Tuesday, July 31, 2012

replace me

I spent all yesterday interviewing to fill my graduate assistantship position because I will be teaching come September. 
I am pumping up my teaching literature to prepare myself for the chaos that is about to take place. 

Who ever replaces me won't be able to rock this sweet Avalon Collar necklace from Jewelmint:

I came back from interviewing all day to find this on my desk from my peer leader Walter.
He is adorable. 
First teacher memorabilia =)

Monday, July 30, 2012


anyone else loving watching the olympics these days?
Consider this my gymnastic dismount pose.
What I Wore: glasses- Warby Parker midnight blue sinclairs, blue lace top- Rodarte for Target, white tank- cotton on, flag shorts- ChicWish via Chictopia, red glitter flats- kmart, necklace- thrifted.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


I was recently contacted by boticca to write a little something about their site. 
Of course I was all about it. 
I am a huge fan of boticca They have amazing collections by designers all over the world!

View more of the collection on Boticca, from leather bracelets, to stylish messenger bags, and the selection of unique earrings for women

I also got the opportunity to ask their style hunters some questions:

How do you decide what artists are featured in your promotional materials like Facebook and emails?

We endeavour to promote all designers on Boticca, making sure that both designers that have been on Boticca for a while, and designers that have just joined, have their pieces and collections promoted to our social media audiences, email subscribers, and visitors to Boticca.  For example, each week in our newsletter we inform all our readers about new designers on Boticca, as well as the main things happening on the website that week, from features, to style-ideas, to sale pieces, and exclusive discounts. 

How do you categorize items into the "style ideas" on your site? 

Style ideas on Boticca look at current trends in fashion and give our take on how to incorporate these trends into your look with the right jewelry and accessories.  We often take simple, ready-to-wear looks from the catwalk and show just how with the right accessories, a plain outfit can be transformed with the right pieces.  With style ideas, it is not about forcing people into something that isn’t ‘them’, it’s about giving people inspiration. 

How do you decide what trends are up and coming? 

Members of the team, from PR, to style-hunting, to marketing, meet on a regular basis to discuss up-and-coming trends, and to decide on which trends are going to emerge as the dominant ones each season.  This way, we as style-hunters can use this information to inform our style-hunting process. That’s not to say that all our sourcing activities are trend-lead, as this is not in line with the Boticca ethos of finding a piece of jewelry or an accessory that is unique.

Does the style team travel to these designers to see their work? 

Yes, the style-hunting team travel 4-5 times a year, all over the world, to search for new designers and meet with them to view their collections.  This year, in addition to attending trade fairs in London, we have travelled to Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Japan, to meet with designers. There is no substitute for meeting with a designer in person in the surrounds of their workshop or studio. It’s fantastic to see a designer at work!

When you order an item from Boticca does it come right from the designer or from Boticca? 

The designer will send the piece directly to the customer but Boticca handles all customer service queries and information related to the transaction. So, we inform the designer they have made a sale and update the customer about their order, such as when it has been shipped and the tracking number of a piece. 

boticca is also running a new campaign:
join now!
{plus how amazing is that antler clutch?!?! LOVE IT!} 

Round of applause! 
{loving these creepy hand earrings by Glenda Lopez}

Check out their hilarious video:

Overall beautiful site with amazing designers & items!

Friday, July 27, 2012

faves for friday: mi casa updates

So I know that I have been saying I am going to share my Mexican purchases with you, well today is the day! 

Here are all my goodies!

I completely redid our bathroom from the previous Marilyn Monroe / Hello Kitty theme {see old bathroom here}. It is so much more grown up and a whole lot less pink:
This is my version on the cross wall from the house we stayed at in Mexico

I completed the transformation by a few purchases from Bed Bath & Beyond:

Other purchases from Mexico around the house:

My current skull collection! 

I also placed by found beach treasures around the house, instant summer decor:

In other home updates, I finally ordered & framed allthebuildingsinnewyork print from artist James Gulliver Hancock:
obsessed! Totally worth the wait and it really completes the bedroom.

Also ordered these pillow cases:

other additions {& finds}

 Have a happy & beautiful weekend =)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

pre-tan tans

Clearly this is an outfit post taken before Mexico, 
or maybe not so obvious as I am still pretty pale...

I was putting "color family" prints to the test. 
My fiancés response: "your boss is not going to like this"
My answer: "good then it is the look I was going for"
What I wore: giraffe top- Twitch Vintage, skirt- Abercrombie & Fitch outlet, sandals- Banana Republic outlet, belt- Forever 21 off a skirt, bag-Banane Taipei, glasses- Warby Parker  Midnight blue Sinclairs

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


What I Wore- floral shirt- El Vintage, shorts- H&M, belt- American Eagle outlet, sandals- GAP, hat- Mexico.
P.S. I am heart broken that Betsey Johnson is going out of business =(

Saturday, July 21, 2012

sweet as whole

If you have not already, listen to this song.

This outfit/post is titled this for a certain someone who made a certain gesture...
What I wore: tunic- Forever 21, tank- American Eagle- pants- Talbots, flats- thrifted, glasses- BonLook.

Oh in case you were wondering. No I am not "with child" in this photo. 
Yes, that happened. 
Some people are so nice, aren't they?
Intelligent too.

Friday, July 20, 2012

faves for friday: recent purchases & give-a-way winner!

So I have been celebrating signing my teaching contract with a bit of a shopping spree,
here are my winnings:

Birchboxes from the last couple of months:

July may have been my favorite one yet, big eye liner, lovely perfume & mints that I can't stop eating...

Loving this Essie polish "Penny Talk" it is like a rose gold color, easily one of my favorites: 

New computer case from my future sister-in-law: 

New pants: 
  neon yellow trousers {$50} & pink jeans {$25} from the GAP

Now, this is normally too expensive for a pair of jeans for me but I have been looking everywhere for this style, black jeans, and high waisted jeans. So really this is like three dreams pairs in one. = justified

New tops:
 Saw this top on instagram & new this beauty had to be mine! {$10 from El Vintage}

This elephant top is #1 on my want list- the fiancé is ordering it for me, he is the best =)

As I was writing this post I was also stalking Chictopia in hopes of scoring this baby with my Chic Points:
After 5 minutes of refreshing & for 3,600 points, welcome to my closet =)

I also preordered my sorority print from Lilly Pulitzer:

 they will arrive August 15th, just in time for school to start =)

Also made my first JewelMint purchase:
 I have been stalking this collar for a while & it was finally back in stock & I used a 50% off code so it was only like $15! 

Upon arrival at JFK after Mexico my suitcase was a pancake, 
it had completely fallen apart.
I mean it had withstood 2 trips to China, a trip to New Zealand, Italy, 2 trips to Costa Rica, & Mexico
It was past its prime, 
so welcome home to my new suitcase:
It is HUGE, which will save on paying for two checked bags on vacation since it will fit both mine & the fiancés clothes. {Macys $120- early birthday present from parents}

& yes I know I have a shopping problem, but getting packages is the best.

And drum roll please for my Hola from Mexico Give-a-way:
Congrats Frances Blagg, emailing you now! =)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

eShakti yes please

I would like to introduce you to my new favorite item in my closet, this eShakti skirt:

What I Wore: blazer- thrifted, tank- Old Navy, skirt- c/o eShakti, flats- PacSun. Glasses- Warby Parker Midnight Blue Sinclairs. 

I was sold on this adorable print
& I wasn't the only one, I got a slew of compliments at my NASA workshop 
they ranged from "love that skirt" 
to "girl that outfit is right on"

When eShakti contacted me about a product review my first thought was OMG HOW WILL I DECIDE ON ONE ITEM?!?!

I was stuck between these four:
other were the ones I was stuck between: #1 Gossip birds ruffled blouse #2 Hummingbirds dress #3 Bunny hop blouson
I polled everyone to help me make a decision. 
eShakti's prints are amazing from birds to bunnies to my little people print. 

Best part? eShakti allows you to customize everything! You input your height and how long you want the sleeves, hem of the dress, etc!  Each item is made for you and fits perfectly, all for reasonable prices!

Even better part?! eShakti is offering readers a special promo code: EM22XNE to get 10% off at eShakti- valid till 31st July, 2012. This code can be used in addition to the existing 'up to 40% OFF Sale'!

Here are some of my other picks:

#1: Folk art peasant blouse              #2 Cortes ikat print top                #3 Globe trotting dress
similar style to my skirt, love this pattern too!

I have an unhealthy obsession with prints of animals & these are great representations of that.

I recently spotted eShakti while reading Lucky:

eShakti whenever you need someone to review, hit me up, you're awesome! 

Don't forget to enter my give-a-way it ends tomorrow! 

Enter HERE!