Wild About Animal Prints!

As a self-described hoarder of coats, this double leopard topcoat from J.Crew is my newest fave. My penchant for wearing all black makes this coat all the more essential to my wardrobe. What a pop animal prints can give an otherwise monochromatic outfit.

Pair with black ankle pants, a black turtleneck and black flats for a chic and easy daytime look. Or throw it on over a red dress for a night out. Dress up jeans and jeweled heels or choose athletic pants for a more “street style” look.

The possibilities are endless!

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Photo via jcrew.com

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Daily Covet: Winter Flurries

We have had the craziest weather here in Middle America this year. It was kind of a cold spring until rain ruined half our allotted summer pool days. And this week, a fairly big snow complete with frigid winds and single digit temperatures showed up. In early November. Grrrrr…. or should I say Brrrrrr?

Since I canceled my gym membership recently for lack of “attendance,” I have taken to working out outside when I do fit it into my routine. However, I have always stood by the fact that cute workout clothes and new running shoes are enough motivation for me to get my butt back into the groove.

What better inspiration is there than this base layer Flurry Ombre set from Athleta? I love how cozy it looks and how cool the flurried pattern is. It’s also sassy enough to wear without layers aprés ski or peeking out of your winter parka when you’re on the run!

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photo from Athleta.com

Daily Covet: A few of my favorite things

I just looked back at the time stamp on my last post and realized I’m failing miserably at maintaining this blog. I sortof wish I could say I have got my covet-ing in check, but that wouldn’t be true. I still spend a lot of time “window shopping” online. That is to say, filling up my virtual carts and leaving them to sit un-checked out.

But this time of year, I’m taking special note because I have several people who ask for lists or just a few things that I may have my eye on for Christmas. And so, to make their lives easier and also to get a much-needed post on the books for the end of the year, a few of my favorite things is here!

“A few of my favorite things” is generally what I title this post each year, but it is also the song lyric from one of my favorite movies, “Sound of Music.” The movie also reminds me of the holidays because it used to be shown on public TV the night of Christmas. My family would cuddle up at my grandparents’ house after the dinner had been eaten and the packages had been opened.

Anywho, let’s get to it. From creamy tunic sweaters to spency designer watches and key fobs that will also charge your phone, here are a handful of items I love this year.

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  1. Michele Deco Diamond Dial – Nordstrom.com
  2. Tory Burch Fleming Quilted Lambskin Shoulder Bag – Vonmaur.com
  3. J. Crew Cotton Poplin Pajama Pants and  Top – JCrew.com
  4. Nine West Bootie – Ninewest.com
  5. Mark & Graham Power Up Lightning to USB Tassle Keychain – Markandgraham.com
  6. Mark & Graham Elisabetta Slouch Handbag – Markandgraham.com
  7. Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses – Groupon.com
  8. Saskia Oversized Pullover – Anthropologie.com

 

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Daily Covet: Birkenstock Gizeh

I know it’s so not original to be back into Birkenstocks these days. Style blog after style blog is telling you how to reinvent your Birkenstocks because why not wear these comfortable and newly styled sandals with literally everything?

I had several pairs of Birkenstocks, both obtained in the late 80’s when they made their post-hippy re-emergence. I held onto them long after I ever considered wearing them. And finally took them to the Goodwill long after the leather had hardened and the soles had broken down.

I was certain that this was a bandwagon I was not going to jump back on. But then the old-school “Arizona” and the more flip-flop-like “Gizeh” started showing up everywhere. And in the best colors and textures.

To say I have a mini obsession with this Metallic Copper pair with the Soft footbed is a understatement. I mean, how tan could my feet look in these adorable sandals after all? And more importantly, what color polish should I get at my next pedicure? “Mirrored” is hard to accessorize!

On a more serious note however, since the U.S. loser-in-chief  doesn’t see it necessary to look after our environment, it’s nice to know that companies like Birkenstock have been using more environmentally friendly materials and pioneering ways to reduce energy consumption since the 80’s. What better reason to wear Birkenstocks is there?

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What a girl wants

Is it too early to think about Christmas Wish Lists? Judging by the fact that all the department stores have been decked out since the day after Halloween, I’d say wish (or perhaps shop) away!

Clearly, this list is for the mostly casual girl that likes a little sparkle and a nice, red lip from time to time. Hmmm, I wonder who I was channeling when I put this together.

Take a look at some of these can’t fail items, if you need inspiration for your own list  (I’m sorry, I do not comprehend this concept) or if you are shopping for some special chick(s) this year. (Shop them on my Polyvore page.)

Anything I’m missing? What’s at the top of your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Roberto Coin Hoops: an alternative to studs

Virtually every day of my life before I leave the house, I put in simple diamond studs. I’m usually wearing my workout clothes when I leave in the morning – just in case I get (make) a chance to work out so my earrings are usually the one little sparkle I incorporate into my appearance.

I recently went through my jewelry looking for something else when I ran across a single baby hoop earring wtih graduated diamonds running channel-set down the middle. I’m missing one, which is sad, but not catastrophic. I guess you’d just call them fashion jewelry – nothing expensive and definitely not genuine.

I did love them though and have often wanted to wear them as a change from my normal studs. Recently, I went looking for a more grown up – read REAL – pair and found these Roberto Coin baby hoops.

The thing I love the most about Roberto Coin is that he always incorporates a signature ruby into his jewelry and generally it’s on the clasp or closure . The reason this is so appealing  is because my birthstone also happens to be a Ruby. Supposedly the ancient Egyptians believed that wearing a Ruby against the skin brought love, happiness, good health and prosperity.

Who couldn’t use a little side of all that along with a splash of sparkle every day?

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Green with Envy

Without selling out my beloved turquoise, I find myself drawn to all things green right now. Rich velvet couches, cute sneaks and emerald-colored clutches are all on my list of Daily Covets.

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I’m starting to notice a smattering of all shades green in couture collections, home decor sites and at most of my favorite retailers these days too. Is this the next big color?

Every season benefits from the freshest hue on earth. From Springy rebirth to the evergreen hue of a Christmas tree in Winter, there’s no shortage of green all year ’round.