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Fancy meets Dingy

Zara t-shirt  |  BCBG vest (similar)  |  Aritzia pants  |  Forever21 necklace (similar)
BCBG vest (similar)  |  Aritzia coat  |  Tory Burch shoes  |  Goyard bag

Here we have the classic fancy necklace meets worn in t-shirt story.  It's a look I've been wearing nonstop (like here) and as always, I love a good contradiction when it comes to fashion. 

fancy + fancy = boring and predictable
fancy + dingy = interesting & fun!

Okay, enough math for today.  I tucked the t-shirt into my old harem pants (inspired by Psy, who was inspired by it just me or was that performance a riot?)  I also added a sweater vest for some movement and/or to hide my muffin top if we're being completely honest here.  Topped the whole thing off with the most classic double breasted tan peacoat.  So now we have...

fancy + dingy + classic = synergy!

BTW...Homeland viewers, we just finished the first season and are 2 episodes into the 2nd season, it is RIDICULOUSLY good...I can't stop watching!!


Dana's First Birthday Bash!

For birthday parties, I'm always torn between going with pretty themes I love myself vs going with kid appropriate themes.  For A's dohl (first birthday) a few years ago, we only had a handful of kids (mostly 0-2 years old) so I planned a luncheon at an elegant restaurant and went with a sophisticated, girly color scheme.  Check out pictures here

For D's party, I knew we were tackling a whole different beast.  More than 50 kids were set to attend and having it at an elegant restaurant was absolutely out of the question.  I ended up renting out a gigantic indoor playground.  As friends were leaving at the end of the party, I noticed that child after child was walking out with a huge smile and a sweaty mop of hair and I knew the party had been a success.  When kids are having fun, parents get to relax and chit chat.  Winning!

A few months ago, I started seeing pictures of rainbow themed parties pop up all over the internet and I was sold.  I love the impact the vibrant colors have and how cheerful and happy it looks.  

All the paper goods were by chickabug, including the invites, cupcake toppers, banner, favor labels, etc. I bought the files and printed everything at home.  She was so great to work with and very helpful!  And I think the paper goods are what really brought everything to life.

Hubby's assistant is an ex-professional baker and still makes cakes for her side business. She made us this amazing rainbow cake!

I got these markers for 28 cents during the back to school sale. I put them in a ziploc bag and covered them with a label.  The entire favor cost less than 50 cents, which is nice when you have to make 50 of them!

I got these giant lollipops from Oriental Trading Company.  I added the sticker labels to personalize them.  The base is foam blocks from JoAnn's that I wrapped in rainbow paper.  I just stuck the lollipops into the foam blocks to have them stand up.  

I've been wanting a Polaroid camera forever and I finally used D's party as an excuse to get one.  I also got these props from etsy.  I had them set up on one of the couch areas and people got to take pics and take home the picture.  I will probably use these props and polaroid at every future party I throw!

Here are the props in action.

D changed into a hanbok (traditional Korean dress) for more pictures.

Not to be outdone, A had to don hers as well of course.

Dohl Ja Bee. This is a traditional Korean game played at first birthdays.  You set up different things in front of the baby until they grab one and it's supposed to predict what their future will hold.  For example, pencil means they will be a scholar, golf ball means an athlete, microphone means an entertainer and so on.  Here's D planning her attack.

She ended up choosing the stethoscope.  My grandfather was a doctor so maybe she will follow in his footsteps! Oh and excuse my sexy expression and why did no one tell me my slip was showing the entire party?? Ah...never a dull moment!

With my mom (who flew 17 hours to be here!) and my girls.  Blessed!

The party was fun but I am so glad that it's over.  Now, Thanksgiving and Christmas to focus on! 


Charm & Chain

I've been obsessed with the collection of jewelry at Charm & Chain as of late.  They carry a lot of my favorite jewelry designers from House of Harlow to Gorjana to Fenton & Fallon.  The best part is I'm offering my readers 25% off the entire website using code CC25OFF from now until 12/14.  That and free shipping means that Charm & Chain officially became THE place to do your Christmas shopping.  As always, I'm sharing some of the things that are on my wish list this year. 

Bangles (top-bottom) 

Don't forget to use promo code CC25OFF.  Happy shopping!


Cable Sweater & Brocade Pants

Zara sweater (similar)  |  Zara brocade pants (similar)  |  Schutz pumps  |  Celine bag  |  Cartier watch  |  Giles & Brother cuff

This cable sweater has been a real workhorse for the last couple of months.  I love how the comfy, chunky knit brings whatever it's paired with down to earth, whether it be leather leggings or brocade pants.

In other news, we started watching Homeland a few days ago and we are absolutely hooked.  Is anyone else watching this right now?


Leopard Pumps

A. Steal: Nine West $59
B. Splurge: J.Crew $350 
(25% off J.Crew with code OURTREAT until 11/8)

I've been wanting a pair of leopard calf or pony hair pumps for years now.  When I finally decided to take the plunge, I was completely torn between splurging on a quality shoe or getting a cheap version.  Animal prints have been on trend for years now.  But is it ultimately still a trend or can it be considered a classic? I went back and forth for awhile before I decided to go with the splurge.  There's something about the J.Crew version that looks so timeless and elegant and I can see myself treasuring and wearing it for years to come.  Plus the 25% off sale going on sealed the deal for me!


Happy Halloween!

It's been a busy couple of weeks as you might have assumed from my absence here.  Between having my mom in town, D turning 1, a last minute whirlwind trip to NY, Halloween, and A being home sick for an entire week, it's been hectic to say the least.  A simple post to get back into the groove of blogging.  Some pics from our spooktacular celebration this year. 

A as Ariel

Anyone lose a finger? It's actually string cheese and fruit strips!

Mummy babies! Hotdogs and Crescent dough. Both ideas from Pinterest, obvi!

Our little friends over for a last minute Halloween party! D dressed up as a bumble bee!

Oh and we played the Jimmy Kimmel trick on A. Felt soo bad when we saw how she reacted..

How was your Halloween? Did you see any really creative costumes this year?

Oh and the winner for the SHOPBOP giveaway was picked and notified.  Congrats again to Colleen!