Thursday, February 28, 2013

DIY jewelry case

 < Lovely little, very simple, totally cheerful DIY jewelry travel case >

Oh Thursday, I am glad that you are finally here.  As an official "Weekender" (as dubbed by great friends), I really cannot wait for every weekend and the adventures that those days will bring, near and far.  When many of our "Weekender" weekends are filled with travel, I often find myself tossing jewelry haphazardly into this bag and that as we head out the door for an overnight trip somewhere.  No longer will this be the case.  Enter the creative repurposing, Martha side of myself: take an old box (in this case it was a plastic Crest Whitestrips container), decorate it 3P style, and then love it to bits.  Yes, this very simple DIY jewelry case will now get to come on many adventures with me.  Thank you cardboard, contact paper, Crest case, and creativity!

 < Supplies for this DIY were not very demanding: an old box/case, contact paper in my favorite chevron pattern, an empty egg crate, and some sharp scissors >

 < After applying contact paper to the lid and the bottom sides, I decided to add a little of this fun pattern to the insides >

 < I pictured little egg crates as the perfect divider to fit in this little box, and boy are they! >

< Here we go: blue and gold jewelry all packed up and ready to go! >

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Daily Dressing

Here we are at Wednesday already this week, woohoo!  The days this week have been go-go-go, but I am thankful for a busy life and the great feeling I get when things are getting done.  Although the sun has been out to provide beautiful days, the cold winter winds have been blowing and I am still glad to stay warm with winter layers.  Pretty short and sweet today, but be sure to let me know (in the Weekly Wardrobe Win below) which outfits you think cannot be beat!

< Outfit 1: aqua + gray >
Occasion: work
Sweater: ON (old; similar)
Skirt: Topshop
Tights: Betsey Johnson (similar)
Heels: Kristin Davis
Purse: Nine West (another option here)
Sunnies: ON
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Maldives necklace; LOFT ring; old earrings; F21, BR, Stella & Dot Vintage Twist, Renegade bracelets

 < Outfit 2: denim and party pants >
Occasion: work
Jacket: Levi's (get it here)
Turtleneck: Nordstrom Rack
Pants: LOFT
Booties: Nine West (love these)
Purse: Target
Sunnies: Calvin Klein
Jewelry: Nine West earrings; Cookie Lee, Stella & Dot Renegade bracelets

< Outfit 3: stripes and spots in red and blue >
Occasion: work
Sweater: Vera Wang Princess
Shirt: Gap (similar)
Skirt: Target
Tights: Target
Heels: old, unknown (similar here, here, and here)
Purse: WHBM
Sunnies: Steve Madden
Jewelry: Stella & Dot On the Mark, BR necklaces; BR, Renegade, F21 bracelets

< Outfit 4: lots of spots >
Occasion: work
Coat: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Sweater: Target (love this one too)
Dress (worn as skirt): Allen B. (also seen here)
Belt: Nine West
Tights and heels: Target (tights)
Purse: Liz Claiborne
Sunnies: Target
Jewelry: Ralph Lauren, BR necklaces; Kenneth Cole Reaction ring; BR, Target, The Limited bracelets

 < Outfit 5: burgundy lady >
Occasion: work
Blazer: Cynthia Rowley (similar here and here)
Dress: Target
Belt: Nine West (similar)
Tights and heels: Target
Bag: Target (available in tan here)
Headband: Claire's
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Calypso Coin necklace and Medina Chandeliers; Kenneth Cole Reaction watch; gifted bangle and Renegade bracelet

 < Outfit 6: leopard and shine >
Occasion: lunch date
Blazer: LOFT (eying this one for spring)
Shirt: Calvin Klein
Tank: ON
Jeans: BR
Heels: Kohl's (similar)
Purse: RED
Sunnies: BR
Jewelry: LOFT necklace and ring; Cookie Lee, Target, ON bracelets

 < Outfit 7: weekend scrubs >
Occasion: antiquing (success!)
Cardigan: F21 (other options here and here)
Chambray: AE
Jeans: Target (eying these)
Booties: Target
Purse: Olivia + Joy (loving this yellow one)
Sunnies: Target
Jewelry: Kohl's necklace; Topshop, Target, ON bracelets; Target earrings (similar)

< Outfit 8: cable knit + faux fur >
Occasion: church and brunch
Vest: Simply Vera Wang (other options here, here, and here)
Sweater: H&M
Dress (worn as skirt): BR (loving this one for spring/summer)
Belt and Purse: The Limited
Boots: Target
Jewelry: Target earrings (similar); BR necklaces); Target ring; Cookie Lee, F21, Renegade bracelets

Weekly Wardrobe Win

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Birchbox: February

< Love this packaging- so simple, and so likeable! >

It's always a fun day when Birchbox arrives in my mailbox! As this is only my second shipment, I am still happily trying this out- but how sweet it is to try new beauty samples without having to go anywhere.  The theme for this month's shipment is 'red carpet ready,' which is in perfect timing with this month's award season (the Academy Award excitement, anyone?)  Read on to see what little surprises were in my Birchbox shipment this month...

< The contents: Rockaholic flexible hairspray, Couture La La scent by Juicy Couture, A Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel square, Dr. Lipp original nipple balm for lips, and the Balm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer powder >

 < Mary-Lou Manizer powder by theBalm can be used as am eyeshadow, highligher, and all-over shimmer- talk about versatility.  I think I am going to love this >

< I can't resist a sweet scent, and this Couture La La sample has me wanting to use this perfume every day.  The cold winter weather has left my lips feeling rather chapped these days, so I am looking forward to seeing what good this balm by Dr. Lipps can do.  And I always love me a good hairspray, so I will happily try this Rockaholic spray out, and use it as the perfect carry-on if my hair loves it! >

Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Oscars Trends

Did you catch some of the beautiful red carpet fashion from yesterday's Oscars ceremony?  The 2013 red carpet for the 85th Academy Awards last night was full of sparkle, color, and beaming stars last night.  To be honest, I didn't watch much of the actual ceremony last night- save the James Bond 50 year presentation, and the best film award.  However, I am fairly pleased to read the award results from last night, and now I have a few must-see movies to add to my list (Argo, Life of Pi, anyone?).  But as you 3P readers know, red carpet fashion is pretty much my favorite part of any awards show.  Here I have broken down several trends from the 2013 Oscars, and provided some options for shopping the looks!

< All that glitters: sparkly metallics on beauties Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, and Naomi Watts >

Shop the trend:

< Hues of red, lavender, and coral on these A-listers: Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Garner, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos, and Olivia Munn >

Shop the trend:

 < Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jane Fonda, and Noamie Harris were last night's golden girls >

Shop the trend:

< Pale, pale pastels were seen on many stars yesterday, including Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Amy Adams, and Octavia Spencer >

Shop the trend:

< Blue-belles Reese Witherspoon, Quvenzhane Wallis, and Jennifer Hudson stunned in beautiful blue dresses >

Shop the trend:

< Halle Berry, Adele, Sandra Bullock, and Kristen Chenoweth wowed in not-so-basic black dresses with loads of sparkle >

Shop the trend:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Obsessed: London Fashion Week (LFW) favorites

< Luxurious leather looks from Burberry Prorsum >

Some more Fashion Week love on the blog today, this time from LFW.  With so many talented designers across the pond, it really makes me wish I was in Londontown once again.  The looks here were luxe, indulgent looking, and definitely pulled at my heartstrings.  I loved the leather looks, the animal print jackets, suits, and shiny embellishments seen on each runway.  I can't wait for these kinds of looks to be on the market later this year, but in the meantime, the cold winter days will have me putting looks together from my closet, inspired by my current obsessions from London Fashion Week!

Happy Friday all you 3P wonderfuls, have a great weekend, and see you back here next week!

 < Leopard on leopard, and statement-making embellishments from Moschino Cheap and Chic >

 < Ultimate cool-girl looks at Tom Ford... I mean, that embellished hoodie! >

 < Powerful ladies-who-lunch looks from Temperley London- I love the sheen and details here! >

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A few of my favorites

< Cap-toe heels... #targetdoesitagain! >

Why are short weeks sometimes the busiest?? Hopping from one thing to the next, to the next this week, and thankful for warm coats in these cold and rainy days, energy, hot chai, and the fact that life is the sweetest when you take time to enjoy the little things.  Here are a few little things from here and there around my space, that are currently some of my favorites.

< Rainbow of nail polishes... available at Sephora and Target >

 < LOVING this emerald necklace and bracelet set... so much fun!  Get them here >

< I love old fashioned correspondence- these thank you cards will come in handy, I know it! >

< I'm no bag snob- I'll take any bag anytime, ma'am! From L to R: Target, Kate Spade >

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weekly Wardrobe

Happy Wednesday, my 3P pretties!  With all of the fashion weeks happening around the world these days, I am pretty proud that the 3P weeks are always full of fashion for you!  Fashion and style are certainly a passion of mine, and even though I find it semi-embarrassing taking my own pictures almost every day, I just the feedback I get from you wonderful readers on these 3P outfit posts!  So here you have it- recent outfits from the past few days- be sure to vote for your favorites once you scroll through the outfit photos!

< Outfit 1: argyle and animal print >
Sweater: J.Crew (similar)
Dress: LOFT
Scarf: unknown
Purse: TJ Maxx
Heels: Nine West (similar)
Sunnies: F21
Jewelry: old earrings (similar); Target, Stella & Dot Kismet, Maisie Pearl (bracelets)

< Outfit 2: shades of slate >
Jacket: Anthropologie (old)
Dress: BR (love this one)
Scarf: H&M
Tights: Hue (available here)
Booties: Nine West
Purse: Olivia + Joy (love this green style)
Jewelry: Relic (watch), Kohl's, LOFT, Tiffany's (bracelets)

< Outfit 3: spots and a splash of cobalt >
Jacket: gifted Dana Buchman
Turtlneck: Michael Stars (get it here)
Skirt: LOFT (similar)
Tights: Jessica Simpson
Heels: Target
Purse: Liz Claiborne (here's a larger version)
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Lillith Fringe necklace; Kate Spade, BR, Kohl's, Renegade (bracelets)

< Outfit 4: light pink & pleats >
Jacket: Target (cute alternative)
Shirt: J.Crew
Skirt: Pink Rose (similar)
Purse: Oliva + Joy
Heels: Jessica Simpson (similar here)
Sunnies: Steve Madden
Jewelry: Kohl's, Cookie Lee, Stella & Dot Radiance Coil (bracelets)

< Outfit 5: red + blue >
Jacket: Simply Vera Wang (here)
Cardigan: gifted BR (on sale!)
Dress: BR
Purse: Nine West
Heels: Target
Jewelry: Briel (watch); Stella & Dot Maisie PearlRenegade, Target (bracelets), Simply Vera Wang (earrings & necklace)

< Outfit 6: cheery red >
Cardigan: LOFT
Shirt: Express (old; similar)
Tank: ON
Jeans: BR (similar here)
Heels: Mee Too (similar)
Purse: Nine West
Sunnies: Reaction Kenneth Cole
Jewelry: F21, Target (bracelets); Target, F21 (earrings)

 < Outfit 7: hearts all on >
Blazer: H&M (similar here and here)
Jacket: Gap (old)
Dress: ON (eying this one)
Purse: H&M
Flats: Reaction Kenneth Cole
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Renegade, Christina Link, BR (bracelets); BR, Stella & Dot (similar; necklaces)

< Outfit 8: casual layers >
Coat: Gap
Cropped sweater: Ross
Tank: ON
Leggings: Target
Leg warmers: Betsey Johnson
Boots: TJ Maxx
Scarf: Stella & Dot
Jewelry: Stella & Dot Sanibel pendant necklaceLuna WrapRenegade bracelets; Target, heritage (rings)

Weekly Wardrobe Win

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wonders from the weekend

< Sweet Jack Attack kitten napping in the sun >

I love me a long weekend!  Any four day work week is a favorite of mine.  With several sunshine-filled days to enjoy, an amazing trip with friends to the snow, and time to relax at home, it has been an amazing long weekend.  I hope you all enjoyed this past weekend, and have a wonderful rest of your week!

 < A local art installation that exemplifies exactly how I feel about our little town >

 < Cleaned my makeup brushes using this method, and am fully impressed with the results >

< Sipping bloody mary's by a firepit >

< Took a walk in the snow, and loved the sunshine and clean, fabulously scented fresh air! >

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy President's Day!

In honor of the great men who have led our nation as the President of United States, I am thankful today (and every day) to be an American.  God Bless the U.S.A!

"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."
- George Washington

Friday, February 15, 2013

Obsessed: NYFW Fall 2013

< Effortless, easy gilded romance at Tory Burch > (images)

Attending New York Fashion week (or any fashion week, really!)  is a life goal of mine.  I know that many bloggers, buyers, and higher-ups in the fashion world got to enjoy a crazy busy fashion week in New York the past few days, and thanks to the wonder of social media and live-streamed shows I was able to enjoy many of the debuted collections right from my own little computer screen.  I am so excited for all of the jewel tones, romantic looks, velvet creations, and opulent accessories that will be all the rage this coming fall- these styles are right up my alley!  In fact, if any cold gray days come my way in the next few weeks, I will be using the inspiration from some of my favorite runway looks to create my own street style outfit (you know where you can see that kind of 3P post).  Here is a roundup of just a few of my favorite looks from the NYFW Fall 2013 shows, which contains just a few looks with which I am slightly obsessed these days.

Have a great weekend, 3P style, and I will see you back here next week!

< Stunning rock-n-roll looks from the amazing Diane von Furstenberg... I want it all! > (images)

< Simply adoring all of the fabulous coats from Trina Turk's presentation > (images)

< Houndstooth and cobalt looks from Michael Kors- one of my favorite prints and colors! > (images)

< J.Crew had so many looks to swoon over- these three are some of my favorites.  The embellished collar on the jacket (left), and the pinks and pastels are just divine! > (images)

< Mr. Lauren nailed it (and got a well deserved standing ovation at the end of his show!)  Opulent romance was the theme in his designs, and how luxurious my fall wardrobe would be if only I could have one of each of his amazing looks from this show! > (images)

< And last but certainly not least, Mr. de la Renta once again presented a breathtaking show- the coats, the ladylike suits, and the incredible evening gowns are my dreams come true > (images)