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moving up

most of you have probably guessed (it was pretty obvious) my big news. it’s my new (bigger, better, more awesome) blog. i’ve got a pretty amazing giveaway going, so check it out! and while you’re at it, update your readers with the new address. xoxo.

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Someone may be getting handmade handkerchiefs made out of this. So cute.

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worth it

i’m a bargain hunter/appreciator like a lot of people. i’m a reformed starbucks addict. most of my clothing basics come from target or old navy. i “shop my own closet” and use basic retail math. my every day (favorite) watch is a $40 timex. and one of my favorite things in life is finding something i’ve been lusting after for months, on sale. with that said, i do believe in buying for quality, not quantity. for example, i refuse to buy cheaper knockoffs of my beloved frye boots. the materials and workmanship can’t be beat and my 2 pairs are going on 3 years old and get more beautiful with each wear. side note: my cpw (cost per wear) of those babies has to be under a dollar. no joke.

i, like most people, have found places to cut back. one of those places had been with my makeup. not that i wear a lot, but as i’ve run out of my preferred items, i’ve replaced them with more cost-effective ones. prime example is my mascara. for the past 6 months (two tubes) i’ve been using my old standby from origins. it’s fine, but not great. for christmas, santa was nice enough to drop a sephora gift card into my stocking. i finally cashed it in recently and among my lute was my beloved, oh-so-amazing, diorshow mascara. kids, i forgot how little dior messes around when it comes to beauty products. my mom swears by their eye shadow (though i’ve never bitten that expensive bullet) and i’m telling you, there is not a better mascara on the market. i know $24 seems like a lot for mascara, but i’m telling you, it’s worth every penny. and if you just eliminate two starbucks visits or two movie rentals per month, it can be yours. to help illustrate this, i’ve broken down the cpw, or in this case, the cpu (cost per use).

$.27/day is more than worth it to me.


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happy birthday, baby violet

toddler and baby

dear baby violet,

you finally decided to show yesterday and i couldn’t be more thrilled for you. you get to go home with an awesome family who will love every inch of your baby yumminess. not only that, your mom is one of the coolest people i know and i am so thankful, every day, to have her as a friend. and your dad, well, seeing how much he loves your mom makes me all warm inside. i can’t imagine how thrilled he is to now share his love with THREE girls.

i can’t wait to meet you in a few weeks, but until then keep your head warm with these hats. i’m hoping they beat you home from the hospital. the violet one is for now and the bob marley hat is for a few months down the road. i think you’ll think they’re WICKED cool. your mom taught me that word, btw.

all my love,

p.s. it does not always snow this much in dc, don’t worry.

bob marley curls


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happy heart

need an original, not to mention FUN, valentines day gift idea for your sweetie (or yourself)? how about socks? yes, you read that correctly. i’ve spoken about my love for happy feet before and i now own (and LOVE) a pair of my own. i realize at $10 a pair, these are a bit expensive, but i feel the quality makes them well worth the cost. plus, if you buy 4 pair you get free shipping. while a dozen roses, to some, are pretty, happy feet socks won’t die after a week. it’s the gift that keeps on giving, clark.

note: for those lucky enough to have a barneys in their city, you can now buy happy feet there!

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stop and stare

sometimes, while going through my massive amounts of e-commerce in the morning, i come upon something that makes me stop in my tracks. this morning, i received this email and did just that. i mean, really. i was instantly inspired to create an outfit i would wear, based on the fantastic pair front and center. one of my favorite things in fashion is wearing a completely ridiculously fun shoe with a fairly subdued ensemble. it lets what’s going on south of your ankles really shine. which, if you’re spending that much on a pair of shoes, you want them to shine, right?

note: this entry is a “blog dream scenario” and i would never endorse spending such a ridiculous amount of money on such a frivolous object. put your money into something that does good. however, should a pair of these be dropped off by the barney’s stork, i wouldn’t turn them down (size 8). just saying.

1. metal link menswear watch

2. hard candy sunglasses

3. velvet matte lip pencil (in pop life)

4. perfect tee

5. christian louboutin greissimo

6. corwin cardigan

7. bdg ankle grazer (in indigo)

8. city clutch

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frye boot seeks company

my frye boots just told me they’d like to see these socks on christmas morning. also, they might like a sister. these fryes sure are greedy.


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button up

as i’m sitting here typing, listening to the rain fall like niagara, i have one thought: brr. i’ve been making my wish list of fall essentials and toward the top is a jacket to bridge the gap from sweaters to full on down. to me, nothing screams fall like a light jacket with a scarf wrapped around your neck. here are my picks for versatile fall jackets that will last multiple seasons.


1. Wool-blend shrunken blazer, gap

2. hollis herringbone jacket, marc by marc jacobs

3. first frost coat, anthropologie

5. upside down jacket, helmut lang

6. zephyr wool jacket, rm by roland mouret

and for my blokes out there, here are my top 3 picks for you:


1. sherpa-lined deck jacket, jcrew (this looks so much better on the model)

2. country toggle jacket, rogues gallery

3. wool private jacket, gap

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where do i start? this post is a convergence of so many things in this world that i love, my head is spinning. little known fact: i grew up taking ballet classes. all the way through high school and college, actually. most of those later years were spent wearing bloch ballet shoes. no particular reason, they just best fit my narrow foot. we all know my, and most women’s, love for shoes. i won’t go further. but, a while ago i walked into a martin + osa store and was starstruck when i saw these bloch flats sitting there, waiting to be touched. unfortunately, they didn’t get to come home with me that day, a lack of job (and funds) prevented them from doing so. but, lack of job no more, they are finally mine. but the story doesn’t stop there, it only gets better.

yesterday i got an email from the mom saying “your package from martin arrived. and osa, too.” like a true junkie i walked straight to my room and ripped open the usps box and pulled out the shoebox, opened and gasped when i saw this:


you’re kidding me, right? companies don’t make shoe boxes like this anymore! unless you’re lanvin, of course. the graphic designer in me squealed and the shoe-lover in me smiled. what you can’t see is the shoes were lying in a small pink satin bag. as most graphic designers do, i notice the design and look of everything that passes through my hands and eyes all day, every day. no matter where i am. billboards, emails, book covers…you name it, i notice it. the attention to detail, in cases like this, make me proud to say i’m a designer (of all kinds) and that some lucky designer out there got to dream this up and make it happen. 10 cool points to you (if you’re that cool, i must be pretty cool, too) and 20 cool points to bloch for letting a graphic designer have a little creative breathing room.

call me a nerd, but i will always remember the moment i opened that shoe box. not only because i love the shoes, but that box. oh man, that lovely, gorgeous, exciting box…



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bombs away

anyone who’s paid the least bit of attention to fashion for this fall knows that jackets (of all kinds) are king. i’ve been so inspired, that this will be my first of a few posts for fall jackets.

part I is reserved for leather biker/bomber jackets. what’s more rough around the edges/i woke up and threw this on over a floral dress/effortless/classic, than a leather jacket? the cool factor is through the roof. and as i’ve received at least 3 emails in the past few days, all advertising leather jackets, i knew i had to post my favs. i’ve been wanting a leather jacket for a few years, but haven’t made the purchase, mainly because i haven’t found one i love or have had the cash. below are my top 4 picks (in my price range, lord knows there are TONS i could dreamily ramble on about, but that’s useful to no one), and i definitely have a fav. i hesitated posted my fav because of the price tag, but since it’s the only one i truly love, i had to. i do have to say that there are a lot of cheap alternatives out there for faux leather jackets. they’re great, don’t get me wrong, but when i buy a classic, investment pieces like this, i really try to buy the best quality for what i can afford. it’s my rule and i’m sticking to it.


a- top shop biker

b- kenna-t moto

c- joie biker

d- marc by marc jacobs moto

which is your fav?


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