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Friday, September 19, 2014

{Hey Y'all}


It's been five days since turning the big 3-0, and I'd have to say that it's so far off to a fantastic start. This past weekend, I headed to Austin to ring in the new decade with six incredible ladies (along with a bajillion other bachelor and bachelorette parties - #utzagainstaustin). This weekend ranks up there with one of the best weekends of my life. Just thinking about it - brings an instant smile to my face.

We ate, we drank, we danced, we explored and we basically conquered the town. We constantly asked ourselves, "What would Tami Taylor do?" The gentlemen, even the pedicab drivers (Montana and Alex), were all so charming and fun. And although we never saw Tim Riggins,  I'd give the city of Austin two very big thumbs up. Check out my weekend highlights in photographs below and seriously consider your next trip to Austin. I promise you will not be disappointed.

{The best $.50 thrift store find ever}

{Austin is filled with some incredible murals and art}

{Lambert's BBQ > Dinosaur BBQ}

{Austin B-Cycle brought us to Lady Bird Lake & Barton Springs}

{No matter where we went, there was always a dance party}

{Consider traveling with these ladies, they're awesome}

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{Top Iphone 5/5S Cases}

ET Phone Home

I know the Iphone 6 comes out on Friday, but for those who can't upgrade just yet, feast your eyes on this post. My girlfriend Bibi recently asked me about Iphone cases - she was looking for something cool and/or unique and if I had any ideas. Well stress no more girlfriend, I got your phone covered (no pun intended). I found the top 10 cases gracing the interwebs, each one unique in their own voice. Whether you are looking for something whimsical with words, a funky pattern, and/or an adorable bold/vibrant print, these cases are sure to win your heart over.

My life and apartment are packed with punches of color and it is hard to believe that my Iphone case is a boring solid black. I'm immediately purchasing the Markus Lupfer Diamond Case to jazz up my phone. Which one of them is your favorite?

1. Top London-based designer Markus Lupfer takes on a playful aesthetic with this jeweled inspired case. 

2. This heart-shaped sunglass print from Nasty Gal, will have anyone throwing some serious shade in the nicest and chicest way possible.

3. Get tribal with this funky aztec printed case from BlissfulCase.

4. Kate Spade New York suitably proves that frosting and cake are the two most essential food groups in your world.

5. I can hear the Hawaiian breezes blowing especially with this fun pineapple printed case from Nasty Gal.

6. This case from MacKenzie Childs instantly makes me smile and secretly wish that this adorable little man was my boyfriend in Kindergarden.

7. "Whip" your Iphone into shape with this whimsical print from Delia's

8. I'm sure the people in the quiet train car, think these words exactly when your on your phone and talking loudly.

9. Connect the dots: Fossil's tech case plus playful polkas make a winning combination.

10. Your phone will be camera ready with this fantastic case from Etsy.

Friday, September 12, 2014

{Thirty}


Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty.
- Robert Frost

Ain't that the truth! By this coming Monday, it will be time to fully embrace the new decade as I turn another year older and wiser. This weekend, I couldn't think of a better way to begin this new chapter than by jetting off to Austin, Texas with 6 of my closets friends to celebrate. Can't wait to indulge in some of the best Tex Mex & BBQ, meet some cute cowboys and discover Austin with fantastic adventures and laughter. Even though I am one of the last of friends to join the 30 club, it doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about this day since the beginning of 2014. 

One of the best books I picked up last year was inspired by an article from Glamour magazine titled, 

30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She is 30

I thought I would do my own take on the list but add a few of my own. Attention 30 year olds, what would you add to the list?

By 30, you should have …
1. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
5. A youth that you can smile and laugh at and willing to move on from
6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age — and some money set aside to help fund it.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account — all of which nobody has access to but you.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
11. A brand of suntan lotion that you love to help protect your skin from those harmful rays
12. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
13. The belief that you deserve it.
14. A guilty tv show that always puts you in a better mood once you've watched at least three or four episodes..
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know …
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
7. For those below 5'2, we may be small, but we are mighty
8. Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a fabulous running path — when your soul needs soothing.
9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
11. That you are exactly where you are meant to be.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{NY Fashion Week Round Up - Spring 2015}

I can't believe it is New York Fashion Week for Spring 2015 already. Just as the weather seems to be breaking and we are anticipating taking out our layered apparel, the fashion world is two giant steps ahead and showcasing Spring apparel for the following year. Like 2014, I keep refreshing the internet every minute to catch my favorite designs from the runways. Check out my top picks below. Which show has been your favorite?

D O N N A  K A R E N
According to the show notes, it was time to show your colors and paint the town with urban chic. Donna Karen did just that this season, and wow was it a big success. The designer focused on art, but mostly street art. Each look topped the next, all bold in their own light with different eclectic prints. This was a vibrantly desirable collection as silhouettes looked fresh - even the Pharrel inspired hats made all the outfits look chic. 

R E E M  A C R A 
When I dream, I want to be outfitted by Reem Acra's Spring 2015 Runway collection. It was full of fantasy, elegance of endless tulle, sparkle, and chiffon. Acra spends a lot of time in Paris, continually inspired by the draping and detailing mastered by mid-century couturiers. Although she claims that her designs this season were focused on women today and what they would be wearing, almost every single piece showcased that she would be wearing a whole lot of nothing! I'm ready to embrace the bare, if these are only silhouettes I have to pick from.

O S C A R  D E L  L A  R E N T A
He has been making clothes for decades and never once feels repetitive or boring. Season after season, each piece that he produces is nothing short of ageless elegance. It makes you wonder how a man at 80 years old is nothing short of a timeless wonder. His recent resort collection showed a multitude of silhouettes ranging from lunchtime attire, to cocktail looks and to stunning black tie dresses. These are the clothes for the good life, which seems pretty close to reality if you ask me.

T O R Y  B U R C H
It has been years since I embraced a pair of signature Tory Burch ballet flats, and just when I was about to write her off completely I saw her Spring 2015 runway show. She describes her Spring collection in a couple different ways. First as "raw and refined" combining her bohemian-lit clothes and meshed beach-club standards with global cues and arty confidence. And lastly as "elegantly easy" which is showcased perfectly because she has a real skill for creating basic pieces that are a far cry from anything well, basic.

Monday, September 8, 2014

{Adele}


It has been years since Adele has graced us with the ultimate power ballad. Last week, two never heard songs dropped onto the interwebs and the world seemed right again. Reports are claiming these songs were written and recorded back in 2010; however, they still seem fresh and new. Check out my favorite of the two songs - it's quintessential Adele, singing about regret, nostalgia, and resignation about a former love. Although the lyrics are a bit somber, her voice makes you want to hit the repeat button over and over again. See for yourself below from our beloved British icon, I sense another hilarious SNL skit.

Friday, September 5, 2014

{Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Bill Cunningham}

Last night I attended one of my favorite evenings at the 92Y with Fern Mallis, Fashion Talks. Sitting in the chair this time, was the incredible Bill Cunningham. It has been one of my life long dreams to be photographed by the famous photographer. Although it may never happen, I was fortunate enough last night to at least get to spend an evening with the legendary genius and continue to be inspired by his incredible life. I was absolutely amazed at his energy level for an 86 year old, so lively and youthful. The stories that this man had to tell were captivating, his memory and attention to detail were beyond fascinating. Here are 5 fun facts from last nights lecture and don't forget to turn over to my twitter to see the rest.  

1. Although Bill has worked for quite a few publications (WWD, Details Magazine & NYTimes), he claims he is completely illiterate. He said "I write with pictures. I let the street talk to me. The street speaks to you, if you aren't on the street, you don't know anything."

2. When Bill first got his column in the NYTimes, his photos were considered a breakthrough for the paper. It was the first time celebrities were photographed without their consent.

3. When Bill was evicted from Carnegie Hall Apartments he could have been bought out for $2M or find an apartment equivalent in size that the city would pay for. He scratched the millions and moved on up to an apartment with a view of Central Park. 

4. Bill doesn't own a tv. He would rather go out at night and watch the real thing than watch anything on tv.

5. Bill's Persian blue coat was originally worn by street sweepers in France and only cost $20, the retail value today has doubled to around $50 and he claims is made with poorer quality fabric.