Yesterday in the office I asked the girls what I should blog about today. At first we joked about “how to dress for spring when spring is 30 degrees and snowing” and then, literally as we ate a huge plate of muffin tops, decided maybe “how to dress to conceal you winter hibernation weight”. But in all seriousness, it’s not fun to buy spring clothes right now. Trying on pastel colors and short dresses with pasty, dry skin and an extra few pounds is anything but uplifting. But you know what is always fun to buy? SHOES!!!
So many fun finds– jeweled, patterned, bright colors and staple neutrals. From all sorts of places from H&M to Bergdorfs (and even Talbots!) I love that people are having more fun with shoes these days (some too much fun, there is a BEVY of hideous platform/ 90’s throwback footwear out there right now.)
So here is a round up of some of my favorite spring shoes– both that you can wear now while a bit chilly and later when it’s hot. Click the images for links, except for the pink ikat loafers which you can findHERE!
As I’ve mentioned before, when I guessed what Meghan Markle’s dress would look like, I am pretty jazzed about this royal wedding situation. A few details have been released, which is making me even MORE excited, because it seems the royal couple are after a slightly more relaxed, English garden kind of look for their big day versus the big to-do that was the Kate and William celebration.
The florist for the wedding will be Philippa Craddock, whose work is amazing. I love the looser, organic feel of many of her arrangements.
When I moved into my house we had no mudroom and a VERY tiny, tight entry with no coat closet. All I could muster was a vintage coat rack behind the front door as a place to hang our coats and bags. It was a bit of a mess. We now have a mudroom, but it’s VERY small (albeit functional- with a wide coat closet with a shelf for baskets, hooks on the wall and….well, that’s about it!) We still drop our mail and keys on the kitchen counter, which makes me a little crazy, but it is what it is! You can only do so much. Coming from where we started, we feel really lucky to have the mudroom we do!
But not all of us get the dreamy cubby-stacked, multi-closet mudroom of our dreams. In fact, few of us do! One of you had commented a while ago about wanting to see a blog about how to create a mudroom type space when you don’t have one. If you have a nice, empty hallway or wall in an area near the front or side door, you can create a really functional space without having to build in a thing.
Benches with storage drawers or baskets are a lifesaver in many rooms (I just added one under the windows in my new family room to store toys). This one is GORGEOUS (also available in white) and you can even add a cushion to make it extra cozy, or just a pair of lumbar pillows. I show the concept below with the large version, but you could also use the small one and use only two hooks if short on space! Also, the organization pieces, as attractive for what they are, are more casual, so if you are looking for a slightly more formal style– I’d hang a mirror like this or this above the bench and flank with two hooks on each side of the mirror stacked vertically instead. Still offers lots of storage via the drawers and basket, but a bit more tailored of a look. Lidded baskets are the BEST for storing lots of little things like mittens, hats and scarves (or even small sports equipment.) A small side table with a tiny lamp helps add ambiance and a place to drop your keys too. And SHAMELESS PLUG for one of my rugs too, of course. :)
SHOP THE ROOM:
I hope this was helpful. I’m always looking for more ideas for blog posts, so comment away with yours!
I’m psyched to partner with Joules on todays post not only because I love their clothes for our whole family, but also because they are giving my readers 20% off their purchase with code EOS2018 ! Can we say Happy Friday?? I am always impressed with the quality of Joules clothing- I’d venture to say it’s the most well made children’s clothing out there. Henry wears clothes HARD, and these last a long time.
I picked my current faves for everyone in the family below and hope it helps you find something fab!
Am I the last person on earth to know about Martha Stewarts hardware collection at Home Depot? I got wind of it last week and was FLOORED by how good it is… and cheap! At $4 a knob, you can afford to give your kitchen or bath vanity a fun little makeover! I am so happy she offered an antique brass and polished nickel– the two finishes we use almost exclusively! I paired my favorite selections up below:
And also, randomly I came across this chair on Walmart of all places, and was in SHOCK. I had just quoted a chair almost identical to this from Mr. Brown for over $1,200 (right) and the Walmart version (left) is $394– and also comes in black. CRAZY good find. I am obsessed with this chair for a desk or dining.