Gone to the Dogs

This is not the first time Cupcake, my puggle, has crashed a flatlay shoot.  She once moved a cashmere sweater up on to the bed for a luxurious nap.  She was very intrigued with this particular shoot and perhaps a bit jealous of the sequined terrier.  This t-shirt is a great way to add a little casual holiday sparkle.  She also may have wanted to add a touch of leopard to the look.  Cupcake (CC) has been switching between her leopard bandana and a plaid one.

I styled the t-shirt with black denim, a navy pouch and plaid shoes (it may be time to admit I have a plaid shoe addiction).  These shoes had been sold out and I recently found them in my size.  I will link a couple of similar options below as inventory seems to change daily.




Plaid Flats (also here) Similar here and  here

Black Denim

Cupcake’s Bandana

Striped Canvas Bag (hanging in background)

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Mani Monday – Cupcake’s Birthday Edition

We celebrated our dog, Cupcake’s, eighth birthday over the weekend complete with cupcakes from a dog bakery.   She was not that cooperative with the mani photo shoots this year. Maybe she is not thrilled about being in her mid-fifties. It’s a tough jump from forty-nine.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “Sun Bleached” by CND Vinylux.


Happy Monday!




Sequins and Cupcake

Despite hating her own doggie Santa hat, Cupcake was intrigued with my leopard print version (that my son picked out at CVS).  We had fun with this shoot.  I styled a J. Crew sequin skirt with a black cashmere cardigan, black blouse and grey and black leopard heels.  The skirt is almost sold out, but I linked two places to buy it below along with the factory version.  The factory version is a bit shorter, currently only $34 dollars and available in a range of sizes.  All the links are below.

Here is a dressing room selfie.  I was so excited to find the skirt in my size the other night at J. Crew.  It is such a versatile holiday piece, I like it with flats for a more casual look as well.


J. Crew Skirt available at J. Crew and Net-a-Porter as well as this J. Crew Factory version

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Blouse (older style) other options here and here

Armand Ventilo pumps (older style) these and these would look great

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Black and White and Read All Over

I remember my Grandmother teaching me the riddle “What’s black and white and red all over?” when I was about my son’s age.  I thought it was so clever.  We recently starting  subscribing to the  Sunday New York Times again after a long stretch of getting our news online.  I missed having a paper and also feel like my son should grow up with one in the house.  It is great that you can search and find things online and my husband is a big fan of flipboard, but there is something about the tactile experience.  My son asks me to read him sections and looks at the photographs.

I moved from San Francisco to New York in 1999 as a result of the Sunday Times.  One Sunday I saw an add announcing a new consulting firm that sounded interesting.  I wrote a cover letter and sent my resume that day.  I ended up moving across the country and being employee eighty-nine of what became a very successful start up.  I never would have known about the company if not for a Sunday where I took more time than usual to read the paper.

I take my time reading it now.  Sometimes I am catching an article on a Tuesday afternoon with my lunch.  It is not about the headlines and being up to the minute.  It is about enjoying the experience.  And I am finding articles I likely would not have found online.


J. Crew Blouse

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush

J. Crew Italian Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan (on sale!)

J. Crew Shoes (similar here)

AG Prima White Jeans here and here

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