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    Jan
    2015

    Put A Lid On It

    Being that I recently bought my first house (ramen, anyone?), an area of focus for me in 2015 is home-improvement.  It is such a fun process, personalizing your own little “nest.”   I would describe my style of interior décor as being very eclectic: think “cabin chic” with touches of the vintage intermingled with super modern. One thing that is so important to me when it comes to my home is a sense of organic “openness”… Natural light from bare-minimal window dressings, high-ish ceilings, a live plant in every room, and open shelving as opposed to closed cabintry.

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    If you do opt for open shelving, I have learned that it is crucial to make sure that things don’t look too cluttered.  This is even more difficult to accomplish if you cohabitate with a man-person who has man-things. I have always been drawn to white milk glass, so I went to a thrift store (specifically, here) to purchase a bunch of vintage jars/canisters/vases to hold my smaller toiletries.  If vintage milk glass isn’t your thing, here are some other options for you to consider:3

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    USA-made/porcelain quirky black and white canisters // ON SALE hammered copper canisters //

    “Flora” muse lidded vase // Eco-friendly bamboo & cork vessels

    27
    Dec
    2014

    Wild Western Winter

    Even city girls can use a little country romance.  

    Step 1: Toughen up an easy, feminine maxi dress with lace-up knee-high riding boots for an effortlessly glam look which transitions well from day to night.

    Step 2: Grab a versatile cross body bag (can be carried as a clutch when the sun goes down).

    Step 3: Wear a dramatic lip on a fresh, otherwise-bare face, and keep your hair wild and natural for the right effect.

     Step 4: Now, go break some hearts.

    My same dress in black: *on sale* here // Similar floral maxi: *on sale* here // Vegan leather lace-up boots: here // Cross body bag/clutch: here // Raw quartz pendant necklace: here // Lip (cruelty-free) (color: “Crush”): here

    24
    Dec
    2014

    UnbeWEAVEable

    “Now is the time to enliven, ennoble and enrich your life’s tapestry.”
    ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

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    (my own woven tapestry coat by dolce vita; earrings and acrylic ear warmer headband, both available at awesome Dallas boutique Rio Ritz

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    We all have our weaknesses.  I have several, but one which I feel comfortable divulging to strangers is my propensity for the “grandma chic.”  Done right and worn in combo with more modern and glam pieces, this can read more Olsen twin than Maggie Smith.  Unique tapestry-made/inspired fashion is luxe, adds  major textural appeal to any ensemble, and is winter-appropriate.  Below are some such pieces that have made their way onto my wish list:

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    Vintage 60’s designer coat (warning: $$$)

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    Tapestry maxi dress

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    Forever 21 shorts

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    Eco-friendly cotton skirt

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    SUPER affordable shell top

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    Floral tapestry dress

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    21
    Dec
    2014

    Drink Responsibly!

     

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    I know there are no “winners” in a White Elephant holiday gift exchange; but somehow I managed to win last night!  I strategized carefully, ignoring the social pressure not to “steal” a gift from seemingly nice strangers in order to come home with this vegan holiday beer and polyester Santa “snuggie” in hand.

    Beer drinking (and even cocktail drinking) around the holidays can be tricky; for flavoring purposes, certain beer may contain dairy, gelatin, or even shellfish!  And typically, eggnog and hot chocolate is dairy-and-calorie-laden.  Thus, I am providing you with a holiday guide to conscientious imbibing. Cheers.

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    This is a sweet-tasting option, brewed with peaches and pecans.  Australian International Beer bronze award winner in 2013.

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    Brewed with locally harvested spruce tips in Juneau, Alaska, this is a malty, warming, seasonal beer.

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    Brewed in Seattle, Washington, this is referred to as a “winter warmer” due to having higher alcohol content and a bold (in this case, chocolate and nutty) flavor.

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    This dairy-free option seriously tastes JUST like the real thing. Really. REALLY, really.

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    At only 70 calories per serving (woohoo!) this vegan cocoa option packs a slight kick with the addition of cinnamon and cayenne.

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    ** note: polyester snuggies (ie- fleece-free!) are hard to find this year for some reason, but THEY ARE OUT THERE!  I lucked out, since I came home with an unopened, re-gifted snuggie from last year’s party.  Based on my research, your best bet seems to be to peruse ebay for options like this one.  

    XOXO HO HO HO

    -M

    19
    Dec
    2014

    Not So “Black and White”…

    I am suspicious of “Casual Friday.”  After Friday morning coffee dates, I watch some of my friends shuffle off to work wearing ripped jeans and sweatshirts; meanwhile in my profession, you’d get canned for such shenanigans.  I can’t help but feel that it’s a trap.  Play it safe and go a little more loose and funky than you normally would, while remaining respectfully sharp in the workplace before you kick off the weekend.  For instance, you really maybe shouldn’t wear a t-shirt to work.  UNLESSSS said t-shirt features the mug of the chicest woman to ever live, and is paired with a neatly monochromatic ensemble (plus a little flair, in the form of faux leather fringe).  2014 Audrey would approve!

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    Booties: Made in the USA, vegan and eco-friendly, fair trade, available here // T-shirt: similar here // Jacket: available here // Skirt: available  here

    **NOTE: CHECK OUT THE MISSION OF ETHICAL AUSTRALIAN BOUTIQUE LC LOVECHILD HERE

     

     

    15
    Dec
    2014

    ‘Tis the Party Season!

    Mission: look hot, even in the cold.  I spent the weekend running to and from parties of friends, relatives, clients and colleagues; all while taking care of my boyfriend (he just underwent major back surgery), my Great Danes who were somehow BOTH sick with the doggy flu (what in the…), and finishing remodeling the house.  Thanks to the fact that my wardrobe is BY FAR the most organized thing in my life, it only took a few minutes to get ready for the weekend’s “fashion blitz.”

     

    —FRIDAY NIGHT—

    the look: floor-length formal, but with major, girly funk

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    dress: 70’s vintage// faux fur rainbow coat: here

    —SATURDAY MID-DAY—

    the look: sharp but not fussy for a casual outdoor soireé

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    Rick Owens dress:  similar here // houndstooth coat: here // boots: here// shades: here

    —SATURDAY NIGHT—

    the look: soft and romantic but a tad mussed up and sexy

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    Angela Roi purse here // ALC light pink blazer: similar here // For Love and Lemons top: similar here // faux leather skirt: here