post holiday

Every year I am amazed at how quickly the holidays zoom by. It feels like Christmas was here for a second, before NYE became the next big thing to plan for. Like really, 2013 is only days away -- where's the pause button?! How was everyone's holiday? 

{ASOS jacket (old, but similar, similar); JCrew turtleneck (on sale!) + skirt (old); Coach bag; Zara booties (old but similarsimilar); Hue tights}


merry merry

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

{JCrew sweater + necklace}


playing kate

For the past few seasons, my Kate Spade crush has emerged into a full blown, undeniable love affair (cc: my holiday gift guides). It's no secret that I am drawn to all things colorful and girly, but Kate has been seriously catching my eye lately. So much so that I have been slowly building up my Kate wardrobe (aka hitting up the sales racks), starting with this full girly skirt, and gorgeous-so-excited-they-had-my-size blouse.

1: {French Connection top; Kate Spade skirt; Coach bag; Steve Madden pumps}
2: {JCrew jacket + pants; Kate Spade top + clutch; Steve Madden pumps; F21 pearls; Karen Walker sunnies}


a moment of silence

Today I'm taking a moment of silence to honor those heros and morn the devastating losses at Sandy Hooks Elementary School. I'm hugging my family extra tight -- reading and watching the accounts of this unthinkable crime makes my heart break and my stomach sick. I can't even begin to fathom the heartache of this little community, our nation, and of the children who were suppose to be safe yesterday at school.

For all of the families, children, teachers and friends affected by yesterday's tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are wholeheartedly with you. 



I bought this scarf for $7 (hello H&M, I love you) and it's driven me to throw on some cranberry hues: less harsh than black and much more fun than brown. 

Happy 12/12/12!

{Juicy Couture dress (old); H&M scarf (similar, similar but $$) ; Coach bag; Zara boots (old but similar); Juicy Couture watch (similar); Hue tights; American Apparel bow; Sephora lip stain}


the holiday gift guide: classic gifts

Still on the hunt for a perfect gift? Me too -- it honestly feels like it never ends, and the scary fact that Christmas is a mere 17 days away (14 hours...12 minutes...jk.) has me thinking of what it takes to get those really tough candidates crossed off my list. 

Here's a list of classic gifts -- pieces that will stand the test of time, and are guaranteed to make your giftee jumping for joy. Think mom, sister, the girl who has it all -- these picks might be a little more pricey, but she'll probably have it for, like ever (or something close to it): 

1. Kate Spade Copa Cabana Wallet $89 (on sale! from $178)
2. Michael Kors Large Gold Runway Watch $275
3. Longchamp Le Pilage Large tote $145
4. Coach Willis Bag $298
5. J. Crew $125 (select colors on sale for $98/$59)
6. Kate Spade Open Spade earring $48
7. Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves $98 (on sale! some colors $59)
8. Coach Single Legacy Tassel $38
9. Club Monaco Celine Cashmere Scarf $198
10. Heaven & Heath Snow Glob Ornament $18
11. Catbird Classic Heart Studs in Silver $64
12. iPad Mini $329 + up
13. Kate Spade Bow Watch $195
14. Monogram Jewelry Box $78
15. Polka Dot PJ Set $24.99
16. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll $17.99
17. Club Monaco Skye Cocktail Ring $49
18. YSL "La Laque Couture" Nail Lacquer Set of 3 (a $75 value) $60
19. The Frankie Pump in Snake Print $228
20. Framed Giclee Print by Andy Warhol $74
21. Pearl Bee Earrings $80 (I have a very similar pair by Kate Spade and I LOVE them!)
22. Dipped Toile Dessert Plates $12 each
23. Monogram Passport Holder $135
24. Kate Spade Monogram Note Cards $26

::Want more? Visit the rest of my Holiday Gift Guide for 80+ gifting ideas::



sequin punch

Staying sparkly and bright on this weirdly warm December day. I love these shoes, but wish they photographed true to color -- in real life they are BRIGHT orange and so fun to wear. You can definitely spot me from a mile away. This top was an awesome score from Forever 21. It looks really expensive and is well made, and an ideal pick for rocking daytime sequins, but the price ($22.80) had me sold. 

{JCrew blazer (old but similar + similar on sale); Forever 21 top (similar); Madewell jeans; JCrew flats (color sold out, but similar) + bracelet (on sale! check your stores); Coach bag; Target hat}


two-toned tweed

I've been throwing this tweed coat over virtually everything lately -- jeans and tee's, collared tops and cigarette pants, thick wool scarves and a high bun -- but this look might be my favorite that I've worn. The brown, silver, and metallic gold stitching perfectly pops against the leopard on leopard, something I would absolutely wear to any holiday party (in a perfect world there would be one every weekend...a girl can dream). Plus, I'm head over heels, crazy in love with the lady like shape (and the two-toned sleeves).

{Warehouse contrast sleeve coat c/o (+ on sale!); Topshop dress; BCBG shoes (similar + on sale!); Coach bag; Juicy Couture watch via TJ Maxx (similar)}