Shot of Color with Spring Scarves from Banana Republic


This is the view from my hotel room this morning. 

On the plus side, the weather is actually better than forecasted.

But that’s not saying much.

Yesterday was also “Blue Monday,” which has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year.

All of this gray-ness makes me crave signs of spring.

Since I don’t have any trips involving sunshine scheduled any time soon, these scarves from Banana Republic will have to do.

First up: blue and green.

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I like the daisies on the top one, especially the pop of orange in the centers.

This pink floral one is also light and pretty:







Just Want/Loving Now

As always, I have many current obsessions. Here are a few.


This tee from my beloved Fellow Flowers was waiting for me when I arrived home on Friday. If you can’t read it clearly:

Na-mess-te. The mess in me honors the mess in you.



On Saturday, my $9-on-sale Lilly Pulitzer planner arrived. It’s even better than I imagined! I’m going to have to spend time this week filling it out. It comes with stickers and dorkily enough, this is one of the features I love the most.

The graphics on the inside are beautiful, too:


Maybe this is the year I finally get organized. Hope springs eternal.

Trixie (7) built a modern Lego house over the weekend, complete with attached Secret Garden-y yard. I found myself wanting to move in:



These Steve Madden boots are currently on mega sale at


Originally $150, they are now $45. Lately all I’ve been wearing are boots, so these seem like a no brainer to order.

This suede pair of heels is NOT on sale but caught my eye:



This song has been on major repeat lately at Fancy Pants Ranch:


The horn section is awesome.






Things I Want For Christmas

Ok, so I’m riding the fence between the Naughty and Nice Lists this year, like always.

And mostly, I buy myself whatever I want, especially when I find an irresistible deal.

But there are always things I have my eye on.


I still use the same $14 straightener I bought at Target over a decade ago. Considering that I wash my hair less frequently than ever these days (thank you, dry shampoo!), I typically run my straightener through my hair a few times a week, and I could use an upgrade. This set from Sephora would fit the bill. The price is $199, but I have a $20 coupon for Sephora that would bring the tab down.


Once I get something in my head, I tend to perseverate until I get it. Since getting my Hammitt cross body bag, I’ve had the brand on my brain. Their 5 North Wallet appeals due to its modern aesthetic and compact size. My workhorse Marc Jacobs wallet has served me well for several years (and still looks terrific), but its large size and overflowing change compartment make it bulky (and heavy). Hammitt also recently introduced some (overpriced) sandals that are so simple and cool in their design, I can’t stop wanting them. Fortunately, they are sold out or I would be in trouble.


This is sort of embarrassing, because this excellent make-up palette is only available from one place: QVC. I’ve often espoused my love for all things Bobbi Brown, and this palette really is the Holy Grail. It contains concealer, corrector, foundation and powder. I wear every color in the “Sand” palette. This is absolutely perfect for on-the-go beauty, or honestly, just everyday wear. I just wish I could buy it directly from Bobbi, and not from a place that also sells clothes from the Quacker Factory.


Practical and cheap ($2.97), I need a comb to de-pill my sweaters.


Leaving my old job also meant returning my laptop, so I’m in the market for a new one. I will buy this MacBook Pro, but honestly I am going to write it off as a business expense at the beginning of the year, so I probably shouldn’t even include it on this list. However, I am currently feeling the pain of not having a laptop like that of a lost limb. Not being able to online shop while catching up on the Real Housewives of Wherever has been difficult. 


These metallic arc necklaces are cool and well-priced. I can’t decide if I like silver or gold better, but at $35 and $42, respectively, they are cheap enough get both.


This iPhone 6 case is fun and only $24. The one I currently have is falling apart, so this would be a solid improvement.


Daily inspiration from Happiness Guru Gretchen Rubin. And I definitely want (and plan!) to be happier in 2017.

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File all of the shoes under “Completely Superfluous, Impractical Wardrobe Additions.” 



P.S. I would have put this bag on The List, but I found a screaming deal and already got it for a song, thanks to being hooked up by my friend B. Review forthcoming.








Designer Sneakers

Ok, I posted about a pair of spendy Golden Goose sneakers a few days ago, and now I am seeing even pricier options everywhere.

These are all from Neiman Marcus (of course they are).


Valentino’s Rockstud line, in sneaker form, $795


Charlotte Olympia Cool Cats Slip-on, $495


Gucci’s that channel Adidas, $620


Stars done by Stella McCartney, $595


This Burberry pair feels like a bargain at $395


Your Louboutin dreams, only $1345


And the nuttiest-ly awesome pair of all, Gucci rainbow/gold platforms, $950:


Bobbi Brown Party Prep Set

Bobbi Brown already released her 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

This Party Prep Set is a particularly good deal:


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What’s included:

  • Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm (1.0 oz./ 30ml) Full size!
  • Mini Radiance Boost Mask (15ml)
  • Lip Balm SPF 15 (.5oz/ 15g) Full size!
  • Mini Extra Hand Cream (15ml)
  • Hydrating Eye Cream (6ml)

Considering that the Extra Illuminating Balm ($65) and Lip Balm ($22) are both products I use every day, their combined cost alone makes this set a deal at $85. Overall, these items have a value of $141. Get yours now!