Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Smart and Stylish

I have come across a few articles that really speak to me lately: Amy Carleton's "It's Okay to Love Fashion"; Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's "Why Can't a Smart Woman Love Fashion?"; and Alyssa Mastromonaco's "Being Informed and Fashionable is Natural for Women."

Ngozie Adichie

These authors are all voicing something I have struggled with myself -- the perceived conflict between being smart and capable, and being interested in subjects like fashion. I recommend all three reads, but in case you're not a link-clicker: all three authors have traditionally successful careers (a professor,  an acclaimed novelist, and a White House staffer) and all three also have a love for fashion. They have taken to the internet to defend, explain, even encourage smart women with a love for couture and design... sadly but truly, this defense is totally necessary in this day and age.

Mastromonaco writes, "Is it so inconceivable that a smart, accomplished woman would have both the latest issue of the Economist and the second season of “The Mindy Project” downloaded on her iPad? Sorry, but modern women see no contradiction there." -- and not do we not see a contradiction, may I add, but neither do we see a problem with it.

Mindy is a smart AND stylish doctor

All three authors identify that women often cover up or downplay their "silly" passions. I am often hung up on wondering just how much I can expose my interests in fashion and design without coming off as silly or materialistic. Especially when meeting new people, I tend to play down these interests for fear that people will get the wrong impression of me. Recently having dinner with a new set of friends, I got a little too excited about the idea of Celebrity Fantasy Draft -- and my boyfriend later mentioned that I might have come off more ditzy than I actually am. Mike knows that in addition to reading US Weekly, I read the Huffington Post and the WSJ... but our new friends might not. Mike knows that I worship Virgnia Woolf, love to attend seminars at museums, and did a pretty good job keeping up with my classmates at Yale for that matter... but I agree with him -- looking back, our new friends might have walked away with the wrong impression of me after I spent a little bit too long talking about Lupita's style.

Even as young people, we already know that there are certain things that are "appropriate" to discuss or "worthy" of talking about... and fashion / design / celebrity are not some of them -- at least not to dwell on. But for those of us who think of fashion as art, who enjoy a shopping trip on a day off, who keep slightly-secret blogs where they can celebrate these things -- we learn to repress them, or at least acknowledge that we should we ashamed of these interests on some level.



My geniusly successful grandmother has always told her granddaughters: "You are beautiful and brilliant" -- those two words, repeated over and over: beautiful AND brilliant. These words, from a groundbreaking judge who loves her drawer of Hermes scarves, have always helped me to appreciate all sides of myself. I was warmed to read the stories from three very smart women, whose love for fashion has also been passed down generationally and who have been brave enough to embrace and share this passion with us. I can only hope the stigma continues to fade...

Do others out there share this same struggle and insecurity? have you read the articles, and what did you think?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blogger Help Needed!

Hi friends! I got such amazing help and advice when I asked about removable chinoiserie wallpaper that I figured I'd put out this plea as well.

I have fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with Burberry Prorsum's Colour Block Check Blanket Poncho (what a name, huh?). As many of us probably did, I first became obsessed after seeing the great Olivia Palermo wearing it on the street:


Then I saw it on Rosie...


And on Mira...


And the more research I did, the more I fell in love. Here is Cara rocking it in Burberry Prorsum's Fall 2014 show:


And all the models had one of their own!!! I can't even!


It is fall deliciousness. Here is the problem: it costs $1,400. Plus it's sold out, but that's irrelevant considering it costs $1,400.

So I started a search for something similar, in a range that is a little more reasonable for the wallet.

This Joan Vass from Neiman Marcus is $300:


This DKNY color block poncho at Saks is also $300:


Saks also has this DKNY cashmere sweater for $200, and the colors are right on, but it's not exactly poncho-esque:


I like the look of this Bloomingdale's Soft Joie blanket sweater for $250:


But nothing I've come across really hits the mark -- sure, Burberry is Burberry for a reason, but I am really craving something a little closer to that delicious colorblock blanket feel. So I'm asking for a friend here! anyone with super shopper skills able to help me find something like it?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kosher "Porn"

I will probably set off one or two internet security settings with this, but here goes...

My lovely friend Sarah began a Tumblr last year called Porn4Jews, a collection of hilarious memes. The irony of the idea, of course, is that the pictures are not pornographic at all! but rather endearing shots of lovable young Jews with playful captions...









Those are some good looking Jews, huh?! Obviously the Tumblr became a hit, and Sarah's idea is being turned into a book called Kosher Porn this fall! You can preorder it here or pick it up after its release on September 23 at places like Urban Outfitters.

Both being "chosen people," Mike and I "modeled" for Sarah this spring, and a blush-worthy photo of me came out this week! I am a little shy but mostly flattered to be featured!


So, good shabbos friends -- I hope have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back in Business

I took myself a little vacation for the month of August -- literally and figuratively. Mike and I spent two glorious weeks on Martha's Vineyard (pictures soon!), and we also moved to Boston and have been settling in to our new place (pictures... one day).


I also started work at my "new" job on Tuesday. I'm returning to the A.R.T., the theater that I worked at two years ago! in an exciting new position. Not only is it lovely to see old friends and colleagues -- but it's also a great excuse to decorate a new space. I had been hearing about Poppin for a while and decided it would be fun to spruce up my new corner desk with cute supplies.

I was so charmed by the new mint color that I ordered a whole little desk set. I can't wait for it to arrive!


They also sell some pretty amazing things like this conference / ping pong table:


...these bright and happy desk chairs...


and these chic monogrammed notebooks:

 

See how people are styling their Poppin products on their #workhappy pinboard. There is some real cute inspiration on there.

I'm excited to be back in Boston and back in the blogging world. Can't wait to see what the fall has in store!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#TBT: MVY

Can you translate that title? Just a quick note to say I haven't disappeared, I'm just hiding under a pile of yet-to-be-packed boxes -- our move to Boston is a week from today!

In the meantime, a "Throwback Thursday" photo -- summer on Martha's Vineyard with the sister and cousins:


And you know that sunset is real, cause this was taken before photoshop... I'm looking forward to lounging on that porch in less than 2 weeks!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Day: The Master Bedroom

My very favorite Pinterest board hit 1,000 pins this week -- time to celebrate? or maybe to wonder where I found the time to accomplish that.

My "one day..." board captures the most day-dreamy photos of what I'm still young enough to believe my future could hold... Silly and aspirational, yes, but I love pinning to it because it makes me feel like anything is possible!

The master bedrooms on the board definitely produce a pattern. I'm looking at warmth and coziness, with a spot of luxury. Almost all of the masters I envision are decorated with a neutral palette: soft creams, warm greys, crisp beiges. I love an upholstered headboard, need fresh flowers, and favor a touch of blue here and there. Some of my favorites below:














Do you keep a board or a folder with these kinds of fun dreams on them? What would your "one day" master bedroom look like?