27 August 2014

White Laced Wednesday








 Alissa Dragun, South Moon Photography

White Lace Dress, ASOS (fall version) similar, similar// Shoes, BCBG, similar on sale! // Bag, Michael Kors, similar // Gold Cuff & Bracelets, Shades, Aldo // Green & Gold Bangle, Hermes // Gold Headband, Urban Outfitters // Nails, "Borrowed & Blue" Essie Polish // Lips, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, #6 "Pink in Devotion" Bright Hibiscus Pink

Nothing says "I'm celebrating the summer" more than a whimsical, light, layered, and lace white dress. This season, white has taken over as the ultimate summer staple, and so I would be remiss if I didn't share with you the favorite white dress in my closet. Although the white dress may seem beholden solely to warm temperatures and tan skin, I disagree. When it comes to transitional dressing, there is nothing I like more than a summer dress thrown on over slouchy fall boots. Layer on a sweater, a leather, denim, or motorcycle jacket and you instantly look like a street style icon. Looking for a white dress in all those fabulous end of summer sales? Or even a transitional dress to get you through September? My tip is to choose a 60s silhouette. A swing dress, smock dress shown above, and even a baby doll shape is ideal to pair with tights and booties, soft over the knee boots, or a great jacket. The ideal length is short; above the knee and rising... AND the 60s silhouette was ALL that was seen on the Fall 2014 runway, so you'll be transitioning in trend. 

Enjoy this unofficial last week of summer, and again thanks for reading!

25 August 2014

Clean Reads: Rest, Relax & Recharge


 

Labor Day weekend is a great time for me to take a breath. Not only can I catch up on a stack of reading, steal a short break from social media, and take stock of the always hectic and too short summer, but I can use the brief downtime time to recharge and get revved up for the season and months ahead. It's the one time each year I can count on to inspire me.

Fall is by far my favorite season, and the week leading up to September is always marked by an automatic swell of anticipation and excitement. I think I never really lost that academic mentality: the one that senses when the humidity breaks and the evenings get delightfully cool, it means time to workout a little harder I was a runner throughout school, reorganize my world, my mind, and my schedule, and get ready for the no doubt nonstop semester ahead. Now my classes are replaced with catwalks, papers with posts, and 6:30am singing sectionals with early morning shoots and street style sessions. I'm still forever running though, trying constantly to improve my time although now in stilettos instead of sneakers.

And so Labor Day marks that single small sliver of me time. It's time when I can savor the long days and warm sunsets, taking it all in slowly like sipping a fine Bordeaux, as if I am carefully etching it in my memory, to have it stashed away when the days get bitterly cold, appalling dark, dreary, and short. It’s my time to recalibrate: to detox my body, to cleanse my mind, and to reset my clock once again for the season ahead. It’s the brief calm before the fashion storm hits during which I indulge my way: I sleep long, do lots of yoga, check in for a DIY Spa Day, and read and read and read...

100 Organic Skincare Recipes, Jessica Ress // Organic Avenue, Denis Mari // Clean Eats, Alejandro Junger, M.D. // The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder, C.N. // Clean Start, Terry Walters // The Blender Girl, Tess Masters // Giada's Feed Good Food, Giada de Laurentiis 

This week I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to rest, relax, and recharge some, if not all, of which I hope you can use over the holiday weekend. So here is my list of MUST READS if you are looking to fill your kindle, nightstand, or suitcase. I love to read about health and wellness and when I read I find that I am a constant researcher. Learning more about the body, the mind, eating, and skincare, or getting inspired by healthy living and alternative cooking, medicine, and fitness is how I fill my reading list these days. So above is my list of carefully chosen and highly recommended reads for right now, or for simply when you can get to it. 


I hope you’ll pick up or download a few my favorites to help you get inspired for a more fit and fulfilling fall, a better you, and a more fabulous life. 

Much love and truly thank you for reading!

22 August 2014

Casual City Fridays: Chartreuse, Charcoal & Converse















Eyelet Flap Clutch, Lookbook Store // Studded Beaded Singlet Top, Truly Madly Deeply // Neon Bikini Bra Tube Top, American Apparel // Neon Shorties, American Eagle Outfitters // Shades, Aldo // Sequined Sneakers, Juicy Couture for Converse All Star LTD Edition, similar // Arm Cuff, Free People // Silver Beaded Cuff, Free People // Lip, YSL Rouge Volupte, #11 Rose Culte, Vivid Fuchsia 

A gray day downtown in the dog days of summer means you'll need to bring the sunshine and key limes with you to the party! Never one to shy away from a pop of color, I'm playing with neon chartreuse elements today that look truly electric when set off of deep charcoal and paired with silver metallic accessories. It's a sexy sporty look that shimmers, even on a dim and dark day. On down days, I'm always excited to get out my sneakers and slip ons and play around with adding spark and sparkle to what would have been a simple shorts and shirt day. My converse collection is truly diverse: loaded with sequined details, textured prints, and bright canvas colors, and when I found this amazing chartreuse clutch from Lookbook Store in of course my favorite summer color I knew that it would inspire me to amp up my end of summer attire. I hope my girlfriends will appreciate the flare and fun: off to an alfresco ladies lunch to ring in the weekend!

Happy FRIYAY and as always thanks for reading!

20 August 2014

Chilean Camouflage








Alissa Dragun, South Moon Photography

Wild Brush Gisele Bikini, Eberjey // "Don't Ask Why"Olive Harem Pant, American Eagle Outfitters // Heels, Kenneth Cole (old) // Shades, Aldo // Hat, Eric Javits // Hammered Gold Earrings, Sequin NYC // Hammered Gold Cuffs, ASOS // Rings, David Yurman // Nails, "Borrowed and Blue" by Essie Polish // Lips, YSL Rouge Pur Couture, Glossy Stain in #7 Encre Rose // Hair, "Triple Sec" 3-in-1 Spray by Drybar

Bringing you a little poolside & rooftop glamour from Palm Beach today to get through the peak of the week, and looking forward to one of the last summer weekends! I am a huge fan of the harem pant trend this season and have been wearing them constantly- I really must have ten different pairs, and growing. This pant is wonderfully comfortable, perfect with a heal or a metallic sandal for day.  As you can see, I will throw them on for lunch over my bathing suit on a pool day, or to grab sundowners straight from the beach. Grab a great heel, some gold jewelry, and a quick spritz of beach texturizing spray to your hair and whether it be sea-side or street-side, you're ready for your close up.

It's SAND Tropez Style at it's best!

18 August 2014

Pure Mornings






















Overnight oats, mean purely wonderful mornings here in The Supper Model household. I can say with total sincerity that we are NOT a morning team; when it comes to me and my corgis, Lady Bird and Dutch, the prospect of breakfast is really the only thing that moves us out from under our mountain of pillows (and Birdie from her cave underneath the bed) into the early light of day.

So when a few months ago I discovered Purely Elizabeth, a new healthy food brand that makes exceptional Organic-Gluten-Free-Vegan oatmeals, granolas, and hot cereals I knew that our summer mornings were going to be less of a sloth-like struggle.

What is so different about the Purely Elizabeth oat line that it could change a family routine? It all comes down to the simple process of "overnighting" oats. As you can see we like to take our time in the mornings: the am is really my only time to catch up on blogs, news, or a book I'm loving, and enjoy a walk and game of fetch with my dogs before getting into the emails, social media, shoots, production meetings, writing, editing, and what have you that make up my hectic day. So the early hours of each day are extremely sacred, and therefore kept strategically simple and sweet.

My morning table set is clean and minimal, set with an alkaline lemon water and a bright pastel placemat. I'll have my green smoothie or green juice, and then it's time to settle into freshening up my sprouted and soaked oats. Overnighting Oats is simply soaking, in the case with Purely Elizabeth, a mix of dry amaranth, flax, quinoa, chia, and other ancient grains and seeds in liquid. The mixture will sit soaking and sprouting, covered in the fridge over night, and is perfectly ready for you to enjoy the moment you wake up.

This  process of soaking and sprouting is essential to maximizing the nutritious benefits of the Purely Elizabeth super-grain combos. The grains become fully digestible for us, without the use of heat, and therefore you end up eating the most beneficial and nutritious version of a delicious oatmeal.

When it comes to the right soaking liquid, my go-to combo is 1 part almond milk, 1 part coconut water. I've tried all the nut and coconut milks and in various combinations, and I assure you that this works best to compliment the ancient grain flavors. My toppings are always seasonal: right now I've been addicted to the fresh sweet strawberries that I simply glaze with a little maple-balsamic vinegar before adding it to the overnight oats. Top with a few slices of fresh tart apple, which are just now coming into season, and it makes the perfect end of summer, first feelings of fall transition dish.

But of course the possibilities are truly endless, I am diving into a huge selection of stone fruits this week, so I am sure peaches, plums, and nectarines will make there way into my morning mouthful, and close out my day in a crumble with some Purely Elizabeth sinfully good granola. And as the winds change and weather turns, our first cool morning will undoubtedly get me experimenting with the hot cereals and 2 minute oatmeal varieties Purely Elizabeth has to offer.

Purely Elizabeth: Chef tested, Corgi approved...

Maple-Balsamic Strawberries & Overnight Oats
Serves One, GF, DF, V

Ingredients
1/3 cup Purely Elizabeth Apple Cinnamon Pecan Ancient Grains
1/4 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1/4 cup pure coconut water

Maple-Balsamic Strawberries:
3 fresh strawberries, sliced
1 tablespoon Grade A Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Balsamic vinegar

Toppings:
3-4 slices tart green apple, try organic granny smiths
1 pecan, crumbled
an extra pinch of ground cinnamon

Method
1. Before turning in for the night, take a small bowl or mason jar and add the ancient grains, almond milk and coconut water, stir gently and cover. Leave in the fridge over night.
2. In the morning, bring out the overnight oats, stir gently and leave out to come to room temp while you prepare the toppings.
3. Combine the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar in small bowl and add the sliced strawberries coating them very gently. You can add a pinch of cinnamon and a crumbled pecan to this mix if you like.
4. To serve, pour the oats into your favorite morning cereal bowl, top with the sliced apple and then gently pour the maple-balsamic strawberries over the top, making sure to pour all the wonderful syrup over the oats and fruit.

Enjoy, but carefully, while keeping an eye out for overnight-oat-loving corgis...

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Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grains // Vintage 1950s Silver-Rimed Glass and Pitcher Set, Nest Interiors // Green Woven Placemat, William Sonoma // Slope Bowl, Crate & Barrel // Blush Off-the Shoulder Blouse, Parker, similar // Kismet Rings, Aldo // Nails, "It's All Greek to Me" by OPI // Lips, YSL Volupte Shine, #5 Fuchsia in Excess 


 

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