Friday, May 20, 2016

Seaside Happiness







Top: Zara, Boyfriend Jeans: The Gap, Shoes: Soludos, Earrings: Macy's, Necklace: Macy's. Handbag: Michael Kors

As soon as the weather hits 65 degrees and above, I instantly have the need to spend as much time as possible outdoors, preferably by the water.  There is just something so relaxing about breathing in fresh salt water, and listening to the motion of the calming seas. For me, this is always the best way to clear my head and to instantly boost my mood. Last year, my mom and I started a tradition of visiting a new nearby town and just taking time to explore and walk around it. We both agreed that this town pictured above, Northport, was our favorite one that we visited. It has a cute, quaint town-feel to it, along with the charm of the water-front view.

About my outfit: Aside from giving the excuse to step outside into the sunshine, Springtime means shedding those layers and freshening up your wardrobe. One sea-side essential this season is these classic Soludos espadrille sandals. I love the feminine touch of these black laces, which remind me of wearing pointe shoes again from when I used to do ballet. The sand color that these shoes come in compliment the black lace, and are the perfect pairing for nearly an outfit, this time of year. I paired it with this sleek structured top from Zara, which created a great contrast against these casual boyfriend jeans, to even out my look.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens







This past Saturday, my friend and I visited the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens for the first time, in celebration of my birthday. If you have never been here before, I highly recommend making a trip there; it is definitely worth it! The amount of beauty and happiness present in one place was truly amazing and breathtaking.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Let Spring be Sprung



 Jacket: Forever 21, Boyfriend Jeans: The Gap, Sunglasses: Cole Haan via Century 21, Tote Bag: Ralph Lauren via Macy's, Booties: Vera Wang via Kohl's

It is so easy to let yourself get caught up in your daily tasks and activities, that you suddenly forget to live for yourself and do what makes you happy. I have been so busy with school and other obligations, that I sometimes forget to do what I enjoy, such as blogging.  I am sure there are many people that feel like this, and I am definitely one of them. You are probably always pushing yourself to do the very best you can and be the very best person you can be, that you forget to breathe and just relax. When I finally realize that this is what I am doing, I really have to take a step back and tell myself that everything is okay and to just live life the way you wish to live it and to really appreciate yourself.  As cheesy as that may sound., it really does work. Even if that means going for a walk outside, or sitting in your favorite local coffee shop, having that time to clear out your mind and be at ease with yourself is really a great thing!

I usually look to the transitioning of seasons as a time to start fresh and try to remove most negative thoughts or anything that may be holding you back from being 100% happy. For me, Springtime really seems to be the ultimate time to do this. Just as the flowers start to bloom and everything begins to look a little brighter, you yourself can do the same.

-Positive Wednesday Thoughts

xoxo,
Maria

Friday, January 15, 2016

My Cozy Winter Essentials














Hat: Michael Kors via Bloomingdales; Scarf: Aerie: Sweater: The Loft; Coat: Express via Marshall's: Jeans: The Gap; Shoes: Marshall's

With the blistering cold weather outside, how nice does it sound to snuggle up on your couch with a soft, warm blanket, drinking your favorite cup of hot tea?  As wonderful as this is, we still have to go on with our everyday activities, which involves stepping outside and fighting against the cold. That is why it is so necessary to invest in a few really warm pieces that make you excited to be outside and pretend that "the cold doesn't bother you anyway."

I have to say that before I received this scarf from my sister as Christmas gift, I was not a huge fan of wearing scarves, because I always found them uncomfortable or suffocating for some reason. However, the second I took this gem out of the box, I haven't stopped wearing it since. It is the most comfortable thing I have ever lay my hands on, not to mention the warmth that it provides you with.  I would wear it with every outfit if I could, just because I love it so much. My mom has even borrowed it a few times and really wants one for herself. Unfortunately, The scarf is now sold out online and in most stores. I hope Aerie re-stocks them so you can all get one and experience it for yourselves. This hat is another very cozy accessory, that I find myself unable to leave the house without. To complete the look, I threw on my fuzzy  black coat that is perfect for this time of year.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Pop of Stripe





Dress: French connection via TJ Maxx;Vest:Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx; Boots: Tommy Hilfiger

When discussing a particular outfit, I am sure that you have come across the term "pop of color" at some point. It is a phrase that is commonly used to describe a seemingly monochromatic outfit, with the addition of one singular piece containing a color that stands out, or "pops out", if you will.

With that being said, the same can hold true for a print/pattern contained in a particular piece within your outfit. That is where my title for this post comes in- "A Pop of Stripe." Being that the primary color in this particular outfit is black, I wanted to add an element to liven it up a bit, so that it wasn't too boring for my taste. Since I do not wear stripes too often, I wanted to keep the remainder of the outfit fairly simple,  instead of mixing and matching prints/patterns, which some people like to play around with.

So, next time you are picking out your outfit for the day, choose a pop of print or pattern in order to add some excitement to your look!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Post-Holiday Season






 Pajamas: Ralph Lauren via Macy's, Mug: Anthropologie, Earrings:Giani Bernini via Macy's

If you love the holiday season just as much as I do, you must know the slight sadness that comes right after it is over.  The entire month of December is always so exciting for me and much anticipated the 11 months prior to which. The second I see the festive window displays at every retail store in NYC, my whole mood is turned around.  Everyone just seems to be in a jollier mood and suddenly, some (not all), of your worries fade away. This season only comes once a year and it never fails to fly by, so I have learned to cherish it and enjoy it as much as possible-even after it is over.

We can all agree that the week after Christmas is a pretty fun time as well, because it is when we get to use our new gifts. I always like to take this time to relax as much as possible, and to really sneak in those last seconds of the holiday season as I can. What better way to do this than to slip on your new comfy pair of pajamas, sip a warm cup of tea, and read a new book under the still lit tree? The answer is..it doesn't get much better than this!

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Start of Autumn





Sweater: Free People via Lord & Taylor; Jacket: The Loft; Jeans: The Gap; Hat: Forever 21; Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW
As the summer came to a close and Fall weather began to approach, I am sure you were all as eager as I was to break out my Fall wardrobe and temporarily store away the summer clothing. As much as I do enjoy the summertime, it is sometimes refreshing to have a change of pace, and what better way to do that than with the change of seasons?

Nevertheless, with the start of a new season comes the wants and needs of new essentials to supplement our wardrobes. I, personally, usually keep my clothing for years until they are no longer in good condition because it does less damage on my wallet and because there are always a few of those pieces that are just worth keeping. However, I obviously had to buy a few items of clothing for the fall weather., to satisfy my love for shopping and scoping out new trends.

In these photos alone, I tried to depict a few of the top trends for this season:earthy tones (color of my jacket) and of course, the Pantone color of the year: Marsala (in my booties). I found this dusty olive green colored jacket on the sale rack from the Loft, and ended up snagging it for about $20! What drew me to it was the somewhat military vibe that it has, which has been a very popular trend within the past year. I also knew that the light weight feel to it would make it a perfect transitional jacket in between seasons. This Free People sweater that I am wearing in these photos is my go-to sweater this season, because it is so comfy and stylish at the same time and it is the perfect thickness for this time of year. This is just one of my Fall looks this season, and I hope to be posting some more soon!