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Where I gush about Dries van Noten SS13… (via The Girl Next Door: Wild horses & mixed prints)
A shot from The Sartorialist, along with a few other Madewell looks on the blog (via The Girl Next Door: Madewell done well)
A serious mix of killer summer recipes… drooling over here. (via With Style & Grace : Living a healthy, gluten-free life - Part 3)
Happy new year!
It seems that the older I get, the faster time passes by. Wasn’t it just New Year’s Eve 2008 when my little cousin Isabel was born? Didn’t I just get my job at Madewell and then move out of my apartment in West Chester? Wasn’t I just in Paris over Thanksgiving break? Did I really just finish my second-to-last semester of my undergraduate education?
Isabel just turned 3, and I’ve been working at Madewell for just over 2 years now. My trip to Paris was in 2010, and I’m about to embark on the most independent journey I’ve yet to face: graduating from college. I’ve been a linkedin user for a while now, but I’ve just started looking at my job options on monster.com, Career Builder, and various apps on my iPhone. I’ve envisioned my possibilities — moving to New York City, staying nearby in Philadelphia, or even doing charity work abroad — and it’s been hard for me to grasp. I try to take hold of my future, but my small, shaking hands cannot carry the weight of the opportunities that lie ahead.
I may be unsure of and intimidated by my future, but I am aware of what I am grateful for in the present. I am aware of the great change that has occurred within me over the past year or so, and I am ready to stay mindful and strong during this year of independence, big decisions, self-imposed pressures, and immense growth.
I am grateful for my family. My parents, who have done so much work to remain the strong, loving couple that they always have been. My aunt and uncle, my closest friends and confidantes, and the parents of the greatest joy in my life, little Isabel. My education. The opportunity to learn, not only interesting subject material, but about myself and my relationships with others. My friends. Though I have few close friends, I am grateful for the rush of joy, the onset of laughter, the safety of connection… I am grateful to have people who inject my life with love. My jobs. The beautiful community that thrives at Madewell, and the love of the children and parents at GV.
I am grateful for the little things, too. For snowfall, spring blossoms, summer rain, and the crunch of autumn leaves. For Rookie Magazine, internet memes, beautiful & inspiring images, and cultivating online friendships. For the ability to focus on a task at hand. For mindfulness. For the emotions that music can bring. For self-reflection. For writing.
I am grateful to have lived the life I am living. I am grateful that I continue to find meaning in all that has happened to me, in all of the decisions I make, in all of the people I meet. I have grown immensely in the past year, and for that I am grateful. I look forward to growing exponentially in 2012.
Bring it on.
Pair separates. When it comes to color-blocking with separates, the easiest way is to pair a bright hue with a nude hue. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can try to pair two bold colors, but we suggest starting with a bright top and nude skirt.
Kick it up a notch. Once you’ve got your neutral and bold hues covered, it’s time to add one more (yes, one more). Pair a deep turquoise or cobalt top with a pastel, or offset bright pants with a rich jacket. For a bright purple shirt, we love a soft-hued cardigan.
Up the Ante. Once you’ve got your main hues represented in your outfit, take color-blocking to the next level with accessories. If you’ve got a deep-hued top, skirt or dress, pair it with bright accessories and vice-versa. A bright yellow top looks great with cobalt blue bracelets, and a deep purple skirt pairs nicely with bright pink shoes.
Opposites attract. There are a few things to remember when it comes to color-blocking with the right colors. Make sure you only have one neon color. While it’s totally okay to rock three bold colors, only one of them should be super bright. We like this formula: one bright, one bold, one neutral.
Also, remember that neutral doesn’t have to mean nude. Use white, grey, brown and black to hold your outfit together. And an easy way to make sure you get the trend right, even without a neutral? Stick with different hues of the same color. Sky blue, cobalt and navy look great, while pale pink, bright pink and fuchsia do as well.
Having a tough time figuring out what to pair with what?
Here are some more hues that go great together:
1. Cobalt Blue, Yellow, Orange
2. Chocolate Brown, Pink, Peach
3. Purple, Bright Blue, Teal
4. Deep Blue, Bright Pink, White
5. Coral, Grey, Ivory
“It’s one of the quintessential (and sometimes dreaded) first date questions: What kind of music are you into?
There’s a reason that most people tend to side-step this question with a deft, ‘A little bit of everything.’ It’s because your taste in music reveals a lot about you to potential partners.”
Me, in a musical nutshell:
- Wilco: You’ll make an excellent life-partner.
- Joni Mitchell: You make breakfast in the morning.
- Vampire Weekend: You’re about being about whatever.
- Regina Spektor: You’re a perfectly nice person, but you’re kind of annoying.