October 28, 2010

Knee High.

I have a feeling I might get some flack for what I'm about to say, but here it is: I am kind of digging the knee-high socks right now.  The problem for me is that I have extraordinarily large knees (seriously, people have asked me what's wrong with them), and I know that's kind of a weird body problem to have, but nonetheless, I'm not sure that I could really pull this look off.  Obviously, that shouldn't stop YOU from rocking it if you have skinny knees and you so desire.  What do y'all think?  Will you wear this look?

*Style inspiration from Kendi Everyday, My Style Pill, and classicCASE.

PS - Go here or here for a great selection of knee highs.

Thirsty Thursday: D&G Dotted Silk Chiffon Blouse

I love how the retro style of this blouse is made totally fresh and modern by the bright color and polka dot design.  

{D&G Dotted Silk Chiffon Blouse - $435.00 via Net-A-Porter}

October 27, 2010

Orange you glad...

... that the week is halfway over?!  J and I have a big weekend in store and I can't wait for it to get here.  On Friday, he's going to find out that he passed the bar.  (I already know; of course he did.)  And then we are leaving to go to Florida to watch my Gators beat up on the silly ole Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville.  All of this is to say that our Halloween is going to be spent mostly in the car, on the interstate, driving back to SC.  Because of these plans, I haven't really had Halloween on the brain much this year.  Instead, as you know, I've been obsessing over all things FALL and I thought I would share some lovely fall-inspired images to brighten up your Wednesday.

PS - Remember yesterday's post in which I gushed about the autumnal weather? It turned out to be 83 degrees.  Ooops!

October 26, 2010


It's been rainy and cool here in Columbia, and the leaves are finally starting to turn colors.  In short, it's finally starting to feel a little bit like fall.  This kind of weather makes me want to throw on a soft, chunky knit sweater and curl up my dogs, my J, and a good book.  Thankfully, there's no need to spend $1200 to get some sufficiently cozy threads.

1. Land's End Canvas Hooded Cardigan - $69.50
2. Aqua Metallic Chunky Knit Cowl Loop - $40.00 via Bloomingdale's
3. Design History Cable Knit Sweater Dress - $143.00 via Saks Fifth Avenue
4. Chili Pepper Chunky Knit Cardigan - $60.66 via ASOS
5. Topshop Knitted Hooded Bomber Cardigan - $100.00
6. French Connection Knitted Mittens - $20.22 via ASOS
7.  Charles David Purl Ankle Boot - $230.00 via Endless
8. Old Navy Cable Knit Wrap Vest - $34.50

October 25, 2010


So many of the images I've been saving lately have a distinctly ladylike vibe to them.  On Monday mornings, I am generally grateful for the casualness of modern everyday (American) fashion, but sometimes I do think it would be nice if people still dressed the way women of my grandmothers' generation did (and largely still do).  I don't mean the specific styles, I'm talking more about the level of elegance and sophistication - stockings, gloves, and heels - instead of jeans and flats.  So with that in mind, here are some inspiring images for your Monday.

October 21, 2010

Tweed All About It.

I scooped up a great black tweed J.Crew jacket at the thrift store a few days ago and I've been thinking about how I'm going to style it ever since - if only the weather would get cool enough!  I love tweed because it can be proper and ladylike or funky and fun depending on the piece and the designer.

1. LOFT Tweed Jacket with Chain Detail - $129.99 
2. Kate Spade Jewelbox Lucinda Dress - $425.00
3. Gap Tweed Peacoat - $89.50 
4. Adam Tweed Shift Dress - $172. 50 via The Outnet
5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Nan Metallic Tweed Jacket - $498.00 via Revolve Clothing
6. Antonia Melani Roberta Dress - $169.00 via Dillard's

Thirsty Thursday: Leather Moto Jacket.

I'm sure there's a contradiction in lusting over a leather motorcycle jacket from The Gap, of all places, but I am lusting nonetheless.  It's perfect for me because I'm not exactly a rock-n-roll kind of girl so the lighter color and shrunken fit make it less tough and intimidating.  I think I've found another item for my Christmas list.  (Read about the first one here.)

{Gap Leather Moto Jacket - $298.00}

October 20, 2010

Wanderlust Wednesday: New York City

How can I do a series of posts about fabulous hotels and fabulous fashion and not include New York City?  I can't.  I sure do love the Southland but I will visit NYC any time anyone wants to go (and wants to pay for my plane ticket).  One reason I love it so much is because it has places like SoHo House, which is a members-only private club and hotel... except you don't have to be a member to use the hotel part and good thing because it is GORGEOUS.

*Images via here and here.

1. Rick Owens Shearling-lined Leather Biker Jacket - $3395.00 via Net-A-Porter
2. Anna Molinari Textured Silk Blouse - $144.00 via The Outnet
3. Charles David Nitrate Bootie - $229.95 via Nordstrom
4. Jose & Maria Barrera Pearl & Crystal Chandelier Earrings - $390.00 via Bergdorf Goodman
5. Society For Rational Dress Olive Silk Skirt - $255.00 via Madison LA
6. Muratori Jayne Small Satchel - $875.00 via Endless

October 19, 2010

Fair-Weather Friend.

The Fair Isle pattern is a preppy staple, but this year it's also super hip.  I tend to be pretty unadventurous in my sweater choices and usually stick to solid colors with a few argyle patterns thrown in.  A Fair Isle design is a fun way to mix it up, but also stay true to a generally classic/preppy aesthetic.

October 15, 2010

Copycat: Lauren Conrad

I'm kind of surprised that Lauren hasn't made it into a Copycat post yet, because if I could have any person's closet that I wanted, it would be hers.  Say what you want about The Hills and Laguna Beach, but I think Lauren is a pretty classy chick, sartorially and generally.  This cute blue dress from BCBG is no exception.

*Image via OutfitID.

BCBG is not totally out of the realm of possibility for us mere mortals, but it's certainly not the most budget-friendly option either.  Here are some alternatives under $200.

{Splendid Navy Two Piece Jersey Dress - $165.00 via MyWardrobe}

{Poleci Drop-waist Jersey Dress - $101.50 via TheOutnet}

{Gap Navy Drape Neck Dress - $69.50}

October 14, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: L.A.M.B. Hidden Platform Pump

I am obsessed with this color.  Last year I got a pair of Steve Madden boots are a similar hue and I can wear them with anything... black, brown, camel, gray.  I'm telling you, they're the perfect neutral.

{L.A.M.B. Hidden Platform Pump - $275.00 via Nordstrom}

*PS - Apparently Nordstrom is offering free shipping on all shoe purchases through October 25.  Use the code SHOES at checkout.

Join the Club.

ShopBop and Club Monaco have teamed up to bring a capsule collection to the ShopBop website.  This is super exciting because Club Monaco does not have an online store of its own, so unless you happen live near one (I don't), it's fairly impossible to shop there.  The collection consists of seven different looks, and all of the items used to create them, plus a few more, are now available.*  Go check it out!

*A few of the leather goods are "coming soon"... including that GORGEOUS satchel.

October 13, 2010

Black + Gold.

1. Arden B. One Shoulder Sequin Tunic - $79.00
2. See By Chloe Sequined Tulle Tank Top - $250.00 via Net-A-Porter
3. Sephora by OPI "If You've Got It, Haunt It" Nail Color - $9.00
4. Antik Batik Dream Embellished Blazer - $575.00 via Net-A-Porter

1. Alice + Olivia Rigbi Sequined Tube Dress - $495.00 via Net-A-Porter
2. J.Crew Joey Sequin-Embellished Skirt - $268 (sold out at J.Crew; get it here)
3. Chanel Le Vernis Illusion D'Or Nail Colour - $25.00
4. Gryphon Bronze/Black Sequin Tank Top - $123.00 via StyleBop

October 12, 2010

Faux Not Foe.

The leopard print obsession continues.  I was looking through my clippings recently and found this:

*Image via The Sartorialist.  (I think.)

This is actually from last winter (January) but there are tons of still-current trends for this fall/winter happening in this picture... leopard print, tweed, over-the-knee boots.  Since I can't stop thinking about how chic and fun these women look, I've decided that my next leopard indulgence needs to be a coat.

1. American Eagle Faux Fur Leopard Coat- $99.50
2. Forever 21 Faux Fur Cheetah Print Coat - $39.80
3. Lipsy Faux Fur Leopard Coat - $160.08 via ASOS
4. MINKPINK Faux Fur Crop Jacket - $118.00 via Nordstrom
5. French Connection Leopard Love Coat - $178.00

All of these are faux fur so I wonder a bit about the quality of the cheapest options, but doesn't that one from American Eagle look luxe and snuggly?  

Fine Books.

As some of you may know, Penguin has been publishing new hardback editions of some of its classic titles.  The covers are designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith and she's won several of awards for them.  (Read a super cute interview with her here.)

There are currently twenty titles available, including two of my very favorites...

BUT what I really, really, really am just dying over is the F. Scott Fitzgerald set that will be published on November 4th.

I mean, COME. ON.  They're too pretty to even put on a shelf.  I want to mount them in shadow boxes and hang them on my walls.  The silver chevron... I die.  These are definitely going on my Christmas list.  If I can wait that long. 

October 7, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: Serena & Lily Belgian Club Chair

Since I make the rules around here, I decided that there's no reason that Thirsty Thursday has to be exclusively about fashion.  I love this chair, and I need it in my life.  That is what Thirsty Thursday is all about.

{Serena & Lily Belgian Club Chair in Fog Diamond - $1229.00}

October 6, 2010

Wanderlust Wednesday: Napa

Ok so I know that I say this every week, but seriously, this trip is definitely on my list.  J and I originally started planning a San Francisco/Napa honeymoon before we decided to go to Belize instead.  One of the reasons we decided to change our destination was because J promised me this could be the very next trip we took.  The Indian Springs Resort and Spa in Calistoga is high on our list of places of stay.

I love how the cottages and rooms are very white and clean and minimalist.  The "accessories" and the color are provided by the ridiculously gorgeous setting.

Catherine Malandrino Short-sleeved Silk-blend Jacket - $282.00 via The Outnet
French Connection Penny's Party Dress - $148.00*
Fossil Vintage Reissue Satchel - $178.00 via Nordstrom

Blowfish St. Lucia Pee Toe Flat - $24.94 via DSW
Kenneth Jay Lane Lapis Bead and Chain Necklace - $125.00 via Bluefly

*Would it be wrong to buy this dress just because I like the name of it?

October 5, 2010

Home Goods.

I was introduced to Dabney Lee (the company, not the woman... though I'm sure she's lovely) last Christmas by my fabulous and stylish BFF, D.  She got me a super fun monogrammed calendar that I love so much I even took it with me to the horrible rental apartment this summer.  I have been looking everywhere for a stylish serving tray that I can use to set up a mini bar in our living room, and it finally occurred to me to check the Dabney Lee At Home website.  Lo and behold, I found what I was looking for... andddd maybe a few extras.

Salt and Pepper Shakers - $40.00
Large Monogrammed Lucite Tray - $130.00

Monogrammed Paper Placemats - $40.00 for 25
Recipe Cards and Box - $80.00

Moderne Stationary Mini - $120.00 for 50
Monogrammed Planner - $55.00

Pretty much all of the items on her two sites (paper and home) are fully customizable - there are tons of patterns, fonts, and colors to choose from.  Any of her things would make great hostess or wedding gifts.  AND if you buy a square tray during the month of October, a percentage of the sale is donated to breast cancer research,  which is a cause very close to my heart (literally and figuratively).  I love when I get to buy something that I want/need/was already going to buy anyway and it turns out that I get to help a good cause at the same time.

*Legalese: Please know that I'm not associated with this company in anyway.  I just write about what I like.

October 4, 2010

White Out.

One of the many projects that I've got going on around our house is working on an office space for me.  J and I both have a desk in our loft-style third bedroom.  While J's desk look out over the living room below, mine currently looks at nothing but a blank wall.  I really want to put up some bulletin boards (or even chalkboards) that I can clip personal photos and bits of inspiration to.  (Sorry for the hanging preposition, but this is a blog, not the next Great American Novel).  I'm thinking something like this...

The color palette in my house is similar to this already and I love the idea of keeping the workspace itself very white and pristine, and letting the color come from fresh flowers and the inspiration clippings that I collect.

Caramel Monday.

I am really loving all of the rich, yummy caramel tones that are in for fall.  I always get a luxe vibe from this color, especially when it's done as a monochromatic look.

The Limited Doctor's Satchel - $64.90
TopShop Knitted Cable Boyfriend Sweater - $100.00
La Mer Bali Stud Wrap Watch - $114.00 via Revolve Clothing

Charles David Nexus Bootie - $250.00 via Zappos
Current Elliot Camel Skinny-Leg Cord Pants - $260.00 via StyleBop
Juicy Couture Wool-blend Toggle Coat - $400 via Net-A-Porter

October 1, 2010

Copycat: Camilla Belle

I'm unclear on why Camilla Belle is famous (a Jonas, I think?); however, she is gorgeous.  Also, if that's her real name, it's about the coolest one I've ever heard.  Anyway, she looked super chic and glamourous in Paris earlier this week and I am kind of obsessed with recreating this color combo in an outfit sometime. 

Here's my real people version:

1. Anna Molinari Cotton-blend Pencil Skirt - $99.00 via The Outnet.
2. Twelve by Twelve Bubble Sleeve Tee - $22.00 via Forever 21.
3. Ralph Lauren Patent Leather Skinny Belt - $42.00.
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses - $275.00 via Bloomingdale's.