Favorites: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We here at HPK are ready to dress up for the fabulous feast (no sweatpants here!) and have selected a couple of pretty outfits for the big event:fall-thanksgiving-favorites-2013

JESSI:

1) Plaid + Fall = perfection
Director’s Cute Dress :: Modcloth

2) Grab this cape for when you’re feeling fancy, and for when it’s not too chilly out
Tweed Leather Look Piped Cape :: Dorothy Perkins

3) Love this unique gold accent
Feeling Fancy Necklace :: Modcloth

4) ASOS is killing it with their tights selection!
Wolford Carre Square Dot Tights :: ASOS

5) Who doesn’t love a classic black bootie?
Boulevard Bootie by Chelsea Crew :: Ruche

MARLENA:

6) I’m such a sucker for a bow
The Pennsylvania Polka Dress in Floral :: Modcloth

7) It might say its butterflies, but they look like precious little bows to me.
Butterfly Print Bolero :: MANGO

8) I’m feeling 12 again
You Have My Heart Clutch :: Go Jane

9) This can be worn with literally every outfit you own. Aaaand it’s $6.
Classic Bow Cuff :: Forever 21

10) Nothing says fancy to me like pretty fake pearls!
Regal Faux Peral Cuff :: Forever 21

11) As Jessi stated above, ASOS is on top of it in the tights department!
Floral Over-the-Knee Tights :: ASOS

12) Obsessed. I thought I’d be over chevron by now, but am totally not.
High Hopes Wedges :: Seychelles

Well we hope we’ve inspired you to break out a pretty dress for tomorrow’s big event!

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P.S. Don’t forget about our giveaway, going on strong until Monday! xoxo

It’s a Necklace Giveaway from Hopeless Designs {closed!}

Hi Pretty Kitties!

So thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, we thought we’d give thanks to one lucky reader by sending her this adorable feather pendant necklace from Hopeless Designs! Will it be YOU?!

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HERE’S THE DEAL

Like Here, Pretty Kitty on Facebook and comment that you liked us. And if you already like us, thanks! But you still need to leave some sort of comment to be counted.
Visit HopelessDesigns.com and see what other lovely items she has for sale. Then comment your favorite!

If you do both, you’ll have to comment twice to make sure you’re entered twice. We will pick a random, lucky winner on Sunday, December 1st. Make sure you leave some way to get ahold of you. We will also post the winner on Monday, December 2nd.

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Good luck!

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Sorry, this giveaway is only open to our U.S. readers.

And our lucky winner is Laura! I’ll be contacting you darling! Yay!

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Sunny side up

I have been loving fall this season. I’m usually all about winter, truthfully. I love bundling up, snuggling up, and comfort food-ing it up. But it’s been so pretty around here that it’s inspired me to layer, layer layer! Like these red thigh high socks I’ve had for years that I’ve just never really pulled off before. I love them! They are the perfect addition on a blustery day.

This dress was bought a million years ago on a trip to Chicago, which I (like Jessi in NYC) promptly grabbed a pair of scissors and butchered it that very day so I could wear it asap. Unfortunately it’s pretty short now and I rarely wear it with just tights; I usually wear it with a thicker legging.
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Really I have to say that the accessories are what excite me the most about this outfit: this bow I bought for Jessi’s wedding I wish I could wear every day, these amazing kitty shoes, my dainty little daisy ring, and this gorgeous feather necklace we received from the lovely Asa over at Hopeless Designs. Speaking of which, you’ll have to check back next week for our very first Here, Pretty Kitty Giveaway! One lucky reader will get to wear this pretty accoutrement as their very own!

Outfit details: hair bow :: EsmerAccessories via Etsy | necklace and daisy ring :: courtesy of Hopeless Designs | dress :: thrifted | striped sweater :: Gordman’s | polka dot tights :: Target | red socks :: gift from my mom! | cat flats :: gift from Jessi! from Modcloth

Have a beautiful weekend and stay warm!

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You In Your Autumn Sweater…

What a beautiful day kitties, don’t you agree?! I hate hate hate winter but I love love love fall, and while fall is basically just a prelude to a long winter here in the Midwest I try and enjoy it fully, despite the fact that I know what’s to follow…
This was such a gorgeous day, so we trekked over to Water Works park near the south side of Des Moines and frolicked in the leaves to take these gorgeous photos! Okay, there wasn’t much frolicking, but that’s the vibe I get!
Fashion-wise, I love fall because I love layers, nothing makes me happier than piling on multiple shirts, a sweater, dress, tights, a scarf, etc. which is pretty much what I did here. It’s hard to tell but I’m wearing a dress under this sweater, it’s a simple black stretchy number that I actually also use as a slip under see through vintage dresses. It’s ultimate comfort and something I’ve been wearing a lot lately. This sweater is basically the best sweater color and so perfectly matches the beautiful fall colors, don’t you think? It’s super soft and again, so comfortable!

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Once tights season hits I end up wearing lots of black: black tights, black shoes and black skirts which is why I think these shoes are perfect for this outfit. The gold toe is such a nice surprise!
I recently got this kitty purse on my honeymoon and it’s so darling but super small. I haven’t used it much but think it will be great to use at a concert, perhaps. Often my big, bulky mom purses get in the way when I’m trying to dance!
I used to wear scarves on my head every single day, which is something I’ve phased out over the last year or so, but I do like to break them out from time to time. This is one of my faves and while I bought it new I love the vintage feel.

As I’m writing this we’ve endured a bit of an ice storm and a bit of snow, which is a major bummer.
Hopefully winter isn’t here to stay quite yet… Fingers crossed, kittens!

Outfit details: scarf :: Modcloth | sweater, dress, necklace :: F21 | purse ::H&M | tights:: Target 

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Favorites: Fall Accessories!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect autumn scarf, the cutest jackets around, or if you just desperately want a cupcake to adorn your head, you’ve stopped at the right place! Check out what we are loving this fall:

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1. Love this braided wrap for warmth or pure fashion.
Braided knit earwarmer :: Urban Outfitters

2. Why wouldn’t you wear a cupcake on your head?
Sweet Getup Hat :: Modcloth

3. LOVE a classic looking denim jacket.
Rapid City Blues Jacket :: Modcloth

4. Send out love vibes even on a rainy fall day.
I Heart Umbrella :: Modcloth

5. A tall brown boot is an absolute must for every fall wardrobe.
Miola Boots :: Aldo at Piperlime

6. This big ol’ infinity scarf looks so comfy!
Rainbow infinity scarf :: Lulu’s

7. Start stocking up on tights now! If you wanna get fancy grab cuties like these:
Falke Seam Rose Suspender Tights :: ASOS
And, really: check out ASOS for all your tights needs. They are killing it this season!

8. A perfectly hued accessory.
Orange envelope clutch :: Dorothy Perkins

9. Put a cat on it!
Skip to My Mew Scarf :: Modcloth

10. Nothing cuter to put your spare change and stray bobby pins in!
Embroidered coin purse :: Vivi Girls Shop

11. Throw this chic number on over your favorite summer dress.
Vila gold zip detail blazer :: ASOS

12. Just because it’s not hot out doesn’t mean you don’t need your sunnies!
In love sunglasses :: Urban Outfitters

13. This is the perfect shade of red, and that chevron detailing is so rad.
Metallic woven belt :: Go Jane

14. Perfect for in-between weather.
Plethora of Poise Cape :: Modcloth

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Honeymoon (or J & J in the big city!)

As you can imagine our honeymoon to New York was pretty much the best thing ever! John and I both agree it was so interesting to spend our honeymoon in such a big city surrounded by people, yet it felt like we were pretty much in our own little world the whole time. We’re definitely city people more than relax-on-the-beach kind of folks, and New York was really the perfect pick for us.
Last week I gave you a little glimpse into our time at Central Park, and now here are some pics we snapped with our iPhones throughout the week!

Our last Brooklyn brunch

Our last Brooklyn brunch

A beautiful walk through Brooklyn looking for, what else? Brunch. | Our sweeeet loft room at the Ace hotel

A beautiful walk through Brooklyn looking for, what else? Brunch. | Our sweeeet loft room at the Ace hotel

we made a brief stop in Times Square and I was mostly just impressed by this sparkly McDonalds sign! | His & Hers Swatch watches

We made a brief stop in Times Square and I was mostly just impressed by this sparkly McDonalds sign! | His & Hers Swatch watches

Every time we take a trip we make sure to find a photo booth and take pics as a souvenir. These were taken at the Ace Hotel | Our heart shaped hot tub in our wedding suite. Sooooo relaxing!

Every time we take a trip we make sure to find a photo booth and take pics as a souvenir. These were taken at the Ace Hotel | Our heart shaped hot tub in our wedding suite. Sooooo relaxing!

this bar in Brooklyn was totally awesome because: every time you bought a beer you also got a pizza. For free! | The view of Manhattan from Williamsburg

this bar in Brooklyn was totally awesome because: every time you bought a beer you also got a pizza. For free! | The view of Manhattan from Williamsburg

Look up! | seeing this Warhol in real life at the MoMA was outstanding!

Look up! | seeing this Warhol in real life at the MoMA was outstanding!

Thanks so much for looking at our honeymoon photos!!

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A big geo heart and little bitty birdies

As Jessi mentioned in her last post, the day before her wedding we were up bright and early for mani/pedis (which were amazing! thanks cupcake!), and then after a quick lunch we went to the venue to start decorating. It was a fun-filled (and work-filled) day and the dress rehearsal/dinner was even more fun. I bought this dress just for this occasion, and while I do like the little bitty birdies on it, I have to admit when I put it on I was little disappointed about how positively short the bottom layer is. Luckily these tights are thicker than most so I think I made it out without anyone seeing my ass, but who knows for sure?

You’ll have to take notice of the Iowa necklace, the most adorable bridesmaid gift ever! All of us lucky ladies are from Iowa, so it fits perfectly. It also added a pretty cohesion to all of our ensembles the next day at the wedding!

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I loved that J&J were able to get the venue for the whole weekend for many reasons, but one was because after dinner a few of us ladies were able to tackle this gold & teal heart. Jessi found this great idea from the Oleander & Palm blog. Isn’t it super cute? We used wrapping paper that Jessi’s mom had on hand already, which was totally awesome, but it definitely was a bit more challenging. I think if I were to redo this I would use scrapbooking paper like Jeran suggested on her blog, and I’d also be a little more conscious of making the triangles uniform, haha. Luckily our friends Jes and Jessi N (soooo many Jessi’s!) are masterminds and we made it work! I love it in this picture at the wedding because you can really see how giant we made it:

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Hope you’re having a lovely Friday so far and a happy weekend to come!

Outfit details: Dress :: Urban Outfitters | Iowa love necklace :: Gift from the bride! | Tights :: Target | Amber ring :: gift | Shoes :: Thrifted

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Wedding Rehearsal

I get really into celebrations and because of this, I don’t have a birthday, I have a birthday week (or month, if I can get away with it!) and likewise, our wedding wasn’t just one day, it was a whole wedding week! I made the fantastic decision to take the entire week before my wedding off of work and I have to say I am SO glad to have made that decision. This gave me the chance to rest, tie up loose ends before the wedding and spend some extra time with friends that came from out of town. By the time the wedding itself actually rolled around I felt really prepared and fairly calm.

The day before the wedding I took to my bridesmaids to get manicures and pedicures, something I’d never done before but something I will definitely be doing again! It was the best, most relaxing treat!! And, a month later, my pedicure is actually still holding up really well. Bonus!

From there an army of friends and family helped decorate the venue and before I knew it it was time to get ready for our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner!

We really lucked out in that we got our wedding venue for the entire weekend, which afforded us the luxury of decorating the day before as well as deciding to host a low key rehearsal dinner in the venue. We loved our wedding venue a lot, it was such a great open space and looked so lovely all decorated up to our taste, so we decided to throw a pizza party there instead of planning a fancy dinner elsewhere. I admit the thought of foregoing a fancy rehearsal dinner wasn’t my first choice, but once my husband suggested it it made sense and I’m so happy we chose something low key. Especially after all the wedding planning we did; planning a rehearsal dinner was the last thing I wanted to do. So we got pizza from our favorite local pizza place and my mom very generously made desserts (super delicious tiramisu!) and we broke into the beer and wine supply we had set aside for the wedding.

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Now this dress… I’m in love with it and have been for years! I got it at a vintage store in Omaha and have only broken it out on a few occasions. Our wedding rehearsal was definitely a special enough occasion for this dress. It’s made so well, as many vintage dresses are. They really don’t make clothes like they used to. Having bought a lot of vintage over the years I have realized though, a sad fact of vintage dresses is that they are often pretty uncomfortable. This is not the case with this dress, thankfully! The material has a nice weight to it and it actually has a good amount of stretch, which I always appreciate!

I got these wedges recently from Modcloth, and they are so super comfy. They come with a detachable ankle strap, which I like. An ankle strap can be nice but I’m just not always in the mood for it, you know?
The bow was a last minute decision- it’s very hard for me to go anywhere without some sort of hair accessory on. I got this one at Vitae and think its pops out of my black hair very nicely!

Over the years John has done a great job of getting me antique rings (great guy!) but ever since I got my engagement ring I stopped wearing them, I guess to showcase it as being the REALLY special ring! But I loved the other rings he’s given me and I always will. The ring on my right hand here is the first one he gave me (well, technically the second, I lost the first one he gave me, which was kind of devastating to me at the time…) and I have always loved this one, especially. He got it at a flea market, and now after some years it’s missing some stones but I still love it as much as I always have.

Now that I’ve made it through planning a wedding, some people have asked me for advice, which is this (maybe a tad cliche but all true):
• Do what you want to do, it is your wedding after all.
• Let other people help you, because they want to help you!
• Take time off of work beforehand 🙂
• And finally, have fun and appreciate everything as its happening!

Outfit details: dress :: Thrifted | bow :: Vitae | shoes :: Modcloth | tights :: Target (last season) |

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My wedding!

We don’t have our professional photos back yet, but here’s a glimpse via Facebook, Instagram and our iPhones at our awesome wedding festivities.

All hitched up!

All hitched up!

The wedding party + cat masks

The wedding party + cat masks

the best, most beautiful bridesmaids/friends a girl could ever ask for!

the best, most beautiful bridesmaids/friends a girl could ever ask for!

We made it through the ceremony | The luxury of being the bride!

We made it through the ceremony | The luxury of being the bride!

Heart garland decoration | Bridesmaids chowing down on some cake pre-ceremony

Heart garland decoration | Bridesmaids chowing down on some cake pre-ceremony

Rehearsal dinner with ladies! | We were so hungry here!

Rehearsal dinner with my ladies! | We were so hungry here!

Here, Pretty Kitty with our husbands!

Here, Pretty Kitty with our husbands!

Dancin' with Scott | I feel like this obit looks fake/posed but it's totally genuine!

Dance floor time! | I feel like this looks a bit fake/posed but it’s totally genuine!

First dance to Yo La Tengo | Our desserts!

First dance to Yo La Tengo | Our desserts!

And just a peek at some of the fun Polaroids from our wedding photo booth!

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Xoxo!

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Central Park

Well kittens, I’ve gone and done it, I’m a married woman! I had a complete blast the two weeks I took off of work for the wedding and honeymoon and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was all so fun!! The wedding itself was magical and even better than I’d hoped for, and as I’m writing this out I’m finding it’s hard to express in words how great it all was… I guess we’ll have to post some pics as proof for those that weren’t there. But not yet!

This week you get a little peak at our honeymoon to New York (J & J in the big city!)

We took these pics in Central Park, at dusk. Every day I kept telling John to remind me to take outfit pics for the blog, and every day I’d forget, he’d forget, we were having too much fun!

We spent time at some NYC classics like the MoMA (which was outstanding!) and here at Central Park. We did tons of walking around, braved cabbies and the subway, dined in fancy hipster restaurants and ate some street meat, lounged in our AMAZING Ace Hotel loft room (they upgraded us for free!! We learned how to milk our honeymoon status.) And a highlight for me was watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a movie theater at midnight. It may not sound glamorous or romantic but for us it was exactly that. What a treat!

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Throughout our week we also managed to stumble into a reasonably priced vintage store here and there, which is where I got this very dress and booties. Surprisingly the booties were great for strolling with my honey (I use the word strolling lightly. He’s so tall that in order for me to keep up with him “strolling” I practically have to break into a run… But we figured it out, we always do!) It’s rare that I can buy any piece of clothing without needing to alter it in some way and this vintage dress wasn’t any different. I made John run to a convenience store to pick up a pair of scissors so I could wear my new dress. Don’t feel sorry for him, he knew what he was getting into when he married me!
Since we love to shop (he does too; it’s not just me, I swear) we stopped by the Swatch store on our way to MoMA and picked up some his & hers Swatch watches. Pretty geeky, but that’s our idea of living it up!

Although we may not be ready to be back to reality, our cats sure are glad to have us home. Look out for some snaps of the wedding and honeymoon coming up in the blog soon!

Outfit details: jacket :: forever 21 | dress :: vintage | shoes :: Aldo (thrifted) (similar from Express) | purse :: Modcloth (similar)

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