Merry Merry

Today is the beginning of a nine day break for this gal!  I am SO excited I can barely stand it!  I don’t think I have had this much time off since college.  And as a big first in my life… my family and I are going to be AWAY for the holidays!  It is bittersweet not to be in New England for Christmas, but mostly sweet.  It’s always fun to have a change of scenery!  We will be going to Laguna Beach, California on Christmas Eve through New Years day!  (I wonder if LC is home for the holidays…) I plan to do a lot of relaxing, tennis, hiking, running, swimming (too cold?), eating ice-cream, drinking wine… and sleeping.  AHHHHHHHHHHHH heaven!  One thing I have struggled with is packing for said trip.  What on earth do you wear for a 60+ degree California Christmas?  Talk about confusing!  While I brought my [cotton] sweaters, mainly because it’s Christmas and you’re supposed to wear sweaters, I have a feeling they will not be leaving the suitcase.  Here are some outfits I managed to put together for my SoCal Christmas…

Cali 1

Cali 5

Cali 4

Cali 3

Cali 2

So all you Californians… am I really off-base here?  I guess only time will tell!  Packing is such a feat for me sometimes (all the time).  I always pack too much and there’s always something I wish I had brought but didn’t.  My bestie/former roomie was honestly a professional packer.  Without her I am useless. How is it that guys can pack the morning of and still have everything they need?  The only thing that’s worse than packing is unpacking.  Does anyone agree with me here?  I am one of those people who needs to do it right when I get home or else it stresses me out.

What are your plans for the holidays?  Do you typically go on a trip or stay home?  Everyone is so cheery today, you can tell how ready people are for Christmas!  The positive vibes are getting things off to a great start!  Happiness is contagious!

Enjoy your time off everyone!

XOXO

(one: Illesteva sunglasses, Tshirt, Jack Rogers, bangles, bag, bracelet, earrings, Lemlem scarf, jeans; two: shirt, pants, shoes, bag, bracelet, necklace,  earrings, jacket; three: sweater, Jack Rogers, bracelet, bangles, earrings, bag, shorts (old J.Crew); four: shirt, scarf, necklace, earrings, bracelet, bangles, bag, shoes, pants; five: shirt, bangles, bag, earrings, shoes, pants, Ray Ban sunglasses, jacket)

Put a Bib on It

In the timely event of the DANNIJO pop-up shop in NYC (YAY!), I thought I would highlight the sister duo and their amazing jewelry brand.  DANNIJO was founded by two sisters, Danielle and Jodie Snyder (hence the name), who I had the pleasure of meeting because coincidentally, they live in my building!  They are beautiful, young, down-to-earth and extremely talented.  A force to be reckoned with!  I mean, just look at their “about us” photo… give.me.a.break!

Even as successful as they are becoming, they still have a “real-ness” about them that is very approachable and likeable (and they are so much fun to follow on Instagram for all of you ‘gramers out there!).  On top of the sisters themselves, the GEMS are absolutely amazing and especially unique.  The line has a very rocker/boho vibe, which you can dress up or dress down.  Here are some of my top pics and what I would pair them with…

Hilde

Hilde Necklace

Esme

Esme Earrings

Costella

Costella Necklace

More Favorites…

Medine

Lulu

Arquette

Zakaria

Capucine

Alexis

AshleyCecile

Leeloo

In my Leeloo necklace!

Arm Party Anyone?

Wanderlust

Gypset Jackie

Black Phantom

If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s jewelry.  I LOVE accessorizing simple outfits with a statement necklace or earrings more than anything.  It’s a great way to express yourself.  Unlike clothing, it is easier to find a one-of-a-kind piece and make it your own, which to me, makes it all the more appealing.  While they’re not all one-of-a-kind, DANNIJO has such an array of jewels, you are unlikely to see someone walking down the street in the same necklace and you are very likely to get asked the question “Where’d you get that?  I love it!”.  I recently purchased this bad boy (in pic above) and have received so many compliments!

DANNIJO Pop-Up shop is open now until December 30th!  The store is located at 27 Prince Street (between Elizabeth and Mott Streets).  All jewelry is handmade (in NYC!) and thus each piece is impeccable and the quality is unmatched.  Go check them out this weekend and try things on while you can!

Happy Friday and enjoy the weekend!

XOXO

Hello Lovaaah!

The chill in the air has me daydreaming about my fall fashion wants and how I will manage to fit at least one of them into my budget this season (Sex and the City has had way too much of an influence on my life).  Anyhowww, with all of this talk of “oxblood”, leather pants, white as the new black and so on and so forth, it’s got me thinking and lusting for quite a few items.  Here are the things on my fall wish list…

#1: Black leather biker jacket

#2: Slippers (the fancy kind)

or……

#3: Kenneth Jay Lane earrings

#4: White chunky sweater

#5: Colorful gems

#6: Peplum

#7: Oxblood

#8: Poncho/cape

#9: Emerald green

#10: Ankle boots

#11: (P)leather pantalonessss

Ok, I’m going to stop.  I could keep going but I am starting to feel gluttonous.  Being the bargain shopper that I am (most of the time), I will likely wait for something to go on sale before making the purchase, but it’s still fun to think about!  I also seem to run into issues with fit and quality when I buy online, so I tend to go store to store, which elongates the process even more.  Do you shop online or in store?  What will your big purchase be this season?

Fall fashion is always so much fun and as much as I love wearing flip-flops and sundresses, it’s always nice to be able to layer and add more depth to an outfit in the chillier months.  I usually have a tall boot on my list for fall, but I had a late purchase last year (on sale obvi) so I am good to go this year!  But for anyone thinking about buying boots, I really think Frye offers the largest selection of high quality and timeless options.   My dad claims he had custom-made Frye’s “back in the day” that he wore for 20 years!  Although he tends to exaggerate… regardless, check out the website to see all of the styles here!

Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend!!!!!!

XOXO

All dressed up with a place to go!

And it continues!  Tonight we have an engagement party at a hotel in the Flatiron district.  Having lived in a bathingsuit and tunic all summer, I am thrilled to have an excuse to dress up!

Here is what I’m wearing…

A City Engagement

Not really knowing what to expect in terms of the dress code, I went with a safe bet – the LBD.  This LBD has a bit of a twist, with a long cape-like back, it adds a fun edge to the classic.  Paired with the brilliantly neon MR DANNIJO necklace and some red lips (a la Jenna Lyons),  nothing screams party like this little number.  The Sigerson Morrison shoes are cute and comfortable and balance out the potato sack of a dress (the best kind).

Bonus: the coziest dressed up outfit to date!

What are your plans this weekend?  How far ahead do you plan your outfits for a party/event/night out?  I usually START thinking about it about a week before, but really plan what I’ll wear two nights before (my bf thinks I’m crazy).

Cheers to Friday!

XOXO