Sponsor Welcome: Modernizing Traditional China & Crystal with Herend

I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my wedding registry regrets it’s not picking a more old-school traditional formal china pattern. At 25 years old and living in a tiny condo with Andrew I never thought I’d ever want or need fancy china. Now I’m thinking of picking a pattern that I can collect over time in an attempt to remedy that. But traditional china doesn’t mean your set table will look like Grandma’s.  Using some fabulous traditional pieces from new EOS sponsor, and long-standing pinnacle of fine tabletop items, Herend and Moser crystal, I wanted to show how to mix and match classic items with modern flair to create a really gorgeous table perfect for a dinner party or holiday meal.

The key here is to keep the basics (dinner plates, glasses, chargers) traditional and high end and then mix in accents like napkins, an accent plate and centerpiece to modernize the scheme. I love pairing modern gold flatware with classic gold banded china- it’s the perfect pairing.
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1. Moser crystal wine decanter // 2. Modern brass wine stoppers // 3. Moser Mozart crystal stemware // 4. Herend Silk ribbon charger (comes in tons of colors!) // 5. Herend Golden Laurel dinner plate // 6. Liz Caan for Jill Rosenwald splatter accent plate // 7. Vera Wang gold flatware // 8. West Elm gold ikat print napkin // 9. Crate & Barrel brass napkin ring // 10. Crate & Barrel modern brass candle holders // 11. Herend accent dish // 12. Brass salt and pepper shakers // 13. Classic but modern florals (these via Jayson Home, loving Winston Flowers summer collection too).

Sponsor Welcome: Wendy Concannon Photography

A warm welcome to one of our newest sponsors Wendy Concannon Photography! Wendy is a fine art photographer based in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania and runs her own gallery there but also shows her work in Vero Beach and St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.   Her work is characterized by bold colors and really fantastic acrylic framing techniques that make a  fabulous modern statement.  I personally can see these working really well in beach houses of all kinds, modern kids spaces, offices and any room that needs a jolt of bold color and pattern.

Take a peek at her work and some installations of it:
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Classic Cool.

First of all, thank you so much for all the thoughtful words of kindness yesterday. It was so uplifting for more people than just me. It’s nice to remind ourselves that none of us are alone in our struggles.

But let’s distract ourselves today with some pretty things. I love sources that that not only have amazing clothes, but home goods too. And a double love them when they are curated with a seriously edited, classically cool aesthetic.  The Dreslyn is one such source, sprinkling in some really awesome home goods within it’s fashion selection.  Their clothes (from the likes of Theory, A.P.C., Band of Outsiders, BLK Denim and Sophie Hulme) give off that “cool French girl” vibe.  Here’s a nice little collection of their simple, modern but classic goods in stripes, plaid, denim, stone, leather, tweed, leopard, wood and gold!
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Sponsor Welcome: Pretty Please Jewelry (for a great cause!)

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The two best kind of purchases you can make are those that are either a crazy good bargain or one that gives back and helps others. Well, one of my newest sponsors happens to be doing BOTH and I am thrilled to share this new venture with you guys! Pretty Please Jewelry Shop was started by two former Tiffany & Co. employees who wanted to marry their love of jewelry and charitable work.  They operate on a ONE FOR ONE business model where for every piece sold, one will be donated to both local and national women/children related foundations such as Dress for Success, BrightPink.org, NoMore.org., and Boston Children’s Hospital.  And for the month of June they are working with the ONE Fund Boston, a cause near and dear to us here in Boston, giving a little sparkle and joy to women directly affected by the marathon bombings (victims, nurses, first responders, family members of victims, etc.) How wonderful is that?

Not to mention the stuff is adorable, fun and completely affordable. I haven’t seen anything on their site for more than $50! But this is no ordinary online store- they sell their pieces via Facebook, a new phenomenon in the retail industry (read more in this article from Inc. Magazine).  To purchase you need to go to their site, “Like” their page and then visit every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm when they post their latest selection of offerings. When you see something you like, you comments with your e-mail address and they will e-mail you a PayPal payment request to complete the purchase. Simple as that.

Here are some fun selections from recent sales! I hope you’ll check them out!

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Sponsor Welcome: Buckley K.

I am a huge proponent of simple dressing. When you fill your closet with trendy items the expiration date on your look looms.  I always err on the side of spending most of my clothing budget on staples and then a little on the trendier items that I know I’ll never want to wear again in 3 months.  So when Buckley K. came to my attention and asked to become a sponsor I, of course, said yes. I may not always re-iterate this but I only accept sponsors that I truly believe in and am happy to attach my name to. I turn down far more than I accept. But this brand falls in line with what I believe in: well made (in the U.S.A.!!!), cleanly tailored pieces in wardrobe staple colors and silhouettes. Oh, and the company is named after the sibling owners dog Buckley. Hello- totally me.

Some of my favorite pieces (click images for links):

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In fact, I wore the Bistro Dress this weekend while walking around Beacon Hill and was stopped and asked where it was from twice! Completely comfy and flattering (and quite perfect for a jaunt to the ocean, if you ask me…)

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1. The dress.

2. I wore it with my “wear them everyday” little diamond studs Andrew gave me when I finished my book, but these are a funkier, modern version of that!

3. My J.Crew denim jacket has been in my closet for almost a decade- they still make the same one. It’s such a classic.

4. Studded sandals (mine are Tory Burch that have since sold out, but these are killer and similar!)

5. This tote that bears my initials in gold. Roomy and great for everyday!

6. A fun scarf for when it gets chilly.

7. This necklace which I have been rocking constantly- it’s SO cool!!!