Friday, May 28, 2010

Home Run Wedding

This baseball-themed wedding is one of the most creative and fun parties I've ever seen! The couple traveled all over the country visiting different ballparks so they decided it was a mutual passion they wanted to represent when they tied the knot. I think Amorology did a great job keeping it fun, but also tasteful and not too cheesy. I especially love the favors they made for guests--boxes filled with their favorite pancake mix labeled "hey, batter, batter!"-adorable! Place cards were made to look like tickets to a game and tables were labeled by section! The photographer even set up a baseball-themed backdrop and guests were invited to pose with props for a memorable album.

Every detail is so well thought out and executed. The only thing I was surprised by was that the cake didn't have anything to do with baseball. I was mildly disappointed, but I guess some things have to remain traditional. You seriously have to check out more photos here to see all of the great details that made their wedding so unique!

What's your favorite unexpected wedding theme?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stylish Swallows

I have to give it up for Lindsey's self-inflicted nail art. She was inspired by Miu Miu's swallow pattern that was all over the runways. I think she did a great job and the photos are quite creative. It's definitely a more affordable way to rock a fashion trend. What do you think? I think the swallow-print socks are soooo cute. I've heard Zara has some convincing impostor dresses...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Holy Heat Wave!

I cannot get over the fact that the temperature in little Rhode Island climbed up into the mid-90s today! It's waaaaay too early for this, but I must admit that it sure beats rain. I definitely caught myself daydreaming about the good ol' days when the only responsibility I had was running through the sprinkler to stay cool. My, have times changed!

photos via beauty in everything.

Dry Bar

It's places like this that make me think I'm living on the wrong coast. Dry Bar is such a simple, yet brilliant concept. It's a salon that doesn't cut or color hair. Crazy? No way! Genius? Yes. What they do specialize in is drying hair, specifically blowouts. You know that feeling that you get when you walk out of the salon with freshly styled locks? It's part confidence and part sex appeal. You just know you look amazing. A good trip to the salon can turn a day from terrible to fantastic.

Dry Bar does just that. They offer a wash and blow dry for $35 flat and even have five adorable styles to choose from. Personally, I'd go for the Mai Tai, a beachy, textured blow out. They also have a sleek & smooth "Manhattan" style and adorable loose curl "Cosmopolitian" 'do. Check out the menu for all of the descriptions and photos. If you go on a Saturday or Sunday, you can enjoy mimosas and croissants with your salon experience. They offer parties, which would be so much fun for a group of girlfriends or sisters. Bottom line: please, please, please open an East Coast location! I'm dying to give it a whirl.

P.S. Isn't the decor amazing?! The yellow is so cheery.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Crowning Jewels

As a kiddo, I lived in headbands. It was the only way I could really express myself (because I went to Catholic school and wore a uniform), and they were practical! They kept my long, unruly hair out of my eyes and off of my face. I can remember all sorts of headbands I used to have, from big, poufy bows to sophisticated tortoise shell numbers. They were definitely my go-to hair accessory. Nowadays, I don't typically sport headbands outside of the gym, but this one might just sway me.

Anthropologie has done it again, this time with a delicate, jewel encrusted elastic headband. It seems to be comfortable and functional, which of course is music to my ears. You have to click on the link and zoom in because this picture just doesn't do it justice. I could see myself pairing this with a simple t-shirt and jeans for a laid-back Sunday brunch or glamming it up for a night out on the town. Either way, I hope it finds its way into my wardrobe soon.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Rocker Baby

If I had a mini-me right now, I'd make sure he (or she) owned this rad little Beastie Boys onesie. Because it's never too early to start some hip-hop education. So cute.

Villainous Vamp

I just read on Temptalia that MAC is collaborating with Disney this fall to release a line of cosmetics based on villains from Disney movies (appropriately titled the Venomous Villains collection)! I love this idea and I'm sure it won't disappoint. Hopefully the line will include some fun packaging and at least one new nail polish! Check out the sneak peek video here.

Who are your favorite Disney villains? I'm partial to Ursula from The Little Mermaid. She terrified me as a child!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Always Buzzing Just Like Neon, Neon

I know by now you're probably sick of me talking about neon. Well, I'm not. In fact, I just can't get enough of surprise pops of neon, whether it be in a bright watch or an electric sandal. Today's dose of neon comes in the form of a comfy racerback tank. I'm about two clicks away from making this tank one of my summer staples. It could easily go from day to night or even from the beach to drinks on a deck somewhere. Either way, this is one trend for summer that I can't get enough of (for now).

Get Lost, Lost!

I think I may be one of the ten people in the whole country who won't be tuning into Lost's season finale tonight. I just don't care. I tried to get into it; in fact, I watched the first two seasons religiously, but then it got boring. It was moving too slowly and was just too cryptic (and I'm too antsy). Not enough answers coming fast enough for my liking. Instead, I'll be blogging tonight and making ribs for Marc and his friend (who will be watching Lost). I can't help but feel like millions of people are going to be disappointed (think Sopranos & Seinfeld).

Any one else share my feelings?

No? Didn't think so.

Words to Live By

So true. The vintage-y feel of this mirror is great. Seen on Johnny Cupcakes, one of my favorite brands/marketing geniuses ever.

Hope you're having a lovely Sunday.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

It's All in the Details

I am absolutely smitten with this gorgeous veil! We're so used to seeing traditional white veils that match the wedding dress but this idea is amazing and complements the bride's hair and make-up perfectly. A shade in the cool, bluish-green family would look better with my darker hair. Can you tell I'm making a mental note of this image?! Such an unexpected and original detail, yet it totally works! Check out The Wedding Chicks for more beautiful pictures of the couple (her dress is fab, too!).

An Apple a Day...

Well, you know how the saying goes. I'm not sure this apple notepad would keep anyone away, but it sure would be a cute addition to my desk! I love all things stationery-related and these fruity memo pads are no exception. They're just so fun! I love incorporating my personality into work-related tasks (where appropriate, of course). Now the only hard part is deciding between the apple and the pear.

Decisions, decisions!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Somebody Stop Me!

This is becoming a problem. I'm on the verge of needing a Chanel nail polish intervention, and I blame it all on Tiane! Just kidding. I do think I have mild anxiety over having another Jade mishap. I just don't want to miss another color that comes out! So, that's why I check the All Lacquered Up blog at least every couple of weeks to see if there are any announcements. I currently have my eye on that gorgeous shade of purple above (called Paradox) that's due out this fall.

I guess there are worse (i.e. more expensive) things to collect!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bridal Bubbles

There's nothing quite as whimsical and romantic as a bride and groom exiting a church and being showered with rose petals, or in this case, scented bubbles. These aren't just any old bubbles; they're Les Bulles d’Agathe, "gourmet" bubbles developed by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. The bubbles come in three summery scents: fresh cut grass, mint, and pear. They were inspired by Kurkdijan's seven year-old niece and meant to help develop children's sense of smell. I think they're perfect for adults, too, and so much fun! I wouldn't mind purchasing a vial of cut grass bubbles and enjoying them at the park on a Sunday afternoon. In fact, I might do just that!

Which scent would you choose?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Creative Cupcakes

These triple salted caramel cupcakes look amazing. Seriously, my mouth is watering just looking at them. They're pretty to look at and just the right amount of fancy. I can only imagine how good they taste! Check out Sprinkles Bakes for the recipe and other yummy photos.

Aren't the orange cupcake liners adorable, too?!

Champagne Studs

I love the color of these diamond studs! They're a luxurious change from your everyday white pair. Plus, they have a dressier vibe (in my opinion). For under $30, they're a great fake out!

Beachy Nails

I love the new Essie resort collection, especially the minty Turquoise & Caicos. It's so summery and would look great with a tan! I don't think I ever get tired of sea foam green. It looks great on a variety of skin tones, and it makes me think of mermaids!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mischevious Miss Michigan

Last night's Miss USA pageant was somewhat uneventful, but yours truly did predict Miss Michigan as the winner very early on in the swimsuit competition. Twenty-four year old Rima Fakhi, the gorgeous Lebanese-American, was crowned Miss America 2010 and will be our representative for the Miss Universe pageant in August. She exuded confidence (perhaps due to her experience on the pole) and rocked her evening gown (which oddly resembled a wedding dress). She didn't even get flustered when she slipped a little on the full train of her skirt. I think she was definitely the best candidate in the top 10. Congratulations!

Does it creep anyone else out that these girls are supposed to be in their early twenties but often look like they're pushing 40?

Kiddie Crayon Apron

I cannot even get over the cuteness that is this apron! The 50's style apron has 24 slim pockets meant to hold crayons so they're right at your child's fingertips for whenever a creative moment comes along. I only wish it came in my size!

P.S. You can even get it personalized!

Bella Ella

Oh, Ella Moss, why do you tempt me like this? The color is perfect and kind of reminds me of pistachio ice cream.

Dream House

Field of Dreams is near the very top of my list of all-time favorite movies. Anytime I'm flipping through the channels and it's on, I feel obligated to watch it. It's just that good and (for me) it never gets old. Ever. It's just a feel-good movie that parents should watch with their kids and couples should watch together. The story is amazing and it involves a lot of baseball history, which is great in my book. There are so many scenes that I've seen literally hundreds of times, yet they still give me goosebumps and stir up a little nostalgia.

Anyway, there is a point to this post. The farm in Iowa where the movie was filmed is for sale! The entire lot is 193 acres and includes the gorgeous old farmhouse and (best of all) the actual field of dreams that Kevin Costner built as part of the movie. I think it would be such a unique and special place to live. Sadly, I don't have $5.4 million laying around and I'm not sure I could survive in the middle of nowhere Iowa, but it's certainly nice to dream. You can read all about the farm and see more photos here.

What's your fantasy home?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Miss USA

I am not going to lie, I love watching beauty pageants. I know, it's totally twisted and bizarre, but ever since I was a little girl, my dad and I would camp out in front of the tv and pick our favorite contestants. Plus, I usually got to stay up really late (like 10pm) to see the crowning of the winner. Pageants are a total guilty pleasure, which is why I haven't revealed to Marc what will be on tonight's agenda (post-Celtics playoff game, of course). Tonight the Miss USA pageant is aired live from Las Vegas (beginning at 7pm), and you better believe I'll be watching. I love critiquing the gowns and cheering for the hometown favorites, but mostly I love the interview portion of the show. Some of the things that these women say are utterly embarrassing (to say it nicely). Case in point: this disaster from Miss South Carolina back in 2007.

I can't wait to see what tonight has in store!

Wearable Wasabi

To celebrate my newfound enjoyment of sushi, I really think I need to own a pair of these sushi pajamas! Sarah Michelle Gellar rocked them on an episode of Buffy and they've also been worn on 30 Rock, Dawson's Creek, and Will & Grace. The Cat's Pajamas is famous for the sushi-print nighttime attire in different styles like sleep shirts and capris. The hardest part is deciding which one to buy! Below is a close-up of the fabric. Too cute!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Chanel Cruise 2010

I just can't get enough of this photo from the Chanel Cruise fashion show in Saint Tropez. Gorgeous! Karl Lagerfeld is just so regal (not to mention a total genius). I wonder what it was like for those lucky people with the balcony views?!


This neon lime color has been catching my eye so much lately. I'm tempted to scoop up this wrap from Gilt. It doubles as a sarong! It looks great paired with neutral colors, don't you think?

Gauzy Goodness

I am completely in love with this Elizabeth and James dress. I think it's perfect for my cousin's wedding and I would definitely get a lot of use out of it throughout the summer (date nights, cocktail parties, trips to Newport). The possibilities are endless. I think the contrast between light chiffon and the dark leather belt is fantastic, not to mention the pockets. So convenient! The sweetheart neckline is a great alternative to the totally unflattering straight-across strapless that I avoid at all costs. The color would look great with a nice tan.

What do you think?

Friday, May 14, 2010


This bag has suddenly climbed to the top of my summer must-have list. It's feminine, without being too frilly, and perfectly structured. I'd probably detach the long shoulder strap, but I love the gold hardware. The pale petal-pink seems like it would go with almost everything in my summer wardrobe. Sadly, I have to wait a whole week just to find out the price. Boo!

Congrats to Emily on her first collaboration with Coach!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Today I want to take time to wish my friend, Glenda of Taina Style, a very Happy Birthday! Glenda does an amazing job balancing being a fabulous girlfriend & mommy, having a career, and staying on top of all things fashion. Your boys are so lucky to have you! I hope you get to sleep in, spend time with your family, and enjoy some yummy birthday cake!

Have a great birthday, love! xo

Beach Bum

I can't wait until it's warm enough to start heading to the beach for long, lazy out Saturdays spent soaking up sunshine. In the meantime, I've been browsing for some cute cover-ups to throw on over my swimsuit. My favorite is this striped number with a hood. It looks soft and worn-in, like something I've owned for years.

What's your favorite beach attire?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


It's a chilly, dreary morning here in New England and all I can seem to think about is floating away in a hot air balloon to somewhere warm and sunny. I've already told Marc I really, really want to go on a hot air balloon ride this summer. Have you ever been? What's it like? I imagine it would literally take my breath away.

pictures via Beauty in Everything

Puttin' on the Ritz

This Ritz cracker necklace immediately made me think of my littlest sister, Birch. I don't remember if she loved Ritz crackers that much, but she sure did eat a lot of cheese as a kiddo. Plus, we always used to load up on goldfish, wheat thins, and Ritz crackers whenever we went to our Grandma's house. The best part was eating the snacks out of plastic yellow tubs that were used for butter. Jewelry that incorporates snack food gets two thumbs up in my book! Check out these cute gummy bear earrings. They look good enough to eat!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Can't wait to see what Emily's collaboration with Coach is all about. She gave this teeny, tiny hint today via Twitter. Cupcakes and Cashmere is one of my favorite blogs out there and I know she takes her fashion seriously! It should be very glamorous. I hope I don't have to wait too much longer to see the collection!

Portable Pinkberry

Dear Providence,

Please open a Pinkberry asap. I'm longing for a miniature frozen yogurt cone. It's just so tiny and cute! Yum.

That is all.

The Perfect Dress?

I visited Borders over the weekend (one of my favorite stores ever) and scooped up a few new magazines and a copy of Julie and Julia (finally). I couldn't resist picking up a copy of People's Style Watch, mostly because it was loaded with cute dresses and accessories that I wanted to browse through. One of my favorite finds was this metallic Shoshanna dress that People claims is the perfect dress to carry you through wedding season. I couldn't agree more! The dress can be done up with sexy heels and an updo or dressed down with a cardigan and a low ponytail. I haven't seen the dress on Sak's website yet, but you can be sure I'll be checking back over the next few days.

Could you see yourself going to a wedding in this Shoshanna number?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Obsession of the Moment

Time for my favorite new snack: Kashi dark chocolate coconut bars. They are full of fiber and whole grains and (best of all) chocolate and coconut. The bars are tasty mid-morning treat or good for when you need a little something sweet after dinner. The best part is you definitely don't have to feel guilty about enjoying them. I've been trying more of the Kashi bars lately and this one is definitely my favorite one so far. Yummy!

What's your favorite Kashi snack?