Oscars 2012 – Wearing Winter Whites

February 26th, 2012

It may have been a black-tie-affair, but it was the color white that ruled the red carpet at the Academy Awards Sunday night.

Giuliana Rancic looked lovely in a white couture gown by designer Tony Ward, Milla Jovovich was stunning in Elie Saab couture, Gwyneth Paltrow donned a Tom Ford column gown with a cape, Octavia Spencer sparkled in Tadashi Shoji, Rooney Mara – who spent most of the awards season wearing black –  looked beautiful in a snow white Givenchy gown, and Jennifer Lopez sizzled in a custom Zuhair Murad couture gown with a plunging neckline and cut-out sleeves. 

My favorite look of the evening:  Rooney Mara.  The Vogue cover girl was stunning in the frosted fishtail ensemble with the sculptural bodice and gauzy overlay.  And I love that she accessorized it with little more than a red lip and a glossy chignon.

Wearing Winter White



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Loving Lace

February 22nd, 2012

If you think lace is just for brides, grandmothers, and girly-girls, think again.  Designers are taking the sweet, somewhat dated material, and making it super hip and current. 

I love this dress by Chelsea & Violet.  It puts a playful twist on skull print with a feminine fit and lace overlay.  The pretty silhouette is a perfect pick if you want to add edge without looking too serious.

Can you say date night dress?

skull clothing

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Belt It Out

February 16th, 2012

You all have one – and if you don’t, you should.  Belts are my obsession.  I wear one with everything from dresses and blazers, to pants and cardigans.  And if you’re a little nervous about dipping your toe in the pop of color trend that’s so popular right now, a belt is an easy way to incorporate a crazy color into your outfit.

But here’s the thing:  storing belts drives me crazy.  For years, I’ve simply slung them over a wire hanger – and it never fails that the one I want, is always at the bottom.  Always.  So when I saw this jewelry tray on super sale while shopping the other day, I thought it might make a perfect home for all my beloved belts.

And it did.

A jewelry tray is a simple solution that worked for me and I just thought I’d share.  I mean, if I can save just one woman with my story, then my years of storage struggle have been totally worth it.  Totally.

storage solutions for the closet

storage solutions for the closet

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2012

Valentine’s Day Debacle 2012 Averted

February 13th, 2012

After the Valentine’s Day Debacle of 2011, I decided to skip the store bought cards for Reichen and Latham’s preschool party this year in favor of something special.


Are you impressed?  Don’t be.  These personalized Valentine’s are super simple to make and I love the visual illusion the card creates.

Happy crafting!

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Husbandism #48

February 8th, 2012

David:  “Hey, look what I did to Latham while you were gone!”

What my husband said when I returned from a short bathroom break at Red Lobster.

Valentine Goodie Guide

February 7th, 2012

Making blueberry lemon muffins in heart cupcake papers for my boys to take to preschool today totally put me in the Valentine’s Day spirit.  Reichen and Latham laughed, jumped up and down, and clapped like crazy at the thought of  passing out the sweet treats wrapped in the pretty print to all their friends. 

And that’s the same reaction I hope you have this holiday, but in case your loved one needs a little help, I put together the following Valentine Goodie Guide.


p.s.  David, just in case you’re reading this, #11 would totally make me laugh, jump up and down, and clap like crazy.  Just sayin’…

Valentine Gift Ideas

1.  Swatch Watch – red

2. Heart Stud Earrings

3. Heart Print Dress

4.  To Love YouGiclee

5.  Pleated Skirt

6.  Valentine Cupcake Papers

7.  Silk Scarf

8.  Heart Print Platform

9.  Red Heart Bobby Pins

10. Red Heart Pocket Mirror

11.  Swatch Watch – pink

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Would A J.Crew Model Wear It?

February 2nd, 2012

When shopping for lipstick, gloss, or tint, my internal monologue goes a little something like this: “Hmmm. It’s a super pretty color, but would a J.Crew model wear it?”


Just me?

Anyhow, nothing is fueling my interior monologue fire more than J.Crew’s February catalog.  I love the nearly nude eyes and the pop of pastel lips the models are wearing.

Now the fun part: searching a slew of spring shades for the perfect J.Crew-y color. 



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Sock It To Me

February 1st, 2012

From striped shirt dresses to floral mini skirts, the entire Jason Wu for Target collaboration is totally covetable—and, at under sixty bucks a pop, remarkably affordable.  But what I heart most about the collection:  the styling.  I am loving the milkmaid braid and lace ankle socks the model wears in every look. 

*Photo via Jason Wu for Target 

I’ve never really worn anklet socks with my heels or loafers, but I’m totally going to give it a try.  All I need now are some super cute socks.  Here are a few of my favs.

1.  Pointelle 1937 Socks

2.  Big Dot Socks – Aqua

3. Meadowbloom 1937 socks

4. Fish Net Sock

5. Caged Bird

6. Opaque Ankle Sock

7. Nesting Dolls

8. Mini Strip Socks

9.  Big Dot Socks – Red

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Husbandism #47

January 31st, 2012

David:  “I’m dying a slow death watching this show.  I mean, I’m clearly losing days off the back end of my life while watching this – I’m sure of it.”

What my husband said after watching The Bachelor with me on Monday night.


January 30th, 2012

My heart started beating a bit faster when I spotted Hammerpress, a letterpress boutique I just happened to stumble upon while driving all of my 3 stinky boys to see Sesame Street Live in downtown Kansas City last weekend.  So after surviving 2 hours of Elmo, Bert, and Big Bird singing, dancing, and counting,  I made a bee line back to the paper place.

Hammerpress makes the most pretty products.  There, you’ll discover interesting and unique cards, posters, prints, and notebooks – all made with the most beautiful and saturated inks.  I literally wanted to buy everything in the store.  Everything.  But I restrained myself and only bought about half of the store. 

I mean, I try to practice self restraint whenever possible.




Want to know more? Click here to shop Hammerpress on line.

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Husbandism #46

January 29th, 2012

David:  “I wish I could find pitty spray that smells like your arms.  I’m serious.  I think I would be happier if I smelled like that.”

What my husband said after I put on vanilla scented lotion from Bath and Body Works.

Toddler Talk

January 25th, 2012

Latham: “Mommy?”

Me: “Yes, baby?”

Latham: “I’m going to dream about you when I go to sleep.”

The sweet words my 3 year old whispered in my ear after tucking him in bed last night.

*Photo courtesy of Solar Photographers

Birchbox Beauty

January 24th, 2012

One of my favorite gifts I received this holiday season: Birchbox. It’s the gift that keeps giving! And for beauty-a-holics like me, it totally feeds my addiction in an affordable way.

Birchbox, in case you haven’t heard, is a subscription service which delivers 4 – 5 sample beauty products to your mailbox once a month, every month, in a beautiful box with pink foil lettering.

And, I literally clapped and jumped up and down when I opened it and saw all the pretty packaging.

The best part: the goodies!  There were 5 good sized beauty products in the blind box, some I’ve heard of, some I haven’t.  And all of them totally worth trying.

The best part about Birchbox:  the price.  It only costs $10 a month to have the beauty box delivered to your door!

Try it!  You’ll like it!

The Good News Is You Don’t Have Any Tumors

January 19th, 2012

“The good news,” he says to me, “is you don’t have any tumors.”

I thought he was joking at first, the radiologist, but I could see from his scowl he was serious.

“But you do have other issues going on,” he says slowly, “that’s for sure.”

Of course I have other issues.  Who doesn’t?  But I assume he’s referring to something other than my garage door compulsion.  I mean, does anyone else drive around the block just to make sure it’s closed?


Just me?


“You have acid reflux,” the doctor continues, “which is bit bizarre since that’s something old people like me have, not you.”

My family physician warned me I might have acid reflux.  When I sat on her paper coated padded table a couple days prior and complained about a weird lump in my throat, she said I was describing a text book acid reflux symptom.  But she said I should see a specialist for more tests, just in case.

“What other issues are going on,” I ask.

I could tell he either didn’t want talk or didn’t have time to talk, either way, he was going to talk.  I mean, I just swallowed a bunch of barium for him, the least he could do was talk for me.

“Well,” he begins, “your general practitioner will go over the results with you in detail, but I did discover, in addition to your acid reflux, you have a hernia, an ulcer, and a belly full of harmful bacteria.”  After taking a big breath he continues, “But don’t worry, you’re not contagious.”  And with that, he smiled and walked away.

The nurse told me to get dressed and not to worry.  “Your doctor will go over your results in detail,” she repeats, again.

When I met with my family physician the next day, she sucked her breath through her teeth when she walked in the room where I was waiting before saying, “you have a lot of issues going on.”

“I guess,” I agree.

She pulls out her pad and writes me 6 prescriptions.  I am now popping 20 pills a day, every day, for the next 14 days for acid reflux, a belly full of bacteria, a hernia, and an ulcer. 

And it’s been brutal.  Real.  Brutal.

I’ll spare you all the incredibly gross and incredibly gory medication side effects.

You’re welcome.