Monday, February 23, 2015

What I wore today: 02/22/2015 (Snow White, Rose Red)

Snow White Rose Red outfit: Hunter wells, black high-waister skinny jeans, furry/feathery white t-shirt, Calvin Klein light gray wool coat with leather trim, Red see-through Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag

I love wearing simple items with special details. When I saw someone wearing this coat in the elevator of my office building, I immediately started searching for it online. Luckily, I found it at an outlet for a third of the original price. I was so excited! I love how it looks clean and classic, but the asymmetry and the placement of the leather details also brings a slightly sic-fi sensibility. 

The Marc by Marc Jacobs bag is also a recent outlet find. My favorite thing about it is that there's a hidden section behind the clear front so that I can achieve that transparent look without having to display every single thing in my bag. 

Snow White Rose Red outfit: Hunter wells, black high-waister skinny jeans, furry/feathery white t-shirt, Calvin Klein light gray wool coat with leather trim, Red see-through Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag
Snow White Rose Red outfit: Hunter wells, black high-waister skinny jeans, furry/feathery white t-shirt, Calvin Klein light gray wool coat with leather trim, Red see-through Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag
Snow White Rose Red outfit: Hunter wells, black high-waister skinny jeans, furry/feathery white t-shirt, Calvin Klein light gray wool coat with leather trim, Red see-through Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag
Snow White Rose Red outfit: Hunter wells, black high-waister skinny jeans, furry/feathery white t-shirt, Calvin Klein light gray wool coat with leather trim, Red see-through Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag

High-waisted black jeans – Gap
Furry/Feathery-textured "Guimauye Top" – Anthropologie
Asymmetrical wool coat with leather details – Calvin Klein
Wellies – Hunter
Double-pearl necklace – Anthropologie 
Transparent handbag – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Monday, February 16, 2015

What I wore today: 02/13/2015 (Purple People Eater)

Purple People Eater Outfit: Ikat Madewell pants, black leather peplum top, Anthropologie cardigan, sliced agate necklace, ankle boots, geode ring

I don't usually get so match-matchy, but, when I saw how cute this sweater looked with these pants, I couldn't help but throw on my favorite sliced-agate pendant and my new purple geode ring. I bought this sweater right before our wedding last year and wore it a lot on our cozy, snow-covered-cabin honeymoon, so I think it'll always make me think of those wonderful memories. 

Purple People Eater Outfit: Ikat Madewell pants, black leather peplum top, Anthropologie cardigan, sliced agate necklace, ankle boots, geode ring
Purple People Eater Outfit: Ikat Madewell pants, black leather peplum top, Anthropologie cardigan, sliced agate necklace, ankle boots, geode ring
Purple People Eater Outfit: Ikat Madewell pants, black leather peplum top, Anthropologie cardigan, sliced agate necklace, ankle boots, geode ring

Ankle boots: Target
Ikat-print pants: Madewell
Leather peplum top: Urban Outfitters
Fringy cardigan: Anthropologie 
Sliced-agate necklace: Etsy
Geode ring: Nordstr0m Rack 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Reading List

Valentine's Day Reading List
In the past, I've enjoyed making and sharing playlists for holidays. This Valentine's Day, I thought it might be nice to share a reading list instead. Whether you're in love or heartbroken, romantic or cynical, you can find something to enjoy. 

Classic Love Stories: The Pursuit of Love, Pride and Prejudice, Gone with the Wind, Romeo and Juliet, Breakfast at Tiffany's 

Real-Life Love Stories: Charles and Emma, American Wife

Rock and Roll Love Stories: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, The Girl in the Song

Erotic: Erotic Poems, The Tropic of Cancer 

Funny: Lysistrata, Bridget Jones's Diary, Just the Tips, The Last Girlfriend on Earth

Heartbreak & Anti-Love: Le Divorce, 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, The Woman Distroyed

Beyond Romantic Love: Much Loved, The Empathy Exams

Monday, January 12, 2015

December Ins and Outs: What I Bought and Read Last Month

December Ins and Outs

All three books in the inbox this month were Christmas gifts from my dad. He knows me pretty well and is good at picking out books I haven't even seen myself. He also likes to encourage my pie making for somewhat selfish reasons. The candy apple pie I made at Thanksgiving was a particular favorite of his. 

I read Made to Stick for work. It's got really great ideas, but it's definitely overwritten in that way business books often are. Maybe some people needs eight parallel examples of one principle (half of which they've already heard somewhere else), but I'm not one of them. I'm glad I read it, because the ideas really are sound, but it could have easily been condensed down. I understand now that some books are made to be scanned, rather than read closely.

Fictitious Dishes is a fantastic art project, one of those things that so perfectly rings all my bells that it makes me wish I'd thought of it. Dinah Fried styled and photographed all the images in the book based on memorable passages about food and drink from literary classics. 

Everybody's Baby was classic Lydia Netzer fun. An e-book only novella, it didn't have the depth of some of the her novels, but was enjoyable nonetheless. 

Station Eleven was absolutely breathtaking. I read it for book club, and it was unanimously beloved. It's one of those epic stories that mesmerizingly weaves together plots and characters across decades with stories encircling a virus epidemic, an aging actor, a production of King Lear, a reformed paparazzo, a cult leader, and a gorgeous sci-fi comic book. Somehow all the disparate places and characters share similar themes and work beautifully together to tell a universal, human story. 


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Claire's First Birthday

Claire's first birthday

On January 1st my favorite girl celebrated her first birthday. My niece Claire is a such a joy to our whole family. She's obviously beautiful, but she's also incredibly bright and very sweet. She smiles and laughs a lot. She loves sharing and hugging people. When she eats, she makes delighted "nom nom" sounds the whole time. 

Claire's first birthday
Claire's first birthday
Claire's first birthday
The most beautiful birthday girl