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Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Somehow Thanksgiving has snuck up on on us once again. So, I figured I'd pause for a little holiday inspiration.

This setting might be completely un-realistic, but how awesome would it be to eat Thanksgiving dinner in this perfect outdoor setting?

If you're planning an indoor dinner (duh), I love this simple white table setting from Martha Stewart.

On the other hand,  I'm always inspired by Eddie Ross' table-scapes.   This Thanksgiving table he did for Lonny a few years back is outstanding.  I love the mix of patterns,  the rich gold accessories, and the contrast of the orange flowers and blue glasses.

If Eddie's eclectic traditional look isn't your vibe, you can always stick to basic black and whites.

And, if all else fails,  pull out the gilded spraypaint and gild some pumpkins and dried corn.

 

How to Wear: Green Pants

Bright denim is everywhere, but a lot of people struggle with what to pair with statement pants.   I recently picked up a pair of green corduroy, so I figured I'd share some ideas.

Look #1: A day of shopping

A white blouse is a no-brainer pairing with bright colored pants.  Kelly green looks great with brown tones and I think leopard is a fun twist.   Pull it in with a scarf or pair of shoes like the look above.   Throw on a worn in leather jacket, and you're ready for a Saturday of shopping with some friends.

Look #1 Pieces:

Blouse: Equipment white silk sleeveless blouse ($188, Shopbop)

Necklace: Belle Noel side wishbone gold necklace ( $45, Shopbop)

Shoes: Leopard sidewalk skimmer flats ($135, Madewell)

Pants: J BRAND green corduroy skinny jeans ($78, The Outnet)

Jacket: Brown leather double breasted bomber ($495, Madewell)

Look #2: Comfy brunch

Second to a white blouse, I think chambray is the easiest top to wear with bright jeans (or in this case cords).  Paired with some low-heeled boots and a fun nautical scarf that almost matches, you're good to go.

Look #2 Pieces:

Pants: MEK Emerald Denim 5-Pocket ($89, Last Call)

Shirt: Light washed two pocket denim shirt ($60, Madewell)

Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita brown leather boots  ($129, Shoes.com)

Bag: Clare Vivier navy blue leather cross body satchel ($210, Bodie on Fou)

Scarf: Navy and green nautical sailboat scarf ($10, ModCloth)

Look #3: A night out

Don't think that you can't wear green pants for a night out?  You can!  This coated pair works great with a sleek black tuxedo blazer and whimsical blouse.  By letting the jeans be the only color in your outfit, the look becomes more evening appropriate.  The casual striped clutch keeps it from being too serious.

Look #3 Pieces:

Blazer: AllSaints black tuxedo blazer ($295, AllSaints)

Earrings: Gorjana rose gold hoop earrings ($64, Zappos)

Clutch: Clare Vivier black and white striped leather clutch ($173, Shopbop)

Pants: Current/Elliott Coated low-rise stretch-denim skinny jeans ($80, The Outnet)

Blouse: Moschino polka-dot silk-crepe tie neck blouse ($795, Net-a-Porter)

Shoes: Sam Edelman black suede pointed pump ($100, Cusp)

Instant Style: Navy Sofa + Eclectic Glamour

Remember the "instant" room from last week?  Well if  you got bored of that more classic look, check out how quickly you could mix it up by just replacing the rug and accessories.

The pieces:

Brass arch mirrors (on sale for $69 at World Market) - I love two of these mirrors paired together over the sofa or a console table

Blue and white cheetah lumbar pillow ($165 at Society Social)

Antique brass pharmacy lamp ($190 at Lamps Plus)

Navy pink and white batik pillow ($185 at Amber Interiors) - With the hot pink accent pillow is the perfect mix of global and modern glamour.

Navy performance velvet sofa ($1,099 at West Elm)

Tufted yellow linen chair ($1,698 at Anthropologie)

Multi-color flat woven turkish rug ($800 at Furbish)

Natural stump side table ($159 at West Elm)

 

Style Inspiration from Mandy Moore?

It may be that I have never gotten over the arm bands and midriffs in Candy, but I have have been inspired by Mandy Moore's recent fashion sense.  She seems to have gone from a generic Hollywood star to a fashion week A-lister overnight. 

Mandy has especially been a hit in Lela Rose.  Check out this black and yellow look from Lela Rose's Spring 13 show accessorized with the perfectly worn in  leather jacket.

 I also loved this vanilla Lela Rose dress that Mandy wore to the CFDA awards.  Perfectly accessorized with bright pink lips and a simple ponytail.

And finally, this poppy-red Lela Rose dress that Mandy wore to her Spring 2012 show looks like it's a dress that would work in any woman's closet for work, drinks and beyond.

Back to Spring 13 fashion week, you know how I feel about suits and I think this khaki look + pink pumps was a perfectly modern interpretation.

And,  here Mandy is  in blue and black with another killer leather jacket.

What do you think? Enough evidence to forget about "Candy"?

Instant Style: The Blues

A lot of people are scared to buy saturated furniture pieces, and then end up with the same beige sofa and chair set in their living room. Don't be afraid of buying big furniture pieces in color!  As long as something is a classic shape, in a color you like, you can always make it work. 
Here is my first example:  a navy blue sofa.  Look #1 is a pretty simple/classic living room with a variety of blue shades.

 

 The pieces:

Blue & White mixed pattern pillows ($45 on Etsy)

Grey-Blue sheer window curtains ($15 at Target)

Tufted yellow linen chair ($1,698 at Anthropologie)

Natural stump side table ($159 at West Elm)

Multi-color bird migration abstract ($130 at ImageKind)

Tonal blue stripe rug ($320 at Lulu and Georgia)

Navy performance velvet sofa ($1,099 at West Elm)

Zara Home - Finally in the US!

Have you heard that the good folks at Zarahave finally allowed the US access to their trendy home store?  I've loved visiting Zara Home stores in Europe & Mexico, and I'm stoked that they now have a web store.   The prices aren't quite  as affordable as they are abroad, but Zara Home still offers some great deals on super trendy and unique pieces.

They have a great mix of classic/hotel style bedding(my favorite) and some really fun colorful options.  How pretty is this cozy neutral bedroom from the Zara Home catalog?    

 I love this rustic bathroom vingette and want to get my hands on those pretty glass containers for my cotton balls etc. 

Just in time for the holidays, they also have a great selection of glassware!      

 Happy shopping!

Oxblood - The Color of the Season?

When the end of September rolls around, I find myself drawn towards saturated fall hues like maroon, mustard and deep greens. This reddish brown color is nothing new, but it definitely seems to be the color of the season. 

1 - Open knit oxblood sweater – an easy way to wear the color of the season, this cozy sweater works great with jeans and a pair of classic riding boots. ($76, TopShop)

2 - Lauren Ralph Lauren cross-body leather bag – I love this super classic equestrian vibe of this bag.  ($228, Zappos)

3 - Snakeskin round toe pumps with gold details – perfect fall office shoes that won’t go out of style ($128, Banana Republic)

4 - Oxblood asymmetrical chiffon skirt  - Brings a bit of the summer’s flowy skirts into fall.  Perfect with a pair of booties ($76, TopShop)

5 - Oxblood Ribbed Pleated Skirt  - A bit of a ‘back to school vibe’ with the pleats, I think the oxblood and some simple ($68, TopShop)

6- Pour la Victoire oxblood leather envelope clutch – works for an iPad, or just as a super sleek evening clutch ($124, eBags)

Striped Rugs Roundup

Sorry it's been a few days since my last post! I'm not ready to move away from striped rugs just yet, so I figured I'd share some of my favorite online-available options. There is something striped at every price point and for every style! From super graphic, to subtle stripes and even ombre... check it out....

Inspiration: Striped Rugs

I'm in the need of a new living room rug, and on the heels of my my nautical obsession I've got stripes on the brain.   Right now we have a totally neutral rug, but I'm thinking I might want to change it up with some bold stripes. 

 
I love how the blue color in this striped rug brings the whole room to life!
 
Here is an example of how a graphic stripe can take a whole room from white and simple to show-stopping.
 
 

Nautical perfection (obviously I love this!)

I won't ever get over how awesome this bedroom from Domino is.  Kinda makes you want a room with 2 twin beds, right? (maybe one day when I have a guest room?)
 
This room is a lot more eclectic -- I love how the black and white stripe rug makes it feel a bit modern.

Falling for Punchy Drop Waist Dresses

There's nothing easier to throw on than a bright structured dress.   Why not try replacing your jeans with one of these drop-waisted numbers?  They're super wearable for day with a pair of easy flats. Or, throw on a pair of heels and some sparkly jewels and  you're ready for a night out.


Yellow: Three Floor yellow drop waist dress ($165, Shopbop)

Red: Diane von Furstenberg Maeryn poplin drop-waist dress ($385, Saks)  (also, a very similar red shift drop waist dress for just $84 at Topshop here)

Green: CÖ kelly green drop-waist tailored crepe dress ($70, Urban Outfitters)

If you like the drop waist look, but don't want to give up shape,  I'd point you towards this Kate Spade number.

Kate Spade New York "Siren" hot pink ruffle hem sheath dress ($297, Zappos)

Circular Photo Prints (an Etsy Roundup)

I've had a recent obsession with circular cropped photos.  I think it's especially intriguing with seascapes, because the shape is reminiscent of looking out a porthole.  But, the shape also adds some interest to what might be otherwise generic photos as well.   I think these would a great way to break up rectangular images in an art collage.              

calm seas circlular porthole view print // $29

 

 Circular pale green trees print // $30

desert color circular collage // $13

 Yosemite Falls retro colored nature circle print // $42

  simple light blue faded ocean waves circle shaped print // $30 

Must Have for Fall - Polka Dot Chambray Shirt

Chambray shirts are a closet staple for most women, but this season it's polka dot chambray that is everywhere.  Given my love for polka-dots, it's a total must-have!  
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My Look: Party Pants

Remember when I was on the hunt for some silky printed (pajama style) pants?  Well,  when I was in New York in June, I finally found a pair at Zara!  Of course, they were everything I'd hoped they'd be :) 

I recently just did my best to re-create Zanna's look, on a budget...

What do you think?  I think they were definitely worth the $60 at Zara, and I expect I'll be wearing them all fall.  If you're willing to give the trend a try, I've seen them popping up everywhere.  Here is a quick roundup of some similar pairs:

1 - Tolani Gaucho Pant ($152, Couture Candy)

2 - Diane von Furstenberg Georgia embroidered blue and white silk pants ($385, Net-a-Porter)

3- Vince blue geometric printed silk pajama pants ($171, CUSP)

 

 

Currently Obsessed with Mara Hoffman's Colorful Prints

If my life was a tropical beach vacation, I'm pretty sure my wardrobe could be entirely made out of Mara Hoffman's colorful bathing suits, sundresses and shorts.  (It's amazing that these amazing ethnic/tribal seeming prints come from a woman born and raised in NY!)  If you have an end of summer vacation on the calendar, it's definitely worth picking up just one piece to spice up your suitcase :) 
My current wishlist: 

3 - Mara Hoffman Inca printed bikini ($215)

 4 - Mara Hoffman Mexican Blanket High Waisted Shorts ($389)

5 - Mara Hoffman Fitted Bustier Mexican Print Dress ($297)

 6 - Maya printed stretch-modal kaftan ($340)


Baking Style-Edition: Crowd Pleasing Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe

Chocolate cookies are my go-to when I want to whip up a sweet treat (I think I had my chocolate chip cookie recipe memorized before I was 12?  Is that weird?) but recently I've gotten a bit lazy in the kitchen (i.e. too lazy to spoon out individual cookies) so,  blondies are starting to take over as my simplest baked good. The recipe happens to be about the easiest ever:

Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla 

1 pinch of salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup chocolate chips

See - just 1 of everything! 

Here are the steps:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F 
  2. Beat melted butter & sugar 
  3. Add in egg & vanilla and beat just until smooth
  4. Mix in flour and salt
  5. Add in chocolate chips (and nuts or M&M's or anything else you'd like)
  6. Pour into a greased 8x8inch brownie pan 
  7. Bake at 350°F for 20-22 minutes  - take them out just as the top starts to brown and the center starts to set

See.. so easy.

Give them a try next time you have a sugar craving!  Let me know how it goes!

My Look: Windblown Stripes

Caught of few photos of my outfit the other day.  I'm not the type of person who can let my favorite dresses sit in the closet waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear them, so I tend to layer them with more casual pieces (like this trucker jacket)  to make them wearable for more "everyday" occasions.  I picked up this Lauren Moffatt dress a few years ago on Gilt, and I think it's the perfect mix of classic with a twist -- I expect it to stay in my closet for years to come.


The details:

Blue and green striped silk dress  - Lauren Moffatt, via Gilt

Denim trucker jacket - Levi's

Strappy sandals - J.Crew

Rafia clutch - Forever 21 (Similar)

The Perfect Black & White Spotted Flats

My most recent shoe purchase happens to be this pairof calf-hair dalmatian print flats, and I had to share. I spotted them in a store window and went straight in to pick them up.   They feel like a slightly more versatile version of leopard, and  I love the slightly pointed toe shape.   Since I've already been wearing them like crazy, I predict they'll be a staple in my closet by the time fall starts.  Plus,  I saw that Old Navy is offering a strikingly similar pair for just $24, So I figured I should share a roundup of similar pairs for those of you who might want to pick up your own version.

 

Dalmation Black and White Spotted Flats

 

1.  Steve Madden "Varanda" pointed-toe dalmatian print flats ($62.97 at Steve Madden)

2. Old Navy white leopard printed flats ($23.50 at Old Navy)

3. Alice+Olivia heart print calf hair ballet flats ($195 at Saks)

4. Diane Von Furstenberg "Madison" black and white calf hair flats ($250 at Neiman Marcus)