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November 30, 2011

walk the walk {leather legs.}

hello happiness. {monogram necklace}.

Hello Happiness! I've wanted one of these necklaces for so long! My dad's side of the family owns a jewelry store and they just got them in! After my mom overheard me telling my aunt and uncle that I was going to stop in and order one - she said she is going to get me one for Christmas! I just e-mailed my order in today and am so excited to layer this with my sideways cross (which is currently broken) and my diamonds by the yard! Ohhhh the little things! Contact Schwanke-Kasten for details!


I'm a child of the 90's. I wore bicycle shorts under jean shorts. I wore Bonne Bell. I grew up on scrunchies and lunchables. Boy Bands and Ace of Base were the music of my choice and "Boy Meets World" was my daily dose of pure teenage romance.

The list 10 things 90s kids will have to explain to their children is a pretty accurate representation of how I grew up.

For the Beanie Babies that still inhabit a random corner in a closet at my parent's house:

"Incredibly depressing women in Indiana covered in cats and glass figurines they buy at The Hallmark Store used to troll the web 1.0 to invest thousands of dollars in tiny stuffed animals filled with plastic beans. That happened. Beanie Babies were not just significant, they were the first example most of us had of envy, greed, and wrath. If someone messed up that little heart-shaped Ty tag, so help you God, that was the end of whatever contact you had with that monster of a human being. That tag-less Beanie Baby was now trash, and you had to deal with the consequence. It was at that moment, that de-valued Beanie Baby moment, that most of us accepted the truth… we’ll never have nice things."

November 28, 2011


Oscar de la Renta Beaded tassel clip earringsYves Saint Laurent The Row 

Diane von Furstenberg Diane von Furstenberg Yves Saint Laurent 

If money were NO object, I would have put these six pieces in my net-a-porter shopping cart faster than you can say, "CYBERMONDAY". Did you find any steals you wouldn't pass up? I'm absolutely in love with all of these pieces {they can be round under sale > editor's picks}.

  1. Oscar de la Renta Earrings
  2. YSL Wedges
  3. The Row Cord Bellbottoms
  4. DVF Dress
  5. DVF Vest
  6. YSL Ring
All of these items are around 50% - - - LOVE!

wedded bliss. {editor style}

Joanna Hillman makes me swoon. She is the epic definition of style. She rocked it better than the model on the runway {le sigh}. 

girly {on the cheap}.

girl on the cheap.

{blogger beauty} wear.see.snap.


I follow Oksana on Twitter & Instagram - how amazing is her taste? Check out her blog here: so much style inspiration! Those coated J Brands are insane. Totally blogging beauty!

November 27, 2011

{contest}FREE Spray Tanning for a YEAR!

Like LiveSunless here to WIN!

As many of you know I'm a huge believer that a killer tan makes the outfit. Mini skirts and pale legs don't mix - major fashion DON'T. I also do not advocate wrinkles. At 25 I'm taking extra steps to make sure I can hold off on the Botox train for a couple years longer. Tanning = breaking down of collagen and skin elasticity = wrinkles. My solution: GET SPRAYED BABY!

So, I want to let you in on a little secret! My friends over at LiveSunless want to spoil you. This summer the kind folks at LiveSunless sent me Mystic Tan and Versa Spa products that have never made me look so good (warning: I just gloated)! 

Earlier this week I got a lovely email from LiveSunless letting me know they have a contest going on. Super easy. 

SUNLESS, INC. (parent company of Mystic Tan and VersaSpa) is giving away a YEAR of FREE Sunless spray tanning.   To enter for a chance to win, all you have to do is go to their Facebook page, "Like" the page and then click on the Enter To Win app and follow the registration process.   In addition, we will be having weekly giveaways of Sunless tanning retail prize packs to random winners.   

P.S. If you sign up I have a chance to win a YEAR of FREE Sunless spray tanning too! 

tailored to perfection.

she  has perfectly tailored style.

Fancy Feet.

Pleated Velvet Glitter Bootie
If you can't afford the $600 Miu Miu version these are $40 from Charlotte Russe. My boyfriend's younger sister giggled at them and told me I would never wear them - and she's probably right - but I think they would be fun with an all black (and conservative) outfit. 

Not so budget friendly - these Alexander McQueen booties. They are luxe without shoving "I'm a label whore" in the faces of your friends. 

The perfect riding boot for under $200!

November 22, 2011

from me to you {happy thanksgiving}

This will be my 25th Thanksgiving. As I've gotten older the best part of the holidays have been the 'lengthy' breaks from work. Remember when you would get a month off from college for Winter Break...oh the luxury. This year I'm thankful for so many things.

My wonderful family.
               (i love you to the moon and back: mom, dad, emme and kate.)
My amazing beau.
My loyal friends.
A cardiac surgeon at Ohio State University.
An amazing job.
My health.
My happiness.
My iPhone.
Having a roof over my head, a down comforter on my bed, and a boy I love sleeping next to me.
Hadley, Lily, and Griffin.
Margaritas, Pinot Grigio, and Rolling Rock.
Rachel Zoe, The Real Housewives of anything...The Bravo network in general.
Taylor Swift.

I'm so blessed it feels silly sometimes. I've never gone a night without a warm bed to sleep in, I've never gone hungry, I've never not been provided for or been unable to provide for myself. This Thanksgiving please say a prayer for all you have, and for all those who might not be as fortunate as you are.

Happy Thanksgiving to you my dears. Smile, you are beautiful - and someone is thankful for you!

November 21, 2011

Sequins: budget buys!

Peek-A-Boo Mini Skirt


Sequin Top/Dress- Gold, black, silver

Sequin Top/Dress- Gold, black, silver

I check an arsenal of blogs daily so that I can bring you amazing picks (note: I only post items that I would wear or brands that I fully support (aka xtreme lashes and cambridge satchel). is a tumblr that I check out on the reg - and with her amazing eye for perfectly priced party dresses I had to share this with you! Shop the sequins here! P.S. They are handmade! 

Rachel Bilson x ShoeMint


Are you ready forShoeMint! Rachel Bilson is a style goddess. I love her designs, even though I am way to tall to get away with them - super super super amazing (and I'm guessing the price points are insane).

November 20, 2011

AMA's Best Dress: Julie Bowen

My verdict: Best dressed (minus J. Hud - something about the proportions if way off). I think Julie Bowen stole the show. That striped, sequin mini is the dress of my dreams. I loved watching Selena and Taylor rocking out together in front row! So amazing seeing them rapping all of the words to Nickie Minaj and Drake. Do you think their stylists chatted before showtime to make sure their looks worked together?

What were your favorite looks?

signet rings.

via the love possessionista
I have my greedy little eye on one of these Sarah Chloe signet rings. Dan, the Possessionista, enspires me to break the bank on a daily basis. Fortunately for those who give me Christmas presents this is an affordable option. Hint - I want the rose gold. I love the idea of a signet ring, my sister Emme has worn one for years, they are the perfect ode to prep. My mom and dad each have signet rings too (they don't wear theirs...duh), but I can't really say no to anything with a monogram!

Get the look: Nicole Richie x Halston

Get Nicole's Halston look here.

Beauty Loot.


I'm the girliest of girls when it comes to makeup and products. I can literally impluse purchase 4 lipglosses and not think twice about it. However, I do have a few tried and true products that you will never find me without. Dior Show mascara being and a rich creamy brown eyeliner (brand doesn't matter here!).

I do must of my purchasing from Sephora - like Nars, TanTowel, Marc Jacobs perfume, and all my Time Balm products! You can't really go wrong.

November 19, 2011



Be a lady. Break the ice. After all it's a Saturday night! I've started in on my Pinot Grigio  - tonight's outfit. Wedge booties, seven skinnies, a black fur vest, and cashmere sweater. Sound about right?


November 18, 2011

haute pattern: chevron

haute pattern.

I'm very. very. very. obsessed with chevron. My iPhone case is monogrammed chevron and literally every time I step into a store I seem to find this pattern sneaking up on me. Next on my agenda: is covering our bedroom chair in chevron! 

November 16, 2011

{instagram}ing my life.

wind blown with my co-workers mini donkey!

borer battle tailgate with my friend anna.

with my little sisters roomies. how cute are they?

nothing better then mimosas and teeny tiny kittens. and fabric braided into my hair.

dry ice martinis with the beau's parents {so fun}.

adam's drink.

doub date with our friend's from milwaukee @ chesters {i never take my fur vest off}.

divine texture.

i adore both of these looks. I need that bag.

everything about these looks speaks to me. especially that sequin skirt. love all of the texture.
 divine. divine. divine.

santa please?


November 15, 2011

pumped up.

How do you feel about "pumped up kicks"? Three style stars (epic leather pants on all three) are rocking the style. Would you? via

spiked punch.


party dress. on.

luxe lady love.