Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays to all!

There are many reasons I have been out of touch these last few weeks, the final one involving my travel plans and the extreme delays they suffered for the holidays. I am finally home in Des Moines & snug in my bed, having been blessed to spend time with family & friends since my arrival.

I am so thankful for every opportunity I've had this year, especially the amazing people I've met who've only begun to impact my life. I can't wait to see what next year will bring! I am thankful to you, whoever you are, reading this, for giving me inspiration. May you be blessed in all your days to come, too.

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I'll be back later this week with regular posts & all the things I need to catch you up on!


P.S. It's cold and snowy here, so the image above seemed so fitting! Winter wonderland.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thinking Ahead.

Okay, I'm probably the 5 millionth blogger to post about Tibi's fabulous Resort 2013 collection, but it's so incredible I can't help myself (I'm really dying to get my hands on this skirt and this dress).

The thing I love most about Tibi is how incredibly wearable the pieces are for anyone no matter age or location, or even hour of the day (hello, whimsical lobster sweater!).

all items available via SHOPBOP

It's time to step up my game & get my hands on a few of these gorgeous pieces (maybe it will be those to-die-for red trousers...)


Friday, December 14, 2012

Decorating for the Holidays (Tree-less style!)

I have always celebrated Christmas with my family, but moving halfway across the country kind of throws a wrench in the whole decorating-holiday-spirit thing, especially when you: a. Have roommates b. Two of those roommates are Jewish c. Will actually be home for Christmas this year (unlike last year, where I DID spend it in NYC, with cousins).

I decided I had to go out and get some sort of tree this year, albeit one that is only a foot tall and is actually a potted plant. It is now wrapped in Hanukkah lights, representing the beautiful multi-cultural apartment I live in!

I haven't been home a lot this month to get much other decorating in, but I wanted to share some of the beautiful inspiration I found for decorating without a tree. These ideas are so adorable, I'm already feeling inspired for next year!


Completely adoring that wreath of glass ornaments! Such a fun way to add color and holiday cheer to a room.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Leopard Sweater + Bright Accents

A cozy sweater, a white t-shirt, and some bright pops of color (hello, yellow!)...this outfit has all of my favorite things in it! I'm so glad I got to snap it in front of the gorgeous Gramercy Park downtown, which still had some pops of color left in it for me (thanks Jessica for taking my photos).

Coat, Guess | Sweater, Loft | Jeans, 7 For All Mankind | Boots, Chinese Laundry

T-Shirt, Target | Bracelets, all Sequin | Rings, vintage finds/gifts from family

Diamond Palm Tree Necklace, Greenberg's | Lipstick, NARS Matte in Carthage

This super-casual look sums up so much of my personal style-classic skinnies, boots, and a white T, with a little bling & an unexpected pattern. It'll definitely be a repeat, I'm sure!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Small Gifts...for Her!

I leave for home in less than two weeks, and I finally have my focus on gift-giving!

As much as I'd love to share some of my real pics for the lovely ladies in my life, I don't want to give anything away before they get their presents...so instead, I've rounded up some of my other favorite small items (and maybe one not so small painting) to gift any woman in your life. be it a mom, sister, friend, all under $100.

C. Wonder Tote, $78, comes in five classic colors to store everything needed for a holiday party
Fresh Sugar Gift Set , $28, has three of their mainstay products for the beauty product lover
Julep Winter Collection 2012, $34, includes classic red & gold with some of the season's hottest colors
luluanddrew Metallic Confetti Painting, $81, adds a shiny pop of art to a room (16x20)
west elm Figurative Owl Mug, $10, cute & cozy, perfect for tea, coffee or hot cocoa on any cold day
D. S. and Durga Poppy Rouge Perfume, $94, crafted in small batches & full of beautiful floral scents
reWined Champagne Candle, $28, makes any room smell like a party (I have the riesling right now!)
Zara Combination Knit Gloves, $25.90, sleek, classic, warm...what more could you ask for?
Baublebar Hexa Bangle (Emerald/Azure), $24 each, spices up an arm party with rich color


Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Party Feathers

I wore this blouse & skirt to work last week when we had a press event to show our latest collections. The whimsical feather pattern and vivid colors drew me to it immediately, even though it's not the type of top I normally go for. This is probably the most black I've worn at once in months! 

Blouse, Loft | Skirt, H&M (old)

Necklace, Sequin

Tights, DKNY | Shoes, Kensie

These lace tights are one of my favorite pairs; they hold out wind and they're just the right amount of skin for any occasion, whether it's work or the weekend. 

I was lucky enough to have Tracy shoot my photos for me (I still haven't had to screw around with a tripod, & I'm glad!) on the roof of Jen's new apartment in Manhattan this weekend! We were sipping mimosas, naturally-that's how everyone spends their Sundays, right? 

Jen, Me, Jessica & Tracy

I love our collection of glam looks-from lace to studs to fur. Cheers!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Home of the Week: Cozy Neutrals + French Flair

There's something about a neutral palette that's really been tugging at me lately. Maybe it's the idea of a fresh start, and the opportunity to change the details often without having to repaint (...although I do love a good coat of paint).

Architect Carlos Aparicio filled his Florida home with unique items and hard to find antiques that still give a modern vibe (read up about all the amazing detail here!). Enough with words, though; I'd rather let this beautiful home speak for itself.

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Happy Wednesday!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Citrus-hued Colorblocking

I met up with JessicaJen and Tracy this weekend to check out Jen's incredibly cute (her adorable mantle!) new apartment before getting brunch at The Bluebell Cafe, a country-chic restaurant in Gramercy.

It's December now and most people are wearing heavy, dark coats & lots of black (not that wearing lots of black is new for NYC), so naturally I wore bright green jeans & a yellow coat with pink lipstick. I kind of stick out a lot in my neighborhood full of families & Greek & Italian immigrants.

Coat, Guess (old) | Scarf, Loft | Jeans, BDG at Urban Outfitters (similar style) | Gloves, Zara

Top, Anthropologie | Bracelets, Sequin (old) | Earrings, Brooklyn Flea | Rings, vintage & family gifts

Shoes, Zara