1 blouse styled 4 ways

Before the world basically shut down, I asked what you’d like to see styled next. Your choice: this sheer heart blouse from Modcloth. I photographed these looks a few weeks ago, and though they’re a little more dressed up than is needed in quarantine, I linked everything that is still available online…for when we can slowly get back to normal life:)

Outfit one:

Modcloth heart blouse

red cable cardigan 

AGOLDE wide leg “Ren” jeans 

vintage polka dot scarf (similar)

red beret

Keiko-chan glasses in Sakura 

Loeffler Randall “Camellia Knot Mule” sandals

Outfit two:

Modcloth heart blouse

corduroy skirt

Eugenia Kim hat

opaque black tights

over the knee boots

Outfit three:

Modcloth heart blouse

Overall Winner Jumper

oversized hair bow (similar, more hair accessories here)

Seychelles cascade pumps

old heart coat 

Outfit four:

Modcloth heart blouse

vintage denim jacket (when in doubt, go with a Levis trucker!)

corduroy paper bag shorts (similar, and on sale for $6)

thrifted belt

Calzedonia tights

old Free People Mary Janes (these are similar)

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8 Feel Good Classic Movies for Newbies (and where to watch them!)

Shortly after introducing my new series of classic movie recommendations, 2 things happened: a global pandemic was announced, and then we had to migrate my site to a new host. With many of us under self quarantine, I thought this would be a good opportunity to give you a full week’s worth (plus an extra, if you want to watch two in one day!) of classic, feel good movies to watch from home. I labeled this a list for newbies, since they’re all wildly popular, but that doesn’t make them any less worthy. They’re popular for a reason; they’re all fantastic! But if you’re new to classic movies and want to dip your toe in the pond, this is a great list to start with. I’ll have more for you next week!

feel good classic movies for newbies and anyone under quarantine

Some Like It Hot (1959, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe) Watch it free with Amazon prime. When two struggling musicians witness a massacre, they don disguises and join an all girl band in an effort to evade the mob. Jack Lemmon is an absolute treasure in this film. His first date and subsequent engagement with a wealthy bachelor never fail to have me laughing out loud, and Marilyn Monroe’s stunning, scandalous (for the time!) costumes will have you fanning yourself. Also, Tony Curtis looks amazing in drag. It has to be said.

Easter Parade (1948, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire) Rent for $2.99 on Amazon Prime. Look: Judy and Fred, enough said. Did you know Gene Kelly was originally slated for this role? It went to Fred Astaire on his suggestion, after Gene had a foot injury that left him unable to perform. Ann Miller (you know I love Ann Miller) danced through her own injuries, bless her, and Judy Garland gives a beautiful performance with some semi-autobiographical moments — like the makeover scene that leaves her looking almost unrecognizable. I adore Fred Astaire. My heart belongs to Gene (like, truly, he’s my biggest crush even though he’s dead) but Fred has all the magic in the world in those feet. He floats on air, and the chemistry between him and Judy makes her feel lighter, too.

My Man Godfrey (1936, Carole Lombard and William Powell) Watch it free with Amazon Prime. Despite her real life tragic ending (of which I’ll spare you at the moment, because I put a real damper on things for Kim after she watched this movie), Carole Lombard is one of the ultimate screwball comedy actresses. In this movie set during The Great Depression, she plays a wealthy socialite who hires a man who is down on his luck to be her butler. It’s a love story played by a real life ex husband and wife. You will love it, just watch it! It’s also public domain, so watch it freeeeee!

An American in Paris – (1951, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) Rent for $2.99 on Amazon Prime. One of my favorite movie musical scenes is Leslie Caron dancing to different personality descriptors with all the monochromatic backdrops, and the 17 minute ballet sequence is unlike anything else. Honestly, I should just put “Watch every Gene Kelly movie ever” under this list because he’s my boyfriend and I’m a loyal girl, but I’ll try and keep it to a minimum. For now, because you know they’ll all make the list at some point. Leslie Caron is a darling, supremely talented ballet dancer and she really shines in this movie.

Singin’ in the rain – (1952, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagan, Donald O’Connor) Rent for $3.99 on Amazon Prime. This will surprise no one, since my main Halloween costume was based on the famous scene where Kathy Selden jumps out of the cake in front of Don Lockwood. A 1950s movie musical about the talkies killing silent films = Old Hollywood gold. Jean Hagan is perfection as Lina Lamont, a silent film star whose grating voice doesn’t lend itself well to the talkies. Debbie Reynolds shines as Kathy Selden, a young actress who is unimpressed by Hollywood and silent film legend Don Lockwood’s stardom, but begrudgingly lends her voice to ease the transition. Honestly, I’ve seen this movie a million times (give or take a few) and it never gets old for me.

Kiss me Kate (1953, Kathryn Grayson, Ann miller) Rent for $2.99 on Amazon Prime  Ex husband and wife team up for a musical version of taming of the Shrew” — and life imitates art! I’m a huge fan of both Kathryn Grayson, who bears a striking resemblance to my grandma when she was young, and Ann Miller, who is electric in every number. Her “Too Darn Hot” (that costume! The tap dancing with Grayson’s icy stares!!) and “Always True to You in My Fashion” performances are major standouts. I’m dying to watch this in 3-D!

Funny Face (1957, Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire) Watch free on Amazon Prime. Fred Astaire plays Dick Avery, a top fashion photographer who sees something fresh and new in a local bookshop assistant Jo Stockton, played by Audrey Hepburn. Seemingly unaware of her striking beauty — because WHO LOOKS LIKE THAT, it’s not fair! — Jo finds the fashion industry to be silly nonsense but agrees to go to Paris, since it’s a dream of hers. Philosophy, beauty, iconic fashion moments, amazing song and dance numbers, and L-O-V-E make this an ultimate feel good movie. Oh, and did you know that Kay Thompson (who plays Maggie Prescott) was the author of the Eloise books?! I just learned that from a follower. Wow!

Blithe Spirit (1945, Kay Hammond, Constance Cummings, Sir Rex Harrison) Rent on Amazon prime for $3.99 Have you ever joked with your significant other that you’ll come back and haunt them if you die first? No, just me? Well, that’s exactly what happens in this movie and it’s hilarious. Elvira is a very glamorous ghost and deceased wife of Charles, who is now living with his second wife. She wants her husband back at any cost, and she’s going to wreak havoc until she gets her way.

 

 

 

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Our Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House

Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House
Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House
Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House

My Christmas gift from Bobby was a winter stay at Mohonk Mountain House, an all inclusive resort dating back to 1869. I have been wanting to stay there forever, so it was such a lovely treat! It’s everything I love: antiques, lots of beautiful nature, wild animals, tea and cookies, buffets and multiple course meals, and probably ghosts! Ooh…and massages (for an additional fee). It’s a little bit like stepping back in time, and is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of NYC. They’re currently having a Spring sale with up to 40% off stays, and I’m trying to find a good excuse to go back, because we loved it so much and want to experience it in other seasons!

Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House
Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House

In addition to three delicious meals — breakfast and lunch are buffets, dinner gives you two restaurant options — all of your activities are included with your stay. Since we were there in winter and snow was everywhere, that meant skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, a heated pool, yoga, and lots more. This might sound lame, but while Bobby was at the gym, I did some writing on my laptop by one of their many fireplaces with a hot cup of tea. And it was everything.

Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House
4 PM tea and cookies by the fireplace were a great way to relax and catch up with some work when needed.
Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House
Bobby was smiling the whole time, which is a surprise to no one!
Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House

Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House

Hiking

It was our first time hiking in snowshoes, and though I wouldn’t normally assume it to be something I’d enjoy, I did! Skis are also included, if you feel confident on the trails. I, however, have never gone skiing, so I left that to the pros.

hiking in snowshoes
hiking in snowshoes

With 1,325 acres to explore, we put on our snowshoes twice during our stay…and covered a mere fraction. If you want to have access to their hiking with 85 miles worth of trails but don’t want to stay at the house, you can pay for a hiking day pass

There are actually a few ways to take advantage of the beautiful grounds (and even the house!) at Mohonk Mountain House, even if you aren’t staying the night. Visit their Day Guest Packages page for detailed info.  You won’t get the full experience, but you can enjoy full access to the expansive grounds and in some cases, the historic resort, for a fraction of the price:

Reserve a meal in advance.

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner — you’ll get a day pass for the grounds and the house, plus free tea and cookies at 4 pm. The least expensive meal is their breakfast buffet (which is awesome!) and you’ll want to get here early to enjoy the place, anyway — so go for breakfast and spend the day exploring. Pack a lunch, then head to the house and sit by the fire with your tea and cookies.

Book a spa service.

During our stay, we opted for a couples massage and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. With your spa treatment, you also have access to their sauna, eucalyptus steam room, mineral pool, and relaxation verandahs. Take advantage!

Book a hiking pass.

As I mentioned before, you can book a hiking pass for $22-$28 a person, which will give you access to the grounds but not the house. They also offer lots of other winter activities and outdoor recreation for additional fees.

I couldn't get enough of the fresh, powdery snow!
I couldn’t get enough of the fresh, powdery snow!
The view from our balcony.
The view from our balcony.
Our room had a balcony, which wasn't used much due to the cold weather...but it was pretty!
Our room had a balcony, which wasn't used much due to the cold weather...but it was pretty!
Our room had a balcony, which wasn’t used much due to the cold weather…but it was pretty!
Our room had a balcony, which wasn't used much due to the cold weather...but it was pretty!
Antiques and pretty floral wallpaper are right up my alley. But if you’re looking for modern decor, this might not be for you.

While I would much prefer to be an overnight guest at Mohonk Mountain House (or permanent resident, whatever!), I was glad to see that we could come back as day guests if we just needed a little break from NYC and some time in nature. We love to take little day trips, so we’ll add this to our list of destinations. However, with the 40% deals that we sometimes see (he booked our stay during cyber week for a steal!), I can say with certainty that we will be back. Can you imagine how gorgeous this property is during the fall?

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Our Winter Stay at Mohonk Mountain House

My Christmas gift from Bobby was a stay at Mohonk Mountain House, an all inclusive resort dating back to 1869. I have been wanting to stay there forever, so it was such a lovely treat! It’s everything I love: antiques, lots of beautiful nature, wild animals, tea and cookies, buffets and multiple course meals, and probably ghosts! Ooh…and massages (for an additional fee). It’s a little bit like stepping back in time, and is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of NYC. They’re currently having a Spring sale with up to 40% off stays, and I’m trying to find a good excuse to go back, because we loved it so much and want to experience it in other seasons!

In addition to three delicious meals — breakfast and lunch are buffets, dinner gives you two restaurant options — all of your activities are included with your stay. Since we were there in winter and snow was everywhere, that meant skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, a heated pool, yoga, and lots more. This might sound lame, but while Bobby was at the gym, I did some writing on my laptop by one of their many fireplaces with a hot cup of tea. And it was everything.

4 PM tea and cookies by the fireplace were a great way to relax and catch up with some work when needed.
Bobby was smiling the whole time, which is a surprise to no one!

It was our first time hiking in snowshoes, and though I wouldn’t normally assume it to be something I’d enjoy, I did! Skis are also included, if you feel confident on the trails. I, however, have never gone skiing, so I left that to the pros.

With 1,325 acres to explore, we put on our snowshoes twice during our stay…and covered a mere fraction. If you want to have access to their hiking with 85 miles worth of trails but don’t want to stay at the house, you can pay for a hiking day pass

There are actually a few ways to take advantage of the beautiful grounds (and even the house!) at Mohonk Mountain House, even if you aren’t staying the night. Visit their Day Guest Packages page for detailed info.  You won’t get the full experience, but you can enjoy full access to the expansive grounds and in some cases, the historic resort, for a fraction of the price:

  • Reserve a meal in advance. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner — you’ll get a day pass for the grounds and the house, plus free tea and cookies at 4 pm. The least expensive meal is their breakfast buffet (which is awesome!) and you’ll want to get here early to enjoy the place, anyway — so go for breakfast and spend the day exploring. Pack a lunch, then head to the house and sit by the fire with your tea and cookies.
  • Book a spa service. During our stay, we opted for a couples massage and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. With your spa treatment, you also have access to their sauna, eucalyptus steam room, mineral pool, and relaxation verandahs. Take advantage!
  • Book a hiking pass. As I mentioned before, you can book a hiking pass for $22-$28 a person, which will give you access to the grounds but not the house. They also offer lots of other winter activities and outdoor recreation for additional fees.
I couldn’t get enough of the fresh, powdery snow!
The view from our balcony.
Our room had a balcony, which wasn’t used much due to the cold weather…but it was pretty!
Antiques and pretty floral wallpaper are right up my alley. But if you’re looking for modern decor, this might not be for you.

While I would much prefer to be an overnight guest at Mohonk Mountain House (or permanent resident, whatever!), I was glad to see that we could come back as day guests if we just needed a little break from NYC and some time in nature. We love to take little day trips, so we’ll add this to our list of destinations. However, with the 40% deals that we sometimes see (he booked our stay during cyber week for a steal!), I can say with certainty that we will be back. Can you imagine how gorgeous this property is during the fall?

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My Shopbop Sale Picks!

My maxi from Sundress is on sale and also available as a mini.
I’m absolutely in love with this floral romper from Faithfull the Brand, now on sale. They have a dress, bikini, and coverup in the same print!

It’s time for the big Spring Shopbop sale! Get up to 25% off your purchase with code SPRING. This is a site wide sale (with some exclusions), so make sure to take advantage!

Personally, I use sales like these to buy my most worn items that don’t usually go on sale, like my favorite jeans from AGOLDE and Madewell (obsessed with the Riley, the Ren, and the dark wash 10″ rise), and the nip covers that I swear by. Not super glamorous or exciting picks, but these are the things I get the most wear out of! I also like to check out pieces for special occasions, and I’ve been known to abandon all rules and pick out something super specific like that darling Staud dress (as seen on me here) I can’t stop wearing.

With all that said, here are my top sale picks, divided by category!

From my personal closet:

Basics:

Statement dresses:

Special occasion:

Dreamy Spring pieces:

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