Friday, August 29, 2014

Triangl Swimwear

With Labor Day approaching, I'm trying my best to soak in every little bit that's left of Summer.

It's been a wild one, to say the least. Between last minute beach trips in passenger vans, to Cape Cod with my best for a birthday to remember, turning my fire escape into an urban oasis, and wearing more than my fair share of short-shorts, this Summer's been pretty great - despite all the changes, especially despite the realization that adult life is no joke. 

And, what better timing than before the holiday weekend that brings Summer to a close (by the way, "No white after Labor Day" is so passé), to frolic around in my new favorite two-piece thanks to my friends at Triangl Swimwear

Y'all, do you know how magical neoprene is?
Wearing: Triangl Swimwear Indiana Ice Bikini

Beauty by L.Be at Authentic. Present. Brave

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Currently Craving: Labor Day Edition

It. Is. Upon. Us. The end is near - but first, we party. 

Labor Day is a bitter sweet weekend. It's always a great time soaking up the sun and eating delicious food with your closest friends, but then the harsh reality of Tuesday back at work and the official end of summer hits. Coats - boots - layers - snow - grey days... you get the picture. 

No need to jump the gun though, we have a great 3 days ahead of us bouncing from beach to bbq to bar with our favorite crew. Perfect time to take advantage and wear those last bits and pieces we're still craving (and that with a little magic can be used through the fall). 

You can catch me shopping for all of my craves below in preparation for the weekend. I'm going down fighting! Who's with me?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mona Lisa Smile Style

Something about this is so romantic, so fem, so reminiscent of my all-time favorite movie, Mona Lisa Smile. Maybe it's the braid, the trousers, or the fact that this outfit makes me want to assume the position as Professor Lavelanet or be an artist, a poet, or both. Sometimes what you wear can really make you feel empowered, like a real woman on the move; newspaper in one hand, keys to your flat in the other, wearing trousers better than the boys.
Wearing: American Apparel Top, Darling Pants, Lulu's Clutch (try this color!), Zara Heels.

Beauty by L.Be at Authentic. Present. Brave

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Perfect Tee

Lucky for us, the days of tight, stretchy tees in awful colors (think Mean Girls) are long gone. While it seems a simple task, finding the right tee can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. There are tons of them and they all kind of look the same until closer examination - and yes, this is totally a scientific process. 

The two crucial pieces to look for are fit and material. This may mean you're going to dish out more for your perfect tee than you'd like (not always, but at times) but I guarantee you it's worth it. Not only will it last you longer, it'll look fantastic and be so versatile that you miiiiight not want to wear anything else. Seriously. 

Perfect for those on-the-go throw on days, but also great with a mini and heels, your tee is the definition of a closet staple. Soft fabrics and loose fits are a must, black and white of course my favorite. Crew and v necks alike are great, I would just recommend a neck on the slightly wider side (just a tad) for that undercover sexy touch. 

Below I give you some of my picks for the perfect tee - you can thank me later!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Sporty Spice

Good denim is hard to find!

If I had it my way, I would live in denim, worn in tee's, flannel, and leather. And, fortunately for me, I've been able to find creative ways to actually wear denim to work, then to brunch, and back again. 

I was reading this month's issue of Glamour, and I was so inspired by the, 'What's Your Favorite Denim Memory', feature. It got me thinking; was it my first Limited Too overall-dress combo? Or, was it the denim jacket I wore on the first day of Catholic School. Denim jacket, plaid dress, obligatory red tie, hair in a pony. Have I really changed that much? That denim jacket was so 80's, so oversized, so perfect, it made me feel like the coolest pre-teen. I was so proud of my fashionable inkling at such a young age, that I begged my mom to let me iron on patches and paint flowers down the sleeves of my jacket - I most certainly was watching way too much Spice World. DIY,  at it's finest.
Wearing: Motel Rocks Dress, Urban Outfitters Flannel, Steve Madden Shoes.

Beauty by L.Be at Authentic. Present. Brave.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Le Sunglasses

Hey guys! Checking in on this lovely Saturday for a quick post about sunnies. Ironically enough, it's been overcast here in BK the past couple days, but I was chatting with a friend who swears by designer shades. I, on the other hand, don't necessarily think you need to break the bank for a sweet pair. Don't get me wrong, every now and then a designer will drop something that makes you think twice, but below are a some of the best for any budget. The debate is yours, do you really need to go designer for a good pair of sunglasses?

(Disclaimer: After finishing the below, I realized I seem to have a thing for cat-eye. My b :) )

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stayin' Alive

I've only recently started wearing jumpsuits, but I have no idea what took me so long!

For someone who just loves to throw-on-and-go, a jumpsuit is the perfect solution to my early morning (or very late night) woes. The appeal of looking fully put together in a flash, just needing to consider hair/makeup/shoes - magic! 

This silk jumpsuit especially gave me Saturday Night Fever, made me feel like I was in the 70's, strolling down Metropolitan Ave, but wait where's my Tony Manero? 
Wearing: Darling Jumpsuit
Beauty by L.Be at Authentic. Present. Brave

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the Home

I'm a firm believer that style transcends past the aesthetic - it translates to more than just what you wear. Style comes with taste, for some it's classy, others grungy, others preppy. 

Your style is unique and true to you, and is manifested in all sorts of things - of course your clothes, your car (I haven't had one of those things in years), your hair, your office, and one of my favorites - your home. 

I'm a big fan of simple, clean spaces. I don't care what anyone says, I can totally have my calm abyss even in the city! Lots of white, gray, subtle pops of color, and minimalistic pieces are exactly what make me feel at home, well, at home. Below are some of my must-haves that you'll find in my humble Brooklyn abode at any time. 

4. Decorative Vase (always with fresh flowers)
6. Decorative Antler (great for jewelry)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Forever Fresh, Little Black Dress

Something about wearing sneakers with dresses, that's so reminiscent to me, of being a little girl in Queens, running around my grandma's block with Nancy, Nicky, and Petey, chasing after Mr. Softee, playing hopscotch and trading POGS. The most carefree memories I have. When decorating the spokes of my bicycle was my main concern and retreating inside only to drink water or eat dinner were my only restrictions.

Now, all grown up and in Brooklyn, feeling all young in this kick-ass version of an LBD and a pair of chucks, is just the ticket. Six year old Erica would approve.

Check out a few of my favorite sneaker / dress combo options below! I wouldn't dare leave home without a fresh pair of kicks.
Wearing: Liberty Sage Dress, Converse Sneakers

Beauty by L.Be at Authentic. Present. Brave.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What to Wear: Meeting the Parents

My friend called Saturday morning (Me: "It's before noon on Saturday, what happened?") because a long night out with a boy in the early stages of dating somehow turned into going to see his parents in Long Island. WHAT?! Modern day romance, I actually think that's sweet. Anyway, the issue: "What do I wear?! I have no idea what kind of parents they are. Maybe they're young and cool, maybe they're reserved, maybe they're mean. I don't know. Just tell me what to wear." 

Simple. The answer is always simple - no, literally, always go simple if you're unsure. You want to be yourself, but you also don't want to be a conversation starter because of the white mini you wore that his mom was somehow personally offended by. I mean, ideally, your S.O. is cool which probably means his/her family is cool, but that's another post for another day (wait, do you really want my dating advice?). 

I always love a good dress for this exact reason, so many uses, zero objections. Length isn't as much a concern as is fit; stay away from anything clingy or skin-tight (more on this later). That being said, nobody wants to see your cheeks, especially not your potential in-laws. Depending on the time of day, I recommend a light vs dark color, and patterns like florals are one of my favorites that are appropriate any time. If you're not the dress type, I recommend a pair of high-waisted pants and blouse.

In either situation, accessorize appropriately. Flatforms or gladiators are the best shoe for a casual meeting, a classic pump is great for dinner. Blazers can complete the look if it's cold out or any sunnies will pull the look together at lunch. 

So what do you think? Are these enough to get you by a weekend with the parentals? Ultimately though - remember my most important tip, just be yourself and win 'em over with charm!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blue Jean Baby

After a weekend of some very much needed full-on relaxation with my faves Alex and Lauren, it's kind of hard to get into the grove of things on a Monday morning. 

Sometimes, finding motivation to get through a Monday, to really jumpstart your week with some serious efficacy, is less about just mulling through and more about finding small ways to feel inspired. 

If I can't make it to an early morning yoga class, insta-inspiration, comes to me by starting my day with sun-salutations, a little lot of coffee, some easy listening and journal writing, and of course, figuring out what to wear that I'll actually want to be in all day. Much more than just dressing the body, I'm talking about the feeling you get when you put on a pair of worn in ripped jeans. The power that comes from finding the dress first, and having faith that the perfect date will come later. For me, my heart is genuinely contented when I have on a pair of blue jeans, a not-so-basic, and a pair of shoes that are figuratively and literally made for walkin', hey!
Wearing: Gentle Fawn Halter Top, Zara Jeans (try these!), Kenneth Cole Sandals.

Beauty by L.Be at Authentic. Present. Brave.

Friday, August 15, 2014

1 Moto, 3 Ways

It seems there's been lots of commotion (the good kind!) 'round these parts anytime I include this magical jacket in any curated style collages. So, I figured this post is long overdue... my loves, I give you: 1 Moto, 3Ways.

What understandably seems the most difficult of all three to pull off, the Moto X Work look is entirely feasible, even if you've got to trek into a cubicle with a bunch of sartorial wallflowers to make that paper. Propping the jacket ever so slightly atop your shoulders, paired with a dress or pencil skirt and ladylike heels will reinvent this baby entirely.

Moto X Play: What moto dreams are made of! From first date to girls' night, I could style the moto endlessly when it comes to night time. Sexy meets edgy meets trendy - you can (virtually) do no wrong. Want a look that always works? Go for a slinky tank, form-fitting (no - not tight!) skirt, and sky high heels. Don't forget a pop of sultry color on your lips never hurts!

The easiest way to spruce up a basic look for your chill days? Enter, Moto X Chill. So long as the weather approves, pairing your moto with your favorite pair of distressed denim or sundress and flats is the fail-safe way to stand out from the crowd with little effort. 

The three looks and my top choices above are just the beginning, there are literally countless ways to rock THE moto. What're some of your favorites? And if you don't own one yet, get on it

Thursday, August 14, 2014

To Dye For

I don't remember the last time I wore a one-piece, but the tie-dye did me over!

I have to admit that my 'charming' railroad apartment, doesn't come equipped with really any outdoor space. And, like most New Yorkers, I spend all Summer scouring for wide open space, and plotting new ways to turn my fire escape into an urban beach. By beach, I mean I ditch my phone, just bring a book, some spiked iced tea, and a little faux beach kit filled with sunglasses and a floppy hat, for good measure.

Check out some of my Brooklyn Summer gear below!
Wearing: Motel Rocks One Piece

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8 Fresh Outfit Ideas with Refinery29 and T.J. Maxx

Earlier this Summer, I had the best two days, shooting with Refinery29 and T.J. Maxx. I dished on everything from what trends need to go, which ones I live by, and even chatted about other things I love, like living in Brooklyn, yoga, and my job. It’s not every day that a girl gets to play dress up, get all dolled up, and be surrounded by such insanely creative people., all the while listening to Iggy Azelea. If the point of life, is to bank the memories, then I think I’ve been on the right track. Happy as ever, doing yoga with my J.Lo ponytail.

For my full feature head over to Refinery29!