New Beginnings

{taking a bite out of the big apple}

 

{cheers to being employed!!}

The moment I have been waiting for- and studying and working and preparing for- is finally here. On Monday, I am starting my first job! Even more, the job is in Manhattan, a city I have longed to move to since I was a little girl, and is for one of my all-time favorite fashion brands, J.Crew.

I am feeling so many emotions as I begin this new chapter of life. Every success I’ve ever celebrated, from receiving good SAT scores that got me into the top communications school in the country to securing two awesome fashion internships and graduating college with double honors, has culminated into this moment of accepting my first job. While I’m nervous to start and sad to leave my family in Maryland, I can honestly say I breathed a sigh of relief for the first time in eight years.

I’m scared yet determined, intimidated yet excited to see what this next phase of life brings. Either way, I’m waltzing unapologetically into NYC with the starry-eyed naïvety of twenty-two.

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Weekend Inspiration

In the midst of my post-grad job search, I have utilized my free time to be inspired by everything around me. From the colors of the coast (sandy neutrals and pale blues) to the current fashion trends (hello, stripes), seasonal flowers, and everything in between; I am focusing on creativity, being present, and appreciating the onset of summer. I’ve curated a few of my favorite moments below.

Have a wonderful week.

xx, Laina

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{J.Crew hat + Rayban sunnies + Forever 21 towel}

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{coastal calm}

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{hydrangea happiness}

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{Left: Urban Outfitters romper, Right: Abercrombie pinstripe dress}

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{David Yurman ring + cuff, Tiffany&Co charm bracelet}

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{summer pairs: jack rogers + baseball}

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{peony for your thoughts}

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{sundress season}

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{love these beautiful ocean front homes}

 

Spring is Coming

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With temperatures in the seventies this week, it was hard not to dream about spring and the cute outfits that come along with it. I’m loving some of the trends for the upcoming season. Tops with unique details such as ties, ruffles and knots seem to be everywhere. Girly pieces in pastel hues paired with chic sneaks is a look I’ll definitely be investing in. Here are a few items I have my eye on!

1. Adidas Gazelle Sneaker

2. Karen Walker Sunnies

3. Tie Sleeve Sweater

4. Coral Neck Scarf

5. Overall Jumper

6. Nude Liquid Lipstick

7. Ruffle Sleeve Blouse

8. Boater Hat

9. Gingham Blouse

10. Distressed Blue Jeans

xx, Laina

Gifts for Her

Whether you are shopping for Mom, the holiday hostess, or a co-worker… there are a few go-to gifts that any woman would be thrilled to see underneath Christmas wrapping. With the Cyber Monday frenzy upon us, I’ve put together some of the best items that any classy girl would love. Consider this a list of “you can’t go wrong” presents for all ages and a variety of price ranges (no size or recipient information required.)

xx, Laina

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1. J.Crew Pajama Set: Soft and cozy. Don’t forget to monogram them.

2. Candle: Ladies love candles. The perfect gift for hostesses and mother-in-laws alike.

3. SK-II Face Masks: I was lucky enough to represent this skincare brand at one of my summer internships and can vouch for the fact that these sheet masks are life-changing: they simultaneously moisturize, brighten, and refresh leaving skin radiant and clear.

4. David Yurman Bracelet: A classic. If you’ve got the dough to splurge, this sterling silver and gold cuff is a must-have.

5. Gourmet Hot Cocoa + Chocolates: Self-explanatory.

6. S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle: These bottles are all the rave right now, and rightly so. They keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. Just what you need.

7. Personalized Cheese Board: Whether you’re buying a present for an amateur cook or gourmet chef, a cheese board is a very thoughtful and useful gift. Brownie points for this personalized rendition.

8. Cozy Fur Sleep Mask: Because everyone wants their zzz’s around the holidays.

9. 2017 Agenda: In the purse of any organized woman is a sturdy planner.

10. Chanel Eau De Parfum: A classy woman will never deny Chanel. Lighter than the classic No. 5,the Mademoiselle scent smells fun and feminine.

Autumn Highlights

It’s hard to believe it will be November in just a few days. My classes are a lot harder than I expected this semester, and I find myself taking advantage of any free time that isn’t spent studying or doing work. In those rare moments of bliss, I’ve done a variety of fall activities. Follow along with what I’ve been wearing and doing this past month below.

xx, Laina

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{J.Crew coat + J.Crew sweater + Francesca’s blanket scarf + Sam Edelman booties}

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{pretty mums on campus}

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{apple picking scenery}

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{enjoying the foliage colors}

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{wine tour through upstate new york}

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{when your booties match the leaves}

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{quick trip to nyc: loving this central park view}

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{camouflaged}

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{time square views from viacom}

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{weekend at home: loving the porch decor}

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{all about slip-on loafers}

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{the moments of bliss post-shower when you stay in your warm robe}

Fall Friday

The impending stress of midterms is upon us, but my roommate and I were able to take a break from studying today to visit the nearby town of Skaneateles. Upstate New York is simply breathtaking in the fall, and I felt grateful for the stunning panoramas of fall foliage on the ride there. A day of pumpkin picking, shopping, and eating cider donuts was exactly what I needed to refresh and refocus. How are you enjoying the fall weather this weekend?

xx, Laina

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{stopped at a pumpkin stand on the way there}

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{loving this decor}

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{donuts for lunch}

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{lake scenery}

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{small towns}

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{wearing Sam Edelman booties + Nordstrom blanket scarf + J.Crew jacket + Urban Outfitters sweater}

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{meet my roommate, Zoe!}

 

September Style

September is an interesting month. It’s full of back-to-school excitement, sunflowers, and the last of summer sunshine. I was excited when the weather cooled down a bit this weekend and allowed me to pull out my boyfriend jeans. The broken-in fit is so comfortable and they’re my go-to for a relaxed weekend look. I wore mine with this cinnamon (autumn in a color) Madewell tee. Topped off with dainty gold details and leather perforated espadrilles and you’ve got yourself an effortless transitional look.

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{laid-back look}

 

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{love the cinnamon shade of this tee}

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{distressed denim obsessed}

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{the only required reading I actually want to do: september issues}