Trick Or Treat

Having found the joy in hauntingly inspired celebration last year, Halloween is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays for decor. Never one to change floor mats to throw blankets for a seasonal theme, I personally opt to incorporate touches of a holiday through table center pieces, surrounding them with baked goods. This year I found this great idea for Medusa Cupcakes that were very easy to throw together. I simply used cake-in-a-box mix to make my two batches of a dozen cupcakes, topping them with frosting, gummy worms and pre-made candy eyeballs by Wilton. Some few tips that might be helpful are, when manipulating the worms onto the frosted cupcakes, use their shape to your advantage, allowing them to fall as they please. Also consider cutting the worms in half, using thinner pieces for an easier fit onto the cupcake.  Fast and sweet, this treat was the perfect ending to my Halloween!

24 Medusa Cupcakes
1 Box Of Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Tub Of Chocolate Frosting
6 Bags Of Gummy Worms 7oz
1 Package Of Wilton Candy Eyeballs

Pink and Polk-A-Dots

I took a stroll in my new neighborhood of Los Gatos and got a little "lounging around the house" inspiration at the Romantiques lingerie fashion show earlier this month. A fan of 60's housewife sass, my favorite fashion show looks and event details were all inspired by some "Mad Men" era touches. From the adorable napkins, with the "classic housewife sayings", to the timeless polk-a-dot, with lace lingerie pieces, I was smitten.

Staying on theme with my own get-up, I pulled out a navy blue with white polk-a-dot number and paired it with contrasting pink hues. Starting with a bubble gum pink vintage purse and a matching pink statement bracelet. Yet avoiding bubble gum overload I switched it up a bit with a musty pink belt and completed my look with some nude colored pumps that have sweet black lace details.

{H&M Blue Polk-A-Dot Dress, Steve Madden Lace Accent Pumps,
Thrifted Pink Suede Belt, Vintage Fusion Pink Button Statement Bracelet, H&M Bow Bracelet,
J.Crew Brown Art Deco Bracelet, Vintage Pink Purse}

Booties and Fur

Longing for the fall chill, I set out to Oakland last friday, to celebrate F3 at the Cotton Mill's first birthday, wearing my faux fur vest. A first time fur dabbler, I have been a bit apprehensive about wearing this item I indulgently bought, at the Nordstom's half yearly sale, early this summer. Yet stuck somewhere between summer days and fall nights, fur seemed like a good compromise for a runway show rendezvous. Inspired by a recent Crossroads Trading Co. blog post, Crisp Whites, I re-vamped a white cotton dress paring it with my faux fur find. I then chose some hiking-like booties, giving the sweet sun-dress a bit more fall edge. As for the fab F3 fashion, I was floored by Zoe Hong's leather and sheer juxtapositions that hit the catwalk. More sultry than sassy, each outfit created monochromatic story perfect for fall nights.

{American Eagle White Dress, Jack by BB Dakota Faux Fur Vest, Guess Lace Up Booties,
Vintage Crocodile Purse, Guess Leopard Print with Faux Rhinestone Statement Bracelet, Anthropologie Faux Rhinestone Trio}

Fall Orange Feelings

I bid farwell to the summer season at the the Petaluma Antique Fall Fair, scavenger hunting for some snazzy pre-loved pieces.

Loving burnt orange hues for the coming gloomy months, I have started to collect some orange inspiration for my wardrobe and even incorporated it into home decor, painting the kitchen a pumpkin tone on a whim. Orange has never been a favorite color of mine, yet having seen it paired with leopard print pieces on numerous occasions recently, the wheels in my head are now turning in its favor. 

Obsessing over antique textiles as of late, I had my eyes peeled for some funky rugs at the fall fair. Last year I found a sweet woven ikat runner and I hoped to score once more. To my luck I spotted a purple, pink and yellow persian rug that I came to terms as my splurge item after about... ohhhhh... 2 seconds. Perfect for the bedroom, i'm just smitten with the colors.  

{Forever 21 Orange Blouse, Thrifted Saville Skirt via Crossroads Trading Co., Steve Madden Bow Pumps, Forever 21 Black Necklace, Vintage Crocodile Purse}

Jeweled Tones

I shamelessly jewelry ogled at the Madhuri Parson Trunk Show recently. Always lusting after big statement pieces, Madhuri did not have to insist more than once for me to try on some of her amazing works of art. What I cannot seem to get enough about her work is that it truly captures what the chic woman of today wants, which I like to call "just a little bit of too much". Its that "just a little bit of too much" that makes an outfit "pop". That "pop", a note that I am always seeking to hit. Inspired by Madhuri's old meets new, traditional meets modern, I planned my trunk show outfit around a large, ruby red, 70's style belt. A Crossroads Trading Co. consignment find, I loved the huge belt-buckle immediately for its "pop". Sticking with the jewel tones, I paired it with a emerald blue minimalist-shaped dress and some gold heels with snake print trimings.

{Forever 21 Emerald Blue Dress, Crossroads Trading Co. Belt, Charles David Gold Snake Skin Open-Toe Pumps, Forever 21 Statement Necklace, Dooney and Burke Purse}

For more about Madhuri Parson's trunk show and her upcoming showing dates read:

Fashion Week Inspiration - S/S 2012 Edition

I will be the first to admit, keeping up with fashion week while going about daily life can be a little much. Glued to the computer screen, browsing endless slide shows on NY Mag, sipping on another mocha while longing to be in the front row instead, can take an emotional toll. Thus, I have done the dirty work for you, sparing you the heartache, compiling a fab fashion week round-up of my favorite looks.

I don't know whether it was the over-the-top color-blocking or over-the-top mixing of patterns, but this 2012 S/S fashion week's funky combinations had me over-the-moon.

From New York to Paris, I adored the sherbert shades and pops of pastel that color-blocked the runway. Yet what captivated me the most was that these color-blocking combos were not just done by pairing pieces together. Color-blocking seems to have transformed into a new pattern in itself, blocking out hues on singular articles of clothing, creating a sort of a colorful striped revolution.

Feeding my eclectic addictions even more were the array of looks that didn't just mix colors but mixed prints as well. Many designers created pieces that played with a handful of patterns on one piece, many of those prints being romantic florals and paisleys, keeping a touch of classic conventional spring.

A sucker for color, 2012 S/S fashion week had me at tangy toned tops. For more of my fashion week look favorites follow me on Pintrest!