Outfit Post: Dressed Down Cocktail

You ever have one of those days where you pick out a perfectly acceptable outfit, like a classic LBD, and rather than let it be, you decide to add a striped tee and instead of looking classy and sophisticated, you end up looking like you’re wearing a jumper from when you were seven?

That's totally what happened to this outfit.

But in my defense, it was 10 degrees outside and that extra layer made all the difference for a night on the town.

Besides, I hear thirty is the new seven.

dress: j.crew (old, similar here)
striped shirt: h&m (old, similar here)
shoes: aldo (old, similar here)
studded cuff: asos (old, similar here)
sunglasses: forever21 (similar here)


Holiday Gift Guide: The Hostess

Holiday season is upon us.

Which means it’s time for caroling, merriment, and - my favorite - holiday parties! And because it’s rude to show up empty handed, I’ve gathered a list of some of my favorite hostess gifts to get you from now until the new year.

'Tis the season!

Holiday Gift Guide: The Hostess

1. Shinola Key Fob: This leather and brass key ring is great for someone who likes everything - even her keys - to look good. Plus it’s made in Detroit, so you know I’m a fan.
2. Bath Salts: This is the perfect gift for the hostess to enjoy after the party is over. More than likely she’s worked her butt off to perfect her event and deserves a little relaxation.
3. Coasters: Colorful coasters are fun and festive, plus they help keep her coffee table free of spills and wine rings.
4. Stationary: Holidays are all about making lists (and checking them twice). End up on the nice list by gifting a personalized stationary set or notepad.
5. Coffee Table Book: I love a good coffee table book. Dinner Parties is perfect for the woman who loves to host, well, dinner parties.
6. Succulent: Sub flowers for a succulent in a beautiful pot. They last longer than fresh flowers, plus the receiver doesn’t have to search to find a vase and worry about cutting the stems and arranging the bouquet.
7. Bottle Opener: Gone are the days of boring bottle openers. This geometric version will look like a piece of art displayed on a bar car.
8. Monogrammed Stemless Champagne Flutes: Add a bottle of bubbly and you have a great his and hers gift for a hosting couple.


Outfit Post: Caped Crusader

Capes, ponchos, shawls, whatever you want to call them, are all the rage right now.

It’s one of those trends that was “in” about 15 years ago (and 15 years before that) and has since had a recent resurgence. I remember the last time they were "cool." I was 16, in high school, and dying for a fringe version from Gap. My mom thought I was crazy. Probably because she remembered being young and wearing crazy things like fringe ponchos when she was 16.

But they are once again back. Because that’s what happens with trends. They go in and out of style in a never ending fashion cycle.

As popular as the cape/poncho/shawl may be, certain trends are far less desirable to the opposite sex. This is one of those trends. In fact, when I pulled out this number in New Mexico, B looked at me with a slight look of confusion and asked, “what are you was wearing??

Total man repeller piece. 

But I'm not going to lie. I love it. It's warm and basically allows you to acceptably walk around wrapped in a blanket. Plus, I kinda feel like Blake Lively from her recent spread in Vogue Magazine whenever I wear mine.

Man repelling or not, if it's good enough for Vogue and good enough for Blake, it's good enough for me.

And don't worry B, it'll be back out of style in no time.

poncho: tj maxx (similar here)
jeans: rag & bone
shirt: forever21
boots: j.crew (old, similar here)
bag: j.crew
sunglasses: ray ban
earrings: silpada


Outfit Post: New Mexico Sunset

As you probably know from my last post (or Instagram if you follow me there), B and I spent a week in New Mexico for a little getaway. Neither of us had been and we liked the idea of small towns, beautiful views, golf, and spas.

And even though we both like golf and spas (who doesn't?), we're not really "golf and spa" resort type people. We're actually not really resort type people of any kind. So we spent most of our trip in a perfect little cottage we rented on on VRBO where we could make our own breakfast from supplies from the farmers market, sip coffee in the privacy of our patio, and basically avoid all signs of actual human life (my introvertedness is really coming through right now).

But as lovely as that was, we attempted to be resort people and made the decision to spend our last two days at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa for some final relaxation before heading home (plus it is connected to Twin Warriors Golf Club - one of the 50 best public courses in the country and the real selling point for B).

Let me tell you, this place was amazing.

I basically spent my time reading in front of a fireplace (both indoor and outdoor), laying by one of the three year round outdoor heated swimming pools, bike riding through the property, and sipping wine on the patio while watching the most incredible sunsets. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.

Maybe I'm a resort type person after all.

top: h&m (old, similar here)
fur vest: h&m
jeans: rag & bone
boots: j. crew (old, similar here)
sunglasses: ray ban
earrings: target


Outfit Post: Winter White Stripes

Pulling over on the side of the highway doesn’t ordinarily make for the best photo ops. But when that highway is in New Mexico and you are surrounded by gorges, rivers, and snow capped mountains, and the sun is giving off that perfect late afternoon glow, there is no better place to stop than the side of the road (actually a better place would be a brewery on the side of the road, surrounded by gorges, rivers, and mountains. Which we also happened to find).

This also means that with all our time spent exploring said gorges, rivers, and mountains, beauty and personal appearance get sacrificed. We happened to stumble upon some natural hot springs before our roadside photo op, which would explain my unkempt hair. Let's just call this kinda damp, kinda wavy look "vacation hair" and pretend it's a thing.

Besides, hot springs and roadside breweries trump good hair every damn time.

top: nordstrom (similar here)
bottoms: blanknyc
boots: j.crew (similar in black here)
scarf: h&m (similar here)


Style Icon: Amal Alamuddin Clooney

Every once in a while, a new icon emerges on the fashion scene and just nails it.

The new Mrs. Clooney does just that. She has a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic, but is obviously not afraid to take risks (that Giambattista Valli floral mini is fashion perfection).

Her style is so on point, you almost fail to notice George Clooney on her arm.


Now let's just hope she takes time out of her busy schedule and graces us with her presence on the red carpet this awards season. Move over Brangelina. There's a new power duo in town.
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Outfit Post: Red Riding Hood

I'm not a very decisive person. I'm a planner. I research and think things through. I calculate the outcome of one decision verse the other decision. I take my time.

But sometimes you just know.

When I saw an instagram shot of this vintage red poncho from El Dorado General Store, I knew.

When I got to the store, I tried to play it cool. I browsed the racks (which was easy since the store is filled with incredible gems). I smelled the candles (check out the Detroit Rose Co. candles in vintage tins). But I knew. I knew that red poncho was coming home with me.

And since then, for months, I've planned and calculated and waited for the perfect moment to debut my purchase (and for the temps to drop). And there is no better time then a fall morning riverfront bike ride to let this beauty shine.

If you haven't been to El Dorado yet, go check them out so that you don't miss out on your one-of-a-kind find.

Trust me, I know.

poncho: vintage via el dorado general store
jeans: rag & bone
shirt: forever21
boots: j crew (similar in black here)


Currently Coveting: Alexander Wang x H&M

We’ve been teased and tormented for months. A celebrity preview here, an Instagram photo there. Meanwhile, we waited. And waited. And waited.

But the time has come. This week, the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration will finally launch.

Full of black, black, and more black (oh, and a lot of logos), the collaboration won't appeal to everyone. Ranging from $10 up to $350 dollars, the athletic inspired collection is made of quality materials, but may be out of reach for the average H&M customer (I'm loving this sweater and this dress, but at $150 a piece, it's highly unlikely I'll be purchasing either). 

Overall, the collection seems pretty pricey for the everyday woman who isn’t running around dressed like she’s getting ready for a fight in the ring. Even as someone who loves athletic inspired clothing, Alexander Wang, and H&M, I'm not willing to shell out the cash for the majority of the pieces. Personally, I think the real gems are the actual athletic pieces (like this sports bra and these sick leggings), which I would rock on a run or in yoga class.

I'm digging the sporty vibe, but I'm missing the understated, model-off-duty, cool Wang is known for. What are your thoughts on the collaboration? Home run or did the designer miss the mark?

Check out the full collection online and in stores on November 6th.