September 30, 2010

Book Report, Vol. 2.

Since the last (and, paradoxically, first) Book Report, I have gotten married, gone on a honeymoon, unpacked our house (again), and started a new job.  I thought that I would have more time to read after this crazy summer was over, but it turns out I was wrong.  (Write it down; J can tell you, that doesn't happen very often).  Anyway, this Book Report is shorter, but I really, really loved these three books and I wanted to share.

1. Freedom: Franzen tells the story of a family called the Berglunds, who are a family in peril - and more specifically, the marriage between Walter and Patty is in peril.  Obviously, any book entitled Freedom is going to be a political novel, and this is one is, as it explores the idea of "personal liberties" and all that that phrase means.  The narration of the story alternates between Patty, Walter, Joey (their son), Richard (Walter's college roommate), and even a third person novel written by Patty.  It's difficult to say much about the story without giving it away, so all I can say is read it - at the very least it offers some critical and insightful commentary on modern American life.

2. Big Girls Don't Cry: This book tells the story of the 2008 election, and in particular, the story of Hillary Clinton's candidacy.  But please, don't be scared off if you are not a Democrat or a Hillary fan - this book is incredibly interesting.  Traister also discusses the roles of other women in the election like Michelle Obama, Katie Couric and Tina Fey, Gloria Steinem, and of course Sarah Palin.  However, the most interesting part, to me, is Traister's discussion of the intersectionality of feminism, sexism, and racism and how the election changed the way we perceive and discuss these issues.

3. What Is Left The Daughter: The novel written from the prospective of Wyatt Hillyer, writing a letter to his twenty-one year old daughter, attempting to explain the circumstances leading up to her birth.  The chain of events is set in motion when Wyatt's parents commit suicide by jumping off of two different bridges on the same day - the result of their separate involvement with the same next-door neighbor.  Wyatt goes to live with his aunt and uncle and falls in love with his cousin Tilda.  Things are complicated when Tilda becomes involved with a German student named Hans, as the narrative is set during World War II.  I thought about this book for days after I finished reading it.

Thirsty Thursday: BCBG Sequined V-Neck Top

Sequins.  The End.

{BCBG Sequined V-Neck Top - $238.00}

September 29, 2010

Wanderlust Wednesday: London

The rainy weather here this week made me think of foggy London town and all of the fantastic sights it has to offer, like Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Big Ben, and the London Eye, not to mention the fabulous shows you can catch in the West End and shopping at the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill.  One quintessentially British pastime that I've never had the chance to try is the ritual of Afternoon Tea, but the next time I am in London I will definitely be making reservations to take it at Claridge's.  The famous Art Deco hotel not only boasts an award-winning tea service, but it is also home to a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.  Best of all, Diane von Furstenburg recently redesigned a series of rooms and suites, her first major interior design project, the first four of which opened in June.

Yes that's right... I'm like Lady Gaga, bringing my own tea cup with me.  Since I would actually be attending a tea, I feel this is slightly less weird.  

September 28, 2010

Sneak Peak...

We finally got to see our wedding photos yesterday!!  I am still sorting through them (all 923), and I will certainly being doing a longer post in next few days, but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek.  I am just dying over this particular photo...

Chevron Heaven.

One of my first posts on this blog was about my love of stripes.  They're just so classic and French, I can't help but be drawn to them.  Recently I've been finding lots of things I like with a chevron pattern.  It's like an updated, modern version of the nautical stripe and it's just as versatile.  It works on clothes and accessories...

...and in home decor...

...or even as the centerpiece for an entire room...

PS - If you're not familiar with Jess LC, be sure to check out the site.  Her jewelry is so lovely.  I want everything.

September 27, 2010

Rain, Rain...

...please stay!  It is finally raining here in South Carolina and I hope it doesn't stop any time soon.  Not only did we desperately need it, but it's brought in a "cold front" as well.  Of course, cold front is a relative term, but if it gives me highs in the low 80s instead of the low 90s, I'll take it.  Right now it's 75 and drizzling and I couldn't be happier.  But rainy days require special gear so I thought I would share my essentials:  chic raincoat, coated canvas bag (no leather on rainy days!), gorgeous and comfortable Hunter wellies, and a bubble umbrella (so the wind won't turn it inside out).  With a cute outfit like this, I say, let it rain!

1. DKNY Hannah Empire Waist Raincoat - $109.99 via Macy's.
2. Trina Turk Scribble Print Essential Tote - $198 via Bloomingdale's.
3. Hunter Carnaby Boa Tall rain boots - $225.00 via Zappos.
4. Bubble Umbrella in Silver Ombre - $16.99 via Target.

Shelf Life.

J and I just bought our first house in May, but I've already got a list of features that our dream house will have one day.  Very high up on that list, behind only double walk-in closets and a wraparound front porch, is a library.  I want built-in shelves, a fuzzy rug, and a chaise lounge that I can curl up on and get lost in my books.  

I LOVE the window in the middle of the shelves...

I might need a chandelier in the library too...

This rug looks just about perfect...

Luckily, I don't have to wait for the library to become a reality before I can start stocking it.  Stayed tuned later this week for the latest Book Report.

*Images 1, 2, 3, via Bookshelf Porn; 4 via ???

September 23, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: Burberry Military Gloves

The joke in the South is that we have four seasons: almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.  As I've mentioned in the past few weeks, while the rest of the country appears to be easing into fall, we are mostly definitely in that season known as "still summer."  So WHY am I even thinking about winter gloves?? Because I'm a masochist, I don't know.  But not only did I think about gloves, I actually went internet window shopping for them.  And then I found these and now I can't STOP thinking about gloves.  ::Sigh::  But seriously, is this not the chicest take on the military trend you've seen yet?  Love these.

{Burberry leather military gloves - $325 via Net-A-Porter}

Bella Bridal.

I hope that y'all will indulge me for a few minutes because I really, really, reallllllly love my bridal portraits, and since we haven't gotten THE DAY pictures back yet, I have to be content with looking through these (over and over).  So anyway, here are a few of my favorites.

All of my portraits were taken in St. Augustine, where we got married.  These are on the street in front of the entrance to the Fountain of Youth.  I really wanted to wear my hair down for the wedding, but after this session, I decided against it.  It was SO hot and uncomfortable.  But now I think it's kind of cool that my hair on the wedding day ended up being an updo because I have pictures of two different looks.

At the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche...

On Palm Row...

And finally, at the Lightner Museum, where we also had our rehearsal dinner...

My photographer was the amazingly talented Jenn Hopkins.  If you are in the North Florida area and need a photographer, J and I would recommend her a thousand times over.  

So excited to see our pictures from the day of and to share them with y'all!

September 22, 2010

Wanderlust Wednesday: New Orleans

Slightly shocking confession: I have never been to New Orleans.  As a girl who was born and raised in the South, this is borderline criminal.  My obsession with visiting the city has recently grown to epic proportions, as J can tell you, so we will definitely be making a visit soon.  While we're there, we'll be popping into the iconic Roosevelt Hotel for a drink at the legendary Sazerac Bar.  

New Orleans

*Original Roosevelt images via Expedia.

**Editor's Note:  I've been having major issues with Blogger today.  Sorry for the late post, but technically, it is still Wednesday.  Please excuse the remaining formatting issues.  This was the best I can do. 

Hey Stud.

Looking back over my recent posts, I noticed that I apparently have a thing for studs.  What girl doesn't, hmm? (I lurve you, J.)  Ok but seriously, I'm loving them everywhere: furniture, clothing, shoes, accessories... you name it, and I'd argue that studs can only make it better.

1. Johnston & Murphy Victoria Studded Flats - $138.00
2. Linea Pella Single Wrap Triple Row Studded Cuff - $60.00
3. Rue Magazine
4. Michael Michael Kors Stud-embellished crepe dress - $180.00 via Net-A-Porter

September 21, 2010

Dolly Pearl.

Ummm.... I want everything from Vi Hoang's line, Dolly Pearl.  I think either the Brandy Dress or the Romans Dress would be so chic for bridesmaids and I am dyyyyying over that emerald green Emily Top.  The whole line is just so fabulously feminine, elegant, and sophisticated.

Top Row: Emily Top - $218; Brandy Dress - $248; Julie Dress - $275
Bottom Row: Emiko Top - $248; Jackie Dress - $198; Romans Dress - $298

September 20, 2010

Copycat: Alexis Bledel

I have long been an Alexis Bledel fan.  She was great on Gilmore Girls, she's gorgeous, and she seems to stay out the usual Hollywood starlet scene, which I really admire.  I think she looks especially fantastic here at an Elle event during NYFW last week.  

*Image via

Black and white is really big for fall/winter and her leopard clutch is to die for.  Here is budget friendly version of her look.

BB Dakota Sly Gal Tunic - $79.99 via ModCloth
ASOS Tailored Gathered Hem Pencil Skirt - $53.92
Lauren Merkin Eve Clutch in Leopard - $80.00
Pour La Victoire Stella heels - $151.00 via Zappos

Rise and Shine.

Rise and shine, lovelies!  How much would you love to wake up in this bedroom every morning?  

*Image via Rue Magazine.

The rug... the sleek tray table... that insanely gorgeous mirror... here's to starting off the week on an inspirational note!

September 17, 2010


Happy Friday everyone!  My weekend plans include a trip to the furniture auction, lots of tailgating and football games, a return trip to the Greek Festival (we went last night too) and a movie date on Sunday (Easy A or The Town??).  I won't have much down time, but if you do, be sure to check out the premiere issue of the shelter mag, Rue...

...and Lonny's new website...

*Rue image via The City Sage.

Fall Top 5: Menswear Jacket

Take a cue from your dad, your grandad, your professor, your boyfriend, your boyfriend who is a professor... and scoop up a tweed jacket.  Preferably with elbow patches.  You can keep it ladylike with heels and delicate jewelry.

1. Tinley Road Equestrian Blazer - $59.00 via Piperlime.
2. Maison Scotch Tweed Wool Mix Blazer With Elbow Patches - $269.50 via ASOS.
3. Current/Elliott "The Patch" corduroy blazer - $295.00 via Net-A-Porter.
4. J.Crew Herringbone tweed marche jacket - $325.00

September 16, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: Jaloux Sequined Woven Top

I'm like a magpie; I'm attracted to anything shiny.  Also, I love how the zig zag design mirrors the asymmetrical hem.

{Jaloux Sequined Woven Top - $110.00 via Piperlime}

Fall Top 5: Lace (Anything)

Lace is everywhere this fall, which is great because that means there's probably something out there that will allow to stay on trend (and on budget) while also being true to your personal style and taste.  

The trick, I think, is not to go too girly or too vintage-y.  My advice is to pick pieces that you can toughen up, with ankle boots or a military jacket, for example, or to choose pieces that have edgy, modern details already built in, like exposed zippers or studs.

{See by Chloe Sleeveless lace dress - $150.50 via The Outnet}

{Arden B. Lace Trim Chiffon Dolman Blouse - $39.00}

{French Connection Gorgeous gibb lace top - $98.00 via Farfetch}

{Paul & Joe Festi lace miniskirt - $590.00 via Net-A-Porter}

September 15, 2010

Wanderlust Wednesday: Greece

I visited Greece while studying abroad in 2004.  Obviously, our little hostel was not even on the same level on The Margi, but that's one of the best thing about Greece... no matter what city you're in or how modest your accommodations are, just being there feels super glamourous.

The Margi is located 20 km from Athens, nestled along the Athenian Riveria between pine-covered mountains and the sea, and it positively oozes cozy-chic Mediterranean vibes.


PS - If you happen to be planning a trip to Greece, don't miss the Jetsetter sale featuring The Margi next Monday.  Use my code if you need an invite.

Fall Top 5: Silk Button Down

When I was going through my inspiration files last week, I noticed that I have been saving tons of outfits featuring floaty silk button downs.  As you can see, it's the perfect transitional item: lightweight enough to be worn now with shorts and as a great layering piece under a cardigan or jacket later this fall.

1. Gemma "Justine" button down - $196.00 via Farfetch
2. Funktional Cream Boyfriend Shirt - $98.00 via OakNYC
3. BBDakota Wiley Shirt - $80.00 via ShopBop
4. Ever "Geyer" Top via Madison LA

September 14, 2010

Fall Top 5: Oxford Heels

I know I talked about short boots last week, I kicked off my Fall Top 5 with flats yesterday, and today's wishlist item is a pair of oxford heels... I promise there are other things besides shoes on my shopping list!  But before we move on, check out these little pretties.

1. Hive and Honey "Marisela" - $99.00 via Piperlime
2. Nine West "Vanished" - $109.00
3. Me Too Lisbon Oxford - $109.95 via Nordstrom
4. Vince Camuto Canasta Oxford - $128.95 via Nordstrom

I was not into the oxford flats trend that was all the rage this spring, but for some reason, I love this look as a high heel.  Any of these pairs would be so cute with a dress and tights or skinny jeans and a chunky sweater.  What do y'all think about this trend?  Are you sold?

September 13, 2010

Fall Top 5: Leopard Flats

Yes, I know, just last week I was commenting on how it's definitely still summer here in the South, and it is.  But the days are getting noticeably shorter and the heat is nowhere near as oppressive as it was a few months ago.  So, in order to be prepared for the cool weather which is surely right around the corner, I've been thinking about the items I want to purchase for my fall wardrobe.  (I'm like a fashion Girl Scout, always trying to be prepared.)  This week I thought I'd share my wishlist with you and first up is a pair of leopard flats.

{French Sole Zoo Leopard Flat - $127.05 via Zappos}

{Ralph Lauren Evelia Leopard Calfhair Flat - $89.00}

{Spiegel Satin Leopard-Print Ballet Flats - $39.00}

September 10, 2010

Frame It Up.

One good thing about my sporadic work schedule is that I have plenty of time to tackle some final projects around the house.  One thing I really want to do is create a photo wall along our staircase.  I'm leaning towards all black and white pictures in black frames.  Here are some of the images from around the interwebs that have inspired me.

PS - The Tucker for Target collection launches this Sunday, September 12.  I am SO excited by some of the pieces and I will most definitely be at our Target bright and early on Sunday morning.  Check out the full lookbook here.

September 8, 2010

Wanderlust Wednesday: Chicago

Chicago is a recent addition to my wanderlist, but hopefully it won't be on it for too much longer.  I'm trying to plan a trip up there in October or early November, before it becomes Artic tundra and I can't go for 6 months.  Sadly I will not be staying at the Four Seasons but a girl can dream....


September 7, 2010

Cowgirls Don't Cry.

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Yay for four-day weeks!

So everyone keeps talking about Labor Day as the end of summer, but the weather forecast for Columbia shows highs in the 90s all week long.  And while it is still blazing hot during the day around here, you can definitely feel fall in the air when the sun goes down.  Because the weather can be a challenge, transitioning my wardrobe is always a challenge for me (and, I'm guessing, for anyone living in the South). Lately, I feel like channeling my inner T. Swift* and rocking short cowboy booties and printed sundresses.  As the weather gets cooler, I'll add a long boyfriend cardigan and/or tights.  These are some of the booties I've got my beady little eyes on.

{Frye Engineer 12R - $208.00 via Piperlime}

{Lucky Brand Chelsea - $169.00 via Piperlime}

{Wanted Women's Revv Western Bootie - $38.49 via Endless}

*I realize that the lyrics from which the title of this post is borrowed is not a T. Swift song.  It is in fact by Brooks & Dunn but it's a good song nonetheless.