Small Screen Style | Carrie Bradshaw

posted on: August 21, 2014

This sad day has finally arrived – the last look from our Small Screen Style challenge! Have you been having fun? Have you been following along? Not only was this a great way to get to know some other awesome bloggers, but it has been really fun for me to see everyone’s interpretations of each “style.” You think you can pin down an iconic TV character super easily but unless you’re wearing the exact piece she wore on screen, there’s always room to play around – and that’s where true style comes in!

Small Screen Style Carrie 800Check out Dearest Darling, A Sparkle Factor, The Peach Bellini, and The Rachel Ross for their full looks!


I chose this outfit based on Carrie’s crazy color combinations, her love of jewelry (but just enough!) and her addiction to sky-high heels. It was really fun dressing up in character this week, and forced me to make some outfit moves that I ordinarily wouldn’t try. Maybe I should have a self-imposed style challenge next month? I’ll see if y’all can guess when I’m doing it!

Sad as I am to see this challenge go (it’s been fun sharing more outfits this week than normal!),  it’s only fitting (har har) that we end on such a supreme style icon. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw herself,

“I like my money right where I can see it - hanging in my closet.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed this style challenge! Don’t forget to check out our last two pieces of jewelry below, generously donated by Roman & Sunstone for this giveaway. And, most importantly, don’t forget to enter!


Target neon dress (similar)
Zara salmon coat (similar, similar)
Zara mustard shoes (similar, similar)
J.Crew wicker clutch (similar)
Bauble Bar gold chain necklace (similar)
Costume jewelry pearl necklace (similar)

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Small Screen Style | Olivia Pope

posted on: August 20, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or on the moon, or under a moonrock, you know what it means when I say, “It’s handled.”

Small Screen Style Olivia

Yes, Bloggees, that means it’s Olivia Pope day! The woman who singlehandedly made a Crate & Barrel wine glass trendy (think about that – when have the masses ever lusted after a particular wine glass?) is our next character in the Small Screen Style challenge, and I’m so impressed by everyone’s interpretations! Check out A Sparkle Factor, The Rachel Ross, Dearest Darling, and The Peach Bellini to see all of our looks, up close and personal.

Mine is based more on the “Olivia at home” scenes – comfy, oversized sweater (but in a neutral color scheme and great fabric), boots, and a classic bag. I’m having trouble fitting these pants into the boots, but, we all make mistakes sometimes.


I need Olivia to come in and HANDLE (har har) my wardrobe. She would toss things left and right. It would be like one of those makeover montages. I need an Olivia Pope montage! That’s it. Who can hook a sister up?


Banana Republic sweater coat, out of season (similar, similar)
Gap stretch black pants (similar)
J.Crew linen tee (similar)
Rag & Bone Newbury bootie (similar)
Burberry tote (similar, similar)
Necklace by Maripat Designs (similar, similar)

We’re also revealing TWO MORE pieces of jewelry in the huge, huge, gimungous giveaway this week, inspired by Olivia’s classic style. Don’t forget to enter below!
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Small Screen Style | Rachel Green, FRIENDS

posted on: August 19, 2014

So, by general consensus, today’s theme was difficult. Rachel Green is so iconic, but because of that, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in those shoes! It would be like if a man tried to dress up like Chandler… in some ways, it would just be a guy wearing 90s clothes, since Matthew Perry is really what makes the part come to life. I mean, literally, since he was the actor… anyway. Jennifer Aniston was Rachel, and without any of us being Jen, it’s a little difficult to replicate Ms. Green.

I think we all tried our best, however, and reignited some love for the 90s in the process!

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I decided to emulate her Ralph Lauren years, when she was all about sleek lines and solid color palettes (at the very end… not that unfortunate patterned era.) …And, boots! She rocked some great boots in the later seasons. These boots have been biding their time in my closet, alongside this dress I wore to an office party years ago, waiting to show off what they’ve got! The jacket is from a suit I wore while working in law school, and I think it adds a bit of that “90s structured blazer” look.

Turns out, I didn’t need to buy anything extra for this challenge – it was all in my closet! I need to wear a lot more of the clothes I own. This “jeans and sweaters and maybe a pair of earrings” uniform just isn’t cutting it in adulthood.


I wore my hair curly à la Season 1 Rachel because I had originally planned on wearing a different outfit…but, c’est la vie, I liked this one a bit better, and didn’t have time to go stick-straight like her. Plus, how could anyone really replicate the iconic Rachel hairdo? I didn’t even want to go there.

So, what do you think?

There are plenty of reasons why Rachel is my favorite character on Friends (her style, her spunk, her wit, her ability to be charming even when being totally stupid, and how she always ended up making the right choice in the end) but there’s one line that still gets me:

“I got off the plane.”


Blue Dress from Ruti (similar)
Ann Taylor suit jacket (similar)
J.Crew wicker clutch (similar)
Rebecca Minkoff boots (similar, similar)

Psst – Don’t forget to enter the giveaway again today! These great pieces by Roman & Sunstone are part of the $600+ jewelry package we’re giving away all week. We’ve selected these items based on Rachel’s simple, elegant style – and they could be yours!


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Small Screen Style | The Mindy Project

posted on: August 18, 2014

You guys. I don’t even know HOW I did this (it must be my sparkling personality… or my constant tweets about puppies and lip gloss!) but I have linked up with some of the coolest blogger chicks around: Rebecca, Rachel, Lindsay & Skyla, and Stephanie! Apologies if you don’t like being called chicks, ladies. I think it makes us seem like a fun fashion crew. We need matching leather jackets, stat. Preferably in pink?

I’m getting off topic.

The point is, these awesomely stylish (and awesomely cool, based on our email chain) women and I are teaming up this week. This week, the blog is being taken over by fashion posts!

And even better, they’re fashion posts inspired by some of our favorite Small Screen Style (this is where the title comes in, ya feel me?)

Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project

Small Screen Style Mindy

Each of us has chosen to show her best interpretation of each day’s character, and each day on each blog you can see all of our outfits grouped together too. Pretty great idea, right?*

*self-congratulations are necessary sometimes 

I chose this look because I noticed Mindy loves wearing lots of colors, and lots of layers. However, she is a doctor, so she does have a practical side to her – note the matching shoes and bag? I especially liked wearing a kind of crazy shirt under a dress. I’ve never done that before! I might have to take note this winter. (Thanks for the pro tip, Minds!)

EVEN MORE EXCITEMENT — we’re not just dressing up like our favorite characters. We’re dressing YOU up like them too! We’re doing a crazy giveaway, starting today, that includes over $600 of jewelry we picked out that represents these characters! Mindy’s jewelry today is from the Boy Meets Girl collaboration with Roman Luxe. I’m dying over that ring!
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Each day we’ll show you something new inspired by that character, and you get new chances to win! The giveaway goes through next Monday, and we’ll announce one winner on Tuesday, August 26th, who takes home the whole lot. Sound good? I thought so.

So, don’t forget to keep checking back. There’s that whole leading a horse to water thing, but I can only do so much. I’d love it if one of my readers won!


Old Navy dress (similar, similar)
American Apparel shirt, thrifted (similar)
Corso Como black pumps
Foley + Corinna black bag (similar)
Old Navy earrings (similar, similar)
J.Crew leopard skinny belt (similar)
Julep nailpolish (similar)

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Take My (short) Survey Please!

posted on: August 15, 2014


In an effort to better develop this blog as a place where I can not only share bits and pieces of my life but also entice you all to follow along with me, I’ve created a very short survey and would love if you’d fill it out.  There’s no requirement to leave your name, though you can mention who you are in the comment box if you’d like to say hi!

Fill out the madeleine | blogs survey here.

Thank you!

High Five for Friday | 08/15

posted on: August 15, 2014

Congratulations to Valerie P., winner of the hamsa hand bracelet giveaway! I’ll get in touch regarding sending you your price, and thank you again to everyone who entered. 



Untitled1. I had to put together four outfits that represent four different TV characters for a group giveaway (launching next week! It’s huge!), so clearly that meant time to pile things around the room again.







2. I went a little out of my breakfast comfort zone and tried this carnitas scramble at Chow on Church – it. was. AMAZING. Everyone, drop what you’re doing tomorrow and run there. Wait, no, don’t – I want to be able to get a table!







Untitled3. I had dinner with my family and cousin and aunt on Saturday night! We sipped moscow mules outside and ate delicious enchiladas and caught up on life. It was one of those really nice evenings that are all too few and far between these days.






4. I saw The Hundred Foot Journey with my parents this weekend – which is shocking because it is DIFFICULT for me to drag them to an actual movie theatre! Luckily, the movie was charming and beautiful to look at and made us all want to cook. So I think they realized going to the movies can be worth the hassle.






5. I had sushi with a friend from high school (shout out to Debbi!) on Wednesday night. Discovered a new resto, chatted with a friend, home to the city before nine-thirty. What more could a girl ask for?








What are your plans for this weekend? I have a haircut, some family time, and a LOT of catching up to do on the blog & Etsy shop…

Berry Breakfast Smoothie | Fork it Over

posted on: August 13, 2014

Alright Bloggees, I know what you must be thinking.


“Really, a smoothie? Like we don’t know how to operate a blender? And what color is that – mauve? Do I want to even know how you made that? Probably not. I’m going to Jamba Juice GURL BYE.”

I promise though, it’s more complicated than it looks! And even if it isn’t, well, I’m still showing you how to make it. Them’s the breaks, kid.


Start with a lot of strawberries. Cut off the little tops like hats and line them up. Instagram them to show how healthy you’re being.


Sure, dump some blueberries in there. That’ll add that great dark color to the mix.


Grate fresh ginger on top – it looks like I added a lot, but I could have added even more if I was getting serious about it. I wanted to feel that ginger all the way in the back of my brain, but what I got was a light zippiness to the smoovie.


Then you know what you’re going to do? Pile 3/4 of an avocado (or a whole avo, if you don’t have any of those gross brown bits like I had in mine) on top. This is going to add creaminess – and good fats! You won’t even taste it. You might even wonder later why you added it, but, these are not questions for mere mortals. I just follow the celestial instructions, and they say more avo.


Pile some mint and flaxseed on there too. The mint is the kicker – and the flaxseed will make it feel super healthy, while adding a tiny bit of seedy crunch. Yep, it sounds weird, but it worked!


Don’t forget to give your blender a good, solid name – like Margarita Machine!


Add about a 1/2 cup to a cup of almond milk, and BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

DSC_5910Serve with a neon straw on a cherry backdrop. Sip strongly! Use those cheek muscles! You just made liquid breakfast and you’re going to have to work for it.


You’re welcome.

Tied up in Tassels | Wearables

posted on: August 12, 2014


I’ve been trying to “say” my fashion piece with fewer photos in my outfit posts recently – seeing as I can sometimes take (or make my friends take) upwards of 80 photos of the same outfit, I usually try to pare it down to 3-4 images for you all to enjoy. I figure I can express the outfit without going into photos-of-myself overload, and I try not to show the same angle or article twice. I actually think about these things as I write my blog posts!

This week though, I’m not holding back. I love these shoes, I love this necklace, I love the slouchy sweater, and I love this thrifted bag (acquired on a trip to Crossroads Trading Co. with Dhruvi before she moved), so I want to show it all. You guys can handle it, right?

I would also like to attest to the greatness of these Sole Society heels. I have had kitten-heel PTSD since sorority rush forced us to wear low heeled white sandals three years in a row, and just now have I realized (as a 28 year old member of the professional workforce) that wearing slightly more “practical” shoes is not an insane idea. That is to say, coming home with aching feet every night isn’t fun. Ergo, I’m finding smarter purchases that can also be super cute – like these shoes! I bought them in red, in beige, and a non-studded version in soft suede grey.

I am back on the kitten-heel bandwagon and I’m not afraid to show it. Or, according to all of these photos, show you!


J.Crew Waffle Beach Sweater
Gap 1969 Denim jeans
Bauble Bar tassel necklace (similar, similar)
Sole Society Anneke heel in Ruby
Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. bag, thrifted (similar, similar)
Michael Kors Astor Stud earring

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Black Tied | MB’s first giveaway!

posted on: August 11, 2014

Loyal Bloggees, I have a leetle surprise for you this fine Monday morning! I know, I know – we all have a case of the Mondays, we don’t have enough coffee in our mugs, we’re still wiping the sleep from our eyes. You’ll want to wake up for this, I promise.

A few weeks ago I discovered a great little jewelry company called Black Tied based in the UK. They have adorable, really current pieces, and are constantly changing up their options. The best part? Everything is super affordable!

Of course, I had to get a couple of cute bracelets for my trip…


You have to treat the pieces with a bit of care (don’t tug on them, try to keep them away from water, etc), but they’re great for mixing and matching with any outfit! The bar bracelet has quickly become one of my favorites for everyday wear, and I love the look of the Hamsa hand.

Well, BONUS – they sent me a little something for you! This turquoise beaded hamsa hand bracelet will go to one lucky reader!

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Wouldn’t this be the perfect bracelet to slip on in the morning next to your watch or a couple of bangles? There are so many ways to wear it!

Enter below (up to three entries possible per person) and check back on Friday to see who the lucky (randomly selected) winner is. The giveaway closes at 11:59pm PST Thursday night.

If you just can’t wait to find out, Black Tied is giving all madeleine | blogs readers 15% off their total purchase until September 10th! Use code MADDY15 to get your discount. 

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High Five for Friday | 08/08

posted on: August 8, 2014


1. I visited Montreal and Quebec City with the family for almost a full week! This included forcing my brother to take embarrassing pictures with me at many international landmarks.








2. I finally met (in person) my longtime Canadian pen pal! We “met” when we were about 16-17 commenting on LiveJournal message boards, and we’ve been writing letters and sending care packages ever since. It was so great to finally meet Shannon and get to spend some time with an old/new friend!







3. I tried on these super cute bracelets I received in the mail from Black Tied (a UK jewelry company) – these are quickly becoming some of my favorite everyday accessories! Also, I have a little something special for all of you coming up courtesy of Black Tied – so be on the lookout next week!







4. I went. To see. Beyonce. Ok, and Jay-Z was there, and he was awesome too. The whole show was structured like a movie (with clips from their tour trailer interspersed between the acts) and there was a costume change approximately every song (including for Mr. Carter himself.) What a night!







5. Book club took place this week in Rockridge at an adorable Italian place Evan selected. While the book (All the King’s Men) wasn’t my absolute favorite, it was well-written, and I’m chalking it up to one of those “book club is supposed to broaden your tastes” things. We’re reading Outlander next, and I couldn’t be more excited!






So, that’s an abbreviated version of what I’ve been up to. How about you?