posted on January 14, 2013 by
Hey everyone, I’m back!! Sorry that my holiday hiatus turned out to be three weeks instead of one. I’ve been absolutely swamped, but I’ve been away far too long and I’ve been having major blogging withdraw! So what better way to start 2013 than with a red carpet fashion recap! I haven’t watched the entire show yet due to DVR conflicts with Downton Abbey and Girls, but I do know who wore what and who’s won what.
Overall I think it was a great night, especially for the ladies. Tina and Amy were so much fun as co-hotsts! Love them! Some other highlights: A Maggie Smith win (although would have been better if she was there to accept)! Homeland. Damian Lewis. When Claire Danes told Ryan Seacrest: “I’m hoping I don’t leak anytime soon.” Jessica Chastain. Eddie Redmayne, just cause he’s hot. Jennifer Lawrence. Anne Hathaway. Hugh Jackman winning for a role he was born to play. Jodie Foster’s emotional and memorable speech. Random Bill Clinton appearance. The Ben Affleck-Argo upset and when he told Jennifer Garner: “you’re my everything.” And as much as I love my nerds, I’m glad my Girls won. Twice.
And here are some of my fave red carpet trends. Who’s your pick for best dressed?
1. The Girls on Fire
Katniss Everdeen must have made an impression on these ladies. Even though color options were limited this year, there was a fiery gradient of orange and red hues, from Jessica and Jennifer’s Tangerine Tango tributes to Jennifer and Naomi’s figure-flattering crimson gowns. I also loved the hemline of Marion’s dress and the neckline of Zooey’s. And motherhood clearly agrees with Claire, she was absolutely radiant!
posted on December 07, 2012 by
Just like shoes, a girl can never have too much jewelry. Right? This was probably the hardest collection in the Holiday 2012 Girly Gift Guide to put together! How do you choose between all the super cute styles, between classic and trendy, between all the metals and gemstones? I mean, it’s almost impossible. So I just gathered some of my faves of the season to bling it out! You can see the full guide below the collection, or by clicking here. Happy girly gifting!
posted on November 13, 2012 by
Have you guys heard of Bootights? They have been around for a few years, so I don’t know why I haven’t heard of them until now! This is a product I wonder why I didn’t invent myself! I love boots. I love tights. And I hate wearing socks over my tights. But I don’t want to snag my tights, and I like a little extra padding and support. Plus the layers help keep my feet toasty in the winter. But most of the time the whole thing just becomes too thick and uncomfortable. Plus if you’re ever in a situation where you need to take off your boots, who knows what kind of tights/socks combo you’ll have going on (see below). Basically, Bootights are GENIUS. And such a simple concept. They combine trendy tights with comfy socks, and you know they must be good if they were one of Oprah’s fashion must-haves for 2011!
So obviously, I had to order myself a pair (Draper Herringbone), and I was really pleased with the quality. The tights are fairly thick and seem like they won’t snag easily, the sock is padded and comfortable with built-in support, and the seam where they connect also seems indestructible. And after wearing them all day, they are super comfortable, and the control-top waistband helped keep everything in check. I’m happy if a pair of tights lasts one season, but Bootights seem like they are built to last for several, so overall, they are totally worth the $34. And with about 15 different styles, from a classic semi-opaque to a cable knit, and with different sock heights, there is definitely something for everyone!
posted on October 25, 2012 by
Charm jewelry is super trendy right now, and it seems the leader of this trend is Dogeared! I’m sure you’ve seen their jewelry – it’s sold everywhere! You know, the cute little charm necklaces that come on the cards printed with inspirational messaging. (I own the one pictured below.) What I love about their necklaces is that you can buy a few to layer at different lengths. Or, thanks to their CREATE line, you can custom design your own multi-charm necklace to tell your story. BTW, how cute is the CREATE tagline, Hangs Well With Others?!
The CREATE tool so simple and so fun to play around with! First you choose your chain (they have options in silver, gold and leather). Then you add your charms. They have a huge selection, from the alphabet and zodiac to gemstones and words to live by. And everything in between. Then you can purchase your necklace or share on your social networks. Or not so subtly drop a hint to a friend or loved one…the holidays are coming up! They box up each piece separately so you can mix and match or go crazy and wear them all at once! Here is the story I’ve created:
posted on October 16, 2012 by
Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce Audrey from This Little Street, a blog that explores the hidden treasures that exist just around the corner. I met Audrey at a blogging conference and am so happy that we have stayed in touch. She curates some amazing collections on her blog (trust me, you’ll love them!) and I’m so happy she’s shared this one with us! Thanks, Audrey!!
Hi girls! This is Audrey from This Little Street. I don’t know about you, but fall’s got to be my favorite season when it comes to clothing. It cold enough to pull out pretty boots and cozy sweaters, but not cold enough yet that you have to wear a jacket. People tend to tone down their wardrobe a lot when comes the colder months (especially here in NYC!), but personally, I LOVE to wear a bit of color – a little red or eggplant or mustard. Wearing happy colors always gives me a lot energy…and believe me, since I spend my days chasing two little baby girls, I need all the energy I can get. (Dear hubby, if you read this, you now understand that I NEEDED to go on that last shopping spree!) I also love to layer different types of prints in the fall to make my outfits a bit less predictable. Don’t be scared to mix up stripes, polka dots and flowers!
In any case, I thought I’d send a bit of fall inspiration your way with these two outfits. Hope you like them! And thanks for having me over on your blog, Ashley — keep on obsessing!
posted on October 02, 2012 by
Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce a fabulous new guest blogger, Jess. Jess and I go back to 2005 when we met while working at the same design firm. (The same one where I met Stacey!) She now lives across the country, and I am so excited to finally see her again when I head to Vegas to see Green Day. Thanks for the awesome post, Jess. I’m so lucky to have such talented, girly contributors!
The leaves are starting to change and the scent of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air… Whoo hoo! Unfortunately that usually means my workouts are being replaced with spiked hot chocolate and homemade macaroni & cheese. In order to keep my comfort food cravings at bay, I needed to peruse the latest fall workout gear! I consider incentive a necessity when it comes to exercise (especially running) so I’ve come up with a collection of cold weather workout wear to keep me (and hopefully you!) going through the winter months.
posted on September 24, 2012 by
I was excited for this years Emmy Awards. (I just realized I never covered the Emmys last year! Oops.) I was really hoping Downton Abbey would sweep the awards, and even though it didn’t, I was happy to see Maggie Smith! I am also happy that Homeland won the awards for Best Drama as well as Best Lead Actor and Actress. We finally got around to watching the first season and I’m totally obsessed!!! It’s an amazing show. But, back to the fashion. Here are some of my favorite looks and trends on the red carpet. Who’s on your best dressed list?
1. Rays of sunshine.
Leslie Mann in Naeem Khan
Julianne Moore in Christian Dior
Claire Danes in Lanvin
Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuillier
Move over, Tangerine Tango! Yellow can be such a hard color to wear, but these ladies pull it off. I couldn’t wait to see what Claire Danes on the red carpet, and I just love the way her dress shows off her baby belly. Adorbs. (Stay tuned for my girl crush post on her.) I also love Leslie Mann’s turquoise accents. And although Julie ripped off Paula Patton’s Golden Globes look, she totally worked it.
posted on September 14, 2012 by
Blog Swapping Series, Part 7: The blog swapping with the ladies over at A Good Hostess continues. They will be bringing you their obsessions and we’ll be discussing our hostessing skills. Check out my post, where I discuss the books I read when I’m not reading erotic fiction.
Between the two of us, Ash has always been the more adventurous dresser. I have never been one for weird fabrics, strange cuts and obscenely bright colors. If an outfit feels like it needs to be checked on or maintained while you’re wearing it then I’m not a fan. I put clothes on and simply expect them to be there until the day is done. Well… depending on how much wine is involved I suppose.
Now as to what I do actually like. It can be gathered onto a nice, short list that is the most preppy thing ever to be seen. Stripes, cropped pants, ballet flats, tweed jackets, sheath dresses etc. The key words are nautical and equestrian. I have some fail safes for finding clothing but then I discovered a new one. Jack Wills.
We all know I could have been sold entirely based on the navy/pink stripe combo, where as Ash has a love for everything with the Union Jack. If there’s one thing the British can be counted on for, its classic and preppy. Not to mention how can you not love the pretentiousness of a brand that refers to themselves as University Outfitters. It makes me want to put on riding boots and head to St. Andrews for extremely overpriced fish’n'chips.
posted on September 10, 2012 by
Hey girly football fans! (I know there are a lot of you, myself included!) The season is officially underway, so it’s time to start showing some team spirit! My hometown team is the Baltimore Ravens but since I live in Connecticut (where you have Jets, Giants and Patriots fans), there is no Ravens gear to be found. And although I have plenty of purple, I don’t actually have any team clothing or accessories. Except for one pair of Ravens polka dot PJ bottoms which I love, but I don’t think I want to wear to a game or to a bar. And I find that in general, team gear for women is not all that cute or flattering. That’s why I love the PINK NFL Collection from Victoria’s Secret.
They have so many cute items for all 32 NFL teams, from shorts and hoodies to tees and undies. The images I’m showing are for the Ravens, so don’t hate on me if they’re not your team! (It’s also a happy coincidence that their team purple matches the blog!) And don’t forget they also have a Collegiate Collection to show off your school pride and team spirit! So, ladies, who’s your team?