Fashion Friday: Fashion Week Roundup

I went through a zillion Fashion Week shows for Spring 2019 and edited it down to a few big, basic trends I noticed.  The most diffuse trend- hideousness. I have never seen a fashion week where so many of the designers I normally love showed absolutely nothing I would ever wear.  It makes me so sad!  Why can’t pretty and flattering be popular?

The most noticeable trend was the number of designers showing bright yellow– many of them neon highlighter yellow.  Like, eyeball searing yellow.  I always wonder how this memo gets around to every fashion house (I assume trend forecasters) but it’s funny how such a unique color shows up on almost every single runway. There were some softer versions of yellow too– so we now know that yellow is the color of spring 2019- plan accordingly.

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Elements by Erin Gates Fall Pillows Are Here!

Today we launched (most) of my Fall 2018 pillow collection on Wayfair!  A mix of saturated jewel tones and cool neutrals as well as fun textures like a faux hide leopard that feels real, velvets, wovens and applique trims.  You can shop the pillows in each image (minus two styles, which will be available ASAP- I’ll post when they are!) in the links below each picture. Most pillows come in multiple colors. The shopping link image only shows one color – click on it to see the others.


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An Escape to Newport

This past weekend we were graciously hosted by the Grace Vanderbilt hotel in Newport, RI for a little (much  needed) get away.  Although a quick drive from Boston, we have not spent much time in this bustling coastal community but discovered it’s a great alternative to the Cape for a quick trip away. It was totally family-friendly and Henry had a BLAST.

The Grace Vanderbilt is a historic building built by Alfred Vanderbilt in 1909 for his mistress (quite the gift, eh?)  The historic bones of the property are complemented by modern amenities and an incredibly helpful and attentive staff.

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High Vs. Low: A Modern Breakfast Nook

First of all, I wanted to thank you for all your incredible comments on yesterday’s post.  As I expected and hoped, it helped me feel such a wave of support, hope and understanding during a very sad time.  Yesterday’s sense of true community is the best thing to come out of writing this blog, so thank you for that reminder.

But I don’t plan to dwell long on the unfortunate here.  Work has always been the best distraction for me when things go sideways in life.  So I pulled together a fun little High/Low post today of a modern little breakfast nook– at VASTLY different price points but very similar looks.

The high version features a Lindsey Adelman chandelier, which was a budget buster, as you can see. The Pottery Barn version of the light is eerily similar and a tiny fraction of the cost.  The rest of the items aren’t as jarring when it comes to price, but as you can see– if you look hard enough there are less expensive version of a lot of great looking items out there.

LOW ($2,908 with 4 chairs):   Table // Light // Art // Vase // Chairs

HIGH ($16,319 with 4 chairs) : Table // Light // Art // Vase // Chairs