Friday, December 8, 2017

Gift Guide: For Your Momma

Hi guys!  A post on Friday for the first time this week- better late than never, right?  Truth be told, I'm still recovering from my 30th b-day celebration in Palm Springs last weekend.   We had such a fun time that naturally this week I've felt a little of the post-vacation blues. But,  it's Friday, a new weekend is ahead of us, and I'm back with a gift guide for my favorite person to buy for- mom.  My momma deserves an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii for all the grief I've caused her through the years.  I keep telling her that the day I can send her there in style (first class airplane tickets, men hired to fan her with palm leaves 24/7, etc) is the day her trip will be booked.  Until then, all I can offer her is my love and a thoughtful gift or two...



Shop This Board:

1.) Annie Selke Fleece French Blue Hooded Robe $110/ I'm not your typical robe-and-house-shoes kind of gal, but the fleece this baby is made of has to be the softest I've ever felt.  I'm actually wearing this little slice of heaven as I sit at my kitchen table and type this post this morning- I had to try it out to make sure it's good enough for my mom. ;)  Also, when you click over to Annie Selke's site, you can get 15% off your order by signing up for their newsletter!



2.) Gold Canvas Tote Bag  $55-75/the cooler version of a typical LL Bean... because we can all finally admit our moms are pretty effin' cool.

3.) Woman on a Mission Trinket Dish $10/For every trinket dish sold, West Elm partnering with FEED will donate 5 meals to families in need. 

4.) Cozy Nights Cropped Kimono $118/This wrap is perfect for my momma, who somehow is always cold.

5.) Monogram Pendant Necklace $38/nameplates might be out, but one letter monograms are very much in (at least in my book).

6.) Breathe Mama Breathe $10.35/for all the busy moms (new and old) who too often forget to take a moment for themselves (this looks amazing, too).

7.) UGG Fleece Lined Socks $49.50/ These are to cure your mom's craving to bring out her favorite pair of UGG boots.  Tell her it's not 2005 anymore, and gift her these cozy socks instead.

8.) Slip Silk Eye Mask $45/because what momma can't see, can't hurt her.

More gifting ideas...

Annie Selke is one of my favorite go-to sites for unique gifts- I'm a big fan of Annie's new Precious Metals Holiday Collection, including this, this, and this:



When readers click over to Annie Selke they will get a pop up tosign up for the newsletter to receive 15% off their first order.

Dying over these hilarious t-shirts...

And a few other finds:






I love you mom!

XOXO,

Sam


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

30


I've sat down to write this post a handful of times but haven't gotten very far without feeling like my heart might burst (or, that I might tear up).  Today I turn the big 3-0, and I'm celebrating the day surrounded by 7 wonderful friends in Palm Springs... and more than anything, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and happiness.

I look back at my 20s and while there were many highlights, I'm happy to leave them behind, turn the page, and step in to the next chapter.  What's that chapter going to look like for me?  Anything is my guess.  I've stopped creating rigid expectations for my future because I've discovered it prevents me from being as open to change as I'd like to be.   When you try to control things, you can only take 1 path- the one you know.  And I'd like to spend some time exploring what I still don't know.  My new tool for measuring success in my life is continually asking myself, "am I staying curious?  am I learning something new on a regular basis?  am I practicing vulnerability?  am I stretching in the direction of kindness, forgiveness, and goodness?"

Moving to New York was without a doubt the best decision of my 20s.  It was exactly the change of pace I needed after reeling from a premature divorce.  At that time I had completely lost myself-  the person in the mirror wasn't a girl I recognized or liked.  There's really nothing scarier then getting to a place in your life you thought you'd wanted to be in all along and suddenly realizing none of it fits you; none of it feels right.  I thought I'd figure it out as I went along, wading further and further in to the confusion until eventually I was drowning- and I started to wonder if I'd ever walk firmly on my own two feet again.  I started grabbing at things so that they wouldn't float away, unknowingly preventing the inevitable flow of change that needed to happen.

It was a sad time- one full of grief, shame, bargaining, and loneliness.   But one I had to walk through alone, to recalibrate and see for myself what I was actually made of.  The craziest part?  I don't have 1 single regret.  The weird truth is I'm a better person for the mistakes I've made.  Not only did I come out the other side of the darkness stronger - but a little softer, too.  If you're going through any of this - confusion, heartache, divorce, fear surrounding a difficult decision you need to make - know this:  patience with yourself first.  Clarity will come.  You have endless amounts of strength inside of you that you aren't even aware of- I've discovered this one time and time again.

I look back with fondness on those first few months after moving to New York at 27.  Everywhere I turned there was a new adventure waiting to happen, the streets [and myself] pulsating with endless energy.  Honestly, over 2 years in, I still feel reinvigorated by this city on a regular basis.  One day I'll write a book about the crazy experiences I've had here, both personal and work-related, but I have a feeling it'll be a much more interesting story another 30 years down the line.

This year something in me shifted in a very real way.  There's been less striving, and more contentment. I tried meditation (I highly recommend MINDFL classes for all you New Yorkers).  I moved in to a new apartment without roommates.  I learned to cook!  I designed for HGTV. I designed for an AD Top 100 firm. I spent lazy Sunday afternoons sprawled out in Central Park reading.  I experienced a few hard goodbyes, but there was also a friendship mended in the mix.  Maybe best of all, I can finally say with 100% authenticity I am perfectly okay (and maybe even pretty happy?) all on my own. 

I honestly thought I would be so depressed to leave my 20s.  Not only because the world worships youth but also because it feels like a very real "landmark" - A chance to compare yourself to your peers and the vague expectations you had for what your life would look like.  But I look back and feel nothing but gratitude at this moment for my 20s.  I'm healthy, I'm strong, I'm ready for anything... and I have 7 of the most extraordinary women by my side today.   I'm so ready for my 30s!




Cheers to all that lies ahead, and a heartfelt thanks for following along with me on this journey!

XOXO,

Sam

Monday, November 27, 2017

Best of Cyber Monday Sales

The fun never stops.  Most of the online Black Friday sales are still going through the end of the day today, and additional sales + savings are launching today in honor of "Cyber Monday."


{Image via The Mine}

Here are a few of my favorite picks from 4 companies I love:



Shop this Board:

1.) Couture Calvin Sofa, 30% off TODAY ONLY with code "CYBER30" $1,046/
2.) Hans Wegner-style Rope Chair 30% off TODAY ONLY with code "CYBER30" $499/
3.)Leopard Throw Pillow Cover $24/
4.) Banana Leaf Pillow Cover $18/
5.) Geode Druzy Crystal Bracelet $26.95/
6.)Women's Tech Fleece Full Zip Hoodie $23/
7.)  Cheetah Storage Ottoman $49/
8.) Black Woven Basket $29.99/
9.) Short Scrunch Boot, $15 off purchases of $75 or more, $74/
10.) Wonderboom Waterproof Speakers, $15 off purchases of $75 or more, $75/ (another cute option here).
11.) Holiday Artist Print Tin Candle, $12

And a few more noteworthy Cyber Monday sales not to miss before the day is over...

Carbon 38:

-Take an extra 40% off with code "CYBER38" at checkout.  This website is my favorite place to buy workout clothes an accessories, like the jeweled barre socks I'm wearing in this image:




Etsy:

-Up to 60% off when you shop Etsy for Cyber Week this week.  This or this would make the perfect housewarming gift, and this is a great groomsmen/boyfriend gift (also love this).

The Mine:

-30% off with code "CYBER30" - today only!  The Mine is a great source for furniture and home decor from a few of my favorite designer brands- like Bunny Williams Home, Visual Comfort & Co, Jonathan Adler, and Maitland Smith

Target:

-There are too many Cyber Monday Target deals to list them all- but a few include 30% off kids' clothes, up to 40% off furniture and rugs, and lots of discounts on holiday decor

Urban Outfitters:

-$50 off purchases of $150 or more, $15 off purchases of $75 or more.  Now is the perfect time to stock up on their cute boots for fall, Supergas, and strappy heels for holiday parties.  I also love all the great tech accessories UO carries.

Horne // 15% off your purchase with code BFCM2017 11/24 – 11/27, some exclusions apply
All Saints // up to 40% off everything with code EPIC30 11/22 – 11/28
J.Crew // 40% off everything with code THANKU 11/21 – 11/26, 50% off with code SHOPFAST 11/27
Kiehl’s // $20 off $65+ with code JINGLE 11/10 – 11/30
Net-a-Porter // up to 50% off sale styles
Nordstrom // xtra 20% off selected sale items + free shipping and free returns
Parachute // 20% off everything with code SALE17 through today
Serena & Lily // 20% off everything 11/20 – 11/28
Shopbop // 20% off orders of $200+ 25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17 , an additonal 35% off sale items
Topshop //up to 50% off + free worldwide shipping 
Happy Shopping!!



Friday, November 24, 2017

Best of Black Friday Sales

There's nothing like Black Friday.  Just when you've completely overeaten and are lounging in your pajamas, nearly every website out there makes it entirely too easy to shop from your couch.  And the best part is the sales are the best of the year.  It's the perfect time to stock up for family and friends in preparation for the Christmas season... and the perfect time to splurge on a few things for yourself.  Today I wanted to share my very favorite Black Friday picks, as well as the best deals + discount codes from top websites:



Shop My Black Friday Picks:


1.) Cocoon coat in Italian wool (Use code THANKU) $210/     
  2.) J. Crew Sam Sunglasses (Use code THANKU) $70.80/

3.) Angel Sleeve Navy Dress (Use code EPIC30) $44.80/
4.) Fringed Leather Saddle Bag $151/5.) Asymmetrical Zip Boiled Wool Coat $103
6.) Circlet Gold Earrings $31/7.) Gabriela Tassel Earrings $48/
8.) Fluted Sleeve Red Mini Dress $42/ 9.) Easy High Neck Sweater $20
10.) Basic Tech Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves $57/ 11.) Piper Wedge Sandals $245/





BEST OF FASHION FINDS:

-ASOS: 30% off everything with code EPIC30.

-Bergdorf Goodman: 40% off designer collections.  I love this, this, this and this.

-J. Crew: 40% off with code THANKU at checkout. 





-Madewell: 25% off with code DONTSTRESS at checkout.  These booties, chic velvet mules in rich colors, and an effortless floral dress

-NastyGal: 50% off everything!!  No code needed.  What I'm eyeing: a chic dress for $25, this game for my Palm Springs girls trip, a neutral knit for winter, and a silk-wrap top

-Nordstrom: 20% off select sale items, 40% off select designer items.

-Saks:  Earn a $75 gift card when you buy $150 or more, up to 70% off with code BLKFRI17 at checkout.

-Shopbop: 75% off sale items (ahh!), 20% off items over $200, 40% off items over $400.  I adore these, this Alice + Olivia drop waist dress, and this





BEST OF HOME DECOR & FURNITURE:

-Domino:  15% off lighting & living room furniture.

-Horchow:  Up to 40% off with code HOLIDAY at checkout.  My favorites are this, this, and this, and I'm dying for this wreath and these trees to up my holiday decor game.

-Pottery Barn: 20% off & free shipping store-wide.  Love this, this, and this.

-West Elm:  Up to 30% off with code SAVEMORE.  Loving this tray, and happy to see one of my all-time favorite swivel chairs is included in the sale.





Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

Sam

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Julianne Moore's West Village Townhouse

I was sitting at my hair appointment on Saturday waiting for my color to process (any other double process blondes reading?  The struggle.is.real.  Shout out to the best colorist out there, Chris at Arrojo Soho!) when I picked up the latest issue of Architectural Digest.  As I was flipping through, I stumbled upon a tour of actress Julianne Moore's West Village townhouse.  I loved the modern, tailored feel of her space and immediately began guessing who her designer might be based on the style of her home- Roman & Williams?  Thomas O'Brien?  Ashe+Leandro?  As I skimmed the article, I was shocked to discover Moore designed the home herself!


Julianne had always dreamed of living in the West Village (who doesn't?) and when she discovered the townhouse she now resides in, she was instantly in love.  At the time, the 5-story home was split up in to different apartments.  The renovations were a family affair- Moore's husband's brother, Oliver Freundlich, served as her contractor. 


 The main alteration they made to the house's layout was moving the kitchen from the bottom floor up to the parlor floor, where ample natural light can stream in. Julianne says: 

“I don’t really like traditional kitchen cabinets or islands, so I wanted everything to feel like furniture. I copied the hood from a Vincent Van Duysen design I had seen.  I met him not long afterward, and I copped to stealing his design,” Moore says. “Ultimately, this is probably not the ideal cook’s kitchen, but then again I’m not the ideal cook..."  


{A Jack Piersen photograph hangs above a custom cabinet with Vola sink fittings}


I love the warm, neutral tones and organic forms of many of the pieces Marianne selected for the home, as well as the art selections from noted artists (including one of my favorites, Marilyn Minter).  Here, a Louis Bourgeois piece hangs above the black marble fireplace:


The master bedroom has a truly serene feel.  The Paavo Tynell standing lamp is my favorite piece in this room:


A Nan Goldin photograph hangs above a carrara marble tub by Kohler in the master bath.  I kind of wish Moore had chosen a more interesting light fixture here...


Replacing the kitchen's original spot on the bottom floor of the home is a cozy family room.  A Harvey Probber sectional is covered in an Edelman leather.  A vintage Danish chair and an Eames rocker covered in sheepskin sit opposite the sofa:


Moore married her longtime partner, Bart Freundlich, in the backyard garden of the home with 36 family and close friends present in 2003 (before the renovations took place).



Dying to know more?  You can read the full feature at Architectural Digest.

Have a great Wednesday!

XOXO,

Sam

Monday, November 20, 2017

Gift Guide: For the Host & Hostess

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm uncharacteristically feeling the holiday spirit this season.  I've already been burning my favorite holiday candle (thanks to my brother for the early bday present!), and saw that the larger 3-wick version is currently 25% off, AND I'm getting a mini tinsel tree for my apartment.  With Thanksgiving in just a few days and Christmas not too far off either, I have hostess holiday gift ideas on the brain.  Now, if you're coming to my place, the only thing you need to bring me is a bottle of Rombauer chardonnay.  But let's try to get a little more creative...


Gift Guide: For the Hostess with the Mostest


1.) MoMa Design Store Backgammon Set, $89/2.) Insulated Wine Totes $59/3.) Craft Cocktails Book $50/4.) Sugarfina "Taste of Paradise" Candy Bento Box $28/
5.) Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail Glasses $24 (these would look cute perched on this)/
6.) Essential Canvas Tote $45/7.) Snakeskin Table Runner $39.95/
8.) Embroidered Cocktail Napkins $28 (great dinner option here)/9.) Italian Throw $125/
10.) Silk Eye Mask & Neck Wrap Set $79 (love these ones too)/

Who's ready for a 3 day work week?!  



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekend Links 11.18.17

Happy Saturday!  I am so looking forward to going back to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving next week.  Can you believe it's already holiday season?  I've had to pinch myself a few times because I keep asking Alexa to "play Christmas music!" which is 100% out of character for me.  I'm typically a Scrooge.  No tree, no decorations... and definitely no Christmas tunes.  But as I sit in my apartment and write this, I have a CB2 white wreath on my front door and Bing Crosby singing out of my speakers.  



Weekend Links for Your Perusal:

-I've become fascinated with Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel, and am dying to read her two books, Mating in Captivity & The State of Affairs. I found her podcast conversation with Tim Ferriss so enlightening, and she did a follow-up Q&A session with viewers last week that really touched me.  Let me just say this:  I don't necessarily agree with everything she discusses, but I have learned a great deal from the insights she shares and the topics she explores from her 34 years of work as a psychotherapist in NYC.

-So impressed with all the participants of the latest One Room Challenge, but especially digging Naomi Stein's guest room transformation (those wallpapered doors!)

-Still loving this cheery Manhattan apartment designed by Miles Redd a few years ago (sitting room pictured above). Chartreuse + vivid pink silk + chinoiserie wallpaper + Damien Hurst artwork = design heaven.

-All the feels for this post from Mari Andrew.  Isn't her instagram the best?

-Jealous of Jackie Clair's latest thrift store find, a Frances Elkins-style loop chair. Housing Works here in NY is a gold mine for finding gently-used antiques and furniture treasures.

-Looking for inexpensive art?  I dig these printable posters.

-Just purchased this table for my apartment to work as a kitchen table of sorts and I have to say I am loving it.  I generally try to avoid buying from catalog stores because I love antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces, but I needed something badly and this fit the bill.  I also purchased two of these chairs which are currently at the upholsterer getting a facelift (but are so comfortable).

Have a nice, relaxing weekend!

XOXO,

Sam


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