98 Degrees

Dear Kelsey,

I don’t know about you, but the temperatures here been crazy. Way beyond the normal kind of hot for summer. I planned on buying for fall this week (July is my cut-off date for summer clothing because after that I feel like I don’t get enough wear out of things) but I haven’t been able to face the thought of trying on clothing. …

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Leopard Dress and a Bucket List Cross Off

Dear Katha,

I don’t have an official New York bucket list– although I think I should definitely make one so I don’t forget anything. I’ve been wanting to go to Penelope for the longest time, and I finally did! Penelope doesn’t take reservations so it can be practically impossible to get in. Early dinner was a good time to go. I had the fish and chips, which were totally amazing. The brunch menu looks excellent, too, but I’ve heard the wait can be more than an hour. Way too long for me.

I love exploring new places– do you have any recommendations for things to do in New York?

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Blogger Meetup: Simone East Village

Dear Lydia,

I know I definitely don’t have to tell you that blogger meetups are the best, right? We always have so much fun together. Kimberlee, Nnenna, Luz, Jamillah and I decided to try to have them every month. Since I’m a member of Connecticut Bloggers without actually living in Connecticut, you can totally be a member of our little untitled blogger group and come to our next party time meeting.

The non-crazies did not come outside and stand in the street for photos– which I may or may have not made Nnenna do… with promises to yell if any cars were coming, I swear. Somehow I didn’t get any photos of Luz, but all the photos in this post were taken by Luz, Nnenna, or me. …

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Before and After Madewell

Dear Lydia,

If you’ve seen my Instagram or Twitter lately, you know that Nnenna and I attended one of the Madewell Style Sessions last week. We planned on a little primping at the Refinery29 Beauty on Wheels event, but when we got there they were no longer accepting people for makeovers. We headed to MAC instead, where we tried some fabulous lip colors, then on to Madewell. Madewell was fun (sweet treats, drinks, and discounts!), and we tried on a lot of things but neither of us bought anything. I’d love to buy shorts for summer, but Madewell and J.Crew bottoms tend to be cut too curvy for me. And no tailor I know will agree to take denim in through the hip.

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Black and Nude in the Spring

Dear Dotty,

If only there wasn’t a paved road back there… then I could pretend that this was an actual forest. These are the first outfit photos I took with the Sony Alpha Nex-5N. Sometimes it doesn’t like focusing directly on me, but I’m determined to get bokeh out of the lens. I know it can be done, even if it’s not as nice as the stuff my Canon can produce.

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Some New Things After the Break

Dear Caitlin,

Sorry for the long, unexpected break, my friend. Been a bit busy lately– visitors, holidays, bridesmaid things… but things are settling down (so I think).

I got a new camera and took these photos with it. It’s the Sony Alpha Nex-5N mirrorless SLR. I have both the kit 18-55mm and 16mm lenses, which I’m experimenting with. This is the kit at 35mm, ƒ4.5. Performs wonderfully, though it needs a little tweaking with colors. They look a bit too saturated to me, so I’ll have to look into fixing that. There are just so many different settings for this camera. And of course, I refuse to read the manual. I don’t want to have to rely on the book and like to gain some real experience with the thing before I get obsessed with having control over all the settings.

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