Weekly Round-Up: On My Radar This Week…

1. Summer go-to nail polish colors:

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One pedi in Essie’s “Peachside Babe” and I was hooked…This perfectly peachy color, in addition to “Chillato”, above, a creamy pastel yellow, will be on heavy rotation this summer.

2. Off-the-Shoulder Top Obsession:

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A huge trend from this Spring, off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are carrying through strong into summer– and I couldn’t be happier.  Its like a whole new way to show some skin without being too obvious, you know?! This top above is from Spanish retailer Mango (linked here), and is well under $100– to be paired with cutoffs, lacey skirts, printed shorts etc all summer long!

3. HILARIOUS reading material:

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We loved him as Tom on “The Office”, and after reading an excerpt from his new book in Glamour Magazine recently (which caused loud bursts of laughter and snorting on the beach), I cannot wait to pick up my (hard)copy [old school, what can I say…I like to literally turn pages…)!

4. Brunch spot to try: ABC Kitchen

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We all love this NYC spot for home decor, however, I’ve never tried their restaurant, even after living in NY my whole life.  So, its up next on my list of brunch spots to try this month…I have my eye on the mushroom toast and sweetpea soup in particular! Obvi you can’t beat the AMAZING decor and ambiance…

5. Thoughts on female relationships:

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I’ve never been one to get involved in heavy girl-drama– maybe its being a people-pleaser, a Gemini or typical middle child– for whatever reason, I try to keep the peace among my girlfriends and women in my life.  Even so, the older I get, I find it is virtually impossible to completely avoid– and sadly, it doesn’t go away with age.  I’m a teacher, and work in a school  (duh)…many people say teachers, particularly female teachers are the WORST when it comes to cattiness, rivalry, and cliques, because something about remaining in the school environment promotes the same social status and competition that drove us all nuts in actual high school and middle school (sigh).  And even though I’ve confirmed that the same petty crap goes on pretty much in all workplaces and across all walks of life, statuses, and platforms (Real Housewives or the Bachelor anyone?!), it has definitely reared its ugly head in my particular world.  So here are my thoughts on this: People, women in particular, CHOOSE, make a active choice, not to like each other.  I feel like men kind of either run in the same circles or not, and when those circles cross, they either get along, or coexist. It seems like women make a concerted effort or decision to not like certain people or groups.  This requires effort.  It is draining. Also, being nice to and getting along with lots of different groups and people is, guess what, FREE! Meaning no cost to you– wallet or ego wise.  Anthropologically, women tend to cluster in groups, or cliques, naturally– defending the nest or whatever– which is fine.  But at the end of the day, can’t our groups, or circles intersect? Can’t they open and add a link or two without damaging the integrity of the original shape? I’m pretty sure the answer is yes.  One of my personal goals is to try and promote this idea of “supporting your local girl gang” — and I encourage you guys to do the same! ❤

xo,

Christine

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