Daily Covet: Midi in Metallic

I’m not typically a midi-length kind of girl. Blame it on my short stature and even shorter legs.

But I’m loving this metallic silver midi skirt from Iris & Ink. After all, what are sky high heels for if not to elongate my legs in a totally gorgeous leather skirt?

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Daily Covet: A Wild Flamingo

It’s still pretty warm here in middle America. But sometimes at night, there’s a hint of that crisp fall air that I look forward to every year.

It’s not necessarily because I love cold so much, but it absolutely IS because I love cold-weather clothes so, so, so much. The only thing I like better than cold-weather clothing is pink. PINK.

This cover of the most recent catalog had me immediately falling in deep love with this gorgeous pantsuit. I’ve been dreaming about where and how to wear it since I first laid eyes on it.

Blue gingham button downs, forest green silk blouses and maybe even plain white tees are the perfect pairings with a statement suit like this one!

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photo credit J.Crew.com

 

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel
After months of searching (years really), we finally decided that while there are bigger houses in our neighborhood, there are none to be found that we love nearly as much as our little Tudor.
We’ve put off investing any real time, effort and money into updates on our house that weren’t absolutely necessary because we thought we’d have moved into more space by now.
However, I’m happy to report that we have officially dug in and started renovating our kitchen to make it better accommodate our growing boys. We’ve finished most of it (more on that later) but here were the plans for our new space.

It was important to us to maintain some of the traditional character that runs through the rest of our house while incorporating some more modern elements for aesthetics and convenience.

I absolutely love what has transpired thus far!

Obsessed with MENswear

Obsessed with MENswear

 

I am totally obsessed with these Givenchy slip-on Derby shoes. There are few things sexier than baring a little ankle when wearing menswear-inspired shoes. Pair them with sleek black ankle-length pants or boyfriend jeans for the most obvious ensembles. But slip them on with a full-skirted, feminine dress for an altogether eccentric combination that still works!

O’Hara Living Room 2.0

O'Hara Living Room 2.0

Loomed rug
zgallerie.com

Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture brass accent table
$2,410 – sweetpeaandwillow.com

Nailhead furniture
zincdoor.com

Tufted footstool
bellemaisonfrancaise.com

Nailhead furniture
zincdoor.com

Sofa
overstock.com

Leather console table
$910 – alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Clare Vivier Longsleeve Tee

There’s nothing more French than a Breton Tee… Well, except maybe the Eiffel Tower and smoking, but a blue and white (or black and white) striped t-shirt ranks right up there, for sure.

The Breton tee was originally introduced as the official uniform for the Brittany navy in 1858 and included 21 stripes – one for each of Napolean’s victories. The stripes were also said to have made it easier to find overboard sailors.

However, it was Coco Chanel that made these simple tees a fashion staple through her nautical collection in 1917. Everyone from Pablo Picasso to James Dean sported the casual and chic striped cotton shirt.

Today, there are no shortage of striped tees on the market – from the least expensive mall stores to the biggest fashion houses Europe has to offer. But one that I have my eye on now is this version from Clare Vivier. This one in particular has “Oui” on the front – another French detail que j’adore.

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photo credit clarev.com

Summer Dress-ing

I love dresses in the summer. I have all three kids home with me most days and we are constantly on the run, so dresses have become my go-anywhere-and-everywhere staple. Plus they always fit. A perk for someone who seems to gain and lose the same five pounds in as little as a week.

Most of my play dresses are cotton and inexpensive. Some are only used for coverups for the pool, and others I wear out and about.

That’s why this Jethro twist-back tank dress caught my eye. It comes in multiple colors, but true to form white, navy and black are my favorites. They are loose-fitting and cool and also have a deconstructed design that makes them casual and comfortable, yet they are still plenty chic.

Pair them with a long necklace and flatform sandals for brunch or an evening out. Or slip into your favorite summer flip-flops and floppy hat to head to the pool. There’s no place this little number won’t go!