Monthly Archives: November 2011

Lovely Places, Spaces and Things

A few photos helping me get through the post-holiday week.

I love succulents. Maybe it’s because they are the only plants I can’t seem to kill after two days, either way this is a beautiful wreath. It was created for the Loeffler Randall x Flower Girl (top NYC florist) collaboration. You can find the full step by step to create it here.

This bathroom is a dream. I just want to sink right into that tub.

Ashinoko Lake in Honshu, Japan. Gorgeous.

Glitter covered fake fruit. Inexpensive and easy-to-create holiday decor that looks divine.

Unexpected makeup combo of yellow + red. I like playing with a standout lip or eye color that either matches or compliments a top or nails as well. Wine colored lips with a gold top is one I’ve been trying lately.

Images: wreath:, bathroom: Craig Steely Architecture, lake: Ricardo Bevilacqua (, glitter fruit:, makeup:


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Seeing Stripes

I can’t seem to get enough of stripes lately! I love the preppy, nautical feel of them. I wore this for a night out with friends during the holiday weekend. While the more stripes the better, I try to stick to more subtle, neutral colors like in this top (black and taupe). Too many stripes in bright colors starts to look busy. I also avoid horizontal stripes on bottom. They make me look wider, a thing I can definitely do without. Despite a few nos, stripes are a definite yes in my book!

Top: Gap, lace skirt: Aqua/Bloomingdale’s, sweater: unknown (I think BB Dakota), shoes: Steve Madden, necklace: gift, bag: vintage, belt: Forever 21, rings: XIV Karats and family heirloom, nails: Nicole by OPI Follow Me on Glitter


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Small (Holiday) Wonders

On this special day, I am reminded of the things that are important in life, the things that I am most grateful and appreciative of.  I am thankful for having such a wonderful family and friends, who when hearing me talk about starting a blog for years, listened. It is because of their support that I finally have a now one month old site (yay!).

Here are a few things that I am thankful for right now…

Gingerbread cooking making with my sister.

Yellow tulips in a vintage milk bottle and acorn squash for our Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

My sister and I spotted our new stockings that perfectly suite each of our styles. Good work Santa!

To all my readers, I am thankful for you as well!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this season?

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10 Gifts for Anyone on Your List

The year has gone by way too fast, I can’t believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving! It seems like the holidays have sneaked up on me this time, but I have to say I am as excited as ever. I love being with family and friends, playing board games and watching movies, sipping hot cocoa and enjoying home cooked meals.

I have always prided myself on being able to find gifts that the recipients will really enjoy. Of course it’s helpful to know something about the person you are buying for, but it’s not necessary. Even the most basic info can go a long way. Below, I have put together a gift guide with gifts that can work for almost anyone on your list – and they are all under $100!

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1. I am a firm believer in giving books. They are inexpensive and can work for anyone, whether it be a biography, a cookbook, a coffee table book or even a  fictional novel. Vintage Cocktails, Barnes & Noble $32; Christian Louboutin, $95; The Mozza Cookbook, $20.

2. Colorful ballpoint pens and recycled leather notebooks, particularly good for a work gift exchange. Kate’s Paperie $16 and $6.

3. Wool and cashmere scarf, great for any woman on your list, Nordstrom $88.

4. Oversized watches for men or women in a neutral color, Timex $60.

5. Quality bath products are just plain lovely, such as L’Occitane hand cream $26 or Fresh soaps $14.

6. Hostess gifts like a faux-diamond bottle opener, $12, electric wine opener, Bed Bath & Beyond $20-$50 and a slate platter that can be written on with chalk (ideal for cheese), Crate & Barrel $20.

7. Photo coasters! I have given these to several friends and family members and they just adore them. With these, it’s all about the thought that goes into them. Go with a theme, like vacation photos, or slip in baby photos of all the grandkids for grandma (huge hit), Crate & Barrel $20.

8. I just love this umbrella. It’s big enough, simple and on a rainy day, it’s nice to see a bright blue sky, Moma Store $48.

9. While I’m a big fan of having books, the Kindle is great for on-the-go reading, saving trees and for nights when you don’t want to disturb a roommate or significant other, $79.

10. Wine or beer of the month clubs can be a bit pricey, but you can gift memberships of as little as one to three months and chose to have shipments sent every other month. Another option is creating your own gift basket featuring specialty beer, wine or a special liquor that the intended recipient likes . and, starts at $23/month and $34/month.

If you are still stuck, let me know and I will try to follow-up with a specific  suggestions!

Happy gifting…and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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Whisper in the Woods

My current inspiration boards are filled with whimsical, The Secret Garden-inspired fashion, beauty and outdoor spaces.  Maybe it’s being well into winter that has me lusting for the above, but the soft, flowy dresses and hair, and full bodied skirts set against lush green backgrounds are oh so pretty.

Images: outdoor dining: thebottomoftheironingbasket.blogspot, peonies: sueswink.tumblr, model in field: Lurve Magazine, yellow stripe maxi: russssh.tumblr, fairy makeup: unknown, little girl: Earnshaw’s, hammock and twinkle lights: maluna.tumblr.

Flowy blush dress: anonymouspromenade.tumblr, tree swing and garden dresses: mfsavannah.wordpress, Rose Byrne: couturecourier.tumblr, Emma Watson: Teen Vogue.


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