Thursday, March 29, 2012

color combination: peach and mint

The Jill Stuart Spring 2012 collection is easy, feminine perfection. One of my favorite looks is this peach and mint, breezy dress. Even the names of the colors sound perfect for warmer weather. "Peach and mint" sounds like a refreshing tea, cocktail or sherbet! Mint is the color-of-the-moment and orange is having its moment in the spotlight. I love how cheery and modern these two colors look together. They look just as good color-blocked as they do anchored by a more neutral color or pattern.

Elizabeth and James New Sammi Blazer // Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchel // Topshop Peach Metal Basic Sunglasses // T by Alexander Wang Silk Crepe Blouse // D&G Layered Tulle Midi Skirt // Kate Spade Idiom Bangle // Forever 21 Bejeweled Medallion Earrings // Rebecca Taylor Printed Silk Camisole // Topshop High Waist Hotpants // Topshop Lattice Back Crop // Tibi Pleated Silk-Crepe Maxi // J. Crew Viv Patent-Leather Ballet Flats // Topshop Kitch Patent Lace Up Shoe // J. Crew Crystal Stripe-Link Bracelet // Style&Co. Necklace // Rag & Bone Bristol Fedora // Current/Elliot The Stiletto // Paul & Joe Sister Bollet Printed Crepe Blouse // Topshop Front Plastic Frame Purse // Melissa Patchuli Il Shoe

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

tangerine tango

A lovely reader wrote in a while ago and mentioned she'd been seeing orange bags everywhere these days. Well, we know tangerine isn't going anywhere, since it was named Pantone's color of the year. I'm loving all the orange hues this season, from burnt orange, to neon, to peach. If orange isn't your color (it wasn't for the reader, and it's not for me and my red hair, either), you can still get in on the trend with a bright, juicy orange bag.

Topshop Pleat Midi Shirtdress // Dian von Furstenberg Belted Silk Dress // Kain Classic Striped Modal T-shirt // Madewell Runaround Tank // Alexander McQueen McQ Leather Moto Jacket // Topshop Premium Silk Shimmer Pleat Dip Hem Skirt // Current/Elliot The Stiletto Jeans // Versace Polka-dot Stretch-cotton Micro Shorts // J. Crew Viv Patent Leather Ballet Flats // Alexander McQueen McQ Nail-head Embellished Leather Wallet // Karen Walker Orange Sunglasses // Jessica Simpson Carrack // Diane von Furstenberg Orange Patent Leather Clutch // Aspinal of London Boston // Reed Krakoff Soft Boxer // Emilio Pucci Python Marquisa Mini Bag // Emilio Pucci Python Box Clutch // Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel // Michael Kors Small Ostrich-effect Hamilton // Kate Spade New Bond Street Florence // Diane Von Furstenberg Lytton Neon Clutch // Michael Kors Large Hamilton

Thursday, March 22, 2012

wish i was wearing: blues and greens

I'm not sure my legs are long and thin enough to wear cropped trousers with flats, but I love how comfortably polished this combination looks. I'm also loving mixing colors of similar shades, like teal, navy and green. The showstopper here, though, is those shoes! I would wear them with everything! So adorable.

See By ChloƩ Floral Print Blouse // Sandro Virgule Crepe Tuxedo Jacket // ChloƩ Ankle Length Trousers (similar) // J. Crew Viv Stripe Flat // Michael Kors Hamilton // Emilio Pucci Multi-stone Brass Ring // Bounkit Green Onyx Flower Earrings // Topshop Mesh Loop Tassle Necklace

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

prepare for stylish sofa overload

The Glitter Guide recently did a feature with Jamie Meares of Furbish Studio about how to decorate a couch. It was one of my favorite articles I've read online recently. I love Ms. Meares' advice about how to choose and place blankets and pillows. She has such a great eye. Her wonderful suggestions sent me on an online sofa-searching-rampage. I love seeing the different colors, textures and prints and how, sometimes, the most unexpected combinations work so perfectly.

Friday, March 16, 2012

erin go bragh

Happy St. Patrick's Day my little lassies! As a redhead, it's mandatory that I love this holiday. Not to mention, I'm like 150% Irish (okay, not quite), and my siblings and I sound like we're saints or leprechauns with our ultra-Irish names. We're members of an O-apostrophe clan!

Needless to say, I love having my soda bread, Guiness and potatoes on Saint Patrick's Day (super low-carb). My family is abandoning me for Boston (the ultra-Irish home of the Celtics of all places!) to celebrate our homeland's famous holiday. I'm still conjuring up what my signature cocktail of the day will be and brainstorming Irish recipes. The one thing I don't need to worry about is an outfit. Being as Irish as I look, I abstain from wearing green. My hair is my Irish flair!

So as you celebrate, remember that on St. Patrick's Day, everyone's Irish! I hope you drink, laugh, pray, curse and get red in the face like the Irish. I leave you with one of my favorite Irish blessings:

Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.


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Ladies and gentlemen (okay, just ladies...), I think we may have finally found some replacements for Michael Kors' menswear-inspired watches. Kate Spade's new foray into timepieces is sure to be a huge success. Expect to start seeing these adorable accessories included in the most stylish arm parties.

The collection is inspired by Kate Spade's home, New York City. Each watch is named after a Big Apple landmark. The Carousel Bangle, a gorgeous bracelet with a clock face, comes in fun, candy colors, but my favorite is the gold polka dots, Gold Confetti. The Delacorte Bangle is a little thicker and is etched with pretty gold designs. The Gramercy, Gramercy Crystal, Gramercy Grand, Seaport and Seaport Grand are old-school basics, like the locations they were named for, but are on trend with the oversized look that is popular now and come in gold, silver and bronze. The Metro has a classic round face and thin leather strap. It's convenient and practical, just like everybody's favorite form of public transportation! I love the Gold Spade and Pink pieces. The Cooper has a delicate square face and comes as a strap, or with classic, ladylike links. The Parsons is available as a strap or with links, and embraces its namesake with an artistic square design. The Waldorf also comes with links or a strap, and looks elegant, like the hotel with a crystal edge.

The watches are fun and feminine, consistent with Kate Spade's current direction. The bangle watches feature sweet messages like "Kick Up Your Heels," and the classic watches come with the option of a cute pink spade. I really love that another trusted designer is getting in on the watch game and think I may have to pick one up for myself!