Madewell is Channeling Season One of Felicity, and I Couldn’t Be Happier!

I’ve always been drawn to Madewell. They have the best jeans, comfy sweaters, and quality leather bags and shoes. Recently I was scrolling through their website and found this gem. . .

Madewell Lorimer Backpack
c/o Madewell/Nordstrom

Eureka! The reason I love Madewell is because it’s basically Felicity Porter’s wardrobe from Season 1 of Felicity. The endless supply of oversized sweaters, the leather backpack, the whole tomboy chic look – how did I not realize this sooner?!

For those of you who don’t know, Felicity was a show on The WB, now the CW, from 1998-2002. In short, Felicity (Keri Russell) scraps her plans to attend Stanford and follows her longtime high school crush, Ben (Scott Speedman), to a fictional NYC university. As you can imagine, things don’t go smoothly for these crazy kids. Enter Noel, (Scott Foley), her RA, who develops feelings for Felicity, henceforth giving us arguably one of the best love triangles in modern television history.  #noelforlife

Since my college experience wasn’t remotely as eventful as Felicity’s, I lived vicariously through her, envying her love life, while admiring those cozy, bulky sweaters that seemed to wrap up her and her insecurities in a big hug. Also, that hair of hers – STUNNING! While I preferred my Jansport backpack at the time, I’m making up for it by regularly using my Madewell Transport Leather Tote in that beautiful English Saddle color.

Here are my Top 11 Felicity Picks from Madewell that will make you want to binge Season 1 all over again.

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All photos c/o Madewell/Nordstrom

  1. Cable-Knit Pullover Sweater
  2. Classic Ex-Boyfriend Shirt
  3. Fleet Jacket
  4. Open Side Bobble Pullover Sweater
  5. Fulton Sweater Coat
  6. Glenhill Sweater Coat
  7. Rib Merino Zip Front Cardigan
  8. Rivington Shawl Collar Merino Wool Sweater Coat
  9. Waffle Stitch Cardigan Sweater
  10. Waffle Stitch Sweater Jacket
  11. Lorimer Leather Backpack

 

KQED
c/o KQED

Suck it, Ben! 

Fantasy Fashion League: Carolina Herrera Edition

Welcome to my Fantasy Fashion League. There are no points, winners, or losers – just an appreciation of fashion. Speaking of fantasies, one of mine includes time traveling department stores that take me back to the ’50s and ’60s where I can stock up on clothes. I love the tailored, clean lines, and quality fabrics of that era. Nowadays I’m very disappointed by the selection at my go-to stores. Everything looks so disposable, but I digress.

Thanks to Hollywood and the Awards Show circuit, January through March happens to be my favorite time of year. For the past 35 years, Carolina Herrera has been designing for celebrities and First Ladies alike. Her designs evoke the spirit of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy with her classic yet fun, feminine style. If Carolina would so kindly lend me her clothes, I would wear these pieces every day for the rest of my life.

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If you like what you see, check out her book documenting her career in fashion. You can also find more of her collection now available at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

You Don’t Need To Be A Superhero To Wear Capes

Before Riverdale, I had no interest in capes whatsoever. Yeah, there was Batman, Superman, and a whole host of other superheroes from the Marvel and DC universe, but none of them ever spoke to me. Now thanks to Veronica Lodge, I get it. I feel you. I’m on your side now.

Here are some of my favorite capes, from casual to special occasion, that are available now at your favorites stores. Rest assured, I selected capes that are faux-fur only.

J.Crew Convertible Cape Sweater

jcrew convertible sweater cape
c/o J.Crew

 

ZARA Long Cloth Cape

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c/o ZARA

 

ZARA Short Cape

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c/o ZARA

 

Ted Baker Cieora Buttoned Cape

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c/o Ted Baker/Bloomingdale’s

 

Calvin Klein Double-Breasted Cape Coat

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c/o Calvin Klein/Macy’s

 

Max Studio London Cape Trench Coat, Created for Macy’s

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c/o Max Studio London/Macy’s

 

Draper James Windowpane Anderson Cape

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c/o Draper James/Nordstrom

 

Karen Millen Cropped Cape Jacket

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c/o Karen Millen/Bloomingdale’s

 

Eliza J Faux Fur Capelet

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c/o Eliza J/Nordstrom

 

Banana Republic Faux Fur Cape

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c/o Banana Republic

 

Helene Berman Cape with Faux Fur Collar

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c/o Helene Berman/Bloomingdale’s

 

Betsey Johnson Hooded Faux-Fur Cape

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c/o Betsey Johnson/Macy’s

The Only Lip Color You Need

 

I LOVE beauty products! It’s a borderline obsession. I can’t walk by a Sephora without going in, and I count down the days until my monthly Birchbox arrives. That doesn’t mean I’m a beauty snob. I do not discriminate against the drugstore brands at all. They allow me to try some of the trendier shades minus the guilt from overspending.

I’ve always been on the hunt for the perfect lipstick, and I believe I’ve found it in NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Yes, they are a bit pricey at $27.00, but for the quality, color, and durability they are absolutely worth it. These pencils are highly pigmented. A little goes a long way. Even though they have a matte finish, the application feels smooth and doesn’t dry out your lips like most matte lipsticks. The color stays put all morning even after drinking coffee. By afternoon it does fade, but instead of reapplying I put on some lip balm and it leaves a nice stain on my lips.

I have dark hair and fair skin with cool undertones, so I tend to go for the bolder, blue-toned shades. Right now I am currently rotating Let’s Go Crazy, which is a bright pink with a little purple mixed in, and Famous Red, which is a bright pink/coral shade. Since I’m very pale, they definitely brighten my complexion, and make me look like I’m among the living.

Don’t believe me? Go to your local Sephora and try them on for yourselves. You won’t be disappointed. They even have miniature sets if you want to test out 2 for $20.00. They also makes great stocking stuffers!

 

Origin Story: My Jackie Kennedy Onassis Obsession

It all started with a homework assignment. We had to choose a historical figure, dress up as said historical figure, write and present a book report to the class. I remember going to the library that evening after school with my mom to select a biography. I’m pretty sure I picked it out, but I do remember the picture of a little girl and a horse that got my attention.

I saw that Jackie had dark hair like me and I liked horses enough. My Mom sealed the deal when she mentioned how Jackie looked like her mom. I worship my Grandma, so SOLD! Jackie, it is. A few weeks later, I wore my mom’s red blazer, some leggings, and tall boots capturing Jackie’s equestrian look, and read my book report to a room of unimpressed 10-year-olds. Kids, am I right?

Sadly, just a few years later she would pass away at age 64 from cancer. I remember my Dad got me a commemorative issue of Star Magazine filled with pictures of her that I still have to this day. Anytime I see a Vanity Fair, People, TIME issue celebrating Jackie or John F. Kennedy’s life, there is no hesitation – I must own it.  That tabloid was my gateway drug to all things Kennedy.

To me and so many others, Jackie is the epitome of grace, glamour, and strength. Her style is somehow classic and unique at the same time, and I plan on copying it for the rest of my life.

Here are some of favorite pictures of Jackie through the years:

My Happy Place: Dogs in Halloween Costumes

Yesterday I attended the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Didn’t know this was a thing until a few days ago, but I’m so glad I went. It was pure chaos, but since my building won’t allow me to get a dog and I’m broke, this filled (temporarily) the void in my lonely heart!

Here are some of my favorites. . .

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Inspiring Quote from Queen Amy Poehler:

Amy on Dogs
c/o The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon/Twitter

I Met My Dream TV Mom!!!!

 

I love my Mom and no one can replace her. Having said that, if my Mom ever wants to go vacation or take some well-deserved “me time,” I would choose Sela Ward as her proxy.

She played Teddy, the cool mom, in Sistersand then newly divorced mom, Lily Manning, in Once & Again, navigating the single life while raising two daughters and re-entering the workforce. The dreamy, Billy Campbell aka The Rocketeer, played her boyfriend and later, husband. The fact that the third and final season of this show is not available on DVD is a travesty! ABC should expect a strongly worded e-mail from me shortly.

Anywho, I got a last minute invite to attend a TV Guide party celebrating her recent cover, and pounced on the opportunity. Initially, I was hesitant to meet her because I didn’t want to embarrass myself, but my boss was able to introduce us. It was everything I thought it would be and more! She was super nice and engaging, and still has that signature Southern charm and looked flawless!

I would love to see her in more roles, but in the meantime, you can catch her in Graves on EPIX, which has its Season 2 premiere on Sunday, October 22nd at 10pm.

In case you were wondering, I would want Mark Harmon as my Stand-In Dad.

Dreams can come true, folks.

Riverdale’s Fashion Queen, Veronica Lodge

I don’t think I can properly explain my love for The CW’s, Riverdale. I know! Don’t judge me. I am a grown ass woman, yet I can’t stop thinking about fan theories and potential storylines of fictional teenagers? Last season my friend, Kevin and I would text during every single episode dissecting every longing glance between Betty and Archie, or yelling at the screen whenever Miss Grundy appeared. Don’t even get me started on her!

Yet, in my opinion I feel it’s the fashion that ties the show together. The clean lines and tailored looks pay homage to the beloved comics that date back to the 1940’s, while serving as a stark contrast to the seedy underbelly of the town and its people. Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is an excellent example of this. The moment she walked into the Chock’lit Shoppe in that hooded cape, I was hooked.

Here are some of Veronica’s signature looks from Season 1:

veronica cape
c/o The CW

I want one for each day of the week!

 

betty-veronica-cheerleading-training-uniform
c/o wornontv.net/The CW

 Veronica and Betty in their River Vixen practice uniforms. Yes, I laughed at the name, River Vixens, but I secretly want to be one. If you look closely you can see that Veronica wears her pearls with everything! Love that!

 

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c/o wornontv.net/The CW

As you know, I love plaid, like a lot. I found out this outfit was from Brooks Brothers, but it had sold out. I still cry about it.  

 

Veronica 1
c/o The CW

Veronica silently judging her fellow classmates’ taste while looking flawless in this black lace number.

 

veronica purple dress
c/o wornontv.net/The CW

She does tend to wear black a lot, so I like when she adds some color to her wardrobe, like with this magenta fit and flare dress.

 

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c/o wornontv.net/The CW

Veronica mixing it up again with a patterned skirt, and a different pearl necklace. 

 

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c/o superherohype.com/The CW

I think this is one of my favorite episodes/scene when Veronica comes to terms with her Dad’s criminal past.  Again, plaid and those pearls! Yes, please!

I can’t wait for the Riverdale Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, October 11th @ 8p on the CW.  If you need to catch up, you can watch all of Season 1 on Netflix.

Books I’m Reading This Month

I love books. My dream job is being paid to read. On the other hand I have such ADD, which seriously inhibits my ability to conquer my To Be Read List.

I’m typically a library gal because of my lack of money and space, so those 3 weeks to finish a book often turns into my very own version of The Amazing Race. The upside to the sad state of affairs in this world, is that I barely watch TV anymore, so this month I plan to make a commitment to read more. Here are my picks for October. .

  1. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
manhattanbeach
c/o Scribner

Jennifer Egan is such a talented writer. She can weave a narrative like nobody’s business. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her last novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, which is one of the most unique, well-written, and moving books I’ve ever read. Manhattan Beach is more of an historical novel set in Brooklyn during the Depression through World War II, complete with organized crime, sailors, and a young woman trying to find her way in a man’s world.

2) Naptime with Joey by Laura Izumikawa

naptime with joey
c/o Gallery Books

Okay, this is a photography/humor book, but I am obsessed with Laura and her daughter, Joey, ever since she dressed her up as Eleven from Stranger Things. This book features all of the characters Laura dressed Joey up as during her naps this past year. I religiously follow her on Instagram @lauraiz, and sadly for me it’s the highlight of my day. I love watching Joey grow up, and look forward to seeing what costumes Laura will come up with next.

3) We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

coates
c/o One World

It is an understatement to say this past year has been beyond horrific. I never thought I would see a sex offender in the White House, a revival of white supremacy, or have to worry about a nuclear holocaust. The one good thing that came out of this for me and many others has been becoming more politically and socially engaged with what’s happening in our country. I am really interested to see how Coates breaks down the events that led to this point in history, and hopefully this will help us begin to heal as a nation.

Let’s see if I can read them all this month! I am confident I can do it! Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Fast, Fun & FREE Workouts on YouTube

When it comes to working out, I often lack time and discipline. However, with the convenience and variety of free workouts on YouTube, it’s hard not to take time for yourself to get up and moving.

Here are a few of my current favorites:

  1. Yoga with Adriene

Are you feeling anxious? Adriene has a workout for you. Are you a teacher? Yes, she has a routine for you, too. Whatever your mood, occupation, or skill level, you will definitely find the right workout for you. This year I did her 30 Days of Yoga, and it really helped with my anxiety while making my body stronger.

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c/o Yoga with Adriene

 

2. Blogilates

Cassey Ho is super energetic and her curated workout series are perfect if you are limited on time like with 10 Minutes Obliques, and space with the apartment-friendly, Silent Death Cardio. If there is anyone who will motivate you to exercise, it’s this woman.

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c/o blogilates 

 

3. Lazy Dancer Tips

I’ve always wanted to be a ballet dancer, but my body and grace keep holding me back. I’ve done other ballet workouts before, but Alessia Lugoboni’s routines are my favorite. Each workout feels like she’s lifting the curtain to reveal the behind-the-scenes training of a ballerina, and completely satisfies my Swan Lake fantasy.

alessia
c/o Lazy Dancer Tips

I should probably do one of these now, right? Alright, fine. I’m going.