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Spring Staple: White Blazer + Destroyed Denim

March 28th, 2014

I picked up a crisp white Theory blazer at TJ Maxx the other day for a song and I’ve been surprised how much I want to wear it as we get closer to summer weather. It really is the perfect staple for spring- worn over a summer dress in place of a denim jacket or dressed down with jeans. My favorite way to wear it is the whole dressed up/ dressed down look of pairing it with distressed jeans, sexy heels and a slouchy tee. Perfect for when you want to look cool but not like you’re trying too hard. Ad a funky statement necklace or big earrings for even more edge. These ladies wear it well:
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Here are two ways to get the look- one more expensive (those Valentino heels make me want to cry they are so perfect) and one more affordable (also obsessed with those polka dot heels).

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HIGH: blazer $330 // t-shirt $40 // jeans $200 // heels $1,245

LOW: blazer $175 (plus 25%off) // t-shirt $18.82 // jeans $34 // heels $138

HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!

 

 

 

 

My Favorite New West Elm Goodies!

March 27th, 2014

I get so excited when good new product releases happen, and right now that happens to be at West Elm.  Take a peek at some of my most favorite things right now (time to freshen up our homes for spring!)

These lamps look similar to a much more expensive desk lamp I’ve been eying.

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The brass accents on these globe pendants are awesome as are these celestial looking votives.

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A nice tall tufted headboard and cool blanket reminiscent of the ever popular (but ever shedding and noisy) Moroccan wedding blanket.

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LOVE LOVE these nightstands and am super duper into simple round mirrors right now.

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Gadget Get: Genius Thing for Small Kitchens

March 26th, 2014

When we were renovating our kitchen my mom kept saying that having double ovens in kind of crucial.  Me being the furthest thing from a “cook” I didn’t think this applied to me, and since out kitchen is super small with little wall space we simply could not fit two ovens.

Cut to a year later and whenever I cook (and by “me”  I mean “Andrew”) I have cursed the lack of a second oven.  It’s hard to prepare baked chicken,  broiled asparagus and potato gratin simultaneously which means you have to time things down to the minute and end up spazzing out in the kitchen like your trying to dismantle a nuclear weapon.

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And then my parent’s introduced me tot he best thing a small kitchen owner could ever have- the Breville Smart Convection Oven.  I was all “it’s a toaster oven, so what”.  But it’s NOT.  It’s a legitimate second oven! We had the perfect amount of space on our counter for the compact version and let me tell you, it’s amazing! You can broil veggies or meat, bake a pie or rolls, cook a small pizza, warm up food for kids without using a microwave (which as of late has been skeeving me out).  It’s seriously genius!  I thought I would hate it on my counter top, but it cuts a good profile. I have mine tucked into a corner and it somehow doesn’t visually clutter up my kitchen at all.

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This would also be a fantastic gift for a college kid (it shuts itself off when time is up so no forgetful “dorm-burning-down” situations!) I love finding helpful gadgets for the home and this one shot to the top of my list!

 

A Public Service Announcement

March 25th, 2014

Dear Ladies of Planet Earth,

If your husband bugs you for months on end to please watch Suits on USA with him, you really shouldn’t blindly resist, tell him it’s a stupid boy show about lawyers and be a jerk about it like I was. You should listen to him. You wanna know why?

Exhibit A: Gabriel Macht a.k.a Harvey Specter.  GUH.

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Exhibit B: Gabriel Macht a.k.a Harvey Specter in a variety of Tom Ford suits that are the best example on TV of how men should dress for biz-ness. Or anything. Because he’s perfect. A modern day Don Draper if you will. But slightly less douchey.

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Exhibit C: Donna and everything she says and every face she makes.

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Seriously, it’s such a funny, awesome show.  The relationship and chemistry between Harvey and his underling Mike Ross is so great and the writing is smart. I am OBSESSED. Like, first two seasons of Scandal obsessed (unlike season three of Scandal which has totally jumped the shark for me). Watch it.  Revisit Exhibit A if you still have any doubts.

Sincerely,

Erin Gates

P.S. Sorry Andrew, but really this whole schoolgirl crush  is all your fault.

P.P.S. (also to Andrew) I am pretty sure your crush on Harvey runs deeper than even mine.

P.P.S.S. Gabriel Macht would have been the best Batman. I love ya Ben Affleck, but no.

Ok I’ll stop now.

And for those who, like me, like to chase a gluttonous TV show binge with something a bit more, ah, cerebral, in an attempt to feel less gross about yourself, I highly recommend Dan Harris’ book 10% Happier.  I know from the amazing responses my post about anxiety received that a lot of you struggle with it too, and this is such a funny, witty, interesting story about one TV anchors journey of self-awareness and acceptance via meditation.  It’s an easy, great read that has some very interesting theories.

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Rethinking Red.

March 24th, 2014

When people ask me what my least favorite color is to paint walls I almost always say red.  I just have never been a fan, particularly of cranberry.  It always feels dated to me. Except all of the sudden I feel the tide changing.  For example, a couple episodes ago I was watching Downton Abbey and when this scene came on in a bright, crisp red room with white trim and gilt frame paintings I gasped. Literally. It was so stunning!
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It got me thinking- I love coral and pink walls of any shade so why not red?  When the right shade is in play in the right rooms, I actually find myself drawn to red now.  I prefer brighter reds with more orange tones to them for a more modern, bold feel as opposed to deep, dusty colonial-looking shades.  Here are some rooms I’m liking the use of red in!

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