Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Threads by ETG

Why hello cSd followers! I am honored to be a guest blogger for Cecilia's Thursday Threads and I hope you enjoy the featured pics. Tonight's post was inspired by the massive amount of articles and editorial spreads for the upcoming season's trend of menswear for women.

I love the School Boy blazer look and we will focus on that since it goes hand in hand with the menswear trend AND is a great transition piece for this time of year. I love the idea of the androgynous look and I think that this is why I'm so attracted to the menswear trend. To me, it's an understated sexiness that doesn't require a woman to be super feminine or show too much of one particular attribute. I've also thrown in a few of my favorite things that are a great accompaniment to the blazer and have been trends this past year BUT are now staples in my wardrobe....and you might want them in your closet too. So, in my best Julie Andrews' voice, here we go, these are a few of my favorite things!
Merona® Women's Tailored Blazer - Assorted Colors.Opens in a new window
ONLY $34.99 Love me some Target!!
This is a great piece that Ceci actually tried on last week. I loved it on her almost as much as I love the price-point. If you want the details of high fashion piece use or to find some unique buttons and even consider stopping by your seamstress to ensure that this puppy fits you perfectly. Alterations make a huge difference in the fit of your clothes and there's no reason not to if you're a thrifty Target gal.

Cute blazer with the white trimming and notice how Gap and J.Crew are featuring the polka dot trend...more specifically, a watered down version of the allover prints trend. VERY easy to add a piece of polka to your wardrobe! Gap $88

Schoolboy blazer in wool flannel
I am a sucker for J.Crew. Their colors, fabrics, and cuts are so often worth the extra money spent. J.Crew $198

Boyfriend Jeans are my new fav. Pair them with heels or with the smoking slippers below and a blazer. Take a small box cutter knife and fray them up a bit where you want. Gap $69.95
Smoking Slippers. Your chignon is supposed to be unkempt, not your flats. Gap $39.95
Polka Dots Dress with Ruffles. Dress it up or dress it down. Old Navy $29.94

This is a cute sweater that covers the slowly fading but ever classic (in my opinion) trend of black and white. Snag some of the $20 dollar jeans Ceci featured last Thursday from Target and add the smoking slippers. Super cute! Old Navy $29.94 

A pulled together action shot of my favorites: School Boy Blazer, Boyfriend Jeans, and Smoking Slippers
Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Guest Post: For the very first time. (wardrobe wednesday)

Reference.  Mads.  The Madonna.  A song which I would sing my face off to in college and back up dance to in grad school.  Like a Virgin.  It was before and Mads and I broke up.  Before she caught her British accent.  Before I realized how much better her body is than mine at our current respective ages.  Whatevs, this is my first time guest posting!  Ceci and I are friends from college.  Ok, honestly, we're sisters for life.  I had white pants, goat stories, and Grease songs to prove it.

To say I stayed up all night nervous about what I'd write would be a lie.  I took an ambien and had a little glass of wine and read some Insurgent and passed out.  To say I've been laboring over WHAT THE HELL I'M GOING TO WEAR for weeks, would not be over kill.

I'm not cool enough for colored jeans.  I'm not fancy enough for real arm candy.  I don't have amazing glasses.  I greatly desire some Tory Burch flats.  What I'm saying is that I'm no Ceci Slesnick.  And, what does one wear when they've been trying to hide their KU'dness (knocked up-ness) for MONTHS.  Only to be revealed today, because honestly, how do you hide it?

So here I am.  Guest posting for a fashion icon and telling her readers first---St. Patty's Day.  Get your green beer.  Bring your green hat.  We're havin' a baby--fashionably.

Follow our crazy journey in the world of 2.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Guest Blog: Baking Pretties

Hey there, Jessica here! Ceci is in Seattle this week so she's lined up some guest bloggers to keep you entertained! Ceci and I go waaaay back all the way to freshman year at SMU and Dr. Monzingo's somethingorother-math-for-people-who-hate-math-but-whoah-it's-actually-HARD class. You know the Rhianna song "We Found Love in a Hopeless Place?" Yeah, that basically sums up the beginning of my friendship with CDS.

Anywhoodles, I adore Cecilia. We have spent hours together laughing, eating, laughing, shopping, laughing, buying matching jammies, maybe more laughing. She makes me laugh like no other. Like when we go shopping and we have to walk into Loudercrombie and Fitch just to shout at each other. Or when she cranks out her awesome Miami accent. Or when she told someone, seriously, "just because it's Dolce doesn't mean it's pretty." Suffice to say I love this girl for trillions of reasons, and I was uber flattered that she asked little 'ole me to do a guest post.

Ceci asked me to post about baking because, in her words, baking is my art. I do like to piddle around in the kitchen and make a mess, but I don't know if I'm quite at the art level yet! Maybe in a finger-painting sort of way I am . . . BUT, I digress. Rather than subject you to what I decided to bake this week, I thought, in the spirit of CSD Art and Design it would be fun to share some of the fashion-forward baked pretties that inspire me.

1. Color-blocked macarons. Le sigh. One of these days I'm going to grab my nuts and make macarons -- I've been dying to try to make this French Confection for ages but I'm terrified. And when I do, I would love to try this color-blocked version.
2. Sprinkles, sprinkles, everywhere! I loves me some color -- and this tiered cake, covered in sprinkles is made over-the-top wonderful with another one of my very favorite things:  bows!
3. Continuing with the color theme, I never really jumped on the cake pops bandwagon, but I do love this rainbow concoction of cake pops. It's just so darn cute with endless possibilities. 
4. Black and white lovely. Just to show that I'm not always a walking rainbow, I do love these simple black and white stamped cookies. They're so elegant. I happen to love the nature theme going on here, but I love the idea of using initials, too. 
5. And, last but not least, especially for Ceci, this glorious cake that reminds me of a Wayne Theibaud painting. It's just too perfect for words. 

Those are some of the things that are inspiring me right now! I think I could tackle every one of them . . . minus that glorious tower of cakes. Methinks that might be best left to the professionals!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Week-Ender 17

What a week! Full of trips to the pediatrician and time with our friends. This Sunday I will be going to Seattle for an entire week for work---so there will be 3 different guest bloggers Tuesday - Thursday. Be on the look out and leave feedback. I'm very excited about my talented friends pitching in while I explore the Pacific NW.
Banyon Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens

C enjoying the splash park

her pail

what are you looking at swan?

new favorite!

interesting things all around

gwyn...our friends baby girl

ready for fall

ikat and denim

feet at the ped

multiple times this week

never too young to start blogging 

Hope you have not only a weekend, but an amazing week while I am away talking about art, museums and critical thinking.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday Threads: Gearing up for Fall at Target

Target is at it again! Here are some great pieces that will easily take you from summer into fall without breaking the bank! All of these pieces can be found online.                                        
These hunter green skinny jeans are perfect for the fall and at only $22 how can you go wrong? I got them this past weekend after seeing page after page of hunter green in fashion magazines last week.

This top is a great transitional piece that will take you from the late days of summer and into early fall. All you need is a sweater or light jacket and a scarf...and poof, you're ready! Retail $18, another no brainer.

For example this pretty golden hued open cardigan by Mossimo at $23. It also comes in black, grey, white, red, brown and an emerald green. All great choices for the coming fall months.

So, next time you are at sure to do more than pick up milk and trash bags! Be on the look out for some great fall pieces. Let me know what you find!

Happy Shopping! 


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Denim and Ikat

Wednesday! I am loving my ensemble today...especially because I saw my pants on a blog yesterday. Here is what I am wearing today...

1. Black cat-eye Ray Bans
2. Denim shirt, Old Navy
3. Red ikat skinny jeans, Joe's Jeans 
4. Gold Reva Tory Burch flats
5. 2 gold bracelets

Hope you are having a great week!!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Art Talk Tuesday: Baby G

My dear friends K+B have a sweet and smart daughter, A who just turned 3 years old. For her birthday (+1 week) she got a baby sister, G. When A was born her name was under tight wraps until her birth, which meant that I could not start their nursery painting until after she came. Fast forward 3 years and the same went for her little sister, Baby G. G made it into the world yesterday, 2 weeks early..which means that her name was finally revealed. Gwyneth Arden... isn't it pretty? Baby G is going to be sharing a room with her sister who's nursery painting is similar to the one I have sketched out above. Little A has a pink background with blue I thought Baby G could have the opposite. What do you think?


Monday, August 20, 2012

Music Monday: Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons is about to release a new album, which is very exciting. Their first single off the new album is has that "classic" Mumford sound we have grown to love---high energy banjos with lyrics to match. I Will Wait is a great song to add to your playlist.

Hope you had a great weekend!! It was the first day of public school today, so traffic is now in the fullest of swing, which means I'll have to leave home a little earlier from now on.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Week-Ender 16

The summer came to an end this week in so many ways! Here is a glimpse at historic moments like the Olympics closing in London, fun times like C playing poker with Mr. D and friends, downtown train rides, and C's first day in nursery school.         

Pa-Pa-Pa-Poker Face!

under the big tent at a birthday party

12th & Ocean

The infamous Palace Bar where the "girls" like to hang

lights out in London

The Miami River

urban mangrove

polka dot sights

election day

coral gables architecture

First day of school!!

croqueta sandwhich

Bayfront Park

DJ Zelda's light up shirt
Hope you had an amazing week! I didn't blog much since I was prepping for C's start of the school year. Now we've pretty much got that under next week I'll be back full force.
Have an amazing weekend!!!