Life Lately

{Small details that make my swimsuit, like these tiger eyes}

I’m so happy it’s finally Friday that I could sing! (But even if I could put you through that torture, I wouldn’t dare.) This week has been so incredibly stressful and I’m just so excited to sit back and relax for a minute. I still have a tedious list of to dos, which Siri has been constantly reminding me about in her obnoxious, auto-tuned voice. Still, I’ll try to move at an earthly pace, enjoy the beautiful summer sun, and appreciate the little things (like these photos) which put a smile on my face. Happy Friday!

{Shake Shack in Madison Square Park – the yummiest}

{Yes, I have funny looking toes. But pretty shoes}

{Sweet stationary on my desk}

Bow tied

{Blouse – Club Monaco | Pants – Ann Taylor | Necklace – F21, also love this | Bracelets – Jcrew (stores only) , David Yurman (love this) | Watch – Michael Kors | Heels – (mom’s closet) | Toes – this color }

Put me in a skirt or dress, and I am the most comfortable. I take heat for wearing heels to law school, and if I could get away with bows in my hair, they’d be there (okay, maybe not that last part). Still, needless to say, jeans are not really my thing. I have a difficult time figuring out which will look the most flattering and which I’ll be the most comfortable in. But I worked up the courage to spice up my wardrobe and get into this colored denim trend that’s all the rave. I took the dive with these red denim jeans from Ann Taylor and paired them with a girly top and heels, adding a little bit of “me” to an otherwise “not me” outfit.

DIY: Rhinestone wrap (friendship) bracelet

{What you’ll need: about 4 ft of leather cord, about 14 in. of rhinestone chain, about 6 ft of waxed cotton cord, large bead}

Sparkly wrap bracelets have been popping up amongst the most fashionable New Yorkers lately. Anthropologie has a cute version. Still, I was feeling a bit Martha Stewert-esque and decided I’d try my hand at making my own. Back in my teenage years I loved making friendship bracelets and playing with lanyard. So why not? In consequence, I made this rhinestone wrap bracelet (similar to this beaded one) in all of ten minutes and with less than $10.

Fold leather cord in half, and leaving a loop at the end (this will act as a close along with the bead) wrap cotton cord around about five times.

Place rhinestone chain in between leather cords and tightly wrap cotton cord around the leather and between the rhinestones. Add bead at end for closure.

And here you go!

Paired with a hair tie (oops) and silver bracelet.

Apple bottom

{ Peplum Blouse – Banana Republic | Skirt – Banana Republic, similar look here and here | Necklace – Forever 21, similar from here  | Bracelet – Forever 21, also love this and this  | Watch – Michael Kors | Heels – Christian Dior from here | Purse – Botkier | Nails – Essie Cute as a Button}

It’s difficult to find comfortable working attire and still feel chic when you have an apple bottom like me. Combine womanly curves, with the awful heat surrounding the summer solstice, and the task of feeling comfortable seems almost impossible. But then there is my dear friend peplum. Like any reasonable girl, at first I thought that added material around my waistline would scream fashion crime. Still, against my better instinct, and ready to make faces at the dressing room mirror, I tried on this lacy peplum top. And then, surprisingly, I loved the result. The entire effect makes my Kim Kardashian butt look a little bit smaller. Paired together with a tweed skirt, and classic red Dior heels, I headed to work.

On my playlist: Lana Del Rey, Video Games (Club Clique Remix)

Sweet lover’s delight

{The reddest strawberries I’ve ever seen, at the Farmer’s Market}

If it’s not clear by now, I’ll say it explicitly. I have one, major, gigantic sweet tooth. From fruit to chocolate, I’ll take it all (in one sitting). Really, I must learn to tame myself… Anyway, besides being delicious on a scale of one to delicious, I learned, during a recent walk around the Village in NY, that sweets also photograph well. Don’t you agree? Here, is just some evidence of the food gawking I’ve been doing as of late.

{Teeny, delicious cupcakes in lots of different flavors from here}

{Summer cherries fading from pink to yellow}

{Birthday cake and raspberry truffle cake pops}