Aug. 29, 2014

Fall 2014 Fashion Trends Grey Gray JASON WU HERMES SAINT LAURENT

I’ve always loved grey, and so was over the moon when I saw that the catwalk reports for Fall/Winter 2014 were filled with grey!! There are so many great items to choose from, but if you are starting from a blank slate it’s best to pick some pieces that will perform double duty. A shift dress that you can wear with a blazer (in petite sizes too!!) for the office, over-the-knee boots to pair with your skirts and dresses, a lush cashmere sweater, minimalist clutch, and wear with everything stilettos. Next up, animal prints!!

Victoria, Victoria Beckham Wool Shift Dress / Gianvito Rossi ‘Gianvito’ Pumps / Nina Ricci Arc Clutch in Grey / Candela Austin Boot / Equipment Cashmere Sweater / J Crew Wool Flannel Blazer


Aug. 15, 2014

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Aerin Lauder Bedroom Sitting Area

1/ Borghese Mirrored 3 Drawer Chest
2/ Aerin Jacqueline Flush-Mount in Clear Glass
3/ Worlds Away Mark Gold Leaf Desk
4/ Made Goods Sylvie Gold Dining Chair
5/ Aerin Gold Bamboo Side Table
6/ Visual Comfort Thomas O’Brian Terri Crystal Lamp
7/ Anthropologie Vanuatu Twilight Wallpaper
Curtains: Try Pottery Barn’s Silk Dupioni Drapes in Porcelain Blue or Blue Dusk


Jul. 28, 2014

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Not a big DIYer when it comes to decorating? Not to worry, you too can have a lovely boudoir without tearing your hair out in the process. If you hate white, stop reading now, but if you don’t, then by all means proceed.

We had been living in a condo before we bought our house, so to make sure my purchases could easily transition into our future homes, I decided to stick to a neutral palette of whites and creams in our bedroom. This decision turned out to be a lifesaver because when we did move I just re-created my condo look in our new home while we renovated the rest of it. It was FANTASTIC to have a ‘done’ space without any work while the rest of the house was a mess!

When I finally had a chance to play around with our bedroom, I found myself craving something a little more cozy and romantic. I poured over images and found a few grey bedrooms I loved (see them here). I decided to keep my base of whites and creams and layer in a dark moody grey.

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It’s amazing how just making a few changes really transforms a space. I didn’t buy any major pieces of furniture, mostly just small pieces and accessories. I brought in a channeled silk quilt in a dark charcoal grey and added two French Louis XVI oval back chairs upholstered in a luscious grey velvet.

Instead of changing out my artwork or adding more to my walls, I decided to try something a little different and less ‘arranged’ by creating a gallery wall on my floor! I mixed architectural prints with illustrations in mismatched gilt frames for an eclectic and romantic feel. A few more accessories and pretty peonies in bright pink completed the look.

I loved inviting you into my home, I hope you had fun and picked up a few ideas along the way! If you like my bedroom and would like to re-create it for yourself at home, I’ve compiled a guide to help you master the look.

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HEADBOARD: Ballard Designs Camden Headboard with Nailheads

TABLE LAMPS: Visual Comfort Octagonal Table Lamp in Crystal / Vienna Full Spectrum Crystal Column Table Lamp

SIDE CHAIRS: Sarreid Ltd. Louis XVI Oval Side Chairs in Grey Velvet / Madeleine Grey Linen Armchair

QUILT: Williams Sonoma Home Silk Pickstick Bedding

ARTWORK: One Kings Lane Gold-Leaf Garden Maze I / One Kings Lane Gold-Leaf Garden Maze IV

ACCENT TABLE: Global Views Directoire Table in Brass and White Marble / Aidan Gray Fuji Occasional Table

DAYBED: Barclay Butera Bel Air Bench in Cream / Room & Board Jasper Studio Sofa

BEDSIDE TABLES: Modern History Gustavian Bedside Chest / Bernhardt Audrey Bedside Table in Parchment


Jul. 18, 2014

I sort of fell in love with the metal wall letters I found perusing through One Kings Lane’s Guys Rule sale. I was inspired to create a look that combines fun pops of color (using my metal wall letter, of course) with more tailored furnishings. I found my inspiration room while combing through the House & Garden photo archives (a GREAT resource from the UK if you haven’t visited yet!). My son is still quite small, but this would look so great when he gets a bit older.

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One Kings Lane Metal Wall Letter / One Kings Lane Haven’s Harbor Nightstand / Arcadia Red Linen Headboard / PB Teen Penn Task Lamp / Pottery Barn Chunky Wool & Jute Rug / Land of Nod Polar Bear in a Snowstorm Bedding / PB Teen Light Blue Crossweave Blanket


Jul. 10, 2014

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With Paris Fashion Week in full swing I can’t help but check out what everyone is wearing. I’m a mother of two so while I love seeing the daring outfits everyone has concocted, I truly appreciate when there is something that I can actually wear myself! Caroline de Maigret looks comfortable and so chic in her Chanel ensemble. Love the navy tweed shift with the red clutch. I’ve put together a few outfits (splurge & save versions, of course!) to help you re-create Caroline’s look.

Caroline de Maigret Chanel Paris Fashion Week July 2014

Save: Rebecca Taylor Seamed Shift Dress / DKNY Convertible Zipper Shift Dress / B by Brian Atwood Roberta Wedge Sandals / Diane von Furstenberg Lizard Printed Clutch

Splurge: Victoria, Victoria Beckham Jacquard Dress / Prada Suede Wedge Sandals / Saint Laurent Monogrammed Clutch


Jun. 25, 2014

With the summer sales in full swing (and sites like Moda Operandi offering up to 80% off!) you can’t not pick up a deal or two. My sale strategy has always been to pick up items with a classic shape and artistic details. You want to fill your cupboard with pieces that you will cherish for their beauty and transcend fashion seasons. Another sale strategy I employ is to look ahead to the upcoming season to see what colors and shapes predominate. You will be surprised what you can pick up on sale that is right on trend for the next season. For example, shades of wine are a big trend for Fall/Winter 2014. I found a Narcisco Rodriguez burgundy suede clutch on sale at Saks for 70% off! It can take some time, but it is so worth the investment! Dont’ forget that Shopbop is offering an extra 25% off sale prices with the code 25MORE!! Happy hunting!


Narciso Rodriguez Folio Leather & Suede Clutch in Burgundy $604
Sergio Rossi Crystal-Embellished Snakeskin Sandals $495
Oscar de La Renta Pearl Strand Necklace $596
Jimmy Choo Charlize Metallic & Grain Leather Clutch $677
Guiseppe Zanotti Coline Leather Booties $558


Jun. 13, 2014

A few days ago I posted my top ten outdoor dining chairs under $200. Instead of just doing the same for outdoor dining tables, I decided to show you how I would mix and match the chairs I selected with dining tables. My favorite outdoor dining spaces are those that forgo the matched set, but instead create an inviting scene by mixing materials and colors. I’ve created a few different looks to suit different decor styles, as well those those of you with smaller areas to work with. I hope you find this helpful and most of all, have fun with it!

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I love using large farmhouse style tables for outdoor spaces with plenty of room. They are so cozy and inviting. Just imagine all the great parties you can host with one of these at your disposal!

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In small spaces I prefer to use round tables. I just think it looks better, especially for apartment balconies that tend to be square or rectangular shaped.

1. SHOP THE LOOK: Large Spaces
Nantucket Industrial
Hampstead Dining Table
Carlisle Dining Chairs Set of 2

English Garden
Ceylon Whitewash Dining Table
Ballard Designs Cafe Folding Chairs Set of 2

Modern Beach House
Dockside Dining Table
Room & Board Bellini Chair

2. SHOP THE LOOK: Small Spaces
Cote d’Azure
Ballard Designs Cafe Table
Safavieh Hooper Dining Chair Set of 2

Modern Louis
Saarinen Style Tulip Dining Table
Montclair Dining Armchair

European Elegance
Outdoor Aluminum Table
Ceylon Whitewash Dining Chair

Classic Cafe
Giardino Cafe Table
Overstock Metal Bistro Chairs Set of 2


Jun. 10, 2014

I’ve been traveling a bit lately (with 2 kids!!) so it has been a bit hard to keep up with my weekly posts. BUT, I’m back with my top 10 outdoor dining chairs under $200!! I’ve scoured the shops, so you don’t have to, and have come up with chairs that will suit just about any outside space. I promise. Just in time for your upcoming 4th of July festivities. Look out for my favorite tables next!

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1/ Classic Parisian Chic
Monet Cafe Outdoor Dining Chair
Safavieh Hooper Dining Chair Set of 2

2/ Traditional Wood with a Twist
Montclair Dining Armchair
West Elm Dexter Dining Chair

3/ Whitewashed
Ceylon Whitewashed Dining Side Chair
Room & Board Bellini Chair

4/ Industrial Vibe
Carlisle Dining Chairs Set of 2
Room & Board Rio Chair

5/ Black Bistro
Ballard Designs Cafe Folding Chairs Set of 2
Overstock Metal Bistro Chairs


May. 27, 2014

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Natasha Poly in Oscar de la Renta

There were so many impeccably dressed women at Cannes this year it was hard to narrow it down to just a few. My favorites were in gorgeously detailed gowns with unfussy hair and subtle makeup.

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Naomi Watts in Marchesa

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Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Liu Wen in Saint Laurent Cannes 2014

Liu Wen in Saint Laurent

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Zoë Saldana in Victoria Beckham


May. 24, 2014

I’ve always been a fan of classic ankle-tie espadrilles. They give petite girls like me some height and are comfortable enough to wear chasing kids around. If you don’t own a pair already, what are you waiting for? They look chic with jeans, shorts, dresses, you name it. Super versatile and even available in gorgeous lace from Valentino. Can’t you just imagine those on your feet? Some inspiration for you from Alexa Chung, Hanneli Mustaparta, and Six Foot One blogger.

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Espadrilles, Hanneli Mustaparta, Alexa Chung

Espadrilles, Hanneli Mustaparta, Alexa Chung

Espadrilles, Hanneli Mustaparta, Alexa Chung

Espadrilles, Hanneli Mustaparta, Alexa Chung

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