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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all! 

I'm thinking that if I were dressing up, that I'd like to incorporate these bow flats into my costume.... as a nice witch, of course. I think you know you're getting older when instead of dressing up and staying out all night, you choose to go to happy hour with friends (I'm headed to Soba for pickle martinis). Can't have too much fun on a work night... all of you college ladies, I will live vicariously through you! 

Click below to see what I dressed as in years past. My sophomore year was my absolute favorite!
What are you dressing up as? Have a fabulous day and a safe and spooky Halloween! 

Yours, 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Summer Wind Holiday Gift Guide

While Halloween is tomorrow and we are two months away from Christmas, I have created a Summer Wind Gift Guide board on Pinterest. What can I say? I love the holiday season and I'm a planner by nature and profession. 

Throughout the holiday season, I am always posting holiday gift guides but I thought this would be a good way to keep a continuous, up to date list of what I'm loving. Plus, who doesn't love giving gifts? There is nothing better than giving someone the perfect gift and seeing their face light up. From boyfriends giving to girlfriends, aunts giving to nieces, sons giving to moms, I've got you covered! 

What are you giving/asking for this holiday season? Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Lilly Pulitzer Resort 2014

So I totally previewed this collection a few months ago and fell in love. I mean really, how can you go wrong with Lilly? I love that this batch of Lilly came with some neutral pieces as well as the classic prints so you can mix and match! I've listed my favorite pieces below. 

I mean how cute is it that it says tipsy? Love, love, love. 

A very J. Crew Blythe blouse look alike, except Lilly's got the gold buttons. Touche, Touche. 

Those shells? They're embroidered in gold. Ahhhh yes, so perfect to throw on while it's snowing outside... you know, to remind you that summer does exist somewhere. 

I'm all over the Hepburn pant. There's a reason this style of pants is still around from the Hepburn days. 

So when's my next trip to the islands? 

Funnily enough, my parents are in Seaside,FL.. you know, right where there's a beautiful Lilly store. HINT HINT. Nothing like being subtle, right? What is your favorite piece from Lilly Resort 2014? Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Porch at Schenley

I am such a brunch girl. There is something so magical about weekend brunches... it's like nothing can ever go wrong when you're brunching! On Sunday, I ventured onto Pitt's campus, aka Oakland, for brunch at The Porch. It's a cute restaurant literally across from the Cathedral of learning. I had been wanting to try it because I pass it everyday and I heard they have great mimosas (and they do). 
University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning 

Literally one of the best mimosas. I totally judge places by their coffee and mimosas. The Porch's coffee was just OK, but their mimosas had the perfect OJ to champagne ratio (the more champagne, the less OJ, the better, in my opinion). 

The atmosphere was modern rustic and all of the windows made for a bright and airy atmosphere. Lots of yummy items to choose from all under $20, most under $15. 

This is what it always looks like when I'm at the table for brunch. I order at least two different drinks. This time I was tame and opted out of adding a Diet Coke into the repertoire. Oh and I totally peeped at their wine list (at 11am on a Sunday, I know) and they have a lot of options and you can also BYOB ($15 corkage fee). They also have a great happy hour (the second best 'meal'). 

While the service was below par, and the coffee just OK, the fabulous mimosa and my smoked salmon salad almost made up for it. All of the food is prepared in house and the ingredients are from local artisans and farms. 

The icing on the cake were the fresh, hot donuts. Seriously. Yum. 


I will most definitely come back at least one more time to see if the service improves... especially in the warmer months (with bottle of wine in tow) because they have the cutest little tables outside! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Outfit on Repeat


This outfit has become a fall staple. From work to play, I'm always reaching for these pieces because this outfit is comfortable, warm and looks put together! Sometimes I swap out the silk shirt for a more cozy, oversized, cashmere cable knit. Have a fabulous day!

Yours, 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sweater Perfection


I don't think I could be more in love with a sweater if I tried. I want both colors but will have some self control and just get the sandstone color.

Cozy Chic
 I am obsessed with these pants from J. Crew (I've literally been wearing them twice a week) and I think the sweater paired with the pants will be my go-to cozy-chic outfit this winter. Have a fabulous day!

Yours, 

Quilted


Very reminiscent of Chanel, n'est ce pas? The only difference is that these are a fraction of Chanel's price. Added to my ever growing wish list. Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jill Stuart Love

This Jill Stuart dress is love. Pure love. Have a fabulous day!

Yours,

Friday, October 25, 2013

Navy + Nude + Pink




This is what I'd like to be wearing to the next cocktail party I attend... you know, just in case I get bored of LBD's! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Tortoise Shell Clutch

Rectangle/ Rounded
Aren't these fabulous? Pair them with denim for a casual weekend look or throw on a cocktail dress and heels. Either way, these clutches fit the bill! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bootie Love: Under $100

Great looking bootie, great quality and a steal for the price! 

Another pair of high quality booties. I mean leather upper and leather sole, stacked heel, leather liner for under $100. Sign me up! 

I love heeled booties because they are a little more 'grown up' and polished than flat booties. I wear them with everything from skinnies to bootcut and skirts to dresses. Not to mention, I love that I can hide a cozy sock inside! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours,

Jack Frost is a Party Crasher

cozy

Jack Frost is a little early to the party here in Pittsburgh. While I love this time of year, this week, the temps have dipped below boots and Barbour ensembles and have called for heavy sweaters, heat on full blast, and a heavy coat.

To me, there is absolutely nothing better than cozying up in your favorite pj's, burning a candle, wrapping yourself in piles of blankets and drinking tea while watching movies/shows/reading/blogging/etc.

It's around this time that, when I get home from work, I dive into the coziest thing I can find. I've been super busy the past 2 months so I definitely feel like my 'cozy time' is well deserved. When I do change into something warm and cozy, I hate to admit it, but if I'm home alone, it's my oldest, softest sweats (shout out to all of my other JMU ZTA sisters wearing those amazingly comfy navy sweats). But this year, I am resolving to wear cute pajamas and lounge outfits. Think cashmere sweaters, flannel pj sets, shearling slippers, and the like. I've searched high and low to find some of my favorite picks and I am hoping you will share yours, too!

Favorites:
Shows: Homeland, Scandal (I'm not a huge TV person but seriously, you should be watching both of these)
Magazines: Town and Country 
Currently Reading: Cuckoo's Calling 
Currently Drinking: Tazo Refresh hot green tea
Currently Listening: This playlist and the Frank Sinatra and Wynton Marsalis stations on Pandora 
On my iPad: Pinterest, Tumblr, Netflix
Currently Burning: Fleur De Light Fig candle 

Throws:




Cashmere


PJ Sets :
Slippers:




What are your favorites for a cozy night? Have a fabulous day! 
Yours,

The Look For Less: Frye Boots

These riding boots look almost identical to Frye's version. The above are actually 1/3 of the price of the Frye boots. Can't beat that! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Playlist

SummerWind PLaylist
It's about time I did a playlist post. Here is what I have been rocking out to lately (it's super random):

See, I told you it was completely and totally random. What are you listening to?! I am always looking for new songs to add to my playlists... especially considering I have major song ADD. 

Also, completely unrelated, J. Crew is having 25% off $150 or more using code SHOPNOW... I love when J. Crew does this sale because 25% off of the coats makes them much more affordable! I am eyeing up the cocoon coat in sandstone and the icon trench in camel wool... but just can't decide which one, help! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

'Tis the Season for a LBD

LBD

I am a huge LBD (little black dress) fan. You can never have too many. I always feel my absolute best in a fabulous LBD, heels, pearls and a red lip. It's classic but still subtly sexy. We're quickly approaching what I lovingly refer to as 'LBD season'. Each year I get a new LBD to rock at holiday parties, work events, on dates, etc. Scroll through my picks below to see what I'm loving this year! 






Where did you find the perfect LBD?! Have a fabulous day!
Yours,