Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Do me a favor

[Image: Favor]

I'm usually of the "more is more" mindset when it comes to jewelry but I'm in love with the simple selections on Favor. Particularly obsessed with the stacking rings. Would love to be pairing those with every single outfit this fall.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Feeling hot, hot, hot

WHEW. It is hot up in here. And by hot, I mean sweltering, record breaking, brain melting, fires on the side of the freeway as I come home (seriously) hot. I'm dreaming of gelato stands on every corner. 

P.S. - In Europe, I got banana every. single. time. And we got gelato a lot.

Friday, September 24, 2010

European Vacation

I was lucky enough to get to backpack through Europe the summer before my last year of college. My cousin was studying abroad, and once she was done, my uncle and I hopped a flight and headed over to London to meet up. It was my first time out of the country. And boy, was I unprepared. I had no idea how hard it would be. Always on the go, lugging around heavy packs in some of the worst humidity I've ever experienced. Getting lost and not being to ask for directions because of the language barrier. I spent way too much time crying in frustration and homesickness. My cousin was great, holding my hand, giving me tissues and not mentioning how much of a brat I was being (in retrospect, she probably should have just smacked me and gone "hello, look around...where are we?!") That's not to say I didn't have the time of my life, because I did. I saw so many amazing places and have so many great stories (like the time my cousin and I crammed into an elevator smaller than my closet with our huge backpacks and I fell once the doors opened because we were packed in there so tightly). That trip made me realize that I want to make new adventures a priority. Since I can't get back there as soon as I'd like, I'm occasionally going to be posting a few pictures from that trip to bring a little bit of euro chic to my everyday.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Today felt blissfully like fall. Like real fall, not Southern California fall (which is all hot and windy and full of wildfires). And it reminded me that my very favorite season is just around the corner. Here's what I love:

-Football on tv. Basically the only sport I watch (and kinda understand).
-September magazines. The best magazines of the year, thick enough to be considered books.
-The arm workout you get from lugging around those magazines.
-My birthday!
-Halloween. One of my very favorite holidays. Pumpkin patch trips. Scary movies. Candy! Oddly enough, I don't love dressing up in costume.
-Fall fashion. Undoubtedly, the best season to dress in. I love layering - sweaters, boots, scarves - I can't wait to pull them out.
-Hot tea and a good book on the couch. Great any time of the year, but particularly suited to autumn. 
-Pumpkin-flavored everything.

So even though the weather here is due to jump back up to the 90s this weekend (ick!), I can just remind myself that all this loveliness is on the way. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Girl Crush: Carey Mulligan

[Images:, weheartit]

Ahh, Carey Mulligan. I love her pixie cut and her affinity for unique dresses. She's definitely one to watch out for. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

3 of my fav ladies


Ellen gives MK&A new bags and sunnies. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010



I love to look at Marchesa collections, because they are always pure frothy fantasy.

Monday, September 13, 2010


So while I'm counting down the hours till the premiere of Gossip Girl (in Paris!), I'll catch up by reading about some of the best fashion moments from previous seasons. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Anthropologie does sweet, girly dresses really, really well. Here are some of my recent favs:


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Accessories: Part III



Alright, here we go. Part III - bags (check out parts I and II). Quite possibly my favorite of the three (but really, how can you choose?!).

1. Finally, a clutch you can actually fit stuff in. Love the large size and texture of this one.
2. This sparkly bag would jazz up skinny cargo pants and a denim shirt nicely.
3. While I usually favor large bags (that I seem to lose everything in - which is part of the reason that I never answer my phone), I'm slowly being converted to the cross-body bag side. I love them. So easy to just sling over your shoulder and go.
4. I love that you can convert this into a shoulder bag with a slouchier look.
5. Um, a girl can dream

Monday, September 6, 2010

Accessories: Part II

My next batch of accessories (see Part I here) is all about shoes. For me, there are only two heel heights that matter when it comes to shoes: flat and super high. There's no in between in my closet. So here's what I'd like to have in my wardrobe:

1. I just bought a pair of TOMS (in red, no less) and they are super comfy. Plus, you're donating a pair to a child in need. Love when you can do good by shopping.
2. Minnetonkas are next on my list of "to-buy" shoes. I can already picture so many fall outfits they would go with.
3. Ballet flats are a staple of my wardrobe, and a pair in soft grey would be lovely. 
4. Loeffler Randall makes the most drool-worthy boots
5. Black studded heels would complement skinny jeans and a nice top or add edge to a cocktail dress.
6. Nude sky-high heels are also make my most-wanted list. I could use the extra 5 inches these heels would provide. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Accessories: Part I


For my style, I usually stick with casual, classic pieces in neutral colors. I choose to make accessories the focus of my outfits. In part one of my three-part accessory post (shoes and bags to come!), I'm covering all the lovely baubles and jewels. For me, the bolder, the better. Let's dive right in:

1. I love the tangled mix of metals and materials of this necklace.
2. Someday I'll own a Tiffany Key. Until that day, maybe this will suffice?
3. Oftentimes, I'll reach for a chunky, menswear watch to top off my typical outfit of a tee and skinny jeans.
4. Pocket watch necklace. Kind of Alice in Wonderland meets grandpa's heirloom (two things you never thought would be in the same sentence).
5. Sometimes all you need is a big rock. Earthy and pretty.
6. Rosaries look good alone or layered.
7. I'm a sucker for a snake cuff. Love them!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Back to school


Even though I'm officially done with school, I still love this time of year, and always have. Not so much the school part, but buying all new stuff? Oh yeah. I still get giddy at the idea of collegiate gear and new dorm essentials (thanks a lot, Target), even if I wouldn't have much use for them now. Here's what I would get if I was still hitting the books:
1. A simple varsity sweater to cover up in those chilly lecture halls [Gap]
2. A feminine version of the letterman's jacket [Urban Outfitters]
3. This messenger bag would let your tote all your stuff and look good doing it [Urban Outfitters]
4. A chunky, men's watch will get you to class on time [Urban Outfitters]
5. Nerd-chic glasses (just like the ones I wear full-time) [Urban Outfitters]
6. A colorful calendar to help you keep track of it all [Paper Source]
7. If you have to read the classics, at least make sure they look stylish [Anthropologie]