how to pack for an extended trip abroad

Well, here I am: only a few days out from my departure to Bogotá, Colombia, where I’ll be in teacher training for two weeks before heading off to Barranquilla through the end of the year. At this point, I am ready to go. It’s been months of planning, talking, and making sure logistical things are taken care of before I leave the country for several months, so it’s been a...

building a wardrobe

Prepping for Colombia these past few months has forced me to look at my closet in a different light. Because I’ve more or less been on shopping lockdown since I left my job in mid-March (with a few exceptions, e.g. the Argentina and Philadelphia trips), I’ve been looking at every little thing that enters and exits my closet much more carefully. I’ve also been going through items that I don’t...

game changer: the front tuck

Does anyone else get into style ruts where you just feel like you want to burn your closet to the ground and start from scratch? This reliably happens to me around mid-season, when the current season’s clothes have gotten tiresome and it’s not yet time for the next season to start. But I’m here to tell you about a clothing trick that has transformed my look and kept things fresh long...

holiday dresses

You guys, 2015 is almost over and I’m having a hard time believing it. This year has been a blur (but a good one!) and I’m definitely finding the adage of “time passes faster as you get older” to be true. Sad, no? But year-end parties and gatherings are my next-favorite thing about the holiday season (second only to the sugary treats, natch) because it’s the perfect opportunity to get...

hashtag #what?: an Instagram primer

Have you wanted to get more into the ins and outs of social media and, moreover, wanted to be seen and heard in these venues as well? Do you like wasting time scrolling through pretty photos? If you’re anything like me, you can pass time searching through things you like and reading funny captions like it’s your job. Enter: Instagram! Instagram is largely visual (obviously) and there are numerous ways...