Fashion Friday: The Must Have Top for Summer


pic via Lucy Williams

I mentioned last Friday that the top that is a must have for spring/summer this year is the off the shoulder blouse.  Not a tight t-shirt style, which can look dated, but rather a loose blousy one paired with shorts or skinny cropped jeans and sandals.  It’s super feminine, great for super hot days and flattering on many body types.  Wear this kind of top with big statement earrings and bracelets, but skip the necklaces to keep from adding any business to the already interesting neckline.  Here are 12 great ones to try in a variety of prices from $20 to $375!

Questions Please.



I’d really love to hear from you guys about topics you would like see covered on the blog.  With life as busy as it is, it would be great to have a database of things I can post about that directly interest you.  Now, I can’t address specific design questions about your own home (we have e-design for that), but general design or fashion questions or roundups would be great!  Best bedding sources? What to wear to a spring wedding?  Favorite paint colors? You name it!  Leave a comment so I can visit this post often when my creative juices are just not flowing!


The Fanciest Mobile Home Ever?

You may have read about Paradise Cover in the New York Times or Coastal Living- but for those who don’t know about it it’s America’s fanciest mobile home park located right on the beach in Malibu, CA. And when I say fancy, I mean mobile homes that go for $2 million. Yes, for real.

I came across this space there, which is a small trailer that serves as a guest house for someone obviously fabulous.  Designed by Kirsten Marie this bright, bohemian retreat is seriously amazing.



Dream Life on Patina Farm

I have long been following Velvet & Linen,  the blog of designers Brooke and Steve Gianetti, and marveled at the process of building  their incredible home in Ojai, California called Patina Farm.  And now it’s  complete and a book!   One that may lead you to dream, like I have,  of a beautiful alternate life full of vintage French wood doors, elegant chicken coops, glass walled showers and baby goats.  Oh, so many baby goats. Let’s go visit the farm….


Gorgeous Gift Giving

I hate to admit this, but I found out about Simone LeBlanc from Kim Kardashian (uggghhhh). Actually, it was Jaime King who sent Kim one of these insanely gorgeous gift boxes when she was pregnant and instagrammed about it, whcihc caught my eye. I went on Simone’s site and was blown away by the perfectly curated wood boxes full of things people would actually love to get- not a bunch of sausages, apples and mixed nuts :)

I’ve sent a few of these to friends and they loved them as much as I did- totally a new go to for us!  They also make wonderful bridesmaids gifts (and do custom boxes for weddings too).