Style Savvy Year in Rewind {2012 Recap}

On this final day of the year, I'm feeling way excited, a little nostalgic and a little bit terrified all at once. I live with a very weird internal dichotomy where change is both as necessary to me as air--while also being the thing that I feel the most fear around...even the tiniest of change, like the calendar rolling over into a new year. But I know that the fear means I am on the cusp of something really great--so I'm looking forward to 2013. 

2012 was fantastic: The Honey and I celebrated two lovely years together; I got to travel for events, to the beach and to EUROPE (I still die); one of my best friends got married which resulted in two whole weekends of fun and friend loving (everyone is so busy that we don't get that kind of quality time as regularly as we once did so that was awesome!); my sweet little blog got a face lift and a new moniker; and my Young Man continued to kick academic, athletic and musical butt (he makes me infinitely proud). So, as I reflect on the memories I'm leaving behind, I thought I would share a few of my favorites moments and outfits--as well as my most popular posts (in case you missed them)--from 2012. Enjoy!


Most popular posts from 2012:
Posh Tip: How to Transition Your Shoe Wardrobe from Winter to Spring
Style Savvy Weekend Rewind: Nesting
An American Girl {Stuck?} in Rome
Posh Tips for Traveling to Europe
Celebrity Style Crush: Olivia Palermo

Have a fabulous New Year's Eve, and here's to an absolutely amazing 2013!

Posh Weekend Plans + Weekly Link Wrap Up {vol. 3}

Baby it's cold outside! So I plan to spend most of my time inside this weekend. However, I will be heading out to attend AB's vision boarding party, which I've come to look forward to in the past couple of years. I've found that intentional planning--whether daily, weekly, monthly or annually--is key to setting myself up for success. When I was younger, things just kind of landed in my lap so I had a false sense that this was how life actually worked. WRONG. So I've come to learn the art of planning and goal setting.  

Though this year is almost over, I'm still working on my planning for next year: creating a business plan for my blog and freelance business, recapping my 2012 accomplishments, setting up monthly goals, etc--and knocking out my vision board in a few hours is a great way to gain visual clarity around said vision for the new year. It also doesn't hurt to do it among friends and with snacks!

If you're looking for ways to set yourself up for success in the new year, and to bring your 2013 goals to life, I have a few recommendations for weekend reading to help you get started:

AB shared this article at called Ready. Set. Redefine. Restore in 2013 for 'pre-vision boarding' inspiration. The 7 principles listed herein are described as the work one must do in order to create change in the new year. 

This post at the Simply Luxurious Life from earlier this year on Excellence vs. Mediocrity contains great tips as reminders to strive for excellence even as we are setting our goals in place. Make sure they are big enough to stretch you and move you out of your comfort zone. 

The Happy Black Woman blog presents the 10 Top Journaling Questions to Help You Reflect on the Past Year. You have to figure out what worked and what didn't in order to decide how to proceed going forward into the new year, right? 

I have offered Practical Steps Towards Bringing Your Goals to Life over at Peace, Love and Pretty Things. Vision boarding is great, but it's obviously not the only way to plan and stay on track with said plans

Finally, if you are planning to weather the winter cold this weekend (temps will be in the high 30s and low 40s in Maryland), why not do so in chic and cozy style with a graphic print, over-the-knee boots and ultra-warm outerwear, like this look on Kéla of Kéla's closet

Wishing you lots of love and magic until Monday. 

*{photo: Atlantic-Pacific blog}

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! The Kid, The Honey and I are headed a couple of hours south to celebrate Christmas at my parents'. I can't wait to bake Christmas Eve cookies tonight, and to see everyone's faces tomorrow when they open the awesome gifts I got for them! 

Whatever holiday you celebrate, and however you are spending it, I hope you get all the love and sweetness and magic that is on your list. Enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. 

*{photo source}

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him {Last Minute Gift Ideas!}

Still searching for holiday gifts for the men in your life? It may feel like you’re down to the wire, but there is still time to procure the perfect present! Any of these items would make for fantastic gifting—or maybe they’ll jog your memory with last minute ideas for that ONE thing that your favorite guy will absolutely adore.

Posh Holiday Giveaway: Winner Announced

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the latest Posh Holiday Giveaway! Your reading, liking, following, commenting--participating--is SO very appreciated!

The winner of the two uber fab bracelets from Debbie Merle Designs (chosen by random number generator) is:

Brandi P!

Congratulations, Brandi!!! Please send an email to with your mailing address so that your prize can be shipped.

Holiday Shopping: Towson Town Center 101! {Guest Post}

As the Towson Town Center GURU it’s my personal mission to make sure everyone knows about every sale, style, event and trend sweeping through one of the best shopping destinations in the Baltimore area. But, at this time of year, I shift gears and focus on the same thing as everyone else — gift buying!

While I’m on the lookout for the ideal gifts for others, I also keep my eyes peeled for the items I simply can’t go home without! So in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d share a few of my personal favs.

Here are three must-have beauty, fashion and style gifts for your wish list this year.


First up, it’s the one hand cream to rule them all — the Shea Butter Hand Cream from L’Occitane En Provence (Level 2)! Every 3 seconds, this cream is sold somewhere in the world. After you use it for a few days, you’ll know why! You. Will. Love. It!


If you’re headed to a fantastic holiday or NYE party and really want to turn heads, you’ll love this dress (see below) from Michael Kors (Level 2). It’s rare to mention sequins and comfort in the same sentence, but trust me — this dress delivers! Plus, the sparkle and glitz factor are off the charts glamorous! The leather jacket adds a little something too!


Lastly, I wanted to help everyone get a style jump-start on 2013. Every year, Pantone polls designers and brands about colors they’re featuring to find out which hue will tinge the next 12 months. For 2013, the company has bestowed the distinction of Color of the Year as: Emerald Green. Want to try this hot hue? Ann Taylor (Level 4) carries beautiful sweaters in wool, merino and cashmere in standout shades of green. With plenty of cold days to come after the holidays, these sweaters will keep you warm and on trend!

Now, how about three GURU tips to make your trip to the mall easier?

dress: Michael Kors

First, head straight for valet parking. It’s only $5 and you can valet your car behind The Cheesecake Factory 7 days a week and off of Fairmount Ave. by Nordstrom on weekends and the week of Christmas.

Second, before you set foot in Towson Town Center, have a game plan of what stores you’ll hit so you don’t backtrack a dozen times. With four shopping levels, it’ll save a huge amount of time if you have it mapped out. For a listing of stores, visit the mall’s website at

Third, for a quick and delicious meal, I recommend Nordstrom Café. The food is amazing, they have free Wi-Fi and it’s a nice, quiet place to regroup.

There you have it: some of my favorite holiday must-haves and tips for an easy day at Towson Town Center. Be sure to check out my blog for the latest mall deals, more gift giving ideas and best places to snatch up the top trends. Better yet, sign up to get my updates delivered directly to your inbox.

From one stylish lady to another, Happy Holidays!

The Towson Town Center GURU blog is a go-to resource for when you need to find just about anything at Towson Town Center! Rebecca posts the best sales, shares exclusive offers and gift ideas!

*{photos courtesy of Towson Town Center GURU}


Don't forget to enter the latest Posh Holiday Giveaway! The entry period ends at 8pm tonight and winner will be announced tomorrow!

Pantone 2013 Color of the Year: Emerald Green

Pantone has declared emerald green its 2013 color of the year. I, admittedly, have very little green in my closet other than where it is worked into patterns; so the announcement has made me curious about how I could potentially add more of the hue to my own wardrobe. I'm eyeing the "official" emerald green, but other varying shades of the color as well. 

pussybow blouse / statement necklace / coat / clutch / strapless dress 

How do you wear green?

Posh Holiday Giveaway! Arm Candy, Courtesy of Debbie Merle Designs {Closed}

This Giveaway is Now Closed

If you are a girl who likes arm candy, you will love the beautiful bracelets that are the signature of Debbie Merle Designs jewelry. Gorgeously made from varying colored beads, charms and glittering fireballs, these pieces "signify healing, protection, love, happiness and passion about living life to the fullest!" Beauty + positivity--that's a message I can certainly get behind! 

You can find Debbie Merle Designs at as well as on Facebook and Twitter. And you can have an opportunity to win two of my favorite pieces from the collections--just in time to wear for your last few holiday parties, or to give as gifts. 
'Bead is the new Black'

'Fuchsia Fantasy'

These bracelets are oh so perfect for stacking together, or with other baubles--or for wearing alone when you just need that one standout piece. Both can be yours, courtesy of  Debbie Merle Designs!

To enter, you must:

Completing all four of these steps qualifies you for an entry to win. For bonus entries you can:

~ Tweet about this giveaway {"I just entered @PishPoshPerf 's Posh Holiday Giveaway sponsored by @DMerleDesigns } +1 entry

~Subscribe to Pish Posh Perfect via email +1 entry

You can score a total of 3 entries! And don't forget to leave a comment below letting me know which of these things you've done (or if you already follow), along with your follow name/social media handle. This giveaway ends at 8:00pm on Thursday December 20th. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Friday December 21st. Good luck, Lovies! 

*Header photo edited (original source). Jewelry photos courtesy of Divine Marketing on behalf of Debbie Merle Designs

Comfy Neutrals | Style Savvy Weekend Rewind

Photos. wearing (pics 1-3) -  Merona sweater dress with leopard print belt: Target / Bellini boots: old, gifted from a family member / bag: Louis Vuitton / swing coat: Old Navy (old--this is my absolute favorite coat--I wear it practically every day!) / link bracelet: Forever 21; with the birthday girl / yummy scallop dish at Bluestone Restaurant / with my best girlies / wearing (last 2 pics) - bird top and gold sweater: Francesca's (first mentioned here) / black skirt: H&M / opaque tights: Hue / booties with Rosette: Shoe Dazzle / butterfly necklace: gifted

I enjoyed celebratory quality time with my loves this weekend. AB and I hung out in honor of her 28th birthday, visiting new boutique, Bmore Betty, located in Federal Hill. Bmore Betty is a lovely vintage shop with tons of great goodies from accessories, to handbags to clothing and shoes from designers like Chloe, Gucci, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton--and all at really reasonable prices to boot. On top of that the owner, Camille, and her staff are ridiculously sweet and helpful. I definitely recommend checking it out! From there we headed to dinner at our favorite upscale seafood restaurant. 

Every year one of my good girlfriends hosts a holiday gathering at her home, and I am so grateful to get to spend this time annually with the beautiful women I've been friends with for over 17 years--especially at the holidays, and at a time where there seems to be so much senseless loss of life. It felt great to just be in their presence and hug and kiss their babies. 

I attended my first LNL Book Club meeting in a few months, and it was fun to get together with those ladies again to eat, sip and chat about our latest reads The Glass Castle and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 

This week will be filled with long days at the 9-5 in an attempt to close out the year prior to my extended vacation through the new year; and lots of Christmas shopping as I have barely begun to cross out the lovies on my list. This week on the blog, you can look forward to another Posh Holiday Giveaway, a guest post from Towson Town Center Guru on local trends to shop and navigating the mall during crowded holiday hours, as well as a third holiday gift guide. 

Hope you have a lovely and productive week!

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: For Teens

Journal / Graphic socks / iPad case / Headphones / iPad Mini / Wallet

By the time your child has reached teen years, they’ve long outgrown toys, but they still love gadgets to play around with. Electronics are big on my teen’s list, as well as cool clothing, shoes and accessories. Help your teen be ‘too cool for school’ when you slip these hot presents under the tree for them.

Weathering Winter in Style {Guest Post}

Comfort and fashion should always go hand in hand. In fact, the top secret among designers and stylists for the stars is that people who feel comfortable and confident also look good. In chilly months, women need to keep in mind that warm clothing is key to looking their best. Fortunately, this season brings great cozy, chic apparel and shoes that will look great on any woman.

Textured fabrics, bold colors and large patterns come together this season to bring the world the best hot-off-the-runway looks. The popular layered look brings these elements together in daring outfits that crave the limelight while wrapping the wearer in luxurious, cozy warmth. Keep the color palette bold, and feel free to experiment by mixing and matching patterns. It's time to layer on the unique looks.

One of the top fabric picks of the season is popular quilted fabric. Available in the season’s boldest solid colors, quilted jackets and miniskirts add texture and charm for a vogue yet cozy look. Pair a quilted jacket with a patterned maxi skirt and stacked heels for a hot look sure to keep you warm on a winter’s day. Show off your curves by choosing a quilted miniskirt to pair with a simple turtleneck, sweater tights and knee-high boots. Keep in mind that with quilted fabric, a little goes a long way, so pick only one quilted piece to wear at a time.

Knits of every sort have also featured on the runway this year. Cardigans and loose-knit sweaters layered over button-down tops work well with long skirts or skinny jeans. Chunky scarves and knit mittens make stepping out in the cold great fun this year. Especially on snowy days, add a bit of fashion fun with women’s laced winter boots. These utilitarian fashion statements come in a variety of colors and styles, featuring textured accents such as fur or worked leather.

Warm, comfortable clothing features at the top of the list of vogue fashions this year. Fashionistas living and working in cool climates should take advantage of the trends to add a few cozy clothing items and accessories to their wardrobes. Then take them to the street with confidence. Now is the time for inner beauty to shine.

Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.


Weekend Rewind + Kohl's Gift Card Winner Announced

Our huge, beautiful live tree (it stands about 6'5" tall) / some of my favorite ornaments from places like West Elm, Pandora, Walmart and The Dollar Store (yup, The $1 Store--cute and inexpensive!) / hot chocolate, popcorn and a special treat: LE's salted caramels

It started to feel like the holiday season this weekend. I heard the Temptations version of Silent Night on the radio for the first time (which was played every single year at every single family member's home during Christmas when I was growing up, so I always associate that song specifically with the holiday), got to spend time with extended family, and my dad and The Kid picked out the most gorgeous tree--which The Kid and I decorated last night. My home smells like all kinds of fresh pine right now and I am loving it! 

Highlights of the weekend were watching my little cousin's orchestra concert--for middle and high school students, these musicians sounded absolutely phenomenal; seeing LE's baby belly for the first time; and trimming the tree with my young man as well as having our customary celebratory popcorn and hot chocolate. It's these kinds of little moments that make life so sweet. 

Wishing you all a marvelous week full of sweet little moments of your own. 


Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Posh Holiday Giveaway last week. I wish I could have you all snag this great holiday prize, but alas--only one can win. Nevertheless your participation is very much appreciated! 

The winner of the $100 gift card, courtesy of Kohl's (chosen by random number generator) is:

Rondah S.

Congratulations! Please send an email to with your mailing address so that your prize can be shipped. 

Posh Weekend Plans + Weekly Link Wrap Up {vol. 2}

Happy Friday! Tonight I am looking forward to dinner with my girlie LE and seeing her preggers belly for the first time. The rest of the weekend will be family time, spent picking out a live Christmas tree, trimming it and setting up my holiday decor; as well as attending my uber musically talented little cousin's All County Orchestra performance. If you're still looking for something to get into, perhaps I can assist? 

If you're local to the Baltimore area check out the food truck rally tonight from 5-10pm at 1514 Key Highway; it’s in tandem with the McHenry Row Christmas Tree lighting. I can't make it but based on the buzz from last year's inaugural rally it's supposed to be awesome. Go and eat your face off for me too please! **{The food truck rally has been canceled due to weather since the time of this publishing.}

If you're hanging inside, and are up for a little TV action, take in the HBO documentary In Vogue: The Editor's Eye, which highlights the mega glossy's fashion editors past and present. It has beauty, historical info and the ever-animated Carlyne Cerf who punctuates the end of many of her sentences gloriously with an emphatic "voila".

If you don't yet watch ABC's Scandal, I highly recommend you head for ABC ON DEMAND or the ABC Go app and catch up immediately. It is the most deliciously inappropriate "keep you on the edge of your seat" show on network television and Kerry Washington is a vision in beautifully cut designer clothing.

If you're trolling the interwebs, take a gander at my latest at PLPT if you please; then discover Matchbook Magazine if you're not already familiar. The digital mag has fashion treats and inspiration as well as introspective and “fact list” driven pieces about people that you somehow can't wait to learn more about (like Louis Armstrong in the November issue). It looks best in its high color iPad format.

Remember Boy Meets World?! Who could forget Topanga? In honor of the spin off series, Girl Meets World where Topanga and Cory revise their roles—but this time as parents—Fashionista took us on a tour down memory lane of all of Topanga’s great hair moments. I can’t be the only one who wanted to see this, right?

Whatever your plans, I wish you a lovely and luxurious weekend. Oh--and one last thing: enter the Posh Holiday Giveaway tonight before 11:59pm if you haven't already. Thanks to you lovely ladies that have already shared your wishes for your dream gifts! Wishing you all luck! See ya Monday.

*Want to keep up with me this weekend instead of waiting for Monday’s recap? Follow me on Twitter or Instagram @pishposhperf. 

5 Mobile Apps to Help you Pack for your Next Vacation {Guest Post}

An enjoyable trip is as much about what you pack as it is the destination! 

I just recently got back from a trip to the beautiful Greek Islands. I hopped a plane to Athens, took a quick ferry to Mykonos where I stayed for four luxurious, sun and olive-filled days. Then it was another week of island hopping—Crete, Santorini, Paros, Patmos, and finally a glimpse of Kusadasi and the famous bazaars of Turkey. 

One reason why I enjoyed my trip so much was because I was well prepared this time around. You see a trip is more than the location, the hotel amenities, and the new culture you’re about to experience—it’s also about what you have in your suitcase, or lack thereof. You see this was a very valuable lesson that I learned on my previous trip to France. I’d packed last minute for that trip and was so ill prepared that I’d forgotten to pack some important necessities—like a single pair of warm socks because even though its warm during the day, Mimizan (it’s right on the water) nights dipped to chilly, windy temps. I also found that I packed too much in certain areas (toiletries) and not enough in others (prescription medications). In fact, my trip ended up costing me a bundle due to the fact that I neglected to pack enough of an important prescription medication, and wasted a bunch of time and money finding a pharmacy to fax my medical doctor in order to fill a prescription overseas. 

So in preparation for my trip to Greece, and to ensure I didn’t forget anything this time; I enlisted the help of a series of mobile packing apps to help me keep my luggage stocked with necessities and organized. Here are a collection of five handy mobile apps to help you pack for your next vacation…assuming you’ve already packed your smart phone, of course!

1. PackingPro ($2.99 – for iPhone)

Oftentimes, packing your suitcase for a trip is more time consuming and arduous than planning the actual trip itself. That’s where a tool like PackingPro can help. This app will help you pack for trips for the rest of your life. All you need to do is build a trip profile in the app user-interface (which takes seconds) and create a checklist of essentials to pack. Tip: I built my list ahead of time so that I had time to look through and remove things I’d probably never take out of my suitcase.

2. Packing List (Free – for iPhone)

You mind is occupied before a trip—spinning with hundreds of things you must take with you, do before you go, and tasks to take care of at work before you forget. The Packing List app reminds you to do all of the things you’d otherwise forget before you get on that plane, train, or automobile. For instance, to get a pet sitter, empty your refrigerator, pack the necessary clothes for varying temps, remember to fill and bring medications, oh, and that electronic plug adapter I always forget so you can actually use T-Mobile wifi calling to find that museum you really wanted to see! The Packing List app will remind you of 120 items in 6 categories so you can lock up and leave home with peace of mind.

3. Pack TM (Free – for iPhone & iPad)

If you need a basic app to help you pack your bags, the Pack TM app provides a clear suitcase inventory based on type of trip (i.e., all inclusive, tour, backpacking, and so forth) so you can catalogue and keep track of all items as you pack.

4. Packing TO DO! ($0.99 – for iPhone & iPad)

I went on a business trip last year only to find out that I left behind my toothbrush—not a good first impression on my client, but luckily there was a drug store near the hotel. The Packing TO DO! app helps you stay organized as you pack for a trip and also as you leave for home. This way you won’t leave your favorite pair of chandelier earrings behind that your husband gave you for your anniversary. Oops!

5. Pack the Bag (Free – for iPhone & iPad)

The Pack the Bag app breaks luggage necessities down into categories, such as beach essentials (i.e., sunscreen, bathing suit, and sunglasses). But what I truly love about this particular app is that you can set it to automatically remind you to start packing. I also used it to send a packing list to my girl friends before our last wine tour so we didn’t all bring a universal cell phone charger, mega bottles of conditioner, or flat irons (it’s great for narrowing down items to share).

*{Original photo source}

Author bio:

Anna Quinn is a staff writer for and a woman who admits she's addicted to her smart phone, video gaming, and really any new and neat consumer electronic. Anna decided to put her passion to pen and earn a living writing about technology, handy apps, and consumer electronic reviews to help the average person make a smart purchase. When she's not obsessed with a new gadget, Anna likes to balance her type-A personality with a little hot yoga.

p.s. Have you entered the Posh Holiday Giveaway yet? There are just 2 days left! More details on how to enter here

Holiday Sparkle for the Home

Holiday sparkle is not just for dresses and party wear. You can dress up your home in seasonal shine as well with small accents that make it a holiday wonderland. If glitterati are not your personal taste, these décor accents will make great gifts as well.

Zara Home vase / West Elm Christmas ornaments (I own these! love!) / West Elm dinnerware /
Zara Home sequin pillow / Target sunburst mirror / Love coin sculpture

Don’t forget to enter my Posh Holiday Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift card, courtesy of Kohl’s. Maybe you can use it to spice up your holiday décor! Click here to learn how to enter.

Posh Holiday Giveaway! $100 Gift Card, Courtesy of Kohl’s {CLOSED}

This Giveaway is Now Closed

Shopping during the holiday season is just a little bit more magical—maybe it’s the twinkling lights on trees as one strolls the through the shopping districts, or the anticipation of the look of delight on loved one’s faces when they open their gifts. Whatever the pull, it’s always a thrill. It’s even more delightful when shopping and savings can be combined during this wonderful time of year and that’s one of the reasons I’m so excited to present today’s giveaway, courtesy of Kohl’s

This year’s Holiday Collection at Kohl’s is full of “dream gifts” whether you’re getting a little something for yourself, or playing Santa. It’s got holiday party attire for women and men, accessories under $50 and great accents for the home. I am particularly enamored with the sparkly pieces from LC Lauren Conrad including this sassy silver party dress and this glittering gold sequin skirt that can be dressed up or down depending on how you pair it. Both would fit easily into my dream closet. 

I’m also still working to make my dream kitchen, stocking it with items perfect for whipping up newly discovered recipes.  This KitchenAid mixer stays high on my wish list, and a good set of knives is paramount so I’ve got my eye on this professional set from Bobby Flay

So, in the spirit of giving, and to help you to get those holiday items you love AND save at the same time, I am giving away a $100 gift card to shop the Holiday Collection, courtesy of Kohl’s! It will be perfect for getting those dream gifts that will finish up your holiday shopping list. And to the rules! To enter: 

You MUST be a current subscriber to Pish Posh Perfect. If you aren’t already a subscriber, head on up to the top right corner of the screen and click the RSS icon and sign up to receive updates via email. 

Finally, take a look at the holiday gift shop at Kohl’, and leave a comment below letting me know which item you would most love for dear old Santa to leave under your tree. 

And that’s it! You’ll be all entered for your chance to win. Bonus entries if you follow me @PishPoshPerf on Twitter or Instagram (one additional entry for each--be sure to include your social media handle in your comment!)

This Posh Holiday Giveaway ends on this Friday December 7, 2012 at 11:59pm. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Monday December 10th. Best of luck, Dolls! 

*All photos courtesy of Cramer-Krasselt on behalf of Kohl’s