A Good Ol’ American Beach Day!

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Who doesn’t love a good, long, hot day at the beach? With the Fourth quickly approaching I thought a little round up of beach-day essentials was in order. Slap on some sunscreen and enjoy….

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1. A starry bikini (this one rocks too).

2. Cheap sunglasses (because if you’re like me, you’ll probably lose them…)

3. A big chambray shirt is the best cover-up (if you need more coverage, this tunic RULES.)

4. An adorable striped beach tote.

5. A little Americana– and sun protection.

6. I love these striped turkish beach towels!

7. Classic folding sling-style beach chairs help you stay cool. These yellow stripe ones are adorable too- and $20!

8. This zinc based sunblock doesn’t have any chemicals but also doesn’t take six hours to rub in.

9. Adorable matches to light your end of the day bonfire.

10. Roll up canvas checker game to stay entertained when the clouds pass over.

11. A paddle ball game to work up a sweat.

12. Nautically influenced rope sandals are SO New England!

13. Bamboo plates and forks made all spangl-y thanks to this Etsy shop.

14. Classic checkered napkins.

15. A cool rope leash for your best bud.

16. I hate beer, but I LOVE this Sam Adams Porch Rocker lemonade-beer mix! If margaritas are more your thing, this skinny mix is the best.

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The Greenbrier

I just got back last night from a little vacation to the historic Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.  I’ve been once before, but even so, when I arrived I couldn’t help but declare “Instagram GOLD!” The amazing Dorothy Draper designed spaces are just so amazing and awesome you can’t help but pull out your phone for a few- or obscene amount- of snaps.  If you missed it over on Instagram here are a few pics from my trip:

The perfect coral walls (for a similar color try Benjamin Moore’s Bird of Paradise or All A Blaze- the same color in my office) and the herringbone floor just about did me in in this room.  The old paintings look so incredible against this bold color!

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THOSE UMBRELLAS!!!

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Drama everywhere in the form of bold florals, bright colors and black and white!

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This chandelier (and ceiling) slay me- the detail work and the coral paint is just perfect with gold.

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I love this room in the lobby bar area.  Only Dorothy can do hunter green and red without it looking like a Christmas nightmare.

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Fashion Friday: What To Wear For Wedding Season

Spring and summer mean wedding season for a lot of you, and that means it’s time to perform the panic-stricken “I have a wedding this weekend what do I wear?!?!” shopping trips! To help you out I pulled some dress/shoe pairings from for a variety of types of weddings from Nordstrom to give you a head start! CLICK IMAGES FOR LINKS!

FORMAL: Statement earrings complete this look
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CITY: Keep it simple with some gold bangles and a funky gold clutch.

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SEASHORE: Pearl studs top it off.

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FORMAL GARDEN: Keep jewelry very simple and subtle to let the bold dress do the talking.

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Frozen.

I came across this Dutch photographer Niki Feijen thanks to Mary McDonald’s Instagram.  He tours Europe and shoots decrepit, abandoned buildings and the result is gorgeous, creepy, sad and beautiful all at the same time.  If you have time, peruse the full gallery on his site and pre-order his new book coming out in September, aptly titled Frozen (his last book sold out).  You could look at each image forever, studying all the details- the peeling wallpaper, detailed woodwork, pair of slippers waiting for their owner… it’s fascinating no?

You also can order prints on acrylic panel. I think one of these printed large scale in a perfectly decorated room would be a very interesting dichotomy…

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Farm Dreams.

When I was younger, all I wanted was an apartment in the city. Then I grew up a little and decided I wanted a yard, and all that suburban life offers. Now, I have moments when even THIS feels too congested and busy and I declare that I want a freakin’ FARM.  Granted, this desire might stem from my addiction to baby goat videos on the internet, obsession with owning a mini-horse and general dislike of people- but it also comes from a deeper place that craves solitude, quiet and peace.  You know how your blood pressure just drops when you are in the middle of beautiful countryside or by the ocean? Well, this house will slay you then- because it’s BOTH.  Welcome to Grey Barn Farm on Martha’s Vineyard, as seen in this month’s Architectural Digest.  This couple left behind the city rat race and built the most amazing modern, minimalist farmhouse on the gorgeous islands of Martha’s Vineyard I’ve ever seen.  Dreamed up by the incredible Hutker Architects, this place is just a bit of heaven to me.

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{Get ready for some rustic wood beam porn}

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THAT. STOVE. BEAMS. MARBLE. EVERYTHING.

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