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The dreaded day is finally here. Google Reader will no longer exist as of Monday, July 1 and if you’ve been stubbornly resisting change until the end (yup, that’s me!) it’s time to migrate your feeds over to something new.

I suggest Bloglovin’ or Feedly. Both will let you import your current Google subscriptions which makes the process quick and painless. You can also keep up with The Pursuit of Style by subscribing via email and of course there’s always Facebook and Twitter to stay connected.

Don’t want to lose ya when the plug gets pulled on Monday! Change is scary, but let’s do this. Have a great weekend!

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DESIGN HUNTING: MIRRORED SCONCES

Bunny Williams | Lonny

Bunny Williams | Lonny

Bunny Williams | Lonny

The Pursuit of Style | Mirrored Sconces

This Sea Island condo designed by Bunny Williams (featured in the July 2010 issue of Lonny) has always been one of my favorites. The entire condo is beautiful, and one I come back to for inspiration often, but I’ve always fixated on those mirrored sconces. They’ve been in the back of my mind for years now and something I always keep my eye out for on antiquing trips.

The exact sconces Bunny used were from Treillage but of course they’re long gone now. I’ve found some pretty amazing options on 1st Dibs but naturally they’ve all been just a little out of my price range. Last week I must have had some good karma come my way, or the stars were aligned, because I finally found my sconces!

Kathryn and I popped into one of my favorite home furnishings consignment stores, Gallery St. Elmo, while waiting for a (very late) delivery and there they were on the back wall. It was one of those situations where I was a little afraid to look at the price tag for fear that I wouldn’t be able to take them home. Fortunately–as with most items at Gallery St. Elmo–they were actually quite the steal!  Ahh isn’t finally finding that one thing you’ve been looking for the best feeling?

P.S if you’re looking Pottery Barn has a pair that are slightly more rustic, but same idea and they’re on sale!

SHANA LUTHER HANDBAGS

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

My search for the perfect handbag has been well documented on this blog. I’ve done my fair share of waffling back and forth, but in the process I’ve really been able to hone in on what’s important to me before I’ll invest. For me it’s simple: high quality craftsmanship and materials, a classic shape, and preferably something that’s not being carried by every ‘it’ girl in town.

Sounds simple but you’d be surprised (or maybe not, if you’re hunting yourself) at how hard it can be to tick all those boxes. Well, let me rock your world and introduce you to Shana Luther Handbags. Designed by Pratt Institute alumna, Shana Luther, Shana Luther Handbags are all designed and produced right here in the U.S.A–Brooklyn, to be specific.

Shana was kind enough to let me borrow one of her Louie satchels to show off and let me tell you, I’m already saving up for one of my own. The leather is like butter. No exaggeration. Shana describes herself as a leather snob so I think we can tick off the ‘high quality materials’ box! I brought the Louie down to the waterfront for a little picnic we were having, but think it would be pretty perfect as my everyday work bag too.

Hopefully by now you know that I only work with brands I’m truly passionate about and Shana Luther Handbags is no exception. To help you get your hands on your own, Shana is offering a 15% discount on all leather bags with code PURSUITOFSTYLE through July 3.

Happy shopping!

This post is sponsored by Shana Luther Handbags– a brand I personally support and am truly excited to introduce you to!

STAR SPANGLED

The Pursuit of Style | 4th of JulyLoeffler Randall Starla Sandals | Joie Terry Top | Elizabeth Cole Starburst Earrings | Anabel Ingall Tote | Roberta Roller Rabbit Big Cata Napkins | Superga Sneakers | Essie Midnight Cami | Essie Blanc | Essie Lacquered Up | ASOS Bermuda Clutch |   Furbish Studio Blue Dots Plates | Mango Paint Jeans

The 4th of July is my very favorite holiday. I might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite day of the entire year. Yes I love America, but the holiday also makes me nostalgic for countless summers spent by a bonfire or on the bow of a family member’s boat watching the fireworks over Cape Cod Bay. For me, it just doesn’t get much better than that.

 One way it could get better is if everything in this round up somehow made its way into my closet. Perfectly patriotic, yes, but I guarantee you’ll still get mileage out of each and every one of these pieces long after the last firework has fizzled. I can personally vouch for the Annabel Ingall tote which I’ve been carrying in gold since I got it back in March.

See those awesome Mango jeans that look like a rorschach test? I ordered them earlier this week (on sale for $39.99!) and am crossing my fingers that they’re remotely flattering because I kind of have my heart set on wearing them for the 4th this year. I’m really so tempted to splurge on the Loeffler Randall Starla sandals to complete the ensemble but might have to abstain to save up for some re-upholstery projects I have in the works. These could be a great alternative, no?

What are your plans for the 4th?

BITS & PIECES

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The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

This weekend I decided to brave Virginia traffic and head out to Old Lucketts Store. Located just an hour outside of DC, the three story house is literally overflowing with treasures. Furniture spills out onto the wrap around porch and there are several smaller sheds on the property to explore.

The outside areas are a bit of a jumble, so be prepared to dig, but the inside of the house is actually merchandised really beautifully. Overall, the style is definitely more shabby chic/French country, but that’s not to say that there weren’t a few surprises to be found–like the huge pair of faux bamboo lamps I left behind for only $35 each!

There were tons of interesting mirrors, which unfortunately I do not have space for, otherwise the mirror in the fifth photo which is almost exactly the same as one my mom and I bought at an antique store on the Cape a few months ago, would have come home with me. These are the times I seriously consider getting a storage unit. Is that crazy?

Never one to walk away with an empty trunk, I filled up mine with a really sweet Swedish style demilune table which is the perfect size for our narrow entry. I also snagged a slightly more kooky Roman soldier bust which the woman checking me out looked at with disdain while saying “ohh, he’s interesting.” Love it.

Hopefully you’ll be able to see my treasures all styled up for a fun photoshoot in the next few months!