Snowy Winter Walk

snowy city

Dear Mia,

We’re getting quite a blizzard here so I’m planning on staying safely indoors until it passes through. This afternoon, I took the opportunity for one last walk (no taxis) before holing up in my apartment.

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A Christmas Ornament Story

crushed velvet moose christmas ornament

Dear Nnenna,

It’s actually been years since I’ve decorated a Christmas tree. Trees are nice, but the best part of decorating them is that I’ve attached a memory to almost every ornament. Even if I didn’t have a tree and just sorted through the ornaments, I would like recalling those memories up.

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Traveler | Holiday Gift Guide

holiday gift guide traveler

Not all those who wander are lost luggage tag, $35Darling Magazine, $20Darling Kali Weekend Bag, $89Fekkai PRX Reparatives Travel Kit, $15Jac Vanek Istanbul Pants, $89Jac Vanek Istanbul Pants, $89Biaggi ZipSak, $49Biaggi ZipSak, $49

I’ve recently been on a few journeys, so what better time to put a together a gift guide for a frequent traveler? This guide includes some of my tried-and-true favorites (the Biaggi Zipsak folds away to 1/4 of its size and weighs less than 4 pounds) as well as some new things I like (maybe it’s just me, but a luxe luggage tag feels like a special indulgence). If you’re traveling this holiday season, have a safe trip and I hope you have something good to read!

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Voluspa candles | home decor

Dear Kelsey,

A new favorite candle from Illume, who also makes my much-loved mason jar candles. This scent is called Fireside, and it smells very much how it sounds. It combines the best parts of a roaring wood fire with a dash of spices. When lit, it makes any room smell subtly of late fall. I never thought there was something comforting about the smell of a fire before, but lighting this candle makes any room feel cozy and inviting.

Voluspa candles | home decor

The other candles pictured are Voluspa’s Goji Tarocco Orange and Crane Flower. Goji Tarocco Orange is a good option for anyone who loves fresh, fruity scents. Crane Flower is more of what I would describe as a smoky floral.

Fireside is available at Anthropologie for $20. All of my candles were purchased at Anthropologie, but you can often find Voluspa at Nordstrom and

Halloween Weekend + Costume DIYs

Halloween Party Decor

Dear Laura,

I hope you had a fun Halloween! I attended a small party at Kim’s where I ate too much of everything and opened a bottle of wine with a house key and a knife. Seriously, don’t try that at home. The saber method would have been easier and less messy.

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers | Frida Kahlo DIY Halloween Costume

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers | Frida Kahlo DIY Halloween Costume

I DIYed a Frida Kahlo costume (but forgot to draw my eyebrows in)…

DIY Wednesday Addams Halloween Costume

…and also made an appearance as Wednesday Addams. For the past four years, all of my Halloween costumes have come straight out of my closet.

I’m not exactly sure if that’s a good thing. Zelda Fitzgerald was a particular favorite, though. Also, I walked around as Frida Kahlo all day on Friday. Flowers and all.

Tiki bar bokeh

Clearly, everyone should have a Halloween tiki bar.


In this post:

  • Anthropologie / Vanessa Virginia Mural Maxi dress [ spring 2013 ] [ Frida ]
  • old red pashmina [ Frida ]
  • DIY tissue paper flower hair pins [ Frida ]
  • Foxcroft blouse [ c/o ] [ fall 2013 ] [ Wednesday ]
  • H&M dress [ fall 2013 ] [ Wednesday ]
  • NARS Cosmetics Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil [ Frida + Wednesday ]
  • photos [ Nnenna ] [ Linda ]



Dear Shen Dove,

This morning I was able to sit down for some blog reading for the first time since… April? I had to let reading blogs go while I was in school, and then I had to let blogging go, too. It was hard for me to do that. The best part about blogging is the wonderful community of friends I’ve made over the past few years.

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Beach Weekend


Dear Mia,

I hope you’re having a fantastic summer! The past few days have been very hot, and today was exceptionally rainy. It’s been very nice lately, though, so I can’t complain.

Summer is supposed to be a time for a bit of relaxation, but it seems as if there’s always so much to do.  Run here, run there… I’m consciously trying to plan the next few months so that I’m not even more worn out by the end of September. I think I need the rest.

The next few photos are from a beach trip. And may or may not include a puppy.

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