Tuesday, April 7, 2015

golden closet.


 so.... i know there's no excuse for a three month hiatus from blogging (enter teeth clenching emoji), but what if i said every free minute of the past three months i've been builing a brand new business with my twin? that's got to deserve some sort of free pass :) i've always said to stop dreaming and start doing, so here it is...an online boutique of our very own, featuring the trendiest, most beautiful apparel and accessories we could find. BOOM. 

golden closet means so much more to us than just an online shop. it embodies everything we have learned, worked for, believe in, and are inspired by. it's a place where our skills and our passions mesh together. but the best part of it all is that we get to share it with you. you'll find ultra feminine color palettes, flattering silhouettes, and statement accessories, all at an extremely reasonable price. 

we would absolutely love it if you checked out our shop (and little GC blog!) 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

shades of red.

jacket: f21 skirt: f21 top: ganesh booties: sole society necklace: binky and lulu
hello 2015! i know you're nearly a month underway, but i've been soaking you up and squeezing a whole lot out of you these past few weeks, and it's felt pretty amazing. twin and i have been working on an exciting new project that will be launching later this spring, and we cannot wait to share this 'golden' venture with you. in recent news, we braved the chilly temps to do a little shoot with our beautiful and talented friend olivia of k+o photo, and even got to feature some sweet jewels from binky and lulu! i was able to muster up a couple smiles, warming up with blankets between takes and full out de-thawing with strawberry tea afterwards... thanks liv! ;)

would you believe me if i said my least favorite color is red? i feel like it's a little bit of a shock, considering my hair is this hue and the florentine lip color i'm always wearing is a shade of it as well. i've found recently that i enjoy the way its poppy vibrancy dulls down my hair color, and also how it compliments my pale complexion.
a warm thank you to k+o photo, binky and lulu, and twin, of course.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

waiting.

waiting. that's all most of us do, is wait. wait for that person or that job or that feeling or that "ah hah" moment. we dream and we want and we wait. we tell other people what we want, we tell ourselves what we want, we write down our wild ideas, but very rarely do we do something about it. we just wait for it, reassuring ourselves that it'll come. one day. one day we'll have that person or that job or that sense of being whole. one day it'll just happen.

i used to honestly think this way, and think that the things that are meant to happen simply will. if i'm supposed to end up with someone, i will. if i'm supposed to start a business, i will. if i'm supposed to be in new york, i'll end up back there. but what i've realized in 2014 is that this mentality is just a shield of safety, a secure place to hide behind the comfort of what is known and what is free of danger. there are a million reasons why something won't work, or why something is "too much of a risk," so we shy away from the unknown, and maybe even convince ourselves there's a reason why it's called "to dream." it's not meant to actually happen. 

the problem with the world is there are too many people who think this way. there are too many people who accept this, and continue in their routine. it wears us down and it defeats us, but we come to accept that for whatever reason, it's either too late or was never really meant to be. but isn't the lack of trying worse than potential failure? won't we resent ourselves for playing it safe? things happen for the people who don't give up. believing you can and you will is half of it. dream it and believe it.

i've never felt more hungry, anxious, or ready to go after what i want. there are a million reasons it couldn't or shouldn't work, but i'll find the one reason it does. and i'll fight until i've made it. i'll fight until it's mine. 

are you with me? no more waiting. 2015 will be the year of doing.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

oktoberfest!

a couple months of idea-bouncing, craft making, beer-brewing, and recipe hunting resulted in our first annual oktoberfest. and let me humbly say that we were SO happy with the outcome. i can't even put into words how much of a success this gathering was, this past saturday. long hours the previous nights felt well worth it, once our transformed space was a flood of dancing, laughter, and deliciously crafted brews. 
hand-crafted beer flights.

eat, drink, be german! ;)
pfeffernuesse cookies, pre-powdered.
ninety bottles, six flavors, gone!
warm illuminations.
finished flights.
and finishing touches.
salley brother brews. six scrumptious unique beers, crafted and bottled with extra love.
baby german flags and flavor displays.

devoured.
mason jars covered every corner, and added an extra element of cozy.
home-made pretzels. out of this world ben salley.
german table-scape. 
taking off!
proud brewer :)
best friends.
sprinkled bottle caps.
tequila + apple cider cocktail bar.
feelin' that music.
thank you to everyone who pitched in and made our first annual oktoberfest as lovely as it was.

a special thanks to:
 kathleen & bill salley
melissa popovic
the salley brothers
and twin, of course

Monday, September 29, 2014

new look. same name.

it's been a struggle over the past couple months, trying to figure out what to do about the name of this blog. since moving back to new england, i technically don't live in new york city anymore. but new york is such a huge, wonderful part of who i am. new york has pushed me around, shoved me, and loved me... and for that reason it will always be one of the closest things to my heart. so the name is staying. even though i don't look out my bedroom window to city skylines or forty-story buildings, i still feel like i'm "twin in the city." and i always will be. and who knows.... maybe one day, i'll be back ;)


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

sunflower girl.

sweater: f21 skirt: h&m booties: thrifted necklace: f21
 driving past this field a week ago, and becoming instantly mesmerized by the gorgeous blanket of sunny yellow, i couldn't wait to pay a visit with twin and the camera. although the sunflowers passed their peak by the time we went, they're still absolutely stunning, especially against the autumn setting sun.
with this inbetween-season weather, getting dressed is a bit of a challenge. we've gone from seventy-five degree sundays to fifty degree evenings, all while fall is trying to steal the show, and honestly i'm so excited for the air to hit that mark. i'm so thrilled to be home in new england for the leaves to change and for pumpkin carvings to take place and oktoberfest beers to be tasted.
 
one of my favorite current trends has to be pastels for fall. i love how these light hues are being mixed with season-appropriate textures and fabrications, and how unexpected it is to throw on a baby pink sweater in late september. daring to mix a couple different textures in one outfit is also a look i'm enjoying, and a challenge i'm willing to take on. ;)
happy fall!


Monday, September 15, 2014

market street stripes.


dress: tjmaxx jacket: h&m shoes: nyc corner boutique necklace: sheinside.com


this time of year really gets me. the leaves start to fall and the air gets crispy and there's an overwhelming sense of nostalgia with all the kids going back to school. to me, september always feels like a fresh start.... a time to reinvent yourself, to begin a new and wonderful chapter. with new york fashion week just passing us by, i was itching to get out there and do a style post. 

i tend to stay away from horizontal stripes since the illusion is widening, but the contouring side panels along this dress prove it to be very flattering. paired with a quilted-detail bomber and a color-pop necklace, i feel the perfect balance of bad girl edge and playful sweetness.


photos by melissa popovic & laura golden