YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: DESIGN DARLING (THE BOUTIQUE)

I’m so excited to bring you a sneak peek of what’s sure to be your latest online shop favorite! Launching tomorrow, Design Darling: The Boutique is the brainchild of the Mackenzie Horan (the “Design Darling” herself). I’ve been a longtime fan of Mackenzie’s blog. It’s a go-to source of mine for interior design and style inspiration, and I can only imagine that her shop will be just as fabulous. Design Darling will offer a well-edited assortment of accessories and home decor items – think baubles, matches, lacquer trays and more! And, of course, there will be no shortage of color (how about those hot pink matches?). In other words, this will be a one-stop shop for all sorts of fantastic goodies you won’t want to miss! Here’s a quick peek at a few of items that will be in the shop. Check out Design Darling when it launches bright and early tomorrow morning, and in the meantime, you can join the mailing list right here!

STYLE STEALS: UNDER $100.00

RED CARPET: ACADEMY AWARDS 2012

What a red carpet! The ladies (and gents – hello, George Clooney!) brought their best for last night’s Academy Awards. Can we just talk about how insanely gorgeous Michelle Williams looked? I don’t think she could have picked a more perfect dress for last night. The red-orange Louis Vuitton gown was the epitome of feminine chic. I loved everything about this look – the pink clutch, the bow-shaped brooch, and, of course, the peplum detail! Best Dressed for sure! Another bright red favorite was Emma Stone’s Giambattista Valli gown. How about that bow? White emerged as a key color for the evening with several stars donning the hue. I adored Gwyneth’s minimalistic Tom Ford gown. She looked so elegant – doesn’t she always? Any favorites? I would love to hear!

Images via Harper’s Bazaar and FabSugar

HAPPY (OSCAR) WEEKEND!

It only happens once a year! It’s Oscar weekend! As you all can tell by now, I love awards season and the Academy Awards are, of course, my favorite. I love this picture of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn backstage at the 1956 Academy Awards. What beautiful ladies! I’ll be watching this year’s show from a friend’s house. Any plans for you all? (You must check out this DIY Oscar party from Twig & Thistle. It’s so adorable – lots of inspiration!) Have you all seen any of the nominated films? I had big plans to attempt to see all of them this year before Sunday, but I just couldn’t squeeze them all in. I’m hoping The Help takes home a few awards, as well as Midnight in Paris for Writing (Original Screenplay). As much as I adore Meryl Streep, I would really like to Michelle Williams go home with the Oscar for Best Actress. Speaking of Michelle Williams, any predictions on her Oscar gown? She’s always a red carpet favorite of mine, and her 2006 Oscar dress is still one of my all-time favorites. There’s lots of red carpet fashion to look forward to! Happy Weekend!
Image via Life Magazine

WHAT I LOVE RIGHT NOW

CURRENTLY COVETING: THE CORK SOLE

Cork is popping up everywhere as spring’s must-have sole! I love how this laid back neutral gives any look a beachy feel. Pair them with a bright maxi dress, skinny neon denim, or a casual skirt. Which style do you love?

Images via Pinterest

COLOR MOMENT: SPEARMINT

GIVEAWAY: CUSTOM CIPHER STATIONERY FROM GADABOUT

Happy Monday! I’m so excited to kick off the week with a fabulous giveaway from Gadabout. For those of you unacquainted, Gadabout is the stationery and design company run by graphic design extraordinaire Hanna Seabrook. I’ve long been a fan of Hanna’s charming designs – some of the chicest correspondence cards you’ve ever seen. Whether I’m ogling over her stationery designs or admiring her fantastic blog, I simply can’t get enough of this lady! And now you have a chance to add some Gadabout to your life! Hanna is offering one lucky reader a custom cipher stationery set.  Each custom cipher is hand drawn and printed on heavy vellum finish 5×7 card stock. The winner will have the opportunity to work with Hanna to design your very own cipher in any color you’d like! Of course, pink would be my choice. This might just be my favorite giveaway yet…
To enter the giveaway: (1) “Like” Gadabout on Facebook (2) Follow Gadabout on Twitter, (3) Leave me a comment below with your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win! For an extra chance to win, tweet about this giveaway mentioning @LuellaandJune and @Gadabout. The winner will be announced this Friday, February 24th. Good luck!

STREET STYLE: NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Happy Friday! This week has been a whirlwind, and I’m more than ready for the weekend. It’s hard to believe that the first week of “fashion month” has already come and gone. Have you had a chance to look through any of the New York collections? There are so many good ones – Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone , Rodarte, and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few of my favorites! And, of course, the style on the streets has been just as good! (I spotted these Alexander Wang heels all over the place. They’ve officially made their way onto my wish list.) Here are a few of my favorite snaps fro NYC. Next week: London!



images via Tommy Ton for Style.com, Wayne Tippets for Harper’s Bazaar, and The Sartorialist