Move over Taylor & Demi--Makenna's the next big thing.


Makenna Van Liew on Facebook

Makenna Van Liew, as mention earlier, is my total bffaeae. If you don't speak teenager, that means she's my bestie! And I formally invite all of you to support her music career! She's got an Ingrid Michaelson meets Zooey Deschanel vibe. In other words, she's bursting with talent. Check out her facebook and myspace site on the dubs. Because if not anything, you'll be able to say "Oh I so knew about Makenna Van Liew way before everyone else did because I totes (as MCVL would say) read her bff's blog.."

Fall Fashion Fever


Bold shoulders are going to be big this fall. Interesting necklines and lots of one shoulder fashions will play part in this trend.

The month of August never ceases to be one of mixed emotions: the days are still radiating heat, although your beach attire has migrated its way from your vacation-destination to your Facebook photo albums. Well, dear readers, I have the perfect pick-me-up to cure those end-of-summer blues. After all, there's no better antidote for the waning days of warm weather like some delightful picks from my freshly stocked closet (well, I wish anyways!)

Herve Leger's (Fall 2009) new shimmer bandage...also taking part in the interesting neckline trend

Everyone's buzzing about blazers. Lots of sequins and/or striped to show off your sophistication and style simultaneously.

Bow details anywhere from the back of this charcoal long-sleeve mini dress (another popular item to be seen this fall) to your violet suede studded gloves.

Lots of fabric details on shoes

Intricate details on tops

So I may not be the next Anna Wintour, but these looks are some of my favorites and I just thought I'd give you all a look at the upcoming season without having to subscribe to Lucky Mag or Elle.

xo. mb

Scanning My Summer Away


Yesterday was my last day at the office. I spent my summer at my dad's law firm to speed up their goal of becoming permanently paperless. I spent day in and day out scanning papers that might as well been written in Arabic. It was quite a good experience not to mention I got a few extra bucks, freed me from so boredom, and most importantly-- I now know I never ever want to be a lawyer. Props to my pops; I don't know how you do it! Now it's time to trade in all the legal jargon for physics and US history terms. So long for now, Hays McConn. xo. mb

You know You Love...New York City


For whatever reason, I've stalled filling you all in on my recent trip to the Big Apple (well, through my blog anyways..many of you heard these stories directly from me). But I guess it's time I sit down and take the time to document these stories for when I want to look back on what is now my favorite trip so far. My family tried to convince me that my NYC dreams would not be fulfilled of stepping foot on the concrete island and suddenly transforming into a Blair Waldorf socialite; and no, that did not happen but I loved every second of it. The energy is contagious, there's always something to do, and the sidewalks are constantly a live catwalk being the Fashion Capitol it is. Now that's my kind of place.

Times Square

Rockefeller Plaza where we went to The Today Show

Mom was lovin' it up too

Shopping in the UES

At Bobby Flay's restaurant before West Side Story

The recently opened Topshop (the only one in the US) with sister-in-law Lindsay who is living in NYC for the summer for work

My favey cousin Christiana who is a nurse in NYC

Shopping in Soho and West Village

All of us out for dinner in the Meatpacking District

Steps of the MET with Linds on the Gossip Girl Tour

Breakfast at The Palace

The Palace courtyard- the famous home to Serena Van Der Woodsen

Shopping at Bendel's

The larger than life poodle inside Bergdorf

Me and my fellow Gossip Girl stalkers with Penn Badgley (Dan)
He told his body guards that he promised me a picture as they were trying to rush him off to set. And we even got photogged by the paparazzi and put online.

Ok, ladies, step aside..I'll be the next Blake, Penn!

Rufus and Lily's son who appeared in the Season 2 Finale..Chris Riggi (see below for pics). Two of the girls and I even got to sit down with him at a close by coffee shop and got ALL the dirt on season 3 which I guess I can pass on to all of you (if you care!): 1. Carter and Serena 2. Leighton's the funniest one on set 3. Chace is a classic Texas boy 4. Vanessa and him are together on the show and she's a "great kisser" 5. Chuck and Blair are going strong 5. Blake's super sweet and couldn't be mean if she tried

Jessica Szhor and Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle.. and Leighton (ultimate girl crush..ha)

Ed with his amazing English accent

That Chuck Bass stare.. with the infamous limo in the back

A Chuck and Blair scene (rumor had it amongst all of us watching that they were buying a Brownstone, but it was hard to hear what they were saying)

they had to kiss like 35 times til the director was satisfied with the scene

The fashion. The food. The famous people.
I'd take the big city over the beaches ANY day.

xo. mb

We are cheerleaders, we, we are cheerleaders!


Cheer camp. The sound of it just gives me the chills.
Picture it: 1,000 girls with slicked back hair in high pony tails topped with Minnie Mouse sized bows. Constant cheering and chanting to get Top Banana or the Spirit Stick. You cheer when you walk across the street, ride the elevator, or do any activity for that matter.
If you can't quite get the whole idea, watch Bring It On. Those movies don't lie. It's an experience like no other. And even though I am a cheerleader myself, my school definitely stands out from the rest when we sit in the corner inhaling our breakfast bars and rolling our eyes in the back of our heads while all the other girls dance to "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." Mind you, all these girls are in high school.
Ok, I'm done venting. I will say that the bonds created at camp are so worth it. I came into camp feeling awkward talking to some of the girls and coming out knowing that I could potentially be the best of friends with some of them. All 10 of us stayed in 1 dorm and the night times were filled with laughter, empty pizza boxes, trail mix, fruit, cookies and candy every you turned, and lots of fun.

MHS Varsity & JV Cheer 2009-2010

JV Cheer rockin' the tye-dye tanks

Kendall and I doing our epic shoulder sit

Co-Captains with our sponsor Katie


Matt and Kim are just "Grand"


A Brooklyn-born duo (they're married in fact) known as simply Matt and Kim released their new album Grand this year and I'm a big fan. The single "Daylight" was made popular by its use on a popular commercial for Bacardi. Be sure to purchase it along with what I think is an even better hit "Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare." xo. mb