Focused on Fall with Marciano

September 27, 2013

Champagne and cookies, music and makeup, style and fall fashion—the W and Marciano event we hosted last night was amazing! We had our makeup touched up by artists from Ellis Faas (a really fabulous namesake created by famed artists known for working with the likes of Fendi, Chanel, and others), then bopped around the store (picking out things to take home) and chatted up visitors. If you haven’t seen Marciano’s spreads in the October issue of W, they are gorgeous…Alex looks flawless and even more amazing than the campaign was seeing the actual pieces pictured in the store. You can check…

Champagne and cookies, music and makeup, style and fall fashion—the W and Marciano event we hosted last night was amazing! We had our makeup touched up by artists from Ellis Faas (a really fabulous namesake created by famed artists known for working with the likes of Fendi, Chanel, and others), then bopped around the store (picking out things to take home) and chatted up visitors. If you haven’t seen Marciano’s spreads in the October issue of W, they are gorgeous…Alex looks flawless and even more amazing than the campaign was seeing the actual pieces pictured in the store. You can check out the pages online here—click on the images to shop the looks!

Thanks so much for everyone that came to the event…we’ll be sharing our Marciano ensembles in more detail in upcoming posts (:

Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast

(On Molly: Marciano Black Dress c/o (not yet online – will link when it is!) // Marciano Blanchely Heel c/o // Zoe Chicco Pave Triange Drop Necklace . On Sally: Marciano Night Garden Dress c/o // Marciano Bever Bootie c/o)

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#memories

September 26, 2013

You know how they say that a picture speaks a thousand words?  In this case, I feel like the above picture spoke a thousand memories. It’s funny how a picture of something can lead you on a trail of thoughts and memories of events and moments that happened what seems like eons ago. Seeing this insanely cool neon cuckoo clock (that I saw on Pinterest last night) had memories of a trip to Austria that I took with my dad rushing back to me. Growing up one of the bigger projects at our grade school was called “World Fair.” Every…

You know how they say that a picture speaks a thousand words?  In this case, I feel like the above picture spoke a thousand memories. It’s funny how a picture of something can lead you on a trail of thoughts and memories of events and moments that happened what seems like eons ago. Seeing this insanely cool neon cuckoo clock (that I saw on Pinterest last night) had memories of a trip to Austria that I took with my dad rushing back to me. Growing up one of the bigger projects at our grade school was called “World Fair.” Every year, the 6th Graders took on this massive project and it was something that you looked forward to from the moment you started at the school. In a nutshell, the project involved studying a specific country’s every detail over the course of a few months. When I say every detail, I mean every detail. Currency, history (the hardest one!), food, costumes, you.name.it. At the end of it all, a fair was held in the cafeteria for the whole school to visit where each child had their own table, 3 fold out poster, food, props, and was dressed in costume from their country. It’s crazy how I can still remember so many details about it – including what country each one of my friends had. Clearly it took over our lives for quite some time in the 6th grade!

I had an insanely amazing opportunity to take a trip to my country, Austria, with my dad right in the midst of prepping for World Fair. For ten days we toured the country and visited multiple cities – an experience I will forever be grateful for and one that I will never forget. At that age, I found buying and picking out the perfect souveneirs for my friends and family to be a very important task.  Little wooden hand-made dolls from the town of Salzburg came home with me for Molly and my dad and I picked out the perfect hand painted ceramic pieces for Colorado. And what did I pick for my mom? None other than a hand-carved, wooden cuckoo clock. The real deal with people who popped out and long, weighted chains the shape of pine cones that you had to pull frequently. Each hour the clock would chime and it quickly became a familiar and welcomed sound around our house. It’s refreshing to remember little moments like these every once in a while…

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The Skinny on Casual Workwear

September 26, 2013

Corporate office wear is a funny thing…for my first job I wore “creative business attire” that meant tons of pencil skirts, dresses, and color. My second job was “trendy business casual” so heels were a must and jeans were only on Fridays but edgy and cool was better than buttoned-up. My current job is casual. Like actually casual – Converse sneakers and sun dresses, slouchy boyfriend tops, mascara if I really need a pick-me-up, and lots and lots of jeans. As lucky as I feel wearing denim everyday, sometimes I get sick of the pairs I have (and I get…

Corporate office wear is a funny thing…for my first job I wore “creative business attire” that meant tons of pencil skirts, dresses, and color. My second job was “trendy business casual” so heels were a must and jeans were only on Fridays but edgy and cool was better than buttoned-up. My current job is casual. Like actually casual – Converse sneakers and sun dresses, slouchy boyfriend tops, mascara if I really need a pick-me-up, and lots and lots of jeans. As lucky as I feel wearing denim everyday, sometimes I get sick of the pairs I have (and I get lazy about washing them). So it’s nice to know that I can go to Old Navy, walk in and by a pair of skinnies for nearly nothing without even having to try them on. The Rockstar jeans are my (and Sally’s) favorites because the fit is skinny down to the ankle and they have the perfect amount of stretch. Oh…and despite what the low price tag might suggest, they hold up incredibly well through washing and wearing and only get softer and more comfy the more we wear the,. Which makes them perfect for my casual workwear closet.

I also have my eyes on this tuxedo pair to wear with black pointy pumps and a blazer out…

Images taken by SAM for A Piece of Toast

(Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies in Dark Crystal c/o // AG Hidden Placket Shirt c/o // Elizabeth & James Heels (old, similar) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli // Ray-Ban Aviators // Zoe Chicco Mixed Metal Shark Tooth Necklace // Castor & Pollux Bangle // Jennifer Fisher Peak Cuff // Leighelena Jigsaw Bracelet c/o // Ariel Gordon Love Knot Ring// Zoe Chicco Horizontal Baguette RingPave Triangle RingVertical Baguette Ring)

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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GIVEAWAY – ksny Beau Bag!

September 25, 2013

Probably the hardest part I have with finding a handbag/bag that will work for my schedule and lifestyle is size. My days are pretty busy and I carry a fair amount of things around with me on a daily basis. From my iPad, to the current book I’m reading, to a planner from work, and occasionally, my laptop. Size is a huge one for me, because it has to be big enough to lug around all that stuff. You’ll only see my carrying a clutch or smaller purse at a wedding or if I am out on the weekends. Otherwise,…

Probably the hardest part I have with finding a handbag/bag that will work for my schedule and lifestyle is size. My days are pretty busy and I carry a fair amount of things around with me on a daily basis. From my iPad, to the current book I’m reading, to a planner from work, and occasionally, my laptop. Size is a huge one for me, because it has to be big enough to lug around all that stuff. You’ll only see my carrying a clutch or smaller purse at a wedding or if I am out on the weekends. Otherwise, the bigger the better. I find that my days go much smoother the more equipped I am with my belongings. Have I mentioned that a phone charger and hairbrush are also among the necessities? See – the list just keeps growing. I have to say that I genuinely love kate spade’s newest Beau Bag. The functionality mixed with the overall look of the bag have definitely turned me into a fan. Not only that but the structure of the bag makes it easy to keep all of my things nice and organized. The only downside? Having to share the bag with Molly.

The most exciting part of partnering with kate spade to share the Beau Bag with you all is that they have generously offered to give a bag away to one A Piece of Toast reader. The winner will receive their very own Beau Bag in either pink or red. Just call us Oprah, because we’re giving away one of our favorite things:)

To enter, simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you are reading this via email or a feed, you’ll have to click over to apieceoftoastblog.com to enter)! Entries must be posted by the end of day Wednesday, October 2nd, and one winner will be chosen at random and announced on this post the following day. Good luck!

**This giveaway has closed. Congratulations to Alexandra Beauregard  for winning the kate spade new york Beau Bag!  Winner was randonmly chosen by random.org.  Thank you to all who entered**

[No purchase necessary to enter, open to US readers only. Please only enter via Rafflecopter – leaving a comment will not be considered an entry. $498 total value. Winner of the giveaway will be contacted via email once the giveaway closes and announced on this post soon after.]

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Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast (Club Monaco Janie Dress // J.Crew Heels (similar) // YSL Lip Color (#5) // Silvano Sunglasses)

This post is sponsored by kate spade new york, a brand we love. All opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the projects that make A Piece of Toast possible!

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The Fiji Bracelet

September 24, 2013

The ultimate “friendship bracelet”, the Fiji bracelet features a bar in the metal of your choice that is finished off with an adjustable cord in the color of your choice.  The bar can be engraved with up to 20 characters, so you can really get creative with it – including a message or a special date.  A simple monogram or name is also an option.  I love the idea of collecting a stack over time in various metals and colors.  Such a perfect way to gift someone something they’ll never forget, no!?  This puppy is moving to the top of my Christmas list I think:)…

The ultimate “friendship bracelet”, the Fiji bracelet features a bar in the metal of your choice that is finished off with an adjustable cord in the color of your choice.  The bar can be engraved with up to 20 characters, so you can really get creative with it – including a message or a special date.  A simple monogram or name is also an option.  I love the idea of collecting a stack over time in various metals and colors.  Such a perfect way to gift someone something they’ll never forget, no!?  This puppy is moving to the top of my Christmas list I think:)

(Images via Monica Vinader)

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