Friday, April 18, 2014

gift guide -- last-minute easter baskets.

ATTAINABLE: Hive & Honey Slouchy Pant in Berry (also in Olive and Black); $44.97
Beyond my (probably too-extensive) denim collection, I'm not really a "pants" girl. Fit is tricky, and the wrong pair can be nothing short of tragic. These adorable Hive & Honey ones may convert me, though. I love the tapered ankle and slightly slouchy (but definitely not sloppy) fit, and the deep berry color is to die for -- although at this price, I'm temped to pick up the olive and black versions, too.

It finally feels like spring, just in time for Easter. I'm a big fan of the holiday; it always makes things feel so fresh and new. And since it falls so late this year, I actually have a decent shot at wearing a springy dress. All good things. But if you've procrastinated putting together Easter baskets for family or pals this year (uh, me), no worries -- I've got you covered. Check out some of my pretty , inexpensive picks for a basket any girl would adore.

Wishing you all a happy spring weekend!
xo Josie
Thanks to Piperlime for the photo.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

beauty trend to try -- golden glow.

Karyn Sandals; $79
I've gotten a pedicure; I've bought new nail colors... I'm officially ready for sandal season. And there would be no better way to usher it in than with these adorable Dolce Vita sandals. I usually shy away from ankle-strap shoes (when you're as short as I am, there's not a lot of space for cutting your legs off at the ankles), but these are too cute to resist. Plus, since the ankle strap is a nude shade, you'll have the benefit of still looking long and lean.

Heads up: tanning isn't good for you. Wear your sunscreen. It's important, I promise. That said, I'll admit that the two summers during college in which I was a nanny and constantly outside led to my first experiences being deeply bronzed despite diligent sunscreen application. And while it was hard on my skin, yeah, I looked good. But the same effect can be achieved with careful application of sunless tanners (this one is practically foolproof) and a good bronzer. See below for some seriously summery inspiration and get ready to get your glow on.

Sienna Miller's long layered hairstyle
{Sienna Miller's look isn't too dark or too pink -- perfection}

{Jennifer Aniston is the eternal master of the perma-glow}

{Lauren Conrad always has the perfect California bronze}

How are YOU getting your glow this spring?
xo Josie
Thanks to Parc Boutique, SheKnows, Cosmopolitan, and IMDB for the photos.

Monday, April 14, 2014

look the book -- rachel zoe spring 2014.

ATTAINABLE: BaubleBar Pave Ziggy Ring; $28
This skinny, squiggly little pave ring is just darling -- perfect to add a bit of sweetness to any look on its own, but stacking a few on top of each other would make for a bolder statement. Brilliant with all of your spring looks, from soft boyfriend denim and military-style jackets to tea-length skirts and flirty tops. Stacks of sparkly bracelets optional.

Rachel Zoe's spring collection is nothing short of flawless. Everything is a little boho, a little contemporary, a little retro, and a lot chic -- so, essentially, it's everything that's right for spring. The styling is killer (it is, you know, her job). And the backdrops are brilliant... Mostly because they make me absolutely sick for New York -- must get back immediately.

What spring collections are YOU loving right now?
xo Josie
Thanks to BaubleBar and Shopbop for the photos. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

good enough to eat -- strawberry goodies.

ATTAINABLE: Madewell Silk Peplum Veranda Top; $88
I was initially wary of the peplum trend (I didn't see how it could possibly be at all flattering), but I've definitely come around to the idea. This silk Madewell top is a perfect example of the reason why. The peplum is soft, not stiff, and the waist hits at the perfect point. The color is so bold and chic, and I love the lace insets: they're so pretty and feminine, adding just the right touch to boyfriend jeans or adding softness to a pencil skirt.

There's a lot to love about spring (longer days, warmer weather, and fresh flowers all come to mind), but one of my top reasons is the reintroduction of my favorite fresh produce. From rhubarb to berries, spring and summer fruits are some of my top foods. I find them so inspiring for baking, but will absolutely sit with a pint of strawberries and eat every last one on its own (bonus points if there's a side of fresh whipped cream on the side). The first pounds of spring strawberries have been popping up in my fridge in the last few weeks, and I can't wait to use them to whip up some tasty spring treats.

 Mini Vanilla Bean Strawberry Layer Cakes via The Baker Chick 
{These Mini Vanilla Bean Strawberry Layer Cakes are too sweet to resist} 

Rhubarb tiramisu 
{This Strawberry Rhubarb Tiramisu would be cool and creamy on a warm day}
{It doesn't get much sunnier than Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting}

 Strawberry Cobbler with Biscuit Topping via The Baker Chick
{This Strawberry Cobbler with Biscuit Topping is exactly what I need to usher in spring -- just add ice cream} 

Wishing you all a gorgeous spring weekend -- what have YOU been whipping up lately?
xo Josie
Thanks to Madewell, The Baker Chick, The Tart Tart, and Baked Perfection for the photos.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

obsessed -- yumi kim.

ATTAINABLE: Loft Diamond Pointelle Stitch Sweater in Antique Peach (also in White); $59.50 
I'll be clear: the last thing that I need in my closet is another sweater. But this is no ordinary one. The pretty pointelle knit is too sweet to resist. And something about this soft blush hue just gets me. It's light and feminine and so springlike, and would pair beautifully with anything from skinny white cropped pants and flats to denim shorts and a pair of unlaced Converse.

It takes a lot to get me to consider wearing a bold print. I just tend to be more drawn to solids and small, repetitive patterns (think little florals and polka dots). But Yumi Kim has done it with her big, splashy prints that blend a tropical vibe with a delicate Japanese one. Every piece is young and fresh and, as a bonus for me, there's plenty of solid and neutral mixed in with the wilder pieces.

Yumi Kim Goddess Dress; $194 
As I mentioned, it takes a lot to get me to consider a big pattern. This floral one seems tropical but isn't overwhelming -- it's just delicate enough to offset the size. I love the fresh green background tone and deep, wrapped neckline: the whole package feels so delicate and feminine.

Yumi Kim Claudia Jacket; $209
What I love about this drapey black jacket is that it's interesting -- it's something different, but it still looks sleek, polished, and classic. I adore the easy shape: the rolled-up sleeves, wrap style, and soft lapels are relaxed and completely un-stuffy, making it an ideal piece to add to a warm-weather look to keep indoor air conditioning chills away.

Yumi Kim Jayne Dress in Dodger Blue (also in Wine); $193 
In a simple, clean shape, I think that the most striking thing about this dress is its bold blue shade (although I love the rich reddish-purple Wine shade as well). However, the modified tulip skirt and draped neckline are close seconds. This would be the ultimate summer date dress paired with metallic sandals and delicate jewelry.

Yumi Kim Emme Jumper in Black (also in Dodger Blue); $209 
It's no secret that jumpsuits make me nervous, but I can certainly see the merits in a sleek one like this in classic black. It could sub in for a maxi dress come evening, and would dress up beautifully with a pair of sky-high pumps, metallic clutch, and a load of sparkly jewelry.
What are YOU obsessed with today?
xo Josie
Thanks to Loft and RevolveClothing for the photos.

Monday, April 7, 2014

look the book -- diane von furstenberg spring 2014.

COVETING: Tory Burch Calita Dress; $325
Spring has finally hit Minneapolis (although I probably just jinxed it into snowing again tomorrow), and I'm so ready. So ready for breezy dresses and sandals to show off a great pedicure. So ready for days spent in the sunshine and long walks. This little Tory Burch chambray dress is perfect for it all: it's versatile enough to be a beach cover-up and for ice cream runs, for dinner out or strolling the farmer's market. A splurge, yes, but the pretty embroidery and swingy skirt make it so worth it.

It's more or less indisputable in the fashion world that Diane von Furstenberg is a class act -- I'm talking the woman as well as the brand. She's smart as a whip, always on her game, and has such a kindness and elegance to her (I kind of want to be her when I grow up). And her powerhouse brand (the wrap dress is one of the most iconic pieces of the last 50 years, as far as I'm concerned) is just the same: always well-thought-out, on-point, chic, and glamorous in an understated way. This spring's lookbook is no exception; I love the relaxed '70s cuts and clean lines.

What collections are YOU loving for spring?
xo Josie
Thanks to Shopbop for the photos. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

inspiration -- eyelet.

COVETING: Splendid Chambray Pants; $138 
I'm a denim addict. I'm lucky enough to be able to wear jeans every day if I want to, but even I like to switch it up now and again... Without straying too far from my denim-clad comfort zone, of course. These chambray pants from Splendid are brilliant for spring: they're light and easy to wear, and the shape is relaxed enough to pair with flip-flops or flats, but I think that a sparkly top and heels would make them perfectly evening-appropriate.

eyelet detail 

Despite today's snowstorm in Minneapolis, it's like I blinked and suddenly spring is everywhere. The windows at the downtown Macy's are advertising the flower show; I spot someone in shorts on the rare 55-degree day; glimmers of dry road shine through piles of snow. And eyelet is popping up all over the place. From crisp white tops to bright sneakers, it's such a light and breathable fabric that evokes images of warm weather and lemonade -- exactly what I need to make it through the last pushes of winter.

What's inspiring YOU today?
xo Josie
Thanks to Splendid and Luella June for the photos.