Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday's Worthy Links- 7.28.17

Happy Friday!  Any big plans for the weekend?  I head back to NYC tomorrow morning after a fun week of vacation in Seaside, FL.  I'll be sad to say goodbye to my family (especially my niece and nephew) after such a fun week together.  Thank you to everyone who emailed/tweeted/instagram commented and shared their favorite spots in the 30A/Seaside/Destin area.  I tried to visit as many as I could!  Before stepping in to my last full day on vacation, I wanted to share my favorite links from this past week.


Friday's Worthy Links:

Don't blame yourself. - The New Yorker

Get inspired by these absolutely elegant small bathrooms- My Domaine

Speaking of small bathrooms, this has changed my before-work routine.  I prefer sitting down at my makeshift vanity to do makeup with this now versus leaning over my sink to try and use my minuscule bathroom mirror. - Amazon

I've been reading this book on my Kindle app and have found it so fascinating.  Next up, I want to read this in preparation for the upcoming movie! - Amazon

After receiving the few items I ordered from the #nSale, this was definitely my favorite. I ordered a size small and it fits perfectly.  If you want a looser look, size up. -Nordstrom

What to say (and not say) to a grieving friend. - A Cup of Jo

-How to piss off every New Yorker in 36 seconds. - You Tube

-Feeling particularly inspired by this design firm's portfolio. - Studio Life.style.

-What I wish I knew before I became an influencer. - The Man Repeller

-This resonated with me.  - Raptitude 

-I invested in these recently and I can't stop wearing them.  They made a little appearance in a recent instagram snap here, too! -The Frye Company

-Can't stop listening to this song when I get home from work and am unwinding. -You Tube

Have a great weekend!

XOXO,

Sam






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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sam Loves: 24

This week I've been at the beach with my family and it's been just lovely.  We're in Seaside, Florida where The Truman Show was filmed and I completely understand why they chose this location:  it's absolutely dreamy.  We rented a beach house this week to celebrate my mom and dad's birthdays and we've all been going back and forth between the house's pool and the beach nearby.  Last night we made a low country shrimp boil on the back porch and today we're going out to a restaurant for dinner in 30A.  It's been so nice to get out of the concrete jungle for the week and enjoy the slow pace of vacation.  Because of vacation vibes, I'm drawn to soft summer hues like sky blue and sea green this week and a mix of textures that only beach life can inspire:



Sam Loves: 24 (From top to bottom, left to right):

Sundrop Earrings, $49.95/

Idyllic seating arrangement designed by Summer Thorton Design, featured on Circa Lighting's website.

Jenny Wolf's newly renovated Cobble Hill townhouse is perfect down to the last drop.  The guest bedroom features bedding by Leontine Linens and Farrow & Ball's Oval Room Blue on the walls./

20" x 26" Retro Mod Small Navy II Art Piece, $149/

Catalina Lace Up Dress, $170/

Urban Electric Harford Light Fixture hanging in a stunning kitchen, both designed by Steven Gambrel/

Kayu Coco Bag, $160/

Set of 10 Gold Greek Key Goblets, $275/


Happy Thursday!

XOXO,

Sam




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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NYC Travel Guide: Flatiron District

I'm excited to bring you another comprehensive guide to one of my favorite pockets of New York:  the Flatiron District!  Generally speaking, the Flatiron District is bound by Union Square and Greenwich Village to the south, Chelsea to the west, 25th Street and NoMad to the north,  and Gramercy Park to the east.  It has long been associated with some of the best dining in the city, great home decor stores, and a few iconic structures- like the Flatiron Building and the Met Life Building.  Read on for my must-see spots in the district.


I have been working at 31st and Fifth for about a year now, so my close proximity to the Flatiron area has given me ample opportunity to explore and notate my favorite spots for you guys.  Read on for my favorite places to eat!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday's Worthy Links - 7.21.17

Tomorrow morning I fly to Florida to spend a week on the beach with my family.  I can't wait to hang out with my niece and nephew and just relaxxxx.  Is there anything as relieving as putting up your "out of office" message on email?  I think not.  On that note, if anyone has recommendations for cool things to do or great places to eat in Destin please do let me know (why am I already hearing crickets?).  Read on for this week's links!



Friday's Worthy Links:


A teenager's summer bucket list was found last week in an Urban Outfitters dressing room, and her list is simultaneously horrifying and impressive.  The New York Times rebutted with this fabulous 35-year-old woman's bucket list.   

Today the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to everyone so let the mayhem begin.  I was personally crushed to find that many of the items I had in my cart where already sold out.   Thankfully, these, these and these are still available as I had my eye on all 3 since first scouring the sale. Also grabbing this which will be perfect for OU football games, Also: this, this, and this.

I've always had a bit of a crush on this guy.  He's making me want to travel to India, stat. 

Vacation or trip?  A Helpful Guide for Parents.  Even though I'm not a parent I found this very funny.

I plan to try this soon.  I've become acutely aware of how much time I spend mindlessly scrolling through my phone and it isn't adding to my life or making me happier; in fact, it's starting to make me angry.  I want to be more in the moment and content without needing to revert to opening my phone when I have a few idle minutes to spare.  My first step was disabling push notifications on Instagram and deleting the Facebook app.  So far, so good.  In fact, it's a bit relieving!  I think learning to curate how much time I actively spend on apps is the goal.  Does anyone else struggle with this?

Thank you My Domaine for including moi in your small space living article.

Have a great weekend, everyone!  


XOXO,

Sam



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Home Decor Picks

On Monday I shared my favorite clothing/accessory selections from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so today I thought I'd share all the great home decor I've found that's also part of this insane sale.  If you're new to the game, don't worry, I'll catch you up to speed.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is truly one of a kind- each year, the store runs a sale that features all the hot items predicted for the coming season.  That means you can stock up on a Burberry jacket for nearly half the price, everyday booties that'll carry you through fall, and the coveted Le Mer miracle working cream at the lowest price you'll likely ever come across.   I love that home decor is part of the sale, too! My favorite discovery from perusing the home  section of the sale was the Dash & Albert rug offerings.  We specify Dash & Albert runners and rugs all the time for design clients because they are extremely durable and beautiful.  Many of their rugs are indoor/outdoor, which tells you just how functional they are.  There are other great vases, pillows, rugs, and even a bar cart included- see below for my picks.




Shop my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Home Decor Picks:

1.) Wicker Barrel Picnic Basket $88.90 (Normally $134)

2.) Eightmood Drops Vase $62.90 (Normally $95)

3.) Dash & Albert Annabelle Rug in Gray $17.90-$679 (Normally $25-950 - I also love this one for all you leopard lovers, and this one would work great in a variety of spaces.)

4.) Dwell Studio "Lucienne" Sham $79.70 (Normally $119.99)

5.) Luigi Bormioli "Prezioso" Water Glasses $22.90 (Normally $35)

6.) Levtex Two-Tone Metallic Straw Basket $24.90 (Normally $39)

7.) Hobnail Glass Candle $20.90 (Normally $32)

8.) Sea Wave Framed Wall Art $25.90 (Normally $39) 

9.) Creative Co-Op Genuine Goat Hair Pillows $58.90 (Normally $89)

10.) Surya Scroll Wool Rug $148.90 (Normally $199)

11.) Metal Mirrored Rolling Bar Cart $149.90 (Normally $225)

12.) 400 Thread Count Organic Cotton Sateen Sheet Set in Grey Frost $65.90-95.90 (Normally $89-129)








Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Miles Redd's New Manhattan Office

Miles Redd always has been and always will be one of my favorite decorators.  His work is unabashedly bold, theatrical, inventive, and inspiring- all at the same time.   His coffee table book is one of my all-time favorites and chock full of glossy images.  When I lived in Houston, I tore out a few of my favorite pages from his book and framed them around the house.  Don't worry, I have a second copy of the book that remains unharmed.  To me, he epitomizes how fun designing a home can be if you stay true to your imagination and creativity.  A good friend of mine now rents the office space underneath his Nolita townhome for her business, Crowns by Christy.  When I found out who lived above her, I had a fan-girl moment.  Unfortunately, I have yet to meet Miles in person, but I know it'll happen eventually at an industry event (fingers crossed).   I was thrilled to see his new Manhattan office featured in Architectural Digest this month:


His new 1,800 square foot office located in Chelsea was designed in collaboration with architecture firm Bories & Shearron.  The front hallway, shown above, is covered in a linen fabric printed with branches and leaves.  The fabric is accented with a black grosgrain trim meant to resemble a tent.  The front door is covered in black horsehair as is the powder room door shown to the left.  The opposite side of the powder room door is my favorite element: jewel-toned silk velvets are pieced together to create a Cubist-like collage.  Brass nailheads are arranged on the door in a format that resembles paneling:


The creativity!  The genius!  I'm stunned.

The marquetry doors open on to a Saarinen conference table:


 Strips of antiqued mirror line on the framing of the bookshelves add a bit of zhush to the conference room:


The office's kitchen is covered in robins-egg blue Formica and framed in polished nickel.  The obtrusive pole is made a tad more chic when wrapped in rope:


Miles Redd and his team pose on a sofa in their office's main room, fittingly covered in a bold green silk velvet:


{See the full tour on Architectural Digest}

I love this excerpt from The Big Book of Chic.  I think it sums up what is so special about Miles' design approach:

“This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me. When all is said and done and I am long forgotten, maybe someone will find this book in a dusty library—if such a thing still exists—and glimpse a bit of the pleasure my life has given me. I want them to have the sensation of dancing across an MGM soundstage, silhouetted in a klieg light, because that was my intention with this book, a very personal blend of work and fantasy.”

Miles also recently released a collection of furniture with Ballard Designs.  I love that he put his unique, personal touch on items that are priced accessibly.  I can't get enough of the frill detail on this swivel chair skirt or the shade on this column lamp.

Have a great Tuesday!

XOXO,

Sam

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Style Picks

The big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has begun for Nordstrom card holders, and soon it will be open to everyone this Friday.  This sale is different than most normal sales because they slash prices on the hottest items from the approaching season.  After the sale is over, the items won't simply disappear from the website- they'll still be listed, but back at the regular prices.  When retailers have a crazy sale, it's typically because they're trying to get rid of items left in inventory that aren't moving at their current price.  Swimsuits 70% off at the end of August are great, but you likely won't be able to enjoy them till the following summer, when newer styles will be out.   I always utilize the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to purchase essential pieces I know I'll wear all fall and winter, like a smart winter coat at 30% off or the designer "it" bag for nearly half off.  Here are a few other favorites from the sale:


Shop Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks:

1.) Madewell Checkmate Fringe Scarf $38.90 (Normally $59.90)

2.) Skagen Anita Leather Strap Watch $99 (Normally $155)

3.) Precious Metal Earrings $29.90 (Normally $46)

4.)  Kensie Skirted Tweed Coat $139.90 (Normally $218).  And I also love this guy.

5.) Halogen Corbin Genuine Calf Hair Slide $59.90 (Normally $89.95) 

6.) Wool Blend Missoni Scarf $139 (Normally $212)

7.) Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Nuback Crossbody Bag $149.90 (Normally $255)

8.) North Face ThermoBall Prima Lift Hooded Parka in Eggplant $169.90 (Normally $230)

9.) Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie $99 (Normally $149.95).  For a taller option to carry you through the winter, I love these.

10.) Mother Denim High Waist Crop Bootcut Jeans $149.90 (Normally $235)

11.) Rebecca Taylor Cotton Shirtdress $196.90 (Normally $295)

12.) J. Crew Tipped Pajama Shirt $57.90 (Normally $78)

13.) Michael Kors Mixed Media Hooded Jacket in Khaki $109.90 (Normally $168)


Happy Shoppin!

XOXO,

Sam


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