I’m attending a wedding this weekend. This will be my second Labor Day weekend wedding in a row and promises to be another beautiful occasion. While I won’t be at the beach this weekend, many will and this would be my choice. I would imagine it’s pretty awesome to live in that place with the red roof… For those of us who can’t go to Bali well… ever.. now is the time to spend with friends, grill, and savor the final moments of summer. I hope everyone’s long weekend is filled with amazing food, scenery, and friends.
I recently picked up this surprisingly nice dress at Target for the steal price of $26 after tax! The dress was surprisingly high quality, lined and perfectly appropriate to be dressed up or down. Here is how I picture wearing it both for day and play with a few pops of color to keep it interesting.
It seems like Chevron is everywhere you turn these days. I love the clean simplicity of a chevron design. It’s a classic but still manages to look completely modern when done correctly. While cruising for a touch of chevron to add to my new place I noticed quite a few chevron rugs are black and white.
While this is a great looking rug, it’s a little out of my price range and doesn’t match the colors I currently use in my room. While trying to find a lighter option I came across this great tutorial on making a hand painted chevron rug. The colors are perfect and I love the ability to make a rug of the size you choose.
This is high on my list of upcoming projects. For those who don’t want or need a new rug but still want a touch of chevron, here are a few options for clothing and accessories, some bolder than others. I want that yellow pillow.
Splendid has a cute top available on Shopbop right now. While wandering through Mood in NYC I found almost identical fabric. So instead of paying $52 for a tanktop, I bought $10 worth of fabric and made a Tshirt. It’s a little wrinkled but you get the gist.
For those who are making their first shirt, putting the sleeves in can be a little tricky so work slowly. I recommend using a pattern for your first few projects and for basics that don’t require much innovation. I used one from New Look for this shirt. It is my current go to tshirt pattern.
Last night while watching the VMAs there were a few things that truly stood out to me. Adele is clearly the most talented person around these days, Jessie J has a surprisingly amazing voice considering how little she uses it on her biggest US hit, and black lace is still in. While the first two are self explanatory, I couldn’t help noticing that those who didn’t dress up in non-clothes appeared to be sticking with the LBD staple (or in Selena Gomez’s case, the Mullet-LBD). Using their more risque pieces as inspiration (because no one can get away with something as short as Britney’s dress), I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite black lace pieces. I would be happy to invite any of these to move into my closet. It’s a pretty friendly place.
As Irene prepares to bring the rains to the northeast I felt the need to browse for fun umbrellas. Being Florida grown I’ve always had a few umbrellas to choose from and usually buy in bright colors to provide some cheer on an otherwise gloomy rainy afternoon. Well, this one goes a step further. Meet the Blade Runner Style Umbrella. I can’t see any way of carrying this thing and not at least having a smile on my face. While a trip home has led to me missing the earthquake and hurricane in the northeast, I might have to get one of these for future use.
I have been admiring trench coats for years. While I’ve yet to take the plunge, I think this is the year. If I had a sack of money I would buy one of these. No one does it better than Burberry.
My guy lives a few hours away, so unfortunately summer dates are few and far between. If he was closer and date night was on the regular this would be my summer date uniform. Easy jewelry. Breezy shirt. Sandals that are just dressy enough.
I recently moved into a new place. If you’ve ever done the same then you understand my current need for organization and space. While browsing for storage ideas I came across this amazing idea on Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com). Can you say brilliant?! When I eventually design my own place (or remodel someone else’s design) this will be making an appearance!
I love the idea of one really bold piece surrounded by classics. While I think it can also be done with the jewelry as the focal point, who wouldn’t literally push someone out of the way for this dress? Just me? Does that make me a bad person?