Friday, January 29, 2016

Holy Turtleneck


This turtleneck was one of the best purchases I've made recently. You've already seen it here and be prepared to see it a lot more in the future! It's very versatile and perfect to pair with all sorts of skirts, jackets, and anything else you can think up. The artfully placed slash along the collarbone keeps it from being too precious and gives it a bit of an avant garde flair. 


This time, I paired it with a gray, black and white plaid wool skirt and a blazer with scalloped edges. It's a great outfit for these winter days when you want to dress up, but also don't want to freeze to death. The boots and tights keep you nice and toasty too. 


Of course, you can't wear a monochromatic outfit without giving it a little pop of color. Enter, the red lip. It's the easiest way to brighten up your look. It brightens up your mood too! Go on, give it a try! 


Outfit details: Turtleneck: Modcloth, Blazer: Modcloth, Skirt: Forever 21, Boots: Target, Purse: BCBG








Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Gin Mill


We're so excited to tell you about a new(ish) restaurant in Decatur that is one of our favorite places! The Gin Mill opened a little over a year ago and quickly became one of the hot spots in town. They have great food, vintage cocktails and the coolest décor and atmosphere. They recently started serving appetizers and cocktails in the afternoon, so we popped in a couple Saturdays ago to sample the menu. 


Of course we had to dress for the occasion! We will get to exactly what we wore a little bit later. First, let's talk about the decor! 



The best way to describe the Gin Mill's super cool atmosphere is 1920's speakeasy meets modern gastropub. There are so many unique pieces, like a taxidermy buffalo head mounted on the wall, the one-of-a-kind skull wallpaper, the antique bar, and of course, the gorgeous chandeliers.


Jodi is devising a way to steal this one for herself. Think they will notice? 


Now, let's talk cocktails. Who doesn't love a good cocktail on a Saturday afternoon? The Gin Mill specializes in classic cocktails, like a Sidecar, Old Fashioned and Manhattan. They also have an impressive selection of imported and craft beer, as well as a fully stocked bar of fine liquor. We ordered an Old Fashioned, a Lillet Rose cocktail, and a craft beer flight.


As for the food, there are a lot of options, but we had to get Molly's favorite, The Duck Bacon Pizza. It's got DUCK BACON, pickled cherries and goat cheese, and is downright heavenly.




We also ordered the Imported Cheese Plate and Crispy Fried Potato Skins. The bread alone is worth getting the cheese plate. It's got a nice layer of melted butter coating the top and is to.die.for. The cheeses and meat change depending on the seasons, but we were #blessed to encounter the array below. One of them had dried cranberries in it and was absolutely delightful. 


Not to be outdone, the potato skins were out of this world. They were huge baked potatoes, cut in half and topped heavily with all of the goodness of a loaded baked potato.


As promised, here's a look at what we wore. With such fun décor, you can't not dress for the occasion, right? We were both going for the speakeasy meets modern look. 


Molly took this chance to don a new vintage-looking sequin tank she found right after New Year's (wouldn't that have been perfect to ring in the new year though?). Paired with a gold-accented sheer kimono and a long tassel necklace, it was a perfectly vintage look. The turban headband was a must to bump up the costume factor. Harem pants and tall, chunky boots helped give a modern edge to the whimsical old-fashioned look. Her husband said she looked like a rich 1920s housewife getting ready for bed. She said perfect.


Jodi wore a silky wallpaper print kimono cardigan, with a flowy white blouse. To balance out the top, she paired it with skinny jeans and navy blue ankle booties. The gold tassel necklace helped pull it all together and give it that extra 20's touch. She stuck with dark lips to match the decor. 


We hope you check out The Gin Mill when you're in the area! Whether you go for apps, lunch or dinner, or just a nightcap, you're sure to leave feeling a little cooler than when you went in. 

Cheers! - Jodi and Molly


Molly's Outfit Details: Top: TJ Maxx, Kimono: Forever 21, Turban Headband: Von Maur, Pants: H&M, Boots: Target, Necklace: Wal-Mart, Ring: Chloe + Isabel

Jodi's Outfit Details: Blouse: Lush, Kimono: Joys by Austin Warren, Jeans: Rock & Republic, Booties: Sole Society, Necklace: Stitch Fix, Bag: River Island

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wear It Two Ways: Fur Vest


Faux fur vests became trendy last year, but they are still as much in fashion now as they were a year ago (if not more so). Part of the reason they are so trendy is because they are so darn versatile! You can wear a faux fur vest with just about any ensemble you can imagine. Heck, they'd probably even look fabulous over pajamas or a hoodie! We picked two looks to show you here, but you'll probably see them again and again in the future. 

Jodi 



I chose a dress to wear with my fur vest. I got this vest for Christmas last year and have worn it numerous ways, but this is probably my favorite. Since a fur vest can be a little of the bulky side and not exactly form flattering, I kept the rest of my look pared down and fitted. 


The simple black dress allows the fur vest to be the focal point of the whole look as well. I also kept my accessories on the neutral side to not be too over the top. I've talked about this bag before, but it goes with so many things, you will definitely be seeing it a lot more in the future. 


When we were shooting these photos, we decided I looked like someone who would be at an art gallery opening. All I need is a glass of champagne and a small dog. Oh wait, what's that? 


A small dog found me! I'm not sure where my vest ends and she begins. Reese is the ultimate fur vest fashionista. 

Outfit details: Fur vest: Forever 21, Dress: ASOS, Heels: Adam Lippes for Target, Purse: BCBG, Earrings: Target, Dog: Reese Heise

Molly


I'm loving my faux fur vest this season. It's reminiscent of old-world luxury, but it's fun and modern. The best part? It's warm during these cold days! (Oh hey, Reese investigating in the corner.)


I also paired mine with a more structured outfit to contrast its organic nature: a white button down shirt and maroon trousers kept the look polished, and a gold art-deco-inspired fan necklace to reinforce the vintage look. A dark lip helped give the look a fun and dramatic edge. 


I finished off the look with these flatform oxfords I just can't get enough of. They're the perfect marriage of dressy and trendy. 


I obviously also had to get a shot with my little gal who rocks fur everyday ;)

Molly's Outfit Details: Fur Vest: TJ Maxx, Top: TJ Maxx, Trousers: H&M, Necklace: H&M (similar), Oxfords: Target

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hunter Boots and Comfy Essentials


January is THE WORST, amirite? It's all I can do to put on actual clothes in the morning and not stay in sweatpants and hoodies all day. If it wasn't for that pesky office job, you better believe I would be huddled up in my baggiest sweats and two layers of socks all day, every day. Alas, real life calls and I inevitably have to put on real clothes to venture out into the world. I like to have uniforms ready to go for when I can't be bothered to think about what to wear for too long in the mornings. 


Since this time of year is normally fraught with crummy weather I believe it's best to be prepared with fashion essentials to make it looks like you've put in some effort without actually putting in any effort. Enter Hunter boots and comfy essentials. I'm of the school of thought that one simply cannot have too many sweaters, scarves OR boots (or purses, coats, hats, dresses, etc.) To create your January uniform, all you need is a comfy sweater, an equally comfy scarf, a pair of boots (in this case Hunter rain boots as it was snowing), and pants to pull it all together. Also, it doesn't hurt to have a layer or two underneath it all. 


Voila! You're ready to head out into the world and face that blustery jerk called winter! Watch out for the wind though, she'll cut you straight to the bone, (as you can see from the picture below). Hope you're all surviving winter and the moody blues that come along with it! 


Outfit details: Sweater: Forever 21, Scarf: Target, Jeans: Rock & Republic, Boots: Hunter




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A San Diego Getaway


My husband and I recently vacationed in San Diego for about a week. The scenery, architecture, and Mexican-inspired food made it seem like a total getaway. We weren't able to complete our list of what we wanted to see and do there; unfortunately we were there for the only week of "winter" with temps in the 50s and monsoon-like rain for days. That said, we had to forgo some of our outdoor plans for indoor things. Which obviously means we just ate good stuff for 6 days straight (OK, we saw a few museums too).



This is no means an exhaustive list, but from the eyes of someone traveling to San Diego for the first time, I've rounded up a places you should definitely check out in the area. Let me know in the comments if you have other recommendations, because we'd love to visit again... hopefully when it's warm and sunny next time!

Torrey Pines
Luckily, our first day we visited Torrey Pines National Park. It rained a bit, but for the most part, the weather was perfect. There are tons of hiking trails for all sorts of levels. Some end at the beach, some with beautiful scenery looking over the water, and many of them connect to each other. I can't exactly call it hiking though, it's more trail-walking, because each trail is very clearly marked off and well-worn, which means you can cover a lot more ground, since you're not too worn out after a trail or two. Highly recommend hitting Torrey Pines for at least half day. You cannot beat those views!





La Jolla (pronounced by the untrained ear as la hoy-ya)
Later that afternoon, we trekked to La Jolla for a bite to eat and to explore the cove. There are many ocean-side eateries here, but Puesto is well-known for their fun, modern vibe and killer tacos. I picked three and I have to say: the meat ones were good BUT, the squash blossom and cactus tacos? Out of this world. Just get three of those and then die of happiness.

Be sure to walk along the coastline and see the sea lions in La Jolla. Especially since it was cool, they were all out of the water sunning themselves. It was great entertainment on a lovely beach.




San Diego Zoo
Everyone says to go to the San Diego Zoo because, well, it's amazing. We went on a very rainy day and were able to really get up close to a lot of the enclosures because in a lot of cases, no one else was really around. The typical 45 minute wait line to see that pandas was exactly zero minutes for us! So, go on a rainy day if you'd like a VIP zoo experience! Just bring your galoshes and rain gear.



Balboa Park

The zoo is part of Balboa park, but there's so much more there, too, including 17 museums. One of my favorites was the Museum of Photography, which was actually free on Wednesdays, the day we went. Especially if you're not from the area, just wandering around the park makes you feel like you're in an exotic country with the intricate architecture and swaying palm trees.



The Pearl Hotel
We only stayed in the Pearl Hotel for one night, but it's a super-cool boutique hotel that's totally mid-century modern. We even had our own little fish in the room named Pluto! The rooms are tiny, and it's a bit older, but the vibe is hard to beat. There are all sorts of events they host too, like "dive-in" movies, and seasonal activities. Definitely at least stop by and grab a delicious cocktail!


Here's a roundup of our favorite meals:

Juniper and Ivy
This is the "it" place everyone says to go. And everyone is right. The hip, cool vibe is a great place for sipping cocktails, but the food is truly great. I will be dreaming about the desserts there for years to come.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
This was a must-hit on our list according to lists and reviews I looked at, and for very good reason. The hip mid-century modern vibe creates a super fun and laid back atmosphere, and the breakfast offerings are the most delicious compilation of foods I've ever seen in my life. Thank all that is holy they let you mix and match benedicts, and get a "flight" of three pancakes-including the pancake of the day filled with chocolate chips, bacon, and topped with bananas and salted caramel sauce. I'm dying all over just thinking about it. So, between the two of us, we got to try five dishes. Now I just need to go back and try the rest!



The Cheese Store
This was an wonderful little stop. The gal working was so incredibly helpful and let us sample all sorts of amazing cheeses before buying some and taking it on a picnic. She was very knowledgeable and it was impossible not to get excited about ridiculously good cheese.

Soda & Swine
This was a place we sort of stumbled upon. Another place we were headed to wasn't open yet, and we were getting hangry. We were so, so glad we found this gem! Their specialty is meatball sandwiches, but we think the brussels sprout side dish took the cake!

Polite Provisions
Right next door to Soda & Swine, this corner bar describes itself as an apothecary-esque bar in a stylish retro space. The old-fashioned style and draft spiked sodas set apart this drinks-only spot. The cocktails were filled with fresh herbs and ridiculously delicious.

Oscar's Mexican Seafood: This is a laid-back eatery where you take your food outside or to go. Get a torta and the ceviche. This will feed two people and you will be in a very happy food coma.

Ponce's: Skip the queso and guac. These were straight out of a bag I was worried we'd wasted a good meal on this place that had such great reviews. Then the entrees showed up and blew us away. Tamales with manchego in them? Out of this world.



Let me know what your favorite spots in San Diego are! Follow us on Instagram to see snapshots of outfits, food, and fun details from the trip!

-Molly

Monday, January 18, 2016

Plaid Poncho


It's been an oddly warm year, but there is no doubt about it, it finally feels like winter! There's not much you can do about needing to layer up to stay warm, but my challenge is being creative and looking put-together when I really want to do is wear black jeans and a giant sweater every day (Let's be serious, that is my uniform most days, I just like to trrrry to spice it up).


This poncho is one of my new favorite pieces of clothing this year. It's warm and cozy, and you feel like you're wearing a blanket, but the lovely plaid pattern and faux leather piping gives it more of a polished look. It can be paired with jeans and a tee for a casual cozy look, or dressed up a bit for a classy retro feel.

  
Obviously, I took the retro route. A white button down and statement jewelry really help dress up the look. I mean, isn't that ring, something? It was less than $6 at Forever 21 (insert blue-faced surprised emoji)!


This isn't the first time I've said this, but I'm really loving these form-fitting over-the-knee boots this winter, too. They help give a retro go-go look to ensembles while keeping my legs nice and toasty.


 

Red lips and a baby beehive hairdo help finish off the look nicely, while continuing to play up the retro vibe.



In case you couldn't tell, the North winds were getting the better of me while we were shooting these photos, and I had to hold my cape down so it didn't blow up. But, man, I sure did feel polished and cozy! Which are really the only two criteria you can hope to shoot for in these chilly times. Stay warm out there!


Outfit Details: Poncho: Forever 21 (simliar), Button Down: TJ Maxx (similar), Necklace: Wal-Mart, Skirt: Target, Boots: Forever 21 (similar), Ring: Forever 21 (similar)