September 18th, 2009
A few weeks back, I was invited to visit one of my all-time favorite stores, Planet Blue, for an early morning shopping trip (which they featured on their blog here). I thumbed through lacy tops, flowy dresses and sparkly skirts, but ended up deciding on this slinky romper. It’s made of silk so it’s wonderfully drapy and the open back is an unexpected and seductive touch. I wore it out to dinner last night and almost felt guilty for how comfortable it was, but moved past that as soon as I realized how lovely an elastic waist can be after several plates of pasta.
September 17th, 2009
On a particularly warm summer day when I was little, my grandfather surprised me and took a detour to the local ice cream parlor. There’s really nothing better you can offer a five-year old and I promptly skipped out of the shop with a huge vanilla cone and an even bigger grin. Seconds later, after a particularly enthusiastic lick, my frozen treat was splayed across the sidewalk and I was left inconsolable.
Yesterday kind of felt like that one moment was on a repeat cycle and I just couldn’t shake the feeling. I had to remind myself that my grandfather walked me right back into the shop and got me another cone. This time, with sprinkles.
Here’s looking to a brighter day today.
*image via flickr
September 16th, 2009
It goes without saying that the city in which you live has a big impact on the way you dress. Case in point: New York. I’m always impressed by the amount of effortlessly stylish women running through the streets in high heels (since walking LA is an abstract concept). Even those who weren’t necessarily dressed up still managed to appear put together, whether they accessorized a plain t-shirt with layers of gold necklaces or paired a sweet floral dress with biker boots. Though I’m back in California, I want to focus on incorporating a bit more East Coast elements into my wardrobe and I’ve collected a few of my favorites here.
Studded Faux Leather Vest, Forever 21: $27.80
Sequin Boyfriend Blazer, Topshop: $160
Faux Fur Vest, BB Dakota: $57
Basic Oversize Crop Tee, Topshop: $32
Skull-Print Shirt, Alexander McQueen: $270
Button Shoulder Top, Forever 21: $24.80
Triangle Gem Skirt, Topshop: $160
5 Band Skirt, Pleasure Doing Business: $88
Chiffon Sequined Skirt, See By Chloé: $395
Brinx Boots, Steve Madden: $169.95
Platform booties, DVF: $395
Peeptoe Booties, Giuseppe Zanotti: $675
September 15th, 2009
I had never heard of Whoopie Pies before I saw a sweet little line of them in Magnolia Bakery this past weekend. Ever since I passed on the sandwiched little cakes, I’ve been wanting to make a batch of my own with a seasonal spin. I referred to Martha Stewart, who not only provided an easy-to-follow recipe (here), but one that included pumpkin (something I add to just about everything in fall). They turned out light and fluffy with a decadently creamy filling and their petite size makes them a welcomed alternative to pumpkin pie.