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The Summer Top So Perfect I Have It in 3 Colors

When Aritzia gets it right, they get it RIGHT. Time and time again, if I've found a piece to love (this happens most often with the Wilfred collection), I feel compelled to buy it in multiples. In this instance, it's this - THIS thoroughly boho, Isabel Marant-inspired, cotton blouse.

This blouse has been a summer savior of sorts - it's forgiving of my trouble zones, gloriously comfortable and flattering with shorts or a jean (skinny, boyfriend - it's agnostic in that way).

It's on sale now, but selling out fast  - right this way.

Facing Your Fears: Trapeze School New York

While I'm admittedly no daredevil, trapeze has long been on my 'bucket list'. I knew all along, on some level though, that unlike boxing, ballet or a baking class at Momofuku, I'd need company - and adventurous company at that - friends that could drive me to be a bit bolder, to face my fears and take the proverbial leap. So, a solid crew and I booked a private Friday evening class last week at Trapeze School New York South Street Seaport.

Along with the hazards of jumping off a platform 23 feet in the air, the South Street Seaport location is outdoors - thereby, glaringly public and touristy. So, whether you panic or soar like a bonafied member of the circus, your failure or success will be fodder for tourist entertainment - you'd better be okay with it. In case you're wondering, I fell somewhere between the two extremes - I was bold enough to go first, and okay with diving off the platform (that's me in the pink pants above!), but at the end of the day, couldn't do much more than hang and swing. In short, trapeze was not my strong suit.

If you're tempted to take a class at Trapeze School New York, consider the following:

  • Climbing the latter to get to the platform, 23 feet in the air, is almost scarier than throwing yourself off said platform. If you have a fear of heights, focus on the ladder when you're climbing; don't get distracted by your surroundings.
  • Focus is key! Your class will have a TSNY staffer on the lines, who'll also be calling to you with directions on when to swing your legs, hang, and let go. Once you're flying, it can be hard to hear what he/she is saying, so do your best to focus and be respectful of noise levels in class.
  • Celebrate your success! As one of my fellow flyers reminded me, you're brave for even taking a trapeze class. Enjoy a post-fly cocktail and the glorious views at Watermark or a celebratory dinner at Trading Post, one of my favorite restaurants downtown.

Learn more about Trapeze School New York and book a class here.

A Definitive List of 6 Contemporary Brands You Should Never Pay Full Price For

While I wouldn't call myself a habitual off-price shopper, an expert shopper I am - that I'm confident in. I'm a member of every imaginable flash sale site, I hit the sample sale rounds in NYC regularly, and scan the racks of my local TJ Maxx more often that I'd like to admit (#maxxinista alert!). And through all of that shopping, it's become glaringly apparent to me that there are several well-designed, well-loved contemporary brands that I'll never need to pay full price for - including several of my go-to brands. Whether it's because their mark-up is extreme, or they're over-producing, with rare exception, these are the brands that you can ALWAYS find off-price, regardless of season:

  • Theory - regular appearances on flash sale sites, today Rue La La
  • Helmut Lang - be it at the Woodbury Common outlet or this week's sample sale, can always be found below retail
  • Equipment - see The Outnet's assortment today alone
  • Joie - sample sale is the stuff of legend, with pieces beginning at just $20
  • Current-Elliott - As a sister brand to both Joie and Equipment (#themoreyouknow), see above
  • Vince - generally fills the racks of my local TJ Maxx, with frequent appearances on flash sale sites

Closet Control: CottonBin

As some of you may know from my tweets on the matter, I've been, theoretically, making a more concious move to minimalism in my life. I feel overwhelmed by STUFF (HELLO, see evidence above - a recent and thoroughly embarrassing snap of my closet), yet it's hard to let go of once-loved pieces, particularly those in amazing, like-new condition. Thankfully, CottonBin hit my radar and while I might still consign my pristine designer handbags and shoes, this start-up - essentially an online boutique populated with amazing pre-loved apparel - allows me, and more importantly YOU, to easily swap gently worn pieces from both contemporary and designer brands for Points. POINTS that can then be banked, and used to shop a glorious online selection - think a clothing swap party...but online and with stylish babes like you situated all around the country.

I just packed up a tear-proof envelope (which came complete with pre-paid shipping label) myself this weekend, and tucked inside were pristine pieces from brands like Vince, Theory and J. Brand. On site, you can shop by style, brand, size or color - there's a wide variety of pieces perfect for summer that I'm currently eyeing - like this floral top from PJK, perfect with cut offs or white denim!

If you, like me, need to exert control over your closet, learn more and become a CottonBin member > here! New members receive a FREE month of membership AND a free swap kit to make closet-cleaning as easy and breezy as possible.

While all opinions expressed are my own (as always!), this post was produced in partnership with CottonBin.

Trend in the Making: Jewelry-Inspired Temporary Tattoos

Sundays remain my favorite day of the week, and today, I spent the afternoon blissfully soaking up the sun in Hudson River Park with two friends, one of whom arrived with the most beautiful, delicate, gold temporary tattoos on her wrist and ankle. Created by Flash Tattoos, these jewelry-inspired transfers feel gloriously summery and sexy.

Available in thematic sets ranging from subtle to bold, ethnic to biker babe, I love the idea of layering these under your favorite jewelry pieces to add an element of surprise. 

Flash Tattoos are easy to apply, though as is often the case, four hands will serve you better than two. Simply position the design carefully against clean skin that's free of oils, and press with a wet cloth to transfer. Let the design set for about 10 minutes, and with proper care - oil-based body washes, sunscreens and moisturizers are the enemy here - Flash Tattoos wll last anywhere from 4-6 days.

Shop Flash Tattoos (sets range from $22 -$30 depending on intricacy of design) here, or bookmark these stunning, signature-inspired styles from jeweler Jacquie Aiche - they're currently sold out.


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