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MIXTAPE MONDAY : COOL GIRL TABLE

cool girl _mixtape

I missed my chance to see Marina and The Diamonds at SXSW due to long lines and bad timing. But I’ll get to see Soko again tonight, so win for me. A mixture of jealousy and repulsion, cool girls with their ambivalent attitudes and twinkling hollow eyes make everything seem to have a story. Still struggling with my desire to be invited to the cool girl table, although I know I’ll just be bored once over there. My heart has always bled profusely on my sleeve, leaving me without the cool girls mystique. #thestruggle

Teen Idle – Marina and the Diamonds // Cruel – St. Vincent // Me and Jane Doe – Charlotte Gainsbourg // Gunshot – Lykke Li // Digital Witness – St. Vincent // Who Wears the Pants?? – Soko // Greenwich Mean Time – Charlotte Gainsbourg // Cheerleader – St. Vincent // All Your Gold – Bat for Lashes // Coffee – Sylvan Esso // Rent Free – Nylo

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“Cool Girl” Style Conspiracy

The fashion world created the “cool girl” style and I will forever be grateful. Bed-head hairstyles, or quick top knots with bold lips and an excellent hand at liquid eyeliner. The women of New York realized they needed a solution to looking chic with as minimal effort as possible, because the women of New York are exhausted!

Yes, I am calling out the editors, assistants, associates, and the ambitious mothers of invention who work all-day and then network all night. Alarm clocks set to the last possible minute before being late to work, buzzing to wake up hard working individuals, desperate for at least 6 hours of sleep. There is no time for a beauty routine longer than ten minutes when you need to get ready quickly. Throw on a simple ensemble of stylish black pants, an effortless tailored top, and maybe a jacket, if the weather calls for it, and it’s out the door. Presentable, but not haggard at their day jobs, because under those stylish glasses, below the perfect cat eye, and covered by a Nars concealer are their “bags of honor.”

Puffy and dark, the bags under one’s eye indicates a lack of sleep due to the drive and determination one has to succeed, all while not giving up their social life. By Thursday, I am rocking my own “bags of honor”… with a full time job, freelance projects, passion project, and happily the supportive girlfriend of a musician, my body and beauty routine has learned to cope on 5.5 hours of sleep.

I will not look in the mirror and judge myself for not looking like a well rested teenager, my skin a little sallow and eyes possibly glazed. No, I will see my puffy, dark circles and declare them my “bags of honor”; for my week has been filled with new connections, tending to old friendships, accomplishing fabulous projects, and being an essential member of my 9-5 team.  All while running on B-vitamins, lots of coffee, water and whatever I can remember to feed myself.

New York is a city fueled by ambition, and the fashion publishing industry. With an increase in easy hairstyle and quick beauty stories, I’m happy they dubbed what was previously known as “the rushed look” the “cool girl” style. No longer does this California girl have to look polished by spending hours on her hair for an at home blow out.  All I need is dry shampoo and a good concealer. Covering my “bags of honor” only to make every one wonder… how does she do it!

cool girl style collage

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