After a magical, yet exhausting Christmas season, it was time for some R&R (rest and retail therapy) in Charleston. This quaint little city is one of my favorites with it’s cobblestone streets, The Battery and it’s infamous pralines. Regardless of the weather, exploring the French Quarter, followed by tea at the timeless Charleston Place Hotel is a perfect afternoon. A quick jaunt down King street for a shop in Copper Penny was just what I needed to burn off my cupcake break 🙂
Christmas Eve was fantastic! It was a constant flurry of friends, family and food, which is always wonderful. This year, I was inspired by one of my favorite dishes….cranberry apple crumble. While this dish sounds basic, and an obvious holiday treat, it is beyond amazing, in color and taste. Plump cranberry jewels nestled in a sweet mixture of spices and apples, topped with caramelized cinnamon oats. Amazing!
After having way to many servings, I decided to indulge my cranberry obsession elsewhere. My Winter color love this year has been cranberry or anything in the cranberry family. I love the warmth it brings and the thoughts of spiced cider and the infamous crumble it conjures up. It definitely put some warmth in the chilly air today!
Sweater dress: BCBG-old (similar here, here & here), Scarf: Burberry, Tights: Wolford, Boots: Stuart Weitzman (black version here), Hat: Eugenia Kim, Sunnies: Westward Leaning, Cluch: Clare Vivier, Ring: Sylvia Benson
I was so excited to unfold the soft, heavy knitting of my Yigal wrap, which I had been pining for all year while overseas. (My sister was kindly storing it). I have to admit, when I first received it, I was worried the volumes of material would overwhelm someone so short, but not the case.
I love over-sized, cozy cardigans and I knew the minute I put this one on, it would be my favorite of the bunch. It’s such a luxurious knit and the cream and black are always a classic combo.
After a 24 hour flight time from Sydney to North Carolina, I was ready for some holiday relaxation with friends and family (and really didn’t want to see the inside of a plane for awhile!) Leaving 100 degree weather, to land in what feels like the Arctic, is always so strange to me and usually takes some getting use to. However, I couldn’t resist indulging in my favorite color on one of the more mild days. Pink seems to make everything better and paired with leather leggings is still perfect in the Winter. I can already feel my jet lag letting go just at the sight of this silky peony lovely!
The holiday season always brings on a sea of sparkle, glitter and shine; Whether it’s on Christmas tree baubles, confections dusted with eatable gold or the countless variations of how sequins translate into fashion. Like most girls, I have always been attracted to things that sparkle, and this mini seemed to encapsulate every piece of glimmer I so love. Pairing something that is otherwise seen as more formal with a basic tee and denim jacket was perfection for my style. I love that I feel like myself, but have incorporated a much loved party staple with some of my basic favorites.
Sequin mini: Jay Godfrey-old (similar here & here), Tee: Gap (similar here), Jacket: H&M (similar here & here), Booties: Barneys, Watch: Nixon Cannon (silver version here & similar here), Sunnies: Karen Walker, Lips: MAC in Snob
On a chilly Sunday, my husband and I popped our head in the new Sydney Burberry store. The luxury brand had taken over an old bank with towering columns and to die for architecture. I’m pretty sure my husband just wanted to admire this amazing building, but was lured into plaid heaven….by me. Burberry is one of my favorite splurges. The pieces are so classic and the detailing is amazing. As I wrapped various trenches around me, I immediately called off the search when I met this mocha lovely. I was obsessed. We left empty handed as I knew this would have to be an investment piece.
One month later, a magnificently wrapped Burberry box arrived for my birthday. My darling other half had pulled off the ultimate surprise and gifted me with Burberry luxury. What better reason to wish for cold weather!
There is one piece in every girl’s wardrobe that always works. It’s the workhorse, the old faithful that you know will never fail. My Helmut Lang jacket fits this description to a T. True to the brand, this basic black jacket has been injected with super cool style, powerful enough to set it apart from other basics, but subtle enough to work with literally anything in my closet. Basic jeans and a pop of red resulted in an easy look, layered with modern cool coziness.
Jacket: Helmut Lang (also here), Jeans: Zara (similar here & here), Booties: Christian Louboutin, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Earrings: House of Harlow (also here), Tee: Topshop (under jacket), Bag: Alexander Wang, Lips: Makeup Forever #40