You know how sometimes you see something and it makes you swoon? Something that literally resonates… Today while looking over ish and chi, the blog of Vivian Mansour, I saw this old post (from August 2010) showing an outfit she wore and a project she worked on… Guess which one I swooned over?
How beautiful is this ensemble!?
It is a two year old post so the gorgeous lace blouse is no longer available at ModCloth… *sigh* I bet some enterprising seamstress could whip up a reasonable copy though. It’d be worth it! I could see wearing a top like this as it’s shown or over a black cami with a pencil skirt and pumps, or over jeans with the sleeves pushed up. It really is a knockout! Anywho, the top may not be available anymore but this pic is definitely inspiration for a silhouette to match with a beloved maxi dress that needs a little extra something.
Want a last closer look?
Dainty and Demure Top.
In other news (somewhat related to my post Truly from earlier this week): I have taken the first steps toward going back to college for an interior design certification/degree. I’m nervous and excited and hoping it all works out for the best. Wish me luck!
Not sure where I found this… surfing as usual. What do I like about it? The soft, feminine, comfortable vibe. Nice touches include: the pastel violet lamp on the nightstand, the old world settee, the oversized floral above the bed, and the sweet, drapey shade on the window. Yeah, soft and lovely. Definitely something to aspire to. Though if I’m honest, I know I’d have to throw some edge in there somewhere… like a high gloss dresser in dark olive green. Right now olive green and pale violey with gold accents is totally rocking my boat… but I digress!
Check you tomorrow, peoples, when I reveal my painted lamps (sans shades). Until then!
This guest room is by Elizabeth Dinkel and was designed for a show house at the Greystone Estate, an (at the time) unoccupied mansion. The colors: aqua, gold, white with little hints of chocolate brown. The vibe is feminine and elegant. I imagine any guest would be happy to stay in the soft and pretty room.
Happy Tuesday, all! I’m on the mend. Really! I’m so glad to be able to breathe through my nose again. It’s the little things, right? Until tomorrow!
I’m not quite sure how I found this… but during one of my many Etsy sessions I happened upon Freida Sophie. The shop has a beautiful collection of semi precious gemstones set into gold with a modern, feminine sensibility.
I love the bold chunks of stone wrapped in fine organic bezels and the color combinations are gorgeous! I’ve seen two of my favorites in abundance: chrysoprase and chalcedony in several different colors.
What can I say? For me there is much to love in fashion designer Erin Fetherston’s NYC apartment. Above is my favorite from a recent Vogue feature: her wonderfully minimal but totally feminine bedroom. I could definitely imagine sleeping in such a pretty, uncluttered and and utterly girly room. A totally inspiring room, no?
I saw these prettily packaged hand creams in the newest issue of Better Homes & Gardens. A visit to the website yielded up an utterly appealing lineup of body products with beautifully whimsical packaging and yummy sounding scents. Don’t just take my word for it though, see for yourself.
I’m a serious small space design fan. I bought House & Home’s annual small space issue for years, keeping the best of the spaces in an orange folder that I still have. So imagine my surprise and delight when I found that the current issue of House Beautiful is a small space issue! I practically did a spastic happy dance in the store, I was so ecstatic. There are some really amazing spaces in the mag but my favorite is the tiny apartment that designer Nick Olsen did for Rebecca Phillips. The whole place was done on a budget… AND is a rental! Budget and rental!? Whoa.
Anyway, check out the goodness for yourself. There is a really nice video with Nick Olsen explaining how he achieved the apartments fantastic look. Do yourself a favor and check it out, okay?
Hope your Thursday is less hot, muggy, and rainy than mine. Is it sad that I’m yearning for fall and its less drastic temperatures? Until tomorrow, peeps!
Closets. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Everyone, and I mean everyone has to store their clothes somewhere. The question is, then, where to store, how to store, and what to store in.
I’m fairly organized. No, I’m not a neat freak. I just hate digging through piles just to pick something to wear. My clothes storage could be prettier though. I bought wood hangers at IKEA for only $4/8pack, then tossed out all my mismatched metal and plastic ones. But I still need baskets, shoe boxes, and organizers for small items like socks, lingerie, and accessories. But it could be even better if I actually prettied up the closet itself.
So, I’ve been on the hunt for inspiration and these pics are what I found. I like the use of wallpaper or paint to give a closet some color and someplace to sit to put on shoes… or just to take a break from trying on a dozen outfits.
Well, I’m going to stop rambling on and keep searching for ideas to make my closet more lovely to look at. What kind of things have you done in your closet to make it easier on the eyes?