Thursday, December 29, 2011

Frugal Option: Red, White & Blue Boat Shoe

If you are in the market for some boat shoes, has a great sale on several Cole Haan versions.  I couldn't help but notice the resemblance of these to a pair Old Navy has for sale.Cole Haan - Air Tali Boat Shoe

Cole Haan Air Tali Boat Shoe $91.99 45% off MSRP $168.00

The version from Old Navy:

Women's Faux-Leather Boat Shoes Regular Price $29.94

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wish I Was Here Wednesday: A Lisbon Weekend Home





A traditional Portuguese fishing hut, renovated for modern living by Aires Mateus and Assoc. The sand floor is warmed by a radiant-heat system.

Photographer: Gaelle le Boulicaut
All photos from

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wish List: Target Dresses

The sales are crazy this week.  LOFT is 50% off everything, most places have an additional percentage off of their clearance prices and of course all of the holiday stuff is way discounted (if there is any left). 

Target has some good sale and clearance prices as well as a few online discount codes.  I haven't tried this one:  TGTGFT2U for $10 off $50  - There is always this one if that one doesn't work:  CPM5OFF50 for $5 off $50.

Since I'm obsessed with dresses lately, here are some of my current favorites from Target.  I think Target's dresses can be hit or miss.  Some seam cheaply made and/or have a poor fit but others are great.  One of my favorite dresses is from Target though so I usually give them a try. 

1. Mossimo® Womens Sheath Dress - Ebony $25.48Target
2. Mossimo® Womens Raglan Belted Dress - Assorted Colors $25.48Target
3. Mossimo® Womens Ultrasoft Rouched Sweater Dress - Assorted Colors $20.98Target
4. Merona® Womens Cowl Neck Sweater Dress - Assorted Colors  $24.48Target (I have this one and love it)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Frugal Option: Black Ankle Boots

I've been thinking about some black ankle boots with wood heels, very similar to the Isabel Murant Ultra Expensive Dicker Boots.  In the fall I was obsessed with the tan/taupe version (see this post about the Isabel Murant Boots) and now I'm leaning more towards the black as the weather turns colder and I am wearing black tights with just about everything. 

I really, really like these:

All Saints at ShopStyle
Rustic Boot
$270 – All Saints

Or this more affordable version:

Dolce Vita at ShopStyle
DV by Dolce Vita - Aisha
$108.10 – Zappos
I prefer the straight top on the ones above but these below are also options:
Steve Madden at ShopStyle
Steven by Steve Madden Women's Pembrook Ankle Boot
$99.99 $89.99–99.95 –

Mossimo at ShopStyle

Womens Mossimo Supply Co. Kacey Cowboy Ankle Boot - Black
$24.99 – Target

Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Back From Vacation

Since my husband had some days off this month, we decided to plan a trip down to Florida.  Before we left I was wondering what I was thinking when I was planning this trip back in August, when I thought it would be ok to take a week off right before Christmas.  There is too much to do!  Presents to buy!  Plans to make!  As soon as we got to the beach on beautiful Sanibel Island though, I felt calm and relaxed.  No more wondering what to get my Dad for Christmas.  No more panicking about getting everything done before the Holidays.  All I thought about was how warm it was, how great the sun felt and where we were going to eat for dinner.  My thinking quickly switched to how everyone should take a week off before Christmas to relax and de-stress.

We got back last night.  Already my stress has crept back in.  I feel like a creep because I didn't plan any Holiday gifts for my coworkers.  I still don't have my shopping done, have only three days to do it and have to work two of those days.  And still I have to wrap everything!  I know it will all get done and it will work out fine but I hate that such a joyful time of year puts on so much pressure.  I think I should have stayed on the beach.

Here are some of the pictures I took on my iPhone.  I took a million on my regular camera.  It might have to wait until after Christmas to look at those!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wish List: Shopbop

Enjoy an extra 20% off items currently marked 50% & 70% off. Just enter code EXTRA20 at checkout. (Offer ends Thursday, December 15, at 11:59pm PT. Code is valid on items marked 50% and 70% off only.) Start shopping >>

I honestly don't buy a lot at because much of it is out of my price range.  But I do look at the site frequently to check out the look books for outfit inspiration.  They have a ton of cute stuff and a variety of designers.  I love to peruse their sale section and when they have an extra off their sale (like they do now) you can score some good deals on some quality stuff.  Just act quickly because sizes are usually very limited!

Here are my favorites.  All of the sale prices listed below are before the 20% off reduction.

Enza Costa Cowl Neck Top

Enza Costa$52.80 - $88.00 was $176.00
Cowl Neck Top

Parker Long Sleeve Maxi Dress $105.60 was $395.00
Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Citizens of Humanity Tribute Low Slung Flare Jeans

$59.40 was $198.00
Citizens of Humanity
Tribute Low Slung Flare Jea...

BB Dakota Josie Hooded Jacket


BB Dakota
Josie Hooded Jacket

Monday, December 12, 2011

Full Skirts

There are many skirt options out there but I'm seeing more and more of fuller skirts.  I love the lady-like look of a fuller skirt, especially on a dress.  It reminds me of the 50's and 60's when everything seemed a little more sophisticated (at least appearance wise). 

Here are some of my favorite recent looks from the runway and the red carpet.

Alice + Olivia Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Alice & Olivia Spring 2012 RTW image via

Alice + Olivia Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Alice & Olivia Spring 2012 RTW image via

Blumarine Spring 2012

Gabrielle Union in Shoshanna

Emma Watson in Elie Saab

Michelle Williams

Jessica Alba

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wish I Was Here Wednesday: A Cozy Bedroom

I haven't been feeling that well since Sunday.  After getting very little sleep last night, all I can think of is climbing back into bed today. 

I love these cozy looking bedrooms.  I could take a nap in any of them!

Source: via Jill on Pinterest
Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Wishes

This Friday....

I wish I was at home making crafts like these...
Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

I wish that home I was crafting in had a deck and back yard like this one....

...and it was warm enough I could go out for a nice dinner later wearing this...

...and then I would come home and our living room would look like this!

Source: via Jill on Pinterest
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