Tsuru Bride Orwell Clutch Black Penguin Purse

If I were rich I would buy this penguin clutch by Tsuru Bride for lil Phan for her birthday. Since I'm not, I'll blog about it instead.

Orwell Clutch - Black Penguin Purse, Tsuru Bride on Etsy, $90

She makes squirrel and other animal clutches, too.

Check out all of her Orwell collection purses on at her Etsy store.

Thanks to Oh Happy Day for this discovery. Oh, I'm obsessed with Jordan Ferney's blog, Oh Happy Day. More on that at a later date.

Today I Want: Cole Haan Nike Air Heels

Air Dominique High Sandal, Cole Haan, $228

I love Cole Haan Nike Air heels. I wore a pair to two weddings over the last 3 weeks and no blisters! No pain at all really.

I wish they weren't so expensive.

Here are some more pairs I wouldn't mind having for future weddings and general play. The gold ones are at the top of my list. I hope they make it to the outlets next year.

Eve Air OT Pump, Cole Haan, $298

Air Renfrow OT Sling, Cole Haan, $178

Fashion Photo Shoot for Lauren Blazic


Photo by Aimee Wenske

My friend Lauren Blazic is a fashion designer who sells appliances by day. You might remember her blending into houndstooth or crafting moustaches with me.


Photo by Aimee Wenske

Lauren needed to get her portfolio together at the last minute for an interesting opportunity. I knew of two photographers who would be easily convinced to shoot pictures in trade for cute hair accessories.

We went to Hyde Park (Quack's Bakery, a laundromat, and a park) that Sunday afternoon. Here are some of my favorite pictures from Aimee Wenske and lil Phan.

Photo by Aimee Wenske

Sara Janz from Beauty Emporium & Salon did the hair and make up (bad site, good hair). I think her most amazing feat of the day was getting (my) Asian hair to curl. Trick of the trade: use a flat iron (they curl, too).

I'm in a dryer
Photo by Aimee Wenske

The appliances get me every time.


Photo by Aimee Wenske

I kept this headband.

There was a minor fashion emergency along the way. Chelsea got stuck in her dress and had to be removed with the jaws of life (or by breaking the zipper).

fashion emergency

Photo by Tina Phan

Lauren hard at work
Photo by Tina Phan

Lauren made sure her everything was perfect for her portfolio.

vanilla coconut and cream cheese cupcake
Photo by Tina Phan

To top it all off, I got to eat this vanilla cupcake with coconut cream cheese frosting at Quack's. You might remember Quack's from my Mmmpanada Misadventure post. The vanilla coconut cream cheese cupcake was just as good as the lemon meringue.


Photo by Aimee Wenske


Today I Want: St Kilda Love Ring

Today I want this Love ring by St. Kilda in 14k pink gold.

Love ring - 14k pink gold, St. Kilda Jewelry, $460

I've been in love with St. Kilda jewelry since I saw a set of these pansy stacking rings at Eliza Page four or five years ago.

Tiny pansy ring, St. Kilda Jewelry, $297

Look at this lovely wedding my friend Sharon blogged about. Love love love loved.

Loved ring, St. Kilda, $323


People tell me I'm the hardest person to shop for. Here are a few hints from Catbird NYC. My friend Sharon discovered this Brooklyn shop, and I am in love with jewels.

I would love the "k", "p" and the heart. I think those would stack nicely. If a "c", "c" get put into the mix, I'd be cool with that. Alphabet Rings, catbird NYC, $88 each

I also like this tiny diamond ring by Blanca Monroz Gomez.

Diamond Seed Ring, Blanca Monroz Gomez at Catbird NYC, $176

Catbird NYC makes me miss Eliza Page.

Great Investment: Hayden-Harnett Newman Hobo Handbag in Cognac

I bought the Newman Hobo in cognac two months ago when Hayden-Harnett was having their winter sale and I LOVE it. This is such a great bag and is great for work. I can fit a book, my clutch wallet, iphone, and camera. At 12.5" x 11" its the perfect size for a large bag carried by a small person.

Sadly, someone spilled beer on it during a work event (I had to hide my anger). Does anyone have any tips on how to get beer stains out of leather?

Hayden-Harnett Newman Hobo Handbag in Cognac, Sold Out

Forever 21 Naval Military Sweater

Forever 21 calls this the "Navel Military Sweater" I think it's a typo, but I haven't tried it on, maybe it does reveal the Navel?

I spied this on a mannequin on my way out of Forever21 last week. If the store wasn't already closed I would have tracked it down to try on. You have to try on everything there: no returns, exchanges only.

Naval Military Sweater Cardigan, Forever 21, $24.80