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I tend to make lofty resolutions and then I get discouraged because I can't stick to anything. This year, I decided to keep it clear & simple with tangible and realistic goals. I'm so excited to tackle 2014; hoping to learn a lot & focus on breathing a little deeper.
My 2014 Resolutions:
Keep reading & get a library card.
One of my resolutions from last year was to read more, and I actually did a pretty great job. I ready probably 10-12 books this year, and next year I hope to keep the momentum building and read even more. I also have been meaning to get a library card, so that's high up on the priority list for 2014.
Learn to can.
I love cooking so much that I constantly have leftovers. I'm pretty good about freezing them & cutting down on waste, but if I could can, then I would be able to free up some freezer space and have ready-to-go meals, soups & sauces. These kinds of things make great gifts as well!
Brew some kombucha.
I. love. kombucha. Don't love that it costs $4 per bottle. So, as I've been getting into cooking, canning & all things crafty, I think kombucha is definitely something I can figure out in the coming year.
I did not camp in 2013. I'm not happy about it. I will not allow 2014 to succumb to this same sad fate. Dear tent, get ready!
Learn to crochet.
I really want to be that crazy 20 something with a bag of yarn at the airport, just making serious progress on a lovely handmade scarf. Is there something wrong with that? I hope not, because Mr. 2014, it's going to happen.
Definitely journal. Maybe a book?
Make a photo album.
I've been doing a great job at using my camera and taking more pictures this year, but I hate that the only real gallery of edited photos lives on my Instagram. I would love to make a real live scrapbook/photo album this year.
I did get back into painting in 2013, but I only finished one piece. I want to change that in 2014. I have a piece I just started, and one in mind for my BFFs wedding gift, so I'm ready to beat the 2013 tally.
Exercise 3-5 times a week.
I'm certainly going to try. Some weeks it won't happen, but I'm prepared to forgive myself. Also, hikes and bike rides count, so there's that.
What are your 2013 resolutions?! Comment below!
I'm here to talk about one of my favorite boots this season, REGGIE! I have a pair myself, and I got my mom and my grandma a pair for Christmas, I know they're going to love them! These quilted faux suede boots are ridiculously comfortable and they stand out with the buckle strap & studs around the ankle. You can dress them up wtih tights & a dress or down with skinnies & a sweater. I can't leave the house in these without a compliment.
So if you're shopping for you, or still need something for mom, hop on over & shop REGGIE.
I'm here to tell you about one of my favorite styles of the season, the KIPSEY. This riding boot is pretty perfect. I love the buckle & exposed zipper detail, complete with a little heal and an almond toe. My favorite thing about this boot, is it pairs well with almost anything. I've been living in them & they still look good as new!
I put together a few styling ideas for you above!
1. Perfect for the Weekend
Whether you're running errands, hanging holiday decorations, shopping, or relaxing wtih friends, this simple look will keep you looking polished & feeling cozy. My personal favorite. When I can pull off looking put together and feeling like I could curl up by a fire with a book, that's mission accomplished in my mind.
2. All Day at the Office
There's a way to make leggings fit right in at the office, and the answer is, sweater dress. Add a scarf and a bracelet and you're looking fresh while feeling your best. Because we all know leggings are the world's most comfortable pants option. Plus, this look really captures the true essence of KIPSEY, which is inspired by the classic riding boot, originally worn over those legging-like stirrup pants. So I guess what I'm saying is all you need is a horse to complete this look. (Jk!)
3. Ladies Night
The final look is one I'd wear for a night in with my ladies. It's a little trendy, but still fun and comfortable. I can definitely see myself sitting pretty with a glass of wine and my favorite kind of company in this outfit.
About a year ago, I decided to get good at painting my own nails. I was spending too much money on mani-pedis and I thought I'd rather put the funds towards growing my polish collection. For a few months- every time I wanted to get my nails done I went and bought a new nail polish color instead until I compiled a decent selection. In doing this, I've learned that the old 'practice makes perfect' saying is pretty spot on- though more like, 'practice makes pretty good' in this particular case. I decided to test my skills and got some of the girls together at the office and painted their nails for the holidays. It was so much fun!
I tried out a few different designs and it got me excited to keep changing up my nails from week to week. I'm personally not a fan of the bright red and green, it's just a bit bold for my tastes, so I chose to use more subtle pastels and deep winter hues, then added some metallics and sparkle for the finishing touches. I really just eyeballed the glittery tips, but if you're more of a perfectionist than I, you could always try taping off the design as well for cleaner lines.
Here's some pics:
This design makes me think of snowy days and snowflakes- agreed?
Focus on the wreath, don't mind the smudge. Pretty cute, right?!
Can you tell I was inspired by candy canes here?
I can't believe it, but Hannukah is here and Christmas is just around the corner. You know what that means? Non-stop holiday parties. As much as I love parties, it can be stressful figuring out what to wear to all these functions. We've put together some shoe & outfit ideas for you that will have you looking fabulous and keep your feet happy on the dance floor. Whether you're looking to impress at work in the Ingrid, show off some leg in the Idra, or keep it casual in the Genista, we've got just the shoe for you!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it's time to start thinking about holiday shopping. Crazy how it always sneaks up on us so quickly, but I find it's best to take care of business rather than procrastinating. There's nothing I love more than the satisfaction of knowing my holiday shopping is done while all my friends are scrambling.
We know it's not easy, which is why we're helping you out with some great ideas for you, for mom, for your sister & for your friends!
For you, because you're special! The WANDERLUST backpack is one of a kind. Whether you're headed to class or out to the shops, this backpack will fit all of your belongings and keep you looking cool.
For mom, because she's given you the gift of life. The GLO flats are festive in the red cord fabric and they are super duper comfortable. The round toe and cushioned footbed will keep your mom on her feet and looking hip.
For your sister, your second hand, the IDRA wedge is where it's at. Get her a wedge that will make her stand out at holiday parties, out on a date, or out on the town! She'll love you for this, even more than she already does.
For your BFF, the INSPIRE scarf. This scarf is lovely and festive, and fits any budget. Perfect for grab bags & secret santas as well!
We are loving the over the knee trend this season. Our ATTILA style comes in 3 different colors and we can't get enough. We've been rocking this cutie around the office and out on the town. This boot is ridiculously comfortable and totally on trend, making it a serious go-to. It has an almond toe for a feminine look and a side zipper for extra convenience.
There are endless ways to style this one up, but here are a few ideas for you!
Do you rock the over the knee boots? What's your favorite way to style them?
When it comes to footwear, we're always thinking ahead. Right now, the Spring 14 line has already been designed and we're in full production mode. For the Ecomm team, that means we're getting ready for our photo shoot! This time around, we've decided to get back to our Malibu roots, so we chose a Beach House theme. We scouted a bunch of amazing locations and could not be more excited about the final pick!
We're shooting at an actual beach in Malibu with an amazing garden and ocean view. There's some things about living in sunny SoCal that will just never get old... Like sitting on moutain tops looking down on the Pacific. (Apologies to all you braving the cole and the snow, we hope you're keeping toasty in some shearling booties right about now!)
We could not be more thrilled about our location, and the beautiful models and talented photographer we will be working with for this shoot!
Here's a peek at the location:
And our Beach House inspiration board we put together:
Trist is when we say that we've got some amazing stuff we can't wait to show you!
Hello there my lovlies, today I'm going to talk about one of my favorite Fall trends, lace up booties! There's something about lace-up booties that make an outfit a bit more polished. Here are three styles that I love...
Feeling a bit fancier? Then Ilisa is for you! This style has a 3.5 inch wedge, but is more than comfy to wear around. My favorite outfit to wear with these guys are tights, black high-waisted shorts & a flowy chiffon top with a cardi.
Want to feel stylish but feel cozy at the same time? Then style Atlas is perfect for you! This workman style boot has a shearling lining, which keeps you warm on days that are on the colder side. Another cool thing about Atlas is that you can wear the cuff folded down for a completely different look, it's like having two booties in one!
What are some of your favorite shoe trends for Fall?