March 19, 2013

Williamsburg Treasures

Wedding Favor Inspiration

This past weekend, my fiance and I decided we were in much need of a Brooklyn day trip.  We had just read NY Mag's "Best Of" issue, which featured Williamsburg's Parish Hall as the best brunch in NYC.  Since that made the decision of where to go in Brooklyn easy, we just had to get over the fact that a minor blizzard started as soon as we walked out the door.  When we arrived in Williamsburg, we were welcomed with my favorite combination of real estate: boutiques and bars.  While I had been to the area many times before, I was always in a rush with no time to explore.  But, on this particularly snowy Saturday, we had no immediate plans, giving me plenty of time to do some damage. While I loved all of the shops on Bedford street, my absolute favorite was the now quite famous Catbird boutique.  Catbird is known for gorgeous delicate jewelry (think knuckle rings and finger bracelets), but in the boutique I was drawn to the accessories outside of the glass cabinets.  Since the shop carried such a well-curated selection of unique pieces, I decided to share a few of my favorites.  See descriptions below each pic.  Which one do you like best? xx

Gold painted ceramic bowls I pinned over a year ago here.

Mini rope cowbells that perfectly match a larger version I bought in Austin

Giant velour pumpkin - need I say more?

Gorgeous John Derian plates + a cat plate that my future brother-in-law should own

"Don't Give Up the Ship" cufflinks, famous words of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry,
who is known as the Hero of Lake Erie (my hometown)

March 3, 2013

If Not Now, When?

Well it appears that the month of February has flown by so fast that I didn't even get a chance to post during it!  A lot of exciting things happened during the month including my 28th birthday (hooray for getting old), completing our second half marathon race, booking our photographer and entertainment for the wedding, and an unexpected dream job opportunity that I could not refuse.  I wanted to share the above quote because I have asked myself this question more than once in 2013.  Since I am learning that some amazing opportunities might not come at the most amazing time, you have to be accepting of change and make the choice that is best for you.  With a week off before I start my new job, I am headed home to spend time with family and friends.  I am excited to take this time to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for and mentally prepare myself for the exciting (and potentially stressful) months ahead.  xx

January 28, 2013

Seeing Spots

Leopard Coat, Asos

I have already mentioned my love of leopard here, but I wanted to share some recent additions to my ever-growing spotted collection.  Thanks to an inspiring blog post (which you can find here) from one of my favorite bloggers, Atlantic Pacific, I knew I had to have a leopard jacket in my closet.   However, throughout my never-ending search, I kept running into the same problem: if I found a coat that was affordable, the print and/or material were funky and if I found a coat I loved, it cost WAY too much.  After a full year of online browsing, Pinterest stalking, and good old-fashioned shopping, I finally found a leopard coat that fit the bill!  It is warm enough to be worn as a standalone jacket, but also thin enough to be worn underneath a coat in winter.  Since I still believe that leopard is in fact a neutral, when I spotted these amazing ankle boots at Zara (fun fact: they were the last pair in the store, in my size, on sale) I couldn't resist.  Between the coat and the shoes, I wear one of these items almost every day.  But don't worry, I know my spotted limits, I only wear one at a time.  What is your favorite leopard piece?  xx

Leopard Heeled Ankle Boots, Zara

January 6, 2013

Planner Obsession(s)

Ever since my early grade school days, I have always had an (un)healthy obsession with picking out my yearly planner.  I secretly look forward to spending a little time each December searching for a planner that I know I will love all year long.  While the week/month format is certainly a big part of my decision, I also like to pick one out with a fun design or significant quote that will represent my year positively.  Last year I chose a funky giraffe design planner from myAgenda, which I loved.  This year I decided to try out Sarah Pinto's version (pictured above and can be purchased here).  Between a much needed hot pink moment in my life and the not-too-cheesy quote, it is a match made in planner heaven.  Where do you find your yearly planners?

January 1, 2013


Happy New Year's everyone!  I apologize for the lack of updates on ES during the month of December.  To my surprise (and very much excitement), my boyfriend proposed early on in the month and it seems like the past few weeks have been a whirlwind.  It has been an amazing month of spending time celebrating with family and friends, along with visits to potential wedding venues in between.  We have narrowed down our choices to two venues, one in my hometown of Erie, PA and one in his hometown of Philadelphia.  Regardless of what we decide on, we are both so excited to plan our special day together.

Last night we rang in the new year with a small group of friends in NYC and it was honestly the perfect end to our incredible year.  I truly believe that confetti in your champagne glass is always a good sign for an amazing year to come.  xoxo

November 29, 2012

Touch-Up Time

As I have mentioned here, I have really tried to step up my make-up game this past year.  While I have built up a pretty good collection for my standard morning routine at home, I didn't have much to offer in the "touch-up" department.  Since my job often entails post-work events, I realized it was pretty necessary that I have small makeup bag on hand at all times.  After many trips to Sephora and some testing of co-workers' and friends products', I have found that the pictured items work best for me.  As you will see in the description below, none of these products require a brush, which means I can easily apply them no matter where I am (i.e. standing on the subway)!

1.  Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter - works great to show off cheek bones or highlight around the brow bone.  Also has a sponge on the end for blending!
2.  Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick - While I don't actually wear foundation, this stick is perfect for freshening up under eye makeup and covering any blemishes
3. Nars The Multiple (in Maui) - Cream blush in stick form that I like to dot on apples of my cheeks.  Can also be used as an eyeshadow depending on the shade.
4.  Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss (in Rose Petal) - gives a hint of color and tons of gloss for any shade of lips
5.  CoverGirl Last Blast Length Mascara - Doesn't flake off and is light enough to apply multiple times a day

November 26, 2012

Bold Boots

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and has recovered from their food comas!  I had a whirlwind of a trip, traveling all over my hometown state, Pennsylvania.  While the traffic was a bit crazy, it was totally worth it to see my amazing family and friends.

I actually had another post slated for today, but the gorgeous crisp weather in NYC inspired me otherwise.  Feeling invigorated to get back into the swing of things this week, I decided to dig to the back of my closet and pull out my burgundy boots.  These boots make more of a statement than your typical riding boot so I like to wear them whenever I am feeling extra bold.   Since the boots speak for themselves, I typically pair them with a neutral sweater and jeans (which is exactly what I did today).  With some leaves still lingering on our street, I decided to snap a pic to share.  What are some bold fall pieces in your closet this year?  xx