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Latest & Greatest #22: More Saturday Goodness

Nubby Twiglet | Kate Spade Saturday

Nubby Twiglet | Kate Spade Saturday

I’ve been loving the new goodies Saturday is rolling out for Fall. From snazzy dresses in bold hues to office supplies covered in op-art patterns, I can’t get enough! As much as I love Kate Spade’s main line, the mod feel of Saturday is much more up my alley these days.


Nubby Twiglet | Kate Spade Saturday

These are some of my Fall favorites: Above: positive negative blanket, 1. buckle-over dress, 2. accordion binder, 3. square satchel, 4. paper nesting boxes, 5. sticky notes, 6. stationery set and 7. double loop belt.


All items: Kate Spade Saturday.

Latest & Greatest #21: Zara Jewels

Zara Necklace

Zara Necklace

I tend to not wear much jewelry. On an average day, I’m in front of my computer for at least 10 hours and the clink-clank of rings and bracelets hitting my desk and the keyboard drive me insane. When I’m going out though, I like to add some pizzazz to my basic dresses with a statement necklace.

Two weeks ago, when Kat, Gala and I flew in from Greece to London, we were running heavy on causal vacation clothes but lacking some dressier things for four straight days of teaching. Luckily, our next door neighbor in London was Westfield, an upscale mall. So with maybe an hour to spare before our dinner reservations, we hit it hard. I barely found a thing. Then, as I was feeling despair creep in, I hit the jackpot at Zara when I spotted this necklace dangling from the wall.

Zara Necklace

A little bit Coco Chanel, a little bit early Madonna, I knew it was the perfect way to dress up all the simple shift dresses I’d packed. All it took was one statement piece to turn things around. Needless to say, I’m completely, totally obsessed. I have no idea why it reads “Maybe” but it’s definitely a conversation starter!


Featured: Combination Pear and Chain Necklace, Zara.

Latest & Greatest #20: Bite Beauty

Latest & Greatest: Bite Beauty

Latest & Greatest: Bite Beauty

Just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a lipstick just by its exterior. But, that’s just what I did when I stumbled upon the Bite Beauty display tucked inside Sephora. With its matte black tubes and subtle, tonal application of logos, the line immediately stood out in the sea of over-embellished displays and packaging that surrounded it.

Intrigued, I went home and did some research and was pleasantly surprised by what I learned: Launched in 2011, the Toronto-based line features food-grade ingredients and contains no petroleum byproducts or synthetic chemicals. Produced in small, handcrafted batches, Bite straddles the line between healthy and high performance with fantastic results.

I’ve been smitten since learning about the line, scouring Bite’s Pinterest for even more visuals and after falling down the rabbit hole, I found out about a brand new service offered at their pop-up lipstick lab in New York City. For $28.00, Bite’s lab techs will custom mix your perfect lip color! Needless to say, this is on my must-visit list while I’m in New York this week.

Latest & Greatest: Bite Beauty

Have you tried Bite products yet? What do you think?


All images: Bite Beauty’s Pinterest and Sephora.

Latest & Greatest #18: The Novel by Joyce Lee

Latest & Greatest: The Novel


Over the weekend, I rediscovered The Novel by Joyce Lee which I first spotted last year in this beautiful bedroom makeover. I’m still on a huge kick for citrus hues ranging from apricot to mandarin and the tones in this photo represent everything I’m after right now.

I’m loving:

1. The Novel Print, 2. Shape Shifter Dress, 3. Givenchy Pandora Wallet, 4. Washi Tape, 5. Tassel Plume Necklace and 6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Neon Cutout Sneakers.


Check out more Latest & Greatest roundups here.
And view even more of Joyce Lee’s photography here.

Latest & Greatest #17: Woven Bracelets

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Latest & Greatest: Woven Bracelets

Over the weekend, I was showing Kat and Gala around Hawthorne, a street in S.E. Portland jam-packed with locally owned boutiques, restaurants and vintage stores. We popped in The Gold Door, a store that is filled with the smell of incense and brightly colored religious paraphernalia, skulls, imported decor and jewelry. I’ve always thought of it as a shop that’s perfect for picking up a unique gift for the eccentric and adventurous globe trotter in your life.

I spotted these handwoven plastic bracelets grouped on a table and picked up a handful. Gala thought they reminded her of Dries van Noten and I laughed at the designer reference, noting that the price was a whole four dollars each!

Latest & Greatest: Woven Bracelets

I left with these three and paired them the next day with my black flowered dress. I have a lot of upcoming travel and sometimes a handful of accessories are just what’s needed to spice up those wardrobe basics. These days, it’s the really small things that get me excited, including these plastic bracelets.


Have you picked up anything new to spice up your wardrobe lately?

Latest & Greatest #16: Kate Spade Saturday

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Latest & Greatest: Kate Spade Saturday


Truth be told, I’ve barely been bothered to shop (beyond house-related items) since I returned from Europe two months ago. We’ve been very busy remodeling since the new year and I’ve had little time or interest in perusing the web in the name of fun and personal consumption.

But, all that shifted in a quick moment last week when I laid eyes on Kate Spade Saturday. A new lower-priced diffusion collection, it’s bright, mod and overflowing with two of my favorite things: stripes and yellow.

Latest & Greatest: Kate Spade Saturday

It’s very rare for me, but sometimes, do you come across an item, a collection or an entire store that feels like it was pulled directly from your stream of consciousness? Like you’ve been dreaming up specific items for years and then suddenly, they’re in existence, right before your eyes? I’m feeling that way about Saturday at the moment. I love the fun, youthful simplicity of their products.

Latest & Greatest: Kate Spade Saturday

And, not only are their offerings fun but I’m equally enamored by the bold colors, patterns and grids of their graphic design. All around awesome.


Have you checked out Saturday yet? What do you think?

Latest & Greatest #15: Liz Taylor and Connecting the Dots

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Liz Taylor and Connecting the Dots


It’s interesting how the human mind connects the dots and draws parallels. I’ve been intrigued by the Gabbani Identity by Demian Conrad Design for quite a long time now and it’s obvious why: the graphic patterns, the simple color scheme and yes, the poster of Elizabeth Taylor hanging just so-so in the background of one of the shots is totally up my alley. This branding in particular kept churning in my head and I referred back to it often for inspiration because it felt so perfect to me.

But something kept lingering…it reminded me of something else but I couldn’t quite place it. Then I woke up yesterday morning and it hit me: the Topshop Unique Spring 2012 collection had also used graphic black and white patterns and Elizabeth Taylor. I always say that inspiration is everywhere and I love it when contrasting worlds cross over and inspire us in new, unique ways.


*Sources: Style.com and Demian Conrad Design.