With a snowstorm, a client presentation (can’t wait to share–really excited about this one!), Valentine’s Day, and scrambling around with lots of last minute errands before catching my 5:00am train to NYC this morning, this week has been nothing short of a whirlwind. To be honest though, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m looking forward to kicking off the week ahead by spending some quality time with my mom and sister, trying on lots and lots of beautiful white dresses, and hopefully saying yes to one of them! Follow along on Instagram for more of our NYC shenanigans.
For Wardrobe Inspiration:
-Ralph Lauren Fall 2014 is pretty near perfection.
For Your Art Collection:
-Some really great pieces from emerging designers. I wish I weren’t running out of wall space!
For the Love of Stripes:
-Here’s your Chance to snag the best of the best at 40% off.
-Wedding tips from one of my design idols.
For the Wish List:
-Love the typography, color, and city of course!
-Saving up for these…and basically the rest of the Spring collection!
-Don’t even know how I haven’t pulled the trigger on this yet.
I might have ended January feeling a bit blah, but this first week of February has been the perfect re-set and I couldn’t be more excited about the month ahead. I started this program and survived my first nine days (oh what I’d give for a Diet Coke…), dragged myself out of bed for my first barre class this morning, and scheduled a trip to NYC next week to go wedding dress shopping with my mom and sister (!!)–kind of happy we’ll be missing the NYFW craziness, although I do love watching from afar.
A few things for your perusal on this chilly Sunday…
For Fashion Week:
-I love Style.com’s split second previews. A peek at the inspiration behind some of the biggest names in the industry’s collections and descriptions in 140 characters or less.
-NYFW by the numbers: can you imagine spending $60,000 for ten minutes?!
-The latest designer collection that had fashionistas waking up early to shop.
-This collection is aimed at a much younger audience than your typical NYFW crowd but it’s pretty much my favorite.
For The Bedroom: -Couldn’t agree with this article more. It’s all about the mix!
P.S if D.Porthault isn’t in your budget (don’t worry, it’s not in mine either!) here, here, and here are some of my favorite bedding sources.
-I’ll never get enough of this home. Ever. Don’t miss the stylish musings of it’s owner either!
-I just discovered this new-to-me luxury shopping site. Holy rainbow of Birkins!
As January came to a close this week, I found myself feeling disappointed in what I had accomplished in the first month of the New Year. Re-committing to green juicing and clean eating didn’t happen, I never signed up for that first barre class I wanted to, and this blog fell by the wayside as wedding planning frustratingly began to consume my life–well, at least my free time–and all the changes I had hoped to implement moved to the back burner.
But that’s the beauty of a new month (or week, or even day!) it’s a clean slate. I decided February 1 would be my chance to course correct and re-center after feeling like things had started to spin out of my control. So here we go. Inspiration for turning over a new leaf!
For Your Netflix Queue:
-I never expected to find professional motivation in a film about an 85 year old sushi legend, but this one lit a fire under my butt. The most memorable quote: “Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success… and is the key to being regarded honorably.”
For Your Frame of Mind:-I wish I had watched this video before heading to the frame store earlier this week. Can’t wait to share my new art all gussied up.
For 30 Days:-I’ll be doing this. I’m hoping that posting about it here will keep me accountable. Has anyone else tried it?
-Looks like I’ll be ordering these for the next month!
For Your Inner Monet:-I’m obsessed with this new app. Everything looks better in watercolor. I bet it’s a great way to entertain little ones too (judging by how much fun I have watching it do its magic!)
For the State of the Blog:
-This was an interesting article and something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. What comes next?
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
For Interior Inspiration:
-If he hasn’t already, Daniel Romualdez deserves to win some sort of award for best retail design. The newest Tory Burch boutique on Rodeo Drive could easily be mistaken for the interior of a chic New York townhouse. I definitely wouldn’t mind doing a little retail damage (this and this please) in such a beautiful setting!
-Oh what I would give to see the interior of this DC home in person…
-Where would you live if you weren’t living in your current city? This silly quiz tells you where you should be living. I got London.
-Ever wonder how big your vocabulary is? Find out here.
-For extra credit, follow up with this quiz to see how well versed you are in design speak.
-Serena & Lily is killing it with their new arrivals. My personal picks: this, this, and this (yesss!)
-Really excited to see these among Nate Berkus’ new items for Target.
Have a great holiday weekend!
As I spent this morning reflecting on the past year and getting started on setting goals for 2014, I was reminded of how I was feeling just one year ago today. 2012 had been a tough year and it was hard to think back to that time, but more importantly, the post reminded me how immensely grateful I am for this past year’s successes.
I kicked off 2013 with a career change and joined a residential interior design firm. It was the best professional decision I’ve ever made and completely set the tone for the rest of the year. Funny how doing what you love will do that, right? The Pursuit of Style got a makeover and I sourced some amazing vintage pieces for a design blogger tag sale with One Kings Lane.
I traveled to High Point, Brimfield, Charleston, and New York and came back from each trip feeling inspired (and usually with a heavier suitcase). I accepted the fact that our apartment would never be “ready” (in my perfectionist mind) but was still proud to share it with you with tours on Glitter Guide, Apartment Therapy, and in a print publication here in DC, D/City.
I hosted an event with kate spade new york and InStyle in Charlottesville and took the opportunity to finally visit a store I’ve long admired. I was illustrated, visited a favorite artist’s studio, crossed off most of the items on my 26 for 26 list, and we had a pretty great chat about blogging.
Who knows what 2014 will bring (hope, peace, and cookies wouldn’t be a bad start), but at the very least I know I’ll be marrying my best friend and that’s not too shabby.
Cheers to 2014!
Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style