Monday, June 30, 2014

Etsy Spotlight: Cotton Patch Boutique

Good morning my dears! Did we all have a lovely weekend? As promised, I definitely gave my liver a workout and let's just say, yesterday's recovery was grim. I am talking bedridden, folks. I mean let's clean it up, shall we? Thankfully, me being incapacitated allowed me to do some major Etsy stalking to find the amazing Cotton Patch Boutique. As we all know, I am totally digging kaftans for this Summer season, and these are most definitely one of a kind. Each one is unique and adorned with pom poms, tassels, jewels and ornate trim. I am afraid I need one in each and every color to stroll down these streets of mine. Treat yourself to one. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

This week's must haves

Ladies, ladies, ladies (and gentlemen). Hopefully your week was even more amazing than your heart could have ever imagined (just call me Joel Osteen). I don't know about you, but I am so looking forward to the weekend. Going to catch some major rays, drink cocktails like Prohibition is making a comeback, shop til I drop and appear at a few soirees here and there. I mean, all in all, a very busy weekend for my liver. Good thing I will have the work week to recover before my Fourth of July vacay. Holla. Alright, to kick off the weekend festivities, here is what I am loving this week and feel we ALL must have. 

Ombre Collar - OK. Allow me to clarify. I don't think we should be wearing this collar, but our dawgs should be. I mean ombre is my color of the year. Not sure about you. For those of you who feel that ombre isn't a hue, you are dead wrong. 
Beach Art - Since I don't live on the beach, or even within a 500 mile radius of one, I have to fake myself out with a portrait of one. I mean if this doesn't bring the aroma of sand and salt into your home, I don't know what to tell you. 
Caftan - I cannot seem to get enough of caftans this season. The more native and tribalesque, the better. I am totally channeling my inner Sacajawea. 
Napkins - One cannot ever have too many adorned cocktail napkins. These will jazz up any snoozy bar in 1 second flat. That is a guarantee. 
Mexican Fabrics - On the same plane as my native and tribal obsession, I have been weaving in Mexican fabrics (serapes and the like) into my very own home. These fabrics are perfect for table runners, the backs of the chairs/couches, or to turn into pillows. You're welcome. 
Floor pillows - Still haven't gotten over that whole Palm Leaf fabric craze, have I? Every home needs some extra and informal seating like floor pillows for unexpected and causal guests. These are in the perfect punchy print to impress. Golden Girl, Blanche Devereaux style. 
Sconce - Red bamboo lighting. Need I say more?
Necklace - Statement necklaces are here and here to stay. This gaudy, over the top, multi-strand necklace is just the accessory for any black dress or laid back white tee (not to be confused with a tall tee). This muted purple shade is a new favorite of mine. 
Camo Lenses - These are definite conversation prompting specs. I mean, so disguising they basically disappear on to your face as though you are not even wearing glasses. Sneaky. 
Basket - The perfect trinket that is also utilitarian. How functional is my decorating?!?! 
Holla Doormat - Holla at your boy! Perfect doormat to wipe your feet on. 

On a side note, don't forget to enter Outdoor Trunk Hammock Giveaway. Only a couple more days to enter and win. Don't miss out on your lifestyle that awaits. Have a great weekend my dears. XOXO

Monday, June 23, 2014

Outdoor Trunk Hammock Giveaway!

So the fabulous people of Outdoor Trunk have decided to meet your Summer needs and provide you with a serious lifestyle. This Spring Green Hammock is up for grabs, my dears. (How Price is Right does that one sound?) Oooooh and aaaahhhh. I mean the reality is that a hammock is truly a lifestyle and if you don't have one, you are honestly missing out. So I am making damn sure that you don't. Outdoor Trunk is an online shop that meets all of your outdoor needs in a chic and useful fashion. I mean I don't know about you, but any and every outdoor space warrants some sort of punchy pillows, a statement rug and a showstopping piece of furniture. (Ahem, hammock). Follow the prompts and win this bad boy. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Art on the cheap

Lovelies! Did you all have an enjoyable weekend? Mine was jam packed full of family and friends as I am certain yours was as well. Just as a warning, I am traveling for work this week, so I will be slightly sporadic with the posting (queue Bryan Adams "Please Forgive Me"). Okay, okay? Mmmmmkay. 

So today I want to talk about art on the cheap. Art is a very personal thing for any space and is often the piece I struggle the most with and takes the most time in any design. I usually have a certain formula I try to implement in most of my designs to create balance in a space. It goes a little something like this. A black and white photograph, plus a painting of some sort, plus an abstract of my choosing. It gives depth and who doesn't love a little depth? So while art is super personal and very important for any space, it doesn't have to be outrageously expensive. Solution? baby. Check it out. Oh and they will do the framing for you. You're welcome. 
From left to right: Llama/Matador/Rothko/Sketch/Horse/Bull

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sunglasses Shop: Michael Kors Giveaway

Ummmmm so since the last time we have spoken, things have gotten sunny. Lucky for you, Sunglasses Shop is the solution to all of your optical problems and worries. Sunglasses Shop has a large selection of numerous designer sunglasses, and since I am a sunglasses hoarder as of lately, this place is my jam. So when we decided to team up and give one lucky S+S reader a pair of Michael Kors frames, I was all over that like white on rice. 
Photo credit: Melanie Knopke

So what is all this for? I will tell you what for. One lucky gal will pick a Michael Kors frame of their choosing, that is $150 or less in value. To enter, follow the mandatory and optional ways to enter via the Rafflecopter. Good luck!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Design Crush: Parker Kennedy Living

I recently came across a new to me designer, Parker Kennedy and just had to share their most perfect of spaces. Generally I am not one for matchy matchy interiors, but I am willing to make an exception for this perfectly cotton candy aesthetic. I mean ladies, if you can get your husbands on board with this one, preach your gospel. This is a girls dream. 

And for the conservative in you...I die for this space. It is creamy, dreamy and serene. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Musings: Bold Floral Floors

Happy, freaking, Monday. What's up y'all? Did you have a wonderful weekend? It had to be better than mine, which I spent it's entirety bedridden with some awful virus. No joke. All of my weekend plans out the window. How awful is that? Getting sick on a weekend should be prohibited in some capacity, no? Any way, I am fully recovered and here with you!

So I want to talk about some loud, obnoxious and bold floral floor art today, folks. Gone are the days where floral patterns are for Grandma, and grandma only. I am talking large, bright, in your face, punchy floral rugs that brighten up any space. The kind that steal the show and the rest of the room no longer matters. The kind that would make your Grandma blush. Yeah, those kind. Whether it be of the Moldavian or Bessarabian blend, these Eastern European had their style down. Have to give props where props are do. Let's check it. 

Let's gather us some bold floral rugs, shall we?