3 minute read Reformation's new shoe line, networking advice and the best memes from this year's Met Gala.
Another manic week!
Well, hello Friday! Aren't you a sight for sore eyes?! It's been a bunch of back to back long shoot days this week, with little sleep in between so I can't wait to really relax this weekend, ideally with zero makeup and messy hair. Also, since it's warming up this weekend (yay!), we might hop out to the New York Botanical Garden to check out the new Singapore Orchid show (mentioned on my spring bucket list)!
So if you're like me and ready to kick up your heels early, here's a bit of what's been catching my eye this week.
I'm sorry, did you say something? I was too busy adding these vintage feather slides to my cart.
I couldn't help but wonder...what was Mr. Big's age after all? Didn't he always seem much older than Carrie?
Loved this post from Keiko about making friends as an adult.
Having watched Mommy Dead and Dearest already, I now have my sights set on this scripted drama series about it. Have you guys seen it already? Thoughts?!
Commendable post from my friend Grace about inclusive sizing and how it's something that affects us all.
Speaking of extended sizes, Reformation just dropped this collection with a range of 0-22. Slow clap.
Lots of great tips in here, whether you work for yourself or at a company.
I was recently introduced to Upcounsel earlier this week and I have to say, the idea is genius. As an independent contractor, it's always nice knowing you could potentially hire legal counsel without it being a really intimidating process. Think of it as Task Rabbit for legal projects/issues.
Why hello, Friday. Aren't you a sight for sore eyes?
I don't know about you, but this week kicked my ass. In all the best ways. But in a lot of "I need to re-evaluate my time commitments better" ways too. I tend to think I can accomplish and fit A LOT into a 12, sometimes 14 hour work day, only to realize after about 10, I'm anxious and exhausted, with a hint of hangry. So, in the spirit of relaxing the F out, I'm unplugging as much as possible this weekend. And finally tackling the piles of unsorted clothes that have crept their way all over my couch.
So let's dive right in, shall we?
So is it just me, or was little Miss MM's wardrobe SO GOOD EVERY SINGLE DAY of that royal tour?! I kept checking the @KensingtonPalace account on Instagram for the latest outfit change like it was Christmas morning -- that Brandon Maxwell dress in particular being the real dealbreaker. Sigh.
If you haven't been following this, here's the brief rundown: the New York Times recently released an investigative report documenting how Google paid Android founder Andy Rubin $90 million in a severance package AFTER finding the sexual assault accusations against him to be credible and true. Yesterday, thousands of employees at Google walked out in the middle of the day in protest. I'm hopeful this will bring about some impactful and lasting change at Google because if I know anything about those employees, there's a detailed Google Doc somewhere with listed requirements, demands and necessary next steps.
Step 1: Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment mask first thing in the morning for 15 minutes (usually store them in the refrigerator so they're nice and cold). Really helps to depuff any baggage!
Step 2: Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Eye and Lip Contour at night I LIVE for this stuff. Use sparingly, it's pricey, but decadent!
Step 3: Sleep with a silk eye mask. Not only does it help block out light and help induce sleep faster (leaving me well rested!), but it helps keep all eye product on at night (instead of on the pillow) thereby keeping moisture right where it belongs -- on me!
I'm excited to go cheer on the runners this weekend, but especially the folks who look like they need a little extra encouragement. I loved how Latoya took someone taunting her at last year's NYC Marathon and turned it into motivation to finish. Someone did something very similar to me when I was running last year, and instead of getting angry with them, I took it out on the pavement and kept moving.
I mean, she's basically all the Disney princesses wrapped up into one!
It's hard to read at certain points without crying, but it's also hard to read at certain points without wanting to slow clap for these ladies and their courage, their candor and their strength.
And I, for one, and HERE FOR IT!
In case I haven't said it enough, TUESDAY IS THE DAY TO GO VOTE, folks! Make a plan today -- most polls open at 6am and stay open pretty late, so I recommend checking your schedule now and planning around it. Again, I don't care WHO or WHAT you vote for, just VOTE PLEASE.
It's been a rollercoaster over here -- with lots of full day shoots and little down time in between, which is admittedly, just the way I like it. That said, your Friday Favorites are coming a day late, so I hope you already have your weekend coffee in hand and some AC blasting (I certainly do!). Let's dive in!
The other day, when I was boarding the bus to head out to Montauk with the Cynthia Rowley team, my friend Lex sent me a DM with a photo of the Duchess of Sussex. Her message with the photo was: "Aren't you wearing the exact same outfit right now?!" I couldn't help but laugh -- we basically were! I had the denim, midi Martin Grant dress you see here, Meghan, of course, was in Carolina Herrera, for the Sentebale polo match in Windsor, but side by side, basically duplicates. Naturally, this begs the question, who wore it best?
I don't know about you guys, but I'm switching up my summer bag routine from straw and wicker to all things beaded. The more vintage looking the better. And this little number from Sachin + Babi is all I want to grab when I head out these days. Plus, it comes in so many different colors -- the emerald is high on my list.
Love her or hate her, she's got one damn good business model. This quote sums it up best: "Her business depended on no one ever being able to be her. Though I guess it also depended on their ability to think they might."
I recently saw this here in the city and practically had goosebumps the entire time. The archival footage is incredible and all the interviews are very candid and raw, plus the editing is hauntingly beautiful -- just like his work. Highly recommend seeing it.
Speaking of your watch list, I recently started HBO's Sharp Objects, with Amy Adams. AND I'M HOOKED. No surprise there though -- it's directed by none other than Big Little Lies's director Jean-Marc Vallée and the soundtrack is amazing -- already have it fired up on Spotify.
Spoiler alert: I'm going at the end of August, so I'll let you all know!
A heartbreaking and eye opening read. My favorite part: "On a conference call with a border patrol officer and his cousin, an editor at a local El Paso publication, they both agree “we have lost our focus on humanity.” The officer tells me a story of a four-year-old boy crossing the border alone and running up to him, grateful he’s made it across. As the officer turned the child over to officials, he held back tears. He knows the chance of the boy ever seeing his family again is slim. “His mom either sent him alone so that he would have a chance at a better life, or she’s already crossed over and is living undocumented and will be unreachable, but maybe she’s in the system. With up to 99 percent of asylum cases at El Paso being denied, it’s unlikely these two will end up together.”
I recently asked in an Instagram post whether you guys preferred a certain polka dot dress or a yellow dress and the overwhelming amount of comments in support of the yellow dress leads me to believe I just need more yellow in my life. Looks like I know what I'm shopping for this weekend.
OUTFIT DETAILS: Martin Grant dress (sold out, but this Stella McCartney version is really similar and on sale!) // Olympia Le-Tan clutch // Chanel slingbacks (snag these -- AMAZING condition at The RealReal!) // Missoma necklaces
Perhaps I'm still playing catch up from our weird holiday week a while back, but the past few days have felt like a marathon. Waking up super early, going to bed super late and still feeling like I'm not getting through my to-do list each day. I'm heading out to Sag Harbor today with the Nicole Miller team, so I'm looking forward to kicking off an early summer Friday with some sunshine out east.
Also, since the weekend is nigh, just wanted to remind you all that I'll be speaking tomorrow at the Her Conference here in NYC, from 10 to 11am. Our panel discussion is all things related to Blogging 101: growing your reach and increasing your engagement. Plus, I have some RAD ladies joining me, all of whom I admire so much. If you happen to be in the city this weekend, I'd love to meet you! You can snag your weekend pass right this way and make sure to use the code "HERCONFCC" at checkout for $50 off!
As always, hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, no matter what you have planned! And thanks for reading! In the meantime, here's a rundown of everything that's caught my eye this week:
Loved this honest and very candid post from Jess. It's also a great reality check that I think we all need from time to time, the more we consume on social.
So, in case you missed the army of influencers who posted their new Dior saddle bags yesterday, here's the rundown: Dior has officially relaunched their late 90s, early aughts iconic bag: the saddle bag. Carrie Bradshaw circa season 3 would be proud! But I'm curious, what are your thoughts? Do you prefer the vintage version still? Or it's updated and more expensive younger sister?
My boyfriend recently shared this video with me, and I'm now tempted to recreate it myself. Such a clever, tongue in cheek take on the "I'm so cool without really trying fashion video."
Speaking of my boyfriend, CAN WE PLEASE GET TICKETS FOR THIS?
I recently got hooked on this -- and love how concise but comprehensive it is. Everything you need to know about what happened in the world that week, taking about 10 minutes or less to read.
I'm so happy that you guys loved my review of Rent the Runway's Unlimited service! As a follow up, I wanted to mention their team is happy to offer an additional 40% off to my readers for their first Unlimited order! Simply enter the code "KRYSTALPERK40" at checkout. Speaking of, here's what I'm currently waiting to arrive for my next order: this Solace London dress, this Amur dress and this Martin Grant dress.
Have you guys seen this yet? It's on our Sunday agenda and I'm really intrigued after reading a few reviews that dub it as a "wild, dystopian satire."
This had me in tears.
3 minute read Every summer, a new little white dress rolls into my life that quickly becomes my closet MVP. I suddenly want to pack her for every trip, occasion and oftentimes, for no occasion at all, because I just somehow feel better, more like myself with her on.
Hello friends, and happy Friday!
As of this moment, I'm basking in a feeling I haven't yet experienced — I'm a college graduate! In case you didn't know, I, Nora, am (was?) a student at New York University for the past four years, studying media, culture, and communication and creative writing. I moved to New York for school and haven't looked back since, but, in that sense, I really haven't looked back since. This week has been a flurry of finals, events, and multiple (yes, multiple) graduation ceremonies, and I feel like I still haven't had a chance to catch my breath. I'm physically and emotionally exhausted, and I have no plans for this weekend other than to sleep for an entire day. Or maybe a couple of days.
Among all of the craziness that's gone on lately, and even as I write this, I haven't really been thinking about the past. I've been thinking about what to wear to Radio City Music Hall for graduation #1 (NYU really believes in casual graduation venues), I've been thinking about all the work I have to do for my last final (turned in on time on Tuesday! Woo!), I've been thinking about how I've been staying up way past my bedtime and waking up way before my alarm clock in order to get everything done that needs to get done. Even at the actual graduation ceremonies, I find myself thinking ahead to the next friend's name about to be read, or to the next meal I'll get to eat, or to how hot/rainy/chilly/windy it'll be once we get outside — the weather has been insane this week. It's been hard to really live in the moment, let alone the past.
But now, I finally have a minute to breathe, and to process everything that's happened to me not only in the past week but the past four amazing years at NYU and in New York. I've had so many incredible experiences in this city that were facilitated by my presence at NYU, and for that I'll be forever grateful. Heck, I wouldn't have met Krystal were it not for NYU housing me in Greenwich Village — I creepily DM'd her on Instagram about how we had all the same favorite spots until she had to be my friend, ha! I will miss my friends who are moving away to start the next part of their life. Some have been offered jobs already, someone is becoming a Cultural Care Au Pair so they can travel and earn some money and some have decided to continue with education in another place. At least I still have plenty of friends that are still near me.
So, in no particular order, here are a few of my Friday favorites, college edition:
There are so many more moments, but I'll spare you for now. Just a reminder to anyone going through anything at the moment: don't be afraid to look back. Make time for it. It matters. But also, always keep looking forward — there will be better things on the horizon.
Have a great weekend!