Black & Navy

black & navy

{ Enza Costa Dress, old but similar here, here & here | Helmut Lang Leather Jacket, similar here & here | Necklace | Jimmy Choo Heels | Givenchy Shark Tooth Clutch, on sale here }

I tend to go through phases with colors and this season its been pretty clear that my color of choice has been navy!  I have been wearing tons of navy with my usual round up of blacks, greys, and tans, and I especially love a great black and navy look.  I got this pretty little navy and sheer black slip dress a couple of years ago at a boutique that is now closed sadly, but have a special place in my heart for this piece.  It is perfect with a leather jacket thrown on and I added a bit of a sparkle with a fun necklace and shimmery heels for a holiday flair.

Onto the weekend… I have a little cookie baking and cider drinking planned for Saturday that I am super excited about, and a fun holiday party later in the day.  Sunday I am excited to relax and plan on having a couple of girlfriends over for a little get together before we all part ways for Christmas and New Years.

Also, if you live in the LA or OC area, make sure and stop by Bloomingdales at South Coast Plaza between 12-7 for a trunk show my sister in law is having for her leggings line, Goldsheep.  She has tons of new exclusive prints that will be showcased this weekend only and they are perfect for last minute presents… xx

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Milk & Cookies

milk & cookies

{ The BEST Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies }

First off I would like to say that this might be the best recipe I have ever found for chocolate chip cookies.  They are fluffy and soft in the middle, yet a little chewy, and just delicious in general.  The sprinkle of sea salt really combines all of the flavors fantastically and makes them just the right amount of sweet.  I found this recipe last February and have continued to make them monthly since then because they are just that good!  I love wrapping them up with little name tags and dropping them off for friends because who doesn’t want a little sweet treat every now and then.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have! xx

Recipe from Instyle Magazine

Makes about 45 cookies

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temp

1 cup sugar (I use a little less)

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

12 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips

sea salt flakes for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Get out two baking sheets.

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Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.  In separate bowl mix butter and sugars for about three minutes (with whisk or hand mixer), then beat in vanilla.  Add eggs one at a time mixing for one minute after each addition.

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Add dry ingredients to wet in three portions, mixing only until each addition is incorporated.

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Then mix in chocolate chips until dispersed evenly through dough.

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milk & cookies

Spoon dough in slightly rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets, leaving about two inches between each and sprinkle with sea salt.

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Bake cookies, rotating the sheets and switching the position from top to bottom, at the midway point, 10-12 minutes total.  Cookies should look golden brown on the edges and soft in the center.

 

 

 

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Sweater Dressing

Sweater Dressing

{Iro Sweater Dress, old but similar herehere | Joie Booties, old but similar here & here | Zara Beanie, similar here & on sale | Balenciaga Bag, similar here}

Christmas Eve is just one week away!  I am so excited, I feel like a little kid again.  It is crazy because I still get the same feeling I did when I was little and got so excited over seeing the lit up Christmas tree with all of the presents underneath it.  Now that I am older, I obviously still love the tree part, but I love gift giving more than receiving, which I think means I am an actual adult now (a scary thought) but it really makes me happy to give thoughtful presents to my friends and family that I know they will enjoy and love.

Onto this little ensemble… Southern California has had yet another rainy day this week and I am LOVING the rain.  It makes me want to curl up inside with a hot cocoa and read a book with a fire going.  Needless to say, because of this, I have been loving sweater dressing the past few days.  I love a big sweater and what I love even more is a sweater dress that is the most comfy cozy of all outfits in my opinion.  I was having one of those awkward hair days so I threw on a beanie and voila, no one would know that my hair may or may not have been a bit of a mess.  I also love the little sparkly detail on the shoulders of this piece.  I bought it about four years ago on a trip to NYC and it was one of my best purchases to this day.  I have pretty much worn this piece to death, and will probably continue to do so until it falls apart!

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{Images via Pinterest}

This week’s covet of the week is all about the drop waist dress.  Is it just me or is this the cutest new style that every girl should own?  I am so into this particular style of dress as of lately and think that they are ideal for weddings, holiday parties, New Years, and even dinner or lunch depending on how dressy or casual the material is.  They are so feminine and frilly, yet are easy go to pieces to have in your closet.  I love how they can literally be worn for almost any sort of occasion and are universally flattering.  I have been wearing tons of dresses and skirts daily rather than my normal uniform of jeans and a sweater or tee, and I love that my daily look has been slightly elevated, especially around the holidays.  For whatever reason, throwing on something girly makes me feel like my outfit is a bit more special, even if flats are paired with it.  Plus, a girl can never have too many dresses, and I am going to add a few of these to my list of must haves for the future. xx

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{Top left to Right : Black DVF, on sale | Green Asos | Black Pam & Gela | Bottom Left to Right : Black & White Alice & Olivia, on sale | Black Tildon, on sale | Green Tibi}

 

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Sheer Lace & Sparkles

Sheer Lace & Sparkles

{ Cooper & Ella Blouse and white version here c/o | BCBG Silver Pencil Skirt, old but similar here & here | Valentino Pumps | Celine Clutch }

This weekend really got me in the holiday mood!  I made several fires at home and drank hot cider while it poured rain outside.  I also got the tiniest little tree for my house which reminds me of the Charlie Brown movie tree, but nonetheless, I love my mini 1′ Christmas tree even if it is the smallest one I have ever had.  On another note, I have been gravitating toward sheer lace and sparkles on a daily basis and have been searching for the perfect pieces to make my look come to life.  I literally fell head over studded heel for this blouse that has the prettiest detailing on it and the most fun little peek a boo sheer back that is sexy in a subtle way.  I feel like this could be worn to a holiday party or even the office if a jacket is thrown on over it.  I also found this hidden little gem of a skirt in the back of my closet that I got a few years ago (I love when that happens) for an NYE party and never ended up wearing it because we were in Aspen and it was wayyyyy too cold to wear anything that wasn’t a snow suit (I am such a wimp when its below 60 degrees).  I feel like these two pieces together look seriously perfect and I am definitely going to wear this look at least one more time this holiday season because I love it that much.

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Sweaters & Sequins

sweaters & sequins

{ Theory Turtleneck, similar one here and here and on sale | BCBG Sequin Skirt, old but similar here and here | Alexander Wang Pumps leather here and suede version here | Givenchy Shark Tooth Clutch, on sale }

I love mixing and matching unexpected items together.  One of my favorite juxtaposed combinations has to be sweaters and sequins because I love the dressy element of a sequin piece, like you clearly have someplace special to be, yet when paired with a casual sweater, the look can be worn for anything, even if it is just a dinner with friends.  With the holidays quickly sneaking up, I have been rotating all of my sequin pieces through my wardrobe because not only are they my favorite pieces, but I love having an excuse to wear them just for the heck of it.

This weekend I plan on getting the last of my holiday shopping done and catching a showing of Reese Witherspoon’s new flick, “Wild.”  I will also be going to a friends hawaiian themed holiday party on Saturday night and heading up to Manhattan Beach on Sunday for the fireworks show with some friends.  Have a nice weekend. x

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Holiday Sales

holiday gifts

1. LOFT Dress

2. Madewell Socks

3. J. Crew Flannel

4. Ann Taylor Pom Pom Sweater

5. French Connection Leather Trousers

6. Kate Spade Saturday’s Pouch

7. Anthropologie Faux Fur Gloves

8. Neiman Marcus Wrap Bracelet

9. Banana Republic Skirt

10. Asos New Balance Sneakers

11. Amazon Not That Kind Of Girl Book

12. PiperLime Metallic Sweater 

13. Gap Sweater Leggings

14. Stuart Weitzman Heels

I don’t know about you, but I have only done about half of my shopping for the holidays and I cannot believe how fast this month is flying!  This weekend I plan on getting the rest of my gifts for family and friends, and maybe a thing or two off this list for myself, and rounded up some of my favorite sales happening now, because who doesn’t love a discount especially around this time of year!  I definitely don’t think I can brave the mall this weekend so I will definitely be shopping from home and nabbing up some fabulous pieces.  How is your holiday shopping coming along?  I hope I am not the only procrastinator out there… xx

Amazon: Continuing to have Green Monday Sales.

Ann Taylor50% off full-price sweaters and pants with code JOYFUL50, extra 40% off sale

Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRAMERRY

ASOS20% off select brands, including Boss Orange, French Connection, and  Zadig & Voltaire

Banana Republic40% off with code FESTIVE

French Connection: Up to 40% off select styles

Gap40% off with code FESTIVE

J.Crew: Up to 30% off with code MERRYMERRY

J.Crew Factory:  30% off everything including new arrivals

Kate Spade Saturday$25 off $100, $50 off $150, $75 off $200

LOFT: full-price sweaters and tops 50% off

Madewell: UP TO 30% off with code GOFORIT

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off select new markdowns

Piperlime30% off select holiday styles with code CELEBRATE

Net-a-Porter: Up to 50% off and free shipping/returns

Stuart Weitzman35% off the first pair, 45% off each additional pair (select styles only)

Neiman Marcus: Up to 50% off regular-price items, up to 65% off cashmere

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Rain Drops

rain drops

{ Aqua Zipper Sweater, similar version here and on sale | Goldsheep Leggings | Rag & Bone Booties | Givenchy Mini Pandora Messenger }

I loved that we had a few rainy days in SoCal last week!  It was so refreshing since we have been in a crazy drought and need rain more than anything.  I think I was in a rainy day mood all week and channeled that energy into all of my clothing choices, including my rain boots one day, and these pretty leggings my sister in law makes another day.  They are so comfortable and soft that I barely wanted to take them off.  They are actually a photo of rain drops at night and I loved how they looked paired with this zipper sweater and heeled booties.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{ Images via Pinterest }

I love anything that can be stylish and comfortable at the same time.  This week’s covet of the week is all about the oversized cardigan. It is the perfect mix of coziness for winter, yet adds such a fun texture and look to any outfit, not to mention added warmth!  Some of my favorite ways to wear this particular piece are with sleek skinny jeans,  a top, and heels with a big cardigan thrown on, or with a pair of ripped denim or shorts and sneakers or flats for a great all day casual cool ensemble.  I also think the cardigan is a wardrobe classic, where it will always be a necessity in any girls closet. I have had some of my cardigans for years and still rotate them through my life on a regular basis.  Sometimes I love mixing in a belt over a cardigan to define a waist, a la Olivia Palermo and then I suddenly have a completely new outfit.  What are your favorite ways to wear a cardigan?  A few of my favorites are below…

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{ Navy | Striped | Black | Grey, on sale}

 

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Little Red Dress

little red dress

{ BCBG Dress, old but similar here | Anthropologie Necklace, old but similar here | Calvin Klein Pumps, old but similar here | Celine Clutch }

Lately I have been all about the LRD (Little Red Dress) which has quickly become a go to color choice of mine in my wardrobe.  I used to feel like the color red was not a good shade on my skin tone, but as I have gotten older, I have a newfound love for the bold hue.  With the holidays upon us and parties galore to attend, I thought about what would be the best option for a work holiday party.  Almost everyone has a holiday party for their office to go to and sometimes there is time to go home and change beforehand, and other times there is not!  The thing I love most about this dress is that it can easily be worn to the office with a blazer over it during the day, and still be ultra glam for an evening holiday party after hours.  I love adding a bauble or two for an additional glitz factor and took it one step further with a fun leopard print pump.  I rarely wear my hair up, but something about a simple topknot adds an additional polished factor and is the easiest updo as well.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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