Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Happiness

taken from here

Friday's make me happy, especially during the summer. I look forward to long relaxed weekends filled with endless sunshine, fun date nights, and one of my favorite things, good old fashioned BBQs. 

My parents and I will be heading out to Long Island this weekend (as far out on the island as you can possibly go) to visit my uncle and his family for my cousin's high school graduation party. It feels like yesterday that she was a little baby, and it makes me feel incredibly old that she'll be heading off to college in the fall. It's crazy to me how fast time flies, but I'm excited to celebrate her special day and can't wait to spend time with my family.

Here's what's making me happy this week... 

-the cutest little boys that you ever did see-

-white roses from dean and delucas-

-a pretty sunset from a mini golf date-

-buttercup bakery cupcakes are irresistible-

-adding these pretty polishes to my collection thanks to my fav beauty editor-

Thursday, June 28, 2012


When I think polka dots, I tend to think minnie mouse, and all things little girl, but they seem to be popping up everywhere this season, so I decided to test the waters when I bought this top back in the spring. I almost wore it today, but when I realized how hot it was going to be, I opted for a flowy maxi dress instead (I'm headed to a roof top work party this afternoon and want to stay cool!) .

With polka dots on my brain, (I've been dreaming on these red polka dot jeans for a few weeks now--must be a sign right?!), I decided to put together a little round of the classic black/white print. Who ever said polka dots were for kiddies, were totally wrong!

kate spade iphone case, marc by marc jacobs bangle, current/elliott jeans, comme de garcons wallet,
madewell tee, kate spade makeup bag, brian atwood shoes, marc by marc jacobs top   

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday

With the sun shining brightly this morning, I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. I just wish I didn't have to work...playing hooky would be so much more fun!

I've had this Stella & Dot necklace on rotation a lot lately, but I like the way it looks paired with this blue silky top. It adds just the right amount of edge, but still keeps my look fresh and professional (like that even matters in my line of work!).

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Pins

For those of you who follow me on Pinterest, you know that most of the things that I pin are either fashion, wedding, floral, or summer related. That being said, I've gathered some of my favorite and latest summer inspired pins that have been tacked to me "Summer Love" board. Happy official start to summer everyone...and if you don't already follow my pin boards, do it (marlahorenbien) !!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday

Hello heatwave in NYC! We've had temps all over the boards this week, but today's heat looks like it'll be here for a little while. Not that I'm complaining...I have summer dresses that have been calling my name since I got them, so now is the perfect time to pull them out of hiding!

Without realizing it this morning, I channeled my inner Audrey Hepburn and went for a LBD (that flares at the hips!), these Elizabeth & James heels, and a bun on top of my head. I have to be honest, the first time I wore these shoes, I kind of regretted purchasing them (blister central!), but I think I've broken them in since then, and am totally loving them. I've noticed a bunch of people walking around in them in this color (they're even featured in Elle Magazine on Kelly Framel from The Glamourai in the July issue!), but I think I'm super satisfied with my version in black and white.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Finish Line

On Saturday morning, bright and early, Nick and I crossed an activity off of our summer checklist. We ran the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank, NJ, with two of our friends! It was Nick's first time running a race and I was super excited for him to cross the finish line...even if he wasn't too keen on running in the first place. He complained the whole drive down about having to run three measly miles, but I know he had fun (even if he won't admit it!)...his time was only a minute longer than mine! Pretty impressive if you ask me! Looks like all that training paid off. I'm looking forward to making him run another one soon...yes, this will happen! Before he knows it, he'll be running half marathons with me!

our running crew!

646 adds up to my lucky number!

view after crossing the finish line...not too shabby!

Monday, June 18, 2012


Some girls have a bag obsession, some have one with shoes, I on the other hand have a serious sunglasses obsession (don't get me wrong though, shoes and bags are a close second!). My obsession has gotten to the point where I've forgotten about pairs that I own, which have been pushed to the back of the drawer where I store all of my shades. It's kind of ridiculous actually, especially since so many of them look so similar. What's a girl to do?

Buy more to add to the collection? Sure why not! Here are are some of my favorites that are on trend with this summer's look...tortoise shell, round frames, and aviators. Which are your favorites?

PS- I already own the Ray-Ban aviators...they were a gift from by boyfriend last year before we went away on our summer vacation to Punta Cana!

tortoise: elizabeth & james, marc by marc jacobs, karen walker, the row, prism ny, ysl
round: super sunglasses, ray-ban, linda farrow luxe, victoria beckham, dior, elizabeth & james
aviator: dior, cutler and gross, dita, marc by marc jacobs, tory burch, ray-ban

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Happiness

taken from here

Friday has arrived! Again, I feel like this week has been dragging! So happy for the weekend. I'll be running a 5K with my boyfriend and our friends tomorrow morning, and I'm so looking forward to the nice weather and adrenaline! My boyfriend has never run anything before (except cross country when he was in middle school and the bases in baseball), so I'm looking forward to sharing this with him. Actually, I'm just really looking forward to kicking his butt :)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. Get out there and enjoy the nice weather!


-today's color palate...neon and perforation-

-gleason's gym in DUMBO. tuesday's fashion shoot location!-

-i <3 my job!-

-obsessed with my new peplum top from anthropology-

-a mexican date night with my bf-

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Two Toned

I love wearing dresses, but especially during the summer. I love how girly and sexy they can be, but I also love how easy they are to throw on in the morning... essentially, it's a no-fuss look, aka, my kind of style. 

One of the dress trends this summer that I'm wanting to add to my wardrobe, is two-toned dresses. I love the idea of color blocking, but I think it looks much more sophisticated if its just two colors as opposed to 3 or 4. And similar color pairings make the dress that much more interesting. 

tibi, french connection, sonia rykiel,
j.crew, camilla and marc, reed karkoff

Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Check List

Every summer, I make a mental check list of things I want to do, places I want to discover, and foods that I want to eat/make. But for some reason, the season flies by and only a small amount of my list gets accomplished. This summer, that is going to change.

At breakfast a few weeks ago, my boyfriend Nick came up with a genius actually write down a list of the things we want to do, so that we can actually cross off items on our list. Now why didn't I think of that?! We've been adding things as they come to us and our list is pretty long...fingers crossed that we can make it all happen!
  • Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty- We live so close, but haven't been since elementary school!
  • Grounds for Sculpture- Apparently this sculpture park in South Jersey is pretty neat and Nick has been dying to take me!
  • Vineyards- There are so many within driving distance from us...we def don't take advantage of them enough!
  • Boston/Rhode Island trip- BOOKED! We're going at the end of July for a long weekend to visit my friends from college and my family!
  • Mystic Aquarium- To see the beluga whales and penguins. Not sure if this will be a day trip or an overnighter.
  • Central Park Zoo- I've lived here all my life and I've never been. Go figure!
  • Philadelphia Day Trip- So many fun places to go in Philly...and of course cheesesteaks at Jims!
  • Atlantic City- I'm a Jersey girl who has never experienced this crazy place. 
  • Learn to play golf- I will learn how to play golf this summer...if I don't I think Nick might disown me.
  • The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers- This goes hand in hand with the task above...hopefully I can master my swing.
  • Somerset Patriots Baseball Game- Nick worked with the team a few summer's ago, and since they play so close to where we live, we figured we'd head over for some good, old-fashioned baseball.
  • Drive-In Movie- Found out about a place in North Jersey that does double features.
  • Jersey Shore Boardwalk- Saltwater taffy, fresh homemade fudge, and Kohr's ice cream are all summer memories of mine and the summer wouldn't be complete without a trip to the boardwalk.

Suggestions of places to go and things to do are welcome...we love adding things to our list! Now if only summer would last forever...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Happiness

taken from here
Be happy everyone, it's Friday!! I'm so happy for the weekend, specifically tonight. My boyfriend and I are going to see Ghost on Broadway, thanks to my parents who got the tickets for us! I love the theater, and am looking forward to a fun date night!

The rest of the weekend will be pretty laid back, which is always a nice thing. What are your weekend plans?

My happiness...

-unexpected flowers from my love-

-today's neon necklace-

-i spy a cute puppy-

-got my race number for next week's race! add it up and it's my lucky number!-

-a fav outfit from the week-

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Junkfood Style

About a month ago, Junk Food Clothing asked me to take part in their first ever Blogger Project. I had to pick a tee from their new summer collection (here's the one that I chose!), style it, and then blog about my look. Piece of cake!

I went with this particular tee because I loved the edgy, rock-and-roll vibe, and  I'm always a sucker for a baseball sleeve. I decided to pair it with slightly destroyed jeans, a black blazer with the sleeves rolled up (makes the look more casual), and some leopard print heels, because let's be real, a rock-and-roll chick's gotta have some leopard somewhere! I'm loving the way my outfit turned out, and can't wait to play around with this tee's totally going to be a staple in my wardrobe this summer!

-vote for me!-

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekend Update

On Saturday, my boyfriend and I took a ride down to Philly with two of our friends to see the Phillies/Marlins game. We had the perfect sunny day to tailgate (i.e. Marla gets drunk and wins multiple games of washers), eat cheesesteaks and Chickie & Pete's crab fries, and watch a great game of baseball. I bought my BF the tickets for his birthday--which was 2 weeks ago--and we couldn't have celebrated in a better way. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Happiness

taken from here

Short weeks are great in theory, but I usually find that they seem to drag on longer than a regular work week. Or, maybe it's just me, being impatient and wanting the summer weekend.

I'll be heading down to Philly on Saturday to see the Phillies/Marlins game (I bought my BF tix to see his team--the Marlins--for his bday last week!). I love going to that stadium...mainly for the greasy good. Cheesesteaks, beer, and Chickie & Pete's crab fries. Sounds like a fabulous Saturday afternoon to me :)

Have a great weekend everyone...enjoy!

Happiness from the week...

-my most prized possession-
-new summer read-
-been obsessed with these sunnies all week- 
-its summer time :)-
-oh pup-