Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Soïa and Kyo Outerwear | Jonesing

The lack of outerwear in my closet is a bit lacking especially being from an area that actually experiences winter (which I still visit every year).

While SoCal weather is pleasant for the most part, I still have this need to increase my outerwear repertoire with some more stylish and colorful options than my handy black pea coat. Lately, I've been coveting the sophisticated and colorful styles from Soïa and Kyo.

Soïa and Kyo Mia
Soïa and Kyo Sherita 
Soïa and Kyo Lucie
Soïa and Kyo Violet

One of my goals for the New Year is to curb my spending on clothing. Naturally, I'm trying to get it out of my system before Saturday.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Refresh | Monday Musing

Last week, it seemed like it rained for 40 days and 40 nights and I loved it. See, I know that for some rain is mildly depressing for all the obvious reasons, but for me it's a welcome occurrence. Ever notice how clear everything looks? How clean and fresh the air smells? The rain washes away the muck that builds up. All that smog washed away leaves the environment crisp and bright.

Back in early fall, I went back to my roots in Northern California for a childhood friend's wedding. My visits to NorCal are always so bittersweet. It's natural and expected that we miss our family and friends when we're away, but over the years I've noticed another thing or two that I miss: the Optimistic Me. The loudest girl in the room. The one who, no matter what, always had her friend's back. The one always looking for a good time. The one willing to explore uncharted waters (it's funny how having an overprotective Mom can do that to a girl). The one who would spontaneously burst into song when she's happy (well, I still do that). The one who proudly touted her NorCal background by using "hella" when the situation called for it. My husband met that person years ago, but over time Optimistic Me has been overtaken by Cynical Me. I can't say that my cynicism was a new thing, as it's always been there lurking in the shadows. And, honestly, I think it's a necessary part of me.

So call me weird (I prefer "random"), but I'll take last week's stormy weather as my sign to change things around. You don't get to pick the cards you're dealt, you just have to do your best to work with what you have.*

* I have no idea how to play cards (remember, sheltered child), but I'm willing to try. And really isn't that what life is all about?

Editorial: Garden of Delights from Vogue US December 2006, Models: Karen Elson, Sasha Pivovarova, Caroline Trentini, Gemma Ward; Photographer: Steven Meisel via The Fashion Spot

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Print by Janet Hill

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Friday!

Many apologies for the lack of posts for the last few days. Unfortunately, I've been on jury duty and will continue onto next week. I will say one thing about serving: the courtroom is such a downer. Lots of (unattractive) wood, bad lighting and no windows. It's quite depressing. So, here's a nice bright image to begin the weekend.

Via La Belle Vie        

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Melie Bianco Angelica Ruffled Bow Satchel | Jonesing

Melie Bianco Angelica Ruffled Bow Satchel in colors starting from top: bone, fog, rose, taupe and yellow

Tell me something. Would getting this bag in all five colors be complete overkill?

Ok, fine.

P.S. Make sure to shop around.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Oh Snap | Monday Musing

Is it weird that Mondays are starting to grow on me? Once upon a time, I dreaded Mondays--especially on Sunday afternoons. Those afternoons I would be a cranky, even more snarky individual than usual (Aside: I like snark. It's the salt that gives life some flavor). But now, not so much. Mondays really aren't so bad. Besides traffic being surprisingly light, the beginning of a new week offers up the perfect motivation to start something fresh.

And today, I feel especially giddy. Perhaps it's because of the holiday season or that I completed a project and won a bet at the same time. Maybe it's because the vast majority of my Christmas shopping is done, or maybe because I was a spared a day of jury duty.

Whatever it is, I feel the urge to put on a gown, drink a bottle of champagne (yes, a BOTTLE) and celebrate right now. It sure would make the afternoon go by faster.

Stone Age featuring Lara Stone by Mario Testino for Vogue UK December 2009 via ecstasy_lover