WEEKEND READING

Martha Stewart Weddings

For Saying ‘I Do':

-Would you buy your own engagement ring or want a surprise Pinterest board wedding? Call me traditional, but I’m thinking no on both counts. But, I would be curious to see how my Pinterest board would translate into a real wedding…

For Laughs:

Tina Fey. Enough said.

-I watched this documentary recently on the king of late night. A hint: “Here’s Johnny!”

For Better Social Skills:

Pick up a book.

For Months of Ramen Noodles:

-I’ve had my eye on this coat for two seasons now. It’s 20% off today… Do I invest in a classic and commit to a few months of ramen? I’m sure I’ll be going back and forth until the clock runs out!

For Consideration:

-Is this what the future of publishing looks like?

TAKING NOTES + THANKS A BUNCH

Anna Spiro

Mark D. Sikes

Ruthie Sommers

This is Glamorous

Janet de Botton

The Pursuit of Style

It was a little terrifying to hit publish on yesterday’s post but I couldn’t be happier that I did. Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking time out of your day to share your insightful comments and kind words. I was honestly blown away by how many of you weighed in and truly touched by your responses.

Virtual flowers are the best I can do, so here are a few of my favorites. Thank you for inviting me into your inbox and RSS feeds. I’m taking notes on your feedback and hope to continue to earn my spot there.

A lot of you requested more posts related to my life in DC and personal design projects. Well, how about we kick things off with a home tour? I happen to have one going live on The Glitter Guide this Tuesday and couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!

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LET’S CHAT

This Is Glamorous | Design Sponge

Let’s chat about blogging. After plenty of “real life” conversations on the subject with friends, other bloggers, and blog readers I thought I’d open up the discussion here. I started this little blog back in 2009 when I wasn’t loving my job but I was loving decorating my first apartment. A new job meant a hiatus for most of 2011, and in 2012 I rang in the new year with fresh inspiration and a resolution to start posting again.

The landscape had completely changed and to be honest, sometimes I feel like I’m still playing catch-up. Things are undoubtedly more glossy on the outside–it’s almost like after blogging’s awkward middle school stage of .blogspot addresses (had one!) and layouts we hacked ourselves via YouTube tutorials (guilty!) the sleek new sites with editorial layouts and professional looking photography are akin to learning how to properly apply make-up and use a hair straightener in high school.

It’s all new and exciting, but sometimes I find myself feeling a bit nostalgic for the old days. Something is different and I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is. Maybe it’s the feeling that things are a little less authentic these days. There’s so much talk about “strategy” it can be easy to get lost and forget why you started blogging in the first place, or worse, get caught up in the comparison trap.

I would be curious to hear your thoughts on blogging in general and I’d also like to do a little course correcting of my own. I put together a short survey–just 7 questions–and would be so appreciative of your honest feedback! 

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OCTOBER SCRAPBOOK

October Scrapbook | The Pursuit of StylePumpkin Doughnuts | Dahlias | FireplaceMichael Kors Tortoise RingRalph Lauren Tortoise Link Bracelet | Caramel Apples | Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle | J.Crew Cashmere Long-Sleeve Tee | Lee Radziwill | Loeffler Randall Matilde Boots

Working on these scrapbooks always gets me so excited for the month ahead. I hope you’ve been enjoying them too! I kind of think of them as my own visual to-do lists. Inspiration for all the quintessential activities I intend to do at the start of the month (but sometimes don’t get around to doing). So here’s what’s on the docket for my perfect October…

A fall fete with pumpkin doughnuts, hard apple cider, caramel apples, and lots and lots of dahlias. A new pair of boots. I’ll continue to covet these but in reality will probably buy a new pair of these lookalikes. A festively decorated apartment (if only my fireplace had a mantel...) A new cashmere sweater to feed my addiction. These are my absolute favorites. Tortoise everything and at least two of my favorite Nest candles because I burn them constantly! It’s the little luxuries, right?

More importantly: are you a big Halloween fan? I am not, but mainly because I never come up with a creative costume. I think my biggest triumph was a skunk circa age 10. I remember spraying half a bottle of my mom’s perfume under the tail and giving my parents migraines. Too much Chanel can be a bad thing. What’s been your most memorable costume?

AND GEORGE

And George | The Pursuit of Style

And George | The Pursuit of Style

And George | The Pursuit of Style

And George | The Pursuit of Style

I know political rants are the last reason you visit this blog so I’ll spare you mine on the ridiculous government situation and instead offer up some pretty pictures and a suggestion for a day trip if you happen to be one of the “nonessentials” (you’re essential in my book!) staying at home today.

Last month when I had the opportunity to travel to Charlottesville, VA for an event with kate spade new york and InStyle I had one place on my must-visit list: And George. I had followed the owners’ success over the years (don’t miss this Lonny feature) and admired their expertly edited selection online, so I was excited to finally check it out in person.

The carriage house turned shop couldn’t be more charming and is filled with covetable treasures. If, like myself, you have a weakness for blue and white, you’ll be in heaven–I’m still kicking myself for leaving a tiny antique Chinese vase behind! Next time you’re in the area stop by for a visit, you won’t be disappointed.

P.S apologies for the low-quality iPhone photos!