Setting the Mood: Wine Time

By |September 11th, 2012|Setting the Mood|

fall 2012 color trendsIf yesterday’s cold spell didn’t confirm that it’s officially fall, then I’m not sure what does.  Oh, right, the return of pumpkin spiced lattes at Starbucks.  The impending frost bite is most certainly on its merry little way and it’s high time you update your autumn wardrobe with this fall’s favored color.  Some call it burgundy.  Some call it oxblood.  I’d like to keep things simple and just stick to calling it wine.  Why shouldn’t my closet reflect my favorite beverage?  (I drink it for the antioxidants, people).  The look can be achieved from head to toe tonal or simply incorporated with a well placed resveratrol rich accessory.

wine colored clothingSchutz Fiona Suede Pumps, $185HELMUT Quilted Coat, $550, Kain Stretch Twill Mini Skirt, $150, Rebecca Minkoff Line Quilted Flirty Bag, $275

Barolo and bordeaux and cabarnet, oh my!



The List Volume LXXIX

By |July 6th, 2012|The List|

my friend told me i was delusionalAlright, so, I do think these e-cards have gotten a bit (by “a bit” I mean “completely”) excessive, but when I saw this one the other day, I couldn’t help but laugh… and then realize it could have been tailor made for me.  If only I had a unicorn…

sad unicorn


  1. Leaving my ID in the copier at FedEx.  Score for the 19 year old 5’7 blonde who found it.  Enjoy the Amaretto sours.
  2. The insane heatwave that’s happening here in New York.  Every day I wake up thinking there is NO WAY it could be hotter.  Spoiler alert: it is.
  3. Hair in the drain.  I mean, I know it’s mine, but…
  4. The last few times I have gone to Starbucks I merely ordered iced coffee.  They forgot it.  They did not, however, forget the gentleman behind me’s iced skim double shot hold the water two pumps of vanilla I’ve stopped listening ’cause you’re too high maintenance frappuccino.
  5. Delusional people.

whydid unicorn

  1. Having the most ridiculous dreams for yourself and actually saying them out loud (try it).
  2. Black diamond studs.
  3. The Sultra Bombshell.  My girlfriends have been raving and now I see why.
  4. Fun fact: sometimes I walk around the city with no actual destination and listen to my iPod pretending it’s my personal movie soundtrack.
  5. Delusional people.

May your weekend be full of glitter, unicorns, and giggles.  Now, if you don’t mind, my unicorn is thirsty.  It’s hot out here.



Real People, Real Style: Bikini Babe

By |November 9th, 2011|Real People Real Style|

Several months ago, I introduced you to the ridiculously fun and totally customizable bikini brand, Mikini Bikini.  The line was a big hit with you lovely ladies, so I asked the beauty behind the brand if she’d like to let us in on her own personal style secrets.  Lucky for us, she obliged and now the bikini babe (and newlywed) is gonna share what makes her style so chic.

Name: Christina Iaquinta Stuber

Wearing:  Club Monaco dress (bought this for my wedding shower – it’s my wedding colors, grey and yellow!), Lucky boots from TJMaxx (Found these last month and have probably worn them 5/7 days each week!), Crossbody from Banana Republic (“just because” gift from husband when we first started dating 5 years ago – I still love it!) Rhinestone necklace from Pinky Otto (gift from my Momma).

Occupation: Co-Founder of Mikini Bikini, Buyer for TJMaxx and Marshalls

Hometown/Current Town: Hometown: Bridgeport, WV; Current Town: Boston, MA

1. I would describe my style as: Casual luxury.  I dress how I feel, and a lot of my pieces come with a story or memory!

2.  I can’t leave the house without: RayBans and my wedding ring.

3. Based on wardrobe alone, if I could live in any time period, it would be: The 60’s would be amazing – mini skirts, skinny jeans, and fake eyelashes, what more could you want?

4. Best/biggest splurge (worth every penny): I try to find good deals on every-day wear, and tend to splurge on my more “timeless” pieces.  My biggest splurge this year was actually for my husband – a Breitling Navitimer  watch.

5. Best fashion advice I’ve ever received: If you wouldn’t wear it in front of your father, then don’t wear it!

6. Biggest fashion pet peeve (a trend that just needs to go away): High-waisted jeans.

7. What I would tell my 13 year old self: Oh geez – I only can pick one thing?! Some of the items I wore were just absurd.  Like a mini skirt that was cow print, or these knee high boots that looked like moon shoes.. and I had this belly chain that I thought was really cool.  Even formals, I wore 2-piece dresses!  I’d do it all again though – you have to experiment in order to find your true style later on.

8. Weirdest beauty trick that I swear by: I sleep with my hair in a high bun.  When I take it down in the morning, it has lots of volume!

9. Don’t care if it ever goes out of style, I’m going to keep wearing: long hair, ha!  I’ve never had my hair shorter than shoulder length.

10. I would love to trade closets with: Lauren Conrad

Fun fact: Red cups from Starbucks make me ridiculously happy!

Now go customize your very own Mikini Bikini for your next “escaping the arctic” trip.



Photo courtesy of UbranoPhoto

The List Volume XXIV

By |October 22nd, 2010|The List|

This week I had the pleasure of heading back to my favorite city, New York City. Being here has made me realize there is certainly a reason (or at least ten) it trumps anywhere else (ahem- talking to you Los Angeles). Here’s a shortened list of all the reasons I love NY (and you should too):

  1. A pair of fake boobs won’t get you too far.
  2. When you ask people a question here, they actually know what they’re talking about. If they don’t know the answer, they’ll tell you as opposed to blowing smoke up you’re a**.
  3. A mass transit system that is efficient and people actually use it.
  4. You can get anything you want. Anytime. Anywhere.
  5. No need for a car. Consider taxi drivers your personal chauffeurs.
  6. Women here are naturally beautiful… and smart.
  7. The fashion. The clothes. The shopping. People don’t look like rejects from Millionaire Matchmaker.
  8. There is a sense of camaraderie. They may hate those from the “bridge and tunnel”  set, but they sure do love each other.
  9. Culture. There’s art, museums, theater, and history. 
  10. People in NY know what they want. There’s no changing your mind when you get the front of the line at Starbucks.

All hail the Big Apple.



Why Did You Eat That: Louie Louie

By |August 23rd, 2010|Los Angeles, Why Did You Eat That?|


Between work all week and apartment hunting on the weekends, I’ve been spending 89% of my time in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). A lot of people would probably frown upon my last statement seeing as downtown is still considered to be “up and coming.”  Granted DTLA certainly isn’t as tacky trendy as West Hollywood or as squeaky clean as Beverly Hills, but it’s the only place in Los Angeles that actually resembles a city. Yes, there are some creepy people roaming the streets over here (Um, I’m from New York, kiddos. Bums don’t scare me!) and they could certainly use another Starbucks or Coffee Bean, but there is something sexy about not choosing the obvious. Not to mention the loft spaces you can get here are unrivaled anywhere else in the city.

Anyway, a girl’s gotta eat, right? After a long day at the office, we decided to grab dinner (which may or may not have included cocktails) in the neighborhood. Several people suggested a little place called Bottega Louie. So, off we went.


Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised (and impressed). Bottega Louie functions as both a restaurant as well as cafe/bakery with some of the most exquisite pastries and desserts I’ve ever seen. The space is large and white. After checking in with the host at the table separating the bakery from the restaurant, we hung near the bar and took in the scene. The clientele was polished. I saw several suits (something I haven’t really seen since being in LA). I’m assuming these were the bankers who work downtown. The Fashion District and the Financial District in the same neighborhood. Finally a city that got it right!

As we were seated the host confirmed the last name, which at first I found peculiar until the waitress came by and addressed us by name. (It’s the little things). We were next to the pizza bar which smelled absolutely divine. Unfortunately, I’d already had pizza the day before, otherwise I would have eaten an entire pizza myself. I ordered the lasagna which turned out to be almost as good as mom’s (almost, mom, almost). My companion opted for the chicken carcioffi (chicken with artichoke hearts, capers, garlic, herbs and white wine sauce). I assume it must have been pretty good because he was done with it before I had the option of asking for a bite.


We were in a bit of a rush to get out of there, so we skipped dessert, but we did manage to snag some of the amazing and colorful French macaroons on our way out.  I would definitely like to go back and try their pizza along with a few hundred other things on the menu. It was almost like being back in New York.

Bottega Louie

700 S. Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90017


Hey, for the food at Bottega Louie, I’d take the bums in downtown over the freaks in your hood any day!