Monday, December 16, 2013

Gifts for: the monogram addict


This is probably my favorite gift guide, mostly because a good portion of these items were on my own Christmas list. I have a couple favorites, one being that dainty BaubleBar bracelet. I've included it in a previous Want it Wednesday post here and folks let me tell you...I still want it. I also love those Stubbs slippers. What are your favorite monogrammed gifts?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gifts for: the Southern Gentleman

I've rounded up some perfect gifts for the guy in your life. Two of my favorites are the classic Burberry watch and the tartan bow tie. You can't go wrong with either and together they make the perfect holiday pair!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Gifts for: the Hostess

I'm starting my gift guide series for this holiday season and with Christmas and holiday parties starting to pop up I thought it would be only fitting for my first gift guide to be all about gifts for the hostess. Hostesses put so much work into a party and I think it is only fitting to bring a little something for her (or him) in return. I love gifts that the hostess can use right away, something like a candle, straws, coasters, etc.
Do you have a go-to hostess gift?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Ready


sweater: j.crew//skirt: j.crew factory//boots: frye//necklace: j.crew factory (old)//clutch: mine's from a local boutique but Marley Lilly sells them//watch: fossil

 I've never been a huge fan of red...until now. It's always seemed too harsh for my taste and for my fair pink-undertoned skin. But this J.Crew sweater has changed my mind. It's not too orange and it's not too pink, instead--it's just the right red. It is the perfect sweater to dress up for the holidays. What are your feelings on red?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Want it Wednesday

This week is going by very quickly, surprisingly. The holidays are just around the corner and today's Want it Wednesday seems to be extra glam. Gold suggests a sense of royalty to me. And especially evokes the feeling of Christmas-time when mixed with reds and crystals. I love these Loren Hope earrings and can picture them paired perfectly with a red lip and a fun holiday dress and these shoes from Piperlime (FYI they are such a steal--only $45). What is your perfect holiday look?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Want it Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Today is kind of like my Friday because I have the next two days off and I couldn't be more excited! I'm planning on visiting our new Madewell and warming up next to the fire with a good magazine. It's been pretty cold recently and the combination of that Equipment sweater and those Michael Kors boots looks perfect for a cozy dinner. Hope you all have a lovely rest of the week!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Want it Wednesday


Happy Wednesday! I can't believe that November 1st is in two days!! October has really flown by. But with October being over, one of my favorite times of the year is rolling around and I cannot wait! I love the holidays and I've already started to make a wish list. I just upgraded to an iPhone 5S and I love this Kate Spade case.
Have you started a wish list?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Visit to the pumpkin patch

//jacket: Portobello Road Market--London//jeans: Nordstrom//wedges: J.Crew//sunnies: ray ban//

I love fall. I love the anticipation of the holidays and the crisp air. Oh and pumpkin spice lattes. Part of fall for me is always visiting the pumpkin patch. I've been going to the same pumpkin patch for years and I love how it never changes. Plus, by visiting the pumpkin patch, I can check off part of my fall to do list!
What are your favorite fall activities?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sale Alerts

Happy Tuesday! There are some serious sales going on this week and they are making me even more excited for actual fall weather (we're still getting temps in the high 70s and low 80s)
J.Crew is having 30% off all sale items: I'm dying to get this, this and this
ShopBop is having their Friends and Family event, which is 25% off your purchase: I'm dreaming about this Rebecca Taylor dress
Piperlime is having 30% off of some of their fall items: how great is this Michael Stars colorblock sweater? I can't decide which color combination I like better...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall to do list

Even though fall started a couple weeks ago I have some items that I'd really love to do before winter comes. What's on your fall to do list?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Want it Wednesday

all images belong to Loren Hope
I've heard of Loren Hope and seen a couple of her pieces on different bloggers and celebrities but I've never really explored her collections until now. Her jewelry is gorgeous. Plain and simple. But don't be fooled, her jewelry is the complete opposite of plain and simple. She beautifully mixes colors and textures to form eye-popping jewels. I'll take one of each please!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Want it Wednesday


The temps are suppose to really cool down this weekend and I could not be happier. I may even be able to break out a scarf or two! I love this plaid J.Crew scarf and the colors make it perfect to pair with a variety of tops/sweaters. Also, I was browsing Swoozie's and came across some of the new Kate Spade desk accessories/odds and ends. How cute are these gold bow push pins? I'll also take one of these, this, and this. Heck I'll take them all!

Have a great rest of your week!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dressed up tee


 //t-shirt: target//jeans: fossil//shoes: steve madden//clutch: j.crew (old)//necklace: forever 21 (old)//watch: fossil//

There's nothing I love more than a comfy t-shirt but I have had such a rough time finding the perfect one. The t-shirts I've come across are either way too see-through or they are so tight I feel like I need to go up 5 sizes. Low and behold, Target saved the day (yet again). I love the relaxed look of a plain t-shirt and jeans but feel that it's a little too plain. A fun necklace and leopard heels were the perfect solution for a simple but not too simple look. How do you dress your t-shirts up?
Also if y'all have any recommendations on where to find well-made t-shirts please let me know!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Want it Wednesday


After seeing graphic tees on Molly, Shelby, and Julia I really feel the need to get my hands on one. Madewell has some really cool tees and since my area is finally getting a Madewell I might have to stop by and pick up their New York, New York one. I'm also really embracing lipstick lately and I'm dying to get a Nars lipstick/pencil one of these days. Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Leopard + Tory


//blouse: J.Crew Blythe Blouse//jeans: Gap//shoes: Steve Madden//handbag:Tory Burch //bangles: Lilly Pulitzer//watch: Fossil//scallop ring: Kate Spade//


Happy (second) day of fall!! It's time to break out the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweaters. Happy Monday y'all!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Want it Wednesday

As I was putting this week's Want it Wednesday together, I noticed an unintentional theme. Grey, emerald, and black. For some unknown reason I'm really gravitating towards those colors this fall. I love that sweatshirts are becoming chic again and adore this J.Crew embellished sweatshirt . Plus everything at J.Crew is 25% off right now and they just put out some new merchandise--I'm craving this necklace. I'm not a huge fan of the whole camo trend but in small doses I kind of like it. I don't mind camo on jeans/pants but I'm really a fan of it incorporated in accessories, such as this bag.
Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Striped Peplum

//top: jcrew factory//jeans: Gap (from last year)//shoes: Michael Kors//handbag: Tory Burch//necklace: J.Crew factory// scallop ring: Kate Spade//

It finally cooled off this past weekend and I couldn't have been happier about it. I love different things about each season but fall is such a fun time of year. I'm so excited to start wearing jeans and long sleeves again. But, unfortunately this week is going to get up in the high 80s again so I guess it's back to chinos and short sleeves!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Want it Wednesday


I saw this Tibi top a couple of weeks ago and it caught my eye but when saw it on Julia from Gal Meets Glam I fell even more in love. The peplum silhouette mixed with the dark forest green is gorgeous. I'm also really loving flats with a slight heel for fall so I couldn't help including these to-die-for Ferragamos. A girl can dream, right? Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Street Style: NYFW 2013 edition

It's safe to say my jealousy has been through the roof the past (almost) week now. My instagram feed has been filled with post after post of all things NYFW. But, putting my green monster aside, I've collected a couple of my favorite looks from the runways streets of New York. Refinery 29 put up a fab slide-show of some 60+ street style pictures and these were the ones that really caught my eye! What looks were your favorite? 

p.s. I seriously love the first look: the midi skirt with the jeweled details and the pop of green from the clutch is perfection.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Secret Language of Monogramming

I was looking around J.Crew's website and clicked on their J.Crew on Film link and came across this video. It sums up monogramming perfectly. I couldn't have said it better myself.  What do you think the secret language of monogramming is?

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Like all other fashion lovers, I really wish I was attending NYFW. Even though I won't be in attendance for this years fashion week, I figured I could still put together a list of a couple items I would pack if I was headed to the Big Apple!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Want It Wednesday

//one//   //two//   //three//
I have a couple of items on my wish-list from BaubleBar this Wednesday. I've only heard (and seen) good things about BaubleBar but for some reason I've never bought anything. I may have to pull the trigger soon. They have awesome prices (the necklace is only $36!!!) and the quality seems to be really great. Among the great quality and prices, I really need to add some more statement jewelry to my collection. I went through a period of time where I only bought/wore dainty and delicate jewelry but I think it's time to broaden my horizons. Hope you all have a great rest of your week!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Want It Wednesday

Periwinkle and polka dots. What's not to love?
I'm not usually one to go for a shift dress but this Milly dress that's on sale is calling my name. I love the orange zipper in the back.
I've really been loving this orange/poppy color recently and I'm looking to add some pieces to my wardrobe in that color. I'm thinking that it could be the perfect pop of color for fall...perfect with boots and jeans. Plus I'm in the market for a Joie blouse so this shirt definitely fits the bill.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Essentials {summer edition}

While summer (for most students at least) is wrapping up we technically still have almost a month left, according to the calendar. I love all four seasons for different reasons but summer is probably my number 1. I don't know if it's because I can wear all of my favorite Lilly patterns, the long sunny days, or because I don't have as much work to do but I do know that I adore summer. I rounded up my essentials for summer which include a lightweight tinted moisturizer, my favorite sandals, and of course plenty of monogrammed items.
1. My first essential has to be a good pair of sandals. Jack Rogers have been my go to sandals this summer. I've managed to collect three pairs just in the last 5 months. They are so versatile and I have a feeling i'll be wearing the Platinum ones above well into September and October.
2. The second essential is a good card holder. My Tory Burch cardholder is an item that I carry around with me daily. I love being able to just grab it when I'm on the go and have everything I need in it. It comfortably fits 5-10 cards and I can even squeeze a little bit of cash into it.
3. During all four seasons summer you can usually find me with my hair tossed up into a ponytail accompanied by a Mane Message hair tie. They have an amazing array of colors and patterns and really are quite inexpensive compared to many of my local boutiques. I love them...plain and simple.
4. A seasonal phone case is also a necessity. My monogrammed striped case is from Plum Street Prints, it looks great and surprisingly protects my phone pretty well! The only issue I have with the case is that it is super tough to get off.
5. I'm addicted to Burt's Bees. There is no way around it. I have about 5 next to my bed and 3-4 others scattered about my handbags and house. While Burt's isn't necessarily subjected to just summer I felt it was essential enough to include.
6. Bright nail polish is a must for summer. OPI's Cajun Shrimp is definitely my favorite end of summer color. It's bright enough for summer but the orange/red color is perfect to roll into fall.
7. I like to keep things light and fresh in summer and a tinted moisturizer is the perfect light-weight cover-up. True liquid foundation is way to heavy for 85+ degree weather so most of the time I slap on some Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and head out the door. It's the perfect amount of coverage, plus it has 20 SPF which makes it even better!
8. Last but not least: my monogram necklace. While this is another item I wear all year round I wear it a ton in the summer. It's so perfect to go with Lilly dresses/skirts or with a simple Polo tee and chinos. A girl can never have too many monograms, right??

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekend Round-up

{Got a pedicure using my favorite discontinued OPI polish: Cajun Shrimp}

{I was thinking about buying one of the Lilly Pulitzer planners but instead I picked up a new planner at Target and stuck a monogram on it, naturally}

{Cut some flowers from our knock-out rose bush}
can you tell I like mason jars?

{I got the inspiration for this DIY from this pin, I wasn't exactly happy with the way it turned out at first but the more I look at it the more I like it. Now I just have to find a place to hang it!}