Monthly Archives: November 2013

Vintage Vibe

Vintage Vibe
I love to play around on Polyvore and make these sets.  I saw this awesome vintage 60’s coat with fur detail and wanted to build something around it.  The entire ensemble turned out to have a pretty vintage vibe, circa the 60’s/70’s.
Honestly while studying those two decades in school, I was never a big fan.  But I’m starting to come around to certain looks and pieces-like high waisted jeans and fur detail… and the colors-like the warm reds, oranges, and browns.
Of course I had to throw in a fun floppy hat and long waves, along with the stellar blue velvet booties from Anthropologie.  The vintage Chanel cuff and stackable rings are pretty groovy too. ;)

Tis the Plaid Season

It’s that time of year again.  Burberry plaid time.  Everyone will be breaking out their Burberry plaid scarves, umbrellas, gloves, purses, and of course trenches.  My only Burberry item is this skirt that I found at Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn, NY a couple years ago.  I think I got it for about $30…for Burberry, I couldn’t pass that up.  I knew it’d be something that would be in my closet for a very long time because of its timelessness.  It’s also something I can wear in different ways as you’ll see with this Burberry skirt post from last winter…and from this one today! 

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I wanted to try out a different color with this skirt instead of just your most predicted black, white, or dark red.  So I decided on this blush color.  I like how the lighter beige color of the skirt paired with the blush produced an almost monochromatic palette.  Oh, how I do love a good monochromatic look. :)  I also had to add a little sparkle in there, hence the belt and clutch. ;)



Blush top by Sugar Lips from Dillard’s a few years ago, thrifted/vintage Burberry skirt from Beacon’s Closet, Aldo Boots from about 5 years ago in London, metallic clutch from Target, recent Anthropologie sparkle belt.

Classic Color Combo: Black and White

Here I go with the black and white again.  I can’t help it!  Black and white is just the ultimate classic color combo.  Especially if you pair classic silhouettes, you end up with something totally timeless.

You can do no wrong with black and white.  Add a pop of color and you’re good to go.


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This outfit is most definitely work-worthy.  And also dressy enough to translate into dinner and drinks after work if necessary.


I made this top and am very pleased with how it turned out.  I love the bishop sleeves and wide cuffs.  I had wanted to make a top like this for a long time, and now it’s finally accomplished. Yay! :D


This satin skirt is one of the coolest skirts I have.  It’s from H&M a few years back, and when I saw it, I knew it was one to buy because of the interesting weave texture it has going on. It adds just a little something extra to an otherwise classic black pencil skirt.  But, it is definitely one of those skirts that jussssst fits…so I should maybe try to keep my turkey intake to a minimum this year. ;)

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Top, made by me; Skirt, H&M a few years ago; clutch, from Target about a year ago; Shoes, DSW Sale a few months back.

From Spring to Fall

From Spring to Fall…I really enjoy trying to season-proof closet pieces.  The easiest pieces to make seasonless are skirts, and dresses.  Or at least they’re the most fun because all you have to do is layer! Layer on the tights, scarves, and jackets.  That’s what I’ve done with this cream colored Jessica Simpson dress.  Here it is from a Spring post earlier this year…and here it is now, all ready for the chillier weather.

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I love belting blazers and cardigans.  Sometimes they can be a little too boxy and shapeless, so a belt usually helps solve that problem by giving you more of a shape, and defining your waist.  Also, the sparkly ones like this one are a great way to dress up an outfit if you don’t want to wear too much jewelry.

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Colored tights are one of my favorite things to wear in the Fall.  They look great with all the Fall and Winter neutrals we’re all uniformed in during the drab part of the seasons.  So with that being said, they’re the perfect way to add some color to your outfit.  Plus, they ‘re so much fun! :)


Dress is Jessica Simpson from about 3 years ago, boyfriend blazer is from H&M about 2 years ago, tights are from Target, heels are from DSW similar here, belt is from Anthropologie recently, old clutch.

A Weekend on the Lake

There’s something about waterfronts that just draw me in… they feel so natural to me… so calm and peaceful.  Perhaps it’s from growing up and living so close to the Lake Erie lakefront.  And while these pictures aren’t from one of the Great Lakes, it is still a pretty great lake. 

We spent the weekened on Lake Canandaigua for a wedding.  This was the only other Fingerlake other than Lake Seneca that I’d been to, and it was lovely. 

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I’m sure a ride around the Lake on this boat would be a lot of fun in the summer.

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A beautiful little park just off the lake.



Isn’t this one of the coolest benches you’ve ever seen?!



Lake Canandaigua is a very beautiful area, and so much to do even in this cold weather- like visiting some of the wineries!!  We visited one called Wilhelmus Estate Winery and did a little tasting.  My favorite wine was the Traminette wine-very tasty!! 

In addition to wineries, there are so many cute little shops in the center of town, including many Antiquing opportunities and some delicious little restaurants.  I unfortunately did not snap pictures of the town and the restaurants we visited, but I can say I had some of the yummiest Eggs Benedict crepes from Simply Crepes…it had a very lovely French themed atmosphere, and you could stand and watch your crepes being made if you’d like.  One thing I regret is not buying a can of the crepe mix!  Bummer! But hey, next time! and next time, I’ll have to try the dessert flavors! ;)


The Nature of CLE

One of my favorite places in CLE are our gorgeous Metroparks.  In the spirit of Fall, here are some pics from around the CLEMetroparks, mostly from The Rocky River Nature Center…which consists of a lot of beautiful trees and trails and also a little center where a lot of little kiddies can field trip to and learn all about nature and its wonders. :)


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