Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Best Jeans for Fall

I've spent years (not exaggerating) - and over those years, a lot of money - searching for the perfect jeans. What makes for perfect denim? In my book: it's got to be comfortable, look great, not sag and stretch over the day, and not pinch in the waist or require constant hiking up. Specific to my body shape, they need to be on the higher-waisted side, and need to come in long inseams. Not so easy to find! Until now, that is:

Monday, September 22, 2014

What's New What's Next at The New York Design Center

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend What's New What's Next at The New York Design Center. A little background: The New York Design Center (NYDC) is a place where lighting, fabric, furniture, and other design companies have their showrooms. Their showroom is their space to display their products for interior designers to peruse, be inspired by, and purchase for projects. What's New What's Next is an annual gathering at NYDC that brings together designers and industry professionals for talks, Q and A sessions, book signings, and other events, while companies and designers are able to present their new items and collaborations. I was so excited to be invited to attend a presentation given by DwellStudio's Christiane Lemieux in the Global Views showroom, where she talked about branding and growing your business. I'm a HUGE fan of DwellStudio so this was such a pleasure for me! Christiane's talk was geared towards small business owners and designers, and as a blogger I found that her ideas and thoughts really resonated. More photos and Christiane's branding advice after the jump!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Golden Dancers

I took these pictures when I first got my camera (almost a year ago!), while on a walk downtown. These golden dancers on the side of a building caught my eye and I had so many questions. Who made them? What are they made of? How did they attach them to the side of a building? And why? Oddly enough, I never looked up the answers to any of these questions until right this very moment, while writing this post! According to Curbed, these statues are by artist Bruce Williams, and they are attached to the side of 24 Bond, a landmarked building in the Noho neighborhood (Noho = North of Houston Street). The artist lives in the building and some of the sculptures have been there since 1997

Bruce Williams dancing sculptures on 24 Bond Street in NYC's Noho

Pretty cool, huh? You never know what you'll come across in this city! And another reason why I'm happy that I took up photography. If I hadn't been glancing around looking for cool buildings and details to photograph, I'm sure I would have walked right by without noticing these dancers. 

photos by me

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Braided Bangle

I was perusing J. Crew's jewelry selection yesterday and this braided bangle was the item that really popped out to me. It's a classic with a twist, which is basically my favorite thing ever. It's simple enough to go with absolutely anything and wear everyday, and yet the braided, twisted detail keeps it from being typical. I seriously think I need to add this to my jewelry collection, immediately if not sooner.

I gathered up some more of my favorite gold bangles below:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Gallery Grid + Two Framing Tips

Today I wanted to share with you all a never-before-seen little wall of art that I created in my bathroom. Why, in all of my home tours, has it never been seen? Because there's no natural light in my bathroom, rendering it impossible to get a decent picture. But I like my little art wall so I wanted to post it anyway, poor lighting be damned! I also wanted to share it because this because it exemplifies two useful framing tips, which are below.

Tip #1: Can you guess what these pictures are? They're actually little Kate Spade postcards! So my first tip is to frame unconventional items. You can frame anything you like, whether it's a print or not. An adorable greeting card, a cute postcard, a swatch of fabric...use your imagination! You know how Kate Spade planners have those really pretty pages inside with cool quotes and such? Frame those!

Tip #2: I got these frames at Pottery Barn Kids, so my second tip is to check kids stores for frames. These are pretty much the same as what you can get at the regular Pottery Barn, but since it was the kids store, they were cheaper! So before you buy frames at a regular store, see if they have any in the children's version of the store...you might be pleasantly surprised! I bought these years ago, but as far as I can tell, these are about the same.

I like this little grid because it adds some color to my neutral bathroom (which is purely gray and white, in stark contrast to the rest of my color-filled apartment!). It's like a pleasant little surprise when you close the door!

pics by me 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Feeling Like Fall

It feels a little bit like fall suddenly arrived overnight, and I for one couldn't be happier. I have to admit, I'll miss the warm evenings of summer, but I'm more than ready for all that fall has to offer in NYC. Bring on the mulled cider!

photos by me

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lookalike for Less: Over the Knee Boots

Last year I positively pined for the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots (in black leather). I think my desire was ignited by this ridiculously perfect pic of Olivia Palermo:

Also, this:

I mean, honestly. How is she even real? 

Anyway, my obsession definitely reached its peak when (randomly) my former dermatologist walked into our appointment wearing them. And I mean, she happened to look like a model anyway, but the boots looked AMAZING in real life. My obsession went into overdrive, but, I didn't get them. It was late in the season and I was kind of over shopping for boots...oh also the fact that they cost like 600 dollars might have had something to do with my hesitance. Anyway, now that boot season is swinging around again, I've been reminded of the 5050s. Luckily my mom alerted me to two pairs that bear an uncanny resemblance to the Stuart Weitzmans.

I'm partial to the Seychelles ones...I think I prefer the shape of the toe, and they really are almost identical to the 5050s. I'm not sure how much wear I would get out of them, but all the more reason to go for the affordable version, plus Nordstrom has great shipping and return policies so it's easy to send them back if they don't work out. And next to the 5050 boot, the prices on these two are looking real good!

Are you guys into over-the-knee boots for fall? Or is it too much "look"?


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