Guest Bloggin’ – Dana Rebecca Designs

March 28, 2012

Pretty thrilled to be guest blogging today for one of my most favorite jewelry comapnies: Dana Rebecca Designs!  I’ve gotten to know some of the wonderful women part of the DRD team and it’s just made me love them even more… You’ve read all about my obsession with their dainty necklaces here, and I finalllly got the Sylvie Rose necklace for myself as a birthday present (doesn’t everyone buy themselves bithday presents? no? you should.) but my craving for the Lauren Joy necklace is completely out of control.  So I created a little spring-time outfit based around the pretty sparkle…

Pretty thrilled to be guest blogging today for one of my most favorite jewelry comapnies: Dana Rebecca Designs!  I’ve gotten to know some of the wonderful women part of the DRD team and it’s just made me love them even more… You’ve read all about my obsession with their dainty necklaces here, and I finalllly got the Sylvie Rose necklace for myself as a birthday present (doesn’t everyone buy themselves bithday presents? no? you should.) but my craving for the Lauren Joy necklace is completely out of control.  So I created a little spring-time outfit based around the pretty sparkle necklace 🙂  Sort of like one of our old “I wish I was wearing” posts… Hope you head over to the DRD blog to check it out and read up on all their latest and greatest!

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Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs

March 28, 2012

To like Louis Vuitton is to like Marc Jacobs.  The artistic director of 15 years has taken the historical luxury brand and added fresh perspective year after year – no luxury spared.  To celebrate and commemorate the brand’s 158-year history and the man that has added so much to the definition of the LV, there is an exhibit of fashion and history at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris… And a wicked coffee table book.  Since most of us probably can’t make the Paris exhibit (logistical reasons, obviously) why not scoop up the book and present a piece of history in…

To like Louis Vuitton is to like Marc Jacobs.  The artistic director of 15 years has taken the historical luxury brand and added fresh perspective year after year – no luxury spared.  To celebrate and commemorate the brand’s 158-year history and the man that has added so much to the definition of the LV, there is an exhibit of fashion and history at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris… And a wicked coffee table book.  Since most of us probably can’t make the Paris exhibit (logistical reasons, obviously) why not scoop up the book and present a piece of history in your home?  Like the exhibit, Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs shares the legend of LV through the years, including the work of Jacobs, all the way up to present day.  The above is just a sampling of what the pages have to offer… 

Any guy that can incorporate Takashi Murakami cartoon-esque motifs on top of such a classic and iconic logo and make it look artistic and not cheap deserves a spot on my shelf.  I have the Louis Vuitton Art, Fashion and Architecture coffee table book and it never fails to inspire when I flip through it – can only image the other incredible images and history that’s to be found in LV / MJ.  Pre order your gold book here

(Images via August Man, Highsnobiety, Selectism)

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A New Definition of Beauty

March 27, 2012

Iris Apfel, Meryl Streep, Blythe Danner, Diane von Furstenburg, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, and Valerie Ramsey – all women who are aging naturally and gracefully in the public eye.  If you don’t recognize the name Valerie Ramsey it’s because she is a model now in her seventies (who began modeling at age 68!) and author of the book Gracefully: Looking and Being Your Best at Any Age.  The only reason I know her name and face is because I happened to catch her short interview on the Today Show a few weeks ago.  The woman is stunning –…


Iris Apfel, Meryl Streep, Blythe Danner, Diane von Furstenburg, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, and Valerie Ramsey – all women who are aging naturally and gracefully in the public eye.  If you don’t recognize the name Valerie Ramsey it’s because she is a model now in her seventies (who began modeling at age 68!) and author of the book Gracefully: Looking and Being Your Best at Any Age.  The only reason I know her name and face is because I happened to catch her short interview on the Today Show a few weeks ago.  The woman is stunning – she’s gorgeous with wrinkles, silver hair, and a body untouched by plastic surgery.  She and the rest of the Today crew were discussing how for as many positive examples there are for aging naturally (like the lovely women of Hollywood above – especially Iris Apfel) there are just as many women that have altered their bodies and faces to keep the look of youth (ex: The Real Housewivessss).  There was no judgement in their comments, just per speculation on the differences women have in their appearances, and Valerie was simply conveying how even in her age she has never felt more confident and beautiful…

Want to know a secret?  I have embarrassing forehead wrinkles/lines… And I’m 24! Sometimes I wonder if it would just be easier to start get a little Botox at at 26 and call it a day.  Kidding (sort of).  But then I look at women like Valerie and slap myself – because women are supposed to age!  Wrinkles are normal.  They show that you’re real and maybe that you furrow your brow too much (like me) or laugh too much (hello smile lines and crows feet) or you’re just human.  Sure I’m going to use products that help me ease into the process of looking older, but there is something super empowering and amazing about aging with grace and I can only hope I hold myself to the same standards Valerie and my famous friends have.  And THAT is what the new definition of beauty is!

P.S. How epic was Iris Apfel for MAC?!

(Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

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Perfect Python

March 26, 2012

Fun fact: I have a big fat love affair with all things python.  The way I feel about a pretty python is most likely the way Alicia of Cheetah is the New Black feels about her cheetah.  Ya catch my drift?  Snakeskin is most definitely a neutral and goes with absolutely everything, giving just the right amount of texture and edge to an every day outfit.  The thing about this scaly stuff is that it can be pretty finnicky and it seems hard to find the perfect python.  You don’t want it to look cheap or be off in the…

Fun fact: I have a big fat love affair with all things python.  The way I feel about a pretty python is most likely the way Alicia of Cheetah is the New Black feels about her cheetah.  Ya catch my drift?  Snakeskin is most definitely a neutral and goes with absolutely everything, giving just the right amount of texture and edge to an every day outfit.  The thing about this scaly stuff is that it can be pretty finnicky and it seems hard to find the perfect python.  You don’t want it to look cheap or be off in the coloring.  It has to be the perfect mix of greys and creamy whites and blacks.  You’d think I have live snakes living in my apartment or something by the way I talk about the stuff.  See what I mean when I say that I’m slightly obsessed?

After a good year of searching for a great pair of python sandals (after mine bit the dust while studying abroad in Italy), I finally found some by Cole Haan (similar styles here or here) last summer that I splurged on and couldn’t be happier with them.  They go with everything and really do spice up any outfit I pair them with.  For about the same amount of time, I have also been searching for a pair of ballet flats to wear during the months when sandals aren’t quite an option.  The above pair by Sam Edelman is one of the best pairs of ballerina flats I have seen yet.  The coloring is perfect as is the style and simplicity of the flat.  I actually first spotted these on a mom at my school when my jaw dropped at how amazing they looked on.  You can bet all the snakes in the zoo that I’ll be saving my pennies for these babies!

(Image via Nordstrom)

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Jayhawk Jeans

March 26, 2012

Even if you’re not a sports fanatic, most of us have at least one collegiate team we like to cheer for… Neither Sally or I went to the University of Kansas (KU – not to be confused with Kentucky) but we’ve had the Jayhawk pride instilled in us by our parents and have been rooting “rock-chalk” since we were little, little.   And as much as we enjoy watching college basketball, especially March Madness, neither of us is too keen on typical team clothing – jerseys are just not our thing and t-shirts seem less exciting when everyone has the…

Even if you’re not a sports fanatic, most of us have at least one collegiate team we like to cheer for… Neither Sally or I went to the University of Kansas (KU – not to be confused with Kentucky) but we’ve had the Jayhawk pride instilled in us by our parents and have been rooting “rock-chalk” since we were little, little.  

And as much as we enjoy watching college basketball, especially March Madness, neither of us is too keen on typical team clothing – jerseys are just not our thing and t-shirts seem less exciting when everyone has the same one you do.  Which is why we were supa excited when OCJ sent us a pair of these Jayhawk jeans!  If the adorable vintage logo hadn’t won us over first, the perfect fit and comfy, soft denim would have… Created by two TCU grads, the line of university jeans already offers designs for seven different schools with plans to expand over the years (check out their site to see if your school is part of the line-up).  With several logos, two styles (boot cut and skinny) and two washes to choose from it’s kind of hard to not find your perfect fit for supporting your team!  Basically, we are fans 🙂

Pretty excited to wear these puppies on Saturday in support of KU in the Final Four!! 

(gifted OCJ Apparel Jayhawk Jeans // J.Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt // Tory Burch Navy Suede Reva Flats //  Minor Obsessions Diamond Evil Eye Necklace // Nixon Time Teller Watch // Essie Mesmerize Polish // Images taken by SAM for A PIECE of TOAST)

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