Friday, November 30, 2012

Shoes of the Week: Studded.

Studs have always had a kind of hard core, rock star connotation.
And typically, I would not describe myself or my style in a hard core, rock star kind of way.
But Studded accessories (like shoes and bags) are starting to grow on me. 
(Like Faux Fur, I know, who am I?)
Maybe it's because now a days studs aren't solely on black leather goods, but come with a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. 
They just seem like a fun way to spice up an outfit a little bit. 
So for this week's shoe(s) of the week I decided to pick my favorite studded pairs.
Flat ankle boots, heeled ankle boots, pumps, flats, even a black leather pair of boots!
Check 'em out!

ALDO- Boeken 


ALDO- Perusia

ALDO- Tallberg

ZARA- Studded Cowboy Ankle Boot

Sam Edelman- Jolie

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter Wardrobe: stripes. cords. & faux fur.

I've been really on the fence about this whole faux fur vest trend. 
I mean, to some extent fur/faux fur are always on trend in the cold winter months because they're super warm but recently faux fur has been popping up everywhere. 
I think I've finally jumped aboard the faux fur bandwagon with this look below, and the fact that I saw it in literally every store I went to on Black Friday, and the warmth factor. 
The vest below is a really easy transition into the faux fur world since it is only partially faux fur and is partially cable knit. So go ahead, try it out!

Inspiration via See Jane "Switzerland" 

How you can wear it: 

stripes. cords. & faux fur.
Fat Face scoop neck tee, $32 / Stripe shirt / Vest / J Brand / Lace up boots, $30 / Marc by Marc Jacobs marc jacob / Ben-Amun yellow gold jewelry

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wedding Wednesday.

Ok you guys, this is for real. 
or at least more for real than it used to be.
a Winter Wedding. What are your thoughts?
I mean, obviously there are challenges (snow), 
but they can be such pretty challenges (snow).
So, here are some thoughts/ideas/pretty things.

candles and a fireplace = cozy. 

winter wonderland. seriously.

I want a fascinator. Fascinator.

is it just me, or would this be a perfect Bridesmaids dress?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winter Wardrobe: Brights.

Winter always seems to be a time when everything gets dark, the days, the lighting, everyone's clothing. But never fear! Brights are totally appropriate for winter, just mix in a few neutrals and some warm textures and just like magic, you have some winter brights!


How you can wear it: 

winterize your brights.
Joie top, $285 / Equipment blouse, $405 / J.Crew polka dot shirt, $160 / VPL boatneck sweater / Rachel Comey pullover sweater / MOTHER DENIM , $215 / Mimi Loves Jimi leather shoes, $105 / The Cambridge Satchel Company satchel bag, $150 / American Apparel circle scarve / Pieces leather belt, $19 / Revlon

Tumblr Tuesday.

with my soul. 

classic Kate Spade. 

this girl has great style. STYLE I tell you. 
Check out my tumblr blog for more fun fun fun!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fall Fashion: Cobalt & Neutrals.

Happy Thanksgiving! Eat food :)
I've been feeling quite inspired lately by all the marvelous fall looks roaming around the internets and blogosphere. This lovely cobalt and neutral look has me liking the color brown way more than I used to. Check out my inspiration photo: 

And here's a few ways to wear them in your own wardrobe!
Color Course: Cobalt & Neutrals.
Dorothy Perkins sheer ruffle blouse / L.K.Bennett merino sweater, $185 / J.Crew wool pea coat / A.F. VANDEVORST a f vandevorst, $420 / N°21 yellow crop pants, $515 / J Brand skinny leg pants / Lace up boots, $40 / River Island light pink high heels, $96 / Tory Burch leather hobo shoulder bag / ASOS zip bag / Friis & Company knitted scarve, $65 / UGG Australia shearling glove, $185 / Mulberry

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
I know that today is actually a better representation of how terrible our colonizing and stealing habits have been throughout history than it is a representation of cooperation and sharing but, it is still important to take time away from our hustling and bustling lives to look at all that we have and be thankful for it. 
Enjoy the day with your friends and family, and enjoy the food!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

This Bun is Flawless. Flawless. 
This is the most adorable couple ever.

I am in LOVE with these colors. 
Check out my Wedding Pinterest for more wedding fun!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tumblr Tuesday.

Brighten up your Fall wardrobe with a little bit of Orange!
Fall. Bicycles. Scarves. Jackets. Topknots. 
Boots. Boots. Boots. Boots.

Be sure to check out my Tumblr Blog for more fun posts!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Winter Wardrobe: Holiday Shopping.

You know it's coming, just around the Thanksgiving riverbend (see what I did there? :). Black Friday. I repeat, BLACK FRIDAY. I've been shopping on this momentous day a few times but this year I think I'm really going to go for it. Well, maybe I won't be visiting those stores that open on Thanksgiving Day, but I might be up for a little early morning shopping 
(I have my eye on a few Christmas gifts). 
When shopping on Black Friday (or really any holiday shopping from now on) it seems obvious that you want to be comfortable, but not too sloppy (I would say that sweat pants are still a no), and you probably don't want to lug a big coat around the mall or store either. Here's a great way to stay comfortable, practical, and stylish for your holiday shopping adventures. 

What to Wear: Holiday Shopping.
J.Crew slim tee / J.Crew slim tee / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew / Nudie Jeans Co. straight jeans / Tory Burch leather boots / H by Halston over the knee boots / Red handbag / Chain handbag / Michael Kors gold jewelry / Astley Clarke yellow gold stud earrings, $990 / Revlon lipstick

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall Fashion: Color Triple Threat.

I have always loved Sydney and the Daybook Blog, and when she started guest blogging for the Washingtonian  my adoration only grew. 
Here's one of my favorite looks by Sydney, this triple threat color combo of Marigold, Light Blue and Royal Purple is so unexpected but totally works. 

And here are two wonderful ways for you to rock this triple threat! 
Color Course: Marigold, Light Blue, & Royal Purple
United Bamboo tie top / Cardigan, $285 / J.Crew long sleeve blouse / J.Crew knit top / Givenchy pencil skirt, $805 / Skinny leg pants / J.Crew platform heels / Christian Louboutin shoes / J.Crew vintage shoulder bag / Ivanka Trump shopping tote / Statement necklace / Charlotte Russe earrings

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wedding Wednesday.

So adorable and Classic.

I love everything about this bride's look, her dress, her  sleeves, her hair,.

Monochromatic Mums.
I love the texture. 

Isn't this venue super cool? Old but modern at the same time. 
Check out my Wedding Pinterest for more lovelies!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Winter Wardrobe: Cozy Chic Sweaters.

The sudden (ish) onset of winter weather has put me in quite the sweater mood (aka I'm extra cold everywhere I go). I just want to buy, style, and wear all the sweaters! 
All The Sweaters! 
Here's a little how to for styling your chicest and warmest sweaters. 

Cozy Chic Sweaters
Marc by Marc Jacobs cable knit sweater, $375 / Long sleeve sweater / Isabel Marant cable knit sweater / H&M long sweater, $32 / Nudie Jeans Co. straight jeans / Cole Haan / Zara studded heels / 3.1 Phillip Lim red bag

Tumblr Tuesday.




Monday, November 12, 2012

Music Monday: A Fine Frenzy "Pines"

Happy Monday Everyone!
Today's Music Monday is super fun! Or at least I think it is...
I've loved A Fine Frenzy and Allison Sudol since their first album "One Cell in the Sea" that came out in 2007 (when I was in High School-whoa).
And then I loved "Bomb in a Birdcage" in 2009 
and now I love love love their newest album "Pines." 
A Fine Frenzy has such a fun mix of mellow, calming pieces and fun, up-beat pieces.
And Allison Sudol's vocals fit perfectly into everything that they do. 
Here are some of my favorites from their new album!

"Now Is The Start" 

"Avalanches (Culla's Song)" 

and "It's Alive"

PS: All of A Fine Frenzy's music can be found on Spotify, including "Pines" !!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Winter Wardrobe: Warm Tones.

While it may have been a record high here in Des Moines yesterday, today is dramatically cold. I mean cold. And with it being Sunday (sorority chapter time, and church for many) and having just started a new business casual  internship I've been trying to think of creative ways to stay warm and look stylish through the long, dark, cold winter. Layering blazers and sweaters are a great way to do that, and I love the unexpected pairing of this bright skirt and burgundy tights. 
Stay Warm out there! 
Winter Warm Tones
L.K.Bennett slim fit shirt, $185 / J.Crew wool blazer / Salvatore Ferragamo silk pleated skirt / Opaque tight / Rebecca Minkoff heeled booties / J.Crew j crew / Michael Kors bangle watch, $365 / Astley Clarke , $995

Friday, November 9, 2012

Shoe of the Week: Blue Suede.

Happy Friday Friends!
This week's Shoe of the Week find is a result of some serious homework procrastination and sales shoe shopping. I was looking around on 6pm's website, browsing black riding boots and comfy shearling boots and I decided to browse around ALDO's shoes and bags. 
I saw these blue suede beauties and instantly fell in love.
They also come in the classic nude suede, and a lovely marigold yellow suede. 
You can find them on 6pm's website, here.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Big News!

Hey Following Friends! 
I have some Big News! 
You know how I do Wedding Wednesday every week?
Well, now I am going to be planning my own wedding!
I got engaged this weekend :)

Engaged to this wonderful, wonderful person.
He makes me so incredibly happy and
I am so incredibly excited to be spending the rest of our forevers together.
He took me to Ledges State Park, where we went on a walk and had a picnic  at this lovely spot.
aaaaand this is my ring :)

Thank you to all of my wonderful friends who helped Tristan
and to everyone who  has been so supportive of  us :)

Fall & Winter J. Crew Wish List.

The fact that I love J. Crew is no secret, but the truth is that my budget probably doesn't love J. Crew as much as the rest of me does. So, in a sad, sad attempt to rid myself of the urge to shop, I've compiled a wish list! 
(I think I realize that this methodology makes little to no sense...)
Without further ado, here it is, my current, J.Crew Wish List. 

Fall/Winter J. Crew Wish List
J.Crew j crew / Dress / J.Crew j crew sweater / J.Crew tailored shirt / J.Crew j crew sweater / J.Crew j crew / Coat / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew high heels / J.Crew j crew

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wedding Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Avett Brothers print as a reminder.  
an engagement photo with KITES? perfection. 
these photos are just so beautiful and graceful. 
ok, so I know it's a little bit unusual, but I Love these bridesmaids dresses.
flutter sleeves/wings = always a good choice. 

Be sure to check out my Pinterest boards for more Wedding-Lovin Fun!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Election Day!

I know everyone is just about at their wit's end with campaign ads, door knocking, phone calls, and political social media but...we are almost at the end! 
Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to hear our President speak at his last campaign rally ever. (THANK YOU IOWA).
It just reminded me of how thankful I am and how lucky we all are to live in a nation that provides us with an opportunity to speak our minds and cast our votes--and not just in Presidential elections, but also local elections. 
Whatever you do, don't let anything petty or trivial get in the way of You exercising Your right to vote. Remember that if you are lined up to vote at the time the poll closes, they must allow you to vote, so no excuses! 

we must also remember to not lose sight  of where we have been  not all too  long ago,
and where we are going.(FORWARD).
Here are just a few photos from last night's event in the 
East Village, Downtown Des Moines, IA!

Just my main man. Bruce. Bruce Springsteen. 


The POTUS, Barack Obama. 

just 20,000 Iowans doing their thing. 
"We have come too far to turn back now. We have come to far to let our hearts grow faint."