20141123-IMG_7366Is it just me or do cocktails just sound better around the holidays? OK they sound fantastic all year round, but there’s something extra fun coming up with concoctions with all the festive ingredients this time of year has to offer. I love a flavorful, fragrant mix of spices with apple or oranges any day of the week but this time I wanted to try pear for something a little different. The base of this cocktail is so simple – it’s really just pear juice and vodka (how fun is this Absolut Warhol bottle?) but adding cinnamon, nutmeg, a little lemon, and ginger really brings it to a whole new level without requiring anything fancy other than a great holiday dress. This would be perfect thing to sip on tomorrow while the turkey cooks, but it will also be a great go-to for the rest of the season.

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MAKE IT:

2 oz vodka

2 oz pear juice

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

cinnamon and sugar for rim

pear slice for garnish

Rim a glass with lemon juice and dip into the cinnamon sugar mix. In a shaker, combine vodka, pear juice, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ice. Mix it up and serve!

 

This post is sponsored by Absolut Vodka

 

Cozy Rips

11.25.2014

Cozy Rips / The Life Styled

If there’s one piece I’ve been wearing the most out of the handful of things I’ve purchased in the past 3 months, it’s this ripped sweatshirt. While it looks like something I’ve probably had floating around in my closet since middle school, I assure you it’s actually a recent purchase that just feels like a trusty old favorite. They did a great job roughing it up to give it that had-forever, well loved look. I love how it pairs with ripped jeans (yes, more rips), a cozy checked scarf, and sleek black booties to chic the look up a bit. It’s a dream outfit for a lazy coffee run any day of the week.

Cozy Rips / The Life Styled

Cozy Rips / The Life Styled

Cozy Rips / The Life Styled

Cozy Rips / The Life Styled

Cozy Rips / The Life Styled

Cozy Rips / The Life Styled

Madewell sweatshirt / Rag & Bone jeans / Alexander Wang booties (similar) and bag / Zara scarf / Celine sunglasses

 

Girl Crush

11.24.2014

tswift8Sooo in case you missed it, Taylor Swift released a scary good music video the other week for her song “Blank Space” and we need to take a moment for it.  T-Swizzle lets loose and defines the psycho ex-girlfriend the media likes to spin her as by making a boy fall for her in a weekend and going completely berserk on him while she catches him texting some one else (oh no!).  It quickly goes from honeymoon fairytales to a golf club wielding Swift destroying an antique car- sending the guy speeding off as another one promptly arrives.  The video, brilliantly directed by Joseph Kahn and impeccably styled by Edda Gudmundsdottir, has a strong decadent vibe like no other.  Try interrupting this moment, Kanye.  So to honor this stylish video, I took it upon myself to collect pieces inspired Ms. Swifts glamorous looks just in case you wanted to follow her boy-crazy fueled freak out.  Not that I recommend it – it could get expensive.

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Blank SpaceAubade eye mask / Elie Saab gown / Z Gallerie candelabra / Rolls Royce figurine / Rosantica earrings / kate spade bracelet / Honeycrisp apple / YSL lipstick / 1928 hair pins / Lancome eyeliner / Giuseppe Zanotti heels / Bobbi Brown nail polish / All-In-One golf club

 

Gift Guide / For Him

 1. Wallace & Barnes sweater / 2. Ebbets Field cap / 3. Kaws by Monica Ramirez book / 4. Fishs Eddy catch all / 5. Malin + Goetz candle / 6. J Crew travel bag / 7. Uniform Wares watch / 8. Pony leather sneakers / 9. Good Worth seeing eye key / 10. Jawbone fitness wristband / 11. Field Notes memo books / 12. Vince beanie / 13. Nordstrom cedar shoe tree / 14. Marcomonde socks / 15. Kent handmade comb / 16. Radius v2 iPhone case / 17. Frausto & Co. playing cards / 18. Tovolo ice cube tray / 19. Gerber Paraframe pocket knife / 20. Paul Smith card case

 

 

The Etsy Elite

11.17.2014
Etsy-Elite-NovRow 1: Cocoono Bags clutch / The Eden Collective bracelet / Aspidistra Vintage glasses / Row 2: Minus One art deco cuff / Olivine Atelier perfume / Senkki shadowbox / Row 3: Pythagoras Place organizer bookends / Chut by Sewet Laine candle holders / Karolin Schnoor screen printed envelopes

Cocoono Bags – Creations made to stand out in a shop that values creativity and individuality

The Eden Collective – Luxurious antique jewelry that are truly one of a kind curated in Philadelphia

Aspidistra Vintage – Vintage finds curated by Manchester based owner Alex Jenkins

Minus One – A mix of vintage and handmade jewelry with an old fashioned feel

Olivine Atelier – Handcrafted perfumes to make women feel and smell beautiful

Senkki – A family owned design studio filled with modern handmade furniture

Pythagoras Place – Vintage home decor that reflects the owner Amy’s taste for craftsmanship and expression

Chut by Sewet Laine – A 100% eco-friendly shop with a focus on textile recycling based in the south of France

Karolin Schnoor – Prints, calendars, and stationary by German illustrator Karolin Schnoor

 

Go Get It

11.14.2014

Go-Get-It-BomberThe Dugout Varsity Bomber by Madewell

There’s something about a varsity jacket in the fall that feels so right. It’s a piece that brings out that crisp football season energy like no other.  Maybe it’s the idea of copping one of the cool letter jackets all the guys wore in high school.  It’s hands down is one of my favorite borrowed-from-the-boys trends, and this jacket by Madewell is unbeatable.  The wool on the outside is super soft and it’s lined with fleece on the inside so it’s extra warm for chilly November nights.  So if you’re searching for a cool jacket that’s totally wearable and easy to throw on on your way out, just go get it already!

 

Gift Guide / The Romantic

1. Olivia von Halle pajama set / 2. Baublebar studs / 3. Schwinn tandem bike / 4. Connor “Emoji” stationery set / 5. Princesse Tamtam bra / 6. Wisteria agate tealight holder / 7. Calypso St. Barth pillow / 8. Frederic Malle perfume / 9. Baublebar morse code cuff /  10. J Crew tulle skirt / 11. Chloe – Atitudes by Sarah Mower / 12. Smith & Cult nail polishes / 13. Jo Malone London hand & body lotion / 14. Tuleste headband / 15. Charlotte Tilbury makeup set

 

 

Black Magic

11.11.2014

Black Magic / The Life Styled

The dress section of my closet gets a little neglected sometimes… like 99% of the time. For the most part, I only reach for a dress when there’s a special event and even then I get sick of my options pretty darn quick. When an event is that special, you want something fresh and new and never before seen. It sounds high maintenance, but you know it’s true. Of course that leads to an endless cycle of never wanting to buy new dresses yet always needing to. However, it’s amazing how adding a layer or accessory can change the vibe of a dress pretty quick. I know it’s beating a dead horse at this point but whenever a leather jacket comes into the mix, it always makes the piece it’s complimenting way more wearable to me. There’s something about leather jackets that just work with everything. The cut, shape, and structure work better over dresses than your typical blazer or cardigan. This sequin dress is something I’d wear to a black tie wedding, but the leather takes it all the way down to drinks with the girls or a holiday networking event. It’s like magic! Reason #439857209874 you need a good leather jacket in your wardrobe.

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Black Magic / The Life Styled

Theyskens Theory leather jacket (similar here) / Gold Hawk sequin dress (similiar here & here) / Zara heels (similar here & here) / Chanel clutch / Bracelets: J.Crew swarovski bracelet, Forever21 (similar here), Beso Beso / Sally Hansen nail strips

Photography by Heather Kincaid. Loved working with her on this post and looking forward to sharing lots more of her gorgeous work very soon!

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Cape Season

11.10.2014

CapesIf a coat and a blanket had a very chic baby, it would be this season’s “it” piece.  Capes have hit the ground running this fall since the Burberry blanket cape came on strong on the scene this past fashion week.  It’s a nice alternative to throwing a coat on when you’re heading out the door and it’s one that you don’t have to make a huge change to your wardrobe to make it work.  All you need is a good pair of skinnies and a sleek pair of boots and the cape does all the high fashion effort for you.  A lot of brands have put their own spin on the trend, making sleek options and cozier, sweater-like ones.  You can find one that suits your taste if you’re a Kim Kardashian or if you’re more of a Zooey Deschanel.  Hitting all ends of the spectrum from quirky to modern, the cape never misses the mark on style and should be on your shoulders all season. Check out some of my favorites below…

CapesRow 1: Warehouse checked cape / Lovers + Friends moto cape / Michael Kors military cape / Row 2: Pied a Terre cape / Ted Baker embellished collar cape / C Wonder check tie cape / Row 3: BCBG Max Azria cape / Topshop cape / Lauren Ralph Lauren plaid poncho

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Designer Duel

11.06.2014

Designer Duel / Tuxedo Shoe

Vince / Madewell

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