That’s a Wrap – 2013 was a crazy eventful whirl-wind of a year!
Waffles and I moved to NYC, said goodbye to my awesome Arizona closet
and fell in love with a tiny train style apartment
in the west village.
// via instagram //
I had way too much shake shack, treated myself to broadway, saw She & Him
live in Central Park and soaked up some sun at Soho House. I traveled coney island, dumbo and even East Hamptons … where I snuck onto a private beach (shhh, don’t tell!)
I fell in love with an orange
dress from crew cuts (don’t judge me), picnicked
in the park and wore white
after labor day, gasp!
I started mixing metals (what) toned down my arm party (double what) and revived my love for vintage with a few great finds with an amazing coach bag and authentic army jacket. After dreaming of lemon
dresses (on two separate occasions) and spending an entire season searching, I found the perfect printed dress!
I turned 23
and fell in love with vinyl records … and Waffie quit drinking. #sixmonthssober
I attended blogger events and was introduced to a revolutionary new company/concept: Stylinity
, and met my styling icon: Stacy London!
My boyfriend, Paris came to NYC, my bestie and I had fort night and we all played board games in bryant park
! We camped out and got to see Katy Perry and Bruce Willis live at SNL and I exposed my true Arizona roots when I had to hunt for a warm fall coat.
off all my hair and became a strawberry blonde! I had my first “friends-giving” in the city and sat front row at the Macy’s Parade
I warmed up at my favorite west village tea spot: Tea and Sympathy and gave a literal twist to an Ugly sweater party. Plus, we wore parkas in the park for Waffie’s first snow (well, slush) day!
We celebrated Christmas
in the City, added some seasonal sparkle to the apartment and stayed at the Hyatt Union Square. We window shopped the holiday displays on 5th ave and even went green with holiday e-cards
What would a year be without fashion! Check out my 3 favorite outfits of 2013
Throughout the year I had the honor of working for Kate Spade, Jonathan Alder and Tommy Hilfiger in various roles, plus I styled Katie Holmes, Emmy Rossum and Emma Kenney and launched Paper Doll Styling. There were lots of ups and downs this year but I learned a lot and feel that I found my true identity in both style and life this year. I’m ready and eager to step into next year and cannot wait to see what challenges it will bring… Cheers to 2014!
With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to share some of my colorful and diy holiday decor in my NYC apartment.
Holidays can get expensive, so I was determined to have a frugal festive season, and that included the decor. I bought a little tree for only $12 at Duane Reade (Walgreens) stacked it on coffee table books for extra height! I love over-the-top wrapping and big bows, but didn’t want to waste the dough on something that would just get thrown away, so I utilized my hair bows, scarfs, belts and pins in association with some great vintage bow finds to embellish the presents! I also created a advent calendar with candy and suggestions on how to add color to the holiday season, such as “treat yourself to tea” … which I did! After a few lights, and a pinch of glitter, all that was left was to put a bow on it; I added bows to my dinning chairs, candy canisters and even my wall to finalize the festive feel.
Now that you have seen the merry make-over, check out my apartment 6-6
, to see the rest of my NYC apartment without the festive feel.
Waffles and I hope your holidays are merry and bright, I’ll be taking the next few days off for some time festive fun, but will get back to blogging towards the end of the week. Until then, stay fabulous!
Happy DIY Friday!Today I’m sharing some seasonal crafts to get you in the spirit without breaking the bank.
I’m so over Ugly Sweater parties! I’ve been at least one every year for the past five years … bor-ring; and worn every ugly sweater under the sun (including one that light up … pretty epic. But in New York Ugly sweaters can get expensive (especially in the west village!), so when I got invited to an ugly sweater party, but didn’t want to spend $30+ on one, I found a literal loophole. With a little glitter glue and a $8 pull over from Old Navy, I was able to create an “ugly” sweater for under $10!
All you need is a pull over and glitter glue! I opted for washable glitter glue so I could remove the “ugly” after the party, but any glitter glue will do. I also turned my sweater inside out for the same reason. If you want to un-ugly your sweater post party, simply soak that sucker in hot water and hand wash it. All of my glitter glue came off with a 30-min soak, and I used a lint roller to removing any clinging sparkle specs.
My pink ampersand is one of my favorite pieces of wall decor in my apartment (thank big thanks to my amazing friend Katrina who made this for me a few years back, I’m obsessed!). So for the holidays, I paired it with DIY “mix” and “mingle” signs to give it a festive twist!
All you need is a little paint or glitter glue and two canvases, frames or a mix of the two. You might also want to add gold stickers (see mingle) finish your art with a layer of modge-podge to give it that special shine. This project will cost about $10 per piece.
To add a layer of whimsy to your holiday outfit, try using a ornament as a quirky statement earring!
Simply string a stud through the wire of a small ornament and ta-da, you’ll be trim-tastic and ready to go! Oh, and this was the final touch for my Ugly Sweater outfit! I only wore one ornament to compliment my asymmetrical bob, but a set of two works just as well!
My local Club Monaco (5th Avenue) got a monster makeover! So I had to pop by their celebratory blogger event with Cupcakes and Cashmere last week to see this beautiful boutique for myself!
The store is the ultimate flag ship, complete with a Strand Bookstore, flower shop and coffee shop.
The event was crowded, classy and a wee bit crazy. So I put my bulky Cannon Rebel away, and turned to my Iphone and the amazing app: LandCam!
The Golden One // Jewels & Gems // Cheers!
Bring Me Flowers // Mannequins // Bloom Bright
a few months back, and I have been obsessing over it
ever since! Make sure to download
yours today, you’ll see the difference in your pictures and posts.
Shop Strand // Gifting Galore // A Voracious Reader
Sweets & Soles // Layering Love // So Chic
I had such a blast at the event. This beautiful store will definitely become my new club monaco of choice from here on out. Plus It will become the monthly location of my Book of the Month Club, a new segment coming to CMC for 2013, stay tuned!
I am a firm believer that there are no rules when it comes to fashion: I wear white far after labor day and mix my matches on a daily basis. But there is one pattern that is just perfect for winter (or fall): Plaid.
Pattern-up! Shop twirl-worthy tartans:
I never though I would add a plaid party dress to my clothing collection, but when I saw this twirl-worthy tartan for almost nothing at the Tommy Hilfiger Sample Sale last month, I had no choice but to take it home. A sleeveless fit and flare is my go-to dancing dress, but when it’s cold outside, uncovered arms can be too much to bare! I solve this closet conundrum, with a basic turtleneck: layer one under your favorite frock this season, pair with booties and tights to dress down the dress, or add a statement necklace and stilettos for a glitzy-party twist.
I’m excited to announce the return of DIY Friday
with a girly, pearly twist on a classic pullover as feature in last weeks post: Times Square Tulle
This is an quick, easy and affordable diy
(do it yourself), and can even be a “no-sew” project by substituting a needle & thread for safety pins and rhinestone glue
. Use an old sweatshirt or pick one up for cheap (mine’s from forever 21
), and order the pearls
or gems online or at your nearest craft store. Also, you can skip a step by buying a black bow via etsy
Start by creating a black bow out of your fabric square (or using your premade bow) and sewing or pinning it to your sweatshirt (pinning it gives you the option to remove the bow, but make sure to use three pins so it lays flat). After you scatter the pearls to create a pattern, string your embellishments and sew (or glue them) them to your sweatshirt, and presto … a pearly pullover!
Cue the Confetti, It’s my 300th post!
So I’m celebrating with a few of my favorites
and a few favorites from last year
A big thanks to everyone who has followed along thus far, and Cheers to the next 300 posts!
So did something sort of implosive; I surprised myself when I wondered into a hair salon last week and let the stylist get scissor happy with mid-length locks and change my color for the first time in years!
I never really change my hair, not because I love my current (well, previous) look, but just because I don’t know what else to do with it. Although I am continually expierementing with fashion, I tend to keep my hair as a solid constant … black or dark brown, messy bed-head waves and shoulder length with a side part and swoop bang.
I decided to draw inspiration for my new do from Ciara in the Body Party
I’m obsessed with Ciara, mostly because she is everything that I’m not: tall, athletic, a fantastic singer (I’m crazy tone def) and somewhat of a tom-boy, with a crazy bod that oozes sex appeal. But I’m not and never will be a “hottie”, I pride myself on being quirky yet adorkable, so I was nervous that it would turn out too flirty for my geeky personality. I was also terrified of adding color to my hair because I was afraid to see how it would affect my clothing choices! And I purposely didn’t give myself time to think about the change, because I would have probably backed out!
My hair has a lot of reddish undertones, so it came out more auburn then I would have liked (I wanted to be as blonde as Ciara … maybe next time!) but after a few days of mirror double-takes I think I have finally adjusted to my new do!
What do you think of my new look, is it a do or a don’t?!
I would love to hear from you, Mwah!