July 28, 2014

one shoulder plum

[H&M trench, F21 dress (similar here), Shoemint heels (lovely option), BaubleBar earrings, vintage clutch]

When I was nine years old I had a one-shouldered sequin rainbow shirt that I practically lived in for far too long. Regardless of the hideous pattern, I felt like a "big kid" wearing it. While I'm grateful my fashion sense has improved since then, I still love an elegantly draped one-shoulder piece. The cut is uniquely feminine and achieves a sexy look without being overly revealing. This dress is a timeless silhouette that I modernize with statement earrings and a sleek trench.

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July 25, 2014

beaded cotton dress

[Nordstrom Rack dress (similar here), Shoemint heels c/o, Gucci wallet, Matterial Fix bangle]

I don't own many simple cotton dresses. I love the idea of them but I hold an irrational fear that they'll look like a nightgown. So I made an exception for this embellished piece. The structured neckline and simple ruching give the cotton some needed definition and silhouette. Pairing it with nude heels and metallic details dressed it up enough to be ready for an impromptu date night. 

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July 24, 2014

DIY Colorful Cake Topper

It's almost surreal that our one year anniversary is fast approaching. But instead of dwelling in disbelief, we've made plans to commemorate the day with a photo shoot by our wedding photographer, Katie Noble Photography. While this likely won't be a yearly tradition, it is the first big milestone of life together. 

I scoured Etsy to find the perfect cake topper and couldn't settle on one. So instead, I opted to make my own and have it be exactly what I envisioned. This simple tutorial can be adapted for any event, party, or special occasion.


1 block of styrofoam
1 c nonpareils
1/2 c frosting
2 toothpicks

Trace and cut shape from styrofoam block. Coat styrofoam in frosting. Roll shape in cup of nonpareils until fully coated. Push toothpicks into bottom of the styrofoam. Place in prepared cake.


July 23, 2014

ruffled collar

[Banana Republic top (similar here), AYR jeans c/o, Nine West heels (love these), Gigi New York clutch c/o, H&M earrings (gold version)]
A while back I shared my list of wardrobe essentials (see original post here). But if I had to pick a frontrunner from that list, dark denim would win. The flattering wash and comfortable material are the perfect meld of refined casual. I own a few pairs in different silhouettes to accommodate any mood or occasion. Stepping out the other day in these skinnies, I opted for a playful ruffle collar to contrast the deep blue.

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