Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Best of 4th of July Sales

Today after work I'm heading out to the Hamptons to celebrate the 4th.  My friends and I have been getting a share house for the past few summers near Montauk and it's always my favorite time of the year- it's fun to lay by the pool, relax, and just catch up outside of the city.  I wish I could stay for the entire week, but I have a big design install next week in Martha's Vineyard that I need to prepare for- so going up for the day will have to do!    If you're in the mood to shop, I've shared my favorite 4th of July sales below for your perusal...




{john robshaw's country home}



Best of 4th of July Sales...

Anthropologie- Take an extra 25% off already-on-sale items.  I've been eyeing this for awhile, adore this, these, and these.

Barneys- Extra 35% off select items.

H&M- Select pieces starting at $4- my picks include these sunnies (or these), this swimsuit, and this.

J. Crew Factory- 50% off everything!  Love this, this suit, and this top.

Madewell- Take 20% off summer must haves with code SPARKLER at checkout.  Lusting for this, these,  and this.

Rebecca Taylor- Take an additional 30% off sale items with code JULY30 at checkout.  This dress, this,  this, and these are calling my name. 

Happy shoppin' & happy 4th!

XOXO,

Sam




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sam Loves: 30

My favorite time of year is summer- there's no question about it.  With Memorial Day behind us and July 4th almost here, I'm loving everything red + white + blue.  I have trips to the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard and Seaside, FL coming up in the next few months (by the way- any recs for Seaside or MV would be much appreciated, I've only been to each place once!) and here's what's on my wishlist for my travels:



Sam Loves: 30 (top to bottom, left to right)

Chambray Smocked off-the-shoulder Dress $15// Strappy Bow Wedges, $128/Embroidered Red and White Table Runner, $35/Lisa Marie Fernandez Crepe Bikini, $98 per piece (THIS is cute, too!) / Cult Gaia Bamboo Bag, $230/Oversized Mixed Bead Earrings $42/Ippolita 18 karat gold earrings $450/White Wrap-Front Romper, $80/






Monday, June 18, 2018

Take a Chill Pill

Last week one of my childhood best friends, Sarah, came to visit New York with her mom and we all shacked up in my cozy studio.  Neither Sarah or her momma had ever been to Manhattan, so they had a packed schedule of events and sights to see while I was at work.  After work, we'd meet for a bite, go to a show (we fit in both a trip to Comedy Cellar and last minute tickets to the Broadway show Waitress), and inevitably I'd make them walk a lot further than they wanted to after a full day.  I'm famous for chirping, "one more block and we'll be there!" when in actuality we have 6 blocks left.  I believe it is all about positivity and encouragement when you are dragging NY tourists around far too many places.  On our last day, I showed them the Guggenheim and we stopped in for awhile to explore the gift shop.  While looking around, I fell in love with a piece by Ray Geary called "Pill Explosion":




I love any art form that has an irreverance and humor to it- especially if it pokes fun at society- and 30 colorful pills cast in resin are certainly no exception.  But that price!!  I imediately began contemplating whether or not I could re-create something like this myself (highly unlikely).  The DIY version would mean having to sweet talk a few old ladies on the subway in to opening their pill boxes for me- and that is no easy feat.  For now, I'll have to just remain an admirer of Ray's work:





I started researching other artists who'd made pills the subject of their art, and found some very cool stuff.




Society 6 has a lot of cool pill-inspired artwork, too- for very affordable prices:


And then I came across the work of Susie Freeman:













Might I suggest you take a chill pill (or get a shopping high) to start your Monday?

XO,

Sam



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Things I'm Loving

I'm so happy this weekend is Memorial Day.  I'm headed to see my best friend Grace in Houston this Friday, and I can't wait to hit up all of my favorite H-town spots (Lupe Tortilla... Kuhl-Linscomb... Tiny Boxwoods... Anvil... The Menil).  It'll be nice to get out of town for a bit and go back to a place I used to call home.  I'm sorry my blog posting has been so sporadic these days.  I keep wondering if my days of blogging are coming to a close.  The inspiration is all still there, the desire to share is still on the surface... but for some reason it's become increasingly hard for me to formulate a thought-provoking blog post.  So, at least for now, I can't promise any sort of structure in my posting schedule- or even any structure in my posts themselves- but I do still plan to be in touch here and there as the mood strikes me.  Today's post is a random compilation of things I dig right now...


Nail inspo (for all you New Yorkers, my favorite nail spot is The Gel Bar):


Swimsuit season is here, and I adore this Tularosa Sofia One Piece, $93:





This shop has an incredible stock of great rugs. I have my eye on this Turkish Rug, 7' x 10', $625:


Smoking slippers by Soludos:




An embroidered romper (this one is cute, too) in a punchy cherry paired with a straw handbag:



Poul Henningsen pendant in variations of pink:


And lastly, a quote that's hitting home this week:

A few other honorable mentions.... Esther Perel's podcast, this book, the Kips Bay Showhouse (go before it closes May 31st!), this nursery, this exhibit.

XOXO,

Sam








Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wisteria 60% Off Sale!

One of my favorite decor and furniture stores, Wisteria, is having a huge warehouse sale right now, with up to 60% off furniture and accessories.  I'm not sure how long the sale will last, as it says "for a limited time", so if you're in the market for a new furniture piece or two, I'd go check it out right away!  Below are a few of my favorite items from the sale...


Lidded Jars, Small $179 $124:






Sleek Side Table, $549 $439:


 Also available in gray:
Dhurrie Ottoman, $749 $449:




Verona Side Table, $649 $299:


Modena Convex Mirror, $899 $599:



Elaborate Carved Mirror, $599 $399

Acrylic X-Base Stool, $599 $399:


Limewash Coffee Table $799 $449:



Clarence Side Chair $299 $179:
Angular Gilt Coffee Table, $499 $319:
Teak Cube Side Table, $329 $199 (this one is great, too):
Also loving this, this, and this.

Happy shoppin'!




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Wildflower

One of my favorite reads from last year was Drew Barrymore's memoir, WildflowerA former boss of mine just so happened to share a housekeeper with Drew (the Upper East Side is such a small place), and got a personal copy signed directly from Barrymore.   The book is both fascinating and heartwarming, as Drew discusses her troubled upbringing as well as her work in the film industry and her journey becoming a mother.   I found myself oddly tearing up here and there while reading- Drew's stories and writing style are both so heartfelt. There are so many great quotes from this book that I thought I'd share a few of my favorites...


“I love my life and it takes every step to get to where you are, and if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there. No life is without them, so what are yours, and what did you do with the lessons? That is the only way to live.” 


"I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I'm actually really proud.  I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons."



“My dad. I don’t really know where to begin other than to say he simply wasn’t a “dad.” He was this mythical creature. Part unicorn, part violent storm. And although he separated from my mom when she was pregnant, I somehow knew to forgive him. It’s as if I could grasp as a kid that this horse was so wild, he couldn’t be pinned down, and even if he could I am not sure you would want him around. This was the kind of man you saw in small doses. They were memorable. Sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, sometimes quotable.” 



“It's ironic that we rush through being "single" as if it's some disease or malady to get rid of or overcome. The truth is, most likely, one day you will meet someone and it will be gone. And once it's gone, it's really gone! Why does no one tell us how important it is to enjoy being single and being by yourself? That time is defining and amazing and nothing to "sure". It is being alone that will actually set you up the best for being with someone else.” 


“I was so struck by the magnificent beauty of the sunset as I sat there, quiet. The silence allowed me to ask myself: What if I did get the chance at life all over again? What would I do differently? What would I keep and what would I leave??? My older self was welcoming my younger self into an early womanhood.”


"You can't live your life blaming your failures on your parents and what they did or didn't do for you.  You're dealt the cards that you're dealt. I realized it was a waste of time to be angry at my parents and feel sorry for myself."


“I feel like I was born the day my kids were and that my life before was only there to gain wisdom for them. The point is you do your best. Your very best every day. You do it- and you do it for them!” 


I adore Drew.  You can read more about Wildflower here.






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