Thanksgiving brings with it a lot of things: tryptophan, time spent bickering with family, lots of naps and, of course, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Below is a round up of items perfect for the glam gal on your list. Not all of the items are on sale, but a few goodies are—and, of course, there’s still a few weeks before Christmas.
This Theory sweatshirt dress (one of the spoils from my TJ Maxx shopping spree) has become on of the go-to items in my closet. It can be worn belted or loose, over tights or sans tights… and it looks great topped with a jacket or over a collared shirt. It’s a great blank canvas and, being that it’s made of sweatshirt material, supremely comfy.
Dress: Theory c/o TJ Maxx // Collared dress (worn beneath): Equipment // Belt, jewelry and bag: TJ Maxx // Boots: Prada
It’s been quite a few weeks since TJ Maxx flew me to New York for the Ultimate Maxxinista Experience, but I still haven’t posted all of my outfit shots! I got this cute sequined top by Parker during my shopping spree, and thought it paired well with the leather sweatpants. I also wore it with distressed denim and a fur stole for my friend’s bachelorette party. The top is no longer available online (though you might be able to find it at your local TJ’s) but Parker makes several iterations of sequined tops and dresses. I think this one is particularly cute.
Sequined top: Parker c/o TJ Maxx // Leather sweatpants: Vince c/o TJ Maxx // Heels: Delman c/o TJ Maxx // Earrings: Vintage // Clutch: Alexander McQueen
I know, I know… it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, can we just cool it with the “Jingle Bell Rock”? I’m already in the Christmas spirit (thanks in large part to cooler temps), so I thought I’d share some items that I certainly wouldn’t mind finding beneath my tree this year…
1. Le Creuset Dutch Oven: I used to have one of these years ago, until an unfortunate chili-cooking accident, when the pot actually broke while it sat on top of the hot stove, sending chili (and, ultimately, my dignity) everywhere. Dutch ovens are great for soups, stews and even small roasts. Just keep a careful eye on them.
2. Prada Floral Sunglasses: I don’t care if these babies are old news, I still want them. I just think they’d make every outfit look that much cooler.
3. Rodin Olio Lusso body cream: Extravagant? Yes. But oh, so worth it.
4. Nars Polish: Nars and Chanel make the best nail polishes in the most vibrant colors. The bottles look pretty great sitting on top of a vanity, too.
5. Rodarte “Rosarte” Sweatshirt: I live in sweatshirts, and this one is just perfect to pair with jeans and sneakers. Long live Rodarte.
6. Margiela X Converse: I’m a bit of a sneaker-head, and these Margiela X Converse high-tops are callin’ my name. They would look so great with skinnies and a blazer, a floral dress, jean shorts…. pretty much anything. Le sigh.
It’s no secret that I am pretty much an old lady trapped in a young lady’s body. I like to go to bed early (I’m usually in bed by 9:30 PM, and I’m not exaggerating), love to wake up early (on weekends I generally “sleep in” until 7 AM); I love crime shows and books (documentary-style crime shows not NCIS-type stuff… I’m not that much of an old lady) and I love love LOVE antiquing. Every year, my grandmother and I take a trip to Mount Dora, Florida, for the annual antiques extravaganza (it’s actually called that). This year was a little different. My grandmother (Mema, as I call her) had surgery last week, so she wasn’t quite feeling up to a day full of walking around, so I took my boyfriend instead. It started pouring so the trip was cut short after only a couple of hours, but I did manage to snag a pretty cool necklace and I spotted some awesome home decor items.
The base of this table is undeniably gorgeous. Anything bronze adds the perfect flash of glam to a room and rams heads are always so regal. The pink chairs are pretty spectacular, too. Very Palm Beach meets Hollywood Regency.
I have a thing for heads (I have a whole myriad of heads in our house—none real, of course—from deer heads to a beaded rhino head, to three or four human heads) so this lady won my heart.
This deer hide rug, with flecks of gold, would add the perfect feminine-meets-masculine touch to a living room. I think I might need it.
My treasure: I had to take this home with me. I’ve spotted similar necklaces that are usually pretty pricey. This one reminds of Alison Lou’s Moody Jewels.
In honor of The Contemporaries’ (MOCA Jacksonville’s young professional group) upcoming New Year’s Eve gala, a little pop art-themed ensemble…
Ahh the 80′s. The decade that brought us shoulder pads, spandex and a new era of hip-hop music. The members of Run DMC were especially adept at pulling off the Adidas sweatsuit look, which served as inspiration for this particular ensemble. I’ve blogged about these Vince leather sweatpants a few times in the past (they are my all-time favorite Marshall’s score) and I used them for my “one item, three ways” shoot in New York City. Paired with denim and chunky high-tops, this outfit references the sweatsuit look of the ’80s without looking too costume-y.
Pants: Vince c/o TJ Maxx // Shirt: old J. Crew // Bag: Celine // Bracelet: Eddie Borgo // Earrings: Vintage // Sneakers: Isabel Marant
To get to Ann Arbor, you have to fly to Detroit, which meant that we were able to spend a bit of time in the Motor City this past weekend. It was sadly very empty (unsurprising, considering the city is bankrupt), but there was something kind of magical about being in a city full of skyscrapers (it was once the third largest city in the country, behind New York and Chicago) without the hustle and bustle of most big cities. After having brunch, we walked to a local Plaza to get up close and personal with some Canadian geese (they were pretty legit—you can actually see Canada from Detroit) and take a look at some of the city’s monuments and statues.
Suede jeans: Rag & Bone // Top: Zoe Karssen via Nordstrom Rack // Sneaks: Isabel Marant // Sweater: BCBG // Bag: Prada // Scarf: Kate Spade via TJ Maxx
Our weekend jaunt to Ann Arbor was insanely fun. The town is gorgeous, the food is fantastic and my boyfriend’s family is just incredible. I come from a small family (growing up, it was really just me, my grandmother and my mom) so it’s a fun change to be around a big, laughing, smiling family. It’s especially fun when everyone makes you feel welcome, which they did such a good job of. My only complaint? The weather. I constantly complain about the heat in Florida. Who doesn’t crave boot weather occasionally? Ann Arbor weather is not boot weather. It’s ski mask weather. Thermal underwear weather. Of course, it’s 80 degrees in Florida, so I wouldn’t mind a slight breeze, but I’m not sure how long I could go in extremely cold temps.
That dead, lifeless look in my eyes? That’s the face of someone who believes they are about to freeze to death.
Jenni Kayne jacket // Rag & Bone jeans // Rag & Bone and Kain Label layered tops // Prada boots // Prada bag
During my recent trip to Michigan, I learned the importance of bundling up and keeping comfortable. One of the main reasons I love the athletic trend so much (other than the fact that it is hip-hop inspired, which I really dig) is that it is supremely comfortable. Sweatpants can be worn with heels or dressed down with high-tops. Varsity jackets can be worn with distressed jeans or polished trousers. Anything goes! Here’s a look that I think would work perfectly for Saturday morning coffee and donuts.