posted on May 13, 2014 by
Living in the ‘burbs of New York City certainly has its perks. Great restaurants. Water views. Nice beaches. And excellent shopping. I didn’t know much about Connecticut before moving here after college. And the only thing I knew about Westport, CT, was that it was the “country” town where Lucy and Ricky settled after moving out of the city. But the town of Westport is actually a little shopping mecca. It is home to one of only two Terrain stores in the country. Which is great for inspiration, and not so great on the wallet. A South Moon Under just moved in – a beloved retailer from my home state of Maryland. And Westport was the first town to get a Loft Lou & Grey concept store. A store that looks like it belongs in somewhere a little more hip, like Brooklyn, has landed on Main St.
A few months ago I wrote a post about Loft’s new line, Lou & Grey, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the store pop-up almost overnight, in what used to be the petite section at my local Loft. And was thrilled to find out it was the first of its kind. I was in love with the store design. It’s clean, modern and airy. A whitewashed room with textural elements like copper, zinc, wood, marble and rope for added dimension. The simple design of the space allows the clothes to be the star. And there are really fun, subtle touches that enhance the design. Like custom designed maps of Westport, gorgeous photography and vintage records lining the floors. And if all that wasn’t enough, I was giddy over the fact that they are all about the ampersand. (I’m beyond obsessed with typography, particularly ampersands.) They are even using it for their hashtag: #theamerpersand.
posted on March 13, 2014 by
I’m so obsessed with all the spring dresses at Anthropologie. Like I need all of them in my life. And for a store that I normally consider to be overpriced, most of these are surprisingly affordable. My biggest crush is on the first dress. Loving the bold ikat, the maxi length, the fitted waist. All of it. What’s your fave of the group?
posted on March 03, 2014 by
The Oscar’s have come and gone. Let’s break down the best and the worst. And the red carpet.
The Best: Everything Ellen did. Her monologue. The most-tweeted selfie ever (over 2.5 million so far). The pizza. The Glinda gown. I loved her joke to Jonah Hill about his full-frontal scene in TWOWS: “You showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very, very long time.” Cate Blanchett telling Julia Roberts to “hashtag, suck it.” Jared Leto joking that he is in fact dating June Squibb. Great musical performances. Pharrell got the audience dancing. Pink nailed one of my all-time faves, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Idina killed it.
The Worst: Speaking if Idina, I was so embarrassed for John Travolta when he butchered her name. I’ve also decided I’m boycotting until Leo wins. I just watched Dallas Buyers Club over the weekend and I thought there were stronger performances than Matthew’s. (But the “alright, alright, alright” in his acceptance speech kind of won me over.) Margot Robbie was almost unrecognizable with her new brown hair. Jennifer tripped. Again. But at least she’s the classiest klutz ever. And of course, it was good material for Ellen’s monologue. Also, the winners were totally predictable, so that was kind of boring.
The Red Carpet:
1. Beautiful Blues
Blue was the color of the night, ranging from Lupita’s custom pale blue Prada (which she chose because “it’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi, so I wanted to have a little bit of home”) to Amy and Sandra’s sapphire blue stunners. My vote for best-dressed goes to Lupita, but I’m thinking Amy should always wear that color. It looks great with her hair! And can we talk about those pink earrings?? NEED! Blue also made an appearance in Liza Minelli’s hair, which I kind of love on her, and as accents on Kellan Lutz’s tux. Also love.
posted on February 13, 2014 by
I’ve been meaning to do a post on Warby Parker for a while now, and since they just released their Spring 2014 collection, I figure now is as good a time as any! Plus, it’s nice to dream about spring when stuck inside on a snowy day. If you’re not familiar with Warby Parker, they are an eyewear company that was founded to provide an alternative to overpriced and boring eyewear. Their eyewear is crafted on the same production lines as $500 frames, but they are able to sell theirs at a fraction of the price, starting at $95. They are able to keep costs down by creating their own designs and selling directly to the consumer.
One of the best things about Warby Parker is their “buy a pair, give a pair” model. They’ve partnered with non-profits to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. To date, they have donated over 500,000 glasses. It’s nice to be able to do good just by updating your look!
posted on January 14, 2014 by
Do you guys shop at the Loft? Their clothes used to be a bit hit or miss for me, but over the past few years I’ve had a lot of luck and many of my fave wardrobe staples are from there. With their constant sales, both online and in store, it’s a great place to stock up on essentials. Plus I find a lot of their styles to be really flattering. If you do shop at Loft, you probably know that they’ve had a lounge line for a few years. Super comfortable and flattering clothes that are perfect for the weekends. And, if you’re a leggings hoarder like I am, you HAVE to try Loft’s leggings. I swear by them.
When doing some online shopping after the holidays, I noticed that Loft rebranded their lounge line. It’s now called Lou & Grey. The same casual styles, but now with new branding and what seems to be a slightly more cohesive collection. Forget the weekend. These textural, effortless pieces could easily become weekday essentials. And upon first glance, I’m obsessed with it all. I love the monochromatic color palette and even the Kristen-Stewart-esque models. Here are a few faves from the collection (which is basically everything):
posted on January 13, 2014 by
I’m noticing a trend. I was thinking about how much I’ve been [unintentionally] neglecting the blog, with the first post of 2014 coming in on January 13th. But when I looked up last years Golden Globes recap, there was lots of talk about how the holiday hiatus was longer than expected, how my job has been crazy, etc. So, I’ll keep this simple. Blogging batteries are recharged. I have a lot of ideas for my little blog, and it’s time to start executing. Moving on…
Like last year, I don’t know why they have to put the Golden Globes up against the season premiere of Girls, series premiere of True Detective AND Downton Abbey. The DVR can only handle so much, so the GG’s were resigned to “watching” via online recaps. (That being said, who watched Girls and True Detective? Thoughts? How about this weeks Downton – are you into Mary’s new potential love interest?)
To sum up my thoughts: Tina and Amy were brills. Again. I mean, so many funny quotes. I’ll share a few faves below, but here is a good recap (w/GIFs!) I’m happy about the J.Law, Amy Adams, Robin Wright and Elizabeth Moss wins. Was really hoping Emma Thompson would win since I adored her in Saving Mr. Banks. THRILLED for Leo’s win (see below). And lots of good acceptance speeches (check out highlights with videos here).
The fashion was a bit all over the place, but here are a few other trends I spotted (for better or worse). Who’s your pick for best dressed? Fave moment of the night?
1. Art Deco Details
This was my favorite trend of the night and Margot Robbie is my pick for best dressed. She looks flawless in this Gucci sheath gown. Such a simple silhouette, but beautifully adorned with sparkly emerald details. And the shoes! Love. I’m also a huge fan of Lizzy Caplan’s Pucci dress (and Lizzy in general), which I felt went a bit under the radar. Elizabeth looks beautiful and this is one of the only dresses that makes me not hate the sheer trend. I’m also thrilled that she won for Top of the Lake AND that she flipped the bird on the mani cam. And, total shocker, Kate Beckinsale looks amazing. I also just realized that I’ve been spelling her last name wrong for years now!
posted on December 05, 2013 by
Screw the halls. This is the season for decking yourself out! From necklaces that make a statement to simple studs, the next page in the Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide is all about adding a little bling. Check out the full guide below the collection, or by clicking here. Happy girly gifting!
1. C.Wonder Bling Cocktail Ring, 48. 2. PB Teen Dress Frame Jewelry Holder, 59. 3. C.Wonder Peacock Statement Necklace, 128. 4. Giles & Brother Railroad Spike Ring, 80. 5. Heather Hawkins Geode Studs, 110. 6. Madewell Pavé Arrowstack Necklace, 65. 7. J.Crew Textured Bangle Set, 39.50 8. Kate Spade Locked In Pyramid Bangle, 68. 9. Anthropologie Brasserie Layered Necklace, 68. 10. House Of Harlow Triangle Collar Necklace, 68. 11. Tinley Road Stone Chain Drop Earrings, 26. 12. Michael Kors Pave Pyramid Studs, 65. 13. Alex & Ani Sacred Studs Bangle, 38. 14. House Of Harlow Leather Sunburst Ring, 45.
posted on November 15, 2013 by
Have you ladies heard of Confetti by Annette? It’s a new line of handmade jewelry started by Annette Stepanian out of L.A. Her line is inspired by the confetti used to celebrate life’s special moments, and is designed with the spirit of celebrating yourself and your life every single day. It’s about throwing everything up in the air and trusting that it will all fall into place. Annette herself took a leap of faith when she left her job as a lawyer to discover what made her feel alive and happy. Annette’s story is so inspiring. I’m lucky to have a job doing what I love, but I do dream of being able to turn this little blog into a business. Which is perhaps why I’m drawn to Annette’s story – and her jewelry! I love what her line stands for. It’s about showing up to the party that is your life. It’s about honoring yourself and taking responsibility for you feel, look and live. And it’s about leaving this world with a little more sparkle than when you arrived. Well said, Annette.
Definitely take a moment to check out Annette’s jewelry. She combines timeless designs with vivid colors, fresh twists, a dash of sparkle, and a pinch of playfulness. Her jewelry is whimsical and sophisticated, and just like confetti, they are small pieces that make a big impression. And lucky for us, Annette has offered a discount code for all Girly Obsessions readers. You can save 10% (now through November 24th) with the code GIRLY10. Thanks, Annette!
I will also be giving away one of my favorite pieces from the line: the Fall in Love Necklace. You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway ends Friday, November 22nd, and the winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!!
In the meantime, check out Annette’s favorite fall obsessions, all of which I share!
posted on September 23, 2013 by
How was everyone’s weekend? Mine started with a Vampire Weekend concert on Friday which was awesome (I’m feeling a Ezra Koenig hottie post coming up…) and ended on my couch last night watching the Emmy’s. Did you watch? Fave moment of the night? In case you missed the show, here’s everything you need to know in GIF form. I think NPH summed it up best when he joked, “This just in: No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool.” The evening was full of surprising upsets, and I hate to say it, but kind of upsetting fashion. There were a few great looks, but overall, I was underwhelmed. Of course I still managed to round-up a few red carpet trends. Some good. Some bad. Well, kind of mostly bad. Let’s take a look…
Did your faves win? And who is your pick for best dressed?
These ladies took nude to the next level with lots of embellishments. I mostly loved Claire’s gown, which is covered in lace, but I think she might be showing too much boob. I know that sounds weird since she barely has boobs (which I’m allowed to say cause I don’t either), but the fit in the chest isn’t doing her any favors. Her boobs look a bit saggy, which I’m sure they’re not. Speaking of boobs, Kerry’s look great. I love the top of her Marchesa gown, but I’m not sold on the bottom. January’s dress has a lot of detail but is a snooze fest. I think even she was bored with it since she told Ryan Seacrest, “Well, Givenchy made it for me, so I wore it.” OK, then… Julie’s hair and face look amazing, but her ruffles can’t compete with Linda Cardinelli’s (see below).
posted on September 10, 2013 by
This past Saturday was gorgeous, the perfect city day, so my husband and I took a trip to Soho for some fall shopping. And some French food eating. On our way to Balthazar I stumbled upon what is now my new fave store: Aritzia. I don’t know how I’ve never noticed it before – it opened two years ago, it’s massive, and in a prime location on the corner of Broadway and Spring. Maybe I’ve just been too busy celeb-stalking to notice? And actually, it was my husband who pointed it out, saying “that looks like a store you’d like.” He knows me well…because I pretty much wanted it all.
And there was A LOT of it. Something which usually overwhelms me, but the space was so well designed and organized, that I was able to find plenty of things to try on! Too many things…
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, Aritzia began in 1984 with one shop in Vancouver, Canada, and has expanded to over 50 locations across North America. But don’t worry, if they aren’t in your city, you can shop their entire collection online! The aesthetic is trendy, artsy, romantic and edgy. The brands are mostly exclusive in-house labels, but they do have a few outsiders in the mix. The styles range from sporty-chic casual wear in bright neons to monochromatic, edgy office wear. The prices are mostly affordable. And the dressing rooms are full of helpful sales associates and, unfortunately, communal mirrors. Which are a surprisingly good sales tactic. If I’m forced to come out of the dressing room to look at myself, and someone tells me that whatever I have on looks cute, I’m probably buying it.
I ended up leaving the store with a pair of pants, a tank and a blazer, but there were sooo many cute things I was coveting. Here is a collection of some of my faves: