My Style Icons

I tend to gravitate towards simple and comfortable outfits that make a statement. Give me jeans, a tank and a cardigan and I’m a happy girl but I also love to add something special to really bring the outfit together…well I try to at least. This post is about the women who inspire my style. They all (with maybe the exception of #3) have a simplicity to their styles and still manage to look amazingly chic.

5. Victoria Beckham

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Married to a gorgeous soccer god, mom to an adorable 3 years old, designer of great fashion and part of my fave girl-group, Spice Girls; Victoria Beckham can do no wrong. Just look at how she uses that husband and baby of hers like an accessory. What I love most about her style is that she makes conventional outfits look super-chic.

4. SJP

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Separate from her character on SATC, SJP is a true style setting fashionista. From casual cool in jeans and a peacoat, to sophisticated and cute in a floral-print cocktail dress, to punk princess in a ball gown avant-garde mo-hawk headpiece; SJPs style is surely to please. She makes the most basic outfits chic and still manages to pull off the most outrageous stuff on the red carpet.

3. Selena Gomez

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In my opinion, Selena is an emerging style icon. She easily pulls off the casual chic, girl-next-door look when out and about then goes sophisticated glam on the red carpet. Fun, flirty and sexy I can’t wait to see what she wears next.

2. Jessica Alba

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 I’ve become a huge fan of Jessica in recent years. Maybe it’s just me but recently she’s been popping up more and more in relation to her style and her company The Honest Company. Being a mom, an actress and a founder of The Honest Company she’s got the on-the-go style down but she still manages to turn heads at Fashion Week and on red carpets.

1. Alexandra Pereira

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Alexandra has the most read fashion and style blog in the world so it’s no wonder that her style is on point. But what I love most is the ease and comfort to her outfits, hair and makeup. It’s not overdone. I also love that she travels A LOT so you get to see all the amazing cities she visits. Check out more of her looks on her blog, Lovely Pepa.

Who are your style icons? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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5 Summer Must-Reads

Lounging by the pool or beach is the perfect way to catch up on the books you’ve been meaning to read. Below you will find my recommended summer reading list. I’ve read each of these books/series and would recommend them to any one of my friends. I’ll warn you that I am a sucker for popular teen fiction series. I just can’t seem to help myself.  Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent; I’ve loved them all. I’m only 24, it’s allowed, right? Regardless, that’s not all I read…I do love a good stand alone story and that’s what you’ll find in picks 3-1. Check out the list…

5. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

4. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

3. Defending Jacob by William Landay

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Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob. Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob. Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family. It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
How far would you go?

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flinn

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

1. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

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Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

 

What’s on your summer must-read list? Leave a comment and let me know. I’m always looking for something new to read!

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Thirsty Thursday: Prosecco Sangria

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Prosecco
  • 1 bottle Riesling
  • 1/2c homemade simple syrup
  • 1/2c club soda
  • 2 grapefruits
  • sliced strawberries

Instructions:

Simple Syrup: Add equal part sugar & water to a pot, bring to boil, stir to dissolve sugar and let cool.

  1. Combine Prosecco, Riesling, club soda and simple syrup into pitcher.
  2. Juice 1 grapefruit and add to pitcher.
  3. Slice strawberries and grapefruit and add to pitcher.
  4. Serve over ice and enjoy!

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