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Monthly Archives: October 2010

The whole bohemian look was something I was very hesitant to try at first, despite how much I loved it. I’ve always been drawn to the flowy fabrics, vintagey prints, and 70’s esque detaling. But when it comes down to it, I’m a girly girl, and I used to struggle figuring out how to pull off a relaxed boho look, but not look like an unshowered hippy. It was Miss Richie who I eventually went to for inspiration. She knows how to balance her inner-hippy with some glamour and the result is amazing. Below is her killer style, and some pieces I’d love to purchase.

(…from top left)

1. TopShop, lace trim detail blouse $70

2. Tory Burch, embellished suede moccasin boots $225

3. Missoni, camargue lurex-knit dress $1,100

4. Chan Luu, silk gauze leopard scarf $245

5. ModCloth, vintage purple royalty belt $24.99

6. House of Harlow 1960, tribal shield ring $65


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It’s been unbelievably cold, rainy, and windy in the Midwest lately, and when evening hits, all I’m worried about it getting warm and cozy.    It’s nights like this when there is nowhere I’d rather be than in the comfort of my own home.  These are nights that are meant to be spent completely relaxed in pajamas with a good cuddle partner.  Below are some of my essentials for a night inside.

There is nothing more romantic than a fireplace.  Growing up, my parents built fires every night possible in the winter and everything about them is comforting – from the smell, to the sound, to the warm heat, I can’t think of a better way to start off an evening.

As far as comforting cocktails, hot toddys are the best.   If feeling a little under the weather, a little honey, lemon, and whiskey will certainly make you feel better and is so fun to sip by the fire.  I’m also a fan of Tom & Jerry’s.

Everyone has a favorite blanket, and they are a very important part of a relaxing night.  I love going to my parents house and still using the blankets that I used when I was a little girl. 

When the weather is frightful, I’m all about comfort food.  Pizza is my go-to, specifically take-out.  I love not having to worry about preparing a meal or doing dishes, but still being deeply satisifed with my dinner.

Of course, there does need to be some entertainment at home.  I prefer lots of fashion magazines with wondrfully mindless television on in the background (such as Say Yes to the Dress.  I’m addicted.)

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“My cloaks are like cocoons that provide perfect protection from exterior elements.  For instance: winter winds, garbagio soup blizzards and even those blustery blues  brought on by an unforeseen run-in with an ex on the street.  These cloaks can actually eliminate the whole idea of any sort of walk-of-shame altogether.  No one feels self conscious in a poncho.”
Lindsey Thornburg
Thornburg in her own design. Image via Paper Mag.

Staying with the magical winter trends (see yesterday’s post), I thought I would do a piece on one of my favorite young designers, Lindsey Thornburg.  I fell in love with her cloaks a couple months ago and since then have come to admire and covet her whole line.  Lindsey grew up in Colorado and started to design her self-titled brand after a trip to the Peruvian highlands of Machu Picchu.  Her clothes have a well tailored quality and intricate detailing that you simply don’t find everyday.   I’m not sure whether her cloaks make me want to become a gypsy, a Native American princess, or possibly a mystic, but they certainly take me out of the realm of the ordinary and into some sort of fantasy world.   Her designs are inspired by her muse Frida Kahlo and love of nature which is apparent in the video she created below showcasing her Fall 2010 pieces.  I was blow away by the psychedelic and earthy vibe she created and am officially saving for a cloak (wow, do I need a job.)  I also love the fact that her cloaks are made from limited, novelty wool, so no two creations are exactly the same – which for some reason justifies the g it takes to get your hands on one of these beauties.

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Images from Vogue China, December 2005.  Photos by Sølve Sundsbø

Last week my friend Kate showed me this amazingly whimsical editorial freaturing capes, gorgeous furs, snow, and horses (pretty much all my favorite things).    I’ve spent more time then I’d like to admit browsing these pictures and they have gotten me very anxious for winter weather and all the fun attire that comes with dipping temperatures.  Below is outerwear that I would love to wear.  On horseback.  In the snow.  Because nothing is more fun than getting all bundled up in a beautiful coat and enjoying the snow. 



(Starting at top left…)

1.  Bottega Veneta, oversized cashmere coat, $4,380

2.  Preen Line, panier funnel-neck rabit fur coat, $1,480

3.   See by Chloe, tweed cape, $960

4.  Modcloth, hidden getaway jacket, $169.99

5.  Topshop, animal pom pom duffle coat, $190

6.  French Connection, polar express coat, $368

7.  Old Navy, woman’s ruffle wool coat, $79.50

8.  Alice by Temperley, riley wool jersey coat, $625

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An ultra feminine lace detailed Lanvin top. $1,086.85


Oh-so popular J Brand houlihan cargo pants. $231

Adorable Chloe suede and rubber wedges. $595



A glam Michelle CSX ceramic and diamond watch. $1,995


Would you?

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With the weather turning cooler, I’ve been wanting to bake nonstop.  Yesterday I found a spice cake recipe by Paula Deen that I had to try.  The result left me pretty impressed with myself – the cake was fragrant, perfectly moist, and seriously delicious.  It even rivals Starbucks’ pumpkin bread as my new favorite breakfast treat and I’m confident I’ll be making it again very soon.

Paula  Deen’s Spicy Cinnamon Cake


  • 1 (18-ounce) package spice cake mix
  • 1 (4 serving) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 10-inch tube pan. Combine cake mix, instant pudding, sour cream, eggs, and corn oil and beat together well. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Pour half of batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with sugar mixture, reserving a little to sprinkle on top. Pour the rest of batter into pan and sprinkle with the rest of sugar mixture. Bake 1 hour. Let cool and remove from pan.



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Halloween is one of my favorite times of year.  I think it’s because it’s so deeply connected to my childhood and I’m sure I’m not the only one.  The movie above used to always be featured on the Disney Channel and watching it brings me right back to the days of my youth.    Below are some of my other favorite memories from Halloweens past.

1.  The moive Hocus Pocus.

2.  My mom’s homemade stew.

3.  Roasted pumpkin seeds.

4.  Ouiji boards.

5.  Over decorating our house.

6.  Listening to Loreena McKennit (it is a bit haunting.)

What reminds you of your childhood Halloweens?

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