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Black Magic.

black is the new black

During a recent episode of OMG I need to demo my house and buy all-new-everything Fixer Upper, it dawned on me that what’s really missing from my home is some more industrial touches of black iron. Whether it be in a light fixture, a picture frame, a railing or kitchen hardware, it’s time to mix in some matte black elements in with my bright whites. Here is some inspo conjured up from my lightbulb moment to help you also get back to black. The bottom line: In small doses, matte black is the new black. Time to bust out the spray paint. Thanks as always, Joanna Gaines!

a: Amber Interiors

b, c, e & i: Magnolia Market Blog (Fixer Upper)

f: Becki Owens

g: Liz Marie Blog

h: Lexi Grace

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Slip & Slide.

jeans and slides inspo

Getting dressed just got easier! As we head into spring, the perfect transitional ensemble is one that’s quite easy to master. Step 1: slip into a pair of cool, cropped jeans. Step 2: put on some chic slides. Voila! Love the look but can’t afford the Gucci version? No worries, I have a plan! For further instructions, see the following guide:

style trial jeans and slides

a. BCBGeneration ‘Lori’
b. Vince Union Slouch
c. Aldo ‘Adeinia’
d. Steven ‘Fume’
e. AG ‘Phoebe’ Vintage Patchwork Jean
f. Birkenstock ‘Boston’
g. 7 For All Mankind Cropped Bootcut Jean
h. Rag & Bone High-Waist Flare Cropped Jeans
i. Steven ‘Razzi’
j. Hudson ‘Mia’ Crop Flare Jeans
k. Dolce Vita ‘Baz’
l. Louise et Cie ‘Finay’
m. Chiara Ferragni X Levi’s Boyfriend Jeans
n. Steven ‘Ferrin’

 

 

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Fresh Perspective.

Now that spring has sprung, I can’t help but crave a fresh start on my surroundings. If you are also looking to hit the reset button on your living space, check out these modern quick fixes that will instantly update any room. If you’re hibernating to avoid the April showers, these on-trend and affordable pieces will update your interiors and provide a chic indoor view.

Happy home Styling!

style trial spring interior

[1] These Framed abstract blue prints 2-pack are a perfectly balanced pair and so cool.

[2] These mudcloth-inspired throw pillows available here and here are so neutral yet they provide the perfect amount of ‘pop’ when tossed onto a sofa.

[3] This mid-century inspired plant stand is a fraction of the cost of the real deal. I got sucked into a black hole of DIY versions, and it would be a lot easier to just buy this pot instead.

[4] This vintage wool kilim runner adds texture and exudes all the bohemian feels.

[5] J.K. Adams Chopping Board  [6] Rachel Ray Chopping Board. Add a rustic touch to your kitchen and keep these chic cutting boards propped up on display.

[7] I love to mix in metals. Can’t go wrong with this gold mid-century tripod lamp.

 

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Oh baby.

Photo by Shannon Hager.

{ Photo by Shannon Hager }

I have the best excuse ever for yet another delay in posts! My husband and I both survived 40 weeks of me complaining about being tired/more tired/most tired and pulling a total Princess Kate before the arrival of our baby bundle of joy!

One thing I was capable of doing (in between sprints to the bathroom) was search endlessly for nursery inspiration online. Woah, baby. There is another world of high society nurseries that are the most chic spaces I’ve ever seen! I couldn’t wait to piece together my own more attainable version.  I skipped posh/kinda boring mainstream staples like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn Kids** and got creative with an IKEA dresser and a gently used rocker from a bestie. I found Etsy to be both friend and foe with their organic, on-trend baby everything so I basically favorited everything and then got super overwhelmed and purchased next to nothing. My biggest nursery styling challenge was finding the perfect statement art to go above the crib. Oversized paintings and prints either cost a bajillion dollars or don’t exist… then I finally discovered printed tapestries and BOOM total game changer! Also, I camouflaged necessities like wipes, diapers and hand sanitizer in cute storage bins and trays from The Mother Ship that is Home Goods.

By the time we brought baby home I was confident I had curated a space that was calm, clean, well-lit and blended with the decor in the rest of our home. I knew the room would  promptly become cluttered up with all of the functional stuff, but that’s another story. Baby steps…

{ Ice, Ice Baby }

1. Society6 Alaska Wilderness Tapestry by Leah Flores

2. Z Gallerie Ram Head

3. Southwestern Baja Blanket

4. Delta Children ‘Manhattan’ 3-in-1 Crib

5. Meraki And Co. Ombre Mobile

6. IKEA Faux Sheepskin Rug

7. Magical Thinking Southwestern Rug

** Update: a Labor Day sale meant a style splurge on the Zachary Collection, obvs.

 

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All Things Considered.

Is this an Estee Lauder 'Pleasures' ad?

{Serving up an Estee Lauder ‘Pleasures’ ad}

I absolutely loved my wedding and it was the most perfect day. The only thing I wish I could do different is to have worn about 5 different outfits, obvs! Committing to one style of wedding dress can feel a lot harder than committing to one person when you’re style obsessed (thankfully my husband gets this about me)! Even though I totally nailed it that day, I still wish I could have looked more: boho, dramatic, high fashion, Valentino-esque, fun, eccentric and many other things depending on which moment you ask me. At the end of the day, I have to reign in my fashion neurosis and remember that what I was feeling at that time was all things classic. I wanted to flatter my waistline in elegant clean lines, and I stuck to my made up rule that all brides should wear their hair up (even though I didn’t want to!). I was inspired by great beauties of the 1950’s such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, and I felt everything should have a little Rat Pack melody instilled in its style. So was my wedding my greatest style accomplishment? Eh, maybe not. But it was definitely one of the best days of my life, and I can certainly live with that as my happily ever after.

So, apparently I love lace!

{Making a case for: classic elegance}

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Normcore.

#normcore

#normcore

Welcome to summer 2014 where  looking normal is the chicest way to stand out! Here are all my favorite reasons to love this abnormally easy to adopt trend:

– – – Comfortable slides & tennies (despite the fact that Birkenstocks are actually a total b*tch to break in).

– – – Simple silhouettes with lots of ease that camouflage all your winter gains.

– – – Black + white + grey + denim = countless idiot proof color combinations.

– – – No jewelry? No problem! The only accessories you need are bold eyebrows or orange lips.

– – – You probably already own half of the main ingredients! Black dress? White t-shirt? Jeans? Check! Check! Check!

 

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Summer Sandal Sneak Peak.

{put a cork in it}

{put a cork in it}

Ready, set, shop!

UPDATE: I just bought these sandals in silver at Target and I’m hashtag obsessed!

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