Three of a Kind

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You know the old wives tale that things happen in threes?  Well after this week/weekend, I may finally admit that there is some truth to that.

1) A copper pipe behind our garage wall busted and left us with a nice little 15’x5′ “puddle” in our finished and carpeted basement.  Time for some new copper pipework and basement carpet.

2) I was reheating my dinner in the microwave and when the “reheat” program was done, the microwave door refused to open with my dinner trapped inside.  Time for a new built-in microwave and trim kit.  Oh, and a new dinner too!

3) Saturday night, our hot water heater decided to throw up… at 10pm.  All over the utility room floor.  No hot showers in this house until later today.  Not that the kids are complaining.  Time for a new water heater.

Perhaps Santa can fit all of these items into his sleigh?  Fingers crossed.

Homeowner horror stories aside, it’s not all bad when it comes to threes.  Layering bracelets and necklaces has been one of my favorite ways to dress up my outfits this fall.  By combining accessories, you can get an entirely new look using items you already own and save your pennies for other fun things, like a new hot water heater.

Here are some of my favorite mix & match combinations.  Get inspired!

Three of a Kind


1) BaubleBar crystal conifer collar necklace / BaubleBar ‘Britannia’ emerald cut strand necklace

2) B.Brilliant sterling silver cz pendant /Stella & Dot ‘Christina’ link necklace / Stella & Dot ‘On the Mark’ necklace

3) J.Crew mixed stones necklace / J.Crew double row crystal necklace


4) Cartier LOVE gold bracelet / BaubleBar jeweled iced bangle / Cartier Juste un Clou gold bracelet

5) Juicy Couture  feather bracelet / Kate Spade ‘skinny mini’ gold bangle / Juicy Couture black enamel link bracelet

6) Chan Luu Swarovski & pearl wrap bracelet / Melissa Odabash evil eye bracelet / Ann Taylor ivory pearl bracelet

A little (or a lot of) sparkle makes any day a little better.  Hope you have a great one.



2013 Holiday Gift Guide: The Girly-Girl

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This week’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide edition focuses on the girly-girl in your life.  You know, the one who always seems to be immaculately put together, with pristine nails, flawless makeup and a flair of femininity about her that you just can’t miss.  With this refined girl, the more sparkles the better.  Whether the sparkles come in alcoholic or Swarovski crystal form… well, that’s up to you to decide!

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: The Girly-Girl

Clockwise from top-left:

Equipment signature heart-print silk blouse / Sonia Kashuk  ‘Lavish Luxe’ brush set / Diane Von Furstenberg snake clutch / Kate Spade New York ‘Vail’ dress (on sale for 50% off!) / Bubbly Gold champagne flute (set of 4) / J.Crew Factory sequin mini-skirt / Anthropologie Crystalline hair ties (set of 3) / Smythson Blah, Blah, Blah’ notebook / Target Threshold  jewelry box / BaubleBar Crystal Conifer Collar

Sparkles, pink and metallics.  Oh, my!  Perhaps this was all a little too girly for those who made your “Nice List.”  Don’t fret!  Next week’s gift guide tackles the “Jet-Setter” in your life!  Stay tuned and start shopping!



Lions & Tigers… and Leopard Print? OH MY!

Happy Thursday all!

It’s been HOT, HOT, HOT in the CLE!  We’ve been running our AC units non-stop and I’ve been taking every opportunity to go to the pool with the kids and try to cool down.  Ironically, it almost makes me wish for a day of rain- even after our 16 day marathon wet streak not too long ago!

Getting dressed for this sticky weather means light layers and simple pieces with maximum impact.  This morning I turned to my trusty friend- the animal “print.”  I put “print” in quotations because in my head, animal print patterns are not really a “print” per se.  They are in fact, a neutral.  Yes, you heard me right.  Animal print is a go with everything, be everything addition to your wardrobe.  Whether you’re feeling bold and bust out a leopard print top, or you’re a little more low key and go with a spotted or striped accessory, you really can’t go wrong.

Here are a few of my favorite finds and combinations:

Lions and Tigers... and Leopard!
Edith A. Miller polka dot tee / Dittos jean cutoff shorts / Topshop floral flippy skirt / Zara ankle strap heel sandals / TOMS black shoes / Kate Spade handbag / Zara leather purse