August

CHEERS TO SUMMER COCKTAILS & A HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

Even though Labor Day is this weekend, I'm just not ready to give up those last few days of summer. With that in mind, wanted to share a few recipes that are sure to keep you thinking warm, summery thoughts long past the holiday weekend. My personal favorite, the Pink Cadillac Margarita, have ya'll tried this before? It is delicious and refreshing, and a guaranteed hit at your holiday soiree. Do ya'll have a favorite summer cocktail recipe?  If so, do share below with me, would love to try it out!
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INSPIRING ME FOR MONDAY.


Hope ya'll had a good weekend and your Monday has been fabulous!   What's inspiring me this week? Well, in my ideal world, I like to imagine an apartment that is perfectly organized and uncluttered, like the pictures shown below.  
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I'm sure many of ya'll have heard apartments in NYC are tiny, and really to be honest, tiny doesn't quite cut it to accurately draw a picture of just how small some of these apartments really are.  Living in a smaller space (not to mention foolishly moving everything from my much larger apartment in Austin to NYC) has forced me to condense all of my "things", clean out the clutter, and get rid of basically all of the "I just can't live without" them items (because it has become crystal clear that I can in fact live without those things), and really stick to just the essentials.  I am loving the color coordinated bookshelf in the image above and hope to take this idea and do it in my own personal space.  Do ya'll have color coordinated bookshelves?  I had never really thought to do that before now, but think it definitely looks less chaotic and more organized.  I would also love to splurge on a bar cart and have my eye on the Hayworth by Society Social available for pre-order now. If you haven't already, you should definitely take a look at the other amazing bar carts by Society Social, they are timeless, incredibly chic, and I'm in awe of the detail in all of Society Social's bar cart designs.
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HAPPY WEEKEND!

Happy Weekend!! I definitely slacked this week on getting posts up but absolutely believe in not posting that day if it isn't a quality post and just have been having trouble finding inspiration recently.  For me personally it can be an information overload sometimes when I look at too many things and have too many ideas thrown around the challenge then becomes how to consolidate all of my various thoughts into well articulated and constructed blog posts.  Does anyone else have this problem?  With Pinterest and other social media outlets these days information overload is a serious problem for me, and I would love to know if anyone else feels sometimes a bit overwhelmed by the information available online, and if so, what do you do to overcome writers block and get inspired again?  

A few of my favorites this week:
  • These NY matches are ah-mazing.
  • With only days to go until college football begins, this Longhorn ring is the perfect game day accessory for those of ya'll who just so happen to be Texas Longhorn Fans, hook em'.
  • A fabulous mascara that you must try...life-changing.
  • I am in love with this leather handbag via Uncovet, click here if you haven't joined this site already.
  • Have you ever sat on a subway bench and thought to yourself, gosh I would really like to own one of these benches?  Well it's your lucky day because the germ infested subway benches can be yours for $650, what a deal right? Check out the benches along with many other incredibly questionable items on the MTA's website.  Seriously though, who is buying a used subway bench for $650 and more importantly, why?
  • Print this out and keep on file, because honestly every girl needs to know how to tie a bow tie when the rare occasion calls for it... right?
    Finally, a phenomenal quote on creativity for your weekend..

    COLOR CRASH COURSE...BURGUNDY

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    With Fall rapidly approaching, and the release of the Fall Fashion issues of every single magazine, I've loved seeing what colors, styles and trends for fall.  While many (including Nina Garcia)  are calling this bold bordeaux wine shade "the new black" for fall, I personally will never, ever replace my very favorite color (yes, it's true I live & breathe the color black for all occasions). That being said, I could certainly see this color coming in a close second to my beloved black for fall.  This fall you will see burgundy in a variety of shades, everything from aubergine to wine to the dreadful maroon.  If you are one of the unfortunate folks who own maroon, please dispose of any and all clothing in this color immediately. Thankfully, burgundy really does look good on everyone and I'm absolutely loving the fall color.  My very favorite is the Elie Tahari burgundy coat, isn't the neckline just fabulous?  Have ya'll started shopping for fall yet? And can you believe it's already time to start thinking about jackets and sweaters?

    TOP OF MY LIST THIS WEEK...


    Happy Friday!! A few favorites that I've been eyeing this week, and loving for the transition to fall, which will be here before we know it in New York! I am so in love with these See by Chloe Boots for fall, aren't they ah-mazing? Also something I've been eying for a few weeks now is the Amber Interiors Turkish kilm pillow to spice up my neutral sofa! The leather tote is the perfect work bag for fall, and a new line to me, Rib and Hull, which has incredible leather handbags, so definitely check them out if you haven't already! Hope ya'll are having a fabulous Friday afternoon & check back later today for my roundup of favorite links this week! 

    CURRENTLY LOVING....

    I recently came across Miami based designer Nektar De Stagni's eye-catching jewelry collaboration with KnollTextiles.  De Stagni, known for her innovative use of materials, and playful juxtapositions, applies Knoll fabrics in necklace and bracelet compositions that are at once new and classic statements. Her latest collection is the perfect accessory to complete any outfit this fall.  Are ya'll familiar with Nektar De Stagni?  She's been on the scene in Miami since opening her store at the age of 21 in 2008.  I am so glad to have come across her jewelry and will keep an eye out for future collections from this amazingly talented designer.  

    CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF...

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    I've accepted and even embraced the fact that fall is in fact going to be here shortly, and that means it's time to start thinking about closed toe shoes.  Thankfully, there are some pretty fabulous options for flats this fall.  Cap toe flats are everywhere right now and I am loving this trend.  My favorite fall flats are the Loeffler Randall options shown above, and I'm quite positive those polka dot flats are the perfect shoe for any occasion.  I'm in love! Have you seen any must have flats for fall?  I'm always on the look out for a great pair of comfortable and chic flats, so do share if you have a favorite flat for this fall!