Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Summer Must-Haves

While home last weekend in Oklahoma City, my mom and I did a little shopping at Lush Fashion Lounge.  I almost never clothes shop for myself these days, but would rather spend extraneous funds on things for my house.  So it's always nice when my mom will treat me to a little shopping trip.  While at Lush, I ended up purchasing 3 pink dresses that I have since worn on the reg.  I don't know why, but wearing a bright color really helps to elevate my mood.  So, I've decided to expand the bright hues in my wardrobe this summer- including my bathing suits!

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Crochet Overlay Dress $90/Cynthia Rowley Dress $269/Mara Hoffman Embroidered Dress $260/J. Crew Gathered One Piece $88/Vix Bikini Top $95/Vix Bikini Bottom $60/Riot Metal Trim Heels $85/

A hot pink wrap dress paired with chartreuse heels?! Yes please.

What's on your summer fashion wishlist?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Needing, Wanting, Loving: A Contemporary Area Rug

Today while perusing around the internet for some rug inspiration, I stopped by one of my favorite rug sites of all time- The Rug Company.  I hadn't checked out their site in quite some time, and was immediately impressed by the unique, gorgeous designs gracing their "contemporary area rugs" tab.  I get so tired of seeing the same type of rugs again and again- the chevron patterns, the small medallions, the basic stripe.  Rugs can (and should!) be seen as a work of art that helps to set the mood of your space.  The Rug Company often teams up with design and fashion moguls to create pretty spectacular designs, and I had to share a few of my favorites with you:

Why not utilize your rug as a piece of art and make it the focal point of your room?  I am dying for that Palette rug by Fiona Curran.

Go check out The Rug Company's full website to see their other offerings.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Morning Inspiration

Happy Monday!  Did you guys have a good weekend??  Mine was so relaxing.  My roommate and I cooked a homemade meal together on Saturday and then did a Netflix binge on Sunday.  I also did a spin class at Define on Sunday afternoon, which always seems to start my week off on a high note.  I spent last night perusing Pinterest for awhile and kept finding rooms that were so beautiful and inspiring.  So today, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites!  There really isn't a rhyme or reason to them- just a collection of spaces I thought were so good that I had to stop and stare. 

I always love to see a bold powder room.  This powder bath is covered in Quadrille's Arbre de Matisse wall covering, and I love the chartreuse accents.

Daybeds with storage underneath are perfect for rooms with minimal space.  I love the chinoiserie feel of this headboard, as well!

I've hardly ever seen the Scalamandre zebras used in the purple colorway.  What makes this space even more special is the canary yellow lantern and the blue mirror.  Talk about bold, fearless color!  Perfect for a powder room.

And lastly, a gorgeous blue and white room designed by Vicente Wolf:

So calm, tailored, and relaxed.   Perfect for a Monday morning!!

Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Designer Crush: Joy Tribout

Happy Wednesday!  I'm so glad we are already halfway through the week my sweets!  April is seemingly flying by, and I'm excited that a few friends will be coming to town in the next few weeks.  Today I was needing a little visual inspiration, so I  thought I'd share the work of St. Louis interior designer Joy Tribout.   Joy designs her spaces with warmth, style, and color that comes together to create a luxurious environment:

From sultry and romantic to bold and playful, Joy beautifully transform's a room's mood with the furnishings and textiles.  I don't normally love red, but I do love the various red touches and patterns shown here.  And who could complain about that view?!

I love that Joy created a skirted vanity that can double as a bedside table here:

And of course, what would a beach house be without direct access to your personal yacht?

Now I'm daydreaming of lying by the ocean somewhere warm.
Lindsay and I are going to Tulum this summer, and I can hardly wait to get away.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekend Recap

Happy (belated) Easter!!  I hope everyone had a great weekend celebrating with family and friends.  I spent the weekend back in OKC with my family, and it was so nice to be home for the first time since Christmas.  I try to go home as much as possible these days because my adorable niece, Lily, is growing up so fast!  She is 16 months now, and did her first Easter egg hunt this year.

As you can tell from her face, she wasn't enthused about me trying to take our picture at 7:45 am!  Watching her hunt for eggs was about the cutest thing ever, though.  She learned really quickly what the point was and that her favorite snacks were in each egg, so she would immediately open each one once she found it:

I still love this yellow sofa + leopard coffee table combo we did in my parent's master sitting room.  The throw pillows are by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher

 While doing some shopping around town (I finally got to visit Lush Fashion Boutique!), I passed by the Flaming Lip's new store, Made by Freaks with Love.  Naturally, I had to take a snap of the crazy painted exterior-

It was so hard to say good bye to my family and Okie friends, but with a full week ahead in Houston and Lindsay coming to visit this weekend, it's good to be back home.

Did you have a good Easter?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My 5th New Years Resolution

At the beginning of March, I wrote a post about my Four 2015 New Years Resolutions that included reading a new book each month, keeping up a routine exercise regimen, and investing in classic pieces rather than trendy items when it came to my wardrobe.  I am managing to stick to these pretty well- but am having trouble with my fourth resolution: embracing solitude.  So today, on the first day of April (all jokes aside), I thought I'd discuss my fifth resolution that I am hoping will help me with my fourth.

I've decided that every time I go out to eat or meet up to spend one-on-one time with someone, I'm leaving my phone in the car.  I've noticed that even with the best intentions, my phone distracts me and keeps me from really being present.  As a blogger, of course I naturally want to instagram my frozen cocktail or pasta dish right before I dig in to it.  And then every time a "like" shows up on my phone, it lights up and pulls my attention away from the conversation.  It's destroying the quality of my friendships and inhibiting my ability to listen and engage well with others, and I hate it.

 “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” ― C.S. Lewis
I'm hoping this small step will help me begin to build and restore deeper, more authentic relationships and conversations in my life.  My family and friends deserve my full attention.  And I'm also hoping this step will help me feel more comfortable embracing solitude in my own life.

Monday, March 30, 2015

My 5 Favorite Summer Beauty Products

This past weekend,  I laid by the pool for the first time this season.  It was pure bliss.  The temperature was around 80 degrees, the sun was shining, and I was soaking in the Vitamin D.  After going to the pool, I used my trusty Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray on my hair to give it that beach wave feel, and it made me realize how my beauty routine shifts a bit during the summer.  For instance: I will admit to you during the warmer months I usually only wash my hair 1-2 times a week.  To keep it looking pretty between washes, I'll sprinkle baby powder on my roots (a blonde trick) or use Batiste dry shampoo. I've tried pretty much every dry shampoo on the market, and Batiste is my fave because it adds volume and body while taking away the grease.  In addition to Batiste, here are my top 5 summer beauty product picks:

Shop My Beauty Picks:

1.) Dolce and Gabbana "Light Blue" Perfume $95/2.) Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette 3 $52/3.) Sally Hansen "Airbrush Legs" $13/4.) Bare Minerals "Warmth" All-Over Face Color $20/5.) Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray $27/

1.) Dolce & Gabbana "Light Blue" Perfume- This is the perfect scent for summer.  It's light, airy, and universally liked.  While I normally wear Thierry Mugler's Alien, it feels too intense for casual summer days and nights, so I'll spritz on Light Blue instead.

2.) Urban Decay Naked Palette 3-  I was turned on to the Naked palettes by my go-to makeup artist Kristin Daniell.  The Naked Palette 3 features warm, rosy hues that are perfect for dusting on during summer.  My makeup routine typically consists of a bit of foundation, dusting on a touch of this eyeshadow, applying Bare Minerals warmth to my t-zone, and then putting on a little mascara. 

3.) Sally Hansen "Airbrush Legs"- This is probably one of my favorite products of all time.  My friend Lindsay originally showed it to me last year, and I've been hooked ever since.  You spray this formula on your legs and then rub it in for an instant tan.  I actually like to use it on my arms and chest too, and find it works great for an all-over glow.  I am not someone who tans when they lay out (I burn, unfortunately- so have to use strong SPFs!), so I like to use this to feel like I have a bit of color.  Since I am naturally so pale, I use the Medium tan color, but the spray comes in about 5 different shades. 

4.) Bare Minerals Warmth All-Over Face Color-  I LOVE this bronzer because it actually works, as it says, as an all-over face color.  I typically just dust a bit on my cheekbones, nose, and forehead and feel it gives me a nice contour as well as a touch of color.  It's very easy to use- like most Bare Minerals products, you swirl a bit on your brush and then tap off the excess powder in to the lid before applying to your face.

5.) Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray-  This spray has a definite cult following, and for good reason.  It gives your hair a messed up, beach-wave look that seems to say, "I just walked right out of the ocean."  Everyone from 1 Direction's Harry Styles to Man Repeller's Leandra Medine uses the product.  I originally discovered it when I worked at a spa in high school and have loved the salt-water styling spray ever since.  Just spray it in on wet or dry hair, scrunch your locks (or use a diffuser), and go!

What are your fave products to use in the summer months?