Sippin’ in Style

Truth: you gotta look cute when you’re going to the bar. For the past few years I’ve been slowly stock piling outfits I knew would come in handy when I turned 21. This number has been biding its time in the closet. I wore it a few nights ago and felt fantastic!

Top- United Colors of Benetton ❤ (GW $3.50)

Hot Shorts- American Apparel ($22)

Tights- No idea! Less than $3?

Leg Warmers- This random new good brand from the Goodwill ($3.50)

Boots- Chadwicks (GW $3.50)

Jacket- I bought this down south at a popular chain of stores we don’t have up here. If Forever21 and H&M had a baby, that would be this store ($40)

Necklace- B.a.d-a.s.s (GW $1.50)

Let’s work our way in, shall we? I love, love, love this jacket. This is the type of jacket you can wear with all black and look super tough, or you can wear it with a frilly pink top to balance out the daintiness. It’s not real leather, but its good fake leather. The ¾ length sleeve is unique, though not always so great in the winter.

I bought these jersey spandex hot shorts from American Apparel when I needed something comfy for a 9 hour rave.  Yes, the store is pricey for plain, cotton items, but honestly the clothes do last a long time. I have a jersey top I got there back in sophomore year of high school and it’s still looking good. I will say, however,  their super thin leggings are not worth the money. I ripped a pair a few months back. Thankfully, I had gotten them at the Goodwill, or else I would have been insanely surly for spending so much.  But back to the shorts, they are really comfy and if you throw on some tights you can take them from electronic festival to nighttime. The one thing about A.A clothes is they are realllllly unforgiving. One should never shop there after eating a burrito if one wants to walk out with any self esteem.

This top is pretty swell as well. It’s actually really long and just barely covers the cheekies. It has a slit up the side and is really fun to wear with leggings. I had to do a pretty intense tuck in job to make sure no bunching would show through the shorts (please don’t read this sentence as a standalone…) It likes to fall off my shoulder a lot. No need to buy a strapless bra! Just let the strap fall down as well. Shoulder is sexy!

 

As any New England-er knows, the weather can be a real hindrance to fashion.  Does one look cute or does one freeze? These leg warmers come in super handy on cold nights. I can wear them up high when I walk to the bar and scrunch them down before I go in.

One thing I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever wear out to the bars is heels. This great comedian Steve Byrne has a hilarious skit about girls going out to the bars in their stilettos. It ends with the club let out looking like a thriller music video because the girls cannot walk right in their shoes. Admit it, ladies, even our most comfy heels are really only comfy for 30 standing-minutes max, and unless you practice walking around drunk in your heels, you’ll probably look unnaturally robotic or just sloooopay! Plus, walking home with your heels in hand is just…disgraceful. Wear comfy boots that have a teensy bit of heel, but won’t leave you falling on your booty or sauntering like a new born giraffe.

 

(Not the skit about the shoes, but just as funny!)

 

I’m generally not into huge statement pieces. When I wear jewelry it’s usually small and humble.  But sometimes you have to bring out the big guns—pow!  I think this necklace speaks for itself.

 

 

Does anyone have a go to bar outfit that never lets them down?

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

Beat the Bloat

Today we’re going to focus on healthy drinks.

So you have coconut water, water kefir, dairy kefir, kombucha, pure acai juice, fresh pressed vegetable juice, green smoothies, etcetera, etc. I’m not going to lie, I love the occasional kombucha, and I’m having a love affair with my juicer (sorry blender), but the real “super drink” you should be swallowing is much cheaper and easier to find. Yup, it’s good old water.

Water is absolutely amazing. It detoxes the body, makes your hair, nails and skin look fabulous, and nourishes cells. I mean, there is a reason you can go without food for weeks, but you cannot go without water for more than a few days. But, allow me to get off my soap box.  I admit drinking water can take some getting used to. Compared to all the fun flavored drinks we are surrounded by, water can seem a little ho-hum. So, I’m going to give everyone—ladies and gents—a purely vanity based reason to start chugging the clear stuff, because sometimes it’s the fear of looking bad that lights said fire under one’s cheekies.

Sick and tired of feeling bloated and paunchy? Ladies, want to see a defined waist that you are proud to swivel around at the beach in your itty-bitty, insanely overpriced bikini? Drink. Your. Water!

Okay, so bloating sucks, and before I started eating healthier I feel like I was in a constant state of bloat, carrying around a food baby that never seemed to go away. True, I think some of it had to do with the inflammation from eating all that wheat my body so greatly detested, but a lot of it had to do with eating really salty foods. Your body loves to retain salt. When you eat too much salt and not enough water you throw off a crucial balance. So, if you don’t drink enough water, when you do your body is going to grab onto it and not let it go! To counter that, despite seeming counterintuitive, drink more water! You’ll start flushing out toxins and sodium (hit the road bloat!) and your body won’t be so fearful (source).

Want proof? Okay, I have no photo evidence, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it: these past three days I’ve been drinking a lot of water and have slowly noticed my waist line moving in to create a mini-hour glass shape. This is good, because I have an insane aversion to sit-ups! Isn’t it amazing how simply drinking a little more water can cause such immediate effects?! The way you treat your insides will reflect on your outside. Lemme be blunt: eat like crap and you’re going to look like crap.

A refreshing morning pick-me-up

How does one take drinking water from being a healthy chore to a delicious, healthy chore? Easy, add some flavor! And I’m not taking about Crystal Light flavoring or that Mio junk. Think citrus. Go out and buy some lemons. Make four slices and pop it into a mason jar. The one I use is 24 ounces, so adjust accordingly. Add some filtered water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. By then you’ll have some lightly infused water that tastes great. Sip mindfully throughout the day. (I also know people who use limes or cucumbers, so try out different things!)

Check out this link for the amazing benefits of lemon water; I was truly shocked!

Things to watch out for:

Lemon water is acidic and can soften the enamel on your teeth. If this is something you think you’ll be doing on a regular basis, plunk down $2 on 100 straws and save your pearly whites. Also, don’t brush your teeth immediately afterward, because your teeth haven’t harden again. I think the benefits of drinking water this way far outweigh the cons, so just take the cheap, preventative measures.

It can be really tempting to jump on the food-rage bandwagon, and a lot of the drinks mentioned above do have great benefits. But sometimes we need to look for simplicity as we strive towards a healthier lifestyle!

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

My Bathroom Has Officially Become My Second Kitchen…Kinda.

Yesterday at work I was cashing this woman out and she couldn’t stop gushing about my skin. Cocky much, but I get this quite often. What can I say—mamma and daddy gave me good complexion genes! However, my skin has gotten so much better ever since I started going sans chemicals. A few months back I wrote about how I ditched my chemical laden moisturizer, instead opting for some coconut oil. I still felt I needed something more and tried to make a homemade cleanser, but realized I didn’t love the consistency and how often I would have to make it. What was I to do? Well, I thought back to my slumber party days in elementary school when us lil’ ladies used to make masks with oatmeal and honey. Was it so 10 year old kitsch that I couldn’t apply (pardon the pun) it in my 20s? Of course not!  So, I went to work Youtubing and Googling until I found exactly what I was looking for: a super basic oatmeal cleanser.

Check out this quick 4 minute clip by the insanely adorable Bubzbeauty!  She’ll explain all the good-for you chemicals found in oatmeal.

I would make a slight change to how she washes her face, and this is especially crucial for anyone living in a place with old piping. See if you can get your hands on a really cheap food processor or even a coffee grinder. Dump a handful or two of oatmeal into it and blend away. The smaller pieces can go down the drain without worry of clogging, and you’ll still get the great exfoliating benefits. I store mine in this cute little honey jar. A little goes a long way—it takes about a month for me and Chris to go through it all. Not only do you not have to worry about storing it, but you won’t have to make a new batch every week (not that it takes more than a minute!) Just think, you’re paying a few dollars for close to a year’s worth of product!

The oatmeal, unlike the coconut oil, is perfect for every skin type. I hardly break out, and when I do the zits are a lot easier to take care of (I know, popping is wrong…but it happens!) Your face will go through a few ups and downs the first month you use it. Your skin is going “where are all the chemicals?!” and essentially detoxing. I beg of you to push through this period, as you would the awkward phase of a new haircut. Once you come out the other side your skin will be amazingly soft and clear! I’ve been “reviewing” this new facial lifestyle since January, and I’ve got to say I love the results.  Just as it matters what you put into your body, it matters what you put onto it as well. Minimally processed is the way to go, and you cannot get more minimal than this.

A few months back I also finished up my Clearasil cleansing pads, and I have been going without a toner for quite some time. I wanted something that was gentle, easy to make, and could be stored for more than week. So, this morning I decided to try out a green tea and lemon toner.  I boiled a green tea bag in a cup of water for five minutes. While that was bubbling away, I cut and juiced a lemon that was getting a little old. It’s currently cooling in the fridge. I’ll use it religiously this week and give a mini-review next Saturday!

I love the looks when people ask me what I do to keep my skin so wonderful, as I’m sure they expect me to mention this really expensive cleanser you can only get from some obscure company. Nope, just some good old Quaker Oats, a little bit of organic coconut oil, and (soon) some lemon and green tea toner. When you stop bombarding your body with all these different chemicals, it really starts to thrive.

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

When wearing short skirts on blustery days, it’s imperative to wear cute undies!

Hello,

My name is Jocellyn and I’m a pink-o-holic…. But really, for all the time I spend professing my love for darks and neutrals*, I cannot deny that I occasionally indulge in my pink side. For example, I have two other dresses in this same-ish color, which is weird, because I wouldn’t classify myself as an “I love pink” kind of girl. Regardless, I won’t agonize over it because I look pretty spiffy if I do say so myself!

So what inspired this positively colorful outfit? An unnaturally warm 87 degree day! For starters, I love the cut of this dress; a little shorter in the back and a little longer in the front.  How a piece of clothing is cut is of the utmost importance. Whether you’re second-handing your closet or plunking down some serious dough on designer labels, if the cut isn’t there you won’t look a million buckaroos.

A belt is a must with a dress this cut, lest we ladies want to look like we’re sporting a baby bump! In the spirit of the spring day I left my brown belt in the closet and whipped out this mint green number I got back in high school. You know those purchases where you’re like “I’m not sure I’ll love it now, but I’ll definitely use it later,”? Yeah, make those purchases and smile a few months or years from now. What really pulled this whole outfit together was a scarf.

Chris’s mom got me this one and another from The Gap last year. Scarves like this should be worn down, like long luxurious hair.

I whip my hair back and forth!

But, but, but, they can be easily wrapped up for when you’re trying to hustle somewhere and don’t want it to get caught on something. You can do a basic wrap– like the first photo– or like the one below, which pumps up the volume.

 

If there is one wrap I’m not fond it, it would be the girth hitch. That’s when you take a scarf and fold it in half. The half with the loop goes on one side of your neck and the loose ends go on the other. You then shoot the loose ends though the hoop and tug it tightly around your neck. IMHO, it makes a gal (or guy) look like they’re off to hang themselves. But, to each their own!

Black and bright pink are on two different ends of the color spectrum, but it can take guts of steel to pull them off. Hold your head high and strut the streets in all your fashionable fabulousness.

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

*No worries, I haven’t forgotten my neutral roots. I wore this the next day 😉

Yoga Mania! Flip It Upside Down!

Hello!

Last week I posted a yoga sequence for lovers of headstand. Alas, there where probably some people who couldn’t do a headstand.  Have no fear, here’s the tutorial on how to do one! Burst into the world of inversions with confidence and strength. It may not be so graceful at the beginning, but that will come with time and practice!

Namaste & Peel Away!

Jocellyn

Fashionable Chaos?

I was super excited when this super fashionable blogger from Europe liked my pink shirt post. Europeans in general are just so fashionably disheveled. When I went to France back in 2008—before the scarf craze took root over here—I loved how all the women (and men) looked like they rolled out of bed, threw on some clothes, a wooly neck accessory, walked out the door without a glance in the mirror, and looked like they were going to some fashion show. Ah, how it’s rarely the case in America. Oh, how we hem and haw over what to wear.  Not to mention they have this extreme penchant for wearing black from head to toe. I honestly love the look. It’s so ballsy, so bad ass, so I’ve always wanted to do so but have been afraid. Psh, I’m done being a slave to my mirror and my black on black fear.  Unfortunately all my black items were in the laundry, so I decided to go pseudo-monochromatic in the beige/grey family and play around with textures. You know, dipping my big toe in the waters of a new style!

You'd think I'd have a perma-hickey, because I'm always wearing scarves! In case you were wondering, yes, I am far to dark to hickey.

The things I went through to get these pants! Okay, so the Goodwill doesn’t have the best selection of pants, and when they do they get snapped up fast. I spotted these beauts on Monday, and after giving a stern lecture to the new boy we just hired who wears girls’ jeans, stating that he was by no means allowed to buy them, I placed them back on the rack and crossed my fingers.  Not only where they grey, and my favorite grey pants are one hem in the grave, they are also cut to hit perfectly on your shin; no more cuffing! My heart was heavy when I went to get them the next day. Some other size four girl—probably from the University of Vermont, pfft—had snagged them. Defeated, I went to work recovering the behemoth of a store, only to find them nestled in the men’s section. What a sneak that assumed UVM girl was! I took what was “rightfully” mine and indulgently imagined bumping into this mystery chick at a bar and her looking down at them in sadness…Okay, so I have a slightly vengeful streak

No surprise, but this entire outfit minus the stripped tank was all from the GW. The cardigan was from Gap. It has some tie attached to it, but I cut if off. The circle scarf was an awesome find, as they generally don’t pass through and I’m not a huge fan of regular scarves. I love how it has two different textures.

Don’t even get me started on these shoes! They’re so amazing. They give me the teensiest bit of lift, but are a breeze to walk in. They also show a little bit of toe cleavage, which I think is kind of cute.  And the belt is just bad ass: fashionable and can double as a weapon.

 

This is a cozy outfit. The colors don’t match perfectly, but I think that’s what appeals to me. Perhaps I should stop fussing over what I wear more often and employ the grab and go method.

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

 

Ps: I actually adore my friend’s from UVM. Such kind people!

Pss: Thanks, Yasmin, for inspiring me from all the way over seas!

Pink Makes People Smile

Bear with me, folks. This site is getting a much needed face lift. In my portfolio class we were complimenting and critiquing people’s WordPress blogs, and in the process I learned so much about this site. Gosh, I feel like a little 80 year old granny when it comes to this platform.  Since I’ve now figured out how to add additional tabs up top (amateur hour, I know), I’m even more excited to grow the fashion side of this blog because it’ll have its own special spot.  So, speaking of fashion, I have a fabulous new outfit to show off. And my Picasa finally updated itself and I got all these crazy new filters to play around with. Clearly, I’ve been living in the technological stone age  :-\

I’ve been wanting this really awesome coral-pink top at work. It’s a size 3x (22 plus) and I was waiting for it to go on sale so I could a.) Buy it for $1.75 b.) Give someone that size ample time to snag it (we don’t have to many plus size tops.) I moved in like a hungry shark the last day it was on sale.

For one, I love the color. People always tell me how lucky I am to have dark skin because most colors look great on me (FYI: I cannot, however, rock brown or moss green), but I generally stick to my neutral. The top was calling me, for some unbeknownst reason. I’m glad you called, lady, I’m glad you called.

 

It can be really difficult to find a baggy top. Generally, for it to look good, you need to buy a baggy top that is designed for someone your size. Sometimes, luck is on my side!

And from behind! Since I’m wearing a loose top, I of course have to balance out the bottom with something tight.

This top makes me wanna rock out!

How awesome are those sleeves?! They make me feel bad ass. Like, ‘Imma mess you up’ bad ass!

The final test of a great outfit: Can I pull off some yoga asana whenever my back feels the need to bend? This outfit gets two thumbs up!

And finally, my other awesome set of mala. These, I admit, I did not make. I saw them at Goodwill. I feel like whoever had them before had some potent, amazing energy.

Spring is officially here. Summer is biting at our ankles. Time to whip out those fun colors!

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

 

Yoga Mania: Clothing

Here’s the clothing video! Since I didn’t have them when I was shooting, I forgot to mention the infamous pants

I didn’t like. They’re from the GAP, which stunk because I’m normally so in love with that store. Some of the reviewers seemed to have the same issue as me. The pants didn’t sit high enough and I was constantly pulling them up. I’m super sorry to the people in the yoga class I taught who had to stare at my red thong for an hour. And to my teacher Ashley who assisted me in many butt-crack revealing forward bends.

 

 

Some yoga-spiration. My old RA Brooke was doing a photo shoot and asked me to “model” for her. When I was born everyone thought I was going to be six feet. That clearly didn’t happen, but I always jump at the opportunity only afforded to long-legged ladies.

A rather ambitious early morning back-bend. But it felt ohhh so good. Hey, those are the pants! They look quite deceiving, right? Ps: when will they invent deodorant that blends into black skin?

When all else fails do everything but straight up! It’s much easier to balance your body when you have weight on both sides. It also adds some pizzazz.

I’ve moved on from crow to crane, which was only natural because crow encourages you to keep your butt low, and I’ve always been a fan of showing it off 😉 I admit, in the beginning it was sooo painful to press my knees into my arms, but that pain passed. If there is any posture I’ve been working with forever, it has been this one. I’m always finding ways to get stronger. Ohh, you can see the tell-tale gap in my pants; troubled waters be ahead!

 

Peel Away<3

Jocellyn