Element Shops: Cost Plus World Market

I am SO hatin’ on you if you have a Cost Plus World Market in your state. They apparently have a thing against the North East region of the country because the closest one to me is in friggin’ Maryland. I breezed through one in LA the last time I was there and filled a cart with random goodies in a shopping frenzy and then realized before checking out that I only had a carry-on bag to get home. Nerds. Next time I’ll book a shipping container…
If you haven’t checked out their site yet, here is a selection of really affordable, worldly looking wares for your home- if you like suzani prints, be prepared to freak.

Can you believe this little suzani print side table? Adorable in a little girl’s room or as bedside tables paired with simple bedding and bold, solid color gourd lamps!

Gorgeous floor cushions for under $50 each….

Fantastic and cheap pillows

I have a friend opening a yoga studio this summer and I think these pillows are perfect for the foyer when paired with bright deep pink and orange solids!

A lovely carved mirror (delicious in a powder room) and bold baskets for a foyer table for keys and change.

Indian inspired curtains to adda little boho-chic to your rooms.

Bright, happy bedding

Why not make your office look less “office-y” and more natural by addding some of these accents?

Oh hello, ikat chargers and serving tray…. How I would like to plan an entire dinner party tablescape with you.

Great glassware (I’ve always had a thing for the bee glassware- since I was little. Maybe it’s time I got some)

Simple dinnerware and hammered steel simmering pots (that are almost too pretty to actually cook in…)

I am thinking that this combo of lanterns might need to be incorporated into my 30th birthday party this August!

No Regrets

I don’t know if you are anything like me when it comes to buyers remorse, but I typically end up changing my mind about things I purchase for myself. A top that I just had to have turns questionable one week later, throw pillows I was lusting after bore me within a month. It’s really annoying. It’s not that I no longer like these things, it’s that I feel like another bigger and better version has come along. I was standing in front of my very full closet the other night, trying to pick out something to wear and exclaiming for the 100th time that “I hate everything”. It made me think about those purchases I’ve made over the last few years that I never tire of. EVER. In today’s economy I don’t think we should be buying lots of cheap stuff, but rather buy less but quality items that will last forever. Here’s my list of forever items- and let me know what some of your items are that you don’t regret buying!

* My Vera Wang Grosgrain china. No, I didn’t buy it, I was gifted it all, but I will never regret this classic pattern.
* My vintage french opaline glasses I bought on a whim at an antique show. I wasn’t sure about the price, but I just HAD to have them and am so glad I do! They are unique and look amazing paired with that china!

*Not all my “no regrets” purchases are pricey- like my pair of lucite stacked ball lamps I bought at Homegoods 5 years ago for $35 each! A modern classic, they’ve traveled to several homes with us- and several more in the future. Same goes for my $99 crystal chandelier. I had one in my last condo and when we sold it and moved, I put another one in my bedroom again! Sure, I almost had a stroke trying to put it together myself, but I love the sparkle!

*We were given one Sapien bookshelf as a gift, and at first I wasn’t sure about it, but then I fell madly in love and bought a second! These are sure to be future antiques abd are quite the space saver!

* My brown West Elm Moroccan window rug. I love this thing to death and am so sad they no longer make it (dying to find the kelly green one on eBay). Also, my $40 starburst mirror from Pier 1– a design statement for next to nothing!

*My foo dogs I got on eBay for $19. I am quite obsessed with them and after buying them I started seeing them everywhere for a fortune!
* My REAL dogs– the best money I’ve EVER spent. Really. Baxter was full price (fancypants breeder) and Ollie was bargain basement (Petfinder-please consider adopting a dog) and they are best friends and make me smile every single day about 100 times.

*If I could only wear one item of clothing for the rest of my life it would be a Diane Von Furstenberg Vintage print wrap dress. At over $300 a pop, they are quite the wallet buster for me, but teh “cost per wear” is like NOTHING since I live in them (this is how I justify buying them to the hubby). The knockoffs just don’t fit the same!
* These two J.Crew embroidered linen tunics I got years ago were $98 each and again, the cost per wear is like $.05 since I wear them all spring and summer. They fit amazing, the quality is insanely good and I always get compliments! J.Crew are you listening? MAKE THEM AGAIN!

* My black Coach Legacy bag was my biggest “bag” purchase ever. I still can’t believe how much I spent on it, but you know what? I adore it still, even thought it weighs about 10 pounds when empty! It’s classic in it’s details, but also packs a punch. When not carrying that bad boy around, I am most often seen with my Lauren Merkin gold leather Eve clutch. It’s a lifesaver, I highly recommend getting one!
* Another “I can’t believe I’m spending this much” purchase, but from 8 years ago! This Theory black leather motorcycle jacket was heinously expensive, but I told myself it was “forever”…and guess what, it has been so far! I still love it, and the leather only gets better over time!

* Jewelry is something I usually buy vintage or really cheap (H&M) since I like to lose earrings and such. But these two things were worth every penny. My Jennifer Meyer leaf necklace I drooled over on Jennifer Aniston in The Breakup. Really wanted the diamong one, but c’est la vie! And my gold Coach watch from Bluefly that I kindly sent to my hubby as a “suggestion” and to my shock, he actually surprised me with it for no reason! People always comment on it, and it looks a lot pricier than it was!

As for beauty, I always change my mind about foundation, blush, shadow, creams, glosses- everything. I always want to try something new. There are only a couple things I repeatedly buy and am devoted to. One is the “magic wand”- Yves St. Laurent’s Touche Eclat. It’s a miracle worker, really. Especially used on top of Cle de Peau’s concealer (middle). Let me digress here and say that I realize this product is laughably expensive at $70 a tube, BUT it lasts literally forever (some people say 3 years, mine lasted 1 year- I guess I use a lot of concealer!) and works better than anything else out there. For real. If you have dark circles, try these two products together and you’ll thank me! Lastly, the perfume I’ve been wearing for years that is so hard to find, but still makes my husband swoon (and my mom want to snuggle with me)- Child. It’s a hand blended oil and I continue to love the smell application after application (and no, it doesn’t smell like baby powder and tears).

Making this list has spurned me on to donate a bunch of clothes to Goodwill and do some major spring cleaning and streamlining! Hope it inspired you too!

Element Shops: Pier 1

Hi, my name is Pier 1 and I think you may have written me off as a place that only stocks round rattan Papasan chairs from your old dorm room and patchouli scented candles that give you migraines…but oh, how I have matured! I now have gaggles of cool items for really, really cheap prices…check me out!

Amazing painted garden stools, rocking chairs and stackable chairs for the patio…

Vintage inspired wire items that are totally back in style…

KILLER umbrellas for your porch or deck (the pagoda one on left may end up on MY patio paired with my vintage bamboo dining set!)

Antique inspired furniture…

Hello awesome lighting, where have you been all my life?

Loving this clip/wire/photo board thingamajig and these silverware prints for a kitchen….

Moroccan inspired mirrors…

Yummy accessories…

Odd or awesome? A recycled glass head to prop on a bookshelf and wicker elephant side table (I like Mr. Elephant- he would be v. cheeky on a patio or sun porch)

An embroidered runner, fun outdoor place mats and patio friendly serving set…

Adorable outdoor dinnerware…

Chalkboard canisters and glass bottle carafes…

WS Home Favorites

My cousin Annie is a buyer at WS Home and gave me a little insider tip yesterday that their foo dog lamps, very reminiscent of the Pieces foo dog lamps, were going on sale today! They are over 50% off- so if you love you some foo, go grab ’em!
While I was checking out the lamps I was reminded of all the totally lustworthy things WS Home has. Some things on my perma-wishlist:

The mini trunks are A-MA-ZING. Seriously, the first time I saw them in the catalog I just about fainted! Perfection as side tables or paired as a coffee table. I have such a weakness for nail heads.

Great little side table and bright colored cashmere throws? Yes please.

The mirror below is something I have been dying for for like 2 years. LOVE.

You knew there would be some zebra here, come on, it’s ME! These hide rugs are perfection over a big sisal/jute rug. The lighter color is delish, and not easy to find!

The faux bamboo chairs are so great- and the seat cushion is removable so you could take it to an upholsterer and have it recovered in any fabric you wish very easily!

These wingbacks would be amazing at the ends of a long dining table. Add a bit of trim to the skirt and it’ll look custom made for you! And the ottoman shown here has all the making of my perfect ottoman- simple lines and nail head detail- plus it’s available is loads of fabrics!

The Devon chandelier is always a favorite- my parent’s even installed one in their dinging room in the antique brass finish. Simply amazing and goes with modern or traditional decor.

The party planning post will have to wait for tomorrow- I need to gather more ideas!