Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Resolutions: Body Image

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A few weeks back I shared a post about “fat talk” and why, as women, we have to stop knocking ourselves down and picking ourselves apart.  And tonight is New Years Eve, a day when we think about our resolutions for the new year, and toast with a glass (or three) of champagne.  Every year I make resolutions about life and love and work, I always have big plans for this little blog (some get done, and some get pushed to the new year, because hey, I’m only human.)  But like most women, every year, I vow to lose a few pounds.  In the last few years, as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve also thrown in a “love myself” goal.  Because though it would always be nice to lose those ten pounds, it would also be nice to love myself, every day.  I like myself most days, but then I see an actress or a blogger or a pair of jeans from my high school days, I feel defeated all over again.

In Jennifer Lawrence’s interview with Barbara Walters, Jen suggests we make calling someone fat illegal, and I tend to agree … “If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect it has on our younger generation,” Lawrence asks Walters, “why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

So I’m going to try in the new year; I’m going to make a concerted effort to stop degrading myself.  To stop looking in the mirror and grumbling about my thighs or my rear-end or some other such nonsense.  I won’t be perfect; goodness knows I’m not.  I’ll splurge and occasionally get that gelato, but I’ll also be good to my body, take the yoga classes I’ve put off for so long (and not just to get in shape or achieve some perfect body image, but to relax and give myself a break), eat balanced small meals five times a day like I’m supposed to.  I’ll give myself a break.  And I think you should too.

And if you get a moment, visit to help SHHHHut down Fat Talk (#FightFatTalk) and watch this quick video about body image.  And be good to yourselves; you’re all you’ve got.

(By the way, I took that photo of the best nutella gelato in Italy this past Summer.)

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Stunning Gold + Cream Wedding Dress


I love a unique wedding dress, and this short-sleeved blush gold dress, with a skirt covered in sequins with a floral tulle train is every inch unique and gorgeous.  And the really extra special thing about this dress?  The bride made it!

From the designer/bride: “Designing wedding dresses and formal wear is my passion and I was finally able to execute the dress of my dreams last fall. Ever since I can remember I had been sketching and accumulating ideas for my wedding, I had even been collecting fabric for my gown during the past couple years. The sequin part of my gown was actually a dress from J.Crew Collection that I bought in 2010 knowing that it needed to be part of my wedding gown because it was so incredibly gorgeous. I took the semester off of school to design and make my wedding gown (and all the wedding decorations). I started on the bottom half of my gown first because that design was pretty solidified in my head. After countless hours of hand-sewing organza and chiffon flowers with hundreds of beads the skirt part was complete and I was in love! The top proved to be more difficult. I could not pick one idea to stick with. There were so many elements I wanted to incorporate and when I finally designed the final bodice I knew it was the perfect match. I sewed on every bead and rhinestone while catching up on Netflix and missing my fiancé who was interning in another state at the time. After more than 250 hours of labor and over 3,000 beads the dress was complete and it was exactly what I wanted!”

Check out more pictures of this fabulous wedding over on Grey Likes Weddings!

Image via Grey Likes Weddings // Photography: Rebekah Westover // Event Design and Planning: Bree Wilkins {the Bride} // Custom Gown and Veil: aBree Original


The Stylish Winter Parka

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I’m a Miami girl through and through.  But let me tell you, after braving the Winter for the past three days in Maine, I am freezing my butt off, and feeling some serious sympathy for my Northern friends.  Seriously, I don’t know how you all do it!  But it has occurred to me that a warm parka is essential.  So far, I’ve tried a cuter coat, with not a whole lot of insulation, and that requires about five layers worn underneath it.  And the worst part about too many layers?  You’re stripping naked in the restaurant or department store, trying desperately to cool off (because Northerners keep it majorly toasty indoors … not that that’s a bad thing!)  So I’ve started to hunt for a cuter winter parka, and let me say, that is no easy task.  Most are super puffy with little shape and not a whole lot of style.  They also all seem to run in black, khaki and green.  Boring.  So I’m on the hunt for a stylish Winter parka (with a whole lot of warmth packed in!)

Images via Scent of Obsession + Ketch-em Bunnies


Happy Holidays!

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Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays and a very merry Christmas!  Hubby and I are hiding out at my parents little house on the coast of Maine, and though it is freezing, we are having the best time.  Last night, we ate lobster and watched a House marathon.  This morning, I’m baking scones and we’re watching Elf, a.k.a., a perfect Christmas morning.  I hope you all are cozy and warm and with everyone you love.  Enjoy your holidays!

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Styling by Honey of Thousand Flowers // Photos by Leo Patrone


Little Love Notes


Tomorrow we’re jetting off to Boston for a day or two, and then it’s a full week at my parent’s house on the coast in Maine, and I cannot wait.  For the first time in a long time, I’ve been acutely aware of how much I need this break.  It’s not that I’m burned out, just a little overwhelmed.  I’ve been working long hours at the law office and then rushing home to switch hats and plug away at the blog, often-times way too late into the night.  When I went part-time as a lawyer, I vowed to neatly divide my day in two, so that I wouldn’t be frantically blogging after midnight, but lo and behold, life gets in the way of fancy plans, and here I am, juggling a whole lot.  It’s okay, but I’m ready to put my feet up, eat too much lobster, and just breathe.  Though don’t worry too much, I’ll still be updating the blog through the holidays (mostly because I can’t help myself!)

Now on to the good stuff … this week’s little love notes …

Dear Alice + Olivia, you’re Pre-Fall 2014 collection is just so good.

Dear pad thai fans, rumor has it, this recipe is fairly simple and delicious.  Definitely going to have to try this.

Dear procrastinators, check out these last-minute ways to decorate your home for the holidays and all of the fun gift guides (most online retailers have fast and free shipping in these days leading up to Christmas!)

Dear perfect little black dress (a.k.a., lace and leather), be mine.

Dear fashion, throwing ballet into the mix is always a good idea.

Dear Pinterest, I just love when you lead me to pictures like this. Now that’s a dreamy bedroom.

Dear self doubt, I’m now on a crusade to drop the fat talk after writing this post and reading about Jennifer Lawrence’s interview with Barbara Walters. “If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect it has on our younger generation,” Lawrence asks Walters, “why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

Dear holiday spirit, get into it by watching (and simultaneously laughing out loud) as Billy Eichner and Amy Poehler ambush New Yorkers on the street and try to get them to sing Christmas carols.  It’s amazeballs.

Image via Park and Cube