December 29, 2011

DECOrate.

Forget 2012... try 1922.  Art Deco is definitely my favorite trend happening right now.  I scooped up this pretty little top last night, and here are a few more options for you to drool over.



1. Topshop Deco Lace Embellished Top - $75.00
2. Marchesa Embellished Silk Dress - $1797.95 via The Outnet
3. French Connection Silver Simmons Clutch - $119.00
4. Z Designs Tassel Earrings - $38.00 via Pink Mascara
5. Guess Opast Sandal - $63.00 via Endless
6. Miguel Ases Hematite Drop Earrings - $270.00 via Endless
7.  Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Embellished Mesh T-Shirt - $158.00 via The Outnet

December 22, 2011

Thirsty Thursday: Warehouse Sequin Dress

I would really like this to be my NYE dress.  The problem is that we don't know what our plans are yet, so this might turn out to be, like, seriously overly festive.  (I'm probably gonna buy it anyway.)



{Warehouse Sequin One Shoulder Dress - $106.35 via ASOS}

December 21, 2011

Box It Up.

Perfect for jazzing up your Christmas Eve and/or New Year's Eve ensembles.



1. Lulu Townsend Glitter Box Clutch - $29.95 via DSW
2. Lulu Townsend Sequined Bow-Shaped Box Clutch - $39.95 via DSW
3. Franchi Angela Silk Box Clutch - $108.00 via Nordstrom
4. Elaine Taylor Eleanor Zig Zag Minaudiere - $195.00 via Pink Mascara
5. BCBGeneration Lidia Lace Minaudiere - $54.99 via 6pm.com
6. Franchi Taylor Rosette Box Clutch - $108.00 via Nordstrom

December 19, 2011

Greetings.

Sorry for the sporadic posting lately.  Things are happening in real life (good things!), so posting is probably going to be less frequent from now on.  I still love y'all though, but since I don't know all of your addresses (or names, but whatev), I thought I'd share our little Christmas card with y'all right here.


Less than 1 week!  Do y'all have any exciting plans?  We're pretty pumped to be waking up in our own house (in our new bed!!), just our own little family, for the first time ever.

December 14, 2011

Candy Coated.

So winter finally decided to show up here this weekend, and it doesn't look like she's leaving any time soon.  I love my new black ruffle coat, and I know that neutral colors are much more practical than brights, but I'm really loving the idea of a super colorful coat right now.



1. Topshop Metal Clasp Hooded Coat - $170.00
2. Valentino Vintage Coat - $466.00 via Farfetch
3. Topshop Short Green Grosgrain Tie Coat - $150.00
4. Marni Crepe Wool-Blend Coat - $518.00 via The Outnet
5. Old Navy Wool-Blend Toggle Coat - $39.00 

So what do y'all think?  Do you have a bright coat in your closet, or do you stick with neutrals?

December 12, 2011

Ruffles.

This was the first weekend in 7 weeks that J and I didn't have a fully packed schedule.  On Friday night we went out to dinner, courtesy of my super sweet sister-in-law, and then we came home and played board games until 1am.  (I rocked Jimmy's world in Monopoly.)  Saturday was dinner club, and then Sunday we went to church and to meet some friends for brunch at @116.  When I type it all out like that, it doesn't sound like a non-packed schedule, but it was definitely relaxing.





Coat: Elie Tarhari via TJ Maxx; Top: Banana Republic (old); Shorts: Old Navy; Tights: Target; Booties: Tory Burch (old); Necklace: Premier

Happy Monday!

December 9, 2011

Retail Therapy: Hammocks and High Tea

I know it's the middle of the Christmas buying season, so you're probably not shopping for yourself right now.  BUT I'm guessing you've got some holiday cash coming your way, and no one would blame you if you spent it all at Hammocks & High Tea.



1. Hammam Scarf - $135.00
2. Adana Tote - $225.00
3. Sera Tea Towel - $24.00
4. Namad Dopp Kit - $49.50
5. Linden Black Pillow - $90.00
7. Sumba Pillow - $90.00

December 8, 2011

Gift Guide: Guys

Guys can be hard to buy for, but there are tons of cool and stylish gifts to be found if you know where to look.  My go-to sources include J.Crew (of course), Kiel James Patrick, Billy Reid, and Filson.  I think this is probably my favorite gift guide so far, and I hope it gives you some great ideas for all the men in your life!



1. J.Crew iPhone 4 Case - $25.00
2. J.Crew Vintage Flannel Shirt - $69.50
3. Warby Parker Everett Sunglasses - $95.00
4. Billy Reid Chunky Wool-Blend Cardidan - $395.00 via Mr. Porter
5. Williams Sonoma Beer Making Kit - $39.95
6. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub - $17.00
7. Filson Medium Field Bag - $220.00 
8. Kiel James Patrick Croffix Sailing Belt - $88.00
9. Minnetonka Moccasin Traditional Pile Lined Sole - $40.00 via Piperlime

December 7, 2011

Inn Style.

So last night I got some kind of crappy news.  (Ok, very crappy news.)  I intended to work on my Gift Guide for guys, but instead I curled up with some red wine, several packs of candy, and the newest issue of Rue Mag and drowned my sorrows in alcohol and interior design inspiration.  It worked remarkably well, actually; especially when I came across the feature on the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport.  





*Images via Rue Mag.

Umm, dark walls and that set of mirrored chests as a coffee table?  So good.

December 6, 2011

Gift Guide: Girly Gifties.

Something for the chic and stylish ladies in your life...


1. ASOS Devan Double Bow Flats - $45.45
2. Kate Spade Crystal Kaleidoscope Bib Necklace - $398.00 via Endless
3. Loren Hope/Society Social On The Rocks Cocktail Ring - $58.00
4. Graphic Image iPad Envelope - $120.00*
5. Echo Superfit Texting Gloves - $48.00
6. Hammocks & High Tea Reversible Chevron Clutch - $169.00
7. Butter London Heavy Metal Trio - $36.00
8. Ikat Pattern Notebook - $12.00 via C. Wonder
9. Alice + Olivia Sequined Silk Tank Dress - $225.00 via The Outnet

*Get it monogrammed for $7.50 more... and if the lady you have in mind doesn't have an iPad, she can use it as a clutch!

December 5, 2011

Gift Guide: A Fashionable Home



1.  West Elm Canvas Sequin Pillow Cover - $44.00
2. Carmen Bookends - $115.00 via Lunares Home
3. Turquoise Elephant Plate - $38.00 via C. Wonder
4. Zig Zag Ottoman Tray - $95.00 via Furbish
5. Peter Hewitt Square Ribbon Vase - $48.00 via MOMA Store
6. Tortoise Double Old Fashioned - $10.00 via C. Wonder
7. Kate Spade Prize Ball Thermos - $35.00

December 2, 2011

Homemade Holiday.


I think I've mentioned before that J and I are in a dinner club with five other couples.  We've been doing it over a year now (time flies!), and we look forward to it every month.  So of course I want to give those friends a little gifty to say Merry Christmas + thanks for being awesome.  But, as much as we would like to get them all gift cards to Ruth Chris, that ain't in the budget, so I decided that I want to make something instead.  Luckily, there are tons of holiday DIYs out there right now, and I thought I'd share a few of my faves with y'all.  I'm guessing I'm not the only one who has awesome friends, but can't treat them all to a steak dinner, right?


Watercolor Confetti:  How fun is this?  It would be so cute to use for a holiday party - just mix up some green to go with it and spread it all around.


*Images via Oh Happy Day.

Glitter Globes: Cute and festive.  Perfect as a party favor or as a little surcie for your friends.

*Images via Camille Styles.


Peppermint Vodka: I'm leaning towards this one because it's good for a couples.  Everyone loves liquor, right?  Peppermint-vodka-spiked hot chocolate?  I'm thinking yes.  

*Images via Delightfully Tacky.

Do you have a favorite DIY/homemade gift that you like to give?  Which one of these would you most like to receive?

PS - Themed gift guides coming next week!  Stay tuned!

November 30, 2011

Copycat: Nicky Hilton

Ok, I know, a Hilton sister... blah.  But Nicky doesn't bother me as much as Paris, and her dress is ridiculously cute, so what can I do?


*Image via People.

I've been wanting a sequin dress for a while now.  I think it's really cute for holiday parties, New Year's Eve, or even a winter wedding.  If the pattern is too much for you, there are plenty of cute options in solid colors as well.


1. Jessica Simpson Sequin Dress - $148.00 via Dillard's
2. Blaque Label Sequin Mini Dress - $119.00 via Boutique To You
3. TFNC Long Sleeve Sequin Dress - $99.99 via ASOS
4. The Tee by Joe's King Sequin Dress - $220.00 via Bloomingdale's

Would you wear this look?  Which is your fave?

November 29, 2011

Glittens.

Today's post is inspired by D, who I will be visiting this weekend in DC!  Apparently, I'm going to need a pair of these...



1. ASOS Fair Isle Converter Gloves - $13. 64
2. J.Crew Hearthstone Glittens - $28.00
3. Tulle Knit Fingerless Mittens - $19.99 via Fred Flare
4. Madewell Spotted Snowfall Mittens - $35.00
5. Lord & Taylor Cashmere Poptop Mittens - $44.99

November 25, 2011

Black Friday.

Do y'all shop the sales?  My mom and I never really got into it... since most of the deals last through the weekend, we tend to wait until Saturday when things are little calmer, and then we hit up the outlets.  Or I hit up the online sales.  


If y'all are braving the crowds, good luck!  Below are a few snaps from my day yesterday...


{Festive nails}

{Our table}

{Back patio}

and the most random item ever... 

{Instructions from Mom's super vintage exercise bands}

November 23, 2011

Holiday. Celebrate.

J and I are off to Florida this afternoon to be with my family!  Plans include a Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot, stuffing our faces, watching lots of football, and some outlet shopping.  



Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

November 22, 2011

Wishful Thinking: November 22.

We are having some crazy weather here in SC.  It's supposed to be in the upper 70s today, but last week I needed jeans and sweaters.  I've already switched out a lot of my closet, so getting dressed has been somewhat of a challenge.  This is what I wish I could be wearing...


1. Steve Madden Tanggoo Bootie - $79.95 via Zappos
2. Mackage Leather Jacket - $ $1250.00 via Barney's
3. Parker Long-Sleeve Dress - $242.00 via Barney's
4. Merona Fashion Tights - $8.00 via Target
5. Toggle Bar Charm Neckalce - $54.00 via Bauble Bar

November 21, 2011

Moonstruck.

It has been so long since I posted outfit pictures, and I've missed it.  These are just a few quick snaps from yesterday.  I wore this outfit to brunch and then to meet some friends at the oyster festival (where it poured the whole time, unfortunately).




Dress: Tucker via Gilt Groupe; Blazer: Urban Outfitters (old); Flats: Lindsay Phillips; Earrings: Versona Accessories (c/o).

A few weeks ago, a Versona store opened in Columbia, and they were nice enough to send me a gift card so that I could go check it out. (Thank you!)  First of all, it is HUGE, and second of all, there was a whole table of animal jewelry, so I became a fan pretty much immediately.  These little owls were my favorite, but they have a whole bunch of really cute stuff, so if you're ever out at Sandhills, definitely go check it out.

November 18, 2011

Retail Therapy: Rifle Paper Co.

Hands down, the cutest stationary your money can buy... the hand-painted designs, the gorgeous lettering.  How lovely would it be to receive one of those custom portrait Christmas cards?  Or one of those beautiful black thank you cards?  It's all just so, so good.



November 17, 2011

Thirsty Thursday: Loeffler Randall Esther Platform

I do not own any Loeffler Randall shoes, but I love them so.  Some day soon (like maybe when I get a full-time job, hmmm) I will be adding a pair of their boots to my closet.  In the meantime, I'll just continue drooling on my keyboard whenever I visit their site.  Today I'm loving these gorgeous navy heels.  Finding a non-matronly pair of navy pumps is not easy, but these are gorge.


{Loeffler Randall Esther Platform Pump - $450.00}

November 16, 2011

Beauty Secrets.

When it comes to my beauty and skincare routine, I tend to use a mix of higher end products (mostly makeup) and drugstore finds.  Maybe that's the opposite of what it should be, but honestly, I can't afford to spend $100 on night cream.  Over the years, I've come across several products that I think are really worth sharing.



1. Pssssst! Dry Shampoo ($6ish/drugstores): Spray it in, leave it on for a few minutes, then your comb hair.  The can is huge, and the spray doesn't leave any white residue.  What else do you need for $6?
2. L'Oreal Revitalift Deep Set Wrinkle Repair Night Cream - ($15ish/Target or drugstores): I'm pretty sure that any wrinkles that I have do not qualify as "deep set" but you can never be too cautious, right?  I don't normally notice much difference with wrinkle creams, but this one does seem to be helping make my forehead look a little smoother. 
3. Goody Spin Pins - ($6ish for 2/drugstores): These things are awesome.  Twist your hair into a bun, insert spin pin, done.  You probably can't run a marathon with just one pin in, but it will hold your hair out of your face for the day.  And no more elastics cutting off the circulation on your wrist!
4. L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray - ($15ish/Target or Ulta): There's a reason this stuff is legendary; because it's the best hairspray ever.  It has great hold, but it's not sticky once it dries, and it brushes out easily. 
5. Cutex Manicure Correction Pen - ($8ish/drugstores): The pen has a pointy tip that dispenses nail polish remover when you apply pressure.  It makes correcting slip ups really clean and easy, so your home manicures look more professional.
6. Olay Pro X Advanced Cleansing System - ($30/Target):  This little brush is so awesome.  It's super soft, but it has plenty of power, and it makes my skin feel amazing.  I don't love that it uses batteries instead of a charger, but for the price, it does basically everything else that other brush does. 

Ok, so do y'all have any other great drugstore beauty secrets we should all know about?  Share in the comments!

*Legalese: This is not a sponsored post.  I just like this stuff, and I actually use it, so I thought I'd share it with y'all.

November 14, 2011

Preppy Plaid.

One of my favorite cold-weather casual looks is a plaid shirt layered under a cozy sweater.  Paired with skinny jeans and loafers, this is preppiness at its finest.  A solid sweater works just fine, but if you have a striped sweater in a matching color, this is a really easy way to do some pattern mixing.






November 10, 2011

Blue.

Basically all of these items are on my Christmas list in some variation... can't wait to put together a similar outfit!


1. J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt - $120.00
2. Spike the Punch Neckalce - $36.00
3. Nine West Aroundtown Mary Jane - $49.50 (50% off right now!)
4. Zara Polka Dot Shirt - $59.90

Thirsty Thursday: Michael Kors Fringed Leather Mini Skirt

My quest to find the perfect leather skirt continues.  I've tried a few different styles, but I haven't gotten quite the right fit yet.  In my search I came across this super fun little number.  It's not what I'm looking for (or even remotely in my price range), but it was so cute I had to feature it anyway.


{MICHAEL Michael Kors Fringed Leather Mini Skirt - $350.00 via Net-A-Porter}

November 9, 2011

Two Toned.

So I find myself in the unfortunate predicament of having both my black and brown riding boots in need of replacement in the same season. (I try to alternate years, if possible.) In an effort to not spend a million dollars on boots this year, I'm thinking of splitting the difference...



1. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Sonya Riding Boots - $229.00 via Zappos
2. Tory Burch Flannel Blaire Riding Boots - $495.00
3. BDG Tall Leather Colorblock Boot - $129.00 via Urban Outfitters
4. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Sagira Boots - $229.00 via Piperlime
5. DVF Gwen Riding Boots - $498.00 via Jildor Shoes

November 8, 2011

Winter Shorts.

Oxymoron?  Possibly.  This is another look (like the cape) that I probably would never have considered wearing before I started blogging, but I really like it.  It seems to me that the key is to have actual "winter" shorts (i.e. in a heavier fabric like wool or suede) that you wouldn't necessarily be able to wear in the warmer months.  What do y'all think?






1. Twenty8Twelve Suede Shorts - $115.00 via MyTheresa
2. Old Navy Herringbone Cuffed Shorts - $19.99
3. Topshop Rust Faux Leather Trim Tweed Shorts - $76.00
4. LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Faux Leather Shorts - $37.50 via Kohl's

November 7, 2011

Cape Crusader.

So I've decided that I do, in fact, like this whole cape trend.  Personally, I'd go for a longer cut, with clean lines and in a classic color like camel or black.  I think you need to keep it simple in order to avoid looking like a fashion victim.



1. Topshop Oatmeal Borg Collar Cape - $160.00
2. Victoria's Secret Faux Fur-Trim Cape - $158.00
3. Juicy Couture Jane Wool-Blend Cape - $300.00 via Net-A-Porter
4. Vince Camuto Toggle Closure Cape - $199.00
5. Chris & Jamie Trench Cape - $275.00 via Barney's

How do y'all feel about capes?  Do you have one?  Would you wear one?

November 4, 2011

Copycat: Charlize Theron

Lace is having a moment right now.  I think a dress like this would be so cute for holiday parties and/or winter weddings.  Charlize's version is Dior, but I found three options for $250 or less.


*Image via People.


1. Michael Michael Kors Belted Lace-Print Silk Dress - $250.00 via Net-A-Porter
2. REISS Kimmy Lace Jersey Dress - $172.00
3. Topshop Bonded Lace Pencil Dress- $80.00

PS - Sorry for the light posting this week.  J and I are headed down to Florida tonight for my 10 year high school reunion (OMG) tomorrow.  So between that and both of us being deathly ill just 5 days ago, this week really got away from me.  Things should be back to normal on Monday!  Have a fun weekend!