dressing for a rainy day

December 19, 2014

eyeglasses umbrella via M Loves M @marmar
Rainy days are my favorite! When I moved to Seattle after high school everyone was like, "Oh gosh the rain is awful." It was actually one of the things I was looking forward to most, though. This may have to do with one of my favorite musicals being Singing in the Rain, but I think it also was because rainy days were a rare occurrence growing up. I always looked forward to them, and wanted them to last way longer than they did. When Matthew and I were dating we had the most amazing rainy winter but I feel like we haven't had a year like that since. I have my fingers crossed for this winter though. Considering we had 3 days of rain in the past week I think things are looking good! Here's what I wore on a recent rainy day in LA: a white belted coat, the cutest mauve rain boots and an eyeglass-print umbrella!
white belted coat via M Loves M @marmar
chooka rain boots via M Loves M @marmar
rainy day outfit via M Loves M @marmar
white coat and striped sweater via M Loves M @marmar
striped sweater similar 1 and 2, white coat Chicwish, jeans J.Crew, boots Chooka, umbrella Kate Spade, lipstick Vincent Longo Mulberry

Feeling super excited for the weekend. I'm going to try to get everything done before Christmas next week! {Gosh that came up quickly!} Matthew and I should probably watch a holiday movie this weekend but that means I'll have to tear myself away from Gilmore Girls. The whole series is on Netflix now {!} so I'm rewatching it from the beginning. There are probably better uses of my time but I seriously love that show. My mom and I used to watch it when I was in high school and it brings back good memories. 

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend everyone!!

xox

holiday gifts for the hostess

December 18, 2014

holiday gift guide for the hostess via M Loves M @marmar

Between Christmas and New Years, there are a few holiday parties on our calendar. I always love picking out special gifts for the party's hostess. While a bottle of wine or fresh flowers always does the trick, I often like to pick out something that the hostess can enjoy weeks after the party. I picked out these gifts above for the hostess, domestic gal, or maybe even you! I'll admit this Dinner Parties book has been on my wish list ever since I paged through it in a store! It's such a beautiful book with really interesting articles. Hostesses are usually very organized so a monogrammed date book will get a lot of use! This mineral candle looks like art and would be the perfect addition to any console table! If she likes to bake, you can't go wrong with a white spatula! It could even be something that you tie to a bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers! What do you like to give a hostess, or receive yourself?

P.S. Christmas is a week away so make sure to take advantage of these great deals 
while you still can:

J.Crew is offering 40% off sale items and 30% off full-priced items with code JINGLE
LOFT has 40% off everything and 50% off sweaters!
Shopbop is giving 20% off sale items with code EXTRASALE
Nordstrom has free delivery by Christmas Eve so order up!
Amazon is a one-stop shop for all your holiday shopping and they're doing a 12 Days of Deals!
Take 20% off select gifts at Anthropologie!
Take 30% off your entire purchase at Madewell with code WRAPITUP!
Love these value sets from Sephora! Only 2 days left for Standard Shipping!
Get some boots and booties from Neiman Marcus! They're having 25% off right now!
Get 35% off blouses at Ruche with code BLOUSE
Get 30% off last minute gifts from ASOS! They have so many great options!

xox

black faux fur

December 17, 2014

black faux fur jacket with sweatshirt and jeans via M Loves M @marmar
Outerwear can make all the difference. Since it's the first thing people notice about your outfit, you can have a little more fun with it. Chicwish has some amazing outerwear pieces right now {remember this trench and this houndstooth vest?}. Wearing faux fur is a way to add an instant edge to your outfits, and it's very holiday appropriate, so I paired this black faux fur jacket with my jeans and sweatshirt outfit. I could have chosen this belted wool coat, or even the faux fur jacket in white, and the outfit would have had a completely different feel. Don't you think? This faux fur jacket in black is great for feeling like a rockstar during the day but it would also keep you nice and cozy at a holiday party with a pretty dress like this one! How do you like to wear faux fur during the holidays?
black faux fur jacket via M Loves M @marmar
coach borough bag in black polished calfskin via M Loves M @marmar
los ángeles ring and gray sweatshirt via M Loves M @marmar
black faux fur jacket and karen walker sunglasses via M Loves M @marmar
keds for kate spade black glitter sneakers via M Loves M @marmar
black jeans and black glitter sneakers via M Loves M @marmar
jacket ℅ Chicwish {also in white and brown}, sweatshirt Everlane {this short-sleeved one is great too}, jeans 7 For All Mankind, shoes Keds for Kate Spade {also in gold, silver, pink and navy}, bag Coach Borough, sunglasses Karen Walker Harvest




Happy Wednesday everyone! Can you believe Christmas Eve is just a week away? December is flying by!

xox

photos by Valorie Darling

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