3 Trends from London & How to Wear Them

I can't believe we're already through both New York and London fashion weeks at this point. I'm really excited to see what's to come in Milan and Paris because the looks this season have been incredible thus far. I specifically picked up on three trends from London that we can all easily incorporate into our spring wardrobes:

Ruffles

I'm so happy to see ruffles continue to show themselves on the runway because I think ruffles, bell sleeves, and tulip sleeves are some of the most beautiful, feminine silhouettes that make an outfit interesting. Both at Roksanda and Simone Rocha, we saw not only ruffled sleeves but full ruffled skirts and dresses.

How to Wear It:

Ruffled Sleeve Blouse with Menswear Trousers, Mules, Burgundy Bag

Ruffled Skirt with White Oxford, Mules, Gold Jewelry

Glitter

If you've been reading any of the trend updates over the past few weeks, you'll know that glitter is the big takeaway this season. In London, they were shown at Molly Goddard, Topshop Unique, and Erdem in really beautiful variations. While I'm a fan of styling glitter in a high-low fashion with sturdier, more masculine fabrics, my favorite London look was the super feminine glitter dress from Molly Goddard with a ruffled, white trim.

How to Wear It:

Glitter Boots with White T-Shirt, Jeans, Trench

Glitter Skirt with Gray Sweater, White Converse, Gray Bag

Yellow

It's official, yellow is the new millennial pink. We've seen all shades from mustard to canary to lemon chiffon on runways from Roksanda and Richard Malone to Anya Hindmarch in London. Like millennial pink, this is a pretty easy color to incorporate into your wardrobe because you can almost treat it like a neutral. 

How to Wear It:

Oversized Dress with Navy Vans, Navy Bag, Gold Drop Earrings

Yellow T-Shirt with Check Skirt, Green Geometric Earrings

7 Ingredients, 7 Healthy Breakfasts

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I always say that my two biggest cooking strengths are baking and breakfast. I seriously love breakfast. Sometimes I get excited at night just thinking about what I'm going to have for breakfast the next day. So, yes. The love is real. I've been able to get pretty creative with breakfasts and have mastered the art of creating unique combinations using similar ingredients in order to keep my grocery bill from getting out of hand. 

Here is a week's worth of breakfast using the following seven ingredients: bananas, chia seeds, sprouted bread, strawberries, avocado, eggs, and peanut butter.

Chia Pudding + Strawberries with Scrambled Eggs
To make a simple chia pudding, whisk together 3/4 cup of almond milk, 1/4 cup of chia seeds, and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Let this sit at least two hours. I typically make my pudding in the evening and let it sit overnight. In the morning, transfer to a shallow bowl and top with sliced strawberries. Serve with a side of two scrambled eggs for a filling, protein-rich breakfast.

TIP: If the chia seeds clump together at the bottom of the bowl after being refrigerated, simply transfer to blender and blend for a few seconds.

Banana Toast with Chia Seeds + Side of Strawberries
For this super easy breakfast, toast a slice of whole grain sprouted bread and top with peanut butter. Add half of a sliced banana, a drizzle of honey, and chia seeds. Serve with sliced strawberries on the side.

Avocado Toast with Fried Egg
While a slice of sprouted bread is toasting, use a fork to mash half an avocado. Mix with salt and pepper, then spread onto the toast. Top the toast with one fried egg and for more flavor, add red chili flakes.

Scrambled Eggs + Sprouted Toast
For a breakfast classic, scramble 2-3 eggs with salt and pepper. Pair with a piece of toast with Earth Balance or real butter. 

Peanut Butter Toast, Sliced Avocado, Fried Egg, Strawberries
For a well-rounded breakfast with a little bit of everything, toast a piece of whole grain sprouted bread and top with peanut butter. On the side, have a fried egg, sliced strawberries, and 1/4 of an avocado sliced.

Baked Avocado with Egg
For something a little different, slice one avocado in half and remove the seed. Crack one egg into the middle of each avocado half and top with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 

Peanut Butter Smoothie, Hardboiled Egg, and Strawberries
For the smoothie, blend together one banana, almond milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and ice cubes. On the side, have a hardboiled egg and sliced strawberries.

The Weekend List {No. 18}

The past week has been fairly stressful, given the hurricane situation. We evacuated west for two days, only to turn around and come home after the storm had shifted. It certainly wasn't as bad in our area as it was further South, but it was super loud through the night and the power was out for quite awhile which is never fun when it's hot outside. Fortunately, our power was turned on by early afternoon the following day. The same can't be said for most people, so I'm really grateful. After sleeping forever on Tuesday trying to de-stress, I'm back in the game. Here's some interesting things:

Free People shared the most amazing 10-step facial massage. It felt so good, I might starting doing this every day alongside my skincare routine.

PB Teen just launched a Harry Potter collection and I honestly wish I was a child again so that I could decorate a clubhouse with all of it. I guess I could still do it...

I've really been enjoying the work of Domenico Gnoli, a midcentury painter from Rome. 

I saw a great article on MyDomaine of 96 Things to Do When You're Bored. I'm not often bored, but during the colder months I think it's nice to have a list on hand of things to do. I certainly second the idea of a bubble bath!

Ralph Lauren's show at fashion week was so interesting. Guests were invited to his personal car garage in Bedford, New York, so they trekked 45 minutes out of the city to see the collection and have dinner. With any other designer, I'd find it an incredibly bold move but honestly, who would turn down an invitation to Ralph Lauren's garage?  

Did you guys see that Glossier launched their new body products on Wednesday? I'm so excited to try this duo. There's an oil cleanser as well as a lotion and you can get both for $35! Plus, the ad campaign is beautiful and totally unique.

Did you see my Instagram stories? I'm legitimately obsessed with pink and red right now, which made the Glossier launch even more exciting.

Bookshelf: Fall Reading List

Fall reading is the best reading, yes? The weather is crisp, everything's turned orange and brown, and you're wearing sweaters all day before wrapping up in cozy blankets at night for movie marathons and lots of reading. There are so many new releases to be excited for this fall, some of which I've mentioned below, as well as the perennial fall classics and some other great picks for you.

Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
In this modern take on King Lear, Henry Dunbar was once the head of a large corporation but is now stuck living in a care home while his estranged daughters run the company. He soon goes on the run from his family, traveling through the hills while being trailed by his youngest daughter and also the daughters who wish to inherit his estate. 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Set in a quiet suburb of Cleveland where everything seems to be expertly planned out, a single mom named Mia moves in and shakes things up. Mia rents a house from Elena, a resident who always plays by the rules. Soon, her contrarian personality and mysterious background causes rifts in the community, especially during a custody battle and an attempted adoption occurs.

Origin by Dan Brown
So, I know that Dan Brown books get a bad rap but I actually think they're kind of perfect for a cozy, fall read. The newest story in the Robert Langdon series follows the professor to a lecture at the Guggenheim Bilbao by a controversial futurist. Once the evening erupts into chaos, Langdon must flee Barcelona with a museum director to find a mysterious password.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
No fall reading list would be complete without this, one of my very favorite novels and what I consider to be the ultimate autumn novel. Set at a small college in Vermont, Richard falls into a group of eccentric classics students under the leadership of a brilliant professor. After one of the group members is murdered, Richard recounts the events leading up to it and the role he played in the incident. 

Lessons In French by Hilary Reyl
Kate is a recent Yale graduate in 1989 and is an aspiring painter who accepts a position to work for a famous photographer in Paris. The story is set during the fall of the Berlin wall and follows Kate as she returns to France for the first time since she was a child living with cousins in the countryside. She finds herself surrounded by pretentious artists and other interesting characters as she tries to define herself.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This classic follows famed detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the death of a millionaire on a train. The murder seems to have occurred overnight, while the train was stopped during a snowstorm. As they are stuck on the train during the storm, the detective must determine which of the passengers committed the crime.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Perfect for cozy, autumn nights, this follows Abraham Lincoln as he grieves the death of his 11-year-old son Willie. Lincoln goes alone to crypt to visit his son and is met by the voices of a huge cast of ghosts and spirits. If you can, this book is perfect to listen to on audio.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Another quintessential fall book, this is the story of Holden Caulfield, an iconic cynic who leaves his prep school and wanders into New York City. He eats in diners, visits an old friend, and makes angsty comments regarding just about everything. When it was released, Holden was a revolutionary character who completely rejected the values of his parents and society in a time during which that was incredibly uncommon. 

5 Themes from NYFW Spring/Summer 18 Collections

If you follow my Instagram stories, you may seen last week that I made some predictions for what I expected to see as well as what I wanted to see at the Spring/Summer '18 shows in New York. In fact, I may even extend these themes to be my predictions across the board for the entirety of fashion month.

Overall, I hoped for a theme of fun, whimsical, romantic femininity paired with power, strength, and confidence. I think that's a theme we've seen a lot of in the cultural zeitgeist over the past year: celebrating, honoring, and protecting femininity in a political landscape that seems to despise it. 

It all harkens back to Valentino's New Look following the end of World War II, when he presented a radical silhouette: cinched waist, padded hips, and a-line skirts. This served as a rejection of the utilitarian clothing that became understandably common during the war period as well as the restrictive looks of the early 20th century. Ultimately, he aimed to revolutionize fashion not by showing the kinds of practical looks that had been necessary during the war (for a modern comparison, consider athleisure), but by creating these hyper-feminine, extravagant looks that reflected the nostalgic feeling many people had after the war.

Keeping the current societal climate in mind, something else I expected was a sense of optimism. Fashion, like the universe, tends to provide just what we need, exactly when we need it. Right now, it's safe to say we all need an injection of positivity and that's coming to us through looks that don't take themselves too seriously, bright colors, and Leslie Jones

Here are the five things I predicted about the collections and how they were shown.

Eighties power dressing with a feminine, romantic twist.
Tom Ford undoubtedly took on this theme in full force. His was the very first collection I saw after making my predictions which, I have to say, made me feel pretty confident about my guesses. The collection featured strong silhouettes through broad-shouldered jackets and power suiting. The colors and fabrics were feminine, lots of pink peppered with some black, lavender, white, and orange looks. 

The beauty look was super natural with the models looked nearly bare-faced save for thick black eyeliner. I think this pairs perfectly with the feminist overtones and conveyed a message of a woman's natural beauty and strength.

How to Wear It:
- Sling a pink blazer over your daily look.
- Look for feminine fabrics like silk, velvet, and satin. 
- Add glitter details as needed.
- Rather than the typical high-low balance, go all out with femininity. For instance, where you'd typically pair a bold jacket with jeans and t-shirt, try the jacket with pieces you'd usually only wear for a 'going out' look.

Beauty and whimsy rather than pure utility.
As always, Carolina Herrera showed timeless, feminine looks that fit perfectly with the themes for this season. This particular collection seemed to beam with happiness and light, showing classic feminine shapes with cinched wrap skirts and ruffled shoulders. In just about every color, each of the looks felt bright and positive, like something you'd see on a youthful girl on summer vacation. Even the heavy coats were enough to bring sunshine on a snowy day.

The Los Angeles brand Co showed similarly whimsical looks, shown on ballet dancers in their lookbook. The silhouettes evoked a sense of Old Hollywood, even a bit of Downton Abbey. The colors used were what I consider the new netural: beige and nude, of course, but also soft pink and a shade of green I can only call 'artichoke'. The feel was undeniably feminine, no androgyny whatsoever, with straight skirts, off-the-shoulder cuts, and classic shirt dresses. These are the kinds of wearable looks that we should be seeing in stores and on the red carpets in the spring. 

How to wear it:
- Buy dresses and tops from Rouje
- Aim to wear soft colors like mint green, artichoke, blush pink, dove gray, and white.
- Add in pops of bright colors and fun details like polka dots, ruffles, and florals.
- Keep your beauty look natural and feminine with rosy cheeks and CH's iconic rich girl waves.

Space age and futuristic looks that are warm and soft, similar to the looks from "Her".
If you've seen Spike Jonze's movie Her, you may remember that the costumes were shockingly warm, soft, and vintage for a future-set, dystopic film (I guess some people may think it was utopic, but I disagree). The costumes totally made sense to me because I really feel that as we progress into the future, our mainstream aesthetic tastes will continue to be based in the past. There will be a real return to natural textiles, I think, and eventually a fixation on nature itself (as seen in Gucci's Fall/Winter 2017 show).

Mansur Gavriel's collection was the perfect match for this prediction, as it featured soft, neutral coats and sweaters in a modern, oversized shape with clean lines that give the looks that futuristic feel as opposed to coming off like a collection of vintage shop finds. The color scheme was warm with beiges, tans, pinks, and dove gray. Even the beauty look played into the vintage feel as the hair was tousled with a bit of frizz and tied back with scrunchies.

How to wear it:
- Aim to wear soft, natural fabrics like cashmere, cotton, and wool. 
- To avoid feeling dated, look for coats, jackets, and sweaters in modern cuts. Think boxy and oversized.
- Swap your skinny jeans for a wide leg trouser or track pant.
- Keep your color palette light, warm, and neutral. 

Optimism and humor.
As mentioned before, I expected a sense of optimism in the collections to counteract the dismal feeling we've all been feeling and seeing reflected in the media over the past few years. In addition to optimism, I expected a bright sense of humor and levity, as opposed to the dark humor we often see with Jeremy Scott and Balenciaga. This levity, of course, came from Rosie Assoulin who is well-known for voluminous and sculptural dresses.

Her collection featured her iconic volume and played with bright colors that contrast with the neutral scheme we've seen elsewhere. There was a white dress with colorful polka dots (see below) that had a real sense of fun and joy. I'd love to see someone like Lilly Collins wear this to an event. There were also bright blue trousers with yellow and orange stripes, in keeping with the huge track pants trend.

How to wear it:
- Put your black clothing in storage.
- Wear a pair of colorful track pants with a simple white t-shirt, blouse, or oxford.
- Invest in a few new accessories to incorporate colors like yellow, red-orange, sky blue, and lavender into your wardrobe.
- Don't be afraid to go bold with shapes, prints, and color.

A fresh, new take on bohemian.
I've been hoping for this for a long time now and I feel like it finally happened this season. Rather than the typical Coachella-style bohemian looks, we've finally crossed the threshold into peak gypset, pairing preppy staples with traditionally bohemian elements. Tory Burch was the epitome of this new look for me, showing her classic tunics and dresses in new, global-inspired, boho prints. My favorite look was the multi-colored trousers with a long, neutral-toned tunic and a big, pendant necklace. To me, that's where bohemian is going.

There was also Brock Collection, who everyone has been excited about since they participated in (and won) the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. They certainly showed some more traditional bohemian pieces (flowing, floral dresses and gladiator sandals), but there were a couple of looks that felt fresh to me. I loved the 40s style dresses, especially the red-striped one that appears to be done in burlap but also the classic red look paired with a belted cardigan and the endlessly popular straw handbag. It may not seem obviously bohemian, but I think we could see a future in which bohemian-style, natural textiles are shown in structured silhouettes like this.