Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas in Review

I received some some very beautiful Christmas presents this year that I would like to share with you all. I took pictures of a few grouped together since they complemented each other so nicely.

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horse hair pottery ornament (probably Navajo)

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coral earrings (from B.) against pot made by a family friend of B.'s parents over 30 years ago

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needlepoint turquoise necklace (from B.)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

My Southwest Christmas Comes to an End…

Sadly, our last full day in New Mexico was Christmas day. It was kind of a whirlwind of activity because there were lots of people we had to see and say goodbye to before we left, not to mention a two-year-old hocked up on Christmas presents to entertain. All in all, it was a lovely trip, though, and right now we’re already onto the next leg of our Christmas vacation (we’ve been very spoiled this year). Currently, we’re sailing around the Windward Islands and I doubt I have access to the Internets. I set up some automated posts to (hopefully) keep you entertained until we get back, when I expect I will have lots of wonderful things to share. I hope you had as fabulous a Christmas as we did and have a kickass New Year!

Southwest Christmas Comes to an End

Southwest Christmas Comes to an End

L.L. Bean shirt (old school, yeah!), J Brand jeans, vintage loafers, Raybans

Friday, December 26, 2008

Caliente!

Christmas Eve was so much fun. B. and I went to his grandmother’s house, where it is Christmas tradition to have pesole, chicken soup (with potatoes, broccoli, and green chile), and tamales. Thankfully, nothing was too hot for me (because it usually is). B.’s family gave us all kinds of wonderful gifts, too, which I will attempt to post at a later date. His mom gave us some beautiful pieces of pottery and I got a new pair of half-chaps (for horseback riding), which was super-exciting! Anyway, I had to get a few pics in B.’s fam’s chile pepper field before I left, so here you go.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

JW Los Angeles blazer, Cherry Tee tank top, Jonathan Saunders for Target pants, Kors boots

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Have Yourself a Funky, Sexy Christmas

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Southwest Christmas, Part III

Not too much to report today. It was ridiculously windy so we pretty much just drove around B.'s friend's ranch and drank beer. I did, however, eat some amazing tacos from a roadside taco stand. Anyhoo, my outfit wasn't too exciting, but I do love my new cardigan from H & M so I had to show it off.

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H&M cardigan, Calvin Klein jeans, vintage loafers

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Southwest Christmas, Part II

Another lovely day here eating, off-roading, shopping, and Walmart-ing. B.’s mom took me to a wonderful jewelry store, which interestingly, also sells mattresses, where I was able to do most of my Christmas shopping in a matter of minutes. I love Southwestern jewelry. Then B. and I went to the much-beloved Whataburger, after which we went driving around, looking for non-existent quail and playing with his dad’s pellet gun (he played, I watched.)

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alien Wally World

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holiday aliens

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firearm-ing...

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J. Crew vest, vintage J. Press shirt, C&C California shirt, Jonathan Saunders for Target pants, Hue socks, DKNY boots, Raybans

Pour la Victoire Spring '09!!!

Of all the marvelous things to look forward to this spring, one thing I am particularly excited about is the arrival of the new Pour la Victoire shoes! You might have noticed my affinity towards this brand in the past - they make the most stylish-yet-affordable shoes that bear striking resemblance to those coming down the runway (especially this spring). Check out some of the highlights below.

Pour la Victoire Spring '09
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Monday, December 22, 2008

Southwest Christmas, Part I

Well we have been here for about a day now and I’m having a wonderful time playing with my adorable, frighteningly smart nephew and eating as much New Mexican food and homemade candy as I can stand. It’s a little colder than expected, so I’m glad I brought lots of layers. Dressing for New Mexico weather is always a little tricky because it’s often warm during the day, but very cold at night. This year, I rebelled and didn’t bring my cowboy boots, which has made dressing New Mexico-appropriate challenging. One must always wear boots, because a.) snakes and scorpions live here and b.) snakes and scorpions live here. Also, at this very moment, I am the only person in the entire state of New Mexico who is not wearing denim. I’m, like, so hardcore.

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the peanut gallery...

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can't beat those beautiful Southwest sunsets

J. Crew vest, Canterbury of New Zealand shirt, Jonathan Saunders for Target pants, Kors boots, Raybans

See Jil Rock!

One more Spring '09 collection that has inspired me for my island vacation...

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Oh my lord. What kind of crazy upset in the cosmos has caused this miracle of fashion? Has Raf Simons eaten magical candy or ventured inside Willy Wonka's factory? Wondrous things are happening at Jil Sander and I cannot wait to see what happens next! I have always adored the timeless minimalism of the brand (and wished upon a star I might one day own a piece of it), but this year is so new. The most fabulous thing about this progression is that it is still the unaffected-by-trends elegance that is Jil Sander. Now I can only sit back and wait for the less expensive spin-offs and Yoox sales. *le sigh!*

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Inspiring Artist: Luis Jimenez


Well, as B. and I spending the holidays in New Mexico, I find that looking at pictures of Luis Jimenez's work always gets me stoked to head southwest. B, and I saw some of his works last time we were in New Mexico and they are so incredibly animated and colorful. He's mostly known for his polychromed fiberglass sculputres, like the one above (which you may recognize from the National Portrait Gallery), but I really enjoy his paintings and prints, as well. Tragically, one of his sculptures, meant for the Denver International Airport, ended up killing him when it fell on him and severed an artery in his leg. Another interesting fact: his daughter Elisa was on season 4 of Project Runway. Definitely check out more of his work here of at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, if you're in DC.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

"2008 Was a Humdinger"

Currently listening to Just Dance (by Lady Gaga)

Had so much fun at K.'s holiday/end-of-the-year-wine-club party. Also, I had to try out some macro pics of the wonderful decorations on our Christmas presents. I'm a crap photographer but my mom is always so thoughtful with how she wraps our presents ever year that I thought I should do a still life. (The theme this year was kitchen appliances.)

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White House Christmas ornament this year...

Holiday Outfit

Holiday Ouftit
yes, I look ridic in this picture but this dress is amazing and I have to show it off

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Holiday outfit

Gap leather jacket, Karen Millen dress, Hermes bangle, Bebe tights, Report Signature shoes, Rapt in Maille necklace

Oh, FYI, I'll be on hiatus for the next two weeks, so there will be some automated posts sprinkled here and there and I might have access to internet, but I intend to be back with some wonderful pics to share in two weeks flat if, for some reason, I happen to disappear.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Memories of Happy Hours Past

Currently listening to Aqui No Ma! (by Up, Bustle, and Out)

Last night I went to a couple birthday happy hours, which was fun because I got to see some people I hadn't seen in a while. Happy hours are great because they always make for good people watching, especially around the holidays. There's always the really drunk girl, drink spilt down the front of her, wearing some sort of holiday hat she got from God-knows-where. Then there's the group of girls, looking dressed and ready to go clubbing at 7 PM on a Thursday. Ah, memories of singlehood.

It was surprisingly warm so I was able to wear this jacket I stole from my mom a while ago. It's a little Laura Ashley-esque so I had to go badass on the bottom half.

Feeling Gucci

Feeling Gucci

Brooks Brothers wool jacket, Jonathan Saunders for Target pants, Cop. Copine belt, Dolce Vita boots, Hermes bracelet

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Corporate

Ok, I know this isn't the most exciting outfit, but there's something to be said for feeling good about your work clothes, especially when you work at an office as fashionably conservative as I do. Also, I always like an outfit that makes me feel like I walked out of a Ralph Lauren ad. Tally ho!

Corporate

Corporate

Corporate

Topshop blazer, Express dress, H&M tights (love them), vintage Ferragamo boots (also love them)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Crapdozi

 
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The Sartorialist had a funny story today if you haven't already seen it.

Spiderpig, Spiderpig

Currently listening to Bucky Done Gun (by M.I.A.)

I got the warmest shawl yesterday and it was so comforting on a cold rainy day. It also makes me look like Batman, which is a major plus.

Batman!

A Little Dark

A Little Dark

Accessory Street shawl, Target t-shirt, Jonathan Saunders for Target pants, Zara boots

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fetch Me My Aeronometer and Ready the Flying Machine!


Yes, I am popping crazy pills, brought on by love for my new trousers. They are so fabulous! I feel like a Ralph Lauren adventuress about to embark upon an expedition and that is a very good thing.

Fetch Me My Aeronometer and Ready the Flying Machine!

Fetch Me My Aeronometer and Ready the Flying Machine!

Old Navy sweater, Target t-shirt, Mango trousers, Zara booties, Horse Country gloves, hat stolen from B. for effect

Monday, December 15, 2008

In Search of Trousers

I have a great affinity for pants as of late and there are so many exciting sillouettes to be had! Things I am currently searching for: a satin pajama-style pant, some sort of poofy-hipped jodhpur, and something pleated and slouchy. I have been searching far and wide and the following are what I would like to own, in a perfect world. (I apologize for the Mango and Topshop links, but I can't link to items directly.)







Sunday, December 14, 2008

Poignant

I was leafing through my WWD and came across these words of wisdom from Christian Lacroix, speaking about Paris Spring '09 Fashion Week, and I thought I'd share.
I think the shows are more 'grounded,' but had even more wit and spirit this
way. Artists and designers have antennas, intuition that enable them to
translate this feeling of sober times, disconnected from the foolish circus some
houses have indulged in recently. They went deeper in their work and found
an interesting realism in tune with next summer's expected crisis
behavior. We had less 'spectacular,' but more poetic, moments.

Comforting to know that even fashion designers get it too, isn't it?

Betty Draper's Got Sass

Last night, I attended two very different holiday parties: one conservative, one not so much. To reconcile the two different dress codes, I had to sass up my somewhat traditional dress.

Betty Draper's Got Sass

Betty Draper's Got Sass

Betty Draper's Got Sass

Karen Millen dress, vintage necklace, Hermes bangle, Gap leather jacket, Pour la Victoire shoes, DKNY stockings, Chanel purse

In other news, at the first party, I met a lovely lady who told me that butterflies are apparently popular in holiday decorating schemes this year. She decorates the German embassy for the holidays every year and was at a loss for what to do this year, so she went with a cream and gold color palette, using white orchids and gold leaf. She said it still "needed something" and was worried butterflies might look cheesy, but they actually ended up looking quite elegant. At the second party, I learned that more than one male feels strongly that they would leave their significant other for Burt Reynolds, if the opportunity became available.

Oh, and a little bird told me to share this with the blogosphere:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's that Time Again...

That's right! Time for me to listen to Christmas Wrapping over and over again, without ever learning the words beyond "Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!" and annoying the crap out of everyone around me!

B. and I had a very busy day and we've still got a lot more to go. Two very different Christmas parties to attend tonight and I'm looking forward to it! Anyways, it was super cold again today and below was my outfit...

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ML Kessler and Co. scarf, Gap leather jacket, Jonathan Saunders for Target dress, Eloise tights, Tecnica boots, Bon Marche gloves