daydreams & things

Month: December, 2011

Excited You’re Here, 2012

I wrote this a few days ago but my blog’s been undergoing some re-branding (it’s allllmost there, what do you think so far?!), so I chose to hold off on actually posting it.  With New Year’s Eve being tomorrow, I decided I must not wait any longer to say that I hope everyone had the happiest of holidays – Christmas, Hanukkah, whatever you celebrate – spending time with loved ones over good food, drinks, and conversation.  Pictured above is the yummy cocktail I contributed to a family dinner on Christmas Eve (recipe here, although it’s beyond simple: hot chocolate + Bailey’s with a Hint of Mint Chocolate + whipped cream + crushed candy canes).  It’s so good, I want one right now.  Anyways.  2012 is just days away so there’s no better time to reflect on the past year and resolve to make a few easy, doable changes in the new one.  New Year’s resolutions never seem to stick longer than a few weeks but I am hoping that putting pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?) and listing them for all to see will be the constant reminder that I need to make things happen.

1.  Get on a consistent exercise routine and stick to the schedule, even if it’s just once a few times a week.

2.  Try (just try) a juice cleanse.  After the amount of food, sweets, and liquor/wine I consumed this holiday season, it would be great if I could actually stick to it, but I’m not getting ahead of myself here.

3.  Cook more, eat out/take out less.

4.  Drink more water and less Diet Coke.

5.  Be more productive in my down time.  Check things off my to-list quicker.

6.  Be neater and tidier.  Exercise control over my inner slob.

7.  Spend more time with my Grandmas.  I love them both dearly and they’re not getting any younger, so this is one I’m following through with, regardless of everything else.

8.  Go home (to my parent’s house) more often.  I live so close, it’s a shame that this has to be listed.

9.  Be better at staying in touch.  See my LA friends more often.

10.  Re-budget.  Think and really evaluate before splurging, and be smarter in general when it comes to finances.

11.  Continue to express myself creatively so as not to get stifled at the day job.  (Blog consistently).

12.   Keep up the hard work at the day job.  Work harder.

13.  Play harder.

14.  Read more.  (Books, not gossip magazines).

15.  Go green whenever possible.  Reduce, reuse, & recycle!

There you have it.  15 resolutions that I truly hope to work on in the coming year.  I am off to Santa Barbara for the weekend… wishing you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year!  And thank you for supporting my new creative venture, there’s a lot more to come.  See you in 2012!

P.S… Happy Birthday to my brother Darrin, love you!


Meet Lotti

A few days ago, I declared to the world my girl crush on the beautiful, successful, and increasingly well-known Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes. Yesterday however, I learned about another gem of a beauty… a newbie who has just made her modeling debut: Kate Moss’ 13 year old half-sister Lotti. Even though Lotti is incredibly young (by normal standards anyways… in the modeling world, 13 is the age), this girl can strike a pose. And she looks good doing it, no? Apparently, I have a thing for blondes right now.

{All images via Who What Wear}

Links I’m Liking

Happy hump day people!  Some links I’m liking right now…

~a great article forwarded to me by my brother: The Top 10 Things Successful People Do To Reach Their Dreams

~enter this giveaway to win over $500 in DANNIJO jewels (I did!)

~Tory Burch’s mouth-watering Christmas dinner menu

~Barney’s shoe sale.  Tempting.

~the new Spring ’12 ad campaigns of Yves Saint Laurent, Dsquared2, and Jean Paul Gaultier

~easy tutorial for the perfect messy bun

~Forbes’ list of Top 30 Under 30 in Art & Design


Leisurely Louboutin

A peek inside Christian Louboutin’s private retreat in the Egyptian desert, not far from the banks of the Nile river.

{All images via Elle Decor}

Snap That

Santa came early this year!  Well, in my case, Hanukkah Harry.  My boyfriend (Jarret, so I can stop referring to him as “my boyfriend”) knew how badly I’ve been wanting a new camera for the purposes of this blog… one that isn’t literally from junior year of college, and he surprised me with one for the holidays.  I couldn’t be happier!

Now I can start posting more of my own pictures, which I’ve really been wanting to do.  Until I get to the good stuff like Santa Barbara (sadly Mammoth was cancelled due to lack of snow) and maybe even an occasional outfit post, here’s just a few test snaps with my new toy from the weekend:

{A perfect Friday night in with a wine that was purchased solely because of its name, but actually tasted great}

{Sending out the last of the holiday cards}

 {Satisfying my Sunday sweet tooth}

Goth Meets Beach

{Gisele in Givenchy’s Spring-Summer 2012 ad campaign; described by the designer as “the expression of a love story between a surfer and a mermaid.”  Look for it in the February issues of Vogue, W, and others.}

{Image found here}

Girl Crush

I’ve always thought she was pretty but watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year confirmed it: I have a major girl crush on Doutzen Kroes.  That’s all for this lovely Saturday.

(I mean… is she not beautiful?…)

{Images found here, herehere, & here}

Macadam Diva

That’s the name of DVF’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, and it’s definitely a beauty that von Furstenburg herself describes as “sexy and aggressive.”  Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection which just debuted yesterday:

They were all so pretty, I had such a hard time narrowing them down.  Find the rest of the collection here, and check out some other Pre-Fall ’12 collections that are currently inspiring me: Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera, Chanel (a must see!), Thakoon, Zac Posen, Temperley London, & 3.1 Phillip Lim.

{All images via Fashionologie}

Links I’m Liking

Here are some links I’m currently liking, straight from my Twitter feed (yes, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and joined Twitter, follow me @byFarra!):

~first look at the official stills of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan

~seemingly-easy Alexander Wang inspired DIY

~need to try out these awesome art deco nails

~a fun twist on a holiday classic: the gingersnap milkshake

~a little outfit inspiration

~Elizabeth Taylor’s world record-breaking jewelry auction

Happy hump day!!!

Orange is the New Black

It’s not even January 1st, but Pantone has already revealed its prediction for what the hottest hue of 2012 will be. And it is… drum roll please… ORANGE! “Tangerine Tango” to be exact. According to InStyle magazine, “factors that went into the decision include runway shows, fabric shows, pop culture, and shoppers’ habits.” I wonder if they look at celebrity trends, too…

{Beyonce at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, August… the night she revealed her bump}

{Emma Stone at the 2011 American Museum of Natural History Gala, November}

{Gwyneth Paltrow at a dinner hosted by Coach in her honor, September}

Orange is bright, happy, and fun. While I don’t own nearly enough of it in my wardrobe, I do love it on my nails (Essie’s Meet Me at Sunset) and lips (Revlon’s Orange Flip). What do you think – would you rock this sunny shade?

P.S… are you playing Secret Santa at work or attending a holiday party with a gift exchange? Need something that would work for anyone? This Pantone mug is perfectly adorable and comes in all of the Pantone colors. Easy peasy.

{Images found here, here, and here}