Wednesday, February 27, 2013

winter fox

Part 2 of Kembrel Party: What I wore.  

The best aspect of winter for me, is the opportunity to layer clothes. Layering on the clothes, the prints, stealing clothes from spring collections and transforming them into some winter fun is the only thing that makes winter bearable.....that and snowboarding! I even have some boys clothing on! Yes, I often shop for plaid in the men’s department because it is easier to find good plaid in the men’s section. I bought this plaid shirt from Gap Kids actually, boys. And hello, it’s cheaper! $25 vs spending over $50, I’ll take that. 

And to warm up your footsies in pumps, add a cute pair of socks. Lace is all over the runway this season. These lace ankle socks are an easy way to incorporate a subtle hint of that trend. 

:: Outfit:: 

Fur: Vintage Fox Fur 
Coat: Armani Exchange (old) 
Plaid Shirt: Gap Kids (boys size 14) 
Sweater: H&M
Necklace: Ann Taylor (I am wearing 2 of the same) 
Pants: Forever 21 similar here
Lace Socks: ASOS similar here
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo (old) 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, Kembrel

One of my favorite boutiques in town just turned 1! Happiest Birthday, Kembrel!

 "Kembrel is a shop-around-the-corner mentality, but with the lifestyle of today: easy, always new, affordable, and accessible online and off. It's how we shop. Or, rather, how we wanted to shop, when we realized there wasn't really a way to do it yet.” 

Angela, owner of Showroom 77  and designer Trisha Will.  I fell in love with her open back blazer.

Trisha’s design. 

As always, thank you for reading! Special thanks to my friend Irene for being my photog that night!

 Have you been to Kembrel? If you have not, you are missing out! Check them out at WWW.KEMBREL.COM

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

valentine’s day:the man with everything

Yes, the dreaded question. What to get the man that has everything? My husband is the ultimate example of the man with everything. He owns every shirt from JCREW. His shoe collection? a worthy comparison to mine and he enjoys shopping.

The answer is to go vintage! Of course, you had to know it was coming right? I throughly enjoy gift giving and always put a lot of thought into my purchases.

I found these vintage handkerchief from Philadelphia Vintage and Consignment on 12th and Samson St. that can be made into pocket squares. What’s better than to give a gift that is one of kind? Best of all they were only $10 a pop and I can use them too. I like to tie them around purses/clutches for an added pop of color and detail.

 They can be easily found at Vintage and Thrifts stores, usually only for a few bucks.  What are you getting your significant other, man, woman or yourself? If you’re single I say SPA DAY it is, I like to treat myself to one of those pretty often. Happy Valentine’s Day.

What do you think of the vintage handkerchief?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

best snowboarding in the world

 We heard Shaun White said Japan is the best snowboarding he has ever done. Really, Japan? We were intrigued! My husband and I learned to snowboard about 4 years ago when I gave him a snowboard for Christmas. That was the end of all my tropical vacations as essentially anytime we have off we are on a mountain......worst mistake of my life! At the time neither of us snowboarded but my brothers had all been riding for a number of years and most of my friends did as well. We learned on the icy east coast snow (Wachusett represent!). We often night boarded after work which meant conditions were terrible. Since then we have been fortunate enough to have ventured out to the west coast. Riding at Vail, which remains my favorite mountain in the States, Breckenridge, and Big Sky in Montana. Leon loves Mammouth, Snowbird (Utah) and Mount Hood (Portland) as well.

So let’s get to the good stuff! Why is Japan so great? After talking to the locals we learned that it snows  almost everyday between 6-12 inches from Dec-April! What the flurries?! On occasion, the snow stops for 1-2 days at the most. So this means Powder or Pow as the locals call it, all the time!!!! The mountain is comparable to the size of the East Coast. But lines are efficient and move fairly quickly.

Yes, waist deep in Pow! 

White out conditions everyday!

  The seats are extremely low even for me, so be warned!

The best part of a long cold day. The food choices are unbelievable, no burgers and fries here. 

Beef bowl, steamed eggs, seafood soup, pickled cucumbers and poached eggs. $12! Score! 

Stewed Tofu. 

Niseko Village with the gang. 

Me and the guys. Yes, they love each other a bit too much. 

I leave you with a breathtaking view of Niseko. Looks like an erupting Volcano. Oh, I miss Japan. 

Readers, what do you think of my Asia trip so far? Would you snowboard in Japan?