Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What Does your favorite color say about you??

I chose Rhubarb: Curious, enthusiastic and easily stimulated, a magnet for opportunity and every new idea. Be careful not to over stimulate yourself, and learn how to focus.Seems pretty accurate. What does your favorite color say about you?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lotus Bleu Designs

After spotting the last image on Caitlin's blog, I instantly became obsessed with San Francisco based Lotus Bleu designs. All of the homes and rooms are filled with colors, patterns, and I don't think I could ever feel unhappy in one of them!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Reunited and it feels so good...Palm Springs edition

Over the weekend, we were at a leadership conf. in Indian Wells, Ca(right outside of Palm Springs) It was quite hot during the day-around 111 degrees-but we perfect weather at night to go out and hit the convention parties!

On our first night of the convention

Saturday night's festivities

Why we keep going to these things: showers full of beer :)

Our next one is in February in Santa Clara, we're so excited already and already planning our outfits-and a trip to the Sprinkles in Palo Alto :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday loves! Hope you all have lovely plans! We are OFF to Palm Springs-to enjoy 110 heat--eek, but are so excited to see each other and spend the weekend together
Here is what we loved around the blogs this week:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Working 9-5; What a way to make a living


Short but sweet post today, but I FINALLY got another job after 4 months of looking! I start a week from Sunday( I'll have to travel to Louisville for training) and am so excited. So today I am off to shop for a new professional wardrobe with my mom! any suggestions on where I MUST go?? I know my first stop will be J.Crew to channel this chic woman in the typewriter included :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jaclyn & Bret's Napa Valley Wedding

I had the pleasure over the weekend of attending the wedding of one of my college friends, Jaclyn's, wedding at the beautiful Carneros Inn in Napa valley. AMAZING doesn't even begin to describe it.
Jaclyn's dress was by Monique Lhuillier
I wore a top from J. Crew, Skirt from Oscar DeLa Renta, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Tory Burch Bag
Here are some of the flowers from the reception
her something blue was a rosary I brought back from Rome blessed by Pope Benedict

Their first dance was to Keith Urban's "Only You could love me this way"
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The girls of 3rd floor Augustine with Diamond Dave!
The cake was red velvet from Perfect Endings


Celebratory cigars!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Date Night

I have a date tomorrow for the first time in what seems like forever...and I need your help!! I put together a couple of outfits based on similar items I have in my wardrobe. We'll be going out to dinner, nothing too fancy, so here are three options:

the business look (it will be after work),

business casual (I should have time to change)

the casual look (something easy to throw together, that hopefully still manages to look fun and flirty).

So ladies, it's time to vote...which outfit do you like best?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Red Carpet Round Up: Emmy Awards

Here is my best dressed for the Emmy Awards last night:

Debra Messing in Michael Kors..Bravo Rachel Zoe. Nice work.

Mariska Hartigay in Carolina Herrera. I love seeing her at awards shows because she is so femine compared to bad ass detective benson.

January Jones in Versace. She looks so fierce.

Julia Louise Dryfus in Vera Wang. LOVE the color, she looks trendy yet classic.

Chloe Sevigny in Isaac Mizrahi. LOVE the polka dots. Classic Old Hollywood.

Lets hear it ladies..agree? disagree? did you watch the show..I did not, I was watching Sunday Night Football then my dvr from the last few days.

Friday, September 18, 2009

September Blogger Interview: Caitlin Creer Interiors

We are so excited to have Cailtin of Caitlin Creer Interiors be our September Blogger Interview. Her blog is filled with fabulous finds, DIY projects, and amazing rooms she designs on incredible budgets.

What inspired you to start your blog?

We'll I've had a personal blog for a few years but it was always a mishmash of personal things and style related content so I decided to separate the two. I also started really marketing my interiors and I wanted a place to share my work while I work on getting my website up. I love blogging because of how it connects you with others. I have made so many awesome blog friends and it is so exciting to connect with people who share your interests.

What are your daily reads?

Totally depends but I would say Absolutely Beautiful Things tops the list. Who doesn't love Anna Spiro? I've also been reading La Dolce Vita for a long time and I love Coco + Kelley. One of my best friends has a great design blog, My Spinning Wheels and I am always excited to see what she comes up with. I also regularly read Oh Happy Day and the Cookie Nesting blog.

One of the things we love most about the rooms you create is the budgets. Finally, design is accessible to everyone. What is your design philosophy? Where do you look for inspiration when creating a space?

I have the kind of mind that instantly constructs rooms around something that is inspiring. At any given moment I have about 5 rooms that I am working out in my head and thinking about. This kind of mindset really helps when I am shopping and especially thrift shopping because I can really see the life that a piece of furniture or art could have. I read a lot of the shelter mags and shop a lot high end stores and then I think about how I can recreate the feel of those spaces on a budget. I really strive to make each space I design a reflection of who lives there. A home should capture the personality of the resident and reflect the way they live. I like to incorporate personal items wherever I can to individualize the space. I also try to set up the rooms in a way that they can grow with the people who live there, art can be added, collections can grow, accessories can change. We are living and changing every day and I think good design should live and change over time as well. Inspiration can be found anywhere. Your grandmother's quilt, the leaves from the tree in your backyard, a piece of vintage furniture, a poster. Anything can be a jumping off point for a room. I'm working on a project now that I entirely designed around a little teeny postcard. Nothing is too big or too small to be inspiring.

The short list of inspiration right now include, the charcoal grey of pencil lead, colorful print of my new J. Crew dress, vintage Babar posters, a vintage lucite and resin necklace I got at a flea market in NY, Painted wood floors, all you bloggers and your awesome diy projects, and everything from the children's store flora and henri.

If price was no object, what are your dream design pieces to include in a room
This is a hard question since I am always thinking on a budget. I love love love Madeliene Weinrib rugs and I will have one someday. I would pretty much take one of everything that Lee Industries makes but especially their sofas.

I really love vintage pieces so I would probably opt for some thing really great from Pieces or C. Bell. I also have a serious obsession with clawfoot bathtubs so I guess I would have to include one of those on the list and I also love Ann Sacks tile.

What is the most important piece of advice you have ever been given?
When I was in high school I found a quote from Judy Garland that said, "Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else." I think individuality is so important. Especially in design you have to embrace your unique point of view and skill set. We all have so much to contribute in this world but we need to be confident in our own ideas and abilities to do that effectively.

Finally, life or death situation, you must choose: Do you go on a date with Mario Lopez aka AC Slater or MPG as Zack Morris?
I laughed when I read this because in high school my husband's nick name was Zack Morris. He's a tall blond who's a wisecrack so I guess it fits. And I think MPG is really cute too.

Thanks so much to Caitlin for paticipating! If you haven't please hop on over to her blog and be inspired beyond belief!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

California Academy of Sciences

Last week my mom and I had a fun adventure at the California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park. I hadn’t been there for 10 years while it was undergoing construction, and it was just as fun as I remembered. The colors of all the animals, and flowers were amazing, and the activities were a blast; the only thing it was missing was the earthquake simulator which I used to love as a child. Now I just need to muster up enough energy to enjoy the nightlife there on Thursdays.

Albino Alligator:

Some pretty fish:

Fun quotes on the bathroom walls: