Apr 11, 2014

I've got a Crush in You

And when you get a look a the color for Spring, you will to!  Radiant Orchid, in all her gorgeous glory, is the color for Spring.  From fashion to interiors, to even beauty, this is the color of the moment.  




As Pantone puts it:

'An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.'

There is nothing I love more than when color stands for strong values.  Though as women, we should always feel confident and powerful, using color to portray our moods and feelings is a great way for self expression.  I am usually drawn towards neutrals or bold hues, but am starting to become drawn to these subtle, rich and feminine pastels.  Maybe it's age, but to me, nothing stands out more than classic elegance.  Not shoving something in someones face like 'look at me, look at me.'  Don't get me wrong, there are times when bold and bright are called for, but there is just something warm, calming and satisfying when it comes to soft hues and color palettes


Want a way to add Radiant Orchid into your wardrobe? Check out some of my favorites. 


Radiant Orchid


Apr 10, 2014

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, Oh Lord

Spring, that is! It's been a while since I have posted anything and I am going to blame the weather!  It's made me unmotivated and just plain annoyed!  But there is a new season upon us and I couldn't be happier about that! 

Though we've had some rainy days, the temperatures are getting warmer, the sun is making a daily appearance, and good days are coming, y'all! It's time to shed the winter wardrobe and winter blues (finally!) and look forward to warmer temperatures, vacations, and a new beginnings.  As much as I am a fall/cold weather girl, I really do enjoy Spring and its progression into Summer.  

Spring is the perfect time to clean out, or de-clutter, if you will, your life.  You can go crazy and do a complete overhaul, or just start small and do things a little at a time.  If you are a neat freak and organizationally obsessed like me, you clean out things several times a year.  But for the normal person, Spring is not only a time to clean out usual household clutter, it's also time to reevaluate your life, purpose and well-being. It's a fresh start - out with the old, in with the new!  

So what are you going to start with first? Closet, taking up new hobbies, weeding out the negative? For me, I'm starting with my closet and purging like crazy only to make room for things I will wear more and have longevity.  I'm also adding new hobbies, a few classes, and taking a really fun trip; which you will all get to hear about over the coming months, so stay tuned! xo

I am looking forward to a fresh new season, with limitless possibilities and room for new and wonderful things.  

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Mar 7, 2014

Oscar Favorites

Happy, Happy Friday, Lovelies!! Even though it was a short week for me, it still was a long one and I am glad its over!.  


Little tardy on my Oscar Red Carpet Favorites.  But, better late than never, right?! Last weekend I was in Kentucky visiting my extended family.  I don't get to see them that often, so it was nice for us all to be together for a long weekend.  Sunday night we all piled into my aunt's den with our ballots ready (I did horrible, by the way), and watched the Oscars.  The Red Carpet is ALWAYS my favorite part (duh!).  And there were some major standouts for me.


Chrissy Teigen 

Jennifer Garner

Jessica Biel

Kate Hudson

Lupita Nyong'o

Kristen Bell


The Men

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Kevin Spacey

Matthew McConaughey

Michael B. Jordan

Chris Hemsworth

Jared Leto 

Mar 6, 2014

40 Days . . .




Yesterday marked the start of Lent.  I always look forward to lent, as it’s a time for me to reflect and make changes to better your relationship with God and yourself.  Every year I usually give up something and also add something for the 40 days.  This year, instead of the usual food choices I 'give up", I chose to do something that was a bit more challenging, a sort of cleanse, if you will.  I am giving up Social Media – yes, all of it.  No Facebook, twitter, bloglovin, instagram, pinterest, or tumblr for this girl until Easter.  I have realized over the past few months that I am seriously addicted to these networks and find myself refreshing obsessively to see what new pictures or posts are there. 

Being able to step back and remove those for a time, I hope, will allow me to focus on more important and time worthy things like relationships or just having time to myself to read.  And also how to balance this with social media outlets once I ease them back into my routine.  Being a blogger, these platforms are a huge part to getting my content and daily postings out there, so this will be really challenging as far as this blog goes. 

I don’t look at SBV as ‘social media’ – just a place for me to journal; so I feel I can still post and blabber on about fashion during the next several weeks.  The only drawback is not being able to promote or get them out into the fashion world via my usual outlets and not being able to read anyone else’s posts and comment (which is the first thing I do each morning) 

When I first started this blog, there was only twitter and Facebook to get content out there, and I didn’t really post things on either of them.  I just blogged about what I wanted to and that was that.  So I am sort of taking a step back and just focusing on writing.  Sometimes, for me, having too many channels can be overwhelming and defeat the purpose of what I am trying to do.  I focus on just getting something out there, rather than putting out good content.  I am going with the less is more outlook to see if that really is true or can work for me.  Honing in on one platform and writing good content is my goal.  Getting back to my roots will hopefully make me a better writer and give me the ability to then use other social media outlets as needed, to get my posts out there.   

I know Easter morning I will probably wake up extra early to catch up (or try to) on all the things I missed.  But for the next 40 days, I’m going to keep things simple and focus on relationships, writing more often and thoughtfully, and stop trying to keep up with the Joneses. 


Am I completely crazy? Can I really stay off these for 40 days? Only way to know is to follow along here over the next several weeks! 


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Feb 20, 2014

This is all . . .

Obsessed with this AMAZING Celine. 



I am in Love!


Feb 19, 2014

J. Crew Sale Finds

It's that time of year again, where stores drop prices on all this seasons garments to prepare for the next's must-haves.  Towards the end of each season I reevaluate my wardrobe and make a list of things I want to replace or acquire.  And what better way to do that than with a good sale.  J. Crew has added a ton of items to their final sale and here are a few of my favorites.






Fluted Skirt






Stone Burst Necklace










Feb 18, 2014

Shady

There was just a liiiittle bit of sunshine in NYC this weekend and it was such a tease as I woke up to snow (again) this morning.  I haven't worn sunglasses in almost 4 months! I'm sure when the sun does finally come out for good, i'll have a vampire-like reaction and my skin will start to disintegrate its so pale! I have been looking for a new pair (style) of sunnies for a while now. I have never owned a pair or Ray-Bans and have always liked the aviator (Hello Top Gun) style, but always felt like they were too big for my face.  That was before I stumbled upon this new style/version.  I am obsessed with the reflective lenses and the different color options.  This is sort of a step out of my comfort zone, but summer is when you can get crazy with styles, color, etc.  So why not seize the opportunity, right? Picking a color is going to be one tough decision!  Which are your favorite?