Smitten Saturday

Minty Fresh Darlings, believe it or not, it was not Chanel who turned me on to mint green nail enamel. Despite the fact that the Fall 2009 runway was full of 407 Jade, I ignored its presence. It was not until my beloved Liz from It’s Unbeweavable! started gushing over Essie’s Mint Candy Apple that I slowly began to develop an obsession with the hue; and now I am convinced that if I don’t have a bottle of my very own my holiday season is destined to be a complete failure! After all, how can one truly enjoy the Christmas season without a minty marvel speckling her fingers? The problem now lies in finding the perfect peppermint shade. While I would absolutely adore to easily snatch up Essie’s lovely, locating a bottle has proven quite difficult; therefore, the hunt is on for a color just as jaw-dropping. Do we go pale with Barry M’s Mint Green? Get gorgeous with L.A. Girl’s Gleaming? Make ourselves magnificent with Illamasqua’s vintage Milf? Or, should we do ourselves a holiday favor and allow our brains to rest for a bit by simply taking all three for a whirl? Ready to get minty?

Sketchy Characters Do you remember the days, kitty cats? The ones spent behind the desks in grade school when you would doodle in the margins of your notebook to pass the time and keep your heavy lids from closing and permitting you to drift off to slumberland right then and there? I remember those formative years all too well myself. Though they didn’t dissipate from my life after grade school. They continued on well into middle and high school; and, to be quite truthful, even plagued me during my college years. I can’t say that I have ever had a fabulous amount of talent for such tasks – it was always little more than a hobby. But it ingrained an adoration for sketches in my mind which has stuck with me ‘til this very day. Now, however, I prefer to see sketchy characters displayed upon t-shirts that can be dressed up or down, as opposed to college-ruled paper. Like Heritage 1981’s Many Faces Raglan Top, which would look adorable coupled with Converse and skinnies; or Forever 21’s Allume L’action Tee which is just screaming to be topped with a cropped blazer; or, for a cuter than cute twist to your wardrobe, Charlotte Russe’s Ballet Princess Tee which serves as a fabulous way to add a pinch of playful to the sophistication of a black bandage skirt. Don’t you want to spruce your t-shirt collection up with a few sketchy characters of your own, loves?

Have Teddy Will Travel I see no need in delving into my adoration of New York City. It has been rehashed time and time again; and by now you are all extremely well-versed in my passion for the Big Apple. Perhaps, however, you are unaware of where my love stems from. The bright lights and culture, of course, play a large part; but one of my favorite aspects of such a stunning locale comes courtesy of the many venues of public transportation available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. In Southern California such a luxury is virtually nonexistent; hence the reason this offering thrills me to no end. But alas, I am not yet in New York City; thus I will have to experience the tempting transit system in another way – like via stuffed animals. I’m not playing a game here, darlings, there is such a thing. The New York Transit Museum offers two ambrosial teddies – the New York Subway Map or the New York Route – each of which are adorned with designs of the gritty underground transportation system. Now really, why should one splurge on the typical I ♥ NY t-shirt when you can take a cuddly teddy home with you?

The Caped Crusader Kittens, as a child I did not harbor secret crushes on superheroes; while I always dreamt of being swept off my feet in a fairytale romance with a cute boy on a white Stallion, when it came to Batman, Robin, and Superman I wanted one thing, and one thing only from them…their capes. I have always felt that there is a mysterious quality to a person donning a cape; a hidden aspect to their personality lurking under that cloak of darkness waiting to be revealed. Therefore, I find it only fair that I should have one myself – and now is the perfect season for such accoutrement. Organic by John Patrick’s Swing Cape with Leather Piping has been the star of many of my dreams as of late thanks to the charcoal gray color which meshes two neutrals (black and white) into one heavenly piece of splendor. Derek Lam’s Cape in Beige Melange seems fully appropriate for the lady looking to add an element of equestrian flavor to her style du jour. The Zipper Cape from LnA contributes modernistic touches to a Victorian aesthetic via sassy silver hardware. And really, what better piece to be styled in for a carriage ride through the winter white snow than Erin Fetherston’s Double Breasted Cape? Tell me…are you ready to channel the caped crusader within?

Petite Pastries Perhaps one of the things I love most about the holidays is the smell of desserts baking – especially of the pie variety. Waking up to the aroma of apples and cinnamon and pumpkin and vanilla is a magical experience; one that, sadly, rarely occurs in my house unless a scented candle is burning. I suppose you could say that baking is no one in my family’s forte; consuming baked goods would be a more appropriate thought. But whole pies are truly not my style; I far rather prefer personalized pastries that are petite in size, and downright adorable – case in point, the Mini Apple and Pumpkin Pies from Williams-Sonoma. A total of twelve two-and-a-half inch pastries come in each set – six made from scrummy, crisp Granny Smith apples, six crafted out of pumpkin puree, and all topped with festive fall leaves made from buttery flaky crust. Just pop them from the freezer into the oven, then devour! Voila! Yumminess in mere moments – and ambrosial to boot! Don’t you want a petite pastry of your very own, kittens?

Hem and Haw I am guilty of making ridiculous decisions all for the sake of style. Given the fact that I am not the tallest girl on the block – rather, one of the shortest – I suffer from an inability to find pants that fit me in a normal fashion. They’re either too long, or too short; never do they fall into the in-between category of actually fitting my frame properly. Hence the reason I may or may not have attempted to staple the hem of my pants to a more agreeable length just a short time ago; a decision which resulted in utter disaster, complete humiliation, and quite a few cuts about my ankles. Not to mention an unsolved problem, to be sure; which is why my discovery of Hem Tape has left me riddled with absolute glee. No longer must I forgo a splendrous pair of pants based merely on the length, or go broke attempting to scoop up as many different denim cuts and styles as possible to keep my wardrobe current. Want to go cropped without going shopping? Simply roll your pants up and stick a piece of Hem Tape in place. Desperate to make your jeans fit appropriately whether worn with flats or pumps? Hem tape to the rescue! Hem Tape is the broke girls answer to an expensive tailor; and that’s nothing to hem and haw over!

What were you smitten with this week?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Luphia Loves… and Shopbop for the pictures.

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chaoskontrolowany said...

Lovely first photo! So amazing <3

Vinda Sonata said...

hi. thank you for the comment! i'm so happy! :)

the first picture is obviously gorgeous! her outfit is totally stunning. i love the cape too; that's a very chic item for a fashion investment!

i bet the mint green nail polish would look great on you!
apple pies do taste very good! ♥

Couture Carrie said...

Love that cape and the green nail polish. And that hem tape is such a cool invention!

Hope you have a fabulous day, darling E!


Leah said...

Hi Erika! When are you going to New York? I know it's sometime soon right? Of course, I would rather prefer a teddy than an "I love NY" tee.

I think I need a hem tape. I don't have any sewing talent.

Have a great weekend!

Leia said...

I love the Essie polish! I'm wearing it right now :)

Jacqueline said...

That cape is cool and I just bought some iridescent green nail polish yesterday. I cannot wait to try it out. xoxo


Wrecked Stellar said...

I looked at all of your options and Barry M's Mint Green is the closest to the Etsy one- I think I like it best, though Illamasqua has some pretty rad colors overall! I love the look of capes- I saw one at Zara last weekend and was tempted to try it on if it wasn't so long- would have looked good on someone taller. And individual pies just made my stomach growl! xo, Mel

Jen said...

Gah, I just love the way you write. Love it!

I have the Barry M Mint Green polish - it's great! Who needs Chanel when Barry does it so well for less than half the price!

Right now I'm smitten with the black jersey dress I bought today... it has sequin shoulders and I cannot wait to wear it at my office Christmas party next week. Hooray!

daisychain said...

I'm 100% lusting over mint green nail polishes right now!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I am completely smitten with everything you have posted here, especially that cape. Gorgeous! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL weekend!

Mimi said...

Mint polish is so chic and gorgeous! I also love graphic tees and pies. Your list always make me happy because they're so cute! You already know how I feel about NYC... :)

Harriet said...

Those bears are so cute! And I really need a cape in my wardrobe!

Also I use the hemming tape as I'm a terrible seamstress and it has saved me and my clothes on numerous occaisions - love it!

michelle_ said...

the cape and the green nail polish totally rock ! capes arent very easy to pull off . bt i do think that i sud start experimenting with them :D

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mom & son said...

i love that first photo.
the vintage/antique look of that photo is

COCAMIA said...

I love the way write!!!

betz said...

hey erika. the first photo is lovely. and to whoever invented the hem tape, he is a genius!


la petite fashionista said...

how great is the mint green nail polish? it's definitely gained a fashionable following. it almost reminds me of a greener version of tiffany & co teal.


caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

that hem tape seems to be perfect! great find! hope you re having a lovely weekend!
p.s. thank you for your sweet comment!

Nikolett said...

Ahhh, your move is to New York? That is so amazing and I'm so stoked for you! I'm also smitten with that Essie nail polish but I can't find it anywhere in stores and it's making me sad.

Hope you have a great weekend, hun! :)

B a la Moda said...

Well! You are smiting so many things... I thought the famous color green original was from Chanel. Also, the kitty cats, today I was showing my little one a video of Barnie and they were singing about these kitty cats. We don´t have that figure in Spain.

B* a la Moda

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Still in grade school doodling in my margins :) Great smitten saturday!

Tawney--A Chichi Life said...

I' smitten with your first photo. Makes me dream of Paris, wearing berets and sweet sunshine.

Dina's Days said...

ohhhh the capes, they are cutest things out. I got one from Express last year for $40 and I just love it more than anything.

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

You're so smitted. And rightfully so! I love all that you've posted. Capes seam so whimsical and super power-y at the same time. I love it! And you're making me want some mint green nail polish. As I was reading what you've written, I was like "OOOH. I want that!"

Thanks so much for stopping by! Yay! I'm glad I've refound your blog - good luck on your exams!

Rachel Scarlet said...

Oh Erika! This just gives me something to add to my nail polish collection. Nonetheless, I like your post as always! XOXO :)

Taylor Sterling said...

Yes, mint green would be great!

I love the first photo!

Taylor Sterling said...

Yes, mint green would be great!

I love the first photo!

Nina said...

I want the exact cape that Kate Moss has ... you know how brilliant she is with thrifting ... it's called a Victorian funeral cape, of all things!

Hmmm. Mint green nail polish. I have to digest that color in my head. Matter of time before I do it, ha, ha, ha! Erika, you're always giving me ideas!


Marz said...

You have me wanting to go to NYC and picking myself up one of those teddies! As a Torontonian, I came to LA over the winter break last year and was stunned how no one takes public transportation. It is the complete opposite where I live. I can imagine your fondness for NYC when you say that it has transit 24/7...it really does make a big difference in the experience of the city!

Anna Jane said...

Great post. I too love the idea of mint green nail varnish. I saw the exact same Chanel shade in my local supermarket the other day for a staggering £1.50! I couldn't believe my eyes.

I am also very tempted to buy a cape now!

- Anna Jane xxx

Toothfairy said...

I like the essie one too, but I was dying for the chanel one. too bad they didn't sell it here!


meraldia said...

I love the cape, beautiful color and shape! This week I was smitten with coats!

Emily said...

i love the nail shades and the little william sonoma pastries..yum :)

Rachel said...

Fabulous post, as always! Your Smitten Saturday posts are always my favorite. :) Plus, I absolutely adore that cape. Love that Erin Fetherston one as well!

Carrie said...

Cool radio interview with John Patrick here - http://www.breakthruradio.com/index.php?show=8265

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I love that caped jacket and the "sketchy characters" section. haha, so cute!


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