My New Year’s Eve Runway vs. Reality

Posted 31 December 2011 at 9:19 AM | Comments (0)

Happy New Year’s Eve! I can’t believe it will be 2012 tomorrow. How is that possible? Just saying “2012” feels like we live in The Future, doesn’t it? Haha.

Anyway, I wish I was ringing in the New Year tonight with a dress like this, from Tibi.

Tibi Fall 2011 Runway White Strapless Dress with Cascading Shapes

But in reality, my New Year’s Eve outfit will look more like this, from Bodkin.

Bodkin Fall 2011 Gray Oversize Cardigan with Drawstring Jumpsuit

Though truthfully, I’m not one to worry so much about my clothes. I can have just as much fun in my gray jumpsuit as my silk organza dress. As long as I’m with people I love, all is well.

And that cheesy statement is the best way I can sum up what kind of year 2011 has been. Here’s to even more time with people I love in 2012!

Hotel-Saloon Family Room

Posted 30 December 2011 at 7:26 PM | Comments (3)

Since this family room, designed by Linda Woodrum, was intended to have mass appeal, it looks a bit like a hotel lobby: high-end, but drained of personality.

However in this case, that’s not necessarily a bad thing! It’s still beautiful, functional, and nicely proportioned and balanced. We can glean a lot of inspiration from this room. Take a look at the photos, and then read on.

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Family Room High-End Hotel Saloon Style

What I like about this family room:

1) The drum pendants. Not only are they way more interesting than trendy, recessed pot lights, they’re more intimate, too.

2) Intimate seating. Oftentimes we think that if furniture is too close together, the room will look smaller or more crowded, but that’s not necessarily true. In this case, it’s cozy and appropriate for a family room.

3) Sleeper sectional. The couch turns into a queen sleeper—and I don’t know about you, but we definitely need more space for visiting relatives!

4) Storage ottomans. They triple as a coffee table, extra seating, and storage bin. So functional.

5) Unexpected black-and-white painting. The designer stated, “With so much saturated color, I knew we needed black and white there to clean and crisp up the room.” So true.

6) Not quite wall-to-wall carpeting. That 12-ish inches of space between the carpet and the wall actually expands the space, and that glimpse of hardwood makes the room look even more high-end.

7) A cohesive color statement, expressed in wall color, furniture, lamps, and textiles. I am always drawn to color. Whether it looks methodical or haphazard, color conveys a feeling; and in this case, there’s a richness and warmth that begs me to sit and stay a while. (Wall color is Craft Paper from Sherwin-Williams.)

*Images from HGTV Dream Home 2012.

Guest Blogging at Lili & Mae

Posted 29 December 2011 at 7:11 PM | Comments (0)

Today I’m guest blogging at Lili & Mae! Visit Mae’s fabulous style blog and let me know if I’ve convinced you to go bold and wear zebra print. I think I’ve actually succeeded in convincing myself. Yep, I’m turned on to zebra, people!

Here’s a preview of my guest post:

Fall 2011 Fashion Trend Zebra Print

Visit Lili & Mae for tons of great style inspiration. Thanks for having me, Mae!

Backwards Day

Posted 28 December 2011 at 10:03 AM | Comments (0)

Guess what I did today? I wore my cardigan backwards, à la Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor, and Krystal from This Time Tomorrow.

Wear Your Cardigan Backwards: Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor, Krystal from This Time Tomorrow

Krystal’s version inspired me to try my mustard cardi backwards, and it actually worked and was pretty cute! I don’t even think anyone noticed my irreverence. I’m definitely doing this again.

Black and White with a Pop of Green

Posted 27 December 2011 at 8:58 PM | Comments (0)

Hm. I’ve seen this color combination before. First here, then here, and now right here:

Bathroom with Black and White Diagonal Stripe Chevron Tile

I think I might really like this color palette.

*Image from Lonny magazine.

Wear This

Posted 26 December 2011 at 9:43 AM | Comments (5)

Celebrities, let me dress you. Or let me treat you like a paper doll and just put your head on this here dress. Why? Because I’m good at it. See?

Gabrielle Union in Cacharel and Keira Knightley in Carlos Miele

Don’t you love the idea of Gabrielle Union in that Cacharel dress? Sometimes she’s so overtly sexy—I’d love to see her in something that falls away from the body rather than cling too tightly. And Keira Knightley is edgy and confident enough to work the unusual color combo and asymmetrical silhouette from Carlos Miele.

Sofia Vergara in Carlos Miele and Cate Blanchett in Carolina Herrera

Woo-wee, how about Sofia Vergara in Carlos Miele! Perfect, right? She likes to look sexy as long as it’s a classic silhouette; plus, she has a fun personality. This dress is so great for her! And Cate Blanchett in that Carolina Herrera? Totally! It’s absolutely regal but not severe—classic Cate.

Me in Gorgeous Carolina Herrera Fall 2011 Gowns

Oh, did you think I was going to pick a celebrity for those final two Carolina Herrera gowns? Ha! Maybe some designer gowns are best left to the commoners.

Black and Gold Shine Bright

Posted 25 December 2011 at 9:36 AM | Comments (3)

This color combo always reminds me of the glamtastic ‘80s. Yet when it appeared on the runway this year, it looked new—I could actually wear these looks without feeling like a totally-fer-sure valley girl!

From Jason Wu, Givenchy, and Lanvin:

Fall 2011 Runway Fashion Trend: Black and Gold from Jason Wu, Givenchy, Lanvin

But my favorite was an all-black ensemble with awesome gold shoes from Mulberry:

Fall 2011 Runway Fashion Trend: Black with Gold Shoes from Mulberry

Then there’s the whole baroque trend, which puts me in the mood for big hair (although honestly, what doesn’t put me in the mood for big hair?); super-wearable black and gold stripes, and chic black accessories with gold hardware that may offer more mileage than trendy clothes:

Fall 2011 Fashion Trend: Baroque Black and Gold

Fall 2011 Fashion Trend: Black and Gold Stripes

Fall 2011 Fashion Trend: Black and Gold Hardware and Accessories

I’m looking in my closet to see if I can throw this trend together without buying anything (shopping diet, remember?), and I’m sad to report a big, fat zero. For me to follow this trend, simple gold jewelry over black clothing will have to do this year!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Chartreuse Painted Door

Posted 24 December 2011 at 9:05 AM | Comments (1)

Happy Christmas Eve! Here’s a simple little post today, in favor of the painted door. Doesn’t it look good in this basically neutral interior? And next to that black-and-white floral wallpaper? Hellooo, chartreuse—you’re looking mighty fine.

Neutral Mod Kitchen with Chartreuse Painted Door

*Image from shelterness.com.

Caitlin Wilson

Posted 23 December 2011 at 2:06 PM | Comments (0)

It seems to be a good week for discovering new textile designers! Today I stumbled upon Caitlin Wilson, a San Francisco designer with a very trend-forward aesthetic in both pattern and palette.

I love how each of her collections has some brilliant pattern-mixing going on. Pattern mixing is not always easy, so she does it for us! See her collections below, Fleur Chinoise I, Fleur Chinoise II, Fleur Chinoise III, Fleur Chinoise IV, and Hong Kong.

Caitlin Wilson Textiles Fleur Chinoise I Collection

Caitlin Wilson Textiles Fleur Chinoise II Collection

Caitlin Wilson Textiles Fleur Chinoise III Collection

Caitlin Wilson Textiles Fleur Chinoise IV Collection

Caitlin Wilson Textiles Hong Kong Collection

Holiday Party Outfits of Seasons Past

Posted 22 December 2011 at 10:03 PM | Comments (0)

I miss holiday parties. People gussied up, appetizers circulating, glasses clinking—so much fun.

I’ve been trying to remember what I used to wear to holiday parties before we moved overseas. I can only remember two outfits. Two! That’s it! And who even remembers what years they’re from! (Though I’m going to guess 2005 on the left and late-1990s on the right.)

Holiday Party Outfits of Seasons Past, Fashion Illustration

As usual, I’m living vicariously through the rest of you, so please tell me what you’re wearing to your holiday parties this year!