January 14, 2011

Missoni Spring ’11 Ads Featuring Leighton Meester



Happy Friday! Have you seen the latest Missoni Spring 2011 ads yet? Among the Missoni family featured in the ads are also some of their friends and Leighton Meester. Leighton looks beautiful as ever in the ads. The shot seems very playful and quirky. The clothes and background has a vintage and boho feel to it. What do you think?











Bon week-end!





January 11, 2011

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2011

I hope you are all having a lovely January! I wanted to share with you the PANTONE Fashion Color Report for Spring 2011. I know that this has been released for awhile now, but I wanted to post it closer to Spring, for those of you who have not seen it yet. I thought that this would brighten up your day and give you something to look forward to during the long winter days.

For those of you who do not know, PANTONE is the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Each season, PANTONE surveys the designer of New York Fashion Week and more to find out what colors are prominent in their collections, their color inspiration as well as color philosophy. From this PANTONE creates their Fashion Color Report, which is used as a very important reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters, buyers and retailers.

For this Spring 2011, the top 10 colors are:

  1. Honeysuckle
  2. Coral Rose
  3. Beeswax
  4. Regatta
  5. Lavender
  6. Blue Curacao
  7. Peapod
  8. Silver Peony
  9. Russet
  10. Silver Cloud


Some interesting things to note about the Spring Color Report (quotes from PANTONE.com):

“The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “By cleverly combining complementary colors, those that are opposites on the color wheel, they have created a striking intensity in the palette. These unique color combinations make it possible for consumers to pair existing pieces in colors traditionally associated with fall, with new favorites to punch up springtime wardrobes.”  (So you can easily mix pieces you currently own in your closet with some new pieces and accessories in your new favorite colors to create completely new looks for Spring without having to buy a whole new wardrobe.)

Citing exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration for spring 2011, designers continue to satisfy consumers’ need to escape everyday challenges with intriguing color combinations that transport them to foreign lands.

Flirtatious Honeysuckle is a feel-good hue that brings a festive sense of playfulness to this season’s palette. This vibrant pinkish-red for both apparel and cosmetics makes consumers feel alive, and is a perfect post-winter pick-me-up.

Spicy, gregarious and persuasive describe Coral Rose, a sophisticated orange that, much like Beeswax, a warm, honeyed yellow, conjures up feelings of faraway lands and locales. Pair either of these piquant hues with a cool, refreshing color-wheel opposite like Regatta for a vibrant color combination that will add zest to any wardrobe. Romantic, fanciful Lavender implies sensuality with its subtle hint of red undertone. Combine it with Beeswax or Coral Rose for a unique counterpoint.

Alluring Blue Curacao evokes thoughts of tropical destinations and pays homage to the 2010 Color of the Year, Turquoise. Practical consumers can continue to incorporate enticing Caribbean blues into spring by pairing Blue Curacao with warm, complementary colors like Honeysuckle or Coral Rose. Peapod, a fresh yellow-green, brings an organic element to the palette and is reminiscent of the green shoots that signify change and new beginnings traditionally found in spring.

Trans-seasonal neutrals ground this season’s palette and provide a stable backdrop for all of the other colors. The so-called “nude hues” are represented in the range of ethereal Silver Peony to dramatically deep Russet. Another dependable background color, Silver Cloud, is the quintessential neutral that consumers can rely on to coordinate with everything in their closet.
Also the PANTONE 2011 Color of the Year is…Honeysuckle!

Honeysuckle is a courageous, confident, and vital new color. It is encouraging and uplifting, emboldening us to face everyday trouble with confidence and vigor.

From PANTONE.com:

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

It’s a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men’s ties, shirts and sportswear. Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway.


Honeysuckle always works with the standard basics of black, navy, charcoal or light to mid gray. But using complementary bronze greens like Willow PANTONE 16-0632 and/or Tapenade PANTONE 18-0840 adds a new sophistication to the combination that showcases the energy of Honeysuckle. The green tones can be really interesting in accessories for Honeysuckle tights and top. Another great and unique combination is Honeysuckle with a pinkish brown like Apricot Brandy PANTONE 17-1540. Think of a warm cashmere turtleneck in Apricot Brandy with a matching skirt and shoes to blend and flatter the legs. A Honeysuckle cashmere scarf and belt create a luscious combination. And to blend all the colors, try a big and bold patterned bag with every color mentioned above.

So what do you think? Are you liking the new colors for Spring? I’m already starting to see a lot of the colors in stores. I’ve always been more into blues and grays then pink, so I naturally like the Blue Curacao, Regatta, and Silver Cloud. But I also love the Silver Peony and Lavender as well as the Honeysuckle. I think the Honeysuckle and Lavender would be great accent pieces and accessories like scarves, jewelry, makeup and nail polishes. I would definitely like to accent my home for Spring with new pieces with these colors. I don’t think these colors are very innovative for Spring. They are normal pastel pinks, yellows, lavender and light blue I think of when I think of Spring or Easter, but I am interested to see what the Designers and Retailers do to give it a new look and feel. What do you think? Are there any colors you really like? What do you think about Honeysuckle being the Color of the Year? Will you be rocking this color come Spring? Let me know!


January 6, 2011

Happy Belated New Years!

I hope you had a fabulous New Years! I had a wonderful night out with Mike and my friends. The good thing was that we were able to pop the bottle of Champagne at midnight, but the bad thing was that I was really sick throughout the whole night. Oh well. We made the best of it and had a fun time. I have been having a horrible time ever since Christmas. I got sick and then when I got over that I got sick again! But this time with something different. That lasted for what felt like forever. I am all better now! Good way to start the New Years right? And I finally made it to the gym yesterday, which was completely pack with people as always this time of year. I don’t mind all the people. I find that it motivates me even more and it is much for fun then going there when it’s completely dead. I don’t mind them as long as I get a decent parking spot and if they don’t use up all the machines.


Well I hope you had a much better start to the New Year’s then I did. Here’s to a fresh start and a wonderful year to come! I have had so much fun putting this blog together and am very grateful for everyone who has been following me! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, it always puts a big smile on my face to see that people enjoy my posts. I wish you all the very best this coming year.





December 30, 2010




Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday with all of your friends and family! As you can probably tell from my absence these past couple weeks, I have had a very busy Christmas as usual and on top of that I caught an awful bug. I was sick for a couple of days following Christmas. It was awful! I am doing better now and am back to work! It is amazing how fast the holidays always fly by and now New Years is just a couple days away!


For Christmas this year we threw a fete the weekend before Christmas for all of our friends. It was so much fun to be able to catch up with all of our friends before the craziness of the Holidays since we are all so busy with our families. Last year we had both a Christmas and New Year’s Party, but I think we want to take it easy this year and do something different. That same weekend I took my sisters and cousins to Minneapolis “Holidazzle Parade” as well as the Macy’s Annual “A Day in the Life of an Elf” animated walk through display. Macy’s has it every year and I have been taking my sisters ever since I can remember. It is a lot of fun and has become a Christmas tradition of ours.

As Mike and I spend each new Christmas together we learned how to better blend our Christmas with each of our family together. Well, its not so much a matter of blending, but a matter of time management. As hectic as it can be we somehow make it work and I still believe next year will be better then the last. And that is probably what makes it go by so fast. We have so much scheduled on Christmas Eve that it’s a miracle that we make it to our destination, much less make it there on time. So as we are rushing and stressing about making it to each event on time, the day just pass us by and next thing we know we are home, passed out in bed. That’s our Christmas for you. Exhausting to say the least, but also very fun and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Well I hope you had a less hectic, but equally wonderful Holiday! I have some fun Holiday pictures to post, but haven’t gotten around to uploading them yet. I am just slowly getting back into the swing of things. In the mean time enjoy this pretty little New Year’s Eve look I put together! Do you see yourself toasting to the New Year in this beautiful J.Crew ensemble? I love everything about it from the beautiful sweetheart neckline, to the bustier bodice and the beautiful plum color. Just darling! I’ve also added a few pretty baubles to make the look more glamorous and sparkly! Perfect for New Years don’t you think? To top the look off I think this YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in # 7 Le Fuchsia is going to make your lips pop.


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December 17, 2010



Happy Friday! Here is lovely “Holiday Gift Guide” for all the gourmets in your life. Don’t you just love that nautical apron? And how about that quirky mustache corkscrew? If you want something that is more personalized, that customizable lucite tray is a great option. I just love trays. They are so versatile and are a great way to organize and display things. The recipe box is just darling and the fuschia chop knife is amazing! Be sure to check out my other “Holiday Gift Guides”!

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December 16, 2010

Holiday Party Look 3

A little fun party look. It is a little bit of glamour and lots of glitz.





December 14, 2010

Tiffany & Co. Holiday 2010

I am just in LOVE with the Tiffany Holiday Ads this years. Each one is so beautifully done and I adore them all. I don’t know which one is my favorite. It is possibly the one with the family below or the couple sitting at a Cafe outside and of course the one above with the guy pulling the Christmas tree.

Do you have a favorite one? Also watch this video. It makes me so happy. I am a sucker for Christmas music and this video is so beautiful. I think it is going to be a favorite of one for years to come.





December 14, 2010

Price William & Kate Middleton’s Engagement Photos


I am sure you have seen these photos already, but I wanted to share anyways. Here are the two official Engagement photos that were released of Price William and Kate Middleton. I watched when they announced their engagement on television and can’t wait to see the wedding! Although I liked watching the news coverage of the engagement, I did not like it when every news outlet talked about it and especially when the tabloids get way too invasive and talk gossip about Kate Middleton. Some of the things they show goes way too far in my opinion.


The photos were taken by Mario Testino, Princess Diana’s friend last month at St. Jame’s Palace. Kate is wearing a cream blouse above that she already own from a British brand Whistles. The blouse is no longer sold, but Whistles is re-releasing the renamed “Kate” blouse, as a limited edition in early 2011.  The dress below is also from a British brand Reiss. It is the belted “Nanette” gown that is from the brand’s Fall collection last season. As you can imagine, the remaining stock sold out over the weekend of the gown and it will be available again at the end of January as part of the brands SS11 collection.


“I take it as a real endorsement of the British brand- she went for a premium British brand, rather than a British designer. I think that’s important; she could have gone for any designer in the world. I think she went for us because it meant she was able to wear something luxurious, something of a good quality, that’s appropriate for the current climate.” – Reiss Brand Director Andy Rogers


I love each of the piece she picked out and have always thought she had great style ever since I started seeing her in magazines years ago. It will be a lot of fun to see this wedding come together. I am sure it will be a wedding of a lifetime. One that everyone will remember watching.






December 13, 2010

Lovely Little bows

As you may have noticed, I’ve been working extra hard lately on my blog posts. I kinda of  felt bad that I slacked a little bit the week before. I have been planning on doing those “Holiday Gift Guides” ever since November, (here is the link to the “Glamour Girl“, “For Him“, and “$25 and under“). So I am working twice as hard this week to finish all my “Holiday Gift Guides”, so that I can share all my great gift ideas with you guys in time for the Holidays.


This post is not quite a “Holiday Gift Guide”, but it can definitely be used as one. It is just something that I really love, bows and I thought it deserved a posts of its own. I just adore things adorned with a bow and these are just some things that are too sweet and pretty not share with you guys. So I hope you like it! And if you love bows as much as I do, take a peek at my “Holiday Party Looks Part 2” that is inspired by a very pretty dress that may or may not have a bow on it.


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Found some items for your Christmas List? I thought so. Happy Monday!


December 12, 2010

Pretty Pink Christmas


Happy Sunday. It has been one crazy day for us yesterday! Minnesota had a huge snow storm on Saturday and we were hit with about 20 inches of snow. It started snowing around midnight Friday night and didn’t stop until Saturday evening until 7 pm. Mike and I had a lovely Saturday evening planned. We were going to go downtown to watch the Annual Holidazzle Parade and also see the Macy’s Annual “Santa’s Toy Shop” Christmas display, followed by dinner, and staying overnight at a hotel and Dim Sum Sunday morning. We planned this last month and of course we picked the weekend that had the biggest snow storm of my LIFE! You just have to smile at it. I was in awe at the amount of snow. I was about up to my hip and if it weren’t for my new awesome Steve Madden “Iden” boots, Mike would’ve had to carry me on his back. We just stayed in all day and ventured out to go to dinner, almost everything was close at 6pm, but we were lucky to find a restaurant that was open. We were thinking of trying to see a movie, but of course all the movie theaters were closed, so we just headed home and spent the evening together making extra special hot chocolate and watching tv shows. It turned out to be a lovely Saturday night in and we had fun anyways. We are planning on rescheduling everything, but it will be a little difficult since Christmas is so close.


So Christmas is literally right around the corner and I’ve been really inspired and in love with pink Holiday decor this year. This even inspired me to incorporate some pink into our usually silver and turquoise Christmas decoration. We are having a Christmas party next Saturday with our friends, so I am planning on adding more fun and festive pink party decor. And I have all these wonderfully pink inspired Holiday photos to share with you today. I hope you like them.


The photos below are from Martha Stewart Living Magazine December 2010 Issue. Perfect for a Holiday party don’t you think? Very fun and glamorous. I love the jewel tones especially.







The rest is a random sampling of photos. Enjoy!










These next few photos are absolutely Stunning!! I am really in LOVE with the mix of purple, teal, and fuchsia.