Mid-Week Inspiration

1. A lovely reminder to stop comparing and do the best you can, there is only one YOU.

2. Picking more apples than I can eat. (Tumblr)

3. Thick lashes and winged eyeliner (Harper’s Bazaar)

4. Can’t get enough of felt hats and boots for fall. (The Transatlantic)

Reformation Clothing

Today I am sharing one of my favorite clothing brands, Reformation. They are a green company in every sense of the word. Changing the way we think of eco-friendly fashion by creating gorgeous clothing that is fresh, feminine and high-quality. All of their clothing is made using sustainable materials, repurposed vintage clothing or rescued deadstock fabric from fashion houses that over-ordered. The Reformation offices are green as well. From using clean energy to eco-friendly packaging and soy based inks they are paving the way for the new age of fashion companies with a conscious.

When it comes down to the fit and construction of the garment, Reformation is designing for women. They fit each piece on different body types so the clothing is comfortable and flattering for many different sizes. All designs are sewn in-factory as well photographed in-house.

All of this wouldn’t matter if their clothing didn’t not stand up to expectations but they far exceed them. A Reformation piece never goes out of style and can be worn for years to come. I am constantly checking out their website to see the new clothing in stock and their styling. Below are some of my current favorite looks. If you haven’t checked out their website, give it a look. You won’t be disappointed!

Reformation Clothing #jewelsofadreamer

CSA Week Eleven

Another Sunday night dinner in the summer meant keeping the meal light and easy to prepare. I sautéed the leeks and peppers in grass-fed butter and then added in the kale at the end to steam. While that was cooking I roasted eggplant and kohlrabi in the oven tossed with olive oil and sea salt for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. I normally lightly season fish but Dan asked if I could make it a bit spicy so I put together a mix of chili powder, cayenne powder, onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper (I didn’t measure) and applied liberally on the fish. It was something different but it gave the cod a wonderful kick and we really enjoyed it. Stay tuned next week for my final post in the CSA dinner series!

CSA Week Eleven #jewelsofadreamer

CSA Week Eleven #jewelsofadreamer

CSA Week Eleven #jewelsofadreamer

CSA Week Eleven #jewelsofadreamer

Jewels of the Week

Top Row:

1. A simple meal I will definitely be making this weekend: Lactino Kale and Brown Rice Salad.

2. From the runway to the home via DesignSponge.

3. Embracing rest in a culture of busy (something I am constantly working on).

Bottom Row:

1. Great wardrobe inspiration for the transition of summer into fall from Elin Kling

2. As always A Beautiful Mess creates total home eye candy with this bedroom makeover.

3. A great list of mood boosters.

Mid-week Inspiraton

One of my favorite quotes:
“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”. (Philosophy)

Tying scarves in every way possible. (Tumblr)

Creating an at-home spa experience complete with fresh flowers and candles. (Tumblr)

My beloved NYC at night. (New York Inspiration)

Fall Fashion Wishlist

Fall is by far my favorite and most cherished season. Growing up in Miami I did not get the full experience of changing seasons until I moved to NYC for college. I could do without the harsh winters (why can’t it just stay fall forever?!) but when the leaves start changing and the air gets a bit cooler, I can not contain my excitement over the fashion both on the street and in-stores.

Here is what is on my wish-list for the upcoming season:

1. Dannijo Earrings
2. Madewell Leather Jacket
3. Zara Black Boots
4. Topshop Plaid Pants
5. Topshop Camel Sweater
6. Illesteva Sunglasses
7. Club Monaco Hat
8. Vapour Organic Beauty Red Lip
9. Zara Pink Faux Fur Coat
10. Freda Salvador Loafer
11. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

Creating a wish-list is helpful because it gives you a sense of where your style is at and what to look for when you are ready to make a purchase. This helps to avoid buyer’s remorse or buying something you will only wear once. What I love about each of these pieces is that they are classic styles that I will wear for years to come and I can think of at least a dozen outfits for each one. When building your wardrobe it is key to make purchases that have multiple uses with what is already in your closet to get the most for your money. I am always sad to see summer go but fall fashion makes the transition much easier to take.

CSA Week Ten

There was a bar around the corner from our last apartment in the West Village that served the most delicious black bean burger. I still crave it all the time but unfortunately now that we are uptown it is not as easy to get to. When the craving hit the other night I knew just what I wanted to make for dinner.

The bean burgers, roasted potatoes and salad took less then an hour to prepare and made plenty of leftovers for the week. The burgers were made using this Happy Herbivore recipe and I love that you can combine the ingredients in one dish without using any kitchen equipment. The potatoes were a mix of sweet and russet which I tossed in olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt and roasted at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. The salad was romaine, cucumbers and corn all from the CSA box.

It might not have been the black bean burger from the bar but it definitely hit the spot.

CSA Week Ten #jewelsofadreamer

CSA Week Ten #jewelsofadreamer

CSA Week Ten #jewelsofadreamer

Jewels of the Week

Top Row:

1. Isabel Marant Resort 2015

2. Can’t wait to make this raw chocolate recipe via Detoxinista

3. Spending all my free time on Style.com watching Spring 2015 RTW

4. Love the new direction of Coach, especially the 70’s influence in the new collection

Bottom Row:

1. I will never get tired of school supplies

2. A great list of 10 things to do around the house to feel healthier via Apartment Therapy

3. I am a huge fan of Cindy Mangomini and her illustrated collages

Get the look: Neck Scarf

I am a huge fan of building a wardrobe from classic pieces and letting your accessories do the talking. Right now I am loving tying a square scarf around my neck. It is a quick finishing touch that speaks volumes, infuses your outfit with personality and can suit any size or style. This past weekend I paired my neck scarf with two side braids and pulled my hair back into a loose bun. I found this Missoni scarf at Marshalls my first summer in NYC.

Fold the scarf as seen below, tie around your neck and double knot so it is secure.

What do you think of this look? Is it something you will try or not for you?

Get the look: Neck Scarf #jewelsofadreamer

Mid-Week Inspiration

Ear cuffs and statement sunglasses.

Seeing the beauty in everything (it is there, you just have to look).

Moroccan wedding blankets (still searching for the perfect one for the apartment).

Woven baskets filled with flowers (via Pinterest).