Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

HGTV: last day for chair Giveaway!

The winner will be chosen at random and announced tomorrow, June 1st.

Stylish Furniture and Decor is giving away the actual chair featured in the HGTV “High Low Project” shoot. The Chair retails for $459 and will be shown this Fall in Episode 3.

Here are the qualifying details:

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May 31, 2012

Ombre: the new hue

If you’re looking for a color this Summer, there’s not just one, there’s a Gradient. Ombre is the new hue. Here are some goods for your home and for you. If you’re strutting this style, people will know, you are what’s ‘in’, in the style world.

Michele Saulson Chainmaille Bracelet // Ombre Spoons // Hive and Honey Belt Dress (comes in black and Maroon) //Ombre Clutch // Gradient Top // Women’s Tail Capri Pant // Mens Tee // Old Navy Mens Suit //

For more of my Ombre Picks click here!

May 29, 2012

Old Friends: Creative Inspiration

Handbags and Gladrags, by Scott Carruthers, image via Gallery Perutz

I woke up in desperate need of creative inspiration, so I thought, instead of checking into the world to see what’s going on, I’d visit my old friends, artist. Here are a few pieces of art to peak your visual interest. Enjoy.

Daffodils, by  Tristan Reid, image via  Tallantyre GalleryWork for Sale at Cameron Comtemporary ArtAqueous III, by Hetty Haxworth, Image via Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery


Walking the Dog, by Michael Sanders, image via Beyond the Sea Gallery

May 28, 2012

Surprise: Giveaway day almost here!

Surprise!! A little over a month ago I won this beautiful rocker from Le Zoe Musings and Stylish Furniture and Decor and now it’s your turn.

Stylish Furniture and Decor has been so generous to Giveaway the Black Mid-Century Mod, Siren chair below. It is the actual Siren Chair used in the taping of “The High-Low Project” with Sabrina Soto. Whether you are a fan of HGTV or Modern Furniture the Siren Chair is amazing and you could be sitting in it, when Episode 3 airs this fall. The chair retails at $459 and coming from someone who won a giveaway, it’s the coolest feeling ever to sit in a awesome chair you won for free.


Here are the qualifying details:

Deadline 6 PM on May 31st.
The winner will be chosen at random and announced on June 1st.

Aaaaannnnd…GO!  Good Luck!!

May 27, 2012

Southern city: Lucky and Me

I’ve been traveling down South the last couple of days with two of my favorite little buddies, which has been a blast. While I’ve been here, I’ve indulged, shopped…a little (don’t tell Bobby) and played in the Sunshine. In my constant search for the perfect staple,  I stumbled across this really fun pair of Lucky wedges which are perfect for traveling because they go with everything and they are made of cork and canvas, so they’re incredibly comfortable.  You can site-see for days in this find.

similar look: Black Denim ankle turquoise jeans // Lucky Wedges// neutral tank Alexander Wang

Pottery by Laurie Bunn. For more pieces contact

Michael Kors Two-Tone Watch//Baublebar turquoise bracelet // similar beaded bracelet

May 25, 2012

Beach Weekend: Sheer Boardwalk Style

My Boardwalk Style: Sheer Beach Cover Up // Bandeau Suit top // ikat bottoms // Oliver Peoples Sunnies

Pair with these free people Blue platforms for a walk to Icecream.  

May 24, 2012

Pop-Up Designer: Gorjana and Baublebar

This weeks BaubleBar Pop-up Designer is Gorjana Reidel and her pop up shop will be up and running  today through next Thursday, so shop now!! As a bonus, she has a sweet little gift with all her purchases.  

In addition she has joined  BaubleBar in an Instagram contest for Memorial Day weekend and the kick off for summer. To win; tweet @Baublebar and @Gorjana your instagrams, with a photo of what summer means to you.  The hashtag is #BBxGGSummer.  The contest will run through June 8th.  BaubleBar will be pinning all of the images to a special pinboard, and on the 8th, they’ll pick their favorite summer pic so far.  The winner will receive a summer jewelry kit from Gorjana + BaubleBar.  Hopefully this weekend calls for sunshine where you are.

If you want to add to your Gorjana bracelets with stacking, my personal fave is the Brown ID Triple wrap paired with the Gold Giraffe Bangle and Duo Stud Cuff.

Brown ID Bar Triple Wrap

May 23, 2012

Into the DC Artist Mind: Billy Colbert

DC – Based Artist, Billy Colbert, made a debut at Curator Amy Morton’s, Morton Fine Art Gallery this past month.  The works on display are mindful measures of emotion and although Colbert has an MFA, you can’t teach this kind of passion. The pieces come from his soul. His style and flair are a mixture of pop culture and commercial icons. The Brilliance of the hues relays both a tone of serious measure and playfulness at heart. The complexity of works is outstanding.

For more works By Billy Colbert visit Morton Fine Art. For more MFA Artist.

Images via Morton Fine Art and

May 22, 2012

Baublebar and Man Repeller collaboration

Bauble Bar and Man Repeller have teamed up to pair a wrist full of  Arm Party glam. Fashionista Leandra Medine has coined the phrase “Arm Party” to all her fans and the fashion world. She and BaubleBar have come up with a selection of handpicked bracelets custom to each buyer.  The pieces come in a set of 5 for $50. BUYER BEWARE: LOOKING AMAZING!! This collaboration has set the stage for some pretty awesome bling.  For more pieces to add to your fash forward wrist click here.

Demo video from WSJ and “The Man Repeller” herself, Leandra Medine.

May 21, 2012

B&W: Keep it simple

How to get this look:
Theory  black Tank // Banana Republic White button down // Similar splendid vest // white shorts (splurge) 7 for all mankind (steal) New Look // Alla leather green handbag (steal) kathy van zeeland // Oliver Peoples Sunnies (splurge) Asos sunnies (steal)
May 21, 2012

Giveaway!!! Enter to win mid century inspired Mod chair

It’s finally here…A GIVEAWAY and it was completely worth the wait!!

 Stylish Furniture and Decor has been so generous to offer all of you, my readers, the chance to win the Siren Chair used on HGTV’s “The High-Low Project” with Sabrina Soto. Whether you are a fan of HGTV or  Modern Furniture, this iconic piece would be amazing in any space.

The Siren chair retails for $459 and is the actual chair featured in the HGTV shoot. The show will air this Fall in Episode 3. So, if you are the lucky winner you can be sitting in your chair to view the show.

Here are the qualifying details:

Entries must be received between 9 AM on May 21st and 6 PM on May 31st.
The winner will be chosen at random and announced on June 1st.

Aaaaannnnd…GO!  Good Luck!!

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May 19, 2012

Stylish Travel Fold: discount code for readers

Now that the weather is so warm, all I want to do is be outside. If you live somewhere where there isn’t a permanent outdoor space or a spot to call your own, you can always have travel seating in style. Here are some folding chairs that are great for soaking up some Vitamin D and a good choice to add interest to a drab deck.

If you have the luxury of permanence in your patio or deck, here are some mod options to catch any entertaining eye.

All the pieces shown in this post are courtesy of Stylish Furniture and Decor. They have been extremely giving and are allowing a %10 discount code to all my readers. To access discount upon purchase, use code AFF10 in the voucher coupon section of checkout. For more pieces visit

 For more funky furniture finds visit my Pinterest Page.

May 18, 2012

Part Deux: Chanel and the Purple Dress

Here’s night two with the beautiful red Chanel bag and a sweet little Nicole Miller that never goes out of style. Heals, are of course, my ever lovin’ leopard platforms that seem to go with everything this season. I like statement pieces, but keeping it simple. Below are some purple dress options for day or night. This Nicole Miller looks great in the summer with funky flats or flops.

Nicole Miller purple options crepe dress // blue linen // Blouson dress (splurge)

Dolce Vita Dress // Hive and Honey day dress // Asos dipped hem (steal) // Halston Heritage strapless //forever 21 purple mini skirt (steal)

May 17, 2012

Bauble Bar: Designer Pop-Up

Word on the social media circuit is that Bauble Bar is now doing a Designer Pop-Up shop. One per week and the first one introduced today, is The Hampton’s Helen Ficalora. Details below from Fashion director Shoshanna Fischhoff.

May 17, 2012

Painting my Appetite: last 24 hours

What I’ve eaten in the last 24 hours through the eyes of an artist.

Coffee Susan Cox //ice cream, avocados, clementines, eggs and chocolate by Ria Hills // pizza ingredients by Delilah Smith // Chicken of the Sea by Kay Smith // Milk jugs by Liza Hirst

May 16, 2012

Leaving Las Vegas: Day Dream

It all went so fast! Was it a dream? Now that I’ve been submerged into reality for a couple days and it’s back to the norm, I still have time to day dream about the wonderful extravagance of Vegas. One of the things I find so intriguing is all the lavish style. It’s too much for everyday life, but a couple times of year, it’s a nice treat and treating yourself on vacation, makes the trip. Well…convention/vacation, it’s all the same in Vegas.

One tip I can give you, which I learned through my travels abroad, is that I always research the style before hand and  then apply it to my wardrobe. I love standing out, but not in a ‘that girl sticks out like a sore thumb’ kind of way. So, I look at what’s ‘in’ for the region and add to my existing wardrobe. What’s ‘in’ in Las Vegas is handbags!!

SO, of course, I had to carry amazing handbags. The only way I could afford the trip to Vegas and the bags too, was to rent them. I paired up with Bag, Borrow or Steal and off I went, flying in style. I have tried the company before and loved it! It’s so easy and the bags are beautiful. I myself have a couple beautiful bags that stay in my permanent collection, but my pockets can’t take high-end luxury of that stature with every outfit.

This is the perfect solution. When I returned, I didn’t have to look my sweet, patient husband in the eye with buyer’s remorse. Instead I looked at the BBOS box with a return label and off they went until my next adventure. If you’re really in love with the bags, you can keep them for longer and they will roll over the weekly fee. The one thing that I like is, it’s a good way to try a bag before you buy. Quality bags are worth the investment, so taking one for a test drive is a good idea. Renting helps you decide if it’s the bag for you.

Here’s a peek into my wardrobe. The Chloe Paraty by day, Chanel quilted Lax handbag by night.

Love, love, loved these Lee Angel earrings!! They were weightless and went with everything.

Similar Black Michael Kors Jumper // Gold and Rose Gold Statement Necklace // similar Lee Angel Chandilier earrings // Chanel Bag BBoS // Chloe Bag BBoS // Anna Beck Flower Necklace BBos

May 14, 2012

Brooklyn Stylist: Domino quick fixes

Through my travels I came across the special edition of Domino, quick fixes, from Conde Nast, (on the stands through July 16). It used to be one of my favorite mags until it went out of print in 2009. This new treat has so many ideas to take home. One stylist that kept my attention was Lili Diallo. She gave her cozy Brooklyn apartment some personality using organic elements, such as the rustic couch and nature inspired art, mixed with her hot pink mod pillow. I love the random wall art placed just so that it feels like a grouping, but the pieces are far enough apart that it’s interesting. The key to great style is to keep your eye involved, wanting more.

For more secrets and tricks, here is her book, Details.

p.s. The only thing missing from this lovely Settee and radiant blue wall is me in it!

May 13, 2012

Sandy Days at Bethany: Beach Bum Mum

Who says just because you’re a Mom you have to wear dumpy old clothes from the 90’s? Mom’s should dress to impress because when you feel good, you look good and all sweet little children love to be with their Mommies when they feel good.

Wear dresses this summer. Bring femininity back. Let your hair down. Accessorize!! My 4-year-old son loves when I throw a little glamour in my wardrobe.  He likes my hair down, my nails painted and a long girly dress that swirls when I spin around. Don’t get me wrong, he loves it when I get dirty and we play in the sand, but why can’t you look cool too? You CAN!!

To all you Blogger Mom’s out there, It’s not easy to keep up a blog and be a Mom too. Here’s to you!! Here are two other special Blogger Beach Moms.

Petals in Prose (left), Tribal Times (middle) , Me (right)

similar look: fedora// cardigan// Gold Hoops // mini red dress or midi red dress //Oliver Peoples  sunglasses

May 13, 2012

A Mums Day

A little quality time with Me Mum. Fashion girls always love fabric and champagne.

Happy Mother’s Day sweet Mommy’s out there.

May 12, 2012

Tunes: Spring Jams

Creativity breeds with music, so I’ve decided to give you a page of tunes. Here’s what’s on my list now. No matter what Genre, there is an effect one way or another. Besides, it’s always super fun to find new music. Enjoy!

AAF Playlist

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