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Feel the Love.

February 12th, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. I love all things red, pink, sparkly, flowery, chocolatey and romantic but I hate disappointment. And I think this holiday is second only to New Years Eve in that department. Us ladies can sometimes get carried away with dreams of diamonds and roses and proposals on the top of the Empire State building only to be given a box of CVS chocolate and dinner at Olive Garden (no disrespect to Olive Garden- I live for soup, salad and breadsticks! Live for it!)  But you never know, so here are some fun finds for you, your best friend, your wife, your boyfriend- whomever you might wanna show a little (or lot) of love to this weekend. But we have to follow my mom’s rule- it has to have pink, red, hearts on it (jewelry and chocolate is the exception):


1. Flowers die so fast, why not gift a succulent arrangement that will last longer and look modern?

2. A classic watch for him (the second had is red so it counts!)

3. LOVE this bra and underwear set (I won’t say “panties” because I HATE THAT WORD).

4. A plaid shirt for him.

5.  Genius fragrance gift- Commodity sends you (or him) this great set of testers of all their fragrances and you get to try them before selecting one to be sent to you at full size! I adore Pinot, Magnolia and Mimosa!

6. A fabulous blush set from Nars (aptly named “Adult Content”)

7. Andrew loves some fun socks- these are adorable.

8. Pale pink Tieks flats are love for your feet (so so comfy!)

9. Working out is good for your heart and I love this top- it’s LONG and super flattering yet supportive.

10. An adorable necklace great for layering.

11. Um, these are AMAZING. Potato chip and popcorn chocolate bars (does anything beat salty and sweet?)

12. Sweet kicks for his feet!

13.  Light pink champagne glasses gifted with some rose would be darling.

14. I love this coral, pink and gold top for my upcoming weekend away somewhere warm (finally).

15. A fabulous rose colored agenda.

16. I love this adorable pink and cheetah pillow.

17. A water bottle to go with that workout gear.

18. Funniest card. It’s true.

Stacking the Deck

February 11th, 2014

Thank you for your sweet comments yesterday. I’ll slowly get back into the swing of things but as you suggested, am taking some time off here and there this week to relax a little bit (and plan a short getaway later in the month somewhere close but warm- suggestions welcome).

In the meantime, I was flipping through Architectural Digest while on the couch yesterday and fell pretty hard for the open, airy, sunny California home of Patrick and Jillian Dempsey.  The modern Frank Gehry house is so out of my New England colonial comfort zone, but I could SO see myself living there. Maybe it’s just the winter blues talking, as I’ve never desired to leave the northeast seriously, but man that open, sunny space sure is tempting.


This is Jillian’s art studio. I mean…. amazing, right?


The back yard has a large garden and Airstream trailer “getaway”.


But my favorite aspect of the house is the architecturally stacked wood in recessed areas of the living room walls. I adore the texture, color and graphic pattern it adds but in a very natural way.


Here are some more spaces that have used this element on a large and small scale:

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Quiet Time.

February 10th, 2014

I had a very trying weekend and thus so was not able to leave for my planned vacation.  So while I am here, I need the day to regroup.  In the meantime, here are some calming spaces and inspiring quotes I am sure we all can benefit from.









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Style Idol: Marissa Webb

February 7th, 2014

The former head women’s designer at J.Crew, Marissa Webb has gone off on her own and launched a fabulous eponymous line.  She just had her Fall 2014 runway show at MBFW (see it here) and is quickly becoming a name (and brand) to reckon with.  Her biggest marketing tool? Herself. The woman’s style and manner of dressing is FLAWLESS.  Her tomboy chic look is Parisian yet American, glamorous yet laid back.  It’s classic and streamlined yet interesting and funky.  She may just be my new style icon (plus I follow her in Instagram and she’s as obsessed with her dogs as I am!)







Get Marissa’s Look With This Formula:


Blouses: 1. // 2. // 3. (men’s shirt- try in slim fit!) (P.S. oh, also this one!)

Blazers: 1. // 2. // 3.

Skinny Jeans: 1. // 2. (Old Navy- cheap and fit GREAT!) // 3.

Accessories: 1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6.

A Winning Inn

February 6th, 2014

I love a good boutique inn and was delighted to see these images of a new one in my neck of the woods (kind of) called the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, MA.  The decor is modern Americana reflecting the historical town, with each room decorated a bit differently. Take a peek at the cute rooms and details:






Like the look? Here’s how to get it!


1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. (also avail. in grey) // 12. // 13. // 14.

(P.S. and the throw blanket I forgot to number…. seriously, I have counting issues).

*Inn photos by Michael J. Lee