{wear} brights + leopard

Inspired by J.Crew yesterday, I decided to create some of my own bright + leopard = fabulous outfits!

Happy Friday! xoxo S

bright + leopard
bright + leopard by coutureandcupcakes featuring polka dot shoes
bright + leopard 2
bright + leopard 2 by coutureandcupcakes featuring buckle jewelry
bright + leopard 3
bright + leopard 3 by coutureandcupcakes featuring chain earrings
bright + leopard 4
bright + leopard 4 by coutureandcupcakes featuring j crew cardigan

July 22, 2011. wear. Leave a comment.

{shop} j.crew fall

Ok, so it is literally 100 degrees in Maryland today, but I am ignoring that fact and focusing on the new Fall collection on the j.crew site.  I am loving the gorgeous colors and the leopard accents.

Here are my picks {click on images for links}:

silk elodie blouse in graffiti green or jazzy purple (btw – jazzy purple!? did someone’s grandpa name the colors this year?)

Leopard Tippi Sweater:

I am OBSESSING about these wool café capris.  The colors are AWESOME.

Number 2 Pencil Skirt in Double Serge Wool:


I love, love, love the way J.Crew styled their fall collection during the rtw presentation:

these images from style.com.

July 21, 2011. shop. 1 comment.

{shop} meeblemail

I just came across these super cute personalized email templates from MeebleMail and I am in love!!  Great designers, only $4.99. LOVE.

I have the Gadabout app for text messages, and now I just ordered one of their designs for my email!

There are also fab designs from Trina Turk:

Gorgeous options from Celerie Kemble:

Dabney Lee:


There are so many great designs – check them all out at the website.

Cheers! xo S

July 20, 2011. shop. Leave a comment.

{decorate} jonathan adler santorini collection

LOVE the new Santorini Collection from Jonathan Adler.  Bold, glossy teal and yellow porcelain with gold accents.  It is totally fabulous.

I’d like this yellow Persephone Bowl for our bedroom.


And I’d like this Iris Tray for the library shelf in our living room.Check out the rest of the collection here.

July 19, 2011. decorate. Leave a comment.

{shop} nordstrom anniversary sale 2011

Anyone shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet?! It’s my favorite!  I haven’t visited the sale in person yet, but I have ordered some things online.

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I ordered this Suzi Chin Maggy Dress  and it arrived last week – LOVE.

I also ordered these Sperry Brandpoint Loafers.  We’re taking a trip to Italy this Fall and I’ve been looking for a good pair of walking shoes that a bit more attractive than sneakers.  These are super comfy! They have a memory foam footbed.

I also ordered these Hunter rainboots, but in dark blue.  They haven’t arrived yet, but I love the wedge heel.

Some of my other favorite items:

Alexis Bittar Leopard Hinged Bangle –

Tarnish Tasseled Wool Scarves:

(there was a fab leopard one which I can no longer find online – I hope they have it in the store!!)

Lovely Tory Burch Ambrose flats:

Vince Camuto Jerrell Booties:

Happy shopping! xoxo S

July 18, 2011. shop. Leave a comment.

{decorate} j schatz planters and bird feeders

So, I am kind of overwhelmed with the idea of gardening and landscaping in our new yard (and believe me, it needs A LOT of work), but I think I could handle caring for plants in hanging planters.  These planters by J Schatz are so cool!  I think I’d like one for hanging on each side of our front door.


Also loving the fantastic hummingbird feeders and bird houses.

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July 14, 2011. decorate. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011: armani privé

For his Fall collection, Armani paid homage to Japan.  It was dramatic and fabulous.  Origami pleating and obi belts – and wait until you see the Philip Treacy hats – AMAZING.  Love the floral prints and the cropped pants.

all images from style.com.

July 13, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{inspire} beautiful books

HUGE fan of Coralie Bickford-Smith and her gorgeous book covers (see Fitzgerald and Penguin Classics).  Her latest project is these Great Food books.

Aren’t they fab?! The whole collection would look great in a kitchen.

These leatherbound Barnes & Noble Classics with covers designed by Jessica Hische are also gorgeous.  Such a great vintage vibe. Love these.

Happy Reading!

July 12, 2011. inspire. 1 comment.

{couture} fall 2011: valentino

Valentino was my other favorite couture show.  It was sort of bohemian and old fashioned – totally lovely.  Loved the use of velvet, all the long sleeves, and that gorgeous shade of pale green.

images from style.com.

July 11, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011: elie saab

Aren’t his evening gowns always the most gorgeous!? Loving all those glorious neutral tones and that deep blue is perfection.


July 8, 2011. couture. 2 comments.