Current Obsessions: Classic Femininity with Edge...

I don't think fall shopping for weekend wear could possibly get any easier. Skinny jeans, a billowy white chiffon blouse, a quilted leather cropped moto jacket and girly accessories. Think: nude heels & a pretty tote to soften what could otherwise be seen as edgy.

Right now I'm loving the simplicity of chain link bracelets and gold hoop earrings. Tie this all up in one neat bow an call it the new weekend wardrobe. No reason to complicate things any further. For me, the beauty of this look is the balance of softness, toughness and ready to conquer the world confidence.

Scouring the web turned up the best of the bunch in each category. White House Black Market seems to have cornered the market on what they are deeming the "iconic" white blouse. I agree with them, and of their pretty options I'm dying over the Artist's version the most, but all of their new white blouses have the necessary swagger you crave. Add fab accessories, sunnies to die for and roll out the door with a skip in your step. Rest assured: You. Look. Fabulous.  

FINDING FEMININITY WITH EDGE

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Color Crush: All Black Everything...

The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.
— Coco Chanel

There's no shame in my "all black" game - and one look at these stunning images should convince you there shouldn't be any in yours. Frankly, if the color looks great on you, why shouldn't you wear it head to toe? While I say any season is the right season for noir, fall offers certain liberties. Use them to your advantage and embrace the head to toe chic look. I certainly will! 

CRUSHING ON ALL BLACK EVERYTHING





Wardobe Management: Restocking the Closet With Luxury Basics...

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In several previous posts I shared my unique method for stripping away the excess in my closet. I literally removed everything from the space, redesigned the closet (hello, happy white shelves & smooth-gliding drawers!) and then gave every item a hard evaluation before deciding what deserved to go back in. That's right. It wasn't an exercise in elimination. It was placing a positive spin on the daunting process. It's not what goes away. It's more a matter of "what fabulous pieces do I already own that deserve to be housed in this sparkling new space?" Which of you lovely pieces are closet worthy?

As you might imagine, many items were kicked to the curb via donations & selling online. This is an exercise in patience as I am still listing items on Tradesy in my down time. Yet the effort was (and continues to be) so worth it. In fact, the pieces in my "before" closet served a previous version of me. She loved shopping, had time to peruse the racks at Neimans & Saks and those precious big sales, she had the leisure to grab coffee on Saturdays before window shopping with friends. She was more willing to bypass the perfect black tee (so boring) for a boldly printed chiffon DVF blouse she "discovered" on a rack at Saks while popping out of the office for a bite to eat. The previous me enjoyed the thrill of the unexpected hunt and had ample time to peruse department stores and specialty boutiques in a never ending quest for "special" pieces. Former me was an unpredictable shopping gunslinger rapidly aiming her weapon in the direction of occasionally fabulous but often "almost ideal" items. She was eager to add to her closet and willing to experiment.

This retail wild west chracater no longer exists. Today, I'm a focused sniper. A trained retail sharpshooter peering through the cross-hairs of my scope carefully observing my retail prey. Rather than a quick pull on the trigger & hope for the best, I'm an expert closet curator who carefully plans each purchase and stalks each item with relentless research. I study how an item looks on other bloggers, read reviews, pay special attention to measurements and determine how handbags will function, blouses will billow, denim will wear and dresses will hang on my petite frame.

Small children and a busy digital business keep my feet mostly out of physical stores and firmly entrenched in the online shopping experience. And let's not forget that redone closet. It's given me a clear lens through which to focus my attention. With my recently streamlined wardrobe I now experience on a daily basis where the voids are in my wardrobe. I can now respect the need (yes need) of the perfect black tee and the functional benefits a small crossbody bag would add to my lifestyle. I can see the vacancies now in glaring detail that were once obscured by the abundance of "almost perfect" pieces. The chaos cleared, there's now a crystal clear picture of what exists, what is needed and what would be thrilling to add to my tightly edited collection. 

Pressed for time (and craving as much information as possible) I prefer to shop almost exclusively online. There are no more unexpected purchases, things are carefully considered and planned. Rather than casting a wide net I visit favorite brands and trusted sites loyally and favor them for their excellent products and perfect customer service (and of course, sales!). This isn't to say the quest for the new and unexpected is gone, that's the thrill of life, right? The excited shopper is still thriving and alive, but her reckless former form has been replaced with a careful curator who obsesses over button placement, fabric weight and the integration of said fashion into my busy lifestyle.

The new shopper in me is a perfectionist. She can't believe she every selected an "almost perfect" anything. Rather than spending on a frilly frock that will one day be perfect if I'm invited to Diddy's White Party (is that still a thing?) I'm investing in pieces I will enjoy for many years. Fact is, they may require a bigger financial commitment, but the quality will be commensurate with price and the luxurious fit and durability will more than make up for the price. Also - I LOVE my newly thinned out wardrobe and reject the idea of "good enough" pieces when I can hold out and wait for the ideal piece to appear.

My style is pretty much Olivia Palermo meets Olivia Pope. Clean lines, stylish classics, beautiful pieces. Feminine style with a confident lean. With that, here a few timeless pieces I'm stalking for fall that will fill some of the aforementioned gaps in my wardrobe and my life. Remember, I circle the drain for some time before making the purchase. I look at each piece for versatility, longevity and how wearing it will make me feel.

THE URGENT FALL SHOPPING LIST

Franki Durbin // Fall Fashion

Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming // Splendid Fitted Soft Touch Tees (also see Hanro here & here) // DVF Leopard Scarf (also here) // Saint Laurent Crossbody Tassel bag (also here & here) // Frame Le Crop Mini Bootcut Jeans (also at Nordstrom) // Gucci Horsebit Leather Mules (also here)

  • Crop flared denim for an everyday for that are just as perfect with flat loafers as they are with sneaks or heels.

  • A high quality small-ish crossbody bag with gold hardware. Large enough for a wallet, iPhone, fey fob and lip gloss but needn't carry anything else. Versatility is key here. Ideally it will work as a clutch, shoulder bag or crossbody to play a multitude of roles.

  • Perfect black & white tees. So basic. So easy to delay. Yet so crucial to daily life. When I discover "the one" I'll invest in a handful of them in black and white as I could easily wear them daily.

  • Chunky heels. Fall's version of a wedge, the chunky mules gives any outfit a little "lift" and elongates my petite frame. Black (duh) is ideal and you can bet I'll be sliding my feet into these on the regular.

  • A new signature fragrance for fall, this new Dior perfume is my current love

ROUND TWO WILL INCLUDE

  • A statement jacket (or two). In all fairness, I'm a bit jacket obsessed. This is an area of "freedom" in my wardrobe where I color outside the lines and can easily justify a lilac quilted leather jacket (and I do) or a faux fur sequinned creation (because it's fabulous). When the "great edit" went down, I was left with a lovely collection of denim, handbags and jackets - quickly realizing that I needed to add more shirts to my game lest I be nekkid under those pretty blazers & cropped jackets. What I don't own, however, is a pink jacket (the horror!) or a classic black moto jacket.

  • Fall/winter boots. Leather with a stacked heel. Not a sky-high heel, but not squatty either I have denim that only work when worn with heels, so at least 3" will be required.

  • A black bow blouse. Who doesn't love a good bow blouse? This was on my list last year as well but I never quite found "the one" at the price point I was seeking. Perhaps this season I'll find my perfect match.

For the moment, that's the list. It's longer than I'd like it to be, but the reality is I can skip the jackets and be perfectly fine. Those are long-term acquisition goals whereas the others are things I long for every day. What are you hunting for this season? Are you a color lover or do you go flock to neutrals? What do you consider basic?

(Note: If you'd like to shop my Tradesy closet, here's a link to save $20 on your purchase.)

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Perspective: Beauty is Everywhere...

Beauty really is everywhere. A fallen leaf, a silver drawer pull, a marble slab, a gnarled tree trunk, a puffy cloud. Be it man-made or natural, you've got to learn to see the beauty in everything around you. Are you seeing it? Are you marveling in it? 

Perhaps you even need to make some beauty on your own, hmmmm? Fresh flowers, a bit of gloss, a spritz of perfume and extra high heels will perhaps help you be the vision of beauty you wish to see in the world. Go forth and make things (and yourself) beautiful, everyone.

Your precious life is waiting for you... 

Musings: On Embracing Change...

Like the calendar, life holds many seasons in store for you. Embrace each new chapter of life with the same enthusiasm and eagerness that you hold for those drastic changes in the weather.

Fall means fabulous new boots, cozy cashmere sweaters and espresso on the patio of a favorite cafe. All of these fall into the "my favorite things" category of life. Shouldn't life's changes also be met with the same affection?

Face your fears. Meet your adventured head on and smile at your future with the same warmth in your heart that you harbor for those black high heel leather booties. I assure you, good things are ahead of you on the path. Grab your leather jacket and go meet your future with a skip in your step and a grin on your face. You never know, you might just love it as much as autumn itself.   

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Beauty: Silk Pillowcases, the Jen Atkin-Endorsed Luxury You Need Immediately...

It's no secret that lying down is a fresh blowout's sworn enemy. To combat this, many a girl has invested in Egyptian cotton sateen sheets & pillowcases to extend the life of her 'do. What you may not know is that those high thread count cotton sheets also leech hydration from your skin and your hair while you get your beauty sleep. Yes, the slumber you so crave is actually drying out your hair and leaving your pretty skin parched. The fix is easy and wonderful, but does come at a small price.

Silk pillowcases. I've been a fan of Slip for a while and have worn silk eye masks for about a decade now (don't judge, it's the Zsa Zsa Gabor in me) and can tell you they absolutely make a difference. Especially when paired together. Hair glides effortlessly over the surface of the pillowcase and skin unharmed during sleep. Effective immediately, famed celebrity hair guru Jen Atkin is brand ambassador for the brand Slip, maker of luxurious silk pillowcases and eye masks in a range of stunningly subtle colors. This brilliant pairing is genius, as it now thrusts this boutique brand to the forefront of our cultural obsession with silken tresses and age-defying skin care.

Hairstyles are not going to go back to complication... I’m teaching women to find something in their day to help with their hair health.

If you've not seen Slip mentioned here or in other places, it is a growing Australian line of silk goods created with proprietary fibers. Beauty editors everywhere have fallen for their high quality and soft sorbet-like color range (think blushy pink and creamy vanilla) that fits in with anyone's decor.

Why Atkin? She's the go-to tress tamer du jour for the Kardashians, Jessica Alba and many other Hollywood stars, Her debut hair care line OUAI has won acclaim from customers and critics alike.

According to the hair expert herself...

What I’ve noticed the most is that women want to take care of themselves and are focused on overall health.
— Jen Atkin

Bottom line, if Jen Atkin tells us to stop sleeping on cotton once and for all, it's time to listen and obey. Why lovingly care for skin and hair by day and cause (avoidable and unnecessary) damage by night? Here's what I'm loving form Slip right now...

SHOP MY SLIP & OUAI FAVORITES

Why black, you ask? Simple: you'll never accidentally put it in the laundry with your other linens. Pink for the same reason. I feel the difference in color will prolong the life of your investment as you will see the pillowcase (or mask) as unique and special. They also come in creamy white, caramel and charcoal.

I love the idea of a black mask for optimal light blocking why trying to sleep in and pink for the pillowcase for the reasons stated above. It's pretty, makes its presence known and you'll never accidentally leave it behind at the hotel while on vacation.

Which colors would you choose? Shop Net-a-Porter, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom & Anthropologie and say bye bye to creased skin and bed head for good an wake up to your gorgeous, silky haired self.

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What to Wear: Summer Soiree...

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Summer parties are kicking off. This week is all about sourcing easy outfits for afternoon events by (although likely not actually in) the pool. The foundation is a great maxi dress. The rest is easy: oversized sunglasses, SPF to spritz onto bared skin and some form of pretty sandals. I like to do a messy low bun with side swept bangs and keep makeup simple but pretty.

The above look is a great one if you have a special summer soiree to attend this coming week. You can't go wrong with a floral DVF dress and statement jewelry. Finish with an intoxicating summer scent (not too heavy, mind you!) and you're out the door. Ciao! 

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Luxe Accommodations: Amazing Grace in Turks & Caicos...

This is the type of property I don't just want to visit, I want to own it. I want to revel in the joys of having it as my own. Isn't she gorgeous? The Villa, aptly named Amazing Grace is absolutely stunning. While there are no shortage of properties to stay at along the shores of Grace Bay, most of them swing either ultra-mod or traditional tropical in design. Frankly I love those styles when I'm vacationing. It is a nice contrast to my daily living space and a feast for the eyes. But when I spotted this villa listed as a rental, my jaw fell open. This one is absolutely a stunner and falls into the "Pack your bags, we're leaving now" category. Love at first sight. 

Still reeling from the inspiration, I couldn't wait to share the gallery images with you. Hellooooo, tropical haven I'd never want to leave. New life goal... own this property or one of the same caliber and enjoy it whenever it isn't being rented out to fellow wanderlusters like myself. #lifegoals

I have a friend headed to Turks & Caicos, where this beauty resides, and I'm helping her plan her wardrobe for the stay. Care to pack your virtual bags with me as we tour this ultra-plush pad? Let's do it...

WHAT TO WEAR: AMAZING GRACE IN TURKS & CAICOS


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Luxe Accommodations: Effortless Luxury on Laguna Beach...

I'm an OC girl at heart. Can't help it. Always will be. I'm not from there but if I could choose anywhere in the US to live, this paradise on earth is surely my jam. Until the movers arrive (and my west coast dreams come true) the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort is a sweet cure for my California cravings. It's got everything a summer-loving girl wants: beach yoga, a stunning pool area, beautiful balconies and opulent elegance inside. There's a reason those SoCal brides flock to this property: it is picturesque and perfectly captures the romance of Mediterranean architecture against a backdrop of a blissful beach and craggy cliffs. 

So... what should we wear on our virtual vacation there today? Let's pack our make-believe bags and jet off to Laguna Beach, girls! 

PACK YOUR BAGS




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Luxe Accommodations: An Elegant Seaside Villa in Sunny La Jolla...

This is one of those properties I'd rather own than enjoy for a week. Wouldn't you? A stunning villa that overlooks the silk sands of La Jolla beach, decked out in all its Mediterranean opulence. Seriously, people. This is what happiness looks like.

Imagine opening your bedroom doors in the morning to take a dip in the lagoon-style pool after enjoying the requisite outdoor shower. This, dear friends, is what a luxe rental is all about. Everything you could possibly wish for has been provided, and you are mere feet from places to dine, go paddle boarding or merely digging your toes in the sand while you watch those towering palms sway overhead. Heaven on earth, seriously.  

You and your nine favorite people can book this sweet pad at Luxury Rentals. Looking for a two bedroom? This light, airy rental is just a few feet away (and half the price) with a gorgeous white kitchen and enviable views of those crashing waves. I'll be waiting for your text invite, by the way, because it looks like absolute perfection. 

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Luxe Accommodations: Arabian Nights at La Mamounia, Marrakesh...

These days when I think of "getting away" I'm most certainly focused on going far, far, far away. Perhaps it's too much of the familiar or too many long summer days. My soul is craving exotic locales and strange lands. 

Yesterday's interview with Alexandra Foster stirred up thoughts of Morocco and the infamous La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech. If ever a property called for jeweled sandals, flowing dresses and darker eyeliner, this surely is the one.

Most only dream of experiencing Arabian nights, but I cannot wait to experience the intoxicating grounds myself. From the moment you are greeted at the handcarved doors to the second you slip into the cobalt tiled pool, La Mamounia beckons with exotic charms and mysterious seduction.

Discover more of what awaits at La Mamounia and surrounding Morocco so you can plan your next far flung getaway. Wondering what to wear? I've got your bags packed. Happy traveling! 

Beauty: My Effortless Summer #MakeupEdit...

Summer is the season when less really truly is more. White sundresses, featherlight sunglasses and gold slip-on flats make for a killer look and makeup needn't be much more complicated. Here in Dallas the sun is punishingly bright and the heat is intense, so survival in the game of beauty (and sun protection) is a skill worth mastering.

I've simplified my summer makeup routine to a few fantastic products that work well for my skin and my desired look. The star of them being the Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette. As the name implies it is a workhorse that does a million wonderful things. This pretty gold compact has since replaced my normal blush, bronzer, luminizer and eye shadows. I love, love, LOVE it so much I'll be buying a few before they sell out. No, this post isn't sponsored in any way, I just adore this incredible little palette and have found it to be a miracle worker giving me an enviable and effortless glow. Here's the simplified (yet sun-safe) summer routine in full...

MY SEXY SUMMER SKIN ROUTINE

After moristuring, apply Bare Minerals SPF 50 Primer Fluid. This is new for me and I love that it preps skin for the next step while adding an invisible layer of mineral SPF 50. Next  apply Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder (Tint 3) where necessary, working from the center of the face outward. On days I need it, I tap a few dots of Charlotte Tilbury Treat & Conceal (in shade 2) under the eyes and dab, dab, dab to fend off shadows. 

Now to the color: With a thin fan brush I use a hint of the bronzer from the Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette beneath cheekbones in the natural groove where shadows would appear. It is matte and goes on extremely sheer. No nightmare streaks are possible. Then mixing the bronzer & blush (also shimmer-free) with a stipple brush I hit just above the temples and just beneath apples of cheeks up to the ear. With my blush brush I use the blush color alone to give the apples that pretty pink pop. The highlighter is unique, it's a gel-powder with sophisticated shimmer that I use in the inner corners of eyes to brighten, and carry it over the lid for a luminous sheen, I also add to the "C" shaped area around the eyes near temples with a highlighter brush. A touch on the cupids bow, brow bones and cheekbones give that happy glow we crave. Mind you, these are steps that take seconds and are applied lightly in barely-there layers. There's no precision or painstaking accuracy needed. Just this palette and my makeup brushes. That's it! It's a foolproof palette that offers just the right amount of color payoff on my light olive skin and I find the colors to be extremely flattering. 

Next comes a thin flick of Givenchy Couture Waterproof Eyeliner to outer lids for lash fluttering beauty. Finish with my all-time favorite Voluminous mascara from Loreal,  Next I take a bottle of Soleil Toujours Set & Protect Mist with me as well as one of a few straw hats and my must-have Fresh "Rose" Lip Treatment which leaves a barely there hint of (you guessed it) rose tint on the lips. Summer beauty, perfected. 

The only parts of this routine that requires focus or precision are the liner (optional) and the mascara. Candid note: I always dread applying mascara but am always the most impressed with the results. It is tedious and requires accuracy, but nothing else in this routine requires a steady hand or Kardashian dedication. The goodies I use are all listed below. Obviously I have high praise for the Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette, as it's my go-to find this summer. It is also available herehere and here. More details below. Thank you for reading! 

Luxe Accommodations: Turkish Delight...

Enjoy old world glamour along the Bosphorous at this spectacular hotel in Istanbul. Ciragan Palance Kempinski is every bit as spectacular as you dream a palatial hotel would be. Envision if you will an infinity pool overlooking the waters, authentic cuisine, authentic hammam baths and incredibly opulent beds. A true Turkish delight. See more at Kiwi Collection...

Objects of Desire: All Things Crystal Clear...

Confession time: I am not a big fan of all things acrylic. It requires proper application of this sparkling medium to impress me. The waters have been seriously muddied by cheap plastic $5 objects that just happen to be clear. Plastic spoons = not sexy. Perfectly crafted Lucite legs = dead sexy. 

Like anything, it comes down to quality. High quality Lucite and some of the more luxurious English acrylic products on the market are stunning. Cheap impostors are everywhere, though, and it seems many don't know the difference because they've only seen them online. To try to give insight: It's the difference between Waterford Crystal and a mason jar - they might both be clear containers but that's where to comparison ends. 

Higher quality acrylics (name brand or not) will set you back a pretty penny. You can, however, begin to develop an eye for those pieces produced with more intention by studying the clarity of the pieces. Look for crystal clear legs on ottomans,  heavier objects, pieces that look have substantial weight and clearly cut edges. Like diamonds, it comes down to the four C's of acrylic: you are looking for the best cut, clarity, color and cost you can afford. Don't fool yourself into thinking that a piece of clear plastic is going to sparkle and shine as nice as a lovingly made high-end acrylic. It's just not happening.  

However jaded I may be, when something beautifully created catches my eye I have to celebrate it. Recently I've noticed the emergence of high-end furniture using top quality acrylic and an abundance of very nice home accessories (a few of which are on sale at the moment). 

I hope you'll appreciate a little post featuring some lovely scenes that tastefully use Lucite or acrylic that give me hope that it is indeed a timeless material when skillfully employed. 

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Objects of Desire: Hermēs Scarves as Works of Art...

They say every Hermēs journey begins with a single scarf. As if a hand-rolled square of silk has the uncanny ability to turn an otherwise sane woman into a Birkin-lusting, leather cuff obsessed buying machine. Perhaps this is true. If so, A pretty creation such as this dip dyed number designed by Henri d'Origny in a delightful mix of oranges, pinks, tranquil turquoise and spots of pale lavender surely are to blame for the fall of many a strong-willed female. It is undeniably gorgeous by an standard. 

But what if you're keenly aware of the silk's inherent delicate nature and want to admire it and enjoy it without risking snags, wrinkles or (God forbid...) spots? For those of us on the obsessive side of the spectrum (raising hand high), there's the option to see these marvelous creations as the works of art they are and frame them. Yes, frame them. 

While I love tying a colorful scarf on my handbags in summer, I don't subject my nicest ones to this task. Due to the way I baby my belonging, risking "injury" to one of these investment pieces simply isn't an option.

I have observed them framed or placed behind a modern acrylic box as a beautiful art installation. It's clever. It's sharp. It's brilliant. In many ways, it seems the best use of these fanciful objects.

I think you're either a fan of colorful scarves as magnificent artistic creations or you aren't. I myself am fascinated that an organic material such as silk can be manipulated in such a way as to create such intricately detailed designs. Their delicate nature also amazes me (yet another reason to consider placing yours behind a protective barrier). Add to it, their worth both in the present (cha ching) and in the future (perhaps cha cha ching) as collector's items and it seems downright crazy to tie one in knots for a trip to Starbucks. 

If the above points don't sway you, consider this: you can only truly and fully appreciate the composition of a scarf design when it is spread out on a flat surface. So to me, hunting my favorite versions of these beauties down and hanging a few on a wall is a magnificent idea. In fact, it's a decision I've recently made: to collect (and protect) them. 

I can hear you now. Beautiful things are meant to be enjoyed, right? Yes. They are. Everyday luxuries aren't supposed to feel too precious or untouchable. I wholeheartedly believe this. While I would encourage you to use your bone china and pull out your crystal stemware for a picnic (life's too short to hide it!), your diamonds need to be worn as often as possible and by all means, wear your favorite perfume whenever the mood strikes. Life is too short. Yet... in this one instance I feel protective of these somewhat fragile artistic pieces. The idea of a grid of nine magnificent silky scarves on a large blank wall sounds just dreamy to me.  But perhaps just a single scarf, framed perfectly and hung on a wall alone is more of style statement and an expression of your love of fine things. Your only challenge: which one to choose? 

{all product images via Hermes.com // all interior photography via Pinterest

Color Crush: Adriatic Blue + Glistening Gold...

Ready for a mini-vacation? Take a brief moment with me to imagine the glistening waters of the Adriatic. Sail with me through the Greek Isles. Stroll with me through Santorini's steeped, winding streets. Dine with me on Croatia's coastline. Charter a yacht with me and sail to Corfu for a day trip. These colors will inspire you to soak in the summer sun, dip your toes in a pool and possibly, just possibly live a little more luxuriously today. 

SHOP THE SEDUCTIVELY SERENE VIBE





Are you feeling it? Me too. If you're swimming in client work today rather than an infinity pool, do yourself a favor and at least make an attempt to book a summer vacation. Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Crete... you can't go wrong with one of these amazing coastal destinations along the Adriatic. If not, I hope you enjoyed this mini mental escape. You deserve it!

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Color Crush: Impactful Bougainvillea Pink...

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I dare say no one can find fault with cheery bougainvillea pink. It is shamelessly pretty, fiercely energetic and undeniably happy. This intense shade of pink is a personal favorite for it's ability to shift any lackluster moment (or outfit) into high gear. Wile I lack the studies to back it up, I would assert that there could be scientific studies to demonstrate the power of this unabashedly joyful color. Make your day - and your life - more dynamic by adding a pop of impactful bougainvillea pink to your look, your rooms and your mood. 

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Color Crush: Fresh Squeezed Zesty Orange...

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Never underestimate the power of color to energize and inspire. When I need a lift, a zesty dash or bold orange - be it by embroidered pillow, scented candle or cashmere sweater - has the power to elevate my mood. Not as rich as red, not as sunny as yellow, orange is in a realm of it's own. I find it endlessly cheerful and packed with power. It's no wonder it is a longtime designer favorite in both fashion and interiors. 

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Styling tip: Much like citrus juice itself, a little goes a long way. A dash of orange, a hint of tangerine a pop of lemon does the trick. The head to toe (or wall to wall, as the case may be) look was once reserved for those with enough chutzpah to pull it off, but lately committing to color has taken off and become an "every girl" approved look. That said, if pair that orange dress with metallic heels or fun wedges. Save the matching shoes for a different day with a different ensemble.

Less is absolutely more with a powerful color such as this. Orange makes no apologies and bows to no one. Worn well, this powerful color brings a welcome kick of "wow, look at her!" to your look. Be memorable, be fabulous & rock that pop of orange like you mean it. The world is your runway! 

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Color Crush: Punchy Persimmon ...

One of my all time favorite colors is a shade somewhere between orange and pink and coral. I think of it as persimmon, but as trends change it is frequently called other names. Regardless of what you choose to call it, this color is happy, energetic and flattering on most skin tones. I love it in tulips, a adore it in sweaters and as a hue occurring in nature I am endlessly amazed. I hope the color crush of the day makes you feel fiery inside and it sets your ambition for the week on fire. Happy Monday! xoxo

SHOP THE SHADE

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Color Crush: Jewel Tones...

Normally I'm all about subtlety and a life of sophisticated neutrals (think: black, white, gold and leopard) but now that fall has arrived (yesss!) a little saturated color seems like a fine idea.

Why limit the color to tabletop decorations and vases? I'm suddenly wanting a pop of rich color in my closet as much as my living room - perhaps even more so. Here are a few "look at me" pieces for fall that won't break your color-loving bank. 

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