Author Archives: Hannah

We’re Back!

After a much too long hiatus – we are back! And just in time for our favorite season – fall! To kick start our return, we thought we’d show you some inspiration for the upcoming months.

 Braid

Green Nails

Tulle

Black

Foliage

Pumpkin Bread

Prep

Red Lips

Chunky Knits

Coffee in Large Mug

Cones & Candles

Nerdy Glasses

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Summer Style: The Beach Tunic

With Memorial Day just around the corner, I find myself constantly browsing pages and pages of cute new bathing suits and cover ups. I have gone on many beach vacations throughout my life and recently went through some of my old swimwear (some of which was probably was still from high school and well past its expiration date). Therefore, I’m in need of some new suits and cover ups. I love the look of a light tunic that you can pair with a bottom or wear solo. I have been lusting after the Tory Burch tunic for quite some time but unfortunately don’t feel like my current budget can allocate to a $300 cover up (but hopefully someday!). In the mean time, I’ve found some more wallet-friendly alternatives. Wear these on their own to the beach or pool and then throw on some cut-off shorts and strappy sandals when grabbing a bite to eat.

  1. J.Crew Whisper Gauze Beachcomber Tunic
  2. Billabong Fringe Beach Cover-Up
  3. Madewell Lowtide Tunic
  4. J.Crew Feather Paisley Tunic
  5. The Webster for Target Cotton Jacquard Tunic

What’s your favorite type of beach cover up?

Shop for a Cause: Tory Burch Foundation

We both try to be socially conscious shoppers as best we can. There are many designers who incorporate social responsibility into their companies, which is awesome. Tory Burch started the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009 – its mission is to help provide economic opportunities to underprivileged women and their families in the United States. According to their website, studies show women have been disproportionately affected by the financial crisis and have more difficulty qualifying for loans. The foundation teamed up with ACCION USA, which provides microloans and financial services for these women to help them start their businesses. If you buy certain Tory Burch products, all of the profits benefit her foundation. Here are some great items you can buy to help support this great cause! Hurry because they go fast! (And just in time for Mother’s Day!)

  1. Saffiano Foundation Double Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet
  2. Tory Burch Foundation Sunflower Scarf
  3. Tory Burch Foundation Metallic Foldable Tote

Real Girl Style

Look: Work Denim

Since denim seems to be a big trend that has stuck, I wanted to find a way to incorporate the look into a work appropriate outfit. I paired black pants, a silk shell tank, with a ruffle grey denim jacket – a bit different from the traditional one, giving it a more professional feel.

{Jacket: LAmade, Pants: Banana Republic, Shell: Vince}

{Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita}

Rain Shoes

Image from Pinterest

I have never been one to like the rain. My dislike for it increased when I realized that I am forced to walk through it on my way to work – or if I ever want to do anything outside my tiny apartment. When I first moved to New York, I underestimated the need for rain boots. After a few ruined flats and many days shivering in my cubicle thanks to cold, wet feet, I finally purchased a pair of the popular Hunter rain boots. Don’t get me wrong, I love how they resemble a chic yet effective way to stay dry. However, as the days get warmer – my desire to pull on a tall clunky boot diminishes. Thus, I have researched other cute ways to block the rain that go better with spring and summer styles. The great thing about these shoes is that many of them come in all sorts of colors! (I still have my Hunters on hand for those raining cats and dogs kind of days.)

  1. Bogs Charlot Rain Chukka
  2. Sperry Top-Sider Ran Drop Boot
  3. Chooka Duck Skimmer Flat
  4. Sperry Top-Sider Cormorant
  5. LLBean Coastal Rain Skimmer
  6. JCrew Rainy Day Bow Ballet Flat

I Love the 90’s

I recently went to go see a 90’s cover band with some friends one Friday night. In preparation, I decided to do some googling to get reacquainted with the highs and lows of the decade. I had forgotten all the great movies, shows, and songs come out of those fabulous years – Saved by the Bell, Friends, Clueless, Spice Girls, (this list could go on and on). While searching, I couldn’t help but notice some reoccurring fashion styles that seem to be popping up today.  I guess everyone really does love the 90’s! Here are some of the major trends I picked up on:

  1. THEN – Platform sneakers
  2. NOW – Flatform sandals
  3. THEN – Doc Marten “1460” boots
  4. NOW – Frye “Engineer” boots
  5. THEN – Jean buckle overalls
  6. NOW – Chambray romper
  7. THEN – Cropped tight sweater
  8. NOW – Loose hi-low sweater

What trends from past decades do you notice are in style today?

SmartyPig

I’ve recently been introduced to the amazing savings account website called SmartyPig. Not only does it have a higher interest rate compared to most of the big banks, but it lets you break up your savings into different goals. As a young person living in a big city, I cherish every possible extra dollar I can, but sometimes I feel bad saving just for the sake of saving. Being able to assign a goal to my money helps me focus on an end result. Whether it be a tropical vacation, a pair of new killer (but pricey) heels, or a starting off point for a future adventure (such as new business venture or grad school), you have the ability to choose how you want to save.  They also have a reloadable cash rewards card that you can get which gives you 1% cash back on every purchase where MasterCard is accepted. You can put money on it from one of your goal accounts or from another funding source. This is a great way to make sure you never go over your budget!

Check it out here!

~ H

Cabin Fever Remedies

(Image from Pinterest)

The weather is probably starting to feel a lot like summer for most of you – I know it definitely is for me! It does not make sitting at a cubicle for 8 hours any easier knowing I don’t need to wear a winter coat on my lunch breaks anymore. To make the office life more enjoyable, I’ve selected a few of those little essentials that help me make it through the days.

Water – staying hydrated keeps me awake and helps my skin look fresh!
Foot Petal shoe inserts – these assortments keep pumps from sliding off my feet so I can wear all those cute new spring shoes! (Can be found  here)
Bright colored office supplies – helps me stay more organized (and makes filing kind of fun!) My favorites are from the Container Store.
Healthy snacks – I like to keep trail mix or granola bars at my desk for when I feel my motivation dragging due to hunger
Plans for after work – I found that if I have something to look forward to after work (i.e. happy hours, dinner dates, shopping trips), it raises my overall mood during the work day
My mom – try to find someone you can call on a break when you’re having a rough day and just need some cheering up – talking to my mom for even 10 minutes always helps me!

What things help you make it through your days stuck inside?

~ Hannah

Hello world!

In our first post, we thought we’d give you a little introduction to who we are and why we decided to start a blog. Originally from a small town in upstate New York, we were lucky enough to have to parents who grew up in New York City. From an early age they (mostly our mom) showed us that a world of fashion existed outside of the small selection of stores our city had to offer. We would cherish those weekend trips to the big city and spend hours browsing the racks for designer clothes at our local Marshall’s and TJMaxx. Due to the infrequency and difficultly of finding those coveted, stylish pieces, we formed a strong appreciation for when we did discover those expensive and high quality items. This shaped us into finically and socially conscious young women, who have a strong love for fashion and trends.

All in all we are normal girls from a small town – just like most of America. Because of our experiences, not just with fashion, we feel as though there are many other women out there just like us who can relate to what we have to say. We sincerely hope you enjoy our blog and welcome any input you have. Happy reading!