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Monday, December 31, 2012

Sister Style

My sister and I are just far enough apart in age that we never got to share clothes growing up. But we do share the same style! I loved my sister's Christmas Day outfit - a classic plaid button down, a winter white mini, and gold accessories. She begrudgingly agreed to pose for me :)

Top: J.Crew // Skirt: J.Crew // Sunglasses: Chanel // Purse: Presmer // Necklace: J.Crew // Bracelet: Stella & Dot

And how cute is my niece?!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Cherry Champagne Cocktail

1 part cherry syrup 
+ 1 Maraschino cherry
+ 3 parts Prosecco (I like Riondo)


Thursday, December 27, 2012

1 Dress, 2 Ways - Look 2

Yesterday, I kept this dress classic with simple black accessories. For The Nutcracker ballet, I dressed it up with a sparkly statement necklace and coordinating blue suede shoes. J.Crew's Mona Pumps are my go-to shoes. They are cute and classic but most importantly comfortable all day long!

 Dress: Milly (also available in helio and white) // Shoes: J.Crew // Bracelet: J.Crew (in store) // Necklace: J.Crew (old, love this one) // Clutch: Mary Nichols Handbags (on sale!) // Nails: Essie

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

1 Dress, 2 Ways - Look 1

 I found this holiday hued Milly dress at a boutique in Burlingame, California. I fancy Kate Middleton would love this dress. The aptly named Daphne Swirl is fit for tea, church, or holiday gathering. I paired it with a black belt to define my waist and peep toe pumps to a family dinner. A bow belt would look adorable too!

Dress: Milly (also available in helio and white) // Belt: J.Crew (old, similar here) // Shoes: Ann Taylor (old, similar here) // Nails: Essie

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Daytime Sequins

The holidays are a time to shine! Metallics, sequins, and sparkles - anything goes! I love this playful mix of pattern with the added flair of sequins. So festive! I wore this outfit with black flats to work last week for our holiday luncheon. Then later, switched to black booties for a girls lunch. 

Coat: J.Crew (old, similar here) // Tops: J.Crew Perfect Shirt, J.Crew Polka Dot Sequin Top (last seen here) // Pants: J.Crew Pixie Pant // Booties: Banana Republic (old, similar here) // Bracelets: David Yurman, Linea Pelle // Nails: OPI Going Incognito // Gloves: Nordstrom // Clutch: J.Crew

Photos by StyleWise

Friday, December 21, 2012

Joy To The World

Spreading Christmas cheer this Friday! Here are my top entertainment sites for you and your little ones this holiday season. Enjoy!

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Fill in your address and watch thru a window as snow falls on your home!

Reindeer Cam
Through December 24th, view a live feed of Santa's reindeer! Tune in at the times below and watch Santa feed them.

  • PST (Pacific) – 8AM, 3PM & 6PM
  • MST (Mountain) – 9AM, 4PM & 7PM
  • CST (Central) – 10AM, 5PM & 8PM
  • EST (Eastern) – 11AM, 6PM & 9PM
  • GMT UTC – 4PM, 11PM, 2AM

This internet sensation celebrates 6 years in 2012. Watch me get down with my bad elf self!

Message from Santa
Personalize a message from Santa to the naughty or nice child (or spouse!) on your list.

Have a great weekend! I'll be practicing my sweet new dance moves!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What I Wore: Office Party

Do you believe in love at first sight? I immediately fell for this Kate Spade Kimberly dress, but not the price tag. I waited patiently and snagged it on a promotion. What a great feeling! It's a classic lbd but the rhinestone collar makes it anything but ordinary.  Did I mention it has pockets?!  It was a hit last Friday night at my office Christmas party. I literally topped the look with a knot courtesy of  The Do Bar. I felt very Holly Golightly!

Dress: Kate Spade  // Jewelry: Jude Frances, David Yurman // Shoes: Jimmy Choo (my wedding shoes!) // Nails: OPI // Photography by Jenny Antill

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reader Request: Black Leather Pants

A reader recently asked for help with holiday looks for black leather skinnny pants. Leather leggings are a great foundation piece. To dress them up for the holidays, pair them with a beaded, lace or mesh top.  Add a black blazer, clutch, and sky high heels and you're ready to dance the night away. It's perfect for a girls night out or that annual Christmas party where you know you'll run into your ex!

Girls Night Out

Leather Leggings: Paige Denim // Tops: Milly (also available in long sleeves), Joie, TopShop, Parker

Don't know what to wear? Send me your fashion dilemma!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Classic Christmas Looks

Christmas is next week! What are you wearing? I've started planning my outfits to The Nutcracker ballet, Christmas Eve service, and Christmas  dinner rounds 1 & 2. Keep it classy with clean lines, coverage and minimal accessories. Sound boring?'s not! Here are 3 classic looks to take you to the office party, church, and Christmas dinner. 

Look 1
Classic Christmas
Top: Devon Baer // Skirt:  J.Crew (similar J.Crew Factory) // Booties: Barney's CO-OP // Earrings: Banana Republic

Look 2
Christmas Gold
Dress: Shoshanna (also here and here) // Necklace: Forever 21 (only $7.80!) // Shoes: J.Crew

Look 3
Classic Ann Taylor
Dress: Ann Taylor (on sale!) // Earrings: BaubleBar // Bracelet: J.Crew

I'm guest blogging today on The Life of the Lane! Head on over to check out my Christmas decorations.

Friday, December 14, 2012

YETI Coolers Winner

Congratulations to @adamjosephw! Please email me your mailing address. 

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Guide - Monograms

There's nothing like a monogram to make any ordinary gift like gloves extra special. The monogram craze starts at birth with diaper covers and onesies, continues at every graduation, and explodes when you get married! I particularly love this Williams-Sonoma beverage bucket we received from the hostesses at our couples shower. It's a great size for backyard gatherings and much prettier than a galvanized tub!

Gift Guide - Monograms

C.Wonder Cashmere Monogram Gloves // Pottery Barn Monogram Pillow // Jack Rogers Monogrammed Sandals // Williams-Sonoma Monogrammed Beverage Bucket // Urban Outfitters Monogram iPhone Case


Do you know Design Darling? The online boutique features home decor and monogrammed gifts. Aren't these monogrammed cuffs just darling? I'm always one for organization so these acrylic office supplies made my Christmas list this year.  And what pencil cup would be complete without these darling #ThingsWeLove pencil set?!

Today is the last day to enter the YETI Coolers giveaway! Enter here!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gift Guide - Stocking Stuffers

At my parents house, we always open our stockings first thing Christmas morning. Then we eat breakfast and open presents under the tree.  My mom has by far the largest stocking of all. It's always a challenge for Santa to fill it each year. Here are some stuffers sure to delight any fashionable mom or daughter! 

Stocking Stuffers

BaubleBar Portrait Disco Studs // Coach Legacy Tassel Key Fob  // Pinch Minimergency Kit // J.Crew Classic Bangle // Anthropolgie Monogrammed Mug // Essie in Go Overboard and Good As Gold // Kate Spade Lip Crayon Set (adorable!!)

Best part? They're all under $50!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What I Wore: Weekend Recap

This past weekend I got to see two of my college roommates. Friday, I drove to the Big D and stayed with Abby. I got to meet her adorable 2 month old Rex and see my favorite fashionista-in-training, her 2 year old Lucy. If you follow me on Instagram, you know what I'm talking about!

 J.Crew Chiffon Top // Marquess Fleur Necklace (no longer available) // J.Crew Pixie Pant // J.Crew Mona Suede Pump (not pictured, in bluebird to match necklace)

Friday night, we checked out new restaurant Sissy's - delicious southern comfort food and the cutest decor!  It was opened by The Next Food Network Star Lisa Garza. Houstonians, think a trendier Ouisie's with a younger crowd. Food is served on Woodland Spode, drinks in crystal tumblers and mason jars, and bills delivered on silver platters!

J.Crew Sequin Top (on sale!) // J.Crew Haberdashery Shirt (similar here) // J.Crew Cafe Capri // J.Crew Mona Suede Pump (Berry no longer available)

Saturday morning, after a quick pic with Santa, we drove to Ft. Worth to celebrate my doppleganger Lacey's baby girl! I plucked this outfit straight from the pages of J. Crew. I loved breaking out of my comfort zone and sporting dots on dots.  I added a pop of pink for the party!

Have you entered the YETI Coolers giveaway? Don't miss your chance to win a Tundra 45 and prize pack!

Monday, December 10, 2012

YETI Coolers + Giveaway

Ask any guy what they want for Christmas and I guarantee a YETI cooler is at the top of their list! YETI's are the premier cooler on the market. Loved equally by avid outdoorsmen and frat boys, these coolers will keep your beer, fish, and food cold longer than any other. Available in a wide range of sizes, there's one to fit every need. Show your school pride with a collegiate cooler or customize one with your corporate logo. I personally can't wait to get a Roadie with my monogram!

YETI Coolers is giving one lucky Sunday Beach reader a Tundra 45 in white, plus gear! The Tundra 45 comes with a dry goods rack and holds a case of drinks. It's the perfect cooler for boating, road trips, and tailgates. Check out this video for all the specs!

This prize pack is valued at over $300! Giveaway runs thru Thursday. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and announced on Friday. Open to U.S. residents only. Good luck and thanks for reading!

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"YETI Coolers...Wildly Stronger! Keep Ice Longer!"

Friday, December 7, 2012

Mary Nichols Handbags Giveaway - Winner

 Congratulations to Marisa of Two Punks and a Princess! Please email me with your mailing address. 

Stay tuned for another great giveaway on Monday!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Disco Donkey

While I was primarily an observer on our Africa adventure, I did have one quarry in mind -  zebra! Also known as the disco donkey in Zimbabwe. Once Scott got his cape buffalo, zebra was fair game. Not to worry, nothing goes to waste in Africa! Our Game Scout took the meat for his family and the skin will be shipped back. I have big plans for it!

Photo via Traditional Home

Don't you love this chair? I can't wait to have my own! We won't get the skin back for several months. In the meantime, I'm searching for a reproduction antique chair that Scott can reupholster with my skin. Mine will have the mane sticking out the back of the chair like a mohawk! Pretty amazing, right?!

Wild about the print but not the practice? Check out these Zebra inspired accessories!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lookbook: Bows

Bows are the perfect dose of girly for the holidays! I love that J.Crew and Kate Spade have fully embraced this trend. Here are my favorite looks!

Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recognize the first top from Monday? It's a more sophisticated, work appropriate bow top but I kept it fun and festive with leather shorts and opaque tights. I added a pop of color with my gifted Mary Nichols Handbags Laura Clutch.

Not big on bows? Try incorporating this trend with these small accessories!

Have you entered the Mary Nichols Handbags giveaway? Hurry ends Friday!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Inspiration to Reality: Christmas Wreath

Photo via Cottage Journal

My mother-in-law showed me this wreath in the Christmas edition of Cottage Journal over Thanksgiving. She thought I would love the antlers, and of course I did! I immediately decided to recreate this rustic look. You can too!

Start with your standard Lowe's wreath ($15) and remove the plastic red bow.

Arrange turkey (or pheasant) feathers in the branches. I happened to have found these feathers a couple years ago during a shed hunt on Scott's deer lease.  I knew they would come in handy someday!

Using wire, attach 3-4 small shed antlers to the wreath. (Don't have spare antlers lying around your house?! Try eBay or befriend your local hunter.) I used silver wire but green florist wire is preferable. Arrange the branches to cover any tell tale signs.

Voila,  a warm welcome to our hunting home!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Giveaway! Mary Nichols Handbags

I am so excited to announce Sunday Beach's first giveaway! We first met Mary Patton, the designer behind Mary Nichols Handbags, thru the contents of her bag as Sunday Beach's first guest contributor. Today, she is giving the Laura Clutch in emerald to one lucky Sunday Beach reader!

Photo by Daniel Ortiz
The Laura Clutch has quickly become my go-to purse. The long gold chain makes it the perfect cross-body to keep hands free for drinks and appetizers. The chain is removable if you prefer a clutch. And I L.O.V.E. the emerald color! It's perfect for the holiday season. 

 One winner will be chosen at random and announced next Monday, December 10th this Friday! Giveaway closes this Friday at midnight (i.e. get your entries in by Thursday night). Good luck and thanks for reading!

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