December 22nd, 2011
Following in this week’s footsteps of exceedingly simple ensembles (here and here), I’ve been looking to other women for inspiration in how they put together their most paired down pieces. Here are just a few of my favorites, which have simultaneously made me wish for just a few more items in my closet (like a great pair of dressed up skinny jeans, pointy-toe pumps, and an oversized scarf).
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December 21st, 2011
Cazal Sunglasses, Brooks Brothers Button-down, TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Iggy Jeans, Dolce Vita Heels, Reed Krakoff Bag, Michael Kors Watch, Estée Lauder Stay Scarlet Lipstick
Maybe it’s the hustle of the holidays that has me relying on stripped down basics – a white button-down, skinny jeans, heels, and red lipstick. I wore this out to brunch at Gjelina last weekend followed by some shopping in Venice. Even though it started to drizzle slightly, I never take for granted the fact that I can leave the house sans jacket in the middle of December.
December 20th, 2011
I still get giddy every time I eat a cupcake. The ritual of slowing peeling back the wrapper and savoring each bite is not something that will ever waver, regardless of whatever new confectionary creations arise. However, there’s something undeniably adorable about cake pops – balls of cake (mixed with frosting!), dipped into a layer of candy melts, all served on a little stick. I followed these instructions, but they were a lot harder than I anticipated (the balls weren’t round enough, or they would fall into the coating, or just come out all goopy and lopsided). Ultimately I was able to salvage a few that looked and tasted just right – especially with the addition of a few (edible) glittery stars.
December 19th, 2011
Forever 21 Hat, Topshop Dress, Vintage Belt and Bracelets, Coach Clutch, Steve Madden Booties
Sometimes there’s nothing more appealing than ditching tons of colors, patterns, and layers for a simple black ensemble. I picked up this dress at Topshop last time I was in New York and had approximately thirty spare minutes to myself. I didn’t even try it on and knew that the stretchy fabric, cut-out back, and thigh-high slit made it just special enough to become an instant classic.