Friday, January 30, 2009

Celebrity Style Crush: Olivia Palermo


So, I realize this post may be "controversial" because everyone loves Whitney. I like Whitney. I LOVED Whitney on the Hills. But Olivia won over my heart this week when she told Whitney "I don't want to hear it or get involved. How old are you? 23? This isn't high school." And though Olivia may look a little too uptown at times, I think she dresses fab. And can we talk about her bone structure?

Here are a few of my favorites:


If I had paparazzi following me, I would try to look this cool

In J.Mendel

In Zac Posen

In Milly, walking around Paris for the Couture shows

With Ally Hillfiger( does anyone else really miss Rich Girls?) at Fashion Week, rocking my beloved geek chic

With a Birkin( le sigh, one day) in promos for the Hills

I think this is such a chic look and so easy to recreate


In Armani Prive

Paloma at La Dolce Vita did a great post on her Tribeca apartment earlier in the month

Happy Weekend!! Also, I would like to apologize to Sara for taking over the blog this week. I'm going to take a break for a few days next week, since this is our blog, not my blog!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What ever happened to SMG??


Buffy was one of my favorite shows ever. She's adorable. She is still happily married. Ready for a comeback!

UPDATE: July 30, 2008: Freddie Prinze, Jr., a long-time fan of World Wrestling Entertainment®, joins WWE®’s creative team. Prinze, Jr. will now have a behind-the-scenes role contributing to WWE’s weekly television and pay-per-view programs.





Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rest In Peace

taking little pieces of this room..

While browsing an old issue of Glamour last night, I came across this room Ivanka Trump decorated for her assistant. All together, it's a little much for me( I would be walking to the kitchen at 3am for water, and be very frightened my apt was overrun by cheetahs) but there are aspects I LOVE. The zebra rug(I am on a constant search for one!), the Ikea table, the black and white bench as seating, the bright print on the couch(I think it's a west elm day bed) and the polka dot curtains in the kitchen!

Oh, I also LOVE Ivanka's abete dress and Valentino heels. A lot

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Red Carpet Roundup: SAG Awards

Best Dressed: Christina Applegate in Ungaro
Anne Hathaway in Azzaro

Evan Rachel Wood in Monique Lluillier


Marcia Cross in Carolina Herrera



Love them?Hate them? I thought overall, there wasn't too much to wow me with..hopefully everyone is saving up for the Oscars!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thank You..

" Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours." Audrey Hepburn

I just wanted to thank everyone who emailed or left a comment on the Quarter Life Crisis post. I meant SOOO much to me that all my new blogland friends cared so much, and gave some great advice and stories from their own lives. I know I'll make it through, I'm in the process of checking out some different possibilities. I came across this Audrey Hepburn quote yesterday, and thought the timing was just perfect. Hope everyone is having a happy weekend! It is the perfect rainy weekend in LA to do some cleaning and soul searching.

ps. if you are not on our blogroll, and would like to me..leave us a link in the comments! We want to update it this week, and read so many blogs, we want to make sure you are included !

Friday, January 23, 2009

Fun Song

My friend's coworker told me to listen to "Zak and Sara" by Ben Folds, and I think Sara is totally me...no "h" and a pale english face.



I guess all I need now is a Zak.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Quarter Life Crisis


The Quarter-Life Crisis
by unknown

It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are a lot of things about yourself that you didn't know and may or may not like. You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now.

You start realizing that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends that you thought you were so close to aren't exactly the greatest people you have ever met and the people you have lost touch with are some of the most important ones. What you do not realize is that they are realizing that too and are not really cold or catty or mean or insincere, but that they are as confused as you.

You look at your job. It is not even close to what you thought you would be doing or maybe you are looking for one and realizing that you are going to have to start at the bottom and are scared.

You miss the comforts of college, of groups, of socializing with the same people on a constant basis. But then you realize that maybe they weren't so great after all.

You are beginning to understand yourself and what you want and do not want. Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see what others are doing and find yourself judging a bit more than usual because suddenly you realize that you have certain boundaries in your life and add things to your list of what is acceptable and what is not. You are insecure and then secure. You laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life. You feel alone and scared and confused. Suddenly change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with dear life but soon realize that the past is drifting further and further away and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward.

You get your heart broken and wonder how someone you loved could do such damage to you or you lay in bed and wonder why you can't meet anyone decent enough to get to know better. You love someone but maybe love someone else too and cannot figure out why you are doing this because you are not a bad person.

One night stands and random hook ups start to look cheap and getting wasted and acting like an idiot starts to look pathetic. You go through the same emotions and questions over and over and talk with your friends about the same topics because you cannot seem to make a decision.

You worry about loans and money and the future and making a life for yourself and while wining the race would be great, right now you'd just like to be a contender!

What you may not realize is that everyone reading this relates to it. We are in our best of times and our worst of times, trying as hard as we can to figure this whole thing out.


We didn't want to really get into too much personal stuff on the blog, but I am in crisis mode. Lately, I have spent a lot of time evaluating the decisions I have made in the last year and a half since graduating college, and I can't say that I am too thrilled with them. The day after graduation, I packed up the Jetta and drove down to LA, where I grew up, but didn't currently have a home, since my parents had moved to NY. I had no plan, I just knew I wanted to be in LA, because I missed it. I didn't think about that most of my high schools friends would be staying where they were, or moving somewhere else for jobs, or that I would miss all my friends in San Francisco. I quickly fell into a rut. Going to my same church, stores, etc as I did in high school. Not really branching out. I purchased a condo in the far far far end of the SF Valley(technically Ventura, but whatever) since it was safe, and affordable, not really thinking about that all my neighbors are families with kids, and there are no young people around. at all. within a 15 mile radius. I go to work, and though I work in a "trendy profession"-Public Relations- I am the youngest person in my small office of 3-by ten years. There is no one to go to happy hour with, or to have office gossip with, or even talk to( no joke, in the last three days, the only thing my boss has said to me was "Is LOST on tonight?") The kicker in all this? I had an amazing offer for a job in NYC after graduation..branding for a major cosmetics company, who had offices overlooking central park in the Time Warner Building( Devil Wears Prada building) Who turns that down?


Anyways, sorry for the rant. I just needed to get it out. And figure out what exactly I am going to do about all this.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

7,344,000 Seconds until...

My Roman Holiday. As I sit in my office, starting out the window into the parking lot, I cannot help by daydream of my fabulous girls vacation with my mom and aunt for my aunt's 60th birthday

Roma nel bicchiere - Rome in the glass by Geomangio.
drinking some wine while overlooking the eternal city via
Sunrise for Rome by cuellar.
sunrise over the Spanish Steps via

Firenze by J.Salmoral.

View of Florence from the top of the Duomo(never again will I do that in heels) via



My favorite piece of Christian Art, by Fra Fillipo Lippi, in the Uffizi


ITALY-VENICE/ by nautiespacio.
I should bring my rainboots in case Venice floods again like it did in December via
and of course, soak up dressing like an Italian



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reunited and it feels so good...part deux

Apparently, we were wrong when we said we wouldn't see each other until the end of Feb! Sara flew down to Sunny Los Angeles this weekend, and we soaked up the sun!! We thought we would share some more pictures from our weekend

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awk angle and timer pic, but in my apartment before getting some drinks on Friday night

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3rd Street Santa Monica...what a gorgeous Saturday

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Sprinkles Cupcakes

Inspired by Emily's post from the Rose Bowl flea market, we hit up Melrose Trading Post on Sunday, and we grabbed some goodies

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reconstructed vintage dresses

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geek chic heaven!

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I didn't grab this vintage Louis suitcase, but am now wondering....

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all of our finds: dresses, boots, two pairs of geek chic glasses, sunnies, necklaces, the complete works of William Shakespeare, and a book on the History of Yale football

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Yesterday, we headed to the Reagan Library because I read an article that the Magna Carta was there, and we're both history nerds. Sadly, I did not read the date, it is not there for another week. But we did see Air Force One, which was used by SEVEN Former Presidents, and was redesigned by Jackie Kennedy


Now we REALLY won't see each other for a month :( But we are loving these mini vacations to spend time together

Friday, January 16, 2009

Happy Friday: Looks of the Week


This girl is my inspiration for fulfilling my resolution to dress more Euro. Chic doesn't even begin to describe this woman

Margarita Missoni, can we be friends, please please??

I am currently obsessing over geek chic. Dying to try it. I have perfect vision unfortunately. I am thinking about popping some clear lenses into some Ray Bans



Before blogs, insomnia meant watching awesome tv shows from the 80s at 2 am while trying to fall asleep( Small Wonder anyone?) Now, you can go through a years worth of a blog, and last night, I did just that. The girls at Chic Intuition have this fabulous blog of everything and everyone fashion related. Last night, I poked through their street style section, and found the looks of the week

HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT 3 DAY WEEKEND!! We'll be enjoying the FABULOUS California weather

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Justin

This video was suggested to me on my youtube account this afternoon, so I thought I would share with all of you.

Justin Timberlake "Bigger Than The World"


Can't get you outta my head

I don't know what it is about Gym Class Heroes, but all there songs are super catchy.  I can't stop singing their latest, "Cookie Jar"



I hope to love someone this much one day..


see them all here

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fashion Emergency!

I need your help..I have a date.

Now, the date isn't as much the issue, though I already have nervous stomach about it. The issue is that it is a mid week after work date! So, in an effort to follow many of our resolutions for 2009, you can see my issue. I will not only have to dress nicely to work on that day, but I cannot go out and buy anything new. I am trying to save money. I can't fail 14 days in!
So, I did some Polyvore boards with pieces that I already own. I did three looks:

after work date option 1
after work date option 1 by sweetnothings04


This first look is the only one that includes heels( there is a reason.) It is casual, yet dressy. I would say the dress is a little shorter than I would like, but not inappropriate.

after work date 3
after work date 3 by sweetnothings04

Look two is a dressier work look, something I would wear on a meeting day. I think it says powerful, yet playful with the Polka dot skirt. And the oxford allows for a little wiggle room to be sexy.

after work date 2
after work date 2 by


This is the jeans and oxford look. Classic American style. The only difference is that my necklace is orange, not white, so it's a nice POP of color.

So, what are your thoughts? Ask your friends, roomates, boyfriends, husbands, or random who you see at school!!!

UPDATE: umm..since when has Polyvore had a blog as well.....just in case it can't take up ENOUGH of your time..

Katie Holmes for Miu Miu first look...



UPDATE: LOOK #2

Thoughts???

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blogger Interview: High-Heeled Foot in the Door


We are proud to have Camila of High-Heeled Foot in the Door as our first blogger interview!! Not only is her blog one of our daily reads, she is the nicest person on earth! When we started blogging, she was the first person we emailed for help, and a friendship has been forming ever since!


What inspired you to start blogging?



About a year and a half ago I went through a quarter-life crises. I was completely upset about where I was in my career. Out of college I ended up getting into buying and was happy with that first, but always longed for something more creative. I switched to a new job at a bigger company and thought that it would be a perfect fit, but I hated it. I literally was in tears every morning before work. I finally just reached a breaking point where I knew I couldn’t handle being this upset everyday. I quit and was able to take off the entire summer and find myself. I had a lot of free time and during that free time I was introduced to the world of blogging. Making it Lovely was the first site I logged on to and it was love at first site. Reading all these design blogs written by all these amazing woman that were so successful, friendly and smart made me want to join the club. It took a little while for me to get my nerve to do it, but I finally decided that I needed to be a do-er in this life to get ahead that I dove in and started my own blog. I wasn’t even sure if anyone would ever read it. Getting my first comment from Courtney at Inside the Loop was amazing. I was so excited that someone actually read what I was writing about and glad to make a friend with Courtney.



What are your daily reads?

Too many to count. My blog roll just keeps growing and growing.

My first morning daily reads are:



Pure Style Home


Inside the Loop


PVE Designs


Elements of Style


Urban Grace


La Dolce Vita


Coco and Kelly


I heart you


Pink Wallpaper


Haven and Home


Cote de Texas


Mrs. Blandings

I could literally go on forever. Let’s just say I don’t get much done at work until after 10:30am.


You started a design business..who/what are you inspirations/ design icons?


Some of my favorite design stars are:
Celerie Kemble, Ruthie Summers, Meg Braff, and Katie Ridder

but my true design inspirations are the women that I adore in the blog world.

Lauren from Pure Style Home has been a god send. We were meant to be the closest of friends. I adore her she is so sweet and sincere plus her design style is perfection. I want to move into every room she decorates.

Erin fromElements of Style. She was my first true blog crush. From the first time I logged on to her site I knew this lady meant business. We always seem to be on the same page and she is so helpful in keeping me in the know.

Anna from Absolutely Beautiful Things. She was also one of the first blogs that I found in the blog world. She owns a fabulous shop and provides Interior Design down under. I love her use of color and patterns. She’s never afraid to mix and match and it always come out perfectly.

Erika from Urban Grace. Wow is all I can say to describe her. Her style is impeccable. She is as sweet as can be. She blogs about d├ęcor, but also about her family, pups and her great finds.

What are your goals with your design business?

I’m one of those nutty people that actually wants to love what they do for a living. I want to enjoy everyday and I feel that in providing clients with help in making their interiors a reflection of who they are I will be able to fulfill this. I want to be successful and show the world what I am capable of.

What is the name of your business? Is there a special meaning behind it?

It took a long time to pick out a name for my business. Like a typical women I kept changing my mind. Originally I wanted to name my business Effortlessly Stylish, It was a bit of mouthful so I kept discarding it as a name even though I loved it. Then one day I was reading Michelle’s blog and she was describing her friend as someone with effortless style. You know that girl. The one that just exudes cool. She always looks well put together. Everything she is wearing looks like it was meant for her. She is always classic and her look will always be timeless. That is exactly how I feel your home should look. It should reflex your personal style and look relaxed. It shouldn’t look like a hotel room or a designer showcase. A room should have good bones. Sure you can throw some trends in, but they should be in the accessories so that you can constantly update your look. Once I saw Effortless Style on Michelle’s blog I knew it was meant to be. So I shortened my beloved, Effortlessly Style and stayed put with Effortless Style.


If you had 1000k to spend in one hour, where would you go to spend it? what would you get?

I would probably run out to my closet travel agent or computer and book many many trips. I would love to travel the world and start out in Paris. How amazing would it be to shop in the Parisian flea markets. Ah! I would love it. So that money would go to buying numerous plane tickets or perhaps my own jet with that much money to leave whenever I like and fill it with all of my purchases.

Speaking of travel, where is your favorite place to travel?

I love traveling period. So there is no exact favorite place. Every travel destination is new to me and each trip contains great people, food, shops and mostly importantly a history to it. My favorite destination so far has been Egypt. I loved every part of the trip even the 100 degrees plus weather. It was a great 25th birthday gift from my husband. Plus I got an amazing alabaster vase that now resides in my bedroom to remind me of my special trip. I can’t wait to wait to plan my next vacation. Ideally I would love to go off to Greece or London, but due to $$$$ I think my next trip will be more local.

Is it horrible that I want to make a trip to Portland Oregon purely for a donut shop I heard about this morning? Yes, I have a little fat kid hidden inside of me.

Yummy.

You were so helpful with us when we started our little blog about a month ago, what advice do you have for new bloggers?

My ultimate advice is to purely enjoy it. Write about what you love and the readers will come. It’s wonderful to be part of the blog world. You will gain many friends from all over the country and world. You will open yourself up to learning about many new and exciting things. I feel like I’m own magazine editor everyday when I’m posting my topics or doing research for posts. It has completely helped me with my self-confidence and made me a much stronger woman who believes that I can achieve just about anything with a little help from my friends.


*Thanks Camila!! Everyone pop on over to her blog! Later today, she is going to post some inspiration boards she created for my bathroom in my condo(we tried to get them on here, but there is still sooooo much we have to learn about blogging)





Sunday, January 11, 2009

Red Carpet Roundup:Golden Globes 2009

Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive: What a break-over she has had..she looks like she knows she is going to be photographed over and over again this awards season..great color choice


America Ferrera in Oscar de la Renta: She has been choosing Oscar for the last few awards shows, and if it aint broke, don't fix it. She looks stunning and slender. I happen to own an Oscar gown, and can tell you it's worth every penny. He knows a womans body better than most women.




Cameron Diaz in Chanel: Flawless, as always. Manages to make hot pink look classy and fun. Good work Rachel Zoe







Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab: Old School Hollywood Glamour..




Kyra Sedgewick in Oscar de la Renta: This woman does not age..her body is flawless in this..and the simple elegance is a knockout





Miley Cyrus in Marchesa: Age Appropriate yet fun and flirty..her mother on the other hand..