November 22nd, 2008
Tomorrow I’m heading home to Mill Valley for Thanksgiving. Here are some of the things I can’t wait to do:
-Bundle up with layers since the weather will be legitimately crisp.
-Sip hot cocoa at Mama’s Royal Cafe.
-Visit the library. Tucked among the trees, it has an almost storybook setting.
-Hike Mount Tamalpais in the morning.
-Meet friends at Joe’s Taco Lounge for their amazing enchiladas.
-Jump in the hot tub at night (you can actually see stars in Northern California).
November 21st, 2008
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Dress, Forever 21 Belt and Watch, XIV Pave Diamond Rings, Hue Tights, Madden Girl ‘Mylo’ Shoes, Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag.
Textures are exceedingly important to me. In fact, I barely noticed the vibrant fuchsia color of this dress the first time I saw it. Instead, I was mesmerized by the lacy intertwining patterns that were reminiscent of Mexican paper flags. The scalloped hem adds a flirty touch and I love how the intentionally loose strings keep it from looking too saccharine. Paired with all black accessories, I managed to incorporate one of my favorite Summer dresses in late November.
November 20th, 2008
This year, we’re having a big Thanksgiving dinner, about which I couldn’t be more excited. Sadly, since my only talents in the kitchen include getting in the way and excessive sampling, I’ve been assigned table duty. After I got over the initial embarrassment while reading multiple ‘how to let kids decorate’ articles, I actually found some legitimate decorating ideas that might just steal the turkey’s thunder.
I love the idea of incorporating fruit at the table and pears have such a lovely shape.
Sure I can’t peel potatoes, but I’m really good at collecting leaves. This is a simple, yet colorful way to add a bit of Autumn at the table.
I’ve pricked my feet on these little guys hundreds of times. I’ve finally found a great way to celebrate their spiky shape.
The last time I worked with felt was when I made clothes for my troll dolls in 2nd grade. This time around, it looks a lot easier and I love the soft texture it brings.
All of the little leaves add a great architectural element while still looking chic and elegant.
All images courtesy of marthastewart.com
November 19th, 2008
I’ve had a long standing (though conflicted) fascination with fur for as long as I can remember. To me, a white fur capelet thrown over an evening gown has always been the epitome of glamor. But, since I’m opposed to wearing the real thing, I was at a standstill since the fake alternatives looked simply that: fake.
This season has brought a flurry of new styles that offer a certain grace and ruggedness without the guilt (and hefty price tag). Whether you show a little fur on the rim of your booties or along a playful cap, these options are sure to keep you warm while looking cute.
Hooded 3Q Wool Coat, Forever 21 – $49.90
Caribou Boot, Nordstrom – $109.95
Herringbone Bomber Hat, Forever 21 – $18.90
Fur Cropped Swing Coat, TopShop -$180
Ace Fur Cuff Ankle Boot, TopShop – $135
Women’s Long Faux-Shearling Coat – $34.75