Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy your holidays!

(Photo found here)

Gift wrapping without the paper

Rachel over on Heart of Light has come up with the most genius way to wrap presents without all of the waste. It consists of two very cheap and reusable substances: felt and ribbon. Check it out here.

You have a freak flag. You just don't fly it

One of my favorite Christmas movies for some reason has become the Family Stone. I think Diane Keaton is amazing, as always, and I think all of the actors in the movie play characters outside of their comfort zones. I also think that it is endlessly hilarious that Owen Wilson continually hits on Sarah Jessica Parker. I don't know why.
What Christmas movie do you have to watch every year? I of course will be watching Love Actually and Elf at some point.

Last minute gifts/stocking stuffers

I can't stop finding things that I would like or that other people would like for Christmas. So here is my last minute, last chance, gift advice for all of you slackers out there!

A camera with a projector. $430

Some Christmas music. $12.99

A jump start on their New Year's Resolution. $29.00

A sash that can be tied in many ways. $15

A cocktail ring for parties. $3.80

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A time for giving

Ahhh Friends! You can learn so much from such a simple sitcom. Season 5, episode 4 "The one where Phoebe hates PBS", they debate whether an act can ever really be selfless, because somehow there is always some kind of selfish reason for doing it whether for your own personal gratification or something else.

On the way to work, I was listening to NPR and they gave companies who support causes as an example. These companies are getting all kinds of attention and business all because they appear to be compassionate.

On some level, this can all be considered wrong, but if these selfish people and selfish companies weren't giving for their own reasons, there wouldn't be many people left who were doing these deeds out of the goodness of their hearts. And therefore not many people or organizations would be getting the help they need.

So in the name of Christmas, try to give selflessly, but if you are going to be selfish, you might as well do some charity work.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

If you have a last minute Christmas Sweater Party, go to this Web site, where sweaters are sold that have been rescued from their thrift store death and can be brought back to life.

Christmas Music!!!

Here is some Christmas music to put you in the mood. This is one of my favorites, the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan singing God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren has been a style icon for quite a long time. After seeing her interview on Sunday Morning and with her new movie Nine coming out, based on the Felini movie 8 1/2, I was inspired to put together these photos and some looks on Polyvore that I think encompass her style. Over time, as her style has evovled, she has always looked polished. She looks just as good in old photos as she does in newer photos; and she has achieved a timeless look. To achieve that kind of look, I think it takes knowing your own style, sticking with the classics, and not falling into the trap of trends that aren't right for you.
Sophia Loren Inspiration
Sophia Loren Inspiration by The Cosmopolitan Clevelander featuring Lipsy

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Friday!

I hope you accomplish all of your goals for the weekend and find some room for fun too!

(Photo by Lasse Bak Mejlvang for Saga magazine)

My wish list

Dear Santa,

A gift card or something from Anthropologie, where the most beautifully made clothes live. 
A necklace from David Yurman, my favorite jeweler. 
A trip to New York City for New Years, one of my favorite cities. 
A camera that is a little less outdated than mine. 


Hello all! I know that right before Christmas it gets to be very stressful. And it is not good to keep all of that anxiety bottled up. So I invite you all to vent in the comments section, but end your comment with something positive.

For example: I still have Christmas shopping to do and I didn't have enough vacation days to take off the three days I have to work next week, but I am excited to get cozy this weekend and sit next to our live tree that smells great and maybe watch Love Actually for the 1 millionth time.

Just remember that things don't need to be perfect. Don't focus on the little details just let it go and remember to have fun. I love the holidays because I get to spend a lot more time with my family. Think about what you love about the holidays and do that instead of getting caught up with the perfect present or whatever.

So what are you worried about? Or what is your favorite part of the holiday season?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Men's Style: Age difference

Aren't these images from this New York Times article funny? The article makes the claim that an affluent older man is more likely to be dressed down than his younger, poorer counterpart. Very interesting. I know a few young men myself who love to break out the elaborate vests and sweaters. A Continuous Lean today, features a Marlon Brando LIFE archive as he prepares for his role in, "The Men". Although he may be more relaxed here because of the role he is preparing for, I think style back then was just more simple anyways.

Heart of Light

I won these really pretty flower hair pins from Rachel who writes Heart of Light and sells these in her Etsy shop. My sister is getting married in the spring so I may have to point out some things in the shop such as headbands, corsages, and belts.

Summer skirt recycled

Check out Shop My Closet, where I recycle this summer skirt for the winter.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wish (more like dream) list: Oscar de la Renta

Do you read Glamour? I think it is one of those magazines that has good outfit ideas that are actually affordable. And the bloggers on their site are witty and fun. I sometimes like to pop over there when I am bored at work just to see what people are blogging about. January's 2010 cover features Sarah Jessica Parker—SJP. Doesn't she look great? On the cover she is wearing an Oscar de la Renta sequin bolero. It is sooo gorgeous, but so out of my price range. I think this Urban Outfitters sequin jacket for $68 would be a fun, cheap alternative. I am, along with everyone else, obsessed with sequin garb.

Home inspiration

Heather Balliet is a party and wedding planner. She was featured on Design Sponge for her beautifully designed home. The first thing I notice is that I love how all of the random pieces and decorations go together so well. I read the post further and found out that she keeps one thing from all of the weddings she has planned, which I thought was kind of nifty.

(Find more at Design Sponge)

French style

Check out this french-inspired look on my other blog Shop My Closet.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas tradition

Something that the beau and I like to do is drive down this one street in Cleveland that is lined with 20th century mansions and point out our favorites. During Christmas time it is even more fun to drive slowly down this street at night, while it is snowing lightly, and we are listening to Christmas songs. Here are some of the houses that I found on Flickr here and here. Just imagine how pretty they look at night decorated with Christmas lights. 


Brad! From Rachel Zoe. Isn't he just too cute?

Black and White

chanel by The Cosmopolitan Clevelander featuring Forever21

Chanel's use of black and white is timeless and fashionable, but it is also practical and easy. What in your closet doesn't go with either black or white? And when I think of a black and white outfit I think of dressy events and sophisticated style. It's almost impossible to pull out these two colors and not end up with a good outfit. A black and white outfit is also recession friendly because most people already have one in their closet and it is easy to find in stores at any budget. 

Monday, December 14, 2009

Photos from Paris 1962

Happy Monday! Don't you hate it when you feel more exhausted after the weekend?

Enjoy these photos from Paris taken in 1962.

(Found while reading Sally Jane Vintage)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Have a snow white weekend

I love clean, crisp, white snow. White and off whites have the same calming effect when used in a design capacity like in these photos. To see more visit dress, design, decor. And enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Football game in December

Today is supposed to be one of the coldest days in Cleveland so far this winter. And I am going to watch the Browns play the Steelers at the Cleveland stadium that is right next to Lake Erie, which brews up some of the worst lake effect snow around. I am fully prepared for the elements. I am wearing my hunter wellington rain boots including the fleece inserts, and I am wearing my fleece pajama pants under a baggy pair of jeans, as well as three layers under my long puffy coat. I am going to wrap a scarf around my face, gloves, hat, and I will be ready for some football. Here is a clothing guide if you find yourself in a similar predicament.

Ornament exchange!

We have our annual ornament exchange at work. I am excited to see what the most coveted ornament is. Things can get competitive sometimes!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gift tags

These gift tags from Etsy shop Sunshine and Ravioli are just darling and would outfit a gift wrapped in brown kraft paper and ribbons very nicely. 

(Found while reading the Style Files.) 

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace Well, it's officially ...