December 13, 2012

Black & Metallics: What I wore

black cape:metallic shoes

We all head for black in the winter, but this time, go metallic heels for the Holidays and mix it up with a Cape instead of a Coat. Easy way to feel chic.

Black Sweater Cape // gold sequined black tulle skirt (similar) // black hue tights // Pewter  Pour la Victoire Platforms // black leather belt

December 12, 2012

Found Object Art and Design: Torlarp Larpjaroensook

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This is a spotlight on one Torlarp larpjaroensook, nicknamed Hern, an amazing Artist whose house is in fact, a canvas/workshop/ livable space/creative zone. The Artist and owner of Gallery See Scape has talent radiating out of the ends of his long dreadlocks. He turns found objects into treasure and uses elements in his environment to create 2D paintings of Oil and Acrylic. When he speaks of his art and his home, he comments,


My art is crazy because my mind is crazy- I put everything in my head into my art and feel peaceful for a moment, until the noise starts again. It helps me get creative.  ~Hern


Torlarp larpjaroensook ITorlarp larpjaroensook II


I look at everyday objects and think about how I use them differently, giving them a new or special function. I get inspiration from all around me.  ~Hern


Torlarp larpjaroensook III


Art is a part of our everyday life – I want to show art in everyday life. I believe everything around us is art.  ~Hern


images and quotes via Habitus.

December 11, 2012

Gift Topper Ideas: Paper art


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I have a serious obsession with paper art. L-O-V-E it! I love the way the paper feels, smells, the way it cuts and folds. I can get lost in paperchase for hours on end. Moreover, I love artist designs with paper and this year I’ve decided to make paperart flowers to top my gifts instead of regular foil bows. I’m not really a traditional girl when it comes to the holidays (I have a white tree with rainbow colored ornaments). I wanted to incorporate a handmade gift along with my standard awesome present.

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To get the rich, less manufactured colors I like to add a further personal touch with watercolours. I paint the paper before folding and cutting and use an Ombre technique to create a gradient. You don’t neccessarily have to use watercolour paper. I like using heavy card stock because it holds the structure far better. Any old brush will do. This technique displays more of the color than the detail in brushstrokes. For a detailed D.I.Y instructions on how to make different types of flowers visit the sites below. As D.I.Y. is not my specialty, I’ll leave it to the pros.

Jones Design Company


Folio Love

Tip Nut

December 9, 2012

Red: On the hunt for Winterberries

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Happy Weekend. If your lucky enough to have 60 degree weather in December (so strange for here), spend it outside. We went on the hunt for Winterberries with great success!

Gap Jeans // tall brown boots (similar) // diesel Sweatshirt jacket similar (here , here and here)// J.crew pinstripe button down

photographs by Hayden Rust

December 7, 2012

Gift ideas: Stocking stuffers

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Looftlighter $79.00 // pave tassel earrings $58.oo// laundry totes $80.00//Keep Calm Carry On Bandages $8.00  //Horchow Initial Embosser $54.00 //  Mittens $6.00 // Kiehls Creme de Crops $48.00 // Gap pom pom Isle Hat & Knee Socks $24.00 (3 pack)

For More trends and gifts ideas visit my Currently Obsessed page

December 5, 2012

Walk by the lake: What I wore

This was one of those days that was horrible to photograph, but too perfect to miss. I visited the lake where I grew up over Thanksgiving and it was as beautiful as I remember. It was beyond the sunniest day I’ve seen in a long time and the air was perfect. What more appropriate than a blazer and sweatshirt with Oxford’s.

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julep blue nails

oxfords and khaki

oxfords ITo get this look or purchase any of the pieces, click on the item. 

Polka-dot Blazer splurge and steal // Grey sweatshirt, also like this one // Khaki pants // Steve Madden Oxfords // Julep Blue Nailpolish

Preppy Oxy look
Oxfords and Jeans
December 3, 2012

Creative Gift Guide: $34 to $800

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December is here and the countdown to the Holidays is official. If you’re struggling for some inspiration, let these ideas be your guide. There ideas from $34 to $800. Enjoy!

Wilsonart Laminate Countertops // Emily Rosendahl bags // Pinhole Press Bottle Labels // Kelly Wearstler: Rhapsody Design Book // To Bee Seated Consignment  and Black Dog Salvage consignment// Olive and Cocoa gilded nightstand bowls // Bombay Box Honey // Magazine subscriptions (easy win) Elle Decor, Vogue, Garden and Gun //Gift Certificate to or

November 30, 2012

3 Holiday Outfit ideas: C&C and Me

During the Holidays the first thing that comes to mind are the parties, but what about all the days in between? There is event after event of equal importance and here’s how to dress for the everyday luxuries.

C & C California

C & C California

Brunch with out of town friends look:  C&C California boat neck gold top // Asos Metallic jeans // Sam Edelman Ballet Flats //  Sanctuary Faux Fur Vest // Oliver Peoples Sunnies // Carter & Spence Stone Ring // Michael Kors Watch // Jami Necklace

And…there’s more. The underlying theme to these looks is, if a brand works for you, Stick with it! I love a little C&C California in my life and although I’m an East Coast Girl, I love the relaxed, sleek style C&C provides. Here are three of my  go to’s for this year’s Holiday casual events.

C & C California

C & C California

C & C California

Christmas Tree cutting look: C&C California legging/patch riding pant // Juicy Couture Sweater Boots // Michael Stars shirt // The North Face Vest // Infinity Scarf // Micheal Kors Watch

C & C California

C & C California

Vintage/Antique shopping for unique gifts look: C&C California faux leather dress // Dior Sunnies // Madden Girl Leather Boots // Michael Kors Watch // Infinity scarf // Kena necklace
For more of my go to’s click here. 
November 30, 2012

Michele Saulson Design: And the winner is…

Thank you to everyone who entered the Michele Saulson Design giveaway!! 

MS winner
Congratulations Cindy A. you are the lucky owner of the Beautiful hammered brass ring necklace giveaway. You have 48 hours to claim your prize, email me at with your shipping address.

A GIGANTIC Thank you to Michele for sponsoring this amazing giveaway for all of you loyal readers. 

*If you are interested in a collaboration or giveaway with AFF, please email me at Happy Friday!!

November 29, 2012

Last Day for Giveaway

Today is the last day to enter the beautiful Giveaway from Michele Saulson Design. You have 12 hours left. Giveaway ends tonight at Midnight (Eastern Time).  Good Luck!!! 


  1. FOLLOW Art. Fashion. Furniture. and “LIKE” AFF on Facebook.  (Not an FB user…no worries. State in your comment not FB user)
  2. “LIKE” Michele Saulson Designs on Facebook.
  3. Visit Michele Saulson Designs and tell us your favorite design.

That’s it!! Easy as 1,2, 3. Giveaway entry ends November 22, 2012,11:59PM Eastern Time


Valid U.S./Can residents only

18 years of age

November 29, 2012

Royal Treatment: Poetic Licence shooties

Poetic Licence yellow shooties (also like these) // Royal Blue Blazer // Black Cynthia Rowley Dress // Eastern Market necklace // feather barette // hue tights (really want these red ones) // Black Onyx stone ring (similar Max & Chloe ring) // Boe. heart necklace

I am currently obsessed with these yellow shooties and pairing it with this royal blue blazer was the perfect complement. When you love what you wearing, I’m sure it holds true, everything that day just flows a little bit smoother. Be bold. If you like it? Wear it. Own it.

For more pieces I’m currently obsessed with click here. 

November 28, 2012

Gift Tip: Somerset Photography & Framing

I’m always looking for interesting, beautiful photography. The only thing about it is…they always have to be framed. If you’re thinking of a creative gift this year, framing is it. I’m sure you can look around your house and find something that needs a frame. Something staring at you, but it’s never a priority. Whether it an art piece, a family photo or a certificate, they all need a frame to be beautifully preserved and hung. Give the gift of framing, but make it easy. Find a local frame shop within 10 minutes of receivers home. Framing is so personal, that it is hard to set aside the proper allotment of time, so make it simple. A contribution towards a frame at a local shop. A gift certificate is just the push, but it has to be close. Framing tends to be an errand, so they have to drive past it already or get to it easily. Support your local business.

Hanging tip: Your frames do not need to match. The works display better, if the frames match the pieces. Groupings are more interesting if there are different elements in them.

Image source Niels Borch Jensen Gallery

Holler has a large breadth of work beyond photography. For more on Holler visit NYtimes 

For more on A K Dolven vist her site.  

November 27, 2012

Industrial Ombre: Kena Necklace (plus discounts)

Ombre sweater  (similar) // Gap Skinny Jeans// Madden Leather boots (similar) // Deep V White Tee-shirt // Fab Kena necklace

Because it’s My Birthday, and all the sale mania has ended,  I’m going to give all of you a few discounts to jump start your holiday fashion season. Also, don’t forget to enter the amazing  Michele Saulson jewelry Giveaway. Deadline November 29, just 2 days!!

Shop Right Now

Online Only. Promo Code: CYBER

Gorjana & Griffin extended their cyber Monday Sale of %40 off. Promo Code: Cyber40


November 23, 2012

Feathers: Holiday Attire

We had a little fun on our day of Thanks with family and feathers. Feathered bands aren’t just for Halloween and Horse Races, so we decided to be turkeys for the day. The feathers went on at 8:30am when the cooking started and stayed on through a five-hour cake recipe, all the casseroles, turkey frying (not us) and lots of different renditions of mashed sweet potatoes. They finally fell off after the last glass was finished.

So thankful for my Sweet TurkeyMama and all of my fun feathered family. We had 3 generations in feathers.  Happy Black Friday!

November 21, 2012

Occasional: Tables I’m loving right now.

Round turquoise wire table // wire base table //abc Home wire table  // yellow hour glass table

 Here are four wire tables that are at the top of my list this season. I love the look of wire because you can see every detail in the weave and design. Wire has the ability to show the delicacy of the art of furniture and durability of strength in the material. These occasional tables are both successful in design and function. Furniture is meant to be used, so if you’re looking for an artistic style, my advice…make sure you can place your coffee cup on it.

November 19, 2012

Striped in the Middle: What I wore

I had a little shopping freedom this weekend with my bud, which proved to be successful. I’m a big fan of going casual to walk the shops and who doesn’t love that. I woke up wanting to wear a little bling, but not full on dress up (I always love a little sparkle). Here’s what I wore.

White Sweater// Black Jeans here and here // Biker Boots //Baublebar earrings // Silk striped button down (similar) // Fendi Spy Bag // similar jeweled bracelet // Baublebar bracelet // Michael Kors Watch

November 17, 2012

Prepare for Thanksgiving: Must-haves

multi colored block set // Bocce Ball // Anthropologie Throw // Red Stool // floor lantern //cozy modcloth sweater //faux fur coat //gold plated studded bracelet // camo skinny jean // glitter booties//nikes // Polaroid Camera // extra film // more fun must haves

November 16, 2012

Iris inspired Outfit: What I wore

Charley Sweater  J.Crew top // printed pants by Eight – Sixty from South Moon Under, similar and these // Sam Edleman booties // Eastern Market Jewelry (similar)// faux fur coat here, here and here, also like this vest// Clear Hugo Boss glasses

Also like: shirt and dress with same pattern as pants

Don’t forget to enter the Michele Saulson Jewelry Giveaway!! Time is slipping away.

November 15, 2012

Designing the Capitol: Ode to Iris

Because we live near to the Nation’s Capitol, all I’ve heard nonstop are whispers or shouts about the recent election. While the world is in a frenzy, lets talk important things...DESIGN. I mean, the White House wouldn’t be the same with one of the most influential designers in the United States, maybe even the world. I’m talking Iris Apfel. This amazing woman helped to outfit and consult in restoration projects for the White House during 9 U.S. Presidential terms and she did it all with the glamour she exhibits today.

If you don’t know Iris Apfel, you will now never forget her. There are few style Icon’s that can pull of the never-ending theatrical display of accessories and prints, but Iris Apfel has done it seamlessly for years. Here are few of her finest get ups.


images via: The Guardian , She Finds , The Wild , Love is Speed , story


November 11, 2012

Jewelry Giveaway: Michele Saulson Designs


If you’re reading this post, you should be really excited! Last weekend I caught up with Michele Saulson, the amazing jewelry designer, and she has been extremely generous to offer one of you lucky readers a BRASS RING NECKLACE. Yes…Jewelry giveaway!! Michele handcrafts all of her pieces, so this design is custom-made for one of you. If you’re a lovely gent, jewels are for you too and if you’re not in that,  I’m sure your best friend, Mother, or sister is. It’s a great gift for the upcoming holidays and moreover a great design to show of your holiday style. Details to enter below.
Now! The specifics:

  1. FOLLOW Art. Fashion. Furniture. and “LIKE” AFF on Facebook.  (Not an FB user…no worries. State in your comment not FB user)
  2. “LIKE” Michele Saulson Designs on Facebook.
  3. Visit Michele Saulson Designs and tell us your favorite design.

That’s it!! Easy as 1,2, 3. Giveaway entry ends November 22, 2012,11:59PM Eastern Time


Valid U.S./Can residents only

18 years of age

(If you may be interested in collaborating with A.F.F. on a giveaway, please contact me at

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