This morning I’m en route from Florida to New York. I’ve had a relaxing and fun-filled vacation down south, but I’m ready to head back to the chaos and lights that I call home. Tonight I’ll ring in the New Year with Josh, a sparkly dress, cocktails, and lots of dancing and music. Wishing you all the Happiest New Year yet. Here’s to 2013.

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Life Lately

With the new year beginning in just a few days, I’ve spent some time reflecting on 2012. I started this blog just a little over 6 months ago, and it’s become my favorite obsession. I had always loved and read style, baking, and lifestyle blogs and was inspired by other bloggers (including many of you)! I needed a place to help me remember the little things that make me happy, and I realized that girlavantgarde.com had to be it. I’m still so excited about posting, reading your comments, meeting new blogger friends, and being introduced to new brands, that I wake up with a smile on my face each and every morning. In celebration of the new year, I put together a collage of my favorite photos from my favorite posts – just click the photo to get to its page.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this blog in 2012. I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings. Cheers!

rainbow cookies    sugar cookie recipe summer jello recipe summer flowers and peplum maine boats                  zara peplum skirt              

Glitter Laced

 glitter pumps and lace dress, color block dress, lace dress, london times lace, black and white lace dress

Dress c/o London Times | Pumps c/o Sole Society | Bracelets c/o Freddie&Cinnamon, David Yurman | Clutch - Club Monaco (similar) | Nails – Essie’s Watermelon

Other than missing Josh (my motivated workaholic), I am having so much fun with my family in Florida. I’ve been completely lazy – lounging by the pool and beach, reading exciting novels and fashion magazines, and eating yummy food. Last night, we went out to dinner at Chima, a Brazilian steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale. When getting dressed, I was inspired by an Old Hollywood movie I recently watched, so I opted for a classic look – a London Times black and white lace dress paired with a cherry red lip. And since my love for anything that sparkles (as I confessed here and here) is in full swing, these glitter pointy-toed pumps from Sole Society  (love their shoes!) were the ultimate finish to my look.

color block dress, lace dress, london times lace, black and white lace dress

lace and glitter, color block dress, lace dress, london times lace, black and white lace dress

color block dress, lace dress, london times lace, black and white lace dress, club monaco sparkle clutch

 marilyn heels, glitter heels, sparkle pumps

color block dress, lace dress, london times lace, black and white lace dress

New Year’s Eve Cocktail

I love this cocktail recipe because it is so quick and easy, that if you find yourself needing a refill at the start of the 10 second countdown, you might just make it. And besides, it looks classy and tastes like candy. Cheers to a happy and healthy upcoming new year!

new year's eve cocktail


*Recipe inspired by a drink made by Send the Trend’s Divya Gugnani


ella moss, swimspot coverup, colorful beach, ella moss swimsuit

Coverup – Ella Moss via Swimspot | Sandals – Athena Alexandra (on sale!) | Bracelets – C.Wonder, c/o Send the Trend, Forever21 (similar)

We arrived in Florida early yesterday morning and I could hardly wait to hit the beach. I love living in the whirlwind that is New York City, but come December I miss the warm rays of sunshine. As soon as we got to the hotel, I changed into this Ella Moss number from Swimspot and dug my feet into the warm sand. I love the bright colors of the tunic and how, despite my pale winter skin, I felt immediately tropical. Swimspot also has some cute bathing suits including my favorites here and here. Hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday, and to those who celebrate, Merry Christmas.


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