Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jewelry Organization for the Right-Brained

I recently visited a friend's new home where she had her jewelry dispayed on a dart board so she could remember what she had. You see, having it hidden away in drawers just didn't work for her because like me she is a right-brained girl. I thought it was a brilliant idea and have since been looking for a similar solution for my jewelry.

When I saw these Pottery Barn Jewelry Frames, I got exited. Everything in plain view and displayed in a pretty, decorative way. Perfect! If you're a left brainer you probably don't understand the appeal but that's okay. I'm smitten by the whole concept...

Find Your Own Fabrics

I haven't been able to find new cushions for our wicker chairs that I actually like. But luckily I found fabric.com while googling and was pleasantly surprised by the selection of unique patterned fabrics to choose from (zebra, giraffe, lattice, solid, floral prints...you name it - they have it). You can create your own design wall on their website, which is a lot of fun (see mine below). Maybe I should make my own cushions? After finding these lovely patterns...I'm thinking hey why not. Maybe first I should ask if I can borrow my sister's sewing machine.

Sunburst Mirror Round-up

Looking at some of the chicest rooms out there right now...you see a lot of sunburst mirrors, especially above the mantel or over the bed. I for one am in love with them and will at some point buy on to go above our headboard. Here are a few of my favorites...

Bellesol Beveled Sunburst Mirror from Ballard Designs


















 Sol Sunburst Mirror from Ballard Designs



















Cyrus Mirror from Lamps Plus

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Romantic Touches

I would call this board "vintage romantic" with peach, dove gray, porcelain and just a pop of fuchsia (for some flair and personality). So fresh and understated! Love love these Badgley Mischka Ruffle Flower Heels - how fantastic are those?
Romantic Touches

It's All About the Bride

Just the Bride

Last Weekend

Some high moments from the weekend.

My vintage 1950's Boston Terrier Figurine arrived! Yes I found a brown and white version on Etsy (I was pretty impressed with myself) to match our Ollie.














Ollie got to come to work on Friday for Take Your Dog to Work Day...he has no idea how lucky he is.






















And, my new $38.00 Zebra dress from the Nordstrom Rack made it first appearance outside of my closet! I wasn't smart enough to get a full length shot...darn.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Patterned Handbags Bags

I am sort of a bag fanatic and would have 1,000 if I could. When I found these I started itching to buy one. These fabulous handbags are from LisaRoy.

I love the peach, coral and ivory tones in these bags and the modern floral patterns! One of each please... 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Resourcefulness

I mentioned yesterday that I waited too long to get my hands on this amazing pillow cover from Pottery Barn. The store had none, the website said no longer available...but I was determined. I called back Pottery Barn and they said they would check to see if another store had them. Brilliant. They hooked me up with a store that had 20 in stock...I ordered two and they are mailing them to my home for me. Yay!! I'm as happy as a clam that I'll have my pillow covers by next week. Kudos to PB for awesome customer service. Turns out, a little resourcefulness goes a long way. Love it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Sale Merch

Summer is my favorite time to shop for home decor...especially now because the sales are fantastic and everything is my style (which isn't exactly the case come fall). So, I'm living it up and picking up the things I've been drolling over for months. Here's what I ordered today...both on sale!

Conch Shell Pillow from Pottery Barn
 (I am actually kicking myself for not buying the Blue Coral pillow shown behind it sooner since that is no longer available)
















White Garden Stool from Wisteria
15% off especially for June

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Puerto Rico

During our recent trip to Puerto Rico I literally did not want to leave. These photos are from the tiny island of Culebra which is a short Ferry ride from mainland Puerto Rico. Well worth the day trip and honestly we might even consider spending a week there next time we liked it so much. Flamenco beach shown here is one of the best beaches in the world. And...the food was amazing and so so cheap ($2.50 for the kebab I'm eating in the last pic)! Let me guess you're booking your tickets now?







Patterned Pillows

Nena Von has gorgeous pillows in any pattern you fancy (trellis, zebra, stripes, geometric...you name it)...but what makes these pillows so great is the amazing colors in the fabric choices. Here are a few of my favorites from Nena Von's Etsy store.


Monday, June 21, 2010

DIY Wedding Makeup

Since I'm sort of a control freak when it comes to makeup, I didn't actually trust anyone with this mug on my wedding day and opted to do my own makeup. I know - daring but I figured no one knows my face better than me and I didn't want to end up with magenta eye shadow as a surprise on my wedding day (like what happened to a friend on mine who will remain nameless).

I actually should mention that their was one makeup artist (Jennifer Hathaway) who I would have happily had as my makeup artist the day. Jennifer is a fantastic makeup artist with an amazing eye (and she's also a photographer so knows what looks best on film). But...she was not available and helped me with a couple looks to practice on my own for my wedding makeup. Here is an easy look that I wanted to pass on. I prefer Laura Mercier makeup but you can probably find similar colors from another high quality brand. My heart belongs to Laura though:)

So, if you're planning on doing your own makeup here's a good start! If you want a pro and live in the Boston area...I say hire Jennifer!

This assumes you have already applied foundation and concealer.

1. Eye Basics - Flax

* This will cover all the veins and bluish tone and also keeps eye shadow put...very important for wedding makeup!

2. Peach Organza Satinee Cream Eye Colour
* This is fantastic for hazel eyes, for some reason peach really makes 'em pop

3. Guava Sateen Eye Colour
* Yep more peach (trust me on this it will look great when you are done). This adheres to the cream eye colour and adds a little bit of shimmer without overdoing it. Remember that too much frost is a bad thing for wedding makeup since flash bounces of it (yuck).


4. Bleu Marine Cake Eye Liner
* Use this under your top lashes (tight line technique with a flat brush)
* You can also apply to lower lash line and on close to lashes on upper for added definition/drama using a Wet/Dry Definer

5. Apply Navy Blue (or Aqua shimmer if you are daring) Eye Shadow and smoke it out to the outer corners of your eyes.

Smudge Brush (depending on whether you like a smokey look or not...you can then decide if you need to smudge).

6. Curl your lashes and apply two coats of waterproof mascara (top) and one on the bottom.

7. Fill in those brows (they frame your face so give them a little oomph). I prefer brow powder because it's natural looking...but you'll also need a brow brush for professional results.

8. Apply Fresh Ginger blush in a backwards C motion to cheeks 

9. Keep lips neutral since emphasis is on the eyes for this look with patchouli lip color and peach glow lip gloss

Almost Done!

10. Make sure you dust with mineral powder and bring compact powder for touch ups throughout.

And do not wear sunscreen - again flash will reflect off and cause your face to look white (yuck again)


I Dream of Zebra

I aspire to have animal touches in every room...and I am well on my way to accomplishing this goal. Lately, I've been daydreaming about something this Sudan Zebra Chair I found at Target.

Oh my goodness isn't it gorgeous? I  think it's a pretty stunning, yet demur little chair and I am determined to get my hands on one. Unfortunately, the husband is less than thrilled about the idea but I can win him over with time.


For now, I stick with animal print throw pillows for instant gratification. Mine are from Etsy (Eco Diva Designs) and West Elm (on sale)!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

April's Wedding Mood Board

April's wedding will actually be my first real gig. A spring wedding with purple, pure jade and brown. Did I mention the ceremony will be in a castle...pretty awesome! It will be nothing sort of amazing. April's April Wedding Mood Board

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Shore Inspired - Things I love

As you know, I love coastal inspiration at home...despite the fact that the only source of water near me is a vernal pond in my neighbors yard:) Yes well while that may not be your idea of a waterfront property...it's close enough for me! Here are some Etsy finds that I love to bring a little beach home without spending an arm and a leg.

Starfish Wine Sack from Shorely Chic


















Driftwood Towel Rack from Bricheese















Stafish Print from Blueberrie














Capiz clam shell from Shorely Chic 














Sea Urchin Bud Vases from Blue Room Pottery

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Extreme Ruffles

I stumbled upon a new Etsy seller (well new to me). Reddoll's dresses are bubbly, ruffly goodness all around. Love it...


Little Monkey

How it is possible that I have never shared any pics of the love of my life? Introducing our baby (Boston terrier puppy) - Ollie. See below to experience the cuteness for yourself.




Thursday, June 10, 2010

Some Favorite Wedding Photos

Admittedly, I have posted lots and lots of photos from our wedding on this blog. But here are some of my absolute faves...the ones that capture moments that I really love. They freeze time, which is why I can look at them over and over again. The wedding was such a whirl wind but these photos seem to slow things down and aid my memory in grasping the 5 hour blur.