Thursday, December 17, 2009

B Copied




I have been suggested a few times to post my outfits on here to show my readers new looks. But for someone who possibly changes their outfit twice a day and maybe takes about 5 times to find 1 of those outfits, that would be quite a bit of posting. But just yesterday while working I received so many comments on my outfit that I thought I would share.

First off ladies, if you do not already have a pair of double knit leggings or ponte pants as their sometimes called, you must. I bought this Seven For All Mankind pair when I began back at Nordstrom and I haven't been able to take them off. They are so comfortable and cute with the classic Seven pockets that appear to have them be black denim. I have worn them with both flats and easily slipped them in boots. To offset the tighter bottom I instantly grabbed this Bellatrix top once it came onto our floor. This silk top is so easy to throw on and still look put together, not too mention the gorgeous purple.

Almost every time I wear my boots to work I have people asking "who makes those?" "where'd you get those boots??". I got my boots last summer and if you can remember far back was featured in own of my first blog postings. I tried desperately to find the exact boots for my readers but unfortunately I can't find them anywhere, I guess it was a good idea for me to buy fall boots in the summer! These Steve Madden Entyce boots are similar style and same color as mine. I wore this chestnut brown because it compliments the purple and pops against the black.

My favorite part of this outfit was probably honestly my nail color. Now don't think that I go around and change my nails every day to compliment my outfit. Who has time for that? (though it would be great). I just coincidently painted my nails this amazing OPI color the day before named Pamplona Purple and realized it just about the exact same purple. It's a vibrant color on your nails and great getaway from staple red this holidays.

This outfit is literally three pieces that I threw on without effort and became instantly cozy chic I like to say. Feel free to switch any of the three out but this is definetely a staple for this winter of skinny leggings/jeans, a long tunic and boots that will get you out of the house and say goodbye to just another sweatsuit.

Monday, December 14, 2009

B Greedy



 During the holiday season I am trying to remember it is the season of giving and not receiving but with all these fabulous gifts you can't help but want them all for yourself! Here are a few of my faves of the moment that I am lusting after for this holiday.

For the Nerd in you: Amazon Kindle I have tried buying a few books online and reading them from my macbook but was never sold. I, like Carrie Bradshaw love the smell of books. Holding them in your hand, hearing the swish of passing pages but now the Kindle has made me go green. Yes. I want to give up that wondrous smell. My sister was actually the one that sold me on the kindle as she explained how easy it is to read books in bed now!

For the girly girl that needs an edge: Leather Jacket Every woman needs a need leather jacket in her closet. I love this one from June Leather at Nordstrom. One look at it and I was in love but didn't think twice about it because leather jackets have the reputation for being overly pricey. But at $298 (and employee discount) I couldn't resist too much longer. I know I should've waited for Christmas but there are way too many holiday dresses that are going to look divine with this leather.

For the sweet one: Coco Mademoiselle Perfume Gentlemen, pay attention. I was given a sample of this scent when I previously purchased my Chanel Jade Laquer and once I tested this scent, I was in love. I have been guilty for wearing the same perfume for years because its a huge bottle and I haven't needed an excuse for a new one but Coco Mademoiselle is such a light sweet fragrance I am hoping it comes with a little red bow under the tree.

For the one who has almost everything: Rebecca Minkoff Bracelets: It was months ago in an earlier post I admitted my obsession with the upcoming Rebecca Minkoff bracelets. I have been waiting anxiously for them to arrive on any e commerce site and finally Rebecca has them up herself along with one of my shopping favorites, shopbop! This is one definitely for the list and any fashion girl would adore this Christmas if you're still looking for options.

Friday, December 04, 2009

B Merry



There are a lot of little things that make the holiday special. It may be as simple as hearing the bell ringing from the salvation army santa outside the mall or maybe its the taste of peppermint from your candy cane or hot chocolates but one great clear sign of the holiday season is receiving your friends and families' seasons greetings card in the mail. It is the time where you get to hear all about those loved ones adventures from the previous year.

I am glad that no one has completely made the switch to virtual Christmas cards because there is something romantic and classic about receiving mail. Before the age of e-mail the only way of communicating with your loved ones was what we now call "snail mail" but girls tell me if there isn't any one of you who have seen The Notebook that wouldn't be disappointed in finding a love letter or even a postcard in the mail. Men, take notes (then mail it!).

So while I am not sending everyone of my family an updated picture of me and my fish this 2009, I am sharing one of my newest loves this year, my blog. I have really enjoyed finding this way to express my thoughts to others and finding a new outlet for my creativity. There is a great online company Tiny Prints that helped with my creation of my holiday season greetings. You can choose one of many designs and personalize it to your liking! Of course I came up with my tagline 'B Merry' then in the verse inside wished everyone a Merry Christmas and let them know my reason for 'Just B' which as I hope you know is answer B, all of the above.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

B Reinvented



Every brand goes through a cycle. After their initital launch there is a perception about them that is created and if we all have listened to Heidi we know that in fashion, "One day you are in and the next day you are out." To prevent the out AG Adriano Goldschmied jeans has created themselves a new image. I too myself have become reinvented by returning to my former place of employment retail department store heaven formally known as Nordstrom. This is a plus for you too blog readers as now being first hand in the line of retail I am the last thing that comes between you and walking off with those new jeans so prepare to read even more about my new obsessions.

A plus of returning to retail heaven has been learning about new launches of denim and clearly one of those was AG. All of AG jeans are made in the U.S. in their own facility in Southgate, CA. A rare find for premium denim these days. One of my favorite facts I learned about AG is that they are the only denim label that has 2 different back pockets on every pair of bottoms. There is a significant difference between their left and right pocket that creates the best illusion of your bum!

AG is reinventing themselves to a younger market and have been worn by many celebrities. Some of the celebrity favorites are the tomboy boyfriend fit and also the Premiere skinny style which is my favorite with their 7 year wash. The jean was processed and baked (yes they put them in an oven) to look as if they've been worn for 7 years. Another great part of AG's processing is their 3D whiskering. Some jeans have the whiskering on their jeans all in the wrong spot but AG has put each pair of their jeans on a human walking simulator that creates the vintage wash in the all the right places.

With this new launch of a new look, AG Adriano Goldschmied is reinventing themselves the right way back into the fashion industry. Their denim is continually being mastered to be the fest fit they can be with the best techniques and fabrics. Everyone gets a second chance and AG has gotten it right.

Monday, November 16, 2009

B Sweet



Tis' the season for everything to be PUMPKIN! I can't get enough of pumpkin spiced lattes at Starbucks, I almost died trying Cheesecake Factory's pumpkin cheesecake and now (in between workouts) I managed to bake pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! I found the recipe from the Food Network's website and have been anxiously waiting to try it out for a few weeks now. So finally I got a try and found them a great success. If you are a fan of pumpkin you will love these, not a fan of pumpkin? I urge you try them anyways! They have a great taste with all the spices of the season and would make a great gift to a host or hostess this Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups (12-ounce bag) milk chocolate chips, not semisweet
  • Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the white and brown sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

Friday, November 13, 2009

B Delicious



So we all know that when we have money to spend our first thought is either new shoes, that handbag we've been lusting over or a new top for our night this weekend, have you had a time when your first thought is "I gotta have that cookbook?" I doubt it. But now beware fashionista's this all may change.

Already this year the CFDA brought us Fashion's Night Out, now they're giving us the American Fashion Cookbook! Now just this book over 100 recipes by your favorite designers such as Diane Von Furstenburg, Zac Posen, and one recipe I can't wait to try "Croissant French Toast". Now don't think that is all I'm telling you in this blog post. You think I'm going to let you go into that kitchen without looking fabulous? Don't be silly...

Turn in your "Kiss the Cook" apron and start making a statement in the kitchen. Anthropologie has some of the best kitchen accessories around, now I know I'm biased because this retail store is probably mentioned in every blog but I promise you I am not sponsored (I wish!). The Toile Full Apron is the perfect thing to protect your new Philip Lim dress while cooking up a storm. Also, try Sur La Table for all your cooking utensil needs and of course another cute damask print apron.

Don't underestimate where you could find a great conversation piece. After watching Man Shops Globe, I look at everything in Anthropologie wondering where it came from. For a limited time the retail chain is featuring Paint By Number plates from the print series "111 Reasons Why To Love You" by Trey Speegle. If you are like me you're already wondering how this series got started, now put that on the table and let the conversation begin.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

B Reminded



There are certain scents that remind you of the Holidays. It may be a scent from your mother's homemade cooking, or the fire burning in the fireplace or the smell of peppermint coming from the candy canes. So when you don't live at home anymore, don't have a fire place and try to keep candy out of your house, your best resort is holiday scented candles!

I recently just purchased the White Chocolate Mousse candle from Anthropologie and it is heaven. Just last night I was cuddled in my bed, reading a good book and burning my candle. I almost got to pretend there was snow on the ground. If the scent isn't great enough, leave it to Anthropologie for creating a creative tin that makes you want to pull on your cable knit sweater. Holiday season has the best scents such as Wonderful Cookie also for which I purchased for my kitchen. Someone wasn't lying when they said "this is the greatest time of year".

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

B Caught



I have a bad habit of putting myself in my head and not being able to forget it and till I get it. One night just browsing online at my favorite virtual retailers (never a good way to start) I had this mission to find the perfect leather gloves. I didn't want to be caught red handed (pun intended) in a hideous pair so thankfully I had some inspiration. One of my favorite scenes of the Sex and the City: Movie was when Carrie is running to meet Miranda just in time for midnight, that's friendship. Carrie is shown rocking her iconic fur coat and a pair of white gloves and booties. Who looks this fabulous racing through the snow after they've just awoke? Only Carrie...

Well so I found a lot of options. One of my favorite websites is shopstyle.com because they bring up all your options over the whole internet. Throughout Sex and the City, Carrie has different styles of gloves and I was determined to mind a short cropped leather glove. There were the options that were clearly out of my price range. Such as the $145 Dents Studded Leather Bow Gloves, but seriously if you had the money to spend how to die for are those?

The motorcycle cut off finger tip gloves have been making their comeback to the runway and Alexander Wang even incorporated this trend with his own clutch. You would never lose this clutch at a bar ladies but again $999 was a little out of my price range. So I was waiting for that light bulb moment and then shopstyle did it for me. They previewed a cute pair of studded leather gloves from top shop for only $36. I thought, Top Shop! how could I forget to look there. While I liked the studded leather gloves, I needed ones I loved. And then there, Deep V Kid Leather Glove  in nude was found. I don't white cream or white leather for a couch but in a pair of gloves or hand bag I can't help but imagine luxury. And these are the perfect inspired replica for my Carrie Bradshaw gloves I fell for. All these gloves needs are a new fur vest...

Monday, November 02, 2009

B Sparkling



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Halloween is over and gone with and already this morning both Anthropologie and Nordstrom have announced free shipping throughout the holiday season. Along with free shipping comes my favorite part, holiday look books! If looking through the glossy pages of your favorite retailers decked out with glitz and glamour of the holiday season doesn't get you excited then I don't know who you are. My favorite look book so far and definitely not my last is Henri Bendel! The glorified New York City department store debuted their holiday look book online today and showed everything I may want for my holiday festivities.

I never collected snow globes as a child but if I was introduced to Henri Bendel's snow globe at an early age I am sure it would've been something I'd be asking for. How can you not love snow and a signature brown and white striped bag? The look book was dripped in nothing less of sparkles and was full stocked with all this holiday's must haves. Also featured in the look book, a new Rebecca Minkoff clutch I saw on Luna Boston just last week and raised the standards for my holiday party clutch for 2009. The talented designer was lucky to have two handbags featured on the Henri Bendel lookbook.  If Fall was waiting for Vogue's September Issue, Winter was waiting for Bendel's holiday look book!

B Domestic



I love cooking but sadly don't have enough people to cook for all the time. And I am pretty sure everyone has had the same experience when cooking for one. I am glad to say though that I am finding those gourmet recipes on my own that I can tweak to my one person meal or two that only take no more than 20 minutes! I found the following recipe below and it has become one of my favorites and go to recipe when I am exhausted after a long day of school or work but really want/need something healthy and delicious. I choose to make it without the bacon and use one chicken breast and cut everything else in half. Try it out and let me know how you like!

Grilled Chicken with Brie and Baby Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, about 5 ounces each
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt-free garlic and herb seasoning
  • 4 to 8 slices Brie cheese, about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

Directions

Heat a stove-top grill pan or griddle with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat to preheat.


Season both sides of chicken with salt, black pepper, and garlic and herb seasoning. Add chicken to hot pan and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat. Place 1 to 2 slices of Brie on top of chicken, cover with foil and place back on grill pan for another 1 minute, until cheese melts.

Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and chopped shallots to the pan and saute. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the mixture to the skillet and stir to combine. Pour the warm vinaigrette over the spinach and toss to coat.


Transfer chicken to a serving plate or plate with spinach salad.

Original recipe found at FoodNetwork.com

Saturday, October 31, 2009

B Captured



Here's my favorite headline of the week!
Fashion's Night Out to Be Repeated in 2010
If you've missed it and been living in a hole the last couple months. Fashion's Night Out was event organized by New York City and the CFDA that brought all retailers together for one night and celebrated shopping! Have you heard of a better reason to celebrate? On September 9th of this year more than 700 retailers stayed open past 11 pm. Designers were in their own stores joining in the madness, free give aways and makeovers were at different locations.  The Olsen twins were making drinks at Bergdorfs and Taylor Momsen played a small concert with her band. Thankfully the New York City mayor and CFDA have agreed to a repeat in 2010. For those of us who unfortunately don't live in the city that never sleeps, book your ticket now. I'll see you NYC for Fashion's Night Out.

To read more go to WWD

B Spooked



It's not a secret that Halloween is not my favorite holiday but if I would've seen this Tory Burch pumpkin earlier I would have definitely gotten in the spirit! After some last minute inspiration I searched the web to find 3 different costumes of 3 very worthy charachters to dress up as this halloween!


Queen B is set to rule another night on Hallow's eve. Blair Waldorf is a character that is dressed to tee and never has an accessory out of place. All of Blair's costume can be found on Forever21.com and just don't be scared to mix patterns while of course her signature headband can not be misplaced.



Who hasn't tried dressing up as Carrie Bradshaw since Sex and the City's debut in 1998? If you saw the recent glamour issue in the last year of Emma Stone dressing up as whoever Carrie then you too looked at it and wanted to be fashion icon. This skirt is iconic during the series and very hard to replicate though I got lucky on target.com with this is Issac Mizrahi skirt. With just a few alterations and killer shoes you are ready to be Carrie.


 
The first Halloween inspiration I had was from Regis & Kelly and their Rachel Zoe spoof! Kelly was as always hilarious and reenacted Rachel to a tee. A fur vest is essential to be bananas and any oversized accessories work all found on CharlotteRusee.com. Have a boy sidekick? Get him to throw on a bow tie and metallic dress shoes, Brad and Rachel will be to die for this Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

B Cozy



I apologize for the small absence from my blog but just last month I was blogging about everything I'm lusting after for Fall and I have finally began to enjoy them! The leaves are changing (in Seattle), Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back and everything is soft and knitted. I have been on a hunt for a beret for quite some time but it wasn't till yesterday where I found the thick knitted beret from Gap that was love at first sight.

It's moments like these is why I love Fall. Fall requires everything to be warm and comfortable. Have you seen so much think cable knit any where else this season? Everywhere I turn there is an oversize sweater or knit ugg boots! Now I know how guys feel about ugg boots, they hate them and I think every women's response to this negative comment is "but they're comfortable!" And I totally agree ladies. Just don't take the uggs out for a night on the town. Though I'm tempted with these knit boots but that will just have to be a night in next to the fire.

Fall leaves the air crisp and fresh and fall fashion is leaving us cozy and warm. My newest obsession is driving with the convertible top down with the heat on high. Its the perfect way to enjoy this great weather and staying cozy! I am dying over everything I see that has the smallest influence of fall weather musts. I am almost getting ready for full on winter. Bring on the hats, gloves, scarves and boots!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

B Accessible



Just this last week Barney's New York opened their first location in Scottsdale, AZ. Viewing the store you were captivated by the original visuals and unique layout of the legendary department store. Though much smaller than their Beverly Hills location, Barney's brought the high status to an American mall that is transforming to be a must travel item. And while Barney New York's vendors are not always accessible by the average shopper, the designers who created their name by the help of the department store are creating new fashions at a new price point.

The hype of Jimmy Choo's accessory line for H&M has been a big topic of conversation for all fashion publications. The sleek advertisements are gracing the pages of Vogue and Elle and November 14th is marked on everyone's calendars. In a article from Women's Wear Daily, Tamara Mellon founder and president said "It was a challenge for us to create high-quality pieces at an H&M price point.” Wow am I glad that she decided to take on a challenge. The pieces were designed off the same woman who inspired Jimmy Choo's Fall line "She's rock 'n' roll, a little punk". I think some people may see the price points for the Jimmy Choo for H&M still out of their price range but it is for this reason they aren't completely cheap because Jimmy Choo still wanted to make a great product. The value of these products should be judged on more than just the label and really evaluation the quality and aesthetic. If the quality is well made compared to a disposable product and design is innovative and trending then I think this Jimmy Choo for H&M will be very successful with great products and not too mention the overwhelming publicity received over the collaboration.

Collaboration must be a trending item because everywhere I turn a designer is merging with a new idea. Just this last week the buzz about Christian Louboutin designing for Barbie continued. He has been granted the position of being Barbie's God Father for the year. Can you imagine the birthday presents? The designer designed 12 Christian Louboutin Barbie shoes that are being sold separately from the Louboutin jewel-thief themed barbie debuting in December. I was never a Barbie collector but I just may need this Barbie with red soles packaged in a Christian Louboutin shoe box.

Louboutin isn't the only designer creating new looks for a different customer. The newly awarded at the CFDA awards duo Rodarte are designing for Target! Their line will debut on December 22 of this year and I can't wait to get my hands on their tights and bow belt. I love how designers are challenging themselves with different markets and becoming more accessible to me and their beloved followers. The design world is showing an enormous amount of talent that has no end of expanding and no one is complaining at my end.

Monday, October 19, 2009

B Ringing



It's not time to ring in the new year yet but that doesn't mean you can't be showing that firework sparkle on your fingers. Everywhere I turn I see cocktail rings on every hand. What I am really loving right now is that you can wear more than just one and not look like a gypsy. I have worn a pair of rings on my right hand for the past 5 plus years. These rings were both given to me by my sister on special events. These Tiffany rings are very understaed with the smaller diamond and pink sapphire but carry a great dear of sentiment. So though they won't be leaving my hand anytime, I still have 9 fingers to dazzle!

Marc Jacobs is always the key to my heart so I am loving his Pave Heart Ring under his Marc by Marc Jacobs line. Some of this other jewelry is so unexpected and reinvented. Have you seen his zipper earrings yet? Everything is so innovative and most all his rings I want to pile on my fingers.

And if you're looking to spread your wings, look at CC Skyes Angel Wing ring. I first found this ring on another website in passing a week ago and saw it was already sold out. Then when I decided to write this blog I had to search the web to remember who it was by and I should have assumed it was CC Skye. The jewelry has a great way of molding metal to trendy accessories you'd want to put on every limb.

Shopping online always gets me into trouble. Its almost worse than walking into the mall because recommendations are made for you and end up appearing easily on the right side of your screen with a perfect connection to your next want. This is how I found the Goldmine ring. I apologize for the horrible line but how could you not want this ring? The dark stones contrast with the bright gold and I am definitely reserving a place on my finger for this one.

I think a big myth with wearing rings is that until you are wed you need to keep your ring finger on your left hand open. Well all my single ladies, this doesn't have to happen and if you need a little love then you'll fall for Erica Anenberg's Je' Taime twosome ring. This ring was made for two, two fingers. I admittedly couldn't help myself but purchase this ring and am anxious for its arrival. Nothing wrong with giving yourself a little love.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

B Ambitious



Did every little girl grow up wishing to get paid to shop? Or was that just me? I have to admit that in the first grade I dressed up as a Gap sales associate. Yep, that's right. I wore my gap jeans, a pink sweater and made my own Gap blue square pin (the things you remember from your childhood). Growing up with two older sisters I got dressed from a young age in the cutest clothes and fell in love with fashion. And I always said I'd make alot of money shopping since I'm so good at it.

Now thanks to the Sundance channel I have gotten to watch my dream job happen. Its not a secret on my blog that I love shopping at Anthropologie. It is mainly because their pieces are so unique and now on the new show Man Shops Globe Anthropologie's buyer at large, Keith Johnson is followed around the world as she shops for these pieces.

Keith's job is too find those one of a kind pieces you find in the Anthropologie stores. They don't find their cash wraps for new stores at a store in LA but instead Keith shops the globe for those pieces that he can re create to work in the stores. In the first episode he traveled to Paris (jealous) to find some pieces for the new store opening in London. He has been doing this for quite a few years so he has some great places he already knows of. That painting hanging in Anthropologies you saw while shopping for a new necklace (plug to B Accented) could have been an original painting by an artist in Avignon, France!

In the most recent episode Keith took a trip to South Africa. He found the most brilliant artists in that country, it was so inspiring. One towns artists named Magpie was making chandeliers from all recycled products, milk bottle caps and barbie legs included! At the end of his trip Keith showed all his findings at a gallery. The chandelier he ordered from the artists, Magpie, was then bought my President Obama and is now hanging in the children's room.  At the end of each episodes it will tell you how Anthropologie has ordered as many chairs another artist can make in one year for their stores.

It is inspiring to watch the show of a man who does buy for a living. He is paid for his unique eye for things he knows the Anthropologie customer will love and appreciate. Each week he will travel to a new country and discover more findings that we probably browsed over yesterday in the store. If you knew the story behind the products would it encourage you to purchase? I encourage you to spend the money on itunes to subscribe to this show. I honestly wish we saw more ambition and creativity from all retailers.

B Rewarded



Wow so it does not feel like it was just yesterday I was posting, B Jaded, about Chanel's new jade nail color. It feels like a month rather than a couple weeks when I pre-ordered the nail polish. When October 1st arrived, I raced to Chanel.com to find my beloved Jade nail polish was already out of stock. I quickly called my nearest Nordstom and found that the nail polish will only be sold in Chanel boutiques and online. Well what do I do now? I realized that Nordstom number 1 store in downtown Seattle has a boutique inside of their Nordstrom. Quickly I call, and success! I am am allowed to pre order my delicious nail polish. So finally the wait was over and I am allowed to grace my nails with the presence of Jade.

8 months ago Jade was debuted on the Chanel Fall 2009 RTW runway
1 months ago Who What Wear featured the Jade nail polish as a hot commodity
3 weeks I blogged about my newest obsession
4 hours ago I came home to a little cardboard box on my doorstep
1 hour ago FINALLY it is on my nails

Now I am on to waiting for my next obsession.

Friday, October 16, 2009

B Accented



Just the other day I went into Bank of America to simply deposit my hard working pay check that now is in the form of a fabulous new shoes but anyways the fabulous tellers at B of A were full of  compliments for me. The teller helping me asked where I had found my necklace and I proudly said "target!". She seemed amazed and then puzzled telling me she doesn't think she can pull off long necklaces. The teller in the next cubicle agreed with her saying she can't either. I was appalled and told them they both could of course pull it off. They continued to examine my outfit further and said well maybe we can with something like she's wearing a t shirt and a vest? Where's the vest from? "Anthropologie" I replied. "Where/what's that?" I gasped! And proceeded to give these ladies approximately the best directions to all 3 anthropologies in the area. No one should live without anthropologie in their life. So soon I had made my deposit and left the bank.  There is not one thing a women can not wear or pull off. There are things that are better for your body type to accent your best features but don't you say you can't pull it off!

Jewelry is the topping on the cake. You can't give a cake without frosting, you need to decorate, hence accessories! Now some of you may have other ways of wearing a long necklaces but this is how I decide to wear them. Necklaces are the best way to dress up a simple outfit of t-shirt and jeans. Long necklaces are my favorite of the moment. Long meaning just passed your chest, no longer than your bellybutton. I honestly have some of my favorite jewelry pieces that I wear every day at Target or Forever 21. This is a great way to buy a few different necklaces for cheap! These are great retailers for when you want to layer necklaces. To layer necklaces use a few delicate ones that have different pendants or detailing around the neck. Alot of my blog readers have told me they wished they had the money to buy what I have featured before so I all the necklaces featured above are all from Forever 21 and under $10! All looks are achievable by everyone. But beware, you are paying for what you get so don't be surprised if it only lasts for a couple of looks.

Jewelry rarely goes out of style. Think about your grandmother's pearls, she bought them years ago and jewelry designers are still capitalizing on their classic look. For something away from classic  Anthropologie has very unique jewelry that can be the focus of the outfit. They themselves categorize this jewelry as "Statement" on their website. Anthropologie jewelry can be on the pricier side so be sure it is something you know that you will wear over and over and over again.

Remember a few tips though when adding some jewelry and accessories. If your top already has embellishments on it then you don't need a long bold necklace. You can get a long way with a little bling. If your top has an intricate neckline or something like ruffles where a long necklace may not lay right, try a shorter very delicate necklace. Or opp for no necklace at all and try just some decor for your ears. There are so many options for jewelry that I could write a whole other blog on but really its just the frosting on the cake that accents  and makes the look, which you know is everyone's favorite part!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

B Sold

There are those rare moments for when you see something and you say you must have! For those of us who are obsessed with fashion, this moment comes above average. There a few tricks to knowing though that this is something you really want.

1) you look it up online everyday (twice-every hour)
2) you add it to your shopping cart and go to checkout but your rational mind in charge of finance holds you back (until you work your way around the small mishap)
3) you stay home on a Friday night and pick out new outfits to work with it (it being your new Sam Edelman black saddle boots)

So I experienced this first hand. I went from finding to obsessing to wanting to needing! This was a fashion must. Thankfully Nordstom had them in stock so I politely turned down a happy hour invitation because clearly picking up my new shoes was vital. I am glad that you don't have to go to a polo match any longer to see someone in saddle shoes. I really have been lusting over this item for a couple years since they made a comeback into the fashion industry. Really, saddle shoes have been a dignified classic for years. Now that they're a trend you see everyone ready to ride a horse. Though I'm sorry you won't be seeing me get anywhere near a stable in my new boots but everywhere else I can possibly wear them to.

This is what I love about new shoes, you are so excited about them you really want to wear them everyday and eventually you look at them and realized they have gotten quite the workout. Its humorous that my last shoe obsession was also a pair of Sam Edelman's. I found them in LA at Kitson which is a shopping must when visiting the hills. And they really were the tip of the iceberg when it came to my gold addiction. Though I am not saying I will be putting away these gorgeous flats anytime soon but definitely just finding some new footwear to feed my appetite for gorgeous shoes.

Nordstrom started as a shoe store so it is only fitting that I always end up there. Today's exposure into the sea of heels, flats, boots and wedges was a little unexpected and purchases made were really unmeditiated (I swear). I had one pair of shoes to return that I had not been feeling the rules of 1,2,3 listed above. I first told myself to find some new casual heels. But really you can't pull yourself away from things you know you'll wear everyday. The Jeffrey Campbell flats were like butter on my toes, not that I've had butter on my toes but you get the point. Literally slippers, I even took a peek back to where they were to confirm they were not with the slippers. The details of the shoes summed up a few of my fall obsessions I have already explained, girly details with gold studs, it was an easy sell.

I personally think the sales lady to an extra long time in the back because she labeled me the second she saw me and knew I was to find something else to try on while she was gone. Well you should know how this goes by now, she was right. I had never seen flats by Ruby and Bloom before but there were many different pairs all in different shades and fabrics. The one that stood out to me was the snake skin gray 'grace' flat. I don't know what triggered it but snake skin flats have been on my mind recently and well as you guessed it, it fit snug and so comfortable. And another peek to make sure I wasn't in the slipper section. Phew, in the clear.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

B Changing

I told you that it is always smart to keep friends who know things around. Thank you (again) to Matt Michalowski for transforming 'Just B' for the better! It is sort of my thing that when I get bored I move my furniture around so this is my version of switching it up. As I write more blogs I create different visions for the blog and get new ideas for its look. We all know how important a cover is, though we are told "not to judge a book by its cover" you know we do. That's the first thing you look at!  And now Just B has a new look that I absolutely love! Change is something that is always constant. Change is bound to happen, you can't prevent it and transforming your blog, painting your room, buying new shoes is a few ways to express that change. Let me know what you think of the new look and enjoy the newest shoes!

Friday, October 09, 2009

B Spotted



When I went shopping last week (surprised?) I couldn't help but grab everything purple, plaid, or leopard print! There is no shortage of these three trends in the stores right now. And we have all seen them before but I am glad to see that leopard is back in color and more abstract than ever.

Every designer is putting their own spin on this animal print that has been reinvented in different ways over the years. One of my favorite blogs in my long list is The Satorialist this legendary photographer typically shoots people just off the street to highlight how they interrupted fashion that day of. The picture above above is one from a shoot he did for Italian Vogue Pelle and featured all different ways of wearing leopard. One of my favorite quotes from the spread was
"Leopard like a style password for the Big Apple"

Other designers are following Italian Vogue Pelle's suit and of course the man in fashion who always has the most incredible prints Marc Jacobs is created blown up hot pink blouses. He truly makes the leopard an abstract print rather then the traditonal boring browns. The top I myself purchased last weekend was Ella Moss's 'Marlo' Leopard Print tank. I of course found it in purple but any color in this top gives it an edge but flirtatious with the back ruffles.

And I mean how could I write a post without mentioning this fabulous clutch from Jimmy Choo. Jimmy Choo keeps giving more and more to love this Fall and some may think its a little too bright for this season but brights are what keeps us from being depressed. Don't be scared to add color and some leopard in your wardrobe. Leopard is everywhere this fall and you can find it at any price that is more appealing to you and it's just the thing to get you spotted.

Monday, October 05, 2009

B Strong




Admit it, you have snuck into your significant other's closet and taken an old t shirt, his button down or maybe even his blazer. Why is it always more comfortable when its theirs and not yours? Well now you don't have to worry about sneaking in and out of their closet. Menswear inspired pieces are everywhere and exactly what I'm wanting right now. 


Just this last weekend I was on a mission to find a fitted boyfriend jacket. To be honest, it wasn't that hard to find because everyone has their own version of the boyfriend jacket at the moment. I preferred a shorter fitted version but the boxy baggier version is also shown everywhere. One I particularly like is from Aqua for Bloomingdales. Aqua is Bloomingdales' own brand that makes trendy pieces at a cheaper price point. I have found many cute dresses in this department for half the cost you would typically find them at. 


I'm not one to lake dainty jewelry which is probably why I am ecstatic over the explosion of menswear watches. I love the big faces but simplicity. We have moved pass just your boyfriend's closet and now are wearing your grandfathers leather watch. Just this month Lucky magazine had a a feature on menswear watches. The feature showed a lot of options of menswear watches from gucci to other less known brands with smaller price tags. I found a new favorite, Grandpa's Woven Leather Watch, for only $38 at urbanoutfitters.com. 


The Olsen twins have also been grabbing my attention lately with their Elizabeth & James line. A handful of blogs ago I featured their peep toe booties and now I'm in love with their mens shirts. I frustratedly fell in love with their woven Cohen top that had delicate detail int he back with a few buttons flattering the women's body. Though women have also embraced the tailored white shirt in the workplace my other obsession of theirs is their Oversized shirt. Now I know that basically does look like they did steal it out of their father's closet and thats the greatness in it. Just be sure not to take the shirt labeled 'Valentino' or he may notice it missing. These shirts can work great over anything and anything can work over it. Try putting a metallic skinny belt to accentuate your waist or layer a fitted menswear vest and keep the bottom skinny! With a looser top you'll need to stay proportioned and show some of your body so try leggings or a dark skinny pant.


There's no question women have been strong like men for sometime but now our fashion is reflecting that inner strength accenting the masculine details that have classified menswear as simple, traditional, and classic. It is of course us ladies who have the real strength to put a spin on this and make it a fashion.



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

B Jaded




It's amazing how the domino effects goes through fashion. At Chanels fall 2009 rtw show last spring they debuted jade fingernails. And now it's all everyone is talking about. I am esspecially anxiously waiting till it hit stores in October. You better believe I have Chanel on speed dial. 

The first feature I saw of the green shade was on who what wear showing exactly who is wearing it! I instantly dropped my ceremonial dark red polish and have my mind all about jade. Another great blog mentioned the new product which showed how it has inspired another designers. The purse blog showed different purses this fall shown in the new jade color. 

Now if this isn't convincing you yet that this is the newest fall color I wonder if this will. Thanks to the world of Twitter who have cut out the middle man between celebrities, deisgners and a special stylist, Rachel Zoe has also recommends the new nail laquer. When a young fan tweeted at Rachel asking what nail polish she is wearing she   
of course replied @rzrachelzoe obssessed with the new jadecolor from Chanel (obvi) xoRZ. Now Rachel may be a bit biased because we do know her obsession with Chanel but this one deserves all applause given. 

It is the domino of fashion that is a reason why it is so easy to fall in love with. Chanel debuts a color that let's hope Karl was inspired by something fabulous but whatever it may be, it turned into hand bags, jewelry and other accessories by other designs. These aren't knock offs that use the jade color but rather a respectable tribute to   
Chanel who everyone can agree has influenced the designers today for years. So my hat (preferrably a fedora at the moment) goes off to Chanel who has blessed us with the Jade nail laquer for our fall season. Stay tuned as my hunt to possess this creation contin
ues. 

Friday, September 25, 2009

B Wanderlust




If you are like me packing for a trip is one of the hardest tasks. I change my outfit almost 3 times in the morning before I go back to my original outfit so when packing I have to compensate for that. An even harder task for me though is what to wear on the plane? You want to be comfortable as if you are wearing sweats but chic enough to walk right into Barney's and do some shopping.

To be chic on an early AM flight isn't as hard as it sound. Comfort is key but keeping it to a minimum is also important. The last thing you want to be is that person in security taking 10 minutes to go through the detector because you have too many accessories you need to take off. First, wear your most comfortable jeans. Not your skinny goal jeans ladies. You'll be sitting for a few hours and the last thing you want is to cut off your circulation be worried about falling out on the airplane.

Being comfortable on a airplane is sometimes hard to do. And if you are like me, you cant' stand those paper blankets but airplanes do get cold so you need to prepared. Please do not pack your own fleece blanket, instead opp for a cardi wrap. For those slow ones that means a cardigan/wrap. Comfortable, feels like you are wearing a blanket and even better wrinkle resistant! I sound like my mother a little bit, but wrinkle resistance is a miracle worker! Be thankful we aren't living in the 50s and the only way to gain wrinkle resistance is polyester. BCBG just debuted their 'Bon Voyage' collection
"Designed for distinguished travel, the Bon Voyage collection offers easy, versatile pieces that keep you looking chic throughout any journey."
 I could have simply just plopped up their collection right here and told you to buy everything! But really how fun is that? But like they say their Signature Cardi-Wrap is a travel must have! Keep a simple tee underneath, remember chic can be simple. Something important to remember- Don't wear a shaggy tee with holes just because you are wearing something over it, you'll need to take off the cardi-wrap in security!

Since now a days you practically need to undress at security, wearing easy comfortable shoes is a necessity. So those hot boots you bought last season that take you 5 minutes to lace up and pull off is a don't. I like to wear closed toe shoes on airplanes because there are usually vents down low so ballet flats are a perfect match. Chloe's belted leather flats are perfect for giving me a little detail but staying simple.

Some of you may be thinking "wow this outfit is boring" but this is just the time to pop in some color with your handbag! Besides jsut color remember you'll need to fit all your plane essentials in this handbag. Personal items, book, ipod, and laptop which makes it a little more tricky. Our travel is all based around security so make sure your laptop is easy to get to. That is why I love Tory Burch's 'Nico' quilted patent leather tote. The long satchel strap allows you to wear it cross body and style and slipping your laptop in and out is simple!

Just one more thing will keep you organized and getting to your plane on time. Marc by Marc Jacob's 'Croq of Q' Travel Wallet. Travel wallets are such a great idea, I always feel lost as to wear to keep my boarding pass once passed TSA. The travel wallet is wide enough to hold on traveling essentials. And who says your wallet and purse have to match? I love contrasting colors in handbag and wallets. Gives more of a surprise when pulling out your wallet to make a purchase at the news stand.

It's easy to look chic on an airplane. There are no excused to look haggard once you arrive at your destination. Just be sure to keep it simple and remain to function. Remember where you are traveling to and what you will need to get through to arrive. Now no one has ever looked so good being wanderlust.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

B Patient




A wedding weekend requires many different outfits. Bridesmaid luncheon, family dinner, rehearsal dinner, and how many other activities the planning party has scheduled. I of course overpacked for the function but didn't feel completely satisfied about my options. So I made some new decisions by taking a trip downtown to where else but Anthropologie. Walking into the store I was only looking for something to wear to the casual dinner planned but came out with more pieces to mix into my fall wardrobe.

Color-blocking was encouraged by Vogue just a couple years ago in their september issue but has not disappeared. The above blue, gray and orange color block dress had delicate details near the top that brought your eyes directly to your beautiful face. Though unfortunately this dress has no pockets (current obsession) but you won't want to hide anything in this dress including your hands.

Pants, dresses, skirts, jeans, and now shorts are coming high waisted! It seems reversed to buy shorts for Fall but its all about structure when incorporating them for this season. Wool shorts are the best for warmth and hold tailored details. I was lucky to find a great pair of black high waisted wool shorts at Anthropologie with button details near the waist. I'm lucky to be in a warm climate still but if its getting chilly for you pairing the shorts in patterned dark tights will work. If adding tights, keep the top simple, v-neck tee is always a great stand by. All you need them is a cute pair of ballet flats and even a belt if wanted, again keep it simple. Tailored shorts are a classic, so keep them to their roots.

While we are keeping it classic, add a cardigan. Classic items turned trendy may be one of my favorite things to find. This cardigan found at Anthropologie contained some of my favorite colors for fall. It is a great addition to black skinny jeans and flats.

The best shopping trips are ones when you find items that turn on that lightbulb in your head. They inspire you to wear something everyone hasn't seen you in a hundred different times (all in different colors). I love it when I find one item in a store and a whole outfit appears in my head. Does that happen to everyone or just me? I am a shopper who doesn't dig, I go through racks kindly and wait for something to jump out at me. You ever notice how when you're desperate to find something it never happens? But if you are patient, you will find items perfect for fall that will help you switch it up from your same old routine.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

B Sweet




There are different things that remind you of your childhood. It could be a movie, a tv show; or a special treat. For me, it's cupcakes. I want to know who made the rule that you stop bringing cupcakes to class after elementary school. 

It's amazing how fast the cupcake phenomenon has happened in the recent years. First it was coffee places on every corner, everyone was a barista. Next it was the health nuts who tried getting us off caffeine and pumped us full with smoothies. That ironically may have enough sugar to compete with the coffee. And now, it is cupcakes! No more traditional bakeries, everyone is specializing in your own personal cupcakes! 

Let's admit, cupcakes aren't that difficult to put together. There are millions of cupcake mixes that turn out the best little cakes! Go for Betty Crocker or even Sprinkles cupcakes has a great mix you can buy at Williams & Sonoma. The baking takes minimal effort so that you can take more time on presentation. You cannot supply cupcakes without a cupcake tower. This is a display must! Cupcakes are a great addition for any party birthday or not. Think of the convenience cupcakes supply. You put them in little cupcake tins so there is minmal cleaning and forget about cutting the cake and serving! Simplicity at it's finest. 



You can also find many different cookbooks about cupcakes and other treats that will trigger your memory. Try Sweetness written by Sarah Levy. It will appear in bookstores just next week so you'll have no more excuses. All your guests or whoever you hand a cupcake to will feel special that you thought of them in handing them a special little treat that can fit in the palm of their hand. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

B Envious

Was it not just yesterday where I was listing my lusts for Fall? And now its Fashion Week and all designers are showing their Ready to Wear collections for Spring and I just can't handle it! Fashion right now is throwing me around like a frisbee. I thought boys were the only ones that get us confused? Well thankfully this is a confusion I'm enjoying. This is the great thing of fashion, it is constantly changing. Unfortunately I can't be there first hand to enjoy this wonderful shows but I still have a great view via The Cut and Style.com. Here are a few looks that I am already anxiously waiting for their store arrival!

I commend Gwen Stefani for being one celebrity who A) hasn't named her collection after herself and B) has been successful now for 7 years with her label L.A.M.B.

Charlotte Ronson's looks are almost what I love now for Fall. Leather and studs! I have to admit my favorite look of hers was the designer's own ensemble. 
BCBG Maxazaria has always done dresses that I have fallen in love with. Springs ready to wear is full of geometric mini dresses and sheer cutouts. Their many shades of white made everything look crisp.
This is just one very tiny sliver of what has been going on in New York City this past week. If I could have a love affair for one night and one night only it would've been with Fashion Week in New York City (so maybe a week affair). Oh the things I hear and dream about the city that never sleeps. One day I'll be able to take the time away from school and work and fly in for the fabulous week but until then I can get to fantasize.

Monday, September 14, 2009

B Inspired


All week I have been wishing I was in New York City for fashion week. Tonight was the first night I could pretend I was in NYC with the Phoenix premier of The September Issue. For those of you who have been living underneath a rock Anna Wintour is the legendary Editor In Chief of American Vogue. She has been best known for her 'ice' like personality and not giving interviews. All this changed when R.J. Cutler asked her simply if he could film a documentary around her. He claims her got her to agree by just asking.

The documentary follows Anna Wintour and her team during production of The September Issue. Every year 13 million fashion followers anxiously wait for the distribution of the September issue. Wintour hand picks everything in the issue and chooses what those 13 million viewers are to wear the next season. It was amazing to see in the documentary the power that Anna Wintour had. The CEO of Neiman Marcus in the film asks Anna to encourage the designers to work on their production so that they can sell to the demanding market. He asked because he knows the power she has. Can you even imagine having Karl and Oscar dialed in on your recent call lists?

As I said earlier Anna Wintour is known for her ice cold character. I began to understand all the work she really does have to do in this $300-billion industry. You can't hold every designers hand and tell them that it will be okay. It is her job to push the limits which is why she is known for being the most influential editor in history. She saw the wave of celebrity status before anyone else. She pushed the limits and raised the bar for all future fashion.

Another great insight the documentary gave was a look at the unique relationship between Anna Wintour and Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington. It was inspiring to watch Grace Coddington work through all her layouts for the September issue. She put her all in it and cared enough to work hands on with every shoot. It was almost emotional for me to watch her be in Paris watching the couture shows. I, myself, having suppose to be in Paris in no less than just 12 days was jealous. Grace Coddington has been going to Paris for the past 40 years regularly if not more. It was a breath of fresh air to see her still appreciate the history that the city represents. At one moment in the film she mentions that a friend of hers told her "don't ever close your eyes in the car, you don't ever want to miss inspiration". There is inspiration all around us. Whether you are inspired by fashion or think it is "amusing" as to what we are consumed in. We are all inspired by different things which is what makes it all beautiful.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

B Magnetic


If you have kept up with my blog so far you may see a trend that shows that I like strong detailed pieces in my wardrobe. Every time you walk out of your closet you should feel confident to know that you are going to make a statement. Though its not always the pieces that make you bold, its your confidence. And your wardrobe should not be the only place you need to be bold. Be bold with your friends, school, work, your significant other. Being bold gives you a presence that people will be magnetized to.

I am magnetized to confident people who know what they want in life and obtain it in a classy manner (this is key). If you are magnetic then use this to your ability to influence others positively. And honestly I am going to lie if I don't admit fashion doesn't suck me in. Getting back to the original reason for this post, being bold in your wardrobe. I have already shown so many different things in my blog that are already my favorites for Fall and I can't help it to want more and more. There are such brilliant pieces coming out, it takes the right eye to find them.

Anthropologie does a great job at this task. Their pieces strictly follow by their statement that Anthropologie is
"Catering to the fashionable, educated and creative woman, we provide a unique product assortment that includes casual apparel and accessories, home furnishings and a diverse array of gifts and decorative items. Carefully designed and selected with an eye for craftsmanship and detail, our merchandise is offered in an inimitable environment, both online and in our stores." 
It is because of Anthropolgies great eye for unique items that they attracted a strong following.


Anthropologie is my first choice and last resort. I know that if I want to find something to stand out in, that is the place to go. This is a warning to all that this is not the last time you will hear me lift Anthropologie up and endorse this company. I buy and find so many unique treasures that help me to be bold and magnetize the positives I seek around me.

Friday, September 11, 2009

B Wrapped

When I moved into my house a few years ago, I cleverly put a towel rack over my closet door to hang scarves on but I have collected so many that I can barely shut my door! I have always loved scarves, in Jr. High I learned to knit and of course only really made my skills up to the scarf level which is pretty simple (if you're a knitter, don't judge me). I loved knitting and then wearing one of my own scarves. I got to pick out the yarn to match any outfit and whip it up just in a few days. But now scarves are such a hot commodity I don't need to do the hard labor anymore!

Just this morning I received an email update from Anthropologie about their new scarves for this season (I need to write a blog about how much I am in love with that store!). Anthropologie has so many different styles of scarves from delicate textures to strong bold colors. The great things about scarves is that they can make any simple outfit something to look at it. If I am not in a girly dress my first back up is jeans and a t-shirt, the perfect compliment for a great scarf. Scarves are also a great accessory to keep you warm if you are unsure about the weather. You can get away with a scarf and a tank top. If you aren't very warm at the moment just put it once around your neck simply but if inside it gets a little more chilly with the air conditioning simply switch up by threading the ends of the scarf into the hole that is created when the scarf is doubled. This will keep your neck warm and feel cozy.

As stated in another blog I am a big fan of ruffles this season which is why my major girly side fell in love with Anthropologie's ruffle squiggle scarf. The texture is so interesting you don't need a bright color to stand out. But when standing out is a must try Nordstom's peacock scarf. How did peacocks become such a hot fashion statement? That's one question I don't need answered because I am enthralled in everything peacock feathers. Bright turquoise is such a great compliment to all typical fall colors brown, beige, black and navy. So go back when scarves were nothing but something to keep your neck warm during the winter. Urban Outfitters has declared it the new necklace by making it one! If you are one who can't seem to tie a scarf right then no worries, this scarf is already perfected into a layered scarf for you. A scarf with many different colors gives you endless options for outfit pairings.

I remember the times when scarves didn't even have their own category on websites. They were typically underneath 'Accessories' and thats it. Now scarves have made their way to the big leagues and are their own category on retailers websites. You can always find new scarves for every season. Fall may be a bit thicker than Spring's but regardless there's no time like the present to be wrapped up in gorgeous accessories.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

B Branded


We have seen the trend of monograms come in and out of fashion. From the beginning monogramming has been used to set your place in society. It was a royal signature, identifying rulers of the time. Now a days you can look anywhere and find many different types of monograms. Well I was little I went through a phase where I would want anything and everything that had a 'B' on it. Koozie, tote bags, rhinestone tattoos (remember those?!). I told you, anything and everything!

Though you can use the old ways of monogramming to make your pieces look for royal then they actually are. You can easily buy any white duvet comforter from Target or Bed Bath and Beyond then take the cover to a custom embroidery/printing shop where they will monogramm for sometimes less than $20! And Voila, your $30 cover looks custom made and expensive. No wonder those victorians used it for status, monograms are classic and surprisingly contemporary.

A few years ago the trend of initial charms also made an appearance. I love these initial charms because they are subtle and simply have your initial stamped in the middle of a circle gold coin. I bought mine from Diana Warner, family friends introduced her work to us and I've been obsessed ever since! With the initial charms you can also stack other initials whether it be your last name initial or maybe a loved one. For my best friend's 21st birthday I bought her a 'L' when I had bought my 'B'. Please get rid of your "Best Friends Forever" heart necklaces, this is 2009, not 1995.

Recently while flipping through the new September issue of InStyle magazine I came upon a new way of monograms around your neck. Jewelry designer Jennifer Zuener created a 3 initial pendant size necklace. I basically melted, how could you not? The necklace goes for $242 and can simply be made with your custom initials. InStyle also showed that Taylor Swift is a fan of the necklace now. Jennifer also has many different jewelry designs that integrate your initials in a modern way. Far from the days of royal signatures.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

B Deadly


Deadly as in one of the seven deadly sins. One of those being lust. Don't worry this isn't going to get to be an uncomfortable blog but more a descriptions of everything I am lusting after for Fall. Lust is described in the dictionary as
"LUST [luhst] -noun: a passionate or overmastering desire or craving"
 Its officially Septmeber and although in my climate the weather isn't changing but in other parts everyone is switching out their flip flops for boots and sun dresses for wool jackets. Designers Fall collections are popping up in stores and it is killing me to see all my favorite things available for purchase. My inspiration for beginning to write this blog was when i stumbled upon the wonderful Rebecca Minkoff's laptop case! Can you believe how appealing cases are becoming these days? I admit that when I first bought my macbook (I'm a Apple lover, more later..) that I first bought a Juicy Couture laptop case. I was young everyone.. let it go. But how grown up and sophisticated but trendy is Rebecca Minkoff's? I'm in love and definitely planning a procedure of action in obtaining this beautiful case.


This Fall is all about leather, metal and cashmere for me. I am still going through my obsession with gold jewelry and metals. Thankfully for me they are still in fashion. Everywhere you look this Fall you can't go without seeing studs or an exposed zipper. Hard metals are no longer for the bands in the eighties. But don't be scared you don't have to go hardcore and lose your girly details to embrace the hard metal studs. Ruffles is a great way to keep your girly side present. Booties were around last season but I really hope more people embrace them! I absolutely adore these booties by Elizabeth and James 'Lola' Ruffle bootie. I am a major girly girl, yes I can get casual but the ruffles did it in for me and these shoes. I can see myself now wearing my Elizabeth and James booties carrying my laptop (in the Rebecca Minkoff case, duh!).


Ruffles aren't enough for you? Add Cashmere! What women doesn't love cashmere? My favorite part of Fall is wearing cashmere socks under my boots. They are the most comfortable socks you will ever own.  Another great way to wear cashmere? A wrap sweater. Wrap sweaters are the most comfortable and versatile item you could have in your wardrobe. They are great to travel with when you need some extra warmth. To incorporate my obsession of leather and metals this fall with my cashmere I am dying for the Tory Burch belt shown above! Almost resembles the black belt Carrie wore in Sex and the City The Movie over and over again so what's not to love. I can't wait to try it over my cashmere sweater to still show off some what of a waist.


And last, bracelets! bracelets! bracelets! I honestly wish I had longer arms so I could wear more and more bracelets. I can't begin to count the number of gold bracelets I have in my jewelry collection. But as you know how the saying goes "I have a jewelry box full of nothing to wear!" Rebecca Minkoff's collection is getting better and better. I was first introduced to this designer when I fell in love with her Morning After Bag about 3 years ago. I carried that thing everywhere, even to Europe and back and I cannot wait until her new bracelets come out! The I love the double wrap around look and all the different colors. You can still where plenty of color in Fall, and keep the edge with hard metals!
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