Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nails to Fall For

c- It's about that time of the year again to ditch the pastels and gear yourself towards the fabulous nail colors of fall! I am a big fan of Orly nail polish.  Their fall collection "birds of a feather" contains a palette perfect for anyone wanting to transition into fall! 
As a fan of glitter and anything with a shine, I am currently sporting Orly "Its Not Rocket Science". This makes me smile every time I look down :)

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Orly, I would highly recommend Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure.  I have found this brand to be slightly easier on the wallet but with the same duration of chip-free nails as the more expensive brands!

What's an at-home manicure without a base coat and a topcoat?
If you're going to bother taking the time for an at home manicure, I recommend adding these two steps to prolong the time you can enjoy your fabulous color while avoiding chips!

For years I have been a fan of OPI brands that can be found at most local drug stores. I know this base coat appears pink, but it doesn't come out on your nails like that!
It serves as a natural base coat that helps hold the color on your nails.

Now for the second most important part of the manicure, the fast drying topcoat!
 I highly recommend using OPI.
 Remember: try and let each coat dry in between in order to enhance your manicure.  
Once your nails are almost fully dry, I recommend running them under cold water to speed up the final touches of your drying period.

You are now fully prepared to rock the nail colors we fall for.

Because we're obsessed. 

Fresh and Precious 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Street Style: Brooklyn.

    m- There aren’t many places in the world with such unique energy and vibes as special as Brooklyn. During my stay in Manhattan, I met up with a long time friend from growing up, Anna. Anna spent the summer in an extra-hip apartment right in the heart of Williamsburg while working as an assistant to a fashion photographer in the city. The stunning view of the Manhattan skyline from Anna’s Brooklyn rooftop inspired us to put some throw-back threads on and take some pictures. The unique aesthetic of this trendy borough undoubtedly made us ready to create.

    Whether you want to admit it or not, the 90s are back! Vintage high-wasted shorts and converse high tops paired with an over-sized tee is an affordable and easy way to modernize a newly retro look.

    Anna’s striking pink American Apparel dress has a unique shape that really gives Anna kick-ass silhouette. Just pair it with some Urban Outfitter boots and a vintage plaid shirt, and you’ve got a 90s outfit gone good. Nothing like the Empire State Building to paint a picture only New York can provide.

Because we're obsessed. 

Fresh and Precious 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Once Upon a Mountain

c- A few weeks ago. I was lucky enough to visit four of my beautiful and talented friends in the mountains.  Collaborating with fashionable friends and creative photographers made for a grand time upon the mountain tops.

Meeting up with high school friends is always a blast from the past.  I was more than delighted when Samantha showed up dressed as cute as ever for our shopping trip. Considering it was twenty degrees colder in the mountains that at my normal home at the beach, I found her outfit to be incredibly appropriate.  The skirt brings the feelings of fall, while the strappy sandals and satchel compliment the every day outfit.  I'm a sucker for gray and throwing the vest over her
comfortable outfit dresses it up a bit.
                Samantha took me around AMAZING vintage shops in the heart of downtown.  I was literally dying at the multiple floors of unique and completely authentic and random keepsakes.  We were having so much with all the props and Samantha was a great model.  
Everything in the store had a story and was different than the next. 
HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS PICTURE?! I was in love with this hat on Samantha. Amazing.
After a few hours shopping around and exploring this historic town, I arrived back just in time to get dolled up and explore the mountain tops for a photoshoot with my girls.  It consisted of funky outfits, red lips, and fabulous shoes.

I had to capture their outfits on our voyage for the picture perfect spots.  The blue boots had a vibrant pop that stood out in a fantastic way and complimented the skirt for the funky feel. 

These beautiful wedges were were purchased from Aldo and perfectly 
paired with sheer knee high stockings for a boot look.

                                  Hannah Conrad in a sheer lace cardigan over a black bando.

Because we're obsessed.

Fresh and Precious 

Sunday, August 14, 2011


m- This weekend I was fortunate enough to be a part of the beautiful wedding weekend of Keri and Chris Cowham. It was so fantastic to get to know such wonderful families like the Cowhams and Zollos and I was so happy to photograph this big day. The positive vibes and perfect beachy atmosphere really got me thinking. I found myself adapting my outfits and wardrobe to my surroundings and I found out how great a role atmosphere plays in fashion. Inspired, and ready to edit, I wrote a quick post about how atmosphere has changed the way I look at the clothes I wear.

Hope you enjoy!

Fashion and I met a couple of years ago on an extraordinarily romantic
three-week trip to Europe. Weʼve been going steady ever since.
Clothing and outfits like Iʼve never experienced in the southern capital of North
Carolina, exploded on the concrete sidewalks of Vienna, Austria. Color combinations
unknown to the uncivilized world paraded through the streets of Vienna as I stared in
awe, mentally taking note of every stitch of these new beauties. Shoes on men and
women alike were so meticulously paired with their partner outfits that an air of
effortlessness exuded from the tip of their ownerʼs toes straight up to their confident
gaze behind their well-crafted spectacles. There was no mistaking that the clothing on
these streets was, and still is, inspired by the unique facades around them.

Thousands of years of history is found in the great walls of Vienna. Palaces of
great kings and queens stretch for hundreds of acres around this massive city. An outfit
may seem insignificant next to these extraordinary walls but it is the exact opposite.
These massive walls are backdrops of great beauty that serve as a reminder of history
in a modern world. In Vienna, I learned that an outfit is oneʼs personal contribution to
this beautiful world that surrounds us. In Vienna, It was like people were paying their
respect to the city that they graciously live-through the powerful medium of fashion.

Atmosphere, I learned, is one of the greatest inspirations in fashion. The
atmosphere that was created by this wonderfully eccentric esthetic that I experienced at
just nineteen years old, was undoubtedly the factor that single-handedly welcomed me
into the world of fashion. There was no turning back.

Because we're obsessed. 

Fresh and Precious 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Style at the Beach: Taste Testing

c- We had so much fun making outfits for our photo shoot yesterday.  Michael and I grabbed three of our friends and ventured down to the boardwalk in Carolina Beach for some summer lovin!  It was fun creating different outfits from various color palettes of the boardwalk's facades and the natural colors of the coast. Not to mention we had some fabulous models...
Summa lovin HAD ME A BLAST

Happened so fast, ya know? DYING for these fun summa suits.

Michaels ootd:
Umbrella Bowtie: $10 Vintage Brooks Brothers
Shirts: $15 Consignment 
Rugby Sweater: $35 Urban Outfitters 
We went from boardwalk to coastal bliss real fast. LOVE it at the tip of NC. 
More light summer fits. Sarah is wearing shorts and tank from a boutique in Southern France, with a matching vest from Pimkie. Michael is wearing white corduroy shorts from American Apparel and a nautical stripped oxford from Brooks Brothers. 

Fun crew today on the beach. Coastal living aint bad. 

 Because we're obsessed. 

Fresh and Precious 

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