Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wrap up Darlings!

Beautiful Fall weather has been keeping me happy lately and I am so excited to dive back into my boots and layers. I'm currently on the search for some brown Over the Knee boots like these fabulous Report Boots! Les cuissardes are just fabulous and I personally can't get enough of them. Many of the NYC women strut around in a wonderful array of great boots a la beret and cute pashmina, and it makes me so happy.

But rather than your typical pashmina, why not dress up your neck with something handmade and shabby chic. I found this wonderful scarf on Etsy and fell in love. Deniz's shop has a nice variety of colors in this crochet wonder...get one and feel fierce darlings!

{Thanks Deniz}

What is your must have Fall accessory?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Catwalks of Spring 2011: Guest Blogger Series

The settling into my Big City dream is almost complete my darlings and I thank you with a thousands XOs for having patience and providing support while I've ventured down this rocky path full of obstacles to accomplish my goals. With only a few boxes left to unpack in my new apartment and a growing list of things to buy to make it feel like "home" I have started to really enjoy it here. Not that I didn't before, but its kind of hard to love a city fully when you are worried about being homeless...but I digress. I still need to set up the TV and internet in my pad and there will be plenty of decorating to do which I'm hoping to bring you all along with me for the excitement!

In the meantime, I'm sure you've been desparate to get the scoop on last month's Spring 2011 NY Fashion Week and Meaghan of WIT & Whimsy has just that for you! Enjoy the views of the catwalks mes cheries!

While we get into Fall and I begin to secretly await the days where I can wrap myself in thick and cozy Theory sweaters and fun, inexpensive pieces recently picked up at H&M, I'm still already beginning to craft styles in my head for Spring.

At Fashion Week, I have to admit my favorite part is seeing certain trends come to the surface. Here's what I saw for Spring 2011...get excited! (And see all my NYFW Spring 2011 posts here!)

Hats are back:

in a big way (literally and figuratively)

Tracy Reese

Marc Jacobs

70s Retro Vibe:


Cynthia Steffe

Rebecca Taylor

The little white dress:

See my whole post on my favorites from the runways here.

Nanette Lepore

Sheer and flowy:

As Joe Zee put it, girls, we best get to the gym!

Erin Fetherston

Vera Wang

Alexander Wang

Nanette Lepore

Matte Lips:

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick at 3.1 Phillip Lim

Matte lips (in shockingly bright pink) at Diane Von Furstenberg

Be sure to Follow Meaghan Donovan with w&w on Twitter!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Oh Happy Day

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather and plenty of pumpkin spiced things along the way. This photo made me happy and I wanted to spread the smile to you guys. All those crazy exes and playing the ridiculous dating game, this is it, this is what you are hoping for...someone to grow old with. Someone you can laugh with about not being able to get up from your rocking chair. Someone who can hold your hand as you walk down the street together. Always remember to never settle, because happiness is something worth holding out for.

{Thank you Tumblr}

Spread your smile around today.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Love Affair with NYC...One Coffee at a Time - The Guest Blogger Series

As my search continues for mi casa, here is a much more fun search for anyone out in the city in the near future. Coffee shops are one of my favorite things; atmosphere and a good brew complete either with friends or just a good book. And as much as I love Starbucks, I prefer finding those unique places that surprise you. In NY you can be literally anywhere, take a 360 degree turn, and see at least one Starbucks. So, in a city hard pressed for small boutique cafes Janet from Designing Mazorie blog has pieced together your perfect Scavenger Hunt for the Best Brews of Manhattan!

I have lived in NYC for a little over four years and while my life has changed in so many ways one thing remained the same…my love of coffee. I am rarely seen without a cup in hand between the hours of 9am to 5pm. This obsession habit might be a costly one but I really enjoy nothing more than showing up to my local coffee spot, grabbing the newest fashion magazine, ordering my usual latte, and sipping while the city rolls by.

So when Jessica asked me to write a guest post for The Embellished Life, I could think of nothing I would want to share more than my favorite coffee spots in the city.

Grounded- Located in the heart of West Village, this place won my heart over with their Sweet-and-Nutty lattes. Go here, order one to-go, and then take a walk down Bleeker Street… You’ll never be happier!

Think- With several locations in the city it is an absolute must. Never will you be caught in Starbucks again. Order the Spanish Latte, which is espresso with condensed milk and it’s deliciously rich! They also make a mean grilled cheese so come hungry.

La Colombe- If you want an amazing cup of coffee while eying NYC’s most fabulous, come here. The space is simple, open and uncluttered. Bring your best friend along and talk about the fashions walking by the large windows.

Ost CafĂ©- It’s an open, friendly location with knowledgeable staff. They use a double shot of espresso, which seems suitable for the bowl-sized latte. A great place to read a book or bring your laptop for the free Wi-Fi. This place is right around the corner from me, which makes it even better! Maybe I will see you there sometime?

MUD- Want a huge heavy mug filled with delicious drip-coffee while enjoying 90’s R&B…well at least that’s what’s always playing when I come in. Love it! They have great food here too and a nice garden-like area to sit out back.

Stumptown at the ACE Hotel- Locally roasted, conscious bean buying, and expertly operated espresso machines make this place a must. You will never want to leave. Once you have your coffee in hand walk on into the ACE hotels amazing lobby area, where you’ll find cozy couches and fabulous lighting.

Saturdays Surf- I know confusing right…but this coffee bar located in a SoHo surf shop will make you very happy. The baristas/sales associates are super nice and down-to-earth. There is also a huge outdoor seating area in back.

Madeleines Patisserie- OK this one is kinda a cheat…I don’t really come here for the coffee. I come here for the delicious, best-you-will-ever-have almond croissants. But in order to enjoy these croissants fully they serve a good cup of coffee and you can sit in the quaint seating area pretending you’re in a French Patisserie. Why not?

Tarallucci E Vino- With patio seating and glasses of good wine also an available option this place rocks. I love coming here on a sunny day with the girls, ordering coffee and yummy pastries and chatting the day away. This is also a great place to come after a dinner date for dessert and coffee.

Janet runs a wonderful blog Designing Majorie
chocked full of incredible inspiration!
Be sure to check it out HERE!

You too can be featured on The Embellished Life
in the Guest Blogger Series! Don't miss your chance,

Monday, October 11, 2010

Come Hell or High Water

{thanks Tumblr}

I'm pressing forward to make my dreams come true, and I'm not going to lie to you...its hard.
But sometimes the thing you want has to mean more than the comfort of not going for it.

What will you reach for today mes cheries?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Concrete Jungle Safari

I've officially been living in New York City for almost two weeks and I must's everything I hoped it would be. Crazy, frantic, and amazing. I arrived Thursday, interviewed Friday, and started my new job Monday! After that I have been apartment hunting like a mad woman, why is it so hard to find what you are looking for? There have been ups and downs for my roommates and I in the search but we are convinced we must be getting close. Mainly because we are getting close to our move date and need to pin something down! Eek!


This is the first time in my life that I have finally felt like I am living where I belong. I finally am not asked to constantly slow down and feel like I'm running against the grain of the city. I meet new people everyday and learning all kinds of new things, it is the most exciting experience. New York is like no other city on the planet. It has a heartbeat, a rhythm, and most importantly a promise. New York is truly a city where dreams come true. Recession or not, if you want something bad enough this is truly the city where if you keep knocking on doors you will eventually find one open. It is an inspiring and uplifting feeling that pushes me forward at my crazy pace as I race around finding an apartment I can stake claim as my own little home in the crazy concrete jungle.

Thanks for hanging in there with me mes cheries!
Soon enough we will be up and running back to normal ;)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Architectural Inspiration: The Clash - The Guest Blogger Series

Another day, another amazing guest blogger and brace yourself my darlings, this one is one of my favs! Couture Carrie runs a great blog full of fashion inspiration and always manages to find the funkiest frocks you just wouldn't believe. Enjoy!

Couture Carrie here, darlings! I am so excited to be guest posting today! Hope you adore this space and the look it inspired!

Architectural inspiration courtesy
Shopping suggestions via except where noted.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jersey dress.

Solange Azagury-Partridge lacquered silver ring.

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel long merino-wool gloves.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Little Ukita leather bag.

La Mer Collections oversized square watch, at

Versace suede ankle boots.

Lugano leather suitcase at

Don't be afraid to mix traditionally clashing colors, darlings!



Be sure to check out Couture Carrie

for lots of amazing and chic inspiration darlings!

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