Monday, November 24, 2014

Travel, Explore, Be Adventurous

There are so many places west of the Mississippi River that neither me nor E have traveled to yet. Since moving to Southern California, we've been looking forward to having easier access to explore more of this side of the country. We've started creating a "travel bug" list of cities, states, and places we'd love to see and different things we'd love to do... like drive northward on the Pacific Coast Highway to Portland and Seattle, or even cruise up on the Coast Starlight train. Denver is another one of those cities we've been meaning to get to for years now and in just a few short days we'll finally get to cross it off the list. We'll be traveling up and over to Colorado to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with dear, old friends and Denver residents. We're excited to be kicking off the holiday season with them and explore their cool city. If you have any other West Coast travel recos, would love to hear!

( images via Pinterest )

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ready, Set, Holiday!

I can't believe Thanksgiving is only a week away. Who's ready for the holidays?? They're certainly coming whether we're ready or not. I love this time of year, but moving to Southern California right as the seasons switched from summer to fall has me a bit seasonally confused (as I shared here on Instagram). My friends and family are getting pounded with cold and snow back in the Midwest while it's still warm enough to go to the beach here. It's hard to believe. I don't miss the cold, but the snow can be nice this time of year. A blanket of white inevitably brings about excitement for the holiday season. So to help get us in the holiday spirit, I pulled together our picks for mixing in a touch of evergreen.

1) Gap Wool Herringbone Blazer, $118 (available here)
2) Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Slim-Fit Jeans, $180 (available here)
3) Gitman Vintage Checked Cotton-Flannel, $210 (available here)
4) Tanner Goods Standard Belt, $100 (available here)
5) Cole Haan Cotton Winter Wingtip, $129.99 - on sale! (available here)

1) J. Crew Shrunken Boy Shirt, $88 (available here)
2) BaubleBar Crystal Rapunzel Bib, $58 (available here)
3) Clare V Mimi Large Metallic Pouch, $90 - on sale! (available here)
4) Chicwish Green A-Line Midi Skirt, $29.90 - on sale! (available here)
5) J. Crew Mixed Leather Strappy Sandals, $228 (available here)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Style Crush: Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl

Who What Wear recently published an article on "The Top 8 Most Stylist Couples in the Fashion Industry." It's not surprising that the always impeccably dressed Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl made the cut. I don't know anyone who wouldn't love to raid their closets. What I love most about their style is that at the core it's timeless. Palermo is often captured in chic, slim pants and ballet flats and Huebl in handsome, crisp shirting and chinos. What makes their looks unique is that they both know where to add a bit of personality and stylish flair without going overboard and while still remaining classic. I don't know about you, but I'm taking notes. 

( images via Pinterest )

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Life to an Old Dresser

Moving to Southern California has been an exciting time for me and E. However, the physical move of our belongings was far from. I'm not going to get into the details of everything that occurred with our move. I'll just say we ended up with a shocking amount of damage (...and we used a "reputable" moving company too!). If there's been any silver lining, it's that some things can be repaired and ultimately look even better than they did before the damage occurred. Such was the case with our vintage dresser. The repairman, who's been working so hard over the past month to restore our salvageable belongings, did an incredible job bringing new life into this old piece. It's a silver lining, and it's helped ease the pain of a difficult situation. 

( Before )

( After )

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

{Five} of Our Favorite Things

( a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway ) 

It's been a bit since my last Five Favorite Things post, so I thought I'd start off a fresh set by sharing my five favorites from this past weekend. It was my birthday weekend and a great one at that. To celebrate, E spoiled me with a trip up the coast to Laguna Beach and then on to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I'd been wanting to venture up to L.A. to wander the next flea, which takes place the second Sunday of every month. The November flea fell perfectly on my birthday weekend giving us an excuse to enjoy a scenic trip North along the coast. The flea was incredible. So big and so many treasures to be found. If you're in the area, or in L.A. on holiday, I'd suggest checking out it! Learn more here.

( Laguna Beach ) 

( treasure hunting at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena )

( my vintage treasure score... a 1950's mink-collared car coat ) 

( the beginnings of Christmas in SoCal )