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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


Festive Frocks

December 15, 2010

Every time the holidays roll around I find my calendar fills up with back-to-back parties, events, and other festive occasions. While throwing on an LBD is the easiest way to take on multiple parties, I find that the holiday season is the perfect time to break out some of my most flashy frocks. From body hugging minis for nights out on the town to flowing sparkly numbers for an evening at the ballet to sophisticated cocktail dresses for those family get-togethers, the style options for holiday events are endless! Although I definitely have some dresses hanging in the back of closet dying to be worn, here are a few other pieces I hope to wear during this season chock full of fun festivities.



  1. Anna Sui Patterned Dress - $635.49
  2. Preen Zebra Print Drape Dress - $306
  3. White Verve Secret Weapon Dress - $299
  4. Modcloth Kalanchoe Blooms Dress - $245
  5. Alice + Olivia Kristin Web Detail Dress - $339
  6. All Saints Jelan Dress - $290
  7. Topshop Satin Bodycon Dress - $190
  8. Tibi Confetti Beading Dress - $693
  9. Delias Arielle Brocade Dress - $49.50
  10. Elizabeth & James Helena Ruched Dress - $385
  11. Camilla & Marc Shield Frock - $650
  12. Haute Hippie Ruffled Strapless Dress - $495

Born in the USA

June 30, 2010
tags: 4th of july, activities, decorations, , fourth of july, , long weekend, party, , Party Favors, summer, summer cocktails, summer food
by Sonia

I know I’m not alone when I say how excited I am for this coming holiday weekend. Aside from my appreciation for long weekends, I’m particularly excited for this Fourth of July because I will be spending it with most of my family and celebrating the engagement of my brother Austin and his beautiful fiancé Arianna.

Although the majority of my weekend will be consumed with swimming in my cousin’s pool and trying to show Finn that it’s OK to ride in the basket of my bicycle, I can’t deny my love of all holidays so I’d be lying if I said I’m not equally as excited to partake in some traditional Fourth of July hoopla.

This year we are throwing a barbecue, so while my brother and Mom take over the grill I plan to be in the kitchen fixing up a fresh summer salad, crisp cocktails, and a festive dessert. Below I have compiled some of my Independence Day necessities:

• Fresh Berries with Mint (recipe here) - This dessert/snack is the perfect blend of sweet and tart and the mint adds just the right amount of bite •

• Opening Ceremony x Pendleton Dress ($180) - Fourth of July parties tend to be on the casual side, so a lightweight sundress is key. I love the feminine cut and delicate print of this Opening Ceremony x Pendleton dress, and it’s also on sale! Score. •

• US Flag Pinwheel - Who doesn’t love a good party favor? This patriotic pinwheel is a great party handout because not only is it festive but you don’t have to worry about any obnoxious clean up (*ahem* party poppers) •

• Seychelles Pumps ($92) - These shoes are a perfect touch of color to brighten up an otherwise neutral dress •

• Dots & Stripes Tumblers ($20) - Why serve yummy cocktails in a boring glass when you can use fun decorative glasses like these!? I can already picture serving beverages (like these) in them •

• Summer Luminary Bags ($4 per dozen) - There’s nothing like a little candlelight once the sun goes down. These luminary bags are not only summer appropriate but their faded colors are patriotic without being obnoxious •

• Sparklers - enough said. :D

• Sheer Petals Platter ($148) - The design of this platter is absolutely gorgeous, it would almost be a crime to serve anything on it. But if there were ever going to be a platter worthy of gourmet burgers and summer corn this would definitely be on the one •

Perfect Party Dresses

June 24, 2010

Yesterday, after a quick glance at my schedule I realized that over the next few months I have an unreasonable amount of parties to attend that involve more than a pair of jeans and six pack of beer. From my Godmother’s summer party this weekend and the Fourth of July next weekend (when did that creep up on us?) to my brother’s engagement parties and rehearsal dinner in September, my wardrobe needs some serious sprucing up! While I have plenty of “appropriate” dresses, I think we can all agree that there’s nothing like finding the perfect dress for the perfect party. Many of the nicer dresses hanging in my closet have only been worn once or twice because they hold a memory of a certain party or occasion that I can’t bear to replace. And so my scavenger hunt for the next “perfect party dress(es)” begins, yet again.

As much as I love a good LBD, I try to save those for last minute occasions when I don’t have the time to go hunting for a new dress. So, for this year’s dress quest I’ve tried to find the exact opposite of the LBD. Bring on the bright colors, patterns and prints! - after all, we want to stand out at a party, right?

  1. Orion Red Floral Belted Dress - $160
  2. Diane Von Furstenberg Francia Silk Dress - $358
  3. Rachel Comey Stinger Dress - $437
  4. Topshop Tuck Shift Dress - $80
  5. Alice + Olivia Savannah Strapless Dress - $396
  6. Mara Hoffman Tribal Patterned Silk Dress - $442
  7. Alice + Olivia Sequined Silk Georgette Dress - $485
  8. No. 6 Cowl Neck Dress - $315
  9. Shoshanna Draped Strapless Dress - $363