Cheap Jeans vs. Expensive Jeans

Posted 24 September 2015 at 8:44 PM | Comments (0)

Refinery29 published this infographic, illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro, to explain the difference between a $200 pair of jeans and a $20 pair. I have never been proud of my fast fashion purchases and this only affirms, well, partly, my guilt, and mostly: how much things need to change. (Click the image to enlarge.)

How a $200 Jean Becomes a $20 Pair, Illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro

Hayden Panettiere’s Nashville Home

Posted 22 September 2015 at 8:17 PM | Comments (0)

I adore the edgy, eclectic mix of patterns and textures in Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko’s Nashville home. There’s a little of everything—something modern, something traditional; something playful, something moody—and the effect is splendid.

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Entryway Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Living Room Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Dining Room Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Designed by Benjamin Vandiver, I really like how these three particular rooms possess somber, dark colors next to luxurious, gilded shine. The combination is so striking and serves as a reminder that, in contemporary décor, it’s opposites that attract.

For the full article in Domino, click here.

Favorites from the Emmys 2015

Posted 21 September 2015 at 11:43 AM | Comments (0)

I was mostly underwhelmed with last night’s red carpet, but these three gowns were exciting. Just what awards show fashion should be!

Emmy Awards 2015 Red Carpet Fashion: Claire Danes, Jaimie Alexander, Kerry Washington

Claire Danes. Several online publications called her gown “unflattering.” If you’re someone who believes in one ideal female body type, perhaps you would think so; I, however, do not fall in that camp. To me, her Prada dress was stunning in every way, and it showed off her perfectly cute shape.

Jaimie Alexander. I actually don’t know anything about this woman, but wow, she looks fierce in Armani Privé. The whole look is almost too severe, but surprisingly, it works—in a glamorous badass kind of way. Now I need to watch something she has been in to see if she lives up to last night’s fierceness.

Kerry Washington. This Marc Jacobs dress basically stole the show. More and more, I am realizing that Kerry Washington is a fashion plate of the highest degree. Her taste for edgy and high-end fashion matches her class and intellect, which is great for her (and unfortunate for all those who bumble along when they stand next to her).

I like to make mention of the other looks that almost made it into my top three. In this case it was Ellie Kemper, whose Naeem Khan dress was pretty phenomenal but the overall look felt a bit boring. Big hair would have worked here. Maisie Williams was just perfect in Ermanno Scervino. Perfectly dressed, perfectly accessorized, perfectly made up, perfectly pink. There was nothing to dislike. And Natasha Lyonne, who is not generally on my fashion radar, really surprised me. While it doesn’t exactly look expensive, her fringed, hippie-chick look was very now and very refreshing. She either knows what’s hot in fashion, or else she was grateful to finally find something that suited her taste. I may never know.

Emmys 2015 Red Carpet Fashion: Ellie Kemper, Maisie Williams, Natasha Lyonne

Polished Concrete Floor with Marble-Like Shine

Posted 15 September 2015 at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

Holy moly. This concrete floor is not industrial at all. It is contemporary elegance, thanks to that marble-like shine.

Polished Concrete Foyer Floor with Marble-Like Shine

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“We Need to Talk About Your Flair”

Posted 14 September 2015 at 8:20 PM | Comments (0)

I’ve fully converted to the flared leg. I don’t even like my skinnies anymore. In fact, I kind of want every pair of my skinnies to die (unless I buy a pair of over-the-knee boots, in which case they can live to see another season).

I love how my flares give everything a more relaxed, Bohemian vibe, unlike my skinnies, which give a sleeker, rocker look. I am finally ready to welcome this sartorial transition. Bring on the flares and wide-legs! It’s time!

Black Flared Jeans with Burgundy Fringe-Sleeved Top

Today I’m wearing my black flared jeans from Forever 21 and burgundy fringe-sleeved top from Piperlime (RIP). Notice the gray hairs around my temples. They weren’t included the last time I drew myself.

Brilliant Use of Wallpaper in Dallas Condo

Posted 13 September 2015 at 1:11 PM | Comments (0)

What an interesting bedroom. From this angle, it almost looks neutral:

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

But turn your head, and kapow!

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

This bedroom is just one exciting part of a 3-story, Dallas, Texas condo designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. Even though my insides are on a massive swoon-fest, I am so humbled by the level of sophistication here that I bow down to the designer in quiet restraint (instead of throwing myself at her feet and squealing, like I really want to do).

Seriously: respect.

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

This next photo might be my favorite surprise in this room. It’s a tasteful glimpse of spotted wallpaper behind equally tasteful shelving. And I know the wallpaper well—Tanzania by Thibaut—as I have eyed it many, many times and could probably draw it from memory by now. (My obsession with this wallpaper: not so tasteful.)

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Lastly, I’d like to share this photo of one of the bathrooms in the same Dallas home, because, well, you’ll see. I can’t not share this one:


For more photos of this exciting home featured in Domino, click here.

Heather Meadows Color Palette

Posted 7 September 2015 at 10:07 PM | Comments (0)

We spent Labor Day hiking at Heather Meadows. It was only slightly chilly, and absolutely beautiful.

Heather Meadows Labor Day Hike

Coming upon this unusual pink rock, I couldn’t help but notice the unexpected beauty of nature’s color palette. Check out this bizarre but stunning combination of muted pinks and pale grays next to vibrant rust and lime. Just goes to show that nature is way more creative than I am.

Heather Meadows Labor Day Color Palette Inspiration

Simple Floral Birth Announcement

Posted 2 September 2015 at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)

A couple of years ago, I designed this simple seashell birth announcement. It’s one of my favorites, to be honest. So when the adorable family of three asked me to design an announcement for their latest addition, it was a no-brainer to dig into the archives and have it complement the first.

For this announcement, we went with a family of flowers, featuring the littlest one in white.

Simple Floral Birth Announcement

*Names and details have been changed.

Anthropologie’s Adira Beaded Hoops

Posted 31 August 2015 at 9:44 PM | Comments (0)

Earlier this month I mentioned looking for a pair of beaded, teardrop-hoop earrings. Well, I found them. The perfect pair was at and on sale for $29.99, plus 30% off all sale items and free shipping.

Anthropologie Adira Beaded Hoops

Behold, the Adira Beaded Hoops. I can’t wait for them to arrive in my mailbox.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Nolita Loft

Posted 30 August 2015 at 9:22 PM | Comments (0)

Oh my, I love the drama! This is Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s New York City apartment, completely customized by by Don Stewart of Desiderata Design and featured in Architectural Digest. Dark colors, rustic textures, and oversized proportions are front and center in this dramatic, but unexpectedly moody, design.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Dining Room

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Kitchen

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Living Room

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Piano Sitting Area

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Bedroom

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Bathroom

My absolute favorite part of this apartment is the kitchen. Everything, everything surprised me here, from the rhythmic cabinetry to the textured backsplash, and from the open shelving on the kitchen island to the flat geometric pendant lights. And those gold stools! They look like trumpet buttons in motion! This whole room is just perfectly musical. Plus, the departure from the all-white kitchen trend is so very refreshing. Take note, people.