Holiday Hysteria

I remember being consumed with the idea of Santa when I was younger.  Obsessed with him.  I mean, this guy didn’t even really know me… I stopped buying into that ‘good girl’/’bad girl’ threat at the age of four when I stole a classmate’s fruit roll up, lied about it and still got Christmas presents that December.  The physical reaction that took place on Christmas mornings for me were like what I only assume dropping Acid in a room full of cash, while simultaneously being cheered on by your closest friends and family would be and just like a drug, it happens in stages.

First?  Anticipation.  The nights leading up to Xmas day were filled with angst and high hopes and around the 20th, sh*t got real.  Sweating, the shakes, scenarios running through my head… I needed it.  I needed it to be the 25th.  This hit a high point at the end of Christmas Eve dinner when I knew it was really in sight.  We got the goods.  To describe the night’s of 12/24 between the years of approx. 1992-1999 would basically be similar to a multiple personality, caged animal with a bad case of tourettes breaking out in random laughs, cries and keywords from my Christmas list.. “KABOODLE!!!?!?!??”, “TOMAGATCHI!?!??”, “CASH REGISTER!!!?!?”.  I really don’t have any recollection after this, so I can only assume my parents had to step in and slip me some kind of sleep aid and for that, I am eternally grateful.

I wake up, deceived.  HOW did this happen?  I fell asleep.. impossible.  No time for thoughts – C$H$R$I$T$M$A$S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Later in life, I learned the only way to describe this moment is…

mind_blown

taken from here

The sad reality is that this process, although traumatic, is magic and as we get older, it fades.  You learn that not everything you believed in was true (in my case, I found out when my Jewish best friend asked me when I found out that my idol, my beloved, my rockstar, Santa Claus didn’t really exist.  I responded confidentently and carefree, “HA, seriously.. I’ve known for ages………  I must be going now”, quickly turned my back and cried the entire way home).  But, then you fill the void with the memory of innocence and with appreciation for your parents going through all kinds of trouble to make the day as mind blowing as it was… I mean, my Dad once drove three hours north to meet a woman in a parking lot in the freezing cold to exchange a sold-out-everywhere Furby for more cash than than that loud, needy toy (that doesn’t turn off, by the way) was ever worth.  And yes, I still love Christmas.  Some part of me reverts back to that selfish, bratty, unappreciative eight year old every year and the spirit of children lives on.

*Reference to drugs was used for humor’s sake.  Don’t do drugs.  Just love Christmas.

Top Items On My List (in no particular order)

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Prada 0PR 23OS Sunglasses $245

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Proenza Schouler PS1 Wallet $165

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Gorjana Alphabet Coin Bracelet $60

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Vince Camuto ‘Tipper’ Boot $179

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Lulu Guiness Blush-Perspex Lips Clutch $390

 

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Etsy’s Naomilingerie Black Satin and Cotton Cat Eye Mask $23.07

 

 

 

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Nixon Time Teller Watch $99.99

 

 

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Coach Legacy Leather Large Wristlet $108

 

 

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Urban Decay Naked2 Palette $50

 

 

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Rebecca Taylor Giselle Leopard Zip-Around Wallet $78

 

 

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Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool $22

 

 

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T by Alexander Wang Inverted Pleated Dress $129

 

 

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Nars Night Flight Nail Polish $18

 

 

 

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Current Elliott Stiletto Jean in Day Glow Pink $65

 

 

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Boutaugh Bow Tie in Pink $68

 

 

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J Crew Vintage Short Sleeve Pajama Set $78

 

 

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Anthropologie Kismet Knit Turban $48

 

 

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Ka’Oir Wifey Lipstick $15.99

 

 

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MAC Pro Lip Palette $40

 

 

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Kate Spade Colorblocked Silicone iPhone 4 Case $35

 

 

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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $19.50-39

 

 

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Nespresso Latissima Plus $399

 

 

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Sephora by OPI Gelshine At Home Gel Colour System $159

 

 

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Jiffy Steamer $58.12

 

 

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Frends Taylor Rose Gold Headphones $199

 

 

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Ciate Mother of Pearl Caviar Manicure $27.95

 

 

 

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Nikon 1 J1 10MP Digital Camera $399.99

 

 

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Current Elliott Stiletto Jean in Camel Leopard $198

 

 

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The Little Dictionary of Fashion $19.95

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Paige Denim Edgemont Ultra Skinny Jeans in Cheer $167.30

Weekend Bags

Summer inevitably brings on spontaneous trips that don’t involve a lot of planning.  They’re exciting and a great way to reconnect to that thrilling feeling that came during childhood in between School years.  Whether it’s a night away at a local hotel offering a great deal or an impromptu decision to drive a couple hours along the coast to a great vacation spot, I like to be able to get out of the house within an hour before the idea of actually doing it fades.  Some of my favorite daytime purses are actually larger weekend bags that are perfect for these occasions.  Big enough to fit the essentials for a different climate, but small enough so that it is easy to carry.

Weekend Bags:

West Coast Wardrobe Todos Santos Weekender $46

Urban Outfitters Ecote Bizarre Backpack $59

Rachel Zoe Weekender Belted Satchel $464.90

Gypsy 05 Lohri Gypsy Hobo $265

Rebecca Minkoff Woven Bright East/West Tote $425

Deux Lux Putty Woven Faux Leather Bowery Weekend Duffel $82.99

House of Harlow 1960 Dakota Bag $506

Urban Renewal Baja Weekender Bag $29

Diane von Furstenberg Vintage Collection Duffel Bag $115

Forever 21 Vibrant Print Backpack $34.80

Cleobella Lolita Studded Satchel $473

Topshop Large Washed Clip Backpack $72

JADETRIBE Sammi Stripe Small Beach Bag $86

Wildfox Couture Roadtrip Bag $114

Longchamp Paris Le Pliage Travel Bag $155

Rebecca Minkoff Striped Wheelie Bag $346.50

Madewell The Leather Transport Rucksack $248

Intiq for J. Crew Mochila Bag $295

Summer Scarves

There are times when I love trying on what seems like my whole wardrobe, testing combinations to find the perfect outfit for an event, and then there’s my normal reality when I have 15 minutes to pick out what I’m wearing.  For those days, I usually go simple (printed pants or jeans with a solid top).  I always like to top it off with something more noticeable though, like a big statement necklace, an embellished headband or my latest addiction – summer scarves.

There are so many ways to wear them (around neck or head are my favs) and they can instantly amp up what would be a pretty plain look.

Summer Scarves:

Urban Outfitters BDG Pop Stripe Scarf $24

Modcloth Mint To Be Scarf $17.99

Les Nouvelles Askilio Scarf by Malene Birger $150

Zappos Echo Design Polka Dot Wrapping $34.99

Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Crosshatch Printed Eternity Scarf $29

J. Crew Lemlem Hilansha Gauze Scarf $125

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jacobson Stripe Scarf $178

Etsy ESEHandMade White Shawl Scarf $13.50

Boutique To You Wildfox Starshine Scarf $64

Shopbop Theodora & Playa Scarf $175

Forever 21 Bold Stripe Scarf $9.80

Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Shredded Square Scarf $29

Scarves Dot Net Tess Striped Loop Scarf $12.71

Diesel 2-SLOO Scarf $88

Lori’s Shoes Bohemian Blossom Scarf $22.95

Tee-Zone Plush Love Scarf $86

French Connection Union Scarf $88

Urban Outfitters Studded Scarf $39

Gypsy 05 Joni Scarf $50

Shopbop Brightly Twisted Scarf $98

Madewell Seastripe Sarong $41.60

Forever 21 Geo Rainbow Pom Pom Scarf $10.80

Asos Heart Print Snood $16.57

Madewell Spot Dot Scarf $49.50

 

Denim Vests

I’ve been obsessing over finding a good denim vest for the upcoming Summer months.  It’s the perfect accessory to throw on over a maxi dress, printed skirt or colored denim.  At first, I contemplated shelling out a bit more for a basic medium washed denim vest, but after finding so many fun colors and prints, have decided Old Navy’s version (pictured first below) is perfect and will also allow me to choose one or two fun styles.

Denim Vests:

Old Navy Women’s Raw-Edged Denim Vest $29.94

            

ASOS Insight Denim Vest in Sundown Tie Dye $165.25

    

Forever 21 Cropped Rose Denim Vest $22.90

      

Pacsun Bullhead Black Denim Vest $39.50

             

Delia’s Floral Print Denim Vest $34.50

  

J. Crew Denim Vest in Workwear Wash $98

             

Urban Outiftters BDG Cutoff Denim Trucker Vest $59

         

Urban Outfitters Vintage 90’s Southwestern Print Denim Vest $69

Madewell Longroad Denim Vest in Sawduster Wash $88

         

Go Jane Solid Colored Denim Vest $31.70

Lightweight Sweaters

Living by the beach is great.  There’s nothing like being able to ride your bike to meet friends along the boardwalk on a hot Summer day, which more times than not turns into an all day/evening adventure.  I’ve learned to always be prepared for the breeze that takes over once the Sun goes down by being sure to never leave the house without a lightweight sweater that’s easy to layer over a swimsuit, printed shorts and a basic tank (my Summer uniform).

Lightweight Sweaters For Summer Layering:

Soft Joie Nia Mesh Sweater $118

Full Tilt Pullover Sweater $14.97

Forever 21 Hooded Open Knit Sweater $17.80

Topshop Knitted Tie Dye Sweater $68

Free People Neon Deatils Hoodie $98

BCBGeneration Boxy Crochet Sweater $54

BB Dakota Jenina Marled Acrylic Sweater $27

Vintage Havana Anchor Sweater $62

Forever 21 Burnout French Terry Pullover $17.80

Betsey Johnson Boxy Stripe Lightweight Sweater $88

Rebel Yell Have A Nice Day BF Pullover $90

Calypso St. Barth Priscilla Hand Stitch Sweater $395

Forever 21 Electric Southwest Pullover $19.80

Lulu’s Trapeze-y Going Striped Sweater Top $37

Insight Light Trouble Knit $82

Topin Hamptons Sweater $64

Ami Dans La Rue Double V Sweater $125

Forever 21 Relaxed Striped Sweater $14.50

Madewell Stripecast Pullover $72

Free People Laguna Coast Pullover $88

Lulu’s Instru-mint-al Beats Mint Sweater $49

J. Crew Chunky Cable Sweater $158

MINKPINK Domino Effect Sweater $69.99

Jen’s Pirate Booty Braided Beach Hoodie $168

Zara Loose-Fit Open-Work Jumper $79.90

BCBG Adalyn Slashed-Back Sweater $168

Zara Jumper with Front Cable Ribbon $49.90

Top It Off

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was –  If I’m going to buy something, make it totally different than anything I have in my closet.  It’s so easy to know you look good in something and continually buy similar styles.  Then, you become bored with wearing the same thing everyday and although your bank statement proves otherwise, you feel like you have nothing to wear.

I’ve been watching a lot of VH1’s House of ConsignmentCorri McFadden, the owner and founder of eDrop-Off (luxury consignment business) makes a really good point when she tells her clients to never buy something in two or more colors.  Although I have certainly broken this rule and still think for layering basics like T’s and tanks it’s ok, she makes a good point.  You want to create versatility in your wardrobe and bring in things that will completely shake up your outfits.

Next time you try something on or are ready to go to the register, think about whether you have a similar style in shape or color before you buy.  Instead, bring in something new that will allow you to accomplish more looks.  Maximize what you have!  People will notice.

Because I have so many jeans and wear them all the time, I like to buy tops as an easy way to get different looks.

Here are tops in colors and prints that would really shake up what I already own…

Sleeveless Tops:

MINKPINK Faux Suede Tank $68, BB Dakota Leopard Printed Tank $70, Equipment Sleeveless Blouse $178

ZARA Linen Leopard Print T-Shirt $29.90, ZARA Lace Flower T-Shirt $35.90, Rebecca Taylor Floral Top $225

Short Sleeved Tops:

Madewell Bright Striped Tee $40, ZARA Garment Dyed T-shirt $35.90, Madewell Stripeblock Tee $48

Raoul Short Sleeve Tie Neck Blouse $200, Rebecca Taylor Macrame Blouse $295, Forever 21 Neon Mickey Mouse Tee $15.80

Long Sleeved Tops:

C&C California Checkered Button Down $118, ZARA Long Sleeve Printed Blouse $59.90, ZARA Silk Long Sleeve Shirt $79.90

Maison Scotch Woven Shirt $99, Amanda Uprichard Silk Shirt $65.97, Diane von Furstenberg Francesca Top $285

Sweaters:

Wildfox Bicoastal Sweatshirt $108 (Pic shows front/back), ZARA Open Knit Sweater $79.90, ZARA Open Back Sweater $59.90

Vince Lightweight Sweater $145, J Crew Cashmere Colorblock Sweater $268, Rebecca Taylor Sweater $350

*all photos taken from websites they are linked to

Tech Accessories

I will never forget my first cell phone.  I had to have the rectangular Nokia (you know, the one with Snake on it) and still think back with pride realizing how fast of a texter I was even with 3 letters on each button.  I obsessed with changing the covers to show off different colors and prints in an effort to make a rather bulky looking device “cute”.  Things have certainly come far since then; sometimes it feels like I can’t even go a month without a new tech accessory catching my eye, which makes personalizing these things (which we spend so much time on!) fun, as well as reflect our personal style.

I recently purchased a new mouse pad from Freshly Picked ($35) and an iPhone case from J Crew ($25) to spruce up my gadget’s looks for Spring.  Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to something like this because they’ve become as much of a part of our look as our shoes or handbag!

Tech Accessories I’m Geeking Out For:

Native Union Pop Phone (plugs into your cell phone) $29

Diane von Furstenberg Ear Buds $25

Micro Gem Headphones $25.60

UrbanEars Headphones $60

Portable Speaker (plugs into your cell phone) $14.99

iPhone Desktop Headset $59.95

Heart Shaped Splitter (so two people can listen to one song/movie, etc) $14.99

Diane von Furstenberg Travel Adapter $98

Microphone Speaker (plugs into your cell phone) $24

VooMote Zapper (universal remote that plugs into your cell phone) $69.95

USB Tulip Hub $24

Poodle USB Hub $16

Nerdy Hello Kitty Flash Drive $17.95

Gold Plated Flash Drive/Key-chain $45

Rebecca Minkoff Animal Print iPhone Case $38

Jagger Edge Knocker iPhone Case $90 with Skull Charm $22 and Rabbit Charm $28

Rebecca Minkoff Tiger iPhone Case $38

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Knuckles’ iPhone Case $58

Marc by Marc Jacobs Phone Wallet $168

Cable Knit Cashmere iPad Sleeve $82

Diane von Furstenberg Floral iPad Case $136

Dannijo Reid iPad Case $105

Marc Jacobs Leather iPad Case $495

Kate Spade Stripe Laptop Case $60

Billykirk Laptop Case $209

Ted Baker Patent Leather Laptop Case $90

Speck See-Thru Case for the MacBook Pro $69.95

Anya Hindmarch Camera Case $150

Marc by Marc Jacobs Camera Case $378

Rainbow Camera Chain $65

*all photos taken from websites they are linked to