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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My Summer Beauty Routine

I wish I could say in summer all I need to look presentable is a swipe of lip gloss and coat of mascara, but I turn 35 in a month and it takes A LOT more than a couple products nowadays. I try to keep it as simple as I can, but when it comes to skincare, makeup and hair I have a bit of an arsenal, as they say.
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Here’s a round-up of all the products I use right now and LOVE.  I hate it when I buy a fun new product and get home and decide it sucks and have to skulk back to Sephora to return it (why does that make me feel like a criminal every time I do it?)  This is my core arsenal that works well for me (but if you have a favorite you are obsessed with PLEASE share! I love finding out people’s favorites!

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Introducing the Gates Desk with Huston & Company!

When we were working on our last house renovation I got the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented furniture makers Huston & Company in Kennebunkport, Maine to design my own dining table. Not only did I personally love the finished product, but a lot of other people did and they went on to make a bunch of Gates tables for people all over country in various shapes, sizes and finishes.  So when they approached me to design another piece for them I was delighted to!  I decided that a desk would be perfect as I struggle to find great desks for clients,  and so went about conceptualizing a design that embodied the lines of the dining table mixed with some campaign furniture details. I wanted it to be a modern classic that worked with a variety of decor styles and was of substantial size (I love a nice, big work space!) The finished product, the Gates Desk was recently delivered to my parent’s beach house (I gave the desk to my dad as a thank you for all the work he’s done designing OUR new home) and we styled it up and shot it a couple weeks ago! Check it out!
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Rug and wire waste basket from Hudson, chair from DWR, lamp from Pottery Barn, vintage map found at an antique shop in CT

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The Gates Desk with three drawers with campaign pulls.

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Back and Side Profile

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We chose a grey wash over the solid white oak grain for a modern yet classic color scheme.

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I am obsessed with these vases from Hudson, by the way.

Fashion Friday: White Wash

I am pretty sure every summer I do a post on white dresses, but the reason is- everyone needs a great white dress for this season! Like the little black dress is to fall and winter (and spring, even), the little white dress is to these balmy few months! A little inspiration gathered from Pinterest:
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I found my favorite white summer dress at Kate Spade (sadly it’s sold out), and even though after this picture was taken I made out with a puppy on the sidewalk who put his dirty paws all over the skirt, I don’t care. Summer whites get dirty. It’s just a fact. So pack your Tide Sticks, stock up on bleach and get to it.

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(the shoes, however, are awesome and still available)

I scoured the internet looking for a white dress for just about everyone- from the modern gal to the preppy one and everything in between.  To complete any of these looks you’ll just need a nice tan leather or gold sandal and a good pair of nude underwear!

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The Business of Blogging.

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Yesterday I got wind that there was a big feature in WWD about bloggers, affiliate links and their income.  I had heard grumblings about this piece coming out, but didn’t really pay attention to it since I’m not a premiere fashion blogger and that’s just not the world I live in.

Until a few people told me I was mentioned in the article.

Cut to this evening when my sister-in-law e-mailed me a link from Fast Company saying “You’re a millionaire?!?” Ummmm, what?!?

Having my name and blog in WWD, Fast Company (hubby is SUPER jealous), Racked and Refinery29 is pretty damn amazing, but I am here to report that the income level being reported is simply not true. Yes, I am a Top 25 publisher for RewardStyle, an affiliate network for bloggers, but making millions from it? Sadly, not even close. If I were, I don’t think I would be gearing up to paint my entire addition with my husband instead of hiring someone to do it for us. Or stressing about paying the mortgage on said addition. I’d also probably have more employees in my design business,  a cleaning lady, a Chanel bag and 600 puppies (and maybe a baby goat for good measure).  And if by some miracle I did make a million bucks off my blog through RewardStyle, there is a very, very large check missing in the mail that I’d love to find.

I am so proud of the success this blog has brought me, financially and otherwise,  but the thing I most value is your trust.  And for that reason, (even though discussing my income in a public forum is not something I wish to do),  I wanted to state that in these various articles my income from blogging is grossly misstated.  High fives to those who DO make that much, but as for me, no. Not yet, anyways. A girl has to have goals. :)

The whole concept of affiliate linking and blogging has been up for debate lately and I want to also discuss this openly with you.  Over the years, bloggers- especially fashion bloggers- have become this strong new hybrid of editor/model/curator that have attracted the attention of companies and therefore have become a new vehicle for marketing dollars.  What and how I blog has not changed, but my ability to make some money off of doing it has.  I write and design my posts first and then check to see if any links for that post are available through RewardStyle (which gives me a commission on those items readers buy through my posts)- I don’t pick items based on whether or not I make a commission on them.  And if I have agreed to do a sponsored post or collaboration with a company, not only do I very carefully consider if the brand works with my aesthetic and readership, but it is always labeled as such so y’all know it. I can’t speak to how other bloggers work, but that’s how I do. Simple as that.

The best compliments I get are when readers say they feel like reading my blog is like chatting with a stylish best friend. And I see all of you like that…friends.  And I wouldn’t tell you to buy something I didn’t actually love just as I wouldn’t tell any of my real life girlfriends that big shoulder-pads and crimped hair look SO amazing on them. And I certainly wouldn’t be hiding millions of dollars from any of you while lamenting about not being able to afford an amazing vintage rug on 1st Dibs, I’d be the one buying the drinks and toasting! I am very proud of my success, but only the success I have truly earned.

Thanks for listening,

EG