I hope you all enjoyed a lovely long, if chilly, weekend! Since I was feeling a little under the weather on Saturday night, we pushed our date night until Sunday. Unfortunately, on Sunday the weather dropped to absolutely arctic temperatures. I still wanted to look flirty and girly, so I doubled up on top layers, turned up the shearling collar under my thick wool coat and hustled through the crisp wind. Minus the flaming red nose upon our arrival at the restaurant, I think this outfit worked perfectly.
For the first time since living away from home, I have put up a real Christmas tree. Last year I bought a small pine shrub which stood on a bookshelf, but this year we have a real, nearly 6 foot beauty. I love the smell and how it completely transforms the room into a holiday state of affairs. Luckily Charlie is adjusting well to the plant in our house and has not, as I feared, lifted a leg.
On another note, this vest was a Black Friday purchase, and is so versatile. It is less dramatic than my full faux fur vest, making it a more subtle dose of glamour with the same cozy factor.
Ever since I graduated college and moved out on my own, I have become a huge fan of HGTV. A cozy Sunday afternoon with House Hunters or Color Splash can lull me into a peaceful state like nothing else. While I love the outlandish combinations of the Antonio Treatment, I’ve actually learned a lot of design tips and tricks from the genius Candice Olson of Candice Tells All.
During my latest viewing, Candice was making over the master bedroom of a couple with young children. She coated the entire suite in a muted palette of dove grey, ivory, and white, normally the polar opposite of my taste. However, she repeatedly said, the key to interest in a neutral palette is playing with texture. When you pile knits, silks, and sheers, suddenly the wash of white seems more intriguing than blah.
Yesterday, I entered a very crisp fall day in my own neutral layers of texture. I think the touches of bling and layers of cotton, corduroy and chunky knits makes it far more interesting than grey.
A number of times throughout this summer I’ve discussed my hunt for a great new pair of sunglasses, (even spotting them and debating hunting down a stranger!) Well, hold your breath, because the perfect shades were spotted and purchased two weeks ago, just in time for the grand finale of summer: Labor Day.
I spotted my new glasses at Urban Outfitters (similar to these, but with an elongated frame.) They are the perfect blend of exaggerated frame size with cat eye flair, and a offer a inconspicuous nod to old Hollywood glamour.