Fall Fashions: lots of black & bling

I cannot believe it is the end of October! This busy semester filled with tons of homework and long hours of interning is flying by. Luckily, I graduate in December and will soon be on to the next phase of my life. In the meantime, I wanted to post some fashion pics of my recent outfits because I miss blogging and sharing my style. Below are some fall fashion inspirations, hope everyone has a spectacular weekend! Xx B

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I Love this “AIN’t LAURENT without yves” sweatshirt I bought last winter from Pac Sun. I cut off the bottom (not pictured) so it is kind of cropped. I paired it with my Breedazzled bracelets, statement ring, statement necklace from Urban Outfitters, and leather leggings and I was off to my internship!

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I wore this last weekend to a friend’s apartment for a get together. My ripped jeans are by One Teaspoon and are kinda rockstar-ish which I LOVE! My blouse is from Urban Outfitters and my black oversized back is Tylie Malibu. And of course, the long gold beaded necklace I am rocking is Breedazzled.

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This outfit is so comfy! I wore it to my internship on a rainy day. My dark gray cargo pants are from Urban Outfitters last year. My black belt is from American Eagle, I bought it for 8 dollars (they have the best sales) and my fancy sweatshirt is by free people. 

20141024-121601.jpgThis is what I look like at my internship if it is NOT raining. My Steve Madden combat boots, two dresses layered (nude dress is Brandy Melville & black is Gypsy Warrior, a denim jacket from Forever 21, and some Breedazzled bracelets.

 

TropiKale Smoothie Recipe

The last official days of summer are upon us and it has my sun loving self a little sad. I have a huge issue with jackets and live in the North East so I am not excited for the dropping temperatures (besides that fact that it is beanie season of course #BitchesLoveBeanies). That being said, I have been making my smoothies extra tropical; if it cannot be summer it might as well taste like it. Below are the ingredients for my TropiKale Smoothie. It is super simple to make and is basically a margarita for healthy people… Enjoy XX b

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1 banana

A few handfuls of frozen kale

1 cup of frozen fruit; strawberries, pineapple and mango (I buy the combined pack in Trader Joes)

Almond milk

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Joan Rivers: A very fashionable ending

Myself, along with just about every white female in America, experienced both chronic shock and serious depression by the sudden death of Joan Rivers. Ok, I am exaggerating a little but still, she was so great and I refuse to believe it.  At 81, the comedian and host of E! channels Fashion Police was not necessarily too young to die although she definitely wasn’t super super old like 98 or something. It just seemed so random and unexpected because she was so incredibly full of life, the most vivacious person on television even.

Yesterday, my sister and I watched an episode of her reality show in which she starred in alongside her daughter, Melissa and grandson, Cooper. In the episode, Joan had lunch with Melissa and her then boyfriend. Joan was seriously begging Melissa to make a sex tape with her boyfriend in order to heighten their fame and grow their empire like Kim Kardashian and her klan. This plan of Joan’s came about after having visited Kris Jenner on the ornate set of her talk show, Kris. She was completely blown away by the empire that the Kardashian family has built thanks to the leak of a celebrity sex tape. Joan has worked in the entertainment industry most of her life, breaking grounds as a female comedian, and has not reached the level that they have career wise. But damn girl, you did well!

Anyways, that is when it hit me. Joan died exactly the way she wanted to. Dramatic and unexpected, something the news would be flooded with. Upset fans and TV tributes. She wanted to prostitute the fuck out of her death, but not because she cared about herself that much. Joan had her time to shine and boy did she shine so bright. But she did it for so long and she wanted to pass the torch to the love of her life, her daughter Melissa. I would’t be surprised if Melissa wrote a book, signed on for more episodes of her reality show, took over Fashion Police. If you have ever seen her show, which I have like once, you will notice how smart and well put together of a person Melissa is. For someone who has experienced the loss of her father in college to suicide and a divorce from her husband, she is very strong and could teach the world many valuable life lessons. I truly believe that the unfortunate, fashionably early death of Joan Rivers was a beautiful gift of passion, and passion needs to be passed down. Because a world without passion is not one I want to live in at all…. XX  b

What we can learn about life from Joan Rivers

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Be confident.

And wear fur (but keep it fake) .

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Live, Laugh, Love

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Speak your mind.

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Stay optimistic.

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Acceptance.

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And most importantly, never forgive your douchebag boyfriend for beating the shit out of your face.

In the heat with a blue jean girl

“Those crazy nights, I do remember in my youth. I do recall, those were the best times, most of all, in the heat with a blue jean girl…”Stone in Love : Journey 

I think it is safe to say that the “blue jean girl” Journey is referring to is me. Okay, maybe not considering they are a way old band and I am certainly not as vintage as them. But I am definitely a blue jean girl and have some pretty memorable moments wearing denim. I was rocking dark wash True Religion skinny jeans (back when they were cool) when I first got kissed.  I remember LOVING those jeans, the guy not so much… Anyways, below are some of my recent outfits, all including denim of course. Take a look!

Xx B 

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On Wednesday I had to go into school for a meeting with my advisor & this is what I wore. My absolute favorite white blouse which has a twist in the front and long hem in the back. I love when classic pieces are changed up a bit, with an added special something to the design. This top is by Urban Outfitters and I bought it recently so if you love it, go buy it! My jeans are 7 for all Mankind. Since this outfit is pretty basic, I wore eye catching gold gladiator sandals by Sam Edelman. I bought these sandals last month at Nordstrom Rack for 50 percent off the normal retail price, what a steal! As for accessories, I stuck to my beachy basics which include a crochet bag, Rayban Aviators and breedazzled bracelets.

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On Thursday I went to the Jersey Shore for the night with my mom and sister. I wore my “More Issues Than Vogue” Muscle tank (which was longer until I cut it). It was a gift from my bestie from Nordstrom, she clearly knows me too well. I paired it with cutoff shorts by One Teaspoon, a coin statement necklace from Urban Outfitters and breedazzled bracelets.

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Saturday night I headed to Blu Alehouse, a super fun bar, with my besties for an end of summer bitches night out. I got to wear my new dress by Billabong which has the most adorable denim collared top. I paired it with lace up open toe sandals from Urban Outfitters, breedazzled bracelets & a braided headband which is super easy to do! Instructions below.

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A better look at the print on the dress.

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 To make a braided headband out of your hair you will need 2 tiny clear elastic bands and a few bobby pins that match your hair color. Put your hair in a pony tail excluding 2 portions of hair, one on each side of your head close to your ear. braid those pieces and tie them each with an elastic band. Take one of the braids and place it over your head where you would normally wear a headband and pin. Take the other piece and do the same. Take out your pony tail and you are ready to rock. It takes about 3 minutes and is a super cute style that adds bohemian glam to your look.

Weekend Outfits: to the bar I go

I feel as though every person on this planet besides myself has an August birthday. I love celebrating birthdays, even when they aren’t my own, because birthdays mean booze drinking and I am always down for that. I celebrated the birth of two humans this weekend which means it was filled with too many Gin & Tonics and nights out at Sushi Lounge & Hoboken. Here is what I wore…

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I am a pretty simple dresser in terms of clothing, accessories are more my shit. Why accessories are better? They always fit and they can transform an outfit quickly, easily and in a budget friendly manner. Denim Vest: Guess (stolen from my sisters closet, thanks Gab). Top: LF (also stolen from my sisters closet). Shorts: OneTeaspoon (those are actually mine & are my fave pair of shorts EVER). Shoes: Coach (stolen from my mom’s closet).

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I like to wear tons of rings because hey, a man hasn’t put a ring on it yet so I have to leave that shit up to myself. As for my bracelets, the white one is called a Lokai bracelet and promotes balance. I definitely recommend purchasing one if you are a spirit junkie like myself. The other two are my own designs, Breedazzled.

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My other hand was adorned with my favorite new rings. I just purchased the moon and star ring from Urban Outfitters for 16.00. I now wear it every day! The statement ring on my middle finger was only 3.00 at a costume jewelry store in NYC, such a steal!

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For my second night out, a bar crawl in Hoboken, I wore an old pair of 7 for all mankind jeans with a top I just purchased by Free People. Usually Free People is expensive but Bloomingdales currently has their sale items marked an additional 40-50 percent off so hurry there if you want this top! My shoes are by Chinese Laundry from Nordstrom and I wear them way too often.

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A side view of the shirt, the high-low hem is super popular at the moment. I love the low hem in the back because it covers my ass just in case my panties are showing when I sit at the bar, so thats always a plus!

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Absolutely LOVE this statement necklace I wore from Forever 21. This was another stolen item from my mom’s closet, shhhh. The other two necklaces are the Hamsa and Evil Eye and are my every day shit. A bitch needs protection!

XX B

Spicy Cucumber Avocado Rolls : the perfect summer party snack

Being that I generally eat clean, excluding those few days a month I have extremely horrible PMS of course, I find it annoying when I go to a family party or some kind of event and there is nothing healthy to snack on. There goes my “healthy lifestyle” as I shove my face into the Tortilla bowl. By the end of the party, between the unhealthy snacking and a few trips to the dessert table (I am a serious chocoholic and will cut the bitch who takes the last chocolate chip cookie, even if that bitch is my mother) I end up feeling like crap and wish I never fell off the bandwagon. Which is why I looked up “healthy snacks” on pinterest in hopes to inspire a “healthy snack revolution” considering I am Breezus in my own head. Anyways, I came across the recipe for Avocado Rolls which not only looked super yummy but also so pretty, which is important if you are a detail oriented whore like myself and need everything to look nice. Click here to view the recipe I found on Pinterest. I made my own version of the avocado spread because I wanted mine to be spicy. I like everything from my food to my men to be extra hot, I can’t help it I have good taste… To make my version you will need the following ingredients:

  1. 2 Cucumbers
  2. 2 Avocados
  3. 2 Jalapeno Peppers
  4. 1 Lemon
  5. Salt
  6. Pepper
  7. A handful of fresh basil
  8. Toothpicks

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Step 1: Mash the Avocado in a mortar and pestle to a smooth consistency. If you don’t have one of those, you can obvs just do it in a bowl. I like to think I am a young Martha Stewart so I use fancy cooking tools.

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Step 2: Squeeze a little bit of lemon into your avocado spread and mix.

Step 3: Chop up your peppers and basil.

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Step 4: Slice your cucumber into long thin slices. I used a fancy pants slicer to do this but you can also do this with a regular slicer. Like I said, Martha in the making…

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Step 5: Spread the avocado dip onto the cucumber slices. Then sprinkle on your Jalapeno peppers, and a little salt & pepper for enhanced taste.

Step 6: Roll up the cucumber slices and place a toothpick through it so it holds.

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Step 7: Sprinkle a little fresh basil on top.

Step 8: Plate and serve. This pretty green snack looks amazingly earthy next to some flowers, it’s all about the presentation people!

Enjoy! Xx b

22 is the new 17: Birthday fashions & life lessons

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On July the 9th of 2014, I officially became an old a$$ bitch. Ok, 22 is not technically “old” but it’s the first birthday in my entire life where the act of becoming a new, older age did not excite me. Last year it felt exquisite to turn 21 and finally be able to become legally intoxicated, something I had been doing illegally for a few years or so… WOOPS. And prior to my 21st, I have always wanted to be older. Like when I was 16 with a summer birthday anxiously awaiting my 17th birthday so I could finally become a licensed driver. Or even when I was 12 and I just wanted to be a “teenager.” Now I have had my license for what seems like forever (even though you wouldn’t know it by my driving) and have been out of my teens for years. THAT SHIT CRAY. Anyways, this birthday made me feel as though I would love to go back to being 17. But then I thought about my 17 year old self and the person that I am today and I realized that that is the last thing I would ever want. Myself today versus at 17 is stronger, smarter, healthier, more focused (usually) , more responsible (also usually) and way more secure. Today I have an amazing group of friends and I am a better friend to my friends. I have removed the idea of settling in every aspect of my life with the desire and courage to go after what I want and turn my dreams into my BREE-ALITY. Sure I’m still single as fuck like I was back at 17 but my self improvement and self discovery that I have done since being 17 has been way more beneficial than a relationship would have been. Over the past few years I have taken the time to fall in love with life and fall in love with myself, and I don’t mean that in a Kimye narcissistic-as-fuck kind of way. At 17 I didn’t appreciate things as much as I do now and my priorities were different. Now I am much more positive and less focused on stupid shit that doesn’t really matter, and I love myself for that. With that mindset, I have learned to let go of the negativity that surrounded me and in return such positive things and people have replaced that space and I am so thankful for that.  So after I did all of this self reflecting I obviously went strait to the bottle to start celebrating my “breeday” with my favorite bitches and ended the night not at 1 oak as planned but drunk in love with grilled cheese and french fries at the diner, which makes me seem like the biggest hypocrite in the world after expressing about how good of a person I have become. I’m still a degenerate at heart but I have also learned to embrace my flaws… Before I get to fashion I want to end this post with thanking everyone in my life who makes me feel special. And to anyone with a negative nancy attitude towards life or aging or anything really, take some time to yourself and get to know yourself. Learn what makes you happy and surround yourself with people that genuinely want the best for you. Appreciate the positive that surrounds you because that is what will attract even more positivity into your life. And finally, stop sweating the small stuff because life, like my height, is so short that every minute should be celebrated. If I wasn’t such a health nut I would most definitely wake up every morning and drink a glass of champagne in honor of life. Would that make me an alcoholic ? IDK but cheers to 22. My life is only getting better and I am excited to age because at this rate, with aging will come amazingness (but hopefully not wrinkles ugh) …

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Here’s a look at my 22nd “breeday”

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I am obviously obsessed with Rachel Zoe and so it was only necessary to have my birthday hair did at her blow dry salon, Dream Dry.

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I used a photo of my girl LC as the makeup inspiration for my birthday face.

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The results! I had my makeup did at Sephora in the Meatpacking District on 13th st and 9th ave. I was super happy with the outcome, I felt so glam!

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Me and my bitches looking fab as fuck! From the left;  Alicia, myself and Marissa outside of my apartment in the West Village hours before my birthday. I had to celebrate aging in style, here is what I rocked: Dress: bohemian BONES from revolve. Shoes: Chinese Laundry. Bag: Tylie Malibu.

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After a fabulous girls night out, I spent my birthday with my mom and sister in Soho. My birthday suit included a top and shorts from Free People and an arm full of Breedazzled bracelets + lots n lots of gold bangles.

Another little something to remember as you get older…. XX b

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