Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tiffany and Co. Favorites

At least once or twice I've pointed out to my boyfriend, Ryan, that he's a very lucky man because I'm not typically a huge fan of jewelry. Sorry honey, that may not be entirely true. Over the past few years I have been coveting some of the simple sterling silver classics from Tiffany and Co. Every time I stumble upon their website I seem to find another piece of jewelry that I end up adding to my mental list of "wants". Luckily for Ryan there haven't been any diamonds added to this list (yet).

Slowly but surely I've begun building my jewelry collection, and it turns out that maybe I'm a bit of a jewelry-loving girl after all. Now I'm not saying that I'll ever be one of those of those ladies that has a dresser full of jewelry (yes, they exist), but a few everyday staples are definitely acceptable. As of recently, my daily jewelry consists of a few stacked rings, simple stud earrings, and an oversized watch. My motto is that if you're going to spend a significant amount of money on jewelry, make sure the pieces are simple and of a quality that will last. The pieces below can be mixed and matched, and will remain stylish for years to come.

Tiffany & Co. favorites

Tiffany Co sterling silver jewelry
$395 -

Tiffany Co sterling silver jewelry
$275 -

Tiffany Co chain jewelry
$275 -

Tiffany Co sterling silver jewelry
$200 -

Tiffany Co sterling silver jewelry
$185 -

Tiffany Co twist ring
$150 -

Tiffany & Co. knot earrings
$150 -

Tiffany Co beaded jewelry
$135 -

Tiffany Co chain jewelry
$125 -

Tiffany 1837™ Bangle
$475 -

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Classic Bridal Lace

White lace wedding dresses will be a staple in the world of weddings for many years to come. Although the styles and silhouettes have changed over the years, many brides are attracted to the timeless and romantic look of a lace wedding dress for their special day. Below are a few of my favorite lace picks:

Photo: GoldWo
Photo: Jim Hjelm
Photo: Rustic Beauty
Photo: Style Me Pretty
Photo: Wedding Guru

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cool Kid Rooms

Growing up, my bedroom was decked out with lavender and white striped walls, colorful florals, and just the right amount of girly-ness. Although it was beautiful, it didn't quite have the "wow" factor that I've noticed in so many kid's rooms recently. With creative bunk bed ideas, indoor hammocks, and even a place for a magic show, nearly any imagination could run wild in these super-cool spaces.

Getting creative with paint, reclaimed materials, ladders, and loft beds can certainly lead to a child's bedroom that is far from ordinary. Take a look at these cool kid digs:

Photo: Habitually Chic
Photo: Pinterest
Photo: The Tumtum Tree

Photo: The Slow Life

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Heart Your Home

Whether you're in love, looking for love, or neither of the above, Valentine's Day is almost here, so embrace it! Celebrate the spirit of Valentine's Day by bringing a little extra love into your home through some heartfelt decor. Although decorating with hearts can sometimes feel a bit juvenile, there are also some "grown-up" ways to bring this beautiful little shape into any space.

My personal favorite heart-decorating-idea is to arrange a collection of photos into a heart shape on your wall. Make it as little or as large as you'd like by altering the amount of photos. If you're up for spending a little extra time on this project, try cutting each individual photo in a heart shape before creating one large heart (these would also look adorable in little frames). Before you know it you'll have a unique photo display.

Create homemade heart garland out of fabric, paper, felt, or anything else that you can think of. Cut out hearts of the same size and string them along a piece of yarn, twine, or rope. Hang the finished product from a headboard, mantel, or shelf.

Add personality to a simple mason jar by decorating it with hearts. Back a paper heart with a delicate doily and attach to the outside of a mason jar with string, glue, or double-sided tape. Fill the finished jar with fresh flowers for the perfect Valentine's Day floral arrangement. Make a few extras to give as sweet little gifts!

Spruce up an existing pillow case with a few felt or fabric hearts. Cut out different sized hearts and attach them to a pillow case by sewing the center so that the sides of the heart float above the pillow (see photo below). Or, sew around the edge of each heart so that they lay flat. For a different look experiment with hearts in patterned fabrics.

Although these decor ideas are perfect for Valentine's Day, they may win over your heart and stick around all year long!

Photo: Joanna Goddard
Photo: Faith's Adventure
Photo: Urban Comfort
Photo: The Pleated Poppy
Photo: Etsy

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Casual Color Blocking

During a recent shopping trip I came across the perfect red pleated skirt (on sale!), and had to have it. After showing it to my fashion-forward mom, she informed me that its solid red color was perfect for the upcoming season, because color blocking is so "in" (as are mid-length pleated skirts, I'm told). After gaining this tid-bit of fashion knowledge, I began to notice the color blocking trend everywhere!

Being that my outfits generally consist of mostly neutrals, figuring out how to adopt this colorful new trend posed as a bit of a challenge for me. I decided to pair my new red skirt with a palette of colors that weren't too bright. This allowed me to customize color blocking in a way that works best for me. Pairing the red (reddish-orange, actually) skirt with a yellow top seemed to form a great color combo. Adding casual leather boots, a hint of turquoise, and a whole lot of gold accessories, really tied the entire outfit together.

I'll leave you with this tip: When following trends, make sure to stay true to your style by wearing trends in a way that works for you.

Casual Colorblock

Old Navy top
$30 -

Dorothy Perkins pleated skirt
$44 -

Coach leather boots
$398 -

Jigsaw gold bangle
£39 -

Michael Kors square watch
$250 -

Max & Chloe stone earrings
$180 -

Rag bone leather fedora
$140 -

Ray-Ban ray ban sunglasses
€139 -