Posted on: Friday, December 30, 2011

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I hope you all have a happy and safe new year!

West Elm introduces a NEW COLOR

Posted on: Thursday, December 29, 2011

I pretty much jumped for joy when I discovered that my two favorite West Elm rugs are now being offered in a platinum and ivory colorway.
I already own the Andalusia rug in brown, but this color is such an amazing alternative.
The platinum also softens the zigzag print and allows the rug to be more neutral than it is in either the brown or black colorway.
Shop the rugs:
If you love the look but are not ready to commit to the investment then you are in luck because I have found the look for less. Hop right on over to Urban Outfitters and check out their zigzag rug (offered in seven different colors).

Just because I love it...

Posted on: Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The "Katherine" velvet skinny jean from J Brand is absolute perfection. The price is a little steep ($242) but they are sooo comfy, they feel like pajamas. And the little tuxedo stripe? Give me a break.
I think they are the perfect pant for new NYE.

Image Obsession: Gallery Walls

Posted on: Monday, December 26, 2011

This image is a favorite because the eclectic design aesthetic looks to be effortlessly acquired over time. I know from experience that too many items on a coffee table can be obtrusive, but I still love the look. Also, I "need" that couch in my life.
Above, the gallery wall takes center stage while the monochromatic color scheme creates a peaceful, relaxing environment. This gallery wall is unique because of an unexpected element that creates visual interest. The bottom row of frames lean against the wall while the top rows pitch forward as they hang from a long rod anchored near the ceiling. The contrasting angles create depth which is not found in a traditional gallery wall.
I don't think I would choose any of the art on display for myself, but it works in this space. I love how the black matting pulls in the coffee table, pillows, and lamp shade. The blue suzani fabric is my favorite element in the space.
I'm still working up the courage (and collecting the art) to create a gallery wall in my home. I have a small one going that I just need to commit to.
Do you have a gallery wall in your home? Any tips?

Posted on: Saturday, December 24, 2011

Seasons Greetings to you and yours!
Above, a look that gives a nod to traditional Christmas cheer, yet remains playful. What will you be wearing? Will you play it safe or push the envelope?
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. Thanks for reading this little blog, and for all of your sweet comments.

Posted on: Thursday, December 22, 2011

A little dash of polka-dots always makes me happy. Here are a few of my current favorites

Well Hello Lover

Posted on: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Isn't this skirt pure perfection?!
I have absolutely nowhere to wear it, but this tailored maxi skirt needs to be mine!

Silhouette Ornaments

Posted on: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One of the gifts I've really enjoyed making this year are these little silhouette ornaments. I've posted before on the process of making a silhouette, but I wanted to share these also. All you need to do is take a picture of a profile. Then, print the picture out on regular paper in the desired size. I printed wallet size photos for this project. Then I laid the photo down over black card stock and cut around the silhouette. The background is simply a scalloped circle punch (shop a similar one here). I punched a hole at the top, laminated the ornament, and then tied ribbon on. Silhouettes are a quick, easy, personalized gift. I also love the idea of framing a silhouette.
Happy Holidays


Posted on: Monday, December 19, 2011

I've just come back from an amazing suprise trip to Boston!
The weekend was FULL of birthday suprises! Thank you, ladies, for the most incredible weekend! I'm headed "home-home" now to celebrate with family. Back to normal posts soon!

Happy Birthday To Me!

Posted on: Thursday, December 15, 2011

Alright, it's time for me to sign-off for the week. I am headed for mani's/pedi's with KG tonight where I think I'll learn a little about what the weekend will hold. As long as I'm with friends, have an opportunity to put on my dancing shoes, enjoy libations, and make a wish for the year to come I'm happy.
I'm sure I will give updates here, via twitter.
Happy Early weekend!
p.s. My little collage reeks of tiny-bopper teenage angst... you wouldn't believe how old I am if I told you!!

Life Lately

Posted on: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Life lately, according to my instagram.
I will be running around tying up lots of loose ends for the next two days before I get a two week respite from the "real world".
I'm also DYING because my birthday is Saturday. My two best girlfriends have been super sneaky and have put a little weekend together to celebrate. I have absolutely NO CLUE what is going to happen. All I've been told is that I need a few dressy outfits and a few casual outfits for the trip. I'm so incredibly grateful to have amazing friends in my life who would go out of their way like this. I've never been "surprised" before so that adds to the excitement.

Christmas in July

Posted on: Monday, December 12, 2011

With my sister living in New Zealand for the summer season I've been thinking a lot about what it would be like to have Christmas with warmer weather. These two images make me believe it would be simply amazing! I don't think I could do it every year, but I'm really intrigued by the idea of a whole new Christmas color palette. Goodbye to red and green, hello to vibrant playful colors. The above image is of Anna Spiro's perfectly playful Christmas tree in her Australian home. How incredible are the fabric bows? With a young son, she decided not to bring out her cherished ornaments. The simple decor is gorgeous. I plan to copy this at some point in my life.
How amazing would it be to have a family Christmas dinner outdoors? I love the blue and white color scheme.
Have you started decorating for the holidays?


Posted on: Friday, December 9, 2011

I'm sending good vibes and positive thoughts to my little sister as she starts a whole new chapter in life. Cheers to LC who is MOVING to New Zealand today! I'm so proud of her, and literally in awe of her adventurous spirit. Christmas and my birthday simply won't be the same without her here, but I know that this is an opportunity of a lifetime! I'll be sending her presents for the holidays, and have already set a clock to New Zealand time. She better write, facetime, and email constantly. Have you ever had a family member go so far!?
Safe travels little one... love you so much!

Gift Guide

Posted on: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

This gift guide could easily be confused with my birthday wish list...
{one} These little dalmation loafers would put some pep in my step
{two} These gloves allow you to effertlessly access your iphone with their special "touch" technology. Perfect for the girl-on-the-go.
{three} I haven't been drawn to Kate Spade bags lately but this little lady is a show stopper! Now the tough question... blue, or black??
{four} I love little decorative dishes (it's getting out of control). Someone needs to scoop this one up.
{five} This bracelet is such a contradiction. Bold yet delicate? It's a nescesssity.
{six} My love for CWD Textiles is getting creepy. I need these pillows on my bed but I can't settle on a colorway.
{seven} Ever sience I saw this bracelet in the flagship J.Crew bridal store in NYC TWO YEARS AGO I've wanted it. I finally ponied-up and now it's on back order. Proof I should be more impulsive? I think so.
{eight} My very favorite silhouette for a holiday dress.
{nine} Short buckle boots in the perfect color.
{ten} The perfect everyday pump that goes with EVERYTHING. I just purchased it and it's by Ivanka Trump. Shocked? Me too!
{eleven} For the girl who loves her monogram. I like the idea of the smallest version layed with other necklaces. Part of the statement, not THE statement.
{twelve} MZ Wallace kills it with this one. I love a little camo now and again.
Happy Shopping

Not Your Average LBD

Posted on: Monday, December 5, 2011

It's that time of year. Holiday parties are in full swing. I love the idea of wearing something a little unexpected. I would totally rock this look.
Shop The Look
My inspiration outfit for the look pictured at the top is from Saturday night. Both have red, black, and white incorporated but my look is a bit more conservative. And, YUP, I'm still wearing my white blazer in December, oops!
The pic is from my obligatory "I'm going out" text to my mom.

Happy December!

Posted on: Thursday, December 1, 2011

Just a few gift ideas
{one} stubbs & wooten slippers- prep perfection
{two} the perfect holiday gift for newlyweds
{three} "cheers" notecards-nothing better than a handwritten sentiment
{four} the perfectly imperfect home- deborah needleman's follow-up to "domino" Every stylish home dweller needs a copy this season
{five} Kate Spade's quirky mittens make "air quotes" that much funnier
{six} leopard print + a bow-need I say more?
Have you started your Holiday Shopping?

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