pretty little hair things

pretty little hair things

i don’t have a lot (ok, any) talent when it comes to my hair.  i can basically wash it, blow dry it, and smooth it out / shape it with a flat iron so that it looks cute and fine. but, cute and fine is as good as it gets – so i’m always on the hunt for something simple to dress it up a bit. i absolutely adore these options from mark. and mane message. whether you prefer a soft and fluffy ponytail or a chic way to adorn your top knot, these brands have brought some seriously gorgeous flair to the art of effortlessly good hair.

olivia from mane message has truly outdone herself this season with her adorably playful prints! i’m partial to the whimsy package (pictured) but you have to see her adventurous chevrons, sweet bows, and strong arrows. she never ceases to amaze me and i just cannot say enough good things about her pretty and practical product! i mean, have you ever seen more gorgeous hair ties in your life?

my affection for mark. grows stronger with each passing day and when these hold it right there pins arrived this month, i couldn’t break into them fast enough. the feather has become a favorite as it goes with absolutely everything and i love the vintage feel. these pins are HUGE and you can wear them separately or together to accent an exaggerated part or to tuck in stray ends. (they look extra cute underneath a pony or a bun, too.)

if your hair needs a little something extra this season, might i recommend one of these sweet sets? i promise that your hair will never be happier.

this or that: sunglasses

*this or that: sunglasses


i read a little interview with heidi klum recently where she said “one of my biggest beauty products are my sunglasses.” i am obsessed with this quote and i could not agree more! the right pair of sunglasses are not only a glam accessory (and a great way to reflect your own personal style), but they are also crow’s feet stoppers and under eye wrinkle preventers – basically an anti-aging shield for your eyes.

i hunt every season for a great pair of sunnies and most years, i come up empty handed reverting back to a pair of classic favorites. this season, i zeroed in on kate spade’s shawna sunglasses for their black frames, pinched arms, and touch of tortoise. i loved the shape and the unique mixed media look, so i treated myself using funds from a spring sales bonus (thanks, hobo!).

i quickly found that gorgeous as they may be, they are not the most comfortable to wear and they are constantly sliding down my nose. no bueno.

i held on to them because i love the style so much! but, $138 is too steep of a price to pay for something that you’re not crazy about. then, when i saw these two-tone audrey shades from anthropologie, i thought they might be a good option. turns out that they are perfect. they’re lightweight, they fit me exactly right with the cat eye flare that i’ve been looking for and at $38 i don’t care if i’m sick of them next season. with $100 price difference, i can no longer justify the kate spades so back to nordstrom they go. don’t you just love a bargain?

hello, lover

i’m a ‘lover’ of:

– my cute husband + kitten, ivy
– fresh manicures
– sleeping in
– skim lattes
– ballet flats
– prosecco
– and this absolutely freaking adorable sweatshirt!

lover manifesto

you already know my sweet + talented friend meg, but did you also know that meg has created a super cool shirt company? it’s called manifesto and each month brings a unique design featuring that month’s word. meg has already released two limited edition shirts in 2013 with many more to come. february’s is a yummy heather red sweatshirt that feels soo cozy – i’ve been living in mine since it arrived. i totally connected with the word lover and had some fun snapping a few pictures in my nyc hotel room over the weekend.

safe to say that i’m obsessed with this concept and this sweatshirt!

get your own + shop meg’s manifesto here.

in my new year’s eve clutch

what's in my new year's eve clutch


i woke up in a cold sweat this morning.

not because another year has passed me by at lightning speed. not because i still don’t know what i’m going to wear tonight (or more importantly, what color i’m going to paint my nails), but because i am consumed with concern over how i’m going to pack my itty bitty bag for this evening’s festivities.

when carrying a small bag, i am very picky about what i pack, putting every inch of that precious real estate to excellent use. tonight is like the super bowl of clutch packing – the marathon hours of celebrating and venue hopping call for keeping a complicated survival kit on hand. here’s what made the cut:

i’ll be touching up with revlon’s super lustrous creme lipstick
in berry haute between glasses of champagne.

aerin’s rose lip conditioner and a box of altoid smalls
will make sure i’m fully prepped for that midnight kiss.

i always need to mattify after a spin on the dance floor.
this mini sized make up for ever hd microfinish powder is clutch-friendly
at half the price (and i just toss in a disposable powder puff for application).

kate spade’s twirl rollerball is fresh and flirty,
just what the festive atmosphere calls for!

becca’s beach tint in fig is my current blush of choice.
lucky for me that it’s extra little (i’m loving this duo!)
and takes up next to zero room – plus, it also doubles as a lip color.

a super stylish iphone backup battery will help ensure
that i don’t miss a single happy new year text!

a mane message hair tie (in stylish black glitter) will inevitably come
in handy when my hair gets pulled back into a ponytail well before midnight.

and last but certainly not least, i should mention that i have been saving the cutest of holiday hobos for new year’s eve. i cannot wait to take this little beauty (whose name is twinkle!) out on the town.

so, do tell…are you carrying a tiny bag tonight? more importantly, what’s inside?

what i’m wearing: wedding guest

what i'm wearing: wedding guest

i’m headed to baltimore this evening to celebrate the wedding of one of my beautiful friends. the main event is taking place at the george peabody library and i’ll be donning this pretty maxi from anthropologie. i’m topping things off with accessories from my two favorite employers: a minaudiere from hobo (coming soon!) and egg-shaped drops from anna beck. in the beauty department, i’ve got deep, dark green tips courtesy of essie stylenomics (and a manicure that i got last weekend in nashville – still has not chipped!), big bold lashes from clinique’s new mascara (yes, i’ve blogged it twice this week, yes that means it’s incredible), and a slightly subdued lip achieved with urban decay’s super-saturated high gloss lip color in naked.

are you wearing anything new this weekend?

tuesday shoesday: nine west taker

thanks to your excellent feedback on friday, i decided to welcome these fun floral flats into my shoe collection. they’ve been popping up along the blogosphere as of late and i just had to jump on board the taker train. they’re crazy cute in person and quite comfy, too – i can’t wait to sport them around nyc this weekend!

lulla by bindya ombre polka scarf

these lovelies stopped me dead in my tracks on friday. i fell hard for the sumptuous ombre dyed wool-silk speckled with silver foil and the surprisingly friendly price point. i had to separate myself from the situation before i snapped up all four on the spot. now that i’ve mulled it over, i’ve decided that i’m going for the green.

or maybe the orange.

aw, hell.

$58 at anthropologie.

thursday purseday: hobo warehouse sale

i’m spending my morning in an appointment at the mother ship, but can you guess where i’ll be spending my saturday? hope to see some of you capital area bag ladies there!

thursday purseday: hobo jude bag + lucy wallet

{hobo jude bag, hobo lucy wallet}

hi strangers! i’m on the road with the day job this week and wanted to share a little love for the two hobo styles keeping me company as i travel throughout the mid-atlantic.

my bag is jude and i’m obsessed with the chunky silver hardware. it hangs so perfectly on my shoulder and i’ve been throwing my keys and phone in that fancy zip access pocket on the front. love!

the super sassy leopard lady is the lucy wallet and i don’t know why i haven’t gravitated toward the zip around style until now. it’s so functional and very easy to stay organized. plus, who doesn’t love pulling something leopard out of their satchel?

i’d love to see what you’re carrying this week. link up below if you decide to take the thursday purseday plunge!

august bag + balm

bag: charlotte ronson camo clutch makeup bag, $28 at sephora

balm: bliss fabulips softening lip balm, $16

i’m celebrating this thursday purseday with another fabulous cosmetic bag + lip balm pairing. let me know what you think of this dynamic duo!

the bag: i fell pretty hard for this runway-inspired camo clutch designed by charlotte ronson. it’s small enough to be tossed in a bigger bag when toting your favorite products, but also sizable enough to be taken out for drinks on its own. the detailing is extra pretty – with a gunmetal logo plate on the front and a cool vintage clasp on top. the colors in the camo print are equal parts edgy and girly, plus a nylon lining keeps things clean when the inevitable rollerball perfume breaks or liquid foundation leaks. winner!

the balm: i am forever on the hunt for a soothing new lip balm – one that moisturizes on contact but seals in hydration so that i’m not constantly reapplying. new fabulips from bliss is the actual softening balm used in luxurious facials in bliss spas worldwide. it’s intensely nourishing and has a permanent home next to my office computer so i can apply with ease whenever i like. you’ll want to stash one of these in every corner/cosmetic pouch you’ve got!