Pajama Party

It’s been unbelievably hot this last week or so in Boulder. Like, being-naked-is-too-much-clothes kind of hot. I’m even rejecting jean shorts at this point. Too clingy.

When I’m forced to put clothes on and leave the house, I opt for something lighter. I’ve been dying for a pair of breezy shorts this summer. You know the kind: drawstring, PJ-style shorts, casual but can be dressed up?

I’ve yet to find a pair I love enough to buy, so on this particularly hot day I wore actual pajama shorts. From VS. Yeah, I did it even though Tyty told me not to. It was SOO hot. But they were exactly what I’ve been looking for: light, silky, black, not too short, can be styled up or down. I don’t know, what do you think?

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Victoria Secret PJ shorts/H&M top/Converse/Panama Hat/Neiman Marcus bag

Wearing all black probably didn’t help the heat though…

#GIRLBOSS

So a month ago (actually, it was probably more like a month a half ago) I went home to LA (which I blogged about here) for a short trip. While on that trip, I was very lucky to be invited to the Nasty Gal Headquarters by a friend! You’ve probably already seen my pictures on Instagram.

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It was awesome! I definitely fan-girled while there and I’m not ashamed about it. Obviously I had to take an epic selfie.

The office is 1000x bigger than I expected, and very cool and lofty and hip. It was pretty amazing getting to see behind the scenes of a place that has been so influential in recent fashion history.

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That’s Dom and I, snapping a quick photo op by the Nasty Gal philosophy. #noassholes

And obviously, being #GIRLBOSSes, we had to take a couple pictures with the proper signage. NastyGal-GirlBOSS #girlboss

If you haven’t read Sophia Amoruso’s book #GIRLBOSS yet, I highly recommend you do so! Part autobiography, part origin story, part business philosophy, you’ll find that it makes you laugh out loud more than once.

It was a super fun afternoon, which was followed by cocktails on the Standard Rooftop and lunch at Bottega Louie. How downtown of us, non?

(For those wondering about outfit details: pants, H&M/crop top, H&M/hat, Colombia/purse, vintage Neiman Marcus)

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Black and White and Zero Color At All.

It’s been ages since I’ve done an outfit post, so I figured I’d indulge you guys (and myself) with one…

My dad was in town this week so I hopped on my bike and met him downtown for some sushi and cocktails one evening.

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I bought this asymmetrical skort in the winter and have been dying to pair it down with more casual pieces. If you’ve seen me around this summer, you’ll recognize me by my patent Birks and my Panama hat. (Fun Fact: All traditional Panama hats are actually made in Colombia and Ecuador. Therefore, they should actually be called Colombia/Ecuador hats. #themoreyouknow).

The skort is excellent for biking around town and not worrying about flashing anyone!

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Shirt: Max Studio/Skort: Necessary Clothing/Shoes: Birkenstocks/Bag: Colombia artesian/Hat: Street Vendor, Cartagena,Colombia.

Also, for whatever reason, my camera was on “macro” mode so pardon the low image quality.

Happy Styling!

Drinking Caipirinha’s Until The Next World Cup.

As you know (or you should know), the World Cup wrapped up yesterday with an epic match between Argentina and Germany (Germany won). I’m not really sure how I’m going to spend the rest of my summer days, considering I just spent the last month watching the games and recapping everything during World Cup Tonight on ESPN. (Who knew ESPN could be cool?)

Being as the Cup was hosted by Brazil this year, I spent most weekends drinking caipirinha’s (a kind of Brazilian mojito made with Cachaça) and stalking all my friends pics who were in Rio (very jealous!).

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Cachaca y aguardiente colombia

Here’s a pick of me and Danielle holding up our booze of choice during the Colombia vs Brazil game last week. (I’m holding Aguardiente: Colombia’s version of Cachaça.)

Caipirinha’s have become my favorite summer drink! They’re light, refreshing, SUPER easy to make, and very boozy.

Here’s what you need:
-Cachaça
-Limes
-Sugar
-Ice
-Club soda (not traditional, but help balance the bevie nicely, especially if you’re new to Cachaça.)
-Mint (also not traditional but our mint plant is growing like crazy so i threw a couple in.)

caipirinhasMuddle about half a lime into your glass (plus mint if you’re adding it). Scoop a teaspoon of sugar on top of your muddled fruit and muddle a bit more. Really mix it well. Top with plenty of ice, 2 1/2 ounces of Cachaça (I went for a nice long glug here. It’s up to you). Mix well again. Top with a splash of club soda (again, only if you want a bit of fiz).

Sip. Enjoy. Remake!

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Caipirinhas

Chanel Couture: Bring On The New It-Shoe.

Chanel Fall 2014 Couture

Yesterday, Karl Lagerfeld debuted Chanel’s Fall 2014 Couture show complete with a Kardashian and a pregnant bride. However, what really stood out was the shoe of the show: flip flops. I can’t recall (correct me if I’m wrong) the last time we saw a flip flop on the runway…

Could we be seeing the new Birkenstock? Every so many years the fashion kings and queens select a new shoe to sanctify and become the beacon of all things chic. Sometimes it’s an ugly turned pretty shoe (ie metallic Birks) or a plain jane turned badass (ie high top Chanel ); which when paired with high fashion or contrasting pieces make it seemingly cool, instantly effortless. Haute couture, once reserved for galas and red carpets, are instantly transformed into flea market ready-”Oh this old thing?”s without missing a beat.

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“That woman is wearing off the runway Celine with… Birkenstocks? NEED A PAIR!!!!!” fashionfreaks shrieked last summer.Celine-birkenstock-full-look-636x954

After this week’s show, Karl has done the same with the flip flops. Gone are the sandy, weather-beaten Rainbows which gave you blisters in 2006 or everyone’s favorite candy colored Havianas. Nope. I predict this new species of Shoe of the Moment will identified by texture and pattern and embellishments. Details, my friends, details.

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Chanel Fall 2014 Couture

Chanel’s version featured their classic tweed material tied sweetly around the ankle with a ribboned bow, like a Grecian Jackie Kennedy; and as we saw with Celine, it only takes one fashion nod to send the rest of us into a frenzy. What do you think? Are you ready to wear flip flops with your custom Balmain?

Because who knows… In a year’s time, us fashionfreaks might be saying “Balenciaga with…. NO SHOES!?”

From Weddings To…. Everything Else This Summer.

Wedding season is officially upon us which means it’s time to go dress shopping! No not that dress shopping… well maybe if you’re the one walking down the aisle..

There are two issues with having a summer full of weddings: the need for a new dress for each event (hello, EVERYONE Instagrams these days) and casting another dress you’ll probably never wear again to the back of your closet. You know you have a good thing going when you can rock the same dress for 2+ weddings and/or events in the same season.

Here I’ve chosen a 3 to-die-for wedding guest dresses and a few different ways to rock them all summer long!

 

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This elegant but flirty ASOS dress can be styled up or down by just a few smart accessories. Simple heels in a bold, contrasting color elevate your look, especially when paired with a matching bag and chic hat. Perfect for cousin’s country club wedding, right? Belted with minimalist sandals and fun lips make it a go-to for a backyard wedding or lunch at your fave beachside cafe.

 

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There’s something about a summer-colored sheath dress. I think Jackie-O looking glamourous getting off her private jet and headed to her yacht. Statement earrings and a minimalist or retro shoe can balance the brightness with this look while still keeping the glamour and grace. On the other hand, a sheath dress can turn any Jackie-O into a California girl. This summer fashion babes everywhere are rocking a chunky heel. It gives you an elegant lift without being too fussy. Extra points if they come in pastel or metallic colors. Throw a breezy kimono over this frock and let your hair loose you free-spirited, indie princess. You’re officially a California girl.black maxi dress styledEveryone loves a slim maxi dress. They’re your most versatile bet during hot summers in the city. Perfect for a black tie wedding, a light shoe blends quietly while all eyes will be on a graphic statement clutch. After the wedding, you can rock this dress to work or while getting rooftop cocktails by dressing it down with the summer favorite: Birkenstocks. Pearl white birks are white hot (get it?) right now, along with a chic leather backpack which screams it-girl chic from a mile away. Vintage sunnies are also a must.

 

See how easy that was? Play with your accessories and mix and match unexpected trends, colors, and materials for endless styling options. Everyone loves a 2 for 1 deal right? ;)

How else would you style these looks?? Let me know in the comments!

Summertime Ceviche

There’s something about summer and seafood that just make sense. Especially ceviche! I rarely ever order ceviche (especially in Boulder, it’s a little harder to find) and usually only indulge my cravings when I’m in South America. But last night I was watching Parts Unknown: Peru (obsessed with Anthony Bourdain!), and decided I couldn’t wait until I got down to South America again for my fix!

Using my favorite blog’s Ceviche Boat recipe (Find it on my Pinterest) I headed to Whole Foods to find the freshest fish in Boulder. (If anyone knows of a fresher, better fishmonger in the Boulder area, please let me know!!). The original recipe calls for Seabass (an excellent choice!) but I opted for the slightly cheaper tilapia. Still very good, though I think I prefer Seabass.

ceviche recipe

Ceviche is wildly easy to make. The key is to have quality and extremely fresh ingredients! The marinade is just a mix of fresh lemon juice, lime juice, a small chile pepper, cilantro, and green onion. The acidity of the citrus cooks your fish in about 30 mins, but I left mine in about an hour and half since my chunks were slightly larger. It is recommended not to exceed 3 hours so that the fish does not overcook and fall apart.

Ceviche ingredients

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When it was ready to serve, we scooped it out into avocado halves for a light, refreshing, and healthy dinner!

Bon Appetite!