spellbound style


birthday suit

October 22nd, 2011

a couple of weeks ago i celebrated my 25th birthday, and it was pretty much perfect! here’s a shot (literally, hah…) from the beginning of the night before we headed out to the bar for some debauchery. earlier that day, nate took the two of us out for a day at the spa, which was unbelievably relaxing. and a day earlier i got an awesome gift from my friends hayley and milo when they offered to dye my hair super super blonde, just like i’ve been wanting for so long.

also among my gifts…a vintage turquoise necklace from my friend david; and from my sister emily, chanel’s ‘coco blue’ nailpolish, part of their 3-shade collection inspired by denim.

a closer look at my new hair color…love it!

and finally, my beautiful michael kors rose gold watch from my parents. i love the weight of it and how oversized the face is. i don’t think i’m ever going to take it off!

better a late birthday post than never, right? thanks to everyone who took part in making my 25th such an amazing day…love you guys!!



June 16th, 2011


as i mentioned, i finally found my perfect little summer boots, and i’m madly in love with them. also picked up this top at zara in san francisco, and i’m loving the huge flowy sleeves and the lack of collar, which really sets it apart from all my other blouses. hope everyone is enjoying the summer sun!

shorts: forever 21/blouse: zara/boots: jshoes from villains in sf/bag: american apparel/sunglasses: cheapies from sf/watch: urban outfitters/rings: assorted


san francisco

June 15th, 2011

nate and i at the de young museum, where i got to see room after room filled with classic balenciaga pieces…drooool.

(jacket: h&m/silk blouse: uo)

at alcatraz island on a very cold, rainy day.

in a cell at alcatraz.

(shorts: mikkat market/bag, jacket: uo/boots: dolce vita/nate’s sweatshirt…i was cold.)

redwood trees at muir woods outside the city.

golden gate bridge with my family

(denim: levis/cardigan: zara)

by the bay, waiting for dinner with my sister emily.

escape from new york pizza in haight ashbury.

(blouse: zara/shorts: forever 21/boots: jeffrey campbell)

our utah friends charles and noelle joined us for a day!

medusa street art in haight ashbury

noelle and charles, having a toast in our room at the orchard garden hotel

(blouse: h&m/necklace: vintage)

last day, finally the sun comes out at union square.

there you have it…5 days in one of my favorite cities, we did so much i couldn’t even begin to explain it all here, but the pictures give you the idea! i did also make some good purchases…not everything i had on my wishlist, but among other things i did find an amazing pair of wine-colored booties with a little heel that is perfect for everyday. found them at villains in haight ashbury, which had the biggest selection of jeffrey campbells and sam edelmans i’d ever seen. trust me, i wanted one of everything. also picked up a couple of things at zara, some new sunglasses, a neon yellow-green blouse at uo, and a bracelet which i showed off in my last post. overall…shopping, sightseeing, family time…a success!


palace of fine arts

June 14th, 2011

so, finally i’m back. both from my san francisco vacation and from my little hiatus from blogging. nate took so many pictures from the trip that i am having to divide them into several posts! these photos are taken at the beautiful palace of fine arts in san fran, once built for the world’s fair, now a landmark and performance spot. you may spot my lovely sister emily, my dad, and nate in these and many more pictures to come.

skirt: american apparel/tee: anthropologie/jacket: topshop/shoes and bag: urban outfitters/necklace: vintage/bracelet: nepalese shop in sausalito, ca (new favorite)


summer vacation wishlist

May 28th, 2011

one of the most exciting parts of going on a trip to me is always shopping, even more so when i’m headed somewhere that’s well-known for having amazing places to shop. so with my trip to san francisco coming up, i decided i need someplace to start, a kind of loosely-planned wishlist to keep me on track when i’m faced with streets lined with adorable boutiques and unbelievable thrift store finds.

1. simple summer dress. yes, i have lots of dresses but i tend to fall out of love with them shortly after wearing. found this one at planet blue.

2. statement necklace. i only have a couple necklaces that i truly love, and they are large and in charge. san fran seems like the perfect place to find some sort of outrageous neck piece. this one (far out of my price range, unfortunately) is by mania mania.

3. neutral colored lightweight blouse. yes, this is a very generic description, but realistically, if i had 7+ of these, each in various neutral colors, i would wear one every day of the week. i have a couple but haven’t bought a new one in a while. this super-pale pink one is from acne.

4. sensible summer footwear. although as i’ve mentioned (many times), i’d love to splurge on some outrageous sky-high wedges, i really REALLY need more basics. looking for some boot-like gladiator sandals (left, found on freepeople.com), or some short light-colored booties (right, acne pistol boots which i posted a few days ago).

5. silk printed jacket. okay, this one is a little more specific, but totally possible in a city full of vintage finds. a piece like this could spice up my summer uniform…i.e. shorts and tank…quite a bit. found this one at nastygal.com

wish me luck!


cotton candy

May 16th, 2011

found these babies at forever21 today and i couldn’t decide so i just had to get all three. at ten bucks a piece i can’t feel too guilty for this little indulgence.  i’ve also been craving some cotton-candy inspired shades of denim shorts like these for a while. any of these with a white tee might be my new lazy-day summer wardrobe.


burger joint madness

May 13th, 2011

wednesday afternoon outings with milo and hayley.

i truly think i have an orange obsession.

the ladies spot a boxer puppy…

i’m wearing…shoes: free people/sunglasses: nastygal/tank: topshop/blazer, shorts, socks, bag, and necklace: urban outfitters.

love my new wedges. they’re so comfortable too…i can’t stop wearing them!

they’re such cuties!

hayley’s “please stop taking my picture” pose.

milo’s pinup pose?

we attempt a serious “looking off into the distance” picture…i fail.

inappropriate conversation topics.

and the last picture….wow. warm weather and late sunsets required this kind of a day. burgers and milkshakes followed by good conversation and locally brewed beer on the sidewalk. nate…thanks for the beautiful photos, as always. ladies…thanks for letting me drag you into my blogging world, it’s been fun.


almost here…

April 25th, 2011

after weeks of searching for a perfectly simple everyday platforms for this summer, i finally found and ordered the alisa ankle strap platform sandals from freepeople.com. as much as i pine over crazy and/or generally unwearable shoes, it’s really quite satisfying to find a super basic pair that you’re going to wear day after day.

photos: freepeople.com



April 21st, 2011

picked up some new additions to my spring beauty routine today. had to give in to the deborah lippmann nailpolish craze…the colors are all so beautiful and unique, it was really had to choose just two. i went with “girls just want to have fun” (left) and “between the sheets” (right). also bought mac satin lipstick in “rebel,” which actually looks like more of a bright purplish pink on. nothing like some bright colors to brighten up the gloomy week we’ve been having!


sowers of hope + edp fashion show

April 10th, 2011

i’m so happy to share with you guys a few of many many pictures from the sowers of hope + edp fashion show i walked in here in salt lake city saturday night. i took part in the “streetstyle” portion of the show, and it was so much fun to walk alongside so many fashion-forward men and ladies for a good cause. special thanks goes out to willard, for allowing me to take part, to nate, for taking lovely pictures as usual, and to hayley, for styling my hair so beautifully!

blazer: h&m/printed tank: nordstrom/shorts: mikkat market/shoes: topshop premium/necklace:vintage/cuff:gift


earth tones

March 29th, 2011

loving some of my purchases from our las vegas trip….(1) orange lipstick, makeup for ever #40 (2) suede shorts from h&m—my collection of super short shorts must keep growing!—and (3) a beautiful, multi-stone handmade navajo ring (on my left middle finger) from this amazing little gift shop in the mountains on our way home.

sweater: anthropologie/suede shorts: h&m/clutch: american apparel/shoes: topshop premium/sunglasses: nastygal/rings: various/nailpolish: chanel “black pearl”….please excuse the chipped/unkempt nails :)



March 26th, 2011

remember when i posted about this simply lovely leather clutch i got from american apparel? (yep, that was my 2nd post EVER.) now that they’re all the rage, american apparel has come out with some very spring-appropriate new colors and i’m so ready to dig mine back out of the closet. get them HERE.

this is bat country

March 26th, 2011

hayley and me in vegas. i’m wearing: jacket from urban outfitters, lace shorts from mikkat market; sam edelman shoes.

on hayley: urban outfitters dress. on me: h&m cardigan, vintage bag, urban outfitters boots and top, topshop pants.

the lovely photographer and i…my boyfriend nate!

i’m pretty sure this guy wanted to make hayley an iraqi princess or something. at least he’s got an original pickup line! on hayley: urban outfitters lace shorts. on me: h&m suede shorts and blazer, urban outfitters top.

we drove through zion national park on the way back for some amazing views.

last stop…this kitschy diner in a tiny mountain town.

so now you know what i’ve been off doing instead of posting! luckily i’ve still got a few more days off of work so i’ll be posting more regularly again. keep checking back, lovely readers!


March 10th, 2011

love my new shirtdress jacket thing, i think i might be wearing it everyday this spring. also trying out some rag & bone fall 2011 inspired braids…i’m still obsessing over that show!

jacket: vintage/shirtdress, leopard belt and socks: urban outfitters/jeans: levis/tank: uniqlo/shoes: jeffrey campbell/cuff: topshop

we walk through fire

March 5th, 2011

becoming totally pleat-obsessed.

blazer: thrifted/skirt and boots: urban outfitters/tank: topshop/bag and sunglasses: nastygal/necklace: really old/bracelet: city buddah/rings: various

a barbecue and a six pack

March 1st, 2011

ugh, can’t stop thinking about spring and what i’m going to do (and wear) when it finally gets here.

rag and bone pants; topshop crop top; surface to air bag; mania mania “initiation” necklace; opening ceremony “stefania” ponyhair wedges


February 19th, 2011

so it’s been a while since i’ve done an outfit post! i really want to just take an entire day and rummage through my closet putting together fun outfits and taking lots of pictures to save up for future posts. today i pulled out some oldies to wear with my new sheer maxi, including this amazing faux snakeskin jacket that was a great vintage find in nyc…yet somehow it never gets worn.

jacket: vintage/skirt, top, and boots: urban outfitters/nailpolish: chanel “black pearl” (love!)


california dreamin’

February 9th, 2011

imagining i’m in california, where i could conceivably wear this in february. also thinking about chopping the sleeves off my faux fur coat for spring. until then, a girl can dream…

haute hippie vest; mulberry bag; 3.1 phillip lim silk blouse; maniamania double-finger ring; theysken’s theory shorts; giuseppe zanotti platform sandals