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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tuckernuck: All American Style

We are so excited about a new and fabulous online purveyor of classic American style, Tuckernuck!  Tuckernuck, a curated uscoop shop, was founded by a group of fabulously chic women whose all-American, preppy style was inspired by their college days studying at Brown, Penn, and Trinity.  They hand-selected their favorite lines of clothing and accessories, which they share via TuckernuckThe Lookbook is fantastic, as it shows various ways to wear each piece.  And the models are their friends, which shows you how wearable every piece really is.

Some of my Tuckernuck favorites include the Saint James Galathee Shirt:

The Boulevard Sunday bag, which I have carried almost every day for about a year now!
Sunday Bag

Loren Hope Turquoise Glass Earrings (Mom, these are clip, so you can wear them!)
Turquoise Glass Clip Earrings

Kacee Espadrilles

Ikat Tunic Dress

and the Bamboo Wayfarers, which I bought for my husband a few months ago, and he has loved.  They are even polarized!
Bamboo Wayfarers

Be sure to check out Tuckernuck here, and stay tuned as they add more lines, including home decor, very soon!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Craig Envy: Carolina Coast Edition

I love checking out local Craigslists when I travel, so since we are at the beach this week, I've been doing a little browsing online.  Of course when we have packed our family of 4 into the car with everything we "need" to survive for a week at the beach, there is no room to buy anything!

How fab is this large bamboo shaped lamp?  These sell for tons on 1st Dibs and at Pieces.
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Elephant garden stools are always chic.  This vintage version is only $65.  Grab it up!
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Vintage Elephant Garden Stool

Ever wondered what a "candle arbor" is?  These brass ram candle holders are the peak of Hollywood Regency chic.  The brass stool that comes with them is cool, too.
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Brass Ram Candelabras

I am obsessed with this brass chairs.  They would be so amazing reupholstered with gray velvet!  Did I mention that they are $15 for the pair?!

Pair of Brass Chairs

These colorful lobster buoys would be so fun in a beach house.

Lobster Buoys

This mirrored coffee table has fabulous French legs.
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Mirrored Coffee Table

This periwinkle velvet chair is seriously fabulous.  $25 for the pair.  Yes.
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Velvet Chair

This pair of vintage red lamps would be cool with black shades, in a Miles Redd sort of way.

For $10 each, these chairs would be a great DIY project!

I love vintage poodles, and this little box (for $8!) is just adorable.

This dresser has such a fab midcentury style.  It would be so chic in a bedroom!

Yes, this palm tree floor lamp is hideous as is.  But paint it a glossy white, and you will swear it's from Circa Who.
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This dresser has fabulous MCM lines.  I would use a different mirror with it.
MCM Dresser

Why can't my Craigslist at home ever look like this?!  I think you could probably buy every single thing in this blog post for under $500 total.  Not bad.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Viva Las Vegas

Last week, my husband had a work conference in Las Vegas, so I decided at the last-minute to tag along.  My parents graciously volunteered to babysit (I can't thank them enough!).  I had never been to Las Vegas before, and to be completely candid, my expectations weren't very high.  I am not a gambler and could not care less about clubs or nightlife.  A good friend gave me some good advice.  He said, "It's tacky, but it's fabulous.  Check your attitude at the door and just embrace Las Vegas for what it is."  So that is what I did, and I have to admit I had a fantastic time.

Everything in Las Vegas is done on the grandest, most over-the-top scale.  Take, for instance, the Chihuly installation on the ceiling of the Bellagio.  It took my breath away.  I felt like I was the only person there appreciating its beauty, just marveling at its color and scale while everyone else rushed through the hotel lobby. 

Las Vegas Boulevard, known as "The Strip," was truly dazzling as it lit up the desert night sky.

I went exploring during the day, walking almost the entire length of The Strip in 100-degree (dry) weather.  The Fashion Show Mall, located on the north end of The Strip, has everything you would want in a mall, from Neimans to Nordstrom to Zara to everything in between.  Most of the resorts had all the fancy designer boutiques, too.  The window displays were beautiful.

The windows at Prada had gorgeous dresses with a definite Grace-Kelly-vacationing-in-the-South-of-France vibe.

Louis Vuitton adds a twist to the classic monogram trunk by doing it in lucite.

A rainbow of Epi leather bags at Louis Vuitton.

Like everything else in Las Vegas, the architecture was over-the-top.

The Monte Carlo

The Wynn and its mirror image The Encore.

The Bellagio

The interiors were remarkable as well.  If I had to pick a favorite hotel interior of the ones I saw, it would be The Cosmopolitan.

Millions of crystals were draped and hanging throughout the hotel.

A massive, magnificent quartz display lit up the lobby.

The front desk was upholstered in red velvet with nailhead trim, placed over a mirror for a trompe l'oeil effect.

You can have a seat on a giant log, complete with chair backs that had actually been installed into the log.

The restaurants were incredible.  Mastro's Ocean Club was my favorite.

People-watching was so much fun, especially at the hotel pool.  Las Vegas is not the place to wear a Calypso tunic.  It is definitely an edgier scene, so I felt very cool in my Webster cover-up from Target.

We also went to a Cirque du Soleil show, which was part of the quintessential Las Vegas experience.  The acrobatics and sets were amazing.

We were only in Las Vegas for about 36 hours, but I feel like I got to do everything I wanted to do, from shopping to eating at amazing restaurants to sitting at the pool to seeing a show.  I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Las Vegas.  I *may* have come back with a souvenir or two.

  Have you been to Las Vegas?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Today we give thanks for the men and women who gave their lives for this country serving in the Armed Forces. 

"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children." - William Havard 

Images via Country Living, Cottage Living, Martha Stewart Living

Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Vignette

Searching for simplicity today- more on that later! 

I love this upholstered console table.  Do it yourself

Coastal Living

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Long Skirt Love

I have to confess I haven't worn a long skirt in a really long time.  Maybe never, come to think of it.  Being 6' tall (or 5'12" as I like to say), long skirts, dresses, etc are usually too short for me and hit me at that incredibly awkward mid-calf length.  But lately, I've seen some longer options that sit lower on the hips and have been drawn to the gorgeous boho chic style of a colorful long skirt, paired with a simple tank and a fun chunky necklace.  Long skirts like this have a certain Auntie Mame quality that is irresistibly glamorous.

Two of Charlotte's most stylish women favor them.  Barrie Benson wore one for her Southern Living photoshoot.

Image via Southern Living

Capitol owner Laura Vinroot Poole fabulously styled a long skirt with a simple oxford shirt and patterned belt for her Garden and Gun photoshoot.
Image via Garden and Gun

Rachel Bilson pairs a long skirt with a simple white tank for a casual look.

Olivia Palermo puts a dressier twist on it, adding a classic oxford and metallic sandals.

I have started hunting for a long skirt, myself.  Here are a few that I love:

Tory Burch does boho chic better than anyone, and this skirt is no exception.  My mom had a very similar skirt in the 1970's that I wish I could fit in!

If you don't want to invest as much, this Anthropologie version is so chic.  The fitted natural waist and flat front are so flattering.  I would pair it with a simple black tank, a big turquoise necklace, a straw tote, and flat sandals for daytime.

And if you want to really do a maxi skirt on a budget, this Forever 21 version is fun with a drawstring waist.  I do think it looks less expensive than the others, but it could be a good way to test the long-skirt-waters before spending a lot.

Do you have a long skirt?
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