Giovanna Battaglia

Giovanna Battaglia

Versace Scarf

W magazine fashion editor, Giovanna Battaglia, is one of my fashion icons. I’m always stalking photos of her outfits for inspiration and wondering “why didn’t I think of that?” For example, look how she styled the neon scarves above. Would I ever have thought to pair a neon green scarf with an emerald lace dress? No. Does it look fantastic? Yes!

Of course now it’s monkey see, monkey do, and I need a neon scarf of my own. Giovanna’s are Hermes, but I found this Versace number on super sale that fits the bill. If I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone I might pick up a pair of her mirrored sunglasses too. Not sure if I’m quite there yet, though.

Now I just need to practice my tying skills…



Into the Gloss | Jen Brill

Into the Gloss | Vanessa Traina

Into the Gloss | Tory Burch

I recently realized it’s been about three months since I used up the last spritz in my perfume and I still haven’t bought another bottle. I’m having commitment issues. I’ve worn Chance and Mademoiselle but I just don’t think they’re the ones. You know, my signature scent. Doesn’t that expression sound so “ladies who lunch”? Love it.

If I were to pick purely on aesthetics, I’d love to find something by Jo Malone or Le Labo. Their bottles are just too chic. Molly has me curious about Joie’s Folle de Joie and I’m even considering revisiting kai, the fragrance I wore in high school.

So do tell, have you found your signature scent? If not, what are you currently wearing?

P.S be sure to visit me over on Cupcakes for Breakfast today where I’m sharing how I’m  “Figuring it Out”



The Pursuit of Style

Wedgwood Chinoiserie Dinnerware | Pomegranate Inc. Raffia Placemat | Echo Design Dinnerware | Kim Seybert Seersucker Napkins | Glassybaby Elise Drinker | Pomegranate Inc. Floral Placemat | Juliska Bamboo Flatware

Hosting a holiday brunch this weekend? How about a little springtime table setting inspiration. If I had gotten my act together and actually planned something for this weekend (Easter creep up on anyone else this year?) this is what I’d want my table to look like. Fresh, pastel, and a little preppy. It’s what springtime’s all about, right?


Ashley Putman | Hey Billie

Ashley Putman | Hey Billie

Ashley Putman | Hey Billie

Ashley Putman | Hey Billie

Do you guys read billie magazine? It’s a great online read founded by former Domino stylist and author of Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors, Lili Diallo. I’ve really been enjoying it since it launched this fall.

This month I fell in love with the Texas country home of graphic designer, Ashley Putman. It’s everything a country house should be: lived in, comfortable, and collected. I’m pretty sure I’d never come out of that moss green library and can imagine more than a few lazy Sunday’s in the Pendleton blanket clad bed.

More inspiration for the someday files…


The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

Just a few things that I happen to think are pretty great…

I picked up this cashmere sweatshirt on super sale and it’s just as heavenly as a cashmere sweatshirt sounds. On the same shopping trip I succumbed to the printed denim trend and bought these floral skimmer jeans. The pattern is just barely there so I don’t feel quite as bold wearing them.

Essie’s ‘Bikini So Teeny’ is going to be on my nails all spring–so dangerous convenient that you can buy Essie at CVS now! I’ve been wearing these hexagon earrings from Vivid by Esther’s etsy shop on repeat. They’re simple but chic and go with everything. I’m already trying to decide what color to buy next.

My admiration for India Hicks is well documented on this blog and lately I’ve been re-visiting her book Island Life for inspiration. I would love to stay here someday. When I was uploading these photos from my camera, I noticed the first two photos shared the exact same color palette as these potted plants I spotted on in the neighborhood a few weeks ago. I guess life imitates nature?