english lace

I just received this dress in the mail today, and instantly had to put it on.

English muse ivory lace dress, $42.99 at Ruche

At 5'4" this dress hits right above the knee on me. More sweet than stuffy (though I'd avoid wearing pearls!), the dress has a few modern twists that still show off a bit of skin, like see-through sleeves and a slip that stops just short of where the lace overlay ends. I absolutely love the ever-so-slightly puffed sleeves and the black ribbon belt. Though it's a bit too hot at the moment to be wearing this dress around (the weather channel has a few heat advisories out for the DC area :\), this dress will be lovely on a cool summer night with some ballet flats or on an autumn day with black tights and my mom's vintage cream heels.


small kitchen gems

I will be attending grad school in the fall, and part of that requires me to move out of the DC suburbs and into the city. I've just made my first couple appointments to look at apartments, and I'm so excited! I absolutely can't wait to have my own space to furnish and decorate, even if that space is going to be quite small. In anticipation, I've already started buying a couple items here and there. It's probably not such a good idea since I don't know how much space I'll have, so I've stuck to some nice but useful items. These latte bowls from Anthropologie are my favorite purchases thus far:

Jewel assorted latte bowls, $30 at Anthropologie

Although they're a bit pricey and mismatched, which might make buying plates to go with them difficult (though I'm thinking these grey & white ones from Ikea, or something similarly neutral), I just absolutely love how colorful and vivid they are. Better yet, they're brighter versions of the bowls my host mom had when I studied abroad in Paris, which I always gravitated towards despite her wide array of crockery. I am in no way a morning person, but having breakfast out of these bowls will definitely add a bit of cheerfulness to the start of my day!


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my new baby

This past Tuesday my best friend asked me to run some errands with her. What was supposed to be a short Target run and coffee date became a major shopping spree. My wallet is still sore, but I came out with some lovely new things :) The crown jewel of my purchases was definitely this bag, a Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Clutch.

                                                                      image from mayastar.com

I wore it to my friend's graduation party the day it arrived in the mail, and I'm in love! It's quite roomy, has an adorable print on the inside, and lots of pockets and compartments to keep my things organized. I love the chain strap, but it can also be removed so the bag can be worn as, well, a clutch. It's extremely versatile and even though I've only had it for three days it's already a staple in my wardrobe.

Hopefully I'll have some images of my own to put up soon... perhaps a "what's in my bag" post to come!


H&M Fall 2011

I haven't been shopping at H&M as much as I used to, but these images from their Fall 2011 lookbook remind me why they're so great. After a lifetime of black and grey being my favorite neutrals, I've been embracing the "return" of beige and cream the past couple years. I'll have to stop by once this stuff starts showing up for fall! On another note, I hope that's not for a while... it feels like we just got spring here in DC!

images from Refinery29