy childhood moment of banana bliss, plus the sticks are fun and yellow colored so naturally they make me feel all excited and happy just like the dress! Plus I love the nod to the mod with this 60’s inspired dress, perfect for a historic snack that dates back to that decade!
What’s your favorite Pockyflavor? The best part about this pocket sized snack is that it’s meant to be shared – you can pop open a box and share the happiness with whoever’s around! It’s perfect to take to work and pop on your desk, or carry in your purse to enjoy on your commute, you could even try a few when you’re standing in line waiting for something and share with the person in front and behind you – how awesome would that be to share a little love and sweetness with a stranger, who knows you might totally brighten their day!
GUYS! It’s hot! Summer is in full swing and I spend most days hunting for ice cream, shade or (let’s be honest) both. I always find myself living in a few outfits or dresses come summer, and today I’m sharing one of them!
I picked up this vintage-esuqe cotton two piece because it’s so cute and crazy comfortable – plus totally twirl worthy. The light fabric keeps me cool and midi length keeps me covered, plus the top is so supportive I can go bra-less (tmi?) which is a total plus for me!
A cool outfit is only half the battle, you also need to snack on something sweet to help you unwind in the summer, right!? Call my crazy, but I love me some ice cream! But I’m also a sucker for a good cookie too — so when I find myself in need of something sweet, how can I possibly choose between the two!?
Well the good news is you no longer have to! Baskin-Robbins offers Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich that I can’t stop eating this summer!
They sandwich their famous flavors between the cookie of your choice and you can choose from custom creations (like I did) or the created flavors like Dark Chocolate Chunk, Double Fudge, Peanut Butter Chocolate, White Chunk Macadamia. You can use ANY ice cream offered at Baskin-Robbins so naturally I went with a chocolate chip cookie with mint chocolate chip ice cream and a M&M cookie with cherry ice cream and rainbow sprinkles!
TheseWarm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are (obvi) served warm but the ice cream is cool – so it’s the perfect way to get a hot summer treat that also cools you down, I know – BANANAS! I’ll eat them on a stoop around the corning from a Baskin-Robbins store or take a few home to save for later (there are three in my freezer right now, #whoops). OH and how cute would it be to host an ice cream social with these sweet treats? Such a unique twist on the classic dessert party. OR if you’re really wild (and TBH I totally did this) you can have one for breakfast! Before you judge me, I’ll give you some context! I Was up late pulling an all nighter working on blog projects, and slept for about 75 min (zzZzzz) so I heading to Dunkin Donuts in search for sprinkles, when I realized my DD is connected to a Baskin-Robbins and though, “Hey – why not” and viola, dessert for breakfast!
Anyways – however you snack on one, a Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich from Baskin-Robbins is SURE to rock your world! Give it a taste and tell me what you think.
I’m a sucker for a good romper, I live in them all summer – especially a cute denim one! Rompers are perfect for dinner and a movie, a summer BBQ, trip to the beach, a weekend vacay or even brunch with your girlfriends. If you’re spending any time outside this summer, you’ll need a super special romper somewhere in your closet!
Since Denim is cotton, it actually breathes and makes a great summer go-to fabric for your romper choice! To prove it, today I’ve linked up a few of my favorite denim rompers at various price points (most are under $100) for you!