Friday, October 24, 2014

10 Holiday Dresses under $100

We are still in October, and I already have 3-4 fun holiday parties 
planned within the next few months! This is normal between 
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years festivities and having 
different outfits for every party can become quite expensive! 
So I have rounded up10 fun party dresses that are all under $100! 
Some of these dresses are simple and can be dressed up with fabulous jewelry, 
others are fancy and have enough personality that you can wear them as is! 
Many holiday dresses this season are short cocktail style, 
however I tried to find a couple that would fit different body types and age groups.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pink Ruffle Top

Pink Ruffle Top // Black Pants // Black High Heels
Turquoise Earrings // House of Harlow Starburst Ring

I knew right away that this pink ruffle top would
be a great option for work. The ruffle offers such a feminine
and romantic element, yet paired with a pair of black pants
and heels, it tends to be a bit more professional, which is perfect for work.
I paired the top with my bright turquoise Kendra Scott earrings for a big pop
of color and my House of Harlow Sunburst ring for a bit of personality.
I wore my makeup a little bit heavier as I lined both my upper and lower lash lines,
but kept it appropriate for work with a neutral lipstick and gloss.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Farmhouse Paint Colors

Our farmhouse project is moving along quickly, 
and the next step in the process is choosing paint colors. 
We are going with Benjamin Moore paint colors and since 
it is a rental house, we are keeping the colors serene and calm.
The farm house is a historic home that is undergoing renovations
to preserve the integrity of the home and since it was a diary farm, 
will keep the charm and history of the original farmhouse.
There are 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms, large living room and a
spacious eat in kitchen, along with two screened in porches. 
Please keep in mind the images with the 
different paint options are progress shots undergoing some 
serious construction and that have been taken with my iphone. 
Stay tuned for professional pictures taken of the finished interiors!

The front and back porches will receive all new
screens and the exterior trim will be painted a bright white.
The doors will be painted a hunter green.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Links and Sales

It is never too early to start thinking about shopping
for the Holidays. Especially since it's one of
the craziest times of the year! I like to have a few months
to prepare and make sure to receive the best products during
the sales that my favorite companies have in the months leading up!

~ Links ~

Such unique and fun earrings - classy in the front, party in the back!

Love this dress - Under $60 and such a cute style.

Obsessed with this calendar - Etsy does it again!

A very creative way to decorate your pumpkins!

One of the most delicious and easy dinners.

~ Sales~

J.Crew - 30% off with code SHOPFALL (exp. 10/19)

J.Crew Factory - 30% off clearance with code YAY30 (exp. 10/19)

Kate Spade - 30% off entire purchase with code F14FFUS (exp. 10/19)

Saks Fifth Ave - 25% off entire purchase with code FRNFAM (exp. 10/19)

Old Navy - 25% off with code TREAT (exp. 10/18)

Madewell - 30% off with code PICKMEUP (exp. 10/20)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Updating your Bedding

I love that time of year when the weather changes enough to have to change your bedding 
from percale sheets to cozy flannel sheets. There is nothing better than having new bedding
that keeps you warm all night! Most of my flannel sheets and duvet covers come from Garnet Hill as the company was started by one of our family friends and the headquarters is in the same town
as Peckett's on Sugar Hill, our rental properties. 2-3 times a year I stock up on different styles, so I have a plethora to choose from. Recently, my mom and dad re-organized their linen closet to house all of the bedding my mom has collected over the years (I may have inherited my bedding obsession from her, but there are worse things, right?)

Diamond Print Sheet Set // Garnet Hill Signature Bedding // Blue Floral Flannel Sheets
Herringbone Flannel Sheets // Botanical Floral Sheet Set
White Flannel Sheet Set // Dot to Dot Flannel Sheets // Flat Stripe Flannel Sheet

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shopbop Friends and Family Sale!

Shopbop has always been synonymous with amazing fashion, current trends, 
and one of the best shipping options in the business. So although I posted about
sales on my Weekend Links and Sales post, I figured you wouldn't mind seeing 
items for the Shopbop Friends 25% off Sale going on today through Thursday!
Use code FAMILY25 at checkout for 25% off on your entire order!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Leopard Print Heels

One of my favorite things about the transitional period of 
fall, is being able to combine my existing pieces with new fall pieces.
I've had this magenta top for a couple of years and it is always my 
go-to top when i'm needing a bit of color. I paired it with my cropped
jeans (similar here) and completed the outfit with my new leopard print heels!
The shoes are the perfect height (for casual or dressy looks) and 
with a couple of foot petals, I am able to wear them all day.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekend Links and Sales

Happy Columbus Day Weekend! There are a ton of online
sales going on this weekend (see below) and it's 
a good thing, because this is always the time I like to 
start thinking about updating your home and style
to reflect the changing season, the temperature and
that wonderful crisp feeling you feel when you walk outside!
It's also Columbus Day, which means a lot of us have monday off!

~ Links ~

Carlee from Deliciously Organized rounded up a fabulous selection
of this black and white spotted pattern. These placemats are coming home with me!

This open sweater is the perfect layering piece for fall and early winter!

Midi Rings rock my world - especially ones with a really cute baguette crystal
and rest right above the knuckle!

I am wearing this beautiful dress to a fancy Thanksgiving this year!

Have you tried the double sided earrings trend yet? These are the perfect size.

Creating gold dipped log candles this weekend for a seriously fall DIY project!

This weekend, I will be making these adorable mini carmel apples!

~ Sales~

Serena and Lily - 20% off with code LIKEFAMILY (exp. 10/14)

ASHA - 20% off with code CD20 (exp. 10/13)

Piperlime - 20% off The Ultimate Checklist with code FALL20 (exp. 10/13)

Macy's - 20% off with code FALL (exp. 10/13)

Diane Von Furstenberg - extra 25% off all sale with code EXTRA25 (exp. 10/13)

C.Wonder - extra 50% off all sale - no code needed (exp. 10/13)

Ann Taylor - 40% off your entire purchase -no code needed (exp. 10/13)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Navy and Brass E-Design Board

I was so excited when I received an email 
from a client requesting help with an e-design
bathroom project. She is from Connecticut as well, 
and our style is very similar. The scalloped mirror
is one of my favorite pieces (aside from the vanity)
and really makes a statement in the room. Plus it's unique
and not a shape you see very often! 

The vanity is a dresser that she purchased (it fit perfectly into her space) and 
she had it painted in a high gloss navy paint. We then incorporated brass fixtures
throughout the whole space. The combination of navy and brass is a favorite
of mine and it was so amazing to be able to create this look for her! 
Beveled subway tile was used for the shower
and an octagon tile as the flooring for the bathroom!
I love how it turned out and can't wait to see the finished space!

*For e-design services and rates, you can email me here!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Styling with Purple

Ever since I was a young girl, I have absolutely loved purple.
The bold, feminine use of purple in interiors is one of my favorite
colors to incorporate into projects. From small accessories, 
to painted shelves, wallpapered walls or bold painted front door, 
seeing purple in interiors makes me happy! Of course, the same goes for 
injecting purple pieces into your wardrobe! Purple handbags and plum 
lipsticks are perfect for fall. How fun are these purple Hunter boots?
Pair them with a pair of jeans and a charcoal top. If you want just a small
pop of purple, these earrings are just the right amount of color. Plus, 
I won't leave home without a swipe of purple eyeshadow!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Favorite Textiles

Thanks to the wonders of Instagram
I now have two favorite textile companies.
Kaylana Textiles and Loomed Nola. Both have
similar stories, as well as reasons for creating the companies, 
and both have products that are handmade, carefully curated 
and beautiful pieces that would be lovely to incorporate into your home!
Kalyana Textiles offers bright quilts, napkins and cushions
using a unique and ancient tradition of Block Printing
the use of ink and carved wooden blocks to create printed patterns.
Loomed Nola offers luxury Turkish Towels and throws in bright colors, 
straight from Turkey itself! Their products are also handmade with
natural and organic fibers, plus they come in fun, bright colors! 
Loomed Nola hails from New Orleans, which makes it even more awesome!

Kalyana Textiles

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Shop for a Cure - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's all about the ta-ta's. But seriously, it is.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and 
there are so many amazing companies, most of them 
strong, women entrepreneurs (yahh!) that are donating proceeds
from their sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Being a 
woman, I think this attention and awareness is amazing and the fact that 
there is a whole month dedicated to finding a cure is even better. I come from
a large family of women (I have 3 sisters, my mom and 2 grandmothers) among 
countless other relatives and friends that I am very close to. How wonderful would it
 be to find a cure, to ensure that someone in your life doesn't have to endure this tragic disease. 

of these (Rose Quarts only) will be donated.

2. Tory Burch York Buckle Tote (large) - $295 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

3. Tory Burch York Buckle Tote (small) - $245 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

4. Accessories Concierge "Here Comes a Fighter" Cuff - $32 -
20% of the sale will be donated.

5. Accessories Concierge "Fight Like a Girl" Cuff - $32 -
20% of the sale will be donated.

6. Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Brush Set - $16 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

7. Tory Burch Iphone 5 Case - $60 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

8. Tory Burch Printed Scarf - $175 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

9. Tory Burch Coin Case - $85 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

10. Smashbox Pink Lip Gloss - $20 - $5 of the sale will be donated

11. Accessories Concierge "Tough as Nails" Necklace - $32 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

12. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer - $38 - $10 of the sale will be donated.

13. Tory Burch Continental Zip Wallet - $185 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

14. Tory Burch Cosmetic Case - $95 - 20% of the sale will be donated.

15. Evolution of Smooth Lip Set - $8 - "portion of proceeds" will be donated.

16. Gaiam Pink Ribbon Foam Roller - $25 - $1 of the sale will be donated.

17. Bobby Brown Lip Gloss Set - $60 - $12 of the sale will be donated.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

C Wonder Top {3 Outfits}

Last weekend, while in New Orleans, I stopped into the
C.Wonder store that has recently opened downtown. It was 
my first time in their storefront and it was everything I had 
expected and more! Plus, the girl helping me grew up in faifield, CT 
and was best friends with a classmate of mine!
It was such a small world, and made the experience even more fun.

I walked out with this navy top and I love how versatile it is.
I also love that I can wear my vintage DVF pearl necklace with it
and it really stands out. I wore it with a pair of wine colored pants
but wanted to feature it with a few other options. I put together 
3 different outfits all using this one top and necklace combination.
One for a fancy night out, another for a more everyday work look
(while still looking chic and very pulled together) and a casual outfit.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekend Links and Sales


1. The perfect Navy Nail Polish for Fall!

2. The Most Delicious Dessert that I will definitely be trying!

3. A DIY project that I will be adding some fall touches to.

4. A Modern Day Friendship Bracelet.

5. The perfect cocktail napkin for hosting the perfect Halloween party!

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Dollar Print Shop

Today i'm featuring a really fab source for prints
to incorporate into a gallery wall or as a stand alone, 
because they're awesome and they're all $1! Named for the prices, 
The Dollar Print Shop on Etsy has downloadable prints
that you can print on your own paper, allowing for a bit of your own creativity to 
shine through as well.  My favorites are all of the Harry Potter quotes (surprise, surprise) 
as well as the Travel, Fall in Love and Be Happy print!

Emily started her dollar print shop to fund her long distance relationship
with the man of her dreams and i've been a fan ever since she opened! 
I'm looking forward to seeing which prints are you favorites and 
I can't wait to create my own gallery wall using a few of these.

How cute are these prints, perfect for a Halloween party. 
The Sugar scull print would be fun for Cinco de Mayo or 
Dia de Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead, a popular mexican holiday). 

Have fun perusing Emily's Dollar Print Shop, and have an awesome weekend!