{shop} new @ j.crew

It is a yucky, rainy day in MD today, but we are heading to Miami tonight for a long weekend AND there are fantastic new arrivals at J.Crew!  I am filling up my virtual shopping cart as we speak…

I NEED this new Viv flat. LOVE LOVE LOVE. The pointy toe feels fresh and I adore the big bow. I love it in topiary and mushroom.

LOVING the new royal paisley print.

shirt. shirt. skirt.

Lace front tee.

And these crystal brulee bracelets. FUN.

Happy weekend! xoxo S

October 13, 2011. shop. 2 comments.

{decorate} with owls

My fabulous friend Denise has been into owls for quite some time (she gave me an adorable cloisonné owl necklace for my birthday a few years ago), and it seems like the home decor stores have finally jumped on her bandwagon.  Check out all of these adorable owl accents for the home.

owls by coutureandcupcakes on polyvore.com

Wise Ol’ Cookie Jar, Orange
$128 – anthropologie.com

Luddite Cotton Pillow – Owl/Bike
$70 – designpublic.com

Owl Shaped Lantern | Pottery Barn
$29 – potterybarn.com

Owl Butter Dish | west elm
$16 – westelm.com

Owl Measuring Cups | west elm
$19 – westelm.com

Mercury Owls | west elm
$14 – westelm.com

Creature Kingdom Hook, Owl
$20 – anthropologie.com

Hoot, Hoot Switchplate, Single
$18 – anthropologie.com

Calico Owl Knob
$12 – anthropologie.com

Ceramic Owls | west elm
$9 – westelm.com


Will you be incorporating some owls for Fall?!

October 11, 2011. decorate. 2 comments.

spring 2012 rtw: part 8

Final Spring 2012 post. Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Elie Saab. Three of my favorites. LOVED these collections. Fantastic colors and shapes.


I especially love the hot pink and gunmetal grey dresses. FAB.

Louis Vuitton:

Loved the icy pastels, the fantastic coats, and THE SHOES. Um, and hello Kate Moss.

Elie Saab:

Those colors are bananas. Especially the emerald and cobalt! LOVE.

Happy weekend!

xoxo S

October 7, 2011. couture. 1 comment.

spring 2012 rtw: part 7

McQueen and Chanel! Swoon! Both had a fantastic underwater vibe. Love, love love.



xoxo S

October 6, 2011. couture. 1 comment.

{decorate} with throws

It must be the forcast for the cool temperatures this weekend, but judging by my recent Follow Me on Pinterest pins, I am obsessing about a lovely throw for the living room sofa.

I’d like one of these –

But, since that fabulous Hermes Avalon Blanket will set you back a cool $1,225, here are some other, more afforable options I am loving right now.

Love that these in2green throws are made from recycled cotton yarns and made in the USA.  How great are the patterns/colorways?

Also, HUGE fan of Jonathan Adler’s Richard Nixon Throw.

COCOCOZY does incredible cotton throws (made in the USA).

And these herringbone throws from Brahams Mount (from Maine) look really cozy.

Which would you like to curl up with?

Happy Weekend!

xoxo S

September 30, 2011. decorate. 1 comment.

rifle paper co. thanksgiving

Husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year and we are super excited about it!

How charming are these invitations and placecards from Rifle Paper Co.? I think we may need to use them…

Found here.

September 27, 2011. party. Leave a comment.

spring 2012 rtw: part 6

PRADA. This collection was so much fun. Punchy colors, lovely silhouettes, a fun 50s vibe. And the most fabulous shoes.

And the shoes… Bananas!

xo S

September 26, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

spring 2012 rtw: part 5

The ready to wear shows continued in London and my two favorites were Burberry Prorsum and Jonathan Saunders.

Burberry Prorsum showed gorgeous mid-calf skirts in deep muted colors with fabulous accents.

Loved the platforms, hats and huge bags.

Jonathan Saunders also showed mid-calf lengths and platforms, but his color palette was definitely Palm Beach – coral, aqua, lime, and yellow. Fabulous.

xoxo S

September 22, 2011. couture. 1 comment.

{decorate} the dining room

Our new chandelier was installed in the dining room yesterday and I am in LOVE.  Our previous ceiling fixture was of the boob variety –


So, we replaced it with this Candice Olson Shelby Chandelier –

And here’s what it looks like installed –

It’s the perfect size in our little dining room.  Since we’ve moved in, we’ve added new wallpaper:

Amy Butler Laceworks.

 West Elm Silk Drapes (now on super sale).

Crystal ball curtain rods (Martha for Home Depot).

 and area rug by flor (Martha’s faux bois design, which is looks like they’ve sold out of!).

We just need to paint and we can call the dining room finished!

September 21, 2011. decorate. 3 comments.

{style} 2011 emmy awards red carpet

Did you watch the Emmys last night?  I like Jane Lynch but I think they were pretty boring overall.  And maybe I just watch too much Bravo, but I have never heard of some of these shows – Big Bang Theory? What is that about?  And why don’t the actors from Mad Men ever win? I think that is the best show on television.

Anyway, here’s my take on the red carpet.

What’d you think about Gwyneth’s middrift baring dress? I sort of dug it. She looks fantastic, as usual and I really liked the black lace and her fab link bracelets.

I think Emily Blunt rarely makes a misstep. I liked this navy Elie Saab gown. She is gorgeous.

Kate Winslet looked incredible.  Husband was basically drooling.  Love the fit and love the red!

Sofia Vergara also looked amazing in red.  Love those earrings too!

I don’t usually like Evan Rachel Wood, but she looks fantastic in this black sequin Elie Saab gown. Love the cap sleeves.

Another gorgeous girl in red – LOVED Lea Michele in red Marchesa.

Cat Deely’s dresses are one of my favorite things about SYTYCD.  She looked great last night. Love this Monique Lhuillier gown, her loose locks, and bronze clutch.

Did I forget any of your favorites? Who’d you think was best dressed?

September 19, 2011. style. Leave a comment.

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