Friday, December 19, 2014

Style Crush: Freckle Seoul

The whole site (Bread and Butter) I snagged these adorable images is from is in Korean so I don't know much about the shop or the girl who runs it. But the style and color combinations represent a lot of my personal style goals. I look at these images and I crave circle sunglasses, cotton candy coats, and cute oversized hats. More here.

Outfit: Family Affairs Holiday Treat

Since stumbling across Nina's designs back in 2008, Family Affairs has become one of my favorite independent fashion labels. It's pretty amazing comparing my life and aspirations back then compared to now and I can say I've been to New York, hung out with Nina in her studio, and own a handful of her beautiful designs. On the rare occasion you can go from being a distant fan to something more personal (and it mostly takes tenacity). Buying from small designers can be a financial investment, but every year Nina offers many of her pieces at huge discounts as holiday treat. Today my favorite piece from Fall 2014, the Maeve dress, is discounted--regularly priced at $325 today you can get it for $160. Quite the holiday treat!
I took these pictures a couple of days ago when it was rainy and overcast--that's actually my favorite time to get pictures because I like the soft light and no one was around. This spot was completely empty. I keep hoping we'll get enough snow for it to really stick so I can come here and take some photographs Anna Karenina-style; beside the tracks of course, not across them...

Thursday, December 18, 2014


This time of year I always get nostalgic for ballet. It's the annual Nutcracker performances that I used to attend regularly with my mother. I don't care if it's cliche, I'm a sucker for the Nutcracker. Anyway I'm in the mood for the holidays and since this holiday is tied to ballet for me I can't resist sharing these photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE magazine. These ballerinas were rehearsing for Swan Lake at the Grand Opera de Paris in 1930. Gorgeous rehearsal space, no?

Outfit: Old Hollywood Glamour

While my initial impulse for holiday parties is short and sparkly (seriously all of the sequins please!), there's something to be said for going the more demure route. Sequins are flashy, but longer, full skirts are unexpected and more dramatic. The details really make this look so fun too--spiked belt and cheeky tights definitely keep it from being too staid.
What are you dressing up in this winter?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Normans Printery

I want to wrap all of my presents (and maybe myself) up in paper by Normans Printery. They have the best wrapping paper--vintage maps, beautiful textiles, monochromatic sea life--it's all so good. No ribbons or further embellishment necessary.

Outfit: Makers

I've been waiting for a more mild day to wear my new Heinui dress from the Makers collection. It's a beautiful printed silk dress, which even with a slip layered underneath for extra warmth isn't quite suited to our winter temperatures. But on an overcast, warmer day I finally managed to wear it out of the house. Between the relaxed silhouette and sweet sailor collar, I think it will be an ideal summer dress once that season rolls around. For now I'm wearing it with my favorite zipper tights on walks through the woods--which are still looking remarkably autumn-ish in spots (our snow didn't last long).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stylish Spaces: A Colorful Duplex in Glasgow

I really like the use of color and creative storage in this chic home in Glasgow. How pretty is the teal cabinet for shoes? Or the quirky use of cake pans as wall decor in the dining room? It's definitely giving me ideas for my future home. via
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