Hello December


Hello-DecemberI’m starting to think that I need to start calling these posts on the 1st of the month “Hello [month]… WTF?” because that’s how I feel every time a new month is here in the flashest of flashes. W.T.F. Seriously though – it’s so hard to wrap my head around how fast this entire year has gone by.  It literally feels like just yesterday we were ringing in 2014 and in the blink of an eye we’ve arrived at December.  This month is definitely one of the busiest with all the holiday parties to attend, gift shopping, and, for some, traveling across the country to visit loved ones, all while trying to keep our lives together.  I don’t know how we do it.  Maybe that’s what holiday magic is- somehow making it all work before you sit down for Christmas dinner.  The best part about this month is that it always goes out with a bang and a side of fireworks when we welcome the new year.  So while we’re getting lost in gift shopping and endless party dress hunting, it’s important to reflect on everything we’ve learned this year and how we’re going to make next year an even better one.  But first let’s relish in holidays movie marathons, crackling fireplaces, and mulled cider.  Hello December.

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Girl Crush


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.


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


Hello November



Are you ready for a delightfully cozy month? November is a gem. We’re fully adjusted to autumn after October got us used to falling leaves and temperatures.  This month is all about comfort and charging our bodies before the craziness of the holiday season.  We have a few weeks to prepare for Thanksgiving, which is just about the coziest holidays of all in my opinion and then it’s around the clock “tis the season” madness.  In terms of style, our sandals are distant memories until late April and coats are moving their way in.  We’re dusting off our 5050 boots, keeping warm with wool scarves, and praising beanies for saving bad hair days.  Every purchase of a chunky sweater is justified with the weather and it almost might be an acceptable time to get some Christmas lights if you just can’t contain yourself.  Take this month to relish in every moment and before December leaves you no time to breathe.  Thanksgiving reminds us to reflect on all the things we have to be grateful for: our health, our loved ones, and our homes (okay yeah and the best food of the year).  Hello November!

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Hello October



It’s that time of year again: falling temperatures, earlier sunsets, leaves swapping luscious green shades for crispy amber tones, and enough pumpkin spiced lattes to put you in cardiac arrest.   I think it goes without saying that fall is the best time for a wardrobe update.  Sure, spring may be a great time to clean out your closet, but fall is for indulging in sweaters, boots, jeans, and enough flannel to pass as a nineties grunge boy.  Autumn is a time to get cozy and play with layering pieces as you gear up for the cooler months ahead. So throw on a sweater, scoot into some skinnies, slap on some boots, and top it off with a leather jacket.  Hello, October!

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Hello September



Ohh boy. I can already feel that these monthly mood board posts are going to trip me out because I feel like they come around way too often. Just a second ago we were welcoming in the dog days of summer, and just like that it’s time to say hello to fall! Not that I’m complaining. September is always an epic month, don’t you think? There’s an energy unlike any other month of the year. It’s the perfect time to pick up the pace after a laid back summer, grab a hot coffee, and dive head first into the final quarter. School is in session, fall TV is back, and layering is creeping back into our daily outfits (yes!). It may still be hot for a little while longer, but the crisp fall air is waiting around the bend, sweaters and leather in tow. For me, it’s the month the husband and I finally take a long overdue vacation to Italy and let me tell you it cannot come soon enough. September, here we go!

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Hello August



It’s very apparent that 2014 is the year of the horse – it’s galloping by so fast I can hardly keep up. As time only ever feels to be speeding up, we all need a little reminder to really grab a hold of little moments throughout the year and hone in on what makes each day so unique. Every month has it’s own vibe, so I thought it might be fun to take a moment at the beginning of each one to look forward to the next 30 days. I heard a quote this morning about how August is the Sunday of summer, and that feels so true to me. We’re soaking in every last bit of it in the most relaxed way possible. Colors start to  fade to neutral as we prepare for fall. Outfits get more comfortable and effortless, after the hype of July dies down. I’ll be wearing lots of ripped denim, chambray, linen, with black staple accents on repeat. Enjoy this August, and soak in the dog days of summer before they’re gone!

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Color Code / Silver



With the recent revival of Birkenstocks, flannels, and Clueless references, it seems we’ve taken a step into the past these days. While I can appreciate some 90’s nostalgia, I’m even more on board with a futuristic approach. I normally lean towards gold when choosing metallics, but there’s a cool, fresh vibe in silver that’s been catching my eye recently.  The crispness of a good chrome metallic perfectly elevates any look without feeling too loud or too fancy. Wether it’s more of a statement piece or a small accessory, this color stays versatile yet keeps things interesting. So move over gold, silver is in first place this season.

Color Code / Silver

Topshop striped top / Saint Laurent sleeveless motorcycle jacket / Arteriors bar cart / Madewell oxford / Vince Camutto earrings / Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish / Othermix metallic skirt / Karl Lagerfeld leather tote / Mirror Image Home mirror / Rablabs coasters / Michael Kors watch / Kathy Ireland pillow / 8 bracelet / J Crew pumps
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Witching Hour


Witching Hour / The Life StyledLet’s geek out for a second over American Horror Story : Coven, shall we? When I first saw a promo for this show I was already fully committed. The wide brimmed witch hats, black neck ties, and lace up boots were speaking my language. I would watch this show no matter what the season’s theme is, but when there’s a distinct fashion moment to pull from it, all the better. Seems to me they were somewhat inspired by Saint Laurent’s SS13 collection, which could have basically provided the entire show’s wardrobe and made the costume designer’s life a whole lot easier. One of each for me too please? Alas, we may have to get a bit more creative in adding some witch worthy pieces to our collections. Here are a few ideas…

Saint Laurent SS13


Witching Hour / The Life Styled

Saint Laurent bow tie / Maison Michel fedora / Bella umbrella / Blue Bayer cigarette holder / L.K. Bennett dress / Charlie Ford vintage whiskey decanter set / Marc Jacobs purse / Alexandre Birman boots / Jonathan Adler key keeper / Black.co.uk shawl
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Color Code / Ruby


Ruby RedWell folks, it’s Christmas. It snuck up real fast and it’s time to wrap up the prep and sit back and enjoy. Everywhere we go over the holidays, it’s inevitable that we see a lot of ruby red. It’s a loud shade that I might not normally put on a list of favorites, but these days I’ve been finding myself gravitating towards it. While it’s normally considered a “lady” staple, I love to see it worn with a bit more edge and structure. If you’re not typically a red gal, go ahead and try it out this week. You might be surprised with an extra spring in your step.

Color Code / Ruby

DSquared2 gloves / Tibi crop top / Oscar de la Renta earrings / Borsalino hat / Lanvin lip brooch / Nicholas Kirkwood heels / Valentino bracelet / Charlotte Olympia clutch / Burberry skirt / YSL nail polish / CB2 candleholder / DVF iPhone case / Rag & Bone coat
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By Catherine & Alex

Gift Guide / The Entertainer

1. Kate Spade mug, $16 / 2. Savon de Marseille handsoap, $23 / 3. Modcloth cocktail shaker, $35 / 4. Ibride rabbit tray, $192 / 5. Craft Cocktails, $50 / 6. Jonathan Adler unicorn salt & pepper shakers, $50 / 7. Alessi citrus basket, $200 / 8. Anthropologie throw, $128 / 9. Eclectic by Tom Dixon champagne bucket, $235 / 10. Cards Against Humanity game, $25 / 11. Pi bottle opener, $30 / 12. Thomas Fuchs skull ice tongs, $45 / 13. Kelly Wearstler pyrite bottle stopper, $175 / 14. Jonathan Adler Animalia coasters, $78 / 15. Sharper Image electric wine opener, $36

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