a look towards the weekend…

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happy friday! i absolutely love this quote…pretty much sums up the c’est la viever lifestyle. so ready to have a mischievous weekend! let’s all go make a little trouble!

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inspired by: valentino, spring 2013

sometimes looking at couture is like admiring a beautiful work of art: it’s lovely, and wonderful, and definitely beautiful, but not necessarily something attainable or understandable by the average girl with an average budget and average list of engagements her presence is requested at. however, there are sometimes couture collections that are just simply pretty, and pretty is something i can wrap my head around. Valentino’s Spring 2013 couture collection is just that. beautiful and intricate, yes, but also understandable. Schohaja for T Magazine captured breathtaking and somewhat ethereal shots of the collection…so take a moment to admire something pretty.

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a long rant about personal style

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sometimes i when i look into my closet i think that maybe i have a split personality disorder. my style changes drastically from summer to winter. i have outfits that only belong on the crazy summer music festival circuit and sweater sets so prim and proper that even grandma would think i was a prude. that’s why my focus this year is on creating my personal style. i’ve had a couple people ask me about this recently, so i decided to post some tips on how to find and curate your own look.

a few weeks ago, i posted a list of basic basics that i keep stocked in my closet at all times. your favorite pieces should be the core of your personal style, and having this list can help dictate the rest of your style. another trick is to figure out where you like to shop the most. is there a store or a designer you would purchase your clothes from 100% of the time if you could? is there a boutique that tends to be your budget’s worst nightmare because you love everything so much? that’s a good hint to what style is most appealing to you. a peak into your own closet also should point you in the direction of your personal style. is everything Lilly Pulitzer and J.Crew? you’re probably more of a preppy kid. Is it all Free People and Urban Outfitters? maybe you’re more of a boho girl. all pants and no skirts like me? that’s ok. skirts don’t have to be your thing. the trick of personal style is that it’s personal. your closet probably won’t mirror your best friends’ exactly, and that’s ok.

for me, i find that i’m most comfortable in neutral colors, simple gold jewelry, and basic shapes that make great layering pieces. i like the occasional dress, usually simple like susana monaco, or a lacey Free People concoction. i tend to shy away from big bold prints on dresses and prefer stripes or delicate florals instead of geometric designs. i’ve realized i’m less inclined to wear jewel tones and almost always opt for whites,golds, and pastels instead. with the exception of my love affair with floral denim, i pretty much always keep my lower half simple and classic and experiment with patterns, trends, and color through blouses and jackets. i would probably call myself a whimsical classicist: i’ll probably never wear a polo shirt, but i also don’t only have wild on-trend outfits. 

keeping my personal style in mind has made shopping so much easier, i get less distracted by designs that i wouldn’t wear more than once, and can focus on putting my hard earned money into a closet full of clothes that i can wear over and over again and that mix and match pretty well.

of course, this doesn’t mean that style should stay stagnant. i will continue to buy crazy pieces that i just love and go completely against what i think my style is (that oversized howling wolf t-shirt will never be thrown out). and that’s ok. my summertime clothes will always point more toward my whimsical fashion side and my winter duds will always be more classic prep (i think that’s just the nature of heavy knits and sweaters anyway). and if you’re a girl who tends to wear geometrics and bold designs and find yourself lusting after a lacey lilac top, you should give it a try. but the more you can look at a style and say ‘that is so me‘ the more manageable pinpointing personal style becomes. 

all images and check out more of my personal style inspiration here!

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tunes for tuesday: blackbird blackbird

my newest musical obsession lately has been spotify and how easy it makes finding new music. i was listening to one of their radio stations the other day and guess how happy i was when this song came through my headphones? blackbird blackbird is the new-to-me musical stylings of Mikey Maramag, a San Fran based psychedelic musical machine. i’m loving the chill vibes for long days at work and it helps me remember that warm summer breezes are right around the corner.

that time that spring forgot to arrive

another snowy boulder night...

another snowy boulder night…

while the first day of spring was supposedly last week, i have a seriously hard time believing it.  a snowstorm on friday and saturday changed our weekend plans from big hikes and outside adventures to tucked-in and snuggled, but as much as i was bummed out at first, the weekend ended up being really fun and really relaxing (which is, after all, what weekends are all about). on saturday, Vince and i got to do some more exploring of our new town, starting off with an amazing breakfast at Snooze (the OMG french toast was totally worthy of it’s name… OMG!), and afterwords diving into various thrift shops and second-hand stores to finally begin the long process of making our little apartment our home. i only ended up buying an art print for our bathroom, but the excursion got the gears turning and i can’t wait to delve further into the home decor world.

the reason i can't get out of bed on sundays... look at those faces!

the reason i can’t get out of bed on sundays… look at those faces!

sunday was another easy going day, but i did complete a long run for marathon training in 25 degree weather and icy conditions… needless to say, i was starving by the time i got home and ordered about 4 times the amount of chinese food that anyone in their right mind would ever get. however, the lesson has been learned that the hungry, cold runner girl should never be left to her own devices when making dinner plans 😉

how was your weekend? i can’t wait until it actually feels like springtime around here! colorado weather is just as bizarre as vermont.

keep it simple

~the past couple weeks have been a complete blur to me: starting a new job, figuring out a new routine, ramping up marathon training, the time change… i feel like i’ve finally been kicked back into gear after a couple months of floundering. it’s an exciting feeling, but definitely one that also reminds me to keep it simple. as i get busier i tend to overcomplicate my life, forgetting the little pleasures that every day brings. i think that’s part of the reason i’ve been craving simple, clean outfits lately. with the temperatures warming up (it was 70 degrees here in boulder yesterday!) all i wanted was a simple tank, gold sandals, a couple gold accessories, and a good book. 

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{Citizens of Humanity skinny, beautiful celestial sandals by Loeffler Randall, summery Folle de Joie perfume, a Lulu Frost bracelet i’m so obsessed with, the classic gold Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, NARS lip gloss is the easiest makeup to wear, i’m reading through some of the classics, currently it’s Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned, J.Crew Tippi cardigan, J.Crew silk cami, Karen Walker Helter Skelter sunnies}

 

how do you keep your life uncomplicated?

 

 

85th annual academy awards

there was no shortage of glamour last night when film stars walked the red carpet in gowns that made the fashion world proud. my favorite trend was the pale tones that were budding up on the red carpet, including best actress in a leading role, Jennifer Lawrence, and best actress in a supporting role, Anne Hathaway, who both wore beautiful pale pink gowns. of course, the usual vibrant hues also walked the red carpet, but i was completely infatuated with the more understated color palettes. 

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

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Anne Hathaway in Prada

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Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

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Jessica Chastain in Giorgio Armani

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Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra Couture

 

did you have a favorite look from the academy awards last night?

all images via vogue

the shoe fairy

i’m having a crisis. a crisis of footwear. it could have something to do with the fact that for the last month or so i’ve worn exclusively the same pair of boots and a pair of running sneakers (i know, right????)… i just haven’t shipped the rest of my stuff out to colorado yet. i’m dying of lack of shoe choices. but even if that box of worn and loved footwear arrived on my doorstep tomorrow, i still think i would be struggling to find the exact right pair of shoes to wear. SO. i curated a list of eight pairs of must-haves for any girl’s wardrobe, with the small hope that my fairy godmother will ship these to me instead (ha, ha).

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1. the not-so-typical flat sandal. Joie does it perfectly with the splash of blue to invoke the feeling of being à la plage…

2. i’m in love with these strappy Rebecca Minkoff’s. metallics are the new neutral, and these are the perfect pair to dress up some of my more casual summer looks.

3. a perfect pair of ballet flats… what more is there to say? such a cute little bow, too.

4. classic suede wedges that work with everything from distressed denim to tailored pencil skirts.

5. sandal wedges, a summertime staple. easy way to dress up those cutoff shorts, or dress down that lace dress.

6. these booties are probably my favorite pair of shoes on this list. they work for multiple seasons, have tons of versatility, and are just so darn awesome i could cry.

7. everyone needs some sparkle in their life, and i adore the heel on this Alice & Olivia pump. gorgeous.

8. if you know me, you know i love Frye boots, and this one is no exception. tall, well-heeled boots are a staple in any wardrobe.

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tunes for tuesday: alabama shakes

 

 

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the bonnaroo 2013 lineup came out today (and i can’t wait to buy my tickets). of course, this is bringing me back to happy memories of last year’s festival with a few of my best friends. one of the things i love about the music fest scene is the easy discovery of voices you hadn’t heard before. last summer, alabama shakes was one of those shows for me… i wonder what this year will have for us??