In a Mauve Mood

Currently, it is 66 degrees F and raining in Baltimore. I have never been so ready for fall and all of its crisp glory. Bring on the oversized sweaters, dark denim, boots, and early nights. I. Am. Ready.

For me, part of ushering in a season involves changing my bed linens. I typically use a duvet and thicker sheets in the fall/winter and stick to a thin blanket and cotton sheets during the spring and fall. Last winter, I was in an all white everything mood and purchased a white duvet cover and matching pillow shams. This fall, I’m feeling moody and romantic.


I want my bedroom to become a boudoir. I want it to seem luscious and sensual. For inspiration, I have pinned multiple bedrooms, featuring beds in many different variations of disarray.


I have finally settled on a bedding set from West Elm. It is slightly pricey, but I live alone with two cats, so I should be able to keep this looking so fresh and so clean for a few season rotations.


Isn’t it divine? It checks all my boxes for a soft, sensual, moody, romantic bedroom. To complete the look and keep it from veering into frilly or girly, I plan to anchor it with some heavier textiles.


Faux Fur Pillows

Chunky Knit Blanket

Let’s see if this type of bedroom makeover leads to any new “acquaintances”.


What Would You Wear? Fall 2016 RTW Edition

Zac Posen

Former angsty teen-queen turned respectable art gallery owner. Models her grandmother’s fur coat in the bedroom mirror at night. Continue reading “What Would You Wear? Fall 2016 RTW Edition”

DKNY – Fall 2014 RTW

Oh, the street tough kiddos have grown up, got good jobs, and decided to wear flame retardant clothing in a fashionable way. Or, it’s Donna Karan’s Fall collection or something. Things are looking bleak and cold in the not too distant future of grim, sweat, and tears. 


Derek Lam- RTW Fall 2014

Seeking to hibernate for the next 3 months? Looking for that perfect box shaped cloak in which to hide from your annoying neighbor? Then Derek Lam has just the outfit for you- in muted pastels and vibrant gem tones! 

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Diane von Furstenberg- RTW Fall 2014

I have a bitter sweet relationship with the Fall fashion shows. I love looking at the fashions, but I will never be able to afford any of these fabulous frocks. However, upon gazing at DvF’s Fall ready to wear collection, I gasped with joy. I’m not sure how many people heard me making this noise at my cubicle, but it was definitely audible.



The collection ranges from moody, romantic 70’s diva to graphic and peppy working gal. Every piece could easily find its way into your closet. There’s literally no piece that you could not snatch off one of those model’s bodies and slip onto before your dinner date with that hipstery cheese expert from the wine bar.






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Fall Beauty Bag

Every season I go through my mediocre beauty bag and weed out eye shadows I’ve hardly worn, mascaras that are technically a biohazard, and lip-glosses that have definitely seen better days. I’m the first to admit that I am not big on make-up. I’d much rather lay in bed pretending I could sleep sleep in 10 more minutes than spend them putting eyeliner on, only to wipe it off when I realize I don’t know how to put make-up on. I’ve been trying to master the cat eye, winged tip for TWO years now. I’m a goner. But, my ill fated attempts do not deter me from lusting after the latest beauty products that get released. Sephora is like the ultimate candy shop for me. It would only get better if they served complimentary coffee and red velvet cupcakes. Seriously, Sephora, think about it.

This fall, I think I’m finally ready to move in to a regular beauty routine. I’ve done pretty well applying foundation, lipgloss, and mascara most mornings. I am nearly 30 after all and since I love make-up so much, I should actually try using it on a daily basis instead of letting it become petrified in my make-up bag. Since I finally have a few brands that I regularly purchase and use, I put together a little must have list that may inspire you to head out and go to your nearest Sephora or Ulta or Target (whatever floats your boat and is within your shopping distance radius) to stock up on some lush fall colors.

  1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
I use this for my everyday look. My shade is walnut and I recommend going to Sephora and having an expert help you find your proper shade. I was super happy to finally find my appropriate shade. It’s been a battle, but I am very, very pleased with Laura Mercier.

2. Nars lipstick

This lipstick was my first lipstick purchase ever. I bought it from Bath and Body Works and I have never looked back. Since it’s fall, I plan to stock up on a rich burgundy or plum and a velvety mocha or chocolate.

3. Maybelline Mascara

I love Maybelline mascara and have yet to find one that works better and is as cost effective. You can’t beat $5 mascara.

4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

I got this gem as a sample a few years ago and I’ve never looked back. I’ll admit I don’t use it every day, but when I have a date (haha) or a wedding or party (most likely to happen) I like to use this under my foundation because it will make you look flawless.

5. Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation

For a fuller coverage, I opt for Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Supreme Foundation. It offers a matte finish with oil control and it comes in a variety of shades. Kinda perfect. Actually, it is perfect.

6. Sephora Collection IT Palette in Nude

Great colors that compliment my skin tone and enhance dark eyes.

7. Sephora Collection IT Palette in Smoky

Great colors for a night out that add pizazz and spunk. Plus, do you not love those cases? I mean come on!

8. Marc Jacobs‘ Lola

I just love this scent and I honestly wear it all year round.

9. Tocca‘s Stella

This is a recent love. I spent a gorgeous afternoon sampling every fragrance in Anthropologie with a good friend and sure, we may have overdone it a bit, but it was totally worth it.

10. Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

I first read about this product on Refinery29’s website and I knew I had to have it. I am slowly letting my over plucked eyebrows grow in a little (*cough*Lily Collins *cough*). Yay, full brows!

VINCE is just as sick of all the sunshine and happiness as you are

When I looked at the VINCE Fall 2013 collection I immediately thought, Now here’s a designer who gets me. Who understands that one of my dreams is to look like  a cast extra from 2002’s Minority ReportDo you remember that movie? I love it. Everything is dark and somber and the days all have a grayish overtone. I imagine it’s like living in London.

Fall usually brings about the subdued colors and deeper, richer tones of brown, gray, burgundy, and emerald. There’s an understated luxury to the fall collections. I, for one, cannot wait for the days to get colder, nights to get crisper, and the kiddies to get the hell out of the streets. Go back to school already, you crazy whippersnappers!


Ralph Lauren’s Spring/Summer collection and my ovaries go on a date

It’s no secret I love a well dressed man. What’s not to love? A well fitted suit, the perfect pair of jeans, a great shawl collared sweater…it all looks good. Luckily for me, Ralph Lauren’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection checks off all of those looks and more. Prepare yourselves and gird your loins.