Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hat Trick

When I was younger, I loved a good tan. I would spend hours by the pool or at the lake, and I was no stranger to that AWFUL spray tan machine that required you to count and spin in a circle. (Friends fans, you know the one.) But as I've gotten older, the fear of skin cancer and sun damage has really set in. I apply sunscreen every morning because quite honestly, the time has come for me to be more worried about looking YOUNG than looking TAN. And I used to think that tan = a healthy glow, but if that's true then why is Cate Blanchett so freaking radiant?? And I just can't imagine ending up like this. (Side note, can you even believe Tan Mom was a thing? A real, live new story that wasn't fake?)

So, in addition to sunscreen, I'm finally getting into hats. I'm going to be very real here for a second: I have a GIANT head. Truly. Gigantic. Sometimes, in group photos, I put myself back a little bit so my head doesn't take up the entire frame. As a result, I've never been big on hats because they rarely fit OR they give me a headache. SIGH.

I recently discovered Lack of Color, though, and now I think I love hats:

The Australian label was founded by creative couple Tess Corvaia and Robert Tilbury, and is really luxe and sophisticated. Their unique designs stand out yet seamlessly integrate into any wardrobe. And, they come in 3 different sizes. None of that OS crap. So, I want 100 of their hats and that's that.

Click to shop a few of my favorites here:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sweet Dreams!

In my home, there's one thing that's a non-negotiable for me: white bedding. I honestly love white bedding more than I love... all of the shoes in my closet combined. (Whoa.) I think it's because of my affinity for hotels -- when your bed is all-white-everything, it's sort of like a visit to your favorite hotel.

However, it's also because I have 2 little cats that hop on and off the bed all day (and all night) long. A friend once said she couldn't believe we had white bedding with the cats. She too had fur babies and loved darker bedding because it "hides everything". UMM, hello! That's the problem. If a cat has stepped in a fresh poo, and then stepped on the bed, the VERY LAST THING I WANT is for it said fresh poo be hidden. I want to immediately remedy the situation.

But it's not just the pets who are gross. For years, I had patterned bedding, and then after that, a dark gray. I washed my sheets regularly, but didn't wash the duvet as often as I should have. I know this now, because when I made the switch to white bedding, I was MORTIFIED at how grimy the hem got. Baaaaaaarf. I got news for you guys -- humans are real gross.

I first made the switch to white bedding with Peacock Alley -- I wanted it to be very textural to add dimension to the neutral look. Layered with a (sadly) discontinued Peacock Alley comforter, the Alyssa Matelass√© Coverlet served us well for many years. But, it started to lose its luxe feel and I wanted to update to something softer. 

When I saw Crane & Canopy now had quilts, I was sold. We have their duvet cover on our guest bed upstairs, and it's really so luxurious and soft. (And you know that Crane & Canopy is SUPER affordable, right? Learn more about their process here.) The Cloud Quilt & Shams are so, so, so soft. The softest. It felt like we had treated ourselves to the ultimate indulgence the first night.

But then... what about sheets? It felt so anticlimactic to upgrade the covers but not the sheets. I wanted something that would bring me back to that hotel vibe I've been craving.

VOILA... I was introduced to Authenticity 50. Founded by Steph MacDonald and her husband, Authenticity 50 is THE ONLY sheet set to be 100% American made. The idea came to be when they were on vacation in Carmel and their charming B&B had the most luxurious sheets with that sought-after label: Made in America. They asked the owner where they could purchase a set, and she informed them that the company had changed hands and the product was now being manufactured overseas.

Bummer. They were (obviously) upset, but realized this was an opportunity. With a lot of research and hard work, Authenticity 50 was born. (And, if it isn't obvious, I'm oh-so-glad.) Their classic white sheets are crafted from ultra-expensive Supima® cotton -- which is like Egyptian, but better, and grown in California. They skipped out on the wrinkle-treatments, which means no formaldehyde. Personally, I'm not totally interested in being facedown in formaldehyde all night long. Finally, did I mention they are 100% Made in the USA? Truly seed to stitch -- grown in California, yarn spun in Georgia, and cut & sewn in the Carolinas. That means they're bringing jobs coast to coast. I LOVE that. 

It was an easy choice to get these, and once I got them on the bed... It was like WHOA. Hotel town. So, sheets of this quality would normally retail over $300 which is just out of my budget. But this set is only $169. And I'm going to be honest, I spend a LOT of time in bed. I like to go to sleep early. I read in bed. I work from home, so I start my day by answering emails in bed. I love our bed. I love it so, so much. New sheets are such a worthy investment.

And let me tell you something, now that we've upgraded the whole she-bang, there is nothing more relaxing than waking up on a slow Saturday. The dappled light coming in through the window with a soft breeze. It's like I've woken up in a cloud.

While I'm still not totally happy with the design of the room -- I'd like to find a solution for the curtains behind the bed -- I'm very, very happy with the bedding. And at the end of the day, that's the goal. Sweeeeet dreams, indeed.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On Rotation for Spring

Shirt: ASOS // Jeans: Zara // Shoes: Freda Salvador // Bag: Loeffler Randall, sold out, similar here // Sunglasses: Forever21

I've mentioned it before, but I'm really doing my best to figure my personal style out again. I just haven't cared for so long that I could very easily be found in a grocery story wearing sweat pants at any given time... well, that's not true. I've actually cared A LOT but I haven't had the energy to try. Oh. The part about the grocery store is sadly very, very true.

It's so easy to get into a style rut and just stay there. So, while I definitely feel my best in jeans, a great top, and flat shoes... I'm working on elevating each of those to be a little more unique or fashion-forward. Lately, 100% of my wardrobe is coming from ASOS. This is for a variety of reasons: they tend to have things that are more cutting edge, their prices are great, and they offer free shipping and returns. I've allowed myself to purchase items that still fit into my comfort zone but will help bring my look back to life. I also FINALLY made the splurge on some Freda Salvadors, and I am pretty thrilled. It's like, they're the shoe to help walk me back to the land of style.

One day at a time you guys, one day at a time. How do I know? Because I wore the outfit pictured on Saturday, and I quite like it. But right now I'm typing to you while wearing yoga pants and a baggy short sleeve sweater. ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Also, great news, I just unearthed my old DSLR so expect better quality imagery coming to the blog soon.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A New Issue of Rue Magazine is Here!

And you guys. This is one of my favorite issues to date. The market trends are on point, we feature some truly influential tastemakers, AND the home tours are all so unique and inspiring. I gave Tim a little preview late last night and he said "WHOAAAA" a lot of times, which he only does when he thinks it's REAL cool.

So click here to take a look!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Favorite Looks from the Met Gala

When reviewing my favorite looks from the Met Gala, I saw a common theme: none of my picks really reflect the technology theme. (A somewhat LOL-inducing theme considering there are no cell phones allowed.) While I 100% love the people who really went for it -- Claire Danes in that light up gown by Zac Posen; Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom with matching Tamagotchis -- I truly adored the dresses that had an element of nature instead. Let's take a look, shall we?

Bee Schaffer in an Alexander McQueen dress that I only wish I could see closer.

Sticking to my floral theme: Zoey Deutch in Dolce & Gabbana. Her makeup is so on point I can't deal.

Kate Bosworth also wore Dolce & Gabbana, and for me -- the headband makes the entire look.

When I saw Carolina Kurkova, I thought "OMG I WISH THAT WAS MY WEDDING DRESS." And it makes sense, because it's Marchesa. I can't say I love the shoes with it but I'm obsessed with the rest. Okay, mostly the skirt. The skirt is giving me life.

And saving the best for last, Blake Lively in a decided non-tech dress from Burberry. I suppose the shimmer adds a little space-age element to it. I would also have worn this for my wedding. Actually, I would wear this every day of my life, even to Intelligentsia where you have to wait in a long line for your coffee while people watch. Actually, ESPECIALLY to Intelligentsia. It's just a beautiful dress, and she looks radiant. As always.

As a side note, but still relevant to Blake Lively, have you seen that new filter on Snapchat where you can put other people's photos over your own face? Word to the wise: don't do Blake Lively. You'll hate yourself. Forever.

Anyway, did you have any favorite looks from last night?

All images courtesy of Vogue.