Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cotton candy.

Holy Cow!  I saw this dress and literally gasped out loud.  I want to walk around my house in this dress.  ALL.THE.TIME.  It'd be like my own version of a housecoat.  Let's just not mention the fact that I'd be one big step closer to Mrs. Havisham.  We won't mention that. 

Doesn't it remind you of Grease?  The dance scene?  The dress that that one annoying chick wears and one of the boys lifts up the skirt when she's on camera?  Come on, you know what I'm talking about!  It certainly reminds me and I've always wanted to live in Grease.  Though I'd much rather be the "bad" Sandy.  I used to dress up like her when I was little girl.  Sad, but true story.  God forbid I'd want to be the wholesome, lovely Sandy.  Oh no, I wanted the perm and the skintight bodysuit, and I even had the candy cigarettes which I would stomp on and say, "Tell me about it, stud."  Yeah.  Let's move on.

I want this dress.      

I would wear you.

This is what I wish I was wearing today.  It might be a little warm outside for it, but I don't care; I love it.  Better yet?  Who has $1500 to spare and wants to buy me that bag?  I'd settle for just the bag.  Ohh, Mulberry, you've done it again. 

It's all just so purty.  And perfect for fall.   

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

To go with my new jacket.

I would like this scarf to go with my new jacket.  Kthxbye. 

ps I'm leaning towards 1 and 3, with an emphasis on 3. 

Also:  I had turned off the comment word verification, but then started to get spammed like whoa.  So, it's back on.  Sorry!

Baby, it's cold outside.

Well, actually it's Chicago so it's cold one day and balmy the next.  But I have a feeling that the cold is around the corner, more so than the heat.  And I needs me a coat!  I really only need an inbetweener coat [not quite frigid, but there's a chill in the air coat], but I liked them all so much I couldn't choose.  You need to help me!  Which one is your favorite?  [I know the last one is actually a sweater, but I told you I was going for the inbetweener.] 

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reader Request.

A dear reader contacted me and asked me to help her with her bridesmaid situation.  She bought this dress, which can be worn in several different ways, to wear to a rehearsal dinner that will segue into a girls' night out, an outdoor laid-back wedding in New Orleans, PLUS as a bridesmaid dress in a wedding in the woods.  Wowzers!  The options above are for the rehearsal dinner/girls' night out and laid-back day wedding.  She told me that she likes classic jewelry, but with a quirky twist.  

I think the gold accessories are best for the rehearsal dinner, and they lend themselves to any sort of night out.  It's her choice as far as the gold shoes -- I'm partial to the gold shoes on the right, but wasn't sure if she thought they'd be too funky for a rehearsal dinner.

My personal choice for the day wedding would be the shoes on the far right with the coral drop earrings.  I'm not sure when the wedding is, so I was worried the teal shoes might be too light for the season.  Hence, the cobalt blue shoes which would be more appropriate for a late fall wedding.    

These are my options for the wedding in the woods.  I'm assuming this one is not as laid-back, even if it is in the woods.  I'm a big fan of black and brown together, but I know some people can't stand it.  I figured these heels were thick enough to stand above ground because there is nothing I hate more than sinking in the grass.  I like the tuxedo jacket with the knot earrings and black pumps.  Then put the rest of the accessories together for my option B.  I don't think you'd need a necklace with the sequined lapel, but a necklace could be in order for the second option, though it isn't necessary.  If you'd like a necklace, I'd choose the option on the far right of the previous options.  Does that make sense?


And these are my purse options.  I should've done them in a clockwise order that makes sense, but I didn't.  I'm thinking the blue purse for the laid-back outdoor wedding, the gold sequin purse for rehearsal dinner.  The black one for the sequin tuxedo blazer and the gold clutch with the handle for the burgundy [I can't believe you spell that with two 'u's!  I've been spelling it wrong my entire life.] shawl.  Again, I hope that makes sense! 

Good luck, my dear!  Let me know if you have any questions or if I missed something entirely.

Everyone else:  I hope you got something out of this, too.  Feel free to email me if you have your own request!

Monday, September 27, 2010


Someone should really buy this dress.  Velvet is in, folks.  And there is no better way to rock a trend than with vintage, you get double cool points.  If someone did something like tally and keep track of cool points.  But seriously, it is a classic shape and has textural interest that will make it stand out from all the other little black dresses.  Plus -- it has pockets!!  My goodness.  I think it's the perfect dress.

I'm thinking it would be even more lovely with an outstanding turquoise necklace.  And hot pink shoes.  Yes, it would be bold, but totally worth it!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Weekend to you.

Aren't these ladies awesome and fun?  I wonder if she always matches her helmet to her outfit.  Maybe she has helmet of every color and has a helmet closet; wouldn't that be awesome?  Actually that sounds really excessive.  But it did remind me of The Wizard of Oz and the Horse of Every Color.  What was that all about?  I remember being a kid and not being very impressed.  Like I remember thinking that the horse never looked that different from the last one, "Turn up the technicolor!"  I guess I was kind of a snob.  Or a brat.  Or maybe both.  [Don't get me wrong, I LOVE me some Wizard of Oz and still watch it every year.  In fact, I wrote my college essay on it.  BEFORE Joey Potter did.] 

Wow.  I really got off subject there, right?

Anyway, I think these ladies look fabulous and I want to emulate them this weekend.  What are your plans this weekend?  I have AWESOME plans.  It's my girlfriend's bachelorette party weekend and we've rented a cabin on a lake.  It is going to be epic!  I will take these girls' Vespa and raise them a pontoon boat.  Yeah, I just did that.

I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!  And I hope I make it home without the world's worst hangover.  

Image:  The Sartorialist

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A dress of love.

I literally cried while reading the story of this wedding dress.  Tears fell from the eyes, folks.  You should read it, too. 

And if you really want to cry, watch this video.  Amazing, sad, and true.  I'm still thinking about it weeks after watching it.

Disco is back.

I want this purse.  Yes, yes I do.  I think it would be fun, and ridiculous, and fresh.  And, like I say in my profile [the only thing I say in profile] I'm not afraid of sequins.  Bring it on!  I'd really like to add a long chain and wear it as a cross body purse.  You dig?

And it's only $22.  I should totally not share it with you, but I'm just that kind.  Or am I ridiculous to think that other people would like such a flashy purse?  What do you think?

No segue.

If you haven't noticed I've made a few changes and will make more changes.  I don't know if I told you, but I'm currently taking a blogger e-course [Blogging Your Way, for those who may know it] and I'm finally settling into all the information provided.

I've discovered that my procrastination hasn't changed since my college days, however I'm slowly but surely picking up what Holly is putting down.  First things first, I've decided to say a bit more about myself [up and to your right].  When I started this blog I wasn't sure how much I wanted to say about little ol' me, but I'm realizing that the blogs I like best are the ones where I know more about the blogger.  So, I'm taking the plunge.  Well, getting in on the shallow side of the pool.  Like I said, slowly but surely.

All of this to say that things may come and go a bit.  I'll definitely find a way to say something more, but at the moment I'm thinking it might be too much text.  We'll see.  It's a work in progress and I hope you bear with me while I make the changes.

Don't be scared, my little ones.  I'll still be here and my posts will still be here.  Just please pardon my dust during this transition.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


If you're not watching Parenthood then you are a moron.  Well, I can't call you lovely folks morons, but for reals -- get yee to a tv and watch some Parenthood!  I love it.  It loves me back.  And it will love you, too.

This is what had to say about it [you know, the detail stuff]:    
From the executive producers of the box-office hit "Parenthood," Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Oscar winners for "A Beautiful Mind"), and writer/executive producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights"), this contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family - four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches, and joy of being parents.

 I think it's what Brothers and Sisters wants to be.  Sorry, Sally Field.  Seriously though, it is so, so good.  The acting is fabulous and it truly feels like a family due to the great ensemble cast.  THE MUSIC!  Every episode I feel like the music director [is that the name of the person that does that job?] has gone through my personal music collection to make me happy.  We're two episodes into the second season and it is not too late to catch up!  Do it for your country.

Update:  I forget to tell you when you can actually see it!  Tuesdays on NBC at 10/9c.  Go get it!

Have we met?

When did American Apparel start selling actual clothes?  I was in there yesterday to get a pair of leggings, what I thought was the normal thing to buy at American Apparel and I almost didn't believe I was in the right store.  I saw pieces of clothing that didn't consist of stretch, or primary colors, or shiny gold material.  Where were the unitards and weirdo skating dresses?  [They've been relegated to the back of the store.]  There was texture and lace and even zippers in the pants!  Excuse me?!

Iiiffffff we're being totally honest here, I certainly won't stop shopping elsewhere, but I was happy to see something other than basics and basic craziness.

What do you think about this new development?  Would you buy actual clothes at American Apparel?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I need me some Need Supply.

Aren't they fantastic?  Every single one of them.  I don't visit Need Supply Co. nearly as much as I should because every time I do, I'm adding more than one thing to my wish list.  Perhaps that's why I don't do it.  You're welcome, pocketbook.  Though I am thinking those grey ankle boots have to be mine.  They are just too divine to not be in my greedy clutches.  Don't you think?  And that white coat is pitch perfect, especially with the beautiful blue printed lining.  You'll have to pop over to the site to see that for yourself.  And now YOU'RE welcome.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Review: The Town.

Warning:  Very long post ahead!  My friend, upon learning I had started a blog, asked me if I would do movie reviews.  Actually, he made me promise him I would.  This is my attempt at such a thing.  No major plot points are given away.  In fact, I mostly talk about the acting because that's what most interested me.   

I can tell I’m not falling for a movie when I’m okay talking through it.  More than once I leaned over to whisper something, aghast at what was in front of my face.  Not good.  Not good at all when the most exciting thing is Ray LaMontagne playing at the end of the movie.  If anything, Ben, I love you for that.

To be fair, the relationships were strong, if not a little forced, the action palpable, and it's emotionally driven.  Worth seeing if you're willing to turn your brain off for two hours.     

Here’s the thing.  A movie is only as good as its script.  It’s the truth.  You can have pretty actors, good actors, big-named actors, good directors, DPs, the whole she-bang [you like how I threw in the term DP like I know what I’m talking about?], but it ain’t nothing if the words coming out of their mouths aren’t real.  Novels don't innately make good scripts, boys.   

Moment of truth:  I like Ben Affleck.  I know I’m gonna get some words for that, but I’ll stand by it.  I think it was a valiant effort for directing and the man can hold his own in his ol’ Boston hood.  In fact, Benny is at his best when he’s dropping the Rs and spewing the truth to a homeboy.  Ever since Good Will Hunting I’ve always been a Ben girl, not a Matt girl.  So sue me.   

And yes, I know he co-wrote it.  I know.  I’ll quote my girl Bridgid, who at the end of the movie seeing that he did in fact co-write the abysmal script we were just subjected to said, “I’m just going to assume he didn’t write the bad parts.”  I stand by you with that, Bridg.  I’ll hold my breath, too. 

You see, if you can make my Jon Hamm look ridiculous, sound ridiculous and literally make me shake my head at my dreamboat of a man, we have a problem.  I would quote some of his lines, but I can’t type that kind of profanity and I don’t want to be sued for copyright laws.  But for reals, his part was trash.  It makes me so sad when I see an actor I love in an uncomfortable role.  And, if we’re really being honest, the man I love can’t do a Boston accent.  It’s okay, Jon.  I can’t either.  If Jennifer won’t console you, just give me a call.  If you can get over me lambasting your performance, that is. 

Surprise of the century:  Blake Lively was not terrible, albeit in a small role.  In fact, I fell for the girl.  She still has that weird mouth thing happening, but maybe she could say it was a choice for the part.  It kinda worked.  Way more than it does on Gossip Girl. 

Jeremy Renner:  Always good.  I’ve never seen him phone it in.  Though, I haven’t seen him do much, but every time -- good.  Can he finally admit somewhere in public that he was on a Bravo reality show, The It Factor, that followed actors around while they try to make it?!  It kills me that he’s gotten away with it for so long.  And, ladies and gentlemen, he’s obviously made it.  Way to go, Jeremy.  Just please admit it.  For my sanity alone.  

Chris Cooper?  Really?  I think he’s friends with Ben Affleck and owed him a favor because he was seriously on screen for about 5 minutes.  Of course he knocked it out of the park.  The man can do no wrong. 

Rebecca Hall.  I hesitate.  I think she was another casualty of the script, and I am finding it hard to look past.  She is beautiful, there is no question about that [a part of her probably just died inside because my first critique is in regards to her beauty.  or maybe a part of me died.].  She was earnest.  Though she had some of the shittiest lines I’ve ever heard that lacked segues and any form of reality.  I literally laughed out loud at what was supposed to be a sentimental moment.  Well, maybe not laugh, but made that pfffffshaw noise.  You know what I’m talking about.

Benny, Benny, Benny.  I’ve already talked about him.  Like I said, he’s at his best in these types of movies [re: located in Boston] and I think he did a fine job, even if Jeremy did an Irish jig around him every time they were on screen together. 

With all that said, I was still somewhat entertained.  Somewhat.  I still shielded my eyes at certain points for fear of what was coming next.  And I cared about sweet Benny boy, but maybe that was because I already felt sorry for him and his Matt Damon-sized shadow cast upon him.  That’s the thing:  I can’t separate Ben Affleck from the former JLo-loving, father-of-two-kids-with-Jennifer-Garner-man that we know.  I spent chunks of time during the movie thinking about what his life must be like.  That’s what happens with celebrity, it can ruin a career.  Well, not ruin in this case, but pigeonhole forever.

To be honest though, most actors are only good at one thing and this is obviously his, and not even I can hate a man for that.  But maybe he should have someone else write his scripts from now on.       

Friday, September 17, 2010


I now realize the video is kind of wonky on my site.  You can go here and watch it in full screen format.   

I know, I know.   You guys hate videos; I hate them when I find them on the reader, too.  But I have to share with you the things that I can't get out of my head.  Dachsies and Design, my fantastic blogger friend, posted this to her blog the other day and I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT.  In fact, I was scared to google it to find out when it plays in Chicago for fear that I'd learn too much about it.  You know people love to spoil a teaser.  BUT seriously, I have to see this when it comes out.  I feel like it's the modern day Blair Witch, not that Blair Witch wasn't modern day, but you know.  The 2010 Blair Witch, if you will.  Be the be, I was terrified of the Blair Witch when I saw it.  I don't care if you knew it wasn't true.  I don't care!  Anyway.  I want to see this movie.  Now.

Have a great weekend, friends!  I'm in town and things are low key, I love it!  All my friends are in town this weekend, too.  That's been a harder feat than it should be, but I'll take it when I can.  I'm looking forward to drinks and nothingness.  I like to lay low; that's the kind of girl I am.

What are you guys up to?  What do you think of this movie??  Don't you DARE ruin anything for me if you know anything about it.  Don't you dare.  Hugs!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hold on to your hats.

Finally!  Rue Magazine is here!!  I've been so excited for this lovely new publication for some time.  I read the blogs of those in charge and have followed along as they flew all over the country to shoot amazing homes and other fabulous things that you'll find in the magazine.  Not only am I sure it will be a wonderful read and a feast for the eyes, I think it's such an inspirational story of a woman who wanted to make a change and something more for herself.  Crystal, Editor in Chief and Co-Founder, took a leap of faith when she decided to start this online magazine and man, am I glad she did.  That's all I can say at this point because I want to run off and read what this goodie has to offer, and you should, too!!   

Update 1:  I guess it isn't actually live yet.  I'll make sure to tell you when it is.  

Update 2:  We're ready to rumble, ladies!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New items.

Well, hello there.  I stumbled upon She-bible the other night and fell in love with these pieces.  I want them all.   I think they would be the perfect layering pieces for Fall, don't you?  I love how they're all simple, yet have interesting details.  And pockets.  I loves me some pockets.  There were some other amazing jackets, but they didn't have as many sizes available so I didn't post them here.  You should pop over to the site to see what else they have to offer.  Especially the amazing coats with gigantic cowl necks that I would die for; I love a great big collar on a coat.  It's true.

Personally I'm drawn to the denim dress.  I want to wear tights, a long-sleeve Henley, cardigan, and scarf all with that puppy.  Oh man I am excited for Fall!  I live for layers.


Today is my brother's birthday!!  His 30th birthday!!  Holla.  It was so nice to see him and spend time with him this past weekend.  And I could see him before my jealousy sets in because he's flying to New York today for five days.  I told you -- jealousy!  He's a great big bro and that should make all of you jealous.  You heard me -- be jealous!  Happy 30th birthday, brother!  Unconditional love.  

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

One foxy lady.

I'm back!  How have you guys been?  I feel like it's been so long!  I had a successful weekend at home, so successful I'm thinking I should no longer plan anything.  I definitely surprised my Dad, but you wouldn't really have known it; I told you, he's not a fan of a big reaction.  We had cake, drank wine, went on a picnic, saw the Dali exhibit at the museum, watched Inception [again], drank wine, played some Star Wars with a five-year-old [I've realized I need to freshen up on my Star Wars knowledge, I kept referring to the Enterprise], saw my friend off to England, ate food, drank wine, and didn't get to bed before 2:30 every night I was there.  I told you:  Successful.  Now let's see what is waiting for me at work.

I thought I would slowly get back into the swing of things and offer up this photo of one chic lady.  Don't you love this outfit?  I love everything about this.  The hair color and how it complements her cardigan, the bun, those glasses, her belt and the way she tied it, the jewelry, nail polish, and watch.  And shorts!  Gotta love the shorts.  I would like to wear all of the above.  What do you think? 

Photo from Copenhagen Street Style 

Thursday, September 9, 2010


This is actually my Friday because I'm getting on a plane later this evening.  I can't wait to get home, see my family and friends, and have a relaxing, long weekend away from Chicago.  You know how sometimes it is just nice to get away?  This unexpected trip is just one of those times.

If you didn't read it earlier, I'm flying home to surprise my Dad for his 60th birthday.  I can't wait!  Mostly, I can't wait to see how he reacts to the surprise.  My Dad is not really a man of large reactions, in fact, he doesn't really react at all and I think it'll be funny to see if anything happens.  I don't have high expectations, which is probably a good thing.  Alanis Morissette would say it's ironic because I have HUGE reactions.  To everything.  I'm assuming that's not going to come as quite a surprise, but seriously, friends and family know to call me when they want a reaction.  No matter what, they're going to get one.  Emotional cartwheels are my thing.

This is all to say that I'll be a little MIA for the next couple of days.  I don't fly back until Monday and won't be back here until Tuesday.  It's my own personal Labor Day weekend, and then some.  Thank you, Dad!

Oh yeah, if you happen to know my Dad, please don't tell him and ruin the surprise.  I'm not actually surprising him until Friday after he returns from his business trip.  The cherry on top of this trip is that one of my oldest and dearest friends is moving to England ON MONDAY and I am unbelievably lucky to be able to spend a night or two with her before she goes.  Serendipity, my friends, is a wonderful thing. [And, let's not forget my other bestie I get to see.  Hi, Lauren!]  

What do you guys have planned for this weekend?  Was your week as crazy busy as mine, trying to catch up from Monday?  [Lordy, lordy I had a week at work.  Having a three day week on boards week is a feat I don't plan on attempting again anytime soon.]  What do you get a sixty year old man that doesn't want anything?  Will you miss me as much as I miss you?

Sorry I was so chatty today and don't have anything quite tangible to post, BUT I've included another photograph from my favorite Etsy shop, elle moss photography.  Seriously, it is all so good.  I want them all.  And you should, too.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Savage Salvage.

I found this Etsy shop by just shopping around.  God, I love Etsy.   I really like unique jewelry and some of the pieces here definitely made me chuckle.  Well, I'm not really sure if I chuckle, but you know what I mean.  I was first drawn to the pearl necklace, I just thought it was so beautiful.  And I was definitely surprised to find the other pieces -- not what I was expecting!  Who knew I was in desperate need for a running medal to pin to a jacket or bag?  Not even me!  Thank you, Savage Salvage.  You should totally click over to see what other statement jewelry made with unconventional materials you can find! 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Post-veil options.

Remember how I talked about my friend's wedding and how I wanted to put some flowers in her hair post-wedding?  Well, this is my attempt at some inspiration for her.  I wanted to give a couple different options because otherwise I feel like I would end up with a lot of flowers and feathers, and I'm nooooott so sure Katie is into feathers.  [Come on Katie, feathers are AWESOME.]  I can't decide which one is my favorite.  Which one is yours? 

Actually, I changed my mind -- the third one is my favorite.  It's so soft-looking!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall into it.

Well, well, well. I decided to put an outfit together for the boots I posted yesterday. I would love to wear this outfit RIGHT NOW. That's all I have to say about that.

Have a fabulous long weekend, friends! I'm really looking forward to an extra day off. Even if next week is supposed to be preeeeeetty busy at work, I don't care. Give me the day off! And I'm having an even shorter week because I'm taking off early to fly home and surprise me pappa for his birthday. Actually it's a little early for his birthday [hence the surprise] and I'm just assuming he's not going to read this because, well, he doesn't read it. Ha. That sounds terrible, but really, whose dad wants to read something like this? He's very loving and supportive, I promise you! Anyway...if you know my dad, don't tell him! Eeep, I hope I didn't just ruin the surprise.

All I'm really saying is go have yourselves a fabo weekend! See you on Tuesday, lovelies.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Now that it's September I'm starting to get quite itchy thinking about Fall. Um, itchy in a good way. Can someone be itchy in a good way? Oh well, now they can. "I'm itchy with excitement!" See? Totally works.

At this very second I'm most looking forward to boots. I want to wear rough boots with tights and floral dresses. Oooh, I can't wait. I think the boots above would fit in quite nicely with my daydream outfit. I kinda wish they came in brown, too; brown boots with black tights is a favorite combo of mine.

Let's make this happen! I want to see some leaves fall, feel a cool breeze, drink warm tea while wrapped in a scarf. Then I can start trimming my bangs again because I've recently, not so recently, let them grow just so they aren't plastered to my forehead in the absurd heat of this summer. I miss the fringe... or do I?

The life-long, eternal question every girl asks herself: to bang, or not to bang? Now that is the question. [We're talking hair here, people. Come on.]

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Marcel the shell with shoes on.

I went to the Cubs game last night. Holla! Um, this has nothing to do with that, but I didn't have much time to post. Sooooo, I thought I'd throw this video [not another video!!] your way. I watched this a little over a week ago and can't get it out of my head. I think I watched it with my mouth open the entire time. It's funny. And adorable. And honestly, kinda strange. A must see. You're welcome.
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