What I Wore in A Week and the New York City Film Festival

I’m writing you right now from an Amtrak train headed to DC. I desperately wanted to enjoy my first Friday without class by going home. I was at a Luxury Education Foundation breakfast at Estee Lauder earlier this morning…so I’m way more overdressed for the train than I find acceptable.

This week’s WIW post is interesting. My godsister, over at the Tattooed Vintage, is incredibly stylish and amazing at vintage and consignment shopping.  She pulled a few pieces for me a while back and I finally got to wear one of them in this week’s post.

Let’s get to the clothes, and then I’ll tell you why this week was interesting…

So this week was interesting clothing wise because it seemed like the events and dress codes were all over the place.  The second day posted, I had 2 minutes to get dressed. I mistook the start time for a class and had to get from my couch in my pajamas to my accounting class in under 15 minutes, and I live a 20 minute train ride from school. This is when I learned how important it is to have similar pieces near one another.  Granted I look like someone from Kanye West’s fashion show, in all my drab colors and olive green, but some how it worked. I had a lot of company events or informational meetings, so that’s why you see more blazers than usual. Also, the weather was all over the place, but again I got to do layers.

The outfit at the end is what I wore to the premiere night of the New York City Film Festival. I wanted to go for something visually interesting in a crowd, and that had a bit of conversation starting elements to it.  Those things on the sleeves are hand done sequins and beading, and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on that sweater. It also came in super handy when the temperature dropped big time leaving Lincoln Center that night.

A quick plug, I got to see The Walk that night.  When I tell you that visually it was stunning, I’m hardly ever going to be able to do it justice in this post.  Also, if you are afraid of heights, like me, be prepared to white knuckle your way through it. Not since 127 Hours had I had so much anxiety watching a film.  But above anything it’s a beautiful story about following your dreams, and believing grand, extravagant dreams for yourself. It’s a beautiful film, and a wonderful love letter to New York City.

I hope you check out the movie, I promise you won’t be disappointed, unless you hate good movies…then just go watch Pluto Nash.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Egg Sluttiness and Paleo Bowls

Some how Wednesdays have become my recipe days…or I eat a lot and this is an excuse to share my eating habit with others.

I fell in love with eggs about a year ago.  And I don’t mean rubbery scrambled eggs, I mean poached eggs with a runny yolk, soft scrambled eggs that taste like melted cheese (without the cheese), soft boiled eggs…I’m what some would call an egg slut.

I also love good wholesome food.  Now don’t get me wrong I go H.A.M. on some doughnuts and fried chicken (shoutout to Astros Doughnuts in DC), but I also love simple delicious food.

Meet my favorite breakfast of all time…

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Now this isn’t a recipe kind of post, it’s a put stuff in a bowl and enjoy kind of post!

2 super soft scrambled eggs (p.s. I believe in making my eggs in either “real” kerrigold butter or coconut oil, with yolks…got to have those good fats, but just 0.5-1 tbsp)

2oz of smoked salmon

1/4 avocado

2 cups mixed greens (or more, no one will fault you for wanting more veggies)

Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Simple, right? You can layer everything on top of the mixed greens like I did, or you can throw it all together and enjoy.  I love the briny taste of the smoked salmon with the creaminess of the egg and avocado.  If I really want to go to flavor town (DDD is my jam), then use arugula instead of mixed greens and you get that yummy peppery bite. And if I really want to go nuts I put a few oil packed sundried tomatoes on top.

I have been known when I’m feeling culinarily uncreative to make this meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This yummy bowl is paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free, full of healthy fats, and tastes like heaven.

It’s also good for those times when you are trying to go low carb and you feel like you are moments from devouring your entire kitchen, or biting off the next person’s head who asks you why you’re so crabby…not like I’ve been there before or anything.

Hope you enjoy this bowl of yumminess as much as I do!

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What To Write About When You Have Nothing To Say, or How To Set a Content Calendar

Some times when I sit down to write I know exactly what I’m going to say…other times like now I don’t.

Between trying to keep my writing straight for the Bottom Line (CBS’s blog), my own blog, and my speech writing, my head is a jumble of words and source notes.

When I find myself in that kind of quandary I turn to my blogging calendar.  Yes, my blogging calendar.  I try to sit down at the start of the week (usually Sunday while I’m meal prepping), and figure out what the blog posts will be for the week.  Sometimes they’re really strong and interesting, or I have a great event coming up that I can talk about.  Other times, like now, it’s a boring post just updating you on how I keep my day straight.

A classmate of mine asked me once, what’s the hardest thing about blogging? My answer was simple, content.  Coming up with interesting pieces that readers want to learn more about, or a post they’ll connect with.  What I Wore In A Week comes from the fact that I post what I wear every day on Snapchat, mainly so I can get feedback from the more stylish members of my friend circle.  I learned long ago from my pageant coach, a camera is more helpful than a mirror.  I never thought anyone would enjoy or want to see how I put my clothes together, but surprise surprise they do.  The same goes for the healthy recipe remixes, I love cooking and eating, so I figured someone else out there does also. But coming up with a content schedule helps me figure out when I need photos, what I need to gather, and all the other stuff that goes along with it.

Also, with how hectic my schedule is I need a content calendar, or else I’m sitting on the second floor of Uris pulling a blog post out of thin air (which I may or may not be doing).

Really what this post is about, is thinking through the brand and content of your blog, giving yourself a schedule, and sticking to it.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

P.s. If there are any stories, topics, or ideas you have that you don’t see here feel free to leave a comment!

What I Wore In A Week and a midterm

Midterms…the bain of my existence and a reality right now.

Last week (honestly I don’t know what week it is now), I had two midterms (managerial statistics and corporate strategy), and I did my best not to fall in to the sweatpants, ponytail, vortex of stress.

I know that when I’m most tired and down, I have to try and fix myself up and get dressed up.  Because in the words of Dion Sanders, “when you look good you feel good, when you feel good you play good, and when you play good, they pay good,” or in my case grade good.

So here’s to trying to keep it classy when you just want to lay down.

I also had the joyous fashion challenge of dealing with bloating, cramps and all the other fun of my monthly visitor.  I kid you not, dressing for stress and PMS is no fun! But I think I did a decent job, and it helped me not feel like a ball of frazzled emotions or a Cathy cartoon rolling around school.

I challenge you, when you aren’t feel your greatest, make a little extra effort, you’ll surprise yourself with how much better you’ll feel, when you look in the mirror and don’t see a reflection of how you feel staring back.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Ice Cream, Nice Cream

I love ice cream, and honestly who doesn’t…and if you say you don’t, I know you are lying.

When I was younger I discovered Hagen Daaz on a family vacation to Mexico, and legit ate it every day, for almost every meal (man I miss my 8 year old metabolism).

Fast forward to my adult life, and I have yet to find a flavor of Steve’s Ice Cream I don’t like. I fully endorse everything in moderation, including moderation. But even I know if I want to fit into my skinnies, I can’t have it every day. So thank goodness for Nice Cream!

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Nice Cream is a cleaner alternative to my favorite treat. Honestly, it’s bananas blended with some of my favorite healthy mix-ins. It satisfies my sweet tooth, I don’t feel guilty, bloated, and stuffed with added sugar.

Here’s how simple it is:

1 banana

1 tbsp chia seeds (I love adding tons of fiber where ever I can)

2 tbsp almond butter (preferably raw, cause it’s amazing)

…and that’s it, maybe a splash of almond milk. But you blend all of that, or toss it in the food processor.  And if you want more, double it, share it, do whatever. It’s vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and makes your taste buds so happy. Switch it up however, use cashew butter, peanut butter, carob chips, goji berries…play with your food and find what makes you happy and satisfied…maybe even add a tablespoon of protein powder.

Clean eating takes an adventurous spirit, finding out how to enjoy what you like in a way that you can enjoy it, and that your body will thank you.

Hope you like this nice cream as much as I do.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Finding the Motivation

I’ve talked before about how overwhelming business school is, now let me tell you how motivating it can be.

Every day, when I’m exhausted, leaving home before the sun comes up and coming home after the sun goes down…I feel encouraged.  I’ve had lots of career meetings recently, and I get so excited after every one, because I know I’m closer to my dream career.

I think the best silver lining every day is that this journey has just begun, and already so many amazing opportunities and connections have come my way.

Every week I read the Hollywood Reporter and visualize my name among those pages.

What business school has given me again, the audacity to dream big and believe for even bigger.

This blog entry is short…but it was how I was feeling once I walked through the door of my apartment.

Now I have to read an accounting case, and do my best to understand what the heck they’re talking about.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Poets and Quants

I promised this weekend that I would post a new post daily…but I never promised what those posts would be.

Sorry to be so sneaky, but I’m in the middle of trying to figure out marginal costs for a hot dog stand, corporate finance, and watch the Emmys red carpet/swoon over gorgeous people in gorgeous dresses.

I had the pleasure of offering some of my insight for the MBA Admin process to Poets and Quants, and get a shoutout as a member of the Columbia Business School class of 2017.

First off I would like to point out that my Miss USA headshot gets more action now as an MBA than it did when I was actually competing.  Also, I’m still humbled and overwhelmed to have been mentioned among a class of such amazing peers. In all honesty, school is flying by (we’ve already had A Term midterms), but I’m loving every moment of learning new things and moving toward my goals.

Look at that Blue Steel...always and forever my favorite photo shoot. Thank you Carter Studios!
Look at that Blue Steel…always and forever my favorite photo shoot. Thank you Carter Studios!

I’m off to finish yet another assignment and cross my fingers that Taraji slays the carpet, and Gaga gives me all the life.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What I Wore In A Week and A Broadway Musical

This week has been so intense I didn’t even have time to write, let alone stay on top of my weekly posts.

So this weekend you are in for a treat…back to back weekend posts to make up for the missed content. So you will get new posts today, tomorrow, and Sunday.  Here’s hoping I don’t forget what I want to write about!

Now to the clothes:

This was an interesting week. There’s no Monday outfit because it was Labor Day, and I genuinely stayed in my pajamas all day. Also, I had a lot of club kickoffs, and wanted to go into them by making the best first impression that I could.

I’m a huge fan of mixing high/low pieces, so this week in particular there were a lot of under $60 pieces mixed with high end jewelry or more expensive accessories (those Louboutin wedges are so high but soooo comfortable). And whenever I can, I like to wear a belt or nip in the waist in some way. With broad shoulders, a big chest, I have to make sure that I take the waist in or else everything looks gigantic. I played with a little menswear inspiration on Wednesday with the penny loafers and the white button down. Not surprisingly, I hear more from the guys in my class when I wear metallic menswear shoes than anyone else. If I were to say I have a style staple/uniform it would be pencil skirts.  For my shape and daily routine, a pencil skirt adds a little sex appeal to an otherwise blah day.

The pink silk dress was my nod to Casual Friday Hawaiian shirt day, it also looked like I was wearing my pajamas. Saturday was when I got to see Amazing Grace with LeeLee, and I was ecstatic because I finally got to wear a coat somewhere (don’t even get me started on how much I adore fall, and layering). And the last outfit was from a marathon learning team session. I went from church to 3.5+ hours of library time on a SUNDAY. Thankfully J Crew continues to make clothes that feel like PJs so I was at least comfortable.

Yesterday I survived a statistics midterm, so if you see a girl around Manhattan lugging J Crew, TopShop and Sephora bags with FitFlops on, yea it’s probably me.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What Am I Doing Here?!?

I’m about to be very honest, and vulnerable with you all.

I barely remember what week I’m on and I barely know what day it is, but I’m deep in business school and approaching my first few midterms and major assignments.

I’m slowly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on Hell Week. But these last few days have been very rough.  I have been Anxiety City and the Mayor of Overwhelmed Junction. I’ve honesty had moments in statistics and corporate finance where I look at the board and feel like I’m reading martian. On a particularly rough day, as I was walking between classes, I wondered why I even wanted to come to business school.  Why did I pray and hope for something so badly, and I couldn’t even figure out what I was doing here if I felt so overwhelmed.

Now let me say, this scenario is the epitome of first world problems. I’m walking around an ivy league campus, able bodied, on a warm late summer day, wondering why God “cursed me” with the desires of my heart.

Now when I start to spiral down the rabbit hole of my feelings, I get real emo. We’re talking Hot Topic with a studded belt and side-swept Beiber bang emo. But it’s funny how God will show you something in the most unlikely of ways.

My godsister LeeLee came to town and talked me into seeing Amazing Grace with her.  To be honest I wasn’t sure I wanted to see a musical about the hymn my late grandmother Ann loved so much, but I would have taken a break to walk over hot coals if it got me out of looking at excel sheets.

Around the third scene, watching slaves be captured on stage, or seeing the embodiment of my ancestors thrown around and branded, something started to stir on the inside. My great grandparent (my granddaddy Green’s parents) were born slaves, and I’m sure they prayed and believed for something better. There are generations of ancestors who’s faith and prayers are the reason I’m here.  There are countless names I’ll never know, but I know I will meet them one day to say thank you for their belief beyond understanding. I bet my great-grandparents would be so proud to know that one of their decedents walks through the halls of Columbia Business School, and has the audacity of faith to dream so big. By the end of the play I was a sloppy mess of happy tears hearing the words to Amazing Grace and understanding them better.

I think at times I feel almost unworthy to be so privileged, because at times I lose focus on the bigger picture. What part am I supposed to play in the story of my people? Will I be able to live up to my own dreams? I have to remember that it is ultimately about following my dream, but it’s also about honoring all those who made countless sacrifices for me to get here.

It took a broadway musical (which I highly recommend EVERYONE go see) for me to get my head on straight, but I feel renewed and refreshed to take on another week.

Thanks for letting me get a little more honest.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What I Wore In A Week: First Week of School and Electric Zoo

The first week of school was a blur of excel sheets, learning team meetings, and attempting to stay sane.

Now that I’m wrapping up my second week, I long for those days of orientation when my biggest concern was turning in one homework assignment every day…rather than 5 every day.

But honestly, it took my stylist at DryBar yesterday to remind me, there are people who wish they could have gotten in and would gladly trade places.  Thank you kind hair sage…now for the clothes.

By the middle of the week I was all about comfort and staying cool, so it was a challenge achieving that goal without going straight to my yoga pants and workout clothes. Don’t worry, athleisure will find it’s way to posts once the weather gets cooler.

Also, if you’d like to know how EZoo went, I can’t tell you, I bailed at the last minute because I couldn’t pretend to like EDM any longer!!!!

To see more OOTD posts as they happen during the week, you can also follow me on Instagram.

XOXO,

MacKenzie