MIAMI DREAMIN’ Sexy, Sleek & Spiked

Vogue Brazil does Miami A friend and I are thinking a girls’ mid-winter trip to Miami is in order. I’ve never been! But being a Hawaii girl, warm weather, beachwear and cocktails always sound like a good idea. And seeing this glammy Vogue Brazil shoot that sets just the right tone confirms it for me…

TO UPDO Or Not to Updo

Help! Bridesmaid hair dilemma! My sis-in-law is getting married tomorrow! And I’m matron-of-honor. I’ve been so wrapped up in shower/bachelorette/stationery that it just dawned on me: ummm, I kinda need to decide on my hairstyle for the day! I am paying a professional to style it up, so I should probably come up with something good,

[Guest Post] ever swoon Headpieces by Halston

1966 cover shot of Wilhelmina wearing a Halston Hat - via Please welcome Tamra of ever swoon! What can I say? I heart Tamra, like we all do! She’s just the sweetest, least pretentious, totally creative and bubbly fun person you’ll ever meet. I am so honored that I got to help her create the look

BEFORE & AFTER Emily Henderson’s Office

Featuring the Hand Chair It’s another Wednesday of “Design Under the Influence” on La Dolce Vita, and today I’m discussing the Hand Chair by designer Pedro Friedeberg! You’ve seen it around, and maybe you don’t really get what the heck the deal is with it. Check out my post and maybe you  still won’t get


“Oldie” but goodie I don’t remember where or even when I first spotted the Orange County, CA home of designers Marc and Melissa Palazzo, but that’s besides the point. I’ve rediscovered their ultra cool interiors, and the mix of stellar lighting choices, a standout Lulu DK fabric, animal hides, fur, neutrals with pops of color,

THE MAXI Summer-to-Fall Style

Wear now and later Summer is by far the season I love most, and the maxi dress is my uniform of choice. My favorite ones are those that I know I can wear into fall, with the addition of a leather or denim jacket, and a pair of booties. Easiest, no-brainer outfit ever…

INTERVIEW Lulu DK for OpenSky

The Sky’s the limit for LuluDK! Lulu deKwiatkowski is a crush-worthy illustrator, artist, published designer, and major tastemaker. Her signature colorful coastal style has captured the hearts of beach lovers around the world (ahem, me!), through her textile, wallpaper, floor covering, bed linens, AND dinnerware lines. And now she’s joined OpenSky with a new “Seaside

[Guest Post] Design Darling Black + Gold

Please welcome Mackenzie of Design Darling! I’m over the moon that the adorable Mackenzie has stopped by today! I cannot express how much I admire her and all she has accomplished, and at such a young age. I have been following Mackenzie’s journey since she was in school, and she continues to amaze me with


Guest posting on The White Ruffle! Happy hump day! Some mid-week fun: I got to create a fashion & decor board for The White Ruffle today, featuring my current mood, Bohemian! This particular board was inspired by a Julie Christie watercolor print I recently picked up from artist Cate Parr. Can’t wait to hang it…

HOUSE ENVY New Traditional

Classic + Casual A bonus of beach time on the weekend? Catching up on magazines. Happened to rediscover this L.A. home of designer Mark D. Sikes in an old issue of House Beautiful. Even for a modern glam girl like myself, I want to live and breathe in the relaxed tones and textures mixed with just

Weekend Progress

The little things… How was your weekend? Mine was lovely, and included a few small accomplishments that made it a big success in my book… MASTER BEDROOM: BED CHANGE Totally unexpected! Found this gray/ivory cowhide at IKEA ($199!) of all places, but it didn’t really work in my office as I had hoped. So instead,

RUNWAY ART SS12, Illustrated

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN / Couture for your walls Was practically in disbelief as I browsed through the work of crazy talented artist Sunny Gu. The detail in the fabrics, the sheens, the textures, the hues…amazingness! And you can own one of these beauts for yourself? At $30-$50 a piece, might as well make a collection…

[Guest Post] The Girls of Lincoln Park Summer Dresses

Please welcome The Girls of Lincoln Park! If you’re looking for major style inspiration, look no further than the ladies of GOLP! They always strike just the right tone for me, curating images that instantly make me feel fashionable and in-the-know. I walk away with a little more sass in my step, as if ready

Triple Post Day

To make up for my absence yesterday, I’ve got this post plus two guest spots today! ONE Please join me for JulipMade’s socially responsible series “If Bloggers Ruled the World” where I discuss matters close to my heart, and how you can contribute too! TWO I’m also over at La Dolce Vita for my bi-weekly “Design

Personal Day.

Between a late meeting and some personal stuff that’s left me drained, I needed to take a day off the blog. See you tomorrow. xo

NEW OFFICE Bohemian Mod

Working it out Do you ever feel paralyzed by all the projects you’ve got going on in your home? That’s how I’ve felt lately. There are so many things I want to do that I don’t know where to start! I’m slowly acquiring pieces for my daughter’s big girl room, but a first priority for

GIVEAWAY Louboutin Original Watercolor!

N°Prive 120mm Fun alert!!! Win this original watercolor and ink illustration of a Christian Louboutin peep toe sling back, by the very talented Etsy artist Kim Peterson! And I’m making it EASY!

[Guest Post] Society Social Thibaut Wallpapers

Please welcome Roxy of Society Social and A Cup of Te! Now here’s a gal who goes big or goes home, in style! I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Bar Cart Extraordinaire on my recent trip to NYC, and take it from me, not only is she beautiful and vivacious, she is so generous


My kind of red, white and blue I never thought a Spanish company with a Russian model could inspire me to go cliché and sport patriotic hues tomorrow. But like me, don’t you love the Mango Summer 2012 catalog’s version of America’s beloved reds, whites and blues, too?

THE E LIST 07.02.12

That 70′s feeling (again)… I always do this in the summer: want to rock a little 70′s vibe, and at the moment, one that’s of the bronzed variety…

PHOTOS Retro Citrus Bridal Shower

The final product! So you’ve been seeing me blog and Instagram about this shower for my sis-in-law forever, I know! But I got the pics that photographer Melissa Stewardson captured so beautifully, and had to share! First let me say it is downright difficult to find party supplies aren’t too pastel (= baby) or too

[Guest Post] La Dolce Vita Summer Lust List

Please welcome Paloma of La Dolce Vita! Guys and gals, we are in for a treat today. I am sure you know the incomparable Paloma Contreras right? She is only one of the biggest interior design bloggers around…a true vet. Definitely one of my first and my fave reads. I’m so honored to have her

BOHO CHIC The Peacock Chair

New “Design Under the Influence!” Happy Wednesday! Today I’m over at La Dolce Vita sharing history and inspiration on the Peacock Chair, as prominently featured in the above room. With a disco ball, cowhide, palm, Saarinen-like mod chrome chair, Baroque-style mirrors, vintage Louis Vuitton trunk and a horn atop, this might be the best bohemian

PROJECT L.B.G. Leighton’s Big Girl Room

Brainstorming It’s recently come to my attention that my daughter is about to grow out of her converted crib, which means 3 things: 1) she’ll need a twin bed; 2) it’s time to redecorate; and 3) she’s not my baby anymore. The third realization hit me the hardest, and so to make myself feel better