Nov 30, 2010

Warm and Cozy

Throw another log on the fire. Right now I want some cozy slippers and a stylish ivory wrap sweater to snuggle in. The Row's (#3) take on a winter wonderland wrap is heavenly.  
1. Superfine Lambswool Shawl Cardigan @ | 2. Elie Tahari @ | 3. The Row Thropston Cardigan @ | 4. Tower Cropped Cardigan  @ | 5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Long Cardigan @

Get Your Shine On

SylvaCie's distinctive collection of rings is brilliant. The serpent ring... sublime.

Boogie Down Tuesday | Cold War

Janelle MonĂ¡e rips it up with raw emotion. This stripped down video is mesmerizing.

Nov 29, 2010

Daily Doses

Freeze. Capturing the "Good" days... well the days I just happen to pull it together enough to snap a picture of myself. Just for fun, try taking a webcam pic of yourself everyday for a month, it's strange to see how your makeup and hair changes even though you think you've got your routine down.

Holiday Party Perfect

This disco delicious jacket will be the hit of any holiday party. Pair it with a bubble skirt or skinny jeans, it really depends on whether you want to be naughty or nice
Marc by Marc Jacobs Dee Dee Sequined Wool Bolero @

Mission: Bulid-A-Wardrobe

Overhauling your wardrobe takes chutzpah. My friend Melissa accepted the challenge to upgrade her style. Four hours of shopping and she walked away with numerous neutral separates that can do double and triple duty. Here's the breakdown:
4 - pants (black, gray and taupe) tip: the Loft Scuba pant maybe the most flattering pant ever!
3 - sweaters (sand, black and plum)
5 - tees & tanks (black, gray, cream and gray/navy striped)
3 - jackets (gray and black)
1 - button up (white)
1 - necklace (multi-chain silver)
1 - pair of boots (black)
1 - metallic flats (champagne)
1 - belt (black)

Here is some of what she bought (the gray jacket shown is similar in style, but not the exact Mac/Jac Jacket)
1. Classic Blazer @ | 2. Charles Gray London Crop Moto Jacket @  | 3. Short Sleeve Sequin Pocket T @ | 4. Contrast Stitch Ruffle Blouse @  | 5. Drap Neck Cardigan @ | 6. Martin Fit Mélange Winter Wool Trouser @ | 7. Short Sleeve Beaded Neck Tee @ | 8. Striped Side Pleat Tee @ | 9. Scuba Pant @ | 10. Franco Sarto Boot @

Nov 28, 2010

Rocks | Got Em, Flaunt Em

Imagine typing an email with one of these rough rider rocks dangling off your finger. What a chic surprise to pull your whole ensemble together. 
Jamie Joseph Rings

Hey Mr. DJ

What do you get the musicphile in your life? Well, you could gain some street cred and honor the turntable with these gift items.
1. Monserat De Lucca Turntable Necklace @ | 2. Clearaudio Ambient Solo CMB Turntable @ | 3. SK Pro Throwback Headphones @ | 4. Turntable Ring @ | 5. The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 18 LP Box Set @

Nov 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I am taking some time off from blogging due to a busy week ahead (look for my next entry on Saturday). My activities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Lunch with coworkers at Mayslack's.
  • Making Pioneer Woman's Fancy Macaroni.
  • Happy Hour @ Max & Mission to celebrate Jonica's new job.
  • Two big family dinners with all the trimmings.
  • Wearing my new boots (snow's in the forecast).
  • Cocktails and power shopping @ Saks, Macy's and Len with M & K (pictures to come).
  • Relaxing!

All Twisted Up

Twist's online store has an amazing assortment of laid back SoCal bracelets. The rustic mix of high and low end is right on the money.
1. Rebecca Lankford Leather and Gold Circle Bracelet | 2. Maria Rudman Black Embroidered Pewter Bracelet | 3. Giles & Brother Natural Leather and Brass Hook Bracele | 4. Jill Platner Lantern Bracelet | 5. Elizabeth and James Bar ID Bracelet | 6. Ruby Kobo Diamond Stick Wrap Bracelet

Nov 23, 2010

Diane von Furstenberg | Spring 2011

Trip the lights fantastic, I am loving the neon lips. I can't wait to layer, purple, blue and kiwi or red, pink and robin's egg blue this spring, just genius. Thank you DVF for warming a bitterly cold day.

Sparkly Things | BCBG

So sparkly. So shiny. Thank you Max Azria for bringing the bling for Christmas.

Boogie Down Tuesday: Gettin' Slizzard?

This song should help you forget holiday stress, but if the beats don't work, I guess you could get slizzard.

Nov 22, 2010

Bejewled Beanie

This uber-luxe look by Ralph Lauren is to die for. How charming is that beaded tartan beanie?

All Hail Nanette Lepore!

All hail Nanette Lepore, she is the queen of well constructed jackets. Just look at the tailoring on the coats in her Fall 2010 collection. They're exquisite, no?

Gifts for Her | Splurge

1. Helmut Lang Dolman Top @ | 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Buckle Leather Boots @ | 3. Striped Blanket Poncho @ | 4. Duluth Pack Market Tote @| 5. Marais USA Maryjane Bow Beige Flats @

Nov 21, 2010

J.Crew Holiday 2010 | Impeccable

J.Crew's December catalog is out and the holiday picks are outstanding.

The Walker Blackberry Cosmo

Here's an elegant variation of the standard Cosmo. This recipe calls for Hiram Walker’s Blackberry Brandy in place of vodka. Maybe you need one of these to chase away the lingering effects of Saturday night. I'm wrapping up a girls weekend in the woods, uh pass that glass my way, it's a long ride home.
Walker Blackberry Cosmo
  • 2 parts Hiram Walker Blackberry Brandy
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice
  • 3/4 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 3/4 part Lime Juice

    Nov 20, 2010

    Suede and Sherling Shrug

    Hey there beautiful! This Karl Songhua Toscana suede and shearling shrug from is just breath-taking.

    Sultry Eyes, Glossy Lips | Bobbi Brown

    For years, Bobbi Brown has been one of my faves for eyes, cheeks and lips... this winter they have a sultry eye kit that is phenomenal. And don't forget the cheek stain and glossy trio both will brighten your face.
    Bobbi Brown Sultry Eye Palette | Sheer Color Cheek Tint (I recommend Coral) | Lip Gloss Trio | All @

    Club Monoco Holiday 2010

    Their look is a scoch reminiscent of J.Crew, but I still like it. The palette is so warm and cozy... I love how they layered champagne, flax and ivory.

    Nov 19, 2010

    I Love Lamp

    I WANT this peacock colored lamp. Yep, I want it.
    Swell Peacock Table Lamp @

    Headdress Diva

    Decorate your tresses with feathers and rhinestones this holiday season. All of these headbands have a "stop em in your tracks" appeal.
    1. Natasha Accessories Feather-Detail Headband @ | 2. Curled-Feather Headband @ | 3. Jennifer Ouellette @ | 4. Netted Mesh Headband @ | 5. Feather Headband@

    Instant Outfit | Peridot and Sangria

    1. Zip Rollneck Top by Karen Millen @ | 2. Matte Stretch Pant by Karen Millen @ | 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Classic Q - Hillier' Hobo @ | 4. Joan & David Flipp @

    Nov 18, 2010

    Sparkles the Shutterbug

    The Lomography 35mm gold sparkle fisheye camera has a 170 degree view that compacts everything into a distorted circular image. It makes anything you shoot look super awesome.
    Lomography 35mm Gold Sparkle Fisheye Camera @

    Dream Closet | One Step Closer

    Mariah Carey has my dream closet. I am fairly certain I am not the only woman who envies the singer's storage, square footage and well appointed cubbies... they're close to perfection. Sadly, my chances of ever having a closet like Mariah’s are slim to none. Lucky for me Ballard Designs has a shoe organizer that gets me one step closer to nirvana.
    1. Mariah Carey's Closet; photo by: InStyle | 2.  Sarah Storage Tower @

    Stones | All Shapes & Sizes

    Elva Fields Jewelry is an indulgence in the academic and artistic. Who knew mixing vintage and polished river rock could be such a beautiful combination.
    1. Didn't Know Then | 2. Miss the Days | 3. Whichever Way the Wind Blows| 4. Tender Kindness | 5. Big Plans @ Elva Fields

    Nov 17, 2010

    Acrimony | Modern Simplicity

    San Francisco Boutique, Acrimony, travels around the world to bring their customers a diverse assortment of contemporary and street design. See how you can evolve your style with Acrimony.

    1. Made Her Think Blade Stoned Ring | 2. Made Her Think Lee Handbag | 3. SHIN Printed Scarf w/Hood | 4. Made Her Think Spike Rhinestone Stud | 5. SHIN Layered Top w/Hoodie | 6. Ann-Sofie Back Pin Blouse  | 7. Laugh Cry Repeat Exposure Tee @

    Drop Dead Reds

    Hands down these are some of the best red polishes in stores right now. Plus, all the brands featured have a great track record with longevity and total coverage.
    1. Scarab by Illamasqua @ | 2. Dragon @ | 3. Red Hot Ayers Rock @ | 4. Givenchy 172 Vintage Garnet @ | 5. Glamourpuss @

    Anton Heunis Cuffs

    Nov 16, 2010

    Charming Holiday Trinkets

    Henri Bendel's holiday trinkets are perfect for Mom or Sis this holiday season. I would love to see my Mom in the gem spiked ring, I wonder if she'd wear it to the church bazaar?

    Boogie Down Tuesday: Special Request

    This one is for Jonica and Sarah. Britney two weeks in a row, it may be a music faux pas, so I hope you can forgive me.

    Maritime Moment

    You had me at first sight with your nautical collar, evenly set stripes and street urchin thumb holes. I didn't have a chance.

    Veronica Beard India Jacket @

    Nov 15, 2010

    Mandinka Fall/Winter 2010

    What a wonderfully moody mix of gray, black and blue. Bonus points for the middle part hairstyle and dark matte lips. This model is too just too cool. 

    Adventures In Plaid

    I want a plaid jacket with soft draping and a muted palette, but the price must be right. My search may take me to a few vintage shops, how exciting. Here are some of my inspiration pieces.
    1. Armand Basi @  | 2.  Admiral Jacket Vivienne Westwood @ | 3. Sasha Glen Wool-Blend Peacoat @ | 4.Rag & Bone @

    Dear Santa

    Could you put the Wunderkind fur collar coat under my tree. I realize it is obscenely expensive, but trust me when I tell you I have been very, very good this year. Cross my heart.

    Nov 14, 2010

    Lovingly Layered | Knit on Knit

    High Neck Vigore Coat @

    Heidi Merrick Spring 2011

    The cut of Heidi Merrick's dresses are divine. You can see the full line for Spring 2011 at

    Instant Outfit: Furry Find

    1. Michael Stars Black Turtle Neck T-Shirt @ | 2. APART @ | 3. Adam Ava Wide-leg Wool Pants @ | 4. Frosted Felt Treesh @| 5. Nine West Rocha @

    Nov 13, 2010

    If Wishes Were Horses...

    1. Sammy Handmade in Ethiopia @ | 2. Apart @ | 3. Gem-laden Knit Hat @ | 4. | 5. Dior Beauty Bronze Libertine Nail Color @

    Stoned and Stylish

    This ring screams Russian nobility. If I were a czarina this is what I would wear, oh who are we kidding I would wear it without the fancy title.
    Kenneth Jay Lane @

    What About Kato?

    How clever is this necklace? The Digby & Iona Inspector Closeau Moustache hits the mark for witty fahionistas. Now they just need to make a karate chop hand for Kato.

    Nov 12, 2010

    We Are Owls

    The scarves from We Are Owls could hang on the walls of galleries. The group of designing friends takes scarves beyond accessorizing and practicality and shows how they can reflect emotions.


    Looking to imbibe this evening? Try something new, like a Persimmon Mojito. Yummy.

    Persimmon Mojito
    Crushed ice
    6 ounces light rum
    8-10 mint sprigs
    4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
    Simple syrup (about 4 tablespoons sugar to 4 tablespoons water combined) to taste
    2-3 tablespoons persimmon puree, (fuyu variety)
    Club soda
    2 lime slices

    Puree persimmons (remove skin), in a blender or juicer.
    Place ice in a beverage shaker, add rum, bruised mint leaves, lime juice, and sugar mixture. Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass. Add the persimmon puree and combine gently, and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves.

    Hunting Glam

    I live in the great North where some women lose their husbands to the woods on the weekends and become deer widows. Ladies, this year enjoy your alone time, splurge on your own version of a hunting outfit and track down a stellar cocktail! Happy Friday.
    Gryphon & ALC @

    Nov 11, 2010

    The Long And Short Of It...

     Burberry Convertible Cashmere and Wool-blend Coat @

    Music Lunch Break: Toxic

    The weekend is almost here, however I need a little motivator to push me through the next day and a half. Here's a little turbo boost. Enjoy.

    Fringe With Chic Benefits

    1. Karen Walker Captain Sweatshirt Dress @ | 2. Iosselliani Burnished Fringe Earrings @ | 3. Loomstate Doba Poncho @ | 4. Zac Posen Silk-blend Fringed Blouse @ | 5.  ACB Isle Fringe Leather and Brass Necklace @ | 6. Zac Posen  @ | 7. Ranjana Khan Chain Fringe & Abstract Tile Cuff @

    Granny Get Your Hook

    Crochet. It's not a sexy word, it ranks right up there with macrame and Melba Toast, right? Yet, it is back in fashion, many designers are featuring the hook and yarn handicraft. Here are some interesting examples of crocheting. Not too shabby.
    1. Twenty8twelve Multicolor Chrochet Top @ | 2. Missoni Grey Wilde Striped Crochet Scarf @ | 3. Malene Birger Crochet-panel Linen-blend Dress @ | 4. Missoni Short-sleeved Crochet Jacket @ | 5. Dannijo Dima Crocheted Metal Necklace @ | 6. Crochet Roll Sleeve Top @

    Nov 10, 2010

    Santa Fe Statement

    Want to get noticed? Here's a surefire way to turn heads. An eclectically beautiful accessory from the Southwest, it'll make you the center of attention.

    Could You Be The One?

    Tory Burch tunics are a little slice of heaven; I have wanted one for sometime. So when I saw this sweater I was giddy. I am infatuated with its fringe, hardware and cut. Could this be the one?

    Studio 54 Glitz

    Studio 54's famous gold-lame wearing crowd comes to mind when looking at this mishmash of sequined garb. Here's a thought, shock the in-laws this Thanksgiving and relive the fabulousity of the late 70's and early 80's Danceteria.
    1. Vince Sequined Crepe T-shirt @ | 2.  Alice & Olivia @ | 3. Destroyed Sequin Tee by Gryphon @ | 4. Haute Hippie Silk Sequined Mini Skirt @ | 5. DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Night Steal Sequined T-shirt @ | 6. PLEIN SUD Sequin Skirt @

    Nov 9, 2010

    Elizabeth and James Spring 2011 just released an exclusive look at the Elizabeth and James' Spring 2011 Collection. I pulled some of my faves. To see the full lookbook click here.
    Photos by Roderick Angle

    Buffed Beauty: Turquoise

    Stylish Texan Judy Aldridge of Atlantis Home wore the most resplendent mix of turquoise in her blog yesterday. It reminded me of some of the intricate pieces my mom wore in the 80's, each piece designed lovingly by an artisan in New Mexico (my Aunt). The pieces below have updated the blue-green rock by swapping out standard sterling silver for lustrous gold.
    1. K. Amato Turquoise and Gold Leaf Earrings @ | 2.Amrita Singh @ | 3. Hulbert @ | 4. House of Harlow 1960 Tribal Ring in Turquoise @ | 5. GS Lillian Turquoise Round Cuff @ | 6. Primadina Turquoise Single Ring @ | 7. Jack and Stella Turquoise Stone Necklace@ | 8. Amrita Singh @ | 9. Nancy Multistrand Beaded Necklace @