Monday, December 31, 2012



2012 has been, without a doubt, one of the best years of my life. Incredible friends, an amazing internship, and the best summer of my life spent in one of my favorite cities in the world. 


While 2012 will be a hard act to beat, it's looking likely with my impending departure for the UK in just 5 days! I'm heading to Heathrow on Friday, and then straight from there I'm flying to Edinburgh for a pre-semester program. I can't wait to live abroad, and especially to be in London for Kate's pregnancy!


I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's, and here's to an even better 2013!


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

While tonight you'll be getting dressed up for Christmas Eve celebrations, the best part is to come on Christmas morning, where you're cozy and warm (hopefully) by a fire, tree and lots of presents. Happy Holidays, see you in a few days!

topshop lumberjack sleep shirt
topshop cable knit robe
target moccasin slippers
fleece lined leggings

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday's Fancies: Holiday Cheer

I'm back on the Friday's Fancies bandwagon with Long Distance Loving for this week's Holiday Best post. Nothing's better than dressing up for holiday parties, in cozy sweaters and cute skirts. And of course, there is the ugly sweater parties (mine is borrowed from my mom, and has bells sewn on it). If you're looking for something with a little less jingle, my picks are below!

gap fair isle scarf
madewell silk v-back blouse
j.crew factory mini
glimmered brink mary-janes
butter london 'knees up' or 'thames'

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Black, White and Gray

There's almost nothing better than a sale. That is, nothing but getting the garments you're lusting after for free! I got these jeans from a friend at the end of her summer internship. Talk about intern perks. (There is no pay, so you have to take them where you can get them).

Pants: Rock & Republic (now on a massive sale!)
Top: Forever 21(Similar)
Clutch: J.Crew

Even though gray is already neutral, I decided to keep it in the white/black family with a polka dot clutch and white tank with black piping. 

A little pop of color, however, is always needed and is found in my spiked loafers (note to self: don't leave these laying on the floor. You will step on them, and yes, it will hurt).

Found these Marc Jacobs/Jeffrey Campbell knock-offs for less than $30 at one of my favorite NYC stores, Necessary Clothing. There's one on Broadway right by where I lived this summer!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sale Picks

I've spent the past week in a whirl of exams and studying and capped it off with getting my wisdom teeth out on Friday (less than 24 hours after I arrived home). It's been an exhausting week but it was very nice to have this weekend to recuperate. What made it even better was the email I received from J.Crew --- 30% off and free shipping on every purchase! While I'm currently in serious money saving mode for study abroad in less than a month, I can still lust. For those of you with deeper wallets than mine, take a peek at a few of my picks below. I'm desperately needing those plaid flats. They're just perfect for London.

anchor scarf
sequin top
cashmere colorblock sweater
plaid flats
glitter clutch
vintage pajama set

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Please Excuse

Please excuse my absence from posting this week -- I've got final exams, moving out of my sorority house, and getting wisdom teeth out all on my plate this week. Posting as usual will resume next week when I'm home and relaxingly occupied with watching TV and eating ice cream. Good luck to those of you with finals!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Gift Guide: Under $100

Classes may be done for the semester, but the finals stress is only beginning. I have lots of work in the next week, so please excuse my spotty posting. But for today, I'm celebrating my lull in the work week with the final installment of my holiday gift guides! Pretty baubles, classic footwear, printed sweaters and cute camera cases (among other items) make up this final guide. Reminds me that my holiday shopping is still no where close to being done -- a study break for this weekend?

SIX topshop cape pussybow blouse $72.00
NINE michael kors stack buckle rings $65.00
ELEVEN kate spade tech earmuffs $88.00

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gift Guide: Under $50

Yesterday was a big day in my world (that the British Royal Family sits at the center of) -- Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is (finally!) pregnant! Although no Christmas present could ever top this early one, here a few ways to try. I'm personally loving the backup battery from J.Crew -- such cute prints and who doesn't go into panic mode the moment their phone drops below 50%? I'm also dying for the leather passport case. It's perfect for my travels abroad (that I leave for in officially less than a month!). And of course, a couple of picks from Neiman Marcus + Target. The Tory Burch thermos and the DVF yoga mat are sure to please designer lovers on your list, but at a bargain price. 

ONE tory burch for target thermos $24.99
TWO j.crew polka dot hat $39.50
EIGHT j.crew pocket umbrella $26.50
NINE ruche faux fur mittens $18.99
TEN smashbox studio trends set $49.00
ELEVEN kate spade signature spade earbuds $40.00

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Gift Guide: Under $25

As finals are getting closer and closer that means one thing -- the holidays are coming! And with the holidays comes lots and lots of shopping. Today's the first day of my gift guides -- all for different budgets. Today's guide is for the little trinkets for friends, teachers and others you're looking to give a quick gift to. My personal favorite is the Boo iPhone cover. That's one cute dog.

ONE merona red leather gloves $17.59
TWO hat collection print $24.00
THREE union jack matchbook $5.00
FOUR kate spade paper gem coasters $20.00
FIVE baggu ipad sleeve  $22.50
SIX c.wonder nylon pouch $24.00
 SEVEN paris versus new york $20.00
EIGHT jack wills tabour bracelet $22.18
NINE boo iphone cover $20.00
TEN madewell pom-pom keychain $17.50

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Drop Waists at Downton

In Downton's earlier seasons, the women wore corsets underneath their gowns, and said gowns almost always had sleeves. This season, the women of Downton are embracing the styles of the 1920's: which means sleeveless gowns, sequins and lots and lots of drop waists. The 1920's are known for women shedding their ultra-feminine frocks for a more boyish look, with looser (and shorter!) cuts. Here are a few of my picks for a more modern looks featuring a drop waist below. And of course, get a sneak peek of the beautiful fashions for series three in the Chronicles of Downton Abbey, available now!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gems and Jewels of Downton Abbey

If you know me, you know that I live and breathe Downton Abbey. The show, whose third season premieres on PBS January 6th, has become famous for its clever scripts, heart-wrenching plots, talented cast, and of course, gorgeous fashion. In this upcoming season, we'll see the Crawley family take on a new decade: the 1920's. In anticipation of the upcoming third season, an official companion book, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, was released this month. Written by Jessica Fellowes, daughter of the show's creator and writer, Julian Fellowes, Chronicles is packed with insider photos, character bios, and hints of what's to come in season three! 

My copy of Chronicles had been preordered since October, so when I was contacted about creating Downton inspired style guides for the blog, you can only imagine my excitement. A chance to combine my two favorite things: Downton and fashion! I poured over the pages when I was home over Thanksgiving break, and two accessories kept popping up across the pages: long necklaces, and jeweled headbands or hair pieces. Here are a few of my picks if you're looking to channel your inner Lady Mary just in time for the premiere! If you're too impatient, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey is sure to tide you over in the meantime. 

UO rhinestone braided headband

I was not compensated for this post -- I just love Downton Abbey and the Chronicles of Downton Abbey!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Red, White and Vintage

Back at Syracuse after a very relaxing Thanksgiving break. As anxious as I was to get back to school then, now I'm dreading all the work that's hitting me these next two weeks. Bear with me if my posting is sparse -- I'll be a regular at the SU library for the next fourteen days. 

Sweater: J.Crew (old) Similar
Necklace: Vintage (Similar)
Pants: NYC Boutique (Similar: Splurge vs. Steal)
Belt: Thrifted
Flip-Flops: Tory Burch
Bangle: Sequin

I'm usually not one to vintage shop a ton -- but I visited the Brooklyn Flea this summer and couldn't believe all the gorgeous pieces. I came super close to picking up a pair of Jimmy Choo's for $60 (granted, they were a little old and run-down. But they're Jimmy Choo's!), but sadly my size 8 feet couldn't squeeze into a 7. Instead, I grabbed this blue cameo necklace - I loved the blue background, different from a typical pink. I'd definitely recommend a visit to the Brooklyn Flea next time you're in NYC - besides just the stands, there's amazing food too!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a happy happy holiday! I'll be gorging myself on stuffing and turkey with family - I hope you're all doing the same!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Girl on a Budget: J.Crew

It's no secret that I am in the midst of a long-lived love affair with J.Crew. The classic-but-still-trendy pieces have a way of making their way into my closet every time I visit a store. But a love affair even greater than this one is mine with the J.Crew sale section. Crawling with great deals, especially when you add on the 15% student discount, it's the perfect place to go to get your favorite essentials without shelving out the big bucks. A few of my favorites right now are below, including the classic ballet flats (obsessed with mine - so versatile), as well as the go-to cafe capri pants. Head over now -- there's an extra 25% off and free shipping on everything in store!

ONE bling-button cardigan $54.00
TWO perfect fit colorblock tee $29.99
THREE tissue turtleneck tee $19.99
FOUR anchor mini $79.99
FIVE cafe capri in wool $49.99
SIX ink-dip popover $34.99
SEVEN classic leather ballet flat $58.00
EIGHT crystal bouquet ring $49.99

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Documentary in Vogue

Who didn't love the 2009 documentary The September Issue? I'll admit, when it came out I was a senior in high school and drove to a 30 minutes away movie theater on a Tuesday to see it (by myself). The film chronicled the creation of the magazine's legendary September issue, the hallmark yearly issue for fashion magazines everywhere. 

This December, we're getting another VOGUE documentary to fawn over, but this time on the small screen. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye focuses on the editors whose vision and imagination manifests itself in the fashion images that make up the pages of the legendary glossy. HBO will premiere the film, which features interviews with legendary VOGUE editors such as Creative Director Grace Coddington (whose memoir is out today!), and fashion icons and VOGUE staples like Sarah Jessica Parker. Thankfully, my family is (finally) getting HBO this month, so it'll be here in time for 

Gorgeous Grace Coddington directed photoshoot in the September 2007 VOGUE

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Animated Fashion

Growing up outside Chicago, a highlight of the holiday season was heading down to Marshall Field's (sadly now Macy's) on State Street for some holiday window viewing. As such, holiday windows have always held a special place in my Christmas season. As I head down to New York City this weekend to see the Heiress with my Downton Abbey obsessed family (Dan Stevens, one of the show's stars, has a lead role in the cast), I'm looking forward to checking out a new set of holiday windows at Barneys on Madison Avenue.

Steven Meisel and Minnie Mouse
This year, the legendary department store has teamed up with Disney to create windows for their flagship store. The images feature some of your favorite fashion celebs in animated form: Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Del Russo, Naomi Campbell, Bryanboy and Lady Gaga. Even better, there's a short animated Disney film titled Electric Holiday featuring the 'characters' from the windows playing on repeat inside the store. It's the perfect fusion of childhood and grown-up loves: Disney characters and high fashion. Check it out if you're in NYC this holiday season!

Emmanuelle Alt, Franca Sozzani, Sarah Jessica Parker and Glenda Bailey
Carine Roitfeld, Naomi Campbell and the Cheshire Cat
Lady Gaga

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Comfy Cozy for Fall

We're reaching that point in the semester where I'm in desperate need of a break. Looking extremely forward to next week's Thanksgiving holiday, with plenty of time for relaxation, spending time with friends, and of course, plenty of food. As my time for study abroad draws nearer and nearer, my list of items I'm wishing for only seems to grow and grow. Even on an unseasonably warm day like today, I find myself reaching for fall staples - riding boots, button down shirts, and thick sweaters. What are you craving this Monday?

ONE topshop jacquard trouser
TWO j.crew enamel ring
THREE scotch plaid shirt
FOUR madewell suede archive boot
FIVE j.crew heart cluster necklace
SIX collection cashmere cableknit sweater
SEVEN madewell lovelock clutch in calfhair (on sale!)

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Fresh Finds: Vintage Collars

Happy Friday! Collar necklaces have been one of my favorite jewelry trends this year. Half statement necklace, half subdued and elegant outfit addition, they're a perfect way to give a plain top a little something extra. Not to mention I love collars on everything, so these necklaces make that just a bit easier to achieve. I spotted this gorgeous vintage collar necklace and fell immediately in love. The intricate detailing on the gold stenciled pattern makes for a perfect feminine collar. At only $22, I'm tempted to pick it up myself!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pinterest of the Week: Dawn Del Russo

If you're a fashion lover, then your Pinterest is most likely chock full of beautiful images of clothes, ad campaigns, street style, and runway snaps. Dawn Del Russo, the founder behind Bella Dawn and YouTube fashion expert, has a Pinterest that offers all that and more. With boards dedicated to designers, ad campaigns, TV shows (even award shows!), colors and ways to wear certain styles, you'll never be lacking fashion inspiration when pinning from her boards.

A few of my favorite boards include those dedicated to Glitter, Hermes, an extensive collection of fashion Editorials and last year's Oscars (a wonderful year with a Meryl win!). There's a few boards that aren't style related, but for the most part, this pinner is one for the fashion lovers. Check out my favorite pins below:

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