DECOR, DESIGN CRUSH

Design Crush: Over-dyed Rugs

I’m currently crushing on over-dyed rugs right now.  The process is simple in concept yet intense in labor: deep hues are hand poured over vintage or traditional rugs which allow the original pattern to show through.  The end product is a vibrant and highly saturated version of the traditional rug.  Over-dyed rugs are a great way to add color and drama to an otherwise simple or understated room.  If I were Princess Jasmine, I would put in a special request to fly around on one of these with Aladdin! In addition to flying around town on one of these, I’m considering purchasing one of these rugs in red and pink hues to add to our new home where the color scheme will be mostly cool colors.  Rugs are a great way to bring a room together and identify a space, but the over-dyed richness really adds another level of character.  Can’t you just imagine the surprised reactions of your guests when they walk in and see one of these beauties?! Because the process to over-dye is done by hand, these rugs generally come with a hefty price; however, I have found some similar ones that are printed not hand dyed on Overstock for a 1/3 of the price! Go ahead and check out a whole new world of rugs…
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Minty Fresh

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to model for the LA Fashion Council x Asos online shop which features up and coming LA designers.  I fell in love with so many of the pieces as I modeled dozens of outfits – I have no idea how professional models don’t run off in the gorgeous outfits they model?! I was lucky enough to make it to the LA Fashion Council sample sale the day after the modeling shoot to pick up a couple items, like this simply perfect slip dress in the softest silk, from LA based designers.  This dress is lightweight enough throw on over a bikini for a pool party and is the perfect match to bold leather jacket – a win-win.  

Alana Hale Dress | Vintage Slip | Leifsdottir Leather Jacket | Shoedazzle Heels c/o | Thrifted Betsey Johnson Bag | Vans Sunglasses (on sale for $10)

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Pretty in Pink

I usually opt for vintage when looking for a classic dress that will last through the years and is versatile enough to wear over and over again.  I was surprised to find exactly that in this Zara dress last year.  The silhouette, the fabric and texture, and soft color are perfect year-round (last seen here with some polka dot tights and trench).  As always, I like to mix things up a bit and paired this very ladylike and sophisticated dress with pumps that are both bright in color and fun in pattern.  I kept everything else muted, including light pink lips and a lucite bracelet. 

 Zara Dress | Color by Amber Bracelet c/o Style House PR | ShoeDazzle Cindy Pump c/o | Swarovski Ring c/o | H&M Clutch 

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Walk This Way

I usually don’t wear skirts and dresses that are both fitted and mini; I usually opt for shorter and flowy or fitted above the knee.  My friend Jenny bought me this pretty little number for my birthday and I really loved it, but I was a bit weary.  I put it on so many times, but I would take it off thinking it’s too short and tight for me. I get flashbacks of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when she walks about town in her mini dress and gets stare downs from people – I want to avoid the feeling of looking like a streetwalker.  For the record, I know that sounds ridiculous but we all have our quirks, right? Finally, I put on the skirt this past weekend while temps were in the 90s for a celebratory dinner with Alan.  I think I asked Alan about 100 times before we left for dinner if it was too short or too tight – obviously, his answer was no (I’m not sure what man would say yes!).   I paired the outfit with strappy nude heels to make my legs look longer, since I was feeling adventurous and thought “why not!?”  This was a good test because I did feel like a pretty woman all night, plus I think I look good in a mini.    


Madewell Shirt | Club Monaco Skirt | ShoeDazzle Brooklyn Heel c/0 | H&M Clutch | Anthropologie Necklace | Vintage Bracelets

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Braids, Lace, and Florals

The extreme heats this weekend were a warm welcome from the rain earlier in the week.  It was also a nice change switching out from booties and leather jackets to sky high wedges in a pretty floral pattern and a simple white lace dress.  The high temps, however, mean that my thick hair transforms from easy breezy to feeling like I’m wearing a wool carpet on my head.  I love and hate my hair for the same reasons: it’s super thick and I have a lot of it, which means it’s equal parts fabulous and flowy and uncooperative on rainy days, humid days, and extremely hot days.  I have been experimenting with some simple fixes lately including the ever popular crown braid, which kept my hair out of my face and kept me cool. It was also the perfect add-on to this cutesy look.  So tell me ladies with thick hair, what are some of your tricks for keeping your hair in check?

H&M Lace Dress | ShoeDazzle Rosalie Wedges c/o | Vintage Bag | Anthropologie Necklace | Color by Amber Bracelet c/o StyleHouse PR

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Summer Picnic with Penny Chic

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Shauna Miller of Penny Chic at a Swarovski hosted blogger dinner some time ago and we bonded immediately.  We talked fashion, family, weddings, and Arrested Development! Shauna is one of the sweetest gals around and I love that her fabulous blog brings on-trend fashion to every day ladies at an affordable price.  I was able to spend an afternoon with Shauna and Shideh (her photographer + equally adorable mom) to try out some picnic chic looks.  This entire look cost less than $125! Shauna is beauty, brains, and fabulous in one – she has a line of beautiful dresses at $20 a pop and has a finds of the week post where she shares great deals! Be sure to stop by her beautiful blog and say hello.

Thank you to Shauna and Shideh for a beautiful afternoon!  xx


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Ikat Pencil Skirt + Breaktime

I think this week is devoted to breaks and naps – could it be a sign that I’m just a little overworked and need a vacation? I think so! After a long day at work, I was so excited to come home and veg out on our patio and enjoy the last minutes of the day.  BF was so sweet and brought out some water (unfortunately, not spiked) and snapped away.  I’ll definitely be doing another post with this gorgeous skirt from LA based Soldat Tailoring soon.  For those of you who work in a professional environment and are tired of the boring suits, then Soldat is  the answer.  I fell in love with Camilla’s suits when I modeled some of the looks for the LA Fashion Council x Asos shop. Can you imagine my excitement when I saw professional suits in beautiful prints and colors?  I’m definitely having Camilla create a fun suit for me. 
  
Gap Chambray (get 35% off with code GAP35) | Soldat Tailoring Skirt | ShoeDazzle Heels | RayBan Sunglasses | Anthropologie Necklace

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