Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Favorites

Here are some of my favorite things from the month of February:
Essie Nail Polish in Going Over Board: A unique dark shade a teal. It looks great alone or with a glittery topcoat. 
Urban Outfitters Mirrored Flats: I've been giving more attention to ballet flats as spring approaches. I'm sick of all of my boots and these are more exciting than your basic black flats. They look great with black tights but will look cute with jeans or shorts as well. 
Yankee Candle in Beach Party: I'm usually not interesting in candles. I can't stand the scent of most of them and they can be a bit overpriced. I happened to see this one in Target recently and the name drew me in. It smells like one of my favorite perfumes, Beach by Bobbi Brown. It's a mix of salt and sunscreen and I love it. 
Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee: Everyone knows about these lip butters and they have been reviewed constantly. I finally decided to try one for myself. They are super moisturizing and impart a subtle sheen. These really lean towards lipstick rather than tinted lip balm and I love that. In short they are a very moisturizing lipstick. This shade is a great nude that is more brown than pink. 
Downton Abbey: I finally decided to start watching this show from the very beginning after watching a few episodes here and there and it's awesome (obviously, everyone but me already knew this).
J.Crew School Boy Blazer: I have a few of these and have been wearing them for years. They are great quality and come in a variety of colors and fabrics. I've been reaching for them a lot lately as they can really dress up a basic out. Jeans, tee, flats and a blazer...easy chic!

Hold Tight by Dave Dee Dozy Mick and Titch: I just rediscovered this song again after being obsessed with it a few years ago. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

best dressed.

 Let's face it, as much as I love movies and all the hoopla of a major event such as the Academy Awards, I'm tuning in for the dresses! I have a feeling that's why most of you watch in the first place as well. I even find myself looking at best dressed lists and watching Fashion Police afterwords to get every one else's opinion.  So, here is my list of all time best dressed:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Acid Trip

We are barley finishing up February and I'm already freaking out about summer...When will you get here!?  This year, (like most years really) I am craving bold, neon hues. Highlighter yellows and hot pinks are my favorites.  I love the look of mixing them together for bright color blocking or pairing them with neutrals for more of a classic look.  These tones just don't sit right at this time of year, so I guess I will have to wait a few months. In the meantime, I'll just have to settle dull winter clothing.  Here are some of my favorite neon items:Acid Trip

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

a wedge of beauty..

I'm what you would call a little lady. When I am  alone in my apartment or among my other little friends I feel as though I am an amazon, clearing 5'9"easily when in fact I am a mere 5'2" (on a good day). I have embraced my stature over the years, after all, us little ones can easily creep up to the front row at concerts, wear dresses that are deemed tastelessly short on tall girls, we gain great skills in climbing (ya know, to reach stuff) and can wear towering, sky high heels without making boyfriends feel like well...short.

It's no surprise though that a have a certain passion for shoes, big ones. Since my early teen years I have been collecting fun, summery wedges. They are completely comfortable, add oodles of height and make your legs look pretty great. My first pair were Bandolinos. They had red and white striped straps and massive cork heels. It strutted around in these summer after summer until eventually they fell apart. Little has changed as every year around this time I start seeking out new versions. This year I am seeking out bright, disco-esque versions. Acidic, citrusy hues are on the top of my list.  Here are some of my favorites:

2. Steve Madden
3. Jefferey Campbell
4. Kurt Gieger
5. Pierre Hardy
6. Christian Loubitan
7. River Island

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Leopard and Vinyl

Today was my day off from work and the boyfriend and I decided to grab some lunch and stop by Shake, Rattle and Read. They are currently celebrating their 46th anniversary with a massive 46% off sale, and I was on the search for some Zombies on vinyl. I scoured through almost every record in the place and no Zombies to be found, but don't worry, I found plenty of other great records. The owner was playing the greatest 60's compilation and when I asked about it he told me it was his own mix and gave me his copy! How nice is that? If you haven't been into Shake Rattle and Read before, you must stop in sometime. It's a tiny shop FILLED with books, records, magazines and movies. The prices are really great and the people that work there are always super nice. I love looking through their old paperbacks and vintage Playboy covers. 

Here's one of my all time favorites, a little ear candy for your Saturday night: 

Friday, February 17, 2012

ootd: flowers and puppies

The past few days here in Chicago have felt like spring. I've been walking instead of taking the bus, pulling out my sunglasses and reaching for brighter colors and prints. Today I wore what I refer to as the "Miami Vice" jacket. I picked this up a few years ago at the boutique I work at. With the vibrant print, rolled sleeves and shoulder pads, it screams 80's.  I paired it with my puppy tee and new favorite necklace. I've also been carrying around my Jason Wu for Target bag. I absolutely love it as it really cheers up my winter coats. Now if only it would get warm enough to wear those dresses! Here's an outfit of the day.
Jacket: Akualani, Puppy Tee: Kersh, Necklace: Presence
Jeans: J. Crew, Boots: Target
Bag: Jason Wu for Target

Springy song of the day:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Retro Nails: Tutorial

Recently my nail polish obsessed self is getting interested in more that just solid colors. What to do when I see two colors that look great together but can only choose one? I'm no professional so nail art is currently not an option. I did however see a nail tutorial ages ago on how to do a 1940's style manicure and have always wanted to try it. It's a different take on the french manicure, which I am not a fan of.  Instead of painting the tips, you are painting at the bottom of the nail bed. Here is how I did it:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Hello all! I hope you are having a splendid valentine's day. This year my valentine and I decided to forgo all the craziness and over the top gestures in leu of saving. We instead went out to run some errands and grabbed a quick lunch. But just because we decided on a low key, casual day doesn't mean that I didn't want to jazz up just a bit, so here's a little outfit of the vday! 

Hat: Presence, Coat: Diane von Furstenberg, Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in True Red: The perfect shade of red. I brightens up your face and even makes you teeth look whiter. This is my go to shade when I want a little pizazz!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag: This was a valentine gift from my boyfriend a few years ago. It's one of those bags that only holds a credit card, ID and some lipgloss but I love it.  This isn't however my favorite valentine gift I've ever received...This little guy is!
Harry "Winston" Churchill

Now here's a little Valentine's Day jam for you.