5.23.2016

Spring Essentials with Betabrand.

Spring Essentials with Betabrand.
Spring Essentials with Betabrand.

Living in a shore town is proving to be quite a sartorial challenge so far. The weather can be so different here compared to my parents' house or my office. There's even a big difference between the coastline and my apartment four blocks inland! Once summer hits, it's just going to be hot all the time, and getting dressed will involve throwing a dress over a bathing suit. Since it's still spring and the temperature keeps fluctuating, I've developed a system to stay comfortable throughout the day with some transitional spring essentials.

Today I'm partnering with Betabrand to talk about these spring essentials. Betabrand is a company whose focus is on versatile and comfy clothes that make a statement both in the office and on the streets.

Admittedly, it's nothing truly groundbreaking, but my daily wardrobe (at least during the work-week) consists of a short-sleeve or 3/4-sleeve dress with leggings and moccasins. I also have a hooded sweater with pockets and a long shawl/scarf that I wear for the cooler mornings. By midday, if it starts to warm up, I can lose the leggings and sweater. If it starts to get windy or rainy, I can wrap the scarf around me like a shawl. Most of my pieces are neutral or similarly colored, so mixing and matching is easy and getting dressed in the morning is quick and painless.

Betabrand offers a line of women's pants that are great transitional pieces. Their office yoga pants are dressy enough to wear to the office, casual enough to wear out after work, and fall into my favorite category of clothing, "feels like pajamas/looks like a million bucks"! So great for making the transition between seasons!


Spring Essentials with Betabrand.

5.11.2016

WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!

WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!
WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!

It's always fun to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to fashion. Rompers and cocktail dresses aren't frequently a part of my wardrobe. I'm so grateful that the kind folks at Tobi.com recently reached out to me to review some of their products, because these two pieces will be in heavy rotation all through spring and summer. I think the next stop on the Comfort Zone Train is probably bodysuits, but let's talk about these day and night looks. The romper is blousy and comfortable and perfect for drinking beers on the beach. I paired it with sandals and a cool pin from a local AP shop. The dress is so unique, I decided to keep it simple with my favorite black velvet wedges and a little jewelry. It will be perfect for a night of dancing at Porta or Paradise (or both)! IMPORTANT: new customers at Tobi get 50% off their first order! Click over to shop dresses, jumpsuits, crop tops, and more!

DAY:
romper: Jenalai Blousy Romper c/o Tobi - tank: J. Crew via Goodwill - sandals: Target - shades: Topshop
shawl: vintage via Goodwill - earrings: vintage from my grandma - pin: Red Moon (Asbury Park!) - bag: Madewell

NIGHT:
dress: See Me Now Mesh Shift Dress c/o Tobi - shoes: Urban Outfitters - earrings: vintage from my grandma - glasses: c/o Firmoo

WEARING • Day and Night with Tobi!

Photos by the amazing Diana Van Horn Photography!
Disclaimer: Product provided by Tobi, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog. :)

3.31.2016

REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!

REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!
REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!
REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!
REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!
REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!
REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!

One of my favorite memories from my recent trip to LA was one of the first. As soon as I arrived at my friends' apartment, we decided to take a hike in Runyon Canyon. Now if you know me at all, you know I don't like exercising. I figured, "When in Rome," ya know? This was around 2PM PST when I'd been awake since 4AM EST without eating any food, so it maybe wasn't the wisest choice, but I regret nothing. The views were truly extraordinary, even on a smoggy, hazy LA afternoon. It felt good to get the ole heart pumping, even though at times I thought it was going to come out of my chest like The Chestburster. I was delighted that my new leggings from YogaOutlet were delivered right before I left (and that I decided to pack them) because they were perfect for the hike.

I chose the Teeki New Moon Black Hot Pants to review because I have a thing for the phases of the moon. The day of the hike, I paired the leggings with my pizza-phases-of-the-moon tank, because why not? Since returning from LA, I've worn the leggings to practice yoga a few times, and I even wore them to work under a dress (and got lots of compliments, by the way). A very versatile piece, for sure.

REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!
REVIEW: Runyon Canyon in YogaOutlet.com!

Disclaimer: Product provided by YogaOutlet.com , but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog. :)

3.07.2016

Off to LA + a Sale! 🌴

🌴🌴🌴 #ludoesla

Greetings from 32,000 ft in the air! I'm currently somewhere over the Midwest? I can see the Rocky Mountains way in the distance? I used to know geography? Why isn't the map on my screen working, United?

I'm spending my flight slowly starving to death (One little wafer cookie, United? Throw a bitch a bagel!) and watching free movies (For real thanks, United!) Maybe I cried watching "The Force Awakens" and maybe I cried watching "Spotlight" — what about it?

Anyway, I'm off to LA for about a week to spend time with some dear friends and work on my tan. 😎 If you have any suggestions of things I must see or do out here, please let me know. Also follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (laurenwilkey) to join in on the fun.

One last thing, everything in the shop is on sale while I'm away. All vintage is 45% off + you can use code LAWOMAN for an additional 15% off!

2.01.2016

My Vintage Valentine.


My Vintage Valentine.

Some pretty pinks and reds to help get into the Valentine's Day spirit. 12345678910

1.29.2016

Winter Storm Jonas 2016.

Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.
Winter Storm Jonas 2016.

Well, we finally got the snow I've been waiting for! About 20" fell on Asbury Park last weekend, and I was holed up on my friends' couch seven blocks from my apartment. We snacked, drank, napped. I watched "The Martian" and "The Revenant" and did some spreadsheeting™ for my job like a real nerd. Lots of shore towns experienced heavy flooding, but AP fortunately was spared. Diana and I took a trek out into the storm one night. The snow was up to our knees, the wind was wild, and we stayed out there for maybe ten minutes at the most. Sunday morning, we went down to the beach. The waves were insane and there was snow on the sand, which I've never seen before!

P.S. The "Let it Go" coloring book giveaway winner has been announced. Click over to see if you're the lucky winner! :)

1.06.2016

CLOSED | REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: "Let It Go! Coloring and Activities to Awaken Your Mind and Relieve Stress"

Let It Go!
Let It Go!
Let It Go!
Let It Go!
Let It Go!

I know everyone always says it, but this is the first year that the holidays felt truly ~stressful~ for me. As an "adult" this year (no longer a "kid" when you're pushing 30, but still have to sit at the kid's table), I had many presents to buy. This is my first year living on my own away from my parents' house, so a lot of traveling had to be done. Worst of all, I had to work on Christmas Eve morning, and Christmas Eve is our big day. I actually found myself quoting Brand New every day in December, at least twice daily: Is this the way a toy feels when its batteries run dry? Blah blah blah, everyone is stressed at the end of year, right? Well, this review couldn't have come at a better time.

Let It Go!

By now, I'm sure you've heard of, or perhaps even tried your hand at adult coloring. When I was in Belfast, a few of my friends had these lovely coloring books and markers on their coffee table. They told me that they would come home after a long, stressful day at work, drink some tea, and color while they watched television. I was intrigued, but not 100% sold on the idea. When I was a kid, coloring wasn't a fun activity. As a typical type-a/big sister/Virgo, I was a total perfectionist. Ask my mom! If a single bit of color went outside of the lines, it was ruined. Tears were shed and the page was ripped out. God help us if it was a good page, like Belle in her yellow dress or Ariel on the rock with the waves splashing up around her.

Let It Go!

While I have lightened up significantly in my old age, I still didn't think adult coloring was for me. I saw lots of friends on Instagram posting photos of their work, always double-tapping with a tinge of jealously. When the kind folks at Juan Derful, Ink recently reached out to me to do a review of their coloring book, I thought it was the perfect opportunity.

The book is called "Let It Go! Coloring and Activities to Awaken Your Mind and Relieve Stress", illustrated by Sherise Seven, and it's full of finely detailed art, inspirational words, and stress-relieving activities. Perfect for adults and teens, the book combines self-help and creativity in the best way. No longer was I worried about making sure the colors I used were true-to-life, nor did I worry if I colored outside of the lines! I recently spent an evening coloring while watching "Making a Murderer" (if anyone wants to talk theories, hit me up!) and it truly helped with the stress, which I think is very telling. ;)

Also, how great is the color protector page, specifically designed so your colors don't bleed? Brilliant!


We feel that the messages of positivity, a calm soul, and letting stress go are extremely important for everyone today.




A Wild Tonic readers can use code "WILDTONIC" for 10% off of the book from now until January 31st!
Now, onto the giveaway...


THE FABULOUS PRIZE:
One copy of "Let It Go! Coloring and Activities to Awaken Your Mind and Relieve Stress"

RULES AND HOW TO ENTER:
Watch the Video Flip Through above and leave a comment with your favorite page in the book.
And for a bonus entry, follow A Wild Tonic on Bloglovin (and leave a second comment).
Don't forget to leave a way to contact you in your comment, in case you're the lucky winner.
The giveaway is open worldwide, and the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on 1/20 at 9PM. Good luck! :)


P.S. The Firmoo giveaway winner has been announced. Click over to see if you're the lucky winner! :)

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner, Stacy!
Let It Go Winner


Disclaimer: Product provided by Juan Derful, Ink, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog. :)
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