A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

Now that Christmas has come and gone (boohoo!), I turn my attention to New Year's Eve. This stunning GQ Germany photo spread featuring Aussie singer Kylie Minogue has all the glitz and glam of NYE soirees. So I had to share - photography by Ellen von Unwerth:

I'd love to know: what are you wearing to ring in the new year?

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Merry Merry

Happy Holidays from the hubby and me! We attempted to build a snowman out of sand for you. But it turns out that's a task more difficult than it looks. Behold, our strange cone-shaped snow sandman.

Seabean pods for eyes, a carrot nose, and a straw fedora because he's beachy.

Fail! Our downfall was attempting to add the scarf.

Merry Christmas from me and mine to you and yours! 

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Femme Gifts & Stuffers

Stuck on what to get someone for Christmas? Checking everyone off your list can be a tad stressful. I like to pick out a couple meaningful, personal stocking stuffers if I can't arrive at one big gift for someone special. I curated a collection of unique small gifts that the 'hard to buy for' girlfriend or loved one didn't even know they wanted!

A. Home Decor pieces, vase from Z Gallerie | B. Customized Correspondence, custom stamp from Paper Source | C. Coffee Table Books, Classy from Barnes & Noble | D. Classic Jewelry, Kate Spade studs from Nordstrom | E. Wardrobe Accessories, jeweled hairband from Zara | F. Cozy Home Accessories, throw pillow from Anthropologie | G. Beauty Essentials, Teddybear Hair brush set from Sephora | H. Comfy Scarves, infinity scarf from Piperlime | I. Clutches and Bags, Ted Baker clutch from Nordstrom | J. Winter Accessories, earmuffs from ASOS | K. Funky Hostess gifts, gilded playing cards from Anthropologie | L. Stationery to match all personalities, from Paper Source | M. Personalized or Kooky Christmas Tree Ornaments from Etsy


Fairy Tale Chic

I'm one of those girls who hasn't outgrown her love of fairy tales. I may never outgrow them! So I became enchanted by a Chris Nicholls photo spread found in the December issue of Fashion Magazine. It features modern twists on classic fairy tales: Little Bo Peep, The Princess and the Pea, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Miss Muffet, Rumpelstiltskin, Three Little Pigs, and others.  Enjoy :

With clothes like those, each heroine certainly lived happily ever after... 

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Holiday Sparkle

This sensational time of year means holiday parties galore! For such events, I styled three looks featuring glitz and glam. For a winter soiree, you can wear bling anywhere - jewelry, clothing, handbags, hair accessories, shoes. I like to pile on the gems if my wardrobe is simple, or go lowkey on the jewelry if I'm wearing a busy outfit. Enjoy my glittery stylings: an office-friendly look, a trendy look, and a sexy holiday look.

Deco Earrings from Anthropologie | Cap Sleeve Shirt by Mango | Rosette Necklace from J.Crew | Quinn Feathered Clutch by BCBG MaxAzria | Houndstooth Pencil Skirt by Mango | Cutout Heels by Ralph Lauren

Elle Earrings in Black Pearl by Kendra Scott | Silk Camisole from Zara | Buckle Bangle by Ted Baker
Patent Heels by Steve Madden | Sequin Pencil Skirt from TopShop 

Pink Scoop Back Dress from TopShop | Cocktail Ring by Shaesby (a family friend, his pieces are amazing) | Firebird Bib Necklace from Anthropologie | Tiara Pumps by David Tutera | Box Clutch from Banana Republic  

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Through My Lens

Sometimes I forget my good camera at home (all the time). Sometimes I can't figure out why my good camera is only taking blurry, low-res photos (just read the damn manual, Lizz). But my iPhone is always there for me. A peek into my iPhone gallery as of late:

From a walk on the coast in Santa Cruz.

A Moscow Mule gift basket I assembled for a friend's birthday. Copper cups included!

My friend's sweet sassy wingtips.

The best French macarons!

Toasted pita and my homemade Greek tzatziki sauce. Recipe here.

 Mussels and gooseneck barnacles I found at low tide.

Before: Thanksgiving centerpiece
After: Christmas centerpiece

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Lavish Street Style

One of the things I relished about watching episodes of Sex & the City was how Carrie had such over-the-top street style. Her daytime 'running about town' clothes were usually comprised of a designer piece, a piece with character (sometimes bizarre), and always fabulous footwear. Remember the season Carrie wore a huge flower pinned to every outfit?

This Elle Italia magazine spread from its December issue felt reminiscent of that effervescent Carrie Bradshaw style. Photographed by Drew Jarret, styled by Sofia Odero, and featuring VS model Lindsay Ellingson in 'Cocktail Dress'.

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