Friday, November 29, 2013
1. Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet // 2. Saffron Candle // 3. Franchi Robie Clutch // 4. Fendi Suede Pointy Toe Pump // 5. Archipelago Tin Candles // 6. Mophie Workbook for iPad // 7. Charlotte Ronson Leather Shoulder Bag // 8. Free People Boxer Coral Cardigan // 9. Portolano Cashmere Gloves // 10. Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 // 11. Nixon Women's Time Teller Watch // 12. Andrew Marc Almond Leather Jacket // 13. Surell Women's Hearmuffs
There's so much over at Rue La La for this holiday season and I'm excited to partner with them to bring you my top picks for holiday gifting. Whether you're splurging on Fendi pumps for that special someone, grabbing a tech gift for the lovable nerd in your life, or wrapping up some (totally awesome) hearmuffs for your teenage cousin, they've got it. You can shop my picks on Facebook or head to Rue La La to see their entire list of gift items. Get to it!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Okay, yes. Another John Hughes film. But Planes Trains and Automobiles is the best (and one of the few) Thanksgiving-centric films. I hope all of my American Minis are having a great holiday with your families! Hopefully ya'll can pop this movie in and have a good laugh today!
This year I'm so thankful for everyone who has supported me throughout my Mini Penny projects! Because of you — readers, commenters, photographers, brands, sponsors, friends, and family — I had the courage to leave UO and follow my heart to where it belongs. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for all of you.
Muah! I hope you all have a lovely and safe holiday!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I went to see some gyspy jazz at the Green Mill. It was amazing! // Biscuits and gravy, plus a piece of pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop. Thanks Popular Pays! // An awesome vintage tray from the Randolph Street Market // The goodies I purchased at Randolph — Side Effects by Woody Allen and an amazing 1940 Stagebill from Abe Lincoln in Illinois.
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Okay, first of all... brrrrr. Actual straight from the gut oh-my-god-I-can't-feel-my-hands kind of day. Shooting these photos were tough to put it nicely. It got down to single digits in Chicago. And I'm not sure I'm ready for this winter (oh why, oh why can't it be fall year-'round?).
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I've been on a subscription box kick. Years ago, I was on Birchbox. I fell out of love with them and have been aching to try some new ones. I came across a huge list of beauty boxes and decided to try my luck with some of the nail subscriptions. The first one I have received is the Julep Maven It Girl Box.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Cold weather holidays means an abundance one of my favorite fruits (and colors): cranberries! I love that these can be prepared in a variety of ways (and yum, I have find memories of my mother using them at Thanksgiving!). See my favorite recipes after the jump.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I don't think it's any secret that John Hughes is one of my favorite writer/directors. Pretty in Pink came out the year I was born — 1986. In most scenes, I cringe at Ringwald's outfits. Regardless, there are lots of good individual pieces and inspiration to pull from this classic's outfitting.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
After hearing about Scratch Monthly Mani Box, I signed up immediately. The bummer is that I did so around the second of the month, meaning I had to wait until December to get my first box. Agh! I was so anxious to try out their nail wraps, that I ordered a set to hold me over until my first box. After much deliberation, I landed on the Roppongi Glam wraps. I think it's pretty clear that I love geometric nail designs! They're a transparent wrap, so the color you choose shows through. Awesome.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
A rainy day patch from The Scout Project // I spoke on an awesome panel for the Feed Your Feed social media discussion // I bought more man-scents. This time it's Prospector Co's Burroughs Body Cleanser // An adorable dog named Cosmo that I kept calling Kramer.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
I did it.
I really, really wanted these pants from my November wish list. So yesterday I got up early and went to the H&M downtown and waited in line. It really wasn't bad — I got there a couple minutes before opening and was in the third group to enter. There was no chaos. Just lots of people buying arms full of the new line.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Heathers is easily one of my favorite 80s flicks. For the record, it was mean girls before Mean Girls. And despite what many people will say, I think Wynona Rider is so awesome (aside from that whole shoplifting things, but whatever). If you haven't seen it (shame on you), catch it on Netflix Instant!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
As we all know, I recently chopped off a lot of my hair. After the initial shock and immediately regret, it has grown on me — one of the main things I love about this bob is how easy it is to style. I can be out of the shower, dried and styled so much faster than before. Don't get me wrong, I'll probably always miss the mermaid locks, but for now, this is a fun change. Check out my favorite hair styling products after the jump.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Last week I reviewed the Disney Villains ELF nail polish set and was concerned that I had maybe missed my chance to feet my hands on any of the Disney Villains nail art kits at a reasonable, non-ebay markup price. Luckily, while Todd and I were downtown, I wandered into a Walgreens that was a little off the beaten path in hopes of getting lucky. My instincts were right — they had three of the four styles and I quickly decided on the Ursula kit.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Chicago! This Thursday, November 14th, I am joining some very talented local business owners on a panel discussion about social media! It will be held at Emporium Arcade Bar at 6:30pm. The event is open to all and beer will be provided from Solemn Oath! RSVP here and I hope to see you!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
First of all, I wanna shoot a big thanks over to Maybelline New York and Refinery 29 for sending me over these samples of the new Maybelline Color Elixir line! Be sure to check out Refinery 29, Maybelline and the #MyLipMagic hashtag on social networks this week to see how bloggers are wearing the new colors!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
I had so much fun making Future Pumpkins last month, that I wanted to extend it further into fall. Introducing: Future Leaves!
I have a great mantle in my apartment (and it's purple), so I really enjoy switching up the banner that drapes across the front. It's an easy, seasonal update and fun project I can continue through the seasons.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Colder months always get me in the mood for cozy coats and metallic accents. I'm excited to see the new Isabel Marant pour H&M line in person (and I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that I can actually get a pair of these sequined beauties) and have been lusting after that No Fun beanie for ages! What's on your wishlist?
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
When Todd flew in last Wednesday, we immediately headed down to the Hotel Palomar for a fun little staycation — good food, pool, jacuzzi tub, the works. It was a pretty rainy two days and warm enough for me to go jacketless and show off my new favorite sweater.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I've been lusting over the Disney Villain makeup collection every since I saw these lovely watercolor-esque images on Tumblr. While running an errand at Walgreens, I came across my local store's small collection — and picked up the nail polish set and the Ursula eyelashes (more on that later).
Monday, November 4, 2013
One odd thing about blogging (and especially blogging about personal style), is that a lot of people think that I'm dressed up all day, all of the time. Many of my fellow bloggers have talked about how our lives aren't necessarily Pinterest boards — and I've mentioned this from time to time as well.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
So, I'm actually a little bummed that I didn't make this connection earlier. I heard mutterings of pirate supply stores, the museum of unnatural history, and other faux-fronted stores across the US that were actually non-profits focused on helping children learn through tutoring, after school programs, and more. On the flip side, I was considerably familiar with Chicago's The Boring Store which touts itself as being not-a-secret-agent store. And it's adorable.
Friday, November 1, 2013
There are a few things I despise — weird, mainstream lingerie (I'm talking about sheer sexy teddies and overly-photoshopped runway models in them) is one of them. I'm pretty stoked that lately, there has been a rising focus on handmade undergarments and small designer groups and their delicate craft. Here are a few of my favorites from around the web.