Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a wonderful opportunity to decompress before the intensity of the holidays and the end of the year are upon us, kicking back with family and friends, cooking up a storm, creating a beautiful table, and taking time to give thanks for all our blessings. My parents are coming to spend it with us this year, so it’s the first Thanksgiving in awhile that we’ll be cooking at home. There are a few dishes I always love to make (sweet potato soufflé and homemade cranberry sauce) and a few I’ll be a little rusty at (turkey and pumpkin pie) – but that’s half the fun of hosting. The other half is setting the scene and picking out an outfit that’s equal parts comfy, cozy, celebratory, and expandable (of course). While Thanksgiving tends to provoke a color scheme of deep earthy neutrals, I say go gold instead. It’s the perfect festive shade that still honors the traditional warm palette, but adds a glam factor that this holiday sometimes falls short on.
hat, LSA champagne glass, Nate Berkus candleholder, House of Holland skirt, Kenzo trousers, DKNY sweater, Ark eagle necklace, Indigo dessert plate, Pied a Terre napkin, Cutipol gold flatware, Z Gallerie ostrich feathers, Sugar Paper striped coasters, Cire Trudon candle, Z Gallerie woodland deer, Joanna Dahdah feather ring, Rochas gold slipper flats
Hold up. I know you’re probably wondering why the heck I’m posting photos that look like they stepped right out of the July archives, and also why on earth I’m wearing a calculator watch (other than it being awesome, you mean?). Before you start thinking I’ve lost my marbles, let me explain. See, on Sunday I went to a birthday party that had the best theme ever – Miami Vice. I’ve always wanted an excuse to dress in this theme, so I was excited for the opportunity, even in the height of colder temps and holiday excitement. I didn’t want to buy anything new, so I woke up the summer wardrobe from hibernation and went more for an “inspired by” rather than a literal look. The first thing I always picture when I think of that show is the white blazer with rolled up sleeves over a t-shirt look. Even though that style was more for the guys, I had to go with it – along with one of my all time favorite 80′s shades of pearly pink lipstick (Revlon’s Silver City Pink). I had to go to a work event directly after the party, so I kept my hair in this decade and later switched out the shirt and jacket to more fall appropriate versions. This wouldn’t exactly be the first look I would recommend for winter (even in Miami), but there’s no reason not to rock one of these elements mixed into more wintery outfit. A white blazer over a metallic blouse and black skinnies would be super chic and festive for a holiday party, and any leather trimmed pants would be a snowy statement in white or cream. My favorite Ray-Ban mirrored sunnies were my summer go-to’s but they’d also make killer snow bunny shades on the slopes this winter. I’m always surprised when I find inspiration in the weirdest places. Thanks for playing along!
here and here), J Brand jeans (these and these are great alternatives), Shoemint heels, Forever21 tee (old but this one is so right), Ray-Ban aviator sunnies, Timex watch, clutch from Ebay, Luv AJ cuff and rings (similar), ban.do iPhone case, Revlon lipstick in “Silver City Pink“
Elizabeth & James blazer (similar
Now that it’s time to start thinking about holiday outfits, I’ve been looking to sequins for inspiration but I’ll be honest – I’m not as excited about them as previous years. Could it be? Have sequins gotten too overdone? Don’t get me wrong, I still adore all my sequin pieces and plan to wear them proudly this season, but I also feel the time has come to get more creative and think about other options with which to sparkle. Exhibit A: crystals. Nowadays, it seems that everything from a casual sweatshirt to a taffeta cocktail dress has a cluster of jewels on it and I’m loving it. I might even go as far as to say that the crystal is the sequin’s more sophisticated, refined older sister.
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this one and this one that I loved from his line last year. However, I was a little disappointed with the chiffon skirt that was attached to the bottom of it. Luckily that was an easy fix thanks to a trusty pair of scissors. Now it’s a very wearable, versatile, cozy oversized sweater that I love to pair with coated skinnies, retro sunnies, and tough girl boots. It makes me feel like a classy yet sassy comic book character.
I was excited when I saw that this sweater was part of Phillip Lim’s Target collection because it is very similar to
Phillip Lim for Target dress – turned into a sweater (the
1. Semplex vintage camera, $45 / 2. Lulu & Co. unicorn sweater, $420 / 3. Kate Spade library card iPhone case, $40 / 4. Crosley portable USB turntable, $160 / 5. Modcloth antler ring, $16 / 6. It by Alex Chung book, $30 / 7. J.Crew flannel pajamas, $95 / 8. Fornasetti candle, $195 / 9. Urban Outfitters animal socks, $12 / 10. Vodka in a teacup, $39 / 11. Jonathan Adler Kiki’s Derriere vase, $198 / 12. Batman earrings, $32 / 13. A+R rollerskate bookend/doorstop, $95 / 14. Chvrches’ The Bones of What You Believe LP, $19 / 15. Comme des Garçons zip pouch, $190 / 16. Forever21 mittens, $9 / 17. Windsor cat beanie, $10
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this post. It was always sold out in my size until I finally tracked it down at the Equipment store and it was on sale! Don’t you love when that happens? Silk tees are becoming my best go-to’s for those days when you want to look elevated but still stay comfortable and unfussy. They’re so easy to dress up, but it still feels like you’re just throwing on a t-shirt. When I found these J Brand leather/zipper knee skinnies, I immediately knew they were meant to be paired with this tee. Adding some strappy heels, a deep red lip, and layers of jewels glam up the look a bit and keep it from looking too themey. Speaking of jewels, GIVEAWAY ALERT! JewelMint is giving away a piece to one of you lucky gals! Details below…
I fell in love with this silk motorcycle tee way back in April and haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since
necklaces (c/o), Equipment top, J Brand pants (similar), Zara heels, BCBG clutch and leather wrap bracelet (c/o), EllandEmm spike bracelet (c/o), Forever21, Nixon watch
OK here’s the scoop. If you’re not already on the JewelMint train, it’s a free members-only website with monthly personalized jewelry recommendations based on your personal style. Their pieces are affordable ($29.99 each + free shipping/returns) but there’s a luxurious, fashion forward quality to them (which is why I have a list of about 10 things I want right now). One of you is going to win a JewelMint piece of your choice! To enter, go to JewelMint, sign up if you haven’t already (it’s free, no obligation to buy anything), and then come back here and leave a comment telling me which piece you’ve got your eye on! Open to US and Canada only. A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, November 19.
ALSO, JewelMint is offering two pieces for the price of one on your first time purchase! That means you could grab the two beauties from this post (Xena and The New Black) and layer them up for a bit of rocker glamour! Or any of your favorites, of course. Click here to take advantage!
*This post was sponsored by JewelMint. All opinions are my own.
There’s no doubt that saffron makes a statement in the warmest of ways. Even though there’s a slight 70′s implication that comes along with this golden shade, when worn right it can be as modern as ever. Whether it’s one of your best colors (redheads I’m talking to you, and those of you with brown eyes or olive skin) or your latest fashion experiment, throw on a deep red lip and rock this perfect November tone.
cardigans, velcro high tops, and suspenders. Teeny tiny suspenders! Maybe dressing a little boy wouldn’t be as hard as I thought…
I don’t know about you, but I am already twitching at the thought of how the rest of this year is going to scream by. Right now I’m trying my darndest to use my time wisely and finish up all those outstanding projects so I can enjoy the holidays when they suddenly sneak up on me. And yes – I do say that every year and never quite manage to get it together without some level of panic around the second week of December. This week I’ve had the pleasure of working on a ridiculously fun styling project that involves picking out a lot of clothing for tiny humans. The shoes are so little, I can’t even deal with it. One thing that has been surprising me as a non mom is how much cute stuff is out there for baby boys, especially at Zara. Chunky
Since this opened one block away from my place on Monday, I’m permanently in big trouble. Huge.
Lately I’m trying to do this three times a week and as obnoxious as this may sound, it really is addicting in the best way! Their cute workout clothes are a draw too, not gonna lie.
Every year when the holidays roll around, I love to treat myself to a pair of these or these. Affordable, comfy, and the best part is that they come in three lengths!
This wine label translation is hilarious. Especially the one about Papyrus.
Did you catch this intriguing short film/30 Seconds to Mars music video about LA that Jared Leto directed?
I’ve realized you really can never have too much of these.
1. Smythson runway notebook, $135 / 2. Jonathan Adler zebra dish, $32 / 3. Isabel Marant for H&M sweater,$129 (available 11/14) / 4. Le Specs sunglasses, $55 / 5. Luv AJ rings, $29 ea / 6. Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki bauble watch, $195 / 7. Alexander McQueen card case, $145 / 8. Next Issue, $10-15 per month / 9. NARS Guy Bourdin – Fling lip kit, $49 / 10. Conair steamer, $35 / 11. Assouline Survival Kit – set of 4 books, $150 / 12. Emily & Merritt for PBTeen clothing rack, $299 / 13. Eddie Borgo cone stud earrings, $150 / 14. Marc by Marc Jacobs foil iPhone case, $38 / 15. AllSaints beanie, $120 / 16. The Laundress ‘On the Spot’ kit, $40 / 17. Lanvin set of 2 packs of playing cards, $95
It’s no secret that leather is my jam. Perhaps even from time to time, I don’t pay attention when getting dressed and then I look in the mirror and realize my outfit has leather in every piece. Oops. As much as I love it, it’s totally understandable that for some people leather is a bit of a departure – especially when worn in the form of a jacket or pants. That’s why I love leather trimmed pieces. Not only are they a great way to incorporate leather when you don’t want to go full-on, but they’re also more affordable than their 100% leather cousins. Leather always adds a touch of edge to any outfit, so try it in the trimmings if you’re dabbling in the concept.
Scotch & Soda
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