monday must–haves

Monday Must-Haves | Valentine Edition

February 2, 2015

If you know me well you know that Valentine’s Day celebrations, and really the entire month of February, is something I’ve never really been able to get on board with. Call me crazy, but shoving your love into other people’s faces with oversized and overinflated balloons isn’t something that I’m interested in. I’d much prefer to non-dramatically enjoy the company of my significant other over Jumbo Slice and a Lethal Weapon marathon. There’s also a chance that I’m inclined to fall into a deep depression during this month as football comes to a close until August. Only 7 more months…

Whether you find yourself in a relationship, single and ready to take over the world, or slowly slipping into the darkness that is NFL post season, like myself, you should never go through a calendar holiday without using it as an excuse to get presents from your significant other, your dog, your mom, or yourself. So, without further adieu, here’s my list of all the little things that will help make you feel your best during this month of super-in-your-face-love.




September 8, 2014

If you need me this morning I’ll be napping in a bowl of coffee. The last 4 days took. it. out of me. but in the best way possible, of course. It’s always my favorite week of the year until February NYFW which is only a mere 6 months away, you guys. TIME TO START PLANNING. I’ll dish up all the news & details in my recaps that will start tomorrow. In the meantime, know that I made it through with not a single blister, the best eye cream I’ve ever used helped me through some roof mornings, & I’m happy as a clam to be back with this little nug. Until tomorrow’s recap, I’m reminiscing of mornings like this, friends like this, & 18 hour days in these (joking, obv, these hurt so badly I’ll be in Toms for the next 5 days).



Wide leg pants. These are a no brainer. Srsly. You know those mornings you roll out of bed not wanting to change out of your pajamas before work? These. I’m telling you. Sidenote: They take your chic to the next level.

I’ve always gone for coats that are more practical & less fashionable. But this Vince hooded coat is a game changer. No more snowflakes on the back of your neck & say goodbye to that whipping wind that attacks you from the front. The hooded, wrapped goodness is no joke.

Faux fur vest. Because why in the hell not. When the temperature drops, I almost immediately start tossing faux fur vest on all my jackets & coats. It’s an easy way to take the fun up a notch & it’s toasty warm! DS tip: On super chilly days, wear your vest on the inside of your coat.

At long last I’ve found the perfect clutch. Black. Multi-textured. Gold hardware. & it comes with a strap. Stop. You need it now.

Is it a pump? Is it a boot? It doesn’t matter. These SS kicks are the comfiest things in the world. After 18 hours in them I thought I’d want to die. But they did me proud. & they’re 100% worth spending around $80. In fact, I might just snag them in nude for Spring.

I’ve been raving about this tote for awhile & now that it’s the time of year when the rest of the world recognizes it’s appropriate to wear black for every occasion now is the time to snag this bag for under $50.

I’m new to the whole hat thing but after wearing this felt panama hat over the past few days up in NYC, I’m completely on this panama hat for Fall thing. Bad hair day? Just stepped out of the shower? Just having a day? This bad boy is your saving grace. Promise.

Leopard flats have always been a staple in my closet & this season is no different. It’s the perfect neutral for work & play.

While these black boots are a major splurge, I can’t get them off my mind. If someone can find a nearly identical pair for about, oh, a fourth of the price I’d be forever grateful.

A classic trench is always a good idea. No matter the season, a trench is an essential. This one has been on my radar for awhile now.


August 18, 2014

Late Twenties Birthday Wishlist District Sparkle

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I officially enter my late twenties on Thursday & while I’m feeling pretty good about crushing a Carvel cake with chocolate crunchies, I can’t help but feel a little pang of anxiety every time I think about changing that ‘6’ to a ‘7’. I can’t put my finger on what the exact cause of this little bit of stress is but I sure as hell wouldn’t go back to being 25 for any amount of Chanel you offered me. So, late twenties? Bring it on.

There are a few more things I’d like to accomplish & a few more birthday dresses I’d like to sport before I hit that big 3-0 in a handful of years. In the meantime, I’m happy as a clam distracting myself with these gorgeous items I’ve been coveting & sifting through my closet trying to find the perfect little bit of birthday sparkle.

Entering into your pre-30 years, too? I found comfort & hilarity in articles like this, this, & have one more year to complete the following.

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