Happy 2012

Here’s to a great 2012.

Holiday dress from Aiseirigh at Etsy. Chan Luu necklace from Domby. Prized Chanel booties from Neiman Marcus. Bracelet by Paloma Picasso.

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New Favorite

iPhone case.

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Yellow Ochre

The color of this skirt reminds me of a fresh squeezed tube of yellow ochre oil paint. It’s strong and simple.

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Blouse and skirt from CAbi. Jacket is Tory Buch. Manolo suede boots scored at a Decades pop up sale several years ago.

Good Boss

I have a guest post entitled The Good Boss up on a new blog, The Ladies Have “IT” where four women at different companies decided to share their experiences in exhibiting “IT”. Chanda reached out to me to write a guest post, and with the recent retirement of one of my all time favorite bosses, I jumped at the chance to write something that would honor him.

My stepfather, owner and CEO of Cabell’s Directories, significantly contributed to the article. But any of the errors or omissions are my own.

Thanks, Chanda and Dave, for the opportunity to reflect on such a critical aspect of our careers – The Good Boss.

Holiday Traditions

Three year olds and Christmas go together like peanut butter and jelly. Our holiday spirits revived, my husband and I have created a list of traditions we would like to carry on:

Bake angels, trees and Santa cookies like my mom taught me with circles and triangles
Watch Elf and eat popcorn
Random acts of kindness
Visit Santa and write a letter (Martha Stewart has a good template)

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Read Christmas books
Go see Nutcracker and meet the ballerinas

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Put up outdoor decorations

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Drive around in pjs and look at other Christmas lights
Drive over to friends’ houses without warning and film their holiday traditions

Started with…

These.

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Then, I tried this jacket.

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Hmmm. Maybe a longer necklace.

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Nope. How about a shorter jacket.

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Bien. Meilleur.

On Target

Yes, I shopped the Target Neiman Marcus holiday collection from little ‘ole Iowa. Favorite score? The faux fur vest by Skaist-Taylor. Lined in pink satin and luxurious detail, I wore it to a holiday party that very evening with a pink J Crew skirt and Stella and Dot reversible necklace.

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Other favorites? The Tracy Reese dessert plates and Derek Lam slippers.

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Shifting Speeds

I adore this shift dress. But it’s a different approach for me.

Simple with heels for work.

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Close up with a bold necklace.

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Matchy polish.

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And for resort casual, I love these sandals.

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Miss Me

I haven’t pulled this sweater dress from Missoni M out in a while. Paired with a double breasted CAbi jacket and cap toe pumps.

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Nursery II

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The steamer trunk dresser is a favorite.

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For my little world traveler, a classic Russian advertisement.