Cap it off

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Red is typically a color associated with the holidays, but I love it year round.  Lips, nails or as an accessory, this pop of color is an attention grabber.  When I spotted the perfect shade during a Christmas mission to J. Crew, I had to pick up a little side gift for myself.

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Hat: J. Crew – 40% off STYLE2014, Top: Theory (similar here), Denim: Topshop (also here), Sunnies: Celine, Shoes: Givenchy, Accessory: Chanel.

 

 

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Bonjour 2014!

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A new year bring new adventures, challenges and of course fashion.  2014 was a fabulous year with my first trip to Japan, first full year in NYC and of course fashion inspiration around every corner.  I’m excited for the year ahead and wish all my readers a Happy New Year! XOXO

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Nanna & Buster

 

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The holiday season is always a time of celebration and this year, I will be celebrating the lives of two very special angels:  My Nanna and Buster, my sister’s furry baby.  We lost both of them weeks apart, and I find it ironic that although they were different species, they shared many similarities.  Both had irreplaceable, unique personalities and seemed to own any room they entered naturally.  Opinions and feelings were never suppressed in either and both shared a love of fashion and style.  Above all, each one had a feisty, sassy nature that made their personalities infectious and full of laughter. They will truly be missed, but always watching over us.

 

 

The Girly Gift Guide

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Scarf: Theodora & Callum, Ring: Max & Chloe, Trench: Everlane, Tea Pot: C. Wonder, Pouch: Clare Vivier, Flats: C. Wonder-30% off, Hat: Piperlime-25% off sitewide, Top: J. Crew-30% off, Phone case: Kate Spade, Mugs: Anthropologie, Ornament: Kate Spade (also love this one).

 

 

Lou & Grey

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(Lou & Grey cashmere tunic in grey melange (also love this color), Lou & Grey mittens (matching hat here), Leggings: Zara, Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale!, Sunnies: Oliver Peoples).

Although New York is growing on me by the day, nothing is better than heading South to my hometown of Raleigh, NC to see friends and family. On my last visit, I stumbled upon a new shopping gem in North Hills-Lou & Grey.  As a member of the Ann Taylor/Loft family, Lou & Grey is the hip, younger sibling that is effortlessly chic with the accessories to match.

Walking through the doors, I feel like I’ve entered a cozy, fabulously curated boutique in NYC.  After being greeted warmly, I start to explore. My first find is a dainty, golden wrap bracelet-perfect for layering or everyday use, followed by an irresistible wide brim hat.  These pieces part of Lou & Grey’s Maker’s collection which are handmade in small quantities by artisans across the country.  The collection is somewhat reminiscent of a cool little market you would stumble across in Brooklyn or San Fran one weekend, full of one of a kind treasures that you know won’t be on everyone.

As I make my way through the store, I thumb through beautiful layers of cashmere, knits, leathers and prints, accompanied by tables of beautiful accessories, books and dainty jewelry.  Stacks of sweaters next to soft, tees in neutral stripes provide the perfect selection of must have basics for any girls closet.  I cannot help but notice the amazing woven leather chair and nature inspired antler stands atop log tables scattered throughout the store as well.  It’s such a unique but welcoming space. 

After about an hour of exploring, I left with some amazing, unique finds and a new favorite boutique on my Raleigh list.  Lou & Grey is a must for any girl who loves luxe basics that will work with your current wardrobe or easily stand alone.  I’m already looking forward to my next visit over the holidays!  

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(Lou & Grey sweater (also love this one), Hat: Lou & Grey “The Makers” collection (in store only), Jeans: J Brand-On Sale!, Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale! Bracelet: Lou & Grey “The Makers” collection (in store only).

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(Lou & Grey ponte textured leggings (also love these coated zip version), Striped tee: Lou & Grey, Sweater: Lou and Grey-sold out (similar here), Scarf: Lou & Grey (in store), Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale)!

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(Lou & Grey hat, Basket weave sweater: Lou & Grey (also love this one), Denim: AG Jeans, Flats: Zara (similar here), Clutch: Chanel).

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(Lou & Grey fair isle black and white sweater-bottom right & “Makers” soap). 

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The Makers

Scattered throughout the store, you will find little cards that highlight”The Makers” collections. These are lines offered exclusively by Lou & Grey of a carefully curated mix of handmade artesian pieces.  Within each collection’s offering, you will find everything from yummy apothecary selections to handmade hats and scarves. Each location stocks different artists.  I was one of my favorite parts of the store. 

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Black & Blue + Cyber Monday

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No I’m not black and blue after the frenzy of Black Friday sales; however it got me thinking about a fashion myth that has always circulated: Wearing black and blue together is one of the ultimate faux pas.  I have to disagree on every level.  I love the combo, especially with the right accessories.  Because the two colors are in similar families, the combination creates a neutral palette with a bit of contrast.

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Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim-on sale (similar here), Demim: Frame-on sale (also here-on sale), Clutch: Elizabeth and James (also love this version), Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Sunnies: Celine, Bracelet: J. Crew-30% off with HOLIDAY, Earrings: Gemma Redux, Nails: Chanel in Accessoire, Book: Kate Spade.

 

Best of Cyber Monday sales:

J Brand: 25% off sitewide with CYBER2014-My pick here

J. Crew: 30% off sitewide with MONDAY-love this piece

Piperlime: 30% off sitewide CYBERSALE-My faviorte bootie ever here

Helmut Lang: 40% off sitewide