Friday, March 20, 2020

Fashion | Spring Dress Round Up

It's been a very long time since I blogged.  Right now we should be in CA visiting colleges and hiking through Malibu.  However, the world seems to have turned upside down and no one can manage to make it through an hour without mentioning the coronavirus.  We are staying home. School is likely canceled for the remainder of the year.  Well, not canceled, but we will be conducting school from home.  There is so much uncertainty and so many unknowns.  Posting about my favorite spring dresses feels a bit odd, but also surprisingly normal, and I think we are all craving a little normalcy.  We are still allowed to feel pretty!  We can still shop online! We can all use an in-the-mail-pick-me-up to look forward to!  I ordered a beautiful blouse a couple days ago and I can't wait to receive it (I'll share that when it arrives)  I also ordered Vitamin D supplements (to make up for the heavy doses of sun we aren't getting) and a mega pack of water balloons (to entertain Charlie outside since he can't play with friends), so it's a mixed bag my friends.   When I polled on instagram about receptivity to a frivolous post like this, the overwhelming majority of you said yes, please!  So here it is.  A round up of things that have caught my eye and things that I have purchased.  I might even be brave enough (maybe) to try a few on and show you on instagram.  Do I even own a full length mirror?  I don't think so. Hahaha. I'll have to see what I can come up with...

Whew!  That's all for now! I also have some pretty tops, but I'll save that for another post!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Design Inspiration | A Vermont Barn Designed by Gil Schafer

If you've followed my blog for any length of time you know that my all time favorite architect and interior designer is Gil Schafer. His books are the most loved and used in my design library and where I turn first when I'm stuck on a space.  I pretty much devour any new work of his and this Vermont barn featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Veranda Magazine was no exception.

It was built for a large family as a place to host extended gatherings and celebrate holidays.  It is warm, cozy and full of soul, just like all Gil's homes.  I shared a few pictures on Instagram this morning but I wanted to capture them in a blog post too, so I can return again when I'm in need of an inspiration pick me up.

Here is a link to the full feature in Veranda's website.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  I've been thinking about table settings and menu ideas, even though we tend to stick to the family favorites.  I found some pretty napkins while we were in France and plan to use them on our table. It will be a small Thanksgiving this year since my brother and his family aren't coming into town.  I plan to keep things pretty causal and cozy.

Sometimes I like to buy something new to wear for the holidays, so I popped into the mall this week and was a bit disappointed by what I found. There just wasn't a whole lot of choices and I left feeling uninspired. So...I started looking online - much easier and many more options.  I mentally put together some outfit inspiration and thought I'd share it with you, since you all seem to like the occasional fashion mixed in with design, travel and recipes. Everything  is causal and comfy and something I would wear on Thanksgiving or any other day in the fall.