LuLa Roe LUX OOTD 8/24/16

So here we are again….Wednesday and me feeling bad that I’m not doing more blogging.  I mean I do have the time, but real talk I’ve been feeling super blah and lazy.  And you know whats great when you feel that way?  A dress.  Yes a freaking dress.  Its the easiest piece of apparel to just throw on, add accessories (as seen in photos) and go.  So before I devolve and start venting here are the deets.

Dress LuLa Roe (ummm OMFG they are NOT lying about comfort)

Shoes Vans (Old)

Jewelry Chloe+Isabel (Old) and Bauble Bar

Always leave some words and stuff LOL

Xo

BTW those glasses I mentioned yest by Warby Parker…would be KILLER with this outfit…IJS


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Fashionable Gaming (Eye See You)

What comes to mind when thinking about people who game and fashion items?  Not the I play a video game here and there once every 3 years, but people that are more like “I play daily and got a raid to do tonight with my team to defeat this crazy boss”.  Eyeglasses.  Lord knows why but there seems to be the conception that “gamers”  (and I use this term VERY loosely) wear glasses.  I mean ok, I “game” and I wear glasses. Also I treated myself to a PS4 last year and my god all I can think is why did I wait so long?  NEWho…eyeglasses.  If you wear them you know the struggle of finding a reasonable priced pair that are (dare I say it) fashionable.  Well in this day and age we have this thing called the interwebs and one of the formost brands out there now is Warby Parker.  If you wear glasses you know all about this innovative brand, started by two guys out of an apartment looking to provide direct to consumers frames. And now they are almost cult classic.  I mean these are sleek, classic and on trend styles.  Plus they do good, buy a pair and a pair get donated.  But how does this tie into gaming you ask?  Weeeeelllllll…….

Enter Kill Screen. A Boss if you will of the gaming industry.  Kill Screen (much like WP) was a start up that wanted to show why games are important culturally.  But here is where why differ from traditional “gamer” mags, they actually provide high end reviews and content around culture, gaming, and design in general. With an understanding that games and gamers are diverse (I mean they have a 10 point vision statement!) they want people to understand that games are serious business.  From all the press you could say that they are the Rolling Stone of gaming.  I tooled through the site and lots of great stuff covered  from news articles to reviews of games (even obscure stuff).

Now what do gamers who wear glasses struggle with? (Other than bad press about body types) GLARE!  Dear lord that and the basic hipster black frames makes me cringe.  Well Warby Parker and Kill Screen have got that remedied and it doesn’t require a quest or defeat of a level 40 boss.  The two innovative brands have joined forces (kinda like Kirito from SAO) to bring us a limited edition style of frame.  WP is using their classic Burke frames in (was there any other color option) glacier gray embossed with the KS logo.  I mean LOOK at them, gorg.  I love the hint of color and the shape of the frames and they look like there is enough surface area that I can see my entire screen while playing crucible, and take out opponents.

I mean how cool are these frames?  Plus they are limited edition, and as a someone whose into gaming when you get that exotic or hard to find item you want every one to know.  And that’s what makes these great, LIMITED EDITION!!!  So peep the photos and let me know what ya’ll think about this collabo…which btdubbs drops today!  .

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Me, Myself and Eye 

I hate myself in swimsuits and lingerie.  Now before you think I’m simple going to bash my body and I’m fishing for compliments, stop I’m not.  I want to simply say that like 100% of all women I too struggle with self esteem and body issues. This is the first bathing suit I’ve bought in longer than I care to remember that I feel slightly good about being in.  And I just want to let others know that it’s ok to have moments of doubt. 

I recently saw a video on fb about achieving the “bikini body” that the media and society think I should have and I got to thinking about my own thoughts.  Now roll with me through this journey for a minute, I hate long posts because I know most people don’t have the attention span to keep reading(I’m in marketing after all).  We are all taught (men and women) that there are body ideals and if we fail to fit into that we are somehow less than perfect.  I’ve read countless articles about obtaining said body and counter arguments about it.  Let me say I know we are all beautiful and all that jazz, but how many times does that ugly face rear its head to say your not? (Ummm hellooooo right here!).  And I’ve struggled with my own issues about my body and compared it to others.

I bought this majestic piece from Rigby&Peller for $200. Yes $200…because guess what, I’ve learned that quality will always triumph over quantity anyway when it comes to certain things. And also I’ve reached a point (35) where quite frankly my dear IDGF.  I’m not buying a cheap swim suit and then be uncomfortable in it. In trying it on I had the associate in stiches laughing. Because I use sarcasm as a way to deflect compliments and insults, often making them before others. Because guess what, it hurts a little less that way.  We live in a society that is constantly judging, from clothes, jobs, schooling, partners to even where you get your fucking groceries from. We’ve allowed social media to warp our ideals and judgements about people, and pump your brakes tanto, yea I’m guilty as well. 

My friends tell me how good I look, and I see the response from the opposite sex (sometimes same sex..) but it’s not what I see. Often I see so many people struggle with body image and I wish it wasn’t so. 

I guess I’m just trying to excercise my own demons about body issues and just to let others know it’s ok to have moments of meh, but don’t let that be your only moments. Look for people that inspire you and keep everything in perspective. Life is short, do you really want to be on your death bed wishing you hadn’t been so caught up? 

Let me know your thoughts peeps! P.s also include some others I tried on 🤔 and thanks for listening. 😘

Xo

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Thursday OOTD 6/9/16

Thursday….almost the weekend thank you baby Jesus.  This means casual in my book, jeans and a nice top and sneakers.  I am also all about this Capri necklace right now with the blues and mother of pearl.   It goes so well with almost everything that I own.  And I have to say that in looking at my photos I have lost some weight, now imagine if I went to the gym on the regular….flaca status son!

Jeans Banana Republic

Top Banana Republic (old)

Shoes New Balance (via Zappos)

Jewelry Chloe+Isabel

Xo

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Weekend Warrior

So the other day I wrote about going to dinner on Sunday with my peeps.  Well here is what I wore.  I know that I often just do posts about my work ensembles and want to switch it up a bit.  Casual and comfy is my weekend mantra as during the week I am usually in slack and blouses, I mean you see the blog posts.  BTW I  <3 this tee from ASOS and I may just cry the day I have to retire it.  As a well endowed woman I find it challenging to get tops that fit my bust and are long enough to cover that little something extra I keep stashed around the middle.  It’s like cash in the mattress…W.E hahaha

Here are the deets

Top ASOS (old as ish)

Crops New York & Co (old as ish)

Jewelry Chloe+Isabel

Sneakers Zappos 

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Cajun

Thanks to the three day weekend I was able to meet up with some of the crew for seafood this Sunday.  Being that we live in NYC and there are a bevy of places to check out it took some time to narrow it down, but we decided on Cajun Sea Seafood & Oyster bar in midtown.  Part was location as many of us live in different boros and if you’ve ever been on the subway on a weekend you know how tedious it can be to get around thanks to all the track work.  So on Sunday we gathered…

Now the place is fairly non-descript and located on a street that doesn’t see much traffic, but that means less people.  Now the idea is that they offer Cajun style dining, and having grown up in the bayou I think I have a good grasp on Cajun food.  My whole reason for picking this place was that they offer crayfish (or crawdads) depending on how you get down.  I grew up on these little tasty morsels and are a summertime staple if I ever met one. Imagine miniature lobsters, nom nom nom.  Sadly they don’t carry etouffee..  Now the inside is heavy wood, and nautical nonsense, nets, lighthouse lights, brass, and that jazz.   I mean if you’ve been in a Joe’s Crab Shack you know what I mean.  The back wall with the menu has a giant lobster on it…

So because the crew and I get down we got appetizers, oysters on the half shell and mussels in a spice tomato sauce (say that with an Italian accent!) and for the main course I got the crab and crawfish boil (Cajun style), someone got the gumbo, another seafood pasta, and jambalaya.  And like most seafood places they bring bibs, trash cans, shell crackers, and even gloves.  I was too much of a fatass to deal with gloves or a bib and dove right in.  Spicy….Oh shit I wasn’t ready (Kevin Hart voice) like there was legit a kick to the Cajun seasoning even on mild.  Most places say Cajun and kill it in red pepper, no which is NOT how you do it.  Google Paul Prudhomme and you will learn about Cajun cooking.   The crab wasn’t over cooked and the shells were crackable, not soft and pliable.  Everything was well seasoned and just the right amount of heat and flavor.  Not sure about the other dishes as I was waaaaay to focused on mines to pay much attention to anything else.  But from the sounds and looks, it appeared that everyone else enjoyed their dishes as well.  And to round out the meal we naturally ordered dessert.  Also a friend just broke up so they wanted to go full kilt, and who am I to say no to dessert.  Crème brulee and beignets along with coffee is what we got and shared.  Coffee was eh, weak and the brulee was decent but slightly watery.  The crust was well done and the flavor was good, just that it didn’t seem to have set very well.  Now ive never had actually beignets, but these were reminiscent of say zeppole’s or loukoumades. Basically fried dough dusted with powered sugar.  Um yes please!

Overall we had a good time, much to the disdain of some of the other patrons (because we are a bit loud….) and the food was good.  Service was decent but wasn’t all that attentive.  Overall 3.5 out of 5 forks, and they have happy hour EVERY day.  Good for a quick whetting for Cajun, but now I want to go to New Orleans for the real deal….