Setting the Mood: Auld Lang Syne

By |December 30th, 2013|Setting the Mood|

new years eve nye inspirationBad news?  It’s Monday.  Good news?  It’s the last Monday you will have to slog through in 2013.  I have mixed emotions when it comes to New Year’s Eve- mostly because of the pressure that people put on one night (the last night) of the year.  In my personal/professional experience, the more weight put on the night, the more disappointing it usually turns out to be.  Pretty sure FOMO reaches its peak every year on this day.  I actually can’t recall the last December 31st that was drama free and TV movie perfect- although I did spend last year in West Virginia with my mom in a vintage sweatshirt jumpsuit and a crown.  That was pretty fabulous.  If you’re looking for a foolproof recipe for a festive NYE, try this: something sparkly + something bubbly+ people you love = a happy new year.

nye-metallic-accessoriesDeepa Gurnani Draped Hair Clip, B-Low The Belt Vanity Belt Agent Provocateur Zonia Sequined Bikini Briefs, Jimmy Choo Fedora Paillette Trimmed Sateen and Mirrored Leather Sandal


Worst case?  There’s always next year.



Setting the Mood: Party Like It’s 1920

By |April 30th, 2013|Setting the Mood|

1920 flapper inspiration mood boardThere’s a reason that the 1920’s seem to be cited as inspiration for so many parties, weddings, and celebrations.  There’s also a reason I’ve already used this time period and novel turned movie as inspiration.  (Spoiler alert: don’t click if you haven’t read the book.  Seriously, you haven’t read the book?).  The post World War I, prohibition era was a period of time where excess, glamour, and any good reason to kick up your heels ruled and no one made any apologies about it.  Our generation seems to wax poetic of this time and from a fashion standpoint, I can see why.  Finger waves, rising hemlines, and the transition from strict conservatism (hello, sportswear) all emerged along with advances in closures (hook and eyes, zippers, snaps) and fabric (rayon).  With the release of  The Great Gatsby next month, there’s sure to be an onslaught of 20’s themed summer soirees.  So, start channeling your inner Daisy ahead of time.

Deepa Gurnani Scalloped Headband, Skaist-Taylor Cropped Mongolian Lamb Jacket, Club Monaco Bridget Feather Skirt,Reed Krakoff Leather, Mesh, and Feather Sandals

Now, go read the book.  You’ve still got time.



Setting the Mood: Dream a Little Dream

By |June 25th, 2012|Setting the Mood|

midsummer nights dream themeWell, it is officially summer.  June 20th (typically the 21st , damn you, leap year) marked summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year.  This may bring visions of starry lit soirees, dining al fresco, and soft cascading fabrics.  What better time to channel Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  No, I don’t mean that of the pasties and panties of the Playboy Mansion.  I mean ethereal makeup and hair full of flowers.  Sheer chiffons and strappy sandals.

If you happen to be a fan of HBO’s Girls (um, of course you are), you watched the wild Jessa tie the knot wearing a dress so simple and Bohemian, she could have been a character straight from the play.  It was the perfect casual summer frock to wear when saying “I do.”  Heck, it would have been a lot cheaper than an $8,500 Vera Wang (anyone need a dress?).  So whether you are looking to tie the knot in something simple or just sport a fresh and summery frock, let Jessa’s look and Shakespeare’s intoxicating tale lead your wardrobe inspiration.

jessa wedding look girlsdress: Morning Story Dress, $188, headband: Deepa Gurnani Floral Crystal Headband, $195, shoes: Miu Miu Strappy Peep Toe Platform, $790

O, hell! to choose love by another’s eyes.