Wardrobe Wednesdays: Olivia Pope’s ‘Scandal’ Season 5 Premiere Fashion

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Last week, Olivia Pope graced our TV screens during the season 5 premiere of Scandal with some sophisticated fashion.

I don’t usually watch the show, but when I saw the stills from this episode, I started to realize exactly why fashionistas love Olivia Pope so much.

With the chilly winds coming this fall, a wool peplum jacket is just the thing you need to spice up your wardrobe. The peplum element adds a touch of femininity without going too far. Add your favorite designer bag and you’re good to go.

I’m surprised that the original Alexander McQueen peplum jacket Olivia is wearing in this scene (marked by *) is still in stock! The Prada bag is long gone, but here are a few alternatives:

Jacket:

1. Lane Crawford, $2,815.00*

2. ThatsPoint, $64.99.00

Bag:

3. Diane Von Furstenberg, $498.00

4. Stylebop.com, $1,495.00

Gallery Mondays: Hewitt’s ‘Urban Rattle’ on The High Line NYC

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I haven’t been to The High Line since last year, and looking back at some of the photos I’ve taken while up there makes me want to go back this fall!

I took this photo when I visited The High Line with some friends back in 2013. It’s an art installation by Charlie Hewitt called Urban RattleWhen I first saw it, I didn’t think much of it, but it’s quite the intriguing art installation.

The rattle contains seven pieces. I can only make out a few of the pieces in the rattle—Pacman, a crown, and a boomerang.

When I was a toddler, I don’t remember having a legit rattle (my mom says I had one though), but I do remember having this doll with a handle that I would shake to create a bell sound. I loved that doll. I think her name was Molly.

Totally wouldn’t have minded having this Urban Rattle to play with, though.

See more of Charlie Hewitt’s work here.

Fan Art Fridays: Viola Davis’ Big Emmy Win

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How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis won big at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards this week. She’s the first black woman to receive the award for leading actress in a drama.

Adding this to the list of 2015’s groundbreaking events!

Apparently she got some backlash for her speech, but of course people would find something negative to say about all of this.

In honor of Viola Davis’ Emmy win, I’ve dedicated this week’s Fan Art Fridays to a GIF of the actress holding her well-deserved trophy. I found the GIF on Tumblr, and below the cartoon version of Viola it reads,

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”

View the original on Tumblr and watch Viola Davis’ acceptance speech below.

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Kozy Karlie Kloss and Mirina Collections Review

SPONSORED*
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* This week’s Wardrobe Wednesdays is sponsored by Mirina Collections.

Happy September Equinox! The weather in New York today is in the mid 60s, so it’s time to start switching out the tank tops for the cozy knit sweaters!

Karlie Kloss is rocking a super cute ballet knit sweater with suede thigh high boots and an olive green tote. I love the subtle pop of color she adds to the outfit with the olive green bag, keeping things on the neutral side.

Check out the links below for some similar items!

Sweater:

1. Forward, $650.00

2. People Tree, $134.39

Pants:

3. Forward, $248.00

4. Bloomingdale’s, $198.00

Boots:

5. Forward, $2,195.00

6. H&M, $149.00

Tote:

7. Barneys, $2,890.00

8. Net-a-Porter, $2,445.00

Mirina Collections Sponsor

A couple of weeks ago I agreed to become a Mirina Collections Brand Ambassador. I was sent this gorgeous statement necklace last week, and I’ve already planned a bunch of outfits to wear it with!

The necklace is called Diem, and it comes in silver and gold. I chose silver because I wear silver jewelry most often. The necklace looks like it would be heavy but it totally isn’t. The crystals are sparkly and bring a classy look to almost any outfit.

I was also sent this cute pair of pearl double ball earrings. I’m not completely convinced that they look normal on my ears but I guess I’ll get used to them.

As a brand ambassador, I get to share a promo code with you guys! Take 20% off your purchase with the code “WHISPER20.”

Shop Mirina Collections here.

Gallery Mondays: URBANIMAL Graffiti on K&M Camera’s Van

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About two weeks ago, I saw this van parked on West 38th street in Midtown when I got out of work. First I saw the scary face on the back doors and then I saw the cute yellow bird on the left side of the van.

The van belongs to K&M Camera on Broadway. Below the company name is a signature that reads “URBANIMAL,” which is the name of a Danish-Italian graffiti artist that does trucks, vans, and canvas art.

I definitely like the left side of the van way better than the creepy eyed character on the back doors. I can’t tell if the bird’s yellow feathers are the objects surrounding the eyes and mouth on the back of the van, but I do like the dark water droplets around the bird.

See more of URBANIMAL’s graffiti here.

California Day 6: So Long, West Coast

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Down on the West Coast, they love their movies
Their golden gods, and rock and roll groupies
And you’ve got the music, you’ve got the music in you, don’t you?

– Lana Del Rey

My final hours in California consisted of eating breakfast at the hotel and watching the morning news on ABC 7. We checked out a little after 10 a.m. in hopes of getting the rental car back in time to arrive at LAX by 11:30.

The traffic could have been worse. We managed through make it through security at 11. I had to go through twice because I had forgotten to finish drinking all the water in my aluminum bottle.

Oops.

There was a huge storm in the Northeast, so the flight was delayed for a half hour. The gate also changed about 4o minutes before we were allowed to board.

The flight back seemed shorter. My aunt ended up sitting in isolation two rows in front of my mom, dad, and I. If it were up to me I would have traded her for my dad, because he kept stealing my cheez-its.

We entertained ourselves with in-flight entertainment for the majority of the flight. The Castle rerun marathon was on TNT, so I was hooked for three hours before falling asleep.

I made sure to put my headphones back in before landing because the clogged ear life is not fun at all.

The runway was still wet when we landed at JFK, but the sky was clear. We made it home in a cab a little before midnight. I wasn’t as jetlagged as I thought I’d be the next day when I woke up for work.

Overall, I had a super fun time on the West Coast. I hope to visit again soon!

California Day 5: LA Traffic, Getty Museum & Bubble Tea

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I think you lost it in the Hollywood Hills …

– Hilary Duff

My mom decided we should try to go visit the Getty Museum again since we couldn’t get parking when we attempted to visit on day 2 of our trip.

I was surprised the traffic wasn’t awful on our first few days in California, but I suppose it was because of the holiday. As soon as the festivities were over, we had to endure the notoriously terrible traffic jams on the highway, especially since we were tourists that were too afraid to get stuck in the express carpool lane for fear of missing our exit on the GPS.

Our attempt to visit the Getty Museum was successful. The museum is located in the hills, so we had to take a tram from the parking lot to the museum after parking the car.

We ended up spending about 2 1/2 hours there looking at European art from the 16th and 17th centuries, strolling though the beautiful gardens, and viewing some animal photography.

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We accidentally ended up in the family room of the museum where we found this bed and some books on it.

Of course I couldn’t get enough of the gardens. It looked and smelled amazing!

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My mom and aunt underneath a floral arch in the gardens.

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On the way back to the hotel, my aunt realized that there was a bubble tea shop across the street from where we were staying in Montebello. I was so happy. You don’t understand how bad I wanted to find boba in California!

I got a mango flavored bubble tea that evening with my dinner. My day was made.

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Stay tuned for day 6 (the final day of my California adventure :/) tomorrow!

Fan Art Fridays: Happy 23rd Birthday, Nick Jonas!

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If you knew me back in middle school, you’d know that I was one of those overly-obsessed “Nick chicks.” I was about 13 years old when I found out about the Jonas Brothers, and I loved Nick Jonas’ curly hair so much that I would dream of growing old with him and running my fingers through his hair when his curls turned gray.

Don’t judge me! Even Demi Lovato admits that he had the best Jo Fro!

Now that I’m older and I realize that I’m not actually going to marry a celebrity, I’ve calmed down about Nick, but he still has a special place in my heart—even though he doesn’t let his curls grow out anymore.

Nick Jonas turned 23 this week (September 16th), so I decided to dedicate this week’s Fan Art Fridays to him. This sketch of Nick I found on Deviant Art captures his curls just the way I like ’em.

View the original here.

California Day 4: Shopping, ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ & The Golden State Cafe

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L.A., L.A, baby …

– The Jonas Brothers

Day 4 in California was the day I’d been waiting for—seeing Bradley Cooper and Andrew Garfield at a live taping of The Late Late Show with James Corden!

But before the show we went shopping at Ross and I found this cute LBD that comes with a scarf for $6.

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I could not leave without it.

Then my mom, aunt, and I went to the Dollar Tree next door and I went a bit nail strip crazy. I’ve never seen so many brands in one store. Kill me next time.

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We were due at CBS Studio City at 3pm, so we arrived at around 2:30 just in case we got stuck in traffic. And guess what?

There was no freaking parking. So we had to pay money to park at The Grove a few minutes away.

Anyway…

We stood in the blazing sun for almost 40 minutes before they let us into the waiting area. At least 1iota was nice enough to give us umbrellas and bottled water. Still, I have a lovely tan line the shape of my flats on my feet from the sun.

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But honestly, it was totally worth it! James Corden is so cool and weird, and Bradley Cooper danced for us, and Andrew Garfield let his hair out of the man bun (as you probably saw on the episode), and I was so happy to have been breathing the same air as all these Hollywood people….

Gosh, Bradley Cooper’s dancing though. *swoon*

After the show I took this photo with my dad by the water installation at CBS.

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And then we went to The Golden State Cafe for burgers, fries, and grilled chicken. I was served an enormous bowl of fries that I couldn’t finish, so I took it back to the hotel.

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Thank you James Corden and 1iota for making my trip to California amazeballs!

Stay tuned for day 5 tomorrow!

California Day 3: Hollywood Walk of Fame, Wattles Park & Pool Time

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Could be New York, maybe Hollywood and Vine …

– Hilary Duff

For Labor Day in California, we spent some time on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I wanted to find Sandra Bullock’s star but my parents and aunt got tired of walking before we were anywhere close.

Cue photos with Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Mariska Hargitay, and Carol Burnett’s stars:

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And then I was teased with a glimpse of the Hollywood sign on the way back to the car. I still can’t believe I didn’t get to go up there 😥

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Then we had a somewhat failed attempt in the Hollywood Hills at the Wattles Park and Mansion. Since it was a holiday, it was locked but the gardens were open.

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We also saw a pomegranate tree. My mom picked one, and we didn’t actually open it until two days later. (It didn’t taste very well).

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When we got back to the hotel we came to the conclusion that we deserved a bit of pool time.

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There was a cute kitty near the deeper end when we got there. I scared it away by getting too close with my phone.

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The water was too cold for me, so I settled with just dipping my feet in.

Stay tuned for day 4 tomorrow!