Last week's early morning visit to H&M for the launch of their collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela was a first for me. I had never before taken the plunge to actually get up and be there first for one of these things. I don't know, it always felt a little silly to go to such extreme measures (hey, my morning sleep is valuable and I don't like swarmy crowds). Don't get me wrong, I definitely coveted pretty much everything from the Lanvin round but wasn't up for it. I regret that now because I missed out on some stunning finds, and this was my next chance to do it right. I was excited about this one and there was no way I was going to miss out on having my first pick of the treasures.

It helped to have my friend Jessica and her fabulous mom along as my partners in crime for the excursion, and after a pre-sunrise stop at Starbucks, the whole experience really wasn't bad at all. It was actually exhilarating, inspiring, and tons of fun if you can believe it. There was no pushing, no shoving, no crying - just a bunch of like minded fashionistas (more men than women actually), all respectfully lined up with color coated bracelets for shopping times. How civilized! They even gave us pretty fabric MMM garment bags and samples of the perfume Untitled, which is now next on my list.

Many of the items from this collection were a little on the daring side. Massive wool coats, disco ball pants, upside down purses, and lock of hair necklaces (yep)... But there was also a good handful of must-have pieces. At the very least, I knew I needed the candy wrapper clutch, and was going to be happy with the red if they didn't have the silver. It's perfectly oversized, statement, clever, and $59.95. Done.

I was surprised that the other item I walked out with that day was a men's chunky sweater that looks like it could be from my grandpa's closet. At first I was thrown off by the idea of getting something that's more for vegging than peacocking, but I'm thrilled with this purchase. It will probably have a permanent place on me when I'm in Minnesota for Christmas, and I'm excited for the other interesting ways it can be styled. Ian wants to wear it too, so it serves a double purpose.

The rhinestone collar was actually something I went back for this Sunday (yes - there are still a lot of great things on shelves!). I saw it there the first day but was feeling hesitant to spend $60 on a piece of jewelry at H&M. Silly. I had been regretting not buying it as I think it will be fantastic for the holidays with a peplum top. So I was happy to have a second chance on that one.

Overall I'm impressed with this whole collection and I loved my experience shopping it. I'm even still considering a few more items that remain on my mind, and I already can't wait for their next designer collaboration. If you can get your hands on anything that caught your eye from this one, you won't be disappointed.



Savannah Dream


For the longest time, it was my dream to visit Savannah, GA. The culture, history, food, and style of it drew me in. I had never visited a town quite like it before - actually I don't think there exists a town quite like it - and I was dying for the opportunity to go. So when were making the trip to our friends' wedding in St. Augustine, that was our chance and we had to take it. After a great time catching up with friends, we made the 4-hour mini road trip to Savannah. It really was such a unique place, so fun to explore it on foot. We saw houses haunted by confederate soldiers, ate delicious ice cream from Leopold's, sipped on mint juleps, and browsed antique stores along the river. As you might expect, it was especially hot and humid so I kept my outfit simple with mint cutoffs from H&M, comfy flat sandals, my favorite sequined summer tank, and my vintage croc purse that I purchased at a the Hell's Kitchen flea market years ago - perfect for the swampy states, don't you think?

Hat from Venice Beach, J.Crew top, H&M shorts, Sam Edelman sandals, vintage purse, Dita sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, Bracelets: Kindred Stones, Forever 21, Kate Spade, J.Crew
Photos by Ian Sheppard

American Girl

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not only because of the great past times it facilitates (nothing says summer like drinking American beer out of a can and watching some fireworks from the back of a pickup truck), but  I especially love to have a bit of fun with the fashion each year. There isn't a more perfect day to get inspired by our homeland and do a little over-the-top Americana: cutoff shorts, stars, stripes, eagles, and some glitter - all necessary components. Enjoy a nice mid-week break and don't be afraid to rock your patriotic side.

Land of the Free

Alexander McQueen bandana, H&M top (similar one here), H&M necklace, J.Crew iPhone case, Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Current/Elliott shorts, Alkemie eagle ring, Rebecca Minkoff purse, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale