Manly Art

Monday, April 27, 2015

Whether you're a man and looking for art, or a girlfriend/wife looking for artwork that won't offend your man's manliness, check out some of these art options that fit the bill.
I think my favorites are the 1st one and the beach print.  What are yours?

The April Edit: Spring Must Haves

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Does the ever-burning desire to shop lessen with age?  I haven't found this to be the case, so for now I'll just keep blogging about all the things I want to buy.  Check out more fashion posts here, and read on to see what I'm craving for spring.
01. J.Crew indigo gauze popover: This shirt looks like denim but is actually super lightweight and ultra soft.  The contrast of the tortoise shell buttons with the indigo is a great detail.
02. Ashlyn'd honor roll clutch: (image via Nasty Gal) A perfectly unique chalkboard clutch that you can write clever messages on! It also has an interior mirror to make touch ups in a flash.
03. Native Union clic wooden iphone case: I love this color combo of peach and dark wood on this iphone case.
04. Stateside striped tank: Spring is the perfect time to break out the stripes - a staple in any girl's wardrobe.  I love to pair them with florals for a fun play with pattern.
05. Anthropologie impressionist headband: I tend to wear my hair up more often when the weather warms up, and this cute playful headband will take your messy bun to the next level.
06. Nike flex fury sneaker: I couldn't be happier that the fashion gods saw fit to bless athletic sneakers as trendy!  These cute and chic sneakers are the perfect comfortable shoe for casual days (and the gym!).
07. Madewell corsica straw beach tote: This woven, textured tote is just the thing to haul your produce from the farmer's market or your towel and book to the beach.
08. Forever 21 tropical brushes: These makeup brushes have the cutest palm leaf pattern!
09. Michael Stars curved hem shorts: I love a good dolphin hem, and these pull-on indigo shorts are easy to dress up or down, making getting out the door that much quicker.
10. Nine Space carmel beach towel: I might be thinking ahead a bit to summer, but you just can't go wrong with these Turkish cotton beach towels that are lightweight and super absorbent.

The Most Life Changing Invention for Women Everywhere

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

via Bittersweet Jewelry
This blog post title carries some serious weight, but so does this miraculous discovery.  Bittersweet Jewelry makes jewelry cuffs designed to not only keep your wrist from losing circulation from a too-tight hair tie, but to rid you of your 8th grade fashion sense when wearing all of your hair ties on your wrist was cool.
via Bittersweet Jewelry

These jewelry cuffs hold your hair tie inconspicuously and elevate your wrist game tenfold.  Because every girl needs a hair tie, but no one needs to know you're wearing one.  Use code 'HAPPY' at check out for a 15% discount!

The Best Travel Accessories

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Travelling can be an ordeal, especially if you're not doing it right.  Yes, I believe there is a right and wrong way to travel.  The first time I flew on an airplane alone, I was 5 years old.  Granted, my family could meet me at the gate back in those days, but my point is that I've been at it a while.  Below are some of the practical travel accessories that I've found make any trip a whole lot easier.
ONE: mobile charger - the days of relying on power outlets to charge your electronics are far behind you.  Make sure you never lose a charge with this fun portable charger.
TWO: Target Sonia Kashuk beauty organizer - keeping your cosmetics all in one place is a must when travelling.  This cute palm print will make packing a little more fun.
THREE: Clare Vivier luggage tag - a bright luggage tag will help you spot your bag in the sea of lookalike luggage that is baggage claim.
FOUR: Always Rooney passport case - I don't know about you, but my carry on always starts off super organized, but as soon as I get to the airport things change.  This cute leather case will help you keep track of your passport so you can easily grab it when you need it.
FIVE: Mini travel steamer - this doubles as a home AND travel must have.  For those of you who hate ironing use this mini steamer and keep wrinkles from ruining your otherwise fabulous outfit.
SIX: Colgate wisps - for any longer plane ride, I love using these disposable mini toothbrushes (no water required!) to keep your teeth fresh and clean.
SEVEN: yes to cucumbers face towelettes are perfect to freshen up your face without having to wash it.  The cucumber scent is also very soothing!
EIGHT: ElizabethW sleep mask - make sure you can fall asleep and block out light with a pretty sleep mask.
NINE: Gotoob travel bottles - don't worry about your shampoo bottles exploding everywhere anymore; these silicone travel bottles are flexible so you can squeeze every last ounce of product out.
TEN: Honest hand sanitizer - I carry this around in my bag whether I'm travelling or not.  It's always good to have in a pinch, and smells wonderful.
ELEVEN: Bose headphones - good, comfortable headphones are a must when travelling.  I'd recommend splurging for the noise cancelling ones to better your travel experience even more.  If you're travelling with a friend, you might also consider a headphone splitter to watch/listen together.
TWELVE: 4-1 travel adapter - for the world traveler, this all inclusive adapter has you covered no matter where you're going.
THIRTEEN: Mini dual voltage curling iron - the mini and dual voltage are key here, especially if you're travelling overseas, you don't have to worry about frying your tools with the wrong voltage.  This mini curling iron probably won't cut it if you have really long hair, but is great for shorter lengths.  These days, most hotels have blow dryers, but depending on your styling needs you can get a mini straightener or travel hair dryer (all dual voltage).  If I know I'll be blow drying a lot, and need a nozzle, I travel with my regular Harry Josh pro dryer which, while pricey, is hands down the best beauty investment I've made.
FOURTEEN: Luggage scale - okay, who's tired of rearranging your packing situation at check in?  I am!  Scoop up a luggage scale and never unpack at the gate again.
FIFTEEN: In transit spray on moisture - most people are prone to dry skin while travelling, especially with recirculated air.  This spray moisture doesn't clog pores, and you can use it on your face and body to stay hydrated.
SIXTEEN: Travel laundry bag - this nylon bag is ultra compact (fits in the palm of your hand) and will keep your dirty clothes properly sequestered from the clean.
SEVENTEEN: Kate Spade shoe bag - don't let the shoes you wear outside get your nice clean clothes dirty.  Kate Spade also makes cute intimates bags as well.
EIGHTEEN: Memory foam pillow - things that can be stuffed into tiny bags are what make travel accessories convenient.  This pillow will support your neck on long flights and become compact when you're done using it to save space.
NINETEEN: Minimergency kit - this tiny studded case holds tons of things that come in handy like a sewing kit and double sided tape.

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In the Bedroom: How to design a relaxing space with style

Friday, April 3, 2015

When you think about your dream bedroom, what do you think of?  I find that I am drawn to those ultra serene, calm and relaxing rooms - the mostly white ones with minimal furniture.  But when I think about my style, and what I am drawn to, as a lover of design I'm forced to ask the question: where is the personality?  I believe that a room should have soul, and your design choices should reflect your personality and personal style.
image via Decorative Bedroom
This bedroom is beautiful in it's own way, but who lives here?  What story does this room tell?  I love how calm this room is, but if this room was a person, I don't think I'd like to sit next to them at a dinner party.  There are definitely elements here that I can appreciate, but it feels more like a hotel room rather than a home to me.

In reality, my style and what I am striving for in my bedroom is serenity with personality.  I think there can be different scales of this - from a more subtle showing of your tastes to a more colorful and noticeable expression of personality.  
image via Eye Swoon
What you find to be serene can mean something entirely different than what I think is calm and soothing, but nevertheless, serenity comes when you're comfortable and being true to yourself in your decor and design choices.    
image via 100 Layer Cake
image via Elle Decor
So - how does one go about achieving a serene bedroom with personality?  I recommend starting with good quality, simple basics, and layering in elements of personality as you go.

ONE: Parachute Home bedding - Good quality bedding is the most important foundation you can start with in the bedroom.  Parachute Home has a great concept - they design their bedding in Los Angeles, manufacture in Italy, and sell directly to you, enabling them to create a higher quality product at a reasonable price point.  They also cut right to the chase - their 'venice' bedroom set includes a duvet cover, fitted sheet, and pillow cases only - no pesky top sheet which makes it much easier to make your bed in the morning.  With two fabric choices: percale or sateen, you can choose which feel you like most; a cool, soft, and breathable texture, or a more luxe, slightly warmer sheen on your sheets. 

TWO: West Elm mid-century nightstand - I admire people that can live with no storage nightstands, but my reality is different.  I need drawers to keep things like moisturizer, lip balm, etc. out of sight for a less cluttered surface.

THREE: CB2 swing arm brass wall sconce - Great, soft lighting is a must in the bedroom.  I just got these sconces and love the sophistication of the brass with the modern shape.  The swing arm means you can direct light where you need it and as a wall mounted sconce these save precious space on your nightstand.

FOUR: Quay zigzag pillow - a subtle contrast of green is the perfect accent to the whites, blues, and grays in this room.

FIVE: West Elm Mongolian lamb pillow - this neutral pillow adds great texture to this combo.

SIX: Urban Outfitters dabu printed pillow - this faded look is perfect for mixing patterns and complements the other hues of the room quite well.

SEVEN: West Elm nailhead upholstered storage bench - this is a great addition to the foot of the bed.  I have this in my bedroom and love the simple design that also doubles as great storage.

EIGHT: Herringbone tassle trim throw - I love clean, white bedding, but also like to add a little contrasting color and subtle pattern to a bed with a pretty throw blanket and fun tassels.

NINE: Surya denim rug - I love the look of denim jute rugs; the pattern is subtle but present and the denim adds a subtle texture without the look of a high pile rug.

TEN: Harry Stooshinoff print - No room is complete without artwork, and this print with blurred lines and muted color palette adds intrigue without being overpowering.

ELEVEN: Ikea Malm dresser - this simple white dresser is a furniture piece that will stand the test of time and transition well with changing styles or trends.  You can't go wrong with simple, clean, and white. (image via happy interior blog)

TWELVE: Nate Berkus for Target basket - store extra blankets, magazines, etc. to keep clutter out of sight for a peaceful state of mind.

THIRTEEN: Crate & Barrel lila curtains - this subtle pattern on airy fabric adds a playful touch, while still blocking out some light.

FOURTEEN: Schoolhouse Electric brass planter - little touches matter, and plants are a great way to bring nature into a space.  Not only are they great for the air, but are like a present for your home

FIFTEEN: Maison Louis Marie No. 09 Vallee de Farney candle - Part of creating a serene space is making sure that you can relax in it.  Subtle things like a wonderfully scented candle will help you achieve that calm and relaxing atmosphere.

SIXTEEN: Terrafirma oval plate - I love this dish for corralling jewelry and other trinkets to keep your nightstand essentials looking intentional rather than like obligatory clutter.

What sort of style do you like in the bedroom?  
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