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.  Just so comfortable and Nike is the new black? To each his own, but to still add some femininity to my outfits, 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 try to have a pair for each. 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 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 lately with open backs, so here,  I paired it with a neon one I got from Asos. 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

Friday, July 18, 2014

FUN: summer essentials

Where ever you are heading this summer, these 8 simple summer essentials can ensure you a summer-worthy good time! 
  1. cold blooded leather tassel fanny pack - Nasty gal
  2. black and red framed mirrored glasses - Komono
  3. delicate stacking rings - Asos
  4. classic digital gold watch - Casio
  5. double pearl designer inspired bracelet - Zara
  6. nail polish color in Alive - Formula X
  7. surf spray - Bumble and Bumble
  8. kindle - Amazon - The Happiness Project