The 9th Muse Presents “How We Wear: The Mini Crossbody”

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I recently teamed up with local jewelry and accessories store,  The9thMuse, for a series of how to wear photos all about the new mini cross body. Check out how I styled these adorable little bags with everything from boyfriend jeans to crop tops! Shop these bags as well as the full range of goodies at The9thMuse website here!

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A Fifties Fling at Burger Circus with Team Sassy and Sau Clothing!

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Team Sassy welcomes Burger Circus to town with a fun 50’s shoot all decked out in dresses by the new local line Sau. Check out Sassy Hong Kong for the full article here! Photos by Sabrina Sikora.

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It’s been a long time… we shouldn’t have left you [without a dope beat to step to]

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Hat: ℅ Helen Kaminski; Top: Topshop; Shirt: H&M Cochella Collection; Boots: Sambag Sydney; Bag: ℅ The9thMuse; Necklaces: ℅ Karen Millen, Edge of Ember, Zara, verameat, and Fab’rik; Bracelets: H&M, ℅ Karen Millen; Sunglasses: ℅ The9thMuse

 

In the craziness that has surrounded these past two months I have emerged from it all with lots to share. I recently launched First Wife Studios, Ltd. (pics coming soon but for now check out #FirstWifeStudios on Instagram and @FirstWifeStudio on Twitter) which is a new 3,000 sq ft studio in Chai Wan, HK and it is busier than I ever could have hoped for. I’m shooting nearly everyday and in a whirlwind of sequins and flashing shutters seem to be managing it all just fine. Also, my son just turned one which is a huge accomplishment in my book. He has even grown larger, appears to be significantly smarter, and still has all his fingers attached so we are really succeeding over here (if you knew how much he gets into on a daily basis you would applaud these small triumphs too)! He slept through the night for the first time the night before his first birthday (that other time doesn’t count because he was hopped up on drugs form the doc appointment that day). My goal was to get him to accomplish this feat by his big numero uno bday and darn if he didn’t drag it out to the last bloody second. Over the past few weeks I have managed to get a few good nights sleep again and wow oh wow does it change ones clarity. You really do lose yourself when you haven’t gotten more than 3 ½ consecutive hours of sleep in 18 months. I’m starting to feel like my old self again… and just in time as I have my 31st birthday next month. Now to figure out what to wear to celebrate going “in to my 30’s” <insert emoji of eek face>.

 

 

 

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Top 5 New Local Hong Kong Labels!

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We here at Sassy are always on the prowl for new local talent to brag about, and this city is chock full of it! We recently came across five new brands that We just had to share with you. We found everything from bags and t-shirts, to gowns and sport bras, all from the hottest local labels. Have a gander and maybe you’ll discover your new fave brand!

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Laykh

We all know Hong Kong ladies love their bags, so we were quick to welcome Laykh (pronounced lake) to the local satchel scene! Kashish Hemnani creates designs that are influenced by the women in her life – she even names them after them. She’s teamed up with a host of fashionable HK female bloggers to launch a line of bespoke bags for her Spring Summer ’15 collection. Perhaps you like the “Christing”, a boho bucket bag in a rich brown python, or maybe your prefer the “Jasmine”, a hearty satchel with a cross-body strap made of black ostrich and matte python belly. The “Cindie” might be just the pop of colour you need in your clutch wardrobe.

Need something that changes with your plans? Try the “Sabrina”, named after yours truly, that transitions from a satchel, to a cross-body, to a backpack in a refreshing bright white ostrich skin! All hides are sourced from the finest tanneries in Italy. Kashish won’t rest until your bag is perfect, so give her a shout and get the bag of your dreams now!

Make sure you join Kashish and the featured bloggers, AKA the #LaykhLadies,  for the official launch of the brand today – Tuesday from 5-7pm at Marriage Maestros, 127 Wellington Street. You can also shop the pop up in that same location from March 17-19 from 11am-7pm. See you there! More details here.

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Sarah Lai

Financier by day and dress designer by night, Sarah Lai is a modern day female superhero. With a quick change of clothing (preferably not in a phone booth!), Sarah settles in front of her sketches and begins to unveil her superpower. What is it you ask? Designing clothes that are both modern and retro that can worn by women of all ages. It’s not a simple task, but she manages to do it with ease. Pieces are in clean, crisp cuts with architectural elements and are created in a range of textured fabrics that are sure to draw the eye in a flash! This season her stand out piece is an exaggerated black dress with a fitted shift-style top and a voluminous skirt with contrasting pleated colours – adding a dramatic 50s cheerleader vibe. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no – it’s the money flying out of my wallet in exchange for this gorgeous garment!

Available at D-Mop, G/F, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central, HK and at The Refinery at PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong.

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Dress in Print

You may think this brand is all about printed dresses, but you would only be half right. Prints are for sure the name of the game, but there is a lot more than frocks to be had. We love the easy to wear, whimsical, animal-printed chiffon scarves in artistic digital and hand drawn prints. The latest collection is certain to up your workout wardrobe, as the pieces are all beautifully printed with everything from flowers to water to hands tying a shoelace! And yes, if it is a frock you fancy then Dress in Print can certainly hook you up. The dresses featured are fitted on top with an a-line hem, making them flattering for almost every figure. A panel of pleating hides the print, revealing it when you walk and move.

Available online here and at these locations in Hong Kong.  

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SAU
Team Sassy recently borrowed the full range of SAU dresses for a shoot (stay tuned!) and we were stunned with the collection! Squeals of delight were heard around the room as each girl emerged in a new look. It was hard to choose if the royal blue a-line was the favourite, or if the red, long sleeved lace number was the winner. Jaws dropped when Sassy Managing Editor Dervla appeared in a two-piece lace crop top and ball-gown midi skirt combo! No matter the shape or size of the Sassy lady donning the garment, they looked incredible. These are dresses made to impressand we know that this brand is going to be one to watch in HK and beyond

Available online here – look out for SAU at various pop-up events around town too!

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Rong
Sometimes things in HK can get a bit lost in translation. Rong is a new t-shirt line that pokes fun at this near daily occurrence with its line of witty t-shirts made for the long-term expat, the tongue-in-cheek local, or the in-the-know tourist. Right now you can only order the shirts online, but I hear that shops are clamouring to put this brand on their shelves. Until then, shop the site, but be sure to spend some time clicking all the tabs as there are treasures to be found in the way of comic strips, videos, and even a tattoo consultation service! I recently had a private viewing of the range and was very impressed with the thickness and softness of the cotton used for the shirts. There is also a good bit of stretch ensuring a flattering fit. The inside tag gives you the translation of the shirt so you are never left with “No Meaning”… Funnily enough, that’s the shirt I walked away with!

Available online here.

Now your shopping list is all sorted! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for new Hong Kong designers and local labels to watch, and if you hear of any please be sure to let me know on Twitter – @sabrinasikorahk. Happy shopping Sassy ladies!

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Wedding Accessories: Something Blue!

Searching for the perfect bridal accessories can be a daunting task. They need to be classic so your photos don’t become dated in a moment (that is so 2014!) but they also need to show your personality. Perhaps they should mean something to you as well? Then there is that old saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. Well here I intend to focus on that something blue and give you several options from trendy to classic to help you achieve the wedding look you are after. Maybe these little blue bobbles can even be handed down to your daughter one day and become her something old!

The Jewels

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David yurman ring, $50,430; Erickson Beamon ring, $4,495; J Crew bracelet, $1,845; John Hardy blue earrings, $12,415; Miadora diamond jewelry, $1,185; J Crew peacock jewelry, $1,745; Swarovski earrings, $580; Alexis Bittar diamond jewelry, $2,910; Drop earringsBlue jewelry

Let’s start with the simplest way of adding a little sapphire sparkle to your look… the jewels! From a right hand ring to a dainty dazzling bracelet the options are endless! I love these Vienna drop earrings available at The9thMuse. They have a vintage feel but are also quite modern. The art deco drop earrings from Lulu Frost would also get the job done beautifully.

Wearing your hair down? Then opt for a stud earring and focus on another spot for a statement piece. How about a pale blue pendant to wow the crowd? I love the faint hue of this Alexis Bittar one! Remember though the real show-stopping piece of jewelry that you will be wearing that day is your wedding band so keep the left hand free of other clutter to really let that baby shine!

 

The Bag

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Kotur clutch, $9,310; Charlotte Olympia clutch, $9,925; Dorothy Perkins clutch, $130; Kate Spade clutch, $2,545; Charlotte Olympia blue purse, $10,160; Kate Spade clutch, $2,545; Clear purse, $350; Bottega Veneta blue purse, $15,515

While your maid of honor should be at your beck and call and tote all that needs to be held of yours it is nice to have your own bag! These little clutches are too cute not to be carried (and documented on your Instagram pre-ceremony)! The Kate Spade book bags get the word across and would look super snazzy for a photo with your wedding bands on top!

Want something with a timeless feel? Try the woven Bottega Veneta or the vintage gold minaudiere from Etsy. The Charlotte Olympia Ming Pandora perspex clutch and the Kotur Chrysler bag are both perfect for setting off a simple gown and adding dimension to the look. I have a friend that wears all of her wedding accessories (shoes, bag, jewels) on each anniversary celebration and these clutches would look great with other outfits as well!

 

The Shoes

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Brian Atwood pumps, $5,430; Dolce&Gabbana blue heel pumps, $8,495; Nine West blue pumps, $465; Ted Baker high heel pumps, $810; Giuseppe Zanotti suede shoes, $5,620; Jimmy Choo evening sandals, $7,720; H&M peep toe shoes, $185; PALOMA, $7,675

Let’s be honest. You probably picked out the shoes before you knew the dress! And why not?! Carrie Bradshaw preferred a pair of Manolos to a diamond ring and damn if they didn’t look just as shiny and beautiful on as a ring would! There are loads of options out for you to pull a little something blue into the look as cobalt is huge right now! Lucky us! Check out these amazing Brian Atwood pumps or the strappy Giuseppe Zanotti cutouts. Ok I hear you, you want to be comfortable for a full night of dancing but you also want to look fabulous too! These heels may not look comfy but with the addition of some jelly inserts you can make even the highest of heels feel like bed slippers (well… not quite but you can certainly help out the situation!).

If you are really concerned about comfort then please just opt for a lower heel like these two tone ones from H&M. Steer clear of any sneakers or flip-flops I beg of you. You think they won’t show in photos but with two (and sometimes more) photographers and videographers plus a multitude of smart phones on the prowl your flip-flops will be spotted and well documented! No matter what shoe you sport be sure to put a penny from the wedding year in it for good luck!

 

The Lacy Bits

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Agent provocateur lingerie, $2,485; Hanky Panky intimate, $110; STELLA McCARTNEY panty, $310;  Dolce Gabbana balcony bra, $1,165; Agent provocateur lingerie, $2,485; Dolce Gabbana satin lingerie, $685; Calvin Klein Underwear lingerie bra, $505; STELLA McCARTNEY balcony bra, $585; La Perla lingerie bra, $2,155; La Perla underwear panty, $1,225; Calvin Klein Underwear purple thong, $310; Agent provocateur lingerie, 1,940

You may choose to keep the shoe, bag, and jewels to a white palette and that is a wonderful choice. But why don’t you sport a little something with a blue hue underneath it all? Only your hubby to be will know what lies beneath. The wedding day is the perfect time to splurge on some fancy underpinnings so go all out with La Perla or Agent Provocateur. The groom will surely thank you and I bet it will be his favorite wedding gift of all!

I’ll return with some help for your something borrowed, old, and new but now you are all sorted for the blue portion. Lucky us that this shade is incredibly in demand for yet another season! Buy it now and save it for your big day!

Loved Sabrina’s sets? Check out more of them on her Polyvore here! Read this and more at Sassy Hong Kong! 

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Sabrina’s Top 5 Beauty Picks: February!

My Top 5 Beauty Picks are back again to bring you this month’s fave beauty finds! I’ve been slathering products on left and right in order to scout out what you should be adding to your beauty cabinet. There were more than a few misses, but I’ve weeded those out to bring you the best of the best! Here we go…

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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
To roll out this new mascara, the brand actually laid on the song and dance! No joke – there was a full out musical at the Fringe Club to introduce the media to this product. As fun as it was, there was no need, since this product speaks for itself! The brush actually grabs your lashes like a velcro roller grabs hair and pulls them up, up, up! The formula is rich and thick and looks better the more coats you apply. I have literally been wearing this mascara everyday for a month as it does just what the box claims and actually makes your lashes curl. I haven’t used my lash curler at all and have no intention of adding that device back into my routine, as this mascara makes that ol’ metal device obsolete!

Available at Benefit counters in Hong Kong, see all counter locations here

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Maybelline Color Sensational
I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times someone has complimented my lip shade and asked what it is, only to be told it is Color Sensational by Maybelline! There are a staggering 52 shades to choose from and I have just about all of them! My personal favourites include Neon Red, Vivid Rose, Brazen Berry, and Electric Orange. But if you buy only one then make it Red Revival! These shades have rich, deep-pigmented colour and serious staying power. Plus, it’s Maybelline, so the price point is totally doable!

Available here at Sasa – see all store locations here

 

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Shu Uemura Shu:Palette
If you like Urban Decays’ Naked palettes, then you’ll love this Shu Uemura nude one, featuring 16 easy to wear and easy to layer shades. You can achieve any look – from natural to full on ‘Lan-Kwai-Fong-smokey-night-out’ – with ease. It also includes a dual ended brush, making it the perfect purse pal. Prep in the morning with an office appropriate look, then toss it in your bag for amping it up on the go!

Available at all Shu Uemura counters. See here for all store locations. 

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Purearth Wild Rose Himalayan Mist
I don’t know what I would do without my rose mist from Purearth! I use this every day to set my make up once it has all been applied. When I am not wearing make up, I still spritz my face to add a refreshing feel and luxe gentle scent to the morning. The full size bottle rests on my vanity while a travel size one accompanies me on any plane rides that I may take. If that doesn’t make you feel good enough then maybe knowing all Purearth products are wild harvested, hand made, and fair trade will do the trick!

Available at these store locations in Hong Kong. 

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Kiehl’s Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate
I’m no spring chicken and while the laugh lines and forehead creases have stayed at bay for now, I know they are lurking deep within… so now is the time to preemptively fight them off! Enter this serum. It’s like my sword and shield in the battle against lines! Applied twice daily before moisturiser, it claims to visibly lift skin and help tighten pores. While I know no one product can reshape your face, this serum does make my skin feel more taught and plump. The difference feels even more pronounced when used the day after a few too many glasses of vino!

Available at all Kiehl’s stores in Hong Kong. See all store locations here.    

There you have it! I’ll keep trying and testing the goods and report back with a host of new products come March. Have any beauty faves I should know about? Hit me up on Twitter and let me know! It might even show up in my next column… @sabrinasikoraHK

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Not So Basic After all.

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Eloise Shirt Dress: ℅ Alex Black (buy it here); Flannel Shirt: ℅ Polo by Ralph Lauren ; Hat: ℅ Free People ; Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke ; Shoes: Nine West; Socks: H&M ; Bracelets: Navy/ Gold- Callixto ; Lipstick: Ultra ℅ Dolce & Gabbana Beauty

 

Just this past week I set up a new studio in Chai Wan. You are now looking at the proud new director of First Wife Studios, Ltd! The space is something I have always dreamed of and I am running wild getting all the odds and ends and racks and clamps to make it just right. What do I wear to run up and down this island? My Alex Black Collection Eloise shirt dress! I’ve been dashing all over town and this has kept me super comfy as the errands are ticked off the list. Not pictured is the oversize olive anorak that has been keeping me warm when on the go! The next time I wear this dress it will most likely be with some above the knee socks and my black leather jacket. That cold air keeps on blowing so I’ll just add more layers and be off again! With that said, the studio is now open so if you are in need of head shots or family images then just let me know! All I want to do is shoot, shoot, and shoot some more!

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Sabrina’s Top 5 Beauty Picks: January

Clothing, accessories, and jewellery have long been my calling, but I have only recently realised what a beauty junkie I am. I am constantly acquiring and assessing new products and sharing my latest and greatest with friends, but I have yet to make my faves public. Well, these skin secrets will now be passed along to you, my dear Sassy reader! Each month I will bring you five products that I have tried, tested, and given my stamp of approval. Let’s delay no more… check out this months top picks here!

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NARS Lip Gloss in Sixties Fan

Two swipes of this rich thick gloss and you are ready to hit the town. At first glance the shade looks ultra dark in the tube, but once applied it calms down and leaves you with a jammy, raspberry shade that works for day or night. The formula keeps lips moisturised and line free to start, then fades into more of a strawberry stain after an hour or so.

Available at all NARS counters in Hong Kong (see here), www.narscosmetics.com.

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LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub
Lip scrubs have always had a place in my beauty cabinet, so when I saw this one in a jar by the counter I knew I had to try it. I’ve long been a fan of the Body Shop Lipscruff, which is shaped like a lipstick – making it very portable. The issue is once you apply it you need a tissue handy to wipe it off, so now I’m carrying scrubs and tissues around and who really exfoliates their lips on the go anyway!? Enter LUSH’s Mint Julips Lip Scrub. Keep this in your showerso you can scrub your lips right along with your body. It tastes like sugar and mint so it’s ultra yummy to use (these also happen to be the main ingredients). It’s also self-preserving, so that “use by” sticker found on other LUSH products is not seen here. After two rounds (I doubled up as the flavour was so good I wanted to have another go), my lips were left soft and smooth and ready for the dry winter weather ahead!

Available at all LUSH Hong Kong store locations (see here), www.lush-hk.com.

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Benefit The POREfessional Shine Vanishing Pro Powder

Benefit is a brand with packaging as snappy as the products are useful, so I was curious to try out this powder. The brush is hidden in the base and the top twists so you can extract only the amount of powder you actually need. That results in less product waste and a cleaner make up bag! The powder is very smooth and fine and did a great job of matte-fying my look. I did notice that the pores around my cheeks and nose seemed smaller after applying. I only had to apply this in the morning and was shine free all day, but I’m curious to see how it lasts once the HK summer is in full force.

Available at all Benefit counters in HK (see here), www.benefitcosmetics.hk.

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Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit
I’m always amazed when I meet a woman that has a signature scent. The idea of wearing the same scent day after day intrigues me. I own about as many perfumes as there are months in the year, and change them around depending on my mood, attire, or whom I’ll be meeting (i.e I know my husband’s favourite)! But if I had to choose a signature scent, this one would definitely be in the running. It’s based on the scents found in a hanging garden in Paris… think apple, pear, and magnolia which lead to a fresh and fruity aroma perfect for ringing in spring.

Available at all Hermes counters and stores in Hong Kong (see here), www.hermes.com.

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Evie Amazingly Soothing Make Up Remover Oil
I’ve saved the best for last here! This is the only make up remover you will ever need so toss all those wipes, cleansers, bars, and eye oils away! Pumps a few squirts of this into dry hands and then lather together between your palms. Massage your entire face and neck in circular motions letting your palms rest on your eyelids for a moment longer. Rinse off with warm water and watch every stitch of make up you had on swirl down the drain. I was even able to remove a thick, liquid cat eye complete with waterproof mascara with ease and I didn’t need to go back over my eyes with a separate eye make up remover afterwards! This stuff is unreal and it leaves your skin soft until the next morning.

Evie products are available on their site and at Harvey Nichols locations in Hong Kong.

There you have it! Check back for the February selects soon! Check out this and more at Sassy Hong Kong    ! 

 

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I’m Getting Grungier in My Old Age.

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Shirt: ℅ Polo by Ralph Lauren (buy it here) ; Skirt: Asos ; Bag: Mulberry ; Boots: Nine West ; Socks: H&M ; Skull: Brands; Bracelets: Callixto, Hermes, Cartier, Vintage ; Rings: Son Ihn Kim available at The9thMuse, Citrine by The Stones ; Snood: ℅ Free People

 

Ok so I’m not officially old but I am older than I previously was so that counts. What is “officially” old anyway? I’m pretty sure I will still be acting as ridiculous as ever way up into my 90’s, God willing! No matter how old is old I’m dressed a lot like I did when I was about nine and flannel was THE thing. Thankfully, I have left the boxer shorts and combat boots that I used to wear with said flannel behind opting for a leather pencil and a comfy leopard bootie instead. I think it may be having a kid that is making me dress more youthful. Who doesn’t love to hear, “YOU have a KID?!”. It used to drive me nuts when people thought my mom was my sister (cue mom lighting up like a Christmas tree) but if someone said that to me in a few years once the kiddo gets some height on him (and learns how to walk) then I’ll be the one getting all giddy. I’m sure he will hate it just as much as I did. But honestly, isn’t the threat of being embarrassed by your parents half the fun of growing up? I can’t wait to give him big bear hugs out in front of his school when he’s like 15 in front of all of his friends. And I’ll probably be dressed in leopard print and rhinestones when the PDA occurs only adding to the scars of adolescence. Go mom!

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Kick Up Your Heels! It’s Almost 2015!

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Black Silk Shirt: ℅ Vaughan (buy it here) ; Skirt: Asos ; Shoes: Fendi (buy them here) ; Bag: ℅ Danielle Nicole (buy similar here) ; Earrings: J. Crew from Caty Jewelry; Bracelet: Caty Jewelry ; Ring: Gift from my grandma!

 

Sure sure this is a belated outfit post but seeing that it is a simple black and white combo I’m declaring its timeless status and putting it up now for New Years! How are your holidays treating you? All is going well around here. I spent the first few weeks of December in Georgia and Vermont with the family cooking and eating and trying to get some sleep though my nine month old son had his own opinions about what an appropriate amount of sleep was. Funny how drastically my opinion differs from his. No matter how much or little shut eye I seem to get I keep trucking along and enjoying day after day of seeing his little face light up for friends and family and avocados. This was seriously the best Christmas as Santa returned to our house and filled the tree and stockings with goodies for my sweet boy. He liked the wrapping paper and fireplaces more than any actual gift but that’s alright with me so long as none of the above gets ingested. Now we are back in the Kong and back to work (kind of …it’s still the holidays!). I’m busy clearing out missed emails and setting up fun projects for the 2015. Keep an eye out here for more goodies soon. Until then make the most of what is left of 2014 and have a fun start to 2015!

 

xx

 

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