i had to stop her on the subway platform right before the train doors opened.
she was absolutely adorable and visiting from south africa. every little flower
on her sweater looked hand stitched and just gave me spring fever. i imagine her
riding a bike that resembles this one [except not so sad] instead of the subway...

happy holidays

no matter how i'm feeling, these just get me in the holiday spirit.

give & get

[clockwise from top]
instant gratification: fuji instax camera and film $100 - to fill that polaroid void and live in the moment.
cheap & cheerful: marc by marc jacobs zipper necklace $13 – metal zippers strung like pearls, only not so dainty. my little sis will be getting this one in black.
designer goods: rodarte for target sequin dress - thank you kate and laura mulleavy for being so economically conscious. i will be first in line at target this sunday while everyone's still sleeping.
stocking stuffer: marc by marc jacobs lipstick pen $1.50 - for love notes.
glamour-pus: monsoon clutch $59 – very carrie. and don't worry, you can grab one whether your from the UK or the US. so excited that this british company will be making an american debut soon, love their accessories!
limited: comme des garcons PLAY x converse sneakers $100 - the perfect marriage of my two favorite brands. I've gotta get them quick before they sell out again- the store just re-stocked!
homebody: pendleton meets opening ceremony yavapai blanket $510. pricey, but the perfect throw to curl up on the couch with.
giving gift: snowman in africa book $25 - a sweet story for my 5-year old niece about a snowman who journeys to africa to get a to break from new york, only to realize there's no place like home. Gucci will donate 100% of the retail price to UNICEF. illustrated and written by vanity fair editor michael roberts. 
never ending gift: vogue subscriptionV Magazine subscription $15 - a 12 month long present sounds wonderful to me.

more goodies to come...


i'm in love with max kibardin's mens-inspired oxfords. a slouchy pair of jeans rolled up is definitely the look for these. they're also the perfect alternative when ballet flats get boring and your feet have had enough of heels [not sure if that'll ever happen, but..]

sunday morning

photography: samantha smikle

i've been having this recurring conversation with different people
on how we live in such a casual society where no one wants to get 
dressed up any more, which is very true. so, the thought of getting dressed
up on sunday mornings for church excites me [even though this look is 
still pretty casual], i've been very inspired by seeing older women really 
put on their sunday best- big hat and all. maybe i'll get one too?

dress [an old ann taylor thrift shop find, $20 & 100%- love it]. bag pre-owned
by grandma. boots steve madden.

by the way, took a short hiatus after the blog contest- which is now over.
i didn't officially win but how can anyone who walks away with prada 
booties lose? big kiss for your support!


Challenge #5 of 5 - Vote Now

photography: tasha beltran

vote here

the end is finally here, after what seemed like a very long 5 weeks of an interesting contest. I'm happy it's done [can you see the smile?], honestly the best part of it all [aside from the prada booties]was all of the positive support... big kissx

speaking of positive support check out what the designer of ADAM had to say about my look below...

leather jacket zara. t-shirt hanes. leggings plan b. boots dr. marten.

I heart ADAM

i was pleased to hear designer Adam Lippes'  thoughts on
everyone's look since he was refreshingly positive and not
bitter. like Adam, i can appreciate everyone's individuality
and approach to style because fashion would be boring
without it [simply put].

besides that i heart his line ADAM, especially his recent resort
and spring collections for 2010, it's perfectly casual and cool.