Asian Consoles and Maxi Dresses

Asian consoles and maxi dresses, those two things go together right?  Well, maybe not but those are two topics on my mind today.  I would also hate to bore you with constant kitchen talk so I will do my best to mix things up a bit.

So first up asian console tables.  I have a spot in my family room that I have been looking to fill with just the right console table, I have visions of a long dark wood console table with two beautiful brass lamps and a gilded mirror above it.  Below are a few console styling images I love:

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I love this table but it was sold by the time I saw it was in stock at again and again here is Dallas:

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Of course there is always that darn decorating budget so I have to be patient with my purchases.  I also know I want a more vintage feel in the table I buy for that space (i.e., slightly used so less expensive).  I have been scourging antique stores in the area as well as local estate sales and I found one!  I havent actually seen it in person but its at an estate sale here in Dallas TODAY which I can’t get to until 1pm so I’m hoping it will still be there and the price will be right!  Will keep you posted.

On to maxi dresses, specifically the variety that can be worn by a pregnant person.

I have two boys and another baby on the way (last one for sure).  Living in Dallas it gets VERY warm here in the summer so my go to wardrobe item is the maxi dress.  After #2 was born I thought I never wanted to see a maxi dress again so I donated a lot of what I had thinking I was done having kids.  There were a couple items I should have held onto but now I guess I have an excuse to update my wardrobe with a few things I will no doubt wear the heck out of all summer.   But where to start?  Shopbop!  They have some great maxi dresses that are lightweight and figure flattering.  I usually LOVE Rachel Pally  but her line this season is filled with cut outs and tiny straps but I did manage to find a cute purple ikat caftan on sale and I also picked up an easy to wear all Velvet black maxi for night-time:

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Calypso, Tory Burch and Roberta Roller Rabbit are always great resources as well, here are a few staples I picked for this summer:

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Love how light weight this calypso top is!

Tory Burch

This Tory top looks great with white jeans and will be a great go to top until I hit that dreaded enormous stage.

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Roberta Roller Rabbit kurtas are so lightweight they make any summer day a breeze!

Happy Weekend!!  Wish me luck at the estate sale!!

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The Perfect Hostess Gift

Lots of people are travelling this week for the holiday.  If you are visiting friends or family – make sure you bring a little hostess gift to show your appreciation.

I stopped by to the C Wonder boutique in Soho yesterday and loved just about everything in there.  They have bright bold home accessories (and clothing, bags, shoes etc) at a very good price point.  I think these monogrammed decorative plates make a great hostess gift!

I also love their selection of stationery, which comes wrapped in a pretty bow with a little charm.

A pen and paper set makes a good gift because it really isn’t something you would think to buy for youself… I really do love just about anything from Iomoi.

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Jonathan Adler is another great place to start.  I am lucky enough to have easy access to his boutique, but they have a great selection online… these coasters are one of my favorites – they are even cuter in person!

The easiest and most fail proof gift is anything edible.  My favorite is this gourmet chocolate covered popcorn by funky chunky – it is delish and comes in a pretty glass jar that is perfect for giving.

What is the best hostess gift you have ever received? What is your favorite gift to give?


The Decorative Pouf

I absolutely love these decorative poufs from Target.  A pair of these would work perfectly placed underneath a console.  They could also be used for extra seating or a chic, yet inexpensive drink table!

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Nursery Design

Almost everything for my little one’s nursery has been ordered, now I just have to wait for it to arrive.  I cleared out my old office and can’t wait to fill it with all my new purchases!

Pottery Barn Kendall Crib and Extra Wide Dresser // Art for Kids Framed Safari Prints // Giraffe Lamp // Jonathan Adler Light Blue Piggy Bank // Anthropologie Elephant hooks

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Stationery

Whether its a thank you note, an invitation or simply a “thinking of you” card, I love receiving letters in the mail. Here are some of my favoite stationery selections at the moment…

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When was the last time you sat down to write a letter? Do you still enjoy receiving hand-written mail?

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Sources: Orange Air Balloon Stationary // Pink Mist Scalloped Correspondence Cards // Pencil Motif Note Cards // Snail Mail Card // Westside Kate Stationary // Monkey with Blue Parasol


Silk Scarves

One of the best investment you can make is in a gorgeous, printed, silk scarf.  When you buy a scarf you really love, it has endless possibilities…

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One of my favorite uses for a scarf that is just too beautiful to wear is to frame it and hang it up as a piece of art in your home.

Or better yet, purchase the Hermes scarf hanging system.  Its magnetic, so it won’t damage the fabric.

Scarf print blouses and dresses are also literally everywhere this season…

How do you like to wear (or use) your scarves?

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Fashion Friday: How to Dress While Pregnant

This month, marks the last month of my second trimester and as a first time mom-to-be, I am continually amazed by how quickly my body is transforming to accommodate this little guy I’m carrying around with me.  Now that I am very visably pregnant, I am majorly struggling with what to wear.

This week, the fashion gods must be smiling down at me…just when I began to feel completely hopeless in my search for stylish maternity clothing inspiration, I opened the April issue of Vogue to find this: Five Days, Five Looks, One Girl: Sylvana Ward Durrett.  Sylvana is Vogue’s Director of Special Events who is busy planning the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala while nine months pregnant.

I fell in love with the first image I saw… I absolutely adore this white chiffon Alexander Wang dress.  Sylvana purchased it a couple sizes up and uses a belt to cinch it above her belly.  As with most of her perfectly styled outfits, she is sporting a long, oversized blazer to top it off.

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I love her accessories… this striped Dries Van Notren clutch is gorgeous and I love her Giusseppe Zanotti sandals.

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This will be my Spring-time maternity staple.  I am officially on a mission for the perfect pair of white maternity jeans that I can pair with a simple tee shirt and (long) navy blazer.

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Pregnant or not, this striped dress by Minnie Mortimer is already a wardrobe staple of mine!  I love the way Sylvana paired it with this bright blue oversized Maje blazer.

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This look is so simple and effortless, yet looks totally put together.  A long yellow blazer by Preen over a zara cardigan and flared jeans.

This one is easily attainable… Sylvana is wearing an extra large All Saints skirt which is sitting low on her hips with a black maternity shirt by velvet and a military jacket from Urban Outfitters.

Do you lovely ladies have any other maternity wear recommendations?

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