Tuesday, November 30, 2010

You can mess with a lot of things, but you can't mess with kids on Christmas - Kevin McCallister

I am a big fan of giftguides.  I always strive to get someone a gift that they will not only love, but also rave about.  You don't have to spend half your paycheck to get a great gift - there are some great products out there for everyone in your life at a reasonable price! Most magazines & department stores have guides on their websites as well as in print - I highly recommed perusing them. Below I've created my own "gift guide" (my christmas wishlist mixed with a few of my favorite products) Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping!

I love movies from my childhood (I swear they just don't make 'em like they used to!!)...& am glad I can now buy them on DVD to watch whenever I want.  Currently on my list to acquire: Home Alone 1&2, Hocus Pocus, & Drop Dead Fred.  CLASSICS!

Home Alone (1990) DVD $15.99
I'm in the market for a timeless, classic wallet.  I love this quilted leather Tory Burch wallet in red..or black...
Tory Burch Quilted Wallet $195

Brocade home now sells duvet covers, shams, & pillows.  Woohoo! :) Best of all, they're reasonably priced! 

Brocade Home Champagne Damask Lace Duvet $139 - $159
Aubergine Moroccan Duvet

Who could go wrong with giving the gift of David Yurman?  Current / future boyfriends, fiances, & husbands take note.... you can never go wrong with David Yurman.

David Yurman Large Oval Link Chain Bracelet $295

I adore the tartan scottish print of the MAC travel brushes case... Perfect stocking stuffer for any woman, any age.

M.A.C. A Tartan Tale 'Sweep Me Off My Feet' Sweep & Define Brush Bag, $49.50

Sephora sells a limited selection of mini rollerball perfumes - perfect to throw in a purse on the go, & small enough to bring in flight!  Lucky for me, my new personal scent is offered in a rollerball.  Warning: a little of this Chloe' perfume goes a loooooong way.
Chloe' Rollerball Perfume $25
Hoping in the year 2011 I will transform into an organized person. (This coming from the girl who LIVES for her outlook calendar). I may just make a new years resolution to keep my appts and to-do's neatly written down in this chic leather planner that will fit perfectly in my LV.  Just maybe.

Kate's Paperie 2011 Daily Planner $35

Perfect for the girl who works a 9-5.  Realizing I spend majority of my waking hours at my desk in Boston...I need to invest in one of these Jonathan Adler desk calendars.  Quick & inexpensive way to brighten someone's day & simultaneously spark their memory of you every time they look at the date :)

Jonathan Adler 2011 Desk Calendar $10

The best makeup set I have purchased in my 25 years on this planet.  I use each & every product included in the set.  I have brown eyes, but prefer plum tones to bring out the color of my eyes, so I bought the Hazel Eyes set pictured below.   

Smashbox Master's CLASS: Ultimate Eyes $59 

Monogrammed stationary - a must.  I write quite a few thank you notes to managers, mentors, friends, & family throughout the year, so in my opinion this is a timeless gift.  The stationary below was found on Etsy, though I also recommend checking out Horchow.com
50 Monogrammed Note Cards & Envelopes $40

As you can see, I'm on a big monogrammed gift kick.  I love opening a gift that I not only love, but also has been tailored to be for me. I would love this hanging over my desk. Jack&Lulu offers different monogramming styles as well as background patterns. Even better - for only $50 it comes matted & framed.

Jack & Lulu Framed & Matted Monogram Wallart $50

Still on the monogramming kick ... these aprons are actually a great heavyweight cotton & perfect for any chef.  I have ruined more cardigans & blouses by not wearing an apron when cooking...
Williams Sonoma Logo Apron $19
I struggle to buy gifts for people who have everything.  I've been told I fall into that category.  If you're struggling to buy me a gift - these simple handblown Ikea vases are amazing!
Ikea Salong Vase $10 & $5
Toms.  One simple word that signifies such a great cause and inspiring story.   Their story is based upon the slogan of "One For One".  For every one pair of TOMS bought, a pair will be donated to a child in need.  Story aside, they're incredibly comfortable.  I bought the pair below while on vacation in Sonoma, CA & have worn them everywhere.  They are sold in various fabrics, patterns, & colors  - & are truly far more comfortable than any flipflop or converse sneaker.  I love the bright orange shoe with a great pair of dark wash ankle length jeans. The best gift is a gift that gives back.
TOMS $48

Bloomingdales Holiday Gift Guide
InStyle Gift Guide

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Follow Me!

Follow Me!

Creativity: The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, & to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, & interpretations

I love interior design.  Rich fabrics, luxe textures, & an ambiance in a room that no one could replicate. Someday, I hope to have a fabulous house with an endless budget to decorate.  Of course I'll need help..I have decorating ADD, which does not lead to a house that flows well.  Enter: Erin Gates.  My design crush. (Major crush). The style & designs she creates are amazing.  I urge you to check out her blog, Elements of Style & get inspired.  ...Or just take a look at some of my finds below :)

Sunflower Zebra Chair

White Objects D'Art

Shreve Crump & Low Gurgling Cod Vase / Pitcher

Purple Garden Seat

&...the leading role:

Vintage Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk

a mere $36,500.00!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Issa .... & Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton has put talented designer Issa right on the map.  DEAD CENTER of the map.  Look at these gorgeous silk jersey dresses...& then drool over the gorgeous girl.  Soon to be gorgeous Princess of Wales. 


Sidenote: Rose McGowan jumped on the bandwagon as well...

Neiman Marcus sells the Issa Collection .. & I have my eye on this amazing silk dress.  Too much for a wedding? Thoughts?

London VNeck Printed Dress

Friday, November 12, 2010

Total Babe

...Need I say more?!

Emma Watson at Harry Potter premiere

Oh how I wish I could pull off a haircut like this!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We're allll mad around hereee - Cheshire Cat

I love love looove Alice in Wonderland. I love everything about it.  The storyline, the characters, the origionals, the remakes, the decor, the quotes, everything! All throughout my little Boston apartment, there are nods to one of my favorite movies of all time. I just can't get enough.  If you're searching for a christmas, birthday, or just-because present for moi, anything Alice In Wonderland themed will do!

Etsy shop by Mr Yen

A few weeks ago I walked into the Ted Baker store on Newbury St & was absolutely ecstatic when I saw that the entire store resembled a scene out of Alice In Wonderland!  I'm kicking myself for not having a camera on me to take pictures to post. :(
I will try to do justice by posting my picks for A.I.W decor!

"Read the directions &; directly you will be directed in the right direction" 

Large Pocketwatch Clock

This large Pocketwatch Clock from Pottery Barn reminds me of the one the Mad Hatter looked at & said, "No wonder you're late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow!"


Etsy Shop: Nestlings

Of course no Alice themed room could go without a white rabbit.
I would use this cast iron furry guy on a bookcase as a bookend...
If I had endless fund$ & a warm Sunday afternoon in Boston to sit atop a gorgeous Back Bay roofdeck, I would want this party:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Life is not complex - We are complex. Life is simple, & the simple thing is the right thing. - Oscar Wilde

This hangs on my desk at work & reminds me every single day that I'm here to make my life what I want it to be. 

..& ain't nothin' gonna change that.

Lessons Learned Thus Far

...in a few short months which I am confident will fly right past me - I will be 25

I will have lived a quarter century.  Gross! I get all clammy & anxious just thinking about it.  Am I all of those things I want to be? A great woman, an inspiring older sister, a daughter to be proud of?  Holy moly I still think I have a long way to go! Before I send myself into a downward spiriling emotional state of distress, I'll focus on a few of the things I have learned in the 25 wonderful years I have lived...& can only wish to be so fortunate to live another 25 years filled with many more lessons.

  • No matter what, it will work out in the end.
    • I cannot tell you how many times I have been late for a flight, gotten stuck in security, misplaced my boarding pass, & generally speaking - cut things a liiiittle too close at times.  In the end, there are always two options & life depends on neither.  Make the flight, or get on the next one.  There truly is no reason to stress when life & limb are not depending on it.
  •  You don’t have to get along with everyone, or make everyone like you.
    • I naturally gravitate towards certain people.  I have yet to find a commonality between them, however I know when I like someone, & when I don't.  I'm ok with that.  On the flipside, I am ok with not being everyone's #1.  I can understand why some may not want me in their life - I am alot to handle.
  • Love makes you do funny things.
    • Love made me learn to cook, love convinced me to stop eating my filet mignon well-well-well-done & try it medium.  I now like my steak medium. At times, love trumped things that I had previously held so high in another single life.
  • You always have at least 2 choices, even if you don’t like your choices.
    • You can do what everyone else wants, or you can do what you want.  You can take one under the chin and deal with the bs, or you can choose to lead a life without those who bring negativity. 
  • Our generation has a hard time pulling themselves up by the bootstraps.
    • I am sad to see so many of my peers in their midtwenties dependant upon their parents & lacking ambition. It's a tough world out there & there will constantly be younger starts trying to outshine us. 
  • Everything in your life is your responsibility.
    • Stop blaming the man who didn't offer you the job, the cab driver who didn't go fast enough, & your colleague who didn't do their share of the work.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Out of Office AutoReply: Life

Oftentimes when work gets a little hectic & life seems to be driving me crazy I wish I wasn't so available to everyone.  Yesterday while sitting on the couch during a typical lazy Sunday, without hesitation I bought into the newest messaging craze: Kik Messenger.  This messaging app allows Blackberry, Driod, & IPhone users alike to utilize a messaging service that is similiar to BlackBerryMessenger. (Anyone who knows me - knows that I live for BBM. So sad, but so true.) Messages have either a "D" or an "R" icon next to them - allowing the sender to know if the message was "delivered" or "read" which has always been a major appeal to BBM.  Please let everyone I come in contact know whether I have my phone right in my hand & am reading their messages & not responding.  I shouldn't complain, I am a total sucker for it. 

Monday rolled around & all at once, like a freak tornado - I realized just how available I am.  There are a number of people who can reach me via:

Text message.BBM.Personal email.Work email.Phone call to cell.Phone call to direct work-line.Gchatting me.Tweeting me.Kik Messaging me.Facebooking me.
It is outrageous.  I am all for the newest latest & greatest technology, fastest operating systems & most convenient apps

...until I can no longer get away from anyone.  Somtimes I wish there was an out of office email I could leave periodically for life

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wantin' Lovin' & Enjoyin'

Wanting (baaadly):

The Donegal Tweed Schoolboy Blazer from JCrew


These gorgeous Tory Burch booties...

My newest gift to myself...

The Quilted Leather Townhouse Bag from Ann Taylor
..it feels like smooth silky butter


A hot cup of Apple Cider from my hometown cider mill, The Clinton Cider Mill

...p.s. if you're ever in Upstate NY in the fall...you must stop by for a cider doughnut.
& their apple butter.
& their cider.

Ok, get anything!

New Crush: Emma Watson.

Dayum this girl is chic. & gorgeous, & so petite....& flawless!
I think she would make an ... exceptional Alice..... In Wonderland that is!

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