October 20, 2014

zipper skirt

[Ralph Lauren sweater, Ellen Tracy skirt (on sale), Liz Claiborne heels, Calvin Klein purse]

Starting the week can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. A lot of tasks loom in front while the weekend slips away. So I've developed a few remedies to brace myself for the days ahead. As "first-day-of-school" as it sounds, I plan my Monday outfit the night before. A classic silhouette like this mock turtleneck and pencil skirt keeps me professional while offering a modern, zippered flair. Secondly, I fit in one, small pampering thing such as an at-home manicure, a five-minute facial, or a deep conditioning hair treatment. Even just for a few moments, this extra care pays off. Finally, sleep is a priority on Sunday nights--seven hours will make the world of a difference for an early morning.

I would love to hear if you have any self-remedies of your own.

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October 17, 2014

a gentle(man) friday

[Banana Republic shirt, Guess pants, Bass shoes,
Jack Spade backpack]

This is the time of year to make the most of earth tones. Between the bright colors of summer and rich winter hues are the neutrals that define great fall style. A semi-monocrome look pulls together with varying textures like E's corduroy and suede. The lightly patterned shirt and crisp white shoes make a subtle statement for the best of men's fashion this season. The comfy, broken-in vibe is perfect for our weekend ahead spending time with old friends. 

p.s. we have exciting things planned for the next few days--see what's happening on Instagram.

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October 16, 2014

Spotlight on: Darling Magazine

[Raison D'Etre jacket, Banana Republic tank, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Gorjana necklace c/o Rocks Box]

There are few companies that capture my heart at first glance. It’s something more than presentation or product—it’s their mission that beautifully overwhelms whatever they touch. Darling Magazine is an organization that fits in (or pretty much defines) that category. The publication, both online and in print, is committed to redefining perceptions of the modern woman. But they do it with such grace and zero pretense. They recently launched a campaign, #RealNotRetouched, where they pledge to never digitally alter their models and challenge other outlets to do the same. Check around on Twitter + Instagram to see portraits of those “real” women. I’ve included mine below. 

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October 15, 2014

Maple Sriracha Popcorn Party Favor

I’m prepared to make a bold statement and say this flavor combination of sweet + spicy is the best thing to happen in my kitchen all season. The printable labels and individual servings make the favors an ideal send-off for your next party and a way to make sure those guests keep coming back for more. Pop on over to Style Me Pretty Living where I am featuring the full post and recipe today.