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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OUR BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER!!!!

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OK guys, it’s T-minus 8 DAYS until my book comes out (and I’m currently breathing into a paper bag…)  In celebration I get to host one HELL of a giveaway- oh yes, this will be the biggest, best giveaway we’ve ever done here on EOS.  I’ve teamed up with Simon & Schuster (my publisher) and Lulu & Georgia to bring you three different, awesome prizes to win in a variety of ways- enter by pre-ordering the book (or sharing where you pre-ordered), liking or following me and Lulu & Georgia on various social media or tweeting about the book release.

** Side note: For the West Elm book launch party in Boston tickets have sold out, however, I have 25 more tickets (with plus ones) I can give out starting at noon EST today HERE.  Also a reminder to those who have RSVP’d, this is an exclusive event with limited tickets so if your plans change and you can no longer come please go onto the Eventbrite site and cancel your RSVP to open the space up for others! Thank you!

FIRST PRIZE: An E-Design Package from Erin Gates Design!

We’ll work with you to design a room in your home exactly how you dreamed it could be done!  Working remotely, we’ll get to know you and your space and create a custom plan based on your wishes! Package valued at $2,000!

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SECOND PRIZE: $1,000 Gift Card to Lulu & Georgia

Who doesn’t want a grand to spend on fun furnishings and accessories for their home?? Lulu & Georgia has a great selection of brands, styles and price points. Here are five of my current faves from their site!

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THIRD PRIZE (20 winners!!!): Signed copies of Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life

I’ll dedicate each book just to you. Oh yes I will. And I promise to spell your name right and even write it in pretty gold pen. BOOM.

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ENTER BELOW!!!! You must enter through the Rfflecopter widget, comments are not counted as entries (although I love reading them!) Winners will be selected on 10/8 and contacted via e-mail! Open to US residents only.

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A Different Kind of CSA

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There is nothing that helps give life and color to a space then flowers.  Really, look at any interior spread and cover the flowers or greenery with your hand and see how the magic just drains out of the photos. So I love anything and everything floral related.  My project manager Lindsey alerted me to this awesome local company, Fivefork Farms, that offers a genius concept of a sustainable flower CSA.  What a lovely treat to yourself to receive a weekly bouquet or bucket of beautiful flowers (if you prefer doing your own arrangements), and BONUS,  you are supporting a small farm! LOVE. IT. Take a peek at this idyllic, wonderful farm and it’s flowers.  Check here for options and pick up locations and sign up for next spring!

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Fashion Friday: Wrap Up

One trend I’ve been noticing this fall that I’m loving are blanket coats and ponchos. Burberry has the most coveted one (shown below on SJP) that comes monogrammed with your initials (apparently already sold out everywhere) but there are many options in different price ranges that help you achieve this style. It’s cozy, flattering to many body types and a great way to add some pattern, texture and layering to your look. First, some inspiration…

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Trending Now: Black Kitchens

While white kitchens will always be the most classic choice for cabinetry, black cabinetry is having a BIG moment right now. A little bolder than the popular gray, black is still traditional but with an edge.  This choice works especially well in bright, open kitchens, but can also make small kitchens feel more special and interesting.  One thing I wish I had done with my own kitchen renovation is be braver with the lower cabinet color- I went with a light/medium grey when I REALLY wanted to go charcoal.  But I was scared and went the safer route, since my kitchen is small and on the dark side.  Perhaps in a couple years I’ll repaint the lowers if I still like the idea.  In the meantime, take a peek at these inspiration images utilizing black cabinetry in big and small ways and let me know what you think about black cabinetry in kitchens!

These windows are so fantastic and made the focal point by the black cabinetry.
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Another shot of the kitchen above, I adore this space! The high ceilings keep the black from being overwhelming.

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