How to Tie a Scarf

I love scarves as a way to add a pop of color, finish an outfit or stay warm. I have a rack full of gorgeous prints and solids, but I only really know one way to tie them. I found this great graphic showing how to wear them in lots of other cute ways.

You can view a video of these techniques being demonstrated by visiting Leigh and Luca’s website here.

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The Webster for Target

I walked into Target on Sunday to get some essentials, and, as usual, left with more. I don’t know where I’ve been the past few weeks, but I totally missed the memo on the awesome The Webster for Target collection, which is part of the company’s new ‘The Shops’ promotion.

If I had to describe my summer style, I would probably reference this collection. The colors, silhouettes and accessories are all my style exactly. (Un)fortunately, my local Target only had a few pieces left, so I didn’t go too crazy, but when I got home and went online, I found about ten more things that I want.

Along with a shift dress and cute coral blazer, I picked up this top. Originally $19.99 it was on sale for $5.06. It was an online return, and it appears it was wrongly sized. It is marked as a 2, but looks more like a L or XL. It is pretty long on me, so I decided it would be a perfect pool coverup or day dress for Vegas– which is why I bought it!

A few other items I will likely be purchasing include:

Check out the entire collection here.

5 Weekend Highlights

This weekend started off well because a few dresses I ordered from Lulu*s came. I love this site. They have absolutely adorable clothes and the prices are reasonable. Of course, I will have to plan a Vegas trip now because these dresses are a bit too short for anywhere in Denver!

On Sunday afternoon, Luke and I drove down to Colorado Springs to the Broadmoor for lunch. The hotel is gorgeous and so much fun to walk around, and our lunch was delicious. I’m always surprised at how quick the drive to Colorado Springs is. Hopefully we’ll be visiting again soon because there are so many sites to see down there.

On Sunday night we had my uncle over for dinner, and I made this pear, bleu cheese, walnut salad, this pork tenderloin and mashed potatoes. I also made my super easy bruschetta recipe, which I will have to post sometime. Everything turned out pretty well, especially the special Easter themed dessert I made, which I will share soon.

I spent some time downloading new music from iTunes to help me get back into my workout routine. Excited to begin that tomorrow.

Also on the subject of music, Luke and I have been wanting to go to a concert for a while. I saw that Drake is coming to town in May, and we’ve decided to buy tickets to see him. I haven’t been to a concert in years, so I’m really looking forward to it.

NYE Dress

It’s New Year’s Eve, and tonight I’m looking forward to ringing in 2012 with Luke. We have a nice little evening downtown planned, including pre-dinner cocktails, dinner at Morton’s (our NYE tradition) and hopefully a meet-up with friends.

And, like nearly every other girl in America, I have a special dress planned for tonight. The only difference is that it’s a dress I’ve worn many times before, for at least 3 special occasions, but each time I’ve worn it there’s never been a picture that shows the dress. So tonight, I will wear it again and hope that I will remember to take my wrap off before the picture snapping begins!

I Swore No More…

I recently came to peace with the fact that I shouldn’t buy any more swimsuits (my favorite thing to buy), but I see today that Trina Turk (my favorite swim designer) is collaborating with the beautiful Grace Bay Club in Turks & Caicos and doing a line. Since I will be visiting Turks & Caicos on the cruise in February, how do I say no to this great print?

via Trina Turk

This print is lighter than the usual bold Trina prints, and I really like it. Perhaps it will be a late Christmas list add?

Enamel

I’ve been a fan of enamel jewelry for some time. My first piece was this fun Tiffany ring that Luke gave me for our 4-year anniversary.

Last year, I asked for a Henri Bendel enamel bracelet for Christmas, and have gotten a lot of compliments on it.

And just last week when doing some Christmas shopping, I found that J.Crew has most of their enamel bracelets on sale. I picked these three up for $41 and change. Originally they would have been over $60. I may have to go back for the lemon one as well.

Christmas List 2011

This is what’s on my list this year (clockwise from top):

1. David Yurman bangle

2. Celine High Vamp Pump

3. Nordstrom scarf

4. New Florence + The Machine CD

5. Crate and Barrel Parson’s Square Coffee Table with Travertine Top

6. Tiffany Pearl Earrings

7. Dwell Studio Amythest Throw

8. Nike Pullover

9. House Beautiful Subscription

10. Red Tall Glossy Hunter Boots

11. Giro Ski Helmet

12. Photoshop

13. Flight to Playa del Carmen for annual girl’s getaway

What’s on yours?

Lately….

A lot has been going on lately, so I figured I would do one long post with quick info about everything.

9/11: Still can’t believe this year marked the 10th anniversary. I remember that day and the following weeks so well. As he does every year, my uncle had a donation only day at his restaurant. I volunteered all day and it was such a great experience. We raised over $100,000 this year, all going to the non-profit he created for my aunt, the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation.

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Missoni for Target: As I blogged about here, Target debuted their Missoni line last Tuesday. I woke up a bit earlier than usual and arrived at Target at about 7:50. I was the first one there, but at about 5 ’til, other cars pulled up. When the doors opened at 8am, we went in and it was all pretty civilized. I picked up everything I liked and made my way through all of the various departments.

My mom came to meet me at about 8:30 and helped me go through the things I’d selected. I tried not to hoard and put things back on the shelf as soon as I knew I didn’t want them. I was lucky, and ended up getting everything I had my eye on expect for the bikini (online only and the website crashed) and the clutch, because they didn’t have it at my store. I got a few clothing items but mostly decor for the apartment. There was a woman who I was walking around with for a while who had two carts. The guy at the checkout told me that her total came to $2600. Unreal.

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A new tradition: Luke and I have started a new thing, and we’ve done it the past 3 out of 4 weeks. On Saturdays we go to 5:30 Mass and then out to dinner. It has kind of turned into our “date night.” Might sound like something we’d do in our 50’s, not our 20’s, but we both really enjoy it and I think it’s bringing us closer.

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A perfect day: Last Sunday was as near to a perfect day as I’ve had lately. We woke up and had breakfast and watched some of our favorite shows on Hulu. Then we left to drive down to the Rockies game, where we were planning to buy really cheap tickets. As we’re downtown looking for parking, my uncle calls and says that he has two awesome tickets for us behind the dugout. Since we were already tbere, we had to turn him down, which was a shame. As we were at the ticket window discussing what to do, a young couple comes up and offers us their two extra tickets FREE! We were so excited, the tickets were awesome for being free, 28 rows behind the opposing dugout, and were in the shade.

When we sat down and thanked the couple again, they said they were just glad to give the tickets to Rockies fans (I was wearing my Todd Helton t-shirt). Of course, we didn’t tell them that Luke is in fact a Giants fan, and he kept his cheering to a minimum! After the game, we stopped at Jackson’s to have a drink and watch the end of the Bronco game before heading back to the car. On our way home we stopped at Pinkberry, which I haven’t had since my LA trip in May, and at the grocery store. For dinner I made this delicious Goat Cheese Risotto recipe. Quite a nice and relaxing Sunday!

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Next trip: I’ve been suffering from a bit of insomnia as I have fully started planning the next big trip that Luke and I will be taking. Once I began researching and pricing out itineraries, I wanted to do all of it and spent quite a bit of time pouring over brochures, websites and travel boards. I think this trip will be awesome! I’m hoping that we will book in the next week or two!

Ready for our next adventure!

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Mexico 2012: When she was home this past weekend, my friend Katie brought up our annual spring trip to Mexico! Yay! I looked into flights just for the heck of it, and they are around $500, 6 months ahead of departure! What is up with that? Here’s hoping they go lower, because I can’t imagine missing out on this: