Saturday, August 30, 2014

Link Love + Labor Day Deals

Raise your (virtual) hand if you're having trouble coming to terms with the fact that summer is essentially over after this weekend. I couldn't resist using a summery pic, one last time, before it's on to fall fashion and then the holidays before I can even bat an eyelash (no, seriously, the end of the year always moves way too fast). Keeping this post short and sweet, because I've been home in Iowa all week for my sister's wedding—which is today!—and I'm about to dash off for our last few errands before the festivities get going. The wedding is at her house in the country, so there'll be plenty of shenanigans (hop over to instagram to see what kind of trouble I get into), but first I wanted to leave you with a few links from around the web and my favorite of the Labor Day deals this weekend!

Have you seen this hilarious piece where kids rate the Fall '14 fashion campaigns?

Harper's Bazaar has pretty much rounded up my fall (wish list) wardrobe right here.

Did you catch Kelly's insanely cool Flash Tattoos editorial last week?

If curling iron sizes confuse you (I never know which one to use for the waves I picture in my head), this infographic has you covered.

I'm not traveling for Labor Day weekend but I bookmarked Goop's last minute-getaway hotels anyways—hopefully I'll get to make a trip to one soon.

This Buzzfeed story on private islands in Nicaragua was completely fascinating (I spent another hour searching the web for additional stories on some of the people and places mentioned!).

And, finally, some of my favorite Labor Day sales:
Baublebar has a ton of great pieces, STARTING at 50% off!
Get 15% off everything at Furbish Studios with code ENDOFSUMMER.
Take 15% off everything—including current-season styles—at Loeffler Randall with code LABORDAY.
Final sale at J. Crew is an extra 40% off with code WEEKEND (I just got another pair of these chambray pants).
Take 20% off at Tibi on select fall styles with code HELLOFALL.

*image via late afternoon

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Stripes

It's been a while, hasn't it? I'm back in Iowa for the week, prepping for my sister's wedding (and also working from home, probably a little too much…but the week before NYFW isn't the best week to take off work when your job is in the fashion industry and you write a semi-fashion related blog!). To be honest, I probably could have gotten a post together for the last few days, but I've been enjoying stepping back from technology when I can…and apparently the outside world, since I realized this morning I hadn't put a stitch of makeup on since Saturday. 
It's weird to think once I get back to NYC, summer will essentially be over—September truly is a month of madness, and I don't have a weekend without something on the calendar until mid-October right now (don't worry, I'll be sharing some of the more fun trips & plans here!). Pinching myself because yes, I just wrote OCTOBER already. I vowed, as I always do, to make this summer a great one, and for one of the first times in recent memory I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out, but I wish (as I'm sure everyone does) we could tack a few extra weeks on the end…I need a couple more beach days, rooftop happy hours and summer picnics al fresco, please.
Lauren and I were strolling towards the park and came across a fresh-fruit stand with the most delicious smelling fresh pineapple. So, we bought one, and yes, I dressed it up a little…cliché but fun(ny), no?

Photos: Lauren Pruner

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bet On It

Earlier this summer, the crew over at America's Best Racing reached out to see if I'd be interested in learning more about horse racing and attending an event in the New York area. I grew up around horses—my mom saved her money to buy her first horse instead of a car when she was 15—and had seen a handful of races at a small track back home, but nothing on the scale that the tracks in New York can offer. 
Since a day at the races means wearing a fun sundress and a big floppy hat, I couldn't say no! I also love a good reason to get out of the city and visit somewhere new, so since The America's Best Racing team has been in Saratoga all month for the last races of the season, a few other bloggers, racing lovers and myself hopped on a (very unexpected party) bus at the crack of dawn for the ride up north. 
It was a little cloudier than expected and stopped my photos from turning out quite as I'd hoped (not sure if I've mentioned it before but my dSLR is about a decade old! I bought it when I first started studying photography), but the upside was I didn't have to worry too much about a sunburn, although I did put on SPF 50+  before I left my apartment because that video over on Time is scary as f*ck. We wandered around the grounds, sipping cocktails from Buffalo Trace (because what's a horse race without some bourbon?), taking in the older buildings and impressive track and even getting up close with some of the really crazy hats horses in the paddocks. There are still a few weeks left of races and if I wasn't heading back to Iowa for a while tomorrow, I'd be making a trip back up for another day (the beautiful views on the drive up don't hurt, either). Also, because I finally bet on a horse and won more than $.10, unlike my last experience at the racetrack.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Style Never Stops

Earlier this spring, the team at Reebok invited me to stop by their pop-up stand in NYC to check out their newest shoe release, the Skyscape Runaround. I'd just left SoulCycle so I showed up already in fitness mode, albeit a bit of a sweaty mess.
Skyscapes were designed to be both stylish and comfortable, and they really hit the nail on the head. I'm sure you've seen a commercial by now, where Miranda Kerr runs all around town from errand to errand, coming home to hop in the shower and nearly forgetting to take her shoes off…well, I don't know if I'd say that I forget I'm wearing them, but I definitely find myself reaching for them day after day. They actually haven't made it in an official outfit post to date despite me wearing them frequently because I kind of got them a tad dirty, they need a good deep-clean before their first photoshoot, ha! You can see the color I picked out above, a light minty green with a white sole. I've since changed the laces to be a matching green instead of white. 
I rarely step out of the house without numerous compliments and questions about them, which usually leads to me making people feel the shoe. The upper part (that surrounds your foot) is made of flexible, seamless foam. There are padded areas around the heel so that the shoe doesn't rub—I've worn mine for upwards of 12 hours a day before without absolutely no rubbing. I would recommend sizing down a half size from normal since the foam does stretch and conform to your foot, mine are a 7.5 instead of my usual size 8! Also, since they're completely made of foam and light rubber, they're machine washable, and the breathable material dries overnight! Definitely a key selling point for someone like me who trashes everything no matter how hard I try not to. 
Although I should really invest in a pair of black Runarounds because of the aforementioned ability to spill on and get everything I own dirty, when I discovered the "design your own" option I immediately started playing around and now have nearly half a dozen different designs saved. Before you even glance at the next photo, I'm sure you could guess that I'm rather partial to the blue. There are 10 colors total that you can apply to the base, piping, logos, sole, tongue, laces etc. and they're just a fraction more than buying a pre-designed pair, at $80 vs. $65. I personally have plans to scoop up a custom-designed blue pair for fun, and the previously mentioned all-black for days when I know they're just going to get dirty.
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*This post is NOT sponsored by Reebok aside from the c/o Skyscapes at top! I just really love my sneakers.