Take a Deep Breath

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 2 years. I first considered yoga a true “workout” a few years ago when I attended hot yoga sessions at CorePower Yoga for a full summer. THAT was intense.

Since then, I’ve practiced morning yoga at my old boxing gym, then at a small studio, and with girlfriends for an aerial yoga session in NYC for my Bachelorette party this summer (amazing experience at the Om Factory) and now I have a home practice in my apartment (rent in this city is already through the roof!).

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Now that I practice in my home (and sometimes go to free sessions in nearby parks and studios), I’ve finally decided to learn more about the various types of yoga and find out which styles are best for me.

First, I had to consider my personality, needs and goals. I’m a pretty competitive, “type-A” person who gets bored easily and always needs a challenge. But! I also gain muscle very easily and want to be more flexible and centered. Finally, yoga isn’t my sole source of exercise; I also run, play tennis and racquetball and sometimes try to golf. Accordingly, the yoga styles I choose have to be fun or else I won’t stick with them.

I took a series of “best yoga for you” quizzes and have decided to focus on two types:

1.  Vinyasa yoga: According to Gaiam.com, vinyasa (Sankrit for “flow”) involves smoothly transitioning from one pose to another while testing your physical limits.  This style definitely fits my personality and need to sweat!

2. Iyengar yoga: Gaiam.com describes Iyengar yoga as a meticulous style of yoga where form and alignment matter. I hope that this style of yoga will help me focus and become more patient. Living in the city, I’m always jumping from one place/task to another. Taking the time to pay attention gives me a moment to be calm during an otherwise busy week.

[Image from Google.com]

To maintain my home practice, I’ve found many instructors on Youtube, simply by searching for “vinyasa yoga intermediate” or “Iyengar yoga”. Then, I try to practice vinyasa yoga twice a week, Iyengar yoga twice a week and run once or twice a week. One downside to practicing at home is that I’ve gotten behind on updating my “equipment”. My current mat is falling apart, but I hope to replace it soon!

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Hard as Nails

Now that the weather is starting to cool (today’s highs are in the 50s), I’m on the hunt for new nail colors (and coats & sweaters, of course). Though I don’t frequent nail salons as often as I would like, when I get the chance, I usually have my husband help me pick colors.  It’s evident that I’m pretty loyal to OPI (perhaps I’ll look into other brands this year). Anyway, below are the colors Im currently loving.

Fall Nail Colors

 I wore Barefoot in Barcelona on my hands for my September wedding. It’s more of a staple color than a fall shade, but I hope to add it to my collection shortly.

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Favorites from Fashion Month

September began with New York Fashion Week and the editors, buyers and bloggers ended the Spring 2014 preview in Paris. I, however, finally skimmed the runway stills from the comfort of my home, to determine my favorite looks and trends for Spring. As usual, I’ll be searching for interesting textures and prints in modern and architectural shapes. Black & White, Monochrome, Mixed Prints and Cutouts are my top picks for Spring 2014’s trends.

Black & White

Jenni Kayne, NYFW

Juan Carlos Obando, NYFW

Derek Lam, NYFW

TSE, NYFW

Kate Spade, NYFW

Zadig & Voltaire, PFW

Pedro Lourenço, PFW

Talbot Runhof, PFW

Monochrome

BCBG Max Azria, NYFW

Vionnet, PFW

Peter Som, NYFW

Robert Rodriguez, NYFW

Stella McCartney, NYFW

BCBG Max Azria, NYFW

Kaufmanfranco, NYFW

Updated Tweeds

Talbot Runhof, PFW

Peter Pilotto, LFW

Mixed Prints

Paule Ka, NYFW

Clover Canyon, NYFW

Whit, NYFW

Paule Ka, NYFW

Clover Canyon, NYFW

Milly, NYFW

Mara Hoffman, NYFW

Aquilando.Rimondi, MFW

Mary Katrantzou, LFW

Clover Canyon, NYFW

Lela Rose, NYFW

Window Pane Cutouts

Sass & Bide, NYFW

J. Mendel, NYFW

[Images are from Style.com]

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Everlane

Like a lot of shoppers, I’ve  been searching for the perfect basic tees for many years. I currently own two scoop-neck tees by James Perse (via TJ Maxx) and two v-neck tees from Madewell. The James Perse tees are very soft and have lasted for at least two years. My only concern with the style I chose was that since it’s very slim, I don’t have much room to be bloated/ out of shape. Obviously no one plans to be bloated, but when it happens, I still have to wear clothes! On the other hand, the Madewell v-neck tees were very soft and long, but I already have holes in the pair I purchased about 4 months ago.

So recently, I decided to test out the domestic start-up retailer, Everlane.  At $15 a pop, I figured it was worth the try, especially since the tees are made in the USA. After reading reviews on other blogs, I settled on the xs white v-neck and xs grey v-neck. I usually wear size small or size 2 in most brands, size 0 in stores with vanity sizing (J Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor), so based on my measurements and the Everlane sizing chart, I went with an xs.

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The verdict: I really love the fit (tight up top, looser on the bottom) and the fabric (100% supima cotton) feels soft yet strong. I have broader shoulders, but the shoulders of the tees measured about 14.5 inches between the sleeve seams. So far, so good! I hope these last for as long as my James Perse ones have.

Check out the brand, Everlane! I haven’t bought any of their other items, but I would suggest reading more reviews before you buy.

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P.s. This is not a sponsored post.

They’re Back!

It’s strange for me to refer to bands that “I loved in college” but one of my most memorable university concerts featured the Australian electronic band Cut Copy. They’ve recently released a single, “Free Your Mind” and I love it. Thankfully, Cut Copy retained its ethereal, synth-pop sound in this laid back, upbeat song.

Enjoy

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P.S. They’re latest album, “Free Your Mind” will be released on November 5th in the States!

The Big Day

 

 

Ah I’ve been neglecting the blog lately, but I’ll be back with fashion posts and photos from my wedding earlier this month. Life’s been so amazing (and there’s so much to review from NYFW)!
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Changes

In my opinion, this week has been one of the coldest weeks of the summer season. As I stepped out of my apartment wearing a bright orange sundress, it was clear that I didn’t quite get the memo.  So, to get into the mood for Fall, I’ve decided to post my favorite runway looks and trends for cloudy days and strong breezes.

Black & White

viktor & rolf

Viktor and Rolf

Tia Cibani

Tia Cibani

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Laurel

Laurel

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

I can’t get enough black and white. It seems to be my favorite color combination season after season, especially in dresses.

Crazy Prints

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Tsumori Chisato

Tsumori Chisato

Rena Lange 2

Rena Lange

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto

Though this is not a new trend, it is one that resonates with me, perhaps because of my heritage and love for geometric shapes. This season, I’ll look for dresses or separates with eye-catching prints, and combine them with simple accents and accessories. Also, I haven’t paid much attention to Peter Pilotto before, but this London-based design team’s work is incredible!

Prep and Propper

Misha Nonoo

Misha Nonoo

3.1 phillip lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

Rena Lange

Rena Lange

Perhaps my uniform days never fully left me.

Modern and Sleek

See by Chloe

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Both, See by Chloe

Richard Nicoll

Richard Nicoll

Rena Lange 3

Rena Lange

I find that as I build my “working woman” wardrobe, I’m attracted to pieces that look timeless, effortless and svelte. I think the apparent ease in the looks above is deceiving, however, since it takes some restraint to dress like a minimalist.

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