How to Wear: Stripes

How to Wear Stripes

BFamous Beatles shirt, ($26)/ Paige Coated Denim, ($430)/ Kate Spade handbag, ($294)/ Michaela Buerger Converse shoes , ($260)/ Scotch & Soda top,( $78)/ River Island black hat, ($12)/ Paul Smith skirt, ($205)/ Rupert Sanderson high heels, ($595)/ Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, ($375)/ Delia's top, ($25)/ Balmain skinny jeans, ($2,038)/ Ash wedge sneaker, ($165)/ J.Crew satchel bag ($325)/

Closet Strategy: Chambray and Black

I remember when chambray first became trendy I was a little on the fence - I'm usually a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl and the thought of going denim on denim brought me painful memories of Justin and Britney's matchy-matchy all denim fashion crime. Can you say cringe-worthy?
Anyways, I've come around to chambray once I found that the material is quite versatile. In fact, when I found this little gem at Forever 21, I instantly fell in love - it's a soft chambray blouse! It's become a staple in my closet.

Forever 21 Chambray Blouse

Pinterest Roundup: Wedding Guest Attire

I've been invited to a wedding this spring and I thought that the Academy Awards would be the perfect place to find inspiration for the perfect dress to wear! These were some of my favorite dresses of the night. I especially love Kerry Washington's dress - the colors, the details, the tail! It's absolutely fantastic. The other dresses in this roundup are the close seconds. I was extremely excited to see the fashion choices of the night, and of course these ladies look impeccable. Also, I know this isn't an Oscar accessory but I am loving these mint shoes at the end - such a beautiful color for spring and would go with a coral dress, a similar color to Kerry Washington's dress perhaps? Haha I'm quite obsessed with her dress!

Shopping Spree: Academy Awards Viewing party

Academy Awards Viewing party
Are you all as excited for the Oscars Sunday night as I am? My girl friends from college and I get together on Oscar night and just have a spa day - wine, maybe some liquor, unhealthy snacks, face masks, and guessing who the winners will be.

Have a great weekend!

How To Wear: Polka-Dots

How to wear polkadots

Outfit 1: Zadig & Voltaire T-Shirt ($185) / Marc by Marc Jacobs striped scarf ($250) / Ally Fashion skinny jeans ($30) / Topshop lace up ankle booties ($72) / Outfit 2: J.Crew polka dot shirt ($128)Cédric Charlier pink skirt ($295) / J.Crew mid heels ($198) / Outfit 3: Burberry boatneck shirt ($305) /  J.Crew polka dot jeans ($135)/ KORS ballet flat ($185) / Outfit 4: Uniqlo crochet hat ($20) / Dorothy Perkins dot dress ($44) / Bebe polka dot heels ($110) /

Random Story of Human Compassion and Bad Luck

So today, as usual, I went to the bus stop to get to work.
Only I realized I forgot my metro card when the bus was in view.
Since there were other people standing at the bus stop, I said, using my sad puppy dog face,
Me: Excuse me, but I forgot my metro card. Would anyone please help me out? I really have to get to work…

My Lenten Promises

Although I don't consider myself a zealot, I am religious. I was raised as a Methodist Christian and while I usually don't bother with Lent, I decided this year would be different. Maybe it's because my life is heading into a brand new direction and I'm scared of what might be in store for me in the future. Maybe it's because I need to get out of this slump I've been having. Or maybe I just need a healthy dose of selflessness - seriously, I think I've been quite selfish these past few years and that needs to change. Whatever the case, I looked at the Lenten season straight in the eyes and said, "Challenge accepted, buddy!"

Kitchen Diary: Mint Chocolate Coffee

I almost feel guilty about writing this post seeing how easy this recipe is but this has been my go-to midnight snack for the past two weeks. It’s basically coffee, some cocoa and mint chocolate chip ice cream together. Easy, right?

Thanks for reading!

How to Wear: Snakeskin

Year of the snake

10 Crosby Derek Lam cotton sweater / Topshop Snake print pants / Jil Sander white skirt / Stiletto heels / Dorothy Perkins high heel / Nine West handbag / Brown satchel

It's the year of the snake this Sunday and I found this holiday to be inspirational for a fashion post.

Book Club: Kingdom of Matthias

I found myself drawn to The Kingdom of Matthias this month after a political debate I had with a friend went awry. As much as I like to think I know about what goes on in DC right now, I definitely could brush up on my American History (it’s been so long since I took any kind of history course :/ ). Kingdom of Matthias tells the story of religious revival in the 1800s through the focus of one Robert Matthews, a self-proclaimed prophet of the Lord who may or may not have conned money and homes from his loyal, albeit naïve, believers. What is know about Matthews, however, is that he convinced several wealthy businessmen to give him a considerable amount of money and two houses in exchange for “abundance in the kingdom of heaven.” The book also details what went on in the Matthews’s “Kingdom” which included wife-swapping and absolute control over families who lived in what essentially would be considered compounds.

Movie Night: Django Unchained

I think some of my most loyal followers will know that I am a Quentin Tarantino fangirl. So it's no surprise that I was one of the first people in line at the local movie theater to watch Django Unchained. 
Despite the controversy around the film's use of the n-word, I found that the film was excellent in an unconventional way (typical Quentin Tarantino, of course). I'm no film student, but I'm a literature aficionado and a sucker for good story-telling. This film has that, an excellent cast, and loads of action, putting this movie near the top of my list for 2012 movies.
While Django was amazing, I gotta say the dialogue was not as great as previous Quentin Tarantino movies. I gotta admit, one of the things I look forward to when watching a Quentin Tarantino movie is the awesome dialogue in between fights/other crazy mishaps. The "Royale with Cheese" and Samuel L. Jackson's quotations from Pulp Fiction along with basically any scene where Christoph Waltz talks in Inglorious Basterds - where are those scenes in Django? There's a lot of unspoken lines in the movie which does make it so compelling to watch, but there are a lot less witty quips which was a little bit of a letdown. But don't let that deter you from watching this movie. Django is easily one of the greatest films ever made. A movie about slavery displays such real and unadulterated happenings. Imagine that.

Inaugural Post

Three of my favorite things in life are coffee, books, and fashion.
I created this blog as a safe space to indulge myself in these things and perhaps a few other things as well.
I graduated from University last May (2012) and I noticed that there aren't a lot of blogs out there for people who are in the transition phase between being a student and being a "real person." I am hoping to bridge the gap and maybe share a few other things in my life along the way.
I am on the lookout for food, fun, fabulousness, and a good cup of coffee. I hope you will all come along with me on my journey