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Tuesday, November 30, 2010



Julie posted this on her blog, and I about keeled over with love. This outfit is the best thing I've ever seen this year. (I all of a sudden wonder if I'm prone to exaggeration?) But it really is! (Maybe I'm just excitable.) It's a work of art. I will sell most anything for that coat (not Bama) - where can I find it?

P.S. I put the holiday gift guide roundups as a page at the top - i'll keep adding to it when i come across them!

*Update* So I found the sweatshirt on's only like, $605. SAD FACE.

Bookclub Bloggers Review - Little Bee

I finally had access to a book for the Bookclub Bloggers so can do a review!
Have you read Little Bee?
If you haven't I would not read the rest of in spoiler alert...

I had no idea what to expect when I opened this book - it was heartbreaking, fascinating, powerful...but also a little bizzare and I don't know that I exactly loved it. Like many of the others who reviewed this said - I feel like I'm still processing it and I'm not sure I'll ever really have closure on how I feel since the actually ending was not closure enough for me!
I'm not sure where to begin - so I'll go with the questions posted for the book.
1.  Do you have any personal opinion on "refugee politics" of our safe and wealthy western countries? How has this opinion formed? News? School? Personal experience? What a political question, right? When 2 people, both with opposite opinions, discuss a topic like this - I can always see and understand the points that are being made so I can respect everyone's opinions. Most of my knowledge and passion has centered around the tense topic of the US/Mexican borders so it is the only opinion I feel entitled to have. I'll just say that after spending time in Mexico and interviewing, speaking with and hearing the side of the stories of families who have had loved ones give up everything and risk dying to have a chance at a "better" life - I have to side with them. (cue hate mail). Of course - there are SO many factors and things to discuss, but I'll just leave it light and at that!

2.  Do you think what Sarah did in Nigeria was special? Or do we all have this in us? Why or why not? I'm not sure it was exactly special - I think a lot of people would do what she did in this intense situation - out of sheer desperation if anything else.

Little Bee's voice as a narrator might be one of the most memorable voices from a lot of the books I've read. I loved reading her chapters - I love the new point of view that she gave me. But I think I identified with Sarah the most and found the way she coped with the situation fascinating. I grew to love all of the characters - except for Sarah's boyfriend. I realize that he provided a needed voice/point of view - one that reflects the opinions of many people in the 'real world' which was jarring - I wanted to throttle him. I think it was the authors way of pointing out that one can never ever judge a situation unless one is in it - which I appreciated.

anyway - I wonder if it will be a movie?

my favorite sad quote: 

"…Isn’t it sad, growing up? You start off like my Charlie. You start off thinking you can kill all the baddies and save the world. Then you get a little bit older, maybe Little Bee’s age, and you realize that some of the world’s badness is inside you, that maybe you’re a part of it. And then you get a bit older still, and a bit more comfortable, and you start wondering whether that badness you’ve seen in yourself is really all that bad at all."
Monday, November 29, 2010

Winter Coat

Since it's been freezing cold the last couple weeks, it's finally snowed and Mark is probably tired of hearing me cry about it (or putting my hands up his shirt for warmth) I think it's seriously time to think about getting a warm coat (and stop losing my mittens). Last year I went for style and froze all winter long - this year I'm not messing around. Ok just kidding because these aren't like north faces or anything but they are long. Which to me seems warm!
My only dilemma is...which one?

1. Zara Nylon Anorak
2Asos Double Fronted Coat
3. ModCloth Rain Delay Jacket
4. Bostwick Wool Toggle

I'm definitely leaning towards one of them :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Gift Guides Part B

Bloggers faaaaar and w i d e have begun their super helpful gift guides all throughout November. I knew I was going to lose track of all of the great ideas so I've compiled some that I've come across very recently - I hope it helps you too.
Go get em tigers!

What To Get Your Best Gal Pals - Quiet Like Horses
If they like stripes - Dilly Dallas
If they want to stay warm - Wit + Delight
For Yourself...or someone else? - Poppy Brew
Under $100 - Cupcakes and Cashmere
Under $25 - Cupcakes and Cashmere
Best G/F - Express-o
Coffee lover, Homebody, Animal Lover - Inspired Design
Purple Gifts for Her - The4inOne
A Younger Sister - Project Simple Life
Handmade for a Festive Table - PoppyTalk
Little Nieces and Nephews - Express-o
For the Home Lovers- Glitterball
For book lovers - {bug miscellany}

For the Men:
Tech Geek - Express-o
The Festive Dude  - Poppytalk
Unisex - Happenstance
What Men Want - Metropolitan Mum

Stocking Stuffers:
For the Modern, Minimalistic - A Trice of Life
For Men - A Trice of Life
Incredible Things - Happenstance

Madewell Gift Guides
Clothing Menu Gift Guide
Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Gift Guides Part A

I'm excited to tell you about this - Aimee from Chic 'n Cheap Living has been working hard over the past month with 10 different bloggers to coordinate a Blogger Holiday Gift Guide.  Each blogger (including me!) worked to create a gift guide with one type of person in mind. If you click over there you will find a variety of guides from the Etsy Lover to one for men (or mine, the Traveler). I love how they are set up and details for the store and price are also given. Thanks to Aimee for bringing on such a great resource for gift ideas!

Check them out here: 
Friday, November 26, 2010

Noble Town Vintage & Black Friday code

What, a Black Friday discount code on these?

Vintage Brass Long Necklace
Triple Quartz Cluster Necklace

Discount Code: blackfriday


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Welcome Back, Emily

First of all, the important part:

La Emily from El Vintage is offering 15% off through December 15th.

This amazing outfit is from a recent El Vintage photo shoot
(that's not Emily)

Oh Emily - she is great. Girl has so much energy and excitement - she makes me happy by association =) She's been posting about modeling shoots for El Vintage, hidden treasures, fabulous restaurants - but my favorite of all lately was when she took some runway outfits for inspiration and used them to recreate a look using El Vintage pieces - definitely a must see post. Welcome back as a sponsor, Emily!

Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, her Etsy shop or her blog.


I saw this bedroom at Debby's blog, Inspired Design, and it was instant amore..
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Welcome back, Brina

 I'm so happy to welcome back Brina (Sabrina's Second Hand/Vintage & Brinaroze) as a sponsor. She's been hand-making some journals and they are super cute! I'm using paper less and less lately, but that journal makes me want to spend some time cutting pretty things out of magazines to fill it up with =)
Do you still cut things out of magazines? I think I just need to buy them more then maybe I will?

(P.S. Remember the very inspiring Have a Heart project? You can read more about it and get to know her more on her blog, Rose Colored Glasses if you'd like.)

I did an interview at this fun blog if you want to check it out ;)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Win a Scarf?

A way for you to get mail and for me to say...THANKYOU!

(This is us playing with the speed settings as I whip the scarf around my neck all debonair like. Then Mark was all "krystal, stop making funny faces" and I couldn't! Well, the last picture was my attempt.)

Because this blog is part of the reason I got to attend Fashion Days Zurich and you were cool and endured my long FDZ posts (here, here and here) I want to give away the purple Biaggini Violett scarf that was in my swag bag from the fashion shows to someone. (Part of Penelope & Monica Cruz's line for Charles Vögele in Switzerland).
*I swear I only wore it for this picture!

Anyone can enter, just simply leave a comment below and you're golden. 
(in other words, one entry per person)
(yeah for easy entries!)

Thank you for making this blog so fun!
Le Winner will be announced Wednesday morning (my time)
Sunday, November 21, 2010

Switzerland Sunday and one more thing

I saw this ad wrapped around a...something...downtown Luzern.
I like it =)

Also, today I got to be part of Ren's (Lady of the Arts) series called "Around the World" in which she has bloggers feature 4 different photos showcase inside their home, outside, their creative space and a Wildcard - all with the intention of "stimulating dialogue and promoting creativity". It's one of my favorite series floating around now - To see mine, click it!
Saturday, November 20, 2010

Guess what? I really thought I needed a new Social Media type website so I signed up for
Do you have a page? Here's mine --> Here
Friday, November 19, 2010


So I'm cheating on the star necklace, but...behold. These are like art.
Thursday, November 18, 2010


What I Wore Today Blog

So, if you feel like drawing your outfit, you can submit them to flickr and then the people behind the blog will upload them. I like the outfits, but mostly I really like seeing everyone's drawings and how they choose to do it.

P.S. I've installed a new feature on the blog for books that I recommend - check it out here or see the Pages below my header. My current favorite book is sitting there now ;)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - A Vintage & Handmade Market Place

Have you heard?
No? ...WHAT????
Ok, I'm going to stop being a huge nerd. 

And instead, more eloquently introduce you to a new sponsor, EfreeMe.

Who: Diana Rainer, the delightful and interesting blogger behind Poppy Brew 
What: A Vintage & Handmade Market Place with NO seller fees, $5 for opening an account and listing 20 items AND a referral program. Plus, you don't even need an account to buy - just PayPal. So - basically the easiest way to buy cute things ever. I realize I sound like a saleswoman, but - you have to admit that is pretty cool!
Where: * Facebook * Twitter
How: Sign up using my referral link here --> link! It is super easy. And then get your own referral link! I'm actually in awe about how easy using this site has been.
What's Cool?: Diana rocks. She even blogs (PoppyBrew) and has an efreeme shop with really cool things. As owner of the site, she is accessible and wants to hear from her sellers and customers to make it the best it can be- and always will.
What's also cool: Is that I've been contemplating selling my photos somewhere. And then ta-da!

50's Marcasite Ring * Jewelry Dish

Here is a small interview so that you can get to know Diana better - as well as a glimpse in to her excitement about efreeme.

1. What inspired you to start the EfreeMe Marketplace?

I was inspired to start efreeme because I really hate paying fees and bills. I thought people should be able to list their vintage or handmade items for free, and wanted to provide a site to do so. 
2. I've come to find out that really is unique but can you tell bloggers reading this why it is the best in comparison to a small variety of other similar marketplaces?
I think efreeme is a great vintage/handmade market site most simply because we are and always will be free. If someone is a serious seller on other sites and they have to pay a commission on top of listing fees, that can seriously eat into their profits. Also, since we don't take any fees or commissions, efreeme gives sellers the freedom to arrange their own payment methods outside of the site (local pickup with cash, for example). There are no fees to dodge! Since we're very new and still building the site up, we're trying to be very open to feedback from sellers and buyers and grow alongside them. Also, if you're a seller and open a store with 20 items or more, we'll give you $5 to spend as you please, just as a little way of saying thanks. 
3. What are 5 things that make you super happy?

5 things that make me happy: mittens. raspberries. ponies. bicycles. snuggles. 
Thanks for answering my questions, Diana!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wishing upon these for these.

they live here
I don't know why I'm so obsessed with stars lately.

(P.S. I had agents in NYC and London but no one can find this necklace for me :( )

P.S.S. It kind of snowed! (I see it on all the hills) =)

(see 15 pics of panda's playing in the snow)

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Cool Kitchen

I don't know why that out of all the rooms of a house, I save kitchens for future planning most often.
I'm a wood floor in the kitchen kind of girl, but the un-matching rug and floor is reminding me of clash fashion - I like!
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Swiss Sunday & Some Links.

Playing on the top of a mountain with some friends ;) Near Gimmelwald, above Interlaken.

I love when people do these, so I do them TOO!
  • El Vintage is having a $15 sale of ALL 98 sale items at her etsy shop...go! (msg her what you want and she'll adjust the price before you buy)
  • Now this is a good "Hey Ya" cover...
  • What is your style? A Quiz.
  • Create your own dress? Yes Please. (via)
  • Scarves galore
  • a 106 yr old holocaust survivor...this is beautiful
  • DIY elbow patch great
  • What would YOU do with your old denim? This blew my mind.
  • Chic 'n Cheap Living is starting her holiday gift guide - sneak peek! watch for mine ;)
Friday, November 12, 2010

A Thanksgiving Guest Post

I was super excited when Reni at My So-Called Life asked if I'd do a Thanksgiving interview for her series of "What are you thankful for" in honor of Thanksgiving.  I love that she's all in the Thanksgiving spirit (and I'm admittedly already creating Christmas lists)!
If you are so inclined, you can head over to read about my super boot-leg T-giving dinner last year and other randomness =)

(not sure I could have used the word "Thanksgiving" more, right? Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Thanksgiving!)

Helloo Jackets

So, I'm pretty sure you know how I feel about these. Sigh.
(here, here)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Vintage Looking Scarf


Vintage looking scarf...
Or a real vintage scarf?


They both are pretty sweet to me =)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Up & Coming Swiss Designers

The fated shoe vending machine. I wonder if it is still vibrating?

The last show I went to was the Up & Coming Swiss Designers. There are so many great looks..I could write about this for ages! (No worries though, this is the last post ;))

Marissa and I started the morning with coffee and gipfeli in the VIP tent. Then I headed to the Smashboxx people who were set up giving makeovers to try a lip color (I don't wear lipstick, do you?). They used 'Delightful'...and it was. We also each got their intuitive lip-gloss as a gift which I'm in love with!

Now, on to the clothes - it was so interesting to see what designers in this country are working on as they make their way in to the fashion industry. There were 5 sets and I tried my best to condense!
(These are all of my pictures, thus you get to see my embarrassing attempt at fashion show photography which definitely improved by the end!)

The shoes weirded me out a tiny bit...

Loved the fabrics, very unique.

I was a fan of the simple but feminine silouettes.

The story of a warrior taking an inward journey and choosing to become poetic and graceful. 

And my favorite, Toujours Toi - Family  Affairs
(and when I learned how to take better pictures)

And that is all! Thanks so much for your excitement and it was so fun to give you a glimpse in to what's going on in the fashion industry here in Switzerland!

My friend, Elisa, covered the next days Swiss Textile Awards if you're interested!

And nowwww back to regular posting. Phew!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Opening Night Show ~ Fashion Days Zurich ~ 2010

Ok, so lets look at the CLOTHES! ...and lack thereof! Penelope & Monica Cruz designed their hearts out working with the team from Charles Vögele to bring these fashions to the stores here.  Headlining ZFD and creating this partnership are amazing steps for a store trying revamp its image. I have read some criticism regarding this opening night show - some opinions that it didn't bring the fashion, it was boring, what were they thinking. Ok, maybe - but then again - it's relate-able to the majority of the population and wearable in the streets - it's the circle of life, people. There were plenty of crazy things later on to keep those fashion thrill seekers happy and the rest of the crowd confused at what they just saw but inspiring us all the same. It was a fun time.

Part I
Hiiiii. Your scarf is good.
And some more of my favorites:

Ok yeah, not sure what I think about this. Well, actually I do. Marks getting a pair of yellow leggings for Christmas. Just kidding.

Biaggini Lingerie for Charles Vögele

So the boys would stop and look all sexily in to the crowd. Huge fan, nothing bad to say here. 

Performance by Alesha Dixon
Her and her dancers brought it...

like like like

(Note: These pictures are from the press images, I am dumb and brought my horrible camera)
Other Articles Regarding Fashion Days Zurich

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fashion Days Zurich - Opening Night, the VIP Tent

Famous model..Uh..JK, it's just me. 
Upon my arrival to Puls 5 in the Industrial District of Zurich last Wednesday, I could definitely feel the buzz and anticipation in the air as we all gathered to witness Zurich's inauguration into the International Scene of "fashion weeks". For the past 10 years, Zurich has put on an annual Textile Awards show (last years winner was Alexander Wang) but until this year, had yet to host runway shows that could boast the designers that have been at home in Paris, Milan, NYC and other major International cities for years.

Marissa and I began the evening at the cocktail dinner provided in the VIP tent. I'm sure we were surrounded by important people, though - I definitely could not tell you who they were but I can tell you that the appetizers were delicious. In fact, I was much too preoccupied with eating the shrimp with mango pieces and exclaiming out-loud to Marissa "THIS IS SO COOL" to take many pictures. Surround me with free food and free drinks and basically everything else is just white noise...
So, I shall take advantage of my press pass and use some of their pictures that I missed taking because I was too busy eating..(I'm such a newb)(I hate that word but thats the only way to describe what I was)
Alesha Dixon & Alexander Wang
Irina Kulikova (model) & Monica Cruz
*Alesha performed at the show that night
*Monica is Penelope's sister and was there to present their clothing line, Biaggini Violett.

And thanks to for snapping pictures of the crowd which was the most interesting to me! Observations below:

-You must go here to see the fashionable and non-fashionable line-up of attendees.
-And since I didn't make the not-so-good dressed list here, you can go check out Zurich streetstyle photographer Tina Weiss's sight for a pretty blunt opinion of the outfits of the evening.

Basically, I wish I could make you look at EVERY picture and talk about them with me, but we all have ADD attention spans so I will not. I had a really great time hanging out with Marissa and checking everyone out before the show. While I didn't know what to expect, I didn't see THAT many amazing outfits - which I guess is what I unconsciously expected.  We are in Switzerland - there is just not much choice for shopping when local malls are flooded with stores like Chicoree and Tally Weijl and H&M.  You really have to go out of your way to shop creatively and find boutiques with unique or different clothes.  Switzerland as a whole is just not known right now for fashion - but there are some people that do stand out on the streets. (You could actually probably describe most countries like this).  But, that being said, I really think that the new Zurich Fashion Days will help inspire people and based on the Up and Coming Designers show - I think that Zurich is on the right track to become noticed in the greater International Fashion Industry.

Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of the designs from the Opening Night Show then Tuesday I'll cover the Up&Coming Swiss Designers Show (and more about the shoe vending machine of course!)

AND, if you made it this far and still read everything - I'm impressed and thank you =)



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