Thursday, December 28, 2017

Black Magic

Tomorrow I am heading to New Orleans to celebrate New Years with a group of my friends from New York.  I've been to Nola two times before but never really had a good experience, so I'm hopeful the third time's the charm.  I definitely want to visit some favorite antique shops along Magazine Street and maybe partake in an architecture bike tour.  We plan to try a sandwich at Turkey and the Wolf, now that it has been named "The #1 Best New Restaurant of 2017". I'm also working to convince my friends to do a Ghost and Vampire Tour with me- I'm fascinated by all the black magic and voodoo the city is known for.   To prepare for the spirit of the Big Easy,  I thought I'd share all the moody dark hues I'm inspired by today:

















{Luxury Redefined by Ryan Korban}










Seasoned New Orleaners, please share with me your favorite spots in the city on instagram here, or in the comments.

Peace out 2017!

XOXO,

Sam








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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Favorite Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks

Happy Tuesday and Merry Christmas! Since I don't have to be back at work until January 2nd, I plan on continuing to celebrate the holiday til then.  I'm back in Oklahoma City visiting my family and it's been so nice to chill out and relax and just be present with them.  I've been binge-watching Bloodline on Netflix and we're planning on seeing Lady Bird in theaters later today.  I also loved watching my niece and nephew (ages 4 and 1, respectively) open toys.  I hope everyone enjoyed opening gifts and gifting others this Christmas. In case there's still something you're hoping for, or if you have a little Christmas money you're looking to spend,  I wanted to share that Nordstrom has officially launched their Half Yearly Sale which runs through January 2nd.  I thought I'd share my favorite finds from the sale with you today (many items marked down 50%).  Apologies in advance if anything you click on is now sold out- it seems like everything is disappearing rather quickly!

1.) These CZ studs are the perfect, delicate size and are truly a jewelry staple:
http://bit.ly/2C3saTm
2.) Steve Madden Gabbie Thigh High Boot, $129.95 $77.96 - I got these this year and think they look almost identical to my Stuart Weitzman All Good thigh highs (but for much less $$)- great quality and they're comfortable (and here's an option with a heel):



3.) BaubleBar Criselda Ball Shoulder Duster Earrings- $48 $28.80:




The Finnigan Faux Leather Crossbody Bag reminds me a bit of the Chloe satchel, but for 1/10th of the price! $49.95 $29.95:
Woven Back Sweater (comes in 4 colors), $89 $53 (also love this one):



This Metallic Purse would be adorbs for a New Years Eve outfit $39 $19.49:


Mother Frayed Ankle Jeans, $228 $152.76:





Mesh Watch, $20 $9.98:

Tory Burch Celeste Faux Fur Trim Wool Coat, $898 $538.90 (also love this one!):


Bernardo Hooded Packable Down Coat $179 $98.90:



This leather handbag is large enough to carry a laptop and reminds me of Fendi's Peekaboo bag- $294 $119.97:


Two Tone Herringbone Scarf, $12.98:

Cole Haan Abbot Chelsea Boot $200 $139.90:













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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

San Francisco Done the Miles Redd Way

As I've often shared on my blog before (most recently here), in my eyes Miles Redd can do no wrong.  He is the interior design master of "more is more" and never shies away from grand expression.  While it would be easy to combine so many differing textures, periods, and colors and get it completely wrong, I believe Redd's expertise lies in the way he edits a space.  When I saw that he had been hired by a San Francisco family to help with their home's renovation and redecoration, I was intrigued.  Mainly because when you think of Miles Redd, you do not think of San Francisco.  San Fran has become synonymous with uber modern, sleek, pared down design.  And Miles Redd is anything BUT pared down- which is why I love him.  Nonetheless, the images of the SF family's finished home were breathtaking:


The home was originally built in the early 1900s, but architect Gil Schafer renovated the home before Miles came on to do the interiors. In typical Miles Redd form, a leopard stair runner is paired with a poppy apricot wall in the main entrance and stair hall.   Despite the young family having 4 lively kids, the husband and wife wanted the home filled with antiques and rich carpets that tell a story:  “Antiques are such a good value today, and they’re great for a family lifestyle; they’ve already been through a lot and will go through more,” says the mother of four.  Her youngest is a two-year-old boy who runs wild among the Georgian pier tables, Louis XV and XVI chairs, and clusters of blue-and-white porcelain. Multiple patterns conceal wear and tear, and, the client observes, “old carpets are pretty much indestructible.”

 {Art on wall by Robert Silvers}

Loving the bright faux leather the kitchen banquette is upholstered in - perfect for withstanding the wear and tear of 4 cute kids:


A happy chinoserie wallpaper lines the walls of the master bedroom.  I love that Redd mixed high with low, combining economical options (like the drinks table below) with expensive antiques, like this bergere that was purchsed at auction:


The living room walls are upholstered in an aquamarine satin fabric while a delicious antique Persian rug covers the floor:


More chinoserie wallpaper in the lavish dining room:


A Brunschwig & Fils blue leopard fabric cover the daughter's headboard and bed skirt, while a Gustavian desk sits nearby- serving both as a desk and nightstand.


Who wouldn't want a headless Grecian statue in their master bath?



"Tradition may be out of fashion at the moment, but given the allure of this family-friendly anachronism on the West Coast, perhaps it’s time to start stocking up on languishing antiques. “It’s a great, interesting, eclectic mix, the modern next to something very old,” the wife says. “And it’s still going to be amazing in 30 years. This will hold up.” - Architectural Digest

Another home run by Redd.

{photograhed by Trevor Tondro, original feature here.}

Monday, December 18, 2017

Gift Guide: Under $50

Raise your hand with me if you still have most of your Christmas shopping to do.  I'm not typically a procrastinator, but when it comes to Christmas gifts I can never get my act together.  I tend to overthink gifting and try to come up with the most *unique* gifts I can for my friends and family, and before I know it I'm out of time.  Luckily, some companies have us last-minute-gifters in mind and are offering speedy shipping almost right up to Christmas Eve.  Also, some are running some pretty awesome sales- like J. Crew (40% off everything through December 19th with code TIME2GIVE) and Anthropologie (25% off everything + free shipping, no code required).  I thought I'd round up a few favorite gift ideas today that won't break the bank AND will arrive in time to stick underneath the tree:



Shop Gifts Under $50:

1.) Gabriela Tassel Earrings $48/
2.) Indigo Vines iPhone case $35/
3.) Herringbone Twill Scarf $49.50 (40% off through December 19th with code TIME2GIVE)/
4.) Emilia Embroidered Organic Sheet Sets, $22+/Medium Monogrammed Pouch, $45 (40% off through December 19th with code TIME2GIVE/
5.) Ribbed beanie with faux-fur pom pom $39.50/
6.)  Monogram Tassel Keychain, $15/
7.) Double-Knit Half-Zip Pullover, $35.50 with code TIME2GIVE
8.) Chevron Plush Faux Fur Throw $49/
9.) Half-Moon Drop Statement Earrings, $16/
10.) Camp Socks, $12.50/ (and some for the males, too)
11.) Bejeweled Flask $18/
12.) Medium Pouch in Italian leather $45/

Also digging this set, wanting to add this and this to my coffee table, a cute gift for your favorite furry friend, and what I plan to wear for the upcoming 7 days at home.  I also plan to get this for my 4 year-old niece.  Here are a few more ideas...






Gift Guide: For Your Momma
Gift Guide: For the Host & Hostess

Have a great week!

XOXO,

Sam

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


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