Well… we still haven’t found the house for us, but on the bright side, the time spent looking has definitely given us an opportunity to browse around and get a lot of ideas for fixing a place up. I’ve already talked about our quest for the perfect sofa and coffee table, but one of the little things that I think makes such a big difference is lighting. Taking the time to find pieces that will make a big impact and that speak to our style is something I’m really looking forward to. And lately, brass pendants and chandeliers are what really make my heart pitter patter.
I love modern pendants with interesting lines equally as much as I like more traditional chandeliers. I couldn’t pick a favorite of the bunch if I tried… so I won’t. Although the fact that some of these are wildly out of our budget does help to narrow it down a bit. But if you have a favorite, do tell.
Summer is just around the corner, and in Texas, that means brutal heat is just around the corner too. Of course we have ways of adapting to the heat… running the a/c with reckless abandon regardless of the $300 electric bill we know is coming, pool/beach/river time… and of course… cool, refreshing beverages. Just the thought has me inspired to find some of the best Summer cocktail recipes. To me, they should be fizzy, fruity, and fresh (sorry for the shameless alliteration), and these are some of my favorites.
St. Germain is one of my favorites, as is champagne, so those are always a good idea. And I love all of the fresh fruits like grapefruit and peach, and green additions like mint.
What is your favorite Summer cocktail?
If you’re anything like me, you often find yourself unable to show restraint around cookies, you cry at just about any movie you’ve ever seen, your hair puffs up like a blowfish in even the mildest humidity… or maybe you’re just like me in the sense that you love all things Kate Spade. Well my friends, if you haven’t yet heard of Kate Spade Saturday, you are in for a treat.
Kate Spade Saturday recently launched as the more accessible (read: affordable) and slightly less girly girl sister line to the colorful and sophisticated fashion empire that is Kate Spade. These are a few of my favorites from the line so far.
I just posted last week about my love of stripes and this bold black and white print jumped out at me immediately. Pair it with fun prints, bright colors (it wouldn’t be Kate Spade without color), and retro-inspired and fun accessories, and I put this one in the win column for the folks over at Kate Spade. Bravo.
Stripes are something that I used to never think much about, but I keep finding myself drawn to them lately. I think they’re a great way to make any look a little more interesting. Thin stripes, bold stripes, vertical and horizontal stripes… I’m a fan, and I think conventional fashion rules that say horizontal stripes are unflattering are just silly.
Stripes are lovely all their own, but you (almost) can’t go wrong mixing them with other prints and colors too. So tell me… do you wear stripes? What’s your favorite way to wear them?
It started with the outdoor chairs from West Elm (see below). Then when I spotted a pair of yellow skinny jeans and had to make them mine, I knew… yellow is without a doubt my favorite color right now. Such a bright and cheery hue just seem like the perfect way to usher in Spring, and what a lovely Spring it has been so far.
I seriously can’t get enough of that chair, and it makes me think of perfect Summer evenings outside with a glass of wine. And I spotted this series of classic books at Anthropologie a few months ago, and for someone like me who’s read Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice at least 4 times, having a beautiful and timeless edition is pretty much one of the happiest things I can think of. I also love the bag and belt because you can add them to anything for instant Springtime goodness.
What is your favorite way to usher in Spring?