Date Night

Author: Ali

Every girl gets a little frazzled by what to wear on her first date – hell maybe even her fifth. The silly thing is, it’s probably the easiest outfit to pick out. Without any crazy expectations to uphold and a laid back atmosphere, jeans, a nice light and billowy top, paired with a chic jacket is the perfect go-to. Depending on the venue, heels or sandals are an obvious choice for shoes. Lastly, make sure you keep accessories to a minimal, swapping your handbag for a small clutch or crossbody.

Jacket: BLANKNYC Top: Express Jeans: Rag & Bone Sandals: Steve Madden Jewelry: Nordstrom & Sequin Bag: Kate Spade

Summer Comfort

Author: Ali

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This summer it’s all about white. White tops, skirts, denim – you name it! I paired a light blue linen top with my favorite pair of white toothpick jeans. Both items are lightweight and perfect for the summer heat. I love my old-school Willis bag in classic mahogany. It fits everything from my sunglasses to my massive wallet. Combined with a nice pair of white sandals, and layered with gold jewelry, I’m able to effortlessly piece together a classic and comfortable summer outfit.

Top: Madewell Jeans: J.Crew Sandals: Steve Madden Gold Jewelry: Nordstrom & Sequin Bag: Coach Sunglasses: Ferragamo


The Athletic Movement

Author: Ali

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since graduating from college last May, it’s that wearing sweatpants is no longer an acceptable act, with the exception of wearing them in the confines of your apartment. Another seemingly strange thing I’ve noticed? Your freebie tees from college and sorority tanks you once loved are not considered “normal” workout attire.

I wouldn’t normally care about this sort of thing, but there’s that self-doubt nagging me saying “you’re 23 years old and need to ditch the shirts for Athleta or lululemon." Don’t get me wrong, I have a couple of workout tops that were solely designed for working out. However, Athleta is a bit too old for my taste, and as great as Lulu is, sometimes I struggle with the fit of their tops. So, what’s a girl to do?

Fabletics co-founder, Kate Hudson has made a big splash in the athletica world with a line of workout clothes that have both good quality and value. They have a wide variety of fashionable workout clothes that come in different styles, so it works for people of different shapes and sizes. Fabletics even displays Kate’s favorite pieces each month, with a description of the fit, feel and features of the item. The coolest part of Fabletics has to be their “new member exclusive.” You simply go to the Fabletics website, take their quiz, and then they’ll ship you your first outfit for only $25! Don’t even get me started on their discounts.

Another celebrity that’s made her athletica footprint is Carrie Underwood, with her line CALIA. Their website states that they want to “make sure you never have to sacrifice fashion for function, or your lifestyle for your workout.” With a mission statement like that and a tagline of: “Stay the path,” I think CALIA is heading in a successful direction in terms of growth. With high-quality fabrics, variety in choices and a wide range of accessories, I think CALIA has the potential to do really well, especially with it’s main retail hub being at Dick’s Sporting Goods. 

In the end, it’s all about comfort, style and quality – arenas in which I believe both Fabletics and CALIA have done quite well. Move over Lululemon and Athleta, celebrities are making their move in the athletic wear department, and they’re doing a damn good job at it too.

Blue Hues

Author: Ali

As I mentioned in an earlier post, neutral shades of pinks, oranges, grays and blues are emerging as transitional colors for the spring season. I love wearing different shades of blue, and this lightweight top is my go-to for work and going out. I accompanied it with comfortable, yet elegant, black trousers. Paired with gladiator heels and simple accessories, this outfit makes for the perfect day-to-night weekend workday attire.

Top: J. Crew. Pants: J. Crew. Shoes: Vince Camuto. Necklace: J. Crew Outlet. Purse: Kate Spade. 

Ali's Worst Fashion Faux Pas

Author: Ali

It's no secret that just about every single one of us out there has committed a major fashion faux pas. Sure, at the time of the unadulterated act, you had no idea that you were committing one of the biggest fashion flops in the history of your existence. However, the reality of the mistake comes into full focus the second you open that drawer full of childhood photos your mother gratefully kept hidden in your basement - or at least this was the case for me. Yet, nothing compared to the t-shirts and one-of-a-kind ensembles my parents would bring back from their trips abroad.

In particular, I remember the time my mother returned from Mexico with a handmade poncho. Mind you, this wasn't one of those cute ponchos that have emerged within the fashion world in the last year. This was something that you would find a member of a mariachi band wearing with his sombrero and trumpet in hand. It was colorful, very detailed, and the best part was that no one else had it! I specifically paired it with matching leggings and a hair tie (or better yet - a scrunchie). The poncho was patterned, and striped with red, orange, yellow, green, black, and a hint of white. It resembled a colorful rug, and it felt like one too - heavy and rough.

Admittedly, this mistake was both my mother's and my own. I specifically remember telling her how much I loved the item, even though it was uncomfortable to wear. I will admit that I was a bit self-conscious when I wore it to school for the first time. Since the vibrant poncho wasn't something kids normally wore, I wasn't sure how well it would be received among my peers. Although when I was asked by my classmates why I was wearing the piece, I would proudly state that my mother got it for me in Mexico, which appeared to be a good enough excuse for them. I still got strange looks from kids who thought what I was wearing was weird, but I didn't care at that point. I realized I was the only one to have a poncho like it, and I loved the idea that I had something special, unique and all my own.