Monday, May 25, 2015

Bailando


It's steamy out today. I avoided the worst of the heat by sleeping in until 2pm and not venturing outside until 4 when my stomach became too loud to ignore any longer. But right now, sitting in the courtyard of my building, I swear I can see the steam rising in slow tendrils from the concrete walkways. At the same time though, it's still really nice to sit outdoors and enjoy the warmth of the sun on my skin. It really feels like summer right now. According to Instagram, everyone's at the beach or at a pool party of some kind celebrating Memorial Day. Me? I'm drinking an admittedly overpriced 'skinny' smoothie from Liquiteria and rereading an old historical fiction novel about Nerfertari, a Queen of Egypt best remembered for being really, really loved by her husband. Home girl had an entire temple dedicated to her. Now that's #RelationshipGoals.

Side note: I was going through old photos last night- no, not because I'm sentimental (okay I am) but because my phone was 10000% out of storage and so photos needed to be deleted, and the most important discovery I made was that I am at least three shades lighter than I was at this exact time last year. How was I always so tan???? What am I doing wrong??? I swear, all I did last year was stay in bed and yet here I am now, frolicking around NYC and running by the Hudson, paler than ever. I feel like I'm slacking off now. Oh well, I'll be sure to lay out by my pool when I start visiting home on the weekends. This weekend I'll be heading off to the Hamptons for my great grand big's graduation party (congratulations, Emily!!!) so I'm looking forward to finding a big white hat to wear and maybe a floaty sundress wrap thing. And hopefully scarfing down burgers- I am trying to cut down on the eating this summer though. Gotta get that bikini bod back, ya know?

Speaking of bikinis, I also just ordered a cute new bikini from Aerie- I'm so excited to be going to Cancun the last week on June. I haven't gone on a vacation since.....two years ago? Yep two years. That's how long it's been since I went to Europe with high school friends after our graduation. Those were great times...lately I've just been feeling really thankful for how many incredible experiences I've been able to have. So this is my thank you to anyone who's been a part of those experiences. Thank you.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

The NYC Trophy Wife

They say you should dress for the job you want so I spent the day dressed as a NYC trophy wife! Haha, okay not really but I think the title suits this outfit post. It was feeling more like spring than summer earlier this week and so I dusted off my trench coat and strutted around with my very best accessories. Here's how to dress as one of the pampered and stylish ladies of the Upper East Side- full disclosure: I'm living out my Gossip Girl dreams in this outfit post.


(Michael Kors trenchcoat, H&M dress, Louis Vuitton speedy bag, Anne Klein heels)

Friday, May 22, 2015

NYC Eats: SOUVLAKI GR

Hidden in the Lower East Side is Souvlaki GR, an incredible and authentic Greek restaurant worth checking out. I first tried Souvlaki with my sorority family and was immediately blown away by the cheap prices and delicious entrees.
If you're heading here from around the NYU area, take the 6 train to the Bleecker St. station, transfer to the F, and get off at the 2nd Ave stop. You take a short walk through the winding, eclectic streets of the Lower East Side and then at the corner of Stanton and Allen, you'll find Souvlaki GR. Nestled between two red-brick buildings, Soulvlaki GR looks like a small piece of Greece was cut out and carefully placed in NYC.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Summertime Sass

Hello, somehow spring has jumpstarted into summer and we now have 90 degree days- like whaat?!

I'm semi-officially done with school! I've just got one last paper to crank out today and then I AM A FREE WOMAN. YES. I just really love the summer, I mean most people do but there's just something so freeing even in just how the air feels. I wrote awhile ago about how weird it is that spring always feels the same, how the air smells the same and carries old memories, and the thing is, the summer smells the same way every year too. Hot steam, sunblock, coconuts, clean...I don't even know how to describe it. The point I'm trying to make though, is that despite how summer always smells the same to me, it feels different. It feels new. And that makes me really happy.

I think most of us spend the summer in bathing suits and comfy T-shirts, but here's a simple but classy look perfect for when you do want to dress up a little this summer:


(F21 lace crop top, H&M skirt, FC necklace, BCBG booties)

Becoming an Early Bird

I am awake and it is 6:46am. The last time I’ve been awake this early…was yesterday, because I was pulling an all nighter. I never wake up early. I mean, I’ve been (trying) to wake up for my 9:30am this semester but I feel like that doesn’t really count because 1) I was always dying in class and 2) I was getting 2-3 hours of sleep. I think I passed out at 8pm yesterday? Maybe even 7? Oh man, it might’ve even been 6pm. Wow.
I didn’t even do any work during that all nighter- Michelle and I were in the Kappa study room watching Shrek videos and rolling around on the floor. The filthy, disgusting floor…yeah, we don’t make the best life decisions. But you’d know that if you’re friends with either of us on Snapchat.
I had a great time though, and my last day of classes was spent in a lovely sleep deprived blur- being sleep deprived feels pretty close to being drunk, so I can’t complain. To be honest, in high school I loved running on 1-2 hours of sleep. Time goes by faster when you have no idea what’s going on, which is perfect when you’re trying to survive Calculus (PSA: I haven’t had to take a math class since high school. HAHAHAHA @ every math teacher I ever had)

I’m feeling strangely refreshed and content. My semester’s basically over, I just have a paper due Friday that I actually have ever intention of finishing today (WHO AM I ANYMORE???) (IS THIS WHAT GROWING UP FEELS LIKE??) (HELP I AM TWENTY AND EXPERIENCING PERSONAL GROWTH) which is insane because even just a month ago, I would’ve been waiting till Thursday night. Actually, scratch that. I would’ve been waiting till Friday morning, maybe afternoon depending on the deadline. I don’t even know the exact time it’s due, it doesn’t matter because I plan on being done with the paper today, maybe tomorrow at the latest. Hm. I think I may be growing up, after all.

I like how quiet the morning is, it’s just as serene as staying up until dawn but doesn’t feel as exhausting or lonely. Just quiet and peaceful. I got out of bed and after drinking a glass of water (wow, so healthy) I actually stretched. Like had a mini yoga session, and it felt great. I feel great.

Now I’m off to make a cheese omelette, work on my next outfit post, and head to the gym. Hmm, maybe I was always meant to be a morning person. When I was little, I would wake up my parents at exactly 6am everyday (God bless them for keeping me). That obviously went away once I started going to school and procrastination/insomnia kept me awake for nights on end, but now that I’ve somehow got my shit together and am a (semi) responsible adult, I think I can be that person again, the one so excited to start her day that she wakes up the world at 6am. I think that’d be real nice.

Hope everyone else is having a good morning too! Or at least getting a nice sleep in.

XOXO,


Irene.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

MAY DAY

Hello everyone! I'm freaking out because:
  1. it's MAY- where did this year go?? how is my sophomore year of college coming to an end???
  2. I'M TURNING TWENTY ON TUESDAY!!!! I'M NOT READY TO BE TWO DECADES OLD AHHHHHHH
  3. FINALS ARE THIS WEEK (look at my previous post to see how I'm preparing for this crucial academic period)
In other news, however, it's been absolutely gorgeous outside. And I'm here to show you yet another style of kimono you can rock: the fancy pants kimono. Sure, I could just call it a sequined/embroidered kimono but where's the fun in that, ya know? Today was the last formal chapter (aka weekly meeting) for KKG this semester and so I was all dressed up in lace and gold.


(F21 kimono, H&M dress, Steve Madden Wedges)

The 8 Stages of realizing you have finals


Stage 1: Shock

Oh crap, finals are this week. Shit. I haven't done any readings this semester. Wait no, I did a couple in the beginning of the semester. Totally. Alright, so finals. They're happening. Shit.


Stage 2: Confusion

Which days are my finals?? Why don't I know this? Did I even ever get a syllabus for Classical Mythology? Wait, why did I even take Classical Mythology?? The professor said we're going to have to fill out a map of ancient Greece, right? Wait, do we have a final exam for Legal Fictions or is it just a paper?


Stage 3: Anger

WHY DID I FORGET ABOUT FINALS??? WHY DO WE EVEN HAVE FINALS?? TO TEST WHAT I'VE LEARNED??? I'VE LEARNED NOTHING THIS SEMESTER!!! NOTHING!!! wait why did I learn nothing...I PAY TOO MUCH TO NOT LEARN ANYTHING. WHY DIDN'T I DO MY READINGS??? NOW I HAVE TO FINISH A SEMESTER'S WORTH OF READINGS IN LIKE THREE DAYS WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF OMG



Stage 4: Lying to Yourself

Wait no, it's not my fault. And finals won't be that bad, I'm going to make it though this. Yeah, I got this. I know most Greek myths, Classical Mythology is going to be a piece of cake. And it's not like the Science of Happiness final is going to be hard. I don't even need to study- I should treat myself, in fact, for stressing myself out for no reason!!


Stage 5: Bargaining (with a higher being)

Dear God, I promise to be a better person if I pass my finals. I will stop stealing silverware from dining halls and I will stop drinking underage even though wine is the only thing keeping me calm right now okay wait I take back the not drinking underage part but seriously!! I will be nicer to strangers and I will try to hold the elevator for people. I will share my food with friends and jUST PLEASE HELP ME PASS MY FINALS.



Stage 6: Panic

IM GOING TO FAIL ALL MY FINALS IM GOING TO FAIL OUT OF COLLEGE MY PARENTS ARE GOING TO KILL ME IM GOING TO END UP ON THE STREETS OKAY NOT THE STREETS BUT IM GOING TO END UP WITH A LOW INCOME JOB AND NO HEALTH INSURANCE IM GOING TO END UP BEING LOWER MIDDLE CLASS MY DREAMS OF BEING A HIGH CLASS BOUGIE BITCH WILL NEVER BE REALIZED I AM A FAILURE IM NEVER GOING TO MAKE ANYTHING OF MYSELF NOW


Stage 7: Acceptance 

Okay, okay. Panicking isn't going to solve anything. Finals are going to happen even if I'm not ready for them. I can still start studying, I still have some time. I'm going to try my best and that's what counts at this point.



Stage 8: Figure out How to Escape 

FORGET IT I'M OUT OF HERE



(The End)