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What to Wear for Recreation

  On my last me-day, I purchased these leggings from Outdoor Voices. I'd been eyeing them for a while because they are extremely comfortable (almost excessively so because I should probably stop wearing them and do laundry) and they are the color "oatmeal," which sounds cute and is a unique color for a pair of leggings. Outdoor Voices is very keen on curating pieces developed for "recreation" and #doingthings. In the spirit of #doingthings (and Thanksgiving), I spent the weekend in Napa, California. Leggings typically clash with the Napa Valley aesthetic, which ...

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Bang Bang! The Cut of the Season

Styled traditionally. Blow dry with a round brush and hairspray to hold. A distinct part. Blow dry in two sections with a round brush. Follow the direction you want each section to fall. Styled casually. Blow dry with round brush and hairspray to hold. Add texturizing spray or just separate with your fingers. After every time I get my haircut, my hair at some point reaches a length I can't stand. It's like that awkward in between of growing it out, but before it's actually close to being grown out. When I hit ...

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A Me-Day in the Life

These are all photos I took this past Wednesday (you would know this if you follow me on Instagram). I had myself a DAY. I'm a firm believer that burnout is a real thing and mental health days are integral to remaining sane and balanced. "Me-days" are an essential cure for stress, homesickness, hangovers, and just feeling a little off. My me-days are trademarked as "Bri-Days" and grant me dismissal from most responsibilities and are a scheduled day to hang out with myself--I think I'm pretty fun to hang out ...

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How to Bundle Up in Boston

After feeling like I needed a little escape from the Concrete Jungle, I made an impromptu visit to Boston to explore the city and most importantly, visit my friend Remi who lives there. I stepped outside to the arctic tundra and wondered hopelessly if I had missed the window for fall. I looked at my weather app that read 30˚F, but I had to quickly put my phone back in my pocket before my fingers froze. But we had less than 48 hours left in our weekend visit and were ...

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Caffe dell’Appartamento – Chemex

The Goods: 6-Cup Chemex, Chemex filters, La Colombe (purchased in D.C.) Ethiopia Step 1:  Boil water(~205˚F). Pour hot water through the *clean* filter and empty (this preps the filter for use and removes any paper taste that may interfere with the flavors of your coffee) Step 2: Grind your beans (a medium-course grind is best ~ should be a texture like kosher salt). Step 3: Pour! For the first pour, go in a circular motion outwards. For the second, pour inwards. (This helps ensure all the grounds are saturated). Pour one more time ...

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Vincetta SS18 Preview

In my blog re-launch, I wrote about transparency. Notions of complete transparency in the fashion industry is few and far between. So for the sake of transparency, I will be devoting more posts to sustainable fashion. Vincetta has a special place in my heart as I got to work with Deanna, the designer, this past summer. Vincetta is making slow fashion dreamy in their beloved silks and draped silhouettes. The minimalist design and neutral colors are right up my alley and I have a running wish list of Vincetta pieces. I recently ...

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Caffé dell’Appartamento: The Bialetti

Living in a New York City apartment has taught me two things: I own way more things that I actually need (not having any closets makes that painfully obvious) and that of the things I do own, most of them are coffee-related equipment and gadgets. This post will be the first part in a new series here on Briana Augustina: Caffé dell'Appartamento. This is the Bialetti edition. The Bialetti Moka Express is an Italian household staple. It's a stovetop espresso appliance. To learn the nuances of brewing with a Bialetti Moka ...

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