Monthly Archives: August 2010

R. Bilson

This “girl next door” is certainly a fashion knockout and queen in my book.


Send in the Troops!

Hi queens! Hope you are enjoying your Monday! I am usually inclined to purchase flirty floral dresses, purses with fringe and nautical-prep tops but my last shopping trip took me in a new direction. I ended up purchasing two Ralph Lauren button-ups (women’s version of this and RL version of this) and think it’s a good mix away from my usual bright choices.

I distinctly remember falling in love with the military-inspired trend; the army green, olive and khaki colors, cargo pockets, big brass buttons and zippers, etc. after viewing the “Military Issue” spread in Vogue (March 2010). I remember my exact thought process: “I seriously need absolutely everything in this right now.” I know this isn’t a new trend, but I’m beyond excited with the functionality, simplicity and layering ability of the “military look” for this fall. For now, I’m settling with two “military basics” at a much lower price than everything in the Vogue spread…..but I’m thrilled to see how layering my new shirts with flat boots and leggings/skinnies this fall will turn out. More favorites that I’ve been lusting over this afternoon:

From left: Balenciaga, Viktor & Rolf, Undercover, Jean Paul Gaultier, Burberry Prorsum

Designer Military Jackets

Personally, I think my gal Taylor rocks the Ralph Lauren military jacket THE BEST.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2010 Military Chic

Olive-toned cargo skirts: Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff, Dries van Noten

Utility dresses: Salvatore Ferragamo, Doo.Ri, Oscar de la Renta

Sienna's always a favorite. A more "classic" version of the military inspiration.

Images found at TrendOriginal, NY Mag, Marie Claire, The Military Jacket, In Their Closet, Elle (2)

How To Have A Lovely Day

What inspires your workplace?

“Your work environment directly influences your mood and ability to generate inspiration and creativity.”

I was reading an article describing and showing images of different workplace atmospheres. The images below are personal favorites.

Clearleft web design studio in the UK. Relaxing spot when you need a break from the computer.

Front design studio in Northern Ireland. This feels so warm and comforting and the brick walls remind me of my apartment last year.

The Hive collaborative co-working studio in Denver. Always digging neon chairs!

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California. I love the pop of bright color on each piece of furniture!

Williams Group marketing firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This little library/reading space looks so cozy.

What inspires your workplace?

Personally, I like a little balance when I’m studying or getting work done. I like to study at coffee shops (Perks, obv.) and the library (when I have an XL coffee in hand), but also in the comfort of my own bed. I get restless working in one place, and I love how some of the above images show “get away” spots at work when you need a 10 minute break from your desk.

Be interesting. Be positive. Be your own person. Remember, dignity and confidence doesn’t flow from beauty. Beauty flows from dignity and confidence.

20 Rules

  • A few rules.

  • 1. Never stop thinking. This is important. If someone ever says to you ‘You need to stop thinking so much,’ call them ignorant in your head and keep thinking deeper. It is this mentality that breeds stupidity and sheeple. Your mind is the most important tool you have, if you stop using it, it will atrophy. Question everything.
  • 2. Stare into space blankly and don’t mentally punish yourself for doing it, even if it is for that split second. If you have a problem with staring blankly, think of it as daydreaming.
    3. Don’t be afraid to talk about anything. You shouldn’t be afraid of reality.
    4. You are all original. Every life experience is case sensitive and unique. Every time you wake up or go to the bathroom or quote someone else, you are becoming more you than anyone has ever been.

  • 5. Do pointless things. Don’t actively restrain or hide yourself from the redundant.

  • 6. Stop rushing. Shut up and embrace the sound of silence.
    7.Talking to yourself is healthy. Is there anyone that you have more in common with?
    8. There is no such thing as time. The sun never sets or rises. Days and years don’t exist. There is only your life. Earlier today you were born and death is predicted later in the evening.
    9. We will always be in a transitional phase. Look outside and know that everything will be replaced at some point. This existence is temporary.
    10. Every now and then take something that you see everyday and try to see it in a different light. Renew its existence.

  • 11. Be happy, but don’t force it.
    12. You will always succeed in trying.
    13. We are all crazy. Every person you read about in the history books had some kind of ‘disorder’, they just knew how to use it.
    14. We are all about as similar as we are different.
    15. Ideas are just as valuable as people. Why do you think we keep making people?

  • 16. Numbers don’t have to go in order.
    17. Words will always be just words. Love is just another four letter word, only the feeling is real.
  • 18. Ask a child for advice. They may not know much, but they know what is important.
  • 19. Prove you’re alive. Do anything from dancing in the supermarket to screaming during a moment of silence. Remind the world you are still here.
  • 20. Don’t take anything, even this, too seriously.

Rules found here. Fave pics of the day found here


My good friend Morgan is interning for Pelotonia in Columbus this summer and the organization plans a HUGE bike ride tour in order to raise money for cancer. Pelotonia’s mission statement sums it all up very well: Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. Pelotonia raises money for innovative and life saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Driven by the passion of its cyclists and volunteers, and their family and friends, Pelotonia’s annual cycling experience will be a place of hope, energy and determination. Pelotonia proudly directs 100% of every dollar raised to research. It is a community of people coming together to chase down cancer and defeat it.

Bike tour map for Pelotonia 2010

There are four ride options for those riding in Pelotonia 2010-ranging from a 23 mile ride to a 180 mile, two-day ride.(from Columbus to Athens and back). It is mind-blowing to me all that this organization is doing to raise money for cancer research and the dedication and commitment of the riders! It’s not too late to donate to Pelotonia here.

This is the big weekend! Some amazing info about Pelotonia’s ride this year that begins TODAY: there are over 4,000 riders coming from 32 states (plus Canada!) Almost 25% of the riders are over the age of 50 and the youngest rider is 7 years old.

The opening ceremony video from 2009 (above) made me cry and just makes me so excited to hear how the 2010 Pelotonia event goes. I’m so proud of Morgan and the entire Pelotonia team for doing such amazing things—For more information, visit Pelotonia’s blog, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages and definitely consider donating to this amazing cause to end cancer. Have a great weekend queens!