I have tons of J. Crew in my closet, but I'm always a little hesitant to pull the trigger on a Factory purchase. I shouldn't be, though, because I've scored some excellent deals that are in regular rotation. If you can catch them on sale, this bold necklace and bracelet would be fun to dress up a simple party outfit.


Step and Repeat

I didn't spot any pink and orange on the red carpet at the Oscars last night, but since I've got celebrity style on the brain, here's Jamie King sporting a cute and springy dress.


All Dressed Up

I love wearing dresses in the spring and summer because they're the absolute easiest way to look put-together. Here are three easy-breezy options as you dream of warmer weather. All from ModCloth.

One, two, three.


Under Wraps

Scarves are essential during this time of year when it's warm one day and freezing the next. Here are a few good options to get you through to spring.

Ann Taylor, Loft, Nordstrom, and Nordstrom.


A Fit Hit

Working out is not really my thing, but if it's yours, then do it in style. Might I suggest these leggings and tank from the Gap?



It's only Tuesday and already I'm ready for this week to be over. You know what always helps? New shoes!

C. Wonder, ModCloth, C. Wonder, Kate SpadeKate SpadeSperry, and Bernardo Miami. I'm feeling #1 and #4.


Spring Specials

Ready for some spring styles? Stock up on a few pieces currently on sale at Ann Taylor.

One, two, three.


Fashion Flash

New York Fashion Week is in full swing right now, and although I haven't spotted a lot of pink and orange thus far, Kate Spade came through, as always. Here's a sneak peak of what to expect this fall.

Can't wait!


The January Cure: Day 23

I'm a little late on rounding out the January Cure. The final task was to host a party in your newly refreshed digs. I held off for a week, but we had friends over on Sunday night for baked potatoes and dessert, as an early Valentine's celebration of sorts.

I've realized over the past few months that as much as I enjoy planning a party in my head, I get really stressed out about people's ability (or–mostly–inability) to RSVP in a timely fashion. I also can get too ambitious, and I end up spending the whole party flipped pancakes and wiping counters. Inspired by this post, I did my best to relax and let myself have a good time. And it totally worked.

Other than food, I didn't need to buy any party supplies. Here's the dinner table before:

And here's everyone during dinner:

And the grand finale:

Dessert! Blood orange season has FINALLY arrived, so that's an upside-down blood orange cake on the left. This recipe is totally delicious. On the right is my grandmother's famous lemon pie.

Anyone hosted any good parties lately? Baked potatoes are about as easy as you can get; just throw a bunch in the oven, pick up a few toppings, and tell everyone to bring a topping or two with them as well.

Now that the Cure is over, I'm considering a few themes of posts to write about next. I still owe everyone an official apartment tour, so maybe I'll combine that with some posts on how we stay organized in a loft with no closets. It's not easy.


Around the Block

Pink and orange aren't going away any time soon, and neither is the colorblocking trend. Here are options for now (read: cashmere) and when it warms up (sleeveless).


From Top to Bottom

What do we think: is it too much to wear silky pink and orange stripes on top and a colorblock skirt on bottom? I'm thinking yes, but if you're daring enough, here are options from Kate Spade and J. Crew Factory.

One, two, three, four. And, obviously, these would be lovely as separates.