Refinery 29's 2012 Search for the Next Big Style Blogger

Hi, friends! I'm taking part in Refinery29's Search for The Next Big Style Blogger contest! I would love if you could take a minute and pop over to their website and vote for The Brunette One! 

It's simple, all you have to do is locate my photo (scroll down a bit) and click the 'HEART' next to my picture.  

Piece of cake. 

Thank you in advance for your vote and support!!

what to wear: starbucks run

coffee run

If I didn't have to dress up and go to work everyday, this is an outfit I would wear to grab my morning cup of Jo and wander the streets of the East Village.  Jessica Alba makes chic look effortless. Sigh.


diy: zebra artwork

Last weekend, one of my close friends, Sarah, and I discussed recreating this painting by our favorite etsy artist, lulu & drew.  How simple, we decided, it would be to recreate.  Metallic paint and a blank canvas. Easy enough.  

sarah's DIY zebra painting

my DIY zebra painting

supplies needed:
paint brush, free (already owned)
acrylic paint, $4
canvas, $5 for pack of 2
{available at hobby lobby}


splurge vs. steal: leather-sleeve trenchcoat

This is a pretty easy decision.  I'll be purchasing this shopcuffs trenchcoat which will be perfect for those soon to come April showers.  {Yes, April, as in 3 months from now, April.  Can you tell this is me dreaming of spring?}


My Style: Chambray + Stripes

Who still takes mirror pictures, anyways? This girl, that's who.  How very myspace of me, I know.  I wore this outfit last Friday to work and then to the ypc dsm kick-off party. I had just received the striped stylemint tee the night prior, and had preceded in trying out five different outfits before ending up in this.  It was a game time decision to layer with my go-to chambray shirt.  Ended up loving how it looked paired with my trusty paige jeggings and old navy boots.


menswear tuesdays

Take note men; a perfect how-to for a casual weekend look.
Worn-in, cuffed trousers; a fitted, grey long-sleeve tee, & trusty desert boots. 


work it mondays

wear to work

Julie Sarinana {Sincerely Jules} debuted this fail-proof work outfit over on Glamour's blog. The moment I laid on eyes on these photos, I instantly began obsessing over the sheer perfection and price tag over this simple office get-up (Luxe long sleeve top & pencil skirt from The Gap; Shazzam heels - Steve Madden). I can't wait until spring is around the corner to debut a similar outfit sans tights.


critic's choice awards

My favorite dresses of the evening. 
Purple sequins, a new favorite color - yellow, 
a pop of neon, a classic LBD, 
and my girl Emma.

Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab

Elizabeth Olsen in Emilio Pucci

Diane Kruger in Prada

Kirsten Dunst in Dior

Emma Stone in Jason Wu



ombre effect

{images via pinterest}

For months I've been saving and pinning images of girls with the ombré effect.  After pinning many images of Jessica Biel, Victoria Secret model Lily Aldridge and having a dear friend of mine go under the coloring brush, I knew it was time to make the change.  It's a new hair 'do for a new year!  

{once again taken with an iPhone, more photos to come!}

My Style: Mixing Patterns

casual sunday brunch: mixing patterns

On Sunday, I met up with Kiley & Brittney for Sunday Brunch.  We devoured an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at Americana and caught up over our delicious cups of coffee.  I ended up wearing a leopard print cardigan over a striped long-sleeve shirt. It was a bold move for me; I'm working on remixing items that I have in my closet instead of spending on clothes that simply hang in my closet. I managed to get one photo taken during Sunday via iPhone -- C & I managed to pause our usual Sunday Criminal Minds marathon to get the shot. 


splurge vs. steal: fuschia blouse

fuschia blouse

splurge vs. steal {on sale here}

If you have been an avid style blog follower or j.crew junkie, this equipment blouse is nothing new.  I am a believer of investing in classics, but priced at almost $200, equipment's lovely shirts are still a bit out of my price range.  These reiss blouses are available in a multitude of colors {green, black, & white} and would make for a few splendid additions to my work wardrobe.


cheeky wallets


 to save or to spend? that is the question. let's just say i would save enough money to spend it on this rebecca minkoff 'save/spend' wallet, first spotted over here.  and that rebecca minkoff 'benjamins' wallet that could double as a clutch - don't even get me started.


color block: juniper

navy & green

the inspiration - nastygal Knit top, $58 {similar}


casual weekend style: sarah michelle gellar

{splurge: sweater // steal: sweaterjewelmint necklace; pants; splurge: biker boots // steal: biker boots}

Let me introduce to you my first outfit of 2012.  My mission, if I chose to accept, was recreating Sarah Michelle Gellar's outfit that I first spotted over on The Vogue Diaries.  Her look: a perfect errand running, holiday celebrating, casual Sunday outfit.   Perfect for braving the high winds and New Year's rush at the movies. If you couldn't tell yet, I took in an afternoon showing of the new Mission Impossible movie. All around two thumbs up - on the movie, Jeremy Renner, & the outfit.


champagne toasts & caramel corn

Last night we headed to our friend's house to ring in the new year.  I ended up swapping my sequined dress {sigh, maybe next year} for jeans and a sequined blazer.  It was a low-key affair, but held for lots of cocktails and laughs with good friends.  As midnight struck we celebrated with a champagne toast and watched the ball drop in Times Square. 

To kick off my New Year's Resolutions, I attempted and succeed in creating my first {technically second} recipe from Pinterest for the soiree.  As an avid popcorn lover, it was only fitting I start off with something I first spotted on Cupcakes & Cashmere - Caramel Corn.  I used this recipe, it was super easy and ridiculously good.

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