22 December 2014

Bring out the holly

Ok, you might not be thinking, on the week of Christmas, "Hey, I really should start decorating my house right now." If you haven't started decorating you're probably not going to.

But let me level with you here. If you haven't started decorating, you are in the advantageous position of being able to take advantage of the decor sales that lots of my favorite stores have. Alternatively, even if this year you've really been on top of the decorating game, this can be the perfect time to stock up for next year. And wouldn't it be so awesome next year to open all of those old boxes of Christmas decorations only to find some great new stuff?

To start, Anthropologie has some really lovely garland and greenery.

But beyond Anthropologie, I love these other ideas:

Happy shopping!

19 December 2014

Party like it's 2015

This year, 2014, was one of the worst in my personal life. Ever. I won't get into every little intimate detail because this is a fashion and design blog, and it would get all personal and emotional. But suffice it to say I was in a major accident, I was traveling for work for a third of the year, and I am just so tired like all the time. 

So you can bet that I am super excited about ringing in a new year. My motto is going to be something along the lines of "2015: It can't be as bad as last year."

New Year ideas

So today I thought I would collect a series of images from Joss & Main that I love as I'm thinking about ringing in the new year. All of these are gilded and lovely.

 New Years ideas

In general, I like the holiday parties where all of the guests are empowered go get their own drinks, which is why I love a nice bar cart.

 New Years ideas

For the new year, gold is perfect. It is hope and promise and possibility.

 New Years style

I've had a She and Him Christmas on repeat on my record player, and the quality of the sound coming from a record player is unparalleled. So I thought I'd highlight this one that looks old timey but is actually modern.

 New Years style

What are you doing for New Year's Eve?

18 December 2014

It's a sweater! It's a blanket! It's... BLANKET CARDIGAN

You guys all know how much I enjoy sweaters during the cold months. I love the images that sweaters evoke of fires and holding a steaming mug of coffee/chai/cider. I love how comfy sweaters are. I love how when I wear a sweater I'm not all self-conscious that I didn't go to the gym that morning because frankly it wouldn't have made a difference anyway.

So when I saw this blanket cardigan on sale at Anthropologie I was over the moon excited about it:

 blanket cardigan anthropologie

Throw on a pair of leggings and some tall boots and you would be in business with this beauty.

Isn't it lovely? And did I mention that it's on sale?

Happy shopping!

17 December 2014

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough

My Christmas tree is my very favorite thing in my house right now. When I turn on the sparkling lights it's like a rallying call. We sit around the tree mesmerized, and sometimes we talk and sometimes we just stare. It's my favorite time of the day during the holiday season.

Christmas decorations are my weakness.

I'm counting down the days--it's just over a week until I'll be sitting under the tree, opening gifts, the hot apple cider and then mulled wine as the day goes on.

In that spirit of Christmas I wanted to show off a few of the ornaments that I love right now. These are simple, beautiful, classic, and because it's so close to Christmas they are all on sale.

Happy shopping!

16 December 2014

Need to send a gift? Send a letter.

Christmas is just around the corner. Fa la la la la and all that joy. I'm actually really excited this year about the gifts I've chosen for people (Mom and Dad, you're in for a treat!). But there are a few people that I have on my list that are long distance, and that I don't really know what to get.

So for those people that I really want to send something to, this year I'm sending a monogrammed mug. People always need mugs. And what I love about mugs is that you use them almost daily. The mugs that I have from people are such great gifts because I think about the people that gave them to me when I drink out of them.

Here's my favorite mug from Anthropologie this holiday season. It's gold, and limited edition--I love it (and it's on sale for $8 right now!):

Anthropologie monogram mug

And here are a few other favorites that I adore as well:

Happy shopping!

15 December 2014

Olivia Pope wine glasses

This post is a bit of a confession... I adore watching Scandal. I decide to quit and then three weeks later I find myself binging on past episodes. I've mentioned Olivia Pope style before.

Not surprisingly, and perhaps even a little predictably, my favorite snack while I watch Scandal is popcorn and a giant globe of wine. I won't even call it a glass because it's so giant. And when I found the right glasses over at Crate and Barrel I was just thrilled.

 Olivia Pope Wine Glasses

Cue music, and fake camera click noises, and "gladiators," and sultry scenes with the president of the United States. Again, this is a bit of a confession--I don't usually admit this at all, not even to my family.

Other plusses--they usually come with some kind of free shipping deal if you buy a few, they are perfect to put on a registry, and they work for other TV shows too.

Anyone else love Scandal? Any other confessions today?

13 December 2014

Weekend finds: Comfy and casual

On the weekends I like to throw on my most comfortable but trendy sweater, an elegantly slouchy scarf, and pants if I'm feeling fancy, leggings if I'm not feeling fancy. With some slouchy socks. And go grab a bagel and a coffee somewhere down the street and just sit and watch the world go by.

Or that's the weekend that happens in my head, anyway.

In reality, I end up putting on whatever is clean, running a comb through my hair, and run out the door, often forgetting some crucial thing that I have to inevitably run back in to grab, and I find myself over-programmed, over-committed to my to do list, and not at all calm and cool, watching the world go by.

When will the madness stop?

In honor of wanting a more simple Saturday, I thought I'd spotlight some items that are comfy, casual, and won't break the bank. If these were my "whatever is clean" on weekends, maybe I would find the time to just sit and watch the world go by.

Oh and I should mention that most of these are on sale, or likely to go on sale soon.

Happy shopping!

P.S. I'm associated with some of these links to support the ole blog, but wouldn't highlight these sale finds if I didn't love them, and absolutely no one told me what to write.