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Monthly Archives: October 2012

I hope you have spooktacular plans for Halloween tonight! I may be a grown adult, but I certainly love this holiday. I usually go all out on a costume, but with all of our boxes still packed up I unfortunately do not have a first clue where our Halloween stash of themed clothing has gone.

In the past, we have usually attended some kind of a costume party. Alas, as with everything else right now, things are a bit different this year. Instead of going to a crazy themed party, I’ll be in charge of handing out candy and living vicariously through my niece and nephew. Of course I’ll still dress up, just maybe not as elaborate (or scary) as usual.

scary halloween nurse

My Scary Nurse Costume (2010)

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It seems there is a new fashion app coming out every week nowadays to make shopping and style spotting even easier – and I mean that in the best way possible.  A few tools have caught my eye recently and it’s exciting to see how shopping is evolving with new technology. Oh, and did I mention some of these have some kick-ass, smart female founders? Here are a few on my radar right now:

1. Hukkster

Do you wish that expensive coat you’ve been lusting after was on sale? Co-founders and former buyers at J.Crew, Erica Bell and Katie Finnegan, developed a way to tell you the minute that coat drops in price! Hukkster is a browser bookmarklet (like Pinterest’s “pin it” button). When you find a product you love, (say on, you simply “hukk it” and you’ll receive a notification by email or text when the price on that specific item drops. Genius, right? I just signed up and am testing it out now. I’ll let you know if it’s a keeper, but I have a feeling it’s a new fashion staple. Here’s a quick video explaining how it works:

2. Poshmark

My friend Kerry recently got me hooked to this iPhone app which allows users to buy and sell clothing. Sure you could do this on E-bay or in person at Plato’s Closet, but this app is uber-simple and has some social components built right into the app . PLUS, Poshmark handles all the transactions and shipping! It’s a great way to constantly refresh your closet and get brand-name, gently-used items at bargain prices. You can visit my Poshmark closet here or by clicking the icon on the right-hand sidebar on my blog 🙂 I’m always adding new items, so if you don’t see something you like, check back again soon.

poshmark3. Bloglovin

Okay this one is not new, but I definitely have a new found love for it! Who can keep track of all their favorite blogs and visit them every day? Not me. Unless you subscribe via email to every one (that’s a lot of email), it’s hard to keep up with all the great blogs out there. Enter Bloglovin, a reader that allows you to follow your favorite blogs and browse through posts all in one place. View it online or on your iPhone!

Bloglovin App

4. Snapette

Snapette is a location-based mobile shopping app for finding and sharing fashion products in stores near you. You can browse photos posted by other users as well as brands and retailers. There are a million online shopping resources, but the unique part about Snapette is that is allows you to see what is at your local Forever21 store or Nordstrom Rack. The app was launched by Harvard alumni Sarah Paiji and Jinhee Ahn Kim in 2011 and most recently has tapped actress Emma Roberts as its new fashion adviser. I’ve dabbled a little bit in this app and it has great potential. It definitely needs more users and local shops in smaller cities (Like Kansas City) sharing great photos in order to for it to become really powerful – which is where you come in : )


What are your favorite fashion-focused tools/apps?

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Today, People released exclusive photos from Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s wedding in Italy. Lo and behold the cover photo features Jessica in her pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture wedding gown. (Cue the Twitter frenzy.)

It’s definitely a statement – not a color I would rock on my wedding day – but I love seeing brides take their own spin on traditions.

What do you think of the pink princess dress? Love it or leave it?

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

You know a holiday is approaching when your Pinterest feed is overwhelmed by over the top crafts and ideas. Now that Pinterest is becoming more mainstream, don’t be surprised if you show up to a party this year that looks like it came straight from your feed. Here are a few clues to tell you’re at a Pinterest-inspired Halloween party. Ten points for Gryffindor if your host has all of these.

1. There’s an ombre pumpkin . . .

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

2. . . . or an especially decorative, outside-the-box, collection of pumpkins.

Source: via Debera on Pinterest

3. You are offered healthy Halloween treats . . .

Source: via Emi on Pinterest

4. . . . or creepy themed hors d’oeuvres.

Source: via Deena on Pinterest

5. You notice costume-themed nail art.

Source: via Genevieve on Pinterest

6. The family pet has a better costume than most of the guests.

Source: via Beth on Pinterest

7. Every room is part of the theme, even the bathroom.

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Source: via Emanuela on Pinterest

8. Candy corn is used in a way it was not originally intended.

Source: via Cathlyn on Pinterest

9. Mason jars have somehow become part of the decor.

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

10. A pumpkin has turned into the most useful decoration at the party.

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

Did I miss something? Tell me in the comments!

I’m back! Four days in Vegas is enough to get you off your blogging schedule (to say the least). I’m actually proud of myself though for not bringing my laptop and allowing myself to check out of reality for a few days. Too bad my “back to reality” didn’t include some extra cash from gambling…

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the photos I took on the trip – more of my favorites to come soon!


Happy birthday to my brother who turned 30 over the weekend. We embarrassed him with balloons and public attention. Can’t you tell he’s just thrilled?


We also went out to the Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday for a bit of tailgating. It was surprisingly cold (if you can’t tell my stylish hat, scarf and mittens), but tons of fun. The only thing missing was my oldest brother who lives out in California. Yeah, don’t feel bad for him.


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Next up, Vegas! Funny enough, my brother-in-law is also turning 30 this week. We’re making a whole family vacation out of it. I’ll be going by Nick Papageorgio for the next few days. I’ve still got lots of packing and hydrating to do. Plenty of sequins and sparkle to come…

“Changing $500!”

fall leaves

It’s official. There is no more denying the fact that fall has arrived in Kansas City. Not because it’s October. And not because the leaves are turning, but because the other following things have happened:

1. The 50 degree weather in Kansas City today has forced me to consider wearing tights … TIGHTS people.

2. I go to the store to buy pumpkins and have the ability to simultaneously buy Christmas wreaths.

3. Picking up the kids from school and forcing them to wear their tiny little coats. No not mine, my niece and nephew!  (Did I mention it felt amazing being around to get to do that? Seems silly, but those little things mean a lot to me.)

4.  I’ve been forced to unpack my fall/winter clothes. Not a fun task might I add when you’re living out of boxes and in transition between houses.

5. I wake up craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

What are your clues that it’s fall?

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