A little materialism never hurt anybody. If anything, it made them happier.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

braid braid braid

I love pieces of jewelry that you can wear all day, every day, even in the shower. Repetition in simple necklaces or bracelets is just gorgeous. I give this beautiful little bracelet from Banana Republic my vote of confidence. I noticed that they only supply the gray color online, but I have my eye set on a muted turquoise shade that I saw in the store itself. Take a gander!

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Ahoy, matey! Doesn't this pirate keychain just make you smile? I feel as though I must have it, since it is my secret wish to become a pirate and live a life of treasure hunting! We all must ere on the side of caution now and again, eh?

Friday, January 29, 2010

a worthy weekly indulgence

For those of us who live in or near Boston, these Greg Laswell concert tickets for February 9 are certainly worth the $12. Never heard of this Indie rocker? Listen to his cover of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". Beautiful. Meet you at the Red Room!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

a measure of happiness

How adorable are these measuring spoons? A nifty and functional kitchen accent! I would definitely part with $24 for them. They just scream summer!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

hello, captain jack

Love it. Even though this anchor-embossed wallet is made with men in mind, I'd still tote it proudly. Where else but Jack Spade, really? So, so handsome. Definitely worth the investment.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I have been looking for a good pair of sequin leggings and here they are! I dare you to buy a pair of these "Say yes to sequins" leggings from Newport News and look absolutely smashing! Yes, please!

Monday, January 25, 2010

in the spirit of mondays ...

Whew, this classy planner would alone be enough to inspire me to arrive to work on time and keep all my appointments! I just want to stare at it all day. Love that rich purple color and gold hardware accenting.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

just coasting by

Love this set of J.Crew
coasters, how perfect for weekend entertaining! I would also get them just for the cute box they come in. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

PURPLE DRESS WEEK: Victoria's Secret (again)

Last call for Purple Dress Week! Let's bid it farewell with this pick from Victoria's Secret. All I can say is look at how stunning the draping is on the back of this dress. I have a weakness for backless dresses! Also love the gentle light purple color. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010


Love this rich "spiced wine" colored silk-cotton dress from J.Crew. The cross-front knot in the front is beautiful! Elegantly simple. J.Crew dresses tend to be closer to knee-length, so if you're looking for a real show-stopper that shows your legs, this might not be the dress for you. But on the plus side, you can wear a regular bra with it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

PURPLE DRESS WEEK: Sunday Brunch (again)

Look closely - there's a delicate braided sash around the waist on this Sunday Brunch dress. How nifty! And the gauzy one-shoulder/short dress combination is, frankly, hot.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

PURPLE DRESS WEEK: Anthropologie

Love the ruffles and rosettes on this little cutie from Anthropologie. The ribbon sash also adds just the right amount of character, and it's removable, too. This is an excellent dress for an office party or a formal! Not too fancy and certainly not too casual. And those ruffles aren't one bit stifling!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

PURPLE DRESS WEEK: Victoria's Secret

LOVE the off-shoulder detail here. One-shoulder dresses are very in right now, and the clinginess of this dress in all the right places - bust, waist, legs - will be sure to draw attention. All eyes to you! Cheers!

Monday, January 18, 2010

PURPLE DRESS WEEK: Sunday Brunch Dress Shop

I created "Purple Dress Week" because one of my dearest friends asked me to help her find a fabulous purple dress for an event she is attending in the near future. Well, I decided to make a project of it and find a week's worth of fashion's most understated staple: the purple dress!

And so, to kick the week off, I've selected this little number from Sunday Brunch. The first picture is a model of what the dress looks like; the second image is the side view and also the purple version! I love love love the contrasting colorblock style. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

tea light

Well now this is what I call a lamp. As usual, Anthropologie has outdone itself once again. Although I love love love this piece of, ahem, art, I do feel that I could make it myself. Pending, of course, the help of a highly skilled electrician. Easier said than done, I'll wager.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

step lightly!

AH how cute. It's tough to find decent white ballet flats that don't make you look like a young blundering toddler, but these, I daresay, break the rules! Clearly, they look to be in the badass nautical tattoo style - and I love it! Enough sweetness to combat the edge, and enough edge to combat the sweetness.

Friday, January 15, 2010

a worthy weekly indulgence

The key to the castle ... more like the key to opening your drink! This "Castle Key Bottle Opener" from Anthropologie is just exquisite. And it's only $12! Definitely my indulgence of the week. Lovely. Nothing screams "classy" like unbolting a bottle of beer with an elegant opener like this!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

drop shot

I've been eyeing this little pretty for some time now. There's something mesmerizing about it ... it's that type of thought process where you see something you like and can't stop thinking about it for days ... well, that's when you're meant to go buy it. So I might just do that. But anyway. The ornaments on this bracelet really do look like shuttlecocks, and the bright colors are so optimistic for the impending ease of summer! I'm picturing myself wearing this bracelet, with espadrille-clad heels kicked up on top of an umbrella-covered cafe table, sipping a frosty lemonade and watching the ocean waves break the surf ...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

pretty yams (i mean, hands)

I'm desperate to get a pair of leather driving gloves simply so that I can feel like an elitist badass whilst driving. I'm confident in saying that these do my fantasy justice. I like any of these colors, really, though I'm partial to this yam shade. And the best part? They're cashmere-lined. Nuff said.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

a la mode

There's just something about wearing an apron that makes cooking so much more fun. And you could pretty much get away with cooking anything, regardless of your cooking abilities, in this adorable Jessie Steele damask apron. Why, you could probably even get away with wearing this as a dress ... except for the backless part, of course. Hmm. Invest in one and look forward to years of stylish cooking!

Monday, January 11, 2010

a wicked good deal

Well well well, look who's cashing in on the Ugg empire! Not that I'm complaining! I love these boots and I love L.L. Bean, and, if I am correct, these are far cheaper than the real McCoys. Yes, far cheaper, and who doesn't love that 100% satisfaction guarantee that L.L. Bean is famed for? Don't be surprised if these puppies have sold out, though. Word on the street is that L.L. Bean boots, no matter the style, have been snatched up left and right this holiday season and are now in (very) short supply. Hurry!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

peace, love, and bracelets

Now, I'm not one to bedeck myself in peace signs. But I love this Lucky brand bracelet because it doesn't even look like a peace sign unless you really look for it. And finding a nice cuff bracelet that you can wear with just about anything is tricky, but this one fits the bill. I would feel so, well, "lucky" to have it!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

for the (classy) hippie in all of us

Hmm! Carry your laptop in the style it deserves. As usual, J.Crew has put out another top-quality accessory, but this time it has a twist: it's 100% certified organic Turkish cotton with leather from Norway! How exciting! Just what your laptop needs ... a go-green carrying case. Between you and me, it doesn't know the difference, but who cares, it's a sharp looking case. I just love that rich red/coral color. This would certainly make me (and my MacBook) happy! It's just parting with the $285 that makes me throw up a little in my mouth. Oh well ...

Friday, January 8, 2010

a worthy weekly indulgence

I do love a unique nail polish color, and I do love Rescue Beauty Lounge. And so, having said that, I love love love this "Look Rich, Be Cheap" gold/purply glitter polish. So very festive for the holiday and winter season, and it's not a color that you see on every girl (or guy) out there. Definitely a worthy indulgence of the week. It shall set you apart from your friends, mark my words, and shall definitely catch the lighting nicely at your next fine dining experience.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

anchors away!

Why not set anchor on CatherineMarissa's Etsy page (she has some of the most ADORABLE jewelry I have ever seen)? This little anchor ring is so cute, I would pinch its cheeks if it had them. I love anything with anchors, and the daintiness of this ring just melts my heart. Only 1 left, so hurry up and order it before I do (it's only $20)!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

thank your lucky stars

I am a firm believer that a person can wear anything they want to IF it fits them to a T and makes everyone looking at you jealous. And so, I feel that
this "Lucky Star" dress from ModCloth fits the bill just beautifully. Look at how seamlessly it is made! And that boned bustier top will certainly flatter any size bust. Such a nice wintry color, too. Yes, I definitely think this dress would make me happy. 5/5 stars!

Monday, January 4, 2010

magical evenings

I found this book on the Curiosity Shoppe - for 1 year, the authors of this book took a photograph between the hours of 5-10pm and shared them online. How adorable! This would make an excellent coffee table book and would surely lend itself to insightful conversation!

tea + candles = perfection

This tea cup candle by MOR is so, well, gorgeous, that I'm almost convinced to spend the heart stopping $50 for it. You'd have to really ration this candle - we're talking light it once or twice a year! - to get your money's worth. I like to light candles constantly, so I'd probably burn it down to a stub in no time. Knowing this, I'll just admire it from afar. I wonder, once the candle burns away, can you use the tea cup? Hmm.