Baby-Q

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A little over a week ago, I co-hosted a baby shower for my wonderful college friend, Susan, who is having a baby girl.  It was held in her gorgeous and lush backyard and as you can see, the theme was “Baby-Q”.  Susan loves farm animals so we tried to incorporate animals into the decor (how cute are those goody-bags?) .  The expecting couple also love to travel so we had a framed picture of the Eiffel Tower (in pink of course) and asked all the guests to sign the ‘guestbook’.  It makes for a perfect addition to the baby girl’s nursery.  All in all, a sweet and fun afternoon celebrating Susan, her husband, and the arrival of their baby.

I recently discovered a Parisian-inspired line called Maison Jules (exclusively sold at Macy’s) and just love the entire collection, especially the dresses.  They recently had a big summer sale and I scooped up several of the dresses including the pink gingham maxi dress above.  I love it when I discover a new brand and fall in love with everything.  Fall items are in stock now so away we go shopping!

Dress – Maison Jules (pink version sold out, black version here)

 

In the Mood for Navy

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Today’s outfit inspiration revolves around navy blue, one of my favorite colors of the moment.  As we roll over to fall, I’m looking forward to getting into some soft denim and pairing it with a sleeveless top and neutral accessories.  Add a pop of color on the lips for a final touch.

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!

M. Gemi

I think it’s safe to say that you can’t own too many pairs of shoes.  From pointy toe flats to the highest of heels, there’s always a reason to add another pair to the closet.  I recently discovered a new company that’s bringing hand-made, beautiful Italian shoes at reachable price points to the masses – M. Gemi.  Have you heard of it?

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I have to say I do like many of the styles I see on their website.  All of M. Gemi’s shoes are designed and made in Italy.  The brand shares new styles every week (in limited quantities) and sells directly to customers, thus allowing for lower prices than other luxury shoe brands.  M. Gemi is going for fast fashion — but, where trendy meets luxury.  I’m intrigued and just signed up to receive their weekly ‘editions’.  No purchases yet, but I will share the experience when I do!

Images from M. Gemi

In the News: The Upper House x Christian Louboutin

Happy Friday, friends!  Beginning today, I’d like to start a new segment on the blog called “In the News” which will cover interesting fashion or beauty news that I uncover.  Every day there are innovative and fun fashion/beauty-related ideas cropping up all around us and I would love to document them here.  At least those I find most intriguing!

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Recently I read an article in Conde Nast Traveler about Hong Kong’s The Upper House hotel teaming up with Christian Louboutin and The Nail Library (a spa) to offer some amazing packages and discounts for those who are staying at the hotel.  Based on the room booked, guests receive a signature “Red Slipper” cocktail, scented candle, and a leather Louboutin card holder, among other perks such as beauty treatments.  Another package gifts travelers a pair of Christina Louboutin Air Loubi flats.

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As a fan of the French fashion house and of bustling Hong Kong, this is up my alley.  I need to book a trip to Hong Kong, ASAP!

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To Travel: Loire Valley / Provence

Paris is always a good idea.  After having visited Paris a number of times, I would like to make the hop south to southern France where the land of chateaux and lavender fields abound.  I’m talking about Loire Valley and Provence.

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From the beautiful architecture to the gorgeous landscape, these historic towns would make for a very romantic trip.  Time to get planning…

Hope you’re having a great week!

 

Photos courtesy of Pinterest

J.Crew

My love for J.Crew knows no bounds.  I am a loyal fan and probably spend more online at this brand than any other.  The recent August 2015 style guide is a toast to how you can really bring your A game with neutral tones and simple looks.

A sampling, straight from the J.Crew website:

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Time to get shopping!