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?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Think Pink

The weather here in Houston was perfect yesterday and it made me so happy.  Seeing/feeling the sun shine all day with no clouds in the sky can do wonders for your mood. Although I was wearing all black (or course!), the sunny weather made me wish I had on one of my favorite colors- bright pink.  Whether it be a mini skirt, a midi skirt, a dress, or a pair of heels- adding a little pink to your outfit can do wonders for your disposition and always seems to make a statement:

I always love seeing bright, bold colors paired with leopard print:

Fancy a little pink in your life?  What's your favorite color to wear during the warmer months?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Designer Crush: Carrie Hatfield Design

I love discovering new designers who have a thoughtful design eye.  I think it takes great skill to slow down and plan a room along with the details. I thought I'd start off the week by sharing one designer I feel has an immaculate style - Carrie Hatfield Interior Design.  Based in Dallas, Carrie started her design business in 2003 after working under designer David Cadwallader and Fort Worth architect John Sheffield.  Her work is always infused with interesting details and fun, modern touches:

I love the brass and lucite drapery hardware Carrie used in this sitting room.  It is so clear the level of detail Carrie thought out when pulling together the elements in this room.

Although I love the furniture pieces she puts in her spaces, I am most drawn to the accessories she picks to display in each room. 

I LOVE the brass and lucite chandelier Carrie put in this powder bath, and that she boldly paired it with a polished nickel washbasin.  Although it would seem mixing these two materials wouldn't work, I think it does in this space.  I also adore the malachite-bordered mirror:

Carrie lives in Dallas with her husband Reed and their daughters Claire, Cate, and Virginia.  Follow her on instagram here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday's Worthy Links

-I loved seeing Houston decorator Sally Wheat featured on Domino's "Get to Know" series.  She is one of my all-time favorites for her eclectic style and bold use of color, and she couldn't be sweeter in person.  A while back, I had the privilege of interviewing her on the blog here.

- Harper's Bazaar shares The 15 Most Iconic TV Wardrobes.  Which is your fave?  I'd have to go with Olivia Pope from Scandal.

-Speaking of dressing well, Eva Mendes was quoted yesterday saying she believes sweatpants are the #1 cause of divorce in America.  What do you think? I live in dresses and skirts during the day, but when it comes to lounging at home at night, I refuse to give up my comfy pajamas.

-I officially found my new favorite instagram- Ashley Longshort Art.  While I love her artwork, what really has me hooked are her hilarious posts (warning- they're explicit).  I was lying in bed last night scrolling through them and (literally) laughing out loud.

-Aziz Ansari is my favorite comedian of all time.  He released a new standup on Netflix, and explains why we're the flakiest generation of all time.  

-I've been eyeing a few pieces from the Serena & Lily sale on One Kings Lane (hello mint barstools!), and also love to see my favorite hotel of all time, Hotel St. Cecilia, featured on the page.  Someone please buy this navy velvet sofa before I do.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wallpaper Crush: Rose Cumming's Zebrine

I've always had a penchant for a good animal print.  Simultaneously bold and timeless, utilizing animal prints can bring new energy and life to a space.   Unfortunately, they are so often done wrong when it comes to decor that they seem to get a bad rap.  One animal print motif that remains popular with designers since it's release in the 1930s, when it was used as a fabric in the post-prohibition nightclub El Morocco, is Rose Cumming's Zebrine wallpaper:

While not for the faint of heart, Zebrine jazzes up contemporary and traditional spaces alike.  I love how decorator Elizabeth Bauer used the navy and white color way on the walls and ceiling in her Gramercy Park studio apartment.  The coral sconce shades and accent pillows add a lively contrast to the blue. 

The black option is lovely in this stair landing:

I love the versatility of this paper.  While the pattern at first might seem limiting, Zebrine works for a variety of rooms- like this home office designed by Elizabeth Kimberly:

Ashley Whittaker used Zebrine in her NYC apartment kitchen, and added accents of yellow and red. 

She also gutted her entire kitchen and replaced dark cabinetry and terra-cotta floors with Carrara marble and white paint.  I love the bright, happy feel!

If you're afraid the lively pattern might be overwhelming, take a page from designer Mona Berman's book and use it on an accent wall, rather than the entire room:

So what do you think?  Would you use Zebrine in your own home?

 Zebrine wallpaper can be purchased through Dessin Fournir.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sam Loves (St. Patty's Day Edition)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of the holiday, mainly because I recall grade school classmates pinching me for forgetting to wear green.  Nevertheless, I'm down for any chance to focus on green because it is my favorite color:

Sam Loves (Top to Bottom):

I'm smitten over this outdoor seating area via Things That Inspire- it's finally patio weather in Houston, and this would be the perfect spot for relaxing!

Bauble Bar always has the cutest statement pieces for reasonable prices.  I love these Cloud Spike Earrings, $32, because they combine both blue and green, which are my favorite hues.

What would St. Patrick's Day be without a whiskey cocktail? Learn how to make a Whiskey Rickey on Jojotastic.

Quadrille's Conga Line fabric is an all-time favorite.  Purchase a throw pillow in the Moss & Aqua color via Arianna Belle/

The perfect vibrant desk for a child's room- Beverly Writing Desk $1,095

I live in cute sandals during the spring and summer.  How fun are these L*Space Fringe Sandals?  $75

Have a great St. Patty's Day!  Anyone going out to celebrate tonight?