Fashion Friday (on a Thursday): April Showers Bring…

April 23rd, 2015
Look #1

Look #1

May flowers and Luisa Beccaria knows how to pick them!  Her Spring 2015 collection is filled with intricate botanical embroideries, appliqués and flowery prints.  Sweet but not precious, her dresses capture a youthful, bohemian spirit that is so perfect for spring.  While Luisa says she wanted to reference “the atmosphere of a boudoir, the sensuality of exquisite antique lingerie, yet in a modern and sophisticated way”, we think her clothes should be worn at garden parties for all to see.  Then again, we don’t have a boudoir in our homes…  If God is in the details, then we’re in heaven with this collection!

Look #2

Look #2

Look #3

Look #3

Look #4

Look #4

Look #5

Look #5

Look #6

Look #6

We’re off to the races in Saratoga (crew, that is) this weekend and wish you all a winning one!

P.S.  Yes, regatta season is in full swing and we’ve been traveling a bit so please forgive the lack of posts.  We’ll be back and blogging next week!

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Insta Find: Her Majesty’s Pleasure

April 17th, 2015
Divine Decor

Divine Decor

What do you get when you cross a curated beauty salon, cafe, boutique and cocktail bar?  The best girls’ day or night out ever!  Sadly, you’ll have to travel to Toronto to indulge your whims at Her Majesty’s Pleasure but it would be worth the trip.

Nail Salon

Nail Salon

Bar

Bar

Nestled in the hip neighborhood of King West Village, this one-of-a-kind destination will have your senses humming and best of all, you leave relax and pampered.  We can’t think of anything more fun than mixing a glass of bubbly with a blowout or a plate of macarons with a manicure.

Girls' Night Out

Girls’ Night Out

Wow!

Wow!

And let’s not forget the fresh, open space decorated with a French touch…  We can’t think of a better way to spend time with friends so we may be booking a trip soon!  Would you join us?

Wall of Polish

Wall of Polish

Happy Friday and wishing everyone a weekend full of little pleasures.

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What We’re Wearing to Coachella…

April 15th, 2015
Mara Hoffman - Chiffon Kaftan

Mara Hoffman

if we were going!  We had you fooled, didn’t we.  Doubtful anyone our age attends this music and arts festival in the Colorado Desert (unless they’re Hollywood or rock stars) but if they did, they’d need to fit in.  Kaftkan…  Check!

Dolce & Gabbana -

Dolce & Gabbana

Boho chic necklace…  Check!

Musa - Crystal Sandals

Musa

Sandals with sparkle… Check!

Charlotte Olympia - Perspex Clutch

Charlotte Olympia

Something with a fringe… Check!

Markus Lupfer -

Markus Lupfer

Psychedelic sunnies… Check!

Sensi Studio

Sensi Studio

And a big, broad hat… Check!

Do you think we could pull off this look?  What would you wear to capture your inner hippie flower child?

Photos: kaftan / necklace / sandals / clutch / sunglasses / hat

Monday Mood

April 13th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Divine Dining

Divine Dining

Dynamic

Pronunciation: \dī-ˈna-mik\

Energetic and full of life…  Designing duo Jayme Armour and her boyfriend, Daniel, have created a beautiful home in Atlanta for their six pets filled with unique touches and warm colors.  See more here

Photo: dining room

 

In the Garden with Sally Green

April 9th, 2015
Allium

Allium

We spent the day Tuesday with our very talented friend, Sally Green, shooting our flowers and bouquets for our new website and we had such fun.  Sally showed up with her custom vinyl backdrops that look like wood floors or tables in a range of finishes, two camera bags filled with equipment and one small footstool to give her height when she wanted to shoot from above.  Though by day Sally works as a corporate and real estate lawyer, her true passion is photography… and gardening… and raising the most glamorous chickens (along with her two cool kids.)

Springtime Planter

Springtime Planter

Cleome

Cleome

As you can see by these pictures, Sally’s no stranger to flowers and her garden (which we blogged about here and here) is breathtaking.  She can also arrange the blooms she picks into pretty posies.  As soon as the beds and planters around her French-style farmhouse are filled with blossoms, we’ll be coming over so that she can take our portraits and we’ll finally have a picture of mother and daughters to add to the About Us section of our website.

Summer Posy

Summer Posy

Peony

Peony

More to come…

Spring Posy

Spring Posy

P.S.  To see more of Sally’s sensational shots, visit her website here!

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Monday Mood

April 6th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Mi Casa es Su Casa

Mi Casa es Su Casa

Diplomatic

Pronunciation: /ˌdipləˈmadik/

Polite and tactful…  Diplomatic duo James Costos and Michael Smith feel completely at home in the American Embassy in Madrid, Spain.  See more of their lovely home in Vanity Fair Espana!

Photo: living room

Fleeting Moments…

April 1st, 2015
Butterfly Clip

Butterfly Clip

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Unlike the butterfly, we don’t have time enough to spend with our boys on spring break and write for this little blog…  So we’re enjoying the moments this week and will be back next Monday!

P.S.  For more natural beauty from Van Cleef & Arpels, click here for a delightful video and Happy Easter to all.

Monday Mood

March 30th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Jackie O at the White House

Jackie O at the White House

Charmed

Pronunciation: /CHärmd/

Extremely lucky…  Matchbook Magazine is closing its doors as founders Katie and Jane move on to new adventures.  We feel extremely lucky to have been featured in so many spreads like these and appreciate the support these girls have given our brand over the past four years.

The Matchbook Girl still believes in fairy tales and we hope yours have happy endings!

P.S.  To read Matchbook’s Best Of issue, click here.

Photo: dressing room

 

Loving Lilly for Target

March 27th, 2015
Porcelain Plates

Porcelain Plates

Just in time for spring entertaining on the terrace (that is, whenever spring decides to actually get here!), Target is launching its latest designer collaboration with the iconic Lilly Pulitzer no less.  While we can’t imagine mobs of preppy girls camping out at their local Target store ready to shop when the doors open on April 19th, we know this collection will hit the bulls’ eye so to speak.

Coffee Cups

Coffee Cups

Glass Votives

Glass Votives

Sporting 15 brand new and exclusive prints designed in-house at Lilly, the line will feature 250 items including jewelry, clothing, shoes, accessories, and home decor.  Best of all, prices will range from $2 to $150 with almost 200 designs under $30.

Patio Umbrella

Patio Umbrella

Chaise

Chaise

Lilly’s boldly bright and playful style has been a favorite for jet setters the world over (from Jackie O. to J. Lo) and now it will have a much broader audience with Target’s reach.  Picnics and BBQ’s across the country will be a bit more fun and festive with these stylish finds!

Basket

Basket

P.S.  Would you invite Lilly to your next party?  Have a fabulous weekend!

Photos: Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Insta Find: Flora Forager

March 25th, 2015
Blossoms

Blossoms

When the ever so stylish Orli Ben-Dor, Market Editor at Hearst Magazines says she’s obsessed with something, we tend to check that something out.  In the April 2015 edition of House Beautiful, Orli gives artist Bridget Beth Collins a shout out and we now know why she’s so excited.  Inspired by all things flora, Bridget Beth takes what she finds in the wildflower woodlands and mossy waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest and creates the most enchanting and whimsical art under the name Flora Forager.  We were immediately charmed by her Instagram page which is simply magical…

Floral Fun

Floral Fun

Primrose Piglet

Primrose Piglet

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Meadow

Meadow

Bibbity Boppity BOO!

Bibbity Boppity BOO!

From pictures of individual blossoms to more composed still lifes, portraits and landscapes, Bridget Beth transports you to a world where perhaps fairies and unicorns are real.  You just can’t help but fall under her spell!

Photos: blossoms / fun / piglet / frida / meadow / wand