my life, slightly more organized…

Normally it’s around the New Year when I think to myself, ‘wow, I really need to get it together‘, but in 2015 I’m running a little late.  I had my birthday last week and it left me with the overwhelming feeling to get myself organized.

The Boyfriend inquired if there was anything I was going to do differently this year.

My first thought: God I hope so.

My second thought: probably not…

organizers 2

I didn’t realize it was common to analyze and assess your life January 1st, then re-assess around your birthday.  That’s a lot of self-reflection.  I’m more of a skim the surface type of girl; these waters only run so deep.

But I have several projects coming up that I’ve been working on and can always be more organized (understatement).  The Boyfriend is always giving me a hard time about not knowing what day it is, so I think giving me a Day Designer for my birthday was a subtle hit.

organizer day designerBut I love it, and now I know what day it is.  Today’s Friday (don’t give me any credit though, everyone always instinctively knows when it’s Friday).

organizer sugarpaperlaAnd I’ve been working on a side project in floral design and have papers, drawings and general ‘stuff’ everywhere.  So I got the ‘Perfect Binder‘ from Sugar Paper- LA and am obsessed.  All my ‘stuff’ in one place.  It’s a revolutionary concept.

Unfortunately the binder doesn’t help with all the flowers currently taking over our house.  The Boyfriend asked what I’m going to do with all the hydrangeas everywhere.

I know what day it is and he knows what hydrangeas are.  Who would have thought…

 

 

mid week pick me up…

After what seems like the longest week ever, and as it stands it’s only mid-afternoon Thursday, I decide to treat myself with beauty products.

gloss and mascara

Nothing like mascara and lip gloss to make Thursday seem more like a Saturday.  And bought myself some flowers.  

Oh and I made brownies (they’re gone).  

And am having a glass of sauvignon blanc (almost gone but thank God it’s refillable).

dior gloss

My make-up arsenal consists of gloss and mascaras.

This Dior gloss, Creme de Rose, is incredible.  Smells like roses and not like old ladies.  It’s plumping without being sticky.

And everyone always need more mascaras.  My two current favorites are Dior Addict It-Lash and Marc Jacobs Omega.  Layer for almost fake looking length.  I’m southern, I like mascara.  A lot of it.

julepApparently I had decided as early as Monday this was already the longest week of my thirty years because that was when I ordered my present to myself online.

Ten hours and counting til Friday…

 

parties parties parties…

IMG_0425Since it’s getting close to the holidays, as I mentioned below I’ve already started Christmas shopping for myself (I need to be put in Christmas jail), I’m hosting my obligatory trunk show.

Jewels as far as the eye can see.  And wine…

www.melizabethdesigns.com

 

christmas came early…

My life will never be the same.

Brilliantly, I decided to do my Christmas shopping earlier than Christmas Eve this year.  I’m currently working on trying to reduce the amount of stress in my life.  Baby steps.

I asked each family member for a list, so while perusing the internets for waders for the fly fisherman in my life (lesson learned, don’t ask people what they want) I found a 20% off coupon for a Keurig.

IMG_0406So happy early Christmas to me.  Except for the fact I’m pretty sure my general contractor threw my old one away (I need to keep closer eye on him).

Now back to looking at waders online.

After which I’m headed over to my contractor’s house to throw away his coffee maker.

 

tis the season…

saints headband

From here on out my Saturdays are devoted to college football and Sundays are reserved for Saints games.

My go-to Sunday accessory, a Deepa Gurnani headband in the classic black and gold combo.

Geaux Saints

A Need of Neons…

zara- neon

{zara ~ neon pink tote, $50}

After going blonde, I tried to minimize my intake of bright colors.  I started to notice I can look a little barbie doll-esque, what with the neon pink dresses and bright sandals.  A look I wouldn’t hesitate to wear with my former brunette locks.

YSL- neon

So I decided baby steps might be the right approach.

{yves saint laurent- baby sac du jour, $2,200}

lulu guinness- neon

{lulu guinness- perspex lip clutch, $390}

It started earlier in the year with a pair of bubblegum pink suede wedges.  I live in Texas (us ladies love us some bright colors) so not pairing those with another intensely hued dress has been hard.  Very hard.

But last week I went shopping to relieve a bad mood (probably not the best behavior, but honestly who cares, it was needed) and almost bought a pair of neon pink Charlotte Olympia terry wedges.  Justifying two pair of neon pink wedges is hard.  Again, very hard.

I seriously need someone to monitor my extra-curricular activities.

 rebecca minkoff- neon

{rebecca minkoff- mab mini tote, $190}

Anyways, I’m now thinking in the direction of neon purses.  I’ll have to work on reining in my desire to wear with all my other colorful pieces since my end-goal is not to blind people.

And as The Boyfriend informed me when I bought my last little neon pink cross body (forgot about that little gem sitting in my closet never worn…), ‘a little neon goes a long way.’

Well, he’s an attorney not a stylist so he can keep his opinions to himself.

Vino on the Go…

Since The Boyfriend was studying for the bar, we’ve made a ritual of ‘wine time’ every evening around 5 or so.  Earlier?  Maybe.  Later?  Rarely.

 And apparently ‘wine time’ has expended into an evening adventure, the ‘wine walk’ which we walk the dog over to the neighborhood park.  Both parties win.

to go tumblersSo when a friend of mine sent me a link for these to-go wine tumblers, it seemed like a necessity.

And I love the comment she sent me with the link- “kinda small though, right?!”

Here’s the link to the kinda small personalized to-go vino tumbler by Dawlins.   Pink for me obviously.

 

A New Year…A New Satchel is Needed

The Boyfriend jokes that I don’t need a briefcase to carry jewels, but as I have repeatedly explained, these are not briefcases.  They are satchels.

And I need one.

Cambridge Flouro Satchel

{Cambridge Satchel Company}

A girl I went to TCU with, now living in NY, has two of these Cambridge Satchels, this shockingly vivid neon pink one and a gorgeous ivory.   Obviously, I’m slightly jealous but am looking to remedy that.

Cambridge Emboss

 They emboss so I’m thinking bright pink with silver.  I’m trying to convince my friend in LA to get red with silver.

Chanel PVC Glitter Bag

I remember several years ago, Chanel did their first clear PVC version of their classic 2.55 bag.  I wanted one so bad but something about spending over a thousand dollars on a bag made of plastic, seemed a little ridiculous.   Plus, do you honestly want someone seeing whats in your bag?  Probably not.

Unfortunately I would just end up putting pretty, i.e. useless, items in there to create more of a piece of art than something functional.  But I work in fashion, there is little function involved.

Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

{Shopbop}

But then I came across Phillip Lim’s Pashli Satchel.   Opaque and clear PVC trimmed in leather, so you now have the illusion of privacy.  The perfect summer bag.

Both of these are significantly better priced than the Chanel I wanted forever ago, with the Phillip Lim at $650 and the Cambridge being less than $200.

My birthday is coming up.  I hope my mother is reading this.  Pink please…

Margiela for H&M…Candy Clutch

 

A remake of their Spring ’10 Candy Clutch, Maison Martin Margiela is soon debuting a line for H&M, including this adorable little handheld.  Makes for the perfect holiday accessory.

I want pink, of course.

 

 

And since it’s at H&M, I can finally afford this one…