Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hat Head

I LOVE fall, but I LOVE my fall accessories even more. Scarves, mittens... and most of all, cozy knit hats! They cut my morning routine in half by nixing flatiron time, and keep my head (fashionably) toasty.

From slouchy to fitted... from headbands to full coverage... the choices are endless and you can't really go wrong.

I love this standard slouchy beanie from UO.


And how cute is this headband from UO as well? Such a cute rendition of the classic cap, and quite similar to the one I wore today from LF to rake leaves (a chore that's not nearly as fun as it looks). 




This turban-headband-crochet-cap crossbreed from Nasty Gal is adorable... and sure to add the perfect punch of pop to any dreary fall day.




Last but not least, I'm thrilled with this Carlisle cap by DVF. Paired with something as simple as jeans and a white t-shirt, this woolly wonder is chic enough to make you look like an amazing autumn goddess.



Now, time to carve pumpkins!

XO,



Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fashionably Late

First off, I want to apologize for being MIA. I started a new "real" job, went to Burning Man for a week, recovered from Burning Man for a week, spent some time dealing with family drama, "someone" spilled an adult beverage all over my laptop... blah, blah, blah. Anyway, this post brings a whole new meaning to fashionably late. I have a month's worth of fashion bliss to make up for. Here are some pieces I've been pining for in my absence...

These Lita boots by Jeffrey Campbell are ridiculously hot. I love the stacked front platform, and the color options are endless. It's borderline cruel to have that many options.



Love, Love, LOVE this salt and pepper braided sweater from Bona Drag (my latest online obsession). Oh, to wear this beauty paired with leggings and boots this fall... perfection. ♥



Last year I really wanted the Rachel Vest by BB Dakota, but by the time I got around to actually getting it, it was out of stock everywhere. Lucky for me, I am equally in lust with the Janika Faux-Fur Vest they are dishing out this season.



I'm digging these wide leg trousers from Topshop. They are so bohemian and feminine... two of my favorite things.






It's no secret I am addicted to my JBrands. I wear my mid-rise dark skinnies at least once a week. They fit better than any other jeans I own and are super versatile. I'll admit, they have seen better days, so it's time I mix it up... I have my eyes on their newish Agnes skinny, a moto-zipper pant that would look totally killer with booties.





I love Fall... I really do. ♥

XOX,




Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tucker for Target

I am always excited about Target's collaborations with hot designers for their Go International line, but I am particularly excited for their latest partnership set to hit stores this September. Tucker, created by designer Gaby Basora (who has created a name for herself as a stylist), may be a lesser-known label to the masses, but it's definitely a mild obsession for those in the fashion world. I am hooked on the bohemian inspired line which features flowy blouses, vintage floral prints and fabulous feminine dresses.

Here is a photo of me in one of my favorite blouses by Tucker. I am stoked to see there are very similar pieces featured in the upcoming Target Collection (for a fraction of what I paid for this one).

This top is super cute tucked into jeans, or worn belted over skinny jeans/leggings.

Love this tank-top rendition of my butterfly blouse... So pretty!

The countdown is on till September 12th!

XOX,


Monday, August 9, 2010

Triple Threat

Jessica Simpson may sing and act, but what she really should be known for is her knack for designing some seriously sexy shoes! One of her latest wonders, the Dany, brings two of the features I'm generally looking for in a heel... height and HOTNESS. I'm ridiculously short, and my stumpy legs are not nearly my favorite asset, but I can't imagine any legs would look less than fierce in these puppies.

The heel may stand at a whopping 5.8", but with that hefty platform in front, I can't imagine they'd feel painfully high. Either way, they are way too cute and way too affordable to turn down.

Dear Jessica: Please stick to designing... this is clearly your niche.


XOX,

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fringe is my Friend

I have been seeing fringe on a lot of fall pieces, and I must admit, I'm really feeling it. Not only does it tap into my latest favorite style, Southwest Boho, but it's straight up sassy!

This Veda bag from Shopbop packs a pinch of rock & roll, a touch of 80's spunk, and a double dose of sexy. Yes, please!


I bet you can find a "fringe" with benefits in this dress... Just sayin'.


BB Dakota is keeping things HOT with this fringed cardigan... a super versatile essential for fall.



Of course my friends at Donni Charm are keeping it fresh with fringe in their Spring Collection of Donni Tie Scarves. Can't wait to see what's in store for us in Fall!


I'm pretty sure fringe is my new best friend for fall.

XOX,


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Interview with a Designer

A few weeks ago I sat down and interviewed an AMAZING designer, CarolAnn Wachter, for my column. I met CarolAnn at a cool little rug and home decor store in Boulder, รจ bella, where a lot of her pieces are sold.

I instantly fell in love with her vintage inspired collection of hats, dresses, coats and separates. Even the way her clothing is displayed in the store, like a work of art, shows CarolAnn's distinct creative personality.

CarolAnn was drawn to this large branch on a walk and just had to bring it home. It sat in her walkway for nearly a year before she "needed" it. This inspires me to add some extra closet space to my bedroom too!
I want this little white dress to bring out my innocence... It drapes perfectly and screams feminine...
Her hats make me want to head straight to Nantucket or the Hamptons... circa 1940.
I could live here.

I love meeting passionate people with inspiring stories. CarolAnn inspired me to keep following my dream, and she proves that nothing is unattainable if you've got HEART. Now, if only I could figure out what my "dream" is... so I can chase it... all the way to the bank!

Check out the complete article : HERE

XOX

Monday, July 26, 2010

House of Harlow 1960... A Step Above

Nicole Richie is one of my favorite celebrity fashionistas to trend track, and what's even better, she has 2 fabulous lines that make her steal-worthy style totally attainable. I have featured lots of lovely duds from her clothing line, Winter Kate, here in my blog. Her jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960, has also been a favorite to follow. But now that HOH is putting out more than just jewelry, I am totally smitten. Her shoes could very well be the best thing since TV Dinners. Just sayin'....

These Misha boots are totally in sync with my (latest) favorite trend... Southwest BoHo. Yes, please!


This pump is versatile enough to transition from summer to fall, and since they're too dang pretty to just sit in my shoe rack, I'd pair them with a knit tight through the winter, too! Check out that back detail... ahhhhmazing.




If only I was RICH-ie, I'd have them all! Haha... get it? ;)

XOX,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Style Crush: Southwest BoHo

I have been saying for several weeks now that I really want to take a road trip to Santa Fe. The shopping, the food, the architecture, the turquoise... the style!

My latest style crush? Sothwest BoHo. After perusing Free People's website today (okay... I admit... it's kind of a weekly ritual), I am officially in love with this new look. I have been seeing it pop up in places sporadically for months now... a dreamcatcher necklace here, fishtail braids there, more and more turquoise... but it's apparent to me now that this beautiful trend is in full swing.



This look is TOTAL motivation for some DIY fashion... The boots in pic 3 remind me of my new FCUK score, and I already have enough denim, turquoise, leather, suede, feathers and fringe to play with for days. I just need to get to Santa Fe to find my finishing touches!

XOX,



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's the little things...

I found these amazing French Connection Rae Studded Ankle Boots on SALE at Buffalo Exchange for $10 today!! Talk about a sweet score... especially since I had a credit to boot (haha, no pun intended). 



I didn't even really have the chance to be freaked out that they are used shoes. I mean, I'm constantly claiming to be a lover of all things vintage, right? So, nothing a little sanitizer and some socks can't fix! Plus, I'm a firm believer that most boots look better with age.

XOX,

A Very Charming Giveaway WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this fabulous promo! I cannot believe how many of you had such amazing stories of inspiration. It would have been way too for me to pick just one winner, but lucky for me, I didn't have to.... According to random.org, the LUCKY winner of this Very CHARMING Giveaway is:

FASHION FAIRY!


Fashion Fairy said...


Wonderful!!!

A book is my inspiration:


The Blessings of Love

Fashion Fairy, I will be contacting you soon for your shipping information. Congrats... The scarf will match your bow!! ♥

Thank you so much to all my readers for your love and continued support. Be sure to stay tuned for my next giveaway... and your chance to win!

XOX,

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What's in My Suitcase this Summer?

I'm going to Canada to visit my boyfriend's family summer cottage in a few weeks, and the first thought that comes with every vacation is... what will I pack?? As I make my packing list, I've decided to share my TOP 10 Summer Items with you, too!

First on my list, as an Esthetician and very fair-skinned girl, is sunscreen. I am (still) addicted to Dermalogica, and their Solar Defense Travel wipes are no exception to this obsession. They are super travel friendly and great on the go!




Next up are my sunnys! I still love my Ray Ban aviators, but let's it face girls, bigger is better... especially on vacation when you might need a "do not disturb" sign for your face. I have a pair similar to these serious shades by Oliver Peoples, and they're perfect for bright summer days.


I don't go anywhere in the summer without my flip flops! For the past few years I have been loyal to Havaianas... hey, if it aint broke, don't fix it! The buttery Brazilian flip flops will not give you blisters and are comfy enough to wear all day and all night. The grey/silver Slims are my favorite... they match just about everything, and are a little more funky than traditional black.




Most summer vacations include a body of water, right? Either a lake, ocean, pool or river. I will be living on a dock by the lake in my bathing suit for 5 days, so even though it's not first on this list, my bikini will probably be the first thing to go in my suitcase! I always gravitate towards busy prints and bright colors when bathing suit shopping, but I always end up wearing my good 'ol basic black bikini. Black looks great on everyone, even pasty people like me. I love this solid suit by Vix Swimwear (as seen on Ashley Tisdale). The fuller bottoms are still super sexy, and the halter top even flatters my smaller busts.



Unfortunately I can't live on the dock, and will need to take a break for refills, so a cute cover-up is definitely in order. I'm a big fan of using one of my boyfriend's button downs for quick and easy coverage, but since he's not such a fan, I'll probably pack a few of my own. I ADORE this bohemian inspired tunic, also by Vix.



My cover-up may be great for the day, but I might need to throw on a little something more for an evening barbecue or gathering. This is where my rekindled love for the Maxi Dress comes into play. Yes, I am still obsessed with Gyspy05.... I think it's safe to say it's going to be a long standing love affair. Most of their dresses are silk, but I love this vintage looking cotton Amber Maxi Dress-- great for traveling.



I've gotten good at being a minimalist on these summer vacations-- meaning "limited" use of the hair dryer and flat iron. One product that makes my no-fuss hair manageable is Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. I have really straight and super fine hair, but this product makes me look like a total beach babe. It's basically salt water, "umph", and magic in a bottle.


Another no-fuss summer must is a sun hat. Not only will it shade your face, but it will also hide your messy tresses. Love this one from Planet Blue, but any floppy sun hat will do the trick!


Even though I hope that my trip consists of only sunny days with equally warm nights, the reality is it will probably get chilly. I can't imagine I'll need my winter parka, but a lightweight sweater or cardigan is perfect. I love just about anything by Elizabeth and James, but this Button Back Cardigan is particularly amazing. It can be worn casual and loose, or buttoned up the back for a more fitted look.


Last but not least, I don't go anywhere without a good book! I primarily read chick-lit, and there are quite a few new ones out that I've had my eye on lately. As ridiculous as it sounds, I'm obsessed with Tori Spelling! I love her drive, her fashion sense, and her ability to laugh at herself. I've enjoyed her previous books, so I'm hoping her latest, Uncharted TerriTori, ends up in my carry-on!



Cheers to fabulous summer vacays!

XOX,