Friday’s Most Wanted – LOFT Dresses

I am pretty much loving every piece in the new Lou & Grey line for LOFT. While I’m what I like to call a fashion-enthusiast, I’m not big on suffering for the sake of looking good (props to those ladies who can wear heels all day every day!). In other words, I really do like to be comfy, and luckily there’s a way to be comfy and stylish at the same time (especially with the new Lou & Grey for LOFT line). Check out these lovely dresses in the collection.

Lou & Grey Cinch Tee Dress, 69.50, available at LOFT

Lou & Grey Cinch Tee Dress, 69.50, available at LOFT

Lou & Grey Stripe Tee Dress, 49.50, available at LOFT.

Lou & Grey Stripe Tee Dress, 49.50, available at LOFT

Lou & Grey Heathered Sweater Dress, 79.50, available at LOFT

Lou & Grey Heathered Sweater Dress, 79.50, available at LOFT

 

 

Friday’s Most Wanted – Back to Basics

This week’s most wanted to piece is nothing too fancy. It’s the Zimmermann black and white sweater below. Now I know what you’re saying, “It’s spring, where’s your color!?” While I am a fan of wearing colors, black and white have always been my staples. Here’s a tiny tidbit – in middle school I wore only black and white. Of course now I have immensely expanded my wardrobe.

Back to the black and white sweater. I love this piece because it can be dressed up or down. Wear it to work with a blazer over-top, or wear it out with jeans. Versatile!

What’s your most wanted item this week?

Zimmermann, Ringmaster Striped T, 250, Photo Credit: Refinery29.com

Zimmermann, Ringmaster Striped T, 250, Photo Credit: Refinery29.com

Ukraine & Four Freedoms Park

So good to be here again and writing to you, my dedicated readers and followers! So sorry for the little hiatus – I just recently started a new job (in the marketing department for a jewelry company!), and it has thrown my schedule off a bit. I’m finally back on track. I’d like to dedicate this post to a subject very close at heart to me – the on-goings in Ukraine.

For those are you who aren’t familiar with what is happening in Ukraine, here is a brief synopsis, but of course the issues run much, much deeper. Demonstrations/peaceful protests (known as Euromaidan) began in Ukraine on November 21st 2013, when the then current president, Viktor Yanukovych, suspended preparations to sign a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. The Maidan continued, due to the government’s abuse of power, Yanukovych’s ties with Russia, and a violation of human rights. Eventually, Yanukovych was impeached and fled the country.

Recently, Russia marched its troops into Crimea (an area in Ukraine), as they want Crimea to join Russia. As Ukraine’s Black Sea Peninsula, Crimea is an extremely valuable area to all. The Crimean referendum, which took place this past Sunday, gave Crimeans the chance to vote to either declare independence from Ukraine or to join Russia. There was no option to vote to stay a part of Ukraine – not very fair choices. After tallied, the votes skewed heavily towards joining Russia, but there is strong evidence supporting the fact that the voting and outcome of the votes were and are illegal (declared both by the U.S. and the EU). In response, the U.S. imposed sanctions on two dozen Russian officials.

Ukrainian Americans, such as myself, have luckily been given the chance to show our support and help fight for Ukraine’s democracy and freedom here in the US. Just this weekend, I was invited to attend an event called “Four Freedoms for Ukraine at Four Freedoms park.” US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Ukrainian-Americans, Crimean Tartars, and many more, were all there in support of democracy. The event was held at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, NY, right next to the Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial that celebrates the Four Freedoms outlined in the 1941 State of the Union address.

See below for photos from the event, and please keep Ukraine in your thoughts. To stay abreast of the on-goings, simply google Ukraine, and check out BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera for the most up-to-date news. There are also a number of Facebook pages and events (including protest announcements by city) constantly circulating Facebook. A few great pages to check out are Razom for Ukraine, and UCCA.

Four Freedom's Park for Ukraine

Four Freedom’s Park for Ukraine

Four Freedom's Park for Ukraine

Four Freedom’s Park for Ukraine

Four Freedom's Park for Ukraine

Four Freedom’s Park for Ukraine

Four Freedom's Park for Ukraine

Four Freedom’s Park for Ukraine