As a lover of all things black and white and simple, the grid print (also referred to this season as windowpane or even “the new plaid”) struck a cord with me immediately. It has become my favorite print to see right now and is being produced at rapid speed in dresses, sweaters, and especially pants. It’s everywhere and I don’t mind.
Top, left to right: Gala Gonzalez of Amlul, Paris Fashion Week street style shot by Vanity Fair Italy, Jackie of Little J Style.
Bottom, left to right: Annabelle of VivaLuxury, Mariann of Cashmere in Style, Jenny of Crazy Style Love.
Top, left to right: Banana Republic ankle pants, Anthropologie sweater jacket, Banana Republic peplum sweater.
Bottom, left to right: BB Dakota sweater, Need Supply dress, Piperlime sequin tank.
While the web was filling up with photos from Spring 2014 Fashion Week collections and their surrounding glamour, I wanted to see the details. Designers added intriguing touches and elements of interest with the hair styles, coordinating accessories and my favorite — nail art.
Sharp white nails at Cushnie et Ochs.
The moon manicure on Desigual models.
Rugged stripes for Emerson.
Matching down to the tips at Kate Spade NY.
A simple line design made pop with white on bright for Manish Arora.
Subtle but trendy matching moon and tip design at Sister by Sibling.
Windowpane nails for Tracy Reese models.
A little while ago I became obsessed with food blogs, especially those with beautiful photography. There are SO many great ones out there and every now and then I’d like to highlight a few of my favorites. Cooking is one form of creating that I find very rewarding (because I love to eat!) and these blogs inspire me to do it more often.
Here are just a few of my food blog picks for this week plus the recipes that caught my eye.
* = Recipe I’ve made and loved!
Something as small as a new look for my beloved iPhone is a fun little change to the every day. My speaker hasn’t been working properly for months so even though I still have the iPhone 4, a few of my choices are for the 5 since it’s my next move.
A bit of color, some artsy designs, some signs of personality…
No. 1 – Kate Spade Saturday iPhone 4 Case in Abstract
No. 2 – Mara Hoffman Hunter iPhone 5 Case
No. 3 – Green Type Case by Pen & Paint
No. 4 – J.Crew Glitter Case for iPhone 5
No. 5 – Kate Spade Pueblo Tiles iPhone 5 Case
…and these are my choices to start off my search (and this week) – HAPPY MONDAY!
I moved into my first “big girl apartment” just a few weeks ago, and truly having my own space has been about as wonderful as I imagined it would be. One thing about me is that I am very particular about my space. Even when I had just a corner space in a dorm room, I made sure it represented who I am with items all around that, if you knew me, made you point to it and say, “That’s so you.”
Keeping that same principle of decorating for the past few years, I still must have items around that excite me and one other element that makes me happy: COLOR. Eventually, once I have better timing and funds, I will fill my space with even more colorful detail that is bright, happy, and fun. I’ve been able to find plenty of inspiration online…(obviously I should have gotten a pink couch).
This living room styled by Real Simple is fresh yet sophisticated with mixed patterns and sleek furniture.
Bright, bold pillows like these are on my list.
I’m all about the natural light and personality in Bri Emery’s living room re-design, styled by Emily Henderson.
Colors that hurt people’s eyes are my favorites.
My many books are always displayed, and I love the idea of shelving them on the wall above the couch.
Though I graduated in May, this post is for the Senior Summaries series that I started. Finishing my last year of college and now going into a completely different season of life brought strange feelings that still linger now. I’m not sad, I’m not wishing I did everything differently. It’s just this longing feeling that I felt my last year of college and still do.
At the moment, that feeling of uncertainty over whether I will get a job and be able to move away has subsided into another type of uncertainty over how everything will work out. I have moved away and I have a job that I start tomorrow morning with an apparel corporate office. I got what I asked for, so why am I so anxious? Right now I could attribute this feeling to homesickness, since I have moved almost 5 hours away to where I barely know anyone. The confusing part is that I felt this way all throughout my senior year too, when I was only 30 minutes away from home. This was when I realized the gap between how much I value having my own space away from home and how much I love the comfort of home. I would enjoy being away at college having a great – though often very stressful – time in my little student apartment, taking classes, having close access to my friends, but then I would suddenly feel this very slight, odd sadness and longing that made me sick and tired of my environment and everyone in it. They don’t make pills for these types of things, and I wondered why I even felt that way. It was a feeling of wanting to be home but not missing a place in particular, just the people and the feeling that I consider comforting and warming…home.
It’s this same feeling that crept back in the day my parents left my new apartment and went back home. Although I love my new area in a bigger city and I am excited for what’s to come, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been dropped off on an island somewhere all alone. I’m the type of person who loves being alone and having my own space, so what surprises me the most is that I could ever not want to be left alone. This feeling, I’m guessing, is normal and I just couldn’t make sense of it. I’ll gradually start making this new city a home as I start to discover new places and things to do, start making friends, and get this one bedroom decorated the way I like. Regardless of where I move and how far I go in life, it will never be home and I will always miss that comfort. That’s one metaphorical pill I’ll have to swallow.
(Photo from Wit + Delight Tumblr)