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Seasonal Sparkles

November 17, 2011

While we’re on the subject of holiday dresses, allow me to introduce one of my new favorite sparkly numbers from Juicy Couture. Along with being in one of those murkier colors that you all know I love, the gauzy layer on top is actually removable which means I can wear this as a full-blown sequined dress if I want (and who wouldn’t want to?).

Even though this dress is a bit too fancy shmancy for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, I can definitely imagine putting this on for one of my favorite Christmas traditions, The Nutcracker.

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition? See more of mine over at Juicy Couture!

{ S.W.O.R.D. leather jacket, Club Monaco vest, gifted Juicy Couture dress, Report Signature heels }

Holiday Blowouts

November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving is practically a week away, I’ve booked my plane ticket back to San Francisco for Christmas, and I’ve got about five parties coming up in the next couple of weeks - suffice it to say, the holiday season is here!

Fa la la la la la la la la!

As with every holiday season (see here and here), I’m on the hunt for a few new festive dresses to make the coming month that much more exciting. While last year my picks were a bit more scattered, this year I’ve narrowed my party dress wishlist down to three categories/trends: bold patterns, updated LBDs, and sequins and embellishments. Now comes the even harder part of narrowing it down to just one or two pieces!

Which ones would you choose? (Keep in mind the Thanksgiving dress always needs a bit of room around the waist…)

  1. Tibi Rococo Print Dress - $462
  2. Betsey Johnson Envy the Heiress Dress - $398
  3. Edun Marble Silk Chiffon Dress - $500
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Panthera Shift Dress - $358
  5. Topshop Tinsel Fringe Dress - $120
  6. AllSaints Char Dress - $295
  7. Rebecca Taylor Lace Bustier - $425
  8. Vanessa Bruno Athé Black-Beaded Dress - $360
  9. Anthropologie Wink & Rimple Dress - $228
  10. AllSaints Erodes Dress - $495
  11. Vince Sequin-Embellished Crepe Dress - $495
  12. Philosophy di Alberta Ferreti Embellished Lace-Overlay Dress - $322


Holiday Gifts • Under the Tree

December 8, 2010
tags: , christmas 2011, christmas gifts, christmas tree, , for her, gift guide, gift wrapping, holiday gifts, , santa claus, stocking stuffers, under the tree,
by Sonia

Last week I wrote about my family’s tradition when it comes to opening our stockings on Christmas morning (see here), and as promised here is the second edition to our Christmas routine. After we open our stockings, we scurry downstairs to the kitchen where we feast on a delectable breakfast of homemade waffles, scrambled eggs, fresh bacon, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and now that I’m older, tons and tons of coffee. After that it’s off to the Christmas tree where my brothers and I each have a section where Santa has placed boxes covered in festive wrappings.

While I love the trinkets and treasures that slip into the nooks and crannies of stockings, there’s nothing like the bulkier gifts like books, shoes, and household decorations to fill that empty space underneath the Christmas tree. I like to wrap my presents in the most generic boxes I can find because I find that the element of surprise is always that much greater.

So, as I get deeper into my holiday shopping (boy is it exhausting!) I thought I’d feature some items that I certainly wouldn’t mind finding underneath my tree this year :)


  1. Jonathan Adler Banana Rug - $160
  2. Textile by Elizabeth & James Gregory Pullover Parka - $400
  3. Rebecca Taylor Grande Fleur Skirt - $123
  4. Pamela Love Silver Talon Cuff - $920
  5. West Elm Wall Tealight Holder - $99
  6. Vintage French Interiors by Sebastian Siraudeau - $23
  7. Topshop Woven Check Trousers - $80
  8. Miu Miu Penny Loafer Maryjanes - $409
  9. Sunai Patchwork Ottoman - $229
  10. Modcloth Cutensils Cutlery Set - $30
  11. Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection - $175
  12. Madewell Brownstone Suede Bag - $126
  13. Illume Gardenia Diffuser - $40
  14. Issa Double Decker Red Dress - $587
  15. Madewell First Frost Necklace - $102
  16. Taste Test Recipe Book - $28

Welcoming Winter

December 6, 2010
tags: , , , cozy knits, gingerbread house, holidays, ice skates, ice skating, , rockefeller center, san francisco ballet, santa, santacon, seasons, snow, , , warm, , winter activities
by Sonia

One of the reasons I decided to stay on the east coast after graduating college instead  of moving back to California is because of my love for seasons. While at times winter can feel unbearably long, I have to admit that I get just as equally excited for the icy cold season as I do for crisp springs, hot summers, and chilly autumns. This morning I awoke to a light flurry of snow falling outside my window and it got me that much more amped for this festive holiday season and all the winter activities to come. Here are some things that I’m looking forward to this winter:

going ice skating in Rockefeller Center •

• dressing up and celebrating Santacon in NYC •

• “Mini Christmas” - a tradition three of my best friends and I have been celebrating for 13 years •

• making a gingerbread house from scratch •

• cozying up in chunky knits with comfort food •

• going to see the Nutcracker •

• walking through a snow covered Central Park •

What are you looking forward to this winter?


photos via me, weheartit & tumblr

Stocking Stuffers

December 7, 2009
tags: banana republic, Chanel Nail Polish, , Fred Flare, Fun Socks, Hanky Panky, Juicy Couture Cashmere, Modcloth, , Orange Fizz, Presents, , stockings, urban outfitters
by Sonia

Stockings have always been one of my favorite parts about Christmas morning. In my house, my brothers and I scurry into my Mom’s room where she and our stockings await us. What I love about stockings is that they aren’t generally filled with what one might call “necessities”, but they are filled with trinkets and treasures that are not only unexpected but add bits of joy to my daily life. I love digging into my floppy stocking and feeling around for what might be a book, a yummy smelling candle or a cozy new pair of slippers.

Here are some stocking stuffer ideas for your Christmas morning!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Opening Ceremony Long Knit Squiggly Gloves - $60.00

2. Beads and Spikes Necklace - $45.00

3. Faux Lex Watch - $30.00

4.. Hanky Panky Lace Thongs - $18.00 each

5. Juicy Couture Cashmere Pants - $298.00

6. Banana Republic Flower Band Ring - $36.00

7. Suit Yourself Necklace - $62.99

8. Bleach Black Rhinestone Bracelet - $28.00

9. Sushi Casual Socks - $6.00

10. Chanel “Orange Fizz” Nail Polish - $23.00

11. Fish Earrings - $14.00