Gift Guide: A PG-13 Rated Valentine’s Day

By |February 7th, 2012|Gift Guide|

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Alright, so the man has warranted more than just a drink at the Standard before you move on and meet up with your friends (in hopes of meeting someone better).  Lucky dog!  Your relationship is probably past a peck on the lips, but perhaps nothing too intimate has occurred…yet.  So, he should be aware that you are worthy of far more than the run of the mill red and mundane roses or -gasp- carnations.  There is a very fine line between tasteful and trite.  Let’s help him out in the gift giving department… I mean, he was doing so well…

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1. Stella McCartney Sam Partying Stretch Silk Satin Playsuit, $195, 2.Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lipgloss in Colin, $19, 3. Voluspa Boxed Votive in Crisp Champagne, $7, 4.  3.1 Philip Lim Chiffon Knicker Pants, $843.1 Philip Lim Chiffon Bralette, $84, 5. Kate Spade New York Idiom Meet Your Match Bangle, $58, 6. Ettika Rose Gold Bangle, $36, 7.Benefit Bathina Take a Picture It Will Last Longer Body Balm, $28, 8. Jenny Packham Two Tone Silk-Satin Kimono, $1,145 



Gift Guide: A Rated G Valentine’s Day

By |February 6th, 2012|Gift Guide|

beauty and the best rated gCupid and I hate to be pests, but there is no stopping the calendar.  February 14th is on it’s way and whether or not you are choosing to ignore it, time marches on with or without you, my friend.  Maybe you’ve just started dating someone potentially special (but how can one really be sure?) or perhaps you just want to trade gifts with girlfriends instead.  Whatever your Valentine’s Day is shaping up to be, there are some very sweet options so as not to appear completely crazy in love (or creepy).  Nothing worse than going all in without the slightest bit of reciprocity.  Awkward.

g rated valentines day gifts1. Alphabet Bags Heart Tote, $23, 2.Diptyque Roses Pink Candle, $32, 3. Kate Spade New York Say Yes Necklace (Ooh La La), $62.99, 4. Wildfox Couture Gold Sparkle Heart T, $107, 5. Lanvin Set of Envelopes and Colored Pencils, $115, 6. MARC by Marc Jacobs iPhone 4 Wild Hearts Case, $34, 7. Tory Burch Red Leopard Heart Scarf, $122.99, 8. Paw Me a Cup Tea Set, $45.99




Gift Guide: Hostess with the Mostess

By |December 21st, 2011|Gift Guide|

Chances are that in the next week or two you will be attending some type of holiday party, dinner, or domestic gathering.  If you are lucky enough not to be the one stuck hosting, don’t you dare show up empty handed.  What?  Were you raised in a barn?  If you have ever hosted, you are aware of all the duties (and expenses) that come along with putting together a suburban soiree.  Rather than show up with the run of the mill bottle of wine or spirit, how about picking up something that will actually make the lady of the house feel appreciated — and may even get you invited back again?  Unless, of course, you don’t want to be invited back again… then might I suggest a case of PBR?

1. Kate Spade Rose Print Thank You Cards, $20, 2. Diane von Furstenberg High Rise White Wine Glass Set, $60, 3. Hollywood Fashion Tape Hostess with the Mostess Kit, $19.99, 4. Dennis Basso Faux Fur Throw, $48.96, 5. Kate Spade Two of a Kind Highballs, $50, 6. Cut Lace Vanity Tray, $24, 7. Sequin Swirl Pillow, $32, 8. Bormioli Rocco Sorgente Fuchsia Water Glasses, $29.99, 9. Nest Holiday Votives Set, $32

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Why Did You Wear That: Drab to Fab

By |December 9th, 2011|Why Did You Wear That?|

Believe it or not some people don’t like to wear sequin covered disco ball-esque dresses.  I know.  I could hardly wrap my head around it either.  I’m somewhat of a magpie and I will use any and all excuses to deck myself, my home, my dog out in anything shiny.  Whether it be a shimmering chandelier or sparkly mini, I’m on it.  However, in the off chance that you don’t love a sparkly get up as much as me (or the rest of the world), there are some other options to bring a little bling to your standard LBD.  It can be as subtle as a glittery manicure or as bold as bejeweled headband.  Adding just a hint of shine will take you from wet blanket to woohoo!

1.  Eugenia Kim Serena Headband, $74.99, 2. Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow, $22, 3. Black Halo Donna Halter Mini Dress, $330, 4. Fragments for Neiman Marcus Multi Crystal Bracelet, $275, 5. J. Crew Classic Pave Link Bracelet, $118, 6. Essie Nail Polish (Set in Stones), $8, 7. Deborah Lippmann Glitter Nail Polish (Boom Boom Pow), $20, 8. Jimmy Choo Glitter Cap Toe Ballerina Flats, $345, 9. J. Crew Darby Glitter Loafers, $175, 10. Loeffler Randall Zuri Pumps, $359.99, 11. B Brian Atwood Liese Metallic Peep Toe Ankle Boots, $350, 12.  Kenneth Jay Lane Large Crystal Ring, $88, 13. Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Pave Ring, $148, 14. See by Chloe Cherry Feather Mini Cross Body Bag, $495, 15. Top Shop Gold Sequin Animal Cross Body Bag, $50, 16.  Erickson Beamon Smoke and Mirrors Earrings, $315, 17. Oscar de la Renta Beaded Tassel Earrings, $440

And because I must:  I do not condone wearing more than… let’s see three of these items at once.  Let’s have fun without shooting anyone’s eye out.



Look for Less: Polished and Practical

By |December 4th, 2011|Look for Less, Why Did You Wear That?|

It sorta seems like life went ahead and decided to cram as much as possible into the last few months of the year.  Sort of like it forgot and then was like, “Oh crap! We gotta do all this.”  So, that keeps ladies like you and me pretty busy.  In between all of the end of year festivities, we still need to find time to run those never ending errands.  They sure don’t take a holiday, do they?  This is where that whole “fashion vs function” argument comes into play.  Is it ever possible to be both?  These three celebrities prove that it is, in fact, feasible to be both polished and practical while running errands.
1. CeCe Cloud Cashmere Chunky Cowl Neck Sweater, $189, 2. 7 for All Mankind Roxanne in California Wash, $158, 3. Esprit Resin Sunglasses, $35, 4. Nine West Turnstile Crossbody Bag, $19.95, 5. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Abria Leopard Flats, $49.99

1. American Apparel El Salvador Lace Tee, $38, 2. Forever 21 Live in Progress Destroyed Skinnies, $27.80, 3. Forever 21 Urban Drop Earrings, $4.80, 4. Hobo International Tivoli Bag, $238, 5. Charles by Charles David Avenger Booties, $69.95

1. Ann Taylor Whisper Blouse, $98, 2. Paige Premium Denim Casual Pants, $108, 3. All Saints Elva Cardigan, $175, 4. Kate Spade Irving Place Harlow, $176.99, 5. Report Whitfield Flat, $89




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