Sunday Night Inspiration: Solid Gold

From designer flip flops to iPhone cases and sexy aviators, everything gold has come around again.

What better time to indulge in all things golden as the end of summer and the height of your tan?

Here’s a little roundup of a few of my favorite things in the royal hue – and a little turquoise too!

Shop them from Polvyore page.


Daily Covet: Table, tables and more tables

My two older kids have started back to school this week – don’t get me started on how early this is – and I have been inspired to start working on my house.

I love this house so much, but it’s getting awfully crowded in here. We’ve looked for years at other homes in our neighborhood and have yet to find anything we love nearly as much. So, while we are deciding whether to stay and add on or sell at some point, we are trying to maximize the space we do have.

To help make space, I’ve decided that some stuff needs to go or at least be relocated to a better spot. I’d also like to replace some things that aren’t my favorite or repurpose them. I’ve been fortunate enough to inherit a lot of beautiful furniture, but am really getting to the point where I want to thoughtfully decorate and arrange my own spaces with things that I love.

Fast forward to a new rug. I took out a traditional floral rug in black and switched it with a more modern rug. It’s actually mid-century-ish in turquoise, navy, beige and gold tones that match my walls, sofa and darker antique furniture. I thought it would be the perfect addition to the room and force me to update. It was also sooo inexpensive, so I won’t be a freak about having my family actually “live” with it and on it – ok, less of a freak.


So now, I’m looking to replace some other dark antiques with lighter pieces. This clear glass coffee table is definitely more modern than the dark table I have now. And it’s the perfect piece to show off my new rug while still providing me with a space for flowers, my beautiful coffee table books and for drinks when we have company.


Next, I’d like some new occasion tables with a modern edge and a little bling. So far, my favorites are these two sets. I love the “bamboo” legs and pale, gold metal of the first ones and they are a great mix of traditional and modern.

I absolutely adore the second set too and feel like they would pop against the rug. And they are also so affordable! The only downside to these tables, fingerprints. I’m going to have to get much more regular about cleaning up fingerprints!



With exception of the rug, I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. But at least I’m moving in the direction of creating a space that I absolutely love. Next up, lamps, pendants and sconces….

Daily Covet: Beach Bag Bingo

On this most dreadful of days, it seems only fitting that I’d be searching for lovely weather essentials for the pool, the lake or the beach. Here’s a roundup of a Bingo’s game worth of cool beach bags I’d love to carry everything I own sunscreen, pool toys, floaties, magazines and snacks in.

How about these cute Billabong bags… how do you choose just one?!

Billabong Essential Bag, $24.95



These Scout bags are some of my absolute favorites. The adorable pattern options and coordinating accessories are but two of the reasons. The other is the fact that the coated canvas make them ideal for seafaring (pool or lakefaring too) days!



If you’re tired of losing small items at the bottom of your beach bag, this LeSportsac Clear Haven Tote is for you. The clear fabric means you can see everything in your bag at one time!




Here’s a good Independence Day option for those of us stateside. Tory Burch’s red, white and blue canvas tote is perfect for celebrating with a poolside barbeque and some festive fireworks.




What screams summer sophistication more than Target’s oversized tote with a gold-toned handle? I’m loving this bag for more than just the beach, that’s for sure… and it’s inexpensive – a definite bonus!



Well, that’s a wrap, as they say! Too all my American readers, Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your celebrations and stay safe!

And for my foreign friends, bon weekend! (Sorry that’s the only one I know with any certainty.)


Daily Covet: Summer shoes for all occasions

Hey bloggy friends!

School’s been out for us for weeks now, but Summer has yet to officially begin. So in anticipation of more sun and less rain, I’m looking for some fab chaussures to grace my feet. Here are a few of my favorite styles for every occasion:

I love the juxtaposition of the glitter and the butter soft, casual style of these flatforms from H&M’s premium shoe collection. Jeans, shorts, sundresses and more would be the perfect pairing for these sandals with a lift!


Or how about these sexy, little metallic numbers? I love all the straps that still leave your pedi in full view!

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Got lots of sightseeing to do on your summer vacation? Make sure your sneakers are as comfy as possible. New Balance has made a major comeback in the past few years and the color combinations mean they’ll go with just about anything!


Want your sneaker to be a little less “sport” and a little more “sleek?” Check out these slip-ons from No. 21. The rubber platform sole means extra comfort, and the glitter-finished canvas upper means extra va-voom!


There’s nothing plain about these black, heeled sandals from Stuart Weitzman. The heel is high enough to make your legs look great, but low enough to dance the night away. The simple strap across the front elongates your leg while the ankle strap keeps them secure.


Need something with a little more color? There’s no better way to show off a summer tan than these pumpkin-colored sandals with the wide ankle strap. And they’ll take you right into fall too!


Let’s not forget, summer is high time for sand, surf or a crystal blue pool. These hot pink PVC sandals from Tory Burch (reminiscent of the “jelly” version you wore as a kid) are waterproof as well as totally adorable. And let’s face it… they’ll take your black bikini up a notch.


Can’t get to the beach this summer? Slip into Havaianas that won’t let you down. Wear these palm-tree printed flip flops on the pool deck to channel your inner surfer girl.


What are your go-to shoes for summer? Anything you can’t live without?

Daily Covet: LOFT and the Riviera… and a birthday wish

I’m super excited to pick up some super adorbs shorts this summer!

And these Riviera shorts from LOFT are at the top of my list. I love LOFT because it’s so affordable – why pay full price when everything is on sale all the time?

Truth be told, I’d love to have virtually all of them! So maybe I can at least pick up a few of my faves!




I would also like to give a shout out to my “Mr. Middle” son, who showed up nine weeks early six years ago. Today he is as big, healthy, strong and perfect as ever. Happy Birthday Super G!


Daily Covet: Schwinn Wayfarer

Summer vacation officially starts for us here today. I’ve spent the morning filling my Google Calendar app with all the activities that are going to keep us busy over the next few months. But there is still lots of unaccounted for time – much of which will be spent outside…. if the sun ever comes out around here.

My second child just learned to ride his bike without training wheels. Grandma even bought him a Spider Man model for an early birthday present. My oldest son rides too, and I can’t think of a better way to spend time than to go riding through our beautiful parks with two of my best guys.

So today, in honor of summer and having kids and doing summer things, I have decided this cute Schwinn Wayfarer Bike should be on my shopping list. Don’t you agree?


Daily Covet: Lilly Pulitzer Target Collaboration

I am so excited for this Sunday, April 19th, I can hardly stand it.

Sunday is the day that Target launches it’s latest collaboration with the well-known Lilly Pulitzer label.

It’s true, Lilly purists are dismayed by the brand “lowering” itself to the likes of Target’s fashion for the masses, but I think it’s awesome. It brings southern belle charm and sophostication to all women, who want to look good even if their bank accounts aren’t as full as the average Lilly Pulitzer wearer.

I haven’t always been a huge fan of the busy prints in a rainbow of bright colors, but I have as of late found more and more prints that I really like and Lilly’s shift dresses are practically perfect in every way.

So without further adieu, here’s a quick edit of my most absolutely favorite pieces not only for women… but for the home and children too.


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What are your thoughts on the Lilly Pulitzer brand collaboration with Target? Do you think it devalues the brand’s reputation or do you think it’ll give people who wouldn’t have otherwise known or been able to afford access to this fun and vibrant brand?