too cool for school, but never too cool for backpacks

While all you yougin’s are heading back to school, I’m simply looking for an excuse to update one of my favorite accessories: the backpack. I am all for rockin’ the “Adult Backpack” because lets face it, backpacks rock. Not only are they totally practical for a city-dwelling gal, but they also give any outfit an instant hip facelift.

 

For fall, it’s all about colorful leather and exotic prints. Say goodbye to that teeny-bopper Jansport, and hello to something so much chic-er.

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From top left to right: Topshop Premium Leopard Pony Backpack, Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal Crocodile Embossed Leather Backpack, Stella McCartney Blue Shaggy Deer Chain-Trimmed Rucksack, Jerome Dreyfuss Florent Backpack, Marc by Marc Jacobs Deep Teal Leather Luna Backpack, Proenza Schouler PS1 Backpack

jumping on the cleanse train

Ah, cleanses. I have always been a little skeptical about juice cleanses because let’s be honest, I love food far too much to simply give it up. Seriously, who thinks it’s fun to have no solid food for three days? Not this girl.

 

So why am I cleansing you ask? Well, after everything I’ve been putting my body through this summer, my body has decided it’s time. So I called in my sister, the cleanse aficionado, to teach me the ways of the raw food cleanse (I still can’t get myself to do only juice).

 

She taught me that cleanses help to turn off your fat, sugar, and salt receptors so you can reset your cravings (like my MASSIVE sweet tooth). Cleanses also give your body time to detoxify and reset itself in order to spend more time absorbing nutritions rather than wasting energy breaking down complex food.

 

The cleanse we’re doing is simple. Only eat raw fruits and vegetables for five days. You can do three, five, or even seven days but with our crazy busy schedule we decided to stick to five. I loaded up on all my favorites and am mostly winging what I will eat for my meals depending on my mood.

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She told me that I can eat as much as I want during the day but the one rule is to keep everything (basically) raw. Salads won’t have any dressing except some fresh lemon juice and I’ve decided I want to roast my veggies that I’ll have for dinner but won’t use oil or seasoning. Let’s get as pure as possible, baby!

 

I think the best way to be successful with a cleanse is to shape it to what’s actually achievable for you that way cheating is not a temptation. I mean common, this should be enjoyable and make you feel good! But, since sometimes life gets in the way and I’m prepared for that burger to be staring me down, my sister and I are going to SnapChat each other all of our meals. Not only will it hold us accountable but it’s also to encourage each other to keep it up! I’ll let you know how it goes and give an overview of meals after my five days are up.

 

Let the cleansing games begin!

if you give a girl a pair of shoes…

I had never been “shoe girl” before. In fact I never quite understood the obsession. Take me shopping and I would much rather buy a whole outfit rather than one pair of shoes.  That may be one of the few genes I failed to get from my mom.

But while I was online shopping the other day, I bought a pair of Sam Edelman Circus booties that opened up the floodgates. Give a girl a pair of shoes, they say, she’ll want a thousand more.

These are what I’m currently craving:

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As you can tell I have my eyes on heels lately. Living in the city, I go through phases of wearing only heels and then phases of only wearing flats. My feet have been comfortable long enough, it’s time to break out the heels again.

Don’t worry flats, I still have my eyes on you….

the faint

Flashback. I’m an awkward little junior high girl sharing a room with my oldest sister who is in high school. Poor girl, I know. Yet little did she know she was opening my eyes to a realm of music most kids my age didn’t know.

I thought I was cool listening to the Beatles. Thought it gave me some edge. In retrospect, what really gave me edge was her introducing me to The Faint. My 11 year old self couldn’t help but get a rush singing along to “Worked Up So Sexual” and “Agenda Suicide” even though at the time I had no clue what I was actually singing about.

Over 13 years later I still get a rush singing along to those songs, yet now I actually know what their about. The Faint has a way of clashing all these genres of music together with an gloomy yet oddly upbeat sound that’s intoxicating.

As their sound morphed and matured, so did I. And now that edgy little girl gets to finally see them live tonight at The Independent. Childhood dreams do come true!

only in france…

Honestly, only in France is the fashion utterly amazing. Especially at Cannes. I have to say it was hard to pick my favorites, maybe because every celebrity knew to turn on their A-game.

From Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Lara Stone to Jessica Chastain and everyone in between, there were so many best dressed it’s impossible to narrow it down to one. Overall, it’s safe to say that either Blake Lively or Cate Blanchett dominated Cannes with all their chic-ness.
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Yet out of these outfits, I think Lèa Seydoux in Prada, Riley Keough in Valentino, or Blake Lively in Gucci Première are my overall favorites.

 

Seulement en France!

 

bags packed

Today I’m heading down to LA with some of my best friends on a long awaited trip to visit our 3rd musketeer. Since I never know what sort of trouble us three will get into, I must pack for every type of occasion.

I threw some of my favorite warm weather looks into my weekend back and called it a day. White denim, white skort, white sweater, white everything! To give my white outfits a little more life, I’ve opted to bring my leopard loafers and tan ankle boots (not pictured). Next I grabbed my black midi dress with my fringe wedges and a statement necklace to top it off for whatever the night brings us.

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Of course I overpacked so I’m sure you can believe that my weekend bag looks more like a week bag. I threw in my white chucks, some knit sweaters, graphic tees, and more dresses to make sure I am prepared for what this weekend brings.

 

Hope everyone has a great long weekend!