Awesome Summer Giveaway with Dear Keaton!

When it comes to brands that become EOS sponsors I am picky. I always want to make sure that the brands I align myself with represent not only my aesthetic taste but also offer products I actually love and would happily use in my own home or for clients.  Dear Keaton has been with us since their inception and today they are celebrating their fist anniversary of being in business!  I am delighted to celebrate with them, as I know as a female small business owner how hard it is and how much work it takes to keep things moving forward!  So I rounded up some of my favorite items from their site, in both neutrals and blues ( my favorite colors) and check the bottom of the post for an AWESOME giveaway sure to make your summer a little better (and boozier)! :)

Their theme of “resort living everyday” works especially well as we move into the summer months!

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Fashion Friday: Red Hot!

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Here is Boston it went from 50 degrees and rainy to sunny and 94 degrees in a matter of five days. Apparently, we no longer have spring here #helloglobalwarming.  As we say in Boston, it’s been a SCORCHAHHHH.

So now that I’m pulling out all my summer clothes at a rapid clip, I have found that I am really feeling red this season.  In small doses (stripes) and larger ones too (dresses).  From bold orange-red to a more muted earth tone, I think it’s the color of the summer for 2017.  It pairs so brilliantly with denim and camel/nude tones– and a tan (faux or real). So together with Nordstrom I pulled together a mix of looks using this tone in a few variations from casual to dressy.

I ADORE this top- paired with distressed denim, cool wedges and spunky earrings (and don’t forget the festive clutch) you’ve got the perfect summer evening look.

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Shopping Vintage on Etsy (Tips & Tricks Too!)

On a whim I bought this concrete bust of David on Etsy (from this shop) without any idea where it was going to go in our new studio. He now holds a place on our front console that is getting a great linen skirt made for it.

As designers, we shop on Etsy A LOT.  Not only for newly made or custom items (as detailed in this post), but for antique and vintage items too.  Etsy has become a bit of a “normal budget” 1stDibs in that there is some high end antique dealers, but mostly its small shops with decent prices for interesting goods.  You just have to dig a bit more as it is a bit less curated, but in the best way possible! You can still find amazing deals on lots of things on Etsy, where as some other online vintage shops you cannot.

A good example of this was when we were looking for a pair of vintage x-benches for a great project below (you only get a sneak peek here as we are pitching it to magazine right now).  We found the perfect set from an expensive vendor but perused Etsy to see if anyone else had a pair we could refinish.  And we found the EXACT pair we loved for about 1/4 of the price.  We had them repainted and reupholstered and they came out perfect and added that patina we were looking for in the space.

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Fashion Friday: Spring Denim Trends with Nordstrom

I wear jeans  6 or 7 days of the week, which means I have quite a few pairs! But I actually need a couple more as some are ready for retirement (read: sagged out bum, holes in places I did not pay extra to have holes…) So I partnered with Nordstrom (my favorite place to order denim thanks to their fast shipping and easy returns) to share some of the cuts and styles I’m loving for spring and summer and paired them with the types of shoes I’d pair with them.  I hope this helps you with your denim shopping!

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Etsy Sources for Custom Upholstery

A bunch of you have asked me on Instagram where I got my new ottoman, which replaced our glass coffee table a.k.a. “The Baby Guillotine”. I looked high and low for a  zebra cowhide ottoman in the size I needed for my long, narrow living room and struck out.  And the designer grade custom items I was pricing out were a fortune.  So I turned to Etsy (as I do quite a lot when looking for custom goods that don’t break the bank). I had one made for me by the shop 1801FurnitureCo. and it came out perfect!
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