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Thursday, December 31, 2009

"I Married Adventure" is back!

**Update- both copies have already sold. We're working on getting our hands on a few more copies though...stay tuned!**

We have two more copies of Osa Johnson's I Married Adventure in the Matters of Style Store!

House Beautiful

Both copies have the stylish zebra cover, of course. You can find one here under our normal listing. The second one has a dust jacket over the zebra cover (very rare to find with this book) and is listed here.

If you didn't get a copy for Christmas, now's your chance! Incidentally, I've been reading my own copy of this book and I must say it's definitely a page turner. It's an easy read and will make you want to pick up and move to an exotic land. Adventure does not even begin to describe her and her husband's journeys around the world and into the thick of uncharted lands. Whether she's trying to make nice with a cannibalistic chief in the South Pacific or being charged by an elephant in Africa, Osa makes it all seem so easy! Although the book is best known these days for its amazing cover, you're missing out if you don't also read the story.

Last Minute Sparkle!

No matter what your New Year's Eve plans are- whether you're attending a low-key party at someone's home, having dinner at a swank restaurant, or hitting a festive soirée- sequins and sparkles have become de rigueur for ringing in the new year. If you're rushing around today trying to make a last minute purchase to spice up your outfit, you're in luck- not only are there tons of sequins to be had, but most of it is on sale! Let the countdown begin!

While there are certain things for your wardrobe you should splurge on, sequins do not have to be one of them! Perhaps quality matters if we're talking about a full-on sequin dress, but for a little accessory or a fun top, it's hard to tell the difference between high and low. We'd particularly recommend stopping at H&M or Forever 21 for all your sequin-shopping needs!

These would be comfey to dance in! Sequin Wedges, Forever 21

Something you could actually wear on a non-New Year's night. Sequin Scarf Cardigan, J Crew

The pattern reminds me of fireworks! Black & Gold Sequin Dress, BCBG
BCBGMAXAZRIA Black and Gold Sequin Dress

This skirt is hanging in my closet ready to make its debut! Sequined Mini Skirt, Aqua
Aqua Sequined Miniskirt

I am really loving Aqua, the Bloomies house brand. It's trendy but much better made than H&M or Forever 21, yet about the third of the price of Theory, DVF, etc. Sequined Brocade Combo Dress, Aqua
Aqua Sequined Brocade Combo Dress

Because it will be cold out tonight! Sequin Beret, Forever 21

Sort of a Minnie Mouse vibe, but fun! Sequin Bow Headband, Forever 21

And don't forget-

Some classy headwear...

silver swing new years tiaras new years hats deluxe gold

Something to annoy everyone around you with....

assorted color fringe party horns  champagne party poppers

And something to get the party started!

Happy New Year, everyone! See you in 2010!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

That Perfect Hue of Blue

Cobalt blue is such a fabulous color, and we are thrilled to see it regaining popularity.  It works in so many different settings, in a variety of styles.  We have recently loved it for clothing and accessories, and it is just stunning in interiors as well.

Here are some of our favorite cobalt interiors:


Miles Redd in Elle Decor

Miles Redd in Elle Decor

Traditional Home

House Beautiful

Aerin Lauder in Elle Decor

Canadian House and Home



Canadian House and Home

Elle Decor

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Do you like this blue as much as we do?  How are you using it in your home? 

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Christmas Gift from Craig

Santa stopped at my house a little early this year- weekend before last he hand-delivered a gift from my good friend Craig S. List. You may have heard of him- he has this great website that I am constantly checking out! Ha!
Anyway, proving my theory that good things come on Craigslist when you are least expecting them, I was browsing around the other week and my heart skipped a beat when I spotted this gorgeous (and HUGE) faux bamboo pagoda mirror. Listed for $50. I wasn't even looking for mirrors per se, but somehow this one found me. After a few emails I finagled my way for the seller to include free same-day delivery!

So here are a few pix of my Christmas present from Craig...which maybe is more accurately described as a Christmas present to myself! I haven't gotten a chance to hang it yet, but hope to do that this weekend.

I swooned over the pagoda top!

Some of its pricier cousins on 1st Dibs...

Left: Faux Bamboo Mirror, $850
Right: Faux Bamboo Mirror, $1,650
Attractive Faux Bamboo Mirrordownloading...

Right: Mid Century Pagoda Mirror, $1,850

Chinese Gold Bamboo MirrorMid Century Pagoda Mirror

Hope Santa brought you some fun gifts this Christmas!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Giving Thanks

Although the radio stations are no longer playing Christmas carols and the Griswolds aren't on TBS 24/7, we haven't yet begun to undecorate the tree or put away our Christmas gifts.  But making a list of notes we need to write and actually purchasing some thank you notes makes us feel like we are taking a step in the right direction. 

For dressy holiday thank you stationery, these folded notes with a gold wreath and foil lining are beautiful.  They are rather formal but perfect for the right occasion!

Crane Engraved Gold Wreath, $9 for 10 cards

These cards in Kate Spade's classic green are just adorable!  The striped envelope liners absolutely make them.  Details such as lined envelopes, a monogram, or engraved text make such a huge difference in stationery. 

When a more casual card is appropriate, these notes with "thank you" written in three colorful languages perfectly fit the bill!

Kate Spade Cards, $30 for 10

We love supporting the independent artists whose products are featured on etsy.  These "merci" notecards with a sketched Eiffel Tower are precious!

Etsy Merci Cards, $18 for 12

Red and white is a classic, happy color combination.  You could use these notes to show appreciation for holiday gifts or even any time of the year!

These folded notecards with classic navy trim are the deal of the day.  We'd like to see them in person to check out the quality, because the price seems too good to be true!

Target Blue Notes, $8 for 50

I just went to Target and checked out their "letterpress" line.  It really is so pretty (and budget-friendly!), and it is printed on good quality cardstock.  These green dandelion cards are perfect!

Pink and green is such a fun color combination, but we will admit that it is a bit overplayed.  These notes are a more sophisticated twist on the classic pink and green combination.

Cherry blossoms are one of our all-time favorite flowers.  MoS Washington chose them for her beautiful change-of-address cards a few years ago, and I have loved them ever since. 

 Bright colors, flowering trees, and bird nests give these thank you notes an ethereal feeling.  They are beautiful!

Although you can't see it from this picture, these Kate Spade notecards are imprinted with fortune cookie sayings such as, "many thanks are in your future" and "you will be graciously thanked."  The red, white, and gold color combination is so dramatic and regal!

Do you buy special thank you notes, or do you just use regular stationery?  Which thank you notes are your favorite?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's Almost Christmas!

Happy Christmas Eve!

We hope that today you are enjoying gazing at this:

Rather than than this:
Crowded Mall at Christmas Season

We hope you've taken these off (fetching as they are)...
Snow Boots

And slipped into something like this.
kate spade new york "Fiona" Satin Slippers

We hope that you're cozying up somewhere tranquil like this...

Rather than being stuck in a line like this (speaking of which, fingers crossed my flight this afternoon is quick!)

And most of all, we hope that you are feeling the joy of Christmas and the warmth of the holiday season. Enjoy celebrating with those that are near and dear to you!
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