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13 posts from October 2011

October 31, 2011

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Happy Halloween! The best holiday of the year!
I ordered this felted fox hat from VaivaNat, a hat designer from Lithuania for my Fantastic Mr. Fox costume several weeks ago...I have been so excited to wear it! 
I'm wearing a vintage tweed jacket, a brown silk blouse, and curry colored cropped pants from Elizabeth and James, and my mom's old 80s Salvatore Ferragamo wingtip brogues.


October 29, 2011

New Favorite Jeans

I'm a sucker for red plaid, and I'm a huge fan of Current/Elliot jeans. I ordered these as soon as they popped up on Net-a-Porter. It's the same fit as the leopard Stiletto jeans that are so cute. They're cut super skinny and are a flattering ankle skimming length, which makes them perfect for showing off shoes...that's important!

I have the tan leopard version of this jean...here is my mom wearing the grey Stiletto leopard jean! I love how her Chloe booties match them perfectly.

Worn with patent riding boots, the jeans transition from punky to...Paddington Bear-ish?? Well, I like them both ways! It's so satisfying to find the perfect pair of jeans...even if they are a little unconvential.


October 27, 2011

Boot shopping for fall


This nippy weather has me craving boots. It's gotten down to 40 degrees here in Texas...quite a shock to the system after this summer! I'm really into color blocked boots  and bi-colored shoes lately, with attractive contrasting straps or cute patent cap toes. Here are some really cute ones that I like. Imaginary shopping is one of my favorite past times...

From left to right, top to bottom.

1. Vivienne Westwood Skyscraper Ankle Boots $405
2. Charlotte Olympia Myrtle Calfhair Ankle Boots $995

3. Miu Miu Two Tone Ankle Boots $750
4. Martin Margiela Split Tone nude Ankle Boot $965

5. Christian Louboutin Strappy Suede Ankle Boots $1,047
6. Dolce & Gabbana Plaid and Leather Lace Up Boots $1,045

A girl can never have enough well-done classic boots...I love rich mahogany ones with nice harness detailing.


From left to right, top to bottom

1. Matisse Brown Riding Boot $177
2. Ralph Lauren Harness Ankle Boot $695

3. Costume Nationale Lace Up High Heel Ankle Boot $880
4. Ralph Lauren Cognac Mid-Calf Riding Boot $850
5. Lautre Chose Over-The-Knee Brown Boot $565

Sigh, what dreamy shoes...that was fun!

October 24, 2011


I loved the hair and makeup at Louis Vuitton's spring 2012 show...all of the girls looked like fairy princesses. I loved the carousel they rode on during the show. The models wore stacks of false eyelashes and deconstructed french twists accessorized with tiaras and rhinestone headbands. I tried to create a rough approximation of the Louis Vuitton hair for some photos I took yesterday. Rough being the operating word here.... 

(I tried the false eyelashes too..I managed to get two pairs on, I couldn't believe it!)

October 20, 2011


I am sometimes asked how I style my hair, and while my method is far from perfect, I thought I'd show you how!  My hair is pretty straight and fine naturally and I always let it air dry. Since I go about three days between washes, I like to curl it on the first day and let it mellow out into some nice waves over the next two. 

Let's get started!

If your hair doesn't hold curl very well then you may want to put a palmful of curling mousse in it when it is halfway dry. First I comb out all of the tangles and apply a liberal amount  CHI Iron Guard Protection Spray to prep my hair. Then I stick the top part up in a clippy so I can curl the bottom strands first. To curl my hair I use a Bed Head 1-inch styling iron (though I want to upgrade to one of the fancy new ones from Sultra soon!) When I curl the bottom half of my hair, I take 2" sections and alternate the direction in which I curl them (do one section wrapping it away from the face, and the next one towards the face). I just wrap the hair around the curling rod, I do not use the clamp! You should let the curl slide off the heating rod, and cool completely in your hand before you let it fall.

When I'm done curling the bottom section, I mist it with Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode  and comb through the curl with my fingers. Then I move on to the top section. On the top part, I curl all of the hair away from my face to get that flowy beachy look. I leave about an inch of the bottom section off the curling rod to keep from totally singing the ends, and it makes it look a bit more natural and lived in.

Ahh!! Huge hair! Well, with my fine hair, the curl usually calms down a lot after about an hour. I just run my fingers through it and go with it. 

If you want to dress it up a little, you can do a braided headband look! Take a small section of hair below your ear and braid it, but not too tight so that it stays long enough to wrap around your head.

Find a spot on the opposite side of your head and pin it so that it blends in naturally with the rest of your hairstyle. 

Well, that's it! Not too hard. Hope this answers any questions. 


October 18, 2011


Yesterday I made a quick run to Barnes & Noble to pick up a few magazines. By some miracle, they actually had Vogue Paris. Normally they don't stock it out here. A cold front blew in and I am celebrating finally being able to wear jackets and tights after the hottest summer ever!

Wearing a Richard Chai aviator jacket from several years ago, a t-shirt dress c/o Herff Christiansen, one of the beautiful scarves sent to my mom and I by Kelly Wearstler,  my beloved Laurence Dacade buckle boots, and the Vogue Eyewear & CFDA City glasses by Yeohlee, available at Sunglass Hut.


October 14, 2011


I'm wearing a 20's ruffled slip dress I've been holding on to forever...what took me so long to wear it?? My mom and I had fun taking these pictures...we were walking along a bike path and it went into these dense woods. It felt like an enchanted forest!

Wearing a vintage cardigan from Feathers Boutique in Austin, jeans whose brand I've forgotten, and Yohji Yamamoto metallic brogues. 


A picture of my mom and I together--she's wearing my favorite shoes of hers! We never take pictures together because we're always shooting each other. My dad came along to take this :)

October 12, 2011


An airstream trailer is the last place you would expect to be trying on a pair of beautiful Laurence Dacade boots, but thats what I did this weekend! Bootleg is the world's only shoe boutique run out of an trailer. What a brilliant idea! Bootleg is located on South Congress in Austin,  nestled in with a few other food trucks. You'll find lots of hard-to-find designers inside Bootleg, like Esquivel and Camilla Skovgaard. Sarah from Bootleg was so sweet to give me an amazing pair of satin boots--I can't wait to show them!

How fabulous to sit by the pool at San Jose Hotel and then walk downt the street to try on shoes, and maybe grab a cupcake from a food truck. Wish I was doing that today!

I'd also like to announce the winner of the Style Yourself moodboard contest...I realize this is long overdue, and I apologize! Thanks to everyone who entered, there were so many great entries. Congratulations to Lene from Norway, who created the beautiful moodboard below :)



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