70s Style Bags & Accessories

This post is for the gals who have been religiously rocking their platform clogs instead of Adidas Superstars and get more wear out of their flare leg jeans than a pair of satin joggers. 70s style is making a big comeback recently. Not the flower child, boho 70s look but the disco nights and early years of punk look. One way to get into this trend (or flashback, guess that depends on your age) without looking like you are dressing for a costume party is to add some elements of grooviness into your everyday style with a flash of fringe on a bag, big statement making earrings or a pair of very large sunglasses with colored lenses. Here are a few of my favorite accessories to get some 70s vibes going.

Handbags & Clutches

 

 

fringe suede backpack

For a while now I’ve had my eye out for a backpack style bag. This one from Topshop with faux suede and fringe makes the backpack less of practical piece and more of a fashionable detail to your outfit. Fringe backpack, on sale! $45 at Topshop.

 

fringe clutch vegan bag

Found this perfect little fringe clutch that is so practical with two zipper compartments and a detachable wrist strap. If you are into leather alternatives, the fabric is vegan leather. Imoshion also has a good assortment of other bag styles including reversible totes, crossbody bags, wallets and other vegan bags. Fringe clutch $25 at Imoshion.

vegan saddle bag

No fringe here but saddle bags had their moment in the 70s too. This vegan leather bag with an engrained design is a nice knock-off of a real ornamental saddle bag. The navy color gives this bag a bit more edge than the usual tan. Vegan Tooled Saddle bag, $48 at Free People.

 

Earrings

saturn earings

These are some killer statement earrings but they don’t look like they will weigh you down. Love the sleek metal design and the accent gemstone. Pair these with a slinky wrap dress and you’re ready to dance. Saturn Dropped Sphere Drop Earring $24 at Urban Outfitters.

 

celestial drops-gold

If minimalism isn’t your thing then these flashy babbles (from Babble Bar) may be your taste. On a disco floor these will really light up. Celestial Drops-Gold $36 at Babble Bar.

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Can’t do a 70s accessories post without including a pair of hoops. I opted for these large cut-outs rather than a pair of thin hoops. These will stand out more under feathered hair. Madewell “Rose” Cutout Hoops $26 at Nordstrom.

 

Sunglasses

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If you are going to cover half your face, cover it with some ombre rose-tinted glasses. Kidding aside, these shades are instant chic and will provide a shield for whatever bad vibes are thrown your way. Joni Wire Frame Sunglasses $20 at Free People.

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These sunglasses check a few 70s style boxes. Translucent, check. Round frame, check. Super large lenses, check. While they are the most expensive accessory on this post, I’m a big fan of Raen’s quality designs and materials. Worth the extra bucks if you can treat them right. Nomi Sunglasses $180 at Raen.

quay cherrybomb

Round sunglasses aren’t flattering on everyone. Here’s a pair of shades that mix aviator and cat-eye frames for a very flattering look on many different face shapes. You definitely need to wear these with some high-waisted flare jeans. Cherry Bomb Sunglasses $55 at Quay.

 

 

Weekly Workouts: Week 4 Broad Street Run Training

Hard to believe that there are only 6 weeks until the Broad Street Run! That means spring is a lot closer than it seems. I decided to kick off my training while on vacation in Key West and now I’m in the middle of week 4 of BeWellPhilly’s intermediate/advanced 10-week-out guide. This guide is aimed at those who have run a longer race before or can comfortably run 4 or 5 miles.

Back in November I ran my first half-marathon with much more ease than I anticipated, ok yes I struggled up those hills in Fairmount Park but I ran hard to the finish line. This time around I want to increase my speed throughout the race. I’ve heard that increasing speed can be difficult at Broad Street because of the crowds but I want to try my best to be lean-mean-running-machine come May 3rd.

I tailored BeWellPhilly’s guide to fit into my weekly schedules & wanted to incorporate cross training to build endurance and strength. I plan to switch up my cross training from week to week to make them more fun. The ‘workouts’ in the below pic are described in the BeWell guide and are intended for increasing speed. All cross training details are below.

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This week’s cross training includes:

Abs

  1. 20 crunches
  2. 20 bicycle crunches
  3. 30 secs. of flutter kicks
  4. 1 minute plank

Arms

  1. 10-12 bicep curls with 10 lb weight
  2. 10-12 shoulder presses with 10b weight
  3. 1 barre arm exercise from Sarah Fit. I really like the move in this video at 4:13. Use only a 3-5lb weight.

Butt

  1. 10 reps of the Kickback
  2. 10 reps of the Hydrant

Exercises on Cosmopolitan.com

Repeat whole cross training session 3 times!

Disclaimer: I am not a fitness expert! This just a training routine I came up with from various sources and exercises I have done in the past. I am not recommending this to everyone who reads this post, it’s just for generating workout motivation and ideas. Personally I like to read about other’s routines, especially if I am training for the same or similar race then tailor the routines to fit what I’m comfortable with doing.

Sorry for posting already half-way through the week. I’ll try to get next week’s routines posted before next Monday.

Beach Eats: Greek Lamb Burgers

Greek Lamb Burgers Ready to switch it up at your next BBQ? Lamb burgers may not be ‘lighter’ than the usual beef burger but the toppings are healthier and easier on the stomach than the typical gooey cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, red onion, bacon, etc. Also, if you have never tried lamb it has much more flavor than beef or turkey.

Makes 4 burgers or 6 sliders.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs of fresh, grass-fed ground lamb
  • 2 oz feta cheese
  • A jar of sundried tomato
  • 3 eggs
  • A bunch of fresh basil
  • Arugula
  • 1 plum tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Pita bread (enough to use as ‘buns’)

Break up feta into bit sized pieces (if it’s crumbled, skip this step). Set aside.

Chop up sundried tomatoes, slice plum tomato, slice cucumbers, chop up basil. Set all aside.

In a large bowl combine ground lamb, almost all of the feta (save some for toppings later), sundried tomatoes, and basil. Add 3 eggs and mix together until all ingredients are distributed throughout lamb meat.

Form patties and let them set on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Heat up grill.

Grill lamb burgers until thoroughly cooked, probably around 30 minutes. Lamb takes a little longer than beef to cook. Best to let them cook slowly on lower heat to get a nice smokey flavor.

Meanwhile, cut pita bread into ‘buns’.

When the burgers are done, dress burgers with arugula, tomato, cucumbers and leftover feta. You can also add some mayo or tahini sauce to the buns but I thought the burger was juicy and flavorful enough on it’s own.

Suggested side: Grilled Corn on the Cob

PopSugar Must Have Box Review

 

As an avid reader of POPSUGAR and their many other websites (they even have one for tech girls- GeekSugar) I was intrigued by their Must Have Box. Subscription boxes/bags seem to be a new trend. I’ve seen market focused ones for beauty products, fashion, health food, and fitness but POPSUGAR’s  online publications cover a wide range of topics so theirs is the best of everything—food, style, beauty, media, and lifestyle.

I decided that from the looks of the August box that September could be really worth it’s $35 price (which ended up being $25 from a promo I found online).  I ordered and then kind of forgot about it.

Until last Friday when my box arrived!

Like opening a present!

It comes wrapped in pink tissue paper and with a little booklet that explains all the contents. The September box was jam-packed!

POPSUGAR September Box Breakdown:

  1. Benefit Cabana Glama Makeup Set- $18.99
  2. Brokendown scarf- $84 to $94
  3. Perks of Being a Wallflower Book- $8
  4. Perks of Being a Wallflower movie tickets (2)- $20
  5. Rifle Paper Co.’s Lined Notepad– $8
  6. Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips– $3
  7. Kitsch Hair Ties– $13.99
  8. Becky’s Blissful Bakery Caramels (4)- $5
  9. Pop-Up Pantry Dinners cookie and one free meal voucher- $45
  10. POPSUGAR pouch for change, phone, cards…etc.
  11. Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Towelettes– $2
  12. Tracie Martyn Skin Care Line – $25

Total: About $250

As you can see the contents of the box are worth much more than the $35 price. Not to mention, they really are useful. I was planning on seeing Perks of Being a Wallflower and now I can go for free and bring a friend. Benefit is one of my favorite makeup brands so I will definitely make use of the set. I think I wore the scarf almost every day over the weekend. The cleansing face wipes will replace my Clean and Clear ones that just ran out. I could go on but I’ll just say- I’m impressed, good job POPSUGAR! I can’t wait to see what’s inside October’s box, hopefully something spooky?

Sign up for your own surprise box now!

*I was not gifted this box and the review are my own thoughts of the products/service.*

 

5 Totally Rad Nail Art Creations

I am not sure when the nail art craze was dusted off from the ’90s shelf but it’s bacccckk and it doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. Personally I am a fan,  but a fan that is helpless at creating such intriguing designs on my tiny fingernails. Apparently you need tools like toothpicks or bobby pins, possibly even small brushes to create some of these little masterpieces. Anyway, if you think you can tackle some artwork on your fingers then why don’t you create one of the following creations because they are all totally rad.

1. Shark Week Nails

I’ve seen a few shark week inspired nails but these great white shark nails by Nails x Infinity are my favorite and I like to think that I may even be able to create them.

2. Monarch Butterfly Nails

Monarch butterflies are pretty damn cool because these tiny creatures somehow migrate thousands of miles to warmer climates. I know people who rarely leave their house! Who wouldn’t want monarch butterflies on their nails?! I saw this photo on O’Neill Girl’s DIY blog and liked the ombre base coat but if you want a step-by-step video CutePolish has created an excellent one.

3. Newspaper Nails

Read a story that really resonated with you? Carry it with you! Another interesting twist would be using a newspaper in a language with a different alphabet like Russian. Speaking of different languages, the instructions for this creation were in french but after some searching I also found a video by CutePolish.

4. Confetti Nails

That’s one idea for confetti nails and here’s another-

My friend, Idan, at StyleRevival painted these for me! So you can either go with the carefully placed confetti or the wild and crazy confetti. I don’t think I’ve ever seen carefully placed confetti so I’m going to stick with the last one. The instructions are super easy (but kind of time consuming if you want each dot to stand out).

1. Paint a base coat.

2. Using a toothpick or bobby pin place dots all over nail, leaving space to layer with a few other colors (I chose 5 or 6).

3. Once you have covered your nails with dots apply a clear coat.

Don’t forget to let the nails dry a little between each step!
5. Ring of Saturn Nails

I the arching strip of glittery gold on these nails. The black and gray are classy but this would also look wild with hot pink at the bottom and white at the tips. For instructions check out OH SO PRETTY the DIARIES.

Wanderlust: Food for thought in Barcelona

Sorry for the hiatus! I’ve returned to blogging after weeks of enjoying a fun and beautiful summer in Boston. Since I’ve been a bad blogger and haven’t documented ANY of my past few weeks, this is a post about a travel trip I took over two years ago to BARCELONA.

After my college graduation I went on a two week bus trip to Europe—Spain, Italy, France and Monaco. It was an amazing experience and it is definitely difficult to pick my favorite stop on the tour because each location has such distinct qualities. However, if I could return to one of the places I would pick Barcelona. The city was so full of life and vivid with color—I love colorful landscapes. The funky Gaudi architecture, laid back people and stretches of sandy beach made this locale a perfect place for a beachy girl like me. I was only in Barcelona for two days which was nowhere near enough time to get the full experience of the city. Upon arrival to each city on our trip my friend and I would decide if the city was going to be an ‘educational city’ or a ‘fun city’ to focus in on certain neighborhoods or places to visit.  Rome—educational city, Nice—fun city. We deemed Barcelona a ‘fun city’ as soon as we stepped off the bus which meant we would focus on the lifestyle and city life rather than tour museums. After a day of wandering streets to the beach, a night at a nightclub (which was also right on the beach), the next morning we were in search of re-hydrating, fresh food. Luckily we stumbled upon a huge market full of any food your stomach could desire.

 

There were also row after row of fresh fish but those weren’t  as pretty as the colorful fruit, vegetables and candies. My friend and I each enjoyed some fresh juices, tropical fruit and sandwiches.

The reason why I love traveling is because it opens my mind to other cultures and one of my take-aways from Barcelona was the emphasis on eating fresh. While I have seen fresh markets like the one in Barcelona in other places in Europe, I had never seen one so expansive. Seeing this giant market stuffed with lush vegetables and fruits, slimy fish plucked straight from the ocean, and loaves of puffy breads it was difficult to understand why the United States has these giant superstores filled with processed, preserved, canned, frozen food chock-full of chemicals. Time to time when I’m grocery shopping at my local superstores I imagine someone in Barcelona popping into the giant market in the middle of the city to pick up a loaf of bread, some vegetables and fish for dinner. If only the states had markets like those in Europe, not just weekly farmers markets but every day markets full of fresh local food.

Where do you grocery shop? I’m lucky to live near a few food stores (all major supermarkets though) and try to eat as fresh as possible which can be difficult on a young professional’s budget. However, I wonder if Americans were given the choice, would they shop at a fresh market over stocking up on frozen food. Convenience over quality? Would you rather stock up at a huge superstore like Costco, shop once a week at a smaller grocery store or if you could, shop daily at a fresh food market?