Archive | May, 2013

Pattern mixer

29 May

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head scarf: Urban Outfitters
polka dot top: TJMaxx
denim: Mossimo Supply Co. via Target (similar)
oxford flats: Necessary Clothing
bag: H&M

I’d be lying if I said that every pattern works together, sometimes I think it goes too far and gets crazy. But whether we like it or not friends, mixing patterns is trending hard and I’m on board. I can feel my mom cringing at the very thought of it. There is an IF though…the patterns have to be somewhat recessive and not fighting with each other. Polka dots on denim is pretty subtle of a pattern and though these jeans are floral, the color is monochromatic and gray, not too loud. I added in some pops of color with a headscarf and bold lipstick and I’m good to go! My camera battery pack decided to exhaust itself completely mid-shoot so I just barely was able to snap the best part of this top…the awesome back! Any denim top laden with dots and I’m a fan but an interesting and unique detail like that is a twist I can’t resist. A little peep show without being scandalous? Sign me up.

Hope you’re having a lovely day! I’ve taken the day off from work on Friday so my work week ends tomorrow and I couldn’t be happier. Woot woot!


Style inspiration: Rachel Bilson

28 May


I’m not usually one to look to celebrity culture for style inspiration. I much prefer “real people” like the many, many style bloggers I follow. But if I had to name one U.S. celebrity whose personal style I adore….I’d overwhelming say Rachel Bilson. Though I’m not a fan of her show Hart of Dixie on the CW, I was an uber O.C. fan back in the day. Remember that show guys? Oh man, takes me back to my college days so hard. Anyway, it was that show that put her on the grid for me and I’ve been a fan ever since. Aside from her on point red carpet choices, she always looks effortlessly chic even when shlepping around running errands or walking her dog (she’s def a paparazzi favorite). Whatever the time of day, she never misses. So, friends, as an ode to miss Bilson, here’s a round-up of (mostly affordable) pieces to help bite her style. So who’s your celebrity style muse? Are you girl-crushed out on Rachel like me? Hope everyone is having a fabulous (short) week so far!


Louche maxi dress
$105 –

Miss selfridge



Tech accessory

Wayfarer sunglasses


27 May

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floral headband: DIY
top: Sugarlips
skirt, belt & bag: vintage
oxfords: Restricted

Truth: It was approximately 9:15am when I took these photos last week and I’m literally sweating. If you look real hard I think you can even see that the heat and humidity at this early hour is so strong that I’m pretty much melting into the pavement! On days like these, all I reach for is easy breezy summer florals and sweet, feminine tops. My dear friend Lex gave me this peter pan collar tank, by Sugarlips, for my birthday and I just couldn’t wait to bring it out to play when the weather permitted bare arms, so when the weatherman said it was reaching nearly 90, out it came! I’m such a sucker for the peter pan collar and the sweet buttons down the back! So very vintage-inspired.  Speaking of Sugarlips, their current collection is totally worth mentioning. Check out a few pieces I’m  lusting after…

Bayside shorts, $39
Matisse floral blazer, $78
Mix media top, $45
Peter pan double collar blouse, $46

Anyway, I’m winding down after a road trip upstate to my parents house for a wedding. I had a lovely long weekend and hope you all did too! Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Things (Friday edition).

24 May

Some things are just too cute / whimsical / beautiful / awesome/ brilliant / inspiring  not to share….

1. Beer poster (Design & Illustration by Doublenaut). Dad’s day is coming up ya’ll and this makes me think of my dad. But even more so my husband (who’s not a daddy yet). Both enjoy a good beer and if they enjoyed awesome illustration as much as I did, I would buy this for them in a heartbeat. Rad.

2. Be Happy Tattoo. If I ever convinced myself to tattoo my body, I think I could be quite content with this one. But as it is, I am so very chameleon-like when it comes to self-decoration that there’s nothing I can be certain I will love forever. Tattoos are so very permanent. So I will just appreciate this one on someone else’s body.

3. The Clip Nest. A brilliantly clever and adorable idea all rolled into one magnetic egg. I’m in love.

4. Milk & Donut shooters. Someone….please have a party, have these at your party, and invite me. Thanks. Love, Tara.

5. Life is short, eat candy. Pretty much the motto I live by. I want this printed on everything!

HAPPY Friday everyone! Choose happiness today. XO

In fine feather / Love, Fire

22 May

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hat: H&M (old)
denim jacket: YesStyle (similar)
feather-print dress: Love, Fire (similar)
bag: ebay
sandals: Urban Outfitters

Well, it’s official people. All that not quite warm enough to be seasonally appropriate talk that I’ve been spewing lately is in the past. Here in the northeast, we experience all 4 seasons, but not all in their entirety all the time. It seems we’ve moved swiftly into Summer heat without so much as a couple solid weeks of Spring weather. We hit 82 degrees this week, and right along with it, the humidity. So all I grab for is easy breezy outfits like this high-low dress with the most amazing feather print I ever did see and a denim jacket (my fave all-season staple) layered over top (while it’s still cool in the mornings). I’m so glad that the high-low hemline is on trend again this year. It add a unique dimension to Summer dresses and when you’re a short gal like me, full length maxi’s don’t always work so well. And if you’re not familiar with this totally amazing brand…get in the know! I’m always loving their collections each season. Very easy-wear, bohemian, free-spirited pieces at affordable prices! You know that’s my jam! Check out a few of the things I’ve been swooning over:

Peter Pan Dotted Dress $42.00
Peter Pan Collar Top $30.00
Printed Challis Shorts $25.00
Cap Sleeve Boat Neck Dress $54.00

Hope everyone is having a lovely (sticky if you live near me!) week so far!

High life

20 May

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hat: Kardashian Kollection
blouse: vintage
necklace: ASOS
high-waisted shorts: F21 outlet
wedges: Steve Madden
bag: ebay

I can’t say that I’m obsessed with the Kardashians like many are, but I’d be lying if I have never been entertained by their shenanigans from time to time. And while they’re taste in clothing isn’t really up my alley, I’m a sucker for stylish clothes at affordable prices and their line at Sears is both on trend and inexpensive, so for that, I’m somewhat a fan. For a gal that digs vintage fashion over clubwear, there are certainly pieces in the collection Kollection that I would never in a million years wear, but amongst all the leopard print and skin tight mini skirts, there are some classic pieces worth picking up…like this floppy hat! Which I scored for merely $6.99 on clearance. Hello bargain! Paired with these high-waisted shorts with the adorable bow details that I’ve waiting for just the perfect warm day to show you, I feel like I’m having a very 70s moment…which is always fine in my book!

Happy Monday everyone! xo

pretty city

19 May

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blouse: F21 outlet
skirt: uniqlo
bag: H&M
oxfords: Jeffrey Campbell

The scenery that provides a backdrop as you take a photograph can be  transformative, it instantly takes you places. So when I ended up in one of my very favorite places, the lovely Williamsburg Waterfront Park in Brooklyn the other day, I had to seize the opportunity to snap some photos there with the pretty city skyline at my back. Even in it’s blurry landscape (thank you nifty fifty lens!), it’s  dreamy-looking. After you’ve lived in/near NYC for awhile, people always ask “does seeing the skyline ever get old?” Well, the clear answer is yes. When you see it every single day and it is no longer new and different, you do kind of “get used to it” and the novelty wears off. But it’s funny, because while honeymooning in the Greek islands last summer, my husband and I were horseback riding along the coast of Paros and were absolutely blown away by the scenic beauty of the Aegean sea and the rocky volcanic cliffs tumbling into it’s waters and the iconic sunsets that took our breath away. When chatting with the natives (who spoke English of course!), we made the same remarks we hear in NY all the time, “this scenery is so picturesque and breathtaking, it must never get old!” But ironically, they replied…we’re used to it. And then went on to explain that they wish they could see all the exciting sights that New York City has to offer and expressed how they can’t imagine waking up and seeing that great skyline everyday. Life is funny like that. Though, while it is absolutely a certainty that one grows so familiar with their surroundings that they become ordinary, no matter how extraordinary they are,  at moments like this one as I stood beside Manhattan’s towering landscape I am reminded: It is always magnificent. It is always breathtaking. It is always beautiful.

The city’s iconic skyline and beautiful bridges have made their way onto many a print product as we all well know. Here’s a look at a few my fave paper pretties perfect for those who dwell here and those who wish they did:

Courtney + Paul’s Brooklyn wedding invitations:

Nina + Ross’s wedding invitations by The Indigo Bunting:

Love in the City wedding invitations by Dea + Bean (shameless plug for yours truly!):

NYC Lover’s assorted blank note cards by Noteify via Etsy:

NYC Map Typography Print by Flying Junction via Etsy:

It’s a very dreary, rainy Sunday here but I hope everyone is enjoying the last few hours of the weekend wherever you are!

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