Monday, March 10, 2014

Find of the Week

How charmingly cute is this Mini Storage Rack from Urban Outfitters. It's my new must-have. As in, must have it now. Buy it for less than $40 HERE.

Ok, one more must-have just because!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

7 Best Shopping Sites That Offer No Holds Barred Free Shipping

1 | Zara
Yes, THAT Zara that we know and love offers free shipping! This one was a shocker for me. I would have been much poorer had I known this little fact sooner.

2 | Asos
Your sweet swag will arrive in your mailbox within 6 business days if you select "US Standard Shipping" during checkout. If you decide red is definitely not your color, return your swag for a full refund within 28 days. Red only looks good on redheads anyways, right!

3 | Shopbop
So let me see if I've got this right: 3 day (or less) ground shipping is totally on the house? Yes please! And returns are prepaid within 15 days of purchase if you decide that dress is too slooty.

4 | Zappos
Don't know what size shoe you need, order both! That's the awesomeness that is Zappos. Oh and clothing orders placed before 1pm PST are delivered overnight… for free! Fo shizzle my nizzle.

5 | Nordstrom
Your math lesson for the day: Save money so you can spend more money! Free shipping and returns at this one-stop-shop. Hawaii and Alaska included. Can I get a what what! 

6 | Piperlime
Free shipping. Free returns. Free exchanges. Need I say more?

7 | Kate Spade
No charge for delivery or returns for this fabulously addicting shop. So yeah, you do need both of those iPhone covers. Sister company, Saturday, offers the same sweet deal!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Neiman Marcus 2014 Spring Trends Presentation

I was very honored to be invited to the Neiman Marcus 2014 Spring Trends Presentation last week. About two dozen bloggers and media contact were treated to a delicious breakfast at Zodiac restaurant while style advisor, Alex Yanez, walked us through the spring trends of 2014. I was so impressed by the presentation and think that Neiman Marcus nailed all of the trends that I was hoping to see as the weather warms up. 

Neiman Marcus 2014 Spring Trends 
Artistic Prints, Florals 
The Pink Lip (Lip Color) 
Summer Booties- straps and cutouts 
Short Stories- tops and bottoms cropped 
White with Black 
Layered Bracelets 
Shirt Chic- layered collars 
Denim on Denim 

Here are some of my favorite looks from the show:

If you would like to preview these same trends for yourself, Neiman Marcus will be hosting Project Beauty on February 18th where you can do just that! The preview times are 10:30am and 3:30pm (reservations are $25). Those who attend will receive a $25 Neiman Marcus gift card to use on any beauty purchase the day of the event so there's no reason not to attend! 

Furthermore, if you spend $125 on beauty items you will receive a beauty swag bag filled with luxe samples from Neiman Marcus. I received one at the blogger event and it is amazing! For more information, call 619-542-4416.

I would like to thank Neiman Marcus for the amazing fashion show and preview breakfast. I had an absolute blast. I can't wait to work these looks into my own wardrobe! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Designer Spotlight // Kerrie Hess

Aren't these illustrations just SO SO pretty! They are by Australian illustrator Kerrie Hess. She has done work for Chanel, Kate Spade and Net-a-Porter to name a few. Her work is just so pretty and ultimately feminine. 

Follow her on Insta for her latest stunners via @kerriehessillustrations or check out her website HERE

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My Recipes // Donut Cookies (Just in Time for Valentine's Day!)

Every year, I bake Valentine's Day themed cookies or cupcakes and send them out to my 
family and friends with little love notes. It's been a favorite tradition of mine and this year 
was no exception. Whilst cruising Pinterest for inspiration, I came across a recipe for donut 
shaped cookies. Are you kidding me!? As if normal cookies aren't cute enough, they came 
up with DONUT SHAPED COOKIES! Radical.

So, last night I baked and frosted almost 50 cookies while drinking wine and listening to 
Billy Holiday. It was my own little version of therapy without the shrink. Seriously, I love 
laying out the ingredients, rolling the dough into perfect little balls and then baking and icing them 
into sweet, delicious perfection. Yes, I may have burnt my prized ham and bean soup while 
cooking the cookies, but it was worth it cause these things were GOOD!

1 Box Krusteak sugar cookie mix (yeah, I cheated. Sandra Semi-Homemade Cooking right hurr!)
I Cup Betty Crocker Whipped Strawberry Frosting
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
Sprinkles or sugar crystals to decorate 

Bake cookies according to package. Let cool completely. Stamp out the middle with a round object hollow object. I used the cap from the sprinkled bottle because… necessity is the mother of invention. A round cookie cutter would have worked better but oh well! Whip together frosting and powdered sugar with a spoon. Ladle icing into a piping bag or Ziploc and pipe onto cookies. Smooth frosting into desired shape with a spoon and to with toppings of your choice. Yeah, it's that easy.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Movie Review // Her

Over the weekend, Clint and I saw "Her," a science fiction romantic comedy-drama written and directed by Spike Jonze. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this movie, especially considering the premise of the movie is a man falling in love with the operating system of his computer. Weird sounding, I know, but it was such a beautiful story. The emotions that the main character goes through are so relatable. It makes you think about how we communicate with one another, relationships and the ever evolving technological front.

I encourage everyone to go see this gem of a movie! Plus, Joaquin Phoenix is easy on the eyes and Scarlett Johansson's voice is easy on the ears. AND bonus points for the film score, which was composed largely in part by Arcade Fire.    

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Review // Other People's Love Letters

It's still over two weeks away but one of my favorite days of the year is almost here... You guessed it: Valentine's Day! I will take every excuse to devote an entire day to love. Love of my fiance, love for my family and love for my friends. 

Last year, Clint and I took the extended weekend and stayed at the Riviera in Palm Springs. It was a time to relax and just enjoy each other's company. That, and drink cocktails and lay by the pool all day. This year, we have no plans, which actually sounds just as lovely. We might go somewhere or go on a stay-cation at a local hotel just for fun. What are you guys planning on doing for Valentine's Day?

I wanted to share one of my all time favorite books with you called "Other People's Love Letters." The book is a collection of sweet notes scribbled on napkins, deeply romantic handwritten love letters, text messages that will make you blush and sweet little nothings that will melt your heart. I recommend that everyone buy this book and curl up with a big glass of wine. If you've gotten away from doing romantic things for your loved one, this book will surely put the fire back in your relationship. 

Buy it HERE

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