Happy Weekend, and I'm Heading to NYC!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I'm going to be hanging out and enjoying Charlottesville before I head to NYC next week! I'm so excited for the trip- I'm taking the train up Tuesday, and staying until Friday, and I'll be attending Lucky FABB, and taking in the craziness of Fashion's Night Out. If you're a blogger and will be at FABB, I'd love to meet you! New York is easily one of my favorite places on the planet, and I'm little-kid-on-Christmas-morning excited to be visiting.

Fall 2012 Must Haves: Skinny Pants

I know skinny jeans, leather skinnies, and skinny pants aren't new to the style scene, but after spending some time on Pinterest, I'm seriously excited to bring out my skinnies that I have...and maybe add a new pair to the mix, too. Looking at these images gave me lots of fun ideas to mix up my skinnies, and remember: skinnies don't have to be denim. Try an army green chino, black leather, or a bright color to mix things up! Here are five of my favorite skinny pants looks from Pinterest...



A huge thank you to IFB for including Jordan's guest post in Links a la Mode- their weekly roundup of favorite blog posts! 

Edited by: Jess of Fresh Jess 

With IFBcon, Fashion’s Night Out and NYFW kicking off next week, it’s clear the first signs of fall in the air. The mornings and nights are a little crisper, and the shelves are stocked with September issues. This week’s Links a la Mode shows a wide range of emotions about the transition to fall. While some are welcoming the season with open arms, others are squeezing every little bit out of their summer wardrobe. The conversation around body image is still strong, as well as that over copyright and content ownership. We have all that and more in this week’s roundup, and next week at IFBcon! Hope to see you all there.


  SPONSOR: Shopbop : Koral, Ete, Vince, Costume National, Auden, APC, Max Kibardin, Clu, Acquaverde, Smythe & True Royal If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE.

Bloom Theory Camera Straps

I stumbled across these pretty Bloom Theory camera straps yesterday, and quickly fell in love with the whimsical designs. I always love seeing beautiful versions of things that are usually thought of as utilitarian and unattractive. As a bonus, the names of each style is adorable- love that! See all of the straps here. I think this would make a great gift for your favorite photographer!

Happy Last First Day of School, Brett!

Today is Brett's very last first day of school...ever! He's beginning his 3L year of law school, and I couldn't be more proud of him. I made him let me snap a dorky "first day of class" photo before I dropped him off at school. I think he looks pretty cute :). 

Back to Charlottesville

Yesterday was all about errands. Brett and I ran all over town getting groceries, school supplies, mail, and the like, since we've been away for more than three months! This was a great outfit, since it's comfortable to run around in, but cute enough that I didn't feel like a schlub. In a funny coincidence, I looked over at Brett and realized we were color coordinated halfway through the day- he was wearing light blue seersucker shorts, and a navy top! Yeah, we were totally "that couple." 

top and skirt: gap//shoes: cole haan nadine flats//watch: michael kors//necklace: west avenue jewelry

Back Home!

Brett and I arrived home in Charlottesville after 3 months of being away last night. I've been running lots of errands today, but wanted to pop in and say hi, and I'll be back with my regular posts tomorrow!

Men's Essentials: A Timeless Collection

Today I have a guest post that I'm super excited about! Jordan Obinger is one of my sister's best friends, and he has some serious style skills. Jordan and I started chatting on Twitter, and I asked him to do a guest post about guy style and essentials every man needs. His suggestions are great, and a lot of these items can be found at many price points to fit various budgetary needs! A little bit about Jordan: he's in photography, advertising, and design, and lives in Minneapolis. You can check out his awesome photography site at www.jordanobinger.com, and follow him on Pinterest and Twitter, too! 

 essentials plural of es·sen·tial (Noun)

1. Something absolutely necessary. 
2. The fundamental elements or characteristics of something

Whether a man’s style is urban, trendy, preppy or—God forbid—gothic, essentials are the fundamental basics in any man’s closet.  Essentials aren’t the hottest new style, but they aren’t out of style either.  They’re right in the middle. Men often have a hard time finding basic essentials for their wardrobe, here’s a list of styles and brands that will have years of wear!

1.   Original Wool Ballcap | Cavalier Essentials
2.     Original Wayfarer, Tortoise | Rayban
3.     Bayne Stripe Tee | Burberry
4.     Stainless-Steel and Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Date (c.1978) | Rolex
5.     Ubarto Belt | BOSS BLACK
6.     Apache Bracelet Pack | ASOS
7.     Average Joe Straight-Leg Jeans | Nudie Jeans Co.
8.     9” Broken-In Chino Short | J.Crew
9.     Jack Purcell Leather | Converse
10. Clipper Leather Holdall | Mulberry

copyright 2012 Jordan Obinger 

Have a Great Weekend!

photo I took with my holga in a vineyard in charlottesville a couple of years ago

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm headed to California for a few days, for the wedding of one of my lovely friends- they are getting married in a vineyard, and I can't wait! So happy for them. What are you doing this weekend? 

Charming Coffee Mugs

I recently discovered Reiko Kaneko, an amazing, UK-based, online shop, and I'm utterly smitten with these coffee mugs and tea sets. The tough part? Which to pick- the glamourous lip print or the ironic platinum or gold coffee drips? I'm thinking the lips are my favorite...you? 

IFB Links a la Mode

A big thank you to IFB for including my blog post in their weekly picks of favorite blog posts! 

Size Matters

Edited by: Emily of Sugar & Spice Well, IFB have certainly started something: a debate on the internetz about size and how it matters – or not – in blogging and, more importantly, whether it should matter. This week’s post reflect this discussion and put forward some compelling and eloquently written arguments. Make sure to read and digest these posts and hopefully come back next week with your own responses and contributions? Here in the UK it’s nearly the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer which can only mean one thing: Autumn’s around the corner – and the IFB Conference. Clearly a lot of this week’s bloggers have next season on their mind as they have been writing about their favourite trends for the new season. And if you’re attending the IFBCon next month, make sure to check out the packing guides below:


  Sponsor: New Dresses at Shopbop : Milly, Rodriguez, Theyskens, Deane, tba, Malandrino, Issa, Rachel Roy, ALC, Herve Leger & James Perse If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode widget on the right side of the blog, and will be published later today. ~ Jennine

What I Wore: New to Me

I picked this dress up at a consignment store in Scottsdale a few months ago when I was last home- I had a credit at the store from selling some old clothes, and I stumbled upon this lovely. I've worn it a few times the past couple of weeks, but didn't photograph it until last night. I've worn it to both a work meeting and wine night with my mom, sister, and sister-in-law, so it's safe to say it's a pretty versatile piece. I love the built in belt, too!

dress: trina turk via consignment shop//shoes: michael kors//earrings: marc by marc jacobs//watch: michael kors

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

Fall is quickly approaching, and I couldn't be more excited. I spent last night searching through runway show photos from Style.com last night, and I noticed a few trends that kept popping up. This may be my favorite season for fashion in semi-recent history- it isn't often that I fall so hard for so many trends, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites, and give some tips as to how to transfer the runway looks to the real world. 

michael kors/rachel zoe
Red is such a classic power color. If wearing head-to-toe scarlet is a little bold, try a red shoe or bag.
rachel zoe/michael kors
Sequins are a party dress staple, but to mix it up, try sequin shoes or a sequin clutch.  
kenzo/rebecca taylor
Peplums are remarkably flattering, and they pair perfectly with a tailored pant or pencil skirt.
rebecca taylor/michael kors
I love my fur vest, but if that's too much for you, try a detachable fur collar on your classic coat for a little pizazz. 
kenzo/michael kors
Tweed is a classic look that never really goes out of style. Try it on a  blazer, and you'll wear it for years to come.  
michael kors/rebecca taylor
Wearing leather isn't for the faint of heart, so to tone it down, try a leather version of a classic piece, like a pencil skirt. I just picked up this faux version for less than $20!
rag+bone/billy reid
This is the perfect trend- flattering and comfortable at the same time. With such a bulky upper half, pair with skinny jeans to avoid drowning in your clothes.

How to quickly remove deodorant stains on clothing

Ah, the dreaded deodorant stains. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I go to put on a black top, and wind up with deodorant all over my once black shirt. There are three easy ways I've found to get rid of deodorant white marks in a pinch.

1. Rub the stained area with a dryer sheet. This one works like magic almost every time. 

2. If you don't have dryer sheets handy, try rubbing the fabric against itself- it usually dislodges the marks, but be careful- sometimes it spreads the stain. 

3. The tried and true washcloth and water method. Of course, if you're wearing something that can only be dry cleaned, this isn't your safest bet, but for everything else, it usually works. The only downside to this one is that you have to have enough time to allow your clothes to dry again. 

There you have it- my three favorite ways to quickly get rid of deodorant white marks! 

What I Wore: Punchy Pink

I wore this dress when my sister and I visited Drybar this weekend. I wanted something that would be comfortable to sit in, but cool enough since it's super hot outside, and this dress fit the bill perfectly. Funny story: I picked this dress at H+M in the middle of the summer...and promptly spilled oil down the front of it when I ate pasta for dinner. The oil didn't come out, but I loved the dress so much that I went back and bought a second one- it was a total steal at $17, and I've worn it more than anything else in my closet this summer!

dress: h+m (similar)//belt: gap//shoes: steve madden//watch: michael kors//monogram necklace: west avenue jewelry

Drybar Scottsdale Review

On Saturday, my sister Makinzie surprised me with a fun gift: blowouts at  Drybar in Scottsdale at the Scottsdale Quarter! I've been wanting to check out the blow dry bar since it opened, and it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with my sister.
If you haven't heard about Drybar, the salon's philosophy is pretty simple: they don't do cuts or colors, only blowouts, and a styling session costs $35. Kinzie had purchased a Groupon that included a  "shot" of deep conditioner (usually $10), which was applied after our washes, and made my hair silky smooth.

Drybar's "menu" includes eight different styles you can choose from, or you can customize with your stylist if you have something else in mind. Makinzie opted for the "Southern Comfort," which was described as big hair with lots of volume, and I went for the Cosmopolitan, with lots of loose curls. If you haven't caught on yet, Drybar is themed around cocktails and bar lingo, and you can even have a glass of complimentary champagne or a mimosa while your hair is done.
Kinz and I were both thrilled with how our hair turned out, and my stylist was super helpful with suggesting products (without being pushy) and explaining how she was achieving the style, which is always great if you're a little incompetent when it comes to doing your hair like me.
All in all, it was a super relaxing way to spend an afternoon, and I'll definitely head back to Drybar when I have events like weddings or holiday parties to head to when I want my hair to look its best!