Please excuse me for the two full weeks of silence! I just quit my job as an academic librarian, and I took a few weeks to relax and travel. I start training at my new middle school in Newark, NJ a week from tomorrow. Yay!
This past weekend, my mom came to visit me in New Jersey. She has been in and out of surgery this spring, so it was great that she felt well enough to come and play for a few days. While waiting for our tour at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on Saturday, we went shopping in lower Manhattan. We came across an adorable vegan shoe store, and upon spotting incredible footwear for work, Mom offered to buy me a pair of animal-friendly shoes for my new job. Aw!
The pair that she especially liked were oxfords in white and black, but because they were sold out of my size, I pushed for these little darlings. At only $49.99, they were absolutely a steal. I’m a huge fan of animal rights, and I have fostered kitties in the past. Unfortunately, because of my history of a negative relationship with food (binge-eating disorder and extreme emotional eating), I have not yet made the jump to vegetarianism because I don’t want to mess with restricting food groups for myself at the time. I totally enjoy the idea of vegan-friendly non-food products, however, and I’m proud to sport these shoes while I hit the mean streets of New York and Newark this fall.
The “mustache” (as my friend Lauren calls the ornamentation on shoes like this) is my favorite aspect of these shoes, along with the kitten heel. The shop’s name wasn’t clearly marked (could have been a pop-up?), but it’s located on Orchard Street right below Delancey. Check it out!
Black and white is classy. And so are cats. This bed set is purr-fect for any feline lover. The duvet is available in twin or full/queen, but sadly not king. Pillow cases can also be purchased separately.
Now if only I could convince my boyfriend to let me purchase these!
One of the cutest prints I have ever seen! If you are a fan of vintage, sexy cuts, look no further than the Beatrice collection by Bernie Dexter. This designer uses domestic-inspired prints and fashions them into mid-century cuts that flatter women of all body types.
At $156, this dress and the others in this collection are not cheap on a teacher’s salary, but the splurge is worth it for an important summer barbecue. Or in my near future, my ten-year high school reunion… gulp!
I have not had the opportunity to try this dress on, but the bust looks like it would not flatter women that are not heavily endowed (like me). Luckily the sweetheart neckline seems to provide full coverage, so perhaps sizing down would help!
I spotted this item earlier this season on Modcloth, and now I regret not purchasing it before my size was sold out. That’s the way it goes, right?
Irregular Choice is a unique brand responsible for introducing affordable costumey footwear. This pair of heels is aquamarine in color and boasts shimmery shells with a purple starfish on the toe.
At four inches high, the heel is a bit steep for a tall girl like me, but I would find an occasion to show off these bad boys.
There are only a few pairs left in size 9.5 on Modcloth (no other sizes available), so if you like what you see and the shoe fits, grab ’em!
Gorgeous nautical jewelry at a bargain!
I can across Proper Essentials when the gracious craftspeople of this company liked one of my fashion photographs on Instagram. I visited their website, and I fell in love!
The pictured piece is one of my favorites. The Nautical Pearl Bracelet contrasts the femininity of iridescent pearls with the stoic bronze finish of the sea charms. Since this bracelet is neutral in color, it is the perfect accessory for just about any outfit! At $7.95, it is a must-have.
I also enjoy the rope bracelets Proper Essentials sells, particularly the Something Simple Sailor Bracelet in black and white. The anchor clasp is adorable and clever. Reminds me of home!
Visit Proper Essentials at http://www.properessentials.com
This is my FAVORITE. DRESS. EVER. I went back and forth on this one for a few weeks. Although Ms. Frizzle is my fashion and professional role model, I was a little intimidated by this playful frock. First of all, it completely lacks color, and if you follow me, you know rainbows and sparkles are my favorite. Secondly, it is somewhat Gothic in style, which I found both enticing and intimidating. Although I’m not super “princessy,” I was not sure I could pull of a little bit more of a hard core, edgy look. Now I know that I can!
Although the price tag of $89.99 was not appealing for a cotton dress that I wanted for no reason other than that it’s unique, I sprang for the piece when Modcloth informed me that this item was almost out of stock. It had been sitting in my online shopping cart for a few weeks, so the clever fashionistas at Modcloth knew I had my eye on it. I bought it on the 4th of July and it arrived today.
First impression right out of the box: very cute Peter Pan collar, nice stretchy waist, and excellent length. The cotton material is very thin, and I thought I might be disappointed. I held my breath in anticipation as I slipped it over my head and zipped it up.
It was SO comfy and perfectly lightweight for summer. The top portion felt a little big around the bust, but I am a size 6 on bottom and a 34A on top, so fitted dresses often are roomier up top than I’d prefer. This particular dress is a medium, and I probably could have done for a small, but since the dress is now completely sold out, I’ll stick with the medium.
The absolute best thing about this dress: IT GLOWS IN THE DARK! I tried to take a photo of it with the lights off, but I need a black light. Perhaps I’ll update with a glowing photo later on!
Because you know… that’s perfectly normal…
‘Twas Christmas 2011, and I needed to purchase a present for my father. I grew up with two sisters, a female cat and a female dog, so the acquisition of presents for the opposite gender always put me at a loss. Since he’s an avid follower of the Detroit Tigers and a voracious reader of Peanuts comics, he tends to receive items relating to these two categories for all birthdays and holidays where gifts are traditionally expected. Hence, when I came across a massive stuffed tiger in the window of the Walgreens at Astor Place, I had to have it. Upon my entrance into the store, I was shocked to find that this tiger, which would cost upwards of $100 at an F.A.O. Schwartz (and would likely be of mucher higher quality), was only $25! I grabbed it and darted to work.
It’s not normal to show up to work at the library with a giant stuffed tiger. My student employees at Bobst Library affectionately named him Ernest, and by the end of the day, it was determined that this feline’s destiny was not under the Christmas tree, but atop a bookshelf in the university library. And that is where he stayed. Until today.
In just 4 weeks, I start work at a charter school in Newark, NJ, so Ernest had to come home with me. And just how does a New Yorker on an academic’s salary get a tiger home? On the subway. Let me say that it was entertaining for all, and this librarian officially became a crazy cat lady.