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Hush n Wonder

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Variations of blue have always been my “favorite color”, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good pink.   Specifically pinks in the lightest, most girly of hues.  And nothing puts me in the mood for some Valentines Day like this peony, blush pink, that is gorgeous on any complexion (as seen below).  Ahh, time for romance!

… AND FOR VALENTINE’S MAKE ME BLUSH IN…

Essie Nailpolish in Pink Gloves $7 and Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick in Simply Pink $20

Sonia Rykiel Ruffled Silk Crepe Gown $1,695 and French Connection Bronte Sweater $27

Marie Helene De Taillac Chandelier Earrings $7,485 and Topshop Bird Over Stone Ring $28

Top Shop Eyelash Nude Lace Bralet $40 and thong $12 and Bodas Cotton Nightdress $96

Vestry Tie Up Ballet Shoes $36 and Pedro Garcia Felicity Satin Wedge $395

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I started my blog for a lot of reasons, but the main one would have to be so that I would have a creative outlet.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to work for a magazine, writing about things I love and inspire passion.   Like most 25 year-olds haven’t yet landed my dream job, but Hush n Wonder has been a sort of pretend career, that has become a way of fulfilling my need to write and stay involved in media.  While I’m still looking to officially start a journalism career, I can’t help but be beyond excited about the way the magazine industry is progressing.   I had the opportunity to discuss this ever-changing field with some industry professionals a couple of weeks ago, and am mesmerized by how magazine articles are being told through video.    The video below explains it better than I can.

And, fashion lovers, rejoice, some pretty amazing things are being done with fashion through cinematography as well.  Award winning photographer Jim Krantz has mastered what all great fashion photographers aspire – perfectly capturing a mood or lifestyle as a way of marketing clothes.  Click here (it takes a few seconds to load) to see his video Salvaged Beauty “Anthem”.   Can you imagine the day when you don’t sit down to read Vogue, but instead watch it?  I personally have an attachment to the glossy pages of magazines, and hope that they’ll never fully disappear, but exciting steps are being taken to ensure that journalists will still have careers in the future.

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Oh hello, Monday morning.  I’m in definite need of some pick me ups after this weekend.  Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, I’m simply remembering my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad (I was singing that, if you were wondering…)

BRIGHT EYES –  My mom got me this amazingly bright and fun eye shadow, and wearing it really brightens up dull days.  I also use this Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Purple Passion ($20) to line my eyes for a fun, more subtle hint of color.

WARM SOUP –  There is nothing better than hot soup on blustery nights.  Almost as fun as eating it, is planning what to make.  Last week we had amazing chicken tortilla, and I’m thinking a good chili or stew this week (don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll blog about it! ;))

27BSLASH6 – If you need a good laugh, go to this site.   You’ll honestly thank me.  When my friend AJ introduced me to this, I read pretty much every entry in one day.  Warning, it’s a little crude, but completely hilarious.

GIVING THE GIRLS FREEDOM – (sorry, mom, but it’s making me happy)  The ONLY good thing about being tiny chested is the ability to not have wear bras all the time.  SO. Comfy.

FURRY NECK WEAR –  I’ve been living in this faux fur snood scarf from Target ($17.99).   It’s warm, fuzzy, smells like my coconut body lotion, and is the perfect mix of browns, greys, blacks, and creams so it goes with everything.

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This I’d Wear is dedicated to my style icon Miss Kate Moss!   Reports have been swirling that she is engaged to beau Jamie Hince, and I’ve just read that her parents have confimred the news!  So, so excited to see what kind of wedding Moss and Hince will have!

The perfect little fedora from Rag & Bone $160

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A contemporary batwinged jacket from Top Shop $110

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T by Alexander Wang’s black shirt for layering $90

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Sexy and versatile Lover lace trimmed shorts $325

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Opauqe tights from Target $10.99

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Wear anywhere Belstaff boots $535

Think Kate would?  But more importantly, would you?

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I’ve been wanting to invest in a great camel sweater or coat since last August, and I’ve yet to do so.   I actually sort of forgot about my love for the creamy colored hue until Kate reminded me of how unbelievably cool it looks with black (as seen above).    The good news?  Camel works as well during spring months as it did in the fall.   I’m wanting to invest.  What do you guys think of the pieces below?

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1.  Michael Michael Kors, Belted Cardigan $130

2.  Forever 21, Button Tab Cardigan $19.80

3.  BCBG Max Azria, Cocoon Sweater $198

4.  Anthropologie, Scaffold & Scrim Cardigan $88

5.  Target, Exhiliration Open front Cardigan $22.99

6.  T by Alexander Wang, Knitted Cotton Cardi $198

7.  L’Agence, Wrap tie Cardigan $432

8.  Topshop, Knitted Shawl Cardigan $80

Valentine’s Day is almost here!  I have chosen to believe that Valentine’s Day is not a holiday created by Hallmark, but instead a time of giving delicate little cards and savory chocolates to the ones you love.  One of my favorite memories from my childhood would have to be in elementary school when we’d make little mailboxes and everyone would exchange sweet little cards adorned with cherry flavored suckers.   Even single I always enjoyed the holiday (maybe that’s because my mom always made a point of sending tulips?) But regardless, what’s so bad about being reminded how wondeful a little romance can be?  Below are my top ten favorite love stories to get you in the mood for February 14th.   

10.  The Notebook – Name a girl that doesn’t love this movie?  It’s so cliche, I’m almost ashamed, but it is the ultimate love story, and I might be slightly obsessed with Ryan Gosling.

9. A Walk in the Clouds –  This is the sweetest movie ever.  My bffer Brooke and I used to watch this and it’s so relaxing and will make you wish you came from a big family and owned a vineyard.

8.  Cruel Intentions –  I’m still so attached to this movie.  It tells the ultimate love story and was so relatable growing up.   It’s still one of my favorites.

7.  Casablanca –   It might just be the most romantic movie ever made, and it’s still watched this day for that very reason.  Proof, things might not go as planned and love can be a tricky, tricky thing.

6.  Serendipity –   Ahh, everything happens for a reason, right?  I’m in love with the idea of  ‘serendipity’ and ‘soul mates’ and love that it all comes together so perfectly in this film.

5. The Graduate –   Maybe it’s all the Simon and Garfunkel in this movie, but I just love this story.   A little twisted and a lot nostalgic, it’s the story of finding love after college.

4.  Romeo and Juliet –  I’ll admit the 90’s version with Leo and Claire was good, but the 1968 version with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting is amazing.  Seriously, just watch it, and you’ll see what I mean.  The best love story ever told.

3.  Far and Away –  This is my parent’s favorite movie ever.  In all honestly I haven’t seen it in years, and am dying to watch it again, but it’s a wonderful tale of adventure and romance.

2.  Big Fish –  This is the story of an exceptionally unique man and the woman he loves.  Through colorful and imaginative storytelling, Edward tells the tale of his life and how he found his one true love.   The most touching movie I’ve ever seen.

1. True Romance –  The ultimate love story.  If you’re looking for the perfect romantic movie to share with your man, please, please watch this.  He’ll love it, and so will you.  And just see if you can keep track of all the famous faces you’ll spot – betcha can’t.

My goodness it’s snowy here in the Midwest!  Hope you’re all managing to stay warm and safe in this crazy weather.  I’ve been living in my own little bubble, nose burried in my laptop, browsing resortwear.  I’ve yet to purchase anything (if I hold off long enough, will the urge just go away?)  but I’m seriously craving sunshine and all the attire that comes with it…

What I’m Envisioning:

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong decade.  I miss (I say it like I lived it, HA!) the oppulence of the 70’s and 80’s.  Everything was over the top.  Hair was a little bigger, jewels were meant to sparkle, dresses were flowy with lots of fabric, tans were healthy, and women were supposed to be sexy.   Maybe I’m so attached to these visions because my first memories of fashion were from the 80’s.  Regardless, it’s a look I gravitate towards and the images below have me sooooo excited to experiment with beachy, retro themed looks.

~Found Inspiration~

-Be completely unappologetic about showing off lots of skin.

-Wear billowy, white pieces with a cinnamon tan.

-Find a vampy little bikini and wear it with wedges.

-Wear sequins.  In unexpected places.  With a bold lip.  (a lil’ head piece a la Bianca Jagger? Sure.)

-Beach appropriate jewelry is a must.  Like Claudia Schiffer’s tribal-y bangals.

-Go for glam.  Drapy silk, plunging necklines, a bold eye or lip, messy waves – look like a bond girl.

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