beautiful garden in metairie

posted on: Saturday, September 28, 2013



I hope your weekend is off to a wonderful start! I'm excited to host our first guests in our new home – my parents! Today, I wanted to share with you this beautiful garden landscape in New Orleans.

This French neoclassical garden is located in the New Orleans enclave of Metairie. The landscape design seeks to unite the interior and exterior spaces by extending long view corridors from the front entryway through to the lawn terrace and ornate fountain wall beyond, and from the house’s chapel to the pool pavilion. Carved Texas limestone, hand-wrought ironwork as well as glass tile, marble and granite are central elements of the design and provide an opulent juxtaposition to the rich greens of the boxwood parterres, water features and lush plantings of magnolia, azalea, camellia and jasmine. Design by Sawyer | Berson.

simple paloma cocktails

posted on: Friday, September 27, 2013



Happy Friday, everyone! I had a nice time with girl friends last night at Gilt Bar, where we enjoyed one (or two!) paloma cocktails. The recipe is quite simple – and delicious! Just a little tequila, grapefruit and soda. Voilà!

INGREDIENTS
• 2 oz. tequila (blanco)
• 6 oz. grapefruit juice
• Splash of club soda
• 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
• Lime or grapefruit wedge for garnish (optional)

Fill glass with ice. Add tequila and lime juice, and stir. Top off with grapefruit juice and soda. Stir again. Garnish and serve. 

travel essentials

posted on: Tuesday, September 24, 2013



More than likely, you'll find these essentials in my bag whenever I travel:

Panama Hat: Tame hair flyaways – and look positively chic – upon arrival.
Rosebud Salve: Multi-purpose lip balm soothes dry lips, calms and heals irritation.
Water Bottle: Stay hydrated with bkr, available in 10+ fun colors.
Starbucks: Venti bold roast, for me, please!
Magazines: Flights are the perfect time to catch up on favorite glossies, like Real Simple.
Cashmere Wrap: Stay comfortable and cozy, should temperatures get chilly.
Passport Case: Keep your most important documents safe (and visible in a large tote bag!)
Earbuds: Listen to playlists to match your mood, or final destination.

What are your must-have travel essentials?

sugar paper freebies

posted on: Sunday, September 22, 2013


Freebie alert! One of my favorite shops, Sugar Paper, is now offering a collection of (free!) desktop wallpapers. With designs of gold confetti, bold polka dots, and beautiful calligraphy, my desktop is about to get a makeover. Which one is your favorite?

Browse for yourself and download free desktop wallpaper, courtesy of Sugar Paper.

design envy: maria e. beck

posted on: Saturday, September 21, 2013




I can't remember how I first discovered M. E. Beck Design, but I'm sure glad I did! 

My favorite home inspirations lately are the work of designer Maria E. Beck. Her designs are stunning. Always a beautiful mix of color, pattern, and texture. I love following along via Instagram, where she shares elements of the design process from start to finish -- plus, the cutest snapshots of her little daughter.

It was also through Maria that I discovered this gorgeous Venetian Beaded Mirror from Restoration Hardware, which we'll be installing in our guest bathroom soon!


fall fashion accessories

posted on: Friday, September 20, 2013



Snakeskin Belt (on sale!):  Accent your silhouette in gold. $34.50 at J.Crew, now 25% off with code SHOPFALL.
Leather Tote:  A signature carryall in softly worn leather —plus, you can even add your own monogram. $168 at Madewell.
Tortoiseshell iPhone Case:  Always classic, carry a touch of tortoiseshell wherever you go. $35 from Case-Mate.
Silk-Cashmere Wrap (on sale!):  For breezy mornings and chilly nights. $75 at J.Crew, now 25% off with code SHOPFALL.
Aggie Ankle Boots (on sale!):  Crafted in Italy of pebbled leather. $278 from J.Crew, now 25% off with code SHOPFALL.
Fresh Brown Sugar Fragrance:  Invigorating and warm, sugar-like travel-size fragrance. $20 from Sephora.

home tour: residence in wainscott

posted on: Thursday, September 19, 2013




This shingle style beach house is situated on the dunes of East Hampton, with striking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Wainscott Pond. The living, dining and kitchen areas, as well as the master and children’s bedrooms, are located on the second floor to take advantage of the dramatic views. Designed by Sawyer | Berson, the interiors are suitable for a contemporary family lifestyle by the ocean. The site's design includes a swimming pool, pool house, lawns, play area and gardens. Swoon!

Introducing: Bailey!

posted on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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It's about time I introduce Bailey, my family dog! These photos were taken last winter during her first week home, when she was only seven weeks old. Her face just makes me melt!

For those curious, Bailey is an Australian Labradoodle. She has the sweetest personality and -- like most dogs -- loves to play outside. Those with a dog can identify... she truly is a member of our family!

home tour: charlestown beach cottage

posted on: Sunday, September 15, 2013


I'm loving this coastal chic beach cottage in Charlestown, Rhode Island by Kate Jackson Design. Take a peek!


new york fashion week favorites

posted on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013


If you follow designers, brands, and fashion bloggers via Instagram, you're bound to be entertained by the collection of snapshots from New York Fashion Week. Here are a few of my favorite moments so far from NYFW!















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