Monday, December 31, 2012

oh and one more thing [coffee beans & bobby pins]

Monday, December 31, 2012

hold on to your keyboards [or iPads, smartphones, etc.] everyone, i'm guest posting over at coffee beans & bobby pins while the gorgeous amy gets married!

so go check out my little post and take a look around her blog, it's pretty awesome!

monday musings [2012 rewind]

let's see. in 2012 i...

stepped up my yoga game:

Photo: Full lotus #hotyoga #om

saw beau react to his first snow:

finished planning a wedding:

got married [!!!]:

went on a fabulous honeymoon:

celebrated beau turning 1:

turned 27:

started a blog [you know this one's your faaaavorite!]:

found out my other "little sister" was pregnant [!!!]:

jumped into house hunting:

celebrated my first married thanksgiving:

and christmas:

...and all in all, had the best time ever.

while i'm sad to see 2012 go, i'm excited for a new year!

what were your best moments of 2012?

Friday, December 28, 2012

friday favs [let's work it out]

Friday, December 28, 2012
let's face it. you ate way too much in december [i know i did] and now you're thinking about your new year's resolutions. which i'll venture to guess involve some type of workout plan [amiright?]. 

whether you're going to hit the gym machines, attend a cardio class, or jump on the yoga [or pilates] bandwagon to try to sun-salutate your extra holiday "presents" away [like i'll be doing], why not look stylish doing it? 

friday favs [let's work it out]

so listen up all you holiday cookies i ate, let's work it out, ok?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

thursday threads [what jason wore]

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ready for this? hubby was looking extra adorable on sunday in his sweater, jeans, and work boots that i just had to take some pics for the blog.

here he is in all his sweatered glory!

 [old navy sweater - similar, old navy jeans, work boots (from god-knows-where)]

and this is my favorite...
[see why i married him? meant for each other. hams the both of us]

to all my blogging ladies, what does your guy like to wear?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

oh and one more thing [after-christmas sales]

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

and now time to rake in the goodies at the after-christmas sales! here are some of my favorites:

nordstrom - up to 50% on women's winter clearance [and the men's half-yearly sale too!]

kate spade - extra 25% off bags, jewels, shoes, and more [code 25SALE]

last call by neiman marcus - 30%-60% off entire purchase, plus free shipping on orders over $75 [code LCDEC75]

cusp - up to 60% off original prices in-stores and online

macy's - extra 10%-15% off select clothes, accessories, etc. [code JOY]

anthropologie - hundreds of markdowns at their semi-annual sale

loft - up to 50% off [excluding new arrivals] and free shipping on orders over $125 [code SAVE50]

piperlime - lime-tag sale up to 50% off 

old navy - up to 50% off online sale and up to 75% off in-stores sale

stylemint - up to 50% off select styles [must be a member]

zara - winter sale ['nuff said]

tory burch - extra 25% off select sale items online and in-stores [code JUSTFORME]

happy shopping!

wear it wednesday [otk]

woohoo! december 26th! you know what that means? [that's right, you guessed it] let the after-christmas sales begin! as i research some sweet deals for you lovelies, i want to share an outfit i wore over the weekend [to go shopping at the zara sale. that's right, zara sale] that i absolutely loved.

is there really anything better than a great over-the-knee boot? [i mean yeah, there are, but it's the little things!]

 [target tie-waist coat, h&m striped 3/4 sleeve tee (in stores), james perse tee, joe's legging jeans, loeffler randall otk boots - in black here]

 [they're also great for those that have a lil' extra sumthin' sumthin' in the calf area. like yours truly] 

  [see this zipper? makes them super easy to take off when trying on clothes, so optimal for shopping]

  [also, don't i look like a stylish pirate? i almost wore my red a. mcqueen skull scarf, but decided against a total pirate look. arrrrgh, matey]

so there you have it. otk all the way, every day. [a-ok! ...and i'll stop now]

how do you feel about otk boots?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

oh and one more thing [lulu scarves giveaway winner!]

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

don't forget to check here for the lulu scarves giveaway winner! 
if you've won, send me an email to 
with your address and your TWO lulu scarves picks!

tuesday threads [merry christmas to all]

this'll be a short & sweet one [but with lots of pictures]. 

merry merry merry christmas to all from little ole me here at the second best [and beau too!

i hope you got everything you wanted under your trees.

i hope you're spending this day with your families [whether in comfy pajamas or fancy duds].

and i hope you're the merriest and joyfulest [which according to spell-check isn't a word, but it is today] on this christmas day.

now for a gratuitous pic of me & hubby in our christmas comfies and beau in all his wrinkly glory.

[on me: nordstrom rack sweater, target scarf, j.crew skinny sweatpants, h&m socks. on hubby: old as heck nike pants, nondescript white tee, my gap hat (which i forced him to wear). on beau: a look of pure torture]

if you think beau just sat there like that, you're [very] wrong. to prove it to you, here are some outtakes:

["give me the hat, mom"]

["now give me the treat"]

["thanks, now all my dog friends will laugh at me"]

["is this over yet?"]

[giving beau a little pep talk on how to behave during pictures]

["this is my good side"]

[and my personal favorite, the camera was NOT set on delay. it was set on take-the-picture-upon-pressing-button. with flash. is terrified a good look for me?]

merry christmas, you guys!

Monday, December 24, 2012

monday musings [travel like a pro]

Monday, December 24, 2012
i don't know about you, but i feel like i do a lot of road-trip-type travelling. especially around the holidays. which [obviously] means lots of hours in the car. so as we were on our way back home [a 5 hour drive] i was musing that i should share my ideal winter travel outfit with you [i say winter because in the summer the answer is "as little as possible"].

on this christmas eve day, if you're in the car driving long distances, let's hope you're as comfy as this:

 [the north face coat, old navy sweater, james perse tee - similar,  tart leggings - similar, target scarf (in stores) & hat, h&m otk socks, tory burch boots (super old amazing sale score), rebecca minkoff mini mac, forever 21 sunglasses (old)]

[i love love love these boots]

a few quick points on why this outfit is the best for winter road trips [in my estimation anyways]:

  • there are no pants involved [because who travels in pants?]
  • the sweater and tee are super soft and comfy [big thanks to sam of samipsaloquitur for the sweater suggestion!] for impromptu passenger seat naps
  • toasty warm feet and boots that can handle those annoying [but necessary] rest stop detours
  • scarf that acts like a blanket
  • hat that covers travel hair [because seriously, whose hair looks cute when road tripping for hours? not mine]
  • you don't look like a [complete] bum
so i hope you're warm at home on this christmas eve day, but if you're not, you're ready to travel like a [comfy, stylish] pro!

p.s. make sure to check back in tomorrow for the winner of the lulu scarves giveaway!

Friday, December 21, 2012

friday favs [so many sequins]

Friday, December 21, 2012
if you're reading this, then so far, no end of the world [sorry, doomsdayers]. but the day's still young, right? 

actually, if we're going to get technical here, what the mayans were predicting was more the ending of an old cycle [their 5,000 year calendar] and the beginning of a new one. i was actually paying attention to the tour guide on our honeymoon [probably because i was minorly concerned that i'd only get to be married for 7 months when the end of the world hit and i still had a lot of things to accomplish. and shop for] when we were in the old mayan ruin of tulum

so as the date approaches, with the promises of a new beginning [or a doomsday end if you insist], i thought what better way to usher in a big change than in sequins? [and what better than striped sequins a la #3 below?]:

friday favs [so many sequins]

[matthew williamson sequin cocktail dress, french connection sequin dress, day birger et mikkelsen sequin cocktail dress, all saints sequin party dress, matthew williamson long sleeve sequin dress]

it is, after all, why so many people look like disco balls on new years eve. [a practice i fully support, by the way]. 

hope everyone has a happy [un-doomsdayish]  friday!

p.s. don't forget to enter the lulu scarves giveaway!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

oh and one more thing [dash(board cam)ing to work]

Thursday, December 20, 2012
oh look, it's dashboard cam! capturing my "holy moly is it cold out today" look. and i decide to wear a dress. buuuut then overcompensate with this giant, warm target scarf. [which has a matching hat... that i didn't wear. so i don't look 7 today for work]:

[target scarf (though not as cool as lulu scarves, have you entered the giveaway?). also raved about by one of my fav blogs, the daybook]

thursday threads [h&m does real leather]

when i was getting dressed to go house hunting on sunday [incidentally, we only go house hunting on the dreariest days possible.], i wanted to continue my camo pants obsession [as seen here, here, and here]  and showcase my awesome new h&m [real] leather heels [you done good h&m] so this little number came together!

oddly enough, when i got in hubby's car and took a look in the backseat, he had literally the same color sweater and his camo hunting pants just laying there. if that's what he'd worn that day [although full-on hunting camo pants would have been weird] we could have been twins! [it would have totally made his day. or at least mine!]

 [h&m sweater (in stores), zara camo pants, h&m leather heels (in select stores), rebecca minkoff mini mac - straps removed]

[sweet shoe shot]

while we weren't twins [and yes, those shoes may have been swapped for chucks later], we had a lovely day house hunting. but no luck finding our place yet. [hey, house, where you hiding? we're nice people, we don't bite. not even beau.]

p.s. don't forget to enter the lulu scarves giveaway!