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{things i learned} my week through instagram

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1. adore the vintage look of this @louisvuitton poster #shopping #louisvuitton #fashion #love

2. rainy day at the met #museum #newyorkcity

​3. impressionism, fashion, & modernity #art #museum #exhibition #met

4. #inlove #gallery #art #museum #met

5. it practically has my name on it #museum #love

6. #lace #love #museum #met

7. punk: chaos to couture #lovedit #museum #fashion #lust #met

8. ham & swiss au gratin #yum #food #dinnertonight

​9. #dessert #cupcake #chocolate #coconut #frosting #love #treat

10.  happy puppy #dog #cutie #petportrait #bowwow


{things i covet} heart lace sweatshirt by tibi

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[Photo from Tibi - in Black - $145, available here]


If I really think about it, I'm pretty sure I only became aware of 'designer' sweatshirts around the time the Target x Neiman Marcus holiday collection launched this past December–which is when I fell completely in love with a brightly patterned example from Proenza Schouler (last seen here). This heart lace sweatshirt by Tibi is just as easy to like. Seasonally appropriate–the lace heart applique reminds me of the valentine's day cards I used to pass around in grade school–I also love the black and white combo and the dropped shoulder. Although it almost seems counter-intuitive, high-end sweatshirts really seem worth the splurge when done well. Comfort and style combined in one fashionable package? Sign me up.


What do you think? Do you own any Valentine's Day-inspired clothes?


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[Photo from Forever 21 - Sequined Heart Pullover, Forever 21 - $19.80,  available here]



[Photo from Forever 21 - Jumbo Heart Pullover, Forever 21 - $22.80,  available here]




{things i covet} lace pencil dress by dolce and gabanna


[Photo from Nordstrom - $2195,  available here]


You could blame my obsession with this dress on any number of things. With its hourglass silhouette and vampy details, it's iconically Dolce and Gabanna–which alone would justify its purchase, right? Add on that it's my favorite color (black), favorite fabric (lace), and the fact that it looks like it should be worn by a leading lady in an old black-and-white movie, and it becomes the most perfect dress I've seen in a while. Appropriate for any number of occasions–drinks? dinner? party? red carpet (lucky you Eva Mendes)?–it's on the top of my list of dresses I covet. 

What do you think? What sort of dresses do you have on your wish list? I can answer that all too easily–just check out my board on Pinterest dedicated to the subject!



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[Photo from Nordstrom - Adrianna Papell Lace Overlay Sheath Dress - $158, available here]


{things i wore} lace tank


Have you ever impulse-purchased something without so much as a clue as to how you'd style or wear it? That was me with this shirt.  When I spotted it on a clearance rack at Target, my first thought was: "Of course it's marked down–it's a sheer lace tank top." My second thought, not far behind, was markedly different in tone: "I've got to buy it–it's marked down and it's black lace" (look at my blog's layout and you'll understand the obsession). Still, the shirt languished unworn in my closet for some time. Here I paired it with some less delicate pieces–like ripped jeans and a studded handbag–to temper its lovely but lady-like lace.


Shirt: Lace Tank in Black, Target [old]

Pants: Artist Crop Jean in 'Bright Indigo Destroy,' American Eagle Outfitters [$49.50, available here]

Bag: No Slouch Faux Straw Dome Satchel in Black, Kenneth Cole New York [was $198, available here]

Shoes: Black thong sandals, Nine West [no longer available]

Jewelry: Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]; Silver Expandable Wire Bangles, Alex and Ani; Beaded bracelet [old]; Evil eye bracelets [street vendors]

Nails: Essie 'Lollipop'


{things i liked} ashley tisdale & a lace dress

[photos from Hot Celebs Home]


We've seen a much tamer version of this look before: the all-over lace dress, the nude platform pumps, the wavy partial up-do were worn by Kate Middleton this summer when she toured Canada with her husband Prince William. Ashely Tisdale may be a Disney princess but she luckily doens't have to follow any royal rules.  Her take on the outfit, which she wore to a premiere in Los Angeles on October 3, is as a result much sexier. While I thought Kate looked beautiful, I'm really loving Ashely's red lip, the higher arch on her pumps, and most of all, the unexpected cut-out on the back of her Lovers+Friends dress.




[Photo from Shop Planet Blue - Lovers + Friends Sway Open Back Dress in Black Victorian Lace, available here]



[Photo from Amazon - Pour La Victoire Women's Irina Platform Pump in Nude Patent, were $250, availble here]




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