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A Moment to Remember

April 15th, 2014

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This day one year ago was a horrible one for those living in Boston, those who have ever lived in Boston, those who ran or have run in our marathon and those hoping to someday. Actually, it was just a horrible day for everyone as member of the human race.  But as a Bostonian, I am still so proud of how my city reacted on that day and every day since. I cannot believe it’s been a year and at the same time it feels like it was so very long ago.  Every time I walk by the bombing sites while running errands in Back Bay I get a chill down my spine. To remember what happened in the places I’ve walked a million times still seems unfathomable to me.

But I am looking forward to seeing the incredible turnout for this year’s race- there are SO many runners (thousands more than last year) and so many people who want to go and show support to the victims and those running for them.  If you are looking for a great way to help fund someone’s run check out She Gives Boston’s Roll Call for Runners which lists tons of individual runners and the charities they are raising money for. Pick a random stranger and donate $10 to their run in a show of support- it’s such a nice random act of kindness we all can partake in.  This video explains it all…

And if you happen to know someone running this year my friend Jennifer Hill of JHill Design is making these fantastic prints you can order and personalize for your runner (including their time!)  Personalization is free through the month of April if you use the code RUN2014 at checkout.  This is such a fantastic gift for someone who has put so much dedication and hard work into completing this amazing goal during such a meaningful year.

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Today I am thinking of all the victims of the bombing, their families and all those who were injured. I love you Boston.

Color Theory: Coral Peony

April 14th, 2014

I spent the weekend working on sprucing up my yard and thinking about what kind of flowers I want out in my beds this year. I’m thinking lots and lots of pink. Specifically coral, as it is my favorite color for flowers, with coral peonies being the ultimate choice for me.  Aren’t they just the most majestic thing ever??? I doubt I can actually grown them, but a girl can dream.
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I just love, love love the color coral. My wedding colors were coral and chocolate in fact! My bridesmaids wore a pretty shade of it in silk shangtung and their bouquets were an amazing combination or corally pink french tulips, chocolate cosmos and fiddleheads. They were just awesome. My bouquet was a little more subdued with blush peonies, roses and dahlias.

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Coral is a color that makes me happy, especially when combined with neutrals (linen, jute, wood) for interiors.  And in fashion, coral just makes me light up, I feel so drawn to it.  So here are some favorite coral items- with a little neutral mixed in for good measure… HAPPY SPRING!

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Fashion Friday: The Investment Shoe

April 11th, 2014

While in New York the past two days I did something crazy. Like super crazy. In my afternoon off before some meetings I went perusing at Bergdorfs. I am always so nervous going in mega-fancy stores like that because I feel like the salespeople will look at me and chase me out of the store yelling “Hey you! You can’t be in here! You can’t afford this stuff!”  But that day I told myself to suck it up and just enjoy looking around.  I didn’t get chased out. And then I got to the shoe department.

I’ve never been a fancy shoe girl. Ever. I have very few pairs of shoes actually ( for a girl who loves fashion, that is).  I love to walk everywhere and I really beat shoes up, so I never thought nice shoes were worth the money.  Then a couple years Andrew bought me my first (and only) pair of Louboutins for my birthday. Simple black pumps that go with everything and somehow make my legs and feet look ridiculously great.  I walk taller in them (literally and figuratively) and they are my most comfortable heels I own. I’ve had them re-heeled and re-soled (with red rubber- so fab!) and I now value a nice shoe more. But I never bought another nice pair like that myself.

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So when I saw the matte leather nude Valentino Rockstud heels on a woman teetering around the shoe department at Bergdorfs I gasped. Literally, gasped. They were stunning- I’ve never been a fan of the patent version, but these were the perfect neutral statement shoe.  I had to try them on and when I did I was as good as gone. But I was arguing with myself in my head because they are a ridiculous price. And I have so many other things I should save that money for. I am incredibly conservative with money and spending and feel incredible guilt when I buy something super fancy and expensive. It’s a great quality to have but also one that keeps me from enjoying the rewards of my hard work. So this time, I let go. I bought them.  They are classic like my Loubs, and I will probably wear them to death as opposed to some of the less expensive shoes I’ve bought that I literally have worn ONCE and make my feet bleed. It doesn’t eradicate the guilt, but it helps.

When making an “investment purchase” you have to think about cost per wear not just upfront cost.  It’s so hard to spend a lot on one single item, but if it’s something classic, timeless and well made and you wear it over and over it’s a smarter investment than a less expensive item that falls apart or you wear a couple times. So now I need to prove to myself the many ways I can wear these beauties this spring and summer….

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Office Inspiration: Kriste Michelini

April 10th, 2014

Another space I spotted in Rue this month was the offices of designer Kriste Michelini.  I love the open, light, bright space she creates with streamlined and subtle details.  I went a little more “Wes Anderson” with my new office and occasionally I regret it and think I should make it more serene.  Other days, like when it’s grey and depressing out, coming in to those bright coral walls is just the lift I need (and by the way, we’re gonna shoot it for you soon!!) But oh, how I adore a good black and white palette!!!

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Translate her workspace into one of your own!

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Bathtub Love: Black Beauty

April 9th, 2014

I saw this AMAZING shot of a black bathtub in the newest Rue Magazine and it reminded me how much I love the look of a classic tub outfitting in my favorite colors. As we were planning our new master bath we had to forgo a tub, mostly because of space restraints but also because I rarely take baths (however, which comes first, a love of baths or an amazing bathtub?) I hope someday I can have a tub like this but for now a girl can dream…
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So I rounded up my favorite images of black bathtubs for some inspiration…

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( I mean, the cuteness is too much!)

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