It’s Here.

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This post has been a long time coming. Not just the nearly two year book process, but one that starts way before then. With a girl who loved reading and beautiful pictures and said “someday I want to write a book”.  With a young blogger who got such a thrill from seeing her statistics say she had 75 views in one day (and knowing her Mom hadn’t been all of them).  With a burgeoning writer who felt nervous about sharing personal stories and then found such joy in that sharing.  With a girl who found her voice, her point of view and her vision for her life.

It all feels completely surreal to me still.  It both took forever and went by in a flash, and to wake up this morning and be able to say I am officially a published author is an immense conflict of feelings- pride, fear, joy and worry.  Because first and foremost I hope you readers,  old and new, like it.  Because I wrote it for you and because of you- which is why I dedicated the book to you.  Your support, readership and conversation with me made this all possible.  Without you I wouldn’t be ME.  This is a long winded way of saying thank you. Thank you for helping me make this dream come true.

I can’t wait to hear what you think, and I can’t wait to meet so many of you on tour this week and next.  And don’t worry, if you haven’t gotten your pre-order books will be sold at all the signing parties (and I also will have bookplates to sign too you can stick in your copy).

Here we go….

XO,

Erin

 

 

The Look of Leisure.

The most awesome spread in the current House Beautiful had to be the cover story- not only for it’s decor (by Hannon Douglas) but the story behind the space.  This feminine beauty is not a full time residence, but rather a getaway for the mother of four whose main home is down the street.  Used as a space for her to get some alone time, drink wine with friends and hold small gatherings (as well as being a guest space for visitors) I think this has to be the most amazing luxury I’ve heard of as of late.  Can you imagine having a separate space from your family to just GET. AWAY. ?? Not to mention one that looks like THIS?  I dunno, if it were me I might pick some extra fights with my husband just to “take a time out”. :)

I am pretty sure her kitchen uses my bathroom floor tile as the backsplash! And how about those vintage doors?
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Fashion Friday: New Site & Navy!

You may be a little surprised this morning with the new appearance of EOS. We’ve been working on an update with JSGD the past month or so since my site’s code was SO DAMN OLD that we could do nothing to it to make it function better. So we had to redo it. Here is the new (hopefully improved) EOS with a cleaner look, a navigation bar and ability to reply directly to specific comments (the comment button is now at the top under the title!) Oh, plus a little portfolio imagery (some sneak peeks of the book). PLEASE be patient while we work out all the kinks! It just went live late last night and there are some adjustments to be made. That said, if you have any suggestions or notice anything not working right, please leave a comment.

In other news, my bag with Gigi New York is now available in new fall colors- the best one in my opinion is the NAVY!  If you haven’t noticed while shopping this fall, navy is the new neutral.  There’s lots out there in the bag/ shoe/ leather goods category done in the classic shade. I happen to love my bag in this shade and brought it with my on my recent trip to Nantucket and paired it with my preppy best!

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Top- Devon Baer (old, similar here) // Jeans – Citizens of Humanity // Shoes- TJ Maxx // Bag- Gigi New York // Sunglasses- Red’s // Necklace- J.Crew (old- similar here)

Lindsey & Eric’s Wedding at Home!

In May I was SO excited to celebrate the engagement of my long-time project manager/ assistant/ right hand Lindsey.  But when she told me she planned to get marries that August I thought she was a little nuts!  Four months to plan a wedding is SO fast, but of course, like everything else Lindsey does, not only did she do it- she did it PERFECTLY.

They decided to get married on August 23rd in a gorgeous chapel very important to her beloved grandparents and have a down-home reception in the field behind her parent’s home.  She was working on a tight budget, and I just had to share the gorgeous pictures (by friend and photographer Sarah Winchester) and details to show off all her hard work! Enjoy!

Lindsey getting ready with the help of her nephew…

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Jewelry borrowed from family, earrings from Bhldn and shoes from Nina.

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Ann Taylor- Not Just for “Working Girls”

So I am in the throes of trying to pack for my book tour and I’ve been shopping like a maniac.  I’m trying to stick to a simple palette for all my outfits- black, white, leopard and hints of red- so that I can mix and match pieces (I’ll be doing a full post on how/if I manage to succeed in this feat!)  While at the mall this weekend I wandered into Ann Taylor after seeing a really great coat in the window. And I was shocked- SHOCKED- at how many things I loved in the store.  With a previous reputation of being a store for women looking for affordable business suits and professional attire, the new collection totally blew my mind (and found me at the counter checkout with four items!)  So I had to share some of my favorites and finds in case you typically skip over this store when shopping- think again!

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LOVE this cable knit sweater in cream and the grey, and I bought the faux leather skirt at right- the fit is AWESOME and it looks just like the leather my real leather pants are made of!
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Naturally I adore this blouse (would also be adorbs with jeans) and this poncho (which I didn’t buy and now regret).

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