Monthly Archives: August 2013

out from under brooklyn crop urban outfitters

hello Brooklyn

No, sleep, til Brooklyn. – Beastie Boys, 1987

Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.  – Biggie, 1994

Brooklyn, we go hard. – Santigold, 2008

On 2007’s “Hello Brooklyn” on the American Gangster soundtrack, BK’s finest even professed “if we have a daughter, guess what I’m gonna call her – Brooklyn Carter”.  Apparently, Bey wasn’t having it.  Admittedly, as bittersweet as it is to be departing in a week (!!!!!), I am giving fair warning that I’ll probably be obnoxiously nostalgic over Miami and quoting any and all Brooklyn-relevant lyrics.

With that being said, last Friday, prior to making up for a sleepless week with 10+ hours face down in my pillows, I was browsing (not shopping, browsing)  Tons of sales, aka torture.  So Saturday after packing up a little more of my life, I treated myself to my last pedicure and getting my eyebrows done at my North Miami Beach nail spot (NailSpa – go there, trust me).  After doing so, I HAD to go to UO, strictly to check the sales.  To my dismay, they were not nearly as good as online.  However, this one crop caught my eye and although it wasn’t marked down in the store, I remembered it being on sale online for $9.99.  Honestly, how could I not?

out from under brooklyn crop urban outfitters

From the already low $24.00, the girl at the register gave me the online price.  I wore it out that evening to SL Miami in the James Hotel with my black Carmar jeans and new cut out ankle boots that will be posted soon.

Also, while in UO Saturday I stumbled across and had to force myself to abandon this one.  If you think for one second I’m not going to buy the below, Sparkle & Fade, Miami, sweatshirt, you should keep reading and get to know me better.

sparkle and fade miami sweatshirt urban outfitters

Damn sure ain’t nothing like a Brooklyn girl. – Charles Hamilton, 2008

We’ll see.

xo Rae

womens health mag kettlebell

my bedroom floor

Before my rollerblades and the ankle weights, I loved stair climbers at the gym.  I don’t know what it is but high-waisted leggings and anything work out relative from 90s, I am subconsciously drawn to.  This isn’t like a “buy because it’s cool and never use it again” type attraction, I’m dedicated.  The aforementioned and my sneakers are in the middle of my bedroom floor where they will stay because I use them daily. I recently cracked two wheels while rollerblading and had to call my brother to come find me.  However, I think I have finally added a little more modern variety to my workouts (and another thing to trip over).  On suggestion from my best friend and second year resident OB/GYN (which means I listen to everything she says in life, no questions asked), I purchased a kettlebell a couple weeks ago.  She specifically said “my arms have never looked better”, ummm… sold.

womens health mag kettlebell


From Women’s Health Magazine

Now, after using it a couple weeks, I might disagree, my arms have looked better but my core strength has not felt this good since I was a college athlete (yea ancient history).  Although I haven’t lost any significant weight, I feel stronger and a lot better.  I could definitely afford dedicate more time to my workouts but in this transitional time while applying for jobs, still working and packing up my life in Miami, it is amazing to have a kettlebell around the house.  It allows me to do SOMETHING everyday, anytime I’m home.  Even more amazing, it only cost me $7.  Originally priced at a reasonable $32, I got it at Marshalls on clearance.

I predominantly use it for core workouts and my normal ab routine (with my ankle weights, of course and I am 100 percent serious) but here are some of the beginner exercises from Women’s Health mag and more advanced ones from Shape that I’ve tried.

Another little added bonus, they sell VERY reasonably priced yoga mats at both Marshalls and TJMaxx as well.  And the beauty of working out at home, you can do all those bizarre, awkward exercises that seem borderline inappropriate around strangers at the gym but are the best for core and thighs.

xo Rae

hurley bathing suit top

three piece

No, I didn’t get a monokini and bikini and I certainly didn’t get a trikini, which at this point hopefully doesn’t exist yet.  A couple weeks ago I got three bathing suit pieces.  After what seemed like endless, consecutive Saturdays of rain, I finally succumbed to shopping versus spending money brunching.  Success, like normal.

Kat and I switched things up and went to Nordstrom’s Rack in Hallandale.  I could EASILY blow an afternoon and an obscene amount of cash in there.  However, I stuck mainly to staple type of things.  I picked up both top and bottom of a Diane von Furstenberg/Roxy collab special line and brightest thing I’ve ever owned, this Hurley top.

hurley bathing suit top

DVF roxy bathing suit

The Hurley top was originally $34.95 and was marked down to $11.  The DVF/Roxy top and bottom were marked down to $15 each from $46 and $42.  Total I paid $41 for the three pieces which would’ve been $122.95 which is absolutely ridiculous.  Further, the Hurley top looks good with the Roxy bottom as well as bottoms I already have so I purchased 1.5 bathing suits and exponentially increased my options.  The key here to maximizing options is making sure the pieces are complimentary and interchangeable.  You don’t buy one specific shirt to be worn with only one pair of jeans, so why would you do it to bathing suits?  Like a continental breakfast, bikini a la carte?

xo Rae



the Gilt that keeps on giving

Back in April I wrote about one of the most blissful hangovers I’ve ever experienced, my first visit to the Todd Jameson Nue Studio in Midtown Miami.  And after quick and convenient text exchange with the genius known as Karuna last Wednesday, I set up another Saturday morning at Nue Studio.

“More drastic.”  In my mind, two words every hair stylist loves to hear and every client hesitates to say but it’s just hair…. right?  I brought in a couple random Instagram screen shots as a guide for the direction I was looking to go in.  Lana inspired, red.  What Karuna called cinnamon, for this overcast Saturday, shameless finger hearts.

Lana-Del-Rey (1)

So on Saturday, I had my Bayalage highlights freshened, a full color over it, a color protecting treatment specifically against heat, my eyebrows done to be closer to my hair (if you hadn’t noticed, I have naturally, jet black brows) and  Karuna went over my entire head and cleaned up my dead ends.  The Gilt deal I bought in April, not only saved me $118 that day, but offered my 30% off my return visit, so honestly how could I not go “more drastic”?

red hair in the sun

So, in the sun, it looks very bright.  I love it but honestly I don’t think it’s this bright.  With the discount, a day that would’ve ran $260 was discounted to $180.  I saved $80.  Further, Karuna travels to New York to work every 5 to 6 weeks.  I. AM. SO. HAPPY.  I am obviously, highly recommending her at this point.  If you mention that I referred you, she’ll knock 15% off your treatments as well.

red hair karuna todd jameson nue studio

I loved being a brunette, but suddenly I feel like I may have short-changed my mid-twenties not being a red head.  You think my neighbor will give me a deal on this truck?  I think it really compliments the new look.

xo Rae



Summer Inventory

As I was travelling more and shopping less at the end of June and beginning of July I decided compiling two months worth of shopping would be best.


Purchase Original Actual
Nike In Season Trainers $72 $42
BDG distressed denim jeans $76 $24
ASOS Beaded Midi dress $101 $50.00
15 AMAZING FREE DOWNLOADS          $15* $0
Kimchi Blu crochet tank $44 $19
Kimchi Blu embroidered circle skirt $49 $10
Cheap Monday gray acid wash jeans $75 $30
Nine West nude leather wedges $98 $49.99
American Apparel denim circle skirt $52 $35
Unlimited week MTA card $50 $30
Kelsi Dagger studded cross body $98 $60
Vintage Lee jean jacket $50 $0
Conquest Maxi Dress $88 $52
Two Tone Michael Kors watch $240 $210
Two Tone green amythyst ring $300 $100
Sam Edelman sandals $120 $29
French Connection silk salmon pants $130 $50
Ecote crochet top $54 $19.99
Theory shirt dress $130 $40
Pins and Needles eyelet sweetheart crop $30 $9.99
total $1,857 $861

In the last two hectic months I saved just a few dollars under $1000 on nearly $2000 worth of stuff.  Currently, I’m back to NY prep and if it weren’t for saving I’d be trying to buy this French Connection leather jacket marked from from $470 to $220 but… priorities.

xo Rae

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