Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

It's been a few weeks since I've shared a few of my favorite things with you, here are a few things I'm currently loving: 

Olivia Palermo's Decorating Tips: Sure we all drool over her fashion sense, but are you surprised that Olivia's style translates beyond just her lust worthy closet? 

Momofuku Birthday Cake: I brought this to a friends birthday party a few weeks ago and I haven't stopped thinking about it. Life changing. I'm thinking this may be the cooking class in which I finally partake (because it's super practical right)

Trish McEvoy Power of Brushes Collection: I've always been loyal to Bobbi Brown's brushes but with this adorable turquoise case, these babies have moved to the top of my wishlist 

Strawberry JalapeƱo Margarita Recipe: Margaritas are a staple in my apartment so I know I have to give this one a try. 

Chicago Apartment Makeover: This apartment transformation is seriously a dream. 

7 Facial Mists for Every Skin Type: I swear by the Evian spray and always have it in my beach bag! 

And finally, remember, it's Wednesday!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Social Graces

Proper etiquette has always been a nonnegotiable in my family. I'm pretty sure my first foray into the ability to distinguish the salad fork from dinner fork happened while I was still in my highchair and I was gifted White Gloves and Party Manners at the age of four with the subliminal message "those tea parties for your America Girls are cute but here's how it's really done". Every passing Christmas my etiquette book collection has grown exponentially into an anthology that would make Emily Post take note. But even with such an expansive library of references I often find myself questioning whether Mad Men era protocols still pertain to today's culture. Vogue's Modern Manners column has become one of my favorite sources to consult on what is still considered inappropriate, and where we can afford to make a few more allowances.

(In case you need a brief refresher on dining etiquette, Chloe Malle's video is perfect.)

While nothing boils my blood faster than a cell phone on the dinner table (here's when it appropriate to use them), and I will continue to wish a bride-to-be "best wishes" (congratulations should be reserved for the groom), I realize that, unfortuately, in today's day and age, fighting some of these things may be a losing battle. Regardless, I will strive to maintain a connection with an era when it was acceptable to drink in the middle of the day and it's reassuring to know that even a few publications still find a certain level of decorum to be expected.

If you're looking for a passive-agressive gift for some friends who many need to brush up on the basics, (I know I would personally love to hand a copy of this book out to every resident of Manhattan) here are a few of my favorites references:
Social Graces

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Shopbop Sale

I'm Jon Hamm's dream girl. Technically, I'm more of Don Draper's target audience since I am  the biggest sucker for a good marketing campaign, namely sales. So of course, whenever Shopbop is offering a promotion I feel how I image the tides feel about the moon, utterly powerless to it's control. Naturally my eyes are much bigger than my pocketbook so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite items and perhaps you can make me feel slightly less guilty by also partaking in a "treat yo self" day. Shopbop Sale

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And if that wasn't enough...

My anticipation of summer only rivals that of the arrival of Royal Baby #2 so of course I'm scouting countless bathing suits. My summer will not be complete until I own a Marysia Honolulu Bikini Top.

This yummy Christope Sauvat Mexican Embroidered dress was the first item I pulled the trigger on.

I picture myself having glamorous picnics in the park wearing this perfect LWD.

With wedding season just about upon us this Rory Beca Flamingo dress is the perfect option for any guest.

A colorful clutch that is well under $100 makes the perfect gift.

So run, don't walk, to the final hours of the Shopbop sale. Everything is 25% off until midnight tonight. Happy Shopping!

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