CHEERS!

The Pursuit of Style | Fall Bar

It’s been a long week but the weekend’s finally here! Time to sidle up to the bar and pour ourselves a cocktail (or two). I shared this photo of our bar on Insta and the Scalamandre cocktail napkins I picked up in Charleston got so much love I wanted to share an online source: Furbish Studio!

My tortoise ice bucket is one of my most treasured vintage scores, but here’s a hook up on that too. Ours pairs perfectly with one of my favorite shower gifts, a Sabre bottle opener. In case you haven’t caught on to my MO it’s pretty straight forward: never. enough. tortoise.

Now go get yourself some dancing zebras (also available in guest towels) and pour yourself a stiff one!

*Or Hendricks, as you all so astutely commented

#WESTELMDC

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a dinner to celebrate the opening of West Elm’s newest DC outpost on 14th street. West Elm is always one of my go-to retail resources–especially for clients that need to be cost conscious without sacrificing style–so I couldn’t be more excited about the new location.

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The dinner was hosted at Table, one of the newer restaurants to hit the scene in the rapidly revitalizing Shaw neighborhood. This was my second time to Table and revisiting the inventive menu above has me thinking about making a reservation this weekend–DC friends, add it to your restaurant list!

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We were seated in the upstairs loft, which opens out to a really fantastic rooftop (unfortunately it was pouring the night of the dinner). I loved the juxtaposition of modern white walls with textural pendants and rough hewn wooden beams.

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Styling was handled by Kruse & Vieira Events who incorporated mercury glass hurricanes, and sculptural brass objects throughout the tablescapes.

West Elm DC | The Pursuit of Style

Place settings featured whimsical dinnerware designed by Rachel Kozlowski set atop hand painted place mats. The beautiful white flower arrangements were designed by Sweet Root Village–I chatted with co-owner, Lauren, during dinner who couldn’t be sweeter. Check out their portfolio to be inspired!

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 No social media dinner would be complete without iPhones in hand. Billy and I are likely strategizing Instagram captions. It appears as though I approve.

If you haven’t visited the new location, head on over, it’s worth a visit. I’ve been really impressed with some of the new arrivals: this inlaid coffee table, Faribault Woolen Mills throws (we purchased one in Maine a few years ago and they are SO cozy), candy colored side tables perfect for apartment living, and a sculptural dining table that looks way more expensive than its price tag!

FALL REFRESH WITH ROZTAYGER

More than any other time of year, Fall is the season I find myself craving a wardrobe refresh. All too often I’ll reinvest in clothing–a few sweaters, maybe a new coat, or pair of boots–and completely neglect my accessories which take just as much, if not more of a beating, season after season.

20% off at one of my favorite online boutiques, Roztayger, is about as good incentive as there gets to change that.

Now through Saturday Pursuit of Style readers will receive 20% off their purchase with code STYLE20*

The Pursuit of Style | Roztayger

MY PICKS:

The fact that I look terrible in hats is one of life’s great injustices; especially when it means I cannot own this Albertus Swanepoel camel hat. Buy it, take a selfie, and let me live vicariously through your proper topper.

I put off buying a pair of gloves every season and without fail the second my chapped fingers have had enough, all the cute options are sold out. This year I’m breaking the cycle. I will buy this whimsical cashmere pair from Oyuna.

It’s never too early to start thinking about stocking stuffers and I’ve always loved the idea of including one bigger ticket item. This passport case and these Satomi Kawakita twin pearl studs will be crowd pleasers.

You know Clare Vivier, you love Clare Vivier. Take the opportunity to stock up at 20% off. This leopard clutch is my pick. You might not be as familiar with Bonastre but their classic, structured pieces like this twin pochette bag aren’t to be missed.

*STYLE20 excludes PB 0110,  JPLC Luggage Co, Le Yucca’s and Tsatsas.

GETAWAY: ZERO GEORGE, CHARLESTON

It’s been just over two weeks since we left Charleston and I would be only mildly dramatic in saying I’ve missed it every day. When we initially decided to delay our “real” honeymoon–an African safari–until our first anniversary, I was a little bummed (cue the violins, I know) but our Charleston mini-moon ended up being the perfect getaway.

We called the charming boutique hotel, Zero George, home during our stay, and I can say with confidence that it is the only hotel we will be staying at on subsequent trips to the Holy City.

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Zero George had been on my must-visit list, and after pulling up to the early 1800s restored carriage house and entering through the courtyard, I knew we had made the right decision.

There’s nothing I love more than a thoughtfully designed hotel and the well appointed interiors are sophisticated but still warm and inviting–a delicate balance that I’m convinced Southerners have a natural born gift for creating.
Color this Yankee jealous.

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A European influence–a nod to Charleston’s history as a port city in colonial times–is evident in the design decisions throughout the hotel’s common areas as well as its 18 rooms. I’ve been hunting for a French Louis Philippe mirror similar to the one above for years!

Also note the candles in the fireplace which were lit each evening and created such a romantic ambiance.

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No detail was spared, as evidenced by the sea grass covered guest book and brass key fob.

Zero George | The Pursuit of Style

These beautiful sculptural brass lamps (similar) were not missed by my roving design eye.

Zero George | The Pursuit of Style

My wedding gift to Garrett was a Lotuff Leather duffel (purchased via Roztayger). A much needed upgrade from the tattered Patagonia he’d been carrying since boarding school.

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At some point each day we ended up reading on the veranda. I picked up a copy of this and laughed my way through with drink in hand, listening to the whir of the fans. It was pretty much perfection and fulfilled all of my Southern belle fantasies.

Zero George | The Pursuit of StyleBreakfast is included with your stay so each morning we nibbled on (or more accurately gorged ourselves on) Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, quiche, fruit, and prosciutto at a picture perfect bistro table.

Zero George | The Pursuit of Style

This pair of seafoam crusisers were the latest addition the the Zero George arsenal when we arrived.

Zero George | The Pursuit of Style

I snapped this photo on our way to dinner at Zero Cafe. Charleston has no shortage of amazing restaurants–a few of which I’ve posted about here–but Chef Vincent Petrillo’s food was so delicious we ended up canceling one of our reservations and dining in for a second night.

The menu changes almost daily and both of our meals were unreal. Garrett thinks the octopus appetizer we had at both dinners was his favorite dish of our entire visit.

I should also add that the staff was unfailingly gracious, friendly, and accomodating. I had booked the room under my name and knowing it was our honeymoon they greeted Garrett as Mr. Souza throughout our entire stay which we found too funny to correct!

If you’re headed to Charleston at any time in the near future we can’t recommend Zero George highly enough, and are looking forward to our next visit.

P.S I hate that I have to qualify gushing reviews, but this post was not sponsored in any way, shape, or form, we just genuinely loved our experience and hope you’ll visit too!