the style soapbox

Month: February, 2012

scalloped for spring

One trend that seems to be cropping up everywhere for spring is scalloped edges. Though I initially noticed them on shorts, lately I’ve seen them on dresses, skirts, tops and even swimsuits. This fun detail adds a a dressy update to an otherwise casual outfit, making it a spring trend staple.

J.Crew’s Scalloped Short with Summerlight Daisy Terry Sweatshirt found here.

Silk Scallop Wave Dress by Madewell found here.

Urban Outfitters Kimchi Embroidered Mesh Skirt found here.

Marysia Swim Antibes Scallop Bikini found here.


oscar frenzy

It’s finally that time – the red carpet has been rolled out! As I’m simultaneously gawking and drooling, I managed to make note of a few of my favorites.

Photos courtesy of
1. Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture  2. Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton  3. Kate Mara in Elie Saab  4. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli  5. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa  6. Rooney Mara in Givenchy  7. Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward  8. Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

missing west palm.

Sadly, my five days in Florida came and went much too quickly. It was awesome while it lasted, and so great to catch up with my three best friends from home. We determined that the four of us hadn’t been together as a group since our last vacation – in 2007! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip.


after much anticipation…

…I’m finally heading to West Palm Beach tomorrow! Needless to say, my friends and I have been counting down every last day until this trip. It feels like I haven’t had a chance to breathe this week, between work and getting things together for the trip.

Part of preparing for this trip obviously included a mani-pedi, which I did yesterday. I took this opportunity to jump on the Essie Spring 2012 Collection, despite the fact that it’s February and still 30 degrees in Chicago. It was 81 in West Palm Beach today…spring colors it is. My two favorites are Olé Caliente, a reddish-orange shade, which I used on my nails. It looks much pinker than it actually is in the photo, it’s more of a coral in person. I chose Orange, It’s Obvious for my toes – I can’t seem to get enough of this color lately.

 Aside from orange nails, I’m also obsessing over these items in the same sunny shade:

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 Peter Pilotto
Jil Sander
3.1 Phillip Lim

Giambattista Valli

My dream bedroom (of the week) has oranges, grays, a little turquoise, and clearly a fabulous headboard. Fingers crossed I can get Nate Berkus to give me a free room makeover…