Friday, June 29, 2012

{my carry-on must haves ...}

It's the weekend and I'm finally getting ready & packing for my trip to Europe next week! I can't believe it, and I don't think I will believe it until I'm actually there. Doesn't it always feel that way?

Here are a few of my carry-on must have's that I'm starting with, simply because I won't dare to forget them!

My iPad with the grey magnetic cover & black and white striped Kate Spade sleeve/ iPhone with gold polka dot Kate Spade cover/ My passport! Can't get very far without that/ Sunglasses from Aldo/ Reading material, I'll be taking the latest Style at Home (it's taking all my strength not to peek through it ahead of time!) as well as this cute book which I have been waiting to read (not pictured above)/ Kate Spade wallet, health insurance and fancy looking euros in tow!/ Hello Kitty mints are a must/ Makeup case stacked with goodies (listed below)/

I always need my handy buki brush (a fav)/ La Source hand therapy/ Mac Pro Longwear lipglass in Whoops!/ Mac Pro Longwear in Night Rose (literally lasts all day)/ mini Nini Ricci perfume/ Crest floss/ and my bareMinerals Matte mineral powder, I've got crazy oily skin so while other travellers bring along moisturizers and facial misting sprays, I'm carrying around my secret weapons: blotters like these and my mineral makeup!/

What are some of your must haves? Got something I should add to my list?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

{shorts story ...}

I'm off to hunt down a summery pair of shorts for my trip to Europe, and there are sooo many lovely styles that I wish I could buy 10! From scallops to lace, solids to prints, it's going to be hard to be restrained. But better to pack light in case I find tempting pieces while I'm there ...

Row 1 - Feminine & Pretty

Row 2 - Tailored solids

Row 3 - Stripes & Prints

Have you been falling for this fantastic summer trend? Any favorites?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{house tour: catherine sheppard}

Did you spot the home of LA stylist Catherine Sheppard on the Glitter Guide last week? It's such a pretty & feminine space:

Isn't it pretty? Love all those neon touches, how trendy! And the lucite coffee table is high on my wishlist. To see even more of Catherine's home go here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{sarah 101: season 2}

I've been neglecting to recap the Sarah 101 episodes this season, and we are already 8 episodes in! Two new episodes will air tonight as well, I just love that 2 episodes air each week. So for today, here is a quick photo-gallery recap of 4 spaces I have enjoyed so far in the second season ...

Refreshed Master Bath: This space was locked in the 80's, look at that green tile! Sarah and Tommy brought it back to life with gobs of marble, tile, and a lovely mosaic motif.



Fresh Country Kitchen: A nice & modern take on country, I loved the herringbone pattern with the subway tile, and boy is that a striking island!



Dual Purpose Den: A tiny & unusable space is made over in a big way! I loved that this space was true to Sarah's style, the furnishings and fabric are tres chic, and the color palette was right up my alley.



Grown up Condo: A first time homeowner gets a glam makeover with classic pieces that will easily move with her where ever she goes!! Loved all the touches of gold ...


So what do you think? Have you been watching the episodes so far?? And do you have a favorite space?

Monday, June 25, 2012

{what's old is new again ...}

Every so often I'll see a trend I've already experienced years and years before, and I'm only 30 so I think this is a good testament to the rapid recycling of trends in both fashion and home decor. Today I'm highlighting both a decor and fashion flashback we are currently seeing on the scene.

First up, I love to keep all my magazines and just so happened to riffle through a 2006 issue of House & Home this weekend. An article looking at 'design mistakes' highlights a ceramic Great Dane originally featured in 1987 as a major faux pas ...

... but never say never! While a little more sleek & simple, the dogs are back in full force! I would credit Ms. Kelly Wearstler at least partially for this canine resurgence.

the lovely home of Christine of Bijou and Boheme

Next, a fashion flashback {and there are sooo many lately!}: we're still seeing colored jeans, and animal print is everywhere, but can the two be put together? The answer is a definite yes!

The flashback? Here are a pair of pants I've been keeping in my closet since grade 11, yes you read that right ... 13 year old pants! What do you think, should I attempt to re-rock these?? They still fit! I'm thinking maybe a pretty black blouse and flats ... or am I crazy?

So what trends have you noticed cycle through recently? There are probably hundreds! If you are a blog reader and want me to highlight something you have observed, email me your thoughts. If you are a fellow blogger and would like to submit a guest post on a recycling fashion or home decor trend email your ideas to me and I'll get back to you asap!

Friday, June 22, 2012

{summer is here ...}

This week my favorite season officially begins! I'm looking forward to long nights on the patio, skirts & sunglasses, gelato at the beach, and all that comes with sweet summer ...

Hope your weekend is fantastic! Any plans?

See you back here on Monday :)

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