February 22nd, 2013
I have been finding myself continuously deferring to a black and white (and grey) palette these days in both home decor decisions and purchases for the closet. There is something so nice about a “uniform”- keeping things in one simple palette and making sure those items are cut beautifully and made to last. These ladies look fantastic in basic silhouettes and colors but texturized the looks with fantastic accessories.
This palette is classic and is why my dream bag still continues to be this one (even though I think Celine doesn’t make this color combo anymore)
(OMG, I would do seriously disturbing things for that bag.)
In the meantime some pieces that caught my eye that fit into this “look”.
1. This faux leather dress is such a fantastic cut and looks so great dressed up or down. I shall be buying this one.
2. How amazing are these star earrings? So dramatic with an updo and LBD!
3. These pants are so slimming and comfy (and a glam touch of equestrian chic).
4. If I coulf buy one pair of shoes for spring it would be these ridiculously priced YSL sandals. And if I hit it big, I’d buy the heels too.
5. How cute are these nautical flats???
6. This color blocked Reed Krakoff bag would match just about anything.
7. These tweed motorcycle jacket mixes biker girl and lady who lunches.
8. Love the leather tipping on this simple (and cheap) Calvin top. Great with skinny black pants and heels!
9. Mini skulls add a hint of bad ass with this affordable scarf.
10. This classic leather and gold watch will look great for spring instead of heavy metal bracelet bands.
11. These basic Tibi tanks are pricey, but such a spring layering staple and a perfect fit.
12. A fantastic clutch for spring that adds a little pattern to basic outfits!
February 21st, 2013
Finally the powder room is complete (well, 90%- awaiting window treatment). I am SO very happy with the way the amazing Cole & Sons Hicks Hexagon wallpaper came out! Seems every guy thinks it’s crazy busy and dizzying, including Andrew. Whoops. Sorry fellas. But I love it and love that it’s one of the first things you see down the hall when you enter the house! Andrew thinks we need a piece of art on the long wall to break up the small pattern, and I might agree, but right now I can’t bring myself to put a nail through that gorgeous paper!
Someone on Isstagram mentioned the actually liked the toilet design- I know, right? It’s the Porcher Lutezia round front, which we needed due to the closeness of the wall in front of the toilet. If you are over 6’4″ you cannot use this bathroom. :) And since this room is SO miniscule (like, REALLY tiny) we needed the world’s smallest sink too- but I was set on a pedestal, not one of those attached to the wall bits, so I was psyched when the peeps at Waterspot found this Barclay’s 18″ Stanford pedestal. Looks kinda vintage too, no? I also loooove the faucet from Jado (via Waterspot)- another hit of vintage with modern functionality. The mirror I scored from West Elm (a favorite I’ve used in client’s homes) and the sconces are from Lamps Plus. And note by adorbs little monogrammed zebra linen hand towel from Monogram Goods? Isn’t it the cutest?
February 20th, 2013
It’s been almost six years since I started this blog and as I approach that mind-blowing anniversary I feel the desire to address something that’s come up time and again in the comments sections here, in conversation and all over the interwebs as of late. And that is the delicate business of making money from blogging. A few weeks ago I posted about some vendors I was using for my renovation and someone commented asking what I was “given/paid” to link to these people in my post. I jumped to my own defense, perhaps in haste, as I felt incredibly offended by the accusation that I can be paid to post about a product or vendor- espeically when I’m paying a vendor to do work for me! But it did make me think about the business of blogging and how there is a huge amount of confusion and dilution of recommendations in blogging due to the fact that we are now seen as a venerable form of media and getting paid for it.
I am sure there are some bloggers who love the swag so much they will post about anyone and anything to get free stuff or money. There are bloggers who don’t take on advertisers and don’t make a dime off their blog. And then there are the rest of us who walk the middle of the road- we post about what we love and if we happen to get paid for it, well that’s just great. Yes, I get sent free stuff. Yes, I get offered discounts. Yes, I get commissions on some things I link to on this blog. Yes, I have advertisers that pay me a fee for a little button on the sidebar. But here is the most crucial side note to all that- I have a very strict rule for myself in which I ask myself every single time I link/post/accept an advertiser- “would I blog about this person/thing/service regardless of compensation? Does this fit with my aesthetic?” If the answer is yes, then so be it. If the answer is no, then I turn down whatever they are offering me and you don’t see any of it. In fact, I turn down way, WAY more than I accept. And if I’m sent something that I don’t like, I try to give helpful feedback to the company as to why I won’t post about their item and offer to send it back. I cannot be bought, but I do think I (and all other bloggers) deserve to be compensated when it’s appropriate.
While I never, ever want to turn into a “sell out”, I also have come to accept what people have been saying to me for years- that I deserve to make money for all the hard work and time I invest in this blog. As long as it does not compromise my content and what I recommend and post, then it harms no one if I happen to make a few bucks on the back end. It in fact propels me to blog MORE. After all, this is an entrepreneurial venture at it’s core. Leandra Mendine, the woman behind the famous “ManRepeller” blog posted a great piece this week about how “blogging” has somehow become a dirty word and how bloggers have entered a world in which we will constantly be questioned about our motivation to post about a certain thing-even when it comes from a totally honest and natural place. The true motivation behind all our blogs is to create a career for ourselves that wasn’t being offered up to us in the traditional manner of times past. No one was offering me a job as an editor at a shelter or fashion magazine– and so I became my OWN editor. And now that companies small and large see us as a valuable alternative to expensive print media- we are reaping some of the same benefits. But it bothers readers more, I think, because our blogs were born from a simpler place of influence-free opinion. They want to be sure that they are still getting honest content and not being hit over the head with paid advertorials. That concerns me too as a reader and writer.
I am not a housewife with a hobby (as I’ve been accused of as well- not that there is anything wrong with that I/my blog are just neither of those things)- I need to make an income in order to continue spending hours a day penning this blog. And it’s been so amazing to see so many other people be able to quit soul-sucking day jobs because their blogs have provided enough business and income to allow them to live out their dreams of self-employment. And others, like myself, who now employ other people because of their blogs. We’ve created this fantastic new economy of creativity, opinion and entrepreneur-ism, but we all have to make sure that we never lose what got us here- our unedited enthusiasm and opinion. Just as readers need to support us in our hopes to become financially independent and sound. It’s a fine balance, it really is, but I for one plan to continue to tow that line with all my might.
February 18th, 2013
This is pretty much the emotional range I went through last night after the last 10 seconds of the Downton finale.
And then I woke up this morning and was still super sad about it. Baxter was too. So sad, in fact, he refused to get out of the fetal position and com to work with me.