Bow Tie

(top- J.Crew, bow tie- Vintage, skirt- Urban Outfitters, belt- Vintage, necklace- Anthropologie, ring old Banana Republic, bracelet J.Crew, watch Michael Kors)

Totally into bow ties right now.
Snagged this Vintage Bow Tie while shopping in the Mission with Jennie.
I have decided I want to start a Vintage bow tie collection, not that I need an excuse for another 'collection'.
Glad I am finding new ways to wear this old Urban Outfitters skirt.
Black and white stripes always remind of Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss, so that my friends is why this skirt will never leave my closet.

Urban Prep

(leather jacket- Theory (on sale), top- J.Crew , jeans- Courtshop via Mira Mira boutique in SF, heels - Vince Camuto similar here, earrings - Kate Spade, belt- J.Crew, bag Coach, red bracelet - J.Crew, necklace- Forever 21)

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

This is my version of Urban Prep.
I have been living in this leather jacket.  I got it on super sale at Nordstrom's and I seriously wear it almost every day.  It is the perfect jacket to layer under a winter coat for extra warmth...and I love that I can wear this jacket in doors all day to stay cozy at work (while looking chic of course).
I really love the marled knit detail on the cuffs, hem and neckline of the jacket--it makes it super unique and special.
What is an item that you just can't live without right now?

DIY Mason Jar Floral Arrangements

I'm lucky because my mom is an amazing Floral Designer.
I got to accompany her to the flower market last week and pick out the flowers for our Thanksgiving dinner table.
I wanted to go for more vibrant and cheerful colors that were more unexpected than the usual Thanksgiving subdued neutrals.

DIY Mason Jar Floral Arrangements

You will need:
Mason Jars and Raffia to tie around the Mason Jar
 Flowers of your choice.  
Our main flowers were: (from left to right)
Hot Lady Roses
Red Celosia
Hypericum Berry
Billy Balls
Dried Wheat
Dried Oak Leaves
Set up all the Mason Jars you want to use and just start filling them in with the flowers.
I started by placing about four roses into each Mason Jar, since the roses are the fullest flower to start the foundation of the arrangement.
Then choose another flower to add, and start placing that flower into all the jars.
Once you have put all the options of flowers into the jar, you can go back through the arrangements and add more where needed.
Clearly my Thanksgiving outfit was inspired by these festive floral arrangements!
Our dining room table has a really unique feature--a canyon carved out in the middle of it. 
This 'canyon' is perfect to place floral arrangements inside.
The Mason Jars added the perfect touch to keep the table rustic and unique.
Hope you enjoyed this little DIY!
The great thing is that you can make any type of arrangement in Mason Jars--just follow what inspires your for colors, textures and style!

***You can check out my Mom's floral business here.***

Autumn Brights & DIY Autumn head wreath

(dress- Threadsence similar here, cord leggings- Gap, cardigan- old J.Crew similar here and here, head wreath- DIY, boots- old Frye similar here, watch- Michael Kors, friendship bracelts- Forever 21, earrings- Vintage, chain necklace- J.Crew similar here, dream catcher- Forever 21 similar here)
Photos by David Le Brun

For Thanksgiving I was definitely inspired by Autumn brights instead of the standard earthy, neutrals.  I absolutely love this Aztec print knit tunic from Threadsence.  I can tell it will come in handy all year long.
The warm colors in this outfit felt very festive and cheerful which is exactly what I was going for.

DIY Autumn Head Wreath
This DIY head wreath seriously could not be any easier!
I knew I really wanted a head garland for Thanksgiving--I wanted to feel like a forest Autumn wood fairy! 
I didn't have a lot of time so I went to Michaels and bought some decorative wire garland already made.
Since it had wire in it already this was the fastest DIY ever.

 I simply measured the strand of garland around my head and cut the wire the length it would fit around my head.
Then I took the ends of the wire and twisted each side around each other.
Then voila! You have a head garland.
In the future when I have more time I will definitely add more pieces to the garland.
Or you can start from scratch with wire, then add pieces along the garland of your choice.

Check back later today for a DIY on floral Mason Jar center pieces.

Black and Yellow Black and Yellow

(pants- H&M similar here, jacket - Vintage similar here, necklace- c/o Poshlocket, top - Missoni for Target, Disco wallet c/o Pixie Mood)

Happy Thanksgiving!
Can't wait to eat, drink and be merry!
I'm thankful for so much everyday, but today I will reflect on all my blessings even more.
Everyday I am thankful for my amazing family, good health and my friendships.
Hope your day is filled with love.

Family Road Trip to Carmel

This is my brother and sister.  
We went on a family road trip to Carmel to celebrate my sister's birthday!
We took the scenic route on Highway 1, and the road trip up there was insanely gorgeous in between all this rain!
We stopped in Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, and we pranced around the amazing beaches to soak in some of that invigorating sea breeze.
When we got to Carmel we did the famous 17 mile drive, which is such a majestic experience!
I know it seems silly to wear sequins and leather pants on a road trip--but seriously, why the hell not?!
 It's a birthday celebration anyways -- so it's better to be festive.  Plus honestly this outfit was sooo comfortable and cozy.
The Birthday Girl! Yippee!
The brother!
  He has been a sport lately taking my photos. (thanks David, I love you man)
(red cape- Evil Twin via Mira Mira boutique in SF, pleather pants- H&M similar here, sequin top- J.Crew on sale now!, Hand me down booties, Vintage sunglasses.- Chick A Boom Vintage similar here)

More pics from the trip to come!  We had so much fun celebrating my sister!
Nothing is better than spending time with family--especially when it is on a road trip!
Excited for Thanksgiving this week, and in the spirit of being thankful my family is something I am thankful for everyday! launch

Holiday Party Chic, Vintage Sparkle is an awesome UK retailer that is now launching in the US!
This site offers British style fashion with exclusive British brands, and my favorite exclusive British brand on their site is Love Label.  
There is quite a range of options on their site, and I got so inspired exploring it that I made a few outfit collages (every outfit has something from Love Label).  
These outfits are all inspired by the Holidays...

City Chic, Dramatic and Edgy

New Year's Eve Bombshell, Cheerful and Fresh

Cute Day to Night, Happy Hour 'til dawn

Girl's Brunch, on a Rainy Day

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