Saturday, January 23, 2010

Who Doesn't Love A Roadtrip?

It's a beautiful day and all I want to do is go somewhere!

Jessica Szohr

Corrie Bond Photography

Michelle Holden Photography

Friday, January 22, 2010

Beachy Keen

I've been working on a bridal shower for my friend and it has a beach theme. This of course is putting me less in the mood for cold, snowy winter and more in the mood for vacation time on the beach. I can't help but look for things to wear for summer. Pictures are going to have to last though considering it's only January. I'm jealous of all those Southern Californians right now.

Zippora Seven for Yen Magazine

German Vogue Janurary 2010

It's outfits like this that make me think beach life would be so easy and carefree.

And of course, the girl who can pull off beach hair like no other, Blake Lively.

I sit here oh so envious in my big sweater and boots just planning every single outfit for June, July and August. These Winter months are killer.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Look At This And Tell Me What You See

As soon as I saw this I wanted to be her! It reminds me of Marie Antoinette with an edge.

Harper's Bazaar Romania January 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's A Name Got To Do With Anything?

The name of my blog is monograms and ballgowns and I thought I'd explain why I chose to call it this. When I was little I used to go to my friend Abbey's house. She had the most exquisite collection of dress up clothes imaginable. After I would leave Abbey's I would always wish that I could live at her house and play dress up with those clothes all day and night. Unfortunately though, I could not and instead went home to dress my Barbies. Hence the latter part of the name. Because I was so enthralled by dressing up I also was very interested in having tea time, a favorite of mine since the age of 3. Somehow I always pictured the Queen having tea with friends that she invited by way of monogrammed invitations. That is how I came up with the name. And now, I will show you some of my favorite new dresses and some of my favorite monogrammed products.

Ralph Lauren Spring RTW 2010

Vera Wang Spring RTW 2010

Monogrammed Bracelet

Christian Dior Fall Couture 2009

Monogrammed Hook

You Spell It S-T-E-L-L-A

If there is one designer I love, one I could take with my to a desert island, it would be hands down, no doubt, I already knew my answer since forever, Stella McCartney. I love love love every design her brain can come up with and no, it's not because I'm a Beatles fan. Yesterday I saw a picture of Blake Lively in her thigh high boots and almost fell out of my seat. Not only do I envy every woman who can afford those boots but I envy Blake and her out of this world legs to carry off those boots. Man I want those boots.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Workable Wardrobe

I work at a bank which means my work attire is never casual. While many of my co-workers choose to go the conservative route, I choose the high road. My favorite ways to make my outfits stand out come by way of Chanel nail polish and standout jewelry. I thought I'd share with you some of my new "wish I hads and wish I could affords" that I would die to wear to work.

Diane Von Furstenberg skirt

Diane Von Furstenberg skirt

Ann Taylor Loft Dress

Victorialand shirt

Catherine Malandrino top

Holly Fulton skirt

DSQUARED2 lace up bootie

And for good measure, an outfit for those long Saturday shifts.

All pieces by J. Crew

Vogueing It

I was browsing and came across the most beautiful picture. It's Nine Ricci Pre Fall 2010. I love the coat, the gloves, the shoes, the bag AND the dress. What an amazing feat to find so many things to love in one outfit! Perfection, really.