Pencil This In

I love strong, graphic prints and colors on just about everything. One of my sisters showed me this tres chic mini line of planners, notebooks and card by California homemaker Sarah Pinto. Just in time for the New Years! (For some reason, staying organized and having at least 2 planners is always my go to NY resolution). I’m in love with the anchor planner (surprised? Didn’t think so) but the elephant comes in at a very close second. I’m a sucker for pretty paper products – and if the cool graphics aren’t enough to tempt you, Sarah donates a percentage to the CPMC Pediatric Cardiology center. PS: I love her logo – a well played pink pinto bean!


Virtual Runway, Instant Buy

Badgley Mischka Spring 2011

While I may be stuck in Florida for the time being, thanks to Neiman Marcus I can now watch a handful of Spring 2011 runways from seasoned designers like Oscar de la Renta to the younger set including Thakoon, a Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund finalist starting today. Neiman Marcus is streaming the shows scattered between now and Thursday. The exciting part of this for me? Not watching the girls stride down the runway or the few on camera mini-terviews from collection designers, makeup artists, or hairdresses. No. The fun part for me is idea that the these runway pieces will go straight from the runway to sale online. NM is making this happen on the fifth day, Friday. The time consuming middle men including fashion editors, buyers, and so forth are eliminated with this availability. Also, props to NM for making their homepage a gigantic splash ad for the five day virtual fashion fete. While I live and breathe for magazines (I honestly have 10 subscriptions, 9 of which are fashion and lifestlye magazines), being able to watch the shows and then purchase what you wish (if you can) shortly after makes the whole process seem so much more real and instant.

Today, several Herve Leger pieces caught my eye. The collection full of slim silhouettes with amazing lines were particularly interesting to me. It’s all a bit ladylike tongue in cheek – especially the one pastel colored dress adorned with thigh high straps at the hem. The minimalist makeup and carefree hair make all eyes on every detail, stitch, hem, and design of the pieces. Watch this show, it will be worth it.

Another favorite of Monday: Badgley Mischka. Be sure to watch for the intricately detailed backs and shoulders on many of the dresses and shirts. The romantic hued palette and structure of this collection is sure to translate well commercially. I’m waiting with baited breath for Carolina Herrera tomorrow and especially for Thursday’s hosts including Chloe and Zac Posen.

Picture from here.

Great Lengths

I’m not going to lie, one of the Spring 2011 trends I’m overly excited about is the longer lengths seen all over the runway. It just seems so refreshing and needed right now. Given my shorter height, I’ll have to avoid the Maxi dress look unfortunately, but I’ll have fun with barely above and just below the knee skirts and dresses. It feels like fashion grew up a little this spring. (PS: The above picture is one of my screen savers – I love the cover of this Life issue, if I ever found it on ebay I would probably pay a pretty penny for it!)

Silver Lace Skirt, J.Crew

Americana classics at Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011 RTW

Proenza Schouler’s Neo-Lady Luxe look Spring 2011 RTW

Vera Wang Spring 2011 RTW – I love the combination of muted and dark colors here.

Pictures from and

A Punch of Color

Perhaps it has something to do with continuously changing fashions with the same dark and neutral palettes at work that has me overly happy for 2011’s color of the year. The Pantone Color Institute has christened Honeysuckle as the new ‘it’ color for the coming year – a color that blends red and pink. I feel like it’s almost an adult pink – not neon or barbie hot pink, and yet not a soft, girlie pink (something I’m not a avid fan of, except on my nails. And blog background). I’m looking forward to seeing this color pop up in clothes, interior designs, home products, and more. Visa has even come out with an official Honeysuckle Platinum Rewards card, and I could use a bit of color in my wallet next to my silver, red and navy colored cards! Read more about the inspiration behind choosing Honeysuckle for 2011, what to wear and accessorize with this pretty hue, and the color meaning here.

Michael Kors Draped Goddess Dress in Rose

Sachin + Babi Kassidy Ruffle Colorblock Top

Personalized Case for E-Reader

Pink Flannel Shirt J.Crew

Prada Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag

Emmy Thong Sandal Tory Burch

Lilly Pulitzer Cable Knit Cashmere Cardigan

Marc by Marc Jacobs Feather Jersey Tank Top

Marc by Marc Jacobs Anne Shirting Dress

All pictures and products found at Neiman Marcus, J.Crew, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Love of the Moment: Emerson Made’s fabulous flowers

So a few weeks ago, I re-blogged this lovely style picture on the left from The Farmer’s Trophy Wife at her fabulous blog. I mean, who doesn’t love cardigans + flowers?! I wanted to know where her fabulous flower cardigan could be purchased from badly, and thankfully my friend of a friend Dyan helped me out with that discovery – Emerson Made is the company that makes these gorgeous flowers that you can pin/use/wear on literally everything (cardigans, clutches, shirts, shifts, heels, jackets…you name it). Actually, the lady with the fab flower cardigan is one half of Emerson Made (her hubby is the other!) and their website is really something to check out…. All of the photographs on there they take themselves, and they are opening a clothing line very soon (like this stunning lilac shift right below). They offer a few different kinds of flowers, such as the aptly-named Dahlia, Dandy, and Rose. I love their photographs, and it’s amazing how many ways you can use their flowers for that Emerson Made seems to come up with. Some favorites: small flowers for mens wear, flower ropes for decor, and even flowers made for that special occasion. Yes, Emerson Made makes one of a kind flowers for Will You Marry Me? and Happy Anniversary… pretty romantic/creative if you ask me. Below are some of my favorite (I have a lot of favorites, if you can’t tell) flowers that Emerson Made sells on their website. I can’t wait to see the rest of their clothing line that they have coming out! I’m beyond happy that Dyan told me about E Made – Even just one flower that can be used for every cardigan would give it that much more flair.

All photographs from Emerson Made.

Shabby Cottage Chic

Now this is definitely my minds-eye vision of a perfect, summer-y New England cottage. You can read the NY Times article here. The fabulous lady who renovated and owns it, Sandra Foster, lives on the 14-acre property with her husband, . The shabby chic shack was renovated to serve as a place to escape and play, as it has no bathroom or kitchen. I love the use of mostly white color inside and outside of the cottage, especially set against the rich green outdoors of upstate New York. Many of the items inside the cottage were found at flea markets or salvage shops and re-done – my favorite example is the mirror that was repainted using Ralph Lauren paint. How New England. The article made me want to go outside and find my own treasure of a run down cottage to make over! The chandelier (found at Target-!) above the all white bed-loft makes me very, very jealous indeed. I want to be on this porch on a summers evening reading and drinking a mint julep!

Pictures found here.

a carnival to remember: christa + brandon

When my good friend Kara Fillman posted these amazing pictures she took at a carnival-inspired wedding she recently went to, I knew I had to post some! Even better was when I got in contact with the lovely bride, Christa Neal, who also happens to be a fabulous wedding photographer (probably why I thought everything was so creative and well done!) In addition she of course has an amazing blog, full of her own photographs, trips, inspirations, and projects. Much of the reception stuff was DIY– so impressed! In fact, her and her husband had a wedding blog documenting the entire process/projects, including all of the DIYs she took on… and aptly called the Nealy Weds.) She did a short Q&A for me, which is below, along with three of her own photographs that were some of my favorite (very, very hard to choose!). Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

And this is by far my favorite of the whole album Kara had…. Love the bride’s shoes!

A little Q & A with Christa Neal

What made you decide to have a Carnival-themed wedding? Were there certain blogs or magazines that you got any inspiration for it?

C: I really wanted a celebration. The traditional formal weddings lack the “pizazz”. I came across snippet & ink blog and i was in love with with a few weddings I saw. But the carnival theme was just calling my name. It would be fun, relaxing, sweet, retro…Everything I wanted in my wedding! I pulled from several different weddings the details that I thought were fun. Most of the projects were easy DIY’s! I also skimmed through Martha Stewart’s wedding website. Though nothing beats wedding inspired blogs…no need to spend loads of money on wedding mags.

What was something you enjoyed most in planning your wedding/reception?

C: I really enjoyed networking with vendors who’s business cards I had collected while I was single. I got the best of the best! The DIY projects were quite a lot of fun also. I was so impressed with myself. Everything came out beautifully.

You’ve photographed quite a few weddings. Do you prefer working with outdoor or indoor venues/sites more?

C: If I had to choose…Outdoor venues hands down! I guess that’s why I opted to have an outdoor wedding to begin with. The lush greens and beautiful gardens always bring the best nature of individuals. They feel more comfortable with their surroundings than what a studio or indoor venue could do for them. Though there are the pros and cons of planning an outdoor wedding. Weather and lighting must be taken under consideration. It’s best then to have a backup plan.

What is your favorite thing to blog about?

C: As a wedding photographer it would definitely have to be photos I take that I enjoy blogging about the most. But more specifically, I adore writing about our trips and the photos we take along the way. I share my experiences of my personal photography collections and and continue my verge of self discovery through developing my talents. I share some photography tricks and how to’s for the amateur photographer also.

(most importantly…) Where did you get the blue heels you wore from?!

C: Steve Madden’s blue suede pumps were perfect with my retro dress. A nod to glam when you go Vegas blue! You want something you’ll be comfortable in all night…but the shoes will always make the outfit, that’s my theory. Hence, my collection of 20 pairs of pumps I own.
(The Steven Madden’s blue suede can only be found at Macy’s)

Christa Neal Photography:

These photographs belong to Christa Neal and can be found here. Christa is based out of Houston, Texas.