dolce vita

Where My Spinsters At?

A few nights ago, I arrived home to find my parents snuggled up in bed together. Aww cute. Then I went to my bedroom and found my two cats, also snuggled together. It hit me – I’m the fifth wheel in MY OWN HOME. So if you’re like me and spending Valentine’s Day alone when seemingly every other person mammal on earth is coupled up, here’s a guide on how to handle it.


Buy shit. Specifically shit that is not pink, red, romantic, or flirty whatsoever.

How about some jewelry as black as your withered heart?


1. Charles Albert

2. Rebecca Minkoff

3. Iosselliani

4. Dinosaur Toes via Etsy

5. Crystal Ship Creations via Etsy

6. Not One Sparrow via Etsy




1.  Funktional; way cooler than any button-down you could borrow from a man-friend.

2. Topshop; this would be great to throw on when you roll out of bed at 2pm on a Sunday because you didn’t have to get up early and cook a fancy brunch for your boyfriend’s parents. Accessorize with a beer and plateful of bacon.

3. Dolce Vita; feminine in a “grandmother’s handkerchief or tablecloth” kind of way.

4. Topshop; yes, it’s a basic black sweatshirt. But in really cool neoprene fabric. It’ll leave men befuddled, trust me.




A classic red or pale pink nail is a perfect Valentine’s Day manicure. Say fuck it and try one of these instead.


1. Grungy black via Pinterest

2. Grumpy cat (via Spektor’s Nails) is the single girl’s spirit animal.

3.  Faded and chipped blue via Pinterest




Skip the overpriced, crowded restaurants and treat yourself to a meal perfect for somebody who won’t need fresh-smelling breath at the end of the night.


1. Rosemary Garlic Steak via The Steamy Kitchen

2. 40 Cloves of Garlic Soup via Kitchen Treaty

3. Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan via Gimme Some Oven

4. White Pizza Grilled Cheese via Kitchen Treaty


For dessert, eat these. These are the best caramels I’ve ever eaten in my life. Seriously. If you want to emulate me, say you’ll only eat 2 or 3 and then eat half the bag in one sitting and wait for the caramel sugar coma to sink in.





Now…for some entertainment. Don’t worry there are no star-crossed lovers or Nicholas Sparks crap here.


Who has time to worry about things like relationships and love when you’re got a full-time heroin addiction to nurture? Trainspotting is one of my favorite movies ever – the sharp humor, bleak story line, wicked soundtrack, and unexpected happy (?) ending can’t be beat. Also, full frontal Ewan McGregor. Just because I’m anti Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean I’m frigid, people.

If you like your movies with a bit more bite…how about Teeth? Not for the squeamish, and definitely not man-friendly, this movie might actually leave you frigid for a little while.


There you go. I am confident that if you follow my careful instructions you will have a kickass Valentine’s Day despite the fact that you’re alone. All alone. Forever and ever and ever.

Oh, and if anyone brings up Valentine’s Day around you, follow my lead:


Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Let’s pretend my outfit is way more interesting than it actually is. Anyway, I’m just here to show off my new haircut. The weekend before last, I found myself finding excuses to avoid my evening shower since it would mean washing, blowdrying, and flat ironing my hair for an hour. Fast-forward to Tuesday morning, I made the first appointment I could get and visited Tristica at Bradley & Diegal on Newbury Street. It’s layered and short (for me) and awesome. I love it!



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tank top- H&M
jeans- Forever21
sandals- Dolce Vita

Out of Words

I’m sorry! I am many, many days late to announce the winner of the Shopbop giveaway. Forgive me?

The lucky winner is…138, Stephanie. Congrats Stephanie! As a side note, I loved hearing about everyone’s recent purchases. I also want to go out and buy pretty much everything that was mentioned.

News alert: I got dressed. And I ran out of words.



And when I run out of words, I do this:


shirt- Forever21
belt- vintage
pants- Gap
sandals- Dolce Vita

I’m not that good, but I’m not that bad

I had a long weekend, starting on Thursday night with an emergency trip to the vet for Chloe cat. Long story short, she got in a fight with some bigger animal and her wounds became infected and turned into abscesses. The wounds are on her lower back so her little butt is shaved and she’s on antibiotics. She’s already looking better, but I felt horrible about not checking her earlier for cuts other than the small one I saw on her foot initially. I always assumed if she was in a fight, she’d look like it, but no. So warning to all the pet owners/lovers out there: if your pet has a little scratch from being outside, give yourself the peace of mind of checking them all over for cuts. Hopefully you can avoid the guilt and vet bills I’m dealing with!

On to more fashionable things. I wore this about two weeks ago for my friend’s bridal shower. Her wedding is coming up in just two short weeks and I’m looking forward to wearing a pretty bridesmaid dress, drinking with some Irish folks, and bowling after the wedding! I got this dress on clearance at Madewell and was saving it for a hot date. Sadly, none of those have come my way, but the ladies at the shower appreciated it!



dress- Madewell
shoes- Dolce Vita

I’m at Peace with My Lust

Rain, rain, go away. Seriously. I’m a terrible swimmer and I’m getting worried.

This dress is another one of my amazing Filene’s Basement finds (like the Lanvin skirt). It’s Acne and came to a whopping $9.99. It didn’t have a price tag but I had to have it, so I asked the staff to find price and crossed my fingers. They priced it at $40 and it was an additional 75% off. When they asked me if I still wanted it, I think I squealed in excitement. It’s pretty shapeless on its own, but I like it belted, both high on my waist and lower down.



dress- Acne via Filene’s Basement
belt- Stel’s sale (not sure of the brand)
sandals- Dolce Vita via Gilt