"You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you." - Song of Solomon 4:7

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Night at the Theater

A Night at the Theater

Marc Jacobs double breasted coat, $369
Jimmy Choo slip on shoes, $495
Kate Spade metallic clutch, $225

I chose this cute, dressed-up look for something fun and fancy, like a trip to the theater. One of my favorite things about this outfit is its color-palette. The bright pink, navy blue, and kelly greens lend it a really preppy and playful feel. The pieces are all very classic and the bright pops of color liven them up just so. The shoes add the perfect amount of sparkle.


Monday, December 26, 2011

A Pretty Keen New Year's Eve

Hey all! Well, with another Christmas celebrated, New Year's Eve is just around the corner. No matter what you're doing to celebrate this year, I've got a look for you. Below are several outfits I put together to work with several different moods.

Dainty and Demure - This look is all about sweet girliness. The semi-retro silhouette of the dress, with its peter-pan collar and flared out skirt is modernized by the contrasting sash and polka dots. I suppose you could tone done the baubles a bit by removing one here or there, but remember: News Years Eve is your time to shine! The matching black shoes and bag make sure the look keeps its feet on the ground while still looking as if you've paid attention to the details.


Miss Selfridge dot dress, £45
Dorothy Perkins quilted shoes, £18
Chanel chain bag, $2,686
Juicy Couture heart jewelry, $34
Stella McCartney white pearl earrings, $131
Juicy Couture gold hair accessory, $49

Downtown Cool - This next look is for a hip, urban girl going to a fab New Year's Eve party - but really, what NYE party isn't fab? The hot pink shoes are a great statement piece and the main source of color for the outfit. Sharp tailoring and an all-black ensemble are softened by the blush tank, and a black Target bag (which Nina Garcia recently raved about!) glams it up just right.

Downtown Cool

Paint the Town Red - Okay, so maybe this dress is technically coral - but still. A counterpart to "Downtown Cool," this look exudes "Uptown Chic."  Bring a little summer to your New Year's celebration with a gold bamboo bracelet (Fornash has a reasonably-priced alternative to this 18-karat treasure) and woven clutch. Matching glitter pumps help ensure you're the life of the party.

Paint the Town Red

Laid-Back Family Get-Together - You're not staying home alone, so PJ's aren't an option. But you're not exactly partying the night away, either. What's a chic girl to wear to casual occasions such as these? Well, have I got a formula for you. Pullover + Button Down + Boots = Cute. Add some low-key accessories and you're set for a cozy evening with the cousins. And, to tell you the truth, this is one of my favorite looks.

Casual Cute

Well my dears, hope I've helped you figure out what you'll be wearing to ring the new year in. Blessings - here's t0 believing 2012 will be my and your best year yet!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

Hey all! So I've decided to post a cute little Christmas outfit I thought you'd all appreciate. I'll be wearing something similar. It's simple, sparkly, and features riding boots - what more could a girl ask for? Well, here's to hoping your Christmas is special no matter where you are.
Simple and Sparkly

Love you all, and thankful for your support.

P.S. I'm kind of a huge fan of Mariah Carey and her voice... and her live rendition of "O Holy Night" is simply marvelous. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Plaid Prestige

Plaid Prestige

Another sophisticated winter look, this outfit would work for a holiday party or any other occasion you'd like to dress up for. Plaid blazers are wonderful for Christmastime, and the pink tones and sharp tailoring of this one make it especially feminine. Wide-leg black pants balance it out perfectly, while the black bag and shoes extend the outfit's elegance. I've recently begun liking the look of layered chains...these add such luxury and drama. And diamonds, well, diamonds just go with everything, don't they?


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last Minute Gift Guide...and I mean Last Minute!

Hey all, with Christmas coming up this Sunday, I decided to go ahead and make a gift guide. However, my gift guide will be slightly different from most  and focus on the giver rather than the receiver. The first is for gifts from the bargain hunter, and the second is gifts from the indulger...here we go!

From the Bargain Hunter Gift Guide

1. Prize Ball, Kate Spade, $27 (regular $35); 2. Sixteen Piece Assorted Holiday Chocolate Gift Box, Godiva, $25; 3. Vera Tote, Vera Bradley, $60 - $80; 4. Miss Dior Cherie Eau de Parfum Spray, Department Stores, $77 - $98; 5. 'Cambridge' Small Crossbody Flap Bag, Radley London, $98 (regular $198); 6. Creme de Corps Collection, Khiels, $59; 7. Pride and Prejudice BBC Miniseries DVD (Restored Edition), Amazon.com & other retailers, $13.99 (regular $39.95); 8. Sterling Silver Heart Knot Hook-On Bracelet, James Avery, $99; 9. Bettie Flats, Kelsi Dagger, $59; 10. Assorted Plaid Crown Caddy Gift Box, Papyrus, $24.95

From the Indulger Gift Guide...

1. 'Original Tall' High Gloss Rain Boot, Hunter, $125; 2. Tweed Check Scarf, Burberry, $375; 3. Bond No. 9 New York Mini Bon-Bon Box, $140; 4. Lambskin Leather Bow Pumps, Red Valentino, $450; 5. 'Crystal Kaleidoscope' Bib Necklace, Kate Spade, $295.90 (regular $398); 6. Rambler's Legacy Bag, Coach, $258; 7. Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: 6-Volume Set, $169.95 (regular $175); 8. Polished Platinum Dress, Anthropologie, $388; 9. Godiva Ultimate Collection, $150; 10. Cavalier II-Plaid, Ghurka, $995

Merry Christmas, and happy gift-giving!

Saturday, December 17, 2011



James Perse cotton shirt, $115
Velvet coat, £238
Floor length skirt, $210
Kate Spade sparkly shoes, $350
Jimmy Choo genuine leather handbag, £889
Forever21 beading jewelry, $11

This look is totally perfect for a luxe, glam night out. You know the kind: Christmas cocktail parties, galas benefiting a special cause, and mixers where one needs to dress to impress. A maxi skirt was a bit of a departure for me, but working with it, I felt totally in my element. The shocking pink is toned down perfectly with a simple, surprisingly chic white tee (tucked in, of course). The statement necklace accents/blings up the top in just the right way to amp up the outfit and make it dress code appropriate. You could go with a more sedated, neutral shoe if you'd like, but I thought these glittery ones were gorgeous and super fun.

And, in the spirit of all things shiny, here is the music video for Ellie Goulding's song "Starry Eyed":

Have a wonderful Christmas season!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Inspired by...

Inspired by...

Bracelet, Fornash, $45

Today's look is a super cute, put-together outfit inspired by a couple of different sources. When I spotted Kate Middleton wearing this lovely ruffled top during the Canada tour she and William embarked on shortly after they were married, I knew I wanted to replicate the look with a navy blue blazer as soon as possible. I also grew attached to this look after finding it on tumblr (though I think it's probably originally from Unabashedly Prep - do any of you happen to know?). Basically, I combined the two looks into one wearable hybrid. What do you think: is this a case of fashion thievery, or simple resourcefulness?


Friday, December 9, 2011

Lush and Lovely

Lush and Lovely

Nina ricci, €550
Body con skirt, €40
Rocha.John Rocha knee high leather boots, £88
Marc Jacobs quilted handbag, £935
Gold heart jewelry, $5,200

Today's outfit features a muted color palette focused on the details. The lace on the turtleneck, quilting on the (gorgeous Marc Jacobs Stam) bag, and contrasting tones in the riding boots pack a huge punch for an outfit that is mostly black and nothing but neutrals. This outfit is exactly as the title describes: lush and lovely. It's also gorgeous, glamorous, and oh so fun to wear.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. The Marc Jacobs Stam bag featured in this post is marvelous, right?  Well, I found a Carlos Santana look alike here. One of its best features? The price: $98.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December Means Hit the Books


J Crew fitted blouse, $50
Moschino short mini skirt, $278
Kate spade, $25
Marc jacobs handbag, $462
Yves Saint Laurent gold plated bangle, £510
Fornash, $25

In honor of all of the Studious Sallys out there preparing for winter exams. Easily transitioned to deal with wintry weather with some navy blue tights. 
Happy Studying! 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Touch of Pink

A touch of pink

Holmes Yang cap sleeve blouse, $715
The Row blazer, $1,890
Planet straight leg pants, £69
Vince Camuto black pumps, $118
Armani Jeans bowler handbag, £130
Mulberry engraved jewelry, $320

Navy blue is a great neutral to wear and very fun to work with. I really like sharp tailoring, and this look delivers that with a very feminine and fashion-forward twist. This beautiful top adds a great pop of color to the suit, keeping it from appearing too boring or serious. Tie-neck blouses add a gorgeous ounce of girliness to any outfit and work with a number of things. This top is from Katie Holmes' line Holmes & Yang, which I've recently been very impressed with. Gold is the perfect tone to compliment navy blue with, and classic bangles are a sophisticated embellishment. Finally,  don't be afraid to mix navy blue and black! A lot of people say it's a fashion no-no, but I believe there are many ways to do this color combination right. My method behind this outfit was to keep the black to the accessories and the blue to the parts of the suit. Keeping the purse and shoes both patent was also a way of bringing unity to them.

Hope you all have had a great Thanksgiving week!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Delia*s Shopping Selections & Faves

Hey dolls! I'm going to let you all in on something...I like to shop. When I received the latest Delia*s catalog in the mail, I liked a lot of what I saw. I haven't done a lot of shopping there in the past, but I was pretty impressed with what they have in stores now. In fact, I got so excited over it I decided to compile a selection of my very favorite things. I thought I'd treat you to a few items available at this moment, since many of my posts in the past have featured several things a bit out of season (not unusual, since if I were posting out of my own closet this would be the case as well). For all of the clothing featured in this post, check out Delia*s website, catalog, or a store near you. Oh, and I definitely wasn't paid by Delia*s to make this post - I simply wanted to!
Delia*s Sweater Picks

Cheetah cardigan, $40
Pullover sweater, $35
Chloé printed top, $40
Sweater, $30
Chloé crewneck sweater, $40
Chloé pullover sweater, $30
Cable cardigan, $30

Delia*s Blouses and Blazers Picks

Shirts blouse, $35
Bow tie blouse, $35
Lace top, $30
Plaid jacket, $50
Knit jacket, $40

Delia*s Dresses Picks

Sequin evening dress, $60
Sleeveless lace dress, $50
Leopard party dress, $45
Bow dress, $40
Stripe dress, $40
Print dress, $40

Delia*s Bottoms Picks

Super skinny jeans, $40
Skirt, $40
Navy blue skirt, $35
Pink skirt, $35
Green skirt, $35

Hope you all enjoyed what I had to show you, and have a lovely Thanksgiving week!
Be blessed,

P.S. One of my favorite ministers, Sarah Hart Pearsons, always says, "Thanksgiving is the language of faith." I encourage you to read her article about the act of thanksgiving and let it be a reminder to you of the true meaning of the holiday we'll be celebrating this Thursday - and to be thankful every day, because God "always causes us to triumph through Him who loves us (2 Corinthians 2:14)."

Friday, November 18, 2011

"The Best Time to Wear a Striped Sweater is All the Time"

"the Best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time"

Michael Kors merino wool sweater, £113
Ralph Lauren Black Label Denim mid rise jeans, £168
Franco Sarto flat shoes, $32
Dooney Bourke cross body shoulder bag, $298
Chain jewelry, $1,050

Hey all! Hope you've had a great week...and have an even better weekend! I decided to take a little fashion advice from Spongebob Squarepants himself and break out the trusty striped sweater for a chic weekend look. I kept it casual and accessorized this gorgeous Marc Jacobs top with dark wash, straight leg jeans, never-fail espadrilles, and a gold Tiffany key. This is a great look for shopping and lunch with the the girls, and as I'm partial to stripes and Dooney & Bourke all-weather-leather bags (patiently waiting for my first), one to pull out of the closet again and again.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you want to see where I got the title of my post from (and one of my favorite Spongebob moments) look no further than the video below:
P.P.S. A great alternative to the espadrilles found in this post are Soludos - only $28 - $36 a pair and super stylin' and popular!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Flouncy Fun

flouncy fun

Shirts blouse, $95
House Of Holland metallic skirt, £440
Black shoes, $13
14k earrings, $1,250

I like this look a lot because it's sweet and girly, but still has an edge. I think it's the fun twist put on  a lot of the classic pieces that make it interesting and a tad funky, a la Alexa Chung - who has a knack for taking a timeless look and making it quirky and cool. Pleated skirts are the "it" style of the moment, and the metallic finish on this one is simply sumptuous. I kind of have a thing for tie-neck blouses, so this top is naturally a favorite - especially with the white/black contrasting. This is the second post in a row featuring a leopard print bag, and I have no regrets - this ladylike one takes the cake. Simple diamond earrings and black flats finish up the look with just the right amount of subtlety.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

An Equestrian and a Scholar - Cognac Boots, Three Ways (Part 3)

An Equestrian and a Scholar

Smythe blazer, $384
Nudie Jeans Co. skinny jeans, $199
TopShop leather boots, $280
Rebecca Minkoff leopard print clutch, $350
French Connection semi precious jewelry, $43

To close out my "Cognac Boots, Three Ways" series (you can find parts one and two here and here, respectively), I decided to showcase a very equestrian-inspired outfit. I really like how its simple elements come together to make one chic and stylish look that's both classic and youthful. I worked almost mono-chromatically and accessorized in an understated way (although the leopard-print clutch adds a nice dose of pizazz). This is definitely a look I would like to wear over and over again, and one that would appeal to proper ladies and tomboys alike, proving this: no matter what, simplicity is beautiful.

Have a lovely weekend!

P.S. I feel as if this look is very Duchess of Cambridge, no?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ahoy, Matey!

Ahoy, Matey!

Milly, €263
Missoni skinny fit jeans, $199
Franco Sarto loafer shoes, $64
Jayce Wong pearl cocktail ring, £425
Marc by Marc Jacobs face jewelry, $250
MNG by Mango lightweight scarve, $32

Ah! This is one of my favorite looks. A great example of how the nautical vibe can be carried into fall. I really like how the thickness/color combo of the jacket's stripes make its classic look a bit more unexpected. The browns and golds of the accessories give it a warm, earthy feel appropriate for autumn. Once again, dark wash, straight leg jeans show up. They really are a great essential that can look so chic when paired with the right things - like a gorgeous, rope-print scarf. And the penny loafers? Don't even get me started. So ready to have about 20 similar pairs in nearly every print/color.

Stay warm and toasty!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cognac Clad Cutie - Cognac Boots, Three Ways (Part Two)

Cognac Clad Cutie

Color block dress, $95
Corso Como sports shoes, $199
Lanvin quilted handbag, $1,199
White gold stud earrings, $1,200
Tory Burch chunky bangle, $195
American Apparel hair bow accessory, $14

In my second installment of "Cognac Boots, Three Ways," I'm featuring a precious outfit that's great for when you want or need to look a little more dressed up than usual. I really like the sophistication the simplicity of the dress gives this look. The draping is gorgeous, and the boots work with it perfectly - proof that riding boots can be dressed up or down in a snap! I accessorized with a coordinating Lanvin happy bag, gold charm bracelet (another very versatile piece), and diamond earrings. The bow is a really cute touch I think would look darling in many a whimsical girl's hair on a day out. How about you?

Happy Saturday!

P.S. Check out part one of this series here.
EDIT: Part three is now up, for those of you who would like to take a look. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011



Sonia by Sonia Rykiel short sleeve shirt, €325
Trina Turk red pants, $92
Dorothy Perkins black wedge heels, £33
Dorothy Perkins black clutch, £8
Jennifer Meyer Jewelry diamond stud earrings, $675

Hey guys! How have you all been? I decided to go with a look that was a bit retro-inspired. The slender leg of the pants balances out the slight boxiness of the top. Colored pants are and always will be a great thing to have in your closet, and pairing them with neutrals keeps the look from getting too overwhelming. A wedge heel is always great, and the tassel and lock detail on the clutch is magnificent! I feel like this look is very "Matchbook girl" - Matchbook Mag references, anyone? Either way it's super fun, and that's really what I like - it proves that when you look good, you feel good too.
Stay precious!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Pops of Color on a Friday Night

Pops of color

Oscar de la Renta shift dress, $2,490
Jessica Simpson high heels, $79
3 1 Phillip Lim locking bag, $425
Timex watch, $60

Great for going out, this outfit is attention-grabbing in all the right ways. Gold totally functions as a (satisfyingly sparkly) neutral, and with it you're free to accessorize as you please. This is a great dress to wear for a night out on the town or for any dinner parties you may be attending during the holiday season. Any past readers probably know how devoted I am to nude heels, and the Jessica Simpson pair shown here is nicely reasonably priced. As the title suggests, the pops of color give the outfit youthful character. With this preppy navy blue/pink combination, you will almost never go wrong. The bag is simple, structured, and luxe - and Timex always does a great job of providing classic and on-trend watches at superb prices. So cute!
Happy socializing!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book Review: Flowers for Algernon

Recently I read Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, and I decided to venture into book reviews. This is my first review and I hope you enjoy reading it.
I really like this book. As soon as I started reading it I knew it would become one of my favorites. The concept of the story is that a new, secret medical procedure is performed on an intellectually challenged man named Charlie Gordon. This procedure's purpose is to increase intelligence, and has been tested on animals (although no humans) before. The chief test subject of this operation, besides Charlie, is Algernon, a lab mouse. Algernon's results have been the most stunning, and Charlie's progress soon begins to mirror the mouse's. Told in a series of progress reports from Charlie's point of view, Flowers for Algernon does a spectacular job of examining human intellect, emotion, and the connection between the two. One of the best ways I can describe it is as a "thinking book." By that phrase I mean the entire time I was reading Flowers for Algernon, I was thinking and thinking about many different things. To me, some of the most striking subjects touched are human empathy, sympathy, humanity, and love. For instance, as Charlie's intelligence increases, he begins resenting how Professor Nemur, one of the men involved in the procedure Charlie underwent, refers to himself as a sort of "maker" of Charlie. Nemur comes across as thinking Charlie was not human before he was intelligent. We also explore Charlie's past, and his struggles as a mentally disabled person. Some of the things people did to Charlie in order to amuse themselves and make themselves feel better about their own shortcomings were extremely upsetting. These instances forced me, as a person, to examine myself and think, "What am I doing to help others? How am I showing love to those who need it?" Of course, the other topics are touched with just as much detail and deft skill as Charlie's humanity is. As the story moves forward, Algernon's behavior becomes disturbing, and his intelligence begins to decrease. With Charlie realizing his time as a bona fide genius is possibly shorter than he originally thought, the reader witnesses a journey to a destination they, at one point, realize cannot be avoided by the novel's main character. Flowers for Algernon is a gorgeous depiction of people and their travels through life.

Would I recommend this book?  Most definitely.

Please feel free to tell me your opinion on this review, since it's my very first one! Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cozy Cognac - Cognac Boots, Three Ways (Part One)

Cozy Cognac

Ralph Lauren Black Label cable knit sweater, $400
Abercrombie & Fitch skinny jeans, $78
Fendi boots, $1,100
Cashmere scarve, £395

If you're anything like me, you definitely take huge advantage of the fact that fall/winter is boot season. One of the most treasured boots out there is the riding boot. In order to showcase their versatility, over the next few weeks I'll feature three different outfits based around cognac riding boots. This first outfit is a comfy look perfect for when you want to look good without trying too hard. A yummy cable-knit sweater embellished with a printed scarf personifies cozy chic. Normally, I don't recommend wearing skinny jeans, but they're great for avoiding bulk when tucked into boots. I've yet to try stirrups like these (have any of you?), but I have a feeling they work pretty well too. Happy Sunday, and have a lovely week, darlings! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

To Autumn

To Autumn

Marc by Marc Jacobs longsleeve shirt, $200
Boutique by Jaeger mini skirt, £60
Qupid leopard flat, $26
Mary Portas Radley cross body handbag, £159
Fallon white pearl necklace, $265 

A femininely prim (but still really fun!) look for fall. One of my favorite things about autumn is the beautiful changing of the leaves, which I think the tones in this outfit represent really well. In case you haven't noticed, leopard shoes have been huge these past few weeks/months, and the ones I feature here are a nice, inexpensive option. Since the outfit is so simple, I think they helped to add interest, along with the statement pearls. A nice, buttery leather bag in cognac is the perfect finishing touch. 

Below, the poem "To Autumn" by John Keats (this post's namesake). Enjoy! 

 To Autumn

SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
  Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
  With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,        
  And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
  With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease, 
  For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?

  Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
  Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; 
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
  Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
    Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
  Steady thy laden head across a brook; 
  Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
    Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?

  Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barrèd clouds bloom the soft-dying day, 
  And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
  Among the river sallows, borne aloft
    Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; 
  Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
  The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
    And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


P.S. I got the text of the poem here. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dapper and Demure

Dapper and Demure

D G pink cardigan, £97
Lanvin zipper pants, $468
Rupert Sanderson slip on shoes, $277
Judith Leiber sequin clutch, £1,375
MICHAEL Michael Kors ball watch, $250

One wardrobe essential I've been beginning to appreciate more and more is skinny black pants. The quintessentially "Audrey" basics are appropriate for a plethora of occasions and may be paired with nearly anything. The look above is quite sharp and features a simple femininity that is decidedly polished. Crisp lines draw the eye to the focal point of the look - a bold, conservatively sexy top in a universally flattering and lively hue.

And below, a brief history of the slim black pant featuring Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face," courtesy of the Gap:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sunday Morning Prep

Sunday Morning Prep

J Crew plaid long sleeve shirt, $72
Maje short pleated skirt, $240
Sperry loafer, $98
Dooney Bourke logo tote bag, $168
Knot jewelry, $89
Old Navy Girls Cable-Knit Sweater Vests, $17

A cute, simple look that's presentable without being over the top or too stuffed-up. What I like most about it is that each and every piece is timeless and a great investment. I like to have fun with my clothes, and I think the gingham and plaid print mixing, as well as the varying textures and fabrics,  lighten the mood of the outfit a bit and give it a summer-in-October feel. I've been admiring this sterling silver James Avery cuff bracelet for a while, and since it's fairly reasonably priced, am considering taking the plunge. It's simple, yet detailed; casual, yet elegant. Another bonus of this outfit: cable-knit, which is one of my favorite things associated with fall - how about you?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fresh Fall

Fresh Fall

Moschino Cheap Chic cotton blazer, $394
J Brand straight leg jeans, $165
Marc by marc jacobs handbag, £100
Fornash, $55
Fornash, $25

A cute, simple look appropriate for fall. This classic blazer-jeans combination is the perfect example of a casual yet put together outfit. Military inspired elements in the jacket add some interest while the tote adds a great pop of color in a punchy and autumnal orange. The jewelry is by Fornash, which I discovered a while ago and have been really excited about ever since. All of their stuff is super cute, preppy, current, and well-priced. Plus, don't the earrings add a very Van Cleef touch? Luxe. 

Happy fall, everybody!  

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tell Me About Yourself Award - Thank You, Joyce!

Hey everyone! This blog, "Pretty Keen, by Kate" and I have recently been honored with our first award- the Tell Me About Yourself Award.
A very special thank you is due to Joyce of Joyful Outfits

The rules of the award are: 
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.
2. Write 7 random things about yourself.
3. Spread the love to 15 more bloggers.

Here are seven random things about me: 
1. My favorite color is pink. 
2. My favorite music artist is Sarah Hart Pearsons. 
3. I like Prince Harry. 
4. When I watch TV, I like watching iCarly. 
5. Katharine Hepburn is (at least partially) my namesake. 
6. I'm very big on bargain shopping. 
7. I'm a strong supporter of "the natural look" when it comes to makeup. 

15 Bloggers I love (in no particular order): 
7. SHE

I am so happy to be a recipient of this award and would like to thank my lovely readers (you) for showing me so much support. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ACL Style

For those of you who don't know, this weekend is the Austin City Limits music festival. Although I'm not going, tons of people will to see a plethora of bands converge. I thought it'd be super fun to style a few music festival-worthy (but still fairly classic!) outfits, so here we go:

Anybody who knows anything about music festivals knows that rain boots are an essential, even if it isn't (but especially if it is) raining outside. If you don't believe me, just search some of the hottest looks from the Glastonbury music festival every year and you'll see celebs like Kelly Osbourne and Kate Moss strutting their stuff in wellies. The boots I chose are Hunter, one of the most popular brands for their quality and looks- the metallic finish on these puppies really glams them up, correct? Pale denim shorts are perfect for the hot weather and laid-back vibe, and a western-style shirt just goes. A leather bracelet is all the accent you need.


EQUIPMENT western shirt, $86
Old Navy denim shorts, $20
Hunter kitten heels, $145
Leather bracelet, $50
Floppy beach hat, £8

This retro-chic look below is super fun and totally reminds me of something Katy Perry might rock if she were to attend. The flirty gingham shirt is marvelously cute tied up (for modesty's sake I added a silvery grey camisole underneath), and the longer length of the white shorts perfectly balances it out (and yes, you can wear white after labor day). The watch freshens the whole outfit up with its punchy color and plastic-y texture. Last but not least, the Keds. I put two versions in here: floral to go with the funky, hippy vibe of the festival and some neutral ones with a fab vintage feel. Take your pick.
Retro Fun

D G short sleeve shirt, $134
MOTHER short shorts, $205
Vionnet, $75
Keds red shoes, £30
Keds sneaker, $60
Swatch watch, $50

And now...the minimalist. What would a music festival be without some playsuits? Well, this denim one is rompers done right. The cut is structured enough to flatter, and the fabric is light and soft enough to be extra comfy. Timeless, rugged desert boots are so super cool, and the delicate heart bracelet is a great counter to their toughness. You can never go wrong with a pair of wayfarers, and this preppy-cool Vera Bradley wristlet does a great job of toting your essentials without weighing you down.

Minimalist Cool

Jumpsuits and romper, $185
Clarks Originals shoes, $120
Kismet bangle bracelet, £304
John Lewis Women straw hat, £18
Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses, £60

Take advantage of warm weather while you can and sport this rocked-out-sailor look. Satisfy your inner prep while looking just edgy enough (the stripe-mixing and darker tones really amp it up). Accessorize with a classic rope bracelet and some bling and you're ready for a fashionable night out. You could even add a black leather motorcycle jacket to keep the chills away, but I doubt that in Austin you'll need it. ;)
Edgy Prep

DKNY short sleeve t shirt, €71
Theory stretch shorts, $160
Old Navy espadrille wedge shoes, $17
Michael Kors Watches gold bracelet watch, $361
Sperry nautical bracelet, $8
Post earrings, $1,220

In all of my looks, you may have noticed one ever-present item (except for in the last set): the hat! You don't want to be caught out in that Texas sun without having something to shade your pretty faces with. I chose three different style hats I thought would be most suitable for the three different outfits, but the straw fedora featured in look two is sure to go with almost anything you may pick to wear frolicking on a sunny day.

Well, lovelies, I hope you've enjoyed garnering my ideas on what to wear to a music festival near you. Until next time.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Labor of Love

Happy Labor Day, everyone! I know my sentiment is a little early, but I thought I'd like to treat you all to some outfit inspiration for the long weekend ahead. Hope you like!

AEast Coast

Theory long sleeve collared shirt, £83
Aerie low rise shorts, $25
American Eagle Outfitters shoes
Summer tote, $21
Kate Spade engraved jewelry, $42


Aerie smocked dress, $30
American Eagle Outfitters halter bikini, $15
American Eagle Outfitters striped bikini, $15
American Eagle Outfitters wedge sandals, $40
American Eagle Outfitters sunglasses


American Eagle Outfitters elbow sleeve tee, $15
American Eagle Outfitters shorts
American Eagle Outfitters shoes
American Eagle Outfitters striped handbag, $22
American Eagle Outfitters floral shawl, $15


American Eagle Outfitters draped top, $30
American Eagle Outfitters white tank, $15
American Eagle Outfitters zipper jeans, $40
American Eagle Outfitters sandals, $50
American Eagle Outfitters jewelry, $16

If you notice a common theme, almost one hundred percent of the products in these looks are from American Eagle. Well, the story is that American Eagle had a contest on Polyvore a few months ago that I entered. These sets all have a beachy feel, and I thought they would be just perfect for a post like this.

Have a happy, safe, and fun Labor Day weekend. 

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