Helloooo Friday! Things have been crazy in these parts and I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately. Definitely need some relaxing to happen ASAP. Just a few plans and some more work to be done this weekend, plus starting a fun craft project that will be talked about more in a few weeks (fingers crossed that it works out…and on that note, has anyone ever built their own headboard before?). Any fun plans this weekend? Crazy how March is already here. Have a great one!
Of note… (sorry for the brevity this week– wasn’t at the computer as much as usual!)
- In case you missed it: the Oscar’s delivery man is one lucky guy…
- Chia seeds are my recent foodie obsession and this pudding is just so good.
- I love this site that features only brands that make all their products in the U.S.A.
- This tray is perfection– more blue + white!
- A new favorite read to my inbox for pretty interior inspiration.
Apparently I’m especially into blue right now, and I don’t hate it! A little navy, some light blue, some jewelry, some dresses, some things for the house… and then this little coat that isn’t blue but it so pretty with its flared hem. And since March apparently still = winter, coats are completely necessary.
This striped sweater and dress are pretty much just perfect, and the dress is quite modestly priced…just saying. And what’s an outfit without a little jewelry? Banana Republic is ‘killin it right now: case and point.
When I have my own home, it will have a Society Social bar cart. But until then, an ice bucket will have to suffice! I think it would definitely amp up an inexpensive bar cart, as would these matches.
I’m this.close to getting this lamp for my new apartment. It’s on a great sale sale till the end of the month, too!
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Lamps Plus Lamp / Banana Republic Necklace / Blue Striped Sweater / Banana Republic Bracelet / Waiting on Martha Matches / ModCloth Scalloped Dress / Zara Coat / Society Social Ice Bucket
It really doesn’t feel like spring and summer are around the corner… we had a snow day on Monday and the government was closed, which is anything but surprising. I do love the snow, but even I’m ready for some sandals, dresses, sunnies, vitamin D, etc. Kate Spade is doing an excellent job teasing us with these bright colors and glamorous destinations– right now, Capri. I mean, I wouldn’t mind jetting off with one of these bags and dresses in tow…
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When Sarah Jessica Parker announced she was creating a shoe line, we knew it was going to be good. I mean, it had to be! Former Sex and the City star as the Manolo Blahnik-obsessed, big haired, fashion risk taker? Expectations were high. Well, let’s just say mine were met. It’s no surprise that the actress teamed up with Nordstrom for this exciting line and of course, the shoes are a dream. They’re out of my current budget but I can’t help but want every.single.one. Shop them all here.
These are my personal favorites are the and ….what are yours?!
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Confession: back in the day, I really wanted to be a movie director. I’m not exactly sure why – I’m really not artsy- other than that I loved the idea of glamorous Hollywood, telling stories, art, and creating something beautiful. A lot has changed since, obviously. I’m no longer enamored with Hollywood, but a lot has stayed the same. Film making is not something I’m passionate about anymore, but it’s fun to think back to my early high school days when I took video production classes and made a homemade remake of Miss Congeniality. I’m not even ashamed to admit it.
Anyway, back then, it was my dream to attend an awards show. Bonus points if it was the Oscars. Spoiler: that never happened. But the Oscars have always had a special place in my heart and bring back memories of just how excited I was for them to air when I was younger. Now, a lot of my enthusiasm goes into critiquing/ raving/ hating the outfits, while still appreciating the films for the works of art that they are. Now that you know one of my deepest darkest secrets (not really), here are some of my most favorite Oscar 2014 looks. And you’ll noticed that they’re basically all neutral and not fashion risks– sticking to my classic > trendy mentality over here!
What were your favorites?!
All images via POPSUGAR
Phew, what a week! This weekend is going to be a busy one with some work I need to get done, but I’m excited to finally be trying out Rosa Mexicano tonight and finally finishing up House of Cards. What do you have planned? The sun has been shining a few days this week, plus it snowed the kind of pretty snow that makes you feel like you’re in a snow globe, so I’d say a win-win all around. Some extra good links this week… hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend : )
- If you had any doubts about ordering the larger pizza (but really, why would you) – this might convince you.
- A Twitter account that never ceases to bring a smile to my face.
- Probably my favorite link of the week…a little girl who makes paper dresses (and they’re good) every day. And then her mom Instagrams them. She’s becoming a sensation and you won’t be surprised why!
- A great little post on Indian weddings…some true, some not so true!
- We all know how much I love Inslee’s work, and these pretty shoes are no exception. I know they’re sketches for her dream wedding shoe, but I would l.o.v.e. one of those prints on my wall! Update: you can too, they’re here!
- Answering a question that most of us in DC are probably wondering…
I’m resisting posting a ton of summer stuff for now and am focusing on pieces that work well during seasonal transitions. I’ve been eyeing this blazer and might have to snag it soon. Except given my lack of coordination, my pasta lunch will be down my front in about three seconds.
A staple neutral nail polish, basic bangle, and classic ring would make the perfect addition to any wardrobe…In terms of everyday basics, I really can’t get enough of this iPhone case. I already have a case from the day I got my new phone, but am not the biggest fan – I thought I was going to break my phone in half while trying to take the case off – and this one meets my criteria (covers the entire phone and comes across the front/has a “good” texture that I can’t quite explain).
You can’t ever go wrong with a dainty necklace and a black skirt…. especially one with a bow! Ha. I’ve never wanted to relive my mini skirt days more. This one’s perfect (and way out of my budget).
Kayu makes the most beautiful clutches and the color combination + straw will take you from winter to summer, much like this scarf that would be perfect worn around the neck or on a plain handbag. And I mentioned how I’ve had espadrilles on the mind…if only I were going to partake in the Shopbop sale and splurge, but I’m being good and saying no. Doesn’t mean you should be, though! It ends tonight, and it’s the perfect time to stock up on some pricier investment pieces that don’t normally go on sale (think Rebecca Minkoff, Frye (these never go on sale and I’m kicking myself for buying them last month– they’re worth it, I promise!), Paige, and so much more).
What are your favorites? And did you scoop up anything in the Shopbop sale? I’ve been wanting these jeans, but they were sold out in my size by the time I decided to go for it! Sadsies.
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Zara Blazer / Vineyard Vines Bangle / Deborah Lippmann ‘Before He Cheats’ / Brooks Brothers iPhone 5 Case / Kayu Clutch / Gorjana Necklace / Bauble Bar Ring / Tory Burch Espadrilles / Jonathan Adler Scarf / Étoile Isabel Marant Skirt
As a little girl, I loved jewelry and all things girly. Earrings became one of the many things I collected (lets be honest, I collected, like, everything) and a trip to Claire’s was the highlight of any visit to the mall. My taste in jewelry has thankfully evolved, but I still love pretty bracelets, necklaces, and earrings like I used to. Rings are a more recent development, but I’ve learned to love them over the past few years.
Loren Hope is up there as one of my favorite jewelry designers. Her pieces have just the right amount of color without being too over the top and the perfectly curated collection allows for many styles to come in multiple colors. I got this cuff for Christmas and can’t wait to add another one of Loren’s pieces to my collection. The Spring/Summer 2014 Collection would be the perfect place to start. The look book? Prepared to be transported to a sunny oasis with good clothes and jewels. I am such a fan of how Loren makes all of her pieces by hand in Rhode Island… each one is clearly made with love. Also, based on Twitter, she’s also macaron-obsessed. A girl after my own heart!
Some of my favorites from Spring/Summer 2014:
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Mirabel Cuff / Small Sara Cuff / Pippa Bib Necklace / Alice Necklace / Abba Earrings / Sophia Studs
When it comes to interiors, I’m generally partial to the less-is-more approach. Clutter stresses me out and organizing relaxes me. I get distracted easily, so having less around is usually my M.O. However, certain spaces are an exception. Some are so well-styled with the cutest little adornments. Up at the top of that list is Sarah Vickers’ office. First off, her style is the definition of charming, so it’s no surprise that her office is the same. The books. Can we talk about perfect? It’s like the most organized, systematic clutter (oxymorons definitely ok right now). A library + office combo is my dream, and Sarah has the sweetest little accents scattered systematically throughout.
Just in general, I love Sarah’s blog. She has the most impeccable style and a dream closet (seriously, look). I’ve loved reading her blog and never tire of her perfectly styled shoots. Also, if I could go shopping in her closet, that would be great too. Hello, perfect Ferragamos!
All images via Classy Girls Wear Pearls
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This weekend was just great. Perfect weather, sunshine, friends, wine, McDonalds (yep), and a little too much fun one night. As much as I value my “me” time, sometimes it’s nice to pack in some really fun things and feel a little tired/busy yet completely satisfied.
Part of what made this weekend so great was my first trip to a winery! I’d been to Napa when I was very underage and it was great to actually taste the wine and experience the whole thing. One of my roommates and I + our boyfriends went to the Marterella Winery out in Warrenton, VA (about an hour from DC). Let me tell you: I love Washington, but it was so nice to get out of the city for a few hours. The rural backdrop reminded me of upstate NY (coupled with the dry/brown grasses of TX) and we were all pretty happy to be sipping wine in the “country.”
I’m no expert on wine and/or wineries, but we had a pretty good time. Marterella has a very homey, family feel to it; literally, you feel like you’re in the large dining room of someone’s home. There’s also a lovely little patio that has a wood pizza oven, which I thought was great until you realize the pizzas are most likely the frozen ones from the grocery store. We had a Living Social deal that let us get a meat, 2 cheeses, and crackers with our wine flights. It was pretty great nibbling on cheese and having someone come by your table every few minutes to serve you some more sips of yummy wine.
While the wine was great, my favorite little touch were the two sweet dogs that roamed around. One was a Yorkie (soft spot in my heart) and I think the other was a shih tzu. They were the cutest, sweetest little nuggets…so great that the place is dog friendly! Leaving there with some leftover cheese, a bottle of wine, two glasses, and some pretty pictures made it such a great Saturday. Mental note to try and get out of the city more often!
Have you ever been to a winery? Anyone know of other ones worth checking out in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area?
Photos by Monica Dutia