Friday, October 21, 2016

Chick Lit: 6 Books I'm Loving Right Now

Reviewing the last 4 books I've read, they all center around one common theme:  women!  While I've always been an unabashed feminist, I'd like to think I'm a little too dignified to be grouped in with the easy reading, skim-the-surface chick lit crew.  I'm most drawn to non-fiction, specifically biographies and memoirs, because they allow me to jump in to someone else's brain for a bit and see what life looks like from their vantage point.   So today, I am sharing 6 books I've read/am reading/plan to read soon that are based on an individual's life and work and what they learned along the way. 

1.) The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo $28/2.) You'll Grow Out of It $17.57/3.) Wildflower by Drew Barrymore $9.75/4.) Lab Girl $26.95/5.) Milk and Honey $8.99/6.) Slim Aarons: Women $51.97

I started reading Amy's book last week on the plane home to OKC and love the stream-of-consciousness writing style.   Reading her cringe-worthy (but completely relatable) coming of age tales is both enjoyable an enlightening- 

2.) You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Comedian Jessi Klein wrote this book in a similar manner as Amy Schumer- sharing hilarious stories of an awkward adolescence and the odd experience of developing in to a modern, 21st century woman.  She throws in splashes of wisdom, as well-

Amen, sistah. 

3.) Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

One of my former professors shared this title with me and I can't wait to dive in to the story. Lab Girl is about the life and work of scientist Hope Jahren, who has built 3 laboratories over the years where she studies the life of seeds, flowers, trees, and soil. The book also touches on the relationships she's formed over the years and the incredible experiences she's encountered living the life of a female scientist. 

4.) Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

My old boss Amanda gave me this book and I treasured reading every bit of it.  I've always liked Drew Barrymore but I've never been any sort of super fan.  Still, like most people, I am intrigued by her childhood and her sudden rise to fame and all the drama that came along with that new Hollywood life.  I was surprised to find that many of the chapters made me tear up because of the purity and honesty in her writing.  You truly feel that Drew is baring her soul in this book, and I loved hearing how she'd made peace with all the pain and hardship she's experienced.  I also loved reading about her memories of being on various movie sets throughout the years.

5.)  Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I always look up Rupi's instagram when I'm feeling wistful, or nostalgic, or pensive, or angry...  and can't seem to adequately describe the specific feeling with my own words.   Scrolling through her beautifully written essays and quotes always touch me in some unique way.  Rupi put together a collection of her writings in her new book, Milk and Honey, and I think it's a must-buy.  I'm waiting for my copy to arrive now.

As an avid Slim Aarons fan (two of his photographs currently hang in my bedroom), I was thrilled to see author Laura Hawk released a new coffee table book chock full of Slim's best female photographs.  Many of the 200+ photos never been published in book format before.

{The photograph on the right hangs above my bedroom dresser}

What's on your current reading list?  Any great books I must know about?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Color Burst: A New Jersey Farmhouse Tour

I love a home with unabashed splashes of color.  It is quite difficult to design a home with bold, contrasting hues and have the final result feel clean and tasteful- but Jeffrey Bilhuber managed to do just that.  Jeffrey was hired to re-do a family’s New Jersey farmhouse, and the bright colors dance from room to room: 

Right when you enter you see this stunning staircase landing.  The staircase is painted in a vivid green (Benjamin Moore's Brookside Moss) and glossy black (Benjamin Moore's Safety Black), and the Missoni stair runner adds an additional element of fun:

The family room is light and bright and carries in a bit of that beautiful green from the staircase.  The sofa is upholstered in one of my favorite indoor/outdoor textiles- Perennials Nit Witty.

The kitchen cabinetry is painted in a subtle white, allowing the glossy purple backsplash tiles and avocado green island to stand out.  The red barstools are adorable, too!  Jeffrey built the kitchen table at the same height as the island, so the two can be pushed together when entertaining.

The bright green Bridgewater sofa is my favorite single piece of furniture in the home.  The sofa is upholstered in Designer Guild’s Cassia fabric.  I love the Dan Walsh pieces displayed above, too!

Fresh lavender sits on each side of the sofa:

The library features purple walls, which makes the room feel more intimate and dramatic.  And any room looks fab when Stark antelope carpet is included:

The living room features double-height walls for a grand statement.  Due to the size, Jeffrey created several seating arrangements to break up the space and make it feel less overwhelming.

More pattern and color splash through the master bedroom.  I love that Bilhuber chose an old-world gingham for the draperies.  A touch of traditional in this otherwise bold and daring farmhouse is a welcomed touch.

Read the complete story and interview here.

Have a great Thursday!!



{all images via House Beautiful}

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sam Loves: 16

How was your weekend?  I got back to New York from spending a weekend in OKC last night and am still a little sleepy from an afternoon of travel.  I'm still in the midst of my Mad Men binge and watched 3 episodes on the plane (downloading the episodes via iTunes before flying is a lifesaver, since streaming while in the air is impossible).  The rest of the time I spent waiting around the airport I began reading this

A few things I'm L-O-V-I-N-G right now...

From top to bottom, left to right:

Kimonos, anyone?  I'm going through a phase where I want to add one to every outfit I don.

A cute crossbody handbag for under $50- sign me up.

Urban Electric Co's lastest sconce design, the Maxine Swing-Arm Sconce- $1,022- comes in my favorite shade of turquoise.

Although fall in New York is stunning, I'm still dealing with a summer Hamptons hangover.  This Renovated Hamptons Shingle Cottage captures all I love about the area  and is cleverly designed by one of my favorite NY interior designers- Jenny Wolf.

Mrs. Howard is my favorite design shop in Atlanta, so I was thrilled to see pieces from the designer on One Kings Lane.  I've got my eye on the versatile Oho Curule Bench.

Mules are this season's smoking slipper, and this caramel suede pair would be chic for work or play- $119.

Loving this cheery living room by Meg Braff Designs.

Have a great start to your week!!



Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday's Worthy Links

Happy Friday!  I am in OKC this weekend to visit family and to see my OU Sooners play Kansas State.  My best friend from undergrad is also coming in to town tonight and we are going to visit our favorite Norman, OK spots and watch the game tomorrow.

{image via Bash Please, text via yours truly, of course}

A bit of weekend reading for you...

-Undecided voter Ken Bone from this past Sunday's debate is my new hero.  This week he reported that he is closer to deciding on the candidate he will vote for AND singlehandedly caused an Izod-red-sweater-buying frenzy.

-I am not a good mother.   

-Ashe + Leandro works their magic on a cool, Manhattan apartment.  

-I found this article about female friendships at work to be absolutely fascinating.

-Only WISHING my dorm room 10 years ago had looked this chic

-Fall hats are my favorite seasonal accessory (as seen here), and this Italian wool-felt option is lovely.  For those who hate winter as much as me, join me in buying this sweatshirt.

-My worst nightmare.  

-Michelle Obama is my personal hero.  She launched her Let Girls Learn initiative and this 2 minute video makes me so proud to call her our First Lady. 

-Teaching children emotional agility

Any big plans this weekend? Any other OU fans out there?  Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy a pretty, fall weekend.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Currently Coveting: Gray for Fall

Happy fall!  It's definitely in full-swing here in NYC, as I wore my heavy North Face jacket last weekend (which, in hindsight, might've been slightly dramatic). The best part of the season to me is getting to layer up multiple pieces, and I tend to stick with neutral tones to coordinate them and get the most wear out of them.   Lately, when it comes to fashion, the hue I'm most drawn to is gray.  From the blanket jackets to the chunky boots to the tunics- the looks are beautiful:

And here are 5 gray items I've got my eye on...

What's your take?  Are you feeling gray for the fall?



Monday, October 10, 2016

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Painted Contrast Trim

I believe paying attention to the smaller details in a room can often elevate a space from interesting to exceptional.  Case in point:  Painting window frames, crown molding, and base boards in a contrast color to the rest of the walls can add a tailored effect and also highlight architectural details.   I love to see a contrast paint color on a window trim- it frames the view and is a cool decorative element.  The Moda Operandi offices feature window casings painted in a mauve purple that stands out against the softer white walls and ceiling:

This simple detail adds so much interest to their space by breaking up the white walls and blinds with a bold hue.   The color choice also feels very on-brand with Moda Operandi.
Here is a more subtle contrast trim- extending the gray paint from the planked ceiling to the crown moulding and on to the door frames:

Although softer colors are nice, I love when a designer isn't afraid to make a bold color choice when selecting a trim paint.  Designer Natalie Clayman did a bright pink in this young girl's room, and I appreciate that she carried the color to the mantle top:

And same with Bailey McCarthy's TV room from her old Austin home- the coral paint is a bold statement against the powder blue walls:

A dark contrast trim is also lovely and helpful for breaking up a wall finish and a ceiling finish.  It creates a clear division and allows one to appreciate both the wallpaper and the ceiling finish:

Leave it to Miles Redd to sneak in his signature red (well, I suppose it's a more pinkish red) in Oscar PR Girl's guest bedroom.  Black moldings and window casings tailor the look and work well with the other black accents- like the bed's contrast welt and bedding:

Happy Monday and Columbus Day to all!



Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday's Worthy Links

TGIF!  This week came and went like a flash and I feel like it was just Sunday.  I had a consuming week of work and play, which always makes my days fly by.   Any big weekend plans?  I'm planning to see this movie on Sunday after being consumed by the book. It wasn't QUITE as good as Gone Girl, but was definitely one that kept my attention.  

Before signing off for the weekend, here are a few things I think you'd like:

-My work crew at Carrier & Co planned a Soul Cycle ride together, and it reminded me of one of my favorite workout video spoofs ever.  

-Speaking of spoofs, SNL is BACK and the cold opening last week did not disappoint.  

-How to travel like you're in a Wes Anderson movie.

-25 Stunning Home Libraries that are a Book Lover's Dream - including Houston decorator J Randall Powers's home library shown above.

-Social Menopause:  Have you gone through the change yet?  I'm with you, Amelia.

-The tassel earring trend continues, and I may have found my favorite pair yet.

-I was late to the Mad Men train by, I don't know........ 6 years?!  However, I'm currently binge watching the first season and I can't believe it's taken me this long because the show is E-P-I-C.  Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos from Rolling Stone.

-7 Life-Changing Essays you need to read now.

-A fun twist on the typical ruffle top.

Enjoy your weekend!


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