A Very Important Date


The countdown to 3/5 is in full swing! Ever since I saw the first teaser trailer of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, I was smitten. I am thrilled that such a fantastical story, which exists only as a cartoon in most of our memories, was put into the hands of someone who can really give us something to feast our eyes on... in IMAX 3D! Whether you're excited for Johnny Depp's quirky portrayal of the Mad Hatter, or like me, all the amazing costumes and set design, it seems like everyone is getting Alice fever! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjMkNrX60mA]

I can't help but consider the possibility of an Alice themed tea party in my future. Just imagine all the fun! I'm thinking Shabby Chic linen napkins with crown rings, vintage mismatched teacups, Sprinkles cupcakes, and hat making. Most importantly, what would Alice wear?

Alice by thelifestyled featuring Lulu Guinness bags

The Queen of Hearts' duds would suit her better in Vegas than my tea party (and she wouldn't be invited anyway - I like my guests' heads to stay on, thank you very much). And she's the only one I could imagine actually spending $15,000 on this white mink coat and wearing it - blech!

Queen of Hearts Queen of Hearts by thelifestyled featuring Betsey Johnson jewelry

Even the cosmetics companies have joined in on the fun. The Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland eyeshadow palette is said to be their best one ever, and I've heard great things about OPI's nail polish collection, which includes colors like "Off With Her Red" and "Mad As a Hatter."

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows

OPI Alice in Wonderland Mini Set, $9.50

Alice in Wonderland has always been a source of creative inspiration for all sorts cultural outlets. One of my favorite NYC spots to hit up with girlfriends is Alice's Tea Cup for countless cups of Earl Grey and amazing pumpkin scones, and I am still trying to get my hands on one of Urban Outfitters' "Drink Me" mugs. But this Gwen Stefani video is probably my favorite Alice themed piece ever made:


If you're as excited for this movie as I am, keep the countdown going.  Just remember - don't be late!

Wear Your Metal Resolution: Get Organized


In the new year, after all the holiday clothes have been put away, you're left with nothing but the extra pounds you've steadily been putting on since Thanksgiving, and a complete drought of fashion inspiration. It can be hard to know where to start with your wardrobe in January, when you can't imagine stepping outside your door period in the subzero temps, let alone try to look cute when you do it. While those sweatpants might look pretty appealing right about now, let us not forget that this is the time to wear our goals for the new year on our sleeves! Dressing your intention is a way to show the world which direction you are heading in, and most importantly, to remind yourself who you want to be today, this month, or this year. This week, we're taking a look at the five elemental resolutions, and how you can incorporate them into your look this season. So keep your eye out for which element speaks to your goals for the year, and get ready to incorporate it into your new year's look!

A Metal New Year

If your life is feeling a bit out of control, and your goal is to pull it all together into a clean, organized, and elegant state, Metal is your intention for the new year. Whatever your essence, here are some ways to bring some Metal energy into your look, in whatever capacity you're comfortable with.

Your Look's Key Words: Clean. Crisp. Pristine. Classy. Elegant. Put together. Style Elements: Pastels. Designer brands. Quality. Luxurious materials. Metallics. Polka dots.

Get Organized With Metal Get Organized With Metal by thelifestyled featuring Michael Kors watches

Tips to Metalicize Your Life

1. Make lots of lists. I like to make my To Do List for tomorrow the night before, so when I wake up, I know exactly what my day is going to consist of. Try the Russell + Hazel One Day at a Time notepad set (featured above) for all your listing needs.

2. Choose a theme. Whether you're organizing your office, kitchen, or closet, it's fun to assign a specific theme to your project - like Shabby Chic, Futuristic Clear, or Zen. It gives you a criteria when searching for storage boxes, folders, pens, recipe binders, hangers, etc.

CB2 Format Desk Accessories, $8 - 25

Huggable Hangers, $14

3. It's all about receptacles. It's impossible to get organized unless everything has a place to go. Every time I score a cute jewelry tray, basket, or box, I get a feeling of put togetherness. When everything has a home, you avoid clutter in your space, and in your life.

John Derian Paper Clothes Tray from Ampersand, $80

Getting organized can be tons of fun, once you push yourself to finally get started. Need to go through that huge stack of accumulating mail? Hop on down to Staples, get some cute file folders, and file away over a glass of Cabernet. Can't open your closet door without multiple pair of shoes barreling down on your head? Get some shoe shelves or storage boxes, and sit in front of your closet with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (see the theme?). When you're done, you'll be left with a beautiful space, and a beautiful year.