Monday, July 30, 2012

What I've Been Reading: July 2012

Hey girls, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The weather was incredibly gorgeous by the beach, I didn't want to leave. It's much much hotter inland :(

Anyway, this month's question comes from the beautiful Andi: If you were stranded on an island--which one album and which one book would you want to have with you?


I'm embarassed to admit that I'm not as avid a reader as I once was. Growing up, my parents teased me and called me Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Belle always had her nose planted into a book. That was me. Throughout high school and early college, I continued my love of reading and writing. There is something so much more powerful about the written word. I tend to stutter or get flustered when I speak, but that never happens with my writing. Anyway, I've lost a bit of interest in reading novels, which makes me sick to my core! I think reading is so important for everyone! All of this new technology is distracting, and I fear that reading will one day become obsolete. Let's all motivate each other to pick up a great book!


I read White Oleander in high school, and have read it numerous times since. Please don't see the movie! It took away so much of the emotion. I even wrote a paper about the characters in one of my Psychology courses.


From Barnes & Noble: "Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned-becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery."
It's sad, breath-taking, and it makes me cry. But I highly recommend it, even though it's quite meloncholy.


As for one album I'd be "stuck" with. It's Jack Johnson all the way! He makes any day a vacation in paradise.
Album: In Between Dreams


Favorite Song: Better Together. Look it up!

What one book and one album would you bring? Share!






♥ Noelle

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tippi



Tippi sweater - J. Crew (the color I have is neon persimmon and in dyed linen), Shorts - Target, Flats - Steve Madden (old), Necklace - F21, Bracelets - Stella & Dot and J. Crew, Bag - MNG Mango (old)
 

This was one of those purchases that I mulled over for a long time. I had read rave reviews on J.Crew's Tippi sweater, and the neon colors they came out with for Summer were indeed bright! I wasn't sure if I would get good use from it, but so far I'm very happy that I managed to pick one up during their sale a few weeks back. Now I want one in "turquoise pool".

I'm off to the beach this weekend with my best friend! I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

♥ Noelle

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Retail Therapy

This is a shopping post. It doesn't get much deeper than that. I suppose no apologies are needed as I'm preaching to the choir ;)

Essie nail polish in: Bikini so Teeny, Bazooka, and Lights
Much brighter in person


M.A.C blush in full of joy
I had to try it after Laura's recommendation. Sadly, it is limited edition which reminds me why I don't even bother with collections anymore.



From the Nordstrom anniversary sale:

Frenchi Vanity Tweed Jacket
Doesn't have much hanger appeal. In fact, it looks sort of pathetic here. But it's very sweet in person, and I'm always a sucker for a little tweed jacket in the Fall. Paired with denim, it looks instantly pulled together. I was joking with my friend that this won't see the light of day until November.


Lily White Lace Shorts in Taupe
After lusting after lace shorts on countless bloggers (including this favorite ), I wanted to give them a try.


Chic and versatile.


Beautiful statement necklace that doesn't need anything else!


Did you pick anything up from the anniversary sale? Share in the comments!

♥ Noelle

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blue-greens + Lace


Tank: J. Crew (Similar), Cardigan - Halogen, Skirt - Francesca's Collections (Similar and super pretty), Shoes - Nordstrom Rack (old), Bag - MNG Mango (old), Necklaces - H&M (Similar) and Baublebar

Nothing ground-breaking here kids, just an outfit I wore to dinner with the boy and some friends Friday night. We went to a Mexican restaurant, and it was pure heaven.

I hope you aren't sick of seeing my turquoise bubble necklace! I wish it were still available at H&M, but with so many retailers selling these like hotcakes, I am certain you can (and already have) found similar versions spanning the price range.
The little cobalt pendant necklace I'm also wearing is from baublebar, and it's becoming my favorite online place to shop for jewelry (aside from Stella & Dot).
I think I need to reel myself in and step away from the computer! Sort of easier said than done when you're a blogger :)

*Case in Point* I'm lusting after this at the moment, but have yet to pull the trigger:
This Etsy designer makes gorgeous things!



♥ Noelle

Friday, July 20, 2012

It's all in the details






Just some inspirational wedding pictures I have saved on my computer right now. Notice a theme? Lots of ivory, flowers, lights, lanterns, and of course, the beach <3
We want a simple yet elegant touch, but with a modest budget in mind. Very romantic as well!

We set the date, and we found our location. Finally! Now the real planning can begin. I'm not going to document too much of it on here because: I don't want to bore anyone, I'd like to keep some details private, and I don't want this to turn into a wedding blog. But I'll keep you updated with anything I think you might like to see! Sound good?

Happy Friday!
♥ Noelle

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Snake Charmer

Dress & Necklace - H&M (old, similar necklace here), Flats - Shoemint, Pouch used as clutch - Rebecca Minkoff (Similar and so versatile!),

Makeup used: Lipsticks in See Sheer (my all-time favorite) by MAC and Korres in Coral. I just layered them together. Eyeshadows by UD in Verve and Stray Dog. UD liner in Stray Dog as well. The rest of my face was kept simple. I just used MUFE Mat Velvet + foundation, Chanel Tan de Solei cream bronzer, Dior Amber Diamond highlighter, and Benefit They're Real mascara. Set it all with MUFE HD powder and UD setting spray.


This wasn't originally the dress I was planning to wear to a casual, outdoor wedding. I'm not sure why I changed my mind, but something told me it was time to break out the snakeprint! I mulled it over and made certain it would be appropriate for this particular wedding, and it luckily was. The wedding itself was breathtaking. It was humid and sticky all of last week, but finally on Saturday things turned around and it was breezy and dry. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it was the most beautiful wedding I've ever attended. I got so many wonderful ideas! It was difficult to stay in the moment during much of the ceremony, as I kept thinking about what my own wedding will be like next year.




♥ Noelle

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pretty Peplum

For months, I've been on the serious hunt for an article of clothing with a peplum shape. I at first fantasized about a dress, then moved on to a skirt. I saw them on so many bloggers, and envied the grace and elegance that little flounce added. I never found one. A few days ago, I was out running around for work and decided to pop into Anthropologie. I have stayed away for quite some time, mainly due to inconvience because my Anthro is about 45 minutes from my town. I spotted these beauties right away:



Completely overjoyed with these crystal drops, I carelessly meandered about the place. The smell of the voluspa candles always sucks me in, and I never want to leave! I wasn't planning on buying anything else, until I saw this peplum top hanging in the back of the store. This is too pretty to keep hidden! I love the thick fabric, as it holds shape extremely well. I love that it slips on and doesn't have any stuffy zippers. I wore it sort of dressed down to scout out a wedding venue on the beach (appropriate, no?)  I'm just as excited to wear it with lady-like heels. For petites: definitely size down! I am wearing an XS, and the straps are a bit long. It doesn't bother me, but I might eventually get them slightly altered. However, aside from this detail, it is by far one of my best purchases this year.

Peplum top - Anthropologie, Skirt - J. Crew Factory Outlet, Sandals - Steve Madden (similar), Bag - MNG Mango via JC Penney (old), Necklaces - Lisa Taubes via CurrentCustom and Stella & Dot, Bracelet - J.Crew, Nails - Essie Cascade Cool (thanks for the rec Andi!) Lips - Revlon Balm Stain in Cherish


Happy Sunday!
♥ Noelle

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Another Favorite Scent ---> Jimmy Choo

I've been cheating on my Prada Candy, Viktor & Rolf La Vie En Rose, and Philosophy Summer Grace. The reason? Jimmy Choo decided to make a fragrance, and it is just so good. Not one to jump the gun, I was elated when I saw the rollerball version while cashing out at Sephora. I had actually already paid for my MUFE foundation, and barely spotted it out of the corner of my eye. A few months ago when I bought Prada's Candy, the SA gave me samples of tons of perfumes. This was included, and I have used my sample sparingly ever since in an effort to preserve it.



Sultry, sexy, glamourous, feminine.  Notes of patchouli, tiger orchid, green, toffee. I can't afford a pair of Jimmy Choos, but I can afford this! When did I become such a frgrance fiend? I'm not sure, but I'm happy I did.

Have you tried this yet?

♥ Noelle

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Looks I'm Loving






I'm loving her bags!

Olivia Palermo

J. Crew Tillary Purse





A bounty of pretty jewelry, bright nails, neon and cream lace, RM bags, mint, and Summer hair and makeup are all looks I'm loving at the moment.

What are you currently obsessing over?
♥ Noelle