Vacations are awesome. There’s truly nothing better than exploring a new place or relaxing on the beach for a week. However, the hard truth is that we can’t always afford to or have time to go on vacation. That’s where the staycation comes in. A staycation is basically a vacation from everyday life without the time and the hassle of actually traveling somewhere else. When you think about it a staycation is the best of both worlds as it provides all the relaxation of a vacation without the stress that comes with actually getting there.
Going on a staycation can be as easy as hosting a BBQ in your backyard or going on a long hike at a nearby trail. When you live in a big city like New York you often find yourself staying in the same neighborhood and going to the same places time and time again. So I like to use my staycation time to get out of my neighborhood and borough and discover new parts of the city. During the summer, I like to visit The Rockaways in Queens or go all the way uptown to The Cloisters. There are some awesome beaches in The Rockaways. I still can’t believe that you can take the subway there. It’s almost like being on the Jersey Shore rather than New York City. There’s even a genuine Venezuelan arepa bar right on the beach.
Last week I had a little pre-Fashion Week fun when I previewed Betsey Johnson‘s Fall and Spring 2015 jewelry collections at Betsey’s Baubles & Bubbly Cocktail Party. It was there that I had the once in a lifetime experience of taking a selfie with Betsey Johnson herself and came to a whole new realization about accessories.
Among Betsey’s signature critters and perfectly mismatched earrings, I began to see accessories as not only just a way to compliment an outfit or call attention to your best features with a statement piece, but as a way to express your unique personality and bring out your inner child. Even if you have to dress conservatively for work or school your accessories can and should be a little crazy.
For Betsey Johnson, fashion is always flirty, bright, and fun! I’ve long been a fan of her bold designs. So when I got an invite to her Fall 2014 runway show, nothing could stop me from attending. Though I originally had standing room only, right before the show started I spotted an unclaimed seat in the third row and snatched it up faster than you can say ‘fabulous.’ Not only did I get these amazing photos of the collection themed around all things hot, but my seat ended up being directly in front of the one and only, Miss Paris Hilton!
Betsey’s show was a red hot smoke show of fab fashion! It even included smoke and fire fighters to put out the fire caused by this insanely hot style. I loved the brilliant reds, statement necklaces, and overall fabulousness of the whole event. I tweeted that it changed my life and I meant it.
I often find myself having a love/hate relationship with leopard prints. Though the relationship mostly consists of an unconditional love for leopard accents and accessories, there are those times when I see a trashy leopard ensemble and insist on walking the other way. When there are so many classy ways to wear leopard, there’s no reason to look like a Kardashian or a stripper when unleashing your inner fierceness with a bit of leopard.
Here are 5 tips for keeping your leopard wearing days both sassy and classy:
1. Unless it’s Halloween, head to toe leopard is never a good idea. Always mix with neutrals and wear subtile pieces to offset bold prints.
2. Stick with natural leopard hues or black and white while wearing this pattern. Pink, red, and purple leopard always seem to look trashy.
3. A pair of leopard ballet flats are a staple of every girl’s wardrobe. Get yourself a pair.
4. Leopard accents and accessories can liven up almost any outfit, especially a black blazer or classic little black dress.
5. Watch your alcohol intake! Whenever I wear leopard I always seem to have a crazier night than usual. Try your best to keep your wild side in check.