Color Theory: Coral Peony

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

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

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

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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Summer Block Prints: Kalyana Textiles

When the weather starts getting warmer I find myself drawn to more bohemian styles, particularly block prints, a long standing personal favorite. Kalyana Textiles is a new small business that specializes in lovely home goods that are hand printed in India providing families there a sustainable source of income. It’s such a great business model and look at how fetching these prints are! And just for you, enjoy free shipping on your order through April 15th by using the code “EOSSHIP”. ( FYI- US orders only!)
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The printing process in action.

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Along with pillows, they sell quilts, napkins and tea towels.

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