Snapshot: 9/25

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It’s fall, y’all! It’s also currently 80 degrees at 8:30 pm and we’re running the A.C. full blast to cool down our un-cooldownable apartment. But, according to the calendar it is, in fact, my favorite season – the season of pumpkin, Halloween, layering, soup, long jackets, socks (SOCKS!), and crisp evenings with otherworldly sunsets (see the snap below).

This week actually flew by largely because we closed the winter issue of Willow and Sage (!!!), which I can’t wait to share in a couple months. I’m also working on some exciting projects, one of which involves contributing to eHow Style and Home. They present their content in a really fresh and eclectic way, often featuring articles about things that I didn’t even realize I wanted to know (DIY faux marble shelf? Yes!), and I’m glad to be writing for them again.

Happy weekend!


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My mood board at my desk filled with lots of light pink, navy, and copper hues.

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Evening sunset fading from pink to gray

The chin is in! I’ve long been told I have my father’s strong chin, and I’m glad it made it in our gorgeous boho-glam designer collection feature in October Jewelry Affaire.


San Francisco Should Always Have a Subway Under Construction Medium

Dreamgirls, Nine, and the Greatest Face-Off in Tony Award History Vanity Fair

At Home — and on the Hunt for Antiques — With Heidi Julavits T Magazine

 House Tour: An Airy Manhattan Loft As Fashionable as Its Owner Elle Decor

On the Set of ‘Dead 7,’ the All Boy-Band Zombie Western The Daily Beast

The Semiotics of “Rose Gold” The New Yorker

Modern Hepburn Wedding Look

Beauty, Fashion, Style


The phrase, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride,” has taken on a negative connotation for years. I haven’t experienced bridehood (yet…) so I can’t speak to the feeling of walking down an aisle – friends and family surrounding you, dad (mom? both parents?) on your arm, walking toward your soon-to-be husband – which I can only assume is magical, but I do know that attending a wedding as a guest, bridesmaid or otherwise, can be just as awesome. Dancing, creative desserts, and festivities aside, being part of a wedding usually means dressing up and stepping out in a snazzier look than normal (unless you wear cocktail dresses on the regular, in which case, you go, Glen Coco). Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honor that comes with planning, supporting, and of course, choosing a dress. I don’t have it totally mapped out yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m in the camp that says, “let your bridesmaids decide on their own dresses in the color scheme of your choosing.” That way, individuality takes the cake (pun so not intended) and everyone is comfortable and looking fabulous.

I recently had a friend who was put in this exact situation and was on the hunt for a bridesmaid gown in the requested “champagne” hue. She wanted something appropriate for both cocktail attire and July-in-Napa-Valley weather, and she asked for my help. I referred her to Weddington Way, basically the dream web destination for anyone seeking a classic bridesmaid dress, and she found one in no time. Because they primarily filter their dresses by color, Weddington Way was a great first place to look for a dress because my friend’s only parameters were “champagne-hued” and “cocktail attire.”

With July being one of the most popular months to exchange nuptials, I decided to pull my ideal bridesmaid look that centers on a balance between stylishness, comfort, and danceability. You really can’t go wrong with an A-line cut in classic navy. For weddings that take place in the most summery and patriotic of months, this festive look would make a statement that classic Hollywood beauty Audrey Hepburn would undoubtedly agree with.


1. This polished dress by Weddington Way can be worn over and over again. 2. Crystal ear jackets from Rue Gembon add some edge to the outfit. 3. Add a little sparkle to your wrist with a simple bangle by Nadri. 4. Before you walk down the aisle, who knows how long you’ll be standing in the sun … no squinting with a pair of Clubmaster sunglasses from Rayban. 5. The perfect wedding clutch is not too cumbersome but roomy enough to carry the basics. I love this one from Vince Camuto. 6. Marc Jacobs makes this “new nudes” lipstick that goes on sheer but not too sheer. 7. Bring a roller ball of your favorite fragrance along (mine is Lys 41 by Le Labo) when you need to freshen up. 8. Delays in the wedding schedule can occur and the last thing you want to be is hungry. Health Warrior chia bars are delicious and clutch-sized. 9. Strappy metallic heels, like these from Tory Burch, with a navy blue dress are a match made in summer wedding heaven.


The Denim Jacket of my Dreams

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Denim Jacket

Sometimes it’s worth it to hold out for the right one. Ever since I saw my friend effortlessly fling her oversize Levi’s denim jacket that she “found at a flea market in Seoul,” I had been looking for a similar one. A good denim jacket is considered by many to be a wardrobe staple, and I don’t know why it took me until the later half of my twenties to buy one. Maybe I was just waiting for the one; maybe I hadn’t found one worth purchasing, and now I can’t imagine my life without it.

Okay, so comparing finding the perfect denim jacket to finding a life partner might be a little overenthusiastic, but I love. this. jacket! And the best part: I purchased it from a thrift store for a modest $10. I had been searching for a while and almost bought ones from Zara and Madewell, but both times, I passed. There was something so satisfying about tracking down a vintage-looking, well-priced jacket similar to my friend’s Levi’s one, and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

As serendipity would have it, I found the denim jacket of my dreams, and I immediately found an outfit to wear it with. Last Saturday was a particularly warm day, but once the sun went down my new denim jacket complimented a silk shift dress and red flats. The versatility of this jacket really makes me wonder how I went this long without one, but now that I have it – my one-of-a-kind find – I know it will open up new outfit possibilities, especially as we head into spring. Have you ever scored clothes, shoes, or furniture from a thrift or secondhand store?

The Incredible Ear Jacket

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As someone who has pondered getting a second piercing for a while, I was excited (and slightly relieved…) to find ear jackets. My initial reaction to them, after spotting some on Jewelmint, was a mixture of awe and confusion: awe because, without adding a ton of bulk or formal-ness, they looked way cooler than my everyday silver stud earrings; confusion because one particular pair (seen in this post) gave the illusion of having a double piercing without actually needing to go for it. If the silver stud is the plain-Jane, the ear jacket is its cool, older cousin. I was curious, and I’d seen this jewelry trend floating around in magazines and on the internet, so I purchased a pair.

The versatility of this style of earring is probably the biggest plus – I can wear my single-bar ear jacket with pretty much any stud in my jewelry box (turquoise and pearl ones featured below). Wearing these little guys is easy: After inserting the pin through your ear hole, push the pin through the hole in the ear jacket and then through the backing (For some people, the “how to put them on” might be totally obvious, but because several friends have asked me upon seeing me wear them, I figured I’d include it).

This style is changing the idea of the statement earring from a gigantic, sparkly bauble into a more delicate, structural, sexy piece. Maybe this weekend will be the one that I get another piercing, but until that happens, I’m more than happy dressing up my ears like this.

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1. Aqua 2. Bauble Bar 3. Charm & Chain 4. Jewelmint 5. Gorjana 6. Vita Fede 7. Ily Couture 8. Rebecca Minkoff

Good Finds: Shift Dress

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In college I had a black, A-line skirt that I fondly called “Old Reliable.” For days when an inventive outfit just didn’t come together, I knew I could pull on this comfortable, versatile skirt and not think twice. This collared shift dress from H & M reminds me of Old Reliable – it’s a flattering, timeless piece that can be dressed up or down and accessorized with just about anything. The green lenses and cool shape of these Warby Parker sunglasses (1.) give off a slightly retro feel. Delicate and understated, this ampersand necklace from Etsy (2.) would pair well with the collar on the dress (3.). One of my favorite jewelry trends is the ear jacket; these ones from Rue Gembon (4.) add a little bit more edge than your average pearl post. Winter calls for lots of lip balm, and I just picked up this tinted tube by Maybelline in Berry Soft (5.). For those of us on the go, the classic black tote means utility and effortless style. This leather carry-all from Cuyana (6.) is available with or without the monogram. This Zara coat (7.), when paired with sophisticated staple pieces, is leopard print done so right. A quirky umbrella like this one from J. Crew (8.) will bring a little cheer even on the rainiest of days. Finish off this outfit with the sweetest pair of menswear-inspired oxfords (9.).


Look Down

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Floors and shoes: two relatively simple elements that, when combined and photographed from hip distance, have proven to be incredibly artful. My new favorite Instagram account, I Have This Thing With Floors, has capitalized on the floors + shoes = art fad and turned it into a visual smorgasbord. I’m hesitant to admit that I spent the better half of an hour scrolling through the photos, gawking at the composition of tile to boot, and wondering where in the world these photos were taken. More than just graphic musings, @ihavethisthingwithfloors reminds me to slow down and notice the beauty of everyday spaces that might normally get overlooked.

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