Let’s hear it for the boys

I grew up with boys, I grew up liking boys and now I kinda like to dress like one.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a pop of pink or a good ruffle every now and then, but my base line will always be neutrals and clean lines…which I’ll often steal from the boys.Enlight26From “borrowing” my brother’s baseball tees and hoodies to thrift diving for men’s ties and button downs, I have always leaned towards men inspired pieces. I love the simplicity. Plus it’s fun to sport big soft girly waves, a big butt -then slap a hoodie on because I find juxtaposition exciting even in it’s cheapest form.Enlight24Enlight29Enlight18
For this look, I’m sporting a men’s hoodie tee from Target, I went one size up to wear it like a tunic over leggings and high tops. I added my favorite blush bucket bag for a splash of femininity and wore silver statement necklace for some bling. This all too easy look is affordable, comfortable and incredibly on trend right now. It has been a clutch look for me during the weather roller coaster I’ve been on since moving to NYC a few months back. I guess boys are good for more than kissing and talking bout’ football with.Enlight25For more details shop my links below and stay tuned for more chronicles in April!
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J

Details

Hoodie- Target

Hooded Parka- Who What Wear for Target *SOLD OUT

Gloves and Leggings- Zara *similar*

Sunglasses – Sunglass Spot

Bucket Bag – Rebecca Minkoff 

Sneakers- Reebok

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High necks and High Standards

High:

adjective

1. of great vertical extent.

2. great, or greater than normal, in quantity, size, or intensity.Enlight2For me living high is a desired way of life. High expectations (mostly placed on my self), high spirits and high standards. Since I was a child, I was obsessed with taking everything to great heights. I couldn’t just sing in choir, I had to dance and act as well, constantly taking it to the next level of intensity. I can’t remember there being a time in my life where I didn’t have a desire to turn up volume on everything. Because good was never good enough for me.

Do I sound obnoxious? I am.

Luckily, these impossible ambitions are cleverly hidden inside me so that I can still be somewhat of a pleasant person to be around. Because high strung over achievers are too Jesse in Saved by the Bell circa 1995… ‘I’m sooooo exciteddddd’ *insert teen nervous breakdown*  and nobody wants to be around that.Status quo has never been my thing, I have impossibly high expectations for myself and my life. Which is probably why my favorite place to live, is a high octane jungle of high standards and high hopes. What can I do to be better? How can I go higher?Enlight3Enlight4Enlight5This is the #struggle in my head. It’s not fun, it’s masochistic and it’s essentially chasing an invisible thing. While moving back to NYC has filled me in ways that I’ve forgotten existed, the volume in my head DID get turned all the way up and my own music is now blaring. I MUST be the best at work, I MUST blog and be creative EVERY free moment I have, I MUST work out and be in the best shape physically and mentally, I MUST be the best wife, sister, daughter, friend, and coworker.I MUST BE THE BEST ME YET!

What was that? Sorry, couldn’t hear you, my expectations were on HIGH.

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I’m sure I’m not the only bird that feels way. We all deal with an enormous amount of pressure to constantly bigger, better, and brighter. Which, I am all for, but we must make sure we keep the volume of the those ambitions and high expectations in check, because if we don’t…we can’t hear ourselves. I personally will be turning my own volume dial a bit to the left, for some easy listening, because I can’t live on HIGH everyday.

Be well and enjoy living at different levels!

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J

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