Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PINK POST: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who joined in to be part of this Pink Post and support the fight against breast cancer. I will be donating $10 on behalf of each of you to the CAROL ANN READ BREAST CENTER, a place near and dear to my heart. I've had a lump for 10+ years and because I discovered it when I was so young it was always assumed that it was benign. Well 3 years ago, while I was in grad school and under-insured the lovely folks at this center held my hand, hugged me, checked in on me, did a biopsy on the lump and gave me a mammogram all for FREE! I am so grateful that everything was/is benign and so grateful that a place exists that a woman with little to no insurance can go and know that she will be taken care of. Now that I have insurance and a full time job, $100 is the least I can do to help the next under-insured lady who walks through those doors.  

DID YOU KNOW...
Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer?
Did you know African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease before age 40 than other races?
Did you know most women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease?
Did you know around 40% of lumps are discovered with self exams? (I found mine!)
Did you know 80% of biopsied breast lumps are benign? (I'm part of this 80%!)
Did you know extra pounds increases your risk of breast cancer and decreases your chances of survival?
Did you know 2,000+ men will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year?
Did you know breast cancer is not a death sentence?

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This post is dedicated to my Aunt Linda. May 20, 1956-October 20, 2014. May she rest in perfect peace. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

CONFESSIONS

If you haven't submitted your pink moment (clothes, polish, accessories or whatever you want) to be featured in my Pink Post, there's still time! Email your submission to iamsimplychic@gmail.com or use the tag #simplychicpink on Instagram. Don't forget, your submission also means a donation to the CAROL ANN READ BREAST CENTER. Go Pink!
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I hope you enjoyed traveling through London, Paris & Amsterdam with me. I am back to regularly scheduled posts for now. I wore this particular look to church/brunch and then I turned around later in the week and wore it to work ;) Confessions of a lazy fashion blogger.

WEARING: target jacket via NIC'S PICKSBANANA REPUBLIC PANTS, neiman marcus purse, nordstrom necklace & blouse, JEAN-MICHEL CAZABAT PUMPS

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Monday, October 13, 2014

NOTTING HILL + I WANT TO FEATURE YOU

I'm working on a special PINK POST for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I need/want your help in showing support! Please email me (iamsimplychic@gmail.com), or tag me on INSTAGRAM (@iamsimplychic) with the hashtag simplychicpink showing off your favorite pink moment (outfit, shoes, nail polish etc) and you'll be featured in the post later this month! Plus for everyone who joins in I will donate money to the CAROL ANN READ BREAST CENTER.

Enjoy the pictures from my day in Notting Hill...
So many cute colorful homes in this neighborhood
 
London buses and cabs are so chic!
Yummy street food everywhere!
No shortage of clothing and accessories in the area also
 

WEARING: h&m blazer (SIMILAR), gap dress (PINK RACHEL ROY DRESS UNDER $70), j crew necklace (SIMILAR)

**Simply Chic Travel Tip: Notting Hill**
This little area is so charming and although it's a great place to buy souvenirs, it didn't feel touristy at all. I recommend having brunch/lunch at 202 RESTAURANT, which is also a boutique, and staying long enough to have some street food.  Also, do yourself a favor and pick up a fascinator and some super affordable body products from SUNEETA while you're there. 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

AMSTERDAM PHOTO DIARY

A few people have asked me about travelling solo, specifically in Amsterdam. I did not go to Amsterdam solo and I actually haven't traveled anywhere solo, but I would imagine Amsterdam would be a great place to do so. 
It's safe. It's clean, and it's small. But there are lots of canals that look like this and it might get confusing to navigate. Haha. That's when having WIFI would come in handy, and if not, most people speak perfect English. 
Everyone...EVERYONE rides bikes here. We have parking lots and garages for cars. They have parking lots and garages for bikes. I tried to rent a bike the moment I got there and the man at the shop said "you are going to kill yourself" as he saw me practicing and wouldn't rent me the bike :-/ So make sure you practice before you go if you are not a regular rider. It's not like riding around a park or a neighborhood. This is how people get around in this town.
 Rosé beer?! O boy this was delicious. Beer drinker or not, if you see it on the menu, get it! And also regardless of how you feel about beer, take the HEINEKEN TOUR. I didn't get to do it because of that whole 24 HOUR thing, but people rave about it. 
If you need something to coat your stomach before or after beer, try a sandwich out of the FEBO vending machine. Apparently it's the thing to do.
Besides Heineken, beer and Febo, Amsterdam is known for its coffee shops, where you have to be 18+ to enter and no one is actually buying or drinking coffee ;)  
The floating flower market was at the top of my list of things to do here. It was a great, BUT it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting something similar to the markets in Thailand where you ride on boats, but it was little shops selling beautiful and unique flowers and souvenirs and the shops happen to sit on the water. 
And last but not least, do you know what this is? It's a pancake. Yes, a pancake...with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and two scoops of ice cream. If nothing else in this post motivated you to go to Amsterdam, do it for the pancakes. 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

24 HOURS

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When I tell people I spent 24 hours in Amsterdam I get the side eye. With all the trouble you can get into in this picturesque city people assume when you only go for 24 hours you are up to no good. Well let me tell you, this might have been the most PG trip I've been on. I don't even think I got tipsy while I was there. Ha! 
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I attempted to ride bikes (whoever said you never forget LIED). I went to the floating flower market. I ate INDONESIAN FOOD. I sat at a cafe and style watched (love their fashion sense). I took pictures and I might have taken a stroll through the Red Light District to see what the hype was about. 
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I mean how much trouble can you get into when your're wearing a J. Crew pineapple short set ;) 

**Simply Chic Travel Tip: Amsterdam**
This city is beautiful, so beautiful that I will share some of my photos and travel tips later this week (schedule permitting). Even though the city is small, you definitely need more than 24 hours. Dam Square is a good central location, but it's packed and touristy so avoid it if that's not your thing. I personally and highly recommend the SWISSOTEL. And if it's not being used, ask for the wheelchair accessible room for extra space ;) But even the regular size rooms are spacious compared to others in the city.

WEARING:  J. CREW PINEAPPLE SWEATER, SHORTS and necklace (SIMILAR), xoxo leopard sneakers (SIMILAR)

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Monday, September 22, 2014

LONDON FALL

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London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down — I spent the bulk of my time on this trip in London living like a local because I have a friend who calls this great city home for the time being. I did get to play tourist a bit, and I have to say the London Bridge was my least favorite tourist attraction. And that's of all tourist attractions, not just in London. Ha! It pretty much looks like an overpass you wouldn't give a second thought to. But it does have one redeeming factor — you get great views of the Tower Bridge which is an absolute beauty! I mean, it's baby blue. How can it not be great? 
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On another note, HAPPY FALL! I love everything about this season; the colors, the weather, the fashion, everything! 
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My trench coat, which was my right hand "accessory" on this trip, is a staple for fall, as are tights with dresses and skirts and of course boots and scarves.
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**Simply Chic Travel Tip: London**
I'm a natural planner. I am starting to go with the flow more, but in a big city like London, it's good to have a plan and map your days out. I also recommend an international data plan, because there were a few times Google Maps would have been very useful and free WIFI wasn't as abundant as it was last year when I was in Greece. 
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Alas, I leave you with the London Bridge. What do you think?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ARE YOU HAPPY TO BE IN PARIS?

I found myself in this lovely city for the second time, and as they say, "Paris is always a good idea". People talk so much crap about Paris and I don't know why. Haters. Rolling up on the Eiffel Tower, and the Louve and the Arc de Tripmphe will never get old to me. I told myself I won't go back because there is so much more of the world I want to see, but something tells me this won't be the last time I'll find myself in this city. 
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Two of the main reasons I wanted to go back to Paris this time are because I wanted to shoot it for the blog, and I wanted to see the Love Locks bridge which wasn't around when I went in 2007. So clearly it only made sense to do my blog shoot on the bridge. Enjoy the pics!
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I bought this skirt for work,  but when I was trying on clothes and deciding what I wanted to pack, I knew I had to wear this in Paris. It could have been -10° or 100°, I was going to make this look work. It was so—dare I say—Parisian! Maybe not so much with the sneakers, but I'm no dummy. Comfy shoes are a must when travelling.
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WEARING: gap sweater (SWEATER), ann taylor loft skirt (CUTE OPTION), scarf from dsw, xoxo leopard sneakers (SIMILAR), zara trench

**Simply Chic Travel Tip: Paris**
When you are at the Eiffel Tower, there are several vendors selling ice cream (the same kind I think). Get some. It's so delicious. Also, I did not go up the Eiffel Tower this time, but from what I hear you have to buy advance tickets now. If you can't go up, don't fret. The views of the city are better from the Arc de Triomphe. Just be prepared to walk up 284 stairs! It's worth every step. 
  
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