WHITE BOX CHALLENGE WITH JOY & REVELRY

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

When Paloma invited me to take part in Joy & Revelry’s White Box Challenge by styling a mystery item from her shop I said yes immediately. Everything in her shop is expertly curated so I knew I wouldn’t have a problem finding a way to style whatever arrived. Plus, who doesn’t love getting surprise packages?

When my silverleaf tray arrived I knew exactly how I’d use it. While I love my boyfriend dearly, I do not love the pile of clutter that is perpetually taking over our bureau. The black metal greek key handles added just enough masculinity to the weighty silverleaf tray for what I had in mind.

While my boyfriend wrapped up some work downstairs I covertly got to styling his stuff. Receipts and discarded bits of paper were thrown away, a small dish was added to corral the millions of pennies he’s always dumping out of his pockets, and the cologne his Dad is always gifting him got lined up neatly. I also couldn’t resist adding one of the cheeky Playboy Club ashtrays I saved from my One Kings Lane sale (even though I find it far more amusing than he does.)

I thought for sure I’d get some grief when he discovered my little project, but surprisingly he was thankful for the clean up. Brings a whole new definition to manscaping, right?

P.S Head on over to Joy & Revelry for 10% off with code LDV_WHITEBOX_10!

DOLLY PEARL

Dolly Pearl

Dolly Pearl

Dolly Pearl

In a few short days I’ll be slipping on my bridesmaid dress (which I actually love) and watching one of my good friends marry her college sweetheart. I hope the make-up artist has waterproof mascara because I already know I’ll be teary. Has anyone else noticed themselves becoming more of a sap the older they get?

With weddings on my mind I wanted to share a new line I recently discovered and fell in love with. Meet Dolly Pearl. Lovingly made in the US by Texas based designer, Vi Hoang, this collection of bridal dresses left me weak in the knees. I was particularly enamored with the shorter sheaths pictured above.

I’ll likely go with a more traditional floor length when the time comes, but I think these are perfection for a more casual ceremony, or even to change into before the reception so you can dance the night away unconfined. Lovely, right?

SH*T BLOGGERS WEAR

Shit Bloggers WearShit Bloggers Wear

I laughed out loud and said a big “yuuup” when I first visited the new tumblr site Shit Bloggers Wear. I love the concept and if I had an ounce of artistic talent I’d start a sister site “Shit Bloggers Decorate With” (admittedly not as catchy a title).

My first post would be Martin and Osa Johnson’s much lovedĀ I Married Adventure followed up with a big vase of peonies (guilty!), a branch of coral, and maybe one of those spiky gold urchins. Life’s a bit more fun when we can poke fun at ourselves, right? What would you add to the list–fashion or design related?

P.S No hate here, I love all of those things. Celine bag and Valentino shoes definitely included!

SUSAN KROEGER LTD

Susan Kroeger Design

Susan Kroeger Design

Susan Kroeger Design

Susan Kroeger Design

In today’s world of constant pinning, tumbling, instagraming, tweeting, blogging, etc. content is shared and re-shared at such a fast rate it’s easy to start feeling like you’ve seen it all before. On the flip side, when you finally stumble upon something new (at least to you) it makes it that much more exciting.

Excited is exactly how I felt when I opened an email from the Susan Kroeger LTD team a few weeks ago inviting me to check out their design for the Lake Forest Designer Showhouse–what a show stopper!

The room is a study in contrast. Punchy orange and pink pillows offset the sophisticated metallic gray grasscloth wallpaper and French antiques mingle with abstract art. The overall effect is striking and makes for a room I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing re-pinned, tumbled, blogged etc. again and again.

Congrats to Susan and her team!

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

How was your long weekend? Are you feeling refreshed and ready to get back to the grind or did you pull the covers over your head and hit snooze this morning? That’s me most mornings so no judgement here!

After a crazy month of traveling I was excited to have a weekend at home with nothing but breaking in my pool chair on the agenda (and a mountain of laundry.. so glamorous).

I’m feeling pretty content lately because not only is it pool season, it’s PEONY season! I think we can all agree that it’s pretty much impossible to not feel a little surge of happiness when these beautiful blooms start popping up in grocery stores and corner bodegas.

I’ve been buying them like they’re going out of style (which they never will) and appreciating the instant face-lift they give my apartment. Can you believe my DIY Kate Spade Cloverdale is still holding on after all these years?

P.S In the last photo you can see a peek at the vanity I mentioned I was working on last week. Not a bad start, right?