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Happy birthday to the Duchess


Happy birthday to one fine lady. From being constantly poised, to introducing the world to her nude LK Bennett heels, we admire her from head to toe. She proves that there is royalty in all of us and it pays off to always act like a lady. In her case it earned her a crown, in ours it may get us a free glass of wine at the local bistro. Which is better? That’s debatable.

But we do hope that she uses the f-word behind closed doors at least occasionally. We won’t count it against her.

Dressing up in Barcelona

Anthropologie tortures me. I can never bring myself to actually spend that kind of money on clothing items that aren’t everyday pieces. On the flip side, I’m not one of those girls that can come up with that look by digging through miscellaneous racks at TJMaxx. Maybe I’m just too practical to pick out clothes that can’t be totally mix’n’match and can’t be put into more then one outfit. Will I be found wearing black cigarette jeans at the age of 85? Most likely.

This season’s more traditional look, taking cues from the 20s and 50s, is totally up my alley. I can’t get enough of the dresses that hit at the natural waist, scarves, polka dots, and boiled wool hats. Nothing too short, nothing too revealing, and remembering that a woman’s sexiness can be found in her shape.

I appreciate outfits that make appearing ladylike just that bit more idiotproof. Note the “appear.” I’m not making any guarantees given that while I may look ladylike, my level of frustration on any given day may turn me into a a foul-mouthed sailor.

Then there are the destinations. Each catalog showcases yet another travel destination that I have to add to my must-see list. This season Barcelona has me dreaming of Gaudi and his world of fascinating architecture. If I’m going to spend portions of an evening drooling over catalogs then there might as well be some intellectual content to it.

photo source: Anthropologie

Shoe candy

The cooler, younger cousins of Crocs are coming to town this spring, bringing Easter candy colors with them. These comfortable, breathable shoes from SWIMS of Norway and Native Shoes are the hip and hipster interpretations for which your friends won’t judge you. Full disclosure: I have a pair of Crocs summer sandals and they are terrific beach shoes so I’m not a hater, their styles just aren’t quite as, well, Croc-y. Here you have the mesh/sport version of a Tod’s driving moc and the Brooklyn biker version of Sperry’s. What’s not to love about that?


SWIMS photos courtesy of Neiman Marcus.


Photos courtesy of Native Shoes

Happy, Sparkly Partying

December is really is one of my favorite months of the year. I’m a sappy kind of person, so all the decorations, family coming together, cuddle sessions by the fire with the amazing smelling tree (except this year it’s 60 degrees out in December so no fire), all the Hollywood Christmas RomComs… I just think it’s romantic because you’re not expecting anything from it (unlike NYE and Valentine’s) and there plenty of opportunities to dress up (sucker for that, always). It’s right up my alley for oh so reasons, so for this year’s season of parties upon parties, I’m feeling very polished and gift-wrapped (bows, rich trimmings) with a hint of sparkle. Maybe it’s Duchess Kate’s influence on me this year. Here’s to much happy partying and shopping (and hosting) this season!

Credits: (clockwise from top) Cole Haan Slipper Ballet in Dark Spruce Velvet, $168.00, Pottery Barn Monogrammable Speakeasy Tray, $49.50,  Victoria’s Secret Embellish Tuxedo Blazer, $198.00, Kate Spade Crystal Confetti Long Necklace, $98.00, Kate Spade Curling Ribbon Ring, $78.00, (center image) Rod Chase, Twilight in Central Park, Lulu Frost for J.Crew resin and crystal appliqué earrings, $65.00, BCBG Max Azria Mariana Tiered A-Line dress, $398.00, Cole Haan Morgan Air Bow Sandal, $328.00, J.Crew Viv Pump in Henna, $298.00, BCBG Max Azria Romy Ruched Beaded Waist Dress, $288.00, BCBG Max Azria Cruz Pleated Dress, $149.00

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