Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking Back At 2012

I was never a fan of all the hype on New Year's Eve, however, I do like looking back after the past year and remembering all the things good and bad that can happen in 365 days. All in all I think 2012 was a very good year for me. So much as happened its hard to believe it has only be just one year ago since we we're all sitting here writing our little reflections on 2011.

2012 started with all my friends traveling to Europe for months so I was left to navigate Manhattan alone. It was a great time to try new restaurants and make some new friends as well. Summer came and went in the flash of an eye and it was already back to school in the fall. It was great to have everyone back in the city ready to have fun. This past semester has been great. This past year I really discovered who I am as a person

Here are some of the highs and maybe lows of 2012:

  • February Fashion Week events such as Lunch with Alexandre Birman and attending the Moncler Grenoble Show
  • Managing to eat at almost every restaurant in Meatpacking 
  • Visiting LA in March
  • Getting my first pair of thats exciting
  • Moving into my very own apartment! Perhaps the most exciting thing of 2012
  • Of course new friends were made, but some old friends were also lost
  • The start and unfortunately end of a relationship
  • Going out on break in style at Beaumarchais

I hope your 2012 was filled with as many memorable moments as mine. Looking ahead, 2013 has the potential to be even more exciting. I see Barcelona in my near future for one thing. I do, however, want to vow to take things a bit more slowly in 2013 and not rush so much. 

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fashion Friday: New Years Dressing

We are almost ready to ring in another New Year. Where does time go?! New Years Eve is a special occasion for many as well pull out the best of the best from our closet. Whether you are ringing in the new year in NYC, at home, or on the town, I hope you make it a black tie affair. One can never go wrong with a classic, black tuxedo for ringing in the new year in style. NewYears is not complete without lots of champagne on the side either!

New Years Dressing

Wishing everyone a happy and stylish New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Brasserie Beaumarchais

To celebrate the end of a semester filled with lots of hard work, a few friends and myself planned an evening at Beaumarchais, a trendy restaurant located in the meatpacking district. This has been hands down one of the most fun dinners I have had in the city thus far. 

Brasserie Beaumarchais has sophistication written all over it. From the velvet ropes outside the doors and doorman to the staff with their French accents. The atmosphere is refined and classic during the afternoon and evening hours, but once it turns dark and you make a late reservation like us (10pm), this place turns into a dinner party straight out of the south of France. There was an amazing DJ spinning, lights, and of course bottles of sparklers.

We enjoyed some Moet, my personal favorite, while we listened to the music and looked at all the beautiful people around us. I had the beet salad which was amazing, as well as the chicken. We all shared profiteroles for dessert. 

When we finished our meal, we didnt want to leave- it was just too much fun. Warning, as the night goes on everyone is up dancing around their tables. There was definitely more dancing than eating going on! I cannot wait to go back! 

Mega Sundae 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to All

I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It is hard to believe another year has gone by already! There is a chance of a small layer of fresh snow in the Northeast so we may be having a white Christmas this year. While we are all probably excited for the presents under the tree, it is also imperative to remember that it is a time to enjoy being surrounded by family, loved ones, and friends. It is also a time for traditions. 

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 17, 2012

5 Random Monday Thoughts and Giveaway Winner

  • Exams, Exams, and more Exams!
  • If there is one thing I continue to learn, its the importance of isolating one's self from others and not comparing. Its so easy to get stressed out over others instead of focusing on ourselves and our own path.
  • Its cray that in one week it will be Christmas Eve....its looking like I will be one of those crazy last minute shoppers!
  • Thoughts and prayers with everyone in Connecticut
  • I cannot express how much I am looking forward to a very long winter break, and this in Aspen:

And the Giveaway winner is........

Michelle from Southern Somedays. Congrats on the new key fob :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Fashionable Christmas Gift List

First off, don't forget that today is the last day to enter my Smathers & Branson Giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a needlepoint keyfob!

With Christmas just around the corner, I'm sure we are all thinking about gifts for others but we also have to spend a little time thinking about what we want too. I was thinking about what the ultimate fashionable wish list would be for me.....its fun to dream a little right? Who knows, we may just be surprised and get that gift we were not expecting. That is always the best surprise on Christmas morning. 

Fashionable Christmas

Burberry long scarve

Christian Louboutin Harvanana


Christian Louboutin Kios Card Holder

Im linking up for Fashion Friday this week 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Smathers & Branson Giveaway

I am completely swamped with finals and the end of yet another semester. I find that online shopping is a study distraction that occurs far too often. Always on the go with multiple keys to my apartment, work, and mailbox, having a great key fob is a necessity.

I am teaming up with Margie from Smathers & Branson to host a giveaway for readers of Life Through Preppy Glasses. One reader will be receiving a non-mongrammed needlepoint key fob of their choice! Whats better than needlepoint?!

There are an array of choices and these are some of my favorite key fobs:

A good martini

 Sailor's flags on the "Got Rum"

 Anything nautical is always appropriate


You must be a follower of Life Through Preppy Glasses via GFC, and visit the Smathers & Branson website and tell me which in-stock needlepoint key fob is your favorite. You will be receiving this exact one!

Additional Entries:

3.Follow me on Twitter
4. Tweet about this giveaway mentioning @wes_holland and @SandBBelts
5. Post about this giveaway on your blog. Please be sure to leave a link to the post in your comment!

The giveaway will be running through Friday (12/14) at midnight with the winner being announced on Monday (12/17)! Good luck! Remember, you only need an email account to enter via GFC and not a blog. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fashion Friday: Hues of Red for the Holidays

Many of us will be finding ourselves at multiple holiday parties and events over the coming weeks. So why not look stylish and festive at the same time?

Red is perfect for any holiday occasion, and patterns such as plaid and tartan and textures such as cable knit compliment the season. Above, options are shown from Brooks Brothers, Barbour, and Jack Wills. All perfectly preppy styles. Pair any with a pair of chinos and good pair of drivers and you are set. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Its the Holiday Season

The holiday season is one of my favorite times to be in New York. Us New Yorkers put down our guard slightly, with some people even going out of the way to hold the door for you. (Crazy, right? :) ).
Every year it is a tradition to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and stroll 5th avenue and look at all the stores with decorated windows and facades. My favorite holiday windows are usually at Bergdorf Goodman. They are always elaborate and over the top, yet comprehensible at the same time. 

Here's a look into New York dressed for the holidays:

Harry Winston

2012 Bergdorf Goodman Windows:

Monday, December 3, 2012

5 Random Monday Thoughts

Hello, December. Sneaking up on us so quickly.

  • I cannot believe Christmas is in 22 days. Havent had a moment to stop and think about it!
  • Speaking of Christmas, check out my Gift Guide over at Skimbaco Lifestyle.
  • NYC is all decorated for the holidays. I will share images of the tree at Rockefeller Center and some department store windows. Its always a tradition to see them.
  • I am sooo tired of hearing about the fiscal cliff. 
  • As always, Ill leave you with some inspiration:

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