J’aime Pinterest

As an avid supporter of moodboards and a longtime lover of visual inspiration, Pinterest really appealed to me for its capability to influence and motivate.

In case you’re not following me on Pinterest I wanted to share a few of the things that I’m loving and can’t live without right now. My boards are broken up into a few of my favorite categories:

La Mode

 

Fashion shows, clothing, sketches, advertisements, editorials, red carpets, street style, accessories, bags, closets, blogs, jewelry…

Belle Maison

 

Home decor, books & book shelves, furniture, floral arrangements, trunks & hat boxes, wet bars, closets, organizational tips, pillows & bedding, wallpaper…

YUMMY

Entrees, cocktails, breakfasts, snacks, desserts… Anything that looks good!

MOI

Places I love, things I’ve bought, clothes I wear, words I believe…

I Use, Therefore I am

Things I swear by, from protein powder to skin care products to perfume…

J’Adore

Pretty much anything that strikes my fancy…

So take a look and get to know some of the things that I love!

Would you like more recommendations on great moodboards to take a look at? Fashionista has you covered with their piece 10 Fashion Pinners You Should Be Following Right Now.

P.S. Am I the only one who hears all of this “pinning” talk and thinks of an adorable couple in an old black & white movie going steady…?   😉

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Looks of the Week

Below are some looks that I’ve enjoyed recently and wanted to share, hopefully they can help get you through the rest of this day.

Carine works the Parisian pavement in a bold floral pencil skirt and ankle strap black pumps. Divine.

Ashley Greene looked elegant in a great tea-length Oscar de la Renta dress. Between the jeweled and glittering bodice and the black and white feathering at the bottom this is anything but boring.

I've never included an Instagram photo before but this one posted on Twitter by the Oscar PR Girl was too great to pass up. Her note: “wide leg trouser, gold sequin bolero (backwards)” Hot!

 

This is such a great, versatile look. If your office is business casual this is an amazing way to keep things interesting, try pairing a top or coat with a fun silhouette with standard black pants. The look is visually interesting but still appropriate for many occasions.

On a non-fashion note – am I the only one who saw Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and now feels like she knows Rooney Mara incredibly well? Like, we’re kind of friends now? I feel like I should being calling her “Roons” or something…
 
 

How do you make something fun & new like animal print skinnies look more relaxed? Distressed boots and a loose button-down of course. P.S. I've been drooling over this Alexander Wang duffel for over a year now, I think it's officially time.

 

Keira Knightley looked phenomenal in a deep burgundy Burberry Prorsum gown with a keyhole slit and a sweet bow-adorned black belt. I like the combination of 20's style finger waves with a non-retro dress.

 
You can also see her recent UK GQ Magazine cover here – I love the shot second from the bottom, the pale blue sweater dress is gorgeous.
 
 

Roons is back! 🙂 This girl has hit her stride with Givenchy, she picks really great pieces - interesting and flattering to her petite frame and head turning, but not revealing or overwhelming. I especially like the back on this one.

 

Layers are the key to staying warm and what I love about this look is that it shows you that they don't have to be boring. You can mix different colors, fabrics, textures, silhouettes...

 

What Do I Wear is one of my favorite sites for fashion inspiration and its awash with gorgeous Spring colors these days. I couldn't narrow down my favorite, from stripes to florals or peachy tweed, they all make me desperate for Spring to hurry up and arrive!

 
Have a great Thursday, I’ll be back tonight.
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10 Day Style Challenge – Part V

I bet that you never thought you’d see this day… It’s my fifth and FINAL post of the Freckles in April 10 Day Style Challenge! If you’d like to learn some background on the challenge or see the photographs and prompts that you’ve missed so far, check them out here: Part I, Part IIPart III & Part IV.

Freckles in April

 

Day 9: Open To Interpretation

This is a slightly different type of prompt that Days 1 through 8, for OTI we were given an image (the one below) and asked to put together an outfit inspired by it.

I took one look and emailed Holly in a panic: “I don’t own anything teal – No clothes OR accessories.” Luckily for me though, you were just supposed to use it as an idea to draw from rather than an outfit to be recreated piece by piece. So I took another look and tried to be more creative in my approach. I realized that what I liked most about the look was the colorblocking aspect. So colorblock I did.

{Top – Zara, Navy Sailor Pants – H&M, Cream Aviator Coat – Mango, Bag & Charm Bracelet – Vintage & Slingbacks – BCBGirls}

I’m a big dress and skirt girl, especially at work, so I was excited to put together another pants look. One of the biggest impacts of this challenge for me so far as been actually wearing clothes that have been sitting in my closet untouched & unloved for – in some cases – years. I need to do a better job of wearing all of my clothes – Which I actually made part of my February goals.

Day 10: Something That Scares You

This one was suggested by Miss Nemesis toward the end of the last round and I filed it away in my brain box. I think most (if not all) of us have some trend or ensemble we’d love to try if only it didn’t scare us silly. We’ve tried it in the safety of our bedrooms only to turn chicken at the last-minute and change into one of our go-to backup outfits before walking out the door.

I was pleased to read Kayla’s comment about trying new outfits on and then changing your mind and changing your clothes before leaving the house. I’ve done that so many times and I’m thrilled that I’m not the only one who does that! I’m a complete coward when it comes to so many things that I didn’t really know where to start on this one. My number one fear for years and years was wearing color, but I’ve actually managed to embrace them over the last few months. So what did I decide to go out in public in for Day #10 despite my terror?

PUFFS!!!

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I live in fear of puffs!

Confused? Understandable, let me explain. Puffy sleeves, draping tops, pointy shoulders, Dolman & batwing sleeves and cowl necks all fill me with childlike terror – basically anything that has extra fabric on top. And the insane part is that not only do I adore them on other people, I’ve even bravely bought a few pieces over the years after overly ambitious stints in dressing rooms. So I pulled a puffy-sleeved two-toned dress out of my closet AND a puffy-sleeved cropped faux leather jacket and headed to work.

{Dress & T-Staps: BCBG, Cropped Jacket: Miss Selfridge, Belt: Zara & Jewelry: Vintage}

I got a number of compliments and was really excited about the end result, hopefully this will be just the beginning of me facing my fears when it comes to fashion!While the 10 Day Challenge has ended if you haven’t gotten enough fashion you’re in luck, New York Fashion Week starts Thursday!

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Oh San Francisco

This past weekend was both relaxing and luxurious, beginning perfectly with a little light shopping Friday afternoon before the boyfriend came back into San Francisco. 🙂

Saturday morning started with our favorite new ritual – a long walk to the Ferry Building for the Farmer’s Market to pick up fruits and veggies, and to eat our body weight in organic, local foods before slowly walking back to North Beach.

Including some tasty treats from my new obsession at the Farmers Market,  Black Jet Baking Company. Their vegan cranberry sticky buns are absolutely divine!

Oh, and picking up  new additions to our household. 🙂 Meet Tofu the pig!

Then we – ohmygosh I can hardly write the words – FINISHED DECORATING THE LIVING ROOM. Furniture assembled? Check. Art on the walls? Check. Furniture rearranged and carpet moved? Check. And you want to know what? It looks even better than I’d hoped.

The rest of Saturday included some writing, a quick trip to our corner pub for a glass of red wine, the grocery store and snacking while we fought over the remote.

Sunday was another gorgeous day and included another long walk, time time to the Marina to pick up a print that we ordered for the bedroom, a yummy brunch at Cafe Des Amis where I discovered my adorable friend Jael works, an impromptu stroll through Pier 39 to smell the AMAZING smells (candy, fudge, ice cream, waffle cones, chocolate, donuts…) and to see the Sea Lions that I can hear from my apartment in the mornings. Finally, what better way to end the weekend than cuddling on the couch watching the World’s Strongest Man competition?

Nope, no Superbowl for us. 🙂

How was your weekend? Did you watch the game?

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Links You’ll Love

Health/Fitness:

Are you a fan of quinoa? Here are some great recipes to try out if you’d like some new & creative way to enjoy this protein-rich pseudo-cereal:

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18 Tips for Improving Food Disciplinefrom The Primal Parent, Jillian Michaels shares her favorite snacks with Fitness Magazine, what vitamins do you really need to take vs what nutrients you should be getting in your food from health.com and an exclusive interview with Jesse Brune from FitCeleb.

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Would you like to learn more about some of the supplements out there? Gena at Choosing Raw can educate you on the benefits of Chlorella and Martin Berkhan has the low down on Fish Oil supplements.

Personally I like celebrity trainer David Kirsch’s no-nonsense approach to staying healthy, he doesn’t mince words – to lose weight and get in shape there’s nothing you can do other than eat healthy and workout. No short cuts. Here’s his Lazy Girl’s Guide to Getting Fit.

Fashion:

Banana Republic Announces Second Mad Men Collection

Do you love the retro fashion of Mad Men? Did you adore Banana Republic’s Mad Men inspired capsule collection? You’re in luck because Banana Republic has announced that their second collection with hit stores and online in March!

Still shopping for the perfect dress for your Valentine’s Day date? The Budget Fashionista has narrowed down their five favorite dresses from Piperlime under $50 and WhoWhatWear has all the best heart-printed clothes and accessories for you here.

Now that Jason Wu has virtually sold out at Target the only thing that we can do is start getting excited that Marni for H&M will hit on March 8th.

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Are you expecting and not sure how to stay stylish and cope with your changing body? Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway at Sao Paulo while 5 months pregnant, proving that pregnancy doesn’t have to mean shapeless dresses and sweats! FabSugar posted great pictures of Kristin Cavallari in flowy button-down top with stretchy pants. Don’t want to wear sky-high heels through your pregnancy like Rachel Zoe & Victoria Beckham did, but want to keep it fashionable? Try riding boots a la The DayBook.

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