January 26, 2010

Tucker For Target.

I've been lusting after a Tucker blouse ever since I saw this one on Piperlime.  So I was very excited when I found out that Target had signed her on to do a Go International collection this summer.  Check out some of the gorgeous looks form her Resort '09 collection:


January 20, 2010

In My Clutches.

I am obsessed with bags from Lauren Merkin, although I don't actually own one yet.  Yet.  This one just might be the one:


{Lotte Leopard Crepe de Chine - $200}

The obsession doesn't stop there.


{Tess Bronze Pebbled Metallic Lamb - $325}

{Louise Black Zebra Suede - $200}

{Eve Navy Dot Silk - $165}

And finally, not a clutch, but gorgeous nonetheless:
{Paige Navy Glazed Buffalo - $525}

PS - From now until January 31st, 25% of all sales will go to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders for Haiti Relief.

January 19, 2010

Asheville.

This weekend J and I decided to take a little day trip to the mountains.  I went to summer camp in Asheville when I was younger and ever since then it's been one of my favorite cities.  I didn't have time to show J everything I wanted him to see so I guess we'll just have to come back in a few months when it's warmer (and greener)!


We started off just wandering around Biltmore Village where we found this fun hotel:



For some reason, I just love this chandelier even though I know it's kind of weird.  Whatev.

Then we went to lunch at La Paz, one of my favorite Asheville restaurants, for some fried Mexican goodness.




After lunch we headed over to the Biltmore.  Sadly, they don't let you take pictures inside but the outside is so spectacular, it almost doesn't matter.  (Side note: If you go, get the audio guide.  Money well spent.)






After wandering through the house for a few hours, we finished our day by heading over to the Biltmore winery for a free tasting and tour.  It's included in the cost of your ticket to the house.  How great is that? We ended up bringing home a bottle of Sangiovese (my fave) and a Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc.  Can't wait to drink them!




January 18, 2010

Golden Globes: The Misses

I have always assumed that if you're a big enough star to be invited to an awards show like the Golden Globes, then you're a big enough star to have your own stylist, so I just don't understand how these dresses made it out of the house.  Here are some of the worst looks of the night:


Seriously, Tina Fey?  Is this a joke?  Even the shoes don't make any sense.  Just NO.

I understand that this might be a controversial choice, as some people liked this look.  I also understand that it's Chloe Sevigny and she's all edgy and fashion forward, but sometimes, she's also just plain fugly.  And I personally think this looks like she sewed her dust ruffle to her matching nightgown, but that's just me.

I don't have much to say about this one.  I like this dress, in theory, just not on Elizabeth Moss.  It looks messy with those little sleeves hanging  and the color totally washes her out.

Are those sea urchins?  They look sharp (in a you-might-slice-your-hand-open-if-you-touch-it kind of way, not in a my-you-look-nice-tonight kind of way).  I don't even mind the one on her shoulder so much, but the one on her hip has got to go.

Emily Blunt's Dolce & Gabbana isn't bad, really, but something about it on her just seems off.  I would've preferred a necklace over those chunky cuffs.  Also, would it kill her to smile?  Emily, you're at the Golden Globes, you're nominated for an award, and you're engaged to Jim Halpert.  Perk up.

Clearly, the lovely and always gorgeous Josh Jackson is the best part of this picture because Diane Kruger's Christian Lacroix is just not doing it for me.  I hate the white bow and why is her hair so slicked back?  The whole thing makes her look much older than she actually is.

As Kate Winslet and Lea Michele proved, black done right can be elegant and fun.  But Heather Graham's black Elie Saab is a definite "no" for me.  The top looks off center and I can't figure out what those little drapey folds behind her knees are for.  And again, the severe hair style isn't doing her any favors.  And last but not least...

Mariah, just because its long and black does not make it classy.  That thing is so tight I'm surprised she didn't pass out from a lack of oxygen.


*All images from Getty via Jezebel.

Golden Globes: The Hits

Even the rain couldn't keep these stars from looking gorgeous last night.  Here are my favorites from the red carpet:


Dianna Agron's floaty, ethereal Bagley Mischka is probably my favorite look of the night.


Toni Collete's glittery Carolina Herrera is sexy and fun but still sophisticated.


Amy Adams also rocked Carolina Herrera, one of the few short dresses on the red carpet last night.  I love the combination of the dark green dress and her rusty orange accessories.

I love the color and the bodice of Sandra Bullock's fabulous purple Bottega Veneta gown. 

Continuing the jewel tone trend, Gabourey Sibide sparkled in an emerald Kevan Hall creation (although I would've gone with gold accessories).


Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are possibly my favorite Hollywood couple (how much fun do you think living in that house is?) and they both looked great last night.  I am not usually a fan of the one shoulder thing but Amy's candy apple Jay Godfrey gown is just gorgeous.

Kate Winslet proves that sometimes playing it safe pays off.  She looks classy and elegant and the little bit of sparkle keeps her YSL dress from being boring.  And finally...

Lea Michele's black tulle Oscar de la Renta is anything but basic.


*All images from Getty via Jezebel.

January 12, 2010

Earn Your Stripes.

Lately, I have been kind of obsessed with finding the perfect striped shirt. There's just something so wonderfully Parisian about the combination of chic stripes, skinny jeans, and flats. Who doesn't want to look like Coco (or Audrey)?


Image via Screenrush.

However, finding said tee is proving to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. First of all, the stripes really have to be exactly right. Too big and you get into rugby territory, or worse, prison-wear territory. Second, while I consider a cute striped tee to be a staple, and therefore I am willing to pay a bit for one, I am not willing to pay an arm and a leg. But finally, some contenders have emerged:


{Chicos - $59.00}



{Amor Lux via Bloomingdales - $54.00}


{Aqua via Bloomingdales - $48.00}

Thoughts?



January 10, 2010

Bling.

Banana Republic is having a killer sale right now. A lot of the clothing sizes are sold out but luckily jewelry is one size fits all. Check it out.


{Dynasty necklace - $54.99}




{Dark & stormy swag earrings - $29.99}




{Snowflake cluster pendant necklace - $39.99}




{Infinity draping chains necklace - $39.99}


{Cascading chains earrings - $14.99}



Southern Hospitality.

Oh, lovely, lovely Charleston.


{King Street}

"The sun and the city have struck up an irreversible alliance. The city turns inward upon itself, faces away from visitors, alluringly contained in its own mystery. The city has a smell, a fecund mask of aristocracy, with the wine and the history of the lowcountry aging beneath the verandahs, the sweetly decadent odors of lost causes." -- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

{Blossom, 171 East Bay Street}


{Arugula Salad}


{Carolina Shrimp Scampi}



{Cozy in our room}

Hello, 2010.


When we were little, my mom would always ask my brother and me what our New Year's resolutions were. Since we're starting not only a new year but also a new decade, I decided to go all out and make four this year. Starting this blog was number 1.


Here are the other three:


2. Be more organized. In 2010 I will graduate law school, take the bar exam, possibly buy a house, move to a new city, AND (my favorite) get married. I'm hoping that organizational skills will come simply out of necessity but I thought I'd better make it a resolution just in case.


3. Learn to shop. Most of my family and friends would probably argue that I've already mastered this one but what I really mean is learn to shop smarter. I spend too much money on things that I don't wear either because they don't fit or because they don't "go" with the rest of my wardrobe or because I just don't love them so I get bored. My goal is to learn when to splurge and went to save and how to shop for outfits instead of just individual items.


4. Learn to sew. Since I am getting married and we are moving to a new house, I would like to learn how to do a few simple projects like curtains and pillows. Being able to repair a ripped seam or reattach a button wouldn't be too bad either.


Fireworks photo via Flickr.