{Las Vegas} in photos

<one of my favorite moments of 2011>

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Dec 29, 2011

red velvet


Erika ran out to a holiday dinner party in this festive ensemble, which was quickly thrown together, last minute, in the Nordstrom Rack dressing room.  It was the kind of day where you have 5,837 things to do [because duh, Christmas is in a few days, so it wouldn't be right if you didn't] and it would just be easier to buy a new head-to-toe look, rather than even think about what to wear tonight.  Given our strong appreciation for a dramatic flare in a nice pair of pants, we spotted these, and decided everything else must revolve around them.  The soft lace and red velvet fabrics, complimenting the holiday season so well, were just screaming "buy me."  

& my first attempt at a fun camera trick ~ Bokeh, inspired by Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Hoping everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday, as did we!  More merry posts to come. xo 

Dec 24, 2011

Meet Stella & Dot

Stella & Dot, charming the pages of In Style Magazine, Vogue, and Marie Claire, just to name a few, and if you haven't noticed yet, the pages of Fashionably Broke (it's literally all I wear, hence why I became a stylist, but more about that another day).  Now, Hollywood's most stylish and trendy celebs have been popping up everywhere sporting Stella & Dot jewelry too, only to further confirm how truly amazing this jewelry line really is, and the media is loving it!  Everyone from E!'s hottest celebs, like Giuliana Rancic and the Kardashian’s, to day time TV hosts, Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee Gifford, have all been sighted looking glamorous in Stella & Dot fashions.  The line's fusion of classic and trendy, as well as it's affordability, is really what makes this line so wearable for everyone.  Personally, my most recent sighting was on Sunday's "Kourtney and Kim Take New York," where Kourtney totally glammed up a plain blouse with the Marrakesh Bib Necklace (see below).  I love how easily a great statement piece will add character to any outfit so I have been really splurging on these lately, and found that they really are worth every penny.  A few of my favorite pieces to gab about right now are displayed beautifully by the top style icons themselves...
Giuliana Rancic sparkels... 
Metropolitan Mixed Chain Necklace  

Kelly Ripa, being sassy in spikes...
Renegade Cluster Bracelet

Maria Menounos, in my current personal favorite...
Bamboleo Neckalce

Kourtney is totally crushing right now...
Marrakesh Bib Necklace
Pegasus Necklace

Dec 20, 2011

blushing reds

a structured handbag makes a statement in bold red.
or attach a shoulder strap, held on by gold links, to sling it across your shoulder for a hands free day. 
notice the houndstooth nails, so Gaga.
perfect wine tasting etiquette calls for a cracker in between wines to cleanse the palate.
(we learned this during our wine tasting knowledge contest) 
spikes and studs, by: Sam Edelman.  enough said.

we love how jean jackets have made their way back around the fashion circle of life.  we are totally crushing on this trend right now, they make for such a grunge yet flirty cover-up. 
amish cheeses. you better believe they know how to make some great cheese.

could my color palate be any more fall-esque? brown and tan hues are accented by the collar and cuffs of a blue and red plaid button down. 
Top Shop has a great range of plaid shirts that can be shopped here.  
Everyone needs to incorporate a few into their 
wardrobes this season for layering purposes.  layering is key.
can you tell we like to drink wine yet?

Photo's taken at Sunset Hills Vineyard in Purcellville, VA
La Grange Winery in Haymarket, VA


Dec 11, 2011

the boyfriend sweater

it was a very nostalgic weekend, filled with warm fires, roasting marshmallows and playing in the fallen leaves.  these days, I really just enjoy anything that takes me back to being a kid.  what takes me back to my childhood every winter is waking up and having to get dressed in the freezing cold.  there was literally nothing worse to me then, and pretty much nothing has changed since.  after a long week at work and the more than brisk weather, I couldn't see myself in anything less than warm and comfy.  given I avoid winter like the plague and haven't unpacked my winter woolies, I glared at my closet from a distance, realizing there was nothing that even looked remotely comfortable enough.  on the verge of panicking, it wasn't until shortly thereafter that I had my "ah-ha moment," when I decided to peek into my boyfriend's closet and see what he had to bring to the table.  just like my boyfriend jeans that I adore so much, I figured there is totally nothing wrong with sporting men's clothing on top as well, right?  Immediately spotting the cure to my winter anxiety: a cashmere, grey, v-neck that could easily mimic an oversized sweater any day, was just what I needed.  

and to offset my apparent laziness I decided to spruce up an old pair of jeans by cuffing and fraying the ends, inspired by a DIY post from Fashion Toast, and then rolled down my ankle boots to show off a little ankle cleavage.  making sure I still kept true to my feminine self, I paired his sweater with a great, silver statement piece and owned the boyfriend sweater like it was my own.  to me, it's not really about what you wear, but how you wear it that makes it so special and reflective of your personal style.