Aubergine Dreams

While browsing on the J.Crew website, I noticed these gems below:

J.Crew Toothpick Ankle Cord in Dark Aubergine

J.Crew Toothpick Ankle Cord in Dark Aubergine

They're even cuter on!

They're even cuter on!

I’m hoping that the color in real life is a darker shade of purple.  I’m thinking closer to the Aubergine walls at Draper’s Cafe at the Greenbrier.

Said aubergine walls during a lunch in the summer of 2008

Said aubergine walls during a lunch in the summer of 2008

Since going to the Greenbrier at a young age, I have loved the decor.  However there was something special about those walls at Draper’s.  I think it was the combination of the walls and the fabulous black and white photograph of Dorothy Draper with feathers in her hair.  I was always intrigued by that photo, mostly because of the hairstyle.

The other day my mom said to me “It feels like fall in the air.  You know what that means, right?  We should be going somewhere.”

Immediately, I knew the “somewhere.”  For quite some time, a chill in the air meant it was time to go to the Greenbrier.  Every fall, usually right before, or on, my birthday we would accompany my dad to a conference at the Greenbrier.  We went every year, but then things started happening like my brother and I started to have more pressing extracurricular activities in high school, I moved away for college, the economy took a downturn and extra expenses like conferences to maintain friendly relations were cut.

Last summer, we went to the Greenbrier as a family for the first time in a while.

Outside with my dad & brother

Outside with my dad & brother

Mom & Dad at tea

Mom & Dad at tea

There are perks to the Greenbrier in the summer.  Like the outside pool being open and being able to enjoy outdoor sports (if you are my brother, but not if you are me. 🙂 )

But in the fall there are special perks like the nip in the air after dinner.  Fall fashion at the Ralph Lauren store.  Throwing on layers to walk out to the Artist’s Colony.  A game of bowling before tea.

I love going to the Greenbrier in the summer.  It really is wonderful.

…But there’s nothing quite like the Greenbrier in the fall.

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Virtual Fashion Week

Someday I will know the joys of attending Fashion Week.  Not only will I get to see the fabulous collections, but I’ll also get to see the fabulous outfits off the runway.

Until then, I have Elle News’s Street Chic coverage.  Here are two faves:

From New York Fashion Week

From New York Fashion Week

How cute is she?!  I love it.  Simple pieces, stunning combination.

From Paris Fashion Week

From Paris Fashion Week

This one is such a show-stopper.  The hair, the eyes, the coat – just fabulous.  She’s doing so much more than just wearing a coat; she’s bringing the garment to life.  Amazing.

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Ben is a star!

As previously mentioned, Ben is an anchor for WVU News this semester as part of his capstone class.  He even ice skates in the story that he did! (Around the 11:54 mark)

Here’s the video (I’m so proud of him! 🙂 )

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In love.

So, these are sort of “old news” with all the recent SS10 Fashion Weeks, but I still can’t help being in love with them.  They’re just so perfect for tucked in skinny jeans & skirted bare legs.  I would probably even love them with my favorite fall accessory: black tights.  I think what makes the boot is that spindly little stiletto heel sticking out from underneath all that foldover/belt bulk.

Image via lovedaniel.tumblr.com

Image via lovedaniel.tumblr.com

Gorgeous.  Unfortunately I don’t have the $1605 to spend on them.  Maybe I can snatch them up on eBay in a few seasons?  I’ll be so bummed when I inevitably see Jane Aldridge sporting them on Sea of Shoes.

I browsed around on the internet for a suitable alternative & found these Guess by Marciano boots:

Guess by Marciano - $288

Guess by Marciano - $288

They’re pretty close, I just wonder what they’re like in real life.  (Height/quality/ that sort of thing)  I’m a little afraid they just don’t have that…swagger (for lack of a better explanation) that the Balmain boots so strongly convey.

Here’s hoping that the addage that “Good things come to those who wait” is true and someone who has ridiculous amounts of shoes in a size 7.5/8 will forget to wear these this fall and will post them on eBay in a few years NWT.

Hey, a girl can dream!

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Great Minds Think Alike – Pt.2

Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick

Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick

Belinda C & Ben K

Belinda C & Ben K

Both featuring a Givenchy-esque bag from Forever 21! 🙂

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Yes, we’re still alive.

Ok, so it’s only been one month since our last posting, but I feel like I’ve been ignoring TBK wayyyy too much.

Basically, it was the combination of a nasty sinus infection that left me feeling dead tired after I got through my daily 8 hours of work & a huge product launch that kept me away.  But, a dose of antibiotics plus steroid shot & epic win of a tradeshow later, I’m back.  The awesome product (all-electric utility vehicle designed to be used in a mine – first of its kind!):

The logo (Actual bird by Sarah Martin, Illustrator Extraordinaire & rest of it by me!)

The logo (Actual bird by Sarah Martin, Illustrator Extraordinaire & rest of it by me!)

The actual vehicle (I even did my first auto detailing job: put the branded decals on myself!)

The actual vehicle (I even did my first auto detailing job: put the branded decals on myself!)

Ben is a busy little bee (ha ha!) because he started school for his last semester.  He’s also been awarded the position of anchor on WVU News (don’t worry, I’m not letting his celebrity get to his head) & served as a groomsman in his friends’ labor day wedding.

Ben doing the wedding thing (& someone's head)

Ben doing the wedding thing (& someone's head)

Also, Ben was six weeks smoke free yesterday! Yay!

Hope you lovely readers have enjoyed the quick update & here’s a promise for more to come soon!

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Ben’s New Hair

Today Ben & I spent the afternoon getting Ben prepped for his return to school (& TV.)  This not only meant a new razor & hair products, but a new haircut!  We had Courtney, my friend who does my hair, do the cut & needess to say, it turned out awesome.  She’s so great at doing hair.  (If you need a cut in Morgantown, def go to Courtney at Regis!)

And now, introducing Ben’s new haircut:

He's so handsome. :)

He's so handsome. 🙂

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