Monday, December 30, 2013

leather lovin'

Leather is always a must but this winter I'm seeing more and more leather accents in fashion. I just love the edge that it gives to an outfit. There's something so rock n' roll and badass to throwing on a great leather piece. The Free People pants above are my favorite!

xx the oxford blond

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

nye beauty

In addition to glamming up with sequins for NYE, I'm excited to glam up my beauty look as well. I'm really loving these deep lip stains this winter whether it's a darker color or a neon pink like the middle photo. There's so many fun looks to try! What look will you wear? I will probably be rocking the party pink.

xx the oxford blonde

Beauty links:
one: sephora color proof water proof liquid eyeliner | two: makeup forever aqua rouge lip stain | three: smashbox camera ready bb cream | four: mac cosmetics eye shadow in gresso | five: bite in spring spotlight | six: smashbox megatint long wear lip color in mulberry | seven: urbandecay naked 3 palette

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

nye party

New Years Eve is the perfect transition from Christmas. It's filled with tons of sparkle, glitter, champagne, and parties! I personally love to fill my New Years Eve with gold and glitz from top to bottom. Above is some inspiration for a truly sparkly NYE. Below are a few highlights from my party last year - photo booth and all! What are your plans this year?

xx the oxford blonde

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

happy holidays xx

 Happy Holidays everyone! I just love this time of year. It is so festive and joyous and just brings out such a warm feeling. I spend all of December watching my favorite Christmas movies, drinking hot cocoa, and spending time with friends and family. I hope everyone has had a marvelous Christmas and very Happy Holidays!

xx the oxford blonde

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Sunday, December 1, 2013


At first I really wasn't sure about the whole tartan trend beside a cute scarf but now I'm finding myself more and more drawn to this Scottish pattern.

xx the oxford blonde

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Friday, November 29, 2013


After the holidays I always start getting in the mood for metallics, glitter, sequins, and deep warm bronze colors. Office parties, holiday parties and of course new years eve give me a great excuse to wear all of the above!

xx the oxford blonde

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

happy thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving all! Thanksgiving is just the start to my favorite time of year. Usually I enjoy hanging out with my family all day but this year will be a little tricky as my fiancé and I are going to both our families' Thanksgivings. I hope you all eat as much turkey and pumpkin pie as your stomachs can fit!

xx the oxford blonde

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

breaking winter

 The holidays are just around the corner and the temperature is starting to cool to below freezing. We don't have snow here yet in Chicago but I can feel that winter is about to break. I've been fighting pulling out my hat and gloves but I think I will need to succumb to the natural season change and embrace the weather. It's time for pumpkin spiced candles, hot cocoa, and a good book.

xx the oxford blonde

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Monday, November 4, 2013

army green

Army green is not a new trend but continues to be prominent through every season. I really thought the color would die down eventually but instead it has become a staple in every wardrobe next to our blacks, greys, and whites. I own the matte green Ray Ban wayfarers pictured above and absolutely love them - highly suggest!

xx the oxford blonde

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

pantone: samba

I'm loving Pantone's Fall 2013 color palette, particularly Samba (19-1662 TPX). This beautiful rouge brings me into a perfect fall mood that will filter nicely into the holidays. It's a little more vibrant than last year's coveted ox blood red but I like the bright fierceness of the color. What fall colors are you wearing?

xx the oxford blonde

one: tory burch
two: vince camuto
three: top shop
four: kate spade
five: butter london
six: jeffrey cambell
seven: francesca's
eight: fresh sugar
nine: marc by marc jacobs
ten: zara


Thursday, October 31, 2013


Happy Halloween everyone! I was really excited this year for a fabulous spooky bachelorette party over the weekend (we were collectively going as Shark Week), but I have been seriously ill for the last week and a half with bronchitis, pneumonia, a sinus infection, and an ear infection. Thankfully I am feeling better and will at least be able to dress up for the real Halloween. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

xx the oxford blonde

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

tuesday treats: avgolemono soup recipe

I'm marrying a Greek so I've been learning the ropes of making some traditional dishes. I consider myself to be somewhat of a soup connoisseur and found myself loving this soup. If you like lemony foods, this soup is a dream!

xx the oxford blonde

Monday, October 21, 2013

parisian country


I saw this photo up on the left and was instantly inpspired by the rustic, Parisian country feel of the room. Above our my top picks to create a perfectly Parisian living space.

xx the oxford blonde

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photo credit: top left

Sunday, October 20, 2013

my homegoods

I have been slowly decorating my apartment over the last year and have found myself drawn to rustic and earthy treasures and objects. Above are some items that I found inspiring and quickly added to my pinterest wish list. What décor inspire you?

xx the oxford blonde

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Saturday, October 19, 2013


The sound of crunching leaves, the taste of pumpkin spice lattes, and the smell of cider candles fill the Chicago air and bring out cozy sweaters and scarves across town. Warm earthy tones compliment the bare branches and growing leave piles while neutral whites and blacks give a crisp fall feeling. I'll be spending my fall bundled up in a warm blanket with a good book and a hot cup of tea. 

xx the oxford blonde

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