Monday, June 25, 2012

my travel essentials ( & it's award time! )

This afternoon I will embark on a quick jetset to Atlanta, so I took advantage of such perfect timing to share my travel essentials with ya'll! I always love reading about everyone's individual "must-haves" so I thought I would share mine- maybe you'll discover something new to love as much as I do! I always have a scarf in hand (or around my neck) to keep me from getting a chill on the place, always a hair tie on my wrist to sweep my hair out of my face, my Tory Burch Reva's are my go-to chic slip-ons to make it through the security line in a flash, Rosebud salve (throw away your chapstick and snag this asap), and of course some fashionable reading material! (And where would we be without our iPhones/iTouches. Music to our ears. Literally.)

What is the one essential you can't travel without?
jetset essentials





Also, so excited to share with ya'll that I was nominated for the Laine Blogger Award by the ever so sweet Halle of Classic & Glam Blog (check her out ya'll)! It seems the question out there in blogland is "Who is Laine?" and, well, I would love to know right along with you ha! Nonetheless, it is a fun way to link up with other chic bloggers and share some fun info about yourself!
With the award comes the opportunity to answer a few fun questions so here goes!

1. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT BEAUTY OBSESSION?
Definitely Juice Beauty's Green Apple Peel! Leaves my skin feeling refreshed!

2. WHAT IS ONE BEAUTY ITEM YOU WISHED YOU OWN?
YSL Touche Eclat, I've heard only wonderful things, I need to try this little guy.

3. WHAT KIND OF POSTS ARE YOUR FAVORITE TO READ AND WRITE?
Personal style. I love the sneak peeks into everyone's fabulous closets and the different interpretations of fashion through personal style!

4. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A BLOGGER?
I was in dire need of a creative outlet, but once I saw how supportive and kind the blogging community was of one another I didn't wait one more second before joining! (Case in point!)

5. WHAT COLOR NAIL POLISH ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW?
OPI's "You Don't Know Jacques"

To return the favor, I would love to nominate Dooley Noted Style, PIPM, and Caitlin Wilson Design: Style Files. Can't wait to see how these lovely ladies answer the questions!

[Image via Polyvore & Classic & Glam]

xo

Friday, June 22, 2012

happy weekend!

TGIF ya'll! Woo! I was sincerely doubtful as to making it through this week, what craziness! But I could not be more excited for the weekend ahead- a lovely wedding to attend (summer+weddings=a match made in heaven) and packing for a quick jetset to Atlanta next week!

Whatever your plan is for the weekend, enjoy!

[Image via My Tumblr, Source: The Man Repeller]

xo

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

gals, meet gia

THIS beauty is yours to win over at The Southern Eclectic right now! I've blogged Hyla DeWitt gems before (here) and I sincerely cannot get enough of them! And there's more to love! Head over to The Southern Eclectic for a promo code from Hyla to use on her website, ohh yes. What are you waiting for?


xo

Monday, June 18, 2012

oh, monday

M o n d a y, we meet again. And while this model's expression may be imitating my exact feelings at the moment, her dress is so fab. Etsy anyone? Gosh I can't get enough of that wondrous place. You can find this lovely frock here. Indulge a little and treat yourself...because it's Monday ya'll.

[Image via Etsy]

xo

Friday, June 15, 2012

" indulge your inner jetsetter "


I've been wanting to post a Birchbox review on here for a while now and the moment I opened my mailbox to this month's hot pink beauty, I knew that the June Birchbox would be the most perfect to share! If you haven't indulged in Birchbox yet, indulge lady. Only $10 a month and p a c k e d with anywhere from sample to (on occasion) full-sized products, accessories and other beauty goodies. (Because who doesn't have $10 left over at the end of the month?) It really is a chic way to treat yourself without breaking the bank.


Each month is themed (last month's Gossip Girl Birchbox was to die for) and June's "Jetset" theme was oh so fitting. Brimming with the perfect products to "indulge your inner jetsetter", June's Birchbox it fit to keep every traveling fashionista as chic as ever and prepared for anything. Goodies included: one ModCloth Headband (retails for $14 ya'll! Box already paid for itself!), BeautyBlender Cleanser, 2 Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes, a sample of COOLA Cucumber Matte Mineral Face Sunscreen, a sample of Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Stainiac two-in-one lip and cheek stain, and a Birchbox Man extra! Packed, right? And if you really love something in the box, anything packed in the current month's Birchbox ships free for that month! What's not to love?

[Images are my own]

xo

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

inspiration / interpretation


I love coming across style inspiration somethin' wonderful. After stumbling upon this photo on my Tumblr dashboard, I could not wait to re-create the look and put even a little of my own spin on it! Neon is so hot for the summer and I love how the red pops against it! Here's my take on the look...

inspiration / interpretation


Equipment silk blouse
£220 - donnaida.com


Rag & bone/JEAN skinny fit jeans
$175 - net-a-porter.com


Tory Burch nude shoes
$225 - jildorshoes.com


BCBG Max Azria magnetic clutch
$88 - endless.com


Carolee LUX red jewelry
$125 - bloomingdales.com


MICHAEL Michael Kors slim watch
$180 - nordstrom.com


[Top Image via Tumblr]

xo

Monday, June 11, 2012

new to me designer : monique leshman

I first discovered Monique Leshman while browsing the likes of the internet looking for a fabulous beach cover-up. Her beautiful accessories coupled with her Calypso St. Barth-esque tunics and caftans had me swooning within seconds. And it gets better...as I was doing my daily rounds on Rue La La, lo and behold there she was! Caftans, tunics, and precious earrings and cuffs galore! Now is your chance to snag one of these glorious gems for an even more glorious discount, but hurry! Only hours left!

Monique Leshman Ivory Silk Tunic (So white hot.)

Monique Leshman Cuff Bracelet (Loving the color!)


Monique Leshman "Glamour" Black Long Caftan

Not a Rue La La member? Click here for a personal invite and your ticket to chic steals and deals!

[Images via Rue La La]

xo

Friday, June 8, 2012

cfda 2012 : my red carpet favs

The 2012 CFDA awards, or the "fashion oscars" as they are fondly referred to as, were this past week and as one might guess, it was THE red carpet of all red carpets. Did anyone get to see the broadcast on Style.com? Broadcasted for the first time in history, ya'll! Talk about some unforgettable moments.

Anna Wintour. Grace Coddington. Michael Kors. Prabal G. Oh...and all of those celebrities you may have heard of. Pretty much the most kick-a group of fashionistas on the planet and all in one place!

I thought it was going to be hard to choose my red carpet favs, and while the fashion was fierce and present in full-force, my top three stood out to me almost immediately upon setting my eyes on the photos!

The Style Guru, Fashionista Queen and Goddess of the fashion world- all hail Rachel Zoe! (Oh, hey Rodg.) At how old and post-baby? Who even cares, she's so fab. Side note: If you know who she's wearing, help a sister out. There was no mention at the source of this photo. Her own line, perhaps?
The most (style) genius and fashionable of twins there will ever be wearing their own designs from their line, The Row. They may be small, but they are HUGELY respected for their numerous accomplishments and CFDA award winners themselves, Ashley and Mary Kate (brunette!!!) Olsen.
I really loved Mandy Moore in this Lela Rose number. She was like a warm, glowing beacon of light in a sea of bold and fierce fashionistas. She may have fallen out of Hollywood for a while, but the girl didn't loose her sense of style, that is for sure.

[Images via Fashionista]

xo

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

personal style : cool-front

As with much of the midwest, we had a cooler-front swing through this weekend and, as a result, we were back to the cooler mornings prefacing the 80 or 90 degree afternoons! This, inevitably, presents the problem of wearing something that can transition with the changing temperature throughout the day. I chose to suit up in a light-weight, draped blazer, dressy tee and bib necklace, and hot pink shorts for that necessary p.o.c.! (Pop of Color, ya'll.) I took off the blazer once the weather warmed up in the afternoon, which made for a smooth transition!
[Blazer via H&M- Similar, Dressy Tee via Express, Bib Necklace via LC for Kohl's (Can ya believe it?!)- Similar, Shorts via J.Crew, Ring via Pandora]

xo

Monday, June 4, 2012

holy june!

June 4th. JUNE FOURTH!

Where does the time go, my goodness. After looking at my July calendar, June is officially my "relax and gear up" month. You know the feeling when you're all strapped in for a roller coaster ride and you start to ascend dreadfully slowly up the incline before you plummet to your death?

Yep, that's the one! That's my June. So giddy up, ya'll, it's about to be one wild ride!

[Image via Tumblr]

xo

Friday, June 1, 2012

let's polka

Ever since I was told that I looked like Minnie Mouse at an 8th grade formal where I donned a precious black and white polka dot & pink trim dress, I have avoided the playful pattern altogether. Ya'll, those words are traumatizing at 14!! (And from a boy, no less!!)

Recently, however, I just feel pulled toward them! The minute I spotted J.Crew's Jacquard Dot Popover I had to have it! (Though I have yet to actually have it, if only my play money was so quick to roll in...)

In my 6 years of growing style wisdom (ha, please) since that horrifying situation...which I've totally let go by now...clearly...I've learned, as with most everything else, polka dots can tastefully be incorporated into your closet at home. Go for this Fedora from Forever 21 and hit the beach in a simple cover-up and bathing suit or, if you're feeling slightly more daring, pair the J.Crew button down I mentioned with boyfriend skinnies and a simple sandal and you're out the door!

[Images via Forever 21 & J.Crew]

xo
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