GET ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT: MICHELLE ARMAS @ FURBISH STUDIO

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If you’re looking to build your art collection, you need to start stalking Furbish Studio’s pop up shops. Their latest and greatest launches at 9:00AM today and will feature original pieces from the oh-so-talented Michelle Armas whose colorful abstracts I’m sure you’ve seen before and probably coveted.

Like past pop-up shops, these pieces are bound to go fast so get your clicker finger and credit card ready. It really is such a great opportunity to snag a piece of original art at an affordable price point.
Happy shopping!

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

I promise The Pursuit of Style will not turn into a wedding blog and this is the last peep about dresses you’ll hear from me until after October 11, 2014; but how often do you get to be in the presence of such exquisite couture?

I stepped into my very first dress ever at Gabriella New York which is a jewel box of a shop with fantastic customer service if you’re looking for a more intimate experience (which I quickly learned was much more my style after a chaotic visit to a more well known salon where I did not say yes to the dress) and snapped the photos above from their stunning collection.

I never imagined I’d be attracted to overly adorned dresses–Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s simple but classic bias cut silk dress was more my m.o–but when done right (Jenny Packham I’m looking at you!) the effect is breathtaking. My engagement ring is a 1920s French estate piece so I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised I loved the art deco inspired beading on the dress in the last photo as much as I did.

Ultimately I decided to go in a different direction, but hopefully this bit of bling brightened up your Tuesday!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

GETAWAY: THE MARLTON HOTEL, NYC

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

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The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

Whenever I visit New York, I feel this little twinge of regret that I let fear win out and didn’t seize the opportunity to live in the city when I had the chance. It seems like a rite of passage I skipped along the way, but I suppose there’s always time for adventures and you never know what the future may hold.

Of course, the silver lining to not living in the city is experimenting with charming boutique hotels like The Marlton when I’m in town. We called the Greenwich Village hotel home during our whirlwind wedding dress shopping trip and I’ve been gushing about it to anyone and everyone that will listen ever since. It was only a matter of time before you got an earful.

From the turquoise velvet chesterfields in the lobby that invite you to sit and stay awhile, to the Serge Mouille inspired light fixtures, robin’s egg blue Regency-style headboards, herringbone floors, and insanely gorgeous brass accented bathrooms, this hotel is a designer’s dream.

To top it off, there’s also a fantastic restaurant, Margaux, on-site so you really need not ever leave–which if I didn’t have a wedding to shop for, I would have been tempted not to. We ate under the glow of lantern light in the plant filled back room which was about as close to dining al fresco as you can get mid-February.

Good thing I found a dress so I have an excuse to go back often!

P.S this post was not sponsored in any way, I’m really just that obsessed and think you should be too!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

BITS & PIECES

Jewels by JAR | The Pursuit of Style

Jewels by JAR | The Pursuit of Style

I wasn’t planning on posting today, but after waking up early from the best night’s sleep I’ve had in awhile (I give full credit to The Marlton, but more on that later this week!) I thought I’d share some illicitly snapped photos from the Jewels by JAR exhibit at The Met.

Featuring more than 400 pieces by Paris based jewelry designer Joel A. Rosenthal, the exhibit is a must see if you’re in the New York area–it ends March 9 so get there soon!  The fanciful zebra brooch at the top was by far my favorite. Can you even imagine wearing it? I’m pretty sure I’d be smiling all day.

P.S follow along on Instagram for more snaps from NY.

WEEKEND READING

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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.

For Planning:
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.