4/20/15

digital #ootds






Zara Coat // Club Monaco hat (similar)


Club Monaco tank ( currently an extra 30% off with code SALE30) // J.Brand jeans // Sole Society shoes // J.Crew sweater


                                          J.Crew scarf (similar), sweater, and necklace // Bing Bang ring


                            Club Monaco tank // J.Brand jeans // Sam Edelman sandals 

After what seemed like a weekend with a non-stop hurricane storm (except for strangely blue skies Sunday morning) and a power outage, I thought I'd share some links to the outfits I've been wearing recently. After spending too much time on my new phone (finally!) I came across some of these photos and couldn't help but share them again. I know I usually show which store each item is from in my instagram, but I know these links are much more helpful. Come back later this week to see my spring must haves!

4/17/15

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS


-Remember Rue from The Hunger Games? Turns out she's more than a talented actress--she's a young woman who is educating the public on cultural appropriation. See her explain in in a video she made here for school (my school projects are not as amazing as this).

- Wonderful Forbes review of the new fashion-documentary, Dior and I. Can't wait to see it!

- I can't get enough of my glossier products...i.e. I am ordering from them multiple times per month. You seriously can't go wrong with any product, so browse them all here!

- If anyone's in need of a black tie/prom dress, this Badgley Mischka fuchsia number might be perfect for you. 

- How to look chic on the beach: a lesson by Sloane. I've been loving my girl Sloane's recent beach posts -- so much envy!

- Currently craving: this J.Crew gold cuff 

- Attn: lovers of a good sale.... Loeffler Randall is currently having their family & friends sale, offering 20% off of everything with code HEYFRIEND. This is the perfect time to scoop up some sandals that will become your go-to for spring & summer!

4/14/15

STYLE CRUSH: KIERNAN SHIPKA



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Let me introduce you to my new girl crush  style crush, Kiernan Shipka, the stylish teen who stars as Sally Draper on Mad Men. While I'm not a fan of the show (yet!), Kiernan has been on my radar as one to watch and I am 100% ready to switch closets with her. With a young-yet-sophisticated feel and a penchant for modern styles, she's becoming a source of style inspiration for me. As we're close in age, her style is much more relatable for me and has extensively proved the point that teenagers can rock a midi hem-length without looking like a five year-old. During my thorough research for this post (google & pinterest) I've noticed that she tends to wear structural pieces, often with embroidery or prints with a modern, yet slightly preppy feel. I've rounded up my best "Kiernan-inspired" products to help you guys achieve her look. Enjoy!



P.S. Your input is needed in yesterday's post!

4/13/15

LET'S CHAT


So, as you've probably noticed I've been in sort of a blogging rut lately. Easy to get into....and  hard to get out of. I've been thinking about new content ideas but I wanted to get your input. I want to get back on my feet here at Stripes & Peonies with some content, curated for you. So, I would love if you could comment, tweet me, or even email me with what you would like to see on the blog. Tell me if you want more outfit posts, my beauty routine, home decor, photography/Instagram tips, travel, or really anything, I would love to know! Any comments are greatly appreciated!


Leave your comments on what you'd like to see below! 


4/6/15

CHECKING IN | APRIL 2015


Yes, I'm still here.

In case you were wondering, the radio silence last week was not intended. I know I'm not saying anything new here, but blogging takes too much time to classify as just a hobby. I see it as *one* of my jobs. Now while my main job (getting an education) comes first, blogging is the more fun of the two.

Anyone who's completed high school knows the spring of Junior year is complete and utter chaos. I'm smack dab in the middle of it. As much as I try to stay on top of blogging, sometimes it just does not happen (last week). Since I'm doing a "checking in" post, let's catch up on my life. Recent happenings include finalizing some summer plans (see you in the summer NYC!), running in my first track meet this season after a not-so-fun hamstring injury, and multiple failed attempts at spring cleaning. As if there weren't enough crazy things going on at the moment...it's April. That means May is next month. How the hell did that happen so fast? T-minus 8 weeks until summer ;)


P.S. I am aware of the issues on the site right now and I am trying to fix them!




3/24/15

EAST COAST SPRING



From top to bottom and left to right:
Snow in Union Square // mini arrangements in ABC Carpet & Home // #dying because of the snow 
My second trip to Maman + more snow // even more flowers // are you tired of the snow yet (taken in the Flatiron district)
Stripes in the city (wearing this Zara coat) // Jimmy Fallon (pre hours of waiting) // pristine decor @ the Marlton // Midtown views // *more flowers* // a shot from my "run" in Greenwich Village 




I first visited New York in 2006. Nine years ago. I can’t even process that because time flies so quickly and I’m already almost ten years older. This is just weird writing about it. Anyways, nine years later I’m back at it in the city. As a proper ending to my “college trip” across the northeast, I spent 3 days in the city. The last few weeks or so I’ve been planning and getting recommendations for the city (thank you to everyone who commented on my post & friends who gave me recs!), there was so much to do in so little time. 

After combing through google search results for hours, I found the charming Marlton Hotel. Situated in Greenwich village and a short walk away from Washington Square Park, the Marlton is a small boutique hotel for those wanting a unique experience. A full lobby of locals and travelers alike meets you once escaping the cold weather and there is an instant “cozy feeling.” There is an espresso bar, bar, and restaurant complete with pale blue couches and marble coffee tables. My “petite” room was on the second floor, which was just up a flight of stairs (I’m convincing myself this was enough exercise for the week). As you can see, the decorator for this hotel definitely knows the word “aesthetics.” Although I’ve stayed at numerous hotels in midtown, the UES, the Meatpacking, etc., I loved this one because I was in my own little “corner” of New York. Across the street was a Stumptown coffee and next to that was a darling flower shop, Spina. 

Now on to the good stuff — the food. If people ask me what I do in NYC, I simply say “shop and
 eat” (emphasis on the eat). This trip I tried Maman, a new coffee shop in Soho and it quickly became my favorite. In lieu of coffee (shocking, I know) I tried the Lavender Hot Chocolate and was pleasantly surprised. When I returned a second time, I tried a kale salad with polenta croutons— very tasty as well. For dinner, I tested out Charlie Bird, an eatery with an Italian inspired menu. I recommend the grilled octopus. Of course I had to go back to my all time favorites: Buddakan, Spice Market (!!), Lafayette, Blue Stone Lane CafĂ©, ABC Kitchen, Happy Bones, and BG


Another tidbit about my NY experience — I was fortunate enough to attend a taping of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent on Hulu watching clips of the show and he never fails to make me laugh. Last Thursday, I finally got the chance to see him in person. After about an hour and a half of waiting in line, I was ushered into the studio and waited for it to begin. As much as I would have loved to take pictures, phones are strictly prohibited. The Roots came out and performed a few songs before they started and I can confirm that they are (seem like from afar) like the coolest people around. The guests for Thursday were Ben Stiller, Tim Gunn, and Rixton as the musical guest. If those weren’t awesome enough — Ariana Grande, slated to appear on Friday, had a conflict and came in and filmed her segment. The whole experience was amazing and I loved being a part of it and I even got to high five him!

P.S. If you haven't entered my giveaway yet, there is still plenty of time!
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