Setting the Mood: It Was All a Dream

By |June 11th, 2012|Setting the Mood|

favorite thingsbag: WGACA Vintage Chanel Mini Flap Bag, $3,500, sunglasses case: Jonathan Adler Heart Sunglasses Case, $40, shoes: Christian Louboutin Daffodile 160 Crystal Embellished Suede Pumps, $6,395, chandelier: Dainolite Lighting 3-Light Crystal Mini Chandelier, $137, bracelet: Aurelie Bidermann 18 Karat Rose Gold Dipped Lace Cuff, $1,370, mirror: Venetian Gems Celina Mirror, $1,000

Ever have one of those mornings where you wake up with a smile on your face only to have the gut crashing realization that the day before (and your current reality) was a complete and utter disaster?  Oh yeah.  I’m having one of those.  While I certainly don’t know the answer to everything, I do know two things quite intimately: 1. There is such a thing as too many mimosas, and 2. You have no one but yourself to blame for making the same mistakes time and again.

To perk up my less than perfect disposition, I’ve gathered together a few of my favorite things to remind myself, “Hey, life’s not so bad.”  Some of those best things are free (it’s true what they say), while others may break the bank (a girl can dream, right?).  So, this is a semi-self-centered post, but I suspect you may be smitten with some of my obsessions as well.

And while you may not be able to wake up from this terrible dream, at least you’ll have other things to smile about.



Friday Frocks: The Sparkle Dress

By |December 29th, 2011|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been salivating over the opportunity to channel your inner chandelier this New Year’s Eve.  If you’re not like me, well, then we covered you last week with the “anti-sparkle dress.”   New Year’s Eve is your time to shine.  Both literally and figuratively.  I think there are two completely appropriate times (and a free hall passes) to wear as much glimmery, shimmery, I’m a disco ball garb as you damn well please.  One is your birthday and the other is obviously New Year’s Eve.  In honor of one of the most overhyped holidays, here are twelve beautiful blinged out dresses to strut your stuff in that won’t leave you looking like a Las Vegas showgirl.

1. Parker All Over Sequin Tank Dress, $407, 2. Sheri Bodell Wrap Halter Dress, $348, 3. Tibi Metallic Halter Gown, $375, 4. The Addison Story Lurex Dress, $176.40, 5. Minuet Gilded Grecian Dress, $82.99, 6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Liv Sparkle Dress, $698, 7. Alice + Olivia Radha Beaded Shift Dress, $796, 8. MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequin Wrap Dress, $139, 9. J. Crew Sequin Smolder Dress, $499.99, 10. Jill Stuart One Shoulder Metallic Dress, $228, 11. Sheri Bodell Goddess Maxi Dress, $656, 12. Free People Gold Rush Dress, $148



Why Don’t You Come In?

By |May 18th, 2011|Uncategorized|

I think I don’t mind moving so much (I’ve done it three times this year alone) because I get to redecorate each time and every space brings new inspiration. In the last apartment I lived in with my fiance in Los Angeles, we had a lot of room to work with. We moved into a 1300+ square foot newly constructed loft space. This place was an artist’s dream.

A funny thing happens when two very creative people merge their belongings. My fiance has very, very simple modern taste. I, on the other hand, love anything that is shiny. I would live in a disco ball if I could. Luckily, mixing simple clean lines with more ornate accessories makes for a very “man meets woman” aesthetic. Our two incredibly different styles balanced each other to create one especially cool space (and one especially cool couple).

Anyone who knows me knows there are two things you will always find in my home: a chandelier (multiple when applicable) and some type of wallpaper. Because I inherited a flaming orange couch in this merger, it was imperative to keep the rest of the decor simple. I opted for black and white and allowed said couch to be the focal point. Some of our favorite pieces in the house were the vintage porcelain cat and dog statues that we found, authentic tractor gears, and “surgery table.” We also swapped out standard bulbs for filament bulbs to give more ambience.

Before we moved out about a month and a half ago, we were sure to capture our first home together on film. (Yes, you probably saw our apartment on Khloe and Lamar. Yes, Lamar Odom was our neighbor).

Want to create this look in your own home? Of course you do! Start with a clean simple palette. Pick one bold piece and use neutral (and quirky) accessories. The most important part of decorating is making the space look like “you.” And yes, it is possible for both parts of a couple to get their way.

1. Jonathan Adler Menagerie Collection Cat (Tall), $120, 2. Modern Orange Leather Couch, $1,859, 3. West Elm Totem Pillow Cover, $29, 4. Restoration Hardware Tractor Wheel Gear, $189, 5. Restoration Hardware Venetian Beaded Leaner Mirror, $449-750, 6. Theresa Rialto Black and Clear Chandelier, $648



***Note: It didn’t occur to me that the mannequin in those photos is a bit strange because I got so used to him being there.  You may remember him from this little video.  He moved in and never left.