Monday, September 30, 2013

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

I was creating a post for today when I came across this print and I just had to share this instead of what I was actually working on. This little print made me so happy because (cue the broken record) I love love love fall so much. I was complaining yesterday that it hasn't been quite cold enough for me to put on my boots yet, but then I was reminded of all the other great aspects of the season and I slowed my metaphorical roll just tad. 

I've been having blogger's block if you will lately, and I think I am starting to find more inspiration so that's a huge plus. In the mean time I'm doing a lot of ideating, pinning on Pinterest, reading other blogs and trying to get my blogging mojo back. You should see some new stuff this week, and by next week I hope to be fully back into the swing of things. Thanks for baring with me!

In the meantime, let's keep in touch! Connect with me through Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Scatter Brain

I have to apologize. I have been a total scatter brain this week with being sick and work picking up like crazy. I do, in all sense of the analogy, feel like a chicken with my head cut off at the moment. This has left me a tad uninspired the past few days. So rather than give you something sub par, I thought I would just share my overwhelming feeling of perpetual craziness that will be the month of October and move on.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I look forward to finding some inspiration and relaxation this weekend too!

Image by Inslee

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sweater Weather

Fisherman's Sweaters

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It's almost sweater weather here in lovely DC, and being home sick with a nasty cold has led to daydream about big cozy sweaters. I'm a sucker for chunky cable knits and fisherman's sweaters. I know big knits can had heft and bulk, but an over-sized sweater or buying one in the men's section has worked pretty well for me. Typically I don't like these types of sweaters to be fitted, so I like buying a size up for a comfortable look. 

I got a little teaser of fall over the weekend when I got to wear my boots for the first time, and now I can't wait until I can pair said boots with a big comfy sweater. Now that it is officially fall it's time to bring on the crockpot meals, scarves, and big sweaters and welcome my favorite season in style. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall Shopping

Fall Bag Lust List

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My apologies as I've been MIA recently. I got pretty sick Thursday and unfortunately I got a lot worse yesterday. With that said, what would cheer a girl up more than a new, lush handbag? The answer is not a heck of a whole lot. I scope out and obsess over a bah for a while before I make a purchase. I've never really been impulsive when it came to bags and since I don't have my sights set on one just yet, I thought this was the perfect time to start looking into one. 

Does anyone have recs for a great all around bag? I'd love to know what you're carrying this fall.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hostess with the Mostess

Hostess with the Mostess

bar cart  //  stemless flutes  //  candle  //  bowl  //  tray  //  shaker  //  decanter

I've unfortunately never been a big entertainer personally, but I absolutely adore the idea of entertaining. As a former event/wedding planner I got to put together a lot of great events and over the top parties, but when it comes to having people over for a get together... well it just never really came to pass.

I'm on a mission to become a hostess and a home entertainer even if it kills me. I'm looking forward to football parties, holiday gatherings, and the occasional game night to start cutting my hostess teeth. It seems like all my coworkers have a go to spread for entertaining, and frankly I'm jealous. So cheers to hopefully becoming  the hostess with the mostess!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Falling for It

It officially feels like fall here in DC and that makes me one happy camper. As cliche as it is, it truly is my favorite time of year and with it comes so many things I love. This fall I am really looking forward to: 

Rich burgundy lips + nails and winged eyeliner

And of course, pumpkin spice anything

Friday, September 13, 2013

The British are Coming

Weekly Wants: Joules Clothing

Jacket // Sweatshirt // Vest // Boots // Sweater // Dress

Happy Friday! I've teamed up with Joules Clothing to bring you this week's Weekly Wants. As the premier the purveyor of "brilliantly British style," Joules focuses on traditional country pieces with modern updating and punches of color. With fall upon us, it's the perfect time to stock up on everything you need to keep warm and look great while doing so. 

I'm all about timeless pieces and these six items would be worn to death, and would stay in style for years to come. I'm dreaming of a crisp fall day where I can throw on that cable knit sweater and vest, slip into the cutest welly boots I have ever seen, and enjoy the outdoors (preferably with a latte in hand).

I don't wear dresses too often, but I would make exceptions for this red stunner. It's the perfect day to night or holiday party dress, but to be perfectly honest it looks like something Kate Middleton would wear and that seals the deal for me right there. This nautical stripe sweatshirt and quilted jacket would be the perfect casual pair for Sunday errands, trips to the vineyards, and dining alfresco. 

The Brits have a knack for classic clothing, and Joules is now bringing the best of the British outdoors to you. Shop online, or try on your favorite items at your local Von Maur or Neiman Marcus stores. 

This post was sponsored by Joules. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

DIY Daydreaming

DIY Daydreaming


I'm getting the crafty/artistic itch that I get a few times a year, and I 100% blame Pinterest. Like many women, I've always been pretty crafty and try a few projects every year. Lately though, I haven't done anything artsy and I'm starting to have withdrawal. Now I live in an apartment so there are many projects I would love to tackle but just don't have the space or resources to do so. I compiled a few projects from my Pinterest boards of projects that were doable no matter the size of your living space or access to materials. 

1. Kate Spade-esque Gold Confetti Plates: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern from Kate Spade. It's my all time favorite for serving wear, vases, you name it I love it. All you need are some cheap-o plates, vases, glasses, anything really, painter's tape, and gold paint (gold sharpie and spray paint will work too). I'm going to make some mugs, vases, champagne flutes, and maybe a serving tray with this method.

2. Mason Jar To Go Cup: Yea yea yea we're all mason jar'ed out, but they really are so flipping versatile in the kitchen. I bought a case from Target for $10 and I use them for food storage, leftover storage, for my morning smoothie, and yes as cups at times. I have so many now that I would love to get some more uses out of them and I am in desperate need of to go cups (they always seem to go missing). 

3. Framed Gilded Agate Slices: Woo-Hoo I actually have all the elements I need for this project ready to go. I bought some gorgeous slices on Amazon, shadowbox frames from Ikea, and now I just have to paint the edges and assemble them.

4. Gold Studded Tray: Unless you've been living under a rock the world of home decor is currently obsessed with trays. I can't say I blame them either because trays instantly make spaces feel pulled together and more organized (what's not to love?). Acrylic trays can be purchased inexpensively at The Container Store and the gold pyramid studs are super inexpensive at your local craft store. For less than $10 you can bring new life and chic organization to your favorite surface.

All images and projects found on Pinterest, and linked to their respective owners

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Loving Leather

Loving Leather

I'm in love with all the leather I'm seeing in stores lately. I'm even digging all the faux! Really faux leather has come such a long way and is an inexpensive way to get that chic, edgy look. I'm pretty conservative in my clothing picks, but I would love to incorporate some of these items into my wardrobe. I know I have to have a leather mini and jacket, but I'm toying with the idea of some pant/legging looking pieces to wear with flowy blouses for a night out. 

Even if an all leather piece is not your style or budget, their are some great clothing pieces out there with  leather piping and accenting that really add that something special. Are you liking the leather trend?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekly Wants: Makeup

Weekly Wants: Makeup


I'm a creature of habit and I don't change up beauty products too often, but lately I'm itching to try some new ones. Even though I'm no longer in school , I always feel like I need a clean start around"back to school time." I think this is the perfect excuse to revamp my makeup bag contents. Anything you are lusting over at the makeup counters?

Have a great weekend everyone! See you on Monday!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nail Love

Nail Love

* denotes personal favorite

It's no secret that I love love love fall. It is without a doubt my favorite season, and time of year (except for Christmas). One of my favorite parts about fall are all the dark, sultry nail polish colors that pop up everywhere. I'm partial to Essie colors as you can see, but I have seen some gorgeous colors from OPI and Butter that I'd like to try out. Even though it's classified under holiday, I love glitter polish for fall too especially the two pictured above because the glitter is very small and fine so you get really subtle sparkle or layer it for a really festive look. 

I have my color staples like Wicked, but I am dying to try that great navy and the emerald looking one too. New colors are great to mix it up, but you can never go wrong with a classic red nail it will always be in style. What are some of your faves? I'm dying to try some new ones!

Colors pictured: 
Top Row- Ballet Slippers, Topless and Barefoot, Chinchilly, Smokin' Hot
Middle Row- Devil's Advocate, Bahama Mama, Wicked, After School Boy Blazer
Bottom Row- Laquered Up, Silver Bullions, Stylenomics, Beyond Cozy

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weekend Recap

Summer is officially over, and I can't think of a better way to have ended it than with a trip to Cape Cod for my friend's wedding. The day after a long weekend is always tough so rather than try to come up with something witty, I thought I would share a few pictures from our weekend.

Rehearsal dinner shot (pardon the blurriness)

The new Mr. & Mrs. Freedman (but seriously have you ever seen a more gorgeous bride/dress?)

These handsome devils were our dates (the bow tie... I die)

My pretty bestie and her beau

Sweaty, hair in ruins, bright a*s dress, but such a great time!

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