Wish List Wednesdays January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018  |  Wish List Wednesdays 5 comments

Wish List Wednesday January 17, 2018

What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / Acler Panama Wrap Dress

2 / Mango Bicolor Cable-knit Sweater

3 / Milly Metallic Stripe Frame Clutch

4 / Baublebar Bubblebeam Statement Necklace

5 / H&M Faux Fur Leopard Print Jacket

6 / Kristin Ess Cleanse & Condition

7 / Joyride Hanna Ottoman

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

Why You’ll Want to Live in Chenille All Winter

January 15, 2018  |  Fashion 9 comments

Wearing chenille feels heavenly, as if you’ve got that luxe throw from the foot of your bed wrapped around you. It’s so soft that everyone will want to give it a touch. This winter has been blistery cold. So why not layer your look with this warm and fluffy fabric.

Chenille Cardigan

Cardigan: Anthropologie (similar) / Camisole: Banana Republic / Pants: Banana Republic / Crossbody: Anthropologie / Flats: Zara / Necklace: J.Crew (similar) / Headband: Anthropologie

Blush Chenille Cardigan

Anthropologie Chenille Cardigan

If you’re looking to shop similar soft styles, here are some great options under $60:

Wish List Wednesdays January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018  |  Wish List Wednesdays 11 comments

wish list

What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

My favorite items from the Shopbop sale all under $100!

1 / Endless Rose Striped Midi Dress

2 / Rebecca Minkoff Black Glitter Star Leo Clutch

3 / Jeffrey Campbell Ravis Tassel Slip On Mules

4 / Wayf Colton Tiered One Shoulder Top

5 / Madewell Retro Cropped Bootcut Jeans With Ripped Knees

6 / Steven Allister Platform Sneakers

7 / Books with Style Art of the White Shirt

8 / Style Mafia Sarria Top

9 / PJ Salvage Flannel PJ Set

10 / English Factory Stripe Ruffle Sweater

11 / Endless Rose Striped Midi Dress

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

Sale Style: Clad in Winter Plaid

January 9, 2018  |  Fashion 8 comments

One of the things I love about winter style is all the tartan plaid. I’m a sucker for a good print, especially an embellished one. This beaded top featuring winter plaid is on sale right now at J.Crew for 80% off and is now under $18. Plus there are several sizes left.

J.Crew Embellished button-up shirt in forest tartan

Blouse: J.Crew // Jeans: c/o Old Navy // Booties: c/o Naturalizer // Purse: c/o Boden // Sunnies: Nordstrom

Winter Style

Embellishments

At the train station

ABCD

Clad in Plaid

If you’re looking for more deeply discounted plaid options here are a few that I love:

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Mind

January 4, 2018  |  Advice 12 comments

Rather than focus on New Year’s resolutions, I’m establishing some key rules to live by. I was deeply moved by the simple and profound messages I picked up from Unfu*ck Yourself  by Gary John Bishop. These powerful tools teach you how to clear the clutter in your mind, which often seeps in when you just can’t deal with life anymore. I hope you learn something here that helps guide you to leading a better life than the one you’re willing to put up with.

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Mind

Embrace the Uncertainties

Great success comes with great risk. What prevents you from taking those risks is a fear of not meeting your expectations, and of what others may think if you fail. To be our best selves, we have to quit caring about what society thinks. So start embracing your uncertainties by doing the things that you normally avoid because of fear. The more you do this, the more you’ll grow.

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Mind

You’re Defined By Your Actions

How does one stop procrastinating? It’s a vicious cycle that starts with inaction. Inaction manifests doubt and fear. But action drives away your negative thoughts and motivates you to work harder. You don’t have control over the thoughts going through your head, but you do have control over your actions.

Stop thinking so much because you are not defined by your thoughts, but by your actions. The only way to break the cycle of procrastination is to act. Act in your best interest instead of by how you think and feel, as those thoughts may lead to uncertainty. Remember, action may not lead to happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Mind

Be Relentless

Relentlessness is focused determined action. Only relentlessness can keep you going if you’re lost or feel like you’ve hit rock bottom. Don’t stop. Just keep going and going. You may not see a change right away, but every step is progress. And then one day you’ll notice how far you’ve come.

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Mind

Let Go of Your Expectations

It’s not problems that derail you, but a distortion of reality created by your expectations. Expectations hamper your ability to act effectively.

Let go of those expectations now and choose to accept everything as it comes. You may not be cool with all of it; but when you choose acceptance, you won’t waste time being disappointed. Now you are free to solve any issues as they arise and live more happily in the moment.

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Mind

All of these tools sound so simple. But after years of thinking in a certain way, it may be tough to put them into regular action. Don’t be hard on yourself. Remember to be relentless. One thing I like to do when I feel stuck is to focus on that exact moment and nothing else. It immediately clears every doubt or fear from my head. Then I choose one small step to implement and then another. Before I know it, I’m in a stream of productive action.

If you have any tools to live more mindfully, I’d love to hear them. And I hope you have a productive and happy 2018.

Wish List Wednesdays January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018  |  Wish List Wednesdays 5 comments

Wish List Wednesday January 3, 2018

What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / Lovers + Friends Romy Faux Fur Coat

2 / Loeffler Randall Leigh Bow Sandal

3 / Shag Puff Dressing Chair (Now over 50% off)

4 / Wynne Travel Wallet

5 / Isabel Marant Beth Suede-Trimmed Metallic Leather Sneakers

6 / Jayson Home Gold Rock Bookend

7 / Loft Striped Velvet Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

The Most Luxurious and Peaceful Place Hidden Outside Udaipur

January 2, 2018  |  South Asia 3 comments

No trip to India is complete without a stay at one of its opulent resorts. A royal retreat is the perfect way to detox from the hustle and bustle of city life. During my final weekend in India, I decided to escape from the city of Udaipur and head for the Aravali Hills. A pristine hideaway awaited me at Raas Devigarh, a Mr and Mrs Smith member.

Raas Devigarh Durbar Balcony

A Peaceful Hideaway

After a winding and quiet drive up to the property and through the gates, a gleaming white palace emerged. A lovingly tended garden of fragrant purple flowers complemented the sprawling outer courtyard. The concierge guided us up the steps to the palace. Suddenly, fresh rose petals rained upon us from the balcony above. More eager than ever, we stepped through the enormous front door guarding the entrance to see a little piece of heaven ahead.

Raas Devigarh Outdoor Swing

Our visit began with a refreshing house lemonade in the open air restaurant. We enjoyed the amazing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and village of Delwara. I had not felt this peaceful in ages. There was something about the minimalist design of the fortress and the quiet little village beyond that arrested the senses in an almost zen like state.

Raas Devigarh Exterior Hills

Raas Devigarh Balcony

Dress: c/o Soft Surroundings (similar) / Earrings: c/o Soft Surroundings (similar) / Gold Bracelet: c/o Soft Surroundings/ Stack of Bracelets (1, 2, 3): c/o Joya / Sunglasses: Nordstrom / Sandals: Target.

After lunch, we checked into our suite and then explored the property. Around every corner was something new and awe inspiring. A giant swing in the courtyard made the perfect reading spot for the morning. While a natural stone sofa in the next courtyard was shaded by the most brilliant palm tree.

Raas Devigarh Joya Bracelets

Raas Devigarh Natural Stone Sofa

Hints of marigold were hidden around the palace, creating brilliant pops of color amongst all of the gleaming white marble.

Raas Devigarh Marigolds

Ornately decorated nooks to dine in and grand archways made each corner its own work of art.

Raas Devigarh Durbar Hall

Raas Devigarh Mirror Room

As it was Diwali weekend, there were a handful of guests. The property was especially quiet with only the sounds of birds chirping above to disrupt our reverie. We watched the sun change from yellow to orange and pink until it set beneath the hills. At night we dined under the stars and enjoyed a selection of fine international cuisine. As it was a bit chilly, the staff offered us shawls for warmth. We took in the evening air and the lights from the village below.

Raas Devigarh Courtyard Plant Life

Waking Up with Pajamasutra

The next morning I awoke with a wish to never leave. The peace I felt was like nothing else — as if all my cares were distant memories. The only things that occupied my thoughts were the beauty and simplicity of the life lived within these walls.

Rats Devigarh Breakfast in Bed

Wearing Lara Pajama Set c/o Pajamasutra

We took some time to enjoy breakfast in the serenity of our Palace Suite. Fit for a queen, it included an entrance room with dining area, an inner lounge and dressing area, a massive bedroom with a separate seating area and views of the Aravali Hills, and a his/hers bathroom.

Raas Devigarh Pajamasutra Pajamasutra Slippers

Raas Devigarh Pajamasutra Bedroom Suite

We also took in the views one last time in the Durbar lounge, a gorgeous place for evening drinks and snacks. The night before a private party filled its halls. As Udaipur is only 45 minutes away, it seemed like the perfect place for a pre-wedding get together for out of town guests.

Raas Devigarh Pajamasutra Pajamasutra Durbar Lounge

Raas Devigarh Pajamasutra Marigolds

Raas Devigarh Durbar Balcony Dining

Raas Devigarh Private Dining Room

One night at Raas Devigarh was not enough. It’s certainly somewhere I’d love to spend a few days, particularly to enjoy its spa treatments and explore the nearby village and temples. Udaipur is known for its palaces, but the surrounding forts are equally as rich and rejuvenating. I’d also love to stay at Bujera Fort, which is outside Udaipur as well.

Have you stayed at any of the palaces around Udaipur? I’d love to hear about your experience.

How to Spread a Little Sunshine on a Cold Winter Day

December 21, 2017  |  What to Wear 26 comments

One of the things I look forward to most in the winter is all the cute and cozy style. Winter coats in bright shades and adorable prints, fuzzy sweaters, scarves for an extra dash of color, luxe boots, and of course over the top hats. No one but snowmen look forward to the cold weather. But if you can layer in style, it kind of makes it all worthwhile. Lately I’ve been opting for more color with the dreariness of the season. A cheery yellow winter coat and a rainbow scarf are my go-to items before I leave the house. So no matter what the weather’s like, I always bring a little sunshine with me wherever I go.

Hanging out in St. Charles

Coat, Scarf, Hat, Sweater, Jeans: c/o Boden; Boots: c/o Naturalizer

***Tip: Taking pictures in the cold without gloves only works works when you’ve got a hot beverage in your hand. Otherwise, you may as well wrap your hands with a bow and gift them to frostbite.

Boden Yellow Winter Coat and Check Scarf

I think there’s magic in the color yellow. It always puts an extra pep in my step when I wear it, which helps on dreary days. Actually, I’ve got a bad case of the blues during the winter time. I’m thinking about purchasing one of these light therapy lamps to get me through the winter. Have you tried one? What do you think and which one would you recommend?

Details of Boden Yellow Winter Coat

Another way I like to brighten my day is to pick up some fresh flowers. In a small space, they really liven up a room. During the holidays, some people like to buy an entire tree and put it in their home. Crazy, right?! 🙂 In all seriousness, I don’t celebrate Christmas. Although I do love the experience of going to the tree lot, browsing the lush green firs, enjoying some cider, and watching excited friends choose their tree. Oh, and finding the perfect photo ops for my Holiday card. What do you think of the one below?

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Christmas Tree Shopping in Boden

Aside from peeking out between Christmas trees, I’ll be spending the holidays watching cheesy Christmas romance movies on Netflix (agreed with Twitter: A Christmas Prince is so awful it’s good), eating lots of cookies and pies, and scouring the online sales this season. That’s pretty much the trifecta of joy for me before the new year.

What are you doing to brighten up the dull days of winter?

Cute and Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50

December 16, 2017  |  Holidays 13 comments

Holiday Gifts Under $50

Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50

Still looking for the right gifts for your loved ones? Here are a bunch of fun and affordable holiday gift ideas under $50. I’ve curated the chicest items that are sure to put a smile on their faces.

And be sure to browse the links below for awesome sales available right now and through the weekend.

Net-a-Porter: Up to 70% off (no code necessary)

Express: Up to 40% off select (no code necessary)

Bloomingdale’s: Up to 40% off (no code necessary)

J.Crew: 40% off select with code TIME2GIVE

Madewell: Extra 25% off with code ADDTOCART

Club Monaco: Up to 60% off sale (no code necessary)

West Elm: Up to 40% with code MERRY

Shop ’till you drop!