BITS & PIECES

Wayne Pate | The Pursuit of Style

My desk has become somewhat of a disaster zone. Design books, pretty bits of ephemera saved from my travels, fabric and magazine tear sheets pulled for project inspiration all compete for visual attention and threaten to swallow up every last bit of usable work space.

I finally decided to tackle the towering stacks and reclaim some territory this weekend and unearthed my copy of Wayne Pate’s limited edition volume of line drawings which I fully intended to blog about months ago. If you remember this post, you know how much of a fan I am of Wayne’s work, so when he announced the release of his first book featuring 24 loose leaf line drawings, I jumped at the chance to purchase.

In typical fashion it’s been months and I still haven’t gotten to the framers (have to work myself up to signing over a paycheck, ha!) but re-discovering these has firmed up my resolve. I’m thinking the urn in the bottom left will be the perfect addition to a grouping of black and white pieces I have in the works.

P.S you can also find a few of Wayne’s pieces here; including some super adorable onesies I hadn’t seen before!

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IN PURSUIT

In Pursuit | The Pursuit of Style

Loeffler Randall Bag | Michael Kors Watch | Serena & Lily Bennington Lamp | Gap Leather Flap Clutch | Michael Kors Bracelet | Ink Framed Art | Top Shop Striped Dress | Christian Louboutin Heels

It all started with these shoes. These oh-so-perfect shoes. For a few minutes I convinced myself they would be so chic as wedding shoes… and then I came back to reality and remembered we’re getting married on Martha’s Vineyard. Probably not in line with the whole vision, but I totally intend to scrimp and save for them because they’reĀ perfect.

The shoes led me down a black and white rabbit hole. I discovered this bag and this dress which are sisters from a different mister. Of course I’m never without a few wish list items for my home, which is actually going through a black and white phase at the moment. I love thisĀ Rorschach inspired art and the mid-century modern shape of this lamp.

Some of my best discoveries were in the accessories department. Is it just me, or is this bargain of a clutch kind of reminiscent of the Hermes Jige? You know my tortoise obsession runs deep, so I was very excited to find this Michael Kors bangle–gold and tortoise is always a perfect pairing. Plus, as I’m sure you already know if your reader has been as bombarded with posts as mine has, but Shopbop is having a big sale so now’s a good time to buy it.

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!

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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