Monday, December 15, 2014

One Day: Entryways

You know how people say first impressions are everything? Well, that's how I feel about entryways. The first moment you walk into a space is so meaningful -- it instantly makes you feel something, and it sets your expectations for the rest of the space.

When dreaming about my "one day" home, the entryway is key. Not only does it make that first impression, but it's such an important landing pad for the whole family. In general, what I want in an entryway is what I want for the rest of a home -- classic, convenient, warm and inviting. Here is one of my favorite examples; it's neutral with a hint of color, neat but not stark, and full of traditional styles without feeling stodgy-- the pup in the background doesn't hurt either!

Looking at my Pinterest collection of entryways, you can tell I love a good oriental rug, need a console table, and favor a white staircase with black or dark railings. Here are some more favorites:






As gorgeous as all these examples are, realistically I'm going to need a little more storage space wherever I enter the house. I'd prefer to have something neat set up than just inevitably throw my purse / shoes / mail around on the floor when I walk in. I could go for elaborate, well-styled built-ins:

but I'm especially obsessed with the idea of using a vintage post office box as a console. An entryway feels like the perfect spot for something like this:



The entryway situation in my apartment now is pretty weak, so I can't wait to spread out eventually. Are you with me, or do you think entryways are just an outdated spot for leaving calling cards with the butler?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wrapping Ourselves Up

This winter, Mike and I will be attending our very first grown-up holiday party. This has led to an equally exciting and stressful search for the perfect holiday dress. I found a treasure trove as ASOS last week and wanted to share some of my favorite finds! Many of these are awesomely on sale right now as well -- so I kept everything on my list under $100 for you...

These sequins are anything but tacky -- I think this is the sexiest dress I've seen for the holidays this year ($85):

A simple LBD with a little faux-fur detail to spice things up ($67):

This bowed beauty will make YOU look like a present ($32!!!):

You can hit the emerald trend and celebrate Christmas a bit more subtlely in green -- this tie-front shift is super chic ($76):

This fluffy sweater dress looks a bit grunge in the image, but I bet with the right accessories it would be kind of 90's-awesome ($72):

Another bow, a bit more subtle than the last one. I'm so into this look ($56):

These stripes scream Kate Spade, but ring in at only $98:

This wrap dress is sexy AND forgiving. Watch me order it right now ($90):

What better time to work full-on green plaid than the holidays ($72)?

Let's throw in a couple accessories for good measure. I'm in lust with these tortoise stilettos ($80):

and these plaid guys are a good plaid alternative if you're not ready to go full-on outfit:

This champagne clutch is so funky and celebratory if you're brave enough to pull it off ($66):

And this mirrored clutch could add some sparkle to your holiday outfit ($60):

Okay guys, go get on those sales! what are you wearing for the holidays this year?

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream

My love-hate relationship with Taylor Swift isn't news... but right about now, I am really feeling the love. Her new video for "Blank Space" is absolutely stunning and I can't stop watching it.

The story behind the video is clever -- she's taken the press' caricature of her as a man-eating psycho girlfriend and she's run with it. But what I'm really obsessing over is the design, both of sets and costumes.

The video was shot at Oheka Castle, an insane mansion on Long Island. It features all kinds of luxury: wrought-iron staircases, upholstered beds, vintage cars, ornate fountains...  Taylor's costumes are on another level of vintage-chic: lace, fur, leopard print, sheer, sparkly and sexy... It also includes a menagerie of animals: cats, horses, dogs, deer (!)... none of which were harmed during filming of course.

I think that in some ways, the look of the video really hits the mark because of its simplicity. It manages to be glamorous without being gaudy -- it's perfectly set without being over-styled. All in all, I find the entire thing delicious. Here are some of the best stills:

So what do we think -- has Taylor reached a new level of magnificence or what? and what wouldn't you give to be living this lady's fancy lifestyle?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Harvard Sucks

Every year since I can remember (all the way back to 2008...), my Yalie friends and I have geared up against the cold to cheer on our bulldogs against Harvard's "crimsons." (what is a "crimson" anyways?)

 Every year, we've been beat. Bad.

Well, this just might be the year we win -- and even if it's not, we'll still put up a good fight and throw a MUCH better tailgate.

In celebration of the only time of year that I care about sports, here are some #FlashbackFriday shots from Harvard-Yale games of yore. Real life pictures taken by myself and friends. Don't ever say the Ivies don't know how to party:

Have a great weekend, folks!