BLACK/WHITE and French all over…

à la Vosgesparis Could we all use some mid-week inspiration? I found mine in blog Vosgesparis, and Desiree’s black-and-white dream of a home. Parisian Chic meets Edgy Chic with a high-fashion overtone, and I’m all for it…

PORTRAIT Vintage Hawaii

My grandmother Mitsue While I get back into the swing of things over here after the long weekend, I wanted to dedicate a post to my maternal grandmother who would have been 91 today. She passed away 10 days after my daughter was born in 2009, and I’ve missed her everyday since.

REAL WEAR Summer Whites to Fall

The end has come Summer is officially over for us in the U.S. come Tuesday (sob), but I’m not ready to let it go quite yet. Yesterday guest Anna showed us how to take summer brights to fall, but how about those summer whites? I’m hoping I can break with convention and break out my beloved white-wardrobe

[Guest Post] In Honor of Design Summer Brights to Fall

Please welcome Anna of In Honor of Design! Her style is impeccable yet totally doable and livable: meet Anna of In Honor of Design, a beautifully designed and curated page with everything from fashion to home to DIY to gifts to kids stuff, but always unique and affordable. As a fellow mommy and graphic designer, I

MORE…Big Girl Rooms

Leighton’s big girl room, v.2 I had a few setbacks with my daughter’s room redo from that first version I shared, but I’m back at it and thinking of going in a different direction. I’ve really been loving the quite grown up little girls’ rooms I’ve been seeing lately. The layering, the textures, and the

BOOTIE CALL Fall ’12 Roundup

Low ‘n chunky heel for me Last year I bought myself a pair of Joie wedge booties. This year it’s apparent that I need to incorporate a chunky heel version into my wardrobe — perfect to transition my summer maxis to fall, and pair with skinnies into winter and next spring. Some of my fave

HIGH STYLE Bungalow

Small space solutions Flipping through the September 2012 issue of Elle Decor, it’s easy to miss this little 1910 Craftsman bungalow revamp by Claudia Benevenuto. But I’m so glad I didn’t! I’ve been studying how she infused a worldly sophistication into a typically comfy casual architectural style, and how she makes the small spaces appear

THE E LIST Birthday Edition 08.24.12

It’s my birthday! Celebrating tonight at our favorite wine bar, with a magnum of 1999 Chateau Montelena cab (thanks Dad!) shared with good friends. In the meantime, I’ll be obsessing over these picks…

[Guest Post] BAD (Blog About Design) Wear that Astier Room

lookbook.elledecor.com Please welcome Brendan of BAD (Blog About Design) today! A fellow La Dolce Vita contributor, Brendan’s style is so much like my own — brass, fur, velvet, animal hides, a little Kelly Wearstler and you’re there! BAD (Blog About Design) is all about fantastic design finds, from vintage treasures to travel destinations to wardrobe essentials

WANTED! Rattan Hanging Chair

Marie-Laure Helmkampf New “Design Under the Influence!” I can no longer deny it: I need a rattan hanging chair. Let’s forget about the fact that I have no place to put one. Minor detail. It’s just one of those items that makes me happy, and therefore, I need to think I need one. Some of

THE FACTS OF LIFE

I was recently emailed that on this page I make my life “seem too perfect all the time, which isn’t genuine.” At first, I laughed. And then, I got kinda P.O.’d.

ILSE CRAWFORD Design Genius

Audible gasp heard over here when I stumbled upon this room by former Elle Deco UK editor-turned-decorator Ilse Crawford. A modern chair, a Turkish-style rug, a mirrored chevron coffee table, a brass mushroom lamp…gasp! More from this ingenius woman…

PARIS STREET STYLE Real World Looks

Martha Streck (model) As captured by Vanessa Jackman This time of year I get addicted to street style photography at the fashion shows. One photographer in particular I just adore: Vanessa Jackman. Not only does she capture her subjects so well, but most of the time, she’ll give us links to get the looks for

[Guest Post] Luella & June Fall Smoking Slippers

Please welcome Bradley of Luella & June! I’m super excited about today’s guest, as Luella & June is a definite all-time fave! I’m always blown away by Bradley’s style — she packs her posts with pretty products and pics, and seemingly so effortlessly (very dangerous for my wallet)! But I for sure find something new with

C. WONDER In the O.C.

Newport Beach Grand Opening! Three cheers for colorful chic on the cheap! As if we in the O.C. aren’t spoiled enough with beautiful weather and beaches, now we have our very own C. Wonder store…

HAT TRICK Panama, Fedora

Man, I love a good easy brimmed hat. Throw it on with a seemingly standard ensemble, and suddenly you’re casual chic. I especially love it when paired with something unexpected — a pencil skirt, a silk dress, fancy flats, fall wear, leather or lace. Ladies, the panama and fedora are a spring, summer — and

SUMMERING

Holding on I suppose I’m meant to be posting about fall fashion already. But it’s been 100 degrees here and I can hear crickets outside. And frankly, summer isn’t over for me until my birthday later this month. So instead, here’s what I’m really feeling, courtesy of the summer-inducing portfolio of photographer Daeja Fallas…

J’ADORE Adore

As a schoolgirl I feel like my schedule has been so jam packed lately. But I don’t think I’ll ever be too busy to get that giddy feeling of anticipation when one of your favorite publications launches a new issue. Such is the case with the latest Adore Home magazine. I don’t know if it’s

[Guest Post] Colour Bloc Pops of Colour

Please welcome Amelia of Colour Bloc! I’m so thrilled to present a client and a recently completed project of mine! Amelia is the art consultant and blogger behind her new exciting venture, Colour Bloc. I loved working with Amelia — it was such a fun project! Amelia is bright, talented, and I’m so impressed by

INDIGO Blue Pillow Obsessed

Am I too late? I feel like the indigo blue trend has come and gone, but perhaps revisiting us again for a fleeting summer moment?? ‘Tis my hope, as I’m determined to find just the right casually chic mix…

VIDEO Wedding Ceremony Serenade

(That’s me and my daughter second in the maids line-up!) So as I mentioned, my sis-in-law’s wedding was a total blast — but I didn’t have my iPhone on me, so failed to capture any photos! Bust! I was so busy with the day and my daughter, and well, I guess having too much fun.

Weekend Fun (& Get Sh** Done)

What a ride Don’t you hate when you have a great weekend planned, but it all seems to go by so quickly? Yah, well, I can’t believe it’s already Monday, let’s put it that way…

HIS & HERS To The Races

Playing “dress up” for the day Since my husband and I work for ourselves, we don’t often have the opportunity to get fancy. But tomorrow we’re headed to Del Mar for a charity fundraiser at the Thoroughbred Club — dress code strictly enforced! Great excuse to have gotten the husband a whole new outfit, including

[Guest Post] Queen of LA Pillow Talk

Please welcome Jordan, the Queen of LA! I love a girl with a rockin’ sense of humor. Jordan is not only one of those gals I heart, but also the type that totally knows herself, and OWNS it! She has great style, and one of these days when my life crazy crammed, I will definitely