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Mastering the Art of Athleisure

September 24, 2016

athleisure2If you’re as guilty as I am of following supermodels’ every move on social media, then you’re probably familiar with the Athleisure inspired look. Leggings, crop top, bomber jacket, you know the drill. But some of you might also be wondering what in the world kind of word “athleisure” is.

If the latter is the case, don’t be scared by the “athletic” part of the word if you haven’t been to the gym in 6 months, and let’s embrace the “leisure” part of the word. This trend emerged sometime in the early 2000s and has recently become the go-to street look for models and fashion bloggers everywhere, and now it can be yours. The whole idea of Athleisure is basically getting dressed for a workout, without actually working out. Yes, you read that right. Although it’s the perfect outfit for days when you’re crammed with school or meetings and need to find a work appropriate outfit that you can later wear for a workout, there is no physical activity required to wear this. It is a minimalistic approach to dressing comfortably without sacrificing style.athleisure1 athleisure3Despite its simplicity and comfort, Athleisure is definitely not a cop-out; dirty sweatshirts and hole-y leggings will never be socially acceptable. A coworker once told me my style is “sporty chic” and as a someone who is half French I was extremely offended and thought “is she calling me lazy??”. I thought she meant that I don’t look put together, but after observing the Athleisure trend I would definitely take that as a compliment.

Lululemon’s founder Chip Wilson says “athleisure is dead”, but I’m going to have to strongly disagree with that. With supermodels taking over this trend, and brands such as Beyonce’s new line Ivy Park emerging, fashion is taking a huge turn. Even brands such as Nike and New Balance have picked up on the Athleisure trend by adding “Lifestyle” categories to their brand. Athleisure has generated too much attention and praise for it to just be a passing fad, and honestly, I see it more as a movement. As we move into this technology-driven era where everything is fast paced, what better trend to complement the on-the-go lifestyle. Athleisure allows you to move around comfortably while tackling your busy schedule. Wear this trend wherever you want and however you want, whether that be to the grocery store or to a 5am Spin class.athleisureAt this point you probably understand the concept of Athleisure but maybe still aren’t sure how to style it. Models out and about in matching bombers or carelessly leaving a boxing class wearing a sports bra on the street can be pretty intimidating. Don’t let Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid off put you with their confidence and ease they wear their clothes with. There is not one specific body type that works best for the Athleisure trend, it’s about comfort, not looking like a supermodel. Athleisure is about being comfortable, so if wearing a sports bra in the middle of New York City isn’t for you, opt for something else.


Outfit Ingredients

Leggings – Lululemon

White Shoes- Adidas

Black shoes – Nike

Sunglasses – Rayban

Long White shirt – Banana Republic

Tied up white shirt – Project Social T

Green bomber – Pins and Needles


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Here are my staples, most of which you probably already have in your closet:

  • Leggings: invest in a good pair. Spending the extra money doesn’t just buy you a brand name, it can save you the embarrassment of unknowingly walking around in leggings covered with holes.
  • Sneakers: white sneakers have become a trend of their own, one I am a huge fan of, but make sure you take good preventative care. I made the sad, sad mistake of not buying fabric protectant and had to accept that the stains on my once-treasured Stan Smiths made them unwearable.
  • Your gym shoes: if they’re clean, I say wear them with some skinny jeans and a cropped jacket.
  • Bomber jackets: extremely flattering, even more comfortable, this trendy jacket pulls together virtually any outfit to make it sporty.
  • Slip-ons: those Vans you used to wear as an angsty middle-schooler are coming back into style. Plain colors are more versatile, but I’ve noticed a lot of Instagrammers such as Lauren Elizabeth rocking the checkered slip on Vans if patterns are your thing.
  • Ankle Jeans: the skinny jean is slowly evolving and its next move is the ankle crop. Something about the just-above-the-ankle cut has an elongating effect on the legs and adds a small touch to the look. Topshop has been following this flattering trend for some time now, and they also offer pant lengths in Petite and Tall sizes!
  • Baseball hats: you can find them online, on the street, or in your dad’s closet
  • Leather jacket: pleather or leather, if you throw this on over the outfit you plan on working out in later, it instantly makes it chic
  • Duffel bags: if you still have an old gym bag lying around, use it. I recently rediscovered an Adidas duffel bag that I used to pack my volleyball gear in and have been using it as a carry-on for travel or as a weekender bag.
  • Windbreakers and puffy jackets: these are not only good for chilly weather, but a sleek windbreaker can easily dress down

LOVE,

Annabelle

Style Contributor

Adapting to Change: My First Week in Los Angeles

September 17, 2016

flowerslosangelesThe last time I wore these flares I was in Maine, home with my parents and preparing for my big move. Now, I’m 3,000+ miles away across the country starting the next chapter. When I got here I knew a handful of people and really the only thing certain was that I secured a room to live in with a family friend. Besides that I knew what types of jobs I’d like to apply for and had one interview secured. To say that things have changed and that I’m deep in transition would be an understatement.losangelesstyleI’ve been here in Los Angeles for exactly one week and I thought I would share my experience on how I’m adapting to change. I realize that everyone has different experiences and varying levels of comfort with adapting, so I’m just sharing what has helped me personally.

Find your WHY. In times of anxiety and unrest remember why you are in this transition. Did you feel restless in your last environment and feel as though your life was stagnant? No matter your change in setting what about yourself is constant and stays with you no matter where you go? Do some soul searching. Keep a journal of your thoughts, fears, and what you are most excited for. Be sure to remind yourself of why you will benefit from this change. Ultimately it is through change that we grow, so instead of focusing on all that could go wrong refocus to all that can happen to you in this new stage.LA1Stop comparing yourself to everyone around you. By comparing, all you’re doing is forcing yourself to live up to someone else’s ideal and you’ll forever feel unsettled. You have had different life experiences than your friends and coworkers. It’s unfair to  hold yourself to unrealistic standards. Instead focus on your personal accomplishments and goals. You are the only person to know how much you can be stretched and pushed— listen to your gut and be more kind to yourself as you try to advance past your personal limitations.flowers

“A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.” –Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person

losangelesechoparkSet a routine. During a time where its easy to not feel grounded try to create a sort of routine. Even if it’s just waking up a certain time and filling out endless job applications, try to form a sort of flow to your day to create a better sense of rootedness. When I first got to LA I didn’t have a job so I would try to be as “productive” as possible by crafting a morning and evening ritual and during the day I would explore my new area and apply to jobs.

The true way to adapt to change has to come from within first and foremost. I’ve found that if you don’t deal with the negative parts of yourself than you will always stumble across them all over again no matter where you go. Being in your twenties is both beautiful and horrifying all at once. I have a strong feeling though that doing the hard work of finding yourself and discovering what brings purpose to your soul when you’re young will ultimately pay off in the long run. It’s tough, but at the end of the day the most important person you can love is yourself. From there you will be whole enough to love others around you.

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Outfit Ingredients

Top-Forever 21

Flare jeans-Free People

Boots- H&M

Choker- Urban Outfitters

Hat- Free People

Bag- Louise VuittonLosAngeles

Lastly, remember that you have the ability to direct your life even through the toughest of changes. Fight for whatever makes your heart burst with happiness. Listen to your intuition. Be vulnerable with people. Remember you are worthy just as you are.

All my love, 

Blog-Signature-Hannah

Tiny Taste of Fall

September 12, 2016

fall1Saying goodbye to Summer was never all that difficult because I knew that Fall (my favorite season) followed shortly after. Now that I’ve moved to the West Coast in some ways it doesn’t feel as though time has changed, even though I just made an enormous transition. After some deep reflection, I’ve concluded that the reason I so strongly feel as though time is suspended is that I thought I would feel like a drastically new person in this new environment. Perhaps the move was not as scary as I thought it would be, or maybe I did not give myself enough credit for how ready I was for this new adventure. Either way I am infinitely happy, and that’s all I could ever ask for.hardcidertastingfallinmaine fallhardciderfallciderThese photos were from my last weekend in Maine with my parents. We had gone to Ricker Hill apple orchards and in addition to apple picking, did a hard cider tasting. Boy, was it fun!! The cider shooters were definitely a tiny taste of Fall in your mouth. Plus they may have provided a little buzz, which is always nice.CiderflightSpending time with my parents was such a beautiful experience that I do not take for granted. Between the continuous laughter and endless hugs, I felt like everything was right in the world. I sure do miss them, but Facebook and social media helps us stay connected and I feel just as close to them.fallmobearCan I just point out- how cute does my mom looks?! Isn’t she A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E? That morning she came into my room dressed like this and asked me to complete the look by doing her makeup. In fact, her chic Free People shirtdress and matching accessories encouraged me to dress in the outfit I’m wearing in this post (thanks again Mobear). I’m always in awe of my parents style and their desire to convey their uniqueness and personality. I think its fair to say that they’ve rubbed off on me over the years. Or maybe perhaps it’s been a bit of both- we have inspired one another. fallI don’t normally post photos of my family members, so it is with great joy I could share some of our precious moments with you today. It’s been one of those days where my heart is bursting with love and I’m reminded of how truly blessed I am.

LOVE,

Blog-Signature-Hannah

Grow

September 7, 2016

avenaI’ve taken something of a break from blogging lately. Part of it was out of necessity because there were simply not enough minutes that made up each day—between work and finishing school, but also because I’ve been overwhelmed emotionally. In the past two weeks alone I’ve completed my master’s degree, finished my 6-month long internship with New Balance, moved out of the home I lived-in nannied for to temporarily move home, only to pack up and leave once again this upcoming Friday. The next destination in the journey? Los Angeles.

Over the past few months I’ve felt such a deep and intense feeling that I can only describe as growing pains. It’s felt as if my bud has begun to blossom and each petal is working passionately to outstretch towards the sunlight, while at the same time my roots cling deeper and sink further into the earth. Is it possible to grow in two directions? In my case, during this intense transition I’ve felt pulled between treasuring family with the desire to follow my passions and dreams. I’ve known for sometime now that I would have to choose following my heart, no matter if that takes me away from everyone that I love.

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Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong. Some of us travel the whole world to find it. Others, find it in a person.

Beau Taplin

avenabotanicalsWhen I think of the concept of home I’m reminded that I’ve felt at home in many situations, in several environments, with different people, and at times on my own. As much as there are elements in our lives that serve as emotional anchors, these things will eventually fade or can change. I’m learning more and more that it’s about treasuring them while they last, and holding dear with you their lessons as you embark without them. ring  watergardenAs I continue to grow, so does The Fashion Cookbook. The people who contribute to it also grow, and as a result it is always evolving.

I’m so humbled and blessed that this mere blog has been one of the most formative outlets for me. It is in someways a physical manifestation of my being. When I think about what I dream about the most, it’s never been about a job or career, but always boiled down to the fact that I’ve wanted my everyday to be about being wholeheartedly myself and I tend to be the most in touch with that self when I’m creative or serving others. What’s beautiful is that I’ve started to find a way to do that through blogging and image consulting services. Little by little I’m working towards the life I’ve always desired, and also I’m connecting to my soul + purpose along the way.

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I’m nervous of the next step, but I’m also thrilled beyond belief. No, I do not have a sure way of knowing if I’ll find success on the west coast, but I’m proud of myself for my willingness to try.

pathapothecaryThese photos were taken at the beautiful apothecary Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Maine. I highly suggest checking it out if you’re ever in the area! The herb gardens are so breathtaking and there are so many tucked away corners perfect for meditation and reflecting. 


Outfit Ingredients

Hat- Club Monaco

Dress- J. Crew

Denim Jacket- Forever 21

Rose quartz necklace- Mexicali Blues


LOVE,

Blog-Signature-Hannah

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