Sunday, February 27, 2011

How Inspiring: Zooey Deschanel

Happy Sunday Readers!

Today I bring you another one of my fashion icons and recent hair cut inspiration: Zooey Deschanel. In addition to being an icon in fashion, she was also in some of my favorite movies: Almost Famous, Raving, (500) Days of Summer, and Elf.

So, what is it that I love about Zooey's style? Let me show you my top three reasons:

1. Her everyday style is infused with vintage loveliness

Not everything she wears is vintage, but she is a girl who appreciates the best of what the past offers including music (listen to She & Him to see what I mean), hair (see bangs), and wardrobe.

2. Her ability to accessorize

This girl can rock tights- even tights with flats.

Never underestimate the power of a well-placed belt! Zooey knows this well!

I appreciate her use of headbands/hair accessories

3. Her positive confidence

Last summer I saw She & Him live in Forest Park and she was amazing (as well as M. Ward)! She has great stage presence and connects to her audience with ease and style.

I think that it takes a lot of confidence and positivity to rock white and off white, and Zooey has what it takes to rock these colors. The first dress is one of my absolute favorites.

Well Readers, there you have it, one of my fashion icons! What do you think of Zooey's style?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lollia Relax Handcreme Product Review (It's About Time!)

Hello Readers,

In early December I tested a sampler of a handcreme at my local Anthropologie store and became enchanted by its fragrance. A luxurious blend of lavender and honey and honey that quench dry skin in a moisturizing blend of shea butter, macademia nut oils and avocado oils. Lollia's Relax Handcreme is amazing.

In late January, after testing and retesting the handcreme every time I went into Anthropologie, I finally bought this wonder of handcremes. I continued to love the smell and how soft it made my hands and brought it in to work a week later (this brings us to early February). Then I offered the lotion to friends when they asked for it (and each time I used it) and they too sang the praises of this marvelous product.

I wasn't paid to tell you all about this product and I have no incentive for telling you about Lollia Relax- but I am telling you about it because of how much I love using it. The fragrance is heavenly and it makes my hands as soft as a cloud. Simply marvelous!

You can find this product on Anthropologie's website (here) and on Apothica's website (here). I didn't see it in my Anthropologie when I was there last week, but it might still be in an Anthro store near you.

Here's the photo from the Anthropologie website:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend Readers!
(And keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway next week!)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Layers, Sparkles, and Boots OR You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

Happy Friday Readers!

This morning was difficult: the person I was supposed to meet with this morning didn't show up, the camera in my first speaking class didn't work and the projector's light bulb was not in working order. This morning was a mess- but I guess not every day can be a day at the spa (like yesterday).

Despite these setbacks, readers, there is still a smile on my face thanks to: good friends (special thanks to Megan, Deanne, and Jasmine!), a positive attitude, and tickets to SLU's production of Much Ado About Nothing (and the prospect of a cupcake).

Today, I took a cue from the musical Annie, and completed my outfit with a smile (because "you're never fully dressed without a smile"). Also, I wore things that make me smile: a sparkly headband, a ruffly blouse, my favorite pair of cords, and boots.

Here is how I put it all together:

Retail Details:
Grey Sparkly Headband: J.Crew
Grey Cable Sweater: Abercrombie & Fitch
Off-White Ruffled Blouse: Odille (Anthropologie)
White Eyelet Tank: American Eagle Outfitters
Olive Green Cords: AG Stevie Cords (Anthropologie)
Greyish-Brownish Boots: Anne Klein

*NOTE: I am featuring another contest next week. Keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

It Was Time for A Change. . .

Hello Readers!

Here it is. My new haircut! Nothing too drastic- just a trim and an update to my layers- but what a change! Despite the cold, rainy weather that greeted me when I left the salon, I felt like I was was walking on sunshine (until I stepped in a puddle).

Haircuts are amazing, especially when they take place at an awesome salon (Ginger Bay Salon & Spa) with an incredibly talented stylist (thanks Malia!). Let me tell you how awesome my experience was today.

When I walked into Ginger Bay, I was promptly greeted, checked in, and someone put my coat away. Then, I was offered the very delicious Aveda Comforting Tea (heavenly). As I waited for my stylist Malia, I sat in a comfortable chair with my cup of tea and watched a portion of a fashion show on television.

My wait wasn't long, and ended with a friendly greeting from my stylist followed by a short walk to her chair where I showed her a few photos of my desired layers and framing (basically, 4 pictures of Zooey Deschanel). Then, using aromatherapy oils, I received a scalp massage. Yes, scalp massage. And yes, very relaxing.

After treating my hair to a luxurious treatment of Aveda shampoo, conditioner, and other wonderful styling agents, Malia performed miracles on my hair: sculpting layers, framing my face, styling my hair and banishing split ends.

Then, the reveal. Since I wear glasses, I have to take them off during this process- but (when being handled with care by a stylist I trust) this makes the big reveal even greater. During the haircut, I can only see a blurry version of what's going on- but when everything is complete I get to see the new and improved me in all of its entirety. At the "reveal"- the me I see is always so different than the me I saw before I removed my glasses. And this difference was good.

It was time for a change, and in a dreary week, this was a change I welcomed and a change I embrace. Hooray for Hair Cuts!!!

Retail Details:
Ivory Craft & Creation Knit Tee: Deletta (Anthropologie)
Black V-Neck Cardigan: Zara
Tan Cords: AG Stevie (Anthropologie)
Dark Brown Boots: Anne Klein
Dark Grey Sparkly Earrings: St. Louis Art Museum giftshop
Blondish-Brownish Fabulous Hair: By Malia at Ginger Bay Salon and Spa in Kirwood, MO

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Career Fair!

Greetings Readers!

Today I attended a career fair on campus. Another reminder that graduate school is nearly over and the time to start a job is drawing near. Very near.

Equipped with a resume full of experiences, a smile on my face, fancy business cards and confidence in my heart- this morning I had everything I needed to impress prospective employers except for the perfect outfit.

Here is what I came up with:

I was going to wear the pants that matched my jacket, thus completing the suit, but I decided, instead, to mix things up a bit. I think my outfit was appropriate for the occasion, but I'm not sure if my personality came through as much as I hoped it would. But, how much of your personality or style should you display at a career fair?

Whether or not this outfit had a great personality, I did stay true to some of my favorite colors to wear: pastel pink, grey, and navy blue.

Anyways, the career fair went pretty well, and I feel good about the contacts I made. Overall, a wonderful Wednesday!

Retail Details:
Navy Blue Pinstripe Suit Jacket: J. Crew
Light Pink Button Down Shirt: Banana Republic, featured here
White Lace Trim Tank: Gilly Hicks
Charcoal Patent-Leather Belt: Ann Taylor
Dark Grey Pencil Skirt: Banana Republic
Grey Tights: Macy's
Charcoal Pumps: Cole Haan

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Twin Outfits!

Hello Readers!

Yesterday, when I arrived at work, my friend and fellow TA Megan greeted me and noted that we had similar outfits. This revelation was amusing at first, but what we found even more amusing was every time someone else noted the similarities in our outfits.

What can I say- great minds think alike!

Retail Details:
Green and Grey Bead Necklace: aerie
Blue Draped Blouse: Ann Taylor
Green Cashmere Cardigan: Martin & Osa (purchased right before it closed)
Charcoal Wool Pants: J. Crew (thank you for carrying extended lengths J. Crew!)
Charcoal Pumps: Cole Haan

Saturday, February 19, 2011

How Inspiring: Charlotte Charles

Happy Sunday Readers!

I don't know how the weather is where you are, but where I am it is raining and a bit bleak outside. On days like these, a bit of inspiration can put a bit of sunshine in my smile and bounce in my step.

Today, readers, I would like to introduce you all to an icon who inspires my wardrobe: Charlotte Charles (played by Anna Friel) from the series Pushing Daisies. Her outfits are colorful, feminine, and elegant with a touch of whimsy. Her closet and my closet are not identical (there are a few similarities), but I admire the style created by the costume designers of the show.

this reminds me of my swirling lace Tracy Reese dress

The show, by the way, is one of those brilliant shows cancelled before its time. If you haven't watched it yet- you should. No, you must. Especially if you like vintage fashion. Both seasons of the show are available on Netflix, and you can watch them instantly.

Here are a few of my favorite outfits from the show. Enjoy, and be inspired!

And We Have a Winner!

Happy Saturday Readers!

We have a winner! As promised, I drew a name/comment out of a hat and here is the winner:

Congratulations Katie!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered- I enjoyed reading about your favorite romantic movies!!! The Princess Bride, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Notting Hill, Almost Famous, Mulan, and Pearl Harbor- all of these are great movies!

I've had an entire week to think about what my favorite romantic movie is, and I've had a difficult time choosing just one movie. I love movies, especially romantic movies, and my favorite movie seems to change on a regular basis. On Valentine's Day I watched Breakfast At Tiffany's, which was wonderful, but it isn't my favorite romantic movie.

Recently, I've also enjoyed Letters to Juliet, Fireproof, Wedding Singer, An Affair to Remember, Cranford, and quite a few others. But when I think of my favorite romantic movie, the first one that I think of (every time) is Pride and Prejudice.

The book stole my heart, the BBC miniseries brought the story to life, and the most recent version made me love this love story even more. What do I love about the story? Although the book has two very clear protagonists (Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy), they are not the entire focus of this story. As readers and viewers of this tale, we get to see other relationships: between the Bennet sisters, Jane and Mr. Bingly, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. There's an entire network of love on a variety of levels. And I think that is what I love most about this story, and about this movie.

Have a wonderful weekend Readers!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Thursday

Greetings Readers!

Even though my cold still persists, I am getting better- which is good news! Over the past few days, I've eaten more clementines and ricolas than I think I ever have before, but they seem to be doing the trick (along with wal-phed, airborne, sleep, water, and a variety of teas).

Since I was still feeling a bit under the weather, I decided to wear some of my most comfortable items: a soft cardigan, a silky blouse, and stretch cords. Delightful!

Retail Details:

Honey Herb Ricolas: Walgreens
Clementine: Schnucks
Navy Blue Cardigan: Halogen (Nordstrom)
Watercolor Wrap Blouse: Fei (Anthropologie)
Olive Cords: AG Stevie (Anthropologie)
Olive Jeweled Suede Flats: Via Spiga (Nordstrom Rack)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I Will Not Let the Sniffles Stifle My Style!

watch out, I'll sneeze on you!

Hello Readers,

Monday, it began with a seemingly harmless case of the sniffles. By Tuesday morning, I felt like I was hit by a train. Runny nose, itchy eyes, a general feeling of achiness, groggy voice, and a slight chill.

I planned an outfit for yesterday, but instead I resorted to comfort: my North Face jacket, an old pair of jeans, and a long sleeve nondescript knit top, and ballet flats. When I went to Walgreens to get medicine (and maybe a bit of clearance Valentine's Day chocolates), they were out of Sudafed! Out of Sudafed? Yes- out of Sudafed. So, I settled for a substitute which seems to be working just as well.

When I woke up this morning, I felt alive enough to do my Cardio Pilates DVD- so no need to worry readers! It appears that I am on the mend! Inspired by the workout, I decided to dress up today despite my sniffles. And this is what I wore:

I look amazing, I know. . .

Retail Details:
Black Beaded and Feathered Headband: aerie
Layered Silver Necklace: American Eagle Outfitters
Slate Blue-Green Draped Shell: Ann Taylor
Black Gross Grain Ribbon: from my lovely and lacey Tracy Reese dress
Black V-Neck Cardigan: Zara
Doe Gray Lace Skirt: Vintage (1960s, Scotland)
Greyish-Brownish Tights: aerie
Black Ruffled Ballet Flats: American Eagle Outfitters

*Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Just a Reminder. . . (Giveaway)

Hello Readers!

I just wanted to remind you that this week's giveaway is still open- so far there have been 4 entries, so the odds of winning are still quite favorable. . .

If you would still like to enter, click here.

Remember to tell me about your favorite romantic movie. . . I can't wait to hear! :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Another "Helping" of Loveliness. . .

In addition to being a really helpful friend and very fun photographer, Megan also agreed to be a model for me! Here she is:

Opening the doors to future! That's what friends and teachers do! (She's a TA too!)

Thanks for your help Meg-o!!!

Loveliness on Valentine's Day

Hello Readers!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! My Valentine's Day was great! Yes, I am single, and yes I used to wear black on Valentine's Day- but this year I embraced my situation and gained a new appreciation for the abundance of love in my life. Love from God, love from my family, love from my friends- I am surrounded by love!

I've never had a real Valentine on Valentine's Day, and the occasion made me feel a bit left out of the festivities and honestly, a bit bitter. Hence the reason for donning black. I thought that by doing this, I was making a statement, rebelling against a commercialized representation of love. (Wow- I guess I was more bitter than I thought I was back then). Anyways, this year I thought "what's so bad about celebrating love?"

And so, that brings us to yesterday. I did not wear any black on Valentine's day. Instead, I wore an outfit that makes me feel lovely. Not just in an external way (although I love how the clothing looks), but also in more internal ways. The stories connected to each of these items are artifacts that remind me of the love in my life. Let me break it down:

My dress: This was my big Christmas gift last year from my parents. It was a dress out of my budget that I fell in love with when I tried it on as a whim. I don't know why (perhaps it was the stress of finals), but when I tried this dress on, I saw myself in a new way. Something about wearing this dress helped me see my potentials and made me feel beautiful. It's still difficult to articulate what this dress does to me- but after I tried it on I called my parents to tell them about this dress. I irrationally wanted this dress, and asked for it for Christmas. Every time I wear this dress, I feel the same things that I felt the first time I tried it on, and I am thankful for the way my parents understand me in ways that no one else ever has. Whether it means supporting my dreams, calling out bad decisions, or listening- my parents have always been there for me.

My cardigan: I used to work at Abercrombie & Fitch. In fact, it was my first job after college. When I accepted the job, I was flattered to be asked to work there (perhaps, an indulgence of my vanities and/or insecurities), but I thought it was a bit silly to work there for- oh, maybe the first two weeks. While working there, I was able to meet a variety of people. Maybe it's because I wear glasses, or perhaps it's because I'm a good listener- but during my time at A&F I heard a lot of people's stories. Coworker's stories, customer's stories- you name it. I don't work at A&F anymore, but I still shop there occasionally for two reasons (1) because their long sleeve tops are long enough for my arms and (2) because I like to remember the stories I heard while working at that store.

My tights: these are from Anthropologie. As you may recall from previous posts, this is my favorite store. I love how interactive the website is (customer reviews), I love the community of bloggers who gather around this store, and I love how so many different people with differing styles use their clothing, shoes, and accessories to tell their stories. Also, after a stressful week, a visit to this store always brings me a sense of peace and calm.

Yesterday was wonderful and I sincerely enjoyed celebrating the love that surrounds me. Before I go, I want to thank my friend Megan (the Queen of Scarves) for being my photog yesterday! I had so much fun on this photo shoot- thanks Meg-o!

*Also- Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the Vane & Joya solid perfume brooch!

Retail Details:
Off-White Lace Dress: Plenty by Tracy Reese (purchased at Anthropologie, "Spinning Lace Dress)
Grey Jeweled Cardigan: Abercrombie & Fitch
Charcoal Patent Leather Belt: Ann Taylor
Aubergine Cable Tights: Anthropologie
Charcoal Pumps: Cole Haan
Locket: American Eagle Outfitters

Monday, February 14, 2011

Oh Hey, It's a Giveaway!!! (Heart Brooch by Vane & Joya)

Happy Valentine's Day Readers!

Today, I am proud to present the very first eclectic and elegant giveaway for this blog! Here it is!

This lovely brooch, purchased from the Anthropologie store at the St. Louis Galleria, is absolutely delightful. In honor of this week's holiday, Valentine's Day, I selected this gold-tone heart shaped locket brooch, featuring a solid perfume located in the interior of the brooch.

And what an aroma! This perfume has three layers of notes: the top notes are orange blossom and honeysuckle (these are the first you smell, usually), the middle notes are jasmine, lily of the valley, and honey, and the drydown notes (usually the last scents you notice) are a delightful arrangement of sweet musk accord. It's difficult to articulate scents, but this perfume has the sweet and floral air of what I would imagine a vintage perfume to carry.

SO. . . how do you win this fragrant treasure? Here's how:

-if you do not already have a blogger account, please set one up. That way, I can contact you if you are the winner!

-between now and Friday at 4:00 PM CST/5:00 EST leave a comment after this post with the name of favorite romantic movie. This can be a comedy, a romance, a drama- a movie that you think is romantic.

-on Friday, after the deadline, I will print out a copy of the comments left on this post, cut them into little strips of paper, and put them in a hat. Then I will randomly draw a name from that hat to select a winner.

-on Saturday morning I will repost the winning comment and attempt to contact the winner for their mailing address, and then send their prize early next week.

I look forward to hearing about your favorite romantic movies readers! Good luck!

what lovely and lively details!

orange blossom, honeysuckle, jasmine, lily of the valley, honey, sweet musk accord- yum!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Giveaway Tomorrow!!!


The time is near. Tomorrow, and the rest of the week I will be running a giveaway. I still won't say what this lovely giveaway is, but it is something special from my favorite store, and the item has something to do with Valentine's Day.

Back when I was in undergrad, at Greenville College, I would often find myself watching Oprah. It wasn't a daily ritual, but if I was flipping through the channels and her show was on, I would watch it. There was an episode (or a type of episode), however, that I couldn't miss- when Oprah would give away her favorite things to the audience. Wouldn't that be great to be in the audience the day that she gave away her favorite car, or favorite jewelry? I think there was one favorite things episode where she gave away some sort of spa retreat too- that would also be a great favorite thing to receive.

Anyways. . . I am not Oprah, and I cannot give away all of my favorite things to all of you, but can give away one of my favorite things to one of you.

Tomorrow I will reveal this giveaway and the contest details. Keep your eyes peeled readers!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Patience is a Virtue. . .

Hello Readers!

It's been a while since my last outfit post (complete with retail details), but rest assured! I've already planned a few of my outfits for next week and I think they may be blog-worthy.

But for now, you get to see my hair. It was particularly blog-worthy yesterday.

Look at that shine and texture! whew!

In other news, after chatting with a friend about my blog, she suggested that I start doing giveaways. . . and I thought it was a great idea! So, keep your eyes peeled for a very fun giveaway next week! I won't say what it is yet- but I will say that it is a little something from my favorite store.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!