Wish list: Kate Spade #hashtags


Left to right: gia pouch, terry tote, iPad sleeve.

If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with Twitter. I’ve been using it since I was in high school, and there’s scarcely been a day in between when I haven’t put out at least one tweet.

I was window-shopping the Kate Spade website earlier and saw these ADORABLE #hashtag pouches and bags. I think they are the cutest things! Kate Spade has always had a thing for working cute messages into her designs, but these are especially great. I love the cheeky messages and color blocking! My favorite one is the “Tequila is not my friend” pouch…very wise words!

Which one is your favorite?!

xoxo, Karoline


Fashion Challenge: 4th of July edition

On Tuesday, I’m heading down to Cape Cod to spend the fourth of July and the following weekend with Matt and his family. It’s going to be a week filled with baseball, fireworks, and the beach…three of America’s favorite pastimes!

I was making a packing list of things and clothes to bring last night when I got a really interesting idea. Since it’s the Fourth of July and since I looooove wearing red, white, and blue together (it’s one of my favorite color combos), wouldn’t it be fun to pack nothing but clothes that are those colors and mix and match? So that’s the plan. I’ve got plenty of items that are either red or navy blue, and I’ve got tons of white staples to pair them with. Basically I’m trying my best to make Betsy Ross proud. It’s going to be fun.

Here are some of the pieces I’ll be playing with–

It’s going to be a fun week!

Are you planning on going all out for “Independence Week”? It’s turning into a bit of a competition between me, my mom, and my sister! Leave your outfit ideas in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline


Today’s quote is another reminder that you’re not going to be successful if you don’t actually do something.  Pablo Picasso is definitely a testament to that, as hundreds of his pieces are in museums all over the world.  I think today’s quote would be a good one to look back at when you feel like procrastinating or not doing something.

Did any of you watch the Oscars last night?  You all know I did, thanks to my live-tweeting and the post I made yesterday.  My picks didn’t do so well, I only got 10/24 correct.  My mother, on the other hand, guessed 17/24 thanks to her commitment to picking ‘Hugo’ for nearly everything.

However, my fashion picks were spot-on.  Lots of red? Check! Ladies in purple? Check! Feathers? Check! Velvet? Check!  Peplum-style dresses seemed to be the cut of the night, which isn’t too far removed from my mermaid prediction.

Below are my best-dressed styles of the night.  I LOVED most of the fashions on this year’s red carpet, and there really wasn’t much to balk at.  My three absolute favorites were Michelle Williams in her tangerine tango colored peplum frock, Gwyneth Paltrow and her amazing white cape and one-shouldered gown (my sister and I have taken to calling her Queen Gwyneth), and Natalie Portman’s perfect red polka dotted dress! My other two faves were Stacy Keibler’s gorgeous gold gown (I’ve always had a thing for gold lamé) with George Clooney as the perfect arm-candy, and Octavia Spencer’s beautiful beaded number.  She looked perfect.

(All images © eonline.com)

Also, my prom dress even made an appearance!  When Cameron Diaz and J-Lo were presenting the award for costume design, they stood in front of an Edith Head sketch.  The Academy organizers could have chosen from literally thousands of sketches to put on the stage, but they chose the one that I based my prom dress off of and my amazing neighbor, Emily, made.  I was so excited!!

How did your Oscar picks pan out? Who were your best dressed?  Leave it in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

Cinema, movies, and magic.

I chose today’s quote in honor of the 84th annual Academy Awards, which will take place tonight in Hollywood.  The Oscars have been one of my favorite nights of the year since I was a little girl because my mother introduced me to her love of the red carpet and awards shows at a very young age.  Also, I’ve always been a movie lover, so to have one night celebrating the best in cinema is a real treat.  The quote today is from legendary director, Francis Ford Coppola.  I couldn’t agree more that magic is closely incorporated with cinema and the movies.  Watching them is an escape and you’re transported to whatever world you’re watching on the screen.

Every year, my mom and I make ballots and pick who we think will win all of the categories.  This is all very serious business.  We do research on the nominees, try and see as many nominated films as possible (she has seen 7/10 nominated for Best Picture, I’ve seen 6/10), and generally turn into movie geeks the week before the Oscars.  Here are some of the picks I have made so far (as of noon on Oscar Sunday I still haven’t completed my ballot):

  • Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, ‘The Artist’.  I was torn between picking Jean and my personal favorite in the category, George Clooney.  I haven’t yet seen ‘The Artist’, but it’s definitely on my list.  I think it’s incredible that they can still make a silent film with that much acclaim!  Also, if you’re not using words, your acting has to be spectacular.  And, let’s not forget a basic fact: the Academy loves the French.
  • Best Actress: I really, really, really wanted to pick Glenn Close for ‘Albert Nobbs’, because I think that she has a really good dark horse shot, but alas I haven’t seen the film and can’t make a sound judgement.  I picked Viola Davis from ‘The Help’ because I felt that her portrayal of Abilene was so strong and so convincing.
  • Best Supporting Actor: Although I haven’t seen ‘Beginners’ yet, I picked Christopher Plummer for a couple of reasons.  1. I really want to see the film and I think that it has a clever plot line.  And 2. I just downright love Christopher Plummer.  He can do no wrong in my eyes.  Hopefully the Academy agrees with me!  Side note: who ever thought we’d see the day when Christopher Plummer is going against Jonah Hill for the same Oscar?!
  • Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, ‘The Help’.  I picked Octavia for her portrayal of Minnie for one reason and one reason only.  If you’ve read or seen ‘The Help’, you’ll know what I mean :)
  • Fashion Predictions:  A big part of the Oscars every year is the fashion.  As much as I love the show itself, I almost like the red carpet even more.  There’s so much glamour, so many beautiful gowns, and also so much potential for spectacular fashion flops.  My prediction, since “Tangerine Tango” is the color of the year, is that orangey-red will be a big color tonight, as will other bright hues.  I also think that purple will be having a big moment.  As for silhouettes of dresses, as much as I like a classic cut, I think mermaid dresses will be in this year, as will deep cut necklines and body-hugging ensembles. I think that red carpet goers will be a bit more daring this year, because fashions have been very interesting in the last few seasons…think materials like velvet or feathers.  My predictions for best dressed?  Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone (didn’t realize I was basically including the whole cast of ‘The Help’…whoops), Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Miss Piggy (gotta show some Muppet love!).

Who have you picked to win tonight at the Oscars? Any fashion predictions? Leave it in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

PS. Sorry I haven’t posted the last two days, I came home for the weekend because I’m sick :(  I’m trying my best to feel better though, so hopefully things will be looking up before this next week starts up!
%d bloggers like this: