Monthly Archives: December 2017

Fashion Friday: New Years Outfits Based on SHOES!

I sometimes pick what I’m going to wear based on what kind of shoes I feel comfortable in that day. Sometimes I am super jazzed to wear a fancy heel and other times I can’t BEAR to wear anything but a flat. So I thought I’d do a New Years outfit post in partnership with Nordstrom (my favorite place to shop online)  based on shoe selection! This year (okay, most years) I fall squarely in the “slippers” category (although mine aren’t this cute). But perhaps you have fancier plans than I (wine + couch + bed before 12) and need some inspo? From velvet flats to lace heels and everything in between…. and today they even have $10 rush delivery available on select items in case you are frantically looking for a Christmas outfit…


LADYLIKE PUMPS:

FUNKY BOOTIES:


GLAM GOLD SANDALS:

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Unique Home Gifts with eBay!

While your shopping may be close to finished, I wanted to share some amazing home accent gifts (for yourself, perhaps, after all that shopping and prepping for the holidays) I found on eBay. Yes, eBay! Some new (they have lots of brand new items for sale), lots antique, and all interesting, affordable and unique. I love gifting vintage home items to others any time of year- it really shows that you spent time looking and also that you understand their style and interests. From a vintage book, to a tiny oil painting or perhaps a chic set of brass candlesticks or gorgeous glassware! There are so many amazing finds I’m certain you can find something for anyone on your list (some that will ship in time for Xmas too!)
eBay was a pioneer in the online vintage shopping realm, and a source I have been visiting again more often these days (in fact, I just bought an amazing leather skirt while doing this post!) Click on the images below for sources and happy hunting!

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I Want to Go To There: Graybarns

This time of year always makes me crave clean spaces, solitude and calm.  Which pretty much sums up the Graybarns Inn & Tavern in Norwalk, CT.  Holy smokes, this place looks like a little bit of country heaven!  I’m loving the simple, rustic decor and the incredibly charming architecture!  It’s a historically rich property (with a past as a textile mill, speakeasy and inn where Liz Taylor and Eddie fisher honeymooned) that has been brought back to life.

I am a New England girl through and through so the exterior is totally my jam.

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Fashion Friday: Dressing Like An American Princess (To Be)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am all sorts of jazzed about this whole Meghan-Markle-as-Princess situation. I think she is a lovely woman, with smarts and humor and a drive to be more than just a pretty face. The kind ofgal we need more of the spotlight, right? Not to mention she has great style. And while I love me some Kate Middleton, I think Meghan is going to bring a slightly more youthful and fun look to Royal fashion. It’ll be interesting to see how she blends the propriety needed to be a public Royal figure with her own keen LA bred fashion sense!

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Finding Vintage Rugs on Etsy

This beauty above we snagged for a gorgeous baby girl nursery!

These days, I find a good chunk of the rugs I use in my designs on Etsy.  Still a place to strike a good deal on vintage designs, Etsy allows you to buy directly from vendors in Turkey and other locations know for their artistry in the rug field.  This style of rug is so wonderful in a variety of spaces and with numerous styles of decor- from modern to traditional, in a bedroom or a kitchen. They also hide a lot of dirt and stains, which is a fantastic bonus when you have a toddler dripping ice cream on them.

When looking for great vintage rugs on Etsy you need to be smart about search terms (and that means also searching for rug types that are incorrect- as I learn more about rugs as I develop my own line, I am beginning  to understand the proper names for different styles).  The styles that I search for are “Oushak”, “Anatolian”, “Persian”, “Turkish” and “Caucasian”.  Add to that the terms “faded”, “pale” or “washed” if you want something very worn looking.  Or the specific color you want… or all three (ex. “faded blue Oushak”)

Below are links to some of the great vendors I like on Etsy for rugs of this style. A lot fo you ask where I get these when I share them on Instagram, so I thought I’d share a few. :) Click on each rug image for the link!