Yesterday I was traveling, so it was a great time for a casual outfit. I fight against what I call the “casualization of the U.S.” I am not a fan of yoga pants and pajama pants as your normal clothes, even on planes. But I completely understand wanting to be comfortable while traveling. I pretty much always wear pants on a plane because it can get chilly sometimes mid-flight. I like choosing ones that are just a bit loose so they don’t dig in when sitting for hours. A fun top is a way to make an effort while still bordering on too comfy. I love this t-shirt. It’s a Sevenly shirt I bought a while ago in support of Education is Freedom, a program assisting young people in pursuing higher degrees. Also when travel, I love bringing a hat. Yes, it’s one more item to deal with a security, but it keeps the fake air off my face (eliminate those obnoxious hair in your face moments) and it’s always good to have a hat while traveling.
Outfit of the Week 5/13
I’m known for colorful clothing, so when I do wear black, I like to make sure there is an element of visual interest. This black dress from White House | Black Market has just that with belt like buckles on each side and snaps at the top. It’s tailored well so it fits curves. I wore it we a red shrug to give the outfit a pop of color that matches the shoes. These are some of my favorite shoes. I fondly refer to them as my Minnie Mouse shoes because they remind me of an elegant interpretation of the cartoon character.
Outfit of the week 5/6
It’s springtime! I love this dress. It’s got pockets that are large enough to fit cell phones (and actually my wallet on quick errands). The best part, though, is the neckline, which has ribbons to clip around your bra straps so they never show. These purple shoes are also wonderful. I found them in a cute little boutique. They’re made in Vietnam and they fit my feet perfectly. They’re wedges so they’re comfortable to wear all day.
Top 5 Fictional Women in STEM
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how we can get girls involved in STEM and how they don’t have role models in pop culture (books, TV shows, movies, etc.). This is certainly true. A study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media found that in 129 top-grossing family films (2006-2011), only 26 characters in STEM fields were female, compared to 134 male characters.
So, in honor of Women’s History Month, we decided to create a list of our favorite, awesome, STEM characters in pop culture. I had five fellow women help me come up with this awesome list of our top 5 favorite characters, and a list of 15 honorable mentions. They may not be “historical” but they are a part of pop culture history, and that’s important too!
Warning: There are lots of spoilers!
The Best Lavender Chai Cookies
These might be the best cookies I have ever made that are not chocolate chip. I adapted them from a recipe on Sugar & Soul, a lifestyle blog.
Chai is the Eurasian work for tea. What we Americans usually call chai is actually masala chair, or spiced tea. It originates from India, and thus many of the spices are aromatic Indian herbs. Continue reading
Working on a Holiday
Deadlines are a part of life. We all hate them, but they’re their and they certain won’t be going away. Sometimes those deadlines mean you have to work on holidays, and that’s rotten.
Today is a day like that for me, so I decided to make the best of it. I’m working outside, enjoying the gorgeous 75 degree weather, drinking tropical flavored water, and pretending that I’m on vacation instead and writing the next great American novel. It’s still not as fun as if I were hanging out at the pool, but at least I’m not trapped in an office.
How do you handle working on the holidays?
Outfit of the week 2/12
Sometimes it hard to put together an outfit – you’re tired, in a rush, feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. So, I keep stylish dresses for just those occasions. With built-in visual appeal, like this red dress (color, buttons, and a wavy hem), you still look professional and like you put effort in, even if it took you less than 5 minutes to get dressed. Dresses are perfect for this because literally all you have to do is put on a single item. Paired with these simple black Joan & David shoes, I felt confident going to work and still got compliments!
Why I’m not Watching the Super Bowl
This year will be the first time I do not watch the Super Bowl. And while I am extremely aware of it (trust me my neighbors are already making me aware of it and it’s still hours to game time) and that I might be missing information for conversations at the office this week, I’m pretty happy about the decision. I’ve never liked football or enjoyed watching the game. I would watch because it was the thing to do, because my brother/dad/friends wanted to watch it, because I’m in marketing and wanted to see the commercials.
But this year I’ve decided those reasons aren’t good enough. Not even the commercials are enough to tempt me, especially as it’s easy to watch them on YouTube afterward.
So, why? After 20+ years have I finally made these decision?
I don’t want to support the NFL. Continue reading
Outfit of the week 2/5
It’s getting close to the end of winter (according to the calendar), so I felt like dressing like winter personified. I paired a beautiful winter white sweater and skirt with a blush colored blouse (all from White House | Black Market – thank you Christmas gifts!). To give it a pop of color and to embrace the idea of ice, I wore ice blue tights (Hue). With my only nude shoes, the outfit really did feel like winter. It works will both with and without accessories, although this week I favored the accessories and used a pin that reminds me of snowflakes and sun to keep the sweater closed.
4 Tricks to Shopping to Your Heart’s Content
A few weekends ago, I was driving home from Tahoe Donner (my new thing for that week) with my mom and we decided to break up the long ride by stopping at some outlet stores. It turned out to be an excellent decision as we were both able to purchase items at great discounts. I spent most of my time at Bath & Body Works, where, due to a mobile app, I knew they were having great deals (spend $30, get $10 off, spend $50 get $20 off, etc.). I replaced my favorite bath soap, which I’m almost out off, bought a candle, and found some new hand lotion.
My mom, meanwhile, went into Coach to discover that they were having a 50% off sale! Combined with the lower prices because we were at an outlet store, it was practically a steal. We found a wallet that was on $20!
I love sales and finding deals while shopping. To keep my wardrobe fresh, fun, and exciting, I have to keep my eye out for new items within my price range. So here are 4 tricks I’ve found to shop till you drop! Continue reading