Are you...

>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009

like me thinking about how well this blouse goes with a pair of pants in your closet?

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Yes Please!

I would like these Phlox Flats

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Halloween Inspiration

>> Tuesday, September 29, 2009

If you haven't already started making your plans for Halloween, here are some lovely ideas and inspiration to get you started. If you're not interested in a full costume, these mask from Martha Stewart would be perfect and something you can easily do yourself.

Owl Mask

Bird Mask

Black Cat Mask

If you're looking for fun and easy ways to decorate your space try these...

Spider Wrought Iron Pumpkin Stand

Carve your own wax pumpkins using this Jack-O-Wax DIY kit

add this large glitter skull to the mix

Now what would Halloween be without a bounty of treats like this

or this and this.

Until tomorrow.

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Enter + Win a Kate Spade Designer Handbag

>> Monday, September 28, 2009

For all my Bag addicts this post is especially for you.

Wishpot and Avelle the New Bag Borrow Steal (think Sex in the City) have teamed up to host this wonderful giveaway. All you have to do is enter to win this fabulous red Kate Spade handbag!

Here's more info about this wonderful bag: It's the Kate Spade ‘Quinn’ Knightsbridge Croco Tote. The clean lines and elegant croc-embossed patent leather of this Kate Spade tote can easily transition from day to evening. It's designed to fit under your arm and is finished with an open top, goldtone hardware, metal feet, three center compartments, signature lining and interior zip and cell pockets. Dimensions: 12"L x 3"W x 9"H. 7" handle drop.

The Retail value is $429 but for you it could be FREE. Here's the details
on how to enter:

Travel over to Wishpot's blog and let them know what you want to carry in your Avelle Designer Bag. Like favorite accessories, things for work, your pets, or anything else you desire.

Tell: Get 1 entry
for each response here, on Avelle FB Fan Page, or on Twitter RT #Avelle

Show: Get 2 entries
by post a pic of what you want to carry on Avelle FB Fan Page, or on Twitter

Share: Get 3 entries
by sign up at Avelle, follow Avelle on Twitter

Be sure to leave a comment on the Wishpot Blog with what you did. Giveaway lasts one week. A winner will be selected on Monday Oct 5th.

What are you waiting for head on over to Wishpot and enter to win!

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In The Details: Budget Savvy Goodness + Etsy

>> Sunday, September 27, 2009

Let's be honest Weddings aren't cheap. Creating the wedding of your dreams sometimes causes Brides-to-be to think outside their financial box. If you're looking for ways to infuse style without compromising your budget. We all know that weddings aren't weddings without the lovely details so how do you have lovely details for your wedding on a budget? I'm so glad you asked that question. Let me introduce Etsy. Have you visited Etsy? If I know you well your answer is yes so maybe what I share won't be brand new to you but just in case it is, go ahead and make a few bookmarks. You can thank me later ;)

With Fall here and Winter right around the corner, I'm sure many Brides are wondering how to cover up to and shield themselves from the cooler weather elements. Worry not,think about adding a stylish Shrug to your ensemble, these from Holly Stalder are fabulous and budget friendly. Order your own through her etsy shop.

Let's continue our talk of ensembles with Sarah Seven. She's been talked about all over the blogs and her dresses have been featured in Utterly Engaged, but despite all these wonderful mentions her etsy shop is full of lovely fashion goodness for you or your bridesmaids.

Now of course Etsy isn't just for attire, but for wedding decor and stationery too. I love the lovely calligraphy of Emilie Friday her whimsical and fanciful hand lettering would be perfect for Save the Dates or invitation envelopes.

Lets not stop there. If you're looking for creative ways to add flair to your reception decor try these fabulous place cards by Timeless Paper. While we'd all like to have all the wonderful table linens and opulent centerpieces doesn't always fit in the budget, so why not use these to add a bit of unexpected loveliness to your reception.

OK, we've only talked about attire and decor and stationery and already I'm feeling like there's been some money saving. I have a few more links for you to check out.

Looking for ways to add some fun decor elements into your reception space, visit PomLove.

Need a creative cake topper try these from Goose Grease or Lollipop Workshop

Looking for goodies fro your Bridesmaids? I'm still in love with these clutches
or think about a stylish necklace to compliment their dresses like this one from Designs by Krissy.

Now all of the Etsy sellers I featured happen to be some of my favorites. Click on over to Etsy and make your own discoveries, don't be shy money saving is to be had at Etsy and who doesn't like saving money?

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Friday Faves

>> Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Friday everyone. This weeks Friday Faves is a selection of lovely things that have made it onto my ever growing wish list who knows you may want to add some of these items to your list. Plus there's a lovely wedding too!

Who wouldn't love this Gold Label Recipe box? When I saw it here, I like anyone else swooned and immediately thought of all the wonderful recipes that could fill the cards.
*Please note, this is on back order.

I love stationery and while I do create my own lovely little note cards, that doesn't limit me from collecting my share of stylish and lovely stationery. This Westside Kate note card set, is fabulous right? You'll also love Market Kate too.

Looking for a classic yet unexpected way to set your table, try these petite script plates. You could host a few friends for lunch and give these as a special party favor, or create a collection of your own using your initials.

{discovered here}

Finally, this photo is just awesome. I've seen this photo and wedding on countless blogs and it is amazing. This wedding was shot by Max Wagner and let's be honest look at this photo, how can this not be a fun wedding?

Have a wonderful Friday and Weekend!

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Retro Chic

>> Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Love this entire look. The bad turtle kitty top is a fabulous throw back to the 80s.

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We're On a Break

>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009

No, not from blogging but from Fashion. I've talked so much about Fall fashion, Fashion Week that well I need a break. Fret not Fashionistas more fashion talk will be had in the future, but for now let's take high style and fashion elswhere like your home.

It's obvious that Grey is the color of the moment. Everywhere you turn Grey is being integrated into various elements of decor so being one not afraid to follow (and often ignore) trends, I wanted to share some little grey lovelies.

Chatelaine Bedding from Anthropologie

I am in love, love, love with these Slate Damask Towels

While some may debate you can't have enough of a good thing, I think that sometimes you do have to throw a little color in the mix, so if you're in a grey state of mind but want a punch of color, these totally stylish rugs by Amy Butler are a great way to mix in a little color.

Now if you would rather stick with grey this Archie Fog Rug by Angela Adams would be perfect too.

Think about these Poppy Vine curtain panels

There is plenty of other ways to add a little grey to the decorating mix in your home whether you go with a little or a lot may these few little lovelies get you inspired.

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In the Details: the tablescape

>> Monday, September 21, 2009

I like many of you have been to plenty of Weddings. One way I feel a couple can show off their personality and style is through the design of their reception tables and centerpiece. I know, I know, there are those who may not know a centerpiece can be more than a grouping of flowers. While I know you know this, I'm sure there are plenty of people around you who just don't get it. Worry not, I get it and I know that the standard grouping of flowers while lovely isn't always the first choice.

Why not get creative with your table scape and let your style shine through. Let's stop all the chatter and get to the good stuff... photo inspiration.

add your own twist to the traditional centerpiece and table design.

You may like tradition but want to add a pop of color and a bit more unexpected decorative elements.

Who says that your table should be full of flowers? A centerpiece of candles or tapers is not only lovely but budget friendly.

Thinking that traditional table settings not for you? Let the theme of your wedding do the talking for your table scape.

A lovely school theme for Fall

I love this Modern Baroque table by JL Designs,

There are numerous resources for table scape inspiration and if you want to do something different just do it.

{Sources: Brides, Martha Stewart, JL Designs, }

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Friday Faves

>> Friday, September 18, 2009

Today's Friday Faves is a mix of a few things that I've seen and love.

I have to lament again about items I love being out of stock but as I think about cooler weather I start thinking jackets and this Amber Road Coat in Black Houndstooth is it not fabulous? Of course it's on my wishlist. PS. it is out of stock so add your name to the list to be notified.

I'm loving these peep toe flats.

Loving this Wool Duffle Bag from the Gap. Perfect carryall for Fall.

If you're in search of something new for your table, this Ink Toile Dinnerware would be perfect.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

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>> Thursday, September 17, 2009

Why is it all the dresses I love are sold out? Of course I'm not surprised who wouldn't think this dress is lovely.

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Fashion Focused Pt. 2

More loveliness from Fashion Week. Oh and yes more than lovely dresses were shown at Fashion Week, I just always love the dresses.

{Carolina Herrera}

{Oscar de la Renta}


{Badgley Mischka}

*All photos from

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For Your Desk

>> Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I feel like I'm on a continuous quest to get and stay organized and whenever I see something that I feel can aide in keeping me organized I can't resist. When I saw this Bill Organizer, I thought that not only could this organizer be used for your bills but you can be creative and use it to keep track of events or appointments. Maybe use it for your home business or for decoration. Whatever you choose to do know that it will be stylish and organized.

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Fashion Focused Pt.1

>> Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I can't resist sharing these lovely dresses. Enjoy

{Sophie Theallet}

{J Mendel}


{Lela Rose}

*All photos from

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In The Details-The Fashionable Bridal Party

>> Monday, September 14, 2009

Over the weekend I was checking out clips from the various shows from Fashion Week and had a thought. If your thinking about how to dress your bridesmaids, take your cues from the runway.

Yes, there are plenty of wonderful designers who create lovely bridesmaids dresses but if you've visited plenty of websites and sifted through countless magazines and still haven't found what your looking for, allow me to share a few more photos for inspiration...

Hip Fashionista lovely mix of patterns or unexpected design details perfect for a fashionista inspired Bride.

{Jason Wu}

{Reem Acra}

Cool and Casual simply beautiful dresses that are comfortable and perfect for any location.

{Luca Luca}

{Reem Acra}

Keeping it Traditional traditional in style with unexpected twist that give each dress character.

{Luca Luca}

I can tell you that creating a look for your bridesmaids should take in consideration their height, size and colors that compliment the ladies in your wedding party but you know that already. All I will say is be you and if you need a source of inspiration, look beyond just wedding magazines for inspiration, you never know what you may find.

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