Tuesday, July 31, 2012

photographing your home

 a beautiful mess
I'm working on photographing a new project to share with you all and I ran across this from one of my all time favs a beautiful mess. Emma and Elsie share their best tips for photographing your home... and I'm totally taking notes, how about you?

Monday, July 30, 2012


 I never get tired of that view. Over the weekend, Luke and I headed down to Charleston to spend some time with some dear friends on the beach.  We ate Fresh Market ham, guryere and fig sandwiches and just hung out all day in the water. We left the beach just in time for dinner and to watch one of the hugest storms I've ever seen roll in... and this gorgeous sky was the aftermath.
 We played in the water with this and watched all the wind surfers and paddleboarders... side note: Have any of you tried it? We really want paddleboards and I would love some input
We sang Zac Brown way too loud (and off key for me) on the way home. His new CD is really good!
Did ya'll have a good weekend?
(photos via my instagram. acreativedayblog)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Poshlocket leather

When Poshlocket contacted me about doing a review of one of their bracelets, I jumped at the chance to snag one of these beauties from their leather line. Its been added to my daily rotation and I've barely taken it off. I love my turquoise one, but a close runner up was the orange or cream, and they are on sale, so hop on it!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This week

Whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes that are actually good for you. Its whats for dinner.

This room. That is all. 
Brianne posted about this stunner on ebay for $11.99. Where do I sign up?

 this art. Via Michelle

I just love this image, it speaks to me. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

For your man



$10.50, no your eyes don't deceive you. The lands end gingham shirt is really that good of a deal. We ordered Luke one and he loves it (there aren't that many sizes left so get on it). The polo one is also a good deal on sale down from $90. I love this look for guys during the summer, so summery and classic. 
P.S Lands end Canvas is having an awesome sale right now with an extra 30% off everything. I ordered these for me and can't wait to wear them all fall. I got them for $20... down from $90. Oh and I was super bummed they didn't have these in my size.. so someone who is an 8.5 please order them for $18 so I can live vicariously through you.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Get in my closet / Madewell sale


Everything about the extra 30% off Madewell sale makes me happy. I want to add all these items to my closet ASAP and with the extra 30% off sale, some of these items are crazy cheap. I've been wanting another high low skirt for a while and this sale might make me pull the trigger.. and how fun would it be with that chevron sweater? I want to be wearing this while making my way through my local farmers market tomorrow, which is complete with homemade blueberry donuts and boiled peanuts:-)
av also has us dreaming of a Euro vacation, and these two outfits would totally get me through Europe in style. Maybe I need everything.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Change around here

Change is coming people; and its in the shape of a black and gold lampshade, a new painting by moi and some seriously fun fabric. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Polka Dots

After seeing this on design sponge I've been stalking this shop on etsy. Silk polka dot lumbar pillow? I mean, come on! The entire shop is full of gorgeous pillows and many are on SALE. I'm thinking that the first one might be coming home with me... what do you think?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Everyday Series: Little Bits of Lovely

Rachel has a gorgeous blog that gets me inspired every time I visit...

Hi everyone! It's Rachel here from Little Bits of Lovely + I'm thrilled Eileen invited me to take part in the Everyday Series sharing the favorite bits of my day!

Everyday Happy: House Edition

My workspace is where I spend most of my time so I love surrounding myself with pretty stationery and filling my inspiration board with whatever's inspiring me.

Everyday Happy: Closet Edition

Right now, I'm loving my cobalt blue cropped blazer + pairing it with lots of black and animal prints.

Everyday Happy: Morning Edition

I'm lucky that my apartment gets the beautiful morning sun, so I start each day with a fresh cup of coffee whilst reading my favourite blogs + magazines and the sunlight streaming through the window - pure bliss! 

Everyday Happy: Relax edition 

To relax, I turn off the computer, put away my phone + go for a long run or walk with my dog Charlie. I always come back feeling energized and ready to tackle whatever needs to be done next!

Everyday Lust: Shopping Edition

It's winter here so I'm currently crushing over lots of darker colours mixed with metallics + gold.

1. Sass + Bide jeans // 2. Chanel Graphite nail colour // 3. Repetto ballet flats // 4. Phillip Lim bag

Everyday Lust: Pin Edition

I use Pinterest a lot and find myself pinning + re-pinning all throughout the day.  Take a look at my boards here. 

Here are some recent favourites...

Everyday Lust: Travel Edition 

I've been dreaming about visiting Paris for a very long time and have just made plans to travel there in September - I can't wait!

Everyday Read: Blog Edition

So many favourites, but my daily reads are:
+ The Coveteur
+ The Simply Luxurious Life
+ Garance Dore

Thank you so much for having me today Eileen! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

On this Monday...

This is what I'm drinking...(with creamer instead of Kahlua for breakfast)
This is what I'm thinking...

This is what I'm wearing...

Here's to a productive day with a glass of wine at the end :-)
Happy Monday!

Friday, July 13, 2012



 Wedding season is in full swing, and I've always struggled to find something to wear that I haven't worn before, especially one summer when I had 7 weddings in 2 months! Then I discovered the skirt, the often under-appreciated heavyweight for weddings, and your savior if you want to have fresh looks without buying 7 different dresses.
As skirts go, this one might take the cake. Its tulle and blush people, and can be styled for a garden wedding to a black tie evening. 
Happy Soirees to you :-)
I'm so excited about the weekend, what about you? I might be the only one still in love with summer, even though its 105 degrees here I love it. We are planning on spending a lot of this weekend on the water and trying a new wine bar so I'm pretty happy. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Lauren tweeted about these sandals from etsy last week and I haven't stopped thinking about them since. Custom and handmade in Greece and super reasonable at $54!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Target and leopard

I'm of the mindset that less is more when it comes to clothes. When I wake up late and I'm stumbling into my closet and I only have 10 minutes to get ready before I have to leave for work, I like when I can reach for one article of clothing. Like this dress. Easy and long and add a leopard belt and I'm ready to go.  And fact that said dress was only $15 dollars at target makes me even happier.

Happy Wednesday, the weekend is only 2 days away!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Everyday Series: Luella and June

Bradley constantly inspires me with her gorgeous graphics and roundups, and she just was a contributor for The Everygirl on a great feature about fashion essentials.

Everyday Happy: House Edition

I love having fresh flowers in my apartment. These pink roses are currently on my bedside table. They're one of the first things I see in the morning. 

Everyday Happy: Closet Edition

These shoes were a Paris purchase. I adore the neon pink trim. 

Everyday Happy: Morning Edition

Easy. Luella & June. Though it certainly requires a lot of hard word, the blog is easily one of the best parts of my day. I genuinely look forward to getting up every morning to work on it.

Everyday Happy: Relax Edition 
In a normal week, shutting down my computer and catching up on some shows on my DVR. (I'm obsessed with Downton Abbey right now!)

Everyday Lust: Shopping Edition 

This Matthew Williamson dress is calling my name. I love the turquoise beading at the top. I would wear it now with some a pair of strappy heels, and then throw some black tights on with it in the fall. 

Everyday Lust: Pin Edition

This is a Tommy Ton shot from Paris. I just love the mix that's happening here - the statement necklace worn over a vintage tee. It really resonates with me.

Everyday Lust: Travel Edition 

St. Barts, here I come! 

Everyday Read: Blog Edition

Monday, July 9, 2012


Even though L and I had most of last week off, we worked all week. And when I say work, I mean organized our entire house, made a headboard with nailhead, painted two consoles, cleaned out our guest bedroom and made an ottoman. I'm tired just thinking about it and we totally got in bed at 9:30 on multiple nights. We did manage to squeeze in dinners at our favorite restaurants, multiple 4th celebrations with good friends, pool time every day and a trip to the farmers market.
 I did get around to 'organizing' my favorite baubles as well. I love looking at all my favorites every morning. I was also so excited to add these 3 stella and dot pretties below to my rotation. I won a giveaway from Annette's facebook page and having been wearing one of the three pairs almost every day. And I look at how pretty the boxes they came in are, I don't want to throw them away!

How was your fourth?

Friday, July 6, 2012

In the kitchen

breakfast / dessert / dinner / appetizer 

This is what is going down this weekend at my house. Just bought the ingredients and trying to hold off making all four this afternoon. Totally excited to try the pasta two ways by my girl Julia and the queso. Can we say delicious?   
Happy Friday! 
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