Thursday, April 11, 2019

Shopbop's Insane Sale Ends Tomorrow- Here are My Picks!

Who else is ready for sundresses and sandals?  Unfortunately, I’m still having to carry a jacket with me each day because the New York weather is staying cool.  It's days like this I miss living in Houston, Texas where there wasn't any need at all to own a coat.  However, I know sunshine is right around the corner, and a look at Shopbop’s spring sale this AM has me extra excited for warm days ahead.  The sale is pretty unbelievable in terms of savings- 20% off all purchases with the code “EVENT19” at checkout, and 25% off all purchases over $500.  Unfortunately, the savings end tomorrow so it’s time to get shopping…!  I pulled together a few of my favorite pieces from the sale below:





SHOP MY PICKS:  
(Please note, all pricing below takes in to account the 20% discount code of "EVENT19" at checkout.)

1.) Light Blue Wrap Dress, $118.40

2.) Orange Watercolor Floral Dress, $388

3.) Furla Black Mini Crossbody Bag, $238.40

4.) Blue Vince Ribbed Pullover Sweater, $276

5.) Karen Walker Tortoise Sunnies, $200

6.) FEMINIST Soludos, $68

7.) Overalls, $48

This is cracking me up.  So glad these classics are part of the sale.

These are adorable for upcoming summer parties (or Memorial Day!)

loving thisthis, and these, too!




Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Industrial Pendant Lights

Selecting light fixtures is one of my all-time favorite things to do for any design project, and lately I’ve been very drawn to factory-style pendants.   Although visualizing industrial lights hanging above crowded factory workers in the early 1900s isn’t ideal, these lights did ultimately stand the test of time- both in style and function.  I love to see them in unexpected areas, like kid's rooms:




And in entryways:


Of course, we have most often seen them hanging in kitchens over islands, which I've always loved:




What we don't often see is factory-style lighting in large living rooms, like Steven Gambrel did here in this funky barn he designed:

{Steven Gambrel}

Love the look, too?

Here are a few of my favorite sources for great factory-inspired lighting:






XOXO,

Sam




Friday, March 29, 2019

Color Crush: All Things Purple

I just got back from a family trip to Walt Disney World, which could've been one of my favorite vacations to date.  I know it sounds crazy, but watching the pure joy in my 5 year-old niece and 3 year-old nephew's faces when they experienced the parks for the first time was really special.   I'm feeling inspired today by my niece Lily's favorite color: purple!  I don't usually gravitate towards the hue, but I've come across a few spaces lately that are killer and happen to have violet in them.  The first is this bedroom designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber (one of my favorite designers ever):

{Jeffrey Bilhuber}

Another Jeffrey Bilhuber stunner (I'd take a purple sectional over a beige one any day):


{Jeffrey Bilhuber}

The other space with purple touches is this drop-dead gorgeous bedroom  in Alexa Hampton's New York apartment:


The mix of reds, mauves and purples is just divine here.  I love the juxtaposition of casual batik textiles with Fortuny bedhangings and upholstered walls.


The scalamandre le tigre on the neoclassical chair above is one of my favorite fabrics  (here's a pillow version I love), and it looks stunning amongst all the purple hues.

Here are more touches of purple to love...



Lighter lilac tones are soothing, especially so when in t-shirt  or pajama form (these sheets seem incredibly soft, too!) And it's even better when they have price tags like this and this.  

I also stumbled upon Target swimwear and learned that currently they are offering a buy one get one 50% off sale- which means I might have to snag this and this, which feel universally flattering.

A touch of purple here and there in the home is lovely, too.  I love thisthis, and these particularly.  Anthropologie also has a lot of gorgeous rugs with purple tones in them.

Next up, I'll get around to writing a travel guide post for Disney!



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Chic Shop Alert: La Double J

Do you suddenly feel like you're in the magical technicolor world of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory? Are you thinking you might've accidently downed some of grandma's "special pills?"  Are you beginning to question whether or not you're on the set of Austin Powers?  Well then, my guess is you've probably just encountered the happy chaos that encompasses Italian brand La DoubleJ:





This sort of brand could only exist if it were being run by a creative genius - and it is.  JJ Martin (street-style star, journalist, and contributing editor at Harper's Bazaar) launched La DoubleJ in 2015, originally as a platform to sell her vintage clothing.  The site quickly took off and Martin now works with top Italian textile house Montero to produce clothing donning vintage prints from their archives. The brand has recently stepped in to the realm of housewares and furniture, too.  Here are a few pieces that caught my eye...


Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

Apres Midi Skirt, $490/

One piece swimsuit, $285/

Hand Pochette, $150/

Soup and Dinner Plates, $110/each/

Rossa in Acrylic Stone Necklace, $330/

Bellini Dress, $995/

Kaleidoscope Napkin Set, 6 for $110/



Yes I knowwww the pieces are insanely expensive.  Yes I knowwww many of these outfits are over the top.  But in a world of restraint, neutrals galore and overhyped minimalism, I'm finding their lack of restraint pretty damn refreshing.  See more here and here.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Slip Dresses for Spring

Spring has almost sprung which has me thinking about cute wardrobe updates for the warmer weather.  The slip dress is no new phenomena (who could forget Kate Moss's sheer slipdress circa 1993) and has staying power for good reason- it's universally flattering, works for multiple occasions, and is simultaneously comfortable and sexy.  Wear it to work by layering on a sweater or jacket, pair it with heels and statement earrings for night, or throw on sandals and sunnies for a casual weekend outing.


Dress it down...




Dress it up...




Throwing on a blazer over your slip dress makes it instantly work-ready:


Here's a perfect way to dress down the slip dress:  pair it with a tailored leather jacket and sneakers:


...Or with a cardigan and booties:


Of course for me, since I'm short (5' 2"), I love a mini slip dress (this one is cute, too!)






In the market for a slip dress of your own?  NastyGal has an excellent selection at very reasonable prices.  And here are a few more I just adore...




Happy ALMOST spring!

XOXO,

Sam

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

I'm Into That

Now that the sun is starting to flirt with me again and I've been finding more opportunities to dig in my handbag and find my long lost sunglasses, my mood has begun to improve.  Needless to say, January and February crept by for me in New York.  I try not to complain, but I'm someone who thrives in warmer weather.  My mood is better, I have more energy, and I just feel lighter.   This past weekend I finally made it over to see the Andy Warhol "From A to Z and Back Again" exhibition at the Whitney and I was energized by all the color.  

It reminded me of Jeffrey Bilhuber's punchy chartreuse living room in Locust Valley, NY:


A leopard jacket (or here) paired with black heart-shaped glasses is always going to be a "yes" in my book:


Australian interior and textile designer Anna Spiro has had me captivated for years.  I love her attention to happy detail, especially when it includes fabric lampshades:


Adoring this outfit, the beanie, and the sunglasses.  Tres chic.


Louise Johansen's home in Denmark is making me wish my 23 and me results came back with more Scandanavian in my DNA.  How cheery is her home?!


Officially smitten with La Double J, a Milanese brand that was the brainchild of J.J. Martin.   Everything the Italian company designs screams happy, mod, and chic:


Another thing giving me LIFE is 305 Fitness.  If you live in NY (or LA, DC, Boston), get yourself to a class immediately.  It's a cardio dance workout with a live DJ spinning music in the room. I saw a girl wearing a bandana in her ponytail at a class a few months back and found it to be the cutest thing ever, so obviously had to start doing it myself (I wear this one in navy).  I love the bandana look for everyday outfits, too:



Don't even get me started on how in to Rebecca de Ravenel's home I am.  It's borderline obsession.


When I see a room like this, I know there must be a God:



Heart eyes x 10.

Happy Tuesday all....  

XOXO,

Sam






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