Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Glam Inspiration

{photo by Mario Testino, Vogue 2006 via here}

Since entering my thirty-somethings, I haven't had that stamina to party "like it's 1999" in years, nor the energy to stay up until midnight. Since I live in California, I partake in the New York City countdown and call it a night around 10pm. Lame I know. However, when the time rolls around that I will go BIG on the most hyped evening of the year, I will be popping Veuve Clicquot champagne bottles looking glamourous as ever. I'll hold the picture above as a keepsake for inspiration.

In the meantime, I plan on ending 2011 spending time with those I love most, quietly and comfortably at home.

Farewell 2011, here's to an amazing 2012.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gold Gets Rosy

{"Oui" Ring - Christian Dior, Watch - Michael Kors}

I am typically cloaked in head to toe gold jewelry and accessories, but lately, I have wanted a bit of change and took upon a new interest in rose gold jewelry. I have piqued my interest with a Michael Kors watch from here (thank you Santa mom for my Christmas present!). Rose gold adds a feminine element against skin tones. I am looking forward to building a new collection of wrist candy around my new accessory, mixing both gold and rose gold pieces together.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DIY Style Lookbook

All my husband wanted for Christmas this year was a new assortment of clothes.  To add a little more excitement to his opening of a new shirt, a pair of jeans, etc., I got creative and made a style look book for him to reference outfits. In the comfort of my own bedroom, I held a mini fashion photo shoot using black butcher paper as my back drop and a step ladder for over head shots. For every new clothing item he received, I made 3 new outfits using current pants, accessories and shoes sitting in his closet.  The looks ranged from dressy office wear to as casual as football game attire.  While I had fun with it, making him outfits a little out of his comfort zone (e.g. mixing plaids and stripes with scarves), we will see if my outfit suggestions are actually worn!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Denim Blues

{JOES Jeans Shirt, Jcrew belt, GUESS by Marciano denim + scarf, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Ray Ban Sunglasses}

As a Christmas getaway, my family and I stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn for some resortful rest and relaxation.  Since chambray shirts are my most recent obsession, I chose an all denim look for our drive to Ojai. I felt it was a look fitting for the small country town.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Coffee Table Book Collection

I admire Tamara Mellon, awe-inspiring founder of the Jimmy Choo empire, for many reasons.  For one, she is iconic to the fashion industry.  She lives in a gorgeously designed Manhattan apartment decorated by the infamous "Million Dollar Decorator" Martyn Lawrence Bullard.  But most of all, she has got a to-die for shoe closet fully stocked with thousands of pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes as seen here.

Since I don't have the means yet to launch a multi-million dollar empire, or build an arsenal shoe collection (5 and counting), she's inspired me to start small and build a collection of coffee table books full of fashion and designers as pictured below.

Image courtesy of travel and leisure.

As a foundation to my collection, for Christmas this year I have asked Santa for the following books.  All are designers that I LOVE.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Year, New Blog

It is one of my New Year's resolutions for 2012 to start a blog notating the things I am most passionate about: fashion, arts + crafts, and most of all, being a mother.  Since my success rate of previous year's resolutions are fairly low, or non existent for that matter, I have decided to get a head start and begin blogging a week before the beginning of the New Year.  Why do I need to wait to countdown? Perhapswithout the NE party fluff and champagne, this will be the key to my success.

Cheers to a new year, and a new blog.
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