Gift Guide: Happy Home

S&S Gift Guide 2014 Happy Home

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Home decor is an often overlooked gift category, but there are so many wonderfully creative options that you should definitely utilize some home gifts this year!  They can pair quite well with other gifts, like a bottle of wine with this Jonathan Adler champagne candle or feather lucite tray.  Cheeky wall art is always a good bet, and this pun-ny rose piece is absolutely fabulous.  If you need a few stocking stuffers, a great set of quirky coasters or a glammed-up desktop staple (get it?) are great ideas.  If you prefer a more traditional home gift, you can’t go wrong with a modern throw or decorative pillow, especially if they are as cute as these two!


flannel time


:: Roxy flannel :: Bauble Bar Necklace :: Gregory Sylvia Tote ::

Some days you just have to kick back and relax, and today is finally the day! I’ve been non-stop busy for the past few months and it’s nice to be able to sit back, relax, and get ready to eat a life’s worth of food on Thursday. My recent button-down habit has translated into a cold weather flannel habit, and I have to say that they are perhaps the comfiest button-downs around! I’m on the search for a buffalo plaid one now, which was totally prompted by the buffalo plaid Instagram flood I witnessed the other day. Here’s hoping I can track one down soon!


buttons & bows







:: Rock & Republic Shirt :: Nine West Skinnies :: Gregory Sylvia Handbag :: Vintage Bow (great option here) :: Nine West Flats (old, but similar here) :: Lauren Conrad Sunnies ::

I avoided button-down shirts like the plague in high school and college – to me they represented stuffiness and endless hours of being uncomfortable (and the inevitable peep-show that would ensue since I’m a bustier lady).  Thankfully, I decided to give my old rival another chance, and I have fallen in love with them!  Honestly, button-down shirts are so versatile and classic, and the whole fit issue can be fixed by simply trying on enough brands to figure out what works best for you.  There are definitely more options today than there were a few years ago, too – everything from cotton to chiffon, which makes button-downs even more versatile!  I love that you can channel a variety of different characters through clothing, and this staple can take you from Audrey Hepburn to Risky Business to Angelina Jolie in a heartbeat.


Gift Guide: For Her

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It is officially that time of year, where the gift guide rules!  This week, I decided to focus on gifts for ‘her’ – an admittedly easy place to start.  There are so many great gifts for ladies out on the market right now, from the new Starbucks artist cup series to cheeky pillows and, of course, jewelry.  I have searched high and low for some fabulous and funky gifts that almost any lady would be sure to love!  An extra plus for you Raleigh readers: I know that a lot of these gifts can be found locally, particularly the Starbucks mugs and gifts from Furbish Studio (did you know they’re based out of Raleigh?!).

Happy shopping, my friends!




:: J. Crew Anorak :: Navy Tahari Top :: Dolce Vita Booties :: DVF Handbag :: Target Scarf ::

Last night I was fortunate enough to meet some absolutely wonderful Raleigh bloggers at the first ever Raleigh Bloggers Dinner.  Kate of Sara Kate Styling organized the whole thing, and she was able to get a ton of local Raleigh vendors to help create a gorgeous evening!  I’ve included a few photos, but I can’t wait to see all the photos that Kendall took – she’s an amazing photographer (remember that name, Raleigh brides!).  I was particularly in love with the place settings from Classic Party Rentals and the monogrammed wine glasses from Swagger gifts.  I searched all over for gold plates and flatware when I was planning my wedding in Florida, and it’s great to know that brides in Raleigh can easily find such beautiful tableware.

Ok, confession time: I do not own wine glasses.  I know, I know – what’s wrong with me?  Well, now I have the perfect break-proof wine glass for sipping vino after work.  I’m still searching for the perfect set, because occasionally someone other than me will totally want wine, but I have to say that this cute little stemless glass does the job perfectly for this party of one!

Invites, Place Cards & Pie Cards: Autumn Glow Design
Chairs, China & Flatware: Classic Party Rentals
Monogrammed Glasses: Swagger Gifts
Event Styling & Design: Sara Kate Styling
Menu & Catering: Relish
 Day-of Coordination: Sharon Bui
Pear Pie: Me!
Grape & Apple Pie: Spray Paint & Mascara
Photographer: Kendall Lynnette Photography (can’t wait to see her pictures!)





Bloggers I was fortunate enough to meet:

Stay tuned for more pictures!





:: Black Bloomingdales Cashmere Sweater :: Forever 21 Skirt :: Steve Madden Oxfords (similar here) :: DVF Handbag ::

Growing up, I always admired the style of Cher Horowitz and Dionne from Clueless.  Since I’m a 90s girl, I decided to channel my inner Cher and update one of her best loved looks.  Honestly, it’s the knee socks that take this slightly back to 1995, but that’s half the fun right?!  Keeping the colors neutral is key in updating this look so it becomes a bit more new-school school-girl than time warp.

In honor of this Clueless themed post, here are some of my favorite outfits from the movie (click through for links):

And, in the ultimate tribute to Clueless (and to completely top off this Clueless themed post), here’s a little something to make your day even brighter:


#WIWW 11.12.14

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1. Plaid – I am obsessed with plaid this season, and I have been searching for the perfect flannel!  This Zara flannel would be a great addition to your closet this fall.

2. Leopard Pumps – With cold weather comes the need for closed-toe shoes, and leopard is a fabulous semi-neutral.  I practically live in my leopard flats, but have yet to snag a pair of great leopard pumps.  I love that the silhouette of these Ivanka Trump pumps resembles that of a court shoe.

3. Distressed Black Skinnies – I have yet to purchase a pair of distressed jeans, mostly because the fading can be so hit or miss, but I love these distressed black skinnies.  They add a little extra texture to an outfit without appearing over-distressed.

4. Bling – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and ear cuffs are a punk-y option to spruce up an outfit this season.  As you cover yourself in more material this fall, why not cover yourself with more bling?

5. Cobalt Handbag – I love a great statement bag, and Rebecca Minkoff’s ladylike totes have stolen my heart.  The bright color is well balanced with its simple design, which makes it great for mixing with lots of patterns!











:: Red Target Blouse :: Black Nine West Skinnies :: Simply Vera Jacket :: Sam & Libby Flats :: Black Rabbit Scarf ::

You always hear people say that New Yorkers are renown for wearing black all day, every day, and I honestly think I might be a New Yorker at heart.  I would wear all black all the time, but I’ve had a recent love affair with bright red clothing – I guess that makes me black, white and red all over!  Honestly, I think that the simplicity of black enables you to experiment with different textures and fabrics in a way that is gorgeous and timeless.  Plus, you can add a fun color to an all black ensemble and break it up if you want to change it up every now and then.


#WIWW 11.5.14

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The temperature is dropping and the leaves are falling, which means one thing: accessory season has begun!  Cold weather may mean bundling up in layers, but fall and winter are possibly the best seasons to really let your accessories take center stage.  I mean, the layers-on, layers-off dilemma can truly challenge a wardrobe, but the right accessories can help your outfit feel complete in all conditions.  I really love this dress from H&M as a base piece because it adds a lot of visual interest – plus it can serve as the platform for your entire outfit!  Fun accessories are great, and this Betsey Johnson beanie is definitely not short on fun.  Neutral colored accessories don’t have to be boring, and these chained boots and See by Chloe bag are super interesting and versatile.  Jewelry is another great way to top off a layered look, and a whimsical piece or two can absolutely make your outfit!








>< Vintage Sweater >< Dolce Vita Booties >< Simply Vera Sequin Beanie >< DVF Handbag ><

Some days you just need to wear a big sweater, boyfriend jeans, and a beanie.  Enough said.


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