Friday, December 31, 2010

two thousand and eleven

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time. I love the celebration and the revved up resolve to follow through with things we want to start doing, continue doing, or cease doing in the next twelve months. There are some things in the past year that I would opt to do-over, yet most experiences I wouldn't give back for world. After all, learning flourishes from the mistakes we make.

Here is my latest edition of New Years Resolutions for the year 2011:

1. Have more patience.
2. Read more for the enjoyment of reading.
3. Exercise more, for the betterment of the body as well as the mind.
4. Have more quiet time.
5. Take a chance, a leap of faith.

On a similar (though in some ways opposite...) note, I came across this interesting blog post the other day here. The innately intelligent and witty Erin Loechner not only posts her "goals" for the New Year, but also her "non-goals" as she refers to them. This is a list made up of things she's done well in the past year that she wishes to continue doing throughout the coming new year. I thought the idea was brilliant as it is important give yourself a supportive pat on the back every once in a while for a job well-done.

In following suit, here is my very first edition of New Years "Non-Resolutions" for the year 2011:

1. Staying true to myself, my values, and my beliefs.
2. Discovering and embracing more of a servant's heart.
3. Valuing the importance of family.
4. Flossing at least once a day for the entire 6 months in between dentist visits (a goal I set following my July 2010 dentist appointment and carried all the way through to my most recent December 2010 dentist appointment- benefits were seen in full!)
5. Studying, studying...and more studying- and it payed off!

Happy New Years everyone!
May your 2011 be as blessed (and fashionable) as the departing year.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

orange you glad?

Christmas is over and the new year is fast approaching, and a new year always brings with it up and coming fashion trends to indulge in. The Spring 2011 fashion forecast? Orange.
...Or tangerine, marigold, pumpkin...However you choose to slice it, orange is what's in.
As for the above designers, I couldn't have shown it better myself!

[Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Carlos Miele, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Chris Benz. Photos courtesy of the designers.]


Saturday, December 25, 2010

...and to all a good night

It seems to be, in my sweet family, that each Christmas manages to out-do the last and without fail the same has proven true again this year. Not only am I truly blessed with a relentless God who brings comfort and joy with each holiday season, I am equally blessed to be part of a family I am forever proud of and who, also, brings endless comfort and joy to my life. And while it is imperative to always bear in mind the real meaning of Christmas, let's be honest...the pile of presents beneath the tree are pretty great as well!

While I am blessed and pleased with each gift I received this Christmas, here are just a few that topped my list:

One of the few reliable men in my life, David Yurman. I sure will love sporting this fabulous two-toned pearl bracelet around town.

Pandora does rings? Who knew!? That's right, everyone's favorite charm bracelet now has a new friend- the Pandora Mother of Pearl Path Ring. Size 6.5, please and thank you. I'll never leave home without it!

Though I'm usually not an electronics kinda gal, the iHome happened to be something I was in desperate need of this Christmas. My alarm clock/radio circa '99 just wasn't cutting it. Saddle up iPod Touch and meet your new best friend!

Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

famed photos

Recently I've had the opportunity to rediscover my love for beautiful photography as well as the time to sit and flip through pages of photographs, taking in the beauty and meaning of each one. Here are two recent favorites:

Photographed by Keith Barraclough, there is something so whimsical yet ethereal about this photo. Fur on tulle, what more could a girl desire?

Stepping away from the fashion and haute couture oriented for one moment, I love the dramatic simplicity captured here. Photographed by Jennifer Coudron (proud to call her fam!), this landscape portrait is simply eye catching and curiosity-enducing.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

merry and bright

'Tis the season to deck ourselves in sequins, fur and gold accessories all around. Alice + Olivia will be sure to get you noticed in a shimmering, black and gold sequined number. ERRO will keep you toasty warm and make sure to keep your mind off of how cold you actually are, letting you focus on the much more glamourous task of remaining on Santa's "nice" list. MKors will keep a girl classy and punctual to any holiday party. And don't forget to paint the town red (or green!) with fabulous Christmas spirit brought to you by the one and only, Chanel.


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