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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Navy Vest

A navy vest is a great work-horse piece for your wardrobe nine months of the year.  It is the perfect layering piece: pairing well with denim, gray, white, khaki, pink, red, green, brown and even black. Here are a few examples of easy ways to pair a navy (or dark) vest with other basics you have.

Love the pairing of the navy and black hounds-tooth.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Look of the Day: Ski Trip


I have been an absentee blogger of late due to my children being out of school for the past 11 days, and various house challenges: frozen pipes, gas logs out, wacky heat pump. I seriously cannot make this stuff up. I'm trying to take a light approach at this point. One day at a time.

In the meantime...I have enjoyed this winter weather more by staying warm with good gear.

This weekend we went to Wintergreen on a Girl Scout ski trip (it did not look like the above picture). We had quite the adventure with 70 mph winds and a big snowstorm . We were snowed in the second night (we could not even see the driveway!), but in the morning it was smooth sailing back home. Suffice to say, we were not in high fashion, just a lot of great winter gear: North Face, Spyder, Smart Wool, Kamik, were my weekend heroes!

Ski Trip

 Who is that masked person? It got real out there, folks!!
Have fun in your winter wonderland!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits
This look is truly runway to real life. Designers like Valentino, Proenza Shouler, and Christian Louboutin are all featuring fringe accessories and apparel in their lines. You can get in on the accessories look for Spring (and now!) at a fraction of the cost if you keep your eyes open. Fringe creates dimension and movement for any ensemble. What fun! Add a little Boho Chic to your wardrobe this season.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Look of the Day: Valentine's Party

Heading out to some school Valentine's parties today! Here is a super amateur selfie of today's outfit. I need a new camera or a selfie stick! I'm in love with this layered top from Anthroplogie, pared with J. Crew black Minnie pants and Pajar Boots for the crazy wind chill outside. I threw on my purple Tahari jacket for warmth.

The saturated color in this top is a fun pop for these chilly days. This shirt is so comfortable and I just discovered it comes in a different color way as well (gray! I cannot get enough). Another attractive aspect of this top is the proportion: the arms and top are fitted while the bottom skims over the hips. You already know about my love of pre-layered items so I will not go into that!

Sending out lots of  ♥ today. 
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Thought for the Day


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Valentine's Day Plans and Video

This video made my day. 
Carson Daly and his fiance, Siri Pinter are parents to three small children. She is the author of the blog Siriously Delicious. This morning they were keeping it real on the Today Show. Cameras rolled live while they prepped a Valentine's Day dinner complete with a baby crying, cocktails, and multiple interruptions. Did I mention, they are a seriously cute couple? Check it out:


 My plan for my family Valentine's party is as follows: trying some version of this very dinner for a family Valentine's party (no need to re-invent the wheel!). We're going to have dinner, kid and adult cocktails, popcorn, and watch Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

This movie is flipping hysterical. It made me feel normal which was so refreshing. My children are relatively spread out in age so it was exceptionally fun in the theater to watch a movie that entertained us all. Can't wait for the repeat.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ceri Hoover Bags

Check out these beautiful Ceri Hoover bags. The monogrammed gray was a birthday gift from one of my best friends and the owner of magnolia. You can find the handbags at her two stores in Roanoke and Abingdon, Virginia. I am in love with Hadley bag. It can be worn cross-body or as a clutch by removing the strap.

Ceri Hoover is based out of Nashville, TN. Their handbags and clutches come in the most fabulous leathers and hides. They are classic with a twist. I can vouch that the leather wears beautifully with age. 

This friend, the Hutton Tuck, is my everyday go-to clutch. Today a woman approached my lunch table to inquire about it which is not an unusual occurrence.  This cheetah print is the perfect neutral and looks so chic tucked under your arm year-round.