Tuesday, August 31, 2010

stop... you're making me blush.

this has been my tried and true cheek color for years; it's super natural-looking, easy to use, and can multi-task as a lip stain.

however, i'm a product junkie and i've been dying to try this since i first laid eyes on it. i just added it to my birthday wish list... review to follow.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

a pretty nice little saturday.

is there anything better than waking up to a sunny, beautiful saturday? today i have big plans:
  • 7 mile run (check)
  • drop off clothes at my favorite consignment shop (to make room for new clothes)
  • a haircut
  • peruse my favorite antique store
  • hit up a craft store for materials to make a chic earring organizer... i'm thinking about finding a vintage frame and doing something like this.

  • investigate adhesives (i know this sounds wonky... but i need to make sure my beautiful vintage stamps are firmly attached to my invitations
  • find paint and fabric to transform a set of old wood chairs into something exciting.... i was inspired by emily:

  • hopefully fit in a little shopping
  • and lastly, dine al fresco with my fiance
have a wonderful saturday!

Monday, August 23, 2010

feeling fall.

i'm loving this little puff-shoulder number by chloe with a joseph striped t-shirt
(photo courtesy of net-a-porter)

luckily i scored a great blazer (on sale) at j. crew last season and this madewell saint james tee will fit the bill.

mother knows best.

a few months ago, on a visit to my mom and dad's house i made a great discovery in my mom's haircare drawer: naturia dry shampoo. i used it once and i was hooked. it has a nice light, unobtrusive scent, and the white powder that emanates from the aerosol container works miracles... it makes your hair look clean and adds some volume. luckily, my mother was generous enough to give me the can.

i ran out of naturia and headed to my favorite local beauty supply store to look for a replacement... i was disappointed to see they don't carry it but i decided to take a gamble on a new product: kenra platinum dry shampoo. this stuff is just okay- the scent is a little cloying and the residue the spray leaves behind does not feel as natural or clean as naturia.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

gimme gimme

i need some serena and lily bedding... yesterday. you can throw in the covered headboard too.

these sheets belong on my bed... they're sold-out on the serena and lily website, but i found them at the boys depot (of all places).

some many choices...

(all photos courtesy of serena and lily)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

mad woman.

even though i have to wake up before 5 AM tomorrow i cannot not watch mad men! it's just that good...

photo courtesy of amc

rose-colored glasses.

i'm loving anything rose or matte gold...

(both available at nashelle)

(all available at nordstrom)

(available here)

(available here)

(both watches available at shopbop)

still in search of the perfect rose-gold ring... any suggestions?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

sweet jesus.

i spotted this beauty on 100 layer cake. if i was tying the knot in dc i would totally book magpie's cake. usually i'm all about a rustic, natural-looking cake... but this wispy, ruffled gem kinda takes my breathe away.

steal of the day.

i was less than confident with this web-purchase (my mother's 20% coupon sealed the deal) but it arrived today and i must say i'm pleasantly surprised. my work uniform is some iteration of a blouse/cardigan- and this little guy is more interesting than a basic cami. i like that it's slightly nautical but "tipsy" as the description suggests.

(the tipsy mariner shell is available here)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

what would you expect?

keith johnson is the head antiques buyer for anthropologie, so it's no surprise his new york apartment is perfect. here's a peek at his beautiful interiors...

(photo credit william waldron)

see the full story at elle decor.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

there's something about...

vintage postcards. i love everything about them.
they will definitely play a part in my wedding day stationery (in a capacity that has yet to be determined).

(all photos courtesy of cardcow)

Friday, August 6, 2010

i can admit when i'm wrong.

i used to think denim on denim was a crime- but i think christina and reese look very cute in their weekend-wear...

Credit: Danny Martindale/WireImage; Zodiac/Splash News Online; Splash News Online

look no further than j. crew if you want to replicate the look:

(available here)

(available here)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

don't judge.

i just can't help myself... i love some bethenny frankel.

will you ridicule me if i show up to the health and fitness expo with a bottle of skinny girl margarita in hand?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

make it a double.

i agree with interior designer marie turner at elle decor, there's something grown-up and classic about a bar cart. the look reminds me of the 60's and it's no secret i love mad men- the fashion and the debauchery. i can easily imagine a bar on wheels in every office at sterling, cooper, draper, and pryce.

joanna at a cup of jo has a fantastic vintage brass cart

(photo courtesy of joanna goddard)

and there's a lovely compilation of bar cart photos at habitually chic

(deborah needleman in lonny)

if the non-vintage variety would appease me, i would scoop up this nugget (on sale) at restoration hardware

i'll continue my search at grandview mercantile this weekend...

Sunday, August 1, 2010


after a week-long vacation, i feel the need to detox... now, my idea of a detox and this lady's idea are very different. unlike gwyneth, i could not subsist on juice all day and one meager salad in the evening. for me, a "detox" means less sauvignon blanc and more water, less frozen yogurt and more vegetables and fruit.

if you follow a healthy eating blog, you're probably already aware of the green monster... a concoction that looks like something skimmed from a swamp. a smoothie that gets its bright green hue from spinach, kale, or another green. i'm a big fan. starting my day with a green drink (or ending a workout with one) makes me feel good... even if i decide to chase it with a wheel of brie.

here's my favorite recipe:

green smoothie

1 cup frozen banana slices
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3-4 cups baby spinach
a splash of vanilla extract
1 cup of ice cubes
(sometimes i add fage yogurt or a little green superfoods powder)

(photo courtesy of katheatsrealfood)