THINGS I’D RATHER SPEND MY RENT CHECK ON…

Issa Dress

Issa Dress

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This dress. Ohh, this dress. I spotted one of my favorite interior designers, Lindsey Coral Harper, wearing this stunner on Instagram and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since.

Net-A-Porter is my go-to when I’m feeling feeling fancy and pretending I don’t have bills to pay. Because clearly if there were a better use for my rent check, this dress would be it. Am I right?

Those jeweled flowers are everything. Let’s cross our fingers it ends up on The Outnet in a few months…

Anything you’d rather spend your rent check (or mortgage payment) on these days?

JCREW IN PARIS

Jcrew | Paris

Jcrew | Paris

Jcrew | Paris

Jcrew | Paris

Jcrew | ParisWe greeted the first day of Spring with snow here in DC–slush is probably a more accurate description–a bit of a cruel joke, but cherry blossom season is right around the corner so I’m looking forward to brighter days ahead.

Have you seen J.Crew’s newest store in Paris? Before the launch, J.Crew hosted a preview party in this beautiful apartment which perfectly captures the fresh, clean vibe I associate with Spring.

The fireplace in the Hausmann style building is what dreams are made of. Someday I hope to install a similar marble beauty in my fantasy home. Did you catch the emerald and orchid color palette? You know how I feel about that color combination!

Of course J.Crew nailed all the details… a simple arrangement of blush ranunculus, my favorite Diptyque candle burning, and custom J’ai Crew matchbooks. So clever.

While we’re on the topic, I told myself in January I’d swear off the J.Crack but of course they’re killing it with their new arrivals. I mean this, these, and this?! I’m putty in your hands J.Crew.

Have a great weekend and happy Spring!

RUNWAY TO ROOM

Fashion and interiors go hand in hand. When a client is having difficulty articulating their style it’s not uncommon for me to shift the conversation to fashion. Who are their favorite designers? If they could wear one label exclusively (and money was no object of course!) what would it be?

Counter intuitive? Perhaps. But you’d be surprised how re-framing the conversation draws out preferences that more often than not translate to their taste in interiors.
Prada Heels

I’ll use myself as an example. I pinned these insane Prada heels and the shot of Caroline Robert’s guest bedroom from an old issue of Lonny almost back-to-back.

You don’t have to look too far around this blog to pick up on the fact that I’m partial to a punch of vermillion and an updated take on tradition; and I’d really like to have those sandals and linens.

Lonny Magazine May/June 2011| Caroline Robert

What do you think… notice any trends between your closet & casa?

PRESENT PICK: FOR THE PREP

Clare V Ipad Cover

Today’s present pick is for The Prep. There was just something about the hot pink and racing stripes that immediately gave me a flash back to my rather large (and now completely embarrassing) collection of ribbon belts that we all wore so proudly in high school.

This Clare V. iPad case is infinitely cooler and it’s success as a gift surely extends beyond owners of The Original Preppy Handbook. The stripes are also a little reminiscent of Goyard, no?

So, if you have any Preps on your list, or Preps in remission (like myself) this is your gift pick. Bonus points if you find a way to monogram it!

TGIBF!

Consider the piece of pie you just ate for breakfast necessary fuel for the day’s events because it’s the big one: Black Friday! We’re shopping locally today so I got a head start on perusing last night and oh are there deals to be had!

I know we’re technically supposed to be shopping for others, but I’ve pulled together a few things that struck my fancy and have highlighted my favorite sales to shop below. Happy shopping and I’ll be back tomorrow with local recommendations for Small Business Saturday!

Holiday Party Style | The Pursuit of StyleSilk Tassel Earrings | Lightbeam Skirt | Cut-Out Booties | Chunky Cashmere Sweater

Party season is officially underway which means gold lame skirts are not only acceptable, they’re encouraged! I’m loving the look of festive full skirts paired with chunky knits for the holiday party circuit.

J. Crew // 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping

CODE: HOLIDAY

Kate Spade Saturday // 30% off sitewide + free shipping

CODE: DEALME

Shopbop // 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000

CODE: GOBIG14

The Pursuit of Style

 La Superbe Sweatshirt | Paige Riding Boot | Pearl 360 Studs | Crossbody Clutch | Oversized Grid Checked Scarf

I spent most of the day yesterday wrapped in my sister’s blanket scarf which I think means it’s time to pick up one for myself (attempts at “borrowing” hers were thwarted).

ASOS // 30% off

CODE: TGIBF

BaubleBar // 15% off 2 items, 35% off 4+ items

CODE: FRIDAY15 // FRIDAY35

Madewell // 25% off your entire purchase

CODE: GIFTON

Piperlime // 25% off sitewide

CODE: THANKFUL25

Revolve // select items up to 80% off

A few others worth shopping:

Everlane // Everlane has established The Black Friday Fund–donating all profits for the day to their factory partners in Hangzouh, China. All proceeds will go towards updating recreational facilities for the 300 people who live and work at the factory. Looks like I’ll be updating all of my tee shirts!

Joie // 25% off sitewide

CODE: THANKS

Lulu & Georgia // spend $250, get 20% off; spend $500, get 25% off; spend $1000, get 30% off

CODE: PUMPKINPIE20 // PUMPKINPIE25 // PUMPKINPIE30

L.K. Bennett* // Black Friday 30% off sitewide

CODE: LKBBF

*I have it on good authority that these are the most comfortable heels. 30% off is good incentive to test ’em out for myself!

Theory* // 40% off sitewide

*After hunting for months I finally found the perfect black blazer. Looks just as great with a tee shirt as it does with a dress!