Seventies Halloween

thrifted dress, hue tights, necklace via etsy, michael kors watch, cheap monday sunnies, jeffrey campbell jezabels, temple st. clair ring

Happy Halloween everybody! While I admit today’s outfit isn’t much of a costume, I do feel like this thrifted seventies dress takes me into a bygone era. So I simply had to play the part, with wine colored stockings by Hue, and some super cool suede Jeffrey Campbell pumps. What would a seventies outfit be without gold jewelry and some wicked sunglasses, right?!

[houston] and I are nearly done unpacking, and when I say nearly, I mean we have about 10 more boxes to unpack, which is a significant improvement from the 40 or so that we had on day 1!

The views are amazing from our little two-bedroom perched in the middle of a high-rise. Sure, we see a major freeway from our balcony, but nearly anywhere you look in my town, you see a freeway.

We can watch the ambulances come in on the last leg of their harried journey to the hospital. Funny thing is, I don’t really hear them anymore. I also no longer hear the white noise drone of the cars that zoom by like little toys on a track.

I love it here. Yes, we still have not gotten our ceiling fan installed; yes, we have floor-to-ceiling windows that make this apartment a you-know-what to cool; but all the same, it’s 1000 times better than where we were before. New Home is starting to feel more like Home.

Are you doing anything for Halloween? Did you already? May I live vicariously through your adventurous lives?

Chunky Knits

As fall approaches my part of the world (or rather, merely hints at it…the week is still in the 80′sF in my part of Texas) I can’t help but get excited for my favorite season of all. Fall entices me with its promise of layers (and thus, creativity), outerwear (I have a penchant for coats and jackets of all types), and above all: amazing textures. Right now I’m in loooove with chunky cable knit sweaters. This season it’s all about the asymmetric, off-shoulder look. Your chunky knit sweater should be neutral-toned (which means it goes with everything!), slightly loose-fitting, but fitted in only some areas (like the cuffs of the sleeves, or the hem).

Are you going to invest in some sweaters this fall/winter?

  1. Stella McCartney
  2. Rebecca Taylor
  3. Armani Collezioni
  4. 525 america
  5. Joie
  6. Cynthia Steffe
  7. BB Dakota

Freebie Fonts

Here are some great fonts I’ve found on the interwebs that I think you closet graphic-designers out there (I’m looking at you, blogger!) might enjoy.

This is such a fun font – and I love lace patterns, as anyone who has seen my blog design change in the past year it has been in existence (blog birthday coming up!!). Click here to download this fun little font (it works on Mac or PC!)

This is such a sweet font. I love cursive fonts, I’m a total sucker for them, even though I am usually hard-pressed to find an excuse to use them. I love how clean and simple this one is, though! Click here to download English Essay.

I’m not sure what I love more – the font or the name. It sounds so chic and stylish! Maybe it’s the vague/vogue similarity. And nouvelle….it just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? No? Hermm….well, anyways. I think it’s purdy! Click here to download it.

Camptown Races + New Whooga Boots

Whooga boots, thrifted Paige Premium Denim jeggings, Target top and leather belt, Mulberry for Target bag

These are the last shots taken at my old home – goodbye townhouse, and good riddance! We are still unpacking box after box in our new apartment in a fabulous high-rise with great views of the city, and we are loving it. We cannot wait to get all this — pardon my french — crap sorted and organized! Pronto!!

Meanwhile, I’m still on OB/GYN trying to find time to study for surgery cases while poor [houston] is left to fend for himself tackling the enormous cardboard mountain in our new place. I did buy a new desk (finally! that school-cafeteria table had to go!) from West Elm that’s all white and oh-so-purdy (see my previous post). West Elm even tweeted me to say they loved it! How sweet. :) Thanks guys! By the way, Tieka of Selective Potential included [houston] and I in her latest installment of Guy Behind the Camera…go check it out!

These boots by Whooga were sent to me and are amazingly comfortable. I love the metallic burnished gold color, too, it’s so unexpected for an Ugg boot! Which, by the way, I learned on Whooga’s website (spending far more time than I should have) Ugg boots are a style of boot, not a brand — the Ugg brand we all know and love (or love to hate) just kinda took the style name and ran with it. Anyway, do check out Whooga – they’re a fabulous little New Zealand company and they make really good quality boots. The soles are so much thicker than those other boots.

P.S….do you like my Mulberry for Target bag?!

Moving…

Pardon my dust! HB and I moved into our new apartment this weekend so my life has pretty much revolved around that the past week (and likely this coming one, if I’m honest with myself). Can’t wait to get the new place gorgie-d up for a home tour or something!

How to Have Classic Style

  1. Coach watch $348 (shop here)
  2. AG Adriano Goldschmied tomboy jeans $235 (shop here)
  3. Preston & York bow detail gloves $28 (shop here)
  4. Michael Kors classic leather belt $48 (shop here)
  5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Large Satchel $298 (shop here)

Fashion is an ever-changing thing. But, as I’ve always said, Style is timeless. What could be more timeless than classic style? If you invest in a few quality pieces this fall or holiday season at all, let it be these. A gold boyfriend watch. Straight-leg or boyfriend jeans rolled up at the cuffs and worn with tan oxfords. A not-too-skinny, not-too-thick belt, cinched around a frilly dress or men’s shirt. A buttery warm brown satchel reminiscent of a Hermes Birkin. Soft neutral gloves with a petite bow detail, that will go with everything.

Go forth and be timeless, my pretties!

Holly Sleep Mask Giveaway

How long as it been since my last giveaway? Too long, I tell ya! Blonde Birdie has been a wonderful longtime sponsor of mine, as well as one of my favorite shops to find cute & unique things on the web – and a great source for gifts!

This week, Blonde Birdie and PSS are teaming up to giveaway the cutest thing ever – the sleep mask that Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Named for the protaganist in the gloriously fashionable film, the Holly sleep mask is so adorable, and so comfortable – and effective! It blocks out the sunlight that streamed in through my shutters when I was on the night shift at the hospital last week (and slept during the day).

Three lucky readers will win a Holly mask of their very own!

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Dreampuff

H&M top, Forever 21 skirt, American Apparel petticoat, Merona black tights, Colin Stewart booties via Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21 rings & pendants (heart & antique)

Anyone who has read my blog knows I love girly. I love flouncy, fluffy, ruffly, silky touches in all their feminine glory. Could this outfit be any more the embodiment of this? I love it!!

I was getting dressed for a fun evening out, and I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate my new American Apparel petticoat (bought at the AA outlet store on Venice Beach for 50% off!) without looking…well, ridiculous.

So I paired it with my new silky, swingy skirt from Forever 21 and kept with the neutral theme by adding my drapey top (from H&M) with sparkly stud detail.

To bring in the wide black waistband, I kept the legs black on black with tights and black booties. All finished off with a messy fishtail braid, long necklaces, and my usual plethora of rings. I was ready to roll!

Photos shot by HB, edited by moi. Thanks darling!!

For the first time in years, I busted out my fancy Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L lens.

Anyone who knows anything about photography and Canon knows that L lenses are the absolute best lenses in the world.

The glass, minimal distortion, “bokeh” (that’s the blurring that happens behind anything that isn’t in focus) and color are unsurpassable in perfection. So why has it taken me so long to dust off my one and only L lens for outfit posts? I have no idea.

It is only an f/4, which means that unless you’re in a decent amount of light, anything else will be a little blurry. And it’s not the IS (image stabilized) version, which costs about $2000 extra, so you need to pretty much shoot in daylight hours.

Also, you have to be kind of far away from your subject. [houston] had no problem with this, and I think he was rather pleased when checking the shots on the camera.

I, myself, will be making sure this lens stays permanently attached to my camera from now on. I don’t know why I didn’t think to use it sooner! Sheesh.