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Outerwear Must-Haves | Part I


Capes look sophisticated for nights at the opera, evenings on the plaza, and other swanky ordeals.  Wear your cape over a cute dress and keep your legs warm with tights.  Add the final touch with a pair of smart oxford heels.  Little Red Riding Cape:  A vibrant scarlet cape compliments a red and brown plaid dress and chocolatey tights and oxfords.  Winter Floral:  No need to put away the florals just yet; just warm 'em up with black tights and oxfords.  Take a cue from Mister Sherlock by choosing a khaki-hued cape.  Navy + Mustard:  A navy cape and pair of dark blue tights ground this gorgeous goldenrod dress and bold yellow oxfords. 


Military jackets are all the rage---but how can you soldier up without going too army?  Start out with a pair of great skinny jeans and knee-high boots. Select a simple blouse in a color sure to compliment your jacket.  Teal + Charcoal: A flowy turquoise top serves as a happy medium between washed-out blue denim and rich charcoal.  Navy + Camel + Purple:  Lush violet adds a little mystery to this ensemble by contrasting with the camel and complimenting the navy jacket.  Crimson + Khaki:  This buttercream blouse, tucked into a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans, will be given a pop of red-hot color with suede boots and a scarlet jacket.




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.