Saturday, December 31, 2011

London with Tulle & Combat Boots

Today's post is coming to you from Gina of Tulle & Combat Boots Make sure to check out her blog HERE! Enjoy!

Hello lovely readers of Today I Want! My name is G (short for Gina) and I blog over at Tulle & Combat Boots. Katie has asked me to do a post on London, which I am more than happy to do! I have had the privilege of going to London twice, the first time while I was studying abroad in England and the second for my 21st birthday. It's a really amazing city, with as much beautiful history as it has interesting modern aspects. And, as you would guess, it is one of the more fashion-forward cities. You can't walk down any major street (especially the major shopping streets, such as Oxford Street or Regent Street) without seeing at least five very put together people who you know right away are very fashion conscious. To me, the best thing about London street style is how different it is, because there are so many unique individuals. And this may sound cliche, but it really is one of the most diverse cities, with people from all over the world. It's one of the best places to people-watch, that's for sure. Here are a few of my favorite London street style photos that I found with some help of the Intarwebs. 
Images from Street Peeper.

As you can see, London is one of those places where you can walk out onto the street wearing your most outrageous outfit and no one will think twice about it. I think that's one of the most awesome things about London, especially in the fashion sense. 
While I was in London, I opted for stylish with a side of comfort (it's very much a walking city, and I cannot walk through a city in heels). Here are a few of my outfit photos from my time there:

What's your favorite street style city?

Have a lovely holiday, and thanks for reading! 
And thank you to the lovely Katie, have a great time in Europe!
G. / Tulle & Combat Boots

Super big thanks to Gina! Make sure to hop on over to her blog and say Hi!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Paris with Reasons To Celebrate

Today's post is coming to you from Mackenzie of Reasons To Celebrate Make sure to check out her blog HERE! Enjoy!

Hello, Today I Want readers! Mackenzie here from the blog Reasons To Celebrate. I'm super jealous that Katie is out exploring in Europe right now! I've been dying to visit Paris for pretty much my whole life and have always been interested in the style. So when Katie asked if I'd write a guest post I jumped on the opportunity to share an outfit inspired by my idea of Paris fashion. 

Since I've never been to Paris to experience the fashion first hand I probably have a perception created solely by picture perfect movies, which is actually great! 

Photo via HERE

For some reason I knew I wanted to incorporate black and white stripes. Maybe it's the whole mime thing? And I always love to wear red so I thought the contrast had a cute romantic feel to it! 

My next thought was about the silhouette. Dior's New Look came to mind right away so this long red a-line skirt ended up being perfect.

Photo via HERE
 I'd love to walk around the Eiffel Tower and eat croissants in this outfit!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and of course, I hope Katie is having the time of her life!

Super big thanks to Mackenzie! I really enjoy her blog, she always has such lovely pictures of herself. Make sure to hop on over to her blog and say Hi!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Paris with She Could Be A Pharmer in Those Clothes

Today's post is coming to you from Hannah of She Could Be A Pharmer In Those Clothes Make sure to check out her blog HERE! Enjoy!

Hello Today I Want readers!! I’m Hannah from she could be apharmer in those clothes. Kat kindly asked me to guest post while she is gallivanting around Europe (jealous!) I just went to Europe a few months ago for a conference. The meeting was in Italy, but on the way home our plane had to make an emergency landing in Paris! One of the engines was leaking oil and had to be turned off! Everything turned out fine (except for the emotional trauma) and we landed safely. The best part was we had just enough time to hop in a taxi and see the Eiffel Tower! I’ve always dreamed of going to Paris so I was thrilled, but now I am only more excited to go back.

When I think of Parisian fashion, I can’t help but think of stripes. And berets. But since I’m not the type who can pull of the beret, I’ll stick to stripes. They are one of my favorite things to wear and always leave me feeling comfy, fashionable, and very much me.

 (( top and skirt: Urban Outfitters / shoes: Seychelles (thrifted) / tights: Target / bowtie: DIY ))

Thanks for reading my little post! If you enjoyed it stop on by my blog. And thanks so much to Katie for asking me to guest post!

Super big thanks to Hannah! Isn't she cute!? Love the lipstick. Make sure to hop on over to her blog and say Hi!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Paris with Pich & Roor

Today's post is coming to you from Waverly of Pich & Roor
Make sure to check out her blog HERE! Enjoy!

Good morning everyone, my name is Waverly and I have the pleasure of posting for Katie today while she's in Europe being fabulous! One of the places that she's visiting while overseas is Paris (don't worry I'm jealous too) so Katie & I decided that PARIS would be my topic :)

I'm half French & have been to France once several years ago, but I never go to visit Paris :( However, if I ever got to Paris there are several places that would definitely be on my checklist: The Lourve, The Arc de Triumph, Versailles, & duh ... the EIFFEL TOWER!!

Eiffel Outfit

If I was lucky enough to be touring the Eiffel Tower I would most certainly be wearing flats, & since we're in France and all we HAVE to be fashionable so they're leopard flats :) I picked the red skinny jeans out because they're a brighter bolder choice than the typical dark skinny jean. The striped shirt is a given, it was the first piece that popped in my head because it's simple, chic, & oh so French. I love a statement lip & what better brand than the French YSL?! While climbing all those steps it's probably going to be windy & sunny so a classic trench & Ray-Bans are a must. I continued on the YSL train with the adorable Y-Mail Clutch (A girl can dream right?) because not only is it so cute, it's light weight & could easily fit in the pocket of the trench. 

I had so much fun creating this post & hope all of you enjoyed it as well!! Katie you're probably munching on a chocolate croissant & sipping on a latte at a cute little cafe. Have a blast lady & take lots of pictures :)

I love those leopard shoes! What about you guys? Super big thanks to Wave! Make sure to hop on over to her blog and say Hi!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Falling asleep in Paris!

Paris day one. So sleepy! Just couldn't get any rest on the plane, so I opted to have a little rest at the hotel first thing in the morning. It was totally necessary,  but makes the rest of your day so rough. Mr.husband and I forced ourselves up and out!  First stop was a little sushi place across the street for some much needed sustenance. Not very adventurous for sure, but since we were both still exhausted, it was nice to get some easy and familiar food.  While it seemed the call of the warm and cozy bed was much louder than the chilly streets of Paris, we persevered and began what I'm sure will be our daily routine of wandering the streets until we're too hungry or too cold or too tired to go on. Luckily the too hungry and too cold are easily remedied. It seems as though almost every block has a Pâtisserie or Crêperie for us to dip into for a quick warm up and sit down. After a few hours of roaming, a new pair of gloves, and maybe a Nutella crêpe (or two) we started moseying back to the hotel. We opted for a quiet relaxing dinner back at the hotel being that we could barely keep our our eyes open. I went up to the room and popped on the tv (hellooooooo fashion tv! Best yet it's the 2011 best of marathon!) while mr.husband walked over to the market to pick up some cheese, bread, fruit, yogurt and Pellagrino. Perfect Parisian dinner! It's 8:15 now. We were really trying to make it to 10:00 but it doesn't look like that'll happen. Bonsoir!

Paris with Black & Blonde

Today's post is coming to you from Lindsay of Black & Blonde 
Make sure to check out her blog HERE! Enjoy!

Paris, Paris. A city full of all things pretty, romantic, and magical.  I had always dreamed of visiting and luckily my wish came true.  In April of 2009, I was on my way to the city of lights and by myself at that!  For me it was spring break and an escape from New York and all things stressful.  It was my version of Eat-Pray-Love, Paris edition.  I wanted the culture, the food (my goodness, the food!), the art, and complete language immersion.  I even prepared by learning some French!  (Je ne comprends pa=I don't understand.)  On the flight there, I even drank some wine because that's what the French do right?

I arrived safely, got in a cab, and went straight to my hotel.  While it wasn't the most glamorous, it had the essentials and was near the metro.  I had some plans in mind before I got there, but I decided that I was in Paris and nothing could stop me!  And so I began walking.  I walked to a patisserie and got some pain au chocolat.  I walked to the Marias.  I walked to Saint-Honore.  Every day for the next week, I walked everywhere.  I saw the Mona Lisa.  I saw the beautiful Seine.  I let Paris take me where it wanted to take me.  While I did get lost once for about an hour, it was all wonderful.

If I hadn't let loose my reigns, I would have never visited the Museum of Eroticism.  Oh yes, I went.  I never would have stumbled upon a David La Chapelle special exhibit in a tiny gallery.  I would have never been able to see beautiful gardens or public art installations.  I would have never found this beautiful ring!

While the shopping was grand, the food was even more so.  Each night I had course after course of the most delicious food I'd ever tasted.  While the pain suisse and creme brulee weren't so friendly to my waistline, I discounted it because I was walking around all day.  The best meal by far was a lunch I randomly found while looking for a museum.  It began with escargot, moved to prosciutto wrapped scallops over salad, and ended delightfully with chocolate mousse and some gummy bears (I think the waiter liked me).  While it cost a pretty penny (approximately $80 US), it was well worth it.

The trip in a whole taught me that sometimes, it's ok to indulge.  It's ok not to have a plan.  Traveling should be fun.  For me, it's all about the hidden treasures and going off the beaten path.  While I would love to give you a specific guide about Paris, I can't.  Make it your own adventure!  Trust me, it's much more fun and meaningful that way!
PS-My camera got stolen soon after I arrived home from Paris and I unfortunately have no photo memories of the trip.

How sad is that lost camera!? I love her take on traveling, less planing, more discovering! 
Big thanks go to Lindsay, don't forget to check out her blog:

European holiday!

Hello, hello my lovelies! A Belated Merry Christmas. I hope you got all your hearts deisres! I sure was surprised when our "small christmas since we're flying to europe on the 26th" turned into me getting a brand spanking new ipad2. Woohoo!

I am currently 40,000 feet in the air and 1,604 miles away from Paris. Just over half way there. I should be sleeping, alas the very young lady a couple rows in front of me has opted to scream her darling little brains out rather than go to bed. Fun for all of us trying to get some rest to better acclimate ourselves to the new time zone. I can't really blame her though, I don't sleep on planes all that well anyway. On top of not sleeping I can already feel my skin having a minor freak out. Can you tell how much I love to fly? I just need to keep reminding myself what the oh so wise Glenna Von henna said, before you know it you will be in "not-America", so really how bad can the eight hours on a plane be?

All cranky sleepiness aside, I wanted to share some exciting news! While I'm away I've rounded up some stellar guest bloggers for you. Each writer was kind enough to contribute their take on one of the European cities I will be visiting on holiday. I am so thrilled to have them all contribute. It's pretty amazing what a supportive community bloggers can be for each other. I've made sure to link them all up so if you like what you see you can just hyperlink-hop over to their blogs. (DO IT!!!)

I will be staying in touch as best as I can, but truly, what is a holiday if not a chance to detach from your daily routine for a while? If you are just bursting at the seems with curiosity, follow my twitter account (@KatiePetix) which will probably be the easiest way for me to touch base. You can definitely count on me posting some fun candid photos there.

And with that all said, let the European adventure commence!

Xoxox Kat

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lime Tag Sale, you devil you...

Just in time for New Years Eve parties, 
the Piperlime Lime Tag Sale comes knocking at our doors.

"Hey Katie! It'ssss me! Your BFF Piperlime! We've got some crazy wicked salesssssss right now. Come on over and take a look. Whatssssss that you say? No cash? No worriessssss. You can use you Gap card and even earn pointssssss. And it'ssss free shipping!"

What's with the sssses? Oh, you know, I still think that Piperlime is my own personal serpent. Tempting me. But in a fashionable non-hell-damning way. So it'sssss all good. :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

cute, red, flowers.

Cute, red, flowers. ASOS has it all covered.

Cute peterpan collar.
Cute buttons on some killer shoes.
Cute scalloped detail on pocketbook.
Cute itty bitty fox on a necklace.
Va-va-voom red dress (tis the season, right?).
And (hellooooo!!!) totes adorable floral headband.

Okay, maybe a little heavy on the cute spectrum, but that's just how I roll. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

where have I been??

Hello, hello! I've been absent (obviously) so sorry I didn't give all you lovelies a heads up.
Here's the dish...

Finals, Merchandising Mania, Extended Hours, PMS, Christmas Shopping, Christmas Shipping Panic, DJ Party, Mr.Husband Shows, Anniversaries, Christmas Parties, Puppies...

So, in order to save my sanity I took my husbands advice and took a step back from the blog-o-sphere. I am so sorry I didn't let you all know!

Here's a quick cell phone picture catch up on my life these past couple of weeks (fancy camera photos are still on the fancy camera!)

My parents got a new puppy! She's fuzzy, likes to bite shoes, and is deadly cute.

 Mr.Husband sent me "day we met" anniversary flowers! 
I can't believe we've been together for 7 years. So lucky!

Eighties Mayhem stage set up! Everything was so SPARKLY!!

Gold sequins and giant leopard print poinsettias. Perfect party attire.

 Red paper packages tied up with string for my favorite ladies!

Faux fur and ginger curls at the Edgewood show in Baltimore.

And finally a much needed margarita at one of my super favorite restaurants.

Here's to getting back on track. Happy Holidays! Hope you are all surviving stress free!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

H&M Adventures in Dressing Rooms

Sequins aren't integrated into my wardrobe. I blame it on 15 years of performing in sequin and rhinestone clad leotards. But I figured, I'm here, might as well give it a go. I've layered this Sequin Top ($34.95) with a lightweight Pink Blouse ($??.??). I dunno though, it's ALOT of sequins. Regardless, I fell head over heels for these Pants ($34.95) They are a BRIGHT orange and shiiiiiiiney. Totally gonna be a holiday party staple. This mustard colored dress ($34.95 i think!) got thrown into my must try this on pile soley because it is mustard colored. Mmmmmmmm...ustard. It wasn't for me though. Unless butt cheeks hanging out the bottom of your dress is the next big thing in fashion.
This dress. This dress ($??.??) I've tried on in the past and had a hard time finding a size that fits. Well I finally found it, TA DAAAA! I didn't end up buying it though, I decided this too was a little tooooo short to get much use out of. Especially since it's such a full skirt. I have horrible visions of strong breezes and free shows. The coat ($??.??) was cool too. Kind of a 70's kimono feel to it in some lovely soft colors.

I wish these pictures showed the detail better on this dress ($34.99). It's kind of like all my favorite everything in one. knife pleats, open back, leather details, cinched waist. LOVE it! bought it. awesomesause..ages.

This dress ($??.??) was super cute too, but a tad to short for me (ugh 3 in one visit!). Actually over all I think it would work way better on someone with a petite frame. Everything seemed to fall too high on me. All ill fitting aside though, it's a really cool dress. It has faux leather and suede detailing and the skirt is in a light and flowy chiffon (aka polyester, but who checking really.) It would be so super rad with a bright colored cropped jacket and some bad ass booties.

What is your favorite look? Do you have any of these? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

p.s. Sorry for all the missing prices, I was being a bit of a space cadet and not paying attention thinking I could just find them online. Doh!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Jewelry via Modcloth

 I know, Mod Cloth two days in a row! Whateves, I can't help that they have super cute stuff. Today it's all about jewelry. THey've got you covered whether you are super into nature and cute animals (like me!) or fun bright statement jewelry (like me!!) or international and deco jewelry (like me!!!) Noticing a trend here?