Is online window shopping a thing?

In an effort to be more of a saver and less of a spender, I have decided to start online window shopping.  My sweet friend Erika taught me this phrase “online window shopping.”  I’ve adopted it because it is just oh so clever! For me, its WAY more safe than window shopping in the traditional sense.  I keep my wallet FAR out of arms reach, which really isn’t possible at the actual mall.

I am very ready for some fall weather.  I’m getting to the point of the summer where all of my clothes are feeling very blah and over worn.  Fall fashion is everywhere these days, which doesn’t help my situation.   With the September issues of all of the glossies hitting stores, I long for a few new treasures for my closet.  Hence, the online window shopping.  Tonight’s find: H&M.

H&M is a favorite of mine, especially as far as fast fashion goes.   This fall will be no exception.   I hope these items hop into my closet at some point this fall!   After spending over an hour checking out everything, I have reigned it in to nine items I would like love to own!

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grey blouse / 20s dress / cape
imitation leather skirt  / shirt dress / Jacquard pants
leopard wristlet / imitation leather pants / leopard pumps 
  • This grey blouse would be so pretty for the fall with these great Theory raspberry tweed skinny suit pants my mom gave me for my birthday.  Add a pair of patent mary-janes and the outfit is complete!
  • Ever since I saw The Great Gatsby, I have been enthralled with all things deco 20s/early 30s.  I imagine this dress with long strands of pearls, dark black tights and yet again, black patent mary-janes.  (Can you tell I live in my patent mary-janes in the fall/winter)
  • I have wanted a winter cape for several years now.  Then I saw Heather Dubrow (Real Housewives of Orange County) wearing one on the episode where they went to select Tamra’s wedding dress.  Needless to say, I have been counting down the days until the fall so that I can scoop one up for myself.  This might be just the ticket!
  • I am really excited about this imitation leather skirt because it keeps a look I love in my budget! Imagine this with a lipstick pink chiffon blouse tucked in, black tights, and wedge boots.  Come to think of it, I might want a new pair of boots to wear with this ensemble, but I digress.
  • I am mad for plaid!  I would love this with some chocolate-brown tights and caramel riding boots.  Casual and still pulled together for an outing with friends.  I bet it would be really cute with denim skinnys too!
  • It’s hard to tell, but there is a pattern in the weave of these pants.  It adds a richness and depth to closet staple.  They would be perfect for day-to-night, or even a holiday party.  Bleh, holiday party…its still 100 degrees outside…what am i thinking?!
  • My new favorite small bag for a night on the town is a wristlet.  I know I am a little late for the party on this one.  The patent leopard would go with just about anything!
  • These imitation black leather pants are just beyond.  I imagine them with a sparkly top for a night on the town!  The perfect piece to update my wardrobe for Fall 2013!
  • Leopard remains top dog in my book.  These pumps would be great for work to add some color my fall wardrobe. What can I say, my go to color is black – year round!

What ‘s calling your name for the fall?

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high five for friday

TGIF! Random note: there has been a lot of rain this week in Dallas.  I have loved most of it.  It hasn’t been a big storm or anything, just some rain…much needed rain!  I know there have been giant storms in the Carolinas, but Dallas has been rain free since May, I feel like.

1. On Sunday, several of my best girlfriends and I went to brunch and to get pedicures.  This was some great much-needed girl time!  I went with an Essie color that I am embarrassed to say I can’t even remember the name.  (see below for evidence)  We had a great time chatting about this and that and the occasional political topic.  We were pretty bummed when the rain started and the pool day was canceled…but this was a great second place activity!

2. My friend, Elizabeth, gave me a few Lilly Pulitzer items last week and I am thrilled to have them!  This dress has polka dot and check crustaceans on it, what could be better?!?

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3.  Tried the new Starbucks iced peach green tea lemonade this week.  one word…YUM!  It really tastes like summer!! (totally meant to capture a picture…but it was so delish that I was distracted and forgot…I guess you will have to take my word for it!)

 

 

4.  Went to dinner at one of my favorites, Twisted Root Burger with my college roommate last night.  So delish, as usual.  She is so sweet and treated me to dinner as a belated birthday present.  She is such a positive friend and always puts me in a great mood!  I went a little non traditional this time…turkey burger…but it was soo  good!

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5.  I learned how to list items on eBay this week.  I only have a few items posted as a sort of trial run – so exciting to be on the other side of eBay.  I love shopping, so selling is a whole new ball game that seems pretty fun!  Take a look:  http://www.ebay.com/sch/vls628/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

How was your week??

Linking up with Lauren over at Lauren Elizabeth for #h54f.

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It’s my birthday this Friday!  I have to say, I’m a little lot excited (in case you couldn’t tell).  These beautiful pink bottles put me in the mood to celebrate – what could be better than pink champagne?!

It wouldn’t be a birthday without…

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Petit Fours! There is just something about the petit four that is just better than a traditional cake in my opinion.  Maybe its the glaze style icing?  Maybe its just the happiness that washes over me when I am presented with one?  Either way, petit fours are just the best.

What are your birthday must haves?

broadway’s biggest night, the tony’s: A fashion review

Broadway’s biggest night did not fail to impress.  First, can we talk about Neil Patrick Harris (NPH)?!

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No only did he look great, but he was a phenomenal host.  NPH brought the opening number to a new level.  It featured all of the nominated numbers and several award winners that are still running today.  I also loved a bit he did where he combined the names of musicals and plays in order to create “playcicals.”  It was hysterical. google it.

I have to say that I have a special place in my heart for Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  Seeing the number from the revival with a sea of rainbow dresses dancing the night away at the ball warmed my heart.  But on to the fashion…

There were very few looks that I didn’t enjoy.  Only two stood out to me as not the best choice.

1. Judith Light wore a Zac Posen gown that would have been lovely except for the incomplete sleeves on the bodice.  They had a robot/armor look to them  with wide shoulders and were open in for lack of a better term, the arm pit…not my favorite.

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2. Scarlett Johansson looks like she is ready for a nice dinner or a night on the town, not the Tony’s.  This is a formal event and she should have had on a ball gown.  I felt like it was almost disrespectful to importance of the event.

 

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And then there were the looks that I couldn’t get enough of…

Audra McDonald looked stunning in her black and white David Meister gown – her side-swept hair was the perfect accent to this dress.

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Jane Krakowski wore a sequin filled metallic Escada gown.  I loved the mixed metals and the solid belt.  Her dramatic eye makeup was such a contrast to the light silver gown, but it really completed the look and prevented her from looking washed out.

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I have to take a moment to mourn the cancellation of SMASH.  The cast was so talented and the music was incredible and I, for one, will desperately miss this show.  Bringing broadway to evening TV was so much fun and I am sad to see it gone after only 2 seasons.  Speaking of Smash, they did a great number at the Tony’s about broadway actors who were a part of TV shows that were cancelled.  It was so funny and a slightly inappropriate at times.  Megan Hilty, one of the stars of Smash, looked great in her cream/nude gown (I have to admit it was a risk to wear a sheer skirt) and her hair looked so pretty pulled up and away from her face so that the audience could focus on her voice.

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However, all of that being said, my best dressed for the night was Anna Kendrick.

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She killed it in a Donna Karan Atelier navy and black gown.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again.  Navy blue and black is one of my ALL TIME favorite color combinations.  This dress was young and fun and totally elegant all at the same time.

With that, awards season draws to a close until the Emmy Awards in fall, such a shame.

high five for friday

So a large part of my week revolved around food, which I’m sure doesn’t surprise anyone about me.  Consider yourselves warned.

1. Met some of our oldest friends at  Saint Ann for a drink.  Miss Martha and my Mama have been friends for pretty much my entire life.  Naturally, Miss Martha’s daughter, Lauren, and I are friends too!  However, we (Lauren & I) had not seen each other in pretty much 10+ years.  It was great to catch up even though it was just for a short time!  Lauren was in town on business and had to jet off to a company dinner.

Davis & SteiblePlease notice the black and white accidental twins…why and I not surprised?! 

2.  My sweet friend Erika of Erika’s Tea Cup came into town and we got a group together for a girls night.  She lives in North Carolina, so naturally, we had a Tex Mex dinner at Meso Maya.  We took up residence on the patio for 2+ hours and had a great time catching up, laughing A LOT and trying not to melt in the stifling heat & humidity.

3. The Bachelorette was the source of lots of laugher and heckling Monday night.  My friend Stephanie and I spent half the time trying to tell all of the men apart from each other (there are a lot of look a likes this season), but all in all she had a couple of cute one on one dates and one rap group date, that let’s face it, should probably have never happened.  A group of us tend to gather for watching parties and I hope that this starts back up for the remainder of Desire’s season!

4.  Went to dinner tonight with my college roommate, Kacie, and we branched out and went to Pop Diner.  While the food left some to be desired, we had fun with our whimsical drinks.  I had a Pop Rocks Martini and Kacie had a Blow Pop Martini.  Mine was actually popping as it arrived at our table.

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5.  The  Tony Awards happen this Sunday night, and I can’t wait!  Neil Patrick Harris hosting, show tunes, AND dancing…what could be better?!?

With a trip to Ikea and a little pool time are in my sites for this weekend, all I can say is TGIF!

Linking up with Lauren at The Lauren Elizabeth for #h54f

 

high five for friday

 

This week came and went all too quickly.  Did you have that kind of week too?

 

1.  Before my aunt left town we made a trip to City Craft.  My aunt is planning to redecorate her kitchen and play up its retro feel.  We needed a fabric that looked like a step back in time and full of whimsy.  City Craft is by far the my favorite place  to snag great quality fabric this is beautiful and interesting to boot.  It was tough to leave behind the turquoise and pink print with 1950s telephones on it, but we did find a great geometric print that will compliment her red countertops and is less girly.

2.. Sunday night, my Mama and I got to enjoy her Christmas present….tickets to Wicked! It was wonderful, as usual.  This was my fourth and her third time seeing the show.  Yes, I’m a musical theater girl, what can I say, it’s in my blood.  It’s always fun to have a mother/daughter date and this was no exception.  Nothing like a night at a musical to make me miss dancing.

3. Being at City Craft put the sewing bug back in me!  I can’t wait to show you the results!  Bear with me, I am out of practice so it’s a little slow going. But the machine is out and the sewing has begun.

 

4. I took a little time for myself this week.  With all of the hustle and bustle around me it was great to just have some time to sit, relax, and catch up on my shows.  2 episodes of Smash and 3 of Nashville later, I am almost caught up!  Don’t worry, it wasn’t all sitting, there was some sewing time mixed!

 

5. This is a little bit different for me to share, but I can’t resist.  Lauren really spoke to me with her post on Wednesday.  Take a moment to read it, you won’t be sorry! Although I am not a cat lady, the message rings true and takes a weight off my shoulders.  Isn’t it funny how God can put things in your life at just the right time?

 

 

How was your week?

 

Linking up with Lauren over at The Lauren Elizabeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am beyond excited!

Seriously, I am beyond excited.  My long time sweet friend Erika of Erika’s Tea Cup and I swap blogs back and forth.  It’s great that we know each other so well that we can read a blog and know that we need to share it with the other.  It is also SO fun to read her blog because she lives many states away from Texas these days and so we don’t get to see/talk to each other often.  Reading her blog, I can absolutely hear her voice in my head reading the words to me. It’s a new way for us to stay in touch

Is this totally crazy?  I hope not.

Anyway, one of the blogs – an absolute  treasure – that she introduced me to is One Fine Day.  Ashley (the blogger) is just as obsessed with bright fun colors and patterns as I am.  Her style is girly and preppy without being tied to one specific style.  She has a love of home decor and design. There are many mentions of fonts (which as you know are a big deal to me) and lots of great collage style images.  She also makes many references, sometimes super discretely, to Gilmore Girls.  Gilmore Girls is one of those shows that never gets old.  I may or may not record episodes that replay on cable so that I have something fun to watch when nothing else is on or when I need time to decompress.  Each morning when I take a look at her blog, it puts me in a good mood and gets my mind turning with inspiration for both fashion and home design.  It is such a treat to read.

She has a weekly series called, Need Reed Greed, where she features different people and their picks in these categories.  This week, I am honored & DELIGHTED to be that featured person.  Ashley and I have traded emails back and forth and she is just as much of a doll as her blog leads you to believe (if not even more so).

Take and minute to fall in love with Ashley’s One Fine Day (I know you will) and check out my picks.  You will NOT regret it!

Thank you Ashley!! This makes my week month!

pinterest ponderings

I just love Pinterest!  I typically plan on spending just a few minutes pinning away and suddenly I look at the clock and its been 45 minutes.  Clearly I have a problem, but I can’t say that I care.  Here are a few pins that I love today!  (I have links to the original items, all the pins can be found on my pinterest boards.)

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image This room encompasses many of my favorite colors.  I love the mixing of prints and patterns while staying true to the color palette.  As I decorate my new place, I hope to encompass several of these elements.

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image  I will take any excuse to craft.  I really need to set aside more time to do this, lately its been more craft pinning than actual crafting.  These would be so cool to make and hang one over my bed.  Now to decide what it should say.

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image Whenever things need to be moved, this is the image that comes to mind. Naturally, followed by a loud exclamation, “PIVOT! PIVOT!”  Friends is just the best show of all time, hands down.  What is your favorite Friends moment?

high five for friday

I can’t believe we are already in March!  Also, we spring forward this weekend – while I am excited for a little more light in the evenings, the lost hour of sleep will be sorely missed.

1.  I spent some quality time with my little pup, Tweed.

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Isn’t he just the sweetest eating his dinner?! (might be a crazy dog mama, can’t help it!)

2. I worked out twice this week.  This is a HUGE accomplishment.  Working on making it a habit, wish me luck!

3. It is only 2 weeks until BlissDom. Can’t wait! Already planning my outfits! Too soon?!

4. My TV addiction runs deep.  This is proved by the sheer joy that washed over me watching the premiere of The Rachel Zoe Project.  To put it in her words, it was MAJOR.  Her collection was beautiful.  Also, we caught a glimpse of Oscar De La Renta & Michael Kors new collections.  Oscar was to die for as per usual.  Michael Kors featured LOTs of stripes and a 60s vibe.  But, I digress.

5. I broke down (mine current case is getting dingy) and ordered a new iPhone case this week – can’t wait for its arrival! – I will definitely debut it as soon as it arrives!

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

linking up with Lauren over at From My Grey Desk Blog.