And the livin' is easy,
Fish are jumpin',
And the cotton is high.
Fish are jumpin',
And the cotton is high.
I blink, and I swear it's almost coming to a close. Final plans are being made. Thank goodness- not all hope has been lost. Labor day weekend getaways provide us with one last hoorah!
We're already looking to fall--i.e. cooler weather, pumpkin spice and cinnamon-covered everything. The fall and holiday season (combination) is probably my favorite, truth be known, but I don't think we should be rushing just yet to arrive there. Although, I am already immersed in fall fashion week here in New York. Big things are in the works. Pivotal moves and riveting creations...be on your toes, readers. But, back to the present. July has almost escaped through my clutches, but I'm saving a few highlights for you.
This is the July wrap-up of what's trending in my mind, on my body, and bumping around in my world as of right now.
Yes, right this very second.
This is real-time.
"Orange is the New Black"
No, no, no. I'm not referring to the new fall color palettes. You must have already heard about this Netflix-only series. Come on. Everyone's talking--well, writing, more so--about it. And, not to jump on the bandwagon, but it is goooooooood. It was just released on July 11, and I think that it took me a total of 24 hours to watch the entire 13-episode season. Yes, you did your math correctly. I devoured this. It's based off of Piper Kerman's memoir "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" (Grab this read off of Amazon for one of your final pool and beach reads!). Piper, the central character, is engaged and living a lovely life in New York City until her past of wild child ways and recklessness finally find her. She's convicted of transporting a suitcase containing drug money from ten years earlier. Now, she's been sent to prison for 15 months.
Bad decisions rising from that deep, dark closet we've buried them in?
I couldn't think of anything more terrifying...or engrossing! to watch the repercussions of when it's someone else experiencing it.
All I can say is, I'm glad it isn't me.
|Courtesy of Lionsgate and Netflix|
As shown in "Spotlight On: Karen Walker" as one of my personal picks from her eyewear collection, clear is cool. Why? Well, they generally take on the hue of your ensemble, reflect the colors nearby, or blend in to whatever your look is on that chosen occasion. Easy. Cool. Flattering shapes. Sienna Miller and I clearly share fabulous taste, considering we both are rocking the Benjamin Eyewear "Kayne" sunglasses in clear.
Custom, Handmade Hats
Yes, my dear. Heads are where it's at.
Citing a selection of my write-up on www.StyleDefinedNYC.com,
If you’ve ever uttered the words, “I’m just not a hat person” and believed it, then you haven’t met Alessandra Rivera. The New York City-based milliner and Parsons alum, nestled in her cozy Nolita studio, devotes her days to creating one-of-a-kind, handmade hats.
As an avid hat lover and wearer myself, it never struck me to actually invest in one that fit me like it should, rather than slump down, wiggle around or break down after just a few wears. I don’t really know why. We invest in handbags, flattering dresses, and tailored suits. We see the bigger picture. Quality seems to trump quantity over time. Feeling good in what you’re wearing is the end goal, right? Well, why not hats? And, that’s exactly what Rivera felt we were all missing out on. --Read MORE of my review HERE for the full scoop.
Drop-dead head-toppers, here we come.
Swooning over these summer-to-fall styles:
*Images courtesy of Alessandra Rivera
Feminine touches by Paper Wings
I was introduced to this brand by Suki Mulberg, who founded the incredible operation that is Style Visa, "your own passport to global design and culture." Style Visa represents a number of brands- from home décor to accessories and gifts, but also, rare and unique items from all around the world. Style Visa aims to bring together global (and national as well) designers with style seekers, in short. Here they are in this one-stop, shop! Here, Style Visa brought my attention to Paper Wings. Jen Goff, the creator, based out of Portland, Oregon, attributes her designs to "organic forms, natural lines and simple shapes." Every piece reflects just this aim, with a natural fluidity that's delicate without looking or feeling too dainty or contrived. I especially adore the necklaces she's currently featuring, because they're feminine without being "too nicey-nicey." You know me--that's boring, honey. Yawn-move on. And, Paper Wings has succeeded in striking that all-too-difficult balance- one in which the design remains strong but not quite silent. Instead, it whispers. Wear them alone, or mix them, like I would typically opt for. I say, Load it on- every piece mixes well and adds a custom touch to an ensemble without competing with or overwhelming your look. Done.
Shop my look and other Paper Wings picks:
..Stay tuned for more from Style Visa. And in the meantime, check out more of their top designers HERE.
...and, dance parties.
Mainly, dance parties AT reunions.
Well, so July has hit me like a brick wall. Believe me, it's been a good time. A realllllyyyyy good time. I've been channeling my 21-year-old self. I have been brought to my knees, though, and I have ultimately had to accept the fact that I am NOT 21 any longer. I am sleep-deprived, and my body aches in desperation and fear. I didn't necessarily completely abandon all responsibility, because let's face it, I can't. I do have to function as an adult now. It's a sad day of self-awareness and realizations. I traveled down and throughout the south this month. I've visited my hometown of Memphis (more on that to come, don't fret). I re-visited my many wild days of youth and hunger for life, love, and travel and hopped on to Warped Tour once again to visit old band friends who have always played and continue to play, girlfriends, crew members, vendors, etcetera, and we all pretended to be young and carefree again. Oh, and I discovered that a good friend of mine had established a widely popular reality television show, based on him and some of other friends, entitled "Warped Tour Roadies." They're filming the second season now, and it's apparently a huge hit. I might or might not be making an appearance. Oops. Hilarity, though. Everyone's a superstar these days. Hats off to my friends-new and old. We grew up. But, we still know how to harness our inner animals for a few good days of indulgence. After Warped, and it was just that...warped...I had even mooooore friends zooming in and out of New York on tours. More reunions. It's been... a lot. July, you were that kind of girl. See the photos. They tell you just enough without divulging everything. ThisKindofGirl would never expose everything. A girl needs her secrets. And, maybe to protect the not-so-innocent.
In the meantime...
you know where to find me...
I'll be here, being that kind.