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The Blanket Scarf Saga: Part Two

February 3, 2016

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For the past couple of months,

I have been in serious denial about winter.

It’s gotten to the point where my boss comes by every morning and asks me if I’ve bought a real winter jacket yet. The answer? No, of course not. I’m holding on to my memories of fall and holding off on getting a puffy winter coat until I absolutely have to. I’m usually not this unpractical, but lately we’ve had a mix of both warm and cold spells that have given rise to my hope that spring is around the corner. To make an investment in a proper winter jacket just doesn’t seem necessary at this point…or so I keep telling myself. After all I’m a tropical weather girl at heart.

Fortunately, someone decided to invent the blanket scarfone part scarf, one part cozy blanket – and I’m obsessed. This is THE most important layering piece a cold weather fashionista needs to have in her closet. It’s extremely versatile, can be dressed up or down and keeps you warm enough to get away with a leather jacket on a cold albeit not freezing day. 

Bonus points for a fun pattern like this plaid which makes me feel very London chic. One of my best friends, Emily, who lived in London for a year always says I dress like a Londoner with my affinity for black tights. Hey, I’ll take it! 

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Oh by the way,

did you see who’s wearing skinny jeans?

This is a proud lymphie moment for me for many reasons. For one, finding a pair of skinny jeans that fit has seriously felt like winning the lottery. So you can imagine my excitement when I found this pair of Levi’s. FINALLY, I could have this staple piece that I’ve coveted for so long in my wardrobe. But one problem remained…

I still wasn’t really comfortable with how I looked in them. I’d wear them out here and there but with a nagging feeling of insecurity still lingering in the back of my head.

Well, the other day Hannah and I got together to shoot this look. I’d planned on wearing my tried and true boyfriend jeans. But alas when it came time for me to get dressed they were nowhere to be found. I ransacked my bedroom and closet until I realized that they’d mistakenly gone into the wash. I supposed God does work in mysterious ways.

At that point I was out of time and decided these skinny jeans were my next best option.

I reluctantly put them on.

For a moment I felt slightly panicked that I’d be photographed in these…that everyone would see just how big my leg had gotten. And then…

I remembered the overwhelming sense of pride and encouragement I had felt when I shared my lymphedema story with all of you – fellow lymphies and non-lymphies alike. I felt empowered and excited to show you how much internal progress I had made with my own self-confidence.

I felt empowered at the thought of empowering you and I wiggled into those jeans with a revived sense of confidence and purpose. 

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Ingredients:

Bodysuit: Diesel

Jacket: Zara

Jeans: Levi’s

Blanket Scarf: Abercrombie & Fitch

Necklace: Bauble Bar

Boots: Club Monaco

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Have you reached any milestones in your personal style journey? If so, I’d love to hear about them. Share in the comments below. <3


LOVE,

Blog Signature Patricia

The Blanket Scarf Saga: Part One

February 1, 2016

blanketscarfsagaThe winter can be a tricky time for looking fashionable. I say this because here in New England the weather can be brutal. With temperatures just above freezing and snow up to your knees, it makes sense that people want to wear a wardrobe made up of only oversized sweaters, leggings, and UGG boots. Who wants to dress “well” when all you want is to stay warm and comfy all day? The outfit just described is as close to pajamas and slippers as one can get to while still being considered socially acceptable by most circles. That is where the blanket scarf comes in! Finally a cold weather accessory that mimics still being in bed, while also sprucing up any outfit.

blanketscarfsmilesblanketscarfredlipLast week Patricia and I met to shoot outfit looks and realized we had each gravitated towards the beloved blanket scarf. I went for a preppy look with stripes and matching solid bottoms, while Patricia went for an edgier look with leather and a Diesel body suit. The great thing about a blanket scarf is that it goes with so many looks and in turn can be worn so many ways. Talk about a staple piece!

blanketscarfstripesblanketscarfkatespadeblanketscarfstripesandsolidblanketscarfwinterOn another note, this is a very exciting time for The Fashion Cookbook as we are growing our team and working on many new exciting projects. In the upcoming weeks we are going to be sharing some special content with you that we feel you will LOVE. Lately we have been thinking about how we want to not only share our story through the blog, but also to listen to the stories of others and work hard so that everyone can experience fashion in their own uniquely personal way. We want to thank each and everyone of you for believing in us so far. 2016 is off to a strong start!blanketscarfpatriciaandhannahWe’d love to hear how you would style the blanket scarf! Let us know in the comment section below :)


Ingredients:

Jacket- Michael Kors 

Shirt- Loft

Pants- A.P.C (similar here and here)

Blanket scarf

Boots- Aldo (similar)

Bag- Old Navy


LOVE,

Blog-Signature-Hannah

The Solar Plexus

January 28, 2016

We’ve now reached the Solar Plexus Chakra: the third point of energy in our bodies.

solarplexuslaromaticaTo understand this chakra, take a moment and feel the space between your belly button and the base of your sternum. Think only of yourself and how you perceive yourself. This is your core. It’s a small section of your body but the Solar Plexus Chakra has a big job. Our ability to be confident and in-control stems from this energy point along with emotions of self-esteem and self-worth. Since this chakra is all about personal energy and self-esteem we wanted to explore using natural beauty products, like homemade fragrances and plant centered organic body care.

We gravitated towards this fragrance from L’Aromatica Perfume called Hello Delicious that is jasmine-infused and has notes of kaffir lime. Both of those essential oils support the solar plexus balance by inspiring confidence and stability. In combination in a perfume form it creates a sort of “confidence mist” for the user. A balanced solar plexus chakra inspires the expression of personal energy since this chakra is the center of personal power. Normally people use essential oils for their aromatherapy qualities to balance the chakras, but we think even your beauty routine can be used with intention to be mindful and work to balance your chakras.

laromaticahellodeliciouslaromaticahellodelicious2hellodeliciousAt the gym we may exercise and strengthen our core but being mindful of this chakra may take more than sit-ups. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is open and clear, feelings of control, joy, and satisfaction are pronounced. You enjoy your daily work, you feel on track with your goals and aspirations, and the relationships in your life are positive. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the invigorating fire burning within you– if the chakra is balanced.

solarplexusfirecleansingsolarplexus2auracaciachakrarollonThat being said, an imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra can leave you feeling suppressed. You may feel trapped as if daily conflicts have more control over your life than your own actions do. A blocked Solar Plexus Chakra can be the result of hating your job or it can be the result of hanging on to relationships that hold you back from growing as an individual. Evaluate the things you do and say in a day, does it really feel like you deep down? Not being true to yourself has a major imbalancing affect on your Solar Plexus Chakra. Are you bottling up things you truly think and feel? Repressed and concealed emotions often go hand-in-hand with living inauthentically. Because the Solar Plexus Chakra is located in the belly area, all of these imbalances can cause physical digestive issues like IBS, nausea, indigestion, and heartburn.

solarplexus2solarplexusfoodI find myself these days actively trying harder and harder to ignite and stoke that fire within me. Life certainly does happen and I feel if I don’t conscientiously take part in what is good for me, I’m basically handing my marionette strings over to whatever life event happens next. Since temporarily moving back home after college and taking on more home responsibilities, it’s been hard to focus on my own inner fire. I’m not quite living in the environment I pictured myself in to begin my post-college life so sometimes it feels like I’m simply biding my time until moving day. But viewing your present situation as a block of time that needs to pass is basically robbing yourself of personal growth. Because the truth is you are with yourself wherever you are and that means there is always an opportunity for self-exploration in order to gain control. -Sadie

To begin realigning your Solar Plexus Chakra, start by simply asking yourself questions like: “What is my plan to follow my passions? Am I carving out enough time for my favorite things? Am I being true to myself and what I care about? Am I giving myself enough room to learn more about myself? Do I feel in control of my life?”

auracaciachakrarollonsetStart with one question at a time because you want to be as true and honest with yourself as possible. Mindfully try connecting with your Solar Plexus Chakra by journaling, laughing with others, being honest with yourself, ingesting warm drinks and food, traveling–however near or far, and doing whatever your heart/mind has been set on–like driving to the ocean just to see the waves, or trying out that restaurant you’ve never been to.

Fire is the Solar Plexus Chakra element, which is perfect for this time of year. Try getting around a fire or a wood stove, watch its flames and absorb its heat, close your eyes and listen to it roar. Go outside and get into full sunlight if you can as well! And if you’re looking to incorporate a mindfulness of the Solar Plexus Chakra in your yoga practice try focussing on half lord of the fishes, boat pose, and mountain pose.

chakracrystalsThe Solar Plexus Chakra crystals and gemstones to wear and keep near include amber, quartz, topaz, aragonite, citrine, and yellow sapphire. Pair this with wearing something yellow or simply add more yellow (like paintings or flowers!) around your environment to encourage personal power and happiness.solarplexusnaturalmakeupsolarplexussolarplexusselfexpression

 Something we’ve been realizing throughout this series is how important it is to get back to our roots and embrace our natural state. There is something inherently beautiful about moving towards, or rather backwards to the raw, effortless versions of ourselves. With or without makeup, you are beautiful simply because you are alive- the miracle of existing alone makes you a truly spectacular thing to look at.

We’re not saying you should throw out your makeup or anything, but we are suggesting maybe try opting for a cruelty-and chemical free brand to support, like Urb Apothecary. Our model, Hannah Cox is using their cheeks lips blush/stain balm and rose clay bar. Urb Apothecary is a line of skincare products that are made solely of quality organic ingredients, specifically herbs and plants that have healing power. Now that is something we can fully support!

Don’t miss the next post of the Chakra Series where we’ll be opening up about the Heart Chakra!


Special thanks to L’Aromatica Perfume, Aura Cacia, and Urb Apothecary for sponsoring this post! 


LOVE,

Love Hannah + Patricia, Blog Signature

+Sadie

Shattering Stereotypes in Menswear Part II

January 28, 2016

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The Dark Knight

Our superhero saga continues. In my last post I introduced you to my fiancé, Zachary, a pro powerlifter who’s shattering stereotypes with his many daring style choices. I started off the series with a nod to the new movie Batman v Superman. In the last post we showcased a Superman worthy look – a preppy all American outfit with your classic bow tie, polo, and pocket square. This time we’re switching things up and bringing you an all black look fit for the dark knight.

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The thing about personal style is that it is an outward expression of who we are. Our favorite pieces always tell a story or speak to a facet of our personality. For Zachary, this unexpected take on casual wear pays homage to the city streets he grew up in. The sweatpants with their metal hardware are reminiscent of these industrial surroundings.

The sneakers and snapback are must haves,  streetwear staples that have roots in his 90’s childhood.

But never one to allow himself to be restricted he accessorizes the look with a sporty Burberry watch and a pair of geeky chic frames more fit for Clark Kent.

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This urban chic side of Zack’s personal style is integral to both his past and present. They speak to his past and the 90’s hip hop era which first sparked his love for fashion.

They are reminders of the great hip hop war between East and West (Tupac is still not allowed to play in our car) and will always be a part of his style identity.

There is nothing wrong with holding on to elements of your past just as along as they evolve with you and the changing fashion trends. He’s traded in his baggy sweat pants for something that speaks to his more grown up and streamlined fashion sense while still paying homage to where he came from.

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Ingredients:

Hat: Crew Love

Sweater: Zara

Sweatpants: Zara

Glasses: Zara

Shoes: Air Force One Fusions

Watch: Burberry

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LOVE,

Blog Signature Patricia

+ Zachary

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