Friday, February 25, 2011

Fashion Friday: Brit style with Burberry

As the rain pours down here in LA on this Oscar weekend, I can't get my mind off of the Burberry Fall 2011 RTW collection shown this past week at London fashion week. I love that Christopher Bailey leveraged the power of technology and broadcasted the show live for the first time to the big screen in Piccadilly Circus, and on to more than 150 countries around the world and at 40 live events. Even iPad and iPhone users had the chance to shop the collection online in the moment. Bravo Burberry!!! Below are some unforgettable faves.... there are SO many!

Fall 2011 RTW:






loving all the fitted skinny pants









Spring 2011 RTW:






All images via Style.com

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Agate home accessories

I love using home accessories made from natural elements and there are a lot of agate home accessories out right now that are fantastic. Curious about exactly what I was purchasing, I found out some basic facts about agate and wanted to share some of my favorite agate finds. 



Agate Facts:
Agate is a microcrystalline variety of quartz (silica), chiefly chalcedony, characterized by its finesse of grain and brightness of color. The name is derived from its occurrence at the Achates River in southwestern Sicily.  Agate is the most common variety of chalcedony which is a form of quartz. Agate is, in fact, identical with quartz in composition and physical properties. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks. Agate is a common semiprecious silica mineral that has long been used as a gem and ornamental. Agate is one of the most common materials used in the art of hardstone carving, and has been recovered at a number of ancient sites, indicating its widespread use in the ancient world.


perfect colorful clocks for your bedside or desk
I love the sophistication of this gray version
wish these came in other colors
there are lots of colorful agate bookends on the market but these are very unique
adorable small agate frames.  my fave colors below

table top agate accessories that come in multiple colors too

add some spice to your table setting with these napkin ring holders


images via Rablabs.com


Agate Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:


Agate is said to have mystical powers to guard one against danger, to cure insomnia, to ensure pleasant dreams and to help with clarity enabling one to see the world through a broader perspective. It attracts good fortune, increases concentration and promotes good will. 


Agate is reported to be an aid in overcoming flaws, fears, and loneliness. It is believed to remove curses and spells and helps to eliminate bad luck. Many believe that agate has a calming effect during times of stress and that it gives a sense of strength and courage. It is thought to stimulate fertility and to be advantageous in relieving bone marrow ailments and allergies. Artists and writers have also used agate to enhance creativity.


stylish and sophisticated agate inspired boxes to hide small bits

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Drab to Fab: Slipper chair update

I am thrilled how my client Lindsay's bedroom chair turned out after we reupholstered it with a fun flirty fabric. I have blogged about this apartment update on a budget project before and finally I have another update.  We took a second hand chair that my client purchased for $50 (you can find a similar one at Target or another low end retailer) and spiced it up with a pink geometric fabric. The color scheme in the bedroom is gray, fuchsia and pink with pops of additional color. Check out the newly upholstered chair below with four different pillow options depending on your style. My fave is the Missoni of course :). 






The drab before:

This Missoni accent pillow is my fave:

Which accent pillow is your favorite?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sending Love...

Today is a reminder to always to put love first. Live each day like it is your last and only hang with people, do things and wear things you absolutely love. 







Images via theloveshop



images via Etsy.com

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fashion Friday: Siriano Style

Ever since being the star and winner of Project Runway season 4, I have watched for what Christian Siriano was going to produce next. I have always been secretly cheering him on since both of us are from Maryland :).  He continues to design stunning looks that I would love to snatch up. His Fall 2011 Ready to Wear show Thursday night had some real winners. Check out my favorite looks from the show below.

Fall 2011 RTW







images via Style.com

Spring/Summer 2011




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