Shopping Diet: Two Out of Twelve

Posted 31 October 2011 at 9:59 AM | Comments (2)

I’ve officially completed two months of my yearlong shopping diet! You won’t believe me when I say this, but it’s true:

It’s super fun.

It really is! I admit the first month was hard, not so much because I wasn’t shopping but because I kept thinking about it. I’ve never thought about shopping as much as I did in September, and it was only because I wasn’t allowed to do it. So I became a bit obsessive, constantly thinking about all the great trends and products I was missing out on.

This second month has been awesome. I loved going into H&M the other day, finding about ten items that I wanted, and just walking away with an, “Oh well! Too bad for me!” It’s so liberating. I don’t have to try anything on, nor decide which item is most worth my money, nor think about all the items I left behind. I walk away physically and mentally. It’s fantastic.

That said, if you’re thinking about starting a shopping diet, I should give a disclaimer: I love challenging my own willpower. It invigorates me. So if you hate a challenge, you’ll probably want to blow my brains out by the time you’re in your second month. Sorry.

Color-Coordinated Bookshelf

Posted 30 October 2011 at 11:33 PM | Comments (4)

I love this. Which is funny, considering that:

1) I poke fun at friends who color-coordinate their books, and then
2) actually did it in my own home.

Color-Coordinated Bookshelf from designspongeonline.com

Bright Dahlia and Cantaloupe

Posted 29 October 2011 at 6:47 AM | Comments (0)

I was just perusing J.Crew when I realized that their “bright dahlia” color is exactly like the one Brioni used in their fall collection! It was absolutely stunning on the runway when paired with the cantaloupe/camel color. It’s possibly my favorite color palette from the fall runway.

Brioni and J.Crew Fall 2011 Color Palette

So this week has been ca-razy! One of my closest friends in the world is visiting with her family. Her whole family—as in fifteen of them. We’ve been staying out late every night, talking, laughing, and reminiscing. I guess I’m too old for this insanity, because I’m seriously wiped out. Of course it doesn’t help that my kids wake up at 5:30 every morning! Anyway… I’m tired. That’s my excuse for why my posts have been short and lacking in substance. I need a pajama day.

Versace for H&M Coming Soon

Posted 28 October 2011 at 2:31 PM | Comments (0)

I’m getting excited for the Versace for H&M collaboration! Not to buy, of course—I’m still on a shopping diet, remember?—but just to see it.

Donatella Versace made a great comment in an interview about the collection. She said, “I felt such incredible freedom when I designed the collection, creating something outside the usual system—to make an iconic collection that wasn’t for runway or a particular season, but which was just for the love of fashion.”

Inspiring. Love it.

Versace for H&M coming November 17!

Animal Print Done Chic

Posted 27 October 2011 at 9:13 AM | Comments (0)

This animal-print dress from Caroline Charles is chic and even office-appropriate.

Caroline Charles Animal Print Dress Fall 2011 Runway

Note that the dress fabric falls away from the body while still being form-fitting. Beautiful, ladylike, and not at all tacky!

Are We in a Crafts Movement About to Die?

Posted 26 October 2011 at 11:01 PM | Comments (0)

The New York Times published a very interesting article today, “All That Authenticity May Be Getting Old.”

It’s about the crafts movement that we’re currently in—where artists are producing more and more “unique,” vintage, or handmade objects; major retailers are selling them, and we’re going crazy buying them. But this desperate need to have “authentic” items in our home is becoming pretty predictable and boring. Which is exactly what we were trying to avoid!

Here’s an excerpt:

“People are looking for things that are authentic,” [Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan] said. “I think it started happening after 2001: first there was 9/11, followed by recession. There was a certain exhaustion with the shiny and perfect. People didn’t relate to it anymore.”

But as Dmitri Siegel put it:

“When you pile Etsy on top of Etsy, it gets really cacophonous: ‘Everything in here is totally unique!’ It starts canceling itself out.”

And:

As they began furnishing their new house from scratch, they found themselves choosing pieces with clean, modern lines that “could be a backdrop for whatever we were interested in at the moment,” Mr. Siegel said. In other words, he said, “not trying to express your personality and your total individuality with every single thing in your house.”

I Want Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

Posted 25 October 2011 at 1:39 PM | Comments (0)

One of my favorite fall collections was from Bottega Veneta. Pretty much every single thing that came down the runway was sumptuous (and wearable). Their website describes this collection as “poised between restraint and exuberance”—and you can absolutely see why. Here are two of my favorite head-to-toe looks. Want and want.

Bottega Veneta Mustard and Black Lace Dresses Fall 2011

Winter Too Soon

Posted 24 October 2011 at 8:22 PM | Comments (2)

Maybe it’s because we’re still in eighty-degree weather over here, but this white-winter setting for Ann Taylor’s new collection seems completely out of place. Am I the only one still thirsty for autumnal browns?

Ann Taylor Fall 2011 Campaign Demi Moore in Cobalt Blue Shift Dress

The cobalt blue shift dress, however? Definitely something I can get behind (or in).

Claire Watkins’ Bright Apartment

Posted 23 October 2011 at 7:56 PM | Comments (0)

I just came across pictures of blogger Claire Watkins’ apartment and had to share.

Her styling is perhaps more retro-eclectic than mine, but I’m really inspired by how she brightened up this space and how effortless she makes it look. Take note of how the layering of fabric and texture in her living room gives it so much personality.

Blogger Claire Watkins in Her Apartment

Blogger Claire Watkins' Living Room

Blogger Claire Watkins' Dining Room

Blogger Claire Watkins' Office

Dianna Agron in Libertine

Posted 22 October 2011 at 7:35 PM | Comments (0)

I loved this dress on the spring 2012 runway:

Libertine Spring 2012 Runway Black and White Dress

and I love it even more on this Glee girl.

Dianna Agron in Libertine Spring 2012 Black and White Dress