Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NYC Digs: Hidden Treasures

Hands down, one of my favorite things to do is thrift store shopping. I love the thrill of the hunt. Going into some whole in the wall store on a safari for hidden treasures in clothing form. And even better, digging through the mass chaos only to emerge triumphant!

I have many great articles in my closet with a fabulous story behind them. That is the best part, is owning pieces that have a more enthralling hisstory than some factory in China. Like my knee length vintage fur coat. I found it in Austin, Texas but it was made in England and now it has followed me to New York.

On my shopping excursion on Black Friday, I found a fantastic thrift store out in Greenwich Village that you definitely need to check out! Monk Vintage on MacDoogal Street is a great find. Overflowing with designer goods and vintage treasures you are sure to find something fabulous for your wardrobe!
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday DEAL!

Did you have a fabulous Thanksgiving break darlings? I hope you got to eat a great meal and then shop to your little heart's content. I certainly enjoyed my break and am energized to be back to work and routine!

Here are some of my favorites from Embellished. I hope they start your Cyber Monday off right!

Something for the Fashionista...

For the Anthropologie Fanatic...

For the Rockstar at heart...

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Leave the Turkey and Steal that Deal!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and have prepared yourself for national shopping day! Although some of you reading this may have already been up for several hours!

J'espere your Thanksgiving was sensational my dears... I know mine was! And it actually included a live show of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! From watching the balloons being blown up at night to marched in the morning, it was a complete and TRES filling day!

Happy Black Friday my loves and
send me the scoop on your best steals!

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Bird Themed Turkey Day,

As the sounds of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade fill the air and the smell of stuffing begins to fill your kitchen, I thought I would fill you mind with some inspiration. I am not sure if it is morbid to have a bird themed post on a day staked out for Turkey... buuut these are some great things I have found on Etsy lately and I wanted to share. Also, for some reason I love birds in design... although I am not a big fan of them in person, not sure how that is?

This vintage statement necklace from Vogue World would totally complete your holiday look without appearing like a grade school teacher. A+ for showing up in high style!

My latest Etsy obsession is the Black Baroque shop filled with beautiful sketches on vintage book paper. Perfect for great decor... and my living room just happens to be peacock... hmm.

I am not normally a baby blogger but how adorable is this little number by Beatknits?

I am a firm believer in the lost art of a handwritten letter. This one by Molly Au Contraire is simple and elegant.

And not to have a twisted sense of humor but since this will conclude the end of your meal... make a wish! Maybe you'll get this fab print by Lucky Bluebird Art!

Happy Thanksgiving Darlings!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Revamping in High Gear

I would like to personally thank you all for hangin' in there as I have needed so much time for transition. I am literally giddy every time I think about all the places I want to take The Embellished Life and cannot wait to set foot on this next leg of the adventure.

Blogging is very fulfilling to me. It allows me an opportunity to interact with wonderful writers, artisans, and fashionistas from all over the world and at the same time it gives me an outlet for my many passions. The fact that I get to write (which I love) about fashion and travel (which I'm obsessed with) and share beautiful things with you everyday warms my heart!

I have high hopes for The Embellished Life and cannot wait to see how the next year blossoms. But I know what I want...what I want to know is what you want to see from me?! How else do you want to be inspired to embellish your life? Here is your time to have your voice heard!

Please send me great vibes at ideas!
Pitch me your art, your shop, your fashionable ways!
Do you have a Travel Confession? Fashionspiration?

Life is beautiful when we are all in it together.

I look forward to hearing from you!

embrace being unique.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bloggers at Magnolia

I have loved meeting up with friends now that I live somewhere new. On Saturday I got to relax and chat with a very good Blogger friend, Janet! Writer of the wonderful blog Designing Mazorie.

We met for a coffee and delish cupcakes at the ever popular Magnolia Bakery on the Upper West Side. She is such a doll and knows her style for sure! We chatted about all facets of NYC life and work and I got a sneak peak at her latest venture! As a freelance jewelry artist she already makes a living doing fabulous work but these rings she showed me were fresh off the press and fantastic!

I got Pumpkin and Snikerdoodle...and the Pumpkin is TO DIE FOR!

Be sure to check out Janet's blog here... and tell me... her rings are amazing aren't they!?!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Paris vs NYC

It is interesting to me how depending on the personality, each person will have a different opinion of what the greatest city is. For me, there is no competition to New York City being the most exciting city on the planet. As much as I love Rome for its ancient beauty, Paris for its romance and London for its edgy eccentricity... New York is the place with the excitement, the art, the massive diverse culture, the in-your-face, fast paced excitement that I thrive off of in life. I am learning more and more that I can find a shop or restaurant of anything I may be seeking...of course I will never forsake traveling to the actual cultural origin (traveling is my first love) but for a place to call home, New York takes the cake.

I discovered this graphic artist Vahram Muratyan last week who has done a wonderful rendition of Paris vs New York and I think it is a great graphic print series. You can find more prints as he adds them on his blog Paris vs NYC.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fashionspiration: Snow Princess

Enjoy the Fashionspiration from Meritza on Polyvore!

384 GBP - mytheresa.com
Deep v neck dress »

55 Almost Black Coat
775 GBP - coggles.com
Tweed coat »

Snow in Central Park

snow forest


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