7 Chic Pieces for a Rainy Day from Hunter x Target

The latest designer collab with Target is rainy-day chic!

Target has been known for its chic designer collabs popping up in stores, from Lilly Pulitzer, Victoria Beckham, and Magnolia’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, to name a few of the sold-out-within-hours collections. Next up, a fashion and accessories collection with famed British rain boots brand, Hunter.

Arriving Saturday, April 14, Hunter x Target is “inspired by family, festival and forces of nature” for a limited-edition collection “built on a philosophy of everyday adventure and a forecast of fun,” the Target site reads. The collaboration includes boots, outerwear, clothing, shoes, accessories and outdoor gear for the whole family.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite fun, casual and cute Hunter x Target picks that will be sure to perk up any rainy day this spring.

1. Hunter for Target Women’s Waterproof Rain Boots

How could you do a Hunter collab without featuring their famous boots? That would be totally impossible! Boots for women, men and kiddos will all be available in different colors, patterns and height (knee and ankle length options). K, adding to my shopping cart now.

2. Hunter for Target Women’s Hooded Trench Coat – Khaki

I love this chic trench coat: perfect to keep your ensemble dry on rainy days without sacrificing style. A fun red stripe adds style and color to this hooded rain jacket. Where do I swipe my credit cart already??

3. Hunter for Target Women’s Side Zip Pencil Skirt – Black

I’m absolutely OBSESSING over this pencil skirt. It looks perfect for work hours as well as for after-hours and weekend days. Must-have list, for sure. And it’s black, so it’ll go with everything. Win-win.

4. Hunter for Target Small Pouch Bag

Available in a variety of hues, this small clutch is absolutely adorable to carry all your necessities for those days when you can’t lug a big tote (see below) around. I’m personally fond of the black and red options.

5. Hunter for Target Outdoor Blanket

Even though I’m not the most outdoorsy person, I find this outdoor printed blanket (in both red and blue patterns) to be absolutely perfect for a summer picnic or curling up with a book under a tree in the park. Sign me up!

6. Hunter for Target Rubber Handle Tote Bag

Walk around town carting all your belongings in this big bright tote that can hold it all. I think this would be absolutely perfect for my family’s vacation up in Idaho this summer, especially when we go up to the lake for a day! It’ll perfectly hold all of our beach belongings, while looking super cute. Or just using while running daily errands. Either works.

7. Hunter for Target Bubble Umbrella

Stay dry with the large and bright umbrella to keep your look in tact when it’s pouring out. It’ll add some much needed cheer on those dreary, rain-filled days! Cute and practical: just what I’m looking for in an umbrella!

CALIA by Carrie’s New Collection Is All About Fashion, Comfort, and Fun This Season

I had the opportunity to attend a NYFW workout with Carrie Underwood, her road trainer Eve Overland, and the whole CALIA team to view the latest collection and step into Carrie’s daily workout (note: she makes it look so easy. It is not.)

The head designers, Freddie McQueen and Alycia Scott, gave us an exclusive sneak peek at the new CALIA athleticwear line, and omg I want it all! Except I don’t really workout, maybe my new threads will inspire me to to hit the gym more (because Eve’s 30-minute high intensity workout totally kicked my butt!). As they explained, this new line features many of the same beloved silhouettes in different hues, bright prints, mesh and sheer sections, layering options, and a variety of tees, so any athletic girl will find her dream workout wardrobe with CALIA.

 

 Limited Edition Fleuria High Contrast Leggings

This print dominates the latest collection, and it def is so cute. #addingtomywishlistasap

I’d thought I’d break down some of my personal favorite looks of the collection:

Graphic Muscle Tank Top

I was able to wear one of these tanks during our workout, and I really like it. It’s comfortable, easy to work out in, and the tees feature cute, inspirational quotes that’ll inspire you in your workout endeavors.

Shine Textured Pieced Leggings

I was able to wear these leggings during the workout, and honestly? I was a little nervous about working out in such tight leggings. But as the label read, these leggings incorporate wicking technology that “pulls moisture away from the skin,” with maximum breathability. And as I was slowly dying during Eve’s intense workout, and sweating profusely, the leggings kept me cool. A win in my book!

 Printed Sports Bra

Featuring a criss-cross back, this sports bra comes in an adorable print, that immediately added a necessary pop of color to my all-gray workout outfit.

 Purple Sports Bra

I love this shade of purple and again, adorable print.

 Capri Pant

I’m a big fan of workout capris when I’m working out, or more likely, just running errands, and these printed pants are perfect for my style.

 Headband

With winter fast approaching, headbands become an outfit staple. And the minute I saw this gray headband, I was obsessed. Especially the bow, love it! Totally my style. Definitely ready for winter now!

 Mesh Bomber Jacket

The moment I first saw this bomber jacket hanging on the rack at the event, I was instantly obsessed. It’s not only perfect for your workout, but I think it’s fashionable enough that you can wear it out and about. And I plan to.

 Effortless Mesh Full Zip Sleeveless Hoodie

Can I just say, completely obsessed?? I love it.

It’s definitely a cute collection, and doesn’t get in the way of your workout. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire me to up my workout game? Maybe, I said maybe.

It’s Time to Put on The Damn Swimsuit This Summer

Recently, the body positive movement has reached a fever pitch, especially considering we are reaching peak swimsuit season.

Now, I’m normally pretty proud of my body, accepting what I look like (FYI: it’s taken awhile to fully embrace what I look like.), but I still feel self-conscious when it comes to *shudder* wearing a bathing suit… in public.

To backtrack, I’ve known that I don’t have the traditional “bikini body” since elementary school, where I always had a little tummy sticking out of my two-piece swimsuit. And so, since third grade, I embraced the tankini (as long as it was long enough!) and one-piece life. And sure, I often felt embarrassed standing next to my skinny-mini friends in their trendy two-pieces while I seemed super modest in a Target-brand one-piece.

And by early high school, I was deeply immersed into the world of Spanx and had adapted my swimsuits to only wear ones with ruching or get a flowy cover-up, so as little of my body would be visible as possible… or just avoiding a swimsuit whenever I could get away with it. Which even meant avoiding the water on sweltering days or running into the water quickly so that as little people got a glimpse of my swimsuit and my so-called “problem areas.” But that type of beauty standards really mess with a young girl’s head. Makes you think that they way you look isn’t good enough, that no one would ever like you for it, and that really screws up your sense of self.

OK, back to my point:

In reading about all the kick-ass women out there standing up to the body shamers, it truly inspires me. Why should being a certain size be the key factor in IF you can pull off a swimsuit. New mantra: if you like the suit, wear it with pride. Body size be damned. No shallow body-shaming haters have the right to take that away from you. It hurts me to admit that worrying what other people would think about me once prevented me from enjoying my life and feeling confident in my skin.

I’ve known skinny-mini Barbie types that have admitted to feeling self-conscious in their own skin because they (who regularly fit in sizes 2-6 mind you, something I have never been) feel overweight and thus, not pretty? What?! That really put a lot in perspective for me. How do people who arguably look far more like the traditional beauty standards of models and Hollywood than I not feel confident as they are? So, then and there, I slowly started to look at my body in the mirror and learn to rock it. So what if I’ve never fit in anything less than a size 10? So what if I have a little tummy poking out of my two piece? So what if I don’t look like a supermodel? SO WHAT? At some point, I hope you can look at yourself as is, and realize you are a queen, regardless of what Hollywood would approve of.

So, I’m proposing a change this summer: PUT. ON. THAT. DAMN. SWIMSUIT. ALREADY. Rock that bikini, that crop top, that dress, those shorts, rock whatever the hell you want. It shouldn’t matter what some outsider thinks you should be wearing. If you like it, wear it. And not just wear it, OWN it.

You’ll never be okay with your body and self-image until you learn to accept it. Sure, we all have our insecurities. But, the sooner you learn that you can never look like stick-skinny Hollywood and fashion types, the better. Because it starts with acceptance. Look in the mirror and say, You are beautiful, You are awesome. Start the day with confidence. Next step, head to the pool/beach in your swimsuit — SANS cover-up. And just enjoy your freaking life. Life’s too short to worry if someone is judging your bathing suit. (I’ll save them the trouble: I may not look like a Kardashian in my swimsuit (nor will I ever), but who cares? It’s a cute suit and I feel like a supermodel when I hit the water.) BAM.

Own it, love it, live it.

…There’s your summer mantra. And mine too. We’ll get through this together.

Met Gala 2017 Red Carpet Review

Tonight is fashion’s biggest night (the Met Gala), and here’s your red carpet fashion review, from the comfort of my sofa. (Wish I had a ticket to fashion’s most exclusive gala! But alas, settling for a social media viewpoint.)

  Anna Wintour aka Queen of the Met Gala looks positively regal. Who would even dare critique her?

 I love Rose Byrne’s red dress with the tulle, neckline, and cutouts. Gorge. However, I’m not digging her super-curly ‘do.

 Priyanka Chopra is tonight’s showstopper. Who else could pull off a trench coat to a gala? My only thought: wouldn’t that train be heavy to wear all night.

 Laura Osnes is currently starring in my favorite new Broadway show this season, “Bandstand,” and while her leading man onstage is with his wife as she gives birth to their first child, Osnes is wearing an absolutely stunning custom Christian Siriano gown to the red carpet. Pure perfection. BEST DRESSED. (And fingers crossed for tomorrow, Miss Osnes. For you and the show.)

 I really like Allison Williams’ ensemble here. It’s structured and tailored to perfection, coupled with a stunning hair and makeup choice.

 Does Nick Jonas ever not look great in a suit? Just wondering.

 Love Mindy Kaling’s vintage-inspired and glitzy off-the-shoulder gown. Gorge.

 Katie Holmes looks amazing in her Zac Posen gown. Bravo, Mr. Posen! (as usual)

 I think Laura Dern is one of my favorites tonight! Its simplicity just makes it that more stunning.

 Lily Collins has gone the haute couture route tonight, and it works well. Love that tulle skirt paired with the bustier top.

 Ansel Elgort has mastered the dapper man look tonight. Love a white jacket on a guy!

 Wow! I absolutely love Lena Dunham’s look. Normally, I’m not one for plaid, but I love this. Stunning.

 Selena Gomez: Meh, it’s nice but too simple and underwhelming.

 I’m normally not a fan by Dakota Johnson’s style, but this Gucci dress is gorgeous and high fashion to a tee.

 Diane Kruger is one of my favorite. This Prada gown is so chic and effortlessy elegant. Love.

 Jennifer Connelly looks edgy and trendy here. In a dress that’s totally different from everyone else, she stands out and I’m really digging this look.

 Elle Fanning’s Miu Miu dress is 100 percent Disney princess. And love her headband.

 Blake Lively is THE best dressed. Oh my gosh. She looks like a golden peacock and so amazing. NO COMPARISON. Phenomenal.

Oscar night red carpet review!

It’s Oscar night! Ballots ready?

So, that means it’s time for my review:

 

gettyimages-645649314 Naomie Harris looks gorgeous in such a simplistic white, high-low gown, with the tiniest little cutout,, to keep it classy obviously. And the pop of color in her shoes is genius! Newest fashion star to look out for, world!

gettyimages-645650504 Charlize Theron looks classic and elegant as always…

gettyimages-645640414 Nicole Kidman is wearing SUCH AN AMAZING GOWN. I love it. Fave. Gorge.

gettyimages-645640460 Emma Stone also goes for the gold (pun intended) in a vintage-inspired gown. Love her hair, makeup, jewelry, and gown! LOVE. My fave.

gettyimages-645640866 Viola Davis, once again, looks fab on a red carpet. And really stands out from the rest in her pop of red.

gettyimages-645639126 Janelle Monae, just wow. So couture. AND I AM OBSESSED WITH HER HEADBAND.

gettyimages-645630808 Andrew Garfield looks as dapper as ever.

gettyimages-645634466 Kirsten Dunst goes for edgy and couture. Fab.

gettyimages-645634498 Ginnifer Goodwin aka Snow White ahmazing. My absolute fave.

gettyimages-645634956 JT and Jessica Biel are Hollywood royalty. Yet, her dress isn’t impressing me.

gettyimages-645637814 Dakota Johnson: Meh. So, Victorian. Not liking the the weird fan-type fabric in the front. Pass.

gettyimages-645630974 Taraji P. Henson looks phenomenal. Flawless.

gettyimages-645631088 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are Hollywood goals, and fashion-wise, they both can do no wrong.

gettyimages-645630064 Emma Roberts looks ahmazing, love her vintage gown and perfectly curled hair. Old Hollywood and classic. Love.

gettyimages-645614460_master Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo is wearing such an amazing dress. Wow. I mean, as such a powerhouse, you need a bold dress.

gettyimages-645624980_1 Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mom (who liked my tweet about BroadwayCon… just needed to put that out there… lol) look adorbs. Repping Broadway with pride tonight!

gettyimages-645629804 Sunny Pawar: here’s your daily dose of cuteness. You’re welcome.

gettyimages-645623976 I love Felicity Jones’ ballerina-inspired dress. Others may say it’s too plain, and perhaps they are right– it could have used some more bling or a belt. But regardless, flawless.

What are your favorite looks of the night, worthy of Oscar gold?

Now onto the show!

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SAG Awards Red Carpet Review

Next award show: SAG Awards. Check.

Next blog: red carpet review. Here we go!

rs_634x1024-170129165832-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-natalie-portman I don’t know what I think about Natalie Portman’s dress. It’s very high fashion, yes, but I’m not sure if it’s ready-to-wear? It seems a little too editorial for a carpet. I do love the sleeves though.

rs_634x1024-170129165845-634-emma-stone-sag-awards-2017 Emma Stone: meh. I don’t like this split personalities of the dress. Does it want to be sexy and lace? Or floral and bohemian? Individually,the styles look great but together? Not so much.

rs_634x1024-170129165629-634-salma-hayek-sag-awards-2017 Salma Hayek: yikes. The color yellow is very hard to pull off, the pink ruffle looks horrendous and the weird pink ribbon tied around her waist. It looks like a bad bridesmaid dress.

rs_634x1024-170129165101-634-kerry-washington-cm-12917 Kerry Washington looks stunning. Love how it looks effortless, vintage-inspired and still glamorous. Best dressed.

rs_634x1024-170129165010-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-michelle-williams Michelle Williams is simplistic and elegant, and yet it works.

rs_634x1024-170129165315-634-meryl-streep-sag-awards-2017 Meryl Streep looks effortless and boho chic.

rs_634x1024-170129163440-634-sofia-vergara-cm-12916 Sofia Vergara went for something totally different here and it works. I love the midi length and the tulle skirt. I just feel like it’s a little youthful for her.

rs_634x1024-170129165028-634-julia-louis-dreyfus-sag-awards-2017 Julia-Louis Dreyfus looks chic and elegant in her black and gold gown, two colors that can never go wrong.

rs_634x1024-170129164623-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-gina-rodriguez Gina Rodriguez is super high fashion meets RTW, and it works. Gorge. End of story.

rs_634x1024-170129164348-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-taraji-p-henson Taraji P. Henson gets her princess moment in this pink Reem Acra. Love it.

rs_634x1024-170129160926-634-emily-blunt-sag-awards-2017 Emily Blunt goes for the gold here. Very nice. Just wish she added something to her neck, it’s pretty bare.

rs_634x1024-170129160329-634-sophia-bush-sag-awards-2017 Wow, Sophia Bush’s dress is bright, neon pink. Okay, now that my eyes have adjusted— I like the shape, very fashion-forward and couture. Love the little embellishments on the ruffle thing.

rs_634x1024-170129163529-634-2017sag-awards-yara Yara Shahidi looks stunning for the teen star. Gorgeous choice.

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-10-51-51-am Rami Malek is the epitome of best dressed male on the red carpet! Edgy, but just edgy enough to make a statement. Rami, keep doing what you’re doing– I approve.

rs_634x1024-170129155542-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-claire-foy Love Claire Foy’s Valentino gown. Stunning. Perfection. Well done. And I can’t wait for next series of The Crown.

So many gorgeous gowns, can’t wait to see what’ll be next!

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Reviewing the People’s Choice Awards…

Tonight’s the People Choice Awards, so it’s only natural for me to review the fashions. Let’s go!

gallery-1484786346-gettyimages-632006766 I really like Chelsea Kane’s long black lacy dress with all the embroidery. Love. However, I’m not digging the vintage-y bob with the look, the two don’t really go well together.

gallery-1484787803-gettyimages-632010800 Golden Globe nominee (and star of the renewed series This is Us!) Chrissy Metz looks gorgeous. Princess moment! And love all the details on her navy gown.

gettyimages-632012350 There was some debate over Kristen Bell’s jumpsuit. First, you all know how much I love a tailored pantsuit– like this. And two, the color looks exquisite! Okay, maybe the bustier part is in a weird color? But, I’ll forgive when looking at the look as a whole– it just works.

gettyimages-632012182 Camilla Luddington (+ bump) wears a very simplistic LBD (compared to her castmates), but it’s impeccably styled to create a cohesive look that works.

gettyimages-632011934 Kelly McCreary, also of Greys, is rocking an edgy look with the skinny pant and cool, edgy teal top. Perfect for the PCAs.

gettyimages-632011912 Sarah Drew (yes, she from Greys too) also got the edgy memo, but this time in a navy and black dress. But, nonetheless, I love it!

gallery-1484790346-gettyimages-632015426 Blake Lively looks absolutely stunning in Elie Saab. Gorge. True perfection, end of story, period. BEST. FREAKING. DRESSED. FOR. SURE.

gallery-1484790080-gettyimages-632015200 J.Lo is J.Lo. Looks great per usual, stunning choice of gown. Yawn, that’s predictable to always write that (not that it’s not true!)

gallery-1484790408-gettyimages-632015654 Victoria Justice wears a gold minidress like she’s trying to be a showgirl? Dancing With The Stars B-list contestant? It just looks kind of cheap to me. Not reading edgy. Not feeling the weird beading off the front. Pass.

gallery-1484790658-gettyimages-632015418 Jamie Chung nails the bohemian vibe in this sheer yellow strapless dress and I really love it! It looks so flowy and effortless and I really like this look. My best dressed pick alongside Blake!

gallery-1484790725-gettyimages-632016022 Now, I love her show Quantico and her sense of fashion usually. But, I’m not liking Priyanka Chopra’s dress. The weird crop flowy crop top looks like it’s camouflaging a baby bump, the weird fringe half of the skirt and a weird wavy over-skirt. Not to mention the weird pale pink color. Sorry, this look was a flop.

gallery-1484791219-gettyimages-632016508 Caterina Scorcese (Greys sister!) went classic and trendy and I really like her floral dress with a pop of red in her shoes. Looks great.

gettyimages-632008838 Disney Channel’s Peyton List looks like she wanted to be high fashion, but didn’t get the best options. The weird polka dots? The bottom shape of the skirt? The clear material? Nope.

gettyimages-632010912 Youtube’s Lilly Singh looks so vintage and disco glam and I love it! So fab!

gettyimages-632012380 Originally, I thought Blackish teen actress Yara Shahidi’s dress was way too busy. BUT, as I spend more time looking at it, it’s growing on me as being so trendy and fashion-forward. Great choice.

Those are my picks at this red carpet! What about you guys?

Until next time!

 

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Reviewing the 2017 Golden Globes…

And, awards season has officially begun with the critically acclaimed television programs and films: the Golden Globes. Time for my red carpet fashion review.

23bb7f034789c7bc02c6526085fde834 Lily Collins is perhaps one of my best dressed picks of the night in this absolutely stunning pink Zuhair Murad gown. Princessy and elegant.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-7-32-18-pm Tracee Ellis Ross looks glam in this Zuhair Murad sheer, sparkly dress. And the hair and accessories perfectly accent the dress.

gettyimages-631241146_master Star of my fave new show “This is Us,” Mandy Moore looks regal and elegant in this simplistic Naeem Khan navy gown with a flawless cape.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-6-21-55-pm Mandy’s costars (her set husband and son), Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown pose together. Awww.

gettyimages-631241936_master-1 Ruth Negga wearing a perfectly tailored silver metallic Louis Vuitton pantsuit. Love. Edgy but still elegant.

gettyimages-631240756_master Kristen Bell, posed with husband Dax Shepard. One, cute celeb couple alert! Two, love her gown. So elegant and tailored to perfection.

gettyimages-631240754_master Little 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown is already a fashion icon before she becomes a teenager! Flawless.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-7-31-53-pm Natalie Portman shows off her baby bump in a bejeweled Prada frock that I think she was inspired from her role as Jackie Kennedy. But she looks good, but perhaps another color?

gettyimages-631243444 I love Sarah Paulson’s Marc Jacobs metallic gown. Gorge.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-7-32-51-pm Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are red carpet royalty! Love her Elie Saab gown, with the different textural elements that add interest yet still keep it elegant.

gettyimages-631242266 Star of my latest Netflix obsession “The Crown,” Claire Foy looks positively regal. (Haha punny considering she was nominated for playing the Queen.) Very vintage-inspired. Some people may not like her lilac belt or the puffy sleeves– but I think it adds to the vintage elegance charm of the look.

gettyimages-631242178 Carrie Underwood: Yikes. I don’t know what’s going on here between the chest ruffles, the sleeves, the crop top. Normally she always looks fab, ehhh not today. I do give her props for her beauty look– hair and makeup look very nice.

gettyimages-631242138 I really like Busy Phillips’ Stella McCartney black embroidered gown. It’s very different from others on the carpet, but it works here. I’d maybe just do her hair a little cleaner?

gallery-1483919606-gettyimages-631240942 Drew Barrymore is giving me vintage vibes with her gown choice, and I like it. Chic and elegant. Love the sleeves and placement of the embellishments.

gettyimages-631239732 Priyanka Chopra, star of my fave show, “Quantico,” wears an amazing custom Ralph Lauren golden gown. How appropriate given the venue. But it looks flawless.

gallery-1483919168-gettyimages-631240452 I’m a huge fan of Alessandro Michele’s work for Gucci, and Felicity Jones’ dress is no exception. Stunning. Love this little embellished bow detail.

gettyimages-631241268 Michelle Williams is classic in a lace Louis Vuitton and I really like this look. So chic. And love her simplistic choker to accent the look.

gettyimages-631244030 Rachel Bloom may be elated to be nominated again after her previous win OR that her great musical television show got picked up for another season on the CW. But, love her dress. So classic and gorge.

gettyimages-631244006 Gal Gadot is the perfect example of baby bump chic.

gettyimages-631243792 Kerry Washington goes for haute couture in this Dolce & Gabbana dress. Gorge. Love the shoulder detail!

gettyimages-631243614 Love Brie Larson’s Rodarte red dress. So timeless and elegant with gorgeous beading detail. Best dressed list for sure.

gettyimages-631243582 Zoe Saldana in an amazing Gucci dress. Love the ruffles and the bow. SO pretty. And so different from anyone else on the carpet.

gettyimages-631243426 Anna Kendrick: Meh. It looks good, it’s just red carpet predictable.

gettyimages-631243384 SJP looks so chic in her Vera Wang gown. I mean, she’s the ultimate fashion icon, and this is no exception.  Love.

chrissy-metz-golden-globes  Chrissy Metz of my fave show “This is Us,” looks great. She’s positively radiant and the dress totally suits her. Congrats on the fantastic role, you are a true star.

c1ssbhcwgaac05u Ryan Gosling looks dapper in his white blazer.

c1smvgdw8aac2ro John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have a parents night out in their chic ensembles. Love her peplum gold dress. Gorge. But I cannot believe she actually SAT down on the red carpet for their interview with Ryan Seacreat– lol!

c1slebtxaai-3jr Emma Stone stuns in Maison Valentino. Wow, so amazing. I love. Best dressed tie with Lily Collins??

So many gorgeous looks tonight! Let me know your thoughts. Onto the show!

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My Latest Fall Obsessions

Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy, hectic fall semester full of homework, keeping up with the election news (ugh, so overwhelming), job applications and my senior seminar research study, which is why I haven’t posted as much. But, I’m back now! Yay! (I choose to believe you, my loyal readers, are just as thrilled to be reading this as I am to get to write this.)

With the fall season, in between the serious news and workload, there’s been plenty of new pop culture to immerse oneself in.

1.  Netflix’s new show, “The Crown.”

mv5bnju2nza5mzgym15bml5banbnxkftztgwndawotuxmdi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_As of this past Sunday, November 6, I began binge-watching the latest Netflix original series, titled “The Crown” and chronicling the early days of the marriage of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and Prince Philip (Matt Smith). May I just say, in my opinion, it is one of the best dramatic series that Netflix has created. It very much resembles the British shows that I became so fond of last year while I was abroad. While I’m only four episodes in (no spoilers please!), I’ve become hooked, as the storytelling is well-done at expressing the Royal Family “as Kardashians,” as the stars jokingly referred to it during talk shows and press interviews. Now enjoy some of my random thoughts that crossed my mind while watching:

  • Is there a certain quota of Matt Smith’s bum shots to include per episode?
  • Is it [the bum shots of Matt Smith as Prince Philip] historically accurate??
  • Time to pull up Wikipedia for a historical timeline and family tree…
  • Oh no, I can relate to such bad fog over London! 😦

2. Netflix’s acquisition of one of my favorite BBC shows, “Doctor Foster.”

maxresdefaultWhile abroad in London (one year ago *insert sobs here*) and taking classes in British media, I began watching a new series called “Doctor Foster,” a five-part story of British GP Gemma Foster living a happily married life as a wife and mum until discovering a single blonde hair on her husband Simon’s scarf. The show tells the story of a woman finding out about her husband’s infidelity and the lengths she goes to find the truth. Such a powerful story courtesy of the Beeb, and I truly recommend you all to watch it. Truly brilliant, and it’s such a shame it is a British show because I have absolutely no clue how I’ll be able to watch the second series (now filming) when it starts airing.

3. Kenzo X H&M collaboration

screen-shot-2016-05-25-at-8-23-15-pmUpon the release of H&M’s latest designer collab (remember how genius the Balmain one was a year ago??) with Kenzo, I immediately went to the lookbook and was instantly obsessed. Knowing I couldn’t get it all because most of it was sold out was sad, but I chose an adorable off-the-shoulder printed floral blouse and I cannot wait for it to arrive later this week, because I have already planned outfits around it. (Too much?)

4. Gagged Chokers

gagged-chokersCreated by Broadway’s Princess Jasmine (Courtney Reed), a new business venture has emerged and created handmade, unique chokers for the cool girls. And they made a Broadway collection. Seemed like a no-brainer to me. After careful consideration of what was in stock and various styles, I chose the Memory choker: a leopard-print (alternating with a plain gold) choker inspired and named from the Broadway revival of “Cats.” It was the appropriate mix of edgy, trendy and cute, and once again I have outfits planned well in advance to match. (Is that too much?)

5. “The Magnolia Story” book

I just started this weekend “The Magnolia Story” of Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV hit “Fixer Upper.” While I’m only on chapter one and two, I’ve instantly become transfixed by the humor and cuteness of real-life home decor couple Chip and Joanna Gaines. I start thinking, “Aww! They are so cute!! ❤ *melting into a pile on the floor*)

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6. My calming mechanisms

The one thing that can always calm me down after a stressful day: HGTV. Watching any HGTV show never fails to calm down my nervous energy brought on by the amount of stress I’ve been feeling as a senior in my last semester of college ever. So, sometimes it helps to calm down and de-stress, which this blog is also helping.

7. The tear-jerking dramedy on NBC, “This is Us.”

Ever since binging the first episode, I was hooked on this new show (which clearly the rest of the world was too, as it was picked up for a full season hours after the pilot aired.) It’s so well-written and does such a great job at telling human stories, interwoven with the perfect sprinkle of humor. The one downer: I. CAN’T. STOP. SOBBING. Literally, this show has (on average) reduced to me to tears at least twice an episode. The only show where my emotions can play tennis, and alternate between laughing and ugly crying every few minutes. Kleenex, you should get on this– I smell a perfect corporate sponsorship opportunity here.

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8. Niall Horan’s new single, “This Town.”

I know Directioners, this may seem like a tragedy that the day long feared as arrived— the 1D boys’ solo projects. Which for me, signifies the end to a 1D era. But, Horan’s debut single is so different, but I love it. More reminiscent of Ed Sheeran’s ballads, it’s so beautiful and I love listening to it… Sometimes on repeat. (No judgment, please.)

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9. Little Mix’s new single, “Shout Out to My Ex.”

Shortly after Horan’s single another UK-based single was released, this time X Factor winning girl band Little Mix. And while you immediately start debating whether or not this was meant as member Perrie’s ex (and 1D’s ex-member) Zayn and his rather quick turnaround of a relationship with model Gigi Hadid, I’m over here jamming out this smash hit. So fun, and pure Little Mix, which is perfect, rumors aside of who it is based on with the title “shout out to my ex.”

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10. I’d be crazy if I didn’t include the upcoming Netflix “Gilmore Girls” revival…

Yes, I am so excited to see where literally every character from my favorite adolescent television show has ended up. And before you even ask what team I am— I’m Team Right Guy at the Right Time for Rory! (They were all great prospects for the time they were together, I think everyone can agree on that.)

Those are some of my obsessions this fall season! Go check them out yourself, and let me know your thoughts!

And make sure to VOTE tomorrow! Whatever side you choose, remember that it’s YOUR voice and you have the chance to make YOUR voice heard and count, because everyone’s voice matters.

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Emmys 2016 Red Carpet Review

As tonight is the Emmy Awards, that means my red carpet fashion review is back! Ready? Here we go!

priyanka-chopra Priyanka Chopra (Star of my latest Netflix binge/ television obsession: Quantico) looks fab in her long, one shoulder dress. Looks elegant and I have nothing else to say–except WILL ALEX AND RYAN ACTUALLY END UP TOGETHER THIS SEASON? (Sorry, I just had to get that out.)

emily-ratajkowski-in-zacposen I can honestly say I’ve never seen a Zac Posen dress like Emily Ratajkowski’s, but I’m not mad at it– it looks gorgeous (as always, Mr. Posen) and elegant and regal, but still edgy. (Just confused why she’s there.)

gwendoline-christie Okay, so when I went to the British Fashion Awards last fall, I saw Gwendoline Christie accept her style icon award and definitely noticed how tall she is (me, I have the opposite problem), but here–you almost don’t realize how tall she is, just how gorgeous and glam her dress is. So, bravo.

stranger-things-kids-millie-in-valentino The Netflix show is Stranger Things sweeping the nation, as is the child actors who star in it. And their wardrobe choices are fab. The boys look great in their interesting blazers. (That middle blazer, though?!?) Love. And young Millie wearing such a gorgeous Valentino red dress… Um, so is it to early to call Best Dressed yet??

sophie-turner-got-in-valentino Sophie Turner is wearing a stunning Valentino lace dress. Simplistic yet elegant. Stunning. And that picture— BLING. Sorry, I got a bit distracted by her ring. Very shiny.

tatiana-maslany-in-a-wang I love this Alexander Wang dress on Tatiana Maslany. It’s long and elegant (especially paired with her hair and earrings), but the cutouts add just the perfect amount of edginess that I love.

sarah-hyland-monique-lhullier Everyone has been praising this Monique Lhullier look on Sarah Hyland… Okay, brutal honesty time. I like the top: stunning. elegant. I like the idea of pants. I like the tailoring. I like her hair. Stunning. It’s just putting all that together looks a little disjointed to me and I’m not liking the combination of the stunning pieces. They just don’t really flow together– the colors seem mismatched.

ellie-kemper-jenny-packham Love Ellie Kemper in Jenny Packham. Stunning. Glam. And I love her hairdo–so classic.

tori-kelly Tori Kelly is classic Old Hollywood and looks great. STUNNING.

emilia-clarke-in-atelier-versace Emilia Clarke looks so breathtakingly stunning in Versace– I’m just not sure what I think of the nude color…

kristen-bell-zuhair-murad Wow, I love Zuhair Murad, and Kristen Bell’s gown looks impeccable. Very princessy, very glam and very unique.

anna-chlumsky Oh, I don’t even know what to think about Anna Chulmsky. That bad, that it’s rendered me speechless– in a bad way. Yikes.  This does look like your grandparents’ sofa: the fabric, the color: blech.

rami-malek-dior-homme Rami Malek looks very dapper in Dior Homme or as Tim Gunn says, “sartorially correct.”

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-8-06-04-pm Kerry Washington in “baby bump chic” and looks just as chic as ever. Her dress is gorgeous. And even with minimal/natural makeup, she’s still flawless.

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-7-57-06-pm Love this Marchesa dress on Viola Davis. The color and details looks AHMAZING. Gorge. And PLEASE DON’T LET ANY OF THE KEATING FIVE + ANNALISE DIE THIS SEASON. (Sorry, that just came out.)

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-8-07-20-pm Shiri Appleby of Unreal (love the show!) looks ahmazing and so glam in this sparkly blue gown. Stunning. Love it.

csrpcwxw8aaktlq Claire Danes look stunning in this very sparkly gold dress. But is it me or did she try to match her dress to her hair? Just a little bit?

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-7-57-00-pm I think Sarah Paulson’s Prada dress HAS TO be my favorite gown on the red carpet. It’s just stunning. Utterly gorgeous.

Okay, time to watch the show! What were your favorite red carpet looks of the night? And who are you rooting for?

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