Friday, April 29, 2011

Links a la Mode

This week has flown by so quickly that even as I woke up to read through some morning posts and watch the royal wedding highlights I had to repeatedly tell myself that it was already Friday. I've been caught in a little whirlwind of activity so trying to get my blog ready for a week long honeymoon hiatus has proven difficult, but seeing my post on this weeks Link a la Mode from IFB was the perfect burst of happiness to kick off the day's festivities. I am so excited to be featured alongside so many other lovely bloggers this week and thank you to all of the new readers who are stopping by. I'll be back in a week with an abundance of photos and stories.

More than Meets the Eye

Edited by Fajr Muhammad at Stylish Thought

When you visit a fashion blog you often see a stylish blogger posing in a perfectly, put together outfit with gorgeous scenery. What you don't see is the work that goes into curating and maintaining a fashion blog. This week the theme across IFB was outfit posts: what deems an outfit worthy, what goes into creating a stunning visual post and ultimately the comments (some not so nice) that we receive as style bloggers. Ultimately, blogging is a way to express our love for fashion and personal style but as this week's links can attest to, there is much more to fashion blogging than meets the eye.

Links à la Mode: April 28th


New Sunglasses at Shopbop: Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Ray Ban, YSL, Marc Jacobs, Carrera, DITA, Gucci, Phillip Lim & Super Sunglasses

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bits of home

Fuchsia bougainvillea over the patio

Last night Paul and I arrived back home in California to get ready for our wedding. Every time we visit it's a whirlwind trip that ends with me on the plane recounting the many miles and meals we packed into a few days. Since the visits pass faster than I'd like, I always find myself savoring my moments at home and this time I'm looking forward to quiet morning breakfasts, long nights with friends, and a bit of relaxing at home with family...and of course final wedding touches.

Brioche french toast

Paper wrapped flowers

Fragrant blossoms on the tangelo tree in the backyard

Wrapped gifts and note

Monday, April 25, 2011

Pedal pusher

Clockwise from top left: Trek Allant, Big Shot Bikes Fixed Gear, Schwinn Coffee 1-Speed, Kate Spade for Adeline Adeline Abici

During college I used to ride my beach cruiser to class every day, balancing my bag and coffee in the basket in front of me, while trying not to take out innocent pedestrians along my path. Sadly, once school ended and the classes were complete, my bike settled in its new home behind the garage and my car became my go-to transportation. Now that the weather is warming up and the morning breeze is more welcoming than ever, I'm beginning to miss cruising down the street more and more. This spring and summer I've made it my mission to find a bike and take advantage of the balmy air with a bit of bicycling through the city. Whether it's a classic beach cruiser or a slightly modified fixed gear, I'm looking forward to a few seasons of open air commuting.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Breezy blocking

Thrifted pants and shirt, Anthropologie pearl and chain necklace, Steve Madden heels

I cannot wait to infuse my wardrobe with pops of bright spring and summer colors this season. The neons, pinks, and blues have such a refreshing look that all I can think of is lounging on a beach with the wind slowly lapping at my clothes. Since the balmy tropics aren't exactly in my backyard, I decided to take this inspiration and mirror it in an outfit for an impromptu dinner date. The loose fuchsia top paired nicely with a pair of wide legged white trousers, making the outfit fit perfectly into my favorite style of billowy shapes paired with a bit of structure. Even the backdrop did a good job of fulfilling my love of color, while the breeze (although a little nippy) added the perfect flutter to my outfit. Best of all, the thrifted pieces cost less than any resort getaway could cost.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lemon cherry scones

This weekend was full of organizing, errands, and a bit of well needed late night socializing. To unwind after a busy few days I decided to treat myself to one of my favorite food activities, afternoon tea and sweets. Since going much further than the couch was really not in the plan for Sunday afternoon, I brought the English pastime home and made a batch of these citrus spiked lemon and cherry scones. The dough was flakey and studded with tart cherry bits and went perfectly with a littler cup of tea, even if it was enjoyed watching re-runs from the week before.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Grocery store beauty

I am a sucker for all types of beauty products. Put it in a fancy package or tell me it will make my skin radiate like I live at the spa and I will most likely want to buy it. However, I do find the same joy in concocting my own beauty treatments and when I came across this article about yogurt masks, the dreams of glowing skin rushed back into my head and I ran to the fridge to whip up a batch.

Since my skin has the charming ability to act up at the sight of any stress, I went for the blemish version of the mask and mixed in a tablespoon of lime juice. After brushing on the cream and 15 minutes of relaxation, I rinsed my face to reveal a slightly smoother (and spa-worthy) complexion.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

To market

1. Urban Outfitters, Breezy buttondown, $29
2. T by Alexander Wang, Crepe de chine pants, $175
3. Banana Republic, Lightweight wrap, $55
4. Hansel from Basel, Stripe tote, $29
5. Topshop, Woven flats, $85

Around the corner from my office there is a great farmers market filled with fresh baked breads, heirloom tomatoes, and bouquets of tiny wildflowers displayed in collected vases. Last Spring I loved wandering through the aisles on lazy weekend mornings and this season I expect to do the same. For an easy day out, I'm picturing soft silk pants cuffed to reveal woven shoes, lightweight tops buttoned haphazardly, and a trusty tote to carry home the goods. The billowy fabrics and comfortable outfits already have me dreaming of the fresh picked fare.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Secret garden

One of the things I look for in a home is its quirkiness factor. Do the windows still have weighted cords, are the door fixtures wobbly white ceramic nobs, or do the walls reveal secret alcoves and cut-outs? To me, this means character and the place I currently call home is full of just that. Case in point, the odd yet slightly convenient porch that is accessible only through the paint layered door in my bedroom. Wrangle open the lock and the passage opens up to a little patch of open air near the backyard trees. This weekend's Summer-like weather was a perfect excuse to bring a little comfort to this space with a bit of decorating. A vibrant pair of teal chairs that mirror the paint inside, contrasting black floral pillows, and a wood table with freshly potted rosemary, mint, and thyme now welcome me when I open the door to enjoy some outdoor lounging in my new found garden.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Paul and I are lucky enough to have a friend, Julie, who is a wonderful photographer. She took our first engagement photos (seen here) and decided to snap a few more during an impromptu summer trip to Michigan. It was a hot humid day, but the experience was so much fun. She is updating her blog and website so I had to share the final outcome since we've officially entered our wedding month!

All images are property of Julie Hanna Photography

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Vintage beads

There are a few vintage pieces I've collected over the years that definitely verge on the elderly chic side, but I can't help it when button down silk shirts, sequined dresses, and high waisted trousers pop up in the racks. This jacket might fall into the retirement cruise category, but I think the heavy beading paired with a light chiffon fabric keeps me grounded in my age group. Paired with an equally light blouse, boots, and leggings, I rejoiced in the sunny afternoon with some post-winter balcony photos.

Vintage jacket, H&M blouse, BCBG tights, Tommy Hilfiger boots

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Party platter

1. NeoBaroque dinner plate, West Elm, $32
2. Flights and Fancy dinnerware, Anthropologie, $12
3. Ladies in Waiting dinner plates, Anthropologie, $24
4. Kaleidoscope plate, Jonathan Adler, $8
5. Painters melamine collection, West Elm, $20
6. Appetizer plate, Crate & Barrel, $3

After registering for wedding gifts, I went a little crazy adding serving pieces, plates, glasses, and trays, all with the intention of entertaining constantly. Now that the weather is sunnier and my place is on the verge of being completely party ready, I've been searching endlessly through Spring inspired table decor with dinner parties in mind. While round white plates are a clean choice and always useful, sometimes a warm weather dinner looks even better on a watercolor plate or embellished edge platter. The bright colors and alternating patterns fit perfectly with everyday pieces and add that special touch to a weekend get-together.