Back to School Blues… or Greens?

The best part of living in New England is being able to fully enjoy each season.  My favorite season has always been and always will be fall.  It’s the forgotten season, with summer and winter hugging it so closely, and spring being such a relief after a long winter.

Fall’s details are so unique and plentiful, especially because it only lives for a short time every year (as they would say in The Fault in Our Stars: some infinities are shorter than others). Of course there are the classics: The smell of the leaves piled on the neighborhood corner that I used to bury myself in (still not sure how I managed to avoid Lyme Disease).  The huge bins of fresh apples that I pick every year and can never finish… unless I make a few apple pies.  The pumpkins and mums on everyone’s front door.  But I always take a mental note of the lesser known fall traits: The ability to keep myself entertained if I’m walking alone by finding the good, crunchy leaves to step on.  The feeling of using a new pencil eraser for the first time in class.  How the air is crisp in the morning but warms up for afternoon walks to the bakery. And most of all, the feeling of being back as a part of something – whether it’s a sports team, a group in class, or a group of friends that I missed.  I love fall because after a hot summer of working and relaxing, it’s nice to get myself up and feel important, being surrounded with beautiful autumn scenery.

This outfit is sophisticated and girly, but still young and carefree. Perfect for a long day of classes, a club meeting, or a casual interview!  I love the contrast of a basic white top with a little distress and the schoolgirl look of the plaid skirt.  Chanel flats obviously go with everything, plus a big tote to carry notebooks is always a better confidence booster than a regular North Face backpack (which… is what I normally wear to class).  Can’t you picture Serena van der Woodsen wearing this running late to Constance?

Unfortunately in the fall, life kind of… starts again.  Early mornings, late meetings, lack of sleep.  Most people turn to coffee in times of caffeine need, but I prefer green tea or this green juice.  You’ll be craving this every morning, and it won’t dye your teeth yellow!

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/4 of a whole pineapple
  • 6-8 kale leaves
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 1/4 lemon

Put all ingredients through a juicer, mix with a spoon, and add a few pieces of ice.  It’s that easy!  I also love juicing because you don’t have to clean the juicer it right away (if you’re in a morning rush) and it doesn’t leave your kitchen a mess.  I’m lucky enough to have a juicer, but if you don’t have one, try placing all ingredients in a blender (only use 3-4 kale leaves) with some coconut water.  Let me know what you think of this morning zinger in the comments below!

One last note: I made an instagram 2 days ago.  Check it out and follow me for more updates! @melissa.brian

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Top: Free People

Skirt: Free People

Tote: Tory Burch

Flats: Chanel

Bracelet: Local Boutique

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September Style

Even though school buses are driving by my window at 7 am and I’m making daily Bed Bath and Beyond trips,  the weather is still above 80 degrees and I’m refusing to let summer slip away.  September can be the transition from high school to college, beaching to field hockey, green leaves to orange… and I love this time of the year because for me it usually means more independence and motivation. 

I leave for my junior year of college in a few days, and in the meantime I’m spending as much time outside as possible.  Between my summer abroad in rainy London and Netflix binging upon return, I’ve managed to avoid that perfect Lauren Conrad summer glow.

While I don’t want summer to end, the thought of iced pumpkin spice chai lattes and riding boots taunt me.  I’m torn, and so is my fashion sense.  I think that this outfit perfectly describes the predicament I’m facing.  Combine a cozy sweater and halter crop top? Check! Flowy beach shorts in a muted autumn jewel tone print? Check! Black booties (as close to riding boots as I can handle right now)? Check!

Speaking of crossing summer and fall, I’m holding the refreshing Cosmic Cranberry Synergy Kombucha drink.  In the fall I love cranberry everything – cranberry sauce on turkey sandwiches, cranberry nail polish, cranberry juice mixed with vodka (oops!), etc.  I tried a Kombucha drink last summer in the original flavor and I was surprised by the taste.   Last week I gave Kombucha another try, and now I can’t stop drinking it!  I like the “enlightened” version because it has less of a vinegar taste and is more like fizzy juice.  My favorite is Guava Goddess, and I’ve also tried and loved Passionberry Bliss.  Since drinking Kombucha, I find myself with plenty of energy, craving less junk food and making healthier choices.  Maybe it’s more my back to school jitters than the Kombcha doing this to me, but if you haven’t tried Kombucha yet, definitely give it a try!

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Top: Brandy Melville

Shorts: Brandy Melville

Boots: BP (Nordstrom)

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Light Brown Gradient

Hat: Random store in Punta Cana

Drink: Enlightened Synergy Raw Kombucha in Cosmic Cranberry

Cape Cod Love Letter

Oh, Cape Cod.  We’ve been on and off for the past 20 summers, and only now I see your appeal.  I used to dread visiting you, but can you blame me?  You dragged me to grandma parties and distant family events where everyone had me confused with my sisters.  But this weekend I visited you with my brunette best friend (no identity confusion there), and I was able to take in everything you have to offer.  I felt your warm salt air kiss my face at the beach, smelled the blooming blue hydrangeas you proudly grow on every lawn, and ate my candy peaches one by one.  You’re the only place that doesn’t judge me for my air dried hair or sleeping in past 11.  Your colorful preppy stores make me want to replace my entire closet with Shep Shirts and printed Lilly dresses, and I can’t forget your oh so satisfying breakfasts filled with sugary donuts and fluffy pancakes.  So Cape Cod, I think we’re more compatible now and off to a new beginning.  Can’t wait to see you again next summer.

Dress: Elle

Wedges: Nine West (similar)

Bangle: Sequin (similar)

Ring: David Yurman

Earrings: LC

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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