Thursday, December 27, 2012

staying warm and cozy

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I don't prefer turtlenecks, the constrictive feeling around my neck is not pleasant unless in the softest cashmere or in this case loose and chunky.

[wearing gap sweater, zara jeans, h&m belt]

Monday, December 24, 2012

gift wrapping ideas

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gift wrapping ideas
gift wrap

I've always loved wrapping gifts. Something about the straight folds reminds me of the complex oragimi figures I made as a child.

This year though, after spending way too much time on pinterest, I changed it up a bit. No bows, no christmas themed wrapping paper, instead I used left over yarn and lace I had laying around the house to dress up my presents and a big roll of plain brown paper from home depot.

I love how they turned out, especially the combination of textures between the lace and yarn pom poms.

Friday, December 21, 2012

isabel marant berry inspired boots

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Isabel Marant Berry Boots

Isabel Marant wide high heels / Isabel Marant wide high heels

The isabel marant berry boots, while very beautiful, are a bit trendy for my taste. I spotted some pretty decent knock offs from Zara here and here that could fit the bill for an embroidered boot. And even better, they are on sale and going fast!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

rag & bone newbury inspired boots

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I stumbled upon these Vince Camuto Hadley boots that are pretty much an exact knock off of the much sought after Rag & Bone Newbury boots.

And at less than a quarter of the price on sale at Nordstrom, I had to get them. Hurry if you want them, it looks like the black ones are almost all sold out! I originally wanted black but I have soooo many black boots I opted for the grey/beige for spring summer wear. And having just tried these babies on, I can attest they are super comfortable and cushy unlike some of the cheaper designer knock offs I've seen.

My ankle boot closet is beyond stuffed now!

those red boots

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Oxblood or burgundy, whatever you want to call it, deep rich reds seem to be the color of the season. These booties caught my attention immediately at the H&M and Tysons. I had seen them online, but not in stores.

They only had a size 37 left which are slightly too big, but I got them anyway! Paired with all neutrals here to make the boots really pop.

[wearing zara knit, jame perse skirt, h&m boots]

Monday, December 17, 2012

maltese monday

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chillin' on some fur DSC_0765.jpg

Friday, December 14, 2012

Floral Friday

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I'm still obsessed with making paper roses. The one above was made using heavy weight watercolor paper following Martha Stewart's tutorial, except I used staples instead of the paste. I just didn't have any "paste" only Elmer's glue which was only useful if I held it for 10 minutes, waiting for it to dry. I do not have that kind of patience.

The frayed edges and ginormous scale are what drew me to this particular rose. The graphic appeal of over sized paper flowers always seem to pull me in. And if a paper flower can have that perfect "undone" look then this rose would be it!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

back to black

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I searched for ages for a plain brown belt with an unobtrusive buckle, mission not accomplished, until I wondered into the men's department at H&M looking for a belt for sean. So many things can be easily solved by going to the men's department of stores. DSC_0954.jpg DSC_0950.jpg DSC_0946.jpg

[wearing uniqlo heattech, zara pants, h&m belt]

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

south moon under party like a fashion blogger party!

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South Moon Under threw a wonderful holiday party last Thursday to celebrate the video release of their blogger styled looks. The video was a collaborative effort between The President Wears Prada, Spicy Candy DC, and the bloggers behind Fabulously Broke and A Loyal Love.

I had a wonderful time and can't wait until another event! To boot I scored a basic black clutch for 20% off I've been searching ages for. DSC_0066.jpg
[The pair behind SpicyCandyDC]

DSC_0073.jpg DSC_0065.jpg DSC_0063.jpg [The adorably pregnant Apollina]

DSC_0040.jpg [The sweet Vivi from Heart Print Style]

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[wearing vintage coat, zara shirt and boots, asos tights, forever21 faux leather shorts, mac ruby woo lipstick]

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

see through take 2

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The sweater last seen here is still one of my all time favorites. Worn this time as a shirt and not as a dress. DSC_2345.jpg DSC_2340-2.jpg

[wearing theory sweater, h&m skirt, aldos boots, zara coat]

Monday, December 10, 2012

Southmoon under party like a fashion blogger

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What a great party! Thanks for the invite. Here's a preview of what I wore ( amd tried on). More pictures to come later this week!

Friday, December 7, 2012

floral fridays

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I've become quite addicted to making coffee filter roses. These are made using a combination of techniques from Craftberry Bush and Martha Stewart.

I wasn't thrilled with how the roses from Craftberry turned out. They didn't look like roses to me but I loved the swirly center.

So I ended up using the Craftberry method only for the center. I didn't follow Martha's directions exactly either. First I used regular coffee filters instead of the cones. I cut a continuous string of petals instead of individual petals so putting it together would be easier.

I'm really happy with the way these turned out! The would be great for a wedding center piece and decorations. They look really good with the sandblasted manzanita branches too!
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

leather sleeves

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I bought this coat from zara last year and wore a tons, just never got around to photographing it. Originally I wanted the black one, but it sold out so quickly so I settled for the old man checker and now I'm glad I did.

These boots were an impulse buy from zara too last year, and again I had wished they were black, but again I'm kinda glad they're a dark "oxblood" like red. Who knew it would be "the color" of the season. I am wise beyond my years.

DSC_2172.jpg DSC_2186.jpg [wearing zara coat, h&m skirt, topshop sweater, zara boots]

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


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My first and only cropped sweater. This could lead to my other sweaters meeting a pair of scissors in the near future.
[wearing h&m sweater, zara skirt, bakers heels, kate spade bag]

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

thanksgiving orange

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There's something about Thanksgiving and fall in general that sparks the need to wear orange in me. This dress was last seen here as pretty much a skirt. I've only worn it as an actual maxi dress in summer once, it seems to lend itself better to posing as a high waist skirt. DSC_0864.jpg DSC_0870.jpg DSC_0866.jpg DSC_0871.jpg DSC_0868.jpg

[wearing asos dress, nine west boots, uniqlo shirt]

DIY inspiration

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I'm putting her top on my DIY list. Love the close cropped fit.

Monday, December 3, 2012

maltese monday

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Channeling her inner frog... DSC_0761.jpg

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Life through the iPhone

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