24 “Practical” Lessons I Learned While Twenty-Four

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I always view my birthday as my own kind of personal “New Year.”  At this time, I look back and evaluate the things I’ve accomplished within the past year, as well as the valuable lessons (both good and bad) that I’ve learned.

I have to say, 24 was a pretty solid year.  Yes, it had some of its stellar moments — getting featured on BBC, seeing the Foo Fighters, going to the Ray-Ban District 1937 party hosted by Blondie, attending some really great fashion events — but I honestly have to say that compared to 23, it was a very tame year.  However, “tame” can sometimes be a good thing… especially if you’re accustomed to always being on the go.

Thus, I found it only appropriate that on the eve of my 25th birthday I would share some of the more “practical” insights I’ve gained over the past 365 days, as well as some accompanying moments from instagram!
 

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Never put anything cashmere in the washing machine.  If you can’t pay for dry cleaning just wear a dirty sweater instead… at least you’ll still have one.

 

Fix your leaky roof right away.  Or else the leaky roof will turn into a collapsed roof in the middle of January.

 

Never, ever, EVER use expired hair dye.  You will have purple hair.

 

Pizza and a cup of coffee is a totally acceptable breakfast. It’s just as fabulous as brunching at Balthazaar but you don’t have to deal with assholes.  Just look at my instagram feed.   Do people still brunch at Balthazaar?  I don’t know.  I’ve been too busy hanging out with Papa John in Spanish Harlem.

 

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Tied Up

Leopard Silk Scarf

I don’t think calling Miuccia Prada a prophet would be too radical a claim– especially while discussing the direction women’s dressing has taken the past three decades.  It’s no secret that where Prada goes, the fashion world follows.  One could label her a “visionary” in the sense that whatever she creates one season tends to magically appear the next… everywhere.  I will swear up and down that (regrettably) Prada’s SS’12 collection is SOLELY responsible for the resurgence of the crop top–even though the trend didn’t really catch on until the 2013 collections. Prada always has her finger directly on fashion’s pulse– giving consumers exactly what they want before they know they want it.  It’s undeniable that Prada’s originality has dictated so many of the trends we wear season after season.

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The 20 Second Style Savior

It’s a story all too familiar– you have a closet overfilling with clothes, and absolutely nothing to wear.

Let’s face it, we’ve all felt that way at some point– even the most fashion-unconscious of us.  After awhile you just run out of “inspiration” and find yourself grabbing the same pieces over and over again.  (For me it’s black skinny jeans, black flats and whatever shirt is clean that fits.)

However, what if I told you that I finally found a solution to remedy this problem — and it takes less than 20 seconds of your time to do?

Audrey Hepburn Lipstick

 

Before you hop on Rent the Runway in pursuit of another LBD, let me suggest to you this one trick…

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Need A Distraction?

It’s that time of the season again!  Shopbop is having their Friends & Family sale and is offering 25% off of all orders!  Use code:  FAMILY25 at checkout!

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Dress  //  Blouse  //  Tunic

 

I selected some of my favorite sale items that are perfect for both transitioning easily from work day to night time events, and as mixing and matching with pieces I already have in my wardrobe. For instance, a great wrap top can look sleek and professional with a pencil skirt, but also give a great rocker vibe when paired with leather leggings.

 

It’s so important to shop with the “full picture” of your wardrobe in mind.  Although something may be uber trendy, it’s best to think about how often you’ll actually wear it when evaluating if you should make the purchase or not.

 

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Sunglasses  //  Clutch  //  Earrings  //  Boots

 

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