crafty chronicle books

At the end of September I entered Chronicle Books’ Craft Book Giveaway contest, and won! It was really exciting and I got to choose $100 worth of books (in addition to $100 worth of e-books). After carefully browsing Chronicle’s online “craft” section I decided upon the three shown above. I’m obsessed with book arts, so The Book as Art was an obvious choice. Instead of going with a DIY fashion book (which would’ve been my go-to in the past) I chose Mastering Calligraphy and Mastering the Art of Embroidery, which are my new inspirations to learn those crafts. Once winter break rolls around I can’t wait to embroider and create beautiful hand-lettering.

back-to-school shopping is in session

There’s nothing quite like back-to-school shopping. I love office supplies, and when fall rolls around I always find myself scoping out unique notebooks and chic desk accessories wherever I go. What could be better than a new Ted Baker pencil bag, a rainbow of Le Pen, and a Paddywax Library candle to make you feel… studious? Hey, a cache of colorful accoutrements and a few retro touches never hurt anyone!

bo don by hans neumann for harper’s bazaar latin america

Beachside motel + clean, tailored lines + androgynous model Bo Don = so lovely. I’m a sucker for asymmetrical pixie cuts (NOT on me, but on others) and a good coat. Oh and I love that pink and polka-dotted Miu Miu dress-jacket from the Fall 2013 collection. Dying for more pink in my wardrobe (speaking of, can’t get this Zara overcoat off my mind!)

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for the love of lime crime

When I returned from Honolulu last Sunday, I had almost forgotten that I ordered a few new goodies from Lime Crime before my trip! Velvetines in Red Velvet and Suedeberry, nail polish in Milky Ways, and a Chincilla lipstick were all wrapped up in this pretty little package. Upon opening the box, I promptly painted my nails and tried on all the new lipsticks (it was almost a shame to throw away the boxes… they’re adorable!). Almost a year ago I purchased Mint to Be (mint), No She Didn’t (blue), and Styletto (black) for kicks, but I’ve never donned them in public. Retrofuturist is another story, however, and as you can see from its stubby height, I use it on a regular basis. Instead of reordering Retrofuturist this time around I decided to test out Lime Crime’s Velvetines, which are incredibly lightweight and smooth. I can tell they’ll be in heavy rotation from now on!

café run

My man and I went out yesterday for a late breakfast at B Patisserie, arguably the best café/bakery around. The ham, bacon, and swiss quiche was très yums, and their sweet treats are always amazing. Also, new skirt! You like? :)

(Jacket Steven Alan / Top ASTR / Skirt ASTR / Shoes Claudie Pierlot / Sunglasses Urban Outfitters / Lipstick Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl / Nail Polish Lime Crime in Milky Ways)