BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

In booking our trip to NYC next weekend, I got so wrapped up in being obsessed with this hotel, thinking about how much I want to see this exhibit, and how I can’t wait to have brunch here, I almost forgot that the purpose of the trip is really for a kind of major life moment: finding my wedding dress.

Cue colossal freakout because I have no idea what I want. I know what I don’t want, and maybe that’s as good a place as any to start. Needless to say, I spent some time this weekend with Vogue Weddings, a few magazines and this beautiful new wedding binder. Fingers crossed.

I loved hearing about your wedding planning experiences last time, so if you’ve gone down the aisle, let’s hear about the dress! Floor’s also open for gushing about your dream gown–or maybe you’re like me and have absolutely no idea?

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

WEEKEND READING

Vogue

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.

For Inspiration/Aspiration:
-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!

CAROLINA IRVING FOR OSCAR DE LA RENTA HOME

Carolina Irving

Carolina Irving | Lonny

Carolina Irving

Carolina Irving | Lonny

Carolina Irving

Carolina Irving

Carolina Irving | Lonny

Last week, I was excited to read that Carolina Irving will be succeeding Miles Redd as the new Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta Home. After turning out beautiful collections since 2003, Miles is stepping down to focus on his interior design business–and understandably so, have you seen this home currently featured in House Beautiful?

Oscar certainly knows how to put a team together and after being an admirer of Carolina’s work for years, I’m looking forward to seeing what she turns out for the brand. If it’s anything like her New York City home, we have a lot to look forward to!

Having previously spent a decade as an editor at large for House & Garden then moving on to working with Hamish Bowles at Vogue and founding her own textile line, Caroline is undeniably an arbiter of style. Her interiors are a little bit bohemian, a little bit English country, and a whole lot of chic. Can’t wait for the debut collection!

Photos via Lonny and Habitually Chic

IN PURSUIT

In Pursuit | The Pursuit of StyleStray Dog Designs Fred Sconce | Clare Vivier Catchall | Deborah Lippman Break 4 Love Polish | Furbish Suzani Pillow | Macaroon Box | Finn Love Knot Ring | Je T’aime Card | RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek | Gorjana Infinity Earrings | Topshop Snakeskin Make Up Case

How about a perfectly pink edition of In Pursuit just in time for Valentine’s Day?  A sconce might seem like an odd thing to include in a Valentine’s Day round up, but this one really has stolen my heart. Definitely using a pair in a project someday. Clare Vivier’s Love Shop is not to be missed. You’ll be wearing this new shade well past February 14 and into spring. Pairs perfectly with this.

If you’re hoping for some jewels this year, this sweet little pair won’t break the bank, but this is luxe list worthy (and has been on my own wish list for 3 or 4 years now!) Give these out as favors if you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day fete–they’ll last longer than the real thing. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of neon, and because everything sounds better in French, my Valentine of choice.

PURPLE PERSUASION

Katie Armour | Matchbook Magazine

Katie Ridder

What sort of decorator would I be if I wasn’t always craving some sort of change in my own home? The latest victim of my disapproving eye is our living room. We painted it white when we first moved in three years ago mainly to get rid of the toffee colored walls (and ceiling!!) as quickly as humanely possible.

I’m glad we made the decision to go neutral rather than rushing to pick a color–never a good idea, you’ll almost always end up re-painting–but I’m ready for a change. So what’s on my mind? Lavender walls.

When mixed with the right furnishings, lavender walls are anything but childish. Just look at the examples above from my inspiration arsenal. Playful but sophisticated and the perfect backdrop for artwork.

What do you think, should I go for it? I see some sample boards in my future…

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