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Fashion Friday: Hers/Mine Summer Outfit

June 28th, 2013

I’m traveling today but I couldn’t sign off for the week without a little dose of summer fashion.  I saw this woman’s picture on Pinterest and loved the fun, funky but casual look she had going on- mixing florals, denim and leopard (so of course I loved it).  Here I have it recreated for us mortals.  Perfect to go from shopping to dinner to a patio party!


skirt (also love this one and this one) // shirt // shoes // bracelet 1 // bracelet 2 // belt // clutch

Strike My Fancy

June 27th, 2013


Rita Konig keeps a few match strikers around her apartment.

Now that I have a coffee table I love, I consistently want fresh flowers and a gorgeous candle on it at all times. Sometimes I fail at the flower part, but the candle one– never. I have a little obsession with beautiful, overpriced candles.  But I hate ruining my little vignette with an ugly box of matches and I don’t want to have to go digging through a drawer to find some either.  So I am ALL about beautiful matchboxes or match strikes on the table now!  Completely lusting after #1, Aerin Lauder’s gold beauty, but here are a bunch in a variety of price points!  Don’t overlook this little detail!



1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12.

Also check out this English beauties from Lucy Cope.



This/That Part Deux: Interiors vs. Fashion

June 26th, 2013

You guys seemed to dig it last time I did a this or that post pairing Pinterest favorite interiors and fashion items that reflect the same style. It’s such a lovely little friendship between fashion and interior design–

Beachy striped linen chairs vs. striped linen top


Gold and coral door detail vs. coral and gold bracelet


A sexy black kitchen vs. a sexy little black dress (for under $35!)


A punch of floral vs. a punch of floral :)


A bohemian bedroom vs. a blockprint coverup



Amazing artwork by Mallory Page vs. a watercolor print dress

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A spikey, bad ass interior vs spikey, bad ass heels (Need. Want.)


A fun palm leaf wallpaper vs. a palm print iPhone case.


What I’ve Learned This Week.

June 25th, 2013

The internet is a funny thing.  One that I credit for giving me most of my success as well as being the catalyst for meeting many of my good friends and my husband (match.com, y’all). But this week it proved to me that it’s also an ugly thing.  Too many people out there take this valuable means of communication and make it a dark veil for them to do damaging things and spread their negativity without owning their own actions.  This was displayed on my blog this week and I, for one, am not taking this behavior sitting down.

It unfolded in two parts- I received some rude comments this weekend from another Boston designer- or who I thought was another Boston designer because the comments originated from his email address and linked to his website.  It was a very upsetting back and forth between this person and myself, Andrew and even my Mom (Mom’s have to jump in and defend their kids, right?) I sent an email asking this person to please stop, and when more comments came in I flipped out.  I posted some irate things on Facebook about it and called this person out. I was so hurt.

And then I got a call this morning from him, baffled, saying he just checked his e-mail and he did not know what was I talking about.  Turns out, someone- a person who has been reading this blog for months- has been impersonating him and at least one other Boston designer in the comments section of this blog in an attempt to create discord between us and insult me. I was so taken aback, and HORRIFIED that I did not even consider that this was a possibility, and in turn that I myself became a part of this person’s plot.   When I am wrong, I admit it (Andrew may not agree with this 100%…) and so  I want to apologize profusely (and publicly) to Duncan Hughes for this whole thing.  He is NOT the person leaving those mean comments.   I want everyone who saw the commentary to know that and know that I feel like a jackass for being conned and am irate for Duncan as the administrator of this site.

And to that person who has been doing this, let me tell you this….impersonating someone on the internet is not a game.  Mean and slanderous comments are not funny. Call me whatever names you want, I don’t care about your opinion, but DO NOT use my blog as a vehicle for hurting others.  It is cowardly to do what you did and you are absolutely pathetic.  It is a free country and anyone is allowed to think my work is crappy, but do not EVER come on this site and either say something you wouldn’t say to my face just to be mean OR impersonate someone else while doing so. You may think that you are clever, but guess what?

I have your IP address.

I have your physical address in Medford, MA.

The internet does not make you invisible- there is always a trail.

I will do everything in my power to help Duncan, and others you have impersonated, prosecute you to the furthest extent possible.

And I just saw this morning that you tried commenting as my mother too. Don’t mess with my mom, you social misfit. DO NOT DO IT.  .

In doing some legwork researching this I found another person impersonating ME in the comments section! The comments were benign and this individual was not smart enough to omit their own e-mail address (seriously?!), so I have them flagged and have written them myself to cease and desist. I now am going to have to patrol this blog like a freaking COP!

Real damage can be done to people’s reputations, careers and emotional lives by these kinds of actions.  Even if you are not doing something as harmful as impersonating someone’s identity- catty, hurtful or bullying comments are damaging and cause harm to others.  This blog is a place where I put myself out there and share my work, thoughts and soul with all of you (99.9% of whom are amazing and I would like to share a cocktail with- God knows I need one) but to the .1% who think they are all important and awesome by being derelicts and meddling in people’s lives for no other reason than to make themselves feel important…. you are not welcome here and you will not get any more of the attention you so desperately seek. Why don’t you take the effort and energy you spend on your internet activities and get YOUR OWN LIFE.

I’m gonna go back to writing my book, Duncan is going to go back to designing beautiful spaces, and you, you little meddler, can go back to your mom’s basement…. or whatever hole you crawled out of.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Thanks for listening.

Gates, out.





Calypso Sample Sale

June 24th, 2013

Simply HAD to share this Calypso sample sale with y’all…. some crazy, crazy steep discounts. The likes of which I have not seen in my shopping travels this summer! Hallelujah!

Like this dress I’ve been eyeballing for months is $79.60 marked down from $365.00!!! Say what?



Hi happy, bold stripes. You would be perfect for the fourth!


Uh-mazing going out tops- paired with jeans… perfection. :) And SO SO SO ON SALE! That one shouldered baby is so happening for me– $59 down from $395?!?!




How about a chevron rug or cute notecards for a song?


Or maybe some John Robshaw pillows?


And while we are at it, these aren’t on sale,  but can we discuss these Moroccan wedding poufs please???