Monday, January 31, 2011

Outfit to Outfitted: Black & Tans

(look from See By Chloe via


Friday, January 28, 2011

This Week: Goodbye January

(photo by me)

Can you believe January is almost over?!  Well to be honest January felt long, not too long but I feel like I've had a lot of time to visit with friends and family, watch movies, bake treats, read, work, etc. but still can't believe that it's almost February. I had a lovely first month, I think 2011will be a good year! This week...

1. I just baked cloud cakes! Frosting is being whipped up as I type this (thank goodness for standing mixers:) I found the recipe in this book (a gift from my lovely friend), it's a white cake topped (and baked) with strawberry preserves and a fluffy frosting. Let me know if you'd like the recipe!

2. Am resisting the urge to buy something on just to get the free iPhone case! I love the bold black and white stripes! Do you ever get sucked into buying stuff just to receive free stuff?

3. I thought  Blue Valentine was good, despite the fact that I found it depressing.

4. Watched Giada make this! Have any of you ever made Risotto? Is it difficult to do? I think I'm going to attempt to make it this weekend if the weather feels wintery.

5. Am soooo excited about Tina Fey's new book (to be released April 5th)!! I can't wait!!!

6. Oscar nominations are out! Are you excited about any particular nomination? I want to watch "Biutiful", "The Fighter" and "Rabbit Hole" before then.

7.  Watched "Somewhere"! It was so beautiful to watch, a little less wonderful than Lost in Translation  (I LOVED Lost in Translation) but still great! It made me want to visit LA again soon.

8. Iron and Wine was on Conan! I have it on my DVR, don't know what I'm waiting for to watch it. You can see the performance here.

9. Will be posting my first Outfit to Outfitted post soon, you can see the first One Accessory Said to the Other post here.

10. Excited for friends that are running marathons on Sunday! My hats off to them:)

Have a lovely weekend!! XO

Thursday, January 27, 2011

One Accessory Said to the Other: A Little Brass Goes a Long Way

The Fashion Accessory

Brass Bangle Set and photo from Anthropologie

The Home Accessory

Arteriors Home's James Large Brass Vase and photo from Inside Avenue

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Quick Hello...

(photo by me:)
Hello! So it's been over a month since I published my first blog post!! I want to thank all of you for reading, and thank my friends and supporters for sharing my blog with their friends and supporters:) I've been trying to be consistent. If you've been reading I'm sure you've seen a pattern with most of my posts. I hope that overall my blog is an enjoyable read. So far my "categories/series" if you will, are the following: This Week, Currently Loving, I Fancy, and of course there are some gift guides and other posts mixed in. This week I'll be introducing these two new categories/series:

One Accessory Said to the Other
(I'll be showing a fashion accessory and the Home Accessory version of it)

Outfit to Outfitted
(I'll be showing an outfit along with a (shopping) guide to interpreting the oufit into a space)

Once again, thank you for checking in and reading! I will keep you posted on any new categories/series (more to come soon). I encourage you to comment, I would love to hear your thoughts:) oh...and please follow or like;)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Currently Loving: Late 1970's Inspired Style

 I know what you're thinking...but I don't mean Saturday Night Fever and Disco, instead think Rhoda Morgenstern, Mary Tyler Moore, Diane Von Furstenberg and Annie Hall. The late 1970's career girl (and her apartment) meets 2011. Lucky Magazine's "The New 70's Show" feature really hit the spot. I'm loving neutrals like khaki, tan leather, and navy paired with lady-like blouses and cardigans in pops of color. This is a great transition into the bold bright colors that are coming up everywhere for spring (and I'm sure I'll be excited about those very soon too!). I'm not sure how well the late 1970's will fare in Interior Design in 2011 since some people may not be ready to revisit the decade. I think some 1970's inspired spaces are really cool and somewhat timeless, perhaps small details and accessories (i.e. some brass accents, shag rugs, graphic wallpaper...what else?) can help in achieving this cleaned up, late 70's vibe without having to commit to it for long.  What do you think? Are you digging this vibe too? Do you think the 70's will make a strong comeback during this decade or do you think this will be a short-lived trend?

(photo via tvguide)

(photo of Rhoda via

(photo of DVF via pinterest)

(photos via design-crisis)

(photos via luckymag)

(photo via mooninthetenthhouse)

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(photo via lefashionimage)

(photo via desire to inspire)

(photo from thedecorista via pinterest)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

This Week: Seeking Inspiration and Motivation

(photo from etsy via pinterest)

Ugh! What a week!! I will not bore you with the details...long story short, it was a LONG one:( Do any of you have any tricks or sure-fire ways to get inspired and motivated quickly? I had two bowls of neopolitan ice cream kind of helped:) Hope you have a lovely weekend!! So this week...

1. I want one of these soooo bad!!!
2. Would love to find some of these pineberries to try! They are white strawberries that taste like pineapple, don't they sound delicious?!
3. Am one of the lucky recipients of Knoll Luxe's limited edition "Knoll Red" nailpolish!! You can see it here.
4. Check out Mrs. Lilien's recipe for a Shirley Temple with a twist!
5. How cool are those ice cream spoons?! Available on etsy!
6. Blue Valentine is finally showing near me!! Have any of you seen it? What did you think?
7. These Pantone Chip Cookies are so cool!! Perfect use of the pantone box!
8. I want this book!
9. Making this soup this weekend!
10. I'm getting excited about Valentine's Day!! Am already gathering stuff for a Valentine's Day Gift Guide I'll be posting in February (stay tuned:)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I fancy: Ampersands

Isn't the Ampersand lovely?! So pretty in so many fonts and forms, perfect in logos and company names and even all by itself. It is commonly known as the "and sign" and Wikipedia says it's roots go way back to the 1st Century A.D. According to Wikipedia the Ampersand is named after a french physicist and mathematician named André-Marie Ampère who used the sign in his publications and so they called it "Ampere's and". Go here for the history of the Ampersand. It is a common symbol, and almost everyone knows what it is and what it means but might not have taken a few little minutes to appreciate how beautiful it is. It has developed a cult following over the years, there are entire blogs and websites devoted to it's beauty. I must say, I don't tire of looking at different versions of it and love that they are popping up everywhere lately. Here is the lovely Ampersand in products, photos, illustrations, etc. So tell you fancy the Ampersand too?

(the evolution of the Ampersand via wikipedia)

(photo via pinterest)

Ampersand in Kate Spade's new Fifth Avenue Store
(photo via lonnymag)

 (photo via sharesomecandy)

(photo from etsy via pinterest)

(photo via pinterest)

(photo via mediabistro)

(available at House Industries)

(photo from imjustcreative)

(photo via pinterest)

(photo via the ampersand)

(photo via pinterest)

Friday, January 14, 2011

This Week: Dreaming of a Snow Day

Winter is here! It is snowing in 49 states, so cool that Florida is the one state without snow, it's even snowing in Hawaii! Winter in paradise is quite nice, we get to wear some winter clothes and feel a little cold and then it just warms up again and cools off again and warms up again, etc... it's nice to get a break from the cold. Even though I can imagine how unpleasant a cold winter can be, I love the idea of staying home because of the snow! It must be so great to stay warm and cozy indoors while watching movies and lounging in pajamas, eating comfort foods and sipping hot chocolate, it sounds so nice! Hope those of you who live in cold places stay warm and enjoy your snow days! So this week...

1. We tried this delicious cocktail for my sister's birthday dinner!
2. Flipped through the new issue of Lonny (one of my favorite online magazines)!
3. Learned about this awesome website and heard this lovely song.
4. Baked an apple cake for "girls night in" at my sister's house!
5. Want to get this book.
6. Looking forward to our Redland outing on Saturday for this!
7. Made this, very yummy (not exactly diet-friendly though I did make it a little better by getting Dream Fields pasta)
8. Think this photo is lovely, and so different from most other photos of her.
9. Doesn't this Strawberry and Cherry Limeade sound delicious?! Think I'll make it on Saturday with fresh fruits from our Redland excursion!
10. We don't have a heater or a fireplace, this seems like a cool solution. Check out the history of the fireplace here.

Hope your weekends are lovely! XO

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Currently Loving: The Absence of Color + Rich Textures

- Color + Rich Textures

I will begin by stating that I am a lover of color! I really am, however, I tire of color quite quickly. One week/month I'm in love with a certain color, and the so much. I never dislike colors, I just don't want them everywhere all the time. In design, since one's selections are semi-permanent/long term commitments, I tend to think color is best as an accent. Walls are best in neutral colors (preferrably whites or grays) and the use of rich textures like wood (especially walnut), (faux/vintage) fur or leather,and metals far out weigh the use of bright colors in large doses. Now throw in a brightly colored throw pillow or blanket, a stack of colorful books on a table or a bright, colorful painting, or even a vase with colorful flowers (or even white flowers, sometimes I think the green of the stems and leaves are enough color:) and it's just the right dose if you want color. Lately, though I consider a tan leather an accent color in an otherwise neutral palette and throw in white or cream for a punch of brightness. As much as I love the use of color in the right application (i.e. Palm Springs, a baby nursery, fashion, event planning, etc.) and understand how happy and wonderful color makes one feel, currently, I'm totally loving neutral spaces with accents of lovely, rich textures and metals with accents of white/cream, gray, charcoal, and black for the needed punch! These photos will illustrate how lovely a neutral palette can be, and how bold neutral can be (despite the absence of actual color) in photos and interior, fashion, and product design. So are you color commitment phobes, too? Or do you absolutely need color in your living spaces?

(photos via lonnymag, mattersofstyleblog)

(photos via pinterest, citified)

(photos via remodelista, aubreyroad)

(photos via fastcodesign, mattersofstyleblog)


(photos via citified, pinterest)

(photo via the decorista)

(photos via onbluepoolroad, sfgirlbybay)

(photos via yellowtrace, aubreyroad)
(photos via thout, the brick house)
(photo via sayyestohoboken)

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