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Velvet.  I used to wear it all the time.  When I was 7.  Then a couple years ago, velvet blazers were all the craze, and I embraced that.  And now, velvet is seen everywhere, and I’m not going to lie, there’s a certain richness to that sumptuous fabric that I can’t help bur gravitate towards.  I think it’s particularly appropriate during the Holiday season (perhaps that’s because all of my Christmas dresses as a child were made of velvet) but this tufted fabric certainly adds a bit of elegance to any outfit.

Aiko Velvet Hooded Cape $250

Banana Republic Five-Pocket Skinny Pant $110

Topshop Velvet Sequin Dress by Rare $190

Prada Ballet Flats $395

Gorsuch Olivia Velvet Knee Coat $1,698

Topshop Glitter and Velvet Playsuit $180


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The thing I miss most about living in a big city is flea markets and vintage shops.  Between Chicago and London, I was very lucky to hava plethora of both at my disposal.  Luckily, I have found several online shops that are almost as entertaining as actually spending the afternoon sifting through countless items in hopes of finding a particular treasure to take home.  Below are some of my favorite online boutiques that offer killer vintage selections.

Spanish Moss

LonelyCanyon Tribal Fringe Poncho $142

Victorian Floral and Brass Necklace $38

Edwardian Military Tails Jacket $248

Spanish Moss has some of the most unique pieces you’ll ever see.  I love the variety they have to offer, and how easy their site is to navigate.  Also, prices are reasonable.   You’re not paying because the pieces are vintage, and their return policy is fair.

C. Madeleine’s

Balmain Ivoire Vintage Taffeta Cocktail Dress $2,500

Chanel Vintage Wide Leg Linen Pants $350

Jean Paul Gaultier White and Navy Fur Sweater $450

I could spend hours upon hours on this site.  They have the most beautiful vintage designer clothes ever!  The site was just redone too, so it’s incredibly easy to navigate.  I have aked for a couple things from here for Christams, so I’ll make sure I share them if Santa delivers!

Mother’s Daughter

Cream Balloon Sleve Dress $55

Taupe Polka Dot Culottes $45

Lauren Nautical Linen Blazer $48

While some online sites are amazingly overwhelming, Mother’s Daughter keeps everything clean and simple – just like they’re adorably feminine clothing.   Every look makes me want to go for a walk in a field, picking wild flowers, or something to that effect. 

Rice & Beans Clothing

Chanel Gold Chain and Purple Gripoix Glass Earrings $400

Christian Dior Abstract Gold and Green Scarf $150

1980's Cat, Mouse, and Moon Earring Holder $30

Rice and Beans is a site that has such a fun variety. They have adorable knick knacks as well as great designer pieces.  The site is also constantly being updated, so the more you check back, the better off  you are.   They also have one of the best accessories sections I’ve ever found.

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I wasn’t actually tagged in this, but I’ve always wanted to do one of these surveys. I found this one on Cupcakes and Cashmere and have so many wonderful blogger friends that I’m hoping will participate!

Post rules at the beginning of the post. Answer all the questions. Tag six people, go to their blog and leave a comment to inform them that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What were you doing ten years ago?

Riding horses non-stop, dreaming of having a boyfriend, and cooking.

2. What are 5 things on your to-do list today?

– Go to work (accomplished)

– Have my boyfriend’s family over (accomplished and it was wonderful to see everyone and enjoy the holiday season.)

– E-mail and call friends (yet to do, blogging took precedence, I love you, bffers, sorry!)

– Steam my work clothes (I’ll be getting up extra early to do that…)

– Find a dress for next weekend’s wedding (task moved to the weekend to-do list.)

3. Snacks you enjoy?

tea and any sort of cookie/bread/carb or else insalata caprese

4. Places you’ve lived:

Iowa City, Lake Geneva, London, Des Moines, Chicago.

5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?

– Get all those amazing clothing/shoe/accessorie pieces I blog about all the time.

– Travel. Nonstop.

– Buy whatever my family and friends wanted and made sure that they’d be happy/comfortable for life…

– Buy show horses. Lots of long necked, high trotting show horses.

– Donate money to charities of my choosing (think, Susan G Komen, Lukemia Foundation, American Cancer Society, etc.)

6. People you want to know more about?

Carine Roitfeld and my blogging friends. You know who you are.

I’d love to hear the answers from the six following favorite bloggers:

Amanda from Patton

Danielle from Death by Shoe

Samantha from The Brunette One

Kate from Living What I Love

Sarah from Shop Button Me Up

Emily from Desperately Seeking Salem

Staying in the holiday spirit (see yesterday’s post) I thought I would share a movie I grew up watching. Countless times. I actually watched it until the VHS tape wore out, so you can only imagine how excited I was to find this on YouTube. As a young girl everything about this video entranced me. From the girl’s frilly dress, to the horsedrawn carriage, I still dream about have a romantic evening like this (minus the whole being swept down a river thing.) This also got me to thinking about other Christmas traditions we grew up with. I listed my favorite below.

– My Grandma would come down every Christmas and we’d have a day dedicated to baking. We would start with gingerbread men, then lefse, then bra bakelse. It was an event that lasted all day and completely wore me out (I can only image how tired my mom and Grandma were!)

– There is nothing like staying home when the house is all decorated, there’s a fire going, and awesomely cheesey movies are on tv. This is always fun to do, but growing up, we’d always try to make sure we got to watch classics like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “A Christmas Story.”

– Shopping is a big part of Christmas, like it or not and although the malls can be disturbingly busy, they sure are festive. I have plenty of wonderful memories of shopping with my mom and sister, then meeting my dad for dinner. Alwaysthe best at Christmas time.

– Everything about Christmas is wonderful, but the very best part is seeing my whole family. Christmas Eve has always been dedicated to my mom’s side, and Christmas day to my dad’s. We only see each other a couple times a year, so it’s always special.

– Playing in the snow is certainly something I still love to do, but it’s something I never really think to do anymore (how sad is that?)  All I know is I wouldn’t trade my childhood memories of ice skating, sledding, fort building, and horseback riding for anything.

Despite my lack of food related posts, I’ve been all about cooking lately. Perhaps it’s cause I’m in nesting mode. The frigid weather and lack of snow has made the outdoors of Iowa a place I’d rather not venture, and the warmth of my kitchen is a welcome place to spend my hours after work. My time spent in the kitchen has also had a pretty big influence on my Christmas list. I decided to list some of my most coveted cooking items.

Lollipop Apron, Anthropologie, $32. Anthro has the absolute cutest aprons. I really would like to buy them all, but this one might be my favorite.

Lunch In Paris: A Love Story with Recipes, $24, Barnes & Noble. The reviews I’ve read on this book have me excited. I can’t wait to learn a little more about French cuisine.

Jezalin, Hand Painted Polish Pie Dish, $35.95. Polish pottery is gorgeous. It’s hand crafted, heavy, and the gorgeous blue hues they generally come in are my favorite part.

Mirabelle Glass Teapot, $59.99, Teavana. These glass teapots are grogeous – and the perfet way to enjoy blooming tea.

Light Kitchen Towel, Fjorn $16. I love pieces that feel like home – and this Scandinavian made kitchen towel is something I could see both of my grandmas or my mom owning. So. Cute.

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I started thinking about relationships today. And I came to the conclusion that the most unhealthy relationship in my life is the love/hate, slightly obsessive, and all consuming fascination I have with clothes. I think about fashion all the time. And it’s not just, I want this pair of shoes, or I could use this trench coat… I create these fashion-filled fantasies. I see a dress, and I immediately think where I’d be able to wear it. I picture how perfectly it would go with this pair of heels I have, and how it would be what I have to wear while boating on a summer’s evening (yes, my little mind takes it that far.) The worst is when I see something truly amazing that’s totally out of my price range. This happens a lot (enter the love/hate part of my rapport with clothes.) When I know there’s no way I’d ever be able to afford whatever it is I’m crushing on, it really gets ugly. I get this feeling in the pit of my stomach — it’s the same feeling you get when you find out your crush has a girlfriend — and it makes me think about the object of my desire even more. Perhaps it’s like the old saying goes, “You always want what you can’t have.” *Sigh.* The latest unatainable gem I have found is a gorgeous little 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater I could see myself wearing a hundred of different ways, to hundreds of different places. I love the rich greige color, the delicate cream chiffon ruffle sleeves, the longer length of it, how the chiffon is also around the neck…. Ahhh! It’s perfection. This love sick feeling I have has lasted a couple months now. All there’s left to do is to try and recreate. Times like this I really wish I could sew.

3.1 Phillip Lim Ruffle Trim Merino Wool Blend Sweater $700

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She wore faded jeans and soft black leather. She had eyes so blue, they looked like weather… Tom Petty




No matter how you slice it, nothing looks cooler than a great leather jacket. They are something every girl should have in her wardrobe because they can be worn a million different ways. I love them over flirty cocktail dresses just as much as I do paired with jeans. I think it’s time I invest in a good leather coat. Below are some options I’d love to wear.

1. Line – Assymetrical Leather Jacket $650

2. Anthropologie – Rumpled Moto Jacket $398

3. Barney’s Original – Leather Jacket $129.30

4. Iro – Faded Leather Jacket $594

5. under.ligne by DOO.RI $499

4. Sword -Novara Leather Jacket $902

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