Weather-wise, we have had a strange but absolutely gorgeous Spring. We’ve had a handful of crazy warm days in the upper 80s, but in contrast to previous years – those have been interspersed amongst a sea of 70 degree days. We’ve even had a few 40-50 degree days, and normally we’re all sweating our tuckuses off by early April as temperatures typically reach a sweltering 90 degrees. In short, for the first time perhaps ever – we’ve had a true spring, spanning February through April. And I’ve been loving every moment of it. So what have been some essentials for me as I’ve delighted in this perfect weather? Read on!

Brushed Fleece V-Neck Pullover in Holly, from Anthropologie

For days that start (and perhaps stay) in the 50s and 60s, I’ve enjoyed this brushed fleece pullover with ruffle hem in Holly. The color is super different from anything else I have, and it is SO soft. I love it with my standard darker wash jeans, but it’s great with my beloved embroidered jeans as well. It layers nicely and is easy to throw on whenever you’re feeling a bit chilly. The Brushed Fleece V-Neck Pullover is on sale now for $60 from Anthropologie.


Kadeejah Top by Club Moncao

I’m surprised to see the Kadeejah Top still in stock. I purchased this on a whim while out with S back in February. I was wearing a shirt I felt uncomfortable in and saw this on the sale rack at Club Monaco. I tried it on in a size medium and large – warning, it is form fitting, so I was really happy in the large…and was smitten. I purchased it and ran back to the fitting room to put it on immediately.

The Kadeejah Top available for $59 from Club Monaco. As this has been on sale for a while, I will note that I think this top is ideal for cooler Spring and Fall weather. As soon as the temperature breaks 80, this top starts to get a smidge toasty.


Maddie Eyelet Top by Tiny, from Anthropologie

The Maddie Eyelet Top in “light grey” is eye catching, with it’s beautiful eyelet details and stunning deep grey color. It’s easy to reach for on warmer days and looks effortless while being totally comfortable.


Plum Japonais by Tom Ford

I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford fragrances, and while I don’t have this in a full size yet – Plum Japonais is a sample I usually pick up this time of year. I was lucky this year to receive a really generous sample from my local counter and have been wearing it frequently. This is not your standard gourmand, but rather a heady, dark & juicy plum with depth from oud and spices. The official notes are:

Saffron, Cinnamon Bark, Everlasting Flower, Sawara Cypress, Ume Plum, Plum Liqueur, Camelia Japonica, Agarbois, Amber, Benzoin, Fir Balsam Absolute, Vanilla Absolute and Infusion

It’s a pretty sexy, though a bit heavy, scent. It’s probably ideal for any time of year except maybe Summer. I like it on me but honestly? The best this has ever smelled to my nose was on a former male SA at my local counter. This scent is truly a delight, that transcends both seasons and genders. A full sized bottle (1.7 ounces) of Plum Japonais by Tom Ford can be purchased for $225 from Luckyscent. A sample is also available for $4.


Twilight Dress by Pas de Calais
When I first saw the Twilight Dress in a local boutique, I had incorrectly assumed it was French. Just looking at it – the easy airy silhouette, striking but still versatile and sophisticated print (and those shiny buttons), quality of natural materials…even the sizing! The brand, Pas de Calais, referencing one of the northernmost departments of France, is actually Japanese. Don’t let the “light grey” colorway fool you – this grey is much more complex than that, with shades of icy steel and sky blues.


After visiting it a couple of times, I tried it on and loved it for what I had originally anticipated would surely be a warm Spring, then Summer. I haven’t worn it yet, but am excited to reach for it in the months to come. Warning: this thing runs large! Pending how you like your dresses to fit, I’d recommend sizing down AT LEAST one size. I surprised myself (I average around a 12 – anywhere from 10-14 pending the garment) and actually bought this in the smallest size available, a 34 (XS). If you’re interested in other items from Pas de Calais, the whole line is like this so keep that in mind. The Twilight Dress can surely be found in the cool boutiques in your town, otherwise can be purchased in 2 colorways from Pas de Calais directly for $390.


Zara Midi Dress with Buttons
Last on the apparel front, but not least is this crisp white linen dress from Zara. I really do love this dress, and for Zara find the material to be of fairly high quality. It is great for Spring and early Summer, and while I’ve gotten compliments every time I have worn it – I must lament that I become a REAL klutz when wearing it, spilling food and even wine on it! Highly recommend for anyone who carries a Tide to go pen on them at all times.

I did find this runs true to size, and is available for $70 at Zara.


Iced Matcha Lattes

I’ve been sipping on Matcha Lattes regularly since January, albeit iced is only a recent modification. The version i’ve been lightweight addicted to has macadamia nut milk in it. For the sake of my wallet, I’m considering making these at home. Ceremonial matcha seems a bit difficult to find locally, so Alfred LA’s version ($28 for a 30g tin) is at the top of my shopping list.

Our Sunday will be spent enjoying coffee and breakfast at our favorite spot, and then cleaning and preparing for a Labor Day brunch. Thiss will be the first time we have this many people in our new house at once, so hopefully the place will clean up nicely.

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend!

Favorite places around the web this week…

1) I almost feel like I’m cheating by sharing this, as it isn’t gluten free – but it is too yummy not to share! Ashley, of Not Without Salt, has partnered with Anthropologie to give you Skillet Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. In addition, you can snag her cookie mix at a discount (and part of the profits go to charity, to boot)!

2) An extremely enabling Sneak Peek of the 2015 Holiday beauty collections

3) If I had some extra (ok a lot of extra) cash laying around, this Chloe Dress would be in my closet!

4) 20 People from Famous Paintings Who Literally. Can’t. Even. Right now

5) 129 of the Most Beautiful Shots in Movie History

6) Sinderella – one of my favorite bloggers! Documenting the misadventures of a 20 something on the hunt for true love in the big city, using what else but the modern day matchmaker: Tinder (I can definitely relate – hang in there Sinderella!)

7) On my to try list: Coffee Tonics! Coffee addict? Check! Fan of Gin & Tonics? Check! Love trying new foodie things? Double check! What could go wrong?

8) Traveling to Paris soon (or are you just lucky enough to live there)? Then I’m jealous of you, because you will get to visit Shakespeare & Company’s new cafe, which is opening this Fall!

Listening to this week…

I thought that this might be a good way to start things off – my favorite things lately (most of which I will be delving further into with individual posts)!

1) Fragrances – Tom Ford sucked me down a rabbit hole for sure, but wait – there’s more! Armani, Serge Lutens, Nasomatto, Diane Pernet. Fragrances are definitely something I would like to get into more in depth, as my Fragrance “wardrobe” is seeing a very serious overhaul at the moment.

2) Duochrome eyeshadows – Really, I’m a fan of anything that is iridescent or duo chrome. As I’ve started playing more with makeup, I find one look i’m really enjoying that works for almost any occasion / time of day is Buxom’s No Faux with NARS Pasiphae layered on top. No Faux is described as an “iridescent snakeskin,” which I find to be fairly accurate. There is definitely a texture with this shadow, while Pasiphae has more of a shimmer to it. I love the appearance of scarabs, and these 2 shadows really capture that effect!

3) …Which leads me too my other current makeup obsession – Purpley lipsticks. Give me plum, give me Lilac, give me everything in between! I’ve especially been loving Tom Ford’s Velvet Violet, So Vain, Violet Fatale; Bite Barberry, Violet; even Kat Von D’s Ayesha! Above, a preview of a full look I did with the new Tom Ford Illuminating Duo, I’m wearing Tom Ford’s Stavros (an LE Plummy gray, that will be re-released later this fall) with my beloved NARS Pasiphae eyeshadow dabbed on top. I’m ready for Fall :x.

4) Being French – I love my wine! St Supery Sauvignon Blanc was a new discovery this past Spring. While I’m thankful that Fall is starting to roll in (for us, that literally means temperatures have dropped from 105 to the low 90’s), there are certain things from Summer that I’m not ready to let go of. Namely, berries & stone fruit – this wine has some really subtle peach and apricot notes. Its perfect for Spring & Summer and pairs fantastically with nearly everything.

5) Restaurant Weeks – It is almost over, and I’m sad to see it go! It is so much fun to indulge and try fancy restaurants at a fraction of the price. And it’s all for a great cause – part of the proceeds go to our local Food Bank. This year, we tried the menu at Benjy’s (one of our favorite places anyways) for the first time with good friends in addition to our usual favorite, Brennan’s of Houston (yes, the very same as the New Orleans restaurant). I also got to try the “Hot & New” (according to yelp, anyways) B&B Butchers. Overall, the food was good and portions were generous for the HRW menu. However, the service was pretty disappointing (especially for the prices). Still – it’s a beautiful space, and they have a rooftop deck I’m itching to try!