Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Orange Crush

I totally crush on orange.  Always have.  I love it in all seasons from real oranges in summer to pumpkins in fall and all in between from season to fashion to place.  I think it goes with everything and can be a happy pop of brightness or soften things up.  Here's some orange crush inspiration just in case you are in the mood to spice it up.

image via Ruffled Blog

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday Tune - Million Dollar Bill

Yall know we love Dawes (see Concert Chic) and thus this derivative collaboration, Middle BrotherThis song makes me sad/happy, happy/sad and I like it a lot. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Old Shoes = New Shoes

 I talked about my new pink suede oxfords that I purchased to replace these beauties that have been my faithful go-to's for the last couple of years. . . and today I decided I couldn't part with them.  So here's what I did.  I painted them.  Gold.  And it may not last because it is just the same damn spray paint I used a few weeks ago for my stumps, and I did no research to see if it works on leather, yadda yadda yadda.  But I did it anyway, and I LOVE them.  And I kinda hope it cracks a wears a little.  I'm ok with that.  But mostly I'm happy they aren't in the trash or the give-away bag because I love them, and I can't just have pink.  I need gold too.  Period.  That's just me, and I'm all about going for it this week.  (more on that soon). Happy Wednesday.

I taped the soles off so as to leave old and scruffy against the gold.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Obsessed: Relief Chair

I came across the Relief Chair by Ben Mickus on Branch Home (my fave site for the lovliest gifts - sustainable design) - made of industrial felt, and I find it fascinating and beautiful.  Funky and classic.  Just as they intended, no doubt.  It was also displayed during the "Fashioning Felt" exhibit the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum a couple of years ago.  Hello Gorgeous.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Genius Jewelry Storage

photo by stephaniepoli found on Casa Sugar

Does anyone else struggle with jewelry storage?  Mine is always in complete disarray.  I found these images inspiring and creative ways to treat this problem. . . maybe I'll take some of each to finally make it work for me.  Fingers crossed - no more tangled beads and lost earrings!
Image by A Typical Type A on houzz

image via Style Your Life

image by MRB929 via Casa Sugar turorial

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another Beautiful Day in Portland

I'm baaaack.  It's gorgeous weather in Portlandia (and I mean that in the kindest way- I do love this place) today.  About to head to the activation for the j-o-b but hope to keep you updated on any fun I have.  Or maybe just a shot of the cardis I'll be wearing. . . that's right.  Cardigans.  As friend (that lives in scorching West Texas) said in response to my annoying weather updates from last weekend (here), "I'm just happy to know there is cool weather somewhere in this world." (Thank you Kelli, for being a sport).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Fall Boyfriend Shoes

 I just got the shoes that are going to define my fall look.  Rose colored, suede oxfords.  Do you love them?  I do.  I've worn the dog out of my two toner oxfords (update project for those coming soon!), so these are the perfect update.  They will go with everything in my book - and I'll be sure to update you on my fave, brave combos soon.  So. Excited. If they are a little chunky for you, here are some awesome alternatives (both from Fossil). Now bring on the cool weather! (Please. . . ?!)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Herb Garden Heaven

 If you are here you probably know that I've been traveling for my d-a-y-j-o-b for four weeks straight (heading into my fourth trip in as many weeks on Wed - yikes).  So, I'm nuts.  I'm insane right now.  Running around, trying to not just keep my job, but excel at it (oy), and maintain the things that really feed my soul (my fam, my sweet little boy, my friends, this here blog, etc) - it's. . . uh. . . well. . . bumpy at best.  But I'm hopeful just the same. 
 *SIDE NOTE: speaking of maintaining hope (did you see the market returns and economic outlook today, among other things in the world?) in an extremely difficult time for everyone - I wholeheartedly suggest reading Martha Beck's article in this month's O Magazine (it's not online yet) - but it's an inspiring non-guilty guide to keeping the faith and being positive.
One source of hope is rooted in being married to an awesome guy.  It's cheesy I know, but @benjaminmagill rocks.  When I returned from New York last week, I was met with this: an indoor herb garden.  Ben did it.  Just for me.  I. Die.  Isn't it so perfect in the crisp pots (from IKEA) and sitting atop a lazy susan on gilded stump.  In. The. Living. Room.  I love it there because - who else has an herb garden in the living room?  Which works in a little house so well. We just used the basil tonight for dinner and I expect major usage of all. . . mostly it just makes me happy when I look at it. . . being thoughtful (and flavorful!) is not overrated.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Everything's Coming Up Rosy

I came across THE MOST amazing shop on Etsy (because I skulk around that site all. the. time. - there are so many treasure and truly some talented merchants!): Greatest Friend 

They have the most glorious assortment of beautifully chosen vintage pieces and beautifully made not-so-vintage pieces. . . I was struck by the rosy hues that kept coming up and couldn't resist. . . thus this rosy little piece on some of my faves.  I feel more hopeful already!

1980s vintage rustic cotton ikat pinafore dress - $42 

1970s vintage suede and coral leather hobo bag - $36

1970s vintage large magic eye silk scarf - $16

1980s vintage blush rose billowy rayon top - $28

1980s vintage native flowers rayon top - $30

1900s vintage weaved flax and printed raw silk japanese drawstring purse - $64

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ACE in the Hotel

I love the Ace Hotel in New York City.   I'm dying to stay at another location in Palm Springs or Seattle, but for now NYC is my spot and my go-to place when I'm there.  It's the uber-original hipster enclave that is even more endearing because it's located on a random corner @ 29th and Broadway.   I really feel like I'm in on a secret when I'm there because the rates are so reasonable by New York standards.  There is nothing overly chic around it, but it's there just being groovy without a chip on it's shoulder.  All the rooms are a bit different with cool graphic and industrial elements but softened with crisp white linens and yummy blankets.  With an accommodating staff who really do not care of you come in skinnies and chucks, or pleated khakis - all are welcome.   And, uh, do NOT go without having a glass of prosecco and a leek tart at the ahhhhhmazing restaurant next door The Breslin.  I literally dream about it.  Have a loverly Wednesday.

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