February 12, 2012

Blushing Red

Outfit details
Top: Express (gift)
Dress: (Slip of a lace dress) Charlotte Russe ($30)
Shoes: Bobbi Blu
Purse: Tre Vero

I love this dress because it's so versatile. The "skirt" I'm wearing here is the slip that belongs to that dress. Charlotte Russe was smart in making it easily removable so that I can wear different colors under the lace dress or use the slip to pair with different things like I did here.

It's difficult to feel neutral about Valentine's Day.There are either people that love it, hate it, or try extremely hard to oppose feeling anything at all towards the day. Whatever your feelings toward the holiday, I wish you a beautiful and warm Valentine's Day. To those who may feel dejected because you're not with a significant other, miss someone, or whatever the case may be, I'm sending a big electronic hug!

What are my Valentine plans? To make my students write love letters to strangers of course! I know I've posted about this before, but I adore the concept of More Love Letters and (for extra credit) I invite you to write your own inspirational letters to leave somewhere for a stranger to pick up. That way Valentine's Day can be that much cheerier and your plans will consist of making yourself and someone in the world all warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe they'll even blush.


January 24, 2012

Fly Ball

 Outfit details
Top: Gap (gift)
Cardigan: Anthroplogie (gift)
Skirt: Express ($10/$60)
Leggings: American Eagle
Shoes: Sofft

I'm taking a much needed break from working on lesson plans to post. This is my second week interning full-time as an English teacher and it's already been a roller-coaster of emotions. Although I've always held great respect and admiration for teachers, I feel it even more so now that I'm dipping my toes in the water.

It's somewhat overwhelming but fun. Each day is different, each student a person to be treated differently. What I do find is common among all students, however, is that they thirst for someone who cares. Thankfully that is the easiest part of the job.

For the next few months caring for these students will be my top priority and posts on the blog may be sporadic at times. Until next time!

January 10, 2012

I'm Just Sayin'... Caring for "Ashy" Skin

There's something about the winter season that makes skin ashy. Ashy, you know, dry and flaky with dust that can be endlessly scratched off. Applying lotion helps sometimes, but is usually temporary.

There is a much longer-lasting and true solution. What I like to call the "froggies" (see reference picture below) between my fingers act as a warning of things to come when they get ashy. If I don't take care of the problem with my Super-Mom's Super Solution, the rest of my hand gets ashy. What is this amazing ashyness-relieving solution?

Socks! That's right. There's nothing in the market greater for ashy hands than socks. No fancy lotions will help you here, all you need are good, old-fashioned socks and petroleum jelly (a.k.a. Vaseline).

I'm sure many are aware that petroleum jelly works better than lotion in keeping the skin smooth, but it's also extremely bothersome to have on during the day as it will not absorb completely into the skin for a long time. This is where socks come in. 

Lather your hands with a generous amount of petroleum jelly right before bed, cover them with clean socks, and sleep. When you wake up your hands will no longer be ashy and will be smooth instead. Repeat this regimen for a few days for extra assurance or on especially chilly nights.

The socks help to retain the moisture and warmth of the skin without which the skin turns ashy. They also keep you from getting petroleum jelly on your face, hair, clothes. It's surprising how many things can still be done while wearing socks on your hands. Heck, read a book.

Now you know, petroleum jelly + socks = beautiful hands in the winter. I mean, I'm just sayin'....

January 7, 2012

Eating Cuban

Outfit details
Dress: Frenchi from Nordstrom
Top: Express
Sweater: Bebe
Boots: Aerosoles

Sure it looks like a skirt, but what I'm wearing is actually a thin dress more appropriate for spring nights underneath a warm turtleneck. This old little trick will help expand your outfit options while saving you some money - instantly you have a new skirt!

A feminine sweater like this seems to work best with a dress or skirt. I've tried it with pants and while it looks alright, it's simply more fluid when it matches its counterparts.

By the way, right now is the time to buy winter clothes. Already stores are scrambling to ditch the coats collecting dust with grand sales to shower the customers' eyes with beautiful spring styles. Oh, and orange will be the color of the spring season this year. Depending on its own tone, the color orange will not disgrace anyone's skin tone. Halloween orange seems to work well with my skin tone.

Toodle-loo everyone! Don't forget to vote on the poll on the left sidebar!

January 1, 2012

2012: Starting Off With Sparks

Happy New Year! Hoping all of your new year celebrations were spent beautifully and safely!

 My outfit details
Cardigan: Express (gift)
Dress: Forever XXI ($20)
Shoes: Antonio Melani
Envelope Clutch: BCBGeneration (gift)

Let me tell you, Apple Bites are good. Anyone else a lover of sour apple candy as a child? Well, the drink has that wonderful sour apple taste without the sugary, sticky candy mess. That was my lone drink of the night. Natalie, Andrea, and I went out and saw fireworks up close - it was my first time seeing fireworks like that while welcoming the new year. 

New Year's traditions like watching fireworks are exciting, but in Cuba traditions are a little different. We go through what others may see as a plethora of rituals for the sake of good luck. When the clock strikes twelve we give everyone around us a kiss on the cheek. Right after this, as we're wishing everyone "un feliz año nuevo," we clank and drink from our champagne glasses while trying to stuff 12 grapes in our mouths. Each grape brings good luck for each month of the new year. Women typically wear red underwear inside-out. Don't ask me why...or whether I did this. From one's home, water is thrown out from a bucket onto the street. Lots of cleaning is done in Cuba, and I think this is done to wash out any bad luck. Resolutions are very traditional in The United States, do you have any other traditions?

Here are some of our New Year's Resolutions:
Natalie: To be patient
Andrea: Read one book a month
Rachel (that's me): To have more fun with life

Please share some of your resolutions if you made any. Typically, as I mentioned in the last post, I don't make concrete resolutions. Abstraction seems to work out better around busy schedules and daily life. Do you make resolutions? I'd love to hear some success stories, even some not-so-successful stories.

2012, for me, means interning as a full-time English teacher, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education, studying and applying for graduate school. As always, a part of this list is to improve myself.

Two minutes before the clock struck twelve, Natalie and I rushed outside to countdown and watch the fireworks. In the rush I forgot my camera but had my phone handy. Here are the pictures for some extra enjoyment:

As always, I wish everyone health, safety, felicity, and most of all peace. May every morning find you smiling and stretching with the yearning for the day to start. May each nightfall leave you feeling with gratification for the day's experience, wealth, and opportunities. 
Happy 2012 everyone.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...