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The LUST list

I can’t talk about my must-have for Spring without talking about all the items I lust for. Here is my LUST list, where if J couldn’t care less about our bank account I would run and buy for my closet:

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  1. Zimmermann off shoulder bikini
  2. Chloe Marcie medium shoulder bag
  3. OSCAR DE LA RENTA striped feather sweater
  4. Christian Louboutin kashou ruched pump
  5. MSGM printed A-line skirt
  6. Fendi limited-edition colorblock sunglasses
  7. Valentino rockstud ankle-strap sandal
  8. J BRAND + Simone Rocha Jake ruffled boyfriend jeans
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The MUST list

It’s March and I can almost see Spring on the horizon! Every magazine and store is filled with lovely Spring clothes, shoes and bags with fun prints and bright colors.

Here in Michigan it’s still very cold and snowing, and my Bump is as big as big can be. As its getting closer to my due date, this WON’T stop me from thinking about my Spring closet post-baby. So, here it is, my wish list for my closet:

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  1. Nanette Lepore One Piece Swimsuit
  2. Tibi embroidered silk-faille top
  3. AG 19 Years break me down skinny jeans
  4.  J Crew necklace
  5. Illesteva sunglasses
  6. Valentino Rockstud PVC thong sandal
  7. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Luna studded bucket shoulder bag
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February

February is the shortest longest month of the year. Snow storm after snow storm here and the sun nowhere to be seen. The best way to cheer up, in my opinion, is to think about all the lovely things you will do when the warmer days arrive: go for an outdoor run, buy fresh flowers and wear bright cloths.

Here are 5 things that made me happy this past week.

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  1. New Balance Classics 
  2. J Crew Tortoise Wildflower Cuff
  3. Chocolate-Hazelnut Snowballs
  4. Painted Wooden Vases
  5. Suede Zip Pouch
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Going some place warm?

End of January is the perfect time to think and plan a warm getaway. I can’t go anywhere, so I’m busy dreaming of warm weather and Pina Colada at the beach.

Here are my ideas for a stylish beach vacation!

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New year

I know everybody is busy getting back to regular life after the holiday season and there’s newness and possibility in the air. New resolutions, plans set in motion and a great feeling of creativity. For me, this week was nothing of that sort. I spent the last three days in emergency rooms with my Ella, who had dislocated her elbow Sunday night and ended up being fractured as well. I was in full “mommy mode” running around trying to get the best care for my little girl. She now has a cast and a sling for 10 days. This experience put all my creative juices on the back burner.

I just know that this week will take a turn for the better as I prepare to celebrate my 32nd birthday this weekend. I invited my closest friends to join us for dinner prepared by a local favorite chef. The theme of the dinner is French and the menu consists of onion soup, chicken provencal and almond pear cake with chocolate ganache. That will restart my creative brain and will just make me happy.

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Cheers 2015!

I hope you had a great time last night surrounded by your beloved ones. 2014 was an amazing year here at Peonies and Caramel. I learned so much from working on each and every post and I loved seeing your likes and reading your comments.

2015 is going to be an exciting year for me as I’m preparing for the arrival of our new baby boy in March while continuing to work hard on the blog to bring you new and original content. Thank you for being a part of this amazing journey.

Have a fabulous year!

Shani

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Photo by Kate Bolt

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Festive attire

It’s the last few days of 2014 so, it’s time to think about festive attire. There will be dinners, parties and work related gatherings requiring attire suitable for the occasion.

This is my first planned outfit for the week. Festive but not too much, glitzy but not too sparkly. The knee high boots are the classic 5050 boot by Stuart Wietzman. They were my splurge buy this winter along with this beautiful metallic sweater by Maje (on sale now). The boots are just so comfortable. I wear them day and night and they just add that Chic factor to any outfit.

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Photos by Kate Bolt and were taken at the studio of Barry Elz 

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Feathers

I have a weakness its for feathers – on shoes, dresses, jewelry… and I want to wear it all. That being said, one must be very careful to not overdo it. Nobody wants to look like big bird.

The trend of feathers is not really a trend since it can be found every Winter in different variations. Finding one timeless item is a good investment that will prove itself year after year. Think dark colors instead of something bright and daring, and the combination with black leather leggings or a statement necklace is one of my favorite looks.

Here are my ideas! As you will see, most of the items tend to be more festive – just in time for the Holiday season.

P.S – Almost everything is on sale at the moment! Check Net-A-Porter and Neiman Marcus for more info.

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Midnight Blue

On Monday my sweet daughter inquired  about my favorite color. I actually had to stop and think about this, there was no obvious answer! Nothing jumped out right away. She obviously thought it was odd since she immediately replayed that her’s are purple and pink – surprise, surprise.

So, I thought some more and realized my favorite colors are (once again, surprise, surprise!) gray and blue. Needless to say she DID NOT like my answer. I tried to explain to her that when you grow up your taste changes and that I liked purple once too. She just looked at me and walked away.

This is my favorite blue outfit that works really well with the bump. The dress is by Vince and was purchased three years ago. I always wear it as a tunic with a vest or a chunky sweater for a more boho-chic look. Try something bold and wintery over a sleek dress today…you might love it and you will look chic.

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Embellished

Ladies and gentleman it’s time to take out the bedazzler gun! Rhinestones are back in style.

According to the designers this Winter we should all wear embellished shoes. No matter if it’s a fancy high heel sandal or sneakers – big rhinestones are a must! It has a Wow factor that will take every outfit from the ordinary to  extraordinary. I love how every designer had his own interpretation of the trend. Miu Miu kept it understated and simple, where Dolce and Gabbana and Giuseppe Zanotti went all out with big statement shoes.

This is my superstar team of embellished shoes. One thing is for sure – I’ll be dreaming on those Miu Miu oxfords all night long.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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