Lately the weather in DC has been suffering from multiple personality disorder. We went from gearing up for an epic snow storm (turned out to be an epic fail) to enjoying clear blue skies and 60 degree temperatures in the course of a week! Always being one to take advantage of warm weather, my white jeans were on and my nails painted a fresh minty shade before the thermometer even hit 50. Whoops, too soon?
Brody, our golden retriever, was also pretty happy with the situation because it meant taking a much longer walk around the neighborhood than usual. Plenty of time to to do some real estate stalking and take a few pics of my new Isabella Item Tote from Tuckernuck.
I was super excited to partner with Tuckernuck because 1. they’re based in DC (shop local!) and 2. their fresh take on classic American style completely complements my own aesthetic. Here’s the true testament though, I’ve shopped with them before! This monogrammed Sunday Bag was in heavy rotation before the Isabella came into my life. Both are roomy, have zippered interior pockets–a must have in a tote– and are sophisticated in their simplicity. Somehow they make lugging various fabric, wallpaper, tile, and finish samples around look a little more chic!
Next up on my wish list: this ASHA zodiac ring I’ve been coveting for almost a year, this amazing Egyptian revival hieroglyphics bracelet, and this bikini from one of my favorite fabric designers, Manuel Canovas. Happy shopping!
Barbour Liddesdale Jacket | J.Crew Cashmere Long Sleeve Tee (on sale) | J.Crew Cropped Matchstick Jeans | Leopard Flats (similar) | Tuckernuck Isabella Item Tote (gifted)
Did you know today is National Jewelry Day? I had no idea there was such a thing but am more than happy to go along with it! Especially since it provides me with the perfect opportunity to introduce you to a new-to-me jewelry collection that I’m absolutely obsessed with.
As much I love statement/costume jewelry, I also hope to collect a few heirloom quality pieces over my lifetime. Pieces my future granddaughter will wear and treasure and be able to tell admirers it belonged to her grandmother back in 2013 (so weird to think about, right?) Those are exactly the type of pieces you’ll find from New York based jewelry designer Blair Husain.
I’m especially enamored with her custom made roman numeral cuffs. I’m not sure which anniversary gold is gifted, but whenever I get there I’m asking for one of these! More realistically, I think it would be equally romantic to have one made with our wedding date (obviously planning ahead since I’m not even engaged yet!) since I probably won’t be able to wait that long.
Which date would you choose?
Knowing that my beautiful new site would be live when I woke up this morning made falling asleep last night almost as impossible as it used to be on Christmas Eve. So here I am, unwrapping the best present this little blog has ever been given: a major face lift!
I’m thrilled with the final result and sincerely hope you love it as much as I do. My number one goal throughout the re-design process was making sure the site was truly a reflection of me and my aesthetic. Not someone/something I wished I were or someone/something I thought you wanted me to be, just me.
Boiling yourself down to the basics and refining your personal “brand” is no easy task and I owe many thanks to my friends and family for putting up with my endless “but do you think this is me?” emails and phone calls. There really isn’t anyone who will give it to you straight better than your friends and family!
When it came down to it, a simple script in a vibrant hue just felt right. I thought it captured the timeless but still of-the-moment look I’m always striving for well. I owe a big thank you to Hanna who, as always, was a dream to work with and never fails to inspire me with her endless creativity.
Looking forward to your feedback!
This will probably make me seem like a prude, but ten years ago the idea of having a large framed nude in my home probably would have made me blush. To be fair to my younger self, ten years ago would put me in a dorm room at boarding school and I have to admit, I got a good laugh imagining one of these pieces mixed in with the Ralph Lauren and David Yurman ads I papered my walls with–nevermind what my dorm parents would have said!
I’d like to think that my taste in artwork has matured (although maybe not my sense of humor) and today I can’t think of anything more chic to add to my walls than one of Jenna Snyder-Phillips‘ nudes. I’ve seen her work repeatedly in the pages of Lonny (side note: Michelle Adams is leaving?? Whoa curveball!) but for some reason never clicked through to discover the artist. Most likely because of the fear of sticker shock. Don’t you hate falling in love with something you can’t have? Happens to me so often with artwork.
Fast forward to last night when I was researching another post and stumbled across Jenna’s website where I noticed a photo of J.Crew’s bridal boutique in her portfolio. The very same photo I included on my inspiration board for my site’s re-design. Ahh, serendipity!
I’ve already made a promise to myself that I will own one of Jenna’s pieces one of these days. I think it would be an amazing present to myself once I achieve something big. My first big interior design project, perhaps? Dream big!
This blog it is a-changing! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been working with Hanna on a complete re-design of The Pursuit of Style. We’re coming into the home stretch and in just a few days you’ll notice that things look a lot different around here. I’m equal parts excited and anxious. Change can be a little nerve wracking, but I really love the new direction we decided on and can’t wait to get your feedback.
While I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the new design to launch, I thought I’d give you a peek at some of the things on the inspiration board I pulled together for the project. I’m still somewhat amazed that Hanna was able to look at this melee and translate it into a design that well reflects my aesthetic. That’s talent people!
So what do you think, any guesses so far?