November 30, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide - Cozy

The winter weather was right on cue here in South Carolina.  Since Thanksgiving it's turned much colder, and we've got our Christmas tree set up, so our living room has a warm, cozy glow that can only come from Christmas lights.  All I want to do is snuggle up on the couch and watch Christmas movies.  (We started with Elf and Love Actually... I'm trying to save the best for last: Home Alone!) These gifts are perfect for keeping the ones you love warm and toasty when the weather outside is, you know, frightful.


1. Banana Republic Trapper Hat (out of stock - sorry!); 2. White & Warren Cashmere Socks - $55.00; 3.   Voluspa Golden Cypress Sawara Petite Jar Candle - $6.00 via Candle Luxury; 4. Uggs Leather Shearling Gloves - $145.00 via Bloomingdale's; 5. Anthropologie Monogram Mug - $6.00; 6. Nap Luxe Blanket - $49.95 via Brookstone; 7. Gold Wave Velvet Pillow - $23.96 via Pier One; 8. Brown Ombre Pillow - $31.96 via Pier One; 9. Vince Cropped Wool-Blend Cable Sweater - $285.00 via Net-A-Porter

PS - I have that blanket from Brookstone, and I take everywhere with me.  It is the softest, most luxurious blanket ever.  It's my go-to gift for Christmas, hostess gifts, etc.  I promise you, it's a sure thing.

November 29, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide - Glitzy

Ok, peeps, it's Cyber Monday!  Warm up those manicured little fingers, and get to clickin' because I know there's got to be someone on your list that you still need a gift for.  I am kicking off the Christmas buying season with my very first Gift Guide... Glitzy!  So if you have a fashionista in your life, scoop her up some of these glamourous goodies, and you'll both have a merry little Christmas.

1. Tory Burch Ocelot Scarf - $95.00; 2. Kate Spade Be Dazzled Earrings - $95.00; 3. Magid Roll Feather Clutch -$53.00 via Endless; 4. Tarte The Jewelry Box palette - $52.00 via Sephora; 5.  Christian Siriano for Payless Alexa Satin Peep-Toe Pump - $44.99; 6.  J.Crew Drapey Sequin Tank - $69.50

November 26, 2010

Birds of a Feather.

It feels a little weird to go from a day all about being thankful for everything that you have to talking about frivolous (but beautiful) things that no one really needs.  Nevertheless, with Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas is right around the corner, and that means holiday parties!  I just can't get the idea of feathers out of my head.  I think they're so luxe and glamorous, and any of the pieces below would be a super chic addition to your holiday wardrobe.


1. Tory Burch Ceres Dress - $450; 2. Cynthia Rowley Drop-Waist Feather Dress - $237.50 via CUSP

3. ASOS Gray Feather Clutch - $44.82; 4. Ann Taylor Feather Clutch - $138.00
(Use code THANKS to get 40% off your entire purchase and free shipping on orders of $150 or more at Ann Taylor.)

5. bebe Feather & Stone Stretch Belt - $39.00; 6. J.Crew Feather and Ribbon Elastic Belt - $118
(Use code TURKEY at J.Crew to get 25% orders of $150 or more plus free shipping.)

Happy Black Friday!


PS - Spot the penguin for 20% off at Kate Spade; 40% off your entire purchase at LOFT with code ENJOY; 30% off at Endless; 25% at Banana Republic with code BRTHANKS; 20% off at Gap with code GAPTHANKS; spend at least $250 at ShopBop and use code BIGEVENT for a discount.

November 25, 2010

Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!  I wasn't going to post today, but then I got to thinking that I don't want to lose sight of what this holiday is all about.  I have an overwhelming amount of things in my life that I am thankful for.  These are just a few...


... my sweet little family...

...and the rest of this crazy bunch...

...this perfect, tiny, heartbreakingly precious house...

...brilliant, beautiful, super supportive BFFs...

...and of course, all of you!

I hope everyone has a fun, food-and-family-filled day.  Thank y'all so much for reading this little blog of mine.  I certainly won't forget y'all when I count my blessings tonight!

November 24, 2010

Turkey + Dressing.

Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday (tied with the Fourth of July, for similar reasons).  Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas with the trees, and the lights, and the hymns, and the presents... but Thanksgiving is the ultimately lazy day.  Basically the only thing you're expected to do is eat.  And maybe watch football.  I think I demonstrated earlier this week that fashion and food can definitely go together, and I have been planning my Thanksgiving Day outfit with this in mind.

In order to consume as much as possible while still remaining comfortable, an elastic waistband is a must.  However, I do not, I repeat, DO NOT condone sidling up to the table in sweatpants.  Therefore, the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving wardrobe is an elastic waist skirt.  Tuck in a loose silky top, then add a soft sweater and a skinny belt, and you've got yourself a elegant yet comfortable Turkey Day ensemble.

Necklace: American Eagle; Belt: Ann Taylor; Skirt: Alloy; Tunic: LOFT; Sweater: Gap; Booties: DSW

Here in the South, we're expecting it to be pretty warm on Thursday, so I'll probably wear my booties with bare legs, but if you live in a less temperate area of the country you could easily add some black or gray tights and throw on a peacoat for added warmth.

PS - I've had a couple requests for affordable, cute, meet-the-family-friendly outfit suggestions so I tried very hard to suggest reasonably priced items that you can easily find in your local stores (or, hopefully, already in your closet).  Hope this helps!

November 23, 2010

Girly Green.

Green has never struck me as a particularly girly color until I saw the gorgeous bedroom of designer Katie Ermilio in the latest issue of Rue magazine.  I am in love with this beautiful, soft, glamourous space.

*Images via Rue Magazine; shot by Jamie Beck of From Me to You.

Table Top.

I'm not hosting Thanksgiving at my house, but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming about table decorations.  I tend to favor non-traditional color combinations like lavender or pink and gold...




...but there is plenty of inspiration out there for you traditionalists as well....




What's your Thanksgiving table top inspiration?

November 21, 2010

Food for Thought.

In addition to the million fashion and interior design blogs that I read each day, I've also slowly started building a roster of food blogs that I enjoy.  It started out as way to get some yummy new recipes to try, but often times the photography on those blogs is just incredible.  I decided to do a post combining the two, because who says fashion inspiration can't come from whats on your plate?



(If you've never had patatas bravas, get thee to a tapas bar [or to Spain] and try them immediately!)




So what do y'all think?  Can you find inspiration from your hamburger?

November 19, 2010

Dreamsicle.

Ok actually I used to hate Dreamsicles when I was a kid, but for some reason that's what I thought of when I saw this picture.  How gorgeousssssss are those chairs?  Don't they look so comfy?  I would *love* to eat a meal in this dining room.


*Image via Coco + Kelley

November 18, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: Frye Engineer 8R Boots

I have been searching for the perfect pair of short, low-heeled, brown boots since August.  I finally found them in the December issue of Lucky.  (J, seriously, this is really, truly on my Christmas list.)


{Frye Engineer 8R Boots - $198.00 via Zappos}

November 17, 2010

Color Crush: Forest Green

You know how in Steel Magnolias, Shelby tells the girls in Truvy's that "pink is [her] signature color."  Well, I've decided that forest green is mine.  It makes the green eyes and freckles look good, and importantly for a certain friend of mine (askdjflkDanalkjdlfkjsd), it is not black.  Luckily for me, I've been spotting the sylvan shade all over the place this season.


November 16, 2010

Saddle Up.

Ok, so I know I said a few months ago that I wasn't really into this trend, but, as any girl is apt to do, I've changed my mind.  First of all, I'm definitely a flats girl, and I feel like I should embrace any alternative the ballet flat that cracks the scene.  Second, since this "trend" has been around for a while now, there are plenty of cute options to be had at a reasonable price point.  So, basically, I gave in and ordered a pair of oxfords yesterday.



1. Bass Enfield Oxford - $65.00 via Endless
2. ALDO Lahaie Oxford - $41.99
3. Wanted Shoes Women's Chap Oxford - $59.99 via Endless
4. Forever21 Vintage Oxford Flats - $24.80

These are just a few options that I found in my search.  A quick check of ShopStyle will turn up tons more cute options.  I really wanted to find a neutral, wearable pair for every day, but there are plenty of flashier options out there too, if you prefer.

PS - The title of this post is courtesy of an older friend.  I told her I wanted to find a pair of oxfords, and she didn't know what they were.  I showed her a picture and she informed me that "in her day," they were called saddle shoes.

November 15, 2010

Maximum Impact.

We talked about maxi dresses for summer, but this fall it seems that maxi skirts are all the rage.



I think MK's look is my favorite.  I like the idea of keeping it simple and streamlined: body-conscious black skirt, white tee, statement necklace.  Basically all you have to do is swap the usual skinny jeans for a long, flowy skirt, and you've got an easy, comfy, of-the-moment look happening... and, importantly, it doesn't scream "flower child."


1. Split Side Lurex Maxi Skirt - $70.00 via Topshop
2. ASOS Fluted Maxi Skirt - $55.17
3. Costume Dept. Versatile Ruch Maxi Skirt - $94.82 via ASOS
4. Rachel Pally Long Full Skirt - $198.00 via ShopBop

What do y'all think?  Would you try this trend?

November 11, 2010

Copycat: Taylor Swift

I love this girl and I love this dress.  I think that about sums it up.


A sweetheart neckline is flattering on everyone, and a glitzy dress like this would be perfect for upcoming holiday parties.


1. ASOS Sequin Mesh Front Dress - $34.48
2. Betsey Johnson Starry Night Sweetheart Dress - $279.00 via Bluefly
3. Kensie Sequined Sweetheart Neckline Dress - $103.50 via Macy's

Thirsty Thursday: French Connection Crepe Dress

I found this little beauty while I was searching for items for this afternoon's post, and I loved it so much I had to use it for Thirsty Thursday.


{French Connection Rita Crepe Dress - $198.00}

November 10, 2010

Shady.

I am so in love with these two looks from the J.Crew Spring 2011 collection.  I think this is really fun variation of the idea of a monochromatic look, which can be really hard to pull off.  Plus the warm, sunny colors have me dreaming of a little summer trip to somewhere tropical... maybe to celebrate our first anniversary?  (Hint, hint, J... I know you read this.)  



If you want to see more of J.Crew Spring 2011, you can check out the entire collection over at Fashionista, and if you want some street-style inspiration for how to pull of this look, go here.


PS - According to Habitually Chic, that lipstick color is "Heat Wave" by Nars.  (Get it here or here.)  I'm obsessed and can't wait to try it!

November 9, 2010

Old Boys' Club.

Two perfect examples of how to do menswear AND how to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall...






To get this look for yourself, see my menswear picks here.

PS - I tried the knee-high-socks-with boots thing out yesterday, and I really liked it.  I got a pair from Target this weekend that are super comfy... I couldn't find them online but I've been wearing them nonstop.  Target has plenty of cheap options ($5 or less) if you want to give the look a try without spending too much money a trendy item.

November 8, 2010

Girls in the hood(ie).

One of my favorite purchases of all time is my gray cashmere hoodie from J.Crew.  Much to J's chagrin, I recently rediscovered it after I thought it was lost.  (And by lost, I mean I thought that he had hidden it from me because I wore it ALL the time.)  I know a hoodie isn't exactly the most fashion-forward item a girl can have, but it can be a great layering staple for fall and if you choose one in a luxurious fabric like cashmere or silk, it can be more than gym-wear.



1. Athleta Dharma Hooide - $158.00
2. Vince Oversize Cashmere Hoodie - $275.00 via Saks Fifth Avenue
3. Me & Em Cashmere Jersey Sweater - $77.58 via ASOS
4. Roxy Cover Me Hoodie - $68.00


PS- If you want some inspiration for how to elevate your hoodie, go here.

November 5, 2010

Private Party.

J and I are off to my favorite city in the world this weekend... Charleston, South Carolina!  It's Citadel Homecoming so we're going all out.  The cadets parade at 5:10 tomorrow afternoon, then tailgating and the game on Saturday, and (hopefully!) some shopping and eating on Sunday before we have to come home.  Since it's going to be chilly, I will be packing both my J.Crew military jacket and my peacoat.  Luckily, "military chic" is all over the place this fall, so I'll fit right in at a military school.  If you want to rock the military vibe, here are some fun options.



1. Calvin Klein Double-Breated Military Jacket - $249.99
2. Willow & Clay Cotton Twill Military Jacket - $85.00 via Nordstrom
3. Sam Edelman Vancouver Military Bootie - $199.00 via Jildor
4. KensieGirl Ramina Bootie - $79.00 via Piperlime
5. Fossil Vintage Re-issue Large Crossbody - $208.00 (Camel only still available)
6. Arden B. Wool Military Jacket - $68.60
7. Express Knit Cargo Skinny Pant - $19.99
8. Madewell Skinny Supply Cargo Pants - $110.00 via ShopBop

Happy Friday! Hope y'all have a great weekend!


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November 4, 2010

Jewel Tones.

I feel like every other year, the fashion world decides that jewel tones are "in."  In my opinion, jewel tones are like leopard print... if done right, they're always chic and in style.  What I'm especially loving this year is the translation of those candy-colored hues from the runway to the hallway (and the rest of the house).



That first picture is killing me... chevron, studs, Ikat, built-in bookshelves.  LOVE!

Thirsty Thursday: Coach Kristin Satchel

I have been dying over this gorgeous bag (in brown) since the collection came out.  But it is beautiful in any color, and I think the purple is super fun.  Plus, there's kind of a theme for today's posts and this fits in perfectly.  

{Coach Kristin Leather Satchel - $358.00}

November 3, 2010

For Whom the Bell Tolls.

I wrote a while ago about how I was getting reacquainted with my trouser jeans, and this post is along those same lines.  It seems that the style-blog world has caught a little Saturday Night Fever, so to speak.  I've seen several ladies rocking the true '70s bell bottom style, and I kind of love it.


*Images via Christine, Emily, and Emerson.

Here are some great options if you want to try out this trend for yourself.




1. Black Kick Flare Jean - $100.00 via Topshop
2. The Diva Super-Flare Jean - $34.50 via Old Navy
3. Current/Elliott High Rise Bell Jean - $210.00 via Net-A-Porter
4. Citizens of Humanity Hutton High-waist Flared Jean - $190.00 via Net-A-Porter

PS- If you like Emerson's jeans, she sells them here, and you can enter to win a $350 E.M. shopping spree here.

November 1, 2010

(Boardwalk) Empire Strikes Back.

I know everyone in the fashion world is all about Mad Men and, yes, Christina Hendricks is gorgeous, but to be perfectly honest, I don't really like that show, and I don't want to walk around looking like Dita von Teese.  Personally, I am much more inspired by the beautiful women (and clothes) of Boardwalk Empire.



Sparkling sequins, glittering jewels, cozy furs... 


...dainty buttons, and delicate lace make for oh-so-glamorous evening wear.


Even casual attire is elevated with plush fabrics like silk and velvet, and special details like crisp pleats, floaty feathers, and scalloped edges.


So what do y'all think...is Boardwalk Empire the next Mad Men?  Would you wear a 1920s-inspired look?


*All stills via ING. Image 1Gold Dress: Net-A-PorterWhite Dress: Net-A-Porter; Earrings: Charm & Chain; Stole: Topshop; Booties: Zappos; Coat: French Connection; Pearl Necklace: Charm & Chain.  Image 2: Pleated Dress: StyleBop; Silk Boots: Net-A-Porter; Ring: Lord & Taylor; Coat: StyleBop Lace Dress: StyleBop; Headband: Ban.Do.  Image 3: Cloche: Anthropologie; Blazer: ModCloth; Polka Dot Blouse: My Theresa; Gray Bootie: Endless; Pleated Dress: ShopRuche; Black Dress: StyleBop; Button Boots: ModCloth.