Surplice Tops – Hit or Miss?

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a lovely Friday.

Today’s blog post is about surplice tops, which are either a hit or miss for people. Basically, surplice shirts do not have a shut seam, so the fabric wraps around you. Some say that it reminds them of their mom’s post-pregnancy fashion, but I think they are an elegant and feminine spin on the classic long-sleeve shirt. The style is flattering to all body types, but especially for those with  a smaller chest, this shirt definitely accentuates that area.

What do you guys think? Hit or miss?

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Signing Off,

Sheryl C. ❤

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Is Jack’s Wife Freda worth the hype?

As a native New Yorker, I’m surrounded by different types of cuisine options. Recently, I went to Jack’s Wife Freda on Lafayette Street for the first time. It serves Mediterranean cuisine, with a cute, quaint setting.

While this brunch place is great for taking Instagram photos, the food and service was very disappointing. Firstly, the water was super overpriced ($8 for one bottle), and the wait line took a while. The food wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t off-the-walls amazing. My friend and I both ordered Chicken Kebabs (Peri-Peri marinated chicken with couscous and chopped salad), but the chicken and couscous were both dry. I didn’t want to spend another $8 for a bottle of water either.

Overall, I’d rate the place a 7/10. I’ll have to go again to get a second impression.

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Signing Off,

Sheryl C. ❤

Five Fashion Favorites for Fall

As you know, fall season has just started, which means the leaves are changing colors, the layered, knit sweaters are out, and pumpkin spice lattes are in full effect. However, fall season is also the best time for fashionistas to show what they’ve got.
1. Floppy Hats

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Whether you’re having a bad hair day or just feeling city chic, hats are a great way to show your unique style. Not only are there a range of different floppy hats, but they go great with almost every outfit.
2. Slip-on shoes

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If it’s not too cold where you live (It’s getting chilly in NYC), don’t rush to pull out your riding boots yet. Slip-on shoes are closed toed, so you can still stay warm. But they come in a variety to different styles, colors, and prices so you can match them with any outfit. While Vans are the most popular brand of slip-ons, Steve Madden, Dr. Scholl’s, and TopShop also carry different selections.

Black leather slip-ons can be paired with chic outfits, while cheetah print ones are fun to combine with a neutral outfit. The options are endless! When walking to class on a crisp fall day, just thank your slip-on shoes for being comfy, warm, and stylish!

3. Vests

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Puffer vests, denim vests, quilted vests, and shearling fur vests are some of the chicest ways to stay warm because they add an element of INTEREST. If you don’t want to hide your cute button-up top under a jacket, opt for a cute vest instead. Denim and sleeveless lapel vests can be worn in early fall as an accessory. But when the harsh winter approaches, quilted and fur vests will keep you toasty and glam.
When in doubt, just throw any of these vests on top of a plain long sleeve, and you’re good to go for the day!

4. Ankle Booties

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Like slip-on shoes, ankle boots are another alternative to tall, riding boots. Ankle boots are comfy, chic and oh so versatile. They can be paired with cute, quirky dresses in early fall and skinny jeans and a jacket later on in the season.
Also unlike taller boots, which can make you look stumpy and short, ankle boots (especially with a small heel) can make you appear taller and leaner.

5. Dark, berry lipstick

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While peachy, pink lips are always in style year-round, fall is a time to experiment. I recommend trying different colored lipsticks, particularly sultry, darker shades. If you’re a bit modest with lip colors, applying it sheer also works!
What I recommend:
1) Apply a lip balm or scrub to moisturize and prep your lips for the lipstick
2) Dab the lipstick in the center or your lips
3) Add a clear gloss, and you’re done!

Fall is a great time to play around with your style, to mix and match different elements, and most importantly – to have fun! I hope these tips helped and inspired your fall style.

Signing Off,

Sheryl C. ❤

My Top Five Inspirational Women

“Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.”
~ Margaret Sanger ~
I believe that it is important for people to have inspirations to look up to because it in turn motivates them to become better people. While we have all heard of Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, I decided to share some of the lesser-known women out there, but who are just as powerful.
1. Danielle Marie
Danielle is a super spunky 17 year old from Florida who makes fashion/lifestyle videos on YouTube. While the beauty guru community is growing and most YouTubers are very similar, Danielle stands OUT because of her amazing editing skills, chic fashion style, and charisma. I don’t know if it’s her chamomile tea, or daily dose of watermelon, but she always brings so much energy and happiness to her videos. Every Wednesday and Saturday, my day gets better – just from a 10 minute video of hers.

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2. Polina Beregova
Yet, another YouTuber, this Chicago-native recently moved to L.A. for college. Although her videos were banal and lacking a few years ago, her move to California has propelled her YouTube career. Even though Polina drastically changed the way she presents herself and films and edits videos, she never lacks determination and ambition. Ever since she was a high schooler, she stressed the importance of school and education. Watching Polina vlog her everyday schedule makes me want to get off my lazy bum and do something to change the world too.

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3. Mimi Ikonn
This 29 year old female entrepreneur was born in Baku but emigrated to Canada. She used to work at a bank, where she met her husband, Alex Ikonn. On her wedding day, she was very disappointed with the quality of her hair extensions so she and her sister started their own company: Luxy Hair Extension. I love reading her fashion blog, scrolling through Instagram, and watching her videos because like Danielle, she believes in being happy and healthy. To enrich herself, she writes in the Five-Minute Journal, practices yoga and meditation, and travels around the world. As a fairly well-traveled person, I have never met someone who has traveled more than me except for Mimi (as shown through her Instagram). Every day, she expresses gratitude for her life and grows as a human being. This, in turn, creates a ripple effect of love and kindness for her millions of followers (including myself).

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4. Nina Davaluri
Every year, I look forward to watching the Miss America Pageant competitions. Typically, it is known for 50 Barbie dolls who strut the stage in gowns and bikinis, trying to win over the judges by their tap dancing or vocal styling. Normally, it isn’t unusual for a blonde, southern belle to win, but when Nina Davuluri, the first Indian American to be chosen, was announced as Miss America 2014, she made history. However, not everyone reacted as positively as I did. Her Bollywood dancing stirred up negative comments calling her a “terrorist” and linking her to “9/11.” She used this negative response to create her platform, “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency”, which has allowed her to rise above a plethora of racist comments. I am proud that an Asian-American is positively representing the country as a whole.

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5. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is not your normal Hollywood celebrity – she is not a size zero or six feet tall and doesn’t have bleach blonde hair. But she is quirky, charismatic and hilarious. My all-time favorite comedy series is The Mindy Project (which is produced by Kaling), not because it reminds me of my daily life, but because Kaling is able to connect with viewers on a real, personal, human level. Mindy Lahiri is an OB/GYN with a crazy and unstable love life. Eventually, she falls in love with Danny Castellano, a meticulous Italian OB/GYN from Staten Island. More characters come and go, but they all possess one similar trait: having flaws and embracing them.

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Not only are these women beautiful on the inside, but they are beautiful on the inside. Whether it is promoting the importance of education or standing up for women’s/racial rights, I hope that one day I can become half as great as these women! I highly recommend you check them out!
Signing Off,
Sheryl C. ❤