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Look of the Day: LUX Lounge

Last night was my very first downtown Rochester experience as a 21+ year old. One of my best friends from home took me to a bar called LUX which was really fun and laid back.

The Outfit

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 shirt by Ella Moss
vintage Levi shorts
bandeau from Urban Outfitters
boots by Matisse
pink necklace from Express
fringe necklace from Madewell

LUX was a pretty cool little spot. There was artwork on the walls and a lot of places to hang out both inside and outside. Santino and I both had a couple gin & tonics and talked about how much we love and miss each other 🙂


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CocoNana Smoothie

This morning I dropped my mom off at work bright and early, took trips to the banks, and got my picture taken at the DMV for my new license (finally!)

It is actually gorgeous weather here in Victor, NY. A serious rarity. However, rain is forecast almost every day for the next two weeks, so I’m trying to enjoy the sunshine as much as I can.

Look of the Day

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sweater from Urban Outfitters

shorts from Gap

necklace from H&M

I ate lunch on the deck so I could watch my beautiful horses, Pixie and Cooper, while I ate.

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Pita stuffed with hummus, spinach, artichokes, and tomatoes + a side of fruit salad- apples, grapes, and raspberries


I went for a 5 mile run around Victor + a 1 mile walk, then slurped down on a new smoothie recipe.

CocoNana Smoothie

    • 1 cup coconut milk
    • 1/2 banana
    • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries

This was my first experience with coconut water. I was a little weary, but the taste is actually surprisingly light and refreshing. Coconut water has many different health benefits and is great for replenishing your body’s fluids after a workout. It is high in potassium and low in both calories and sodium, at only 45 calories per 1 cup serving.

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Masters Tournament 2011




Besides the fact that my feet are literally swollen from being on them for about 100 hours this week, working the Masters was an awesome experience. I saw Tiger, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and all the other bad boys of the golfing world. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet any of them, but my friends (who worked as servers) got to meet Martin Kaymer (became ranked #1 in the world in February of this year) and Rory McIlroy.

I wasn’t able to take many pictures because cameras are strictly prohibited during the tournament except for practice days, which were our busiest days in the golf shop.

The Masters attracts people from all over the world- England, Italy, South Africa, Australia, you name it. It was awesome to see so many people from so many different places. I also saw a lot of Chanel, David Yurman, and Lacoste. While some patrons were dressed embarrassingly prep-tastic, others really made an impressive statement.

Trend Alert: HATS. I saw hats of all colors, shapes, sizes, and styles this week. Definitely one of the top trends of this season.



Nordstrom 2-Tone Fedora, $32

Straw Hats


Tarnish Straw Hat, $38


Juicy Couture Lurex Striped Straw Hat, $78

Floppy Hats


Nordstrom Floppy Straw Hat, $48

“Gag” Alert: adorable dresses & skirts paired with… golf shoes? Ew.

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Before heading home this afternoon, I took a couple of hours to walk around downtown Augusta and grab something to eat. It was beautiful outside (but really hot! I don’t mind the heat one bit though). Downtown Augusta has a lot of small cafes and restaurants to choose from.

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I stopped by a little spot called The New Moon Café for lunch on what is known as “Artist’s Row” in downtown Augusta. This block of Broad Street has several art galleries and eateries. I ordered a turkey apple croissant sandwich with a side of Asian slaw and an iced soy chai tea.

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The New Moon Café’s menu had a page of breakfast items including breakfast sandwiches, yogurt, quiches, waffles, and more. The lunch menu consisted of sandwiches, wraps, soup, and salads. They also had a selection of stuffed croissants, muffins, and cupcakes which looked amazing (though I didn’t get one myself). The interior walls were covered in artwork and there were also two couches for customers to relax on. I loved the artsy, relaxed vibe of the café and my food was great as well.

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It felt SO nice to just sit and relax for once. I skimmed through a Natural Awakening magazine (a publication focused on healthy living) and sipped on my iced chai tea while waiting for my food to come out.

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I arrived in Columbia to the most awesome news today. My one and only class today is cancelled! That means I have a full day to recover from my long, tiring week Smile


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Pretty in “Green”

The fashion industry seems to have officially jumped on the “green” bandwagon. It’s about time. Major retailers such as H&M and top designers like Stella McCartney have come out with eco-friendly lines of clothing and accessories. Designers with entirely sustainable fashion companies are sprouting up everywhere. Emily Katz, Linda Loudermilk, and Samantha Pleet are just a few to name.

H&M’s latest “Garden Collection”  uses organic cotton, organic linen, recycled polyester, and a renewable, eco-friendly material called “Tencel” which is silky in texture. The collection is soft and feminine, with lots of whites, neutrals, and florals. H&M has announced the planet to be part of its corporate responsibility. Its “sustainability strategy” can be accessed here, with detailed information on the company’s vision and long-term goals for reducing its impact on the planet.

Urban Expressions is a fashion company that creates sustainable, vegan handbags. Their bags can be found at Urban Outfitters as well as countless other small boutiques. I purchased a small, grey clutch by this company at a boutique called Handpicked which has several locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia.

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Dress: HM Garden Collection, €29.99

Purse: Urban Expressions

Sandals: Naya, $145


As someone that has felt a deep concern for the Earth since a very young age, it’s encouraging to know that sustainability is becoming a standard for the fashion industry, rather than just a trend. I encourage everyone to become more conscious of where their clothing is made, how it is made, and what values their favorite fashion retailers employ. Dressing fashionably and expressing oneself creatively without the expense of the planet has never been more do-able.

Here are some sustainable fashion sites worth checking out:

Eco Fashion World an in-depth guide to sustainable brands and stores, as well as the latest news & updates as to what’s going on in the “green” fashion world

Happy Hippie a comprehensive directory of eco-friendly and fair labor businesses of all categories, including home decoration, jewelry, apparel, art, gifts, and toys

Whole Living Whole Living’s section on Fashion & Style has some noteworthy articles on how to develop a stylish “green” wardrobe and home

Pure Citizen This is the eco-friendly version of websites like Rue-La-La. The site offers 72 hour discounted sales from sustainable and ethical companies. Part of the proceeds go to benefit a non-profit organization of the company’s choice… Sustainable shopping never felt so rewarding!

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