i got my first easel in high school when i was taking a bunch of painting and art classes, and over ten years later it's still a mainstay in my house. i have a bigger one that i use for actual painting now, but i kept my OG easel because a couple apartments ago i realized what a versatile decor piece it can be. It perfectly it fills out awkward corners, and when an area or vignette needs a little height it's the perfect addition!
about a month ago i shared my (likely too ambitious) determination to get my closet under control once and for all - you can find that post here. today i'm back with a narrowed down update on the key pieces i figured out work for me, and an overview of the staples that i learned i'll actually wear.
today's color crush post is down to earth AF- literally. i'm so into all of the natural, earthy tones popping up all over the place lately, and terracotta is my current standout fave. it's showing up in home decor, textiles, makeup, and even workout gear right now, and it gives everything such an inviting warmth. another thing i love about this color? it pretty much works all year round, season to season.
although i tend to consider myself a pretty good sport when it comes to taking fashion risks, there is one risk in particular i've never been a big fan of- poofy shoulders. the main reason i've steered mostly clear of this look up until now is that it typically looks a little ridiculous on my frame, and it just felt impractical. but enter this poofy shoulder metallic bodysuit? i just might call myself converted.
today i'm sharing a few highlights from my first tour in australia! this was also my first visit to australia in general, so i was kind of freaking out in excitement about it. i was there for almost two weeks, and over the course of my tour i stopped in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. i am so crazy in love with this country now and i can't wait to go back! here are some favorite snaps from our travels:
when i was a kid, i used to bring a little notebook along on vacation (more than likely it was some super lit Lisa Frank one) and write about all the stuff we did on our trip. i SO wish i knew where those notebooks were. not only does travel journaling help you preserve awesome memories, it also provides a really cool on-the-go creative outlet. i find that when i'm traveling, i don't get as many chances to be creative unless i'm really mindful about it, and this new style of travel journaling that seems to be all over insta just might be the answer. the notebooks are small, easy to pack, and the pages are blank which means endless possibilities. my favorite journals are the ones that combine writing/diary entries, photos, and sketching or drawing.
although february might be a tiny bit early to be considered prime time for spring cleaning, with the new year rolling in i decided one of my goals for the beginning of the year would be a serious closet overhaul. admittedly, i've tried just about everything in the closet overhaul department - shoe racks of all shapes and sizes, folding my jeans, hanging my jeans, having a special trunk at the base of my bed just for jeans (not a thing that works FYI) - and i was starting to get a little discouraged. maybe i just wasn't the type of person who could successful tame her closet?? maybe i'm forever doomed to the dreaded 'i have nothing to wear' territory? i figured having your closet shit together was for people who fold their underwear and brush their teeth for the recommend full three minutes.
with all the fresh start vibes the new year brings, i'm obsessing even more than usual over home renovation blogs and tv shows (which is a major statement because i'm typically obsessing over said blogs and shows 24/7/365 tbh). as i binge myself into oblivion watching episode after episode (not exactly new year new me behavior but what can i say) i keep noticing one of my favorite design elements popping up just about everywhere. patterned cement tiles are having a huge moment and i hope the moment never ends. there are so many gorgeous colors and patterns and they just make a space so unique and beautiful.
a couple weeks ago, i shared part I of my Cinque Terre photo diary from earlier this year. this was undoubtedly one of my favorite trips i've ever taken, and considering i've been walking around NYC this week in 24 degree weather i thought it might be time to share more photos of these summery, sun-drenched italian shores. for the second part of our time in Cinque Terre, we stayed in Manarola, one town north of Riomaggiore (where we spent the first part of the trip). we did a lot of hiking along the cliffs which was breathtakingly beautiful, and ate an outrageous amount of pasta. so hopefully those canceled each other out. here are some highlights:
happy weekend everyone! today we're sharing 13 of our favorite collar necklace picks, because could there really be anything more elegant and effortless to top off your outfit? i think not. i'm a huge fan of this look for a lot of reasons, of one of them is that IT DOESN'T GET TANGLED. i've been on the road a lot these past few months, and it's really hard to bring jewelry because so many of the necklaces get all tangled up in each other no matter how carefully you pack them. totally infuriating. these collar options are also awesome because they can be super minimalist and subtle or they can make a huge statement. and they look really beautiful with a bare shoulder, hair up look OR with a really cool top. the possibilities are endless.
these days, it seems like more and more girbosses are out there starting companies, freelancing, and working from home. i've been a work-from-homer for over ten years, and i can genuinely say that there are things i love and things i hate (like anything else). overall though, i'm really grateful to be able to make my own hours and work in my sweatpants if i want to. one of the things that is incredibly important to me as a gal who works from home is obviously my office, so i wanted to share four home office decor essentials that i've come to realize make all the difference. even if you work outside of your home during the week or part of it, having a space in your house or apartment that can serve as a #getshitdone room or station is totally necessary.
one of my favorite things about fashion is, no matter what we're individually drawn to, our style and perception of style inevitably evolves and changes as time goes on. if you've known me longer than a few years, you probably know i've had many phases of maximalism during my style evolution, and i think (well i hope) i've finally tamed it to a respectable degree. one thing that has helped me rein in the maximalism and edit down my wardrobe is focusing on closet staples and figuring out what they are for me.
this past spring i checked off one of my major bucket list destinations: cinque terre in the liguria region of italy. it was even more beautiful than all the photos i've seen, and the people (and the FOOD. and the WINE.) were absolutely incredible. i have so many photos from this trip that i'll be sharing them in two batches, but here are some highlights from my first couple days. i stayed in riomaggiore (the southernmost of the five little towns) for the first part of my trip, and it was totally magical.
in the midst of my new year closet cleanout kick, i've recently found that- like probably every chick ever- i own WAY. TOO. MUCH. JEWELRY. jewelry used to be the thing i'd add to my pile of stuff on the way to the register, because when it's inexpensive it feels pretty harmless. but the thing is- now i have tons of those cardboard multipacks of stud earrings still lying around, and the couple pairs that i didn't like as much as the others are still attached to the cardboard and just sitting there. it's driving me nuts and i decided it's time to control it. not just the earrings- ALL of it.
when my husband turned 30, my gift to him was a record player and a bunch of records i had collected over the course of a long US tour. it was one of those things he'd been wanting for awhile, but it was admittedly also one of those gifts that i was really excited to benefit from myself. even though we have all the music we could ever want in our pockets at all times now, i still think there is something so cool about coming home, pouring a glass of wine, and putting on a great record. i really miss album art too, and there's something about having those 12x12 sleeves on a shelf or ready to flip through in a crate by the fireplace that's so nostalgic and cool.
given that it looks like the polar vortex is back to hang out this weekend (and overstay its welcome as usual) we figured you might need an excuse to overnight order yourself some new furry armor to combat the single digit temps. i love the chic look of these furry coats (the faux kind, of course) and that they can work in just about any color or length. they can also be super casual (like #11 in her sneakers) or a perfect way to top off a super glitzy party dress. all round, this piece is basically going to be your bff this winter. here are some of our fave ways to wear it:
it's the holiday season, and these chilly wintery months are perfect for bold, rich, jewel tone colors. i'm currently obsessing over everything aubergine- a gorgeous, deep shade of violet with a really beautiful blend of both warm and cool tones. it's beautiful on pretty much anything- dresses, shoes, accessories, interiors, exteriors, lids, lips, and just about everything else. i think a bold aubergine lip would be totally amazing for a holiday party, and i'm officially on the hunt for the perfect lipstick in this swoonworthy color. read on for some serious velvety aubergine inspo.
i have a love hate relationship with incessant travel this time of year. on one hand, i absolutely love the hustle and bustle of going from place to place and seeking adventure in all of it, and on the other hand i just wanna sit on my couch and watch holiday movies in my pajamas for the entire month of december. but this december, i will be on the road the. entire. time. which is awesome! this is the kind of december travel that i love. i'm headed on tour and excited to hit cities like NYC, Nashville and DC, and i'm also super excited to see all of these beautiful cities decked out for the season. in the spirit of road trips and kicking off my tour, i thought i'd share this rock/boho shoot from Malibu, CA
clearly we're in full on holiday mode over here at WTD, and that means our calendar is quickly filling up with festive parties and sparkly soirées. i'm a huge fan of holiday party season because it's a great excuse to buy a new dress with sequins on it, wear a red lip, and rock a cool hairstyle that might feel too aggressive at a boring different time of year party. so we rounded up four of our fave ways to get creative with your waves this month.
ok guys, it's officially crunch time. for those of us who consistently put everything off until the last minute, including holiday gifts, this week is that week where you realize it's time to get your shit together. i'm a huge fan of holiday gift shopping- it's been really fun to shop some of my favorite local boutiques and small businesses this year, and it's a blast picking out something you know someone you love will love. so, in the spirit of checking everyone off the list this week, we rounded up some of our favorite creative ways to wrap your those awesome gifts you spent so much time selecting this year.
HAPPY DECEMBER EVERYBODY!! we're officially in the homestretch of 2016, and we think that sounds like a perfect excuse to throw a party. we love a good craft cocktail over at WTD, so we rounded up some of our fave ways to make yourself a cup of cheer with a holiday season spin. i really can't decide which of these i want to try first, which means i'll probably need to try them all this weekend just to be sure i'm not missing out on what could potentially be my next go-to. from peppermint vodka hot cocoa to cranberry orange ritas, check out our top 10 picks for a wintery buzz this season.
it's time for some SERIOUS fireplace porn up in here. one of the things i love about the holiday season is that it's an awesome excuse to completely overhaul the decor in your house. during the other seasons, if i'm in the mood to majorly change things up, i usually have to come up with an elaborate reason that feels legitimate so my husband doesn't get overwhelmed. but during the holidays? ANYTHING GOES. don't let this opportunity pass you by. clear that existing shit off your mantel and let's go to work.
OMGGGG it's already that time of year. and with December only a few days away, i thought i'd round up some of my favorite advent calendar DIYs from around the web. whether you celebrate the advent season religiously or you just think it's fun to count down the days in december with chocolates and other fun little shit in bags and/or boxes, these are fun and look really cute. advent calendars were my favorite thing EVER when i was a kid- i always got one that had chocolates shaped like different woodland animals, and i had a weird reputation for remembering exactly what animals corresponded to what day at the end of the month. i was suuuuuper popular obviously.
it's about that time to break out all that baking gear that you never use during the rest of the year. making holiday cookies is awesome, and i feel like it's one of those situations where the calories just don't count. maybe you're a seasoned holiday baking pro, or maybe you're like me and watch youtube tutorials, mess up your kitchen, get super frustrated and go down the street and buy store cookies and pretend you made them. either way, here are 10 holiday cookie recipes that we're super excited to attempt this season.
when i was a kid, our fifth grade class held a big fair where everyone dressed up like it was medieval times, and my mom made me a dress out of the world's raddest lilac purple velvet fabric. she even made me a matching headdress thingy, and aside from my wedding dress it may have been the coolest outfit i've ever worn in my life. which is why i'm incredibly thrilled that velvet is having a major moment right now- it's all over jackets, dresses, boots, heels, and accessories and i'm definitely not mad about it.
i can't believe it's already thanksgiving you guys. i feel like absolutely everything is in holiday mode now, which means the rest of the year completely flies. this holiday is awesome for so many reasons- fam, food, friends, booze, and focusing on being grateful. and even though tgiv is one of those holidays where everyone is gonna have a blast even if you serve the turkey on paper minnie mouse plates from walmart, it's really fun to dream up cool ways to set a festive table for your guests.
as the former president of non-existant support group Overpackers Anonymous, i know a thing or two about bringing too much stuff on trips. that's why i'm starting this packing guide series, where i'll share my fave wardrobe picks and tips for bringing everything you need on your next adventure and leaving everything you don't at home. it's taken me a good 12 years of crazy coast-to-coast, over oceans travel to figure out how to pack a good suitcase, so hopefully this series can spare you some of the nightmare situations i've encountered along the way (helllooooo London trip 2009 where i tried to traverse the entire rainy city in suede high heel boots. poor choice to say the least)
it's officially cozy sweater weather out there, and today we're inviting you to share the chunky cable knit vibes with your walls. it seems like woven wall hangings have been all over the place for the past year, and they're such a cool (and easier to hang) alternative to framed art. i love that they can be super neutral and calming or punchy and loud and colorful. while there are definitely pages and pages of gorgeous ready made options floating around on Etsy, I feel like this is a very doable, non-scary project that doesn't involve power tools and would be way more fun to DIY.
not sure about you guys, but around this time of year i find myself on a lot of planes and in a lot of airports around the country. i think it's safe to say that holiday travel is always stressful AF no matter how you slice it, but we're here to help you keep that stress level to a minimum so you can fast forward to sharing those holiday spirits with friends and fam. we put together a fool proof list of our favorite airplane carry on bag must-haves so you're stocked up with all the essentials you need while in transit this season.
in the spirit of the holiday season (also sometimes referred to as the incessant exhausting travel season) almost upon us, i've been thinking a lot about travel plans. one thing i've been trying (key word here is trying) to implement in my life is a packing discipline to help myself limit the amount of shit i bring with me when i leave my house. while i haven't mastered it yet, i think i've found the key to slowly forcing myself into minimalism: it's called the weekender bag.