these or those: vintage earrings

these or those: vintage earrings

i have a soft spot for vintage-inspired sparkle and i’ve had my eye on these lulu frost stunners for the longest. my husband might have a heart attack if i spent $180 on a pair of earrings (that in all likelihood, i will be over by next season…i’m the most fickle of fashion lovers), so i could not be more thrilled by these gorgeous alternatives from mark. both styles offer a unique feathered shape with an art deco feel. they’re ornate and at the same time, timelessly elegant. one of each, please?

these: mark. good vintage earrings, $18

those: lulu frost demeter earrings, $180

ps – did you hear lisa salzer was at the ifb conference in nyc yesterday? she doled out a wealth of warm-hearted business advice, i think i developed the most serious of girl crushes. still not sure i can pull the trigger on those earrings, though :)


pretty gifty: baublebar + essie

i am so excited about this collaboration from everyone’s favorite polish brand and the go-to source for stunning and affordable jewels. this beyond brilliant partnership between essie and baublebar combines the best of the season’s hottest nail shades with gorgeous statement bangles. each shade in essie’s winter collection has been matched with a custom bracelet for a cute and coordinated look.

but wait, there’s more!

once you choose your duo, baublebar gives you the option to add two more bracelets to the set, resulting in the ultimate festive wrist. the options are endless!

i chose she’s pampered – a pure and vivid red – which baublebar paired with a chunky enamel red bangle trimmed in shiny gold hardware. i added a cool cobalt and silver woven bracelet and a pave bar wrap for holiday sparkle. as for the polish, what can i say? to quote essie herself, it goes on like silk and wears like iron – cream of the crop.

i just love the whole idea of jewelry inspired by nail polish and this collection is spot on the money, just in time for party season and holiday gift giving. your three bracelets and polish come packaged up in a sleek case for $50. check out baublebar + essie and build your own!

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?

this or that: golden bib necklaces

this or that: golden bib necklaces


i’ve had my eye on this stella & dot stunner for a bit now, but the $130 price tag is tough to swallow. i mean, that’s a lot of makeup. i’m thinking i can get a similar effect with this penny-pinching aldo number – what do you beauties think?

if this blog were a pair of earrings

kiss kiss studs

wanna wear the glossarie on your ears? buy ’em here.

baublebar inspired style

i’m over at the baublebar blog today taking part in their inspired style series. i had a ball styling the pieces they sent over and must give endless thanks to kate headley for taking the photos. i’m pretty proud of the finished product – go take a peek!

bite beauty lush lip tint

photo by kate headley.

lips by bite beauty.

earrings by bauble bar (similar).

tank by anthro.

happy thursday!

ps – the competition is REALLY heating up and i need your vote more than ever! i’m cooking up a fun little thank you for all of you tirelessly voting for me throughout the allure beauty blogger of the year competition! please vote today (and tomorrow :)). the videos debut on monday and i *so* want mine to be in the mix!

etsy shop crush: the vault jewels

the vault files is one of my favorite spots on the web. editor gaby is a gal after my own heart in many ways, but none so far as her ‘in my makeup bag‘ series which features media mavens spilling the contents of their cosmetic cases and talking pretty, pretty products.

in addition to her talents as a blogger and momma of one, gaby is also a jewelry designer. she operates this adorable etsy shop featuring reasonably priced sparkle with tons of style. i especially love her bold, bright charlotte necklaces with the chunky chains and her beautiful sabrina earrings.

if your jewel box is calling for something new to spruce things up for spring, you must go peruse gaby’s awesome adornments.

j.crew factory art deco necklace

happy golden globes sunday, all! do you love a red carpet day as much as i do? i can’t wait to lay eyes on the beauty, the dresses, and the jewels.

oh! the jewels.

in celebration, i’m treating myself to this little beauty today. the two-tone beads and chandelier chain combo has wedged itself into my heart and won’t let go. it’s extra perfect because i’ve been wanting a spike the punch necklace but wasn’t 100% confident that it would flow with the rest of my wardrobe. this softer interpretation will make itself right at home!

the art deco necklace is available at j.crew factory online for $29.99.

dance the tangerine tango: max & chloe coral and gold teardrop earrings

by now you’ve likely heard that tangerine tango is pantone’s 2012 color of the year, which means we’re about to see it everywhere. i’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for ways to add it to my wardrobe and fell in love with these glamorous baubles from max and chloe. aren’t they stunning? i can’t wait to wear them with a crisp white button down, a basic tee, an lbd, my pajamas…

think you’ll be adding something(s) tangerine to your closet for spring? i’d love to hear if and how you plan to wear this bold, bright hue!