Tuesday, October 21, 2014

in the square


i've recently returned back to philly after a few days away in seattle training for my new job.  the precious time i do have nowadays is spent studying immunology and next generation sequencing manuals.  (if you didn't know before, now you definitely know i'm a science nerd by day.)  while buried in books i noticed my engagement ring was missing a little stone from its band!  the repair warranted a trip to the jeweler in washington square and gave me some much needed time to get a little fresh air.  i stopped in one of the neighborhood parks to snap these outfit pics!  

urban outfitters emma sunglasses
vince leather trimmed car coat (more affordable look-a-likes available here and here)
madewell tipoff placket tank
monserat de lucca botevara large anthracite pouch c/o monserat de lucca (similar option here)
madewell skin skinny rip and repair edition jeans
madewell the billie suede boot











between the new job, travel, our engagement and wedding planning, this fall has certainly been one for the history books.  i'm having the time of my life!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

downtown Julie Brown


a few weeks ago new york designer julie brown kindly sent me this beautiful houndstooth coat from her fall 2014 collection!  and finally, it feels like fall in philly and i can actually wear it!  julie's line is ultra feminine with retro cuts and classic prints.  her coats all have gorgeous three quarter length sleeves: perfect for fall layering in the city!  

julie brown halen houndstooth wool coat (not yet available.  similar jacket for sale here.)
helmut lang draped angled top
helmut lang stretch leather pants (less expensive option here and look-a-like faux leather pairs here and here)
free people studded bag (similar version here)
aldo spiked loafers (similar pairs available here and here)

avante garde paris star earrings







i'm enjoying every minute of crisp air and every second of wedding planning!  this weekend is a big one for me: i'm going dress shopping and we're celebrating our engagement with family and friends!  follow my instagram for an inside look at some of the details!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

we're engaged!


the past month of my life has been an absolute whirlwind.  josh and i went on vacation, got engaged, i got a new job, and we've been non stop planning our wedding!  i've never been happier but i've never been busier either!  budgeting for your wedding is never any fun, and it takes a lot of thought and compromise to decide where to spend your precious money and time.  josh and i decided to scrap the traditional engagement photos (and saved a few hundred dollars).  instead we hit the streets of fishtown with my tripod and remote and snapped our own :)    




on me: nastygal pure sugar dress




he did good, didn't he?  :)
if you love my dress you can get it at nastygal here!  and if you're shopping for fall you should come meet me at the shop simon event at the king of prussia mall this saturday, 10/4 from 1-6PM!  it's in the plaza at the Lord & Taylor court!  i'll be there with other local bloggers chosen by glamour and gq to host fall style contests and giveaways!  you don't want to miss it!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

our iceland vacation!


i have a perfectly acceptable excuse for my recent absence on the blog: i'm finally getting back up and running after our week long vacation to iceland!  it's a personal life goal of mine to travel to a far away land at least twice a year.  iceland was the trip of a lifetime!  here are a few of my favorite pictures from our trip!   

reykjavik: a quaint city with adorable colored houses, water views and amazing restaurants!
what i wore to our dinner at the famous lobsterhouse:
paula bianco infinity scarf (new version available here)
muubaa leather jacket
helmut lang lush draped crossover top
baggu leather drawstring bag
ag adriano goldschmied absolute legging jeans
vince celeste heels
the streets were full of quirky street art- this cat was my favorite!
no trip to reykjavik is complete without a harpa shot!
hanging out with some trolls, and keeping cozy in layers.  my bdg cardigan was in high rotation.  and my baggu bag held all my essentials during long days of exploring!
the gorgeous coastal town of vik and the famous sea stacks, also known as reynisdrangar

big man and a litttleeeeee car!
exploring and keeping warm in my llbean parka and sorel winter carnival boots!

on our way back down from exploring a glacier in vik!
we mooed.  they mooed right back.  will never forget that moment!
my happy place: the ion hotel.  i lived in these free people overalls!
my latest obsession: livestock.  more specifically: sheep!
lounging and reading about icelanic horses in the ion lounge
that hot tub pool was my everything!

doesn't get more icelandic than icelandic sweaters and icelandic ponies.  had a blast on our trek with islenski hesturinn!
we finally made it: the blue lagoon!  my minnetonka kilty moccasins came in handy during all this walking!



what' not pictured: on the final day of our iceland vacation josh surprised me by proposing!  we immediately started planning when we got home- hence the extra week off from my blog.  you can follow my wedding planning (and get a peek at my gorgeous engagement ring) on my instagram!

i'll be back next week with my regular outfit posts!

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