Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Musings

AGENDA BANDO LIP BALM SUGAR LIP TREATMENT 
MUG KATE SPADE NEW YORK CHARGING CORD BANDO

To me, Monday is 100% about getting organized and ready to go. Having just gotten back from a vacation on the west coast – yes, you'll be seeing lots of pictures later this week – I have so much on my plate before I head back to NYC for my fall semester. These picks are some favorites that struck a cord with me over the weekend, and they're certainly helping me get through the next few days of unpacking, packing again and moving. I can promise they'll help you get back on track in the most chic way possible, too.

Happy Monday, pretties.
xx, ZM
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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Stripes Story

 TOP (SIMILAR) MADEWELL NECKLACE (SIMILAR) J.CREW VEST (SIMILAR) TOPSHOP SHORTS MADEWELL  
TOTE BAG TORY BURCH SHOES (SIMILAR) STEVE MADDEN JEWELRY DAVID YURMAN

It comes as no shock that stripes are a summer staple. Year after year, I never grow tired of the trend. My favorite thing about stripes is how well such pieces transition from season to season. This shirt (pictured) was a fall and winter favorite, so much so that I just had to work it into my summer wardrobe. To keep cool, I paired it with the shorts and then with a sleeveless blazer to give off a trendy business casual feel. 

This outfit was a go for dinner, and can easily be a work look, swapping the shorts for a skirt or simple pair of pants. It's important to keep different happening in mind for different outfits. Being able to switch out one piece for another means your wardrobe is working just the way it should. This is especially true if you're living in any city. You want to be able to make the transition from brunch or coffee to work or a night out without a hassle. So put some simple pieces together and make major for many occasions.

Ease is key.
xx, ZM
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Friday, August 07, 2015

The Weekender

SWIM J.CREW  CAMERA INSTAX MINI OUTFIT MADEWELL 
LIPSTICK ILIA TOTE BAG TORY BURCH

Better days – AKA days off – are ahead. The weekend is upon us and it's time to gather your belongings for wherever you may be headed. Whether you'll be lounging by the pool, sizzling on the beach or venturing through the city, you want to get everything ready beforehand so you have ample time to relax and rejuvenate. Soak up every second because Monday is just around the corner.

TGIF, am I right?
xx, ZM
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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Around Town With Clarins


The Hamptons has a certain ring to it, one of ease, luxury and finesse. Let me tell you something, that's anything but misleading. If you live in New York City, a weekend getaway anywhere is a glorious break, but a weekend getaway to The Hamptons is literally medicinal. Dream houses in each and every direction, quiet beaches, colorful umbrellas, crisp sea air, green grass, refreshing drinks and ice cream, clear blue swimming pools – all right, I think you get it now. 

Needless to say this past weekend in Westhampton was much needed and far from a disappointment. This was helped along by two special guests, Clarins's Sunscreen Care Oil Spray (SPF 30) and Sunscreen For Face Wrinkle Control Cream (SPF 50+). Both products were lifesavers when it came to protecting my skin from harmful rays and maintaining a healthy tan. 

My olive skin absorbs quite the bronzed glow, so I'm never one to burn, but it's always best to err on the side of caution. Skin is certainly not something to mess with. The Sunscreen For Face Wrinkle Control Cream (SPF 50+) kept my face protected, but also let just enough sun in giving me a healthy dose of vitamin D and a glow that says, "Look! I managed to escape the office for a couple of days." I also used this delicate cream on my chest since that's a sensitive spot for me, and I still managed to get a little bit darker, and without a burning sensation or any peeling. A few days have passed and I can happily say this sunscreen really worked for me. 

So what's the oil for then? The Sunscreen Care Oil Spray (SPF 30) protects skin and hair from the drying effects of sun, salt water and chlorine. As mentioned, a few days have passed and I haven't experienced any peeling and my hair doesn't feel dry from all of the salt water and time spent in the hot sun. I applied it on my body – on top of the cream-based sunscreen – and voila, no peeling. 

 Not only were these two products effective and cooperative with my sensitive skin, the scent is very light and feminine, unlike many other sunscreen lotions and oil sprays. It didn't linger throughout the entirety of the day, except for a tiny "after scent" post-application. Every step of use for these two SPF products were easy and delicate, and several days later I can say that they truly worked for my skin. I would absolutely recommend these if you have sensitive skin and you're looking for a new product to try. Both sunscreens are easily packable and packaged well to prevent spilling in your beach bag or suitcase. This is a must for me. Clarins is known for preserving beautiful skin, and I am so happy I got to see this firsthand in a place I love to escape to. Talk about a fabulous weekend, damage free.


Fun in the sun just got more fun.
xx, ZM


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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

End of Summer Savings

SWIMWEAR J.CREW DENIM J.CREW SHORTS J.CREW 
SLIDES JOIE BACKPACK 3.1 PHILLIP LIM

I've sworn over and over that I'm done buying summer clothes and accessories, but that may not be the truth. There's nothing like a good summer sale, especially this year with so many irresistible trends and fun colors carrying over to the fall. This roundup compiled exactly what was in, and these pieces will definitely be useful through September. I suppose that's my excuse for violating my 'no more summer purchases' promise. If these picks aren't your taste I'm sure your favorite brands are also having mega sales to push out the summer styles before going full force into fall fashion. Do your research and get to the savings while they last.

Sorry, wallet.
xx, ZM
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Monday, August 03, 2015

Monday Musings

CANDLE VOLUPSA STATIONERY PAPER SOURCE 
COSMETIC CASE TORY BURCH OIL CLARINS SUNSCREEN CLARINS

Happy Monday, everybody. Not only is it a new week, but a new month, too. And that means that getting organized is extra crucial. I just came off of a relaxing weekend in The Hamptons and I'm ready to be productive and proactive! With good weather all around this past weekend, I'm sure you're all in the same boat as well.

It's the last week of my internship at Tory Burch – grab the tissues – and I'm putting my best foot forward to finish strong and really prove my potential and put forth what I've learned in the past ten weeks. I know that many other internships also finish up this week, so it's important to think about your exit. We are always focused on first impressions, but I think there's something to say about last impressions too. This brings me to the thank you cards above... Not only are a trendy print from Paper Source, they're an important thing to disperse around before you're done any internship, job or opportunity. The little things go a long way, and if it's your last week these cards may be a good investment to make. Think about that last impression.

The other picks are little things that help me get back into the groove. Keeping my cosmetics organized and ready to go is essential for the work week, and like I said, I want to finish strong. My morning routine is a big part of that! This very Volupsa candle is the best scent in the world, and I will certainly have it burning every night whilst relaxing and preparing for the next day's work.

As for the Clarins SPF products, stay tuned. I wasn't seen without it this past weekend on the beach. Both the oil spray for body and hair and the anti-wrinkle face cream did a great job of keeping my skin from a sunburn and I definitely absorbed a great tan. Check back for a Clarins spotlight this Wednesday.

Start your Monday – and August – on the right foot.
xx, ZM
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Monday, July 27, 2015

A Splash of Orange

SHOES STEVE MADDEN JEWELRY DAVID YURMAN

One of the best parts of being an intern in the fashion industry is styling unique outfits each morning. Us fashion girls aren't into bankers colors or strict uniforms, we shy away from anything typical or boring. Personal style is encouraged and praised. This kind of creative environment is something I wouldn't trade for anything else. It's a great thing to go to work every day and be able to pull style inspiration from almost everybody in the office then go home and make it your own for the next day. 

Keep on styling.
xx, ZM

PHOTOS BY SUMMER CALENBERG
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Around Town

THURSDAY THOUGHTS FROM SHE

IF YOU KNOW ME, YOU KNOW I CAN'T RESIST A FRENCHIE PUP...
LEFT TO RIGHT: TOP ZARA NECKLACE ZARA SUNGLASSES RAY-BAN 
TOP FRANCESCA'S SUNGLASSES CHLOE

The weekends have never flown by faster than they have been this summer. I'm finally experiencing the phenomenon of a "New York minute". That being said, they have been fun and filled with adventures nonetheless. This past weekend was bittersweet as my close friend Laina's internship at PR Consulting came to an end after 8 weeks, and she moved back home to Ocean City, MD to enjoy her summer by the beach. 

Before she left, and while another friend was in town to visit us, we visited the Met (again) and explored Central Park. We could've sat by the foundation and people watched for the entirety of the weekend, but a chunk of Friday afternoon did the trick. Taking in the scenery is one of the most intriguing things to do in the city. There's so much commotion and chaos, and it's amazing to take a few minutes and simply look around. After all, the summer goes by in a flash.

The weekend continued with more adventures. This time we swapped subways for Citi bikes, and rode from Greenwich Village to SoHo, making stops at Ladurée for macarons and rose tea, and later for savory Greek yogurt at Chobani. I will surely miss being so close to these spots when I move to the Upper East Side at the end of August. But I have a feeling the UES will be just fine too. Saturday came to a close with dinner in Little Italy, and I wouldn't have traded that for a thing (although I swore my skirt was going to bust upon finishing my meal). 

Sunday's heat had nothing on us. We ventured all the way to the Bronx from breakfast at Egg Shop in Nolita on Elizabeth Street for a Yankees game. Having never been to the stadium, I was excited and nervous to experience my first game and hide my inner Red Sox fan. Yes, I survived. Luckily we weren't roasting on the bleachers or baking in sunny seats, so we were able to sit back, relax and enjoy the game. Just don't ask me what the score was. I was too focused on getting that picture you see above. I'm only half kidding...

Now as this week comes to a close, I'm awaiting the arrival of my family for another weekend around town. I look forward to sharing my experiences once again, and I hope your weekend is exciting, relaxing and everything you need after a nonstop week.


Cheers to never being bored.
xx, ZM


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Denim Days


Denim on denim is far from the easiest trend to pull off. Observing so many ladies that do it with style and grace is what is the most inspiring to try it yourself. I've been yearning for a good "Canadian tuxedo" look lately, so I've been scouring Pinterest and rounding up the usual street style subjects. I've noticed so many ways to wear the look: with a tailored blazer, a color blocked jacket or a patterned accessory. The opportunities are endless, and thanks to a limitless amount of blogs and street style photos, you'll be able to style your look accordingly. This serves as a roundup of some of the looks that stood out to me as the ultimate style inspiration.
Denim denim denim.
xx, ZM
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PINTEREST

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Musings

PILLOW JONATHAN ADLER EARRINGS AKONG LONDON 
WALLET TORY BURCH EYELET DRESS SEE BY CHLOE

Mondays are all about getting back in the groove, so here are some must haves that are sure to boost your morale. A little retail therapy can only help, right? These mixes of brights and neutrals are perfect for the summer and creating a great set of hues for your decor, wardrobe and accessories. I hope these pieces serve as inspiration for a great, organized week. If anything, they serve as great distractions from this overwhelming heat. For this purpose, maybe add a Popsicle to this roundup too.

Happy Monday, beauties.
xx, ZM
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