Thursday, October 25, 2012


there are certain things that instantly vamp up the va-va-voom factor to any occasion, and with holiday parties about to begin {the ones that don't involve face masks, that is} the little red dress might be the perfect statement maker. 

i don't know about you, but i get a little bored of my go-to LBD, and my pale fall/wintertime skin looks somewhat frightening next to the bright colors of summertime. but a rich red dress compliments in both the cool fall months and the start of the holiday party season. and trust me, it's just about impossible to not feel confident when you're rocking a little red number. throw a cute jacket on, some heeled pumps or booties, a tiny bit of sparkly jewelry, and you're good to go.

anybody else already excited to think about {gasp!} christmas time?? and which of my shopbop finds could you see yourself in?

1. Dolce Vita Hymore Dress
2. BB Dakota Lewiston One Shoulder Dress
3. Free People Floral Mesh Lace Dress
4. Shoshanna Megan Strapless Dress
5. alice + olivia Long Sleeve Goddess Dress
6. Torn by Ronny Kobo Christie Pleated Dress

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

let them eat {cup}cake{s}

yesterday i turned another year older, and it was totally sweet {literally... dessert is the only food group a girl can eat on her birthday}! i love birthdays and any excuse for a celebration/frosting covered anything, so i pretty much had a smile on my face all day long. i'm not going to lie, i'm pretty stoked on being in my twenties right now, i'm finally feeling like i know who i am as a person, but  i still have so many adventures and so much to learn coming up. 

cheers to another year! everyone go eat a piece of cake!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

fall frenzy

i love dressing for the fall months: layers (but not too many), mixing colors and textures, acceptability of chunky knits (people look at you funny if you try and wear them in july), and all the cozy pieces i love are ready to be worn again. the outfit below would be ultimate perfection if i was carrying around a cup of hot cocoa and eating an apple cider donut too.  
funky gold hoops// aaaaah-mazing floral Emma Cook vest//fabulous booties by Belle by Sigerson Morrison// infinity scarf (available at Target!)// Splendid t-shirt (so soft and cozy)// black skinny jeans// Tory Burch wallet// obsessed with this Marc Jacobs satchel

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

i'm back!

fall running is my favorite: everything is so crisp!
well, i'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but it's been twelve days since my last post, and i can't say i have a very good reason for that other than the usual 'i've been busy at work' and 'there just aren't enough hours in the day!' so, i'm sorry about that. 

hopefully this marks a new start of more consistent posting... now that peak foliage is over {it was awesome this year, i think more so because i was in california last fall and missed it}, the days are getting shorter {noooooooooo}, and cold-ish weather is officially upon us, no more excuses for lack of blogging! 

to apologize, here are a few iphone snaps of what's been taking up my time while not blogging... mostly a lot of dogs and some mountains. 

beautiful foliage, as seen from a hike earlier in the month.

taking my parent's dog on a walk on a very rainy afternoon.

boyfriend and i are proud parents of this little pup, who happens to have a small obsession with apples.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

october obsessions

october is my birthday month {wahoo!} and so my obsessions post this month is a little bit {ok, a lotta bit} extravagant and a little bit wish list. but, if i had a fairy godmother, i'd ask for these classic pieces that i've been craving of late.

1. a classic trench in an updated style, like this better-sweater coat from patagonia.
2. i have been lusting over this DSLR canon. love, love love.
3. classic gold watch, and michael kors does it best.
4. the perfect fall/winter fragrance, and i'm obsessed with eau de noho by bond no. 9.
5. cozy vests are a necessity for new england fall's. thank you, j. crew.
6. lately, i've been all about dainty, gold jewelry. this signet ring, and this tiny diamond ring are simple, everyday pieces. 
7. i have a coffee table book obsession and want to add these books highlighting the work of dior and tim walker to my collection.
8. nobody makes boots better than frye.

does anybody else like making extravagant wish lists as much as i do?!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

printed walls

i have to admit, when i think wallpaper, i can only think of this scene in Garden State...

...which is unfortunate, because printed walls are such a cool and fun way to spice up any living space. to try and make my mental wallpaper image a little better, i've been keeping my eyes peeled for inspiring printed walls. personally, i would keep the crazy, printed wallpaper to an accent wall or something of the sort, but i do admire the more adventurous designers who can make a whole room both printed and chic. 

with such a bright color and vibrant print such as these walls, it's important to keep the rest of the decor simple and elegant. 

how awesome is this! at first glance this is such a girly wallpaper... but look closely and you'll see it's really images of cowboys and oil wells!

the circus is coming to town! and adding a touch of whimsy to a wall near you!

i'm LOVING this zebra print, especially with yellow. ok... maybe i'm just infatuated with everything about this bedroom...

one of the few examples where i think i would like having a whole room {as long as it's a tiny bathroom} wallpapered... doggy print! obsessed.

for those of us less inclined to permanently alter our walls, use a wallpaper insert instead! easy to move around if you change your mind. 

how perfect is this bathroom!? sailboats? orange? those tiles!!?
yep, i definitely think i could jump onboard the wallpaper train, as long as it's full of charming prints or something floral! how do you feel about wallpapered rooms? do you have any favorite prints?

images: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
{clearly, i love the design aesthetic of Bailey McCarthy, three of those photos are from her interior designs!}

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

tunes for tuesday: chromatics

digging this neil young cover by chromatics from their latest album 'kill for love.' totally mellow, this stuff is perfect for long car trips. {i listened to their older album 'night drive' a bunch of times on my first trip across the country}