Lovely Little Things: The Leather Edition

When stores start featuring their fall collections at the end of July, I just can’t get into it.  No matter how fabulous that sweater on the cover of the pre-fall J.Crew Style Guide is, I have absolutely no interest in it when it’s 95 degrees out. But now that it’s late September, the nights are chilly, and the leaves are starting to turn, I’m all in, coveting all of the fall trends and then some.

One trend I’m particularly glad to see return (and evolve) this fall is leather. Last year most of it felt too moto/biker chick for me but I’m loving how classy and tailored the pieces are this year.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Lovely Little Things Leather

1. Tassel Key Chain, russell+hazel  |  2. BB Dakota ‘Zane’ Leather Trim Blazer, South Moon Under  |  3. Brown Vegan Leather Tee, Piperlime  |  4. Double Trouble’ Knit & Faux Leather Leggings, Nordstrom  |  5. Leather Skirt, Kate Spade Saturday  |  6. Billie Boots, Madewell

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Will you be my bridesmaid?

Now that summer is winding down, I’m returning from the unplanned ‘vacation’ that I took from blogging. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been willingly sucked into a wedding planning frenzy. Although our wedding isn’t until July, every wedding “to do” list I’ve consulted has quite a lengthy list of tasks for 10-12 months out. A side note – I’ve learned that the initial gathering of ideas is slightly (and by slightly I mean significantly) more fun that actually learning what those ideas cost…

One of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make so far is selecting the wedding party. Admittedly, my number of bridesmaids is pretty high at nine (yes, nine) but I wasn’t willing to compromise. Kyle and I finally agreed that even if we ended up with more bridesmaids than groomsmen, I could keep my nine. (And come on, what groomsman isn’t going to prefer walking down the aisle with two girls instead of one?)

I loved the idea of sending out cards to the girls I wanted on my side and found a cute paper chain idea on OnceWed a few months ago. I shared it with one of our designers at work, Jill, who does some freelance on the side, and she agreed to create something similar for me. I was absolutely blown away by the final product. (Although I’m pretty sure I nearly gave her an early onset of arthritis with all of the cutting that was required). I was thrilled to mail them out to the girls last week. Pictures below!

Also, be sure to check out Jill’s Etsy shop here. Her stuff is adorable!

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Image: Jill Brewer

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Image: Jill Brewer

Lovely Little Things: The Monogram Edition

Monograms aren’t just for über preps anymore, although I think we can certainly thank them for their rise in popularity over recent years. Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook, writes “Preppies have known it for years: who needs LV or YSL when you can lay claim to a discreet EBW III. Monograms symbolize ownership, telling people that we’re proud of our names and heritage. Not to mention, they add a bit of classiness to the most ordinary of things. A canvas tote? Kind of boring. A monogrammed canvas tote? A whole different story.

However, there are a few (subjective) rules before heading to the monogram shop:

Less is more. Monograms should be understated in both size and number. Your monogrammed filigree necklace should not be worn with your monogrammed Jack Rogers and your monogrammed J.Crew oxford. Pick one. Monograms should also be limited in size. Keep them small. You don’t go around shouting your first, middle, and last name to everyone you meet. Your belongings shouldn’t either.

Just because it can be monogrammed, doesn’t mean it should. Avoid monogramming the windshield of your car, a mani/pedi, or your dog’s collar. If you’re under the age of 50 and live in the Midwest, avoid the belt buckle too…by all means.

And so while, yes, there are a few don’ts to keep in mind with monogramming, here are few pieces that are definite do’s in my book.

Monograms

1. Leather Tote, Mark and Graham  |  2. Monogrammed Sunglasses, The Pink Monogram  |  3. Greek Key Monogrammed Note Set, Design Darling  |  4. Monogrammed Vase, Maid of Clay  |  5. Monogrammed Lamp Shade, Shades of Light  |  6. Coasters, Haymarket Designs

 

Lovely Little Things: The Confetti Edition

During weeks like this – in the dead of winter when we’re daylight-deprived, bundled up from head to toe, and spring break seems a million years away – I always find it helps to add some element of celebration to keep me going. And I’m not talking about a holiday, a birthday, or a cocktail party invite but rather celebrating the little things, those things that we too often overlook or consider mundane. Applauding the end of a long day with a glass of pinot noir and an episode of Modern Family on the DVR.  Celebrating a friend by sending a sweet card, just because. Commemorating the coldest day of the year with bright red Hunter’s (if only i had them!) and lipstick to match. So if, like me, you’re finding yourself with a case of the winter blues, here’s a few lovely little things that will surely make you feel like celebrating –

lovely little things

1. Minimalist Claire White modern art print, Etsy.com  |  2. Twirl by Kate Spade New York Eau De Parfum, Nordstrom  |  3. Collective Concepts Dot Print Ladylike Dress, piperlime.com (sold out but similar here)  |  4. OPI Limited Edition Skyfall 007 Collection Nail Lacquer, The Living Daylights, drugstore.com  |  5. Webster Cheers, Note Card Set, Jess LC   |  6. Kate Spade Market Street Pink Collection, katespade.com

2013 Calendar Round-Up

Nearly as essential as making my list of resolutions each year is finding the perfect calendar. As soon as the new year hits (or before) I find myself scouring local stationary boutiques and online shops for which one might look best sitting on my desk or hanging on my wall. (And I find it completely necessary to have one at work, one at home, a desk version, a wall version etc. This could be due to my love of paper but more about that later.) Here are my picks for 2013 –

2013 Calendar Picks

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