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Admittedly, I am a lady of eclectic tastes. I love quirky, off-kilter color combinations, photoreal prints, bold packaging, and Bill Murray. Here are a few things that have caught eye lately and have me reaching for my wallet…

gotta love a graphic tee about tequila
Lastly, it feels like this Haute Hippie tank just gets me!

One of my resolutions was to dress better, so I guess we should start from the ground up! This could mean potentially ditching my daily uniform of chucks for something a bit more… grown up. {Full disclosure: I just ordered a brand new pair of chucks to replace my old hole-y ones…} Perhaps an oxford or an appliqued kitten flat? I’m thinking ‘quirky’ and ‘statement’ flat here… Here are some flats I am lusting after:

  1. Trixie from Kate Spade — these are girly and sweetsie, but there is just something about them I love. These could totally dress up a low-cut white T and skinny jeans in that ‘effortless, Blake Lively’ sort of way…
  2. Kitty flat from Urban Outfitters — because I’m a sucker for all things cat-related, let’s be honest here.
  3. Printed canvas oxfords from Gap — so maybe it’s not open-toe weather juuust yet. These are super cute and would bridge the gap until my toesies are ready for warmer climes.
  4. Bow mini wedge from Madewell — these have ‘date night’ written all over them!
  5. Patent and clear oxfords from Shoebacca — I honestly cannot explain why I like these. I just do, ok?

Last year, Dan gave me a Kindle and I must admit, if there is one electronic I use without fail every day, it’s the Kindle. I am obsessed. As a kid, I devoured books {mostly Nancy Drew…} at a rapid pace. Every weekend, my dad treated me to two new books and every week, by the following friday, I was chomping at the bit for more. Then, about two years ago I woke up and realized my attitude toward reading had relaxed; I was only lackadaisically reading a few books here and there until I fell asleep.

Well, the Kindle has totally changed that. My appetite for reading has been reinvigorated… In 2012, I read 14 books. I’ll admit, some of those books were part of some, ahem, well-known trilogies. Angry, tattoo-laden girls, teen adventure dramas, and sexual fantasies aside, I did read some ‘real’ literature, too. I plan to do the very same thing in 2013, but maybe with some more serious lit thrown in? Here’s my plan for 2013:

  1. re-read the entire Harry Potter series — at the urging of my Twitter buddy Mandy. I’m already under way and they are just as edible as the first time around!
  2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  3. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
  4. Sweet Tooth by Ian Mcewan
  5. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  8. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
  9. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway — gotta mix in some classics!

Have any other suggestions? As you can see, I don’t have nearly enough listed here to get me through 2013.

PS – I’ve also curated my favorite suggestions over on Luvocracy — check me out here!

Guys, I’m in Maryland and it’s snowing. And for the second time since I’ve been here! I just went for a rather frigid walk to exercise my yayas and break the cabin fever (yeah… it sets in quickly for me), but now what am I going to do with the day? Everything has been so hectic lately, so I might just settle in with my Kindle for a day of reading and relaxation. Can you tell I’m a lazy snow day type of person?

  1. Make + Model thermal pjs from Nordstrom
  2. Bacon caramel popcorn from New York Mouth
  3. Jewel-pop slippers from Anthropologie
  4. Kindle from Amazon — basically one of my favorite gifts from Dan, ever.
  5. Pom pom throw from Serena & Lily
  6. Slow brew chai tea from Dean & Deluca
  7. Brushed snow teacup from Leif

My style is a big grungy, a bit thrown together… but I still love to add elements of the preppy. And who does that better than Kate Spade? There is something totally intriguing to me about the lifestyle of the Kate Spade ‘girl’… I love how the brand has evolved over time and how much they value bold pops of color, graphic prints with hang lettering, and day drinking. She is a girl who knows how to have fun, but is also very classy about it. She knows what to do in any social situation, but isn’t a stick in the mud. I love that. And see that tote? it’s got me written allllll over it. You can be sure it’s on my wishlist come Christmas.

  1. The perfect tote for me.
  2. A USB stick disguised as a bow? Yes, please.
  3. I’m a huge sucker for red and pink together, just like on this dress.
  4. Ta Da! earrings, ’nuff said.
  5. The best packaging I’ve seen in a long, long time — lip crayons.
  6. Bedazzled and bejewel your wrist with this oversized, bling-tastic cuff.

images via Kate Spade

When it rains or turns chilly, I am the first person to break out the hats. I love a good chunky knit hat with maybe a pom pom or flaps with tassels on it! Something quirky with the perfect amount of personality. I lost my hat during my recent trip to Seattle, so I am on the hunt for a replacement. It seems like (faux?) fur is big every season and this year is not an exception. Here are a few I am loving right now!

top row, left to right: Helsinki Headwrap from BHLDN, ear muffs from Urban Outfitters, Diane von Furstenberg hat from Shopbop
bottom row, left to right: Asos colorblock bobble hat, angora fedora from Nordstrom, earmuffs from Kate Spade

It’s funny. I’m not a girly girl. I don’t luuuurve pink. Bright, sunshine yellow is actually my favorite color, but I have to say… lately I’ve been really loving hot pink (ahem, my blog) and even blushier versions of pink feel new and fresh to me. Here’s a round up inspired by a very fun, geometric tea towel.

  1. Tea towel via Leif
  2. Emmy’s raspberry preverses via New York Mouth
  3. Green Hollow Preserves sweet pickled beets via Terrain
  4. Berry gummies from Sockerbit
  5. Jeni’s raspberry frozen yogurt