This Week Inspired By:

BIRTHDAYS! Okay, my birthday in particular. I will be turning [insert random age here] on Friday! So it’s time for a happy birthday week, inspired by some of my favorite things.

Mad Men

The return of Mad Men has made me so happy. I feel like I’ve stepped back in time with them. And I’m loving Don’s new apartment.

Song of the Week: Young Forever by Jay-Z

(Yes, I remember the original by Alphaville.)

Quote of the Week

Harold and Maude
Just watched this movie for the first time last weekend. What timing! This movie is all about someone older who embraces life and wants to truly live, who meets a young man who wants to die. Quirky, weird, unorthodox, and beautiful.

Michelle Dockery

Guess who’s on the cover of Vanity Fair?

I’m sorry, Juliana Margolies, Claire Danes, and Sophia Vergara. You are gorgeous women, but Michelle Dockery really is the standout here.

English Rose done to perfection. She also played one of my favorite literary characters ever, Susan from Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather.

What’s inspiring you this week?

200th Post, Infinity Scarves, and a GIVEAWAY!

I am excited to announce that this is my 200th post!  I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now, but have been super busy, and every time I think “I’ll just do a quick filler post”, I realize that I can’t, or I’ll ruin the 200th post!  So now I have a moment to sit down and actually do my shopping research, arrange a giveaway post, and write it.

It has been cold this week.  I’ve been trying to keep the heat down to save money, so there’s been a lot of blanket huddling and sock-wearing in Casa Freya these days.  I’ve dug out my assortment of mismatched hats, gloves and scarves.  Since I have this crazy assortment of black, chartreuse, pink, red, steel blue, and electric blue winter accessories, I’ve been thinking that I need to specifically buy some winter accessories that go together.  My starting place is to be scarves–and the infinity scarf is going to be the first purchase!

An infinity scarf is basically a loop or cowl scarf.  One big circle scarf that can be looped once or twice around your neck. I love one with some volume to it.  And I have the same philosophy about winter accessories as I do about sunglasses: buy ‘em cute, buy ‘em cheap, replace them next season.

Here are some of my favorites:

Infinity Scarves

David Young woven scarve, $22
Charlotte Russe circle scarve, $13
Charlotte Russe circle scarve, $13
Akira loop scarve, $19
LULU infinity scarve, $18
Tarnish circle scarve, $28
Frenchi circle scarve, $22
Infinity scarve, $15
Frenchi circle scarve, $22
Self-Tie Ribbed Infinity Scarf, $13
Burn Red Infinity Scarf, $13
Green Fringed Infinity Scarf, $18

Now for the GIVEAWAY!  I hope you love an infinity scarf, too, because that’s what I’m giving away!  If you win, you will win the infinity scarf of your choice from the ones pictured here.  Help me celebrate my 200th post!

HOW TO ENTER:

1.  Leave me a comment!  Let me know which scarf you’d like to win.  (Some of them are offered in different colors, so check out the links through Polyvore for all the info!)

2.  You can get an ADDITIONAL entry by tweeting me!  I have a BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW Twitter account specifically for this blog!  Tweet me at @FurnishedSouls to get one more shot at winning.  Follow me there, too, for all things Furnished Souls.

 

Disclaimer: I am not supported by any of the brands listed here.  I am offering this giveaway without any kind of compensation from these brands.  I just like them, and thought you might, too!

What are you waiting for?  Enter now!

 

 

EDIT: This contest will end Saturday, December 17. Oy, always so much info to put on a giveaway post!

What to Wear: Rooftop Party in December

Over at my Twitter account (@_Freya), my friend Ellie posted an SOS. The challenge? What does one wear to a rooftop party in December? Her husband’s work decided that the dead of winter was the perfect time for an outdoor party. The only saving grace, in my opinion, is that they’re doing carriage rides, too. But what to wear that would be appropriate, stylish, and warm?

My answer? Skirt, sweater, boots, coat, gloves, scarf, and hat. Simple, and versatile. Ellie has an adorable black and white tweed swing coat, so putting one bold color with that neutral black and white palette and sticking to simple shapes seems to be the ticket. My one major extravagance is actually the scarf, which has a ton of volume and detail.

Rooftop Party

Sweater, $50
Tweed coat, $68
ASOS pleated pencil skirt, $50
Liz Claiborne black button boots, $80
Charlotte Russe ribbon hat, $15
Echo mitten glove, $32
Capelli of New York Crochet Ruffle Scarf (Girls), $16

The fabulous thing about this ensemble is once you have the basic pieces, you can mix and match. You could go monochromatic, with a houndstooth check skirt, or another solid color. You could choose to change the color of the sweater from black to white or to another color. The hat could be a soft knit beret, or the gloves could be knit, for a more casual look. You can’t really go wrong with these basic pieces.

Oh, and the actual price on that silk and cashmere sweater right now is $29.50. To die for.

How would you address this challenge if it were given to you?