Champagne & Models

April 30, 2012

I’m literally coming off such a high from this weekend and I cannot stop smiling.  Two of my best friends from college – one now in Chicago and the other in Manhattan – flew into Dallas on Thursday night for three of the best days I’ve had since being at school.  We spent a good amount of time getting a tan, reminiscing and catching up, eating at the best restaurants, and going out on the town.  The amount of inside jokes and hilarious stories shared has my abs still hurting from laughing.  Can’t even describe how much fun we had…

I’m literally coming off such a high from this weekend and I cannot stop smiling.  Two of my best friends from college – one now in Chicago and the other in Manhattan – flew into Dallas on Thursday night for three of the best days I’ve had since being at school.  We spent a good amount of time getting a tan, reminiscing and catching up, eating at the best restaurants, and going out on the town.  The amount of inside jokes and hilarious stories shared has my abs still hurting from laughing.  Can’t even describe how much fun we had or how happy I was to be around these two. The whole weekend was beyond perfect and it was so hard to say goodbye to them last night.

This past weekend made me miss all my other friends so much and made me realize that I definitely won’t be finding girlfriends more genuine, loving or fun than the ones I spent four years with at school.  It’s also made me realize that I need to book some plane tickets to Chi and NYC stat.  If we can’t all live in the same city than lots of trips are going to need to happen… 

(Image via Classy In The City)

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Pillows, pillows, pillows (& cookies)

April 27, 2012

If you’re looking for ways to accessorize your home or have been searching for the perfect pillows for your space join me tomorrow at Stanley Korshak for 1pm to 3pm where I’ll be taking part in the Sabira Collection trunk show!  I was lucky enough to previous the luxurious collection of pillows, throws and accessories the other day at the store and they are seriously gorgeous and so unique – each is handcrafted by skilled artisans and they look like little works of art… There are pretty neutrals as well as colorful combinations so you’ll definitely find something to take…

If you’re looking for ways to accessorize your home or have been searching for the perfect pillows for your space join me tomorrow at Stanley Korshak for 1pm to 3pm where I’ll be taking part in the Sabira Collection trunk show!  I was lucky enough to previous the luxurious collection of pillows, throws and accessories the other day at the store and they are seriously gorgeous and so unique – each is handcrafted by skilled artisans and they look like little works of art… There are pretty neutrals as well as colorful combinations so you’ll definitely find something to take home that will suit your style and decor!

AND while you shop you can enter to win a Sabira Collection Pillow 🙂 Oh, and if you need any more convincing – there will be Citrus Cooler Cookies from Stephanie’s Premium Bakery for you to sample… Just look for me by the table of delish cookies.  Kidding (but not really).

There are also these fabulous events happening at Stanley Korshak for you to check out: shop an expanded collection of Spring styles by Rachel Zoe and see the Ashley Pittman jewelry trunk show in the Shak, and stop by for a personal appearance by Carlos Falchi in Shoes and Handbags.  Fun stuff!

So hoping to see some of you at the event – xo

(Images of Sabira Collection Pillows c/o Stanley Korshak)

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Styled by Victoria | vmac & cheese

April 26, 2012

Our love story with Victoria of vmac & cheese blog started when we were talking about face oils and she reached out to recommend all-natural affordable type she swears by… BAM.  Instant friendship.  From there we bonded on a love of food, photography, J.Crew weekend wear, and much more – all through the dear internet.  We were thankful that there was a blogger out there that wrote as much as we did (sorry, we know our posts are wordy) and connected with readers through a variety of lifestyle topics.  I asked her to convince me to go to Alt Summit…

Our love story with Victoria of vmac & cheese blog started when we were talking about face oils and she reached out to recommend all-natural affordable type she swears by… BAM.  Instant friendship.  From there we bonded on a love of food, photography, J.Crew weekend wear, and much more – all through the dear internet.  We were thankful that there was a blogger out there that wrote as much as we did (sorry, we know our posts are wordy) and connected with readers through a variety of lifestyle topics.  I asked her to convince me to go to Alt Summit and after spending the weekend in together with our roomie Chelsea our friendship was solidified and the rest is history! V is the type of friend everyone should have: honest and caring, self assured, genuine, practical, and hilarious.  She gives the best advice and is one of the most motivated women I know (hello – check out her amazz new business Vivaleur!!).  With our further delay, we hope you love what She Wishes She Was Wearing!

 

 

QUESTIONS of STYLE:

.Describe your personal style in five words or less:  Classic, relaxed. Understated, not underdone.

.Who/What inspires your personal style, influencing what you’re drawn to and what you end up wearing?  I find inspiration everywhere! It could be a catalog I get in the mail, an editorial spread I see, a single pin on Pinterest, or even a fabulously dressed girl on the bus. However, I do find that I’m most drawn to looks that are put together, fit well, and can go easily from day to night. Which isn’t to say I’m always like this myself — working from home has made my day to day style much more…relaxed (no comment on how often my Saturday pants get worn)!

.What is an item you cannot live without or what are some of your wardrobe essentials?  Skinny black pants. Gap’s Really Skinny pants and their Slim Cropped pants are so freaking comfortable, look good, and go with everything. I can throw on a chambray shirt and flats for something more casual, or really dress them up with a pretty silk top and heels. Other essentials include an assortment of tees in various colors, textures, and fits. For a long time I shied away from buying tees, because I thought they would make me seem too casual or young. However, a great tee paired with nice pants and a cardi is a perfect daytime or weekend look! I’m all about mixing casual and dressier pieces.

.What is your most recent purchase?  I recently went on a little shopping spree at J.Crew (the sale was just too good to pass up). I snagged a couple of their Vintage Tees and a pair of fire engine red Minnies that I’m obsessed with. 

.Where have you found some of your most treasured style items?  For the day to day items. definitely J.Crew. Maybe that’s cliche to say these days, but I would say it’s cliche for a reason! I started shopping at J.Crew back in high school, and even during the dark days of critter pants, I was always able to find a classic piece that I’d have for a long time. I still have several sweaters and silk blouses that I bought there as a high school student — we’re talking well over ten years ago. And they are still in great condition and totally wearable! For the would-grab-it-if-my-house-were-on-fire items, definitely my grandmother’s costume jewelry archives. She has so many fantastic pieces and has been slowly giving me one or two every time I visit. I cherish them all! 

.What is your go-to jewelry routine?  Depending on the top, it’s usually a statement necklace and a simple watch or bracelet; or, I’ll do a simple long necklace and a chunkier bracelet. Both are always topped off with my engagement ring (which is basically the only ring I ever wear). I’m pretty simplistic when it comes to jewelry! 

.What are some of your make-up must haves?  I love a dewy look for cheeks, so Tarte’s cheek stains are perfect. Molly actually introduced me to Tarte’s eyelash curler as well, which basically changed my life. I’m also a HUGE fan of Benefit’s They’re Real mascara — a game changer for sure. When I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to touch up my makeup, I swear by Boscia’s blotting linens. I like the peppermint scented ones. Blotting away all that excess oil is so satisfying, every single time!

.If you could meet any designer who would it be and why?  Toss up between Diane von Furstenberg, just to talk about career and life and what it means to be a woman today (I can’t even talk about how jeals I am that Molly has met her) or Elie Saab, who makes dresses unlike ANY I have ever seen. I want to know how he came to understand how to dress a woman so, so well! 

.What’s the best style advice you’ve ever given or received?  Always dress like you’re going to run into your ex. There are days where I’m so tempted to leave the house looking one way, but the thought of running into an ex (which would never happen, since none of them live in California!) always sends me right back upstairs for a touch of makeup, a spritz of perfume, or another little accessory to make me look more polished!

 

Going to be keeping the “always dress like you’re going to run into your ex” in the back of my mind from now on!  Victoria has fantastic style and always dresses in what looks good on her rather than only going for what is trendy or “of the moment.” And if you ever want delicious new recipe she is your go-to girl… She does her research on just about everything and is kind enough to share her home-made recipes on her blog.  Make sure you check out vmac & cheese! Thanks again, V!  xx

(Images: 01. Tory Burch Gingham Cuff // 02. Anna Accessories Sarafi, So Near Scarf // 03. Madewell Sunstroll Dress // 04. Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil // 05. Origins Clean Energy // 06. Stuart Weitzman Capsize Mary Jane // 07. Balenciaga Papier Leather Basket Tote in Mimosa)

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Brows

April 25, 2012

It has been brought to my attention that my eyebrows could use some… definition.  You see, I’ve got strawberry blonde hair, clear blonde eyelashes and barely there blonde-ish eyebrows.  Love the hair, have learned to deal with the lashes but have never given much thought to the brows aside from light tweezing maintenance. I obsess over the look of strong and well-defined brows on others but I just never thought it was something I could achieve.  Well, apparently all I need is some practice and a good brow palette and I’ll be in business. This is definitely uncharted make-up waters…

It has been brought to my attention that my eyebrows could use some… definition.  You see, I’ve got strawberry blonde hair, clear blonde eyelashes and barely there blonde-ish eyebrows.  Love the hair, have learned to deal with the lashes but have never given much thought to the brows aside from light tweezing maintenance. I obsess over the look of strong and well-defined brows on others but I just never thought it was something I could achieve.  Well, apparently all I need is some practice and a good brow palette and I’ll be in business.

This is definitely uncharted make-up waters for me even though I know it’s a routine more women than not do on a daily basis.  I’m nervous (no, seriously) but excited all the same.  What if I accidently touch my face and rub one of my brows?!  The horror.  I guess I’ll have to take my chances and train myself not to itch during the day… Any tricks and tips I should know about?  These are the two palettes I’m considering above: LORAC “Take a Brow” in blonde and Anastasia “Brow Powder Duo” in Golden Blonde.

(Photograph by Jamie Beck // LORAC Take a Brow // Anastasia Brow Powder Duo)

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HomeMint

April 25, 2012

By now you all are most likely pretty familiar with the various “Mints” out there.  Mary Kate and Ashely’s StyleMint tees, Rachel Bilsons ShoeMint, and Kate Bosworth’s JewelMint, but did you know that they are now introducing home goods into the lineup?  Home pieces done by none other than Justin Timberlake (JT for short…duh).  Introducing, HomeMint.  If you are anything like Molly and I, your home is always a work in progress and you are always looking for ways to incorporate new pieces whereve they can squeeze (anyone?).  So JT’s HomeMint is right up our alley.  The company is a…

By now you all are most likely pretty familiar with the various “Mints” out there.  Mary Kate and Ashely’s StyleMint tees, Rachel Bilsons ShoeMint, and Kate Bosworth’s JewelMint, but did you know that they are now introducing home goods into the lineup?  Home pieces done by none other than Justin Timberlake (JT for short…duh).  Introducing, HomeMint

If you are anything like Molly and I, your home is always a work in progress and you are always looking for ways to incorporate new pieces whereve they can squeeze (anyone?).  So JT’s HomeMint is right up our alley.  The company is a collaboration between Timberlake and his longtime interior designer, Estee Stanley and will feature various items from curated artwork to antique rugs.  You can read more about the details here in a feature the two did with Elle Decor.  Although HomeMint doesn’t officially start selling until the beginning of May, Elle Decor gives a sneak peak at a few pieces in the collection.  I have to say that I am quite impressed at the variety as well as the quality and uniqueness of the pieces – can’t wait to see what else the two have in store for us!

Make sure you sign up here to become a member of HomeMint and to be the very first to see what the duo has to offer!

(Image via Elle Decor)

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