Sunday, June 6, 2010

Yummy Sangria

1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 bottle dry red wine
1 lemon, slice into rounds
1 lime, slice into rounds
1 orange, slice into rounds
1/4 cup white sugar
8 maraschino cherries
2 cups carbonated water

In large pitcher mix together brandy, lemon juice, lemonade, orange juice, and wine. Float cherries, orange, lemon, and lime pieces in juices and refrigerate over night.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Creating a Law School Wardrobe

I'll be starting law school in about two months.
I feel like I've been waiting for this moment my entire life. I'm SO excited and SO scared/nervous all at the same time. I've started my summer reading assignments and thrown in a couple books I found on Amazon which may or may not make my first year easier.
I feel like there is lots of advice out there on how to survive the academic part of law school, but what about LOOKING GOOD? I mean, I'm a girl, after all. I like dresses and heels and feeling pretty. My school has a conservative dress code, but nothing has really been elaborated on as far as appropriate dress for classes every day.
So, I did some of my own research and came up with a list of must have items for any fashionable girl's law school wardrobe. They are as follows:
I love the look of the Express Editor Pants. Get them in all the basic colors (black, gray, brown). They are comfortable and professional (and will come in handy on days you don't feel like shaving.)
This style of skirt is so flattering and polished. You'll definitely need a black one and however many others you can afford. Stick to basic colors for a classic look (gray, brown, navy blue, etc.). If you buy everything in your wardrobe in a similar color scheme, you'll thank yourself later because you can mix and match items to create lots of different looks.
I like the look and feel of silky blouses... especially in girly colors or prints. It's a nice way to change up your look and avoid looking too boring everyday. Definitely invest in one or two button downs as well for dressier events (like an interview, for example).
Crew neck,v-neck, and boat neck cotton shirts are your friend. They are good for everyday wear and you can dress them up easily with a accessories or a bright cardigan. You can also wear them under a suit jacket for a nice, no-fuss look.
You just can't go wrong with a well-tailored, conservative dress (no sundresses!). Sheath, pencil, and boat neck dresses offer a feminine, classic feel and you don't have to worry about putting an outfit together. Plus, they go great with either flats or heels depending on what you have going on that day. If you get them in basic prints and neutral colors, they are easy to dress up or down by adding different jackets/cardigans and accessories.
For the love of God, NO STRIPPER HEELS. Think "pumps". Yes, I know, it sounds like something an old lady would wear, but shoes do matter. You don't want to look like a high priced hooker, so avoid: anything too high, peep toes, crazy colors, or wacky prints. Heels in dark colors and neutrals are good. And if you can't walk in heels, go for wedges or kitten heels.
.... because, face it, you're not going to want to wear heels everyday when you have to lug around 50 lbs. of books plus a lap top and caffeinated beverage of choice. Switch these up and buy them in dark colors, nude, or animal print (if you're feeling sassy).
You're going to need a good bag (Long Champ is my personal favorite), belts, cardigans, and jewelry. When buying jewelry, buy a dependable watch and classic pieces (think studs and other pretty, understated pieces).
You'll need at least one of these your first year for oral arguments, interviews, and any professional events you might decide to attend. A three piece suit is a good idea because you can switch things up depending on whether you want to wear a skirt suit or a pants suit (and you can wear the pieces separately too, which is a definite plus).
Banana Republic
Ann Taylor
The Limited
The Gap  

Friday, June 4, 2010

Quote of the Day

Mr. describing the relationship between him and his lawyer bff.

"He's my friend, but I don't like him."

I think that's hilarious. God, I love my husband.