This weekend was the greatest weekend of my life. Last time I talked to you all we had just moved into a new apartment in our dream neighborhood and we were focusing on decorating. Today, things are totally different… we’re engaged! I couldn’t be more excited and overjoyed that I can call Andrew my fiance. He is the perfect man for me and I can’t stop picturing me walking down the aisle and seeing him standing there in his dress blues. Before I start crying let me switch gears and say that my coffee table is already covered in wedding magazines. Let the planning begin!
Eventually I’ll start doing outfit posts but right now I’m way too busy to even think about when I would make time to force Andrew to take endless photos of me. Plus I should probaby start saving up for the large bribe I will have to give him! So for now, you’ll get one shirt three ways via collages. Here are the three ways I’m wearing my chambray shirt.
Chambray shirts will always be my favorite. I have a Lucky Brand one from back in the day that I remain completely loyal to, but I’m loving this option from J. Crew. The greatest thing about this shirt is that you can really pair it with anything, and wear it in any season. Whether it’s with black jeggings and a military esq parka in the fall, under a thick wool sweater in the winter, tied at the waste with a maxi for spring, or paired with brightly colored or patterned shorts for summer… it works.
Look One: Whoever says the “Texas Tuxedo” is nonsensical and ugly can stop following my blog right now. I love the idea of denim with denim. Obviously, it needs to be paired with “dressy” accessories. I went with a high black and gold heel that is pretty darn formal and should seemingly never go with ripped denim (but they do, I promise) and of course a McQueen clutch. Now, this isn’t for everyone. It actually takes a serious amount of confidence to go strutting down the street in a Texas tuxedo, but I freakin’ love it.
Look Two: Don’t the neon shorts just explain themselves? I love colorful bottoms and whether it’s the Gap neon boyfriend shorts I’ve been wearing non stop this summer or colored denim, I’m in. Chambray just does something to neon that makes it that much better, and a black and white striped scarf can never be wrong when paired with neon yellow!
Look Three: Last but not least, the maxi skirt. Whenever it’s a really hot, or I’m being lazy about getting dressed, my go to is always a maxi skirt and a sock bun. The good thing about maxi skirts is that you can wear them with a simple v-neck American Apparel tee or a chambray shirt like this and it will still look elevated and purposeful. Most of my maxi’s are high waisted so I would tie up the shirt and belt the skirt with a skinny metallic belt.
Have you ever looked up at the sky and stopped in your tracks? I’ll never forget when my Dad stopped the car on the side of the highway in New Hampshire and made us all get out and look up. My Dad has traveled all around the US, and he’s slept under many a starry night but this was the first time I had actually seen the stars look like that. Here in NYC, we tend to forget that there is even one star, much less millions to be seen in “cleaner” parts of the world. If I used this kind of language when I was 10, that would have been a holy sh*t moment for sure. You can’t help but think that we are but a teeny tiny speck in this universe. Really puts things into perspective, huh? We should all take a second to look up and get lost.
(If anyone knows where this came from PLEASE tell me, I can’t find the source anywhere)
After seeing my initial inspiration post, and another one, and then my inspiration boards you guys all already know what the plan was for our new apartment. Maybe it’s because I prepared you guys for a month and a half but I feel obligated to share photos (or maybe I just really want to). Typically I’m a perfectionist that wouldn’t allow photos until I actually felt like something was 100% finished. But, I love this living room! It’s far from finished and even farther from perfect, but it came together nicely and it was nice to relax here last night after the initial moving day stress was over. Granted, the other rooms are even less finished. Our bed is on the floor, we are using boxes as night stands, and nothing is where it should be. BUT we have each other, and a super cute couch that I can’t get over. Things will slowly start coming together and it’s going to be a really exciting time for us. I’m sure to be posting more photos on instagram soon, so you should follow me @glitterandgoldblog.
We’re moving TOMORROW and I can’t believe how quickly everything came together. I’m super excited for this new step in our lives and can’t wait for it to begin. I’m also pretty happy with how the living room is coming together. We don’t have the budget to buy everything under the sun (and it wouldn’t be fun if we did) so it’s great when we can score an awesome tv stand, two white and gray chevron pillows, and a black and white striped area rug at Home Goods to mix in with our gorgeous West Elm framed coffee table. It’s the little things. I hope Hoboken is ready to welcome us tomorrow, because I’m ready to be there!
It’s been a little while since I’ve done a weekly fave post so I definitely owe you guys one! Here are some of my favorite pins from this past week:
Lately I find myself just going through the motions of the day not really thinking about anything except work. Monday through Friday tends to be a big blur when I “wake up” on Saturday. I need to remember that weekdays count and I need to make the most of them… something that should be a no brainer. Do you do the same? I’m feeling compelled to make a change. In fact, I feel the need to make a change so much that my new motto includes explicit language (which is apparently the only way I can get motivated). So, how do you combat that five day blur?
Did you take dance lessons when you were little? I did for about 12 years and although I preferred jazz and tap as I got older, I loved listening to French tapes teaching me to pirouette. What really struck me today when I saw this first image is that when I was little I used to wear that tutu everywhere I possibly could. I loved how it looked when I twirled and I loved how I couldn’t put my hands down because it would get in the way. It’s no wonder why I ended up the way I am today… fashion is always greater than comfort, right?! So how do you channel that inner ballerina now? At five or six years old it was perfectly acceptable for me to run around the grocery store in my pretty pink tutu, but how does the 24 year old me pull that off? Leave it to Catherine Sheppard of The Life Styled to show us all. It may be feathers v. the traditional tulle but it totally serves my fashion purposes. If I were her I’d be wearing that baby everywhere!
Happy Friday! Our new apartment is the only thing that has been on my mind lately. It’s only a week until move in! I stumbled upon Plan Your Room and have been building our plan-o-gram ever since. It’s such a great resource and allows you to see exactly how your furniture, or potential furniture, will fit in your room. Since building the plan and buying quite a bit of furniture and accessories, I started making these inspiration boards for each room. A little inspiration can go a long way when moving! You’ve already seen my living room inspiration here and here, so now it’s time to focus on the bedroom and bathroom.
Harper’s Bazaar, I freakin’ love you. You’re extremely well curated fifty four images of couture street style are making me swoon. Don’t get me wrong, my eyes were glued to many a show coming from Milan, Sao Paulo, and Paris this season but for me street style is what I’m always waiting for. How to actually make it work in real life. Runway to sidewalk, on different body shapes (oh who am I kidding, 99% of them are models), Harper’s Bazaar documents it best.
All Images by Mr. Newton via Harper’s Bazaar