Woman of the Week!

I Present to You: Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau

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“Life is a party. Dress like it!” – Lilly Pulitzer

This past weekend we lost a fabulous fashion designer and icon, her work all started with a juice stand and turned into a hugely popular clothing brand. Lilly’s prints light up any room and bring color to our world.16184_10151504839974361_1820567301_n

I have always been a huge fan of the Lilly Pulitzer brand and I have seen her brand inspire and come to represent more than a brand but a lifestyle. One article even deemed her their ideal feminist and I think I may have to agree. I am pretty girly and like bright colors so I think being able to shine and be yourself while also being a strong independent women, like Lilly, is important. 529252_10151507894549361_72532809_n

The loyalty and admiration that I, along with thousands of others, feel towards Lilly Pulitzer is pretty powerful stuff. Young girls grow up with Lilly, women and men  and I know that her colorful mark will forever be on our hearts. 604173_10151506519379361_8318267_n

The Lilly website and Facebook page has been paying tribute to Lilly all week, here is a link to share your Lilly memories.

6 Impossible Things

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland.

Have you ever been daydreaming and you find yourself wishing for things that you know could never happen or won’t happen for a very long time? I am always coming up with some moonstruck desires for my future or for our world that I really just wish would become a reality. Here are my six impossible things:

1. A world where social media did not exist. Imagine it, full on human interaction with stimulating conversation and proper interpersonal skills? What a world that would be. Of course social media has brought us all closer together and changed the face of business forever but it can never beat being in the same room as the person you are interacting with. Who needs to be looking at their screens constantly when you have all these stars?

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2. I would love to be able to transport from one place to another in the blink of an eye, kind of like in Harry Potter when they apparate, you know? I often think of this when I am driving because I rather dislike driving long distances. I think this would be an amazing experience that could not only bring different cultures and worlds together but also make us happier people because we would be able to see our loved ones from far away more often. Maybe if this were possible we would have never invented social media. Why haven’t we figured this out yet?

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3. Fairies. Yes actual fairies like in the movie FairyTale. I used to have dreams about fairies when I was a little girl. They would be dancing around my room and singing to me. I don’t know if I should think that it was magical or borderline crazy but either way I love the idea of fairies. I also would make little fairy homes on the beach hoping I would come back to find them there. I was a very optimistic little girl.

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4. A world where stress did not exist. We all know that stress is constantly simmering beneath our calm facades and that our world is ridden with depression and anxiety because of it. Let’s just eliminate stress all together so we can all live happily ever after (just like Denmark).

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5. A world where I could eat dozens and dozens of macarons because all dessert would have no calories. Need I say more?

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6. A closet the size of a small bedroom (like these) overflowing with diamonds, pearls, classy shift dresses, bright & colorful clothing, well made shoes and matching pajama sets. OK maybe this one isn’t completely impossible…

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What would be on your list of impossible things?

Social Responsibility & Leggings, What’s Not to Love?

The work is piling on more and more as the end of the year grows closer. The fear of not graduating because I can not get my work done and the fear of missing out and moving on are ever present throughout my days here.

I just have to keep reminding myself to breath and focus on the little things that I love about my university. This article from the NY Times talks about how we can decrease “brain fatigue” by just going for a walk in the park. It says that right about now I should be taking a break from work and going for a walk so I guess I should enjoy my beautiful campus while I can and the work can wait…right?

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Something I really wish I was able to focus on more right now is my job search but specifically my portfolio. Of course I have been creating my portfolio consistently throughout my years at school but I have not had the time in the past months to compile it all into one place. I have been given a lot of great opportunities here and would really like to showcase it. I just discovered WordPress Porfolio and I think that this along with a hard copy of my portfolio would be great. It would be able to highlight all of the things that the hard copy couldn’t and more.

So as the job search chugs along (slowly that is) I find myself looking for companies that are strongly geared toward social responsibility as well as companies that carry an authentic reputation. I came across an article about H&M on Refinery29’s page the other day and was really impressed. H&M is now one of the first companies to release the names and locations of all of its factories in its move towards even greater transparency and openness. Now that is what I would classify as an authentic company.

Refinery29 also caught my eye for another reason: the legging handbook (as I like to call it). They have gathered five different legging looks that aren’t your average baggy shirt and tights combo and it gets better…The five girls showcased give the low down on their top do’s and don’ts of leggings, I think every female should take a look, study it even. Some of these looks may even be office appropriate…sign me up!

It’s definitely a tie for which one is my favorite:

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Which look do you prefer? Are leggings work appropriate (if done well)?

P.S. Doesn’t this look delicious and who doesn’t love a sweet Sunday read?

What to Wear: In London

1. A practical bag

There is a lot of walking to be done in London, it is best to be prepared for long days filled with adventure and fun by bringing a bag that will be comfortable to carry and able to hold everything you need.

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2. A Versatile Coat

The weather in London is generally rainy and grey as we all know so it is best to be prepared for the worst while still looking put together.

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3. Fun and Comfortable Tops

These four tops are great for layering and mixing and matching.

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4.Putting it all together: Stripes and a Pop of Color

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5. Putting it all together: Skinny Jeans & Statement Pieces

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