January in Photos

January 2014 in Photos

January was mostly full of preparing for my Paris trip.  Eric gave me a gorgeous Kelly Moore camera bag (my first camera bag!) for Christmas.  I had a few shopping trips to pick up shoes, PJs, etc.  I even bought a gorgeous tangerine trench to wear!  I made sure to keep up with my cardio at the gym to prep for all that walking we’d be doing.  I even picked the perfect polish to wear.

I finished reading the last of the Stieg Larsson books (so good) and started a new to me series.

Eric made a fabulous King cake to enjoy for Epiphany.

I’m absolutely enamored with the Dracula tv series, and the sets are stunning.  I look forward to this show every week and it never disappoints.

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Limsanity and Other Adventures in Fashion

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It hardly seems possible that September seems like a distant memory now, but that’s what happens when life is full.  But, let’s go back for a moment to the beginning of September, NY Fashion Week, and yes…the release of the Philip Lim collection for Target.  I don’t remember there ever being such a huge buildup and resultant craze over a collection like this since the Missoni collection was released back in Fall 2011.  Just refreshing Twitter or Instagram was a full-time workout to see what eager fashionistas were scooping up.  Needless to say, the hot pieces in the collection became harder and harder to come by as the hours and days wore on.  As much as I would have liked to, I didn’t manage to get my hands on any of the pieces.  If I had though, I would have definitely picked up these…

All of the leopard print items in the collection were fantastic.  I love the abstracted pattern in mustard and navy combination.  And it was seriously cute on.
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The sweatshirt made a comeback with this bold graphic.  Such a fun piece to dress up or down – love this look especially.  And I was no fan of the corresponding sweaterdress with the weird silhouette and chiffon skirt at the bottom (it did look so much better with the hem of the sweater pulled up higher rather than leaving it drop-waisted).  But, some crafty ladies took the liberty of removing the chiffon skirt entirely and I think it really was a much cuter look (in fact I like the navy sweater better than the grey sweatshirt, honestly).
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And then there’s the bags.  It always kills me to see people snatch up cartfuls of bags with the sole purpose of keeping the one or two they want and selling the rest for crazy prices.  I just think that kind of behavior ruins it for everyone else.  If I’d bought a bag, I would have gone with the larger satchel, but the yellow mini is just too lovely.  Sigh.
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So, now fast forward to February and the highly anticipated Peter Pilotto for Target collection just hit stores on the 9th.  It is also available through Net-A-Porter too, which is nice.  I think my favorite pieces in the collection are this blue dress and then the strapless one.
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Seriously amazing color and pattern play.
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The fun, neon prints are perfect for spring and summer.
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There are some great blog posts of some of the pieces in OOTDs here and here.  But, you can also find a plethora of posts over on Instagram under the hashtag #peterpilottofortarget.  Here’s a little taste though…

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Oh and I can’t forget some of the accessories that are available.  Love the sunglasses…

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…and the tote!

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I haven’t picked up any items from this collection either, but it’s fun flipping through all the IG photos and blog posts to see how they are added into wardrobes.  Wonder what’s next?!

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December in Photos

December in Photos

 

December was a very emotional month, full of equal parts joy and sadness.  There was a lot of stuff going on that resulted in a lot of stress, upset, etc. in my world.  So I felt a bit like I was balanced on a razor’s edge throughout the holidays.  But, there was definitely a lot of good stuff in December.

Over the months leading up to the holidays, Eric and I spent some time doing some home improvement and a little bit of decorating.  We really wanted to have some things “done” before we had guests over for our holiday party.  One of the big things we did was buy two rugs.  We bought one for the living room back in October, you may remember, and you can see it in the photo of our dessert table.  At the beginning of December, our second rug arrived for the kitchen.  It took us a long time to finally find something we loved, and as you can see Thutmose loves it too!

We also got snow near the beginning of the month, and ice with it, so we were cozied up in the house for several days waiting for it to thaw out so that the roads were passable.  The ice storm put us a little behind in getting our tree, so we were rushing a bit to decorate this year.  Once all the decorating was done though, I always realize how happy the site of a decorated tree lit up makes me.  It’s amazing the transformation everything goes through at this time of year.  Magical!

I worked on some Christmas projects – one was a mystery stitching piece that a part was released each Sunday from Thanksgiving through December 10th or so.  It’s the little nativity scene you can see.  I loved working on it, and most especially I loved that each Sunday I was able to focus on a related Bible verse and really think about the season.  And I also bought the backing fabric for my Christmas quilt so that I could get it finished up.  Those hot cocoa cups just did me in.  So cute!  One of the things I do love about my time off around the holidays is getting to work on some of my crafty projects while I’m home.

We had our dessert party as usual, which was lots of fun.  Of course, I always love picking out recipes for treats I’m going to make so that each year it’s a little bit different.  I loved the vintage look of our Christmas cards too (Target!).  And Thut’s favorite napping spot was on the table with my Dickens Village.  He was so happy there, and every time we would see him, we’d comment that he was scaring the villagers.  So funny!

We took my niece to see the Trains at Northpark at the end of the month, our other annual tradition.  It included lunch at Pie Five and that chicken pesto pizza is to die for!

I also started and finished the last book in the Beautiful series on one decadent Saturday morning, had my very first macaron, and treated myself to a facial.  Such fun!  So, as I said, there were definitely some great moments of joy and peace during the last month of 2013.

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November in Photos

Nov in Photos

November started off with a bang!  The first Saturday I attended a book signing for Christina Lauren for their latest book in the Beautiful series – Beautiful Player.  I’ll have a post up soon on the series and the book signing too, but I finished Beautiful Player shortly after getting it at the signing!  And speaking of books, I also got to go see Catching Fire the night it came out in the theatre – loved it!

I spent some time during the month looking at my in progress craft projects, working on some, and planning for some new things.  One of my big projects towards the end of the month was working on finishing some Christmas ornaments I’d stitched.

Of course, one of the things I was excited about was visiting a local camera store and checking out a variety of camera bags in preparation for my trip to Germany/Paris.  I loved the bright yellow of the one in the photo, but I ended up going with something slightly different.  Post to come on that as well and why I chose what I did.

As the holidays approached, I celebrated with a super blingy manicure – I used my new polish, When Monkeys Fly, over a gold I already had on hand and wowza!!  Eric and I made apple pancakes for breakfast, which is our tradition for Thanksgiving morning, and then watched the parade.  We went to my mom’s for our cozy Thanksgiving dinner and it was really a nice, relaxing day.  So much to be thankful for!

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