Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beautiful Details

I really can't get over how beautiful it is in Napa - The rolling hills are draped in glorious green, and beauty can be found in the tiniest of things and the smallest of details. 
Take a gander for yourself!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Napa State of Mind

 photos by philips
Tara Jarmon jacket
T by Alexander Wang Tee
Citizens jeans
Repetto ballet flats
Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Delicious Delectables

Ad Hoc, a Thomas Keller restaurant in Yountville, California, produces a fixed menu for dinner each night - To me, that's kind of exciting - Like rolling the dice! Except at Ad Hoc, there's no gamble because regardless of what the dish is, it is guaranteed to be mouthwateringly delicious {I can attest to that!}. Each course, paired with a perfectly complimentary wine, entices and excites your taste buds. Incredible food and spectacular atmosphere - What more could you ask for?!  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Muir Woods

Hello California! My husband and I are taking in the long holiday weekend in Napa, and on our way from San Francisco to Napa we stopped to admire the tallest sentinels in the world - the redwood trees in Muir Woods. Awe inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful, to say the very least.
 Here's my photo diary:
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

Incredible heights!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Florals + Stripes

When I decided to rock one of my striped skirts this last bright and sunny Sunday, with Spring in full bloom, it only seemed appropriate to pair it with a bright floral blouse!

Antik Batik blouse
Alice + Olivia skirt
Manolo Blahnik heels
Louis Vuitton bag
Persol Sunnies
photos by philip

Sunday, May 20, 2012

DIY Friendship Bracelet Funzo

I can't tell you exactly how long it's been since I've dabbled in friendship bracelet-making, but I can tell you that back in the day I LOVED it. When I revisited the activity this weekend, like hopping on a bicycle for the first time in a long time, it was love all over again!

A bracelet, a birthday gift from my Mum, had broken. It was a bar of rubies, strung on black leather cord that had metal closures on either side. I wore it non-stop for a solid week which I'm assuming was my mistake. I would shower and sleep with it on {it was surprisingly that comfy!}, and alas a day came along when one of the closures popped free of the leather cord. I wasn't sure what the best fix would be. Glue? But it would just happen again, no?

Feeling defeated, I let my broken bracelet sit in my jewelry box for several months before the solution dawned on me. I had seen the absolutely rad "DIY Embellished Friendship Bracelets" post by Honestly...WTF and wanted to give the project a whirl, so one morning when I caught a glimpse of my poor broken bracelet, I began to connect the dots! I ran to Purl Soho, a spectacular yarn store in Soho {obvi!} and grabbed every color of embroidery floss that I could get my hands on. The rest of the day was reserved to getting my bracelet-making groove back. I've now become a bracelet making machine!

Here she is, all shiny and new, and might I add looking pretty amazing for Spring and Summer?!

{Rockin' it with my everyday-wear, and debuting the incredible 
Jacquie aiche bracelet ring found at Catbird!}

Friday, May 18, 2012

An Apple a Day, and a Happy Friday!

{Nail polish}
Deborah Lippmann "My Old Flame"
RGB "Dew"
RGB "Toast"
Karma Organic "Froggy"

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Diggin' Dannijo

I really love these Dannijo pieces for their bold colors and fun designs
{not to mention it makes me desperately want to abandon my blackberry 
for an iphone so that I can rock one of these amazing covers!}
Incredible statement pieces! 
I can't wait to get my hands on one of these!

{Clockwise from left to right}

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Summer Sandals

I meandered into Opening Ceremony yesterday and I made my way over to their shoe collection - Almost immediately I began to "Oooo and aahhh" at the incredibly cute and colorful K. Jacques sandals that they had in stock {and in my tiny size 35's!}. Great colors and great styles! You could pair them with something fun and funky or wear them with the simplest of outfits for a pop - I love them! 
What will you be wearing on your tootsies this spring and summer?!

Monday, May 14, 2012

"Sometimes ya gotta say, WTF. Make your move."

I haven't the slightest idea why I woke up this morning with this quote in mind, but the more I think about it it couldn't be more perfect for a Monday - Nothin' like a little kick in the butt via "Risky Business" to get motivated for the week! 

I love how utterly and completely awkward this scene is - Makes me laugh every time! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Totally Outrageous!

I recently added two new shades of polish to my arsenal - Deborah Lippmann's On the Beach {a creamy shade that's reminiscent of Caribbean blue waters} and Call Me Irresponsible {the color of grape soda!}.  I couldn't decide which color I wanted to use first so, duh, I used them both!

{Jewelry: my latest Catbird acquisitions)

I had been wanting to try out the "V" mani ever since I first saw it, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl. Once I had finished it up I realized there was something so "Jem" about it! For those of you who didn't grow up watching Jem and the Holograms {see pics below} it was a totally rad-tastic 80's cartoon with a rockin' animated leading lady. I guess what I'm really saying is that the combination of the blue and purple has me feeling very 80's right now and I kinda love it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Breakfast Sweets

I'm generally more of an eggs, bacon and home fries kind of girl when it comes to breakfast - Over medium eggs, some kind of benedict, an omelette of some sort - I'm all over it usually! But there's something about this all too gloomy weather that makes me want to eat nothing but a bevy of sweet breakfast breads -

Like, pipping hot Cinnamon rolls, soft, gooey and fresh from the over with cream cheese frosting smeared generously on top

Monday, May 7, 2012

DIY Face Mask

I've always been an admirer of people who rock beauty routines that consist mostly of products that are DIY. It takes a lot of guts and a tremendous amount of creativity, in my opinion, to play mixologist with at-home ingredients, but when you're brave enough to slather this homemade concoction all over your body and trust that the natural properties of each ingredient will work their magic, you are ballsy indeed!
There's a DIY remedy for just about everything in a person's beauty regimen: DIY toners, DIY cleansers, DIY deodorants, DIY exfoliating scrubs, and DIY moisturizers - most of which when you read the ingredient lists sound good enough and safe enough to eat, but let's face it, a beauty routine is a very personal thing. What works for one lovely lady may not be "the" for another. 

Having said that, I recently came across a DIY recipe that I have since completely fallen in love with - A lemon, oatmeal, yogurt face mask!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

i love u, Sunny Sundays

At the first sight of sun the streets were filled with frolicking folk! 
Ok, they may not have been frolicking, but I think it's safe to say we were all pretty 
pumped to soak up some sunshine today - I know I was!

Gotta love sunny Sundays!

BCBG blouse
Persol sunglasses
Sass & Bide jeans
Chanel bag

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

What are your plans this Cinco de Mayo? Will you be cheers-ing friends with margaritas y cervezas? Enjoying a lazy afternoon and evening bbq-ing and snacking on chips and guacamole?

We are heading to a fiesta with friends and I'm planning on bringing strawberry margarita popsicles - YUM!

Speaking of yummy Mexican inspired treats, have you ever indulged in a churro before? What is a churro? Well, if the beignet is considered a French style doughnut, the churro is most definitely the doughnut of the Latin American world. Fried dough, usually ridged and stick shaped, is rolled in cinnamon and sugar and served with a chocolate dipping sauce, making it a light and utterly DELICIOUS treat! I don't own a deep fryer, but believe me, if I did I would absolutely be making churros today!

{Cinco de Mayo inspired Outfit}
3.1 Phillip Lim jumper
Walter jacket
Christian Louboutin heels
J.Crew necklace
& my bike, "Hot Donna"


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