Hello! How were your Thanksgivings? I had a wonderful time just being with my family and eating my weight in food.
Over the weekend I saw An Education, the movie about a young girl (Carey Mulligan) seduced by an older man (Peter Sarsgaard). The movie is exciting and adventurous as Jenny has expensive dinners, goes to concerts, and takes a trip to Paris with David. At the same time it makes you feel uncomfortable as she questions her morals and priorities. Despite the tension it is an intriguing story. I love the setting—London in the 60s. I am hoping to find the original memoir by Lynn Barber.
I really want to order these Scottish Terrier cards from the newly opened Rifle Paper Co and mail them out as Christmas cards. Anna Bond's online store also carriesgreeting cards, personalized stationery, art prints, invitation templates, and children’s paper goods.
Have you checked out Lonny? It's the new online design publication created by former Domino market assistant, Michelle Adams and freelance photographer, Patrick Cline. The name is a hybrid of London and New York.You can find tips on design and fashion and they have integrated the ads into editorial so you can shop as you read. I am excited to delve further into the first issue and I am certainly going to stay tuned for more issues. I would love to have the freedom to create my own publication with my own vision.
Now comes the Christmas guide for your hipster/preppy boyfriend who is impossible to shop for. Starting things off, pictured above is the Aston Martin from Casino Royale because that really is what he wants. Find more after the jump. (And no peeking!)
I want to start off the week with a gorgeous ad campaign by Ralph Lauren (scanned from Vanity Fair). I think this encapsulates what we all really want for Christms: classic styles, gorgeous diamonds, and luxury materials. I look at this image, and I wish that I was wearing that plaid shirt, those diamond earrings, and a faux fur blanky. What a fantasy this ad creates for the eager Christmas shopper. Here is to starting off the week with big dreams and high expectations. And I do have high expectations for the week because it's a three-day work week, I get to eat turkey on Thursday, and I get to see a special someone by the weekend. Happy Monday!
Good luck to all of you will be trying to shop for Christmas this weekend. I saw a lot of good sales when I went to the mall on my lunch break. Besides shopping, I am going to try and relax. Are there any good movies out on DVD? What are you up to?
Like I said, I am going Christmas shopping this weekend. I know most of you are not that crazy. So to help you out here is a shopping guide for all of you who have sisters. I realized that me and my sisters usually end up wanting the same things, which is why we would sometimes get matching gifts from our parents. Shopping for them is pretty easy for the most part, but we do have our differences.
I am usually not really into a lot of jewelry, but lately I have been noticing some things that I really like. I first saw this cuff on this blog. I love the way the gold material looks and the details of the bow. And then I kept noticing these infinity earrings on all of the J.Crew models in the new catalogue, and I can't stop looking at them sparkle.
I am probably going to do most of my Christmas shopping this weekend. I know it's crazy, and I know it's before Black Friday, but I feel like I do my best work under the least amount of pressure and when the malls aren't crowded with crazy people trying to find their children the toy that sings and makes you pancakes at the same time. That got me thinking about how I shop for clothes. I don't take a big shopping trip once or twice a year to stock up. I just leisurely peruse sale racks and my favorite stores when I feel like it. Or I get an idea for an outfit that I have to have, and I go out and buy the different pieces and parts. I realize this might not be the most effective way of shopping. I haven't taken inventory of what I already own, and I have just recently started to make wish lists of things I want, but don't own. How do you shop?
Referring to my post from the other day, these aren't a bad pair of over-the-knee boots either. These beauties are from Topshop. They are a tad bit more expensive than the UO ones. I especially like how these are paired with a striped dress and red Chanel bag.
Ok so I really want to jump on the bandwagon of the red tights trend, but I realize that for my everyday life, I don't have many opportunities to wear red tights. I suppose they would be ok for parties and going out, but with Christmas right around the corner I feel a little weird wearing bright red tights. Also I think I need to start thinking about my style more before I go out and buy trendy pieces that don't really fit into my wardrobe. Sometimes I get a little carried away. So to put my own spin on the red tights trend I thought I would go for a more subtle red. I feel that these burgundy tights would fit better in my wardrobe. What do you think? Am I making too much of this?
These two lovely cheap finds are from Charlotte Russe. I am surprised by the button detailing on that knit hat. It seems somewhat sophisticated for CR. And I love the flower pattern blouse. It would look so cute under a chunky cardigan with jeans. Hat $10 Blouse $22.99
Hey all! How were your weekends? I browsed through the new Urban Outfitters catalogue this weekend, and I saw these nice over-the-knee boots. I have been on the fence about them for a while, but this pair to me is perfect. No frills and semi-affordable for a pair of tall boots. I guess the only real problem is that they have 5 inch heels. I may have to suck it up and embrace the Vivian Ward in me.
I am visiting the beau this weekend. We are probably going to see "Men who stare at goats" and "Pirate Radio", relax on the couch and watch football, and eat a lot of really good food. What are your plans? I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I think the styling of J.Crew models is so perfect. The hair, the makeup, and obviously the clothes. Don't you love the few pieces of her hair sticking out from her messy bun and the pretty red lipstick? This is a great winter look. I also have to say that I love the whole tights under shorts look, and I desperately want to recreate this outfit. If I had a uniform, I would want it to be this.
I designed this polyvore set for someone who requested a look that was rock and roll and feminine. She described herself as having a pear shape and ruled out halters, low rise pants, and anything too glam. What do you think? What would you have done?
How is your week going so far? Only one more day until the weekend. Here are some images from street style bloggers that have me inspired. I love the first girl's shoes, striped shirt, and orange belt. The second girl's pretty lipstick and bright purse look great with that top.
If you were wondering how to wear knee socks without looking like a naughty school girl, here is the answer. Layering them over leggings, tights, or pants make them look almost like leg warmers and they do add a little bit more warmth to an outfit. Go here to see how I tried layering knee socks.
I cannot breath because this is the most beautiful bookstore I have ever seen. It is call El Ateneo and it is located in Buenos Aires. I have a love affair with bookstores and actually, the uglier the better, however, I also have a love affair with theaters, so combined it is a giant love orgy of books and red curtains and naked cherubs.
Doesn't it remind you a little bit of the amazing library from Beauty and the Beast?
Leather leggings by The Cosmopolitan Clevelander featuring Charlotte Russe t shirts It's kind of weird that I am into these black leather leggings. They totally scream biker chick and go against my somewhat preppy style. But for some reason I really love them paired unexpectedly with a very feminine top like LC's or this flowy, feminine t-shirt and edgy accessories. These are definitely on my Christmas list.
See me trying to mix edgy and feminine pieces on my other blog Shop My Closet.
Over the weekend, a group of us went down to Columbus to celebrate our friend's birthday. We went to Easton for shopping, Martini for dinner, and the Big Bang to watch the dueling pianos. It was a really good time. How was your weekend?
Remember my post a little while ago about Chanel's nail color Jade? It is completely sold out and even if it wasn't, I don't know if I would want to spend the $27 to get it. So I searched high and low for a cheaper alternative. And a few weeks ago when I was getting my hair cut I found the perfect match at my hair salon, OPI's Gargantuan Green Grape. At $9 this is much more affordable and it is basically the same mint green color.
I don't like chips and I don't like cookies. I am not saying I completely rule out sweet and salty, but as I have gotten older I have enjoyed more natural ways of satisfiying these cravings. One of my favorite salty dishes is squash. Every year my grandma makes amazing acorn squash with a lot of salt and butter. So this year I tried integrating acorn sqaush into a meal by following this recipe. I liked it ok, but with acorn squash I would rather have salty than sweet. And this recipe included a lot of brown sugar and maple sugar. So if I try it again I will just include the salt and butter. But for those of you who enjoy sweet and natural, this is the perfect recipe for you. Recipe courtesy of Simply Recipes.
1 Acorn squash 1 Tbsp Butter 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup Dash of Salt
1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
2 Using a strong chef's knife, and perhaps a rubber mallet to help, cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about a 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the baking pan so that the skins don't burn and the squash doesn't get dried out.
3 Coat the inside of each half with 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a dash of salt if you are using unsalted butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.
4 Bake in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned. Do not undercook. When finished, remove from oven and let cool a little before serving. Spoon any buttery sugar sauce that has not already been absorbed by the squash over the exposed areas.
Serves 2 to 4, depending on how much squash you like to eat.
Modern Family is quickly becoming one of my favorite new shows. After last night's episode when Jay and Claire reenact their figure skating days by doing their program in the playground, I think I am sold. As a former figure skater, I can tell you that programs are often times practiced off-ice. It has something to do with helping you visualize your program before competition. Whatever it does, you end up looking a little crazy trying to pretend to do spins and crossovers on land. That craziness was achieved on Modern Family last night. Bravo!
I get that with the right outfit, a pair of tights or leggings, clogs can be ok. I am still reeling from the fact that we are already trying to bring back a 90s trend. I guess it kind of looks like an ankle boot. Damn—why didn't I keep my clogs?? But don't you think another 90s trend should be dusted off and brought back? I think the Rachel would be the jealous middle sister if we brought back clogs and didn't even consider donning her again.
It has been a while since I posted a Michelle Obama style photo. I saw this originally on the New York Times homepage and then again when I went rooting through the Michelle Obama LookBook on New York Magazine's Web site. I just love her use of colors here. Ok, I'm done.