Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wardrobe Provided by: Teen Witch

{ check out those Adidas }

Before Blake Lively was a household name, there was Robyn Lively her older sister, star of the amazing 80's cult classic movie "Teen Witch". If you a unfamiliar of the movie, it's the story of a nerdy girl who stumbles upon a pendant in theater class that grants her magical powers and she suddenly becomes the most "popular girl" in school. But after she wins the heart of the popular jock Brad and makes a boatload of new friends, she realizes that she shouldn't be cheatin' her way through popularity. I'm pretty sure I watched this movie at least 200 hundred times all throughout my childhood. It was a must have anytime Karen and Steve had a night out on the town. I've got one more Halloween party this weekend and I think I wanna go as Louise Miller. Check out my costume finds below - top that!

Cosmetic Pouch: Kate Spade
Pendant Necklace: Ippolita
Polo: TSP
Skirt: Similar
Girly Socks: American Apparel
Sneakers: Keds
Bike: Electra

Chambray Shirt: Carhart
Black and Red Shirt: Ebay
Pink Tulle Dress: Opulance England
Navy Ruched Dress: J Mendel
Hawaiian Shirt: Paradise Found
Belt: Amazon
Red Skirt: Mossimo 

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Fashion Surge

We spent our entire Sunday prepping for Sandy's arrival which included stocking up on an endless supply of groceries, waiting in a ridiculous line with the rest of hipsterville to purchase said groceries, bringing all of our patio furniture inside, and watching a marathon of movies on netflix. 

It is too bad that hurricane season brings out the worst winds and rain because such cute fashion can go unnoticed being cooped up inside waiting for the storm to pass. While we waited out the storm, I scowered the internet looking for the best hurricane fashion. Take a look at the ultimate in raincoats, boots, and umbrellas. What do you like to wear when it's wet out?
Jacket: Barbour // Rain Boots: Anthropologie // Umbrella: Brollies Galore

Jacket: Target // Rain Boots: Loeffler Randall // Umbrella: Felix Ray

Jacket: Helen Berman // Rain Boots: Hunter // Umbrella: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Friday, October 26, 2012

Into the Woods

Kate Spade's designs have a unique flare that I have grown to love over the last few years.  Her latest "Woodland Park" home decor treasures are absolutely precious. All items are either cream or brown ranging from elephant piggy banks to zebra and giraffe salt and pepper shakers. These woodland creatures would make for an excellent house warming gift or a new update to trinkets on your bookcase. The Tall and Short Owl Vases are my favorite. Which one is your favorite?

From top left: Zebra and Giraffe Salt and Pepper Shakers // Coasters // Elephant Bank // Tall Owl Vase      // Short Owl Vase // Fish Rose Bowl  // Elephant Salt and Pepper Shakers //  Lion Figurine

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Top 10 Shoes Needed in Your Closet

{image via Pinterest}

Marilyn Monroe once said "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world."  There are 10 essential pairs of shoes that every woman needs in her closet.  I've created the ultimate guide below that will help any woman set up her shoe wardrobe for all of life's different occasions. Grab a pen and paper and be prepared to create a shopping list....

1. Classic Black Pump

A classic black pump is a staple for your work wardrobe which can be paired with either a dress, suit, trousers, and/or a simple pencil skirt. They can also help dress up any pair of jeans for a night out. Whether your eyeing a pair of Louboutin's or a more affordable pair from Nine West just about any brand makes a decent pair of classic black pumps. Who makes your favorite?

2. Ballet Flat

Ballet flats can be worn all year round and are essential for any New Yorker. Our days consists of walking all around the city and we want to make sure we are keeping our feet comfortable yet still stylish. I believe a few different colors of ballet flats are necessary. You can't go wrong with either a solid (black, brown, nude, or pop color), metallic (silver or gold), or a printed (leopard, snakeskin, etc.) style. I can't get enough of Vince Camuto's Ellen silhouette, so I bought it in black and nude, and am looking for other options this Fall.  

3. Tall Boot 

Whether it's flat or high heeled, black or brown, a tall boot is a definite must for the Fall and Winter seasons. Both silhouettes can be paired with a dress/skirt or tucked into a pair of skinny jeans. No matter the silhouette, your legs will be warm and still fashionable.

4. Neutral Flat Sandal

The neutral flat sandal is the perfect silhouette for all of your spring and summer outfits or when you need a break from your ballet flats. Neutral colors can range from a variety of colors: camel, cream, white or metallic like gold or silver. This silhouette can also be dressed up or down either with a cute pair of white jeans and flowy top or a fabulous sundress. I love these scalloped See by Chloe sandals above. However, my go-to neutral sandals are from Salt-water sandals

5. Evening Shoe

The evening shoe in any woman's wardrobe needs to have three key ingredients: 
1. provide glamour at weddings or other dressy events
2. offer comfort for hours on end
3. flatter your legs
Metallics are an easy go to because they are neutrals and can wear well with any colorful cocktail dress. I prefer these Kate Spade glitter coated pumps for that little extra sparkle and flare.

6. Canvas Sneaker

For the days when you've got to run a ton of errands or when you just feel like bummin' around, there is that one shoe in your wardrobe that is a must have, and that is the canvas sneaker. My ultimate go-to canvas sneaker is the Chuck Taylor All Star. Slip on a pair of these and you will not only be comfy but you'll be chic as well. Head on over to to look at the plethora of colors that these bad boys come in. 

7. Rain Boots/Wellies

The weather can be so unpredictable in the city that it is great to have a pair of rain boots/wellies handy at all times. For my birthday a few years ago a friend purchased a pair of the classic Hunter rain boots for me and they have become a primary shoe for the rainy seasons.  I also love ones that are printed be it in polka dot or plaid. Do you prefer the standard black or a fun print?

8. Ankle Boots

Ankle boots (I prefer the Chukka silhouette) are essential for Fall. They're cute, stylish, and comfortable. You can pick up a silhouette with a little extra heel which proves a little more versatile because it can be worn with jeans or a dress. Last year I lived in these Bernardo Desert Boots and every time I put them on my feet I got loads of complements. Who makes your favorite ankle boot?

9. Nude Heels

About 5 years ago, I bought a pair of nude heels for a friend's wedding because I wanted something different to pair with a black dress besides a black heel. I have been in love ever since. This amazing shoe, either rounded or pointed toe, can be paired with jeans or any outfit of any color - an instant treasure.

10. Wedge Sandal

The wedge sandal is my favorite silhouette during the summer especially because it lets you add on a few inches to your height but still remaining comfortable. And sometimes pumps/dressy heels are too heavy and humid. Appropriate color choices for this shoe are either a neutral (tan, nude, white, gold, or silver) or a fun bright color (red, cobalt blue, or yellow) depending on your wardrobe. My sister owns these Toms'sandals in just about every color cause she claims they feel great on your feet. I can't wait to buy a pair this summer. 

What are your top 10 shoes in your closet?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men is a six piece indie/folk band hailing all the way from Iceland. Our hotel in Vik had this cd lying around and Josh asked to borrow it as we drove around exploring the town. I instantly fell in love. They remind me of a mixture of a Edward Sharpe and Mumford and Sons with a European flare. Check out their single below titled "Little Talks". What do you think?

Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men


Friday, October 19, 2012

Iceland is a Magical Place - Part Two

{Duck...Duck...Swan - Reykjavik}

After two amazing days in quaint and quieter locations, we headed to Reykjavik for a taste of Icelandic big city life. The countries capital did not disappoint. We spent hours wandering around the city, discovering interesting unique architecture and designs, as well as enjoying a delicious meal at the best restaurant in town and drinks at eclectic bars.

{Crocheted Sweater Tree}

{Laundromat Cafe for drinks and a game of Icelandic Monopoly}

{Hallgrimskirkja Church}

{Lighting Decor at Grillmarkaðurinn aka Grill Market Restaurant}

The next morning we picked up another car and headed to our final destination - Vik. It rained the entire drive up which was a little disappointing; however, as we approached the town, the weather finally cleared up just in time to enjoy all of the sites. I thought that the landscapes on the way to Stykkishólmur were by far the best I'd ever seen; however, the landscapes leading up to and in Vik were even more amazing. 

{Scenic shot on the way to Vik}

Volcanoes, ridiculous mountains, endless waterfalls, the infamous black sand beach, and multiple rainbow sitings were all part of the jaw dropping and mesmerizing experience. 

{Skogar waterfall in the background}

{Black Sand Beach - Vik}

{Heart Shaped Pebble - Black Sand Beach}

{Town Church - Vik}

After a few hours exploring the town in the damp and cold weather we headed to the Volcano Hotel for the remaining afternoon and night. This bed and breakfast provided warmth, relaxation, great food, and a good night's sleep for our last night in Iceland. We woke up the next morning and headed back to Reykjavik for a few hours before boarding our fight home. On our way back to Reykjavik we spotted a plethora of rainbows which produced the most vibrant colors  I have ever seen.

{Somewhere over the rainbow...}

This was an overall amazing vacation. Hats off to Josh for tolerating my need for a colder vacation than one by a beach. If you have the opportunity to head to Iceland, I highly recommend it in your near future.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Iceland is a Magical Place - Part One

{Daily footwear}

Our vacation in Iceland was breathtaking. Josh and I spent the entire trip completely in awe of the scenery. Our last vacation was spent on a cruise ship where we had planned excursions every day and a standard 8pm dinner seating. This trip was the complete opposite - each day was a new adventure. We rented a car and traveled to a different town/city each day. The planner in me was so nervous we would get lost and not make it to all destinations. I can happily state we never got lost and we even squeezed in some extra unplanned stops along the way.

{Blue Lagoon}

We landed on Sunday late afternoon and headed straight to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa/hot spring. The water appears to be a milky blue, which isn't that appealing on the outside, but once your feet step in it, it is heaven and feels amazing on your skin. We spent over 3.5 hours relaxing in the hot spring and getting all prunified. That night we had a great dinner at Lava Restaurant in the lagoon followed by the most amazing nights sleep at the Blue Lagoon Clinic.

{On our way to relax}

The next day we woke up, got the bus to Reykjavik, and picked up our first rental car to head to StykkishólmurStykkishólmur is a town situated in the western part of Iceland, to the north of Snaefellsnes peninsula. Along the way we captured some great scenic shots of the peninsula and some furry animals. 

{Daily breakfast Skyr yogurt = AMAZEBALLS}

{Our new friend just crossing the road}

{Scenic shot somewhere along the peninsula}

The best part of this destination was having our friend Sara (a local) as our tour guide. She cooked us an amazing meal on Monday night and Tuesday morning showed us all around the town. 

{The lighthouse - Stykkishólmur}

{Boats in the water - Stykkishólmur}

On our way out of town she demanded we head to the Shark Museum. The museum is owned by the cutest old man and full of some amazing artifacts. Before leaving, I surprised everyone when I ate purtrified shark, but when in Rome....

{Shark Killer}

{Meeting Jaws' Cousin Molar}

{Seconds before consuming putrified Shark}

On Friday stay tuned for part two of photos from Reykjavik and Vik. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

London Calling

{Welcome picture at Heathrow Airport}

After spending the weekend unpacking and finally adjusting to the time difference I am ready to show you all our trip to London and Iceland. We took so many pictures but I wanted to show you the best from each of the countries. Even though we were only in London for a mere 36 hours, it was so much fun. We were able to squeeze in a lot before Sara and Loydd's wedding. Check out the pictures below for some of my favorite highlights.

We landed in London on Friday afternoon and headed straight to High Tea and then hit up the Tate Modern. It was the perfect day to squeeze in as much British culture as possible.

{Fall in Hyde Park}

{High Tea at the Athenaeum Hotel}

{My favorite piece of art from the Tate Modern}

Saturday before the wedding I squeezed in some shopping around Oxford Circus and couldn't pass up a photo opportunity of the amazing windows at Selfridges. Then it was off to a lovely heart felt wedding in Vauxhall.

{Polka Dots in the Selfridges windows}

{It's all about the dots in London}

{Sara and Loydd's Wedding - Vauxhall Town Hall}

{A scene straight out of Harry Potter - Wedding Reception}

{Dance party with the groom}

On Wednesday stay tuned for photos of Iceland.