Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Life In iPhone Pics!!!

I always have my iPhone with me.  New Yorkers move pretty fast, but I think if you take a second to look around you, you'll find New York to be a pretty special place.  It also doesn't hurt to have amazing friends!  Here is my life according to my iPhone:

I love this pic!!! This is the inside of my pocket at my friend's birthday party.  It was such a fun night and I'm so glad I have pictures to help preserve the memory!

This one is really funny.  As you can see, this is the inside of my purse in Central Park.  If you ever get bored of city life, you don't have to go that far to get away!  Central Park is the perfect setting for a stay-cation!  This was such an incredibly beautiful day.  Doesn't that guy look like Bono??

Oh my god! This is so embarrassing.  You can totally see my thumb in this pic. 

I have no idea where this photo was taken/who those people are. 

I hope you guys enjoyed a glimpse into my life.  Keep checking back for more!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Making it Work: Apartment Living

This week on ‘Making it Work’ we’ll be talking about your apartment!

Congratulations! You’re (probably) living in some sort of building! You have a roof over your head and (probably) walls surrounding you!  That’s great because it’s pretty cold out these days. Let’s take a moment to be aware of our many blessings. But also let’s be aware of our grievances, including the dead animal in the wall that the landlord “doesn’t know how to handle,” and also while we’re on the subject of grievances, the boiler doesn’t work.

If you are living in a place with little to no furniture, several animal friends (dead and alive!), and a one hour commute, then this entry is for you. Here are some handy tips and strategies aimed at making a sticky apartment situation a little less sticky. (Tip one: all purpose cleaner.)

Q: I have no stuff, but I also have no money! Why are all the wicker hampers at Target 30 dollars???
A: Scavenge. “Scavenge,” in this case, means “take the free things that people leave in boxes in front of their brownstones.” Park Slope is an excellent place to do this. There are two rules for taking free things:
1) never take a mattress.
           2) if there’s a person standing next to the box, they're probably just moving in.

 Also, there is no good reason the hampers at Target should cost that much.

Q: I just feel so BAD when I come home. Why?
A: I’m so sorry to hear that. There are probably several factors contributing to your malaise, but here is one great solution: Hygiene!

Nothing makes an apartment resemble a small desert of sadness more than hair/dustball tumbleweeds blowing around whenever you open the door. As they used to say when being puritanical meant literally being a puritan, “cleanliness is next to godliness.”  And on a related note, it is so depressing to slip in the shower because it is too scummy. Also, I find that eating breakfast helps me, just in general.

Q: There is nothing good about my apartment.
A: That is not so much a question as it is a statement, and I recommend that you start experimenting with perspective. The view of the airshaft out your bedroom window can now just be referred to as your room’s “exposed brick.”

Q: Why does all of my furniture looks so ill-fitting in my living room?
A: You didn’t measure before you went to Ikea*. That, or all of your furniture is from the curbs of Park Slope. Nice!

Q: I have mice! What do I do??
A: Okay. That’s okay. At least they’re not rats. Traps do work, although then you have to deal with them once the mouse has been caught. As an alternative, I suggest you anthropomorphize your rodent roommates. For example, ‘Oh, Angela has been in the kitchen again!’ is nicer to hear than ‘a rodent ate a hole through your loaf of bread.’ Angela sure was hungry!

That’s all I have for you. If you have a bad apartment that is really unbelievably bad, you’re just going to have to deal with it. Sometimes it’s good to accept that life is full of both good and bad things. And one of those bad things is your living space.

Good Luck!

*Real picture of my dresser:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Fashion with Rachel-Winter Styles

Hey everyone!  So a lot of people have been asking me, "how do you stay fashionable AND warm in New York City. I feel like that's IMPOSSIBLE!"  It's definitely not impossible. I'm going to show you a winter look that is cute, casual, and most importantly, SUPER CUTE AND CASUAL. You could wear this to work, but then totally dress it up for going out. 
Ok so, sorry for the poor photo quality.  I'm using an iphone 3.  DOUBLE GROSS.  But as you can see, a good winter look is all about layering.  Pictured above:
Jacket: Eddie Bauer, 2010 winter collection
Shoes: Clogs
Pants: Lululemon (someone left them at my apartment! LOL!), the cinched ankles lock in heat and help to show off your cute clogs. Try wearing heels for a taller look. 
Hat: Urban Outfitters (2010 summer sale!)
In the above picture:
Zip-Up: Gap (I know, right?!?!)
Socks: Wool (a Channukah present from my mom!)
T-Shirt: U.S. Open official T, vintage (layering a vintage item can dress up any outfit. I wear this t-shirt all the time.  I accidentally spilled paint on it so people ALWAYS ask me if I'm an artist.  LOL DUH! Sportz are so ON TREND)
I think it's also important to note that I used Curls, by Marc Anthony on my bangs. I let them curl naturally, then straightened them, then curled them with a curling iron, then flattened them by tying small weights to the bottom.  SO BLAKE LIVELY.
Ok. I think you all get it.  Winter fashion is about LAYERING, WARMTH and CUTENESS.