12.18.2014

Friday Favorites: New Years Eve Style.

Did you know that Jenn and I partner on blog posts from states away? (We're separated by Oregon). It's infrequent that we actually get to spend time together, instead of trading our usual texts and emails. The past couple of years we have reunited over the holidays - typically around New Year's. Therefore, we thought it only fitting that we should share a New Year's Eve-inspired post to get you "stylishly prepared" for your celebration, whatever that may include.  

And you can still order your Festive Attire in time for NYE without paying extra shipping costs.  So now that your Christmas to-do list is checked off, lets get started...

Sequin Pants (Jenn)

Trouvé sequin jogger Metallic clutch

Although these pants are a jogger (read: "sweatpant-like silhouette"), the sequins inherently elevate them to fancy attire. With the addition of a few special accessories, like the red shoes, metallic clutch, and oversized, gem-stone earrings, this look is entirely party-ready. However, don't reserve your sequins only for the holidays! I've worn these pants with a simple white tee and wedge sneakers for a downtown cool, yet casual look. I love sequins 365 days a year!

  Nordstrom Trouvé Sequin Pants
 Pants: Trouvé (check out my picture on the Nordstrom site!), similar | Sweater: Topshop (sale!) | Heels: Jessica Simpson (mine several years old) | Clutch: Marc Jacobs for Target (similar) | Bracelet: J.Crew (similar) | Sunglasses: Chloé | Earrings: Anthropologie (last year)

in case you need more reasons to check out sequin joggers, these gray ones are sort of incredible.


Lace Dress (Kirsty)



This might be cheating a little bit because I just posted about this dress and its party appropriateness; however, I love it so much I'm gonna talk about it again. Adding lace to your little party dress adds so much more personality and interest. It's vintage flare makes it special and lace is always more flattering, helping to camouflage flaws (say that 5 times fast - there's your NYE drinking game, if you are into that kind of stuff, of course).

Dress: Dolce Vita | Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) | Heels: Banana Republic | Earrings: Vintage | Lips: M.A.C 'MAC Red'

other lace dresses that would be lovely...


Metallic Dress (Jenn)

Kenise Reflection Dress Madewell Car Coat
Lucia K Taylor Hematite Earrings

Nothing says that you're ready to ring in the New Year like a metallic dress. The style of this dress is so simple and chic, yet festive. I've added some color with the red lip and shoe (clearly a wardrobe favorite!). Meanwhile, I've kept my other accessories in the same grey and metallic tone; allowing the dress to take center stage. The tweed metallic texture of the dress is even reminiscent of the sparkle of champagne.

 Kensie Reflection Dress 
 Dress: Kensie | Coat: Madewell (similar) | Heels: Jessica Simpson (this year's version) | Clutch: Marc Jacobs for Target (similar) | Earrings: Lucia K Jewelry (Kirsty's jewelry line!) | Lips: NARS 'Cruella'

Jumpsuit (Kirsty)

DV Dolce Vita Jumpsuit

For some reason a jumpsuit seems to up your style ante, but in reality it takes much less effort in the fashion department to wear because it is simply one piece of clothing, instead of two. I am not sure why I am so devoted and utterly in love with the romper/jumpsuit, I just am. I will admit that using the bathroom is just a bit more effort, clearly not a deal breaker though. Simply add some amazing shoes and jewelry, and your done. It's like the benefit of a dress without having to think about tights or shaving your legs. Add some flash tattoos, and you might be the coolest girl in the city.
Although the colors of this romper are more summery, the style of this romper is spot on NYE fabulous. If this were black, your little black romper could replace your little black dress. Not kidding. The jumpsuit below is a jersey material (read: giant T-shirt), for those of you who prioritize comfort...no more excuses.

Temporary Tattoos: Flash Tattoos | Strappy Heels: Sam Edelman

Here are all my current favorite black rompers, I tried to narrow it down promise, and some are under 30$ dollars.


And a few in some winter colors and patterns, perfect for NYE or any day, just switch up your accessories.



Cheers to your special celebration! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year! As always, thanks for reading! ~Kirsty & Jenn

12.17.2014

that magic hour



That golden hour when the sun is like a paintbrush.  Such a lovely time of the day,  and a great time for taking pictures.  Or for sitting down with a hot cup of tea.  Or a favorite cocktail.  Maybe some peppermint white chocolate covered pretzel thins for Trader Joe's.  Oh my goodness.  Lets do this!




besides starting to use Nerium, I have also recently updated my makeup and I have 3 favorites that I wanted to share...

Mascara - Benefits They're Real Mascara, I have been converted from DiorShow, which I thought wasn't possible, but I was given the sample size of this product and when I ran out of my go-to I tried it.   This mascara separates and makes my lashes so much longer and defined, it has a crazy wand on the end that can be a little tricky at first, totally worth the experiment.  The sample size would make a great stocking stuffer, or for your sugar plums.

Blush - Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral.  It looks very bright in the package, and a little goes a long way, it just adds a bright pop of youthful dewey color.  I use a brush and blend into my cheeks.  It also lasts all day.  I haven't tried it on my lips yet.

Lipstick - MAC Lipstick in Mac Red.  Its bright sort of orangey red, just a touch of shine but mostly matte, I think they call it velvet finish.  If you're a red girl, it's awesome!  And if you're not, next time you are near a MAC counter, or Sephora, try it out.  Ask to sample, and then walk around the store and catch glimpses of yourself in the mirror.  





shirt - Free people {old}
sherpa vest - Sanctuary {also old}
jeans - 7 for Mankind {old too.}
boots - Rag & Bone, Nordstrom
bracelets - Guitar String, Queen Anne Dispatch.  Gold Bangle, Madewell.
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry

Hope you can take a moment to stop and enjoy the magic hours this week.  I would love to hear any makeup faves you might have, please share!

photos by Angie, linking up with pleated poppy for what i wore weds.  

best,
kirsty

12.15.2014

this is how you wrap it up.


Don't wear your yoga pants.  In the crazy errand running that inevitably always happens as Christmas draws near, do it in style.  Shirred leggings instead of yoga pants with a comfy {but not sloppy} top and slip-on sneaks is the perfect shopping outfit when you gotta get it done.  And then swap them out with booties and a sweater and you're ready for drinks out to celebrate the kicking of your to-do list's ass.  

These pants are genius right.  And on sale.  Just saying.  

gotta go.






sweatshirt - Monrow, old.  similar style here.
leggings - Free People, size small here on sale, xs here on sale.  also here. {mine are from Queen Anne Dispatch.}
shoes - Dolce Vita, you can find a few sizes here.
sunglasses - Warby Parker


my favorite combos.
1.  They have the most darling t-shirts at Jcrewfactory.com like this one, and today only they are an extra 30% off code JOLLY.

2.  Of course a touch of bohemian mixed in.  LOVE the color of these shoes.

3.  Every single one of these items are on my wish list, and to be worn just like this, minus the mullet tuck.



4.  Seriously this is the hazard of fashion blogging, I find way too many items I want.  I kept the colors simple here because of all the fun textures and details,  didn't want it to be too busy.



Which one is your favorite combination?

I can not take the credit, I found these leggings here, her blog is full of great fashion ideas.

Cheers to checking all the items off your list in style.

photos by Angie.
best,
Kirsty

12.11.2014

Girlfriends Gift Guide Part 1.

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This part 1 of my gift guide dedicated to my girls.  The ladies who have been with me through a lot of life, the thickest parts, the best parts, the daily grind.  A text away when I need advice on which shoes to wear, or to encourage me to breathe when motherhood has gotten the best of me. 

Warning...I'm feeling sentimental, feel free to skip ahead...

The friend who carried your mattress on top of their head along side you in the middle of the night as you move into your first place together post college, and then break into a spontaneous dance party because Missy Elliot starts playing on the radio.

Or the friend who sends you homemade cookies in the mail and fresh jam from the local farmers market when you are feeling homesick.

Has driven across the city to chase a sunset with you.

Has gotten in a pistachio pudding food fight with you, and can still laugh about it.

Is super excited to come help you organize your craft room/workspace/guest room for the umpteenth time.

No brainer to go barefoot together down a city street, as you have been caught in a downpour and there's no way you are ruining your suede shoes.

Crochets you a headband and embellishes it with a cherished vintage button from their grandmother's collection.

Is always up for a sample sale adventure, and even brings snacks and water in her purse.

Sends you the most thoughtful handwritten card just when you need it most.

Has your favorite cocktail waiting for you when you arrive to hang out after a long day.

An acquaintance you run into at a local coffee shop and you both suspiciously order decaf, fast forward 9 months, your baby boys are born 3 days apart and so starts the beginning of your journey through motherhood together.

Genuinely asks to see MORE pictures of your children.

Invites you and your kids over to make pizza while the husbands are on a boys weekend, with a sink full of dirty dishes, pjs on, and plenty of chocolate on hand, no need to put on a show, you can just be.  


As years have gone by, we don't often exchange extravagant gifts anymore.  The majority of my current present shopping is for males, who I adore, but don't totally appreciate polka-dots and the best new lipstick.  

So these are tokens of the best girly girliness for my ladies, to tell them that I don't take them for granted, and to remind them to pamper themselves in small ways daily.  They deserve it!  without breaking the bank.


"For Your Mistletoes."





My favorite polishes

Butter London - I love the colors.  My three favorite are "All Hail the Queen," A fashionable gray with subtle sparkle.  "Yummy Mummy," great nude with subtle sparkle.  "Come to Bed Red,"  a perfect red.  Their base coat is so genius because it has a matte neutral color that you can even wear on its own, or it makes the perfect primer for your polish.  And they do not add formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP.  less chemicals the better.  Buy a gift pack and split it up, this is a great way to give a small gift for a bargain price.


Essie - Great colors and their polish lasts without chipping.  I wear "Wicked" all the time {wearing it on my nails in this post}, I just think its the perfect winter color.  How about the Matte finish for your fashion forward girlfriend.  Or this darling kit to split amongst the gals.




"For Your Sugar Plums."



Anything wrapped up like a striped candy has got to be special right?  These are my picks for your candy wrapped package of love.

My very favorite lip gloss is the perfect gift, and its 5$ right now, for some reason its on sale.  I am in denial that it may be discontinued.  Sometimes I just want a super clear super high gloss, that isn't crazy flavored or scented, and doesn't make my lips sticky or chapped.  This is it.  And every woman can appreciate a great clear gloss.  For those moms out there who aren't to be bothered with a lot of makeup right now.  This is your moment of pampering.  No excuses.  They do have 21 colors but I stick to clear.



Anastasia Brow Highlighter Pencil - this makes you look like you got a great nights sleep, whether you did or not.  Its not just great for your brows but the entire eye.  The two colors choices work for most everyone.  Apply under the eye, at the inside corner, and just under the outside bottom edge of eye, then add a touch of shimmer to the lid, blend with finger.  Done.



Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil - for your girlfriends who aren't afraid of color and want to rock a great lipstick, this is the one.  Its easy to wear and apply, its matte and the color selections are fantastic - three solid favorites are Damned, Cruella and Dragon Girl.



Wrapping Paper supplies...

Cellophane Bags - Packaging Specialties has a great selection of quality cellophane bags, they are sold in cases of 100, but really they will become your every gift wrapping need.  Or split them with a friend.

Chevron Ribbon is from May Arts.

How to make pom-poms.  So easy, so fun, add some tinsel to make them sparkly.



Thank you to all my girlfriends, I love you so.  

best,
kirsty.

12.09.2014

puffy sweaters make me happy {what i wore}






sweater - Anthropologie {on sale!}
overalls - Free People, soldout {similar}
shirt - Gap {old}
boots - Rag & Bone, Nordstrom
earrings - Lucia K.
lip gloss {because I love and its on sale for 5$, hello perfect gal gift.} - Sephora {clear} 

And can I just say that I have recently started using Nerium, and I just feel like my skin is more glowing and happy. 

photos by Angie.

best,
kirsty