Sunday, August 3, 2014

WEAR: football jersey t-shirt and Givenchy floral slip-ons sneakers

Being comfortable AND (hopefully) simultaneously stylish tops the list of our dream outfits here at NB. I saw a quote somewhere saying, "my bathing suit says go to the gym, but my sweatpants were like nah girl, you're good!"  That quote hits the nail on the head to convey how the struggle is so real sometimes to find balance in my waistline, outfits and my life! hah.  Anyways, for the comfort part of this equation,  I like to include slip-on sneakers (as seen here) as an important staple in my shoe arsenal.  I have 3 pairs in counting right now. I mean slip-on sneakers are a sportier version of flats anyways right?  Specifically slip-ons of the leather kind, add that extra edge to any outfit.  

For this look, I paired my men's football jersey t-shirt with a stretch cotton mini skirt - seriously a dream come true to not have to wear a mini with heels. :) These days there is no need to sacrifice form over function as it's been stated and posted here many a times before. Find what works for you by getting creative in mixing and matching.  The options are endless for you to achieve that ultimate casual-chic ensemble, and once you master the art of "comfy and cute", you can literally hit the ground running. :)  

shoes: Givenchy // skirt: American Apparel // shirt: Zara Men // cuffs: THP // bag: Mackage // sunglasses: Komono 

Photography by: Sam Chew from  @chewsfitness

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SOUL: simple is better

Simple is better.  Clean and uncluttered.  Classic and well made (or Madewell).

Appreciating the little things always helps in keeping grounded.

succulents // the plant loves of my life
heather gray linen tee // Madewell
Kinfolk volume twelve // my favorite to date
leather tote // Madewell
rainier cherries // gobbling as many as I can before the season ends

Happy Thursday Lovelies!
xoxo, NB

Monday, July 28, 2014

WEAR: nike air max and mesh tank dress

To me, summer is about running around, being comfortable and keeping cool.  With that being said,  I have officially converted to sneakers over everything nowadays to literally RUN around in.  Also, Nike is the new black? I'll leave that for you guys to discuss amongst yourselves. :) To add a feminine touch to my already un-girly-like ways, I like to wear my sneaks with sporty dresses or skirts as seen here!   After all, a skirt is just a pair of shorts with out the crotch? HAHA.  Whatever the occasion that I can get away without wearing heels, I'll reach for my appropriate sneakers. Getting-shit-done sneaks, dance-all-night sneaks, and my favorite are these right here, pop-of-color sneakers.  Wearing light colored dresses for summer, my sneakers deserve to be the star of my outfit. Go big, go bright, go bold!  

Also, what other way to stay cool than with this mesh panel, open back, powder blue jersey dress from Zara.  I have been digging the peek-a-boo strappy bralettes look lately. Airy, comfortable and chic - our summer wardrobe motto. Besides, sporty jersey dresses are practically begging to be worn with sneakers anyways. Get it girl. 

dress: Zara / crisscross bralette: ASOS /  shoes: Nike Women's Air Max 1 Mercurial  / sunglasses: Konomo / cuffs: THP / pearl bracelet: Zara

Photography by: Sam Chew from @chewsfitness

Friday, July 25, 2014

DRINK: fresh blackberry and elderflower cocktail

Ever have one of those weeks where you just cannot catch a break?  That's been my week at work - it's been a -spinning my wheels, frustrating, stressful, talking myself off the ledge every day sort of situation.  Okay, maybe a tad bit dramatic but stress levels have been at an all time high and I've had no energy after work to cook or create.  Which for me, really just feeds the cycle of negativity.  

But, today is Friday.  Sweet, glorious glorious Friday.  The day everyone in (most of) the working world looks forward to.  The promise of a new weekend where you can relax, refresh and renew.  Best, yet?  Time for a cocktail.  And a really good one at that.

There's a cozy little speakeasy in NYC called Employees Only.  The food is good, but the cocktails are GREAT.  I had the "Amelia" there and was blown away.  An attempt at a re-creation was a must, and I have to say this version is not too shabby!  Fresh blackberry puree, lemon juice, vodka and elderberry liquor.  Delicious.

It's time for a celebration.  By George, we made it to Friday!

Ingredients (one serving):

- About 10-15 fresh blackberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz vodka (I used Hangar1 vodka)
- 1 oz elderberry liquor (I used St-Germain)
- 1 cup crushed ice
- Mint leaves (as a garnish)

You'll also need a shaker, blender and fine strainer (I used a tea strainer)


- Puree the blackberries.  Strain the puree in order to remove any thick pulp or seeds.

- Add 4-5 tablespoons of the puree, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, the vodka, elderberry liquor and crushed ice in the shaker.  Shake well.

- Pour into your glass, garnish with mint leaves and bottoms up!

Happy Weekending!
xoxo, NB