Crafting A Summer Cocktail Party with OKL!

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This weekend we were out planting and cleaning up our back patio and garden and it made me think about having a summer cocktail party to celebrate the fact that winter actually left!  I think we here in New England are finding this spring especially sweet, so I suspect there are a lot of folks planning and scheming to do some outdoor entertaining this summer.

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So I pulled together some items that I think make for an awesome summer cocktail party from One Kings Lane, my favorite source for fun tabletop goods (I bought those striped plates a few weeks ago!)  I kept the theme to blue and green but wanted to try mixing tons of patterns to create a loose but cohesive look. When throwing a casual outdoor party don’t worry too much about matchy-matchy things and focus more on color, texture and FUN.

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Fashion Friday: Do Good, Look Good.

I really want to be one of those people who has adorable loungewear.  I dream of being like Cameron Diaz’s character in The Holiday, wearing freshly pressed, crisp white pajama sets to bed.  But in reality, even if I buy pajamas like that, once I wash them without a doubt the pants will miss my ankles by about half a foot and the tops will have collars that more closely resemble well cooked bacon.  Because I just can’t iron PAJAMAS. I just can’t.  Never mind the fact that every time I buy cute pajama sets I end up feeling strangled by them halfway through the night or, in the case of one polyester faux silk leopard pair from Target, sweating like I just went into early menopause.

So instead I end up wearing some combination of old, stretchy cotton pajama pants, some sort of free promotional tee shirt and big sweatshirt. Most of which are splattered with coffee and/or wine stains (because some days you just have to get into your jammies before wine time, you know what I’m talking about).  I took a glance at myself the other day in a particularly spectacular combo of green palm leaf print pajama pants, dirty tee shirt and leopard hooded fuzzy robe and thought “Wow Erin, now that’s a LOOK AND A HALF”.  And I swore I’d try to find sleepwear that is super comfy, non-restrictive AND cute.

And if I can add in socially conscious wouldn’t that be great too?

I saw this brand, Sudara/ Punjammies, on someone’s Facebook page the other day and was first interested in the cute pajama pants- but then I found out that they are made by women in India trying to escape the sex- trafficking industry and I thought it was doubly excellent.  How wonderful to see a company trying to give women the skills and income to make a life in a safe and respectable way.  Read more about their efforts here.
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Going Gingham

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(room by Kate Marker Interiors)

On the spring 2015 runway one of the big trends was gingham- and this look easily translates into the home as well!  Many may thing of gingham as only for country homes or during the winter or fall months, but that’s just not the case.  I especially am loving overscale gingham patterns on upholstery and even painted on walls!  Take a peek at these home and fashion inspirations and see how to incorporate the look into your own life!

Connecticut Event & A Fab Local Home!

I wanted to let any Connecticut and New York based designers to know that I’ll be doing a fun talk next week on Thursday May 7th at the Wakefield Design Center for their To the Trade Market Day! We’ll be chatting with the amazing Stacy Kunstel about using social media, blogging and the interwebs to grow your brand and my little story behind taking EOS from a little journal to a best-selling book! Click here for the whole itinerary and RSVP to the address below to attend! I’ll also be doing a book signing afterwards too!
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And while we’re speaking about Connecticut and design I wanted to share these images of the work (and homes) of Lyme, CT based designer Gretchen Mann. Sadly, Gretchen passed away this year, but her work shows such a timeless, enduring quality.  I adore how she modernized her historic cottage home and grew it into a family compound that both respects it’s roots and celebrates modernity too. Take a peek…

The all white palette lets the antiques really shine…

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