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This could quite possibly be my dream dining room.  The look achieves such a distinct balance between the vintage, lavish glamour of the brass and mirrored elements and the art deco ornamentation of the bold, graphic print.  It is also so cohesively harmonized by the modern, stabilizing lines of the room’s key dining pieces.  I’m in love.

Details.  Rattan Chair  //  David Hicks La Fiorentina Pillow  //  Odeon Glass Fringe Chandelier  //  Brass Dome Table Lamp  //  Vintage Brass Ice Bucket  //  Mirrored Rectangular Tray //  Mirror  //  Dining Table  // Leather Dining Chair  // Photo via Pinterest

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Falling for Layers

We’ve had some beautiful fall weather here on the east coast recently.  The kind of weather that is perfect for wearing “movable” clothing that can be easily transitioned on and off.  Here’s a look I wore recently that integrates some of my favorite fall layers.

Details.  Leather Jacket:  Old Loehmann’s find (but I love this and this)  //  Vest: Old Navy  //  Scarf: J.Crew  //  Chambray Top: J.Crew (similar)  //  Pants: Gap  // Flats: Ann Taylor (old, but OBSESSED with THESE!!)  // Bag: Zara

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Zara Home Launch

Zara Home finally launched in the US last week!  The Spain-based fashion power house is now targeting the decor and accent furniture markets, and, as with all Zara products, the style, quality, and price is completely on point.

With free shipping throughout October, my days of smuggling these products across the border are long gone!  Check out my current favorites!

One. Julio Door Stop.  ::  Two. Mylo Vase.  ::  Three. Levin Lantern.  ::  Four. Pub Stool.  ::  Five. Sterling Pillow.  ::  Six. Venice Mirror.  ::  Seven. Alhambra Pillow.  ::  Eight. Monocle Nest of Tables. ::  Nine. Dony Coaster.

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so clutch

The oversized clutch is making a scene everywhere you look these days.  From daytime lunch meetings to evening nights out, this simple feature adds a bold impact to any outfit.

I especially love the Clare Vivier‘s styles, but the price tag?  Not so much.  I decided to give this carryall the old diy try and get the style for less.  Turns out $60 and 20 minutes (+2 hour dry time) left me with a result that was…well…so clutch!

To try this yourself, you’ll need:

  • Leather pouch
  • Acrylic paint (I chose this lovely shade of jade – my current color obsession)
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Ruler and pencil for marking
  • Clear acrylic spray paint

Step 1.  Mark off the area you want to paint on the clutch with painter’s tape.  I chose to do a 4 inch vertical stripe and used a ruler to mark the width evenly on both sides.  Make sure you firmly adhere the tape to the leather so that your lines are clean and straight when you remove the tape.

Step 2.  Mix the acrylic paint with a little water and begin to paint the leather in marked area.  I used an off white leather pouch, so the paint color went right on.  If you choose a colored pouch, use a layer of white acrylic paint as a primer before painting the color of your choice.  

Step 3.  Once you have finished painting, use a blow dryer to expedite the drying process, and then paint on another layer.

Step 4.  When you are satisfied with the depth and shade of your color, let the pouch dry for about 2 hours.  Remove the tape and spray a coat or two of the clear acrylic paint to set the color.  Then, enjoy!

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double take

I don’t know how I really feel about this.  On one hand, industrial, unexpected, fresh, geometrically intriguing, and unlike any other.  But on the other, how does an accident-prone (hypothetical) individual successfully climb this thing all the time?  First thing in the morning?  AND with bare feet?  All I can say is, ouch!

Image via: here

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demure with a twist

A leopard pump can sometimes transcend past that tasteful line and end up in the not so subtle, look-at-me (in a bad way) territory.  One way I like to balance this bold element is to pair it with a mono-themed demure style to balance out the aggressive nature of the print.  In this case, I went ultra conservative.  Peplum top, lace pencil skirt, classically-styled bag.  Without the leopard, this look is too expected.  Paired with anything other than these conservative elements, the shoes could teater on the excessive side.  But all together, the ratio is quite balanced- demure with a twist.

Details: Top: Anthropologie // Skirt: Zara (similar here) // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Purse: Urban Expressions

Styling tip: I love the peplum look, but it is honestly a bit tricky to wear, especially in the hip area.  I, for one, cannot wear this top with jeans.  Too much attention is immediately brought to my middle, where all you see is pockets, buttons, and billowing curves.  Not the best move for those of us who want to minimize that region.  I have found, however, that pairing a peplum top with a pencil skirt works wonders. The longer the pencil skirt, the sleeker the silhouette.

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on my [virtual] nightstand

I’m currently reading the new issue of Adore Home Magazine, which is a digital home and lifestyle magazine based in Australia.  There is so much inspiration in each page – new products, delightful color combination ideas, designer spotlights, and focused design tips.  Unlike most design reads, the products featured in the photos are so accessible, as the magazine offers direct links to product sites by just clicking on the item on the page.  (Yay technology!)

Hope you all enjoy this read as much as I did!


not so mellow yellow

Sweater: Gap (similar here) // Skirt: J.Crew (similar here) // Belt: J.Crew (similar here) // Wedges: Tory Burch (on sale!!) // Clutch: Muze Handbags (could you just die over this one?!)

I am making it my personal mission to have neon categorized  as business professional.

PS- that clutch had me at first stripe! It is hand painted leather, and just STUNning!

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Home Envy

This past weekend, I popped into a couple of open houses to get some inspiration and put some spark back into my first home savings plan (which may take slight hit due to my continuoulsy looming Louboutin considerations.  Eeek!)  Anyways, after nearly drooling on myself over a newly built $2M Brownstone in my area, I came back down to reality and visited some much more realistic, smaller and older homes.  I started thinking of the potential renovations I could plan in each one.

After my adventures, I started doing some renovations research and was so drawn to this design by James Magni.  The serenity of the mostly white and clear pallette, combined with the unobstructed light throughout the space really balance the unwavering, flawless lines and modern masculine design scheme.

And the owner really pulled at my heart strings when saying, “For me, order and cleanliness equal peace. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, no matter what happened at the office, I can guarantee that all my stresses and worries will be defused when I get home,” he says. “This house takes my breath away. There is nothing I would do differently.”  Couldn’t have said it better myself!

“In some homes a sense of spirituality in decor is defined by dream catchers, meditation stones, wind chimes, and twisty stalks of lucky bamboo. The impeccably restrained Beverly Hills, California, house that designer James Magni renovated for a young dynamo in the health-food business interprets that concept in a completely different language. This is a place where serenity and otherworldliness are a function of pristine open spaces, seamless fields of white stone, sunlight, water, and sky.”

All photos and quotes from Architectural Digest.

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Shopbop Picks

Shopbop is having a HUGE sale!  20% off.  Three days only.  Enter code BIGEVENT at checkout.

Check out some my wish list items!

one. Nixon The Camden Watch  ::  two. Joie Rori Lace Dress  ::  three. Joie Elvia Top :: four. Halston Heritage Drape Front Dress  ::  five. J Brand 910 Ankle Skinny Jeans  ::  six. House of Harlow Spike and Cone Cuff  ::  seven. Tory Burch Shearer Shorts  ::  eight. Tory Burch Eddie Snake Ballet Flats