Monday, October 28, 2013

Put A Lid On It

Hats are my go to accessory when the weather starts to get cooler. Nothing like being fashion forward while masking your bad hair day and keeping your head warm. I can't get enough of them! I recently bought this adorable Daisy Cloche from Brooklyn Industries and made a point to wear it this past weekend. The cold and wind were awful, but the hat kept me looking perfectly put together.

Here are some more styles I have my eye on...

Stitch Banded Hat available at Free People- $58

Zaffre Fedora available at Anthropologie- $48

Bailey® for J.Crew Felt Hat available at J.Crew- $98

Grosgrain Panama Hat available at Urban Outfitters- $39

My oh's been too long! So much has been going on lately. I feel like I've been going in circles. I'm still getting over being sick (this cough is just lingering), and we have been apartment hunting in our free time. Well, it seems like today I can take a deep breath and relax because we got approved for the apartment we wanted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Our lease starts in December, and I'm so excited! The best part is that we will finally have a view. All the years I have lived in Manhattan we have always just had a "true New York City View"...i.e. a brick wall. In the new apartment we have a view of the Williamsburg Bridge, lower Manhattan, and an iconic Brooklyn water tower. *sigh* I can't wait to share photos with you all.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sleeping Off The Sickness

Saturday morning I woke up with a scratchy throat and swollen glands. By Saturday evening I had the sniffles. Sunday I spent most of the afternoon in bed still feeling quite awful. So I thought that by today (Monday) I'd be feeling better for work. It's just a head cold after all. Boy was I wrong. I got to work and lasted there for about three hours until I realized that I couldn't handle it anymore. I came home, cuddled up with my pup, and went to sleep.

For the last few days I have been living in my pajamas...and realizing that I really need some new ones. Here are some of my current favorites that would even make having the flu feel slightly better.

Retro Polka Dot PJ Set available at Forever 21- $24.80

Pure Body Robe available at Gap- $64.95

Gilligan & O'Malley Women's Knit Sleepshirt available at Target- $17.99 $14.39

Telling Bedtime Tails Pajamas by Bedhead available at ModCloth- $103.99

I'm still not feeling all that great. My husband did get home a little early to make me some chicken soup from scratch though (yay!). Here's to hoping it makes me feel better...or at least good enough to get through work tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Look of the Day- Pretty In Pleats

Look of the Day

1) Crystal Twist Headband available at Anthropologie- $32
2) Elsa Sunburst-Pleated Skirt available at BCBG- $228
3) Lash Before My Eyes Top in Bows available at ModCloth- $37.99
4) Mossimo Magnetic Closure Crossbody Handbag available at Target- $22.99
5) Fancy Faux Suede Pumps available at Forever 21- $32.80

It's a little edgy, slightly menswear inspired...yet with feminine details. I have to say, I adore this outfit. I definitely need to get some more grandmother inspired and rock influenced items into my wardrobe ASAP! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Shopping Roundup

'Tis the weekend to shop! So many Columbus Day sales are going get out there and save some many!!!

~After saving a ton of money yesterday while shopping at Express I have to let you all know that you gotta stop on by while they have the majority of their store on sale. Now through Monday their sweaters, jeans, and outwear are 40% off! Also, get $25 off for every $100 you spend when you use the promo code 1900 at checkout.

~Urban Outfitters is taking an extra 50% off this weekend.

~Get 35% off of your online purchase now through Monday when you shop at Gap. Enter the promo code GAPSAIL at checkout.

~Stop by Bloomingdale's and save 25-50% on select merchandise.



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Something Old, Something New

Do you have that one item in your closet that you cannot live without? For me it is this BDG cardigan that I picked up at Urban Outfitters a few years ago. I wear it all the time. You have seen it on this blog plenty of times. I wear it so much that it is even starting to get holes on it (which makes me so sad!). I love it because it is rather light, comfy, and black. Perfection in my mind!

top- H&M
sweater- BDG

Don't be fooled by the fact that I'm wearing a cardigan and has been so warm here in NYC today all week. I hate this weather. It's in the upper 70s/low 80s! I personally love fall. It's my absolute favorite season. Makes me so sad that we'll probably have a few good weeks where it is in the 50s/60s before it gets freezing cold. UGH! 

Oh yeah...and the reason I'm dressed like this is because we had our air conditioner blasting (my husband was hot and I was cold, as usual!).

What is your favorite item in your closet? What do you wear way too often and just can't live without???

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Interview with Frances of Hobo Queen

      You may remember an interview I did with two adorable artists/jewelry designers on the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania last year for Fig Magazine. Since then I have stayed in touch with one of the designers and thought it would be fun to catch up with her about Hobo Queen, inspirations, goals, and where to buy her work. Let's all take a moment to hear a little more from one half of Hobo Queen: Frances.

      Snapshot Fashion: What inspires you when you are designing jewelry?
      Frances of Hobo Queen: Peeling paint, graffitied dumpsters, grandma stuff, Chinatown, fake diamonds and gold, Mexican folk art, pastel chalk pastels, hole in the wall buy and sell shops, old school nail salons, neon signs, dirty car garages, and bodegas.

      SF: Use three adjectives to describe the designs of Hobo Queen.
      HQ: Gritty, complex, and adorable.

      SF: Tell us about the first piece of jewelry you ever created.
      HQ: The first piece of jewelry I created was about seven years ago, before the birth of Hobo Queen, and it was a pair of earrings that looked like little robots. They were very simple..I was working at the front desk of a historic library in Wilkes Barre, and one day I snooped in the drawers of the very vintage employee bathroom. I found two little silver colored fluorescent light fuses, and took them home and gutted them to make earrings. I just loved the look of them so much I had to wear them on my person! That is why I make found object and mixed media jewelry. Sometimes the aesthetics of a little tiny thing are so amazing it has to be displayed...I look at myself and people who wear my jewelry as walking, talking art galleries. There are mishaps sometimes...Hillary (my HQ partner) and I were working on some jewelry one night and we ended up in the emergency room...We were trying to drill a hole through a ceramic bird's head- I said, "Here, let me do it, you hold it," and brrrrt! I drilled a tiny hole RIGHT through her forefinger...luckily it was okay, no permanent damage, but we learned that you can't drill a hole through any old thing with a household drill...Haha.

      SF: You use found objects in your jewelry designs. What was the best item you have ever found to incorporate into your jewelry?
      HQ: Ahh...there are so many...I try to take photos of my work but sometimes they find homes before I can get to it. The most unique thing I ever made was a piece out of was an antique sepia photograph that I found in a dumpster of a woman from Germany. There was a note on the back to her husband in her handwriting..I cut it out and turned it into a pendant, coated it with clear enamel. A high school girl bought it downtown on Prince Street a couple of years ago. I hope she still loves it!

      SF: Where do you hope Hobo Queen is professionally in 5 years?
      HQ: Well, my vision is to have Hobo Queen known in the underground art scene as a "lifestyle brand." I have begun to mark my street art pieces with Hobo Queen or HQ, as well as my gallery pieces. It's a lot of work to keep up with the networking and marketing side of art, and I am working on balancing that and my creative surges.. I admire the Philadelphia artist Sean Martorana- he balances his business and art really well, and does everything!

Be sure to stop by Hobo Queen's Facebook page for the latest updates! There you can also contact Frances if you would like custom pieces made. Hobo Queen uses PayPal for online payment.

Please note that if you are in central Pennsylvania, stop on by Rhyme and Reason in Lancaster. They are a new vintage shop downtown that is selling Hobo Queen's jewelry.