Saturday, March 17, 2012

Don't mind if I do...

Just booked a trip to Cabo in May for a MUCH needed vacation.  To say that I'm excited about this trip (and BREAK) would be a serious understatement.  Now... better start shopping for things to wear ;)

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Current Style Crushes

Just a quick post to share two of my favorites with you.  Olivia Palermo and Taylor Tomasi Hill... who are both always IMPECCABLY dressed and styled.  Everything about these girls just exudes cool.  Every time I see a picture of either of them, I feel inspired about fashion all over again.  These are just a few of my favorite looks from both...

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Sunday, March 4, 2012

My happy place

As I said in a previous post, the home decorating is coming along.  I can't tell you how many times in the past 6 months or so I've felt exactly like Carrie Bradshaw from the scene in the Sex in The City II movie when she tells the salesperson at the store that she's been cheating on fashion with furniture.  Truthfully, when I think back, I've been back and forth between fashion and home decor for most of my adult life.  The funny part is that when I moved into this place in October and started having ALL kinds of home decor ideas, my first thought was 'noooo.... don't forget about clothes, you have a fashion blog!' LOL.  Silly me.  I can write about whatever I want, yes?  Don't mind if I do. :)

The new(ish) place is starting to feel more and more like a home every day.  The one room on the main floor that has been left completely untouched is the dining room.  People... it's time to change this.  Sadly, the primary hold up with the dining room is that I couldn't make up my mind about what I wanted.  This actually turned out to be a good thing, because after seeing how some other things turned out in the loft, I've had time to think about what NOT to do in the dining area.  I'm still somewhat undecided, but these are some pics I'm looking to constantly for inspiration:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Best Dressed - Oscars 2012

Overall, the Oscar red carpet was a bit of a let down this year.  I wasn't really blown away by anyone's look, but a few of my favorites are as follows:

Gweneth in Tom Ford... SERIOUSLY my best dressed.  Her hair was a little plain (didn't like the rubber band for the Oscars) but her makeup was flawless and obviously the dress was stunning.  Also, Gweneth makes me never want to eat carbs again.  I'll be researching the GOOP diet immediately.  Thanks, Gwen.

Yes, I know Nicole Kidman wore a similar dress a few years ago.  It was a different color red (not fuchsia, like this one) and was a different silhouette completely.  That being said, it is a red color dress with a bow at the neck. And I LOVE IT.  Besides, Emma is such a cutie and can do know wrong.  She was adorable when she was presenting!

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Apparently I'm the only person who loved this Elie Saab dress on Berenice Bejo... and I'm ok with that.  I'm not even on this pastel/mint trend with everyone else... and I STILL loved this dress.  I love the shape and the the details, and her skin looks amazing in it.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Okay, this wasn't actually a best dressed nominee for me - mostly because of the fit (it was cutting into her bust pretty badly).  But it's McQueen.  On Jessica Chastain.  And she DEFINITELY wins best hair and makeup...seriously gorgeous.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Help 'Kickstart' Emily Hallman!!

The 'Mille' Dress 

I have this amazing friend who is also amazingly talented. To be interested in fashion and love fine clothing is one thing... to have the skill, talent, and determination to create your own brand is on a whole other level. I'm SO lucky to have gotten to know Emily and her brand, Emily Hallman, through my blog. If you're new to Pencil Skirts & Lattes and haven't seen Emily's designs before, I've included in this post a few pictures of her pieces that I've styled. I have purchased several pieces from multiple collections, and cannot express how fabulous these clothes are... from the impeccable tailoring to the fine details and fabric selction, everything about her designs are absolutely top notch.

Emily is in the process of launching her Fall 2012 collection, and has initiated a project on Kickstarter to help make this happen (read all of the details about the Emily Hallman Kickstarter Project here). In short, funds raised through this project will go towards fabric and trim, advertising, website and graphic design, photography, promotional materials, pattern grading, and sample production.  We all know someone who is exceptionally talented and needs a bit of a boost to take their skill and brand to the next level... anything at all that you can do to help Kickstart Emily's collection is greatly appreciated.

The 'Abigail' Skirt 

The 'Rosie' Skirt

Friday, February 17, 2012

Just FYI

I've been through several of these cycles so far this year... I'm sure some fellow bloggers can relate.  Fun. Times. :)  It did make me giggle to put in into a diagram like this.

If you follow PS&L on Facebook, I posted an update earlier about being a bit behind on the blog at the moment.  (If you don't follow PS&L on Facebook... you should!) I promise to be back very soon with new outfit posts, some sneak peeks of my home decor that is FINALLY starting to come together, and a few articles.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Battle of the Blonde

As far as new years resolutions go, I've had better starts to the year.  Let's revisit the list and see how I'm progressing, shall we?

1) Run the half - good intentions... got up to 5 miles training and hurt my knee.  I did start back with our trainer so I've been working out. That counts, right? 
2) Call Mom more - I've definitely done better with this.
3) Be more organized - oh please. 
4) Practice yoga at least once per week - I've been once in 2012.  ONCE. 
5) Stand up straight (hoping #4 will help with this one) - see #4. 
6) Go BLONDE(ish) - more info below. 
7) Shop Smarter - YES.  I've done this.  But mostly because I'm just not in a shopping mood lately. 
8) Be a better listener - I should try harder.
9) Eat CLEAN food - sometimes I do.  but sometimes I want to come home and put my face in a pan of brownies. 
10) Shop more flea markets and antique stores - haven't been to either yet. 
11) Buy a dining room table - I'm on the hunt for one!!  Progress...
12) .... and chairs - working on it. goes with #11. 
13) Do more DIYs -  I did one, and love the way it turned out!! 
14) Stress less - this one's just funny. 
15) Buy my first pair of Louboutins - I don't even know how this one made the same list as #7.  But it's still a goal.  

Moving on.... I thought I'd take a tiny little survey about this blonde idea.  Basically, two of my very good friends -one happens to be my hair stylist- have launched a 'Sarah- don't ruin your hair!' campaign.  They mean well, but I can't help but look at all of these images (including some from a few of my favorite bloggers with TO DIE FOR hair) and think this is a good idea.  Besides, it's not like I want to go platinum with it.  And I promise to work on a tan.  Thoughts?

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


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Happy Almost Friday :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pinspiration: Timeless glam

Oh, the irony of Pinterest.  It inspires even when you have no creativity left in you, then leaves you with little to no time to act on that inspiration. :)

My eye was instantly drawn to these images of the Christian Dior Couture Spring/Summer 2012 show.  How stunning are these?  Not just the dresses and the models... but the setting, the vintage-inspired styling, the black and white photos...

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

My mind immediately goes to these (mostly familiar) images of a few timeless beauties and vintage couture.

Now, if only I could wear a ball gown to work....

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Friday, February 3, 2012

So many cardigans

I probably have over 40 cardigans in my closet. I swear I have almost every color there is - yet every time I go shopping, I browse through the cardigan sections as if I need another. I'm not sure why I wear them so often... occasionally for work I'll put on a cropped jacket instead, but if I have my choice I stick with my favorite. Cardigans are just comfortable and you can add them to an outfit without sleeves to layer it for winter, or you can wear one in the summer to cover your shoulders. I'm going to go ahead and call this my biggest wardrobe staple. Mr. Rogers was definitely on to something.

Karen Millen cardigan (similar); J Crew factory blouse; Banana Republic pants; Zara shoes; Michael Kors watch; Francesca's clutch; F21 bracelet; old earrings; (Plā) Beauty lip gloss in Sheer Delight

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Still trying to incorporate more brights into my winter looks... this look is suuuuuper typical of my work style. Classic navy trousers, white button down - funny how I put on this patterned scarf and bright orange bag and thought 'oh good, not so boring anymore!'  Then I look at the pictures and think 'nope, still pretty boring' haha. :)  What can I say?  I can't exactly pull off cutting edge fashion in my office environment (at least without getting looked at like some kind of freak), but I try to make the best of it. :)

Ann Taylor Loft blouse and pants; NY&Co scarf; Banana Republic belt (similar); Zara shoes; Cynthia Rowley bag; Michael Kors watch; WHBM earrings (old); Charming Charlie's ring and bangles; Francesca's sunglasses; L'oreal Colour Riche lipcolor in Volcanic (similar)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Winter casual prep

Seems like forever since I've done an outfit post. Winter outfits are just... complicated. For starters - the fact that this outfit has no black in it makes it an exception to my typical winter wardrobe. Note to self: stock up on more brights during the winter months when you hardly get to see the sun.  On top of the drab colors that leave zero motivation to take pics of the same boring outfits over and over, there is the super unflattering pale skin, extra pounds, and inability to smile (and mean it) when it's cold and dreary outside.

But this weekend was sunny and beautiful outside.  It was chilly, but it almost felt like the first hint of spring.  And I took the time to put together an outfit that wasn't black or grey (serious accomplishment).  I got past a bad migraine, got tons of things done around the house, relaxed, and even got a massage.

Woo. Hoo.  Now let's see how long I can keep this mood going!  I'll venture to say it will last until roughly 8am tomorrow. ;)    

F21 blazer, plaid shirt, and ring; Target t shirt (old); NY&Co jeans and earrings; BCBG boots (similar); Michael Kors watch; AT Loft bangles; D&G aviators; Louis Vuitton 'Sarah' wallet