Happy Weekend

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Happy Friday!  It’s been a busy week and I am ready for this weekend to start!  Although it will be a packed weekend with baby showers and birthday parties (for kids), I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family.  Lately, we’ve been soaking up every last drop of sunshine and summer with grilling and lounging on our patio.  The above picture captures some of our recent libations.  I can’t believe we are nearing the end of August already.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a roundup of “links I love” so I’ll end this week with some of my current favorites.

  • I recently discovered the site Chicwish.  It offers trendy and (very) affordable clothes and accessories.  Love!
  • It seems clothing subscription services are still on the rise.  There’s Stitch Fix, where a personal stylist hand picks 5 items that are sent to you each month.  Keep what you want and send the rest back.  Lately, I’ve read about Le Tote, where you can purchase or rent clothing and accessories each month.  Have any of you jumped on these monthly subscriptions?
  • Summer might be winding down, but I’m already planning my next vacation.  Song of Style‘s recent travels to Italy inspire a European trip for next year.
  • For all you mommies out there, I am loving all baby clothes from Carter’s.  They’ve got the cutest styles around and are of great quality.  A+ in my book.
  • This alfresco bash should convince anyone to throw one more outdoor picnic/party/bbq before fall knocks on our door.

That’s all for now…thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Dad’s Day

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Hello and happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  I have been jet-setting all over the country this past month, from work events to graduations to bridal showers.  This spring/summer is flying by so fast.

Speaking of which, Father’s Day is coming up in less than a week!  I am just beginning to think about what I’d like to do for my step-dad this year.  He is all the way in New Jersey so spending a quality day with him seems unlikely at this point.  The good thing is my parents will be visiting us in a few weeks so I hope to make it up to him then.  What will be on my gift list?  Since I see him only once or twice a year now, I would like to make him a homemade meal…something warm, satisfying, and made from the heart.  I might add a trip to the golfing range as well.

Let me know what you are planning for Father’s Day and if you have any great ideas for treating fathers who live farther away.  Have a great start to the week!

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Holiday Gift Guide – Significant Other

It’s that time of year again!  The annual Morning Espresso holiday gift guide.  This year I’ve decided to share my gift ideas in 3 installments: the significant other, the bestie/girlfriend, and family.

Above are my selections for the significant other.  Some of these items the hubby already has and some are new things he doesn’t know he needs yet!  I hope you enjoy perusing through this list.  Do you have any gift ideas for the significant other that I missed?  Please share in the comments section below.  Happy shopping!  xoxo

All images are from Pinterest.

1. A patterned tie

2. The essential work bag / briefcase

3. Library decanter

4. “Going out” wallet

5. Fun socks for day and evening wear

6. DeLonghi Espresso maker (in many colors!)

7. Headphones for travel and the gym

8. The unique, weekend watch

Happy Weekend!

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It’s Friday – we made it through the week!  How gorgeous is this tabletop arrangement?  It looks so inviting and the perfect setup for a cozy dinner party.  Check out more details here for how to arrange a similar setting for your next get-together.

Pies, pies, pies.  Here’s adding a twist to the mix.  How about sweet potato pie?

I just love the color maroon, or pinot noir, or oxblood, however you want to call it.  This coat is on my wishlist for sure.

I truly love winter whites and the white on white look.  Especially this pretty lace outfit and this chic ensemble.

If you always wanted to know how to do a smokey eye step-by-step, look no further!  For the pros, this is a quick refresher.

Cardigans are making a major comeback.  Loved how Apartment 34 styled hers in this fun and glam photo shoot.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, whether you are flying home, out and about town, or staying in!  xoxo

Happy Friday + Links

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Happy Friday!  It’s been cool and crisp these last few days in the Bay Area, providing the perfect weather for outdoorsy activities like hiking or apple picking.  I’ll be heading to Vegas tomorrow for a quick trip to celebrate a friend’s milestone birthday.  What are you up to this weekend?

 

Some inspiration and links for your perusal:

Throwing a Halloween party this weekend?  Get into the mood with this cocktail starring black ice cubes.

Have you been catching all the sales that have been zipping by?  This week, Loeffler Randall is having a Friends and Family sale…Rider Bag, I’m looking at you!

Piperlime is giving 40% off Final Sale items…run, don’t walk!

The color-of-the-moment?  I am loving everything maroon, like this J.Crew ensemble featuring this herringbone topcoat.  I’m also bringing back a dark lip with YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture lipstick.

If you’re keeping it low-key this weekend, how about cozying up with some hot cocoa and this metallic knit throw from Pottery Barn?  I have one and it’s super soft!

I’m still working on my to-do list from this post and trying to master a few soups this season.  This coconut curry pumpkin soup looks delish…and makes a great starter for an autumn dinner party.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!  xoxo

 

Happy Weekend + Links!

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Happy Friday!  As we’re winding down another whirlwind busy week, who’s ready for the weekend?  (both hands raised here)  Depending on weather, I hope to make it down to Santa Cruz tomorrow for a day trip / quick getaway.  Only a few precious summer weekends left…how are you spending it?  Have a great day and weekend everyone!

Some fun reads and links for your weekend perusal:

1. How are we already mid-way through August?  Celebrate the last few weeks of “official” summer with this colorful dish.

2. Make a summer get-together even more festive with this champagne-inspired dinner party.

3. Great hair and great jeans?  Sign me up!  Make sure to stop by your nearest Madewell and Drybar in the next few weeks to take advantage of this partnership offer.

4. Gal Meets Glam does floral dresses the right way here…gorgeous!

5. After wearing my wedge sneakers running errands this past month, I absolutely love them!  So comfortable, yet stylish.  Good news is Shopbop is having a sale and wedge sneakers are on the list!

It’s in the Details

I’m excited for a new collaboration that is in the works right now!  Make sure to check back soon as I will be posting some style pics of this collaboration.

In the meantime, in preparation for your Valentine’s Day night out, night in or an all-girls party, here are some small touches of love for you to peruse.

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Make a girly cocktail  (Image: Food and Wine)

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Create a heart-shaped centerpiece

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Make heart-shaped croutons

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Wear a heart bracelet (on sale!)

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Add a fun sign (Image: Glitter Guide)

Interior Design: Statement Rug

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It seems like with the start of the new year, many people I know have moved into new homes and are in the process of decorating their abodes.  Those who did not move are re-decorating or adding the right conversation piece to their current homes.  Whichever group you belong to, one decorating tip that I like (and currently use in my own home) is making a bold statement with a rug.

From the examples above, statement rugs just add the right zing to a room.  Stripes (how about this one from West Elm), geometric patterns (like this one from C&B), repeating lines, a striking color, shapes (such as a round rug from Anthropologie), are all ways that make a statement rug stand out.  The general rule of thumb I follow is if my rug is busy and bold, I try to keep the rest of the room simple and let my furniture and furnishings compliment the rug.

There are many options out there and all in various price ranges.  There are even sites that let you create your own pattern/design.  Some of the best finds are from small local businesses right in your town that would not be available to the masses.  I’d recommend first looking at magazines, online sites, Pinterest, to get ideas.  Maybe talk it over with your interior designer (if you have one).  Once you have an idea of what speaks to you and have some knowledge of fabric options, sizes, and care, you can shop around and make adjustments as needed based on your budget (if you have one).

All images from Pinterest

1 – Ali Carter  2 – Yvette Hardy  3 – The Decorista-Domestic Bliss  4 – Apartment Therapy  5 – Vintage Design  6 – Decorology