Monday, November 24, 2014

Hi, Style || Thanksgiving Day Casual

Thanksgiving, man.  Not a good day to be my pants.
Kevin James

Our holiday trip has been cancelled, {sniff, sniff} so we will be celebrating Thanksgiving at a restaurant this year. This is a new experience for our clan, but one that should stress-free.  The upside is no cooking or cleaning required.  The downside is I can't wear comfy leggings and a sweater to dinner.  

To me, warm layers are the preferred Thanksgiving uniform.  Leggings are crucial for moving around while cooking, not to mention accommodate the shocking amounts of pie that is consumed. You can still, however, be cute and comfortable on this day of gratitude and excess. Faux leather and high tops give a cool vibe while a sweet peplum sweatshirt adds some femininity.  You are welcome. :)

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Weekend!

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Mark Twain

Yum! || We have decided to chill at home the week of Thanksgiving since our trip to Charleston was postponed.  I have been thinking of board games and tons of delicious food.  Breakfast is my absolute favorite with a close second being Panera.  This copycat recipe for their sun dried tomato and feta souffle looks spot on.  I can't wait to stuff my face!

Blogs || I loved the Reichel's post about entry inspiration this week.  I have been itching to move things around in my own.  This article motivated me to clear everything out for a fresh perspective. 

Book ||  My friend, Kristy, recently recommended a book she is currently reading.  I love books that motivate and inspire us to move forward, especially during those times of doubt.  Judging by the title alone, I think this might be just that book.

Fashion || Olivia Palermo nails it  She is a fashion rock star in my book.  I loved this recent black and blue outfit she wore while strolling through the chill of  NYC.  How amazing is that fringe?!

Tunes ||  Love it! Billy Idol has a new album out and it has that same fun 80's feel of his past songs. If you close your eyes, you might just be a kid again for a moment.  My favorite is "Postcards from the Past".

Beauty || I am so bad about keeping my nails polished.  I want them to look nice but am just too lazy. Lately, I have been wearing this nail polish and it just makes me happy.  It is a crisp blue with a luminous sheen that goes with everything.  Maybe it will help me change my ways! ;) 

Have a beautiful weekend!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Break It Down

Remember, color is not just color, but mood, temperature and structure.
Van Day Truex

This onset of chilly temps has left me wanting to lounge in bed and surf  Pinterest all day with a cup of hot cocoa.  I came across this super cozy bedroom designed by Tamara Magel and loved the simple yet dramatic vibe. It inspired me to actually think about tackling our long neglected guest room. Tamara's jaw dropping designs are beautiful and varied. See more of her chic portfolio, here.

Today, I am going to break down the elements that make this minimalist bedroom special.

A fur throw is an easy way to add texture and luxury.  It gives crisp, simple bedding a sense of opulence.

Dark walls create drama and flair.  Paint the entire room for a moody, comforting cocoon or an accent wall for focus.  It takes nerve to slap on some a dark hue, but I promise you won't be sorry.

Modern lighting is my current obsession.  These glamorous sconces add mid century flavor.  As far as I am concerned, every room should have something from this time period.  I am also loving these gold dipped bulbs.  Can you even?!

I love the quirky aspect of word art - especially when it is large scale and impactful.  There are so many places that offer an array of  cool, affordable pieces which makes it less painful when you want to change it out on a whim. ;)

Graphic pillows add interest and movement in an otherwise quiet space.  They are a fresh modern addition to crisp white bedding.

Have an inspired day!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hi, Style || Sequins Lover

Follow the call of the disco ball.

With the holiday season fast approaching, {yay!} there are sequins a'plenty out there.  Nothing puts you in a festive mood quicker than a little sparkle. There are tons of options whether your celebrations are casual or dressy.  

This cool sequin tee would be adorable paired with distressed denim, a leather moto and killer heels for a casual night out.  Slather on a mass of pearls and you're all set!

This feminine bronze A-line would be lovely with a simple black shirt, nude fishnets and classic pumps.

The black dress is a curve hugger - perfect for a night of dancing.  Because it is short and fitted, I would add sexy back seam tights, simple earrings and statement heels

This gray wool skirt with sequin detail is special.  I am thinking about buying this for Andrew's company holiday reception.  I think it's the perfect combination of professional sparkle.  I already have this shirt and thought I would wear this necklace and these shoes. I don't know - we'll see.....

Have a fab day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy Weekend!

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

What a week this has been!  My daughter has been coughing for five weeks now.  She was not responding to anything which was so scary.  We ended up in the emergency room to find out she has severe asthma.  These weeks have been a blur of one long, exhausting day.  She is on the slow mend while Andrew and I are breathing a sigh of relief that it is something manageable.  Isn't it the absolute worst when our kids are ill?

We are also experiencing the cold front that has hit much of the nation.  As much as I love slight break in temperatures, 38 degrees is just too damn cold.  I think this girl has the right idea. In between wearing something similar, you can find me decorating for Christmas because we need some warm, happy up in here.  What are your plans?

Blogs ||  I loved Dina's post about mixing different lighting within the kitchen.  This is a common dilemma for homeowners.  

Kids || With these sudden chilly temps, I had to make a run to Gap Kids for my little Ava.  Most everything is on sale.  I found some beyond adorable pieces like these, these, this and that to keep my baby warm.

Sales || With shopping upon us, I have been paying extra attention to sales.  Here a few that have caught my eye this week.  Madewell has extra 25% off sale styles, J. Crew is offering 25% off your total purchase and Banana has a whopping 40% off your total.  Every little bit helps, right?

Movies || I am hoping to see The Theory of Everything this weekend.  It is the story of Stephen Hawking's incredible journey of early accomplishments and love during the onset of his disease.  It looks fantastically inspirational.

Lusting || If budget wasn't a concern, I would have six of these babies in my dining room.  They are an example of the absolute perfection that is Kelly Wearstler.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Smitten with Overdyed Rugs

Serious is a word that must be entirely avoided when it comes to decoration.
Kathryn M. Ireland

If you read this blog, you have seen on my office several times.  I love working in here because it's cozy and the neutral palette helps me focus on client colors.  But I tire of decor quickly.  I love the bones but wanted to change up a few things.  One being the rug.  I have been wanting a vintage Persian for this room for the last year.  Finding one you love that is right size and right price can be daunting.

So, I was "Christmas shopping" on the net and made a wrong (or oh so right) turn into Rugs USA last week.  Enter Damla, the daring hued beauty.  This is not the Persian I had in mind, but it was 75% off.  I mean, really.  It's such a happy rug and just what my office needs for a little blip of color.  One day I will find my dream rug, but this guy is the perfect interim solution and I know it can easily move to another room.

Feast your eyes on some juicy overdyed rug inspiration .  I especially love the pairing of these boldly saturated carpets with modern furnishings.  The touch of faded femininity elevates all spaces.

Have a colorful day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hi, Style || Anniversary Date

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.
Dr. Seuss

Andrew and I will be celebrating 16 BIG ONES soon!  I cannot believe that - mostly because I have deluded myself into feeling like I just graduated a few years ago. The truth is it has flown by like a gentle, spring breeze.  We have had three amazing children, one dog, two houses and one apartment together.  We have stuck with each other through the good and the bad because that's what you do when you love someone.  We are opposite in almost every way but our differences seem to enrich our relationship as a whole.  I like to think I bring a sense of fun to his life and he definitely brings a calm peace to mine.  He seems to love and appreciate me more today than in the beginning, which is really the way it should be.  I am truly grateful to have spent these years with him.  I love you, Andrew.

We will be going to a nice dinner this year to celebrate which is awesome because I can't remember the last time we slowed down to go out together.  I wanted to wear something warm, (the nights are actually getting chilly here!) yet sexy.  I just scored this chic navy vest and wanted to take it out for a spin.  I love the drama of black and navy, so the outfit pretty much put itself together.

one-two-three-four-five-six similar here-seven (psst....5 and 7 on sale)

Have a loving day!


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