Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lip Service

Act as young as you feel. You're not getting older; you're getting more entitled to be your 
fabulous self.  
Gwen Stefani

I grew up with the tunes of No Doubt and have always admired Gwen Stefani's fearless and original style. As she has gotten older, she has taken her creative eye to a whole new level.  Her look of high-end sophistication mixed with bad ass rocker is amazing.  I have enjoyed her chic looks and engaging charm on this season of The Voice and know she and I would be instant shopping friends.

Along with her chic fashion sense, I love her signature bold lip and nails.  It has me thinking of the upcoming holiday festivities and my need for a new look.  Do you ever get so tired of looking at your same face in the mirror and feel need you need a little something? A bold, juicy lipstick is the perfect, affordable way to perk up a look.

So good.

I rounded up some of my favorite happy shades, sure to put a pep in your step as only a new tube of lipstick can.  I just ordered the luscious Chanel for Andrew's office Christmas party.  No idea at all what I am actually wearing - but my lips will look fabulous!

Have a colorful day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hi, Style || Loren Hope Look Book

Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles.
Sonja Henie

Oh man, I love a good look book.  If done well, it really is a great way to inspire you to buy lots and lots of product.  Mission accomplished Loren Hope! I could not stop staring at Loren Hope's FW214 edition.  The jewelry, as always, is stunning.  But it is also the brilliant styling - the clothing combinations, hair and nails {loving the blue!}.  I would buy not only the jewels, but also every gorgeous outfit.  It doesn't hurt that the model is absolutely flawless.  Hello, beautiful!

With the holidays right around the corner, I thought I would put together a list of my favorite pieces. You know, [ahem - hint, hint] just in case someone is struggling for some ideas.  I love that their gems are versatile enough to be worn day or night and the prices are moderate.  

Have a sparkly day!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Weekend!

I don't think I need buns of steel.  I'd be happy with buns of cinnamon.
Ellen DeGeneres

I cannot believe we are already in the middle of October.  We are so busy here, the days are just blurring by.  There is a lot to be excited about in Casa McGough.  This weekend is my daughter's first homecoming dance and I think I may be a touch more excited.  I can't wait to see her all fancied up with her date having this special experience. [bittersweet tear rolling down my cheek].  My mom is coming for a visit next week where we will be celebrating her birthday.  The longer we are away from family, the more we appreciate these visits.  What do you have going on?

Shop || I cannot believe I am saying this, but I have started Christmas shopping.  I try to get most of it out of the way before December because it is sardine can crowded around here and gets much worse the closer to the holidays.  While, internet surfing I found this adorable tee for a friend.  

Art || If you live near Houston, the Monet exhibit will be coming to MFAH on October 26th. I can't wait to see it.  Claude Monet was my first artist crush in high school {just a few years ago}. You should swing by for a little Impressionism and some lunch.

Blog || I have been engrossed in the One Room Challenge for the last few weeks.  I am floored by the amount of stellar talent out there!  Let's face it - there is nothing more exciting than seeing a complete room overhaul from the comfort of your own drywall dust-free home. :)

Art || Yep, I did it.  I just ordered this awesome print for our powder room.  I think it is major cool and plan on ordering myself this very suit for next summer [not really...]. My daughters will eventually get used to nude art, right?!

Beauty || I love the look of a bright, matte lip for colder months.  I have been dying to get over to Sephora to check them out.  I have my eye on this and that.

Have a super awesome weekend!
xo, L

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inspiring Interiors

I had lunch with a fellow decorating pal last week where we discussed some ins and outs, ups and downs of being a business owner in a creative field.  We agreed even when you have amazing clients, fun projects, and an ass load of ideas, there are still moments of frustration and self-doubt.  Is this where I am supposed to be?  Do I have enough creativity to run this marathon?

I had been feeling a bit of a creative drought lately.  You always want to knock it out of the park for a client, but it takes time to be inspired and re-charge.  As if on que, I came across a stunning room on Pinterest. The photo led me to Raji RM and Associates, an interior design firm based in DC and New York where each project was more beautiful than the last.  Raji and her team create bright, modern spaces using sculptural, mixed era furniture (so much outstanding mid century modern!) and dramatic art pieces.  In fact, you can purchase these impactful murals on their website.  

I cannot tell you how exciting it is to find a designer where you have a definite style connection.  It is inspiring to see other creative minded people taking their craft to the highest level. So, am I where I am supposed to be?  Absolutely!  I cannot imagine doing anything else.

Have a beautiful day.
xo, L

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hi, Style || Chocolate

Your love is better than chocolate, better than anything else that I've tried.
Sarah McLachlan

As I sit here eating my fourth fun size Snickers [note: they aren't fun once you eat the entire bag], it has me thinking of the luxuriant, delicious shade of chocolate.  Maybe it's the approaching cooler temps, but I having been loving the color brown lately.  Like a warm cup of cocoa, dark brown brings a sense of comfort and rich drama to your fall wardrobe and decor.  I am going to add the lovely pillows below to give our living room a little fall update and a touch of cozy.

Have the most beautiful day.
xo, Lisa

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Weekend!

If it requires pants or a bra, it's not happening today.

Fashion || Ann Taylor is having a pretty sweet sale.  I went in to look at something swanky for my mom's birthday and picked this up for myself.  I think it's much cuter in person.  I mean, can you ever really have too many stripes?

Art || I totally dig Nicole Cohen's talented eye for photography.  She takes the everyday and turns it into art through her lens.  I already have one of her prints in my office and need to get more for the bedroom. I have my eye on this, this and oh, yeah this.

Decor || I have been itching for a new coffee table but will only make a move for the perfect vintage find.  Look how hot these chrome tables are!  I also loved the glam factor on this one.

Blog || We will not be doing our usual 20+ people for Thanksgiving this year.  However, this doesn't stop me from dreaming about creating a beautiful fall tablescape.  I loved Nancy's post about just that.  Her creative photos have me inspired to create a little something "just because'. 

Movie || Call me a hopeless romantic.  I love Nicholas Sparks movies.  In fact, "The Notebook" is my absolute favorite.  His newest, "Best of Me" opens next week and I will be there (popcorn in one hand, tissues in the other). 

Have the best weekend!

xo, Lisa

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Power of Art

Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Picasso

Client research has led me to some pretty amazing sources.  I love finding companies that offer beautiful, fine quality products at fair prices with reasonable shipping terms.  Lumitrix is definitely one of these businesses.  They offer a variety of thoughtful, interesting prints which show up neatly packaged and ready to hang.  If you are looking for inspiring art, this is the place for you.

A few weeks ago, I told you about a print that I ordered through them.  He arrived yesterday and is even more adorable in person.  I was so impressed with the color, clarity and high grade paper used. My only disappointment is that I couldn't get him larger.  Look at his sweet eyes!

Matilda Temperley

Look how perfect he fits in with the existing gallery.

Holly Wilmeth - this one is next.  So magical!

Louisa Seton

Ritty Tacsum

Kannagi Khanna

Have a beautifully artistic day.


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