90s Revival, DWTS, and 3 Must-Have Pieces for Fall…

Good afternoon, friends! I’m proud to report that there were no crazy makeup mishaps this morning and all the product went where it was supposed to…Mondays can really throw you for a loop.  It did, however, redeem itself in the form of Dancing with the Stars.  Now, I never actually watched this show for more than 4 consecutive minutes before last night, but there was something about the cast that really intrigued me – hello, if Bill Nye The Science Guy was going to be dancing, you know I’d be watching! Also, my inner Disney teen was probably far too excited to see Corbin Bleu, and that trashy-reality TV version of myself was definitely looking out for Snooki (er, Nicole…) – who, by the way, actually looked gorgeous and incredibly fit, which is obviously a far cry from her days on the Shore. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the dancing and definitely touched by the underlying message of determination and strength as exhibited by the two contestants struggling with debilitating diseases: Jack Osbourne and the lovely Valerie Harper.  Did I just find my new guilty pleasure?

Image Cred: CBS

In other news, apparently Timberland boots are being revived from the 90s grave they were buried in and are fashionable again.  I’m sorry, but,… what?  I get it, they are considered to be a little piece of Americana, a little glimpse into urban street style, but to be fair, they. are. work. boots.  So, unless you plan on doing some carpentry or want to get busy rewiring some faulty electrical work, please, take them off.  It kind of baffles me that some of the world’s most noteworthy fashion designers are all about this trend.  Take the glorious designer of BCBG and Herve Leger, Max Azria, for example.  In an interview by Yahoo, he states: “It could be very stylish if you do a contradiction with a very feminine dress with these tough shoes. The balance is fantastic and very sexy.” I understand the whole androgynous, mixed sexuality, artistic angle you’re advocating, but Max, but if I’m going to be feminine, I’m going to wear pumps, not work. boots.  My girl, Rebecca Minkoff came to the rescue with a resounding “no” when asked if it were in style.  She gets me. And, now you know.


Finally, these 3 fab runway trends are totally do-able for Fall: leopard/animal print, leather, and emerald green.

Burberry Fall 2013 Runway Show
Image Cred: Burberry

Oh Burberry, how pretty are you.  I’ve never been a big animal print lover; however, I’ve learned over time that moderation with (mostly) anything, including prints, is A-okay.  Since the New York Fall Fashion Week in the Spring, I’ve been on a mad hunt for a good pair of leopard pumps or flats.  Because trends change in an instant, I’ll probably settle on something more affordable, but, how cute are these, Loubs?!

Christian Louboutin
Image Cred: Christian Louboutin

As I sit here and type in my leather moto jacket by Zara, I can wholeheartedly say, I’ve bought into this craze.  There’s something special about leather that adds instant glam to even the most casual outfits.  Dressed up or dressed down, a touch of this versatile fabric can really pump up your chic factor. My next must-have? Leather leggins.

Image Cred: inaworldofbees.com
Lauren Conrad
Image Cred: Lauren Conrad

Move over burgundy, there’s a new deep hue in town: emerald green.  This color hit the runways (thanks, Pantone) in full force and I’m not mad about it.  What a beautiful color. Why haven’t we been this obsessed with it before!? Let’s all go get some emerald anything and be the gems that we are…(I was well overdue for a pun…)

Image Cred: fashionista.com

What are you working into your Fall wardrobe!?



We Go To Vermont-a And Do What We Want-a…

Let me begin by stating that I’ve been a terrible mother to my blog-baby.  I can’t believe it has taken me over a week to post – I really have no other excuse except that silly thing called life getting in the way!

Well, enough of that – I should probably stop apologizing and start writing!  Before I get to the namesake of this post, I’m compelled to share two mini-rants.

1. After weeks of drooling over that healthy pumpkin smoothie I blogged about earlier, I gathered all the materials and attempted to make it.  As if the world didn’t want me to taste that much awesome, my poor blender had a leak in it. How sad is that!?  The answer is verrry. Anyone have a blender suggestion?

2.  Word on the street is that my girl, Jen Aniston, was in town last week… and. I. missed. it. I mean, I know the chances of me ever “casually” running into JenJen are slim to none, but what’s a girl have to do to get a heads up on such an epic sighting!? As if her presence wasn’t enough, my BFF is now backing Cambridge, MA based hair product firm, Living Proof.  How great is that?  Having been a Living Proof user for over a year now, I can definitely say that this is a beyond glorious union.

Great product + great spokeswoman = genius business move.


For more info on Living Proof products click here! Need a few more details on Jen’s new hair-care home? Click here!


OKAY, so lets talk about Vermont.  If you haven’t been, you should go. If you live there, take a look around – it is beautiful! Following in designer, Rebecca Minkoff’s recent footsteps, my fiance, bestie, and her boyfriend decided to give this great state a visit this past weekend and we weren’t disappointed.

While us leaf peepers may have missed the peak of foliage season, we still were greeted with some majestic, colorful landscapes.  Our souls were warmed this weekend by some serious hot apple cider and warm apple cider donuts.With all this goodness, I’m seriously contemplating putting cinnamon on pretty much everything.

We also found our new favorite restaurant/bar called The Parlor.  I can’t really describe this cozy, rustic gem, but it has a fireplace, cheese plates, and great drinks… did I mention the fireplace!?  I’m not going to lie, snatching the coveted benches in front of the fire made us me feel a little like the cast of Friends… replace the bench with an orange couch and the hard cider with a hot coffee and I’d say we’re pretty much indiscernible.

Anyway, here are a few shots from our little New England adventure!



Where is your favorite fall destination!?

Here’s to apples as crisp as the fall air and leaves on fire with color…