Gifts are all about buying someone something they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. (Even though I did. I ordered these gloves for myself last month. And I love them. So much.) Case in point: a great pair of gloves. These aren’t your typical gloves either. They’re texting gloves! With tiny little slits on the thumb and index finger, they allow for easy iPhone use. That means no more having to remove a glove every single time you want to use your phone. Did I mention that they’re cashmere? Even better. Sounds like the perfect gift to me.
I do my best to keep you all updated on what’s going on, but I have to admit I’ve been holding back a little bit. It’s been a crazy few months, and I’ve failed to mention to you all the good news: we bought our first house. It’s such a special house, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. With that said – and I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here – it’s more of a labor of love at the moment. We adore this house, but it’s become quite the project. As you can see from this picture, it’s a house that requires a little (read: a lot) work. This is my first time doing any kind of renovation (I’ve always been a renter), and I feel excited, nervous, happy and overwhelmed all at once. Lucky for me, I have an amazing team of people (whom I definitely plan on introducing to you all at some point!) helping me along the way.
What does that mean for you and this blog? You’re probably going to start seeing a whole lot more interior design posts. I feel like it’s all I’ve been pinning and researching lately, and I think it’s time to share some of those thoughts here – not to mention, get all of your ideas and opinions! I hope that’s okay with you guys. I could use all the help I can get.
Ah, yes. The age-old question: are you a Kelly Taylor or a Brenda Walsh? Find out here. (Spoiler alert: I was a Kelly.) ……. I’ve been having a difficult time getting to sleep lately. You, too? According to this, there are ten main reasons (I think #3 is my problem) for the lack of shuteye …….. It’s about that time. 2013 is coming to a close so we’re taking a look back at the past year, starting with the shoes ……. Be sure to check out Madewell’s SALE. You can score an extra 30% off + free shipping if you enter the code MOREPLEASE. (I already added these to my cart.) ……. Take a peek at famed photographer Cindy Sherman’s Hampton’s farmhouse. It’s everything you expected and more. ……. Shopping for stocking stuffers? Me too. This leopard pouch fits the bill.
As if the sale itself wasn’t good enough, J.Crew is now offering an EXTRA 40% off already reduced prices. There are some seriously good deals. You can score these jeans for around $40 or a pair of ballet flats for under $100 – like I said, some good deals. Just enter the code STYLETIME at checkout and you’re all set.
- Hello? This coat! The fuchsia color alone is enough to make me melt.
- I almost picked up this necklace last week at the store. I’m glad I didn’t because now it’s on sale.
- Cashmere? Yes, please.
- These pajamas (add a monogram!) make the best gifts.
- A bejeweled sweater never hurt anyone.
- A pair of these is screaming for a holiday party – or a good stocking stuffer for my BFF.
I betcha didn’t know that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Acapulco Chair. (I didn’t either until I spotted this while perusing the latest on DesignMilk.) It looks pretty good for 60, wouldn’t you say? The classic chair has always been one of my favorites. It’s retro vibe speaks to me, and it reminds me of something you might spot in the background of a Slim Aarons photograph. While I definitely think they can work inside, I’m partial to the idea of having a set on my patio. They really make the best outdoor chairs. They’re a no-fuss chair with just the right amount of glam. (The best combination, if you ask me.) I think black would look super sleek, but, you know me, I would go straight for the color. This flamingo pink is right up my alley, and I could also go for a pair of blue (reminds me of a pool!) or orange. Of course, I had to post this on the day of our first freeze in Dallas. It looks like I won’t be enjoying any outdoor time on one of these in the next couple of months, but come spring, I think you’ll definitely find a few of these our patio.
Images via LA76 // Design Files // Design.District
Friday! I’m so happy it’s here. This week has been a very busy one, and I’m thrilled to have a couple of days to regroup. In fact, it’s been so busy that I didn’t have time to get a post together for today. I really hate when that happens, but sometimes you just can’t do it all. I couldn’t even get links together for you guys (sorry!), but if you’ve got a second, head on over to Furbish. They’re offering 20% off all tabletop with the code TABLETOP20. It’s a good time to stock up on pretties for your Thanksgiving tablescapes.
I’m headed out of town today for a wedding. We actually haven’t been to a wedding since July (after having weddings back to back for nearly four months, this has felt like a long break), and I’m so excited to be going to one. Good food, good wine, and plenty of dancing. A perfect wedding weekend for sure. Happy weekend to you!
Top to bottom: REED WILSON “Holla” Doormat // LULU & GEORGIA Arya Doormat // WORLD MARKET Squirrels Doormat // FURBISH “Best Foot Forward” Doormat // CASA Striped Doormat
Who knew your doormat could look this good? Everyone from Nordstrom to Furbish has updated their selection of doormats. I for one am very grateful for this. Until recently, I couldn’t find any doormats I liked. All of the ones I came across were either a horrible color or had designs that were less than appealing. Anyone else feel this way? Doormats are a necessary item for the house, so function is really what’s important. I get it. But they’re also the first thing you see when you walk up to someone’s home, so shouldn’t they look good? I’m so glad to see that people are jumping on this bandwagon with me. There are so many good options now! Lulu & Georgia has a great selection. I own this one (I love the orange!), and I bought this one for my sister as a housewarming gift. I also love the witty ones (“Holla” and “Sup” are my favorites) from Reed Wilson. Nothing says welcome home like a good lookin’ doormat.
Get ready for some eye candy. Vintage sparklers from House of Lavande are on One Kings Lane… Who didn’t love Dawson’s Creek? (Pacey and Joey!) Here’s proof that everyone was part of the Creek at some point… This article really hit home for me. It’s a must-read – especially for writers and bloggers. Tell me your thoughts!… This faux-fur coat will keep you warm all season long – and it won’t break the bank!… Next up? Thanksgiving. Here’s some inspiration for your tables… Is this real life? Peanut butter + chocolate chip cookie + cookie dough cups. Seriously.
As much as I would have loved an outdoor reception, I was way too nervous about the weather. You just never know what it’s going to be like in Texas in May (will be 105 degrees? will it tornado?), so we decided not to take the risk. The location was an easy decision after that: The Dallas Museum of Art. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the city – not to mention, my favorite place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I worked with the amazing team at Todd Events on my wedding and reception. They are so much fun to work with, and they are incredibly talented. They work magic over there – seriously. I told them that I wanted to keep things simple, but special. I wanted classic – nothing too trendy. And most of all, I wanted it to feel like us. They did exactly that. They managed to transform the Hamon Atrium into a wedding wonderland surrounded by all of our favorite things.
We kicked off the evening with cocktails and small bites. The signature cocktail of the evening was a prickly pear margarita – one of the prettiest cocktails (hot pink!) and oh-so-tasty. Once cocktail hour was over, everyone moved into the reception area. If you all have been reading any of the wedding posts so far, then you already know what my florals were. Yep. Peonies. That’s all I wanted. I’ve always preferred the look of a vase full of one kind of flower as opposed to a mix. There were a few vases here and there of white hydrangeas, but for the most part, the reception was full of peonies. Since I love blue-and-white china, we decided to use it as the vases for the peonies. The band started playing the minute we walked in. After our first dance (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”), dinner was served. We skipped the seated dinner and opted for food stations instead. The food was delicious (or so I have heard. With the exception of a quick bite early on, I barely ate the entire evening). All of the food was a hit, but I’ve heard that the mini-pizzas were a favorite. (We also had late-night snacks for our guests from our favorite burger place in town). For desserts, we had cake and M&M milkshakes. While my cake was a traditional tired white-on-white wedding cake, my husband didn’t want to go that route. Since he loves Oreos (loves them), we decided that in lieu of a cake, it should just be a big stack of Oreos. Yum.
I spent the majority of the night on the dance floor – exactly where I wanted to be. I changed dresses (more details to come on that) about an hour into the reception to make the dancing a little easier. As I mentioned last week, once you’ve said I do, the rest of the evening flies by. I felt like we could have danced all night long. Before I knew it, the band was playing their last song. At the end of the night, our guests gathered outside the museum and threw rose petals as we ran to the car. Of course, not before my husband grabbed a few Oreos on his way out. A snack for the road.
Event Coordination and Design: Todd Events Florals: Todd Events Venue: The Dallas Museum of Art Catering: The Dallas Museum of Art Napkins: Color Box Design & Letterpress Dress: Custom-made by Lela Rose Photography: Steve Wrubel
How fun are these? You all already know how much I adore Waylande Gregory’s pieces. (These are always on my dinner table, and my console table wouldn’t be complete without this little dish.) The colors, the playful prints, the whimsical animal icons – I love it all. How did I miss the fact that there are now pillows in the collection, too? It makes total sense. Gregory’s designs make for perfect pillow pairings. The hand-embroidered pillows are just as fun as his ceramics and would add a burst of color to any room. I think the tiger might be my favorite. What about you?