Fall Transitions

Necklace: Natasha Couture at Nordstrom.  Shirt: J.Crew.  Skirt: Nordstrom.  Clutch/Bag: Loeffler Randall at Nordstrom.  Booties: Vince Camuto at Nordstrom

When I saw this beautiful shirt at J.Crew I swear I felt my eyes bug out of my head, drooling over it.  I can see this crisp blouse with gold-embroidered hearts tucked under a classic navy blazer or under a simple quilted vest.

Bargains above… Enter promo code "SHOPTIME" at J.Crew to get 25% off select full-price Fall items through Monday, September 8th.  The burgundy lace midi skirt is 50% off.  And that adorable little gold clutch that converts to a crossbody with its long chain??  Also 50% off.

Bring on the sweaters.  Bring on the boots.  Bring on the pumpkin-flavored everything.

I'm ready for Fall.  

Have you started shopping for Fall yet??  Click on any of the items in the photo above to shop.


Entry/Doggie Room Tour & Organization

I've gotten a few questions and requests to film room tours or decor posts.  Even though we've moved in and gotten unpacked, it seems like it's taken me forever to get our home really looking the way we want.  The main floor of our home is mostly neutrals with pops of grass green and chocolate browns.

I decided to start with this small area because I feel like it's the room that feels the most finished in our home right now.  I also feel like this area is so functional for us and can be easily recreated in almost any entry area by building a shelving/bench area or by purchasing one of the ready-made pieces they sell online.

Besides repurchasing another grass-green doggie bed for the Malti-Poos so the dog beds match again, I'm on the hunt for something to go above the shelves next to the copper tub and plant.  Any ideas??

Also… The placemat and dog bowls look very lime green in this video.  In person, they're more of a grass green.  Still, I'm thinking of getting bowls a bit darker in color to blend with the rug.  Have you seen any dog bowls this color??

I hope this helps any of you looking to decorate or organize an entryway area or making a little utility/dog room.  As I finish more rooms I'll update with room tours!!


Engagement Photos on Worth Avenue (Plus Get the Look for Less - Down Below!)

Worth Avenue

For those of you who might not know, Worth Avenue is this beautiful little street in Palm Beach filled with all the shopping you could ever need.  There's everything from glittering windows filled with vintage Cartier and Harry Winston jewels to more preppy hotspots like Vineyard Vines and Brooks Brothers.

When I was little and we were strolling down Worth one day, my dad asked me if there was a special souvenir I'd like before we went home.  I paused to look up at him and said, "You know those quilted bags in pastel colors that the women carry here? I want one of those."  It was the mid-90's and I had discovered Chanel for the first time.  Needless to say, I did not get a Chanel bag, but I did terrify my father and he knew he was in for a lifetime of trouble!!

But… The real beauty of this place resides in the little boutiques down Spanish-and-Italian-influenced walkways jutting off Worth Avenue.  Here you can find incredible artwork and one-of-a-kind bags or jewelry.  My mom and I once found rings made out of vintage Chanel buttons in one of these tucked-away boutiques.

While you're on Worth, you have to stop by longtime Palm Beach staple bistro and bar Ta-boo.  John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor are some of this spot's celebrated patrons.  It's not uncommon to see Kathy Lee or Hoda and Rod Stewart having lunch or dinner here.

Even though the shops aren't open late, it's well worth staying until sunset to see the lights on the palm trees light up all the way down the avenue.

The Details

We had been waiting for so long to get these photos!!  We flew to Palm Beach and did our photo shoot in early May.  I have to say, they were well worth the wait.  A special thanks to Chris Joriann Photography for her incredible work and artistry.  I cannot wait to get these framed all over our home.

For our first outfit change, our photographer truly captured one of our favorite activities while in Palm Beach; strolling down Worth and taking in an afternoon of people watching and window shopping.  We had so much fun.

I wore a Ralph Lauren Black Label dress that's no longer available; but here is a similar one also by Ralph Lauren Black Label.  These dresses are so well made and classic… I can already tell that mine will last a lifetime.  My shoes were Ralph Lauren Collection… (On sale for over half-off now, they are incredibly flattering on the foot so get them while you can!!)  

My peachy-pink bag is Saint Laurent; same bag in similar color here.  My earrings are Kate Spade (also on major sale!!)  I wore the Hermès bracelet J gave me for my birthday.  I also wore my engagement ring, as well as a ring made from my grandmother's diamonds stacked with a little diamond band J gave me for Valentine's Day.  I felt it was really important to wear my most meaningful pieces of jewelry in photos like this.

I've repeated this exact look for a charity function, out for a nice dinner date, and to a wedding rehearsal dinner.  I feel like it's so versatile; it could go from work to a semi-formal event with a simple change of accessories.  So I recreated the look below… But with bargain prices.  Click any of the photos to shop!!

I'll post the second half of our engagement photos next week!!



It's no secret I'm a girly-girl… I love seeing things in my closet that are feminine, sparkly, and cheerful. I guess you could say I need a little sparkle in my life.  Why??  Well, when I see or wear something with a little glitz and shine I feel a bit happier, a little more girly.  I'm like a cat… Wave something sparkly in front of my face, and I'm after it!!

I fell in love with the heels above, and I'm planning on wearing them to my bridal shower and our rehearsal dinner; I love the regal pop of blue and the crystals on the toe.

Shop the sparkly pieces down below to bring a little sparkle into your wardrobe.  I often incorporate statement pieces like these into my outfits to change them up and or make simple looks a bit bolder.  

If you're looking to update your closet for Fall, but you don't want to break the bank… You can add one of these pieces to a simple t-shirt and jeans or black dress and you can have a completely different outfit.  

Do you have your eyes on anything sparkly for Fall??  If so, let me know on Twitter or Instagram and hashtag your post #ineedsparkle!!  For more things sparkly, visit INeedSparkle.com.  

This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries
Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014

Here Comes Fall...

I used to curse my previous job because it was so inflexible… I was unable to travel out of state much because I had no time off.  Now I have lots of flexibility (as does J) so we loaded our Summer schedule to full capacity.  All wonderful things, of course… Beautiful weddings, visiting our families, celebrating with friends, and mini vacays via road trips.  But for most of the Summer we've felt that we have about 3-4 days of errands and chores and unpacking/repacking before the next long weekend begins and neither of us can seem to catch up.

Since J has been so swamped with work lately, we see each other (awake at least) about 2 hours a day.  This weekend we had no events, and I was thrilled to go on a dinner date with him Friday.  I think a busy schedule is a blessing in disguise because I felt so excited for our night together… I looked forward to it all day and felt as if we had just begun dating.

As soon as I stepped out of the car into the 60-degree air I felt something a bit surprising... That sharp little bite on your skin that tells you Fall is right around the corner.  Here it comes, ladies.

Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Click any of the items below to shop.  And if you're looking for a timeless Chanel flap bag like mine, you should check out Bluefly's selection of vintage Chanel handbags and accessories.


Give Me Leopard or Give Me Death...

I am about to lose it over these leopard pieces for Fall.  I think leopard print is the perfect transition piece to take your look from Summer to Fall.  Add in some leopard to warm up denim, black, or solid brights as you begin to layer for cooler weather.  

Can't wait to start doing some Fall looks for you… It's my favorite season. 


Bridal Bikini Style

Let me preface by saying I hope the above situation improves before the wedding… For the sake of my wedding dress and the fabulous lingerie my girls showered me with!!  And shoutout to my flamingo friend for hiding all that Chanel cake and champagne!! 

But… Saturday we spent the day by the über-chic Viceroy pool.  It's not one of the day clubs, but instead has a very relaxed yet glamorous atmosphere.  Soft music, fruit-infused ice water, and a waiter to bring any cold drinks or dining you may want.  It was the perfect atmosphere for some girl talk and our "How Well Do You Know the Bride?" game.

Instead of the typical white bridal bikini, I had to break out my latest palm print one from Target (similar here).  I paired it with my favorite Lilly Pulitzer coverup (on SALE right now!!) and bright Ray-Ban sunnies.  I don't mind wearing wedges when we're at a nice pool and I want to feel pretty, but I always bring my trusty Jack Rogers along for something comfortable.  I got this veil-and-tutu combo on Etsy.

In the late afternoon, we slipped on maxi dresses and skirts and walked to the outdoor retail haven, Third Street Promenade.  Live music greeted us and we had a late lunch at the healthy-and-fresh little spot called The Curious Palate.  I cannot get enough fresh salads, seafood, and fruit when I'm in California.

I came back to a beautiful bouquet from J waiting for me, which absolutely melted my heart.  I wish I could have hauled it home with me on the plane!!

Click any of the photos below to shop the items in this look…