outfit obsessed.

December 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

what do i love more than gift guides? lookbooks! well, that and the already-styled outfits that can be found on most of my favorite window-shopping sites. i’m not one to plan out an outfit completely but i do like having a bank of inspiration at my disposal so my mornings don’t involve a pile of reject outfits left on the bed… not that i’ve ever done before…

tangent: now that i’m working again, getting dressed in the mornings has been kind of fun – it reminds me of when i started my first job here in sf, and i was really obsessed with gossip girl and wore skirts, tights, heels and blazers every day… seems like so long ago! i don’t know what it is, but strolling down maiden lane (where my office is located) in shoes that only sort of hurt my feet makes me feel like… me again. it’s nice.

anyway, here are some looks i’m loving these days… nothing too trendy, mostly really good basics with some stripes for good measure… keep in mind necklines/hemlines can be adjusted for workplace appropriateness 🙂

where do you get outfit inspiration? celebrities? blogs? window shopping? any favorite sites? do tell 🙂

photo credits: shopbop/j.crew/olsens anonymous/alice + olivia/mtv

my favorite gifts under $50

November 17, 2011 § 2 Comments

a few reasons to love this time of year:

-dogs wearing antlers 🙂

-pumpkin frozen yogurt, especially with crushed graham crackers on top..

-trips back home, puppy snuggles and parties

-and… gift guides!

my j.crew catalog came in the mail today and as expected, it’s pure eye candy. i know it’s planned this way but seeing everything styled and photographed just so makes me want it all. (also, i had no idea i needed a gift for my personal assistant, manicurist and aunt gertrude… thanks, j.crew.)

anyway, in the spirit of artfully arranged gift suggestions, here are some of my own! i’m keeping it under $50, just for fun (and practicality).

gifts under $50

1. j.crew striped thermal henley, $42

2. tocca beauty eau de parfum viaggio, $45

3. kate spade new york iphone case, $40

4. marc by marc jacobs brass doe earrings, $48

5. ban.do chiffon shoe clips, $25

6. anthropologie passport case, $28

7. madewell snow-dot shorts, $48

8. home made by yvette van boven, $25.50

9. mor cosmetics basil & grape gift set, $22

hope you like!

get mad

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

i have been watching a completely unhealthy and often times ridiculous amount of “mad men” lately. we won’t get into numbers here but let’s just say i’m almost done with season 4 and i only began watching the series back in august. you do the math. in my defense, we’re cancelling netflix soon so i’m determined to get my money’s worth.

in other news, i painted my nails with sparkly gold glitter the other day (between episodes, of course) and i kind of like them. they make me feel put together when i’m bumming around in a robe and gym shorts – though i did step out for an interview yesterday, so perhaps my days spent in mismatched loungewear are numbered. i can only hope.

back to mad men. the show is pure eye candy, and i’m not just talking about jon hamm (drool). it’s so rich with detail that i often find myself forgetting about the stories and focusing on the set design and impeccably styled outfits instead, which means lots of rewinding. it’s really getting in the way of my rigorous television schedule, if you can imagine.

here are a couple of mad men-inspired things i’m currently craving…

mad men

bb dakota classic stunner dress, $92 at modcloth. so portrait-ready with an updo, vintage belt, and textured tights.

j. crew mona pumps, $248. appropriately satiny and mustard-hued (the squeeze-bottle variety, of course).

nars pure matte lipstick in carthage, $25 at barneys. perfect for a demure yet notice-me pop of color.

champagne toast bracelet by carolee, $45 at bloomingdale’s. to be worn on your champagne-holding hand, naturally.

jacket by tulle, $95. cute, cozy, and the perfect cover-up for a shoulder-baring, curve-hugging dress.

bow bridge kennedy satchel, $445 at kate spade. equal parts work and play in a sturdy yet delicate silhouette.

city storyteller scarf, $52 at madewell. this is kitschy, vintage-inspired charm done right.

…and a typewriter, so you can come up with the winning pitch, get promoted and treat yourself to everything on this list!

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