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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Traveling Light....

This just in from the Daily Mail...

Karl Lagerfeld's love of black-and-white must make Coco so proud!

Like Karl, our travel wardrobes often consist of black and white basics, because they are so versatile and easy to wear.   

This photo was shot of Karl arriving at his hotel in NYC.  Apparently Karl has a few more black and white basics than we do....

Can I get a hand with this luggage?

The man loves some Goyard!

MoS Giveaway: Crocheted Ribbon and Bead Necklace from Mississippi Mud!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Mississippi Mud Eclectic Designs, a line of fabulous jewelry designs available on Etsy from designer Sarah Marie McLean!  We love the use of colorful ribbons and beads in Sarah's designs.  Sarah's husband is currently overseas serving in the Army, so being the talented entrepreneur she is, she started Mississippi Mud out of her home.
We are delighted to partner with Mississippi Mud to giveaway this fabulous crocheted ribbon and bead "Baby Momma"  necklace!  It was inspired by the Lanvin version that will set you back a cool $1320...

And as a new mom myself, I have to say that my daily jewelry routine has changed dramatically due to little fingers that love to grab hold of my necklaces.  The Baby Momma necklace is the perfect solution- it won't break, is easy to clean, and babies love to touch the satin ribbon and feel the wooden beads on their gums.  What a fabulous Mother's Day gift idea (hint hint!). 

But this necklace is not just for mamas!  It comes in a fantastic variety of colors and is perfect for jazzing up your spring outfits! 

To enter, check out Sarah's site and leave us a comment with your favorite color of the necklace!  To get an extra entry, follow Mississippi Mud's blog, and become a fan of Mississippi Mud on Facebook!  We will draw a winner next Wednesday, April 7.

Sarah has also generously offered every reader who leaves us a comment here 15% off of any Mississippi Mud purchase from today through April 14.  Just send her a message before purchasing so she can adjust the price.  Good luck!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Beach Beauties

T minus 4 days till I hit the beach in southwest Florida for a long Easter weekend and I am beyond excited! A little fun in the sun is much needed after this impossible winter. It's that time when a lot of people are heading to the beach, whether for Easter, spring break, or just to get away. 

Though "the beach" is a term used interchangeably, it's safe to say that aside from your swimsuit, most beachwear is not. What you wear in, for example, Palm Beach is probably not the same you'd wear to the beach in North Carolina. Each famous beach, from Malibu to St Barths to Nice, comes with its own wardrobe requirements. Of course my expertise is mostly limited to Florida beaches with a few jaunts to other beaches here and there, but if I had a beach trip around the world this is what I'd wear:

Palm Beach 
With the Breakers as your backdrop, go for subdued luxury with beachy accents. Cover on up and then you can stroll down Worth Avenue after working on your tan!

Inspiration: Jackie O!
And vintage Lilly!


Harbour Island
Hit the pink sand beaches in this small Bahamian island off Eleuthera. Keep the clothes casual but don't be afraid to add a few glamorous accessories.

Inspiration: Harbour Island resident India Hicks


Pucci beach towel; Sissy Yates Coral Necklace
 Necklace - Venus

Isle of Palms
Go for classic fabrics like seersucker and madras when you hit this beach near Charleston.

Inspiration: stylish South Carolinian Jenny Sanford

J Crew purple madras bikini; Seersucker playa dress

Merona Floppy Straw Hat; Ray Ban Aviators 
Product Image Merona® Lare Straw Floppy Hat - Tan 

Los Cabos
Embrace the ethnic-inspired patterns and highlight them with metallic accessories. Slip on a glamorous yet casual jersey dress after the beach and enjoy some margaritas at sunset!

Inspiration: Cabo aficianado Jennifer Anniston



Do you have any beach trips planned?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Material Girls!

We'd like to give a big thanks to Emily and the stylish and talented Material Girls for featuring MoS Charlotte's nursery in their Design Bloggers' Homes- Revealed Series!  We are so honored to be included with such a talented group of bloggers!

Stayed tuned next week to see some of MoS Washington's FABULOUS home!

MoS Heads to Homegoods!

This weekend, one of my best friends came to visit from New York.  She has fabulous taste and of course has the best shopping in the world right at her fingertips.  However, she came to visit with one request:  a trip to Homegoods.  I hadn't been in a couple years, so we ventured out to Blakeney, and let's just say that we weren't disappointed at all!

Homegoods can certainly be overwhelming at first glance.  But if you sift through the tower of neon cachepots at the entrance or the racks of fake flower arrangements, there are some treasures.  Homegoods often has a fantastic selection of lamps for really low prices.  The shades are hit or miss (and you can't switch them around anymore), but when you spend $25 on a lamp, you can afford to replace the shade!

The key when you see something potentially cute is to take out of the Homegoods context and imagine it blended with older, meaningful items in your home.   And as with any other store, remember you don't want everything to come from Homegoods.  Limit yourself to an item or two per room.

Spotted at Homegoods this weekend...
Pair of shiny black urn lamps for $40 each

Stacked sea urchin lamps with linen shades for $25- wouldn't a pair be adorable on a console table?  We've seen similar ones here for alot more money!

White ceramic "rattan" lamps with turquoise shades

Gourd lamps in every color imaginable for $40 (yes, they are officially mainstream, not that we would turn down one from Chris S. if he ever offered....)

Lots of navy and white, nautical chic (although we'd lose the shimmery lampshade)

Black lacquered etagere for $199, perfect for adding some height (and chinoiserie style) to your room

Pair of shiny yellow lamps for $40 each, although we're thinking a whiter shade might be better.

Shiny black end table with stylish turned legs

Blue and white galore!  And I have to admit I truly cannot tell the difference between fancy blue and white versus Homegoods blue and white.  The large urn that was about 2.5 feet tall was $39.  Can you replicate this Carolyn Roehm look at Homegoods?  We think so!

Adorable umbrella holder on clearance for $20

Agate mounted on a stand- so pretty to go on top of a stack of books or even standing alone as in this Nate Berkus room

Could not resist this adorable orange elephant for $10!

Glossy foo dog bookends on clearance for $13

Large jade calligraphy brushes on clearance for $18

HUGE ginger jars on clearance for $50

We posted about our obsession with white lacquered mirrors here.  Of course Homegoods would have them for $50!

This pair of huge white ginger jars was on clearance for $39 each!

In the textile department, pair of red circle throw pillows for $25

Oversize houndstooth pillows for $13

Adorable green and white bamboo trellis bedding- $39 for queen duvet cover and shams.  This *may* have come home with me!  Doesn't it remind you of the Lulu DK Matouk Madison bedding, for $425 for the duvet cover alone?  They had it in chocolate brown too!

The cutest beach towels I have ever seen.  Very Trina Turk!

And last but not least, the deal of the day....  Spotted by my friend on the clearance rack for $15 each, these fabulous (and quite LARGE) orange foo dogs.
Imagine my surprise when I looked here, and found the EXACT SAME DOGS.  For $350.  Or here.  For $487.50.  They are IDENTICAL, right down to the Greek key trim at the base.   These came home with me too.

In case you don't believe me...
It was a good day at Homegoods!
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