morning inspiration

posted on: Tuesday, August 27, 2013







• "Happiness does not depend on what you have, or who you are, it solely relies on what you think." - Buddha
• "Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it." - Buddha
• "When words are both true and kind, they can change the world." - Buddha


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sunset sail

posted on: Sunday, August 25, 2013



Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! On Friday, my cousins Allison and Sarah joined us for a sunset sail. We had such a fun time (and we always do together!). Plus, the sunset was gorgeous. It's nights like these that have me wishing for an endless summer!

currently craving

posted on: Wednesday, August 21, 2013





Starfish  ||  Dipped in soft gold, this whimsical objet adds a pretty statement to any room or tabletop. (Aerin)
Jewelry Box  ||  Tasteful and refined, an embossed jewelry box creates a glam storage space for your favorite jewelry. (Aerin)
Noteset  ||  Starfish noteset printed with gold foil and paired with lined envelopes in a cabana stripe pattern. (Sugar Paper)
Murex Shell  ||  Natural shell accented in soft gold adds a touch of seaside beauty to any desk or table. (Aerin)
Chain Bracelet Watch  ||  Strikes a perfect balance between feminine and masculine 'boyfriend' design. (Michael Kors)
Gold Pouch  ||  Carry a touch of gold wherever you go! (Tiffany & Co.)

summer sale: lilly pulitzer dresses

posted on: Tuesday, August 20, 2013


It's here: The annual Lilly Pulitzer endless summer sale, that is! A few of my favorites include the Posey ($238 $79), Laidley ($278 $69), Payton ($348 $119), Pearl ($348 $119), and Antonia ($198 $54) dresses. Which is your favorite?

sailing saturday

posted on: Saturday, August 17, 2013






Happy Saturday! This weekend in Chicago is the annual Air & Water Show. I'll be out sailing Lake Michigan with my boyfriend and friends watching the airplane flyovers and stunts. Lots of fun, music, swimming, and beverages are in store. Ahoy!

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autumn on my mind

posted on: Friday, August 16, 2013



Whether it's the crisp breeze, or sightings of fall fashion in storefront displays, I've been having autumn on my mind.

Living in the Midwest, I've always cherished the seasons -- especially the transition from fall into Christmastime. While I may be a little ahead of myself on Christmas, I am looking forward to welcoming a few fall basics back into my wardrobe, like black & tan, gold jewelry, and touches of leopard print. I'm loving this collection of fall fashion staples from Tory Burch, J. Crew, YSL, Marc Jacobs and Karen Walker.

What's your favorite season?

coconut mango mojitos

posted on: Tuesday, August 13, 2013




INGREDIENTS
• 6-8 fresh mint leaves
• 2.5 ounces of simple syrup
• 1 ounce of coconut rum
• 1.5 ounces of club soda
• 1-2 ounces of mango puree
• the juice of one lime

To make the mango puree, combine 1 peeled and chopped, ripe mango in a food processor (or high speed blender) with the juice of 1 lime, and process until smooth.

In the bottom of a glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup with the mint leaves, and muddle. Add ice to the glass, and pour rum, syrup, mango puree, lime juice and club soda over top. Mix and serve with an additional sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of How Sweet It Is.

pomegranate margaritas

posted on: Friday, August 9, 2013






INGREDIENTS
• 2 oz Grand Marnier
• 1.5 oz tequila
• 2 oz pomegranate juice
• 2 oz lime juice
• 1 oz simple syrup
• lime + pomegranate arils for garnish

For simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely.

Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, pom juice, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in extra lime slices. Add some pomegranate arils for decoration. Cheers!

Recipe courtesy of How Sweet It Is.


color inspiration: sea salt

posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013



I've always been drawn to light aqua, almost spa-like bathrooms. So when I came across this amazing renovation from Sweet Chaos, I had to share. What a transformation! This paint color, Sea Salt from Sherwin Williams, is a soft, neutral blue-green reminiscent of misty morning light at the beach. The color works beautifully paired with white trim and chrome accents - perfect for a light, airy and fresh bath!

Here are additional finishes and products to "get the look:"


home tour: southampton cottage

posted on: Thursday, August 1, 2013




 



Hamptons style is relaxed beach living, decorated in a classic & sophisticated way. Lush gardens, inviting terraces, crisp colors... what's not to love?! More images of this gorgeous Thomas Pheasant Cottage can be viewed here via Veranda Magazine.

Here are a few products and finishes to get the Hamptons look:


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