Monday, January 28, 2019

Fashion File: Chic Belts

I love that both thick and thin belts are back in style for women.  As a kid, I remember watching my mom get dressed- and no outfit was complete without the thick leather belt at the waist, similar to this one.  Then, later in the 90s early 2000s the super skinny belt came in style.  I had a few in my middle school clothing rotation that were probably from Limited Too.  Now, all widths of belts are in style and as someone who loves an outfit with a defined waist, I couldn't be happier.

{Georgia Tordini}

2 belts I doubt will ever go out of style are the Hermes belt:

I love the look of a thick belts over a jacket or thick coat:

And I'll always love a good skinny belt, too:

I never thought I'd see the day when fanny packs came back in to style, but alas... here we are.  A few chic belts with packs:

{Michelle Madson}

What's your favorite style of belt?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Sam Loves: 31

We've almost survived January!  In celebration, I put together a long overdue "Sam Loves" post, with a few things I've been inspired by + eyeing lately...


1.) Fashion designer Stefano Pilati's Paris duplex, designed in conjunction with architect Bruno Caron.

2.) Kenneth Jay Lane gold-plated clip earrings, $56/

3.) Beachfront Fringed Coasters, $45/set of 4

4.) Topshop Lily Knit Back Midi Coat, $75 (40% OFF RIGHT NOW)/

5.) Madeline Wicker Chair, $600/

6.) 2019's mantra. 

7.) Just loving this eclectic, loud outfit from Paris Fashion Week 2018, spotted on Who What Wear.  Re-create the look with these booties, this skirt (or this top), and these earrings.

8.) Man Repeller Loafers, $395/  Leandra Medine recently released a collection with Shopbop, and I'm smitten.  

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ruffled Up

Allow me to indulge my feminine side today and discuss one of my favorite design surface details- the ruffle.  I promise to supplement this post with a more masculine, tailored design post in the near future, but today I wanted to share a discussion of the history of the ruffle as well as some of my favorite rooms with ruffled upholstery or curtains:

Friday, January 11, 2019

At Home in Marrakech

I finally booked a trip to Morocco next fall after dreaming of traveling there for many moons.  I've specified dozens of Moroccan leather poufs, Beni Orian rugs, and Moorish tiles during my design career and always planned to eventually explore the colorful city in person.  So, I was thrilled to open this month's Elle Decor and lay eyes on the modern, colorful Marrakech riad of Caitlin and Samuel Dove- Sandes.  The LA-based couple moved to Morocco twelve years ago, intending to stay for only a year- but within weeks, they had purchased an 18th-century home to renovate:

Every touch of their new home feels bespoke, and much of it is- created specifically for them by local Moroccan artisans.   The painted blue stripe on the stair feels like a chic runner, and the floor tile pattern was designed by the couple.  Once they began collaborating and working with the Moroccan craftspeople on their home's design, they were inspired to open their own decorating firm and tile shop, called Popham Design.  More recently, the couple has launched Popham +, which includes furniture, lighting, and accessories.  They used many of their new products in the riad's design:

The kidney-shaped mirrors and stool in the couple's bathroom on the right are from Popham +.

{To read the original story, go to Elle Decor}
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