Elements by Erin Gates Spring 1 Collection!

It’s hard to think about spring right now and many of us are living in a tundra of ice– but think ahead we must! And what better way then planning some happy home decor edits after a long winter!  My Spring 1 pillow collection for my Elements by Erin Gates line are now available on Wayfair and I wanted to showcase the goods here because I think they came out awesome an dare a really happy collection of bright color and interesting textures (and as always, super affordable!)

NOTE: Wayfair’s site does not show all the color options in an obvious way to select the drop down on the right to see all color options for each pillow style!

I was keen to try some new colors this season and so picked a bright canary yellow and rich avocado green.  We brought back my Acanthus Key pillow (in two colors) since it was a best-seller and here show it paired with this amazing painterly floral print I looooooove and a modern small scale giraffe print with stripe border.

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Statement Dressing Takes on New Meaning.

Last night’s Golden Globes was powerful on so many levels. While Hollywood itself can be very self-congratulatory and seem superficial- I really felt like the speeches and inclusion of so many great social justice pioneers and leaders as “dates” to the super famous on the red carpet really was something special.  Not to mention the showing of incredible support through almost every single person wearing black (I had to cringe at the handful of people who somehow missed the memo, including the president of the HFP).  You may think that having the dress code be only black would make for a rather sartorially dull red carpet– but NOT THE CASE! I actually thought it was one of the best, most interesting red carpets fashion-wise in many years!  Sometimes when given a directive or limiting “rule”, the results can actually be more beautiful than when it’s a free for all.  You have to think more creatively when limited in palette.  So while I had another post ready for today (which I will post this afternoon- my spring accessory collection is out and it’s a fab sea of color), this morning I wanted to share my favorite looks from last night and also pitch you a little fundraiser– so read to the end!

Reese was simply perfection in her one shouldered gown, straight locks and statement earrings.  But Viola Davis brought the house down with her look- a black velvet Brandon Maxwell paired with the most amazing diamond necklace and rockin’ hair.  She has to be one of the most intelligent, classy women in Hollywood.

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Fashion Friday: Princess Bride

As I’ve mentioned before, I am WAY too into this whole Prince Harry/ Meghan Markle situation.  And you’d better believe that since the day they announced their engagement, I’ve been pondering THE DRESS.  So many questions surround this preeminent garment– Who will design it? American or British?  What will it look like? Will there be sleeves? A fairytale princess skirt? GAHHHHHH!

So, if I were a betting woman, here’s what I would slap my chips down on:

-It will be a British designer (my bet: Jenny Packham– whom the Duchess loves and has a Hollywood quality to her gowns, or Emilia Wickstead)

-It will NOT be a big ballroom skirt but rather something more mermaid-y but with a long train.

-There will be sheer elements to the gown, (somewhat like her dress from the engagement portraits).

-It will have long sleeves, but in a glam way not a matronly way. She will have to have her shoulders covered in church, so I think the tight long sleeves will comply with that rule in a sexy way.

I think something like this Oscar de la Renta— but with a lined skirt and a little less flowery perhaps?

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Inspired By: Allison Allen’s Home

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m on a quest to complete my house in the next 2 months. So I’m still looking for inspiration for the finishing touches in my spaces and came across this wonderful spread in Southern Living of designer Alison Allen’s home in Atlanta.   I adore the mix of about 80% traditional items with 20% modern touches.  And the use of neutrals in such an interesting way. There is nothing boring about this living room, and yet there isn’t much color beyond the greenery and some blue and white pottery! I want to be here, don’t you???

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Happy New Year!

I realized this week while I was on vacation that I have not taken a full week off in ten years.  And while I missed you guys, and working, I really did enjoy my time off. I felt no guilt, little pressure and just enjoyed spending quality time with Henry and Andrew.  This is a HUGE step for me, as I typically have a lot of trouble not only being still, but letting myself enjoy it.  Perhaps I’m becoming a well- balanced adult? :)

However, I am SO glad to be back and feeling refreshed and inspired.  As I do every year, I like to take stock of what’s gone right and wrong in the past year and create some goals for myself for the year ahead (not so much “resolutions” as just ways in which I’d like to do better or change things).  I try not to set any crazy or unrealistic expectations for myself (i.e. setting myself up for failure) but also push myself to truly make positive change at the same time.  Here’s whats on my list this morning:

  1. Have Another Baby– Ok, so this might be creeping into the “crazy expectations” category as pregnancy, especially for me, is not a given at all and not something I have control over– but we feel very ready for second child.  This past year was a heartbreaking challenge as we lost two pregnancies, but I remain hopeful that it will happen one way or another.  We absolutely adore Henry and he’s changed our lives in the best of ways, so one more really would round out our family.  And then I can celebrate the freedom that will come with not wanting any more children or dealing with infertility. I cannot imagine the weight that will be lifted when I get to that step in my life.
  2. Get More Financially Savvy–  Even though I’ve been successful and made a good living the past five years, I still act like I need to be fiscally liquid at all times “just in case of disaster”.  I am the flesh and bone human equivalent of Chicken Little. Time to shelve that fear and really make smart investment decisions with my money that will (literally) pay off.  And I want to pay closer attention to the details involved in those decisions.  Money has always been such an uncomfortable topic for me for some reason, and I need to face that head on and deal with it this year! Big girl panties, on.
  3. Finish My House- Now that our final addition is done- it’s time to figure out all the last remaining details and be done with it for a while!  We will probably move in the next 3-4 years, but in the meantime I’d like to wrap things up.  Given what I do, I will always be tweaking things, but I can make it so it feels “finished”. And of course, share that process here!
  4. Make Time For Me– I work a lot, and when I’m not working I want to be with Henry as much as possible- so I let taking care of myself fall by the wayside.  I don’t go to the gym much, or take time to relax.  I know that taking care of myself makes me a better mother, so I need the shelve the guilt of taking the time to go to the gym and take a couple classes and get back into a yoga practice of some sort.  I’m going to commit to twice per week to start, and if I get three times in, great, if not- so be it.
  5. FINISH MY BOOK– I had to push the deadline for my book again, but I will complete it this year (by spring to be exact)- which means it’ll come out Spring 2019.  I know it’s been a long time since the first book came out, but it’s been MUCH harder to write a book with a child (and a busy design business, product lines, this blog, etc.)  So it’s been slow but steady going, but it’s coming.  I want it to be awesome, and something I am super proud of , like the first book- so it’ll be worth the wait.
  6. Be Thoughtful About Where My Business Is Going–  I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities come my way in the past year, but it’s been overwhelming and left me a bit confused about where I want my business to be and what I want it to be.  There is so much opportunity in the social media side of it alone, never mind the actual design work and products.  So I need to have a good, long pow wow with myself, advisors and my employees about where this is going and how to make it better.  There more I want to do, but in order to do more I need more people.  So in 2018 I expect to add at least one more person to my team.
  7. EDIT EDIT EDIT–  I felt a surge of disgust this weekend when looking around at all the clutter in our house. Every year I say I’m going to be more careful and thoughtful in my purchasing, but I somehow end up at the same place every year– with numerous trash bags filled with clothes and stuff to donate or throw out and mumbling things to myself like “if all my coffee mugs matched I’d be a better person”.  This year, less but better.  I feel less compelled to follow trends as I did when I was younger (OMG AM I THIS OLD?), so I think I’ll be better equipped to stick to buying less of the better quality things in life.
  8. Be Present– Less staring at my phone, more staring at my beautiful little boy (and getting him to want to stare at my phone less too for that matter!)

What about you? What’s on your list this year to work on?  I always love hearing what other people’s goals are because it can help define and enhance my own.

As always, thanks for being here. And here’s to a great year ahead!

XO,

Erin