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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

All that glitters

My favorite part of the holiday season is an excuse to get dressed up, pull out all the extra sparkle and go to town on the metallics.

There are always far too many things to choose from, and I want them all. Of course it's impossible for me to choose a favorite, but clearly I'm having a bit of an art deco moment. The Rachel Zoe earrings are stunning, and the budget favorite, the flower bangle, would make a perfect pair.

I wish I had more holiday parties to attend, but the only date I will be getting dressed up on is December 24th. I've already decided on wearing my panther dress, but I would very much like a shiny new accessory to go with it. Which would you choose?

All that glitters

Rachel Zoe Crystal Long Barrel Earrings, $175 at Linger Rose
BCBG Metallic Pumps, $60 at DSW
Pave Drop Earrings, $32 at JewelIQ
Leather Metallic Clutch, $39 at J.Crew Factory
Milor Italy Pave Ring, $40 at TJMaxx
Flower Bangle, $40 at Ann Taylor
Pave Toggle Bracelet, $40 at Banana Republic
House of Harlow Chrysalis Ring, $58 at Shopbop
Gold Glitter Pumps, $100 at Steve Madden
Beaded Chevron Clutch, $35 at H&M

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmastime in the city

There is no place like New York City during Christmastime, the trees all dressed up in lights, the store window displays drawing crowds just to take a peek, the joy of the season taking the bite out of the bitter cold air. (Or perhaps it was an hour + wandering around the Anthropologie flagship store warming me up?) Regardless, New York City will always be the place to be during the month of December.

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The Rundown
Red Pea Coat Nine West via TJMaxx similar$$, similar$
Jeans Joe's Jeans via Saks off Fifth
Black Flats Easy Spirit
Willis Bag Vintage Coach thrifted
Plaid Scarf Borrowed from my Mom similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Pearl and Rhinestone Ring Forever 21
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Bordeaux" Essie

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tree hunt

December fifteenth. Ten days to Christmas, and just yesterday we went to get our tree. What was once a hunt through fields of trees, saw in hand, searching for the perfect specimen, is now a parking lot behind a Kohl's, but I wanted to wear my furry trapper hat and wellies all the same. In my defense, it was a muddy parking lot.

The tree is up, but unadorned. Baby steps. The Christmas cards got written out, but I forgot the small detail of stamps. A few more gifts purchased, and wrapping has commenced. Progress has been made, but I still fear I'll never get everything I want done. Is anyone else with me on postponing Christmas for just another week?

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Plaid Shirt Gap similar
Cable Knit Sweater Ralph Lauren thrifted similar
Jeans Max Studio via TJMaxx similar
Green Rain Boots Joules target version
Fur Trapper Hat Aerie similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Anchor Bracelet Knotical Knovelites
Knot Bracelet Banana Republic
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Lion Around" Essie


Friday, December 12, 2014

Embracing the gift guide

Holiday shopping always starts out fun and optimistically. I manage to find that first perfect gift back in October and return home thinking this will be the year I get all my shopping done by December first, leaving me the rest of the month to focus on the other aspects of the holiday season.

Fast forward to thirteen days until Christmas and I still have too many blank spots on my list, and not a thing wrapped.

Of course I still don't know what to get anyone, and the thought of spending my Saturday in a crowded mall could not be less appealing. The lines, the parking, being told there are no more gift boxes, or even better, being laughed at when I ask for a gift box...

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There is a better way. It wasn't until these past few years that I started embracing online shopping as my number one way to get Christmas done. One of my favorite things about reading other blogs is the sense of instant gratification. Something catches my eye and I can literally be at the site completing my order in a matter of minutes. Every year hundreds of gift guides are published, featuring the latest and greatest personalized gift round ups for every type of person I need to shop for.

This year I've been enjoying the gift guides Yahoo! Style has been rolling out. One guide each day, catering to every gift giving need I have. I need to get something for my Dad, so I'm consulting their "Food Gifts for the Hardest to Please" guide. Yep, that would be my father. Perhaps the collection of specialty spices?

Short on stocking stuffers? The "Under $5" guide is essential. I love a cute coffee mug, and I still think that an ornament is the perfect gift for anyone.

Books. Books make amazing gifts. They have a way of making both myself, and the recipient look smarter. There is literally a book out there for everyone. I think when in doubt, books will always work out. I happen to love "What if? Absurd Answers to Hypothetical Questions" included on the "Book Nerd" guide. After dinner conversation is guaranteed to be a hoot if it starts getting passed around the room.

I have a habit of spoiling my dog Chloe, and there is a cashmere, monogrammed dog sweater featured on Yahoo! Style's "For the Dogs" guide. Okay, maybe I don't spoil her that much, but it's still a really cute idea.

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With so many fun, unique gifts and most online retailers promising delivery by Christmas if orders are placed by the 20th, there is no reason to not get the rest of my shopping done from the comfort of my couch, and hopefully I will actually have enough time this weekend to get some baking done. Meanwhile, I'll be putting the pretty gold Frends headphones from "Joe Zee's Top Holiday Picks" on my own list. Happy shopping!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Add a little fur

This fur collar is one of my favorite thrift finds because I can throw it on to any coat, jacket or even cardigan and it instantly becomes so much more luxe and cozy. It is a perfect fit on this trench, and therefore one of my favorite coats to pin it to, though it has graced the lapels of nearly every coat I own, and done so with ease.

Of course you can easily pick up a new faux fur collar, though I've always found them to be abundance in thrift stores this time of year. I even spotted a grey one the other day, which I'm contemplating going back for.

I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that there are only two weeks until Christmas. I feel like I've gotten nothing done; tree isn't up, cookies haven't been baked, cards haven't been mailed, gifts haven't been wrapped - though due in part to my online shopping I've at least put a sizable dent in the gifts I need to purchase. Of course the longer my to-do list becomes, the more I just want to ignore it in favor of cozying up on the couch with some hot chocolate and a Christmas movie.

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Grey Cable Knit Sweater Gap similar
Grey Jeans c/o Max Jeans
Trench Coat London Fog thrifted similar
Fur Collar Thrifted similar
Red Suede Pumps Nine West thrifted similar
Leopard Clutch Gap similar
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Bar Rings c/o Kohl's
Pearl and Rhinestone Ring Forever 21
Nail Color "Bordeaux" Essie