INDUSTRIAL SENSIBILITY

Hello, hello. Happiest Monday! I hope everyone had a really great weekend… I enjoyed a girls night, the PGA tour in the pouring rain, and a very rare DIY project I will probably share later this week!

Believe it or not, I started on this product grouping last week, casually dragging things over to the art board as they caught my eye. By Friday, a common theme had emerged and I knew I was half way done with Monday’s post. Another rarity as I am not terribly organized when it comes to the blog. I reserve that aspect of my personality for my client work. But beyond being ahead of schedule, I love the clean lines, touch of femininity, and easy sartorial picks of this post. Though I that top and simple striped dress are special, the jewelry really is the highlight here.

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This cutout embroidered georgette top creates such an easy, laid back look   /   I ordered some sandalwood candles from a favorite online boutique, Sara Kate Studios   /   Black Diamond and Opal Oyster earrings sound just as good as they look   /   I keep forgetting to get one of Ann Mashburn’s Bead Necklaces   /   We finally got our first round of lighting in for the house! I am so excited! We selected the Basil Flush Mount for the small entry, and a pair of Vendome sconces in iron for the living room.   /   How amazing are these black D’Orsay flats. I love the latticework.   /   Though I had been searching for something antique, I decided to give Wisteria’s Modern Cafe Chair a chance for the studio. I am really drawn to it for some reason.   /  I recently spotted this handsome journal on pinterest.   /   Unless you can snag them from your mother’s house without her catching you or you can afford the real thing, these small Staffordshire Dogs are such a steal.   /   One of the many things I miss about Charleston is popping into Croghan’s Jewel Box from time to time. Their new Goldbug Cuff is just over the top amazing.  I am so thrilled they have an e-commerce website now.   /   Gigi New York has just launched some cross body bags that really have my attention. That is such an attractive navy. Something about the shape and the way it feeds through at the top reminds me of Hermes a little bit.   /   Just look at that Mignonne Gavigan necklace! What a fun and fantastic statement piece!   /   One Kings Lane really has been having some great sales lately. This sweet little bottle opener was the last thing I added to the roundup.   /   I adore stripes and cotton dresses so this one was just too easy to include.

MERCI BEAUCOUP

Henrietta and Wallace are going to be so ticked off but this Dalmatian stapler is just amazing.   ••    Serena and Lily is having a 65% off private sale that ends this Friday. Now that our outside patio is almost together, I was snooping around for entertainment pieces and outdoor pillows. Some furniture is up for grabs too ••   The Three Point Diamond Necklace by Elizoebeth Jensen is a fresh, modern take on a traditional shield crest piece.   ••   Now that I live in a climate that actually gets cold, its open season on coats. They have always been a weak point and I am trying to stay a little bit ahead of the curve as some of the more classic pieces sold out last year. Though I will probably end up with Vince’s hooded coat or Nicholas’s felted wool, how fabulous is the detail on this yellow Kenzo Coat? Such a statement. With fluzzy materials being a season highlight, I can’t wait to see what comes out this year.

My good friend Louisa and I went shopping and we feel in love with these Isabel Marant Crisi Boots. Though I picked the grey and she picked the black, we both agreed they were absolutely amazing. We pranced around in them for about 10 mins and then left the store discussing the hilarious potential of buying one pair and shipping them back and fourth all season. But even with the price tag, and the two week buyer separation, I keep thinking about them. Though they look like your typical slip on that Steve Madden will reproduce in about 30 mins they actually have a wedge heel hidden inside the boot. Result: you look 3 inches taller (and legs narrower) and no one is the wiser. The opening at the ankle is wide enough where you get some distance from your skinny jeans and wearing them with a pair of jean shorts or casual skirt for pre-fall looks just as good if not better. I swear they are going to sell out. The leather is amazing.  Maybe if I have “a really, really, really bad week” and I don’t tell my husband. They also made them in a lovely dark khaki

This floral dress by ASOS is so much bang for your buck. The silhouette is amazing and they have so many different prints. My friend is rocking it to a wedding and I am pretty jealous.   ••   How dear are these little thank you notes by Smythson. Clean, classic and to the point. I love them.   ••   So if you like rockstuds but can’t commit and you sorta fell out when Vince introduced the hair calf D’Orsay flat last year then I have the shoe for you: The Lula T-strap. I literally cannot think of one thing these would look bad with. You could even wear them to the office (if you are a straight baller).   ••  Club Monaco is crushing it with jewelry right now. Take a peek.  ••  Why “Okay” in French on a tote bag makes me happy is beyond me. But it does. You guessed it, it’s Madewell.   ••   I have heard such good things about Equipment’s sweaters that I might give them a shot this fall. I love the little stars on this one. Makes for a funky neutral.   ••   I love the color of this Clare Vivier catch-all for The Boerum in New York.

EASY LINES

So this whole time I was telling myself, its cool, you only stopped blogging for like a month. Right? Big wrong. I have been MIA since late April. I actually had to count the months out on my fingers 2 times before I believed it had really been that long. Yikes.

I also had to look to do a little wordpress refresher late last night and I do web design for a living. Super sad, but also sorta good because I got a break that I needed in a time I probably needed it most.

Nelson and I have been in our new house in Louisville for a little over a month and between unpacking, settling in, keeping on top of work and also traveling for work I kinda just lost the blog. Or rather, I think I let it slip away. Though it can be very entertaining, making collages out of sandals and skirts isn’t as appealing when the ones you actually own are trapped in some horrible box somewhere. #perspective

So I just stepped away for a second, and put all my time and attention into getting the house in order and making some new friends. And though I wish I could juggle a million things at once, I am very glad I gave myself a breather.

Louisville has been wonderful to us so far, and though we miss Charleston, our little house on Leland Road makes me miss it a whole lot less. It really has been the perfect “first house” and we have already gotten some projects under our belt like painting the brick exterior a creamy white, outfitting the hardwood with natural rugs, and ordering some furniture and fabric samples with the guidance (and patience) of Lindsay Souza of The Pursuit of Style. She is truly a saint, and a talented one at that! … Hey Lindsay.

But now that I am actually blogging again, I am excited to start sharing some of these projects with you. I can be a bit of a “wait and see” sorta girl so I am going to try really hard to cool my control freak jets and show you things bit by bit. I have never had an opportunity to do an interior project on this scale before (we have only been in apartments in the past) and I am just so eager to learn and expirience the industry. Interior design has always intrgued me so I am going to try to soak up as much as I can. With Lindsay only a text message away, I know I can’t mess it up too badly! Wish me luck!

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Considering Brunschwig & Fils Sea Vine for the living room draperies  •  Loved the graphic work on this book cover  •  Soane Britain is my new favorite interior company I cannot afford. Those sconces are darling. Check out their rattan pieces •  This dress by Ellery … my goodness…if only. Please don’t tell me if you get it. Ill hate you. But I did order a pair of boots similar to the ones she’s rocking from Loeffler Randall. I made the crazy mistake of dragging my feet on a pair last year and you better believe I will have some fab black booties this fall. Lesson learned.  •  Tibi crushed it this fall in my humble opinion. The shape and structure on this aqua crop top is amazing.  •  This necklace is fun. But not toooo fun. A great add-it-to-anything accessory •  Pixie Market is my new favorite “could be amazing, could be horrible on me” store. Some of their stuff really is crazy good. Like this fringe separate? If you told me Moda Operandi I would have believed you.  I ordered a few pieces and was really pleased.   •  I am obsessed with the new Emerson Fry thin strap heel. I got two colors and wore the hell out of them for 4 days straight in New York. If that isn’t a stamp of approval I don’t know what is.   •  I don’t know whats prettier… the espadrille or the photography.   •  I know I am crazy late to the game but Santal 33 is just the best thing that ever happened to me. It smells beyond amazing…like the perfect half way point between cologne and perfume. I spray it in the morning and its there when I get home. lovely.   •  I also enjoyed this white embroidered Tibi top while in New York! Paired it with the Emerson Fry thin straps and some linen trousers by Theory (also here).   •   Considering this wallpaper for the house   •  Love that shot of rust on these sandals.   •   Miroslava Duma looking retro in the right way.   •  Snagged an ink on paper from Catherine Jones.  •  I not really a chevron girl but for this Jennifer Fisher ring, I will make an exception.