Breaking the Rules

There have always been “rules” in fashion. In the early 1900’s a hint of ankle peaking out from underneath a dress was frowned upon. We stumbled upon a slight “wild” moment in the 20’s, but it was quickly overlooked by the Depression and War in the 30’s and 40’s. The rules then segued into the 50’s and 60’s where a little skin was allowed again, but most women conformed to the cookie cutter image of how a woman “should” look. It’s clear that our amount of freedom has sky-rocketed throughout the years, and we are encouraged to express ourselvesĀ  through personal style almost any way we want. However, a few “classic” fashion rules (where did they even come from anyway?) are still followed by many. But soon, all the rules are about to be thrown out the window. Wearing white after Labor Day, mixing polka dots and stripes, black and brown, feminine and masculine-these are trends now starting to catch on.

During my childhood my favorite time of year was right as the summer was coming to a close. Those warm August nights, that antsy feeling in your stomach telling you school was just around the corner, the thrill of those final vacations we squeezed into the last few weeks of freedom, but most of all- back to school shopping. Few activities could top that for me (my last trip during the summer before college was a sad one for it was the end of an era!)

I remember the summer before I started high school I got a pair of white jean shorts that I was in love with. While they didn’t make the cut for my “first day of school outfit” they were definitely worn in the first week. I will never forget the scrunched-nose-raised-eyebrow look of disapproval I received from a sophomore (a big deal!) in the P.E locker room. She went on to inform me, “Umm, you really can’t wear white after Labor Day…” I didn’t get it. It was hot outside. What did she mean I can’t? I was so mortified, I decided mourning the loss of those coveted shorts (which were promptly sentenced to the back of the closet until the next summer) was better than ever encountering that look again.

Needless to say that experience stuck with me, and I lived by that rule for a long time. I wouldn’t be caught dead in white of any kind below the waist between Labor Day and Memorial Day. But I’ve recently shaken that theory and decided to wear what I want, when I want, the way I feel is right for me.

Boots- Anthropologie, Jeans- Gap, Tank/Top/Jacket/Necklaces- Nordstrom…I enjoy white pants and shorts, and if the weather permits, think both pieces can be taken right into fall. Pair my straight leg white jeans with warm colors, scarves, or boots and voila! They are transformed.

Booths- Charlotte Russe, Tights- Express, Shorts- Bebe, Tank- Nordstrom B.P, Sweater- Alice & Olivia, Scarf- Old Navy, Bangle- Forever21…These shorts bring a fun challenge. I’ve solved it with tights, a scarf, and of course, boots. This is definitely Fall enough for Los Angeles.

Jeggins- Forever21, Tank- Old Navy, Scarf- Thrifted, Charm Bracelet- Vintage…Consider this polka dot tank and striped scarf a big you know what to the so-called Rules of Fashion! Whatever you choose to wear this season-make it unique, make it exciting, make it you.

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Starbucks vs. Jamba?

I never thought this day would come. But I may have replaced (gasp!)…Starbucks. Now, even I’m not naive enough to say it’s forever, BUT, I will say I feel just as energized, refreshed, and overall healthier. Why even attempt such a feat you ask? Let’s rewind to last Saturday night. I was at a friends house catching up over a few glasses of wine, when a friend mentioned he had just gotten off a 21 day cleanse.

As I was listening to him describe how amazing he felt and all the other benefits I thought about my own eating habits that day. It went pretty much like this:

7:45am- Wake to blasting, obnoxious alarm clock. Slather on three layers of concealer to cover under eye circles.

8:30am- Rush out the door to nearest Starbucks for my daily happy-pill caffeine fix (if I were blindfolded and walked into a Starbucks the smell alone would perk me up).

9:00am- Arrive at my job pleasant and ready to work.

12:30pm- Crash.

12:34pm- Obsess over my boredom. And the time. And why it has suddenly stopped.

2:15pm- Leave work, meet the boyfriend for lunch and scarf down half a chicken sandwich.

4:00-5:15pm- Pass out face down on the couch in front of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reruns.

6:30pm- Shower and get ready for the night. Reapply concealer.

8:30pm- Eat leftover pizza for dinner. (In my defense it was thin crust, veggie, and made with semi-homemade Whole Foods dough!)

9:30pm- Arrive at friends house for wine and Samba dancing…which brings us back to the Cleanse conversation.

Ok, so maybe there was some room for improvement here. Long story short, I started the 21 day cleanse last Monday. There are a ton of restrictions but the main food groups to avoid are dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, yeast, acidic foods, alcohol, and of course coffee. (It sounds way more daunting then it is I swear! Check out the website for more details here)

So instead of my daily trips to Starbucks, I’ve started walking to my local Jamba Juice and ordering their fruit only smoothies. Not only are they delicious and refreshing, but they seem to give me the same energy boost I need to get through the day, without the crash! I’ve even come to look forward to my little Jamba date! An added plus is they’re doing a promotion where you fill out a survey online and get a free 16oz smoothie with the purchase of your next! So I pick up a smoothie in the afternoon and store one in the fridge for the following morning. A time and money saver. I can’t complain.

Now it’s only been a week, so check in with me on day 20 and see how chipper I am about neglecting that Vanilla Latte craving, but either way it’s nice to know that I can go without.

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