Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wear This, Not That

I think a lot of the time in our efforts to be fashionable we don't work up the courage to purchase stylish things until either everyone's already wearing them or they're from "last season." There's a couple of things that have been on my mind and would like to state my opinion about them. Now, before I rant about something you yourself have in your closet, just know that this is a fashion-rant, but I believe as long as someone feels good about themselves and that what they've put on their bodies represents their personality and personal style then that's great and should be encouraged to continue to do so. So maybe this is more of a push in the right direction for those who aren't sure about the following:
#1: Pink sweatsuits
Sweat attire is and never was fashionable. I know we all want to be comfortable, but why do it looking like Paris Hilton or Hannah Montana? No one believes that you just came from the gym in that bright pink, sparkling velvet material that says "PINK" or "PRINCESS" on the bum.
Try this instead:
Leggings with a long shirt. It's comfy, versatile, and if done right should prevent you from flagging down the next airplane. 

#2: Pointed faux-leather boots
These are very 2004. I see them a lot, and they remind me of something my middle school teacher or Hilary Clinton would wear. They're not suited for anyone in my opinion, but especially women with some youth. There are too many alternatives that are youthful and bring something to your outfit, not just add a dull finish. Try ankle boots or a simple pair of the perfect pumps. Aldo is my new favorite for the basics. 

Wear these black pumps from Aldo or these ankle boots from Macy's. 

#3: Uggs
They look like little gingerbread men. They have also been shown to destroy your feet. Plus, you're paying for cankles. Find a nice pair of flats or oxfords. 

#4: Cork-soled wedges
I wore these when I was 11. I know that fashion repeats itself, but when they're big, bold, and red polka-dotted, they're not for you. They especially don't go with long, frayed, or washed out jeans. Please stop wearing them.
Wear these Dolce Vita and Urban Outfitters wedges!:

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Little Warmth

This is what I wore yesterday. It was a warm day, no doubt, but I figured the church building would be ridiculously freezing so I threw on a blazer. It was definitely a smart choice--I've never been to a ward building in the world that wasn't frigid in summer and over-heated in the winter. 

He's so sexy. 

blazer: urban outfitters. blouse: gap. skirt: kohls. brogue-inspired flats: aldo.
bangs: courtesy of Natalie Daniel. 

I LOVE blazers now. This is one of three that I got from Urban this season. What I love is that they are seriously all year pieces and they go with everything. But my all-time favorite right now are these flats I got from Aldo a couple months ago. I really wanted this pair of black leather brogues that were on sale online, but when I went to find them in store they were full price and I didn't want to pay shipping. But, I found these little cuties for $19.99 each and bought two pairs, one in black and one in bright blue. I LOVE them! They're super comfortable and I wear them all the time. 

Have a great week everyone! We can't wait to fly out and visit my family this Friday!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Our True Identity

I love Sundays. From the beginning, God blessed this day and hallowed it, making it a holy day. I know that whenever I wake up on a Sunday, the air feels different and I know this is a sacred day. Adam and I are back into our married ward during the 7-week break for school since the single ward doesn't meet. It was great to see our friends again and we always feel at home going back. 
I thought I'd share this message I came across from Elder Uchtdorf. I just love this man. He is a great example of how the gospel makes individuals more loving, giving, and humble individuals and that if we're not then we need to allow the good things we do daily to not makes us obedient, but to change us and convert us. 
It's called: Our True Identity, by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beginning Summer

I think this is the longest I've gone without posting something. I mean seriously--I don't have time to post something? These last couple weeks of the semester have been pretty busy and eventful, to say the least. Tomorrow I have my last final, for my marriage class, so I'm kind of procrastinating. It was a really good class though. I would recommend it to anyone, or any marriage class for that matter. Whether you're not married yet, about to or just gotten married, or been married for 25 years, anyone can learn something new. I thought our marriage was perfect, but I realized that there are things I need to work on in order to truly love Adam. One of the things I especially liked learning about is called being a "dream detective." According to marriage-expert John Gottman, most perpetual problems in marriage, or those that are rarely ever resolved, are so difficult to resolve because they are based on something deeper, and those things are usually dreams or other underlying factors. I realized that when I tell Adam his desire to purchase a 2 ton letter press and keep it in a storage unit until we get a bigger place is ridiculous, I am forgetting to acknowledge his wishes, desires and dreams in life. Adam loves doing design on the computer, but especially enjoys fine art, where he creates something with his own hands. Adam knows that buying this ridiculously huge and expensive-to-maintain hunk of metal is not going to happen just yet for him, but he's trying to get me to recognize his desires and dreams and for me to accept and validate them. Anyway, so the joke whenever he asks me if he can do something and I say no is that I'm a "dream crusher." 
Adam: I really want to go golfing this Saturday with my friends.
Britney: We can't afford it.
Adam: Dream crusher. 
Anyways, I was inspired by Mrs. Breezie Bitter to make a list of things I intend on getting done during the 7-week break (starting tomorrow!):
1. Running everyday to compensate for the amount of eating I'm planning on doing 
2. Go to Monkey Rock and bridge jump
3. Re-do our wall canvases--they need more purple, I'm kind of obsessed with purple right now.
4. Eat pizza at Grimmaldi's in Brooklyn
5. Get a Phili cheesesteak with my brother 
6. Go to Rita's for Italian Ice (my favorite is chocolate, is that weird?)
7. Go to the Jersey Shore and not see Snookie 
8. Jump into Lake George in the Adirondacks and sleep in--that usually gets grandpa mad because we sleep through tennis lessons every year
9. Go to West Point Military Academy and double with my friend Tara and her man..maid of honor and I haven't seen her in 2 years
10. Squeeze my parents' dogs
11. Bask in humidity and frizzy hair--Adam's gets curly
12. Go to Carlo's Bakery and get Italian Wedding Cake with Lobster tails (Karl's the guy from Cake Boss)
13. Do girls night with my sisters and Mom before Briana moves to LA
14. Take practice nursing tests so I don't fail the exit exam in December (I graduate in DECEMBER!)
15. Kiss Grandpa--my first love
16. Go to H&M
17. Go to consignment stores
18. Eat a cannoli and tomato pie
19. Bake with my Mom
20. Go to the Manhattan Temple again
21. Sit in Central Park with a pretzel the size of a wheel barrel
If I can do all of these things I think I'll feel satisfied with life, nostalgia, and year-long food cravings. I am my oldest sister's sister...of course. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Allure of Trousers

This week's Covet Corner features a pair of trousers I purchased from Urban Outfitters a couple weeks ago. For you modest ladies, these bottoms are perfect for keeping cool, yet covered for the rest of the summer.
Take a look! 
Also, my super awesome creative photography friend Myra asked me to model for her to beef up her portfolio. The pictures are killer, all credit to her, and I wore the trousers in a couple of the shots, which I will feature here in a couple of days. 
Stay tuned!