I think this year’s Independence Day is different than year’s past… considering the state of political affairs, people are taking the time to consider what it means to be an American. Regardless of what everyone is hung up on, Independence Day always brings back a small tinge of patriotism that momentarily brings us all back together.

And it gives us a damn good reason to celebrate!

I love nothing more than a good reason to dress up (I mean, a better reason than that it’s a Tuesday), and I love it especially more when I’m already given a color palette to work with!

I’m obsessed with wearing overalls as a swim suit cover up. It’s a great way to show off your suit a little while remaining somewhat modest especially if your one piece is guising itself as a bodysuit! ‘Cause you gotta keep it classy. I’m also obsessed with this red swimsuit from Asos – it makes me feel so Baywatch – which is a GREAT American show. Making it super patriotic. (lollzzzz)

Lips :: “American Doll” Anastasia Beverly Hills

 

Something about pin up beauty makes me think classic American. It’s vintage, chic and flirty. In a previous post, you learned how much I love pairing sneakers with anything – and one of my favorite pairings for sneakers is a flirty skater dress like this one from Forever 21 [similar one here). Add a red paisley bandana, a classic red lip and vintage inspired sunglasses (like these from Quay Australia) for your Americana look.

Lips :: “Feel So Grand” MAC

Lucky for us, our “red-white-&-blue” is the same color scheme for the uber classic & chic nautical look. And this navy blue  jumpsuit is classy AF! I’d never had any luck with this style before, but I’m LOVING this one. I definitely recommend a belt to enhance the shape of the suit. Add a red lip & red clutch and you’re good to go. Oh – by the way, did you notice how easy it is to dress this jumpsuit up or down depending on the shoe choice? (I LIVE for a versatile clothing piece!) This is definitely helpful as this was the first time wearing heels since my knee freaked out on me and I don’t know how I felt about it.

What are you wearing to your Fourth of July festivities? Dressing up or dressing down? I plan on dressing down in shorts & sneakers to watch fireworks with my niece 🙂

xoxo

The Glam Greek

*title references Chapter One of Nicholas Gage’s Eleni*

I might be revealing my age a little here, but I remember when I was in middle school EVERYONE had Adidas Superstars. Most people had the classic black tri-stripe, some had red, green, fuschia… I remember half not wanting to give into the trend, and half wanting to beg my mom to buy me a pair as well. But being that we were in intermediate school, I knew it was a fad and the next shoe craze would come along and I’d be begging for a new pair of shoes.

The classic Stan Smiths

Fast forward a decade and a half, and here were are again. This time though, it’s not only Adidas, but all sneakers in general – Converse, New Balance, Steve Madden, Nike, etc! And good golly am I excited.

Sneakers are the answer to everyone’s outfit. Not sure what to wear with that sundress? Already wore those sandals 4 times this week? Wanna be dressed up but not too much? What says “I’m classy but also a little edgy and always ready to party” better than a pair of sneakers?

When I tore my ACL back in Junior year of high school, I needed to wear sneakers because I needed the extra support while my knee healed. Unfortunately for me at the time, track suits with the butt billboard and Ugg boots were more in trend than my beloved “Athleisure”. So I was pretty much confined to a pair of running shoes and an assortment of Soffe shorts to fit over my brace and allow more comfortability when using crutches, especially immediately following my surgery.

This time around (even though it’s just a meniscus tear vs an ACL), I can be chic AND comfortable while having that closed toe shoe support to help with my knee!

hehe! my left knee is still swollen here

As an adult, sometimes we have to get up and do things and go places. A lot of those times, it’s a little inappropriate to show up in sweats (although yoga pants are now becoming more acceptable especially at post barre class brunches)! The best part about sneakers is that they go great with a graphic tee. The best part about graphic tees and sneakers is that paired with the right accessories, you can take something that’s usually very casual into something pretty chic!

Here I tucked my tee up and under into a slight midriff top, paired it with my favorite whatever-season appropriate suede skirt, pulled my hair into a pony after teasing the crown slightly and jazzed it all up with a statement lip with matching statement earrings!

This tee is a special edition Walt’s Wardrobe, and was the wedding favor from Bae’s sister and now brother-in-law’s wedding (also where I aggravated my knee dancing to the point I needed crutches). Love that it’s simple & white, and can be paired with these gorgeous purple Artemis tassle statement earrings from Baublebar.

Lips : Anastasia Beverly Hills Vintage & Madison liquid lipsticks mixed

The possibilities of dressing up or dressing down a pair of sneakers and a tee are endless. What are your faves?

xoxo

The Glam Greek

In the spirit of graduation season, I felt the need to pay a visit to my own alma mater. Luckily, it’s not far, and right in the heart of the city. A few weeks ago, Bae’s sister graduated nursing school from the University of St. Thomas – Houston, the same school I earned my own Bachelor of Arts degree. Being at the commencement ceremony, 5 years from having walked the stage myself, so many thoughts came to mind.

Shoes : Forever 21 (10 years ago!) || Dress : Lulus || Earrings : Sugar Fix, Bauble Bar for Target

This post is for anyone graduating from high school and staying in town for school, this is for anyone currently at university in their home town and wondering if they’ve made the right choice, this is for anyone who graduated from a great university but are unsure of what’s next and if staying in your home city was the best decision.

In hindsight, I LOVED UST!

As a senior in high school, your mind is pretty much on only a few things – “thank God I’m almost done”; Prom, Graduation, and “OMG – where am I going next year?!” The application process and trying to get into your dream school is incredibly stressful! And let’s not even mention NOT getting into your dream school… That’s still a bit of a sore subject for me. I chose not to leave Houston after not getting into the one school I wanted to get into SO. BAD. despite acceptance into a number of other really renowned universities. I was quite depressed for a while after school started – all my friends left town, I developed BAD hormonal, cystic, adult acne, and I was dealing with a toxic relationship and an even more toxic, bitter and dangerous post break-up. I commuted to school since I lived at home, and worked part-time while taking 15-18 hours a semester. I had my plate fairly full, which made the 4 years fly by.

I chose UST because of its location – museums and restaurants galore, close vicinity to many different shopping districts – it’s down the street from my place of worship, it’s in an area I grew up in thanks to the location of my place of worship, and it’s a private school – although I did worry that might’ve been a little more detrimental when it came to the post-college job search. My largest class throughout my college career was only 25 people, I only had ONE auditorium style class, which was held only on Fridays during the first semester of my freshman year that held the entire freshman portion of the student body, and my commencement ceremony included ALL schools, Bachelor of Arts AND Sciences, Masters degrees AND Ph.Ds. We are a small school, but we are mighty.

It’s a Barbie World

But it took me a long time to realize this.

I wanted to go out of town like the rest of my friends, I wanted to get out of the house, I wanted to live on my own in a city unknown to me! Little did I realize the PERKS of staying in SUCH an amazing city. Nine years after having graduated high school and 5 years after having graduated college, being at the 2017 University of St. Thomas commencement ceremony and seeing the multitude of different cultures of the family and friends that were in attendance to see their friend or kin receive their diploma gave me an excitement I can hardly describe.

REASONS WHY I’LL NEVER REGRET STAYING IN HOUSTON FOR SCHOOL

  • This city is amazing beyond words – it’s the 4th largest city in the United States. The larger the city, the more things to do
  • You get to learn the city – Buffalo Bayou, Museum District, Eado, Rice U; the list can go on and the city has grown SO much over the years, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to see it’s development
  • You learn to commute – Houston everywhere, anytime has traffic. If you need to get to the other side of town, be prepared for at least 45 minutes of traffic. Get to learn that, because it’s very beneficial for when you start working.
  • Build your network!! If you’re planning on working in Houston (which is OBVIOUSLY a great idea, we’re a “working/commercial” city) get a jump start on your career networking before you REALLY have to once graduation comes
  • “Travel” without leaving town – Houston is home to such a beautiful melange of people, making friends with people from all different races and cultures is an amazing way to expand your horizons, without even having to spend money on a plane ticket.

In front of Malloy Hall

The time I got to spend here in school, discovering my city between classes, I cherish more than anything. I’ve seen this city grow. And now that I’m working, I tend to be the liaison for when out-of-towners come and want to know where to go and where to eat to enjoy the gems of this city.

Lips : Anastasia Beverly Hills Party Pink & Baby Pink liquid lipsticks

Moral of the story – wherever you choose to attend for higher education is the right choice, because choosing to get your degree is always the right choice. But if you happen to stay in your home-town, and if your hometown is Houston, consider yourself very lucky.

 

xoxo
The Glam Greek

Okay Houstonians, I hope you’re enjoying the last of these cool mornings and warm afternoon days, because we know the devil weather is right around the corner.

For myself, this is the only time that I particularly enjoy the Texas summer – these random spurts of agreeable weather where the humidity is lower than usual, the mornings are cool enough for a jog without uncontrollable sweating til at least 10:30 a.m.,the afternoons and early evenings are more than perfect for happy hours on the patio and nighttime feels incredible enough for a stroll in the park.

If you haven’t been in Houston long, it’s hard to decipher what you should wear during this time.

Top : Lulus || Shorts : Gap || Shoes : Monastiraki, Athens, Greece

A simple rule of thumb for any locale during Spring or Fall, where you’re not sure of how cool the mornings will be nor how hot the afternoons will be is to LAYER! If I’m not in the layering mood – I try to keep my outfits balanced like this one here. When the temperatures are up and down, keep something covered and show a little something else. This way, you’re not too hot when the sun really starts warming up and you’re not too cold when the sun starts going down. Also try to keep your fabrics breathable, it’s OKAY to wear long sleeves in late Spring/early summer as long as your fabrics are right.

Summer Don’t : Wool/Cashmere || Summer Do : COTTON!

Choker : Aldo Shoes

When the humidity is low, a WHOLE world of hair styles is opened up – for me, this means it’s actually worth taking heat tools to my hair without worrying about a frizz-attack. However, in this case, I piled my mane on top of my head for a top knot, free-ing my shoulders to the sun!

This is one of my FAVORITE pair of sandals. They’re platform, have a touch of espadrille style in one of the layers of the platform, I’m obsessed with the braided detail across the top of the foot, and they tie up, making them part of the gladiator family. Something about gladiator sandals scream summer and continues to give a warm-weather appropriate feel to the long sleeve top.

Enjoy the last mild days of the late Spring! Because – Brace yourselves, Summer is coming!

xoxo

The Glam Greek

Le sigh. This Houston weather lately has me yearning for the temperatures that graced us towards the end of last/earlier this month thanks to a couple of high pressure weather fronts. Lol! If you’ve even skimmed my blog a bit, I’m sure it’s easy to tell I’m a bit of a dork and have got some, what at first may appear to be useless info in my head, but being a “fashionista” type chick, I gotta pay attention to the weather so I know what to wear and how I should do my hair and makeup! How much effort I decide to put into a look is great influenced by the direction the wind blows – literally. In essence, winds in a low pressure system will bring more moisture – humidity, if you will – into the air that will create clouds, which sometimes means rain. I am not going to straighten my hair or wear a dewy finish foundation if the humidity wont even allow my hair to be frizz-free or my face to be oil-free for longer than a couple minutes. However, when a high pressure system comes in, causing air to sink and drying out the atmosphere, I can load up on highlighter, wear the liquid liner, relax the tresses and throw a light bomber over the shoulders. Basically it allows me to dress and feel fly AF..

Bomber – H&M || Top – Stitch Fix || Jeans – Express

 

Sunnies – Dolce & Gabbana (my favorite pair!) || Lips – Kat Von D Lolita

 

Bauble Bar necklace

However helpful high pressure may be on my hair/makeup/outfits, it’s definitely not good on the psyche. I’d been feeling really low much of last week due to particularly high volume at work, plus mostly added stress that I put on myself to be on my A-game for everything. I’m constantly trying to put 1000 things on my plate, I have 10,000 thoughts going on in my head all at once, I’m forever starting new projects and then stress even more when it takes me longer than usual to complete them. And once I get caught up in the whirlwind, it’s hard to get myself out. Factor in some negative situations or negative feelings about situations and you’ve got yourself the perfect storm. A few things I like to do when I catch my mild anxiety start creeping control over my life, or trying to at least :

  1. BREATHE – this is the most simple, but toughest one!! When my mind is going warp speed, the last thing I want to do is stop what I’m doing or thinking and take a couple of deep breaths. But this is CRUCIAL. Actually, I think I’ll do a couple right now, because breathing is always helpful in any situation, especially at you know, like, sustaining life or whatever.
  2. Meditate – My heart is racing at the thought of all the things I have to do, and I’m supposed to take a minute and really ground myself in my breathing and be grateful for my existence?! In the midst of a stress induced anxiety attack, this seems incredibly inconvenient, but doing so can give you so much peace.
  3. Stretch – oftentimes, my to-do list is ridiculously long and I have no time to allot for even a 20 minute work out, but I try to take a moment every couple of hours to send my arms up to the sky, and swan-dive into forward fold a few times, stretching out the neck, back, and hamstrings which for me, holds a LOT of tension.
  4. Aromatherapy – I especially love lavender or rose when I’m incredibly anxious/stressed and I love it at night before bed; or peppermint during the day when I need a refreshing pick me up. Taking a quick whiff or massaging a small amount onto the temples is my fave. Or light a soothing candle like Eucalyptus MintMidnight Blue Citrus, or Lemon Mint Leaf, all from Bath & Body Works.
  5. Cup of Chamomile Tea – the scent enough is calming to the nerves, but teas are always a great way to warm the soul.
  6. Bubble Baths – Major key alert – putting a few droplets of the aforementioned essential oils to create a dreamy smelling steam bath can take your bath to a whole ‘nother level of relaxation. Bath and Body works has a great selection of good smelling bath products like their Eucalyptus Tea bubble bath and their Lavender Vanilla bath soak.

Whatever may be triggering your panic attacks, just know that you are NOT alone in this, although it may feel that way. Try to let the negativity escape you, and breathe in the positivity around you.

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek