Back in Style: Jellies

Do you remember when you were in the single-digits of age and absolutely needed a pair (or several pairs) of jelly sandals, probably from the Gap? Well, good news for those of you who are still suffering from the trauma of not owning every color and glitter style of jellies back in 1997: they're back!

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British luxury shoe designer, Sophie Webster, has created a pair of multicolored plastic jellies that hopefully won't leave your feet as dirty and sweaty as the original Gap style. For only $193!  They have a leather sole, and definitely have more of a polished look than the mass-produced jellies in children's size, but they're still plastic shoes.

And for fancy ladies, the jelly heel, brings a new level of class to the plastic summer shoe.

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Will you be wearing these this summer?

Fabulous Finds: Michael Kors Corduroy Leggings

On a recent trip to Lord & Taylor with my mom, I was drawn not to the sparkly prom dresses section, but to the comfy old lady styles area of the store.  Yes, I am showing my age. Upon passing limp pairs of pants- in black, navy, and brown- dangling off their hangers, I knew these had to be mine. The soft, stretchy, dark fabric, the kind of fabric that doesn't show spills and will certainly bend with your body in every which way, perfectly suited my lifestyle. These, my friends, were eating pants.

At under $100, they were certainly a steal (compared to my usual preference for a certain style of True Religions, I should probably just convert to these comfy pants while they're still on the market).

The leggings are slim and flattering.  They look good with a chunky sweater, a sloppy t-shirt, and pretty much anything you could wear on top.  Plus, unlike most leggings, they have pockets. Pockets that fit your cell phone! I realize they were designed for women three times my age who probably don't carry cell phones, but still, these pants are awesome (and cat hair is easily removable from the sleek fabric).

Zappos is the only place I can find the pants, in a a lovely chocolate brown, so I highly recommend stocking up while you still can.

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The Perfect Purse

I'm often made fun of for carrying what some may kindly refer to as a "grandma bag."  However, if you stub your toe, smudge your mascara, or just need a little something fun, guess who's going to be the first person you turn to? I usually carry my Longchamp tote, which is big enough to fit everything I need yet stylish enough to not look like I'm lugging an oversized duffle uptown and downtown and back again.  (I've also heard from some childless friends that a diaper bag makes an excellent purse/laptop bag.  I'm too scared to venture down that path just yet, but I'm sure it would do wonders for my handbag organization. Just think of all the things you could fit in a stroller.)

While the contents of my purse is customized to each daily activity, there are a few items I will not leave the house without. Perhaps it's the Girlscouts who reminded me to always be prepared, but having the correct contents in my bag before I leave the house is essential to starting any day!

For those who aspire to pack the perfect purse, I will list my suggestions here:

  • Keys and key chain with bottle opener and library card
  • 1 pack cinnamon gum
  • 1 tin rosebud lip balm
  • Headphones
  • 3 pens
  • Sunglasses
  • Contact case with solution in it
  • 1 Chanel lipstick pallet (with brushes)
  • 1 pack oil absorbing wipes
  • 2 packets of Advil (I used to only carry 1 because it has two pills but then I realized that I would avoid using it when I needed it, fearing I would run out if I needed more later on.  Now I always have a back-up!)
  • 2 snacks.  Same rationale as the Advil, but I usually go with one sweet and one salty.  An avocado is versatile.
  • 2 OB tampons (they're super small!  Is it a candy bar? What?)
  • A bottle/cup. You may get thirsty.  You also may not want to pay for things.
  • Phone charger
  • Face powder
  • Reading material.  This is most important.  But I'm only travelling five minutes you may think.  Wrong.  You may get stuck in the subway for hours.  You may be early to wherever you're going and have some lonely downtime.  You may wait in line forever.  You may get bored even if you're just walking to the mailbox.  You may want a conversation piece.  You get it, bring words on a page, it's beter than staring into space. (I usually carry my Kindle and a magazine or book, but I'm just paranoid like that).
  • And, of course, in every purse travels a handy makeup bag.  Aside from mascara, eyeliner, concealer, and blush, make sure to pack hairbands, bobby pins, an extra earring back, and some floss.

Put a Bedazzler on It!

Somewhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving I decided that it was absolutely imperative that I purchase a Bedazzler.  Immediately.  Perhaps it was the leftover glittery enthusiasm of my Toddlers & Tiaras costume or maybe the impending gloom of winter inspired me to add a little extra bling to my life. For less than $20, I purchased the absolute best tool I could ever imagine, adding glamorous sparkle and unique flare to my favorite clothing and accessories.

As my Bedazzling hobby has melded into almost a Bedazzling obsession. I find myself  aggressively pushing through racks at Beacon's Closet, determined to find the best clothes and accessories to cover in cheap rhinestones and studs.  I've realized that it's not all about the glitz and glamour that my Bedazzler provides to my wardrobe, but my love for the 1980s gadget stems from something else entirely:  individuality.

I won't deny that I'm kind of a hipster, that I've lived to be alternative ever since I attended kindergarten with a head full of hair twisted into tiny braids dangling with chunky pink and silver beads. As my middle school teachers informed me, I'm not afraid to start trends: I put a bird on it long before Fred & Carrie told us to. Yes, my closet is overflowing with years of collected sequin parrot shirts and printed sparrow tanks. However, as much as I hesitate to say, I'm also a little bit of a huge trend follower.

Yes, I'll admit to the rainbow of Juicy Couture sweatsuits elegantly stuffed in my closet.  Of course I have a pair of Vans, Sperrys, Uggs, Toms, and Rainbow sandals-- everyone has them, they look the same, but they're comfortable and stylish, so I'm not giving them up.  My American Apparel hoodies are softer and more colorful than any others I could own, and my North Face jacket is comfier and warmer than any vintage off-brand jacket I could find.  (Ok, I haven't looked hard, I'm a firm believer in the Cult of North Face.  Plus, it make you look like an adventurer!). I own far too many mass produced tops from Urban Outfitters and I mesh with the crowds in Union Square carrying my Strand bag through the Greenmarket.

Though I do realize the Bedazzler isn't for everyone, I've found it to be my number one tool in my quest for individuality! My hair feathers are fabulous, of course, but I absolutely love adding my own bling to my wardrobe. I can move beyond my sequin shorts and glittery Toms and make my life sparkle! I can shop at my H&M  and bedazzle it to! Yes, I've had a lot of caffeine (In my Bedazzled travel mug!) today...

A Mason jar has never looked so glamorous!