Gaga for Grey and Gold

Grey, arguably the most fabulous neutral, is at the very least, the most popular neutral for the last few seasons.  It is everywhere, interior design, runway fashion, shoes and accessories, nail polish and wall paint, I could go on, but I’m guessing you get my gist.

Suffice it to say, gold is here to stay.  the classic color/metal seems to add a finished touch to any aesthetic.  Similarly to grey, gold and gold accents can also be found everywhere this season, on clothes, in kitchens, jewelry, as embellishments.   The  combination of grey and gold  is so clean and timeless, muted grey neutrals pair perfectly with gold’s shimmer and shine.

here are some inspiring boards and images featuring this gorgeous collaboration:

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Gorgeous Greige Kitchen with Gold accents

 

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Grey Chloe Shoulder with Gold Hardware

Tis the Season of Giving…Hostess and Housewarming gifts

 


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I get a great deal of satisfaction from giving gifts. It is strangely rewarding for me to find the perfect gift for any given person or event, each gift giving opportunity becomes a challenge. I take great pride in finding the somewhat unexpected but perfectly personal gift for birthdays, holidays and hosts. Given the fact that it is “that time of year” and I have more events to attend than I can count on both hands, I have thinking quite a bit about hostess gifts, house warming gifts, christmas gifts etc. In full disclosure, it is my opinion that the presentation of the gift can be as important as the gift itself, styling across all platforms is my passion, wrapping is no exception. I get inspiration from the likes of Martha Stewart and Carolyne Roehm; her luxurious wrapping paper, beautiful ribbon and lovely accents can make the wrapping itself, a gift. Here are some inspiration boards that I’ve put together for the holiday season.

The Fall Hostess Gift

I love all things fall, the seasonal predecessor to the hectic holiday season…apple picking, pumpkin picking, halloween parties, fall cocktails and dinner parties. A cute way to say thank you to your host(ess) is to pull together fall basket of goodies:

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The House Warming Gift

Moving can be a daunting task, I know quite a few people who have moved this year, which has me thinking quite a bit about housewarming gifts. One of my favorite personalized gifts is this fabulous cutting board that comes in the shape of all 50 states, they will place a house or a heart in the approximate location of the new house, I’ve found it to be a crowd pleaser!

Another fabulous way to thank a host(ess) for a housewarming party is to give back to the “bar”…I’m loving these fabulous bar accessories:

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The glammed up version comes with a hefty price tag but I have to admit I’d love to give OR receive this package:

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The Art of Wrapping

As I said ealier gift presenation is as important as the gift itself, in my opinion.  I love to incorporate elements of the gift into the wrapping.  Adding a gorgeous lollipop to a child’s gift,  using a mason jar to display an edible gift, or adding an ornament to the ribbon of a holiday gift can make for beautiful presentation and adds to your thoughtful gift, here are some of my favorite ideas:

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Fall/Winter Coat Trends

An easy (and necessary if you live in the northeast) way to update your wardrobe from season to season is through your outerwear. A fabulous coat is often the first thing (other than your hair) that anyone notices when you walk into a room or party. Here are five coat trends that will get you through the next two seasons fashionably.

The Cape

One of fall’s hottest coat trends is the cape, it has become a runway and street-style staple.  There are quite a few ways to wear the cape, see some of our favorites below:

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Victoria rocking a gorgeous white cape
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MICHAEL Michael Kors coat, $550 / Derek Lam outerwear, $1,515 / H&M cape, $56 / Cape coat / Black cape

THE MILITARY PARKA

We love this trend, especially dressed up with a touch of fur. Most are cinched at the waist for a more flattering silhouette. The ever stylish Blake Lively pulls this look off impeccably in an olive military inspired parka
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Vince military anorak / Nicole Miller coat / ASOS lined parka, $135 / H&M coat, $56 / Madewell accessory

THE LEATHER SLEEVE

The leather sleeve is an updated twist that we’ve seen applied to a variety of jackets this season. We’ve seen it work beautifully on trenches, army jackets and blazers, adding a very cool edge to these classic silhouettes. Olivia Palermo’s version, is, as always, perfection

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THE MOTO JACKET

Moto jackets are everywhere, they can be paired with skirts, jeans,  and leggings.   They come with age old street cred but have a new more tailored look.  The off center zipper and longer than the bodice sleeves remain,  but feminine details and a range of colors make this cult classic a must have…

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McQ by Alexander McQueen red jacket / IRO wool moto jacket / AllSaints leather motorcycle jacket / VILA leather jacket / Topshop motorcycle jacket

THE COLLARLESS COAT

We love the collarless coat because of it’s ultra femininity. Effortlessly classic for day or night, the collarless coat transitions fabulously from work to a night out. We love everything about this trend. It is here to stay as it was also a popular silhouette on the Spring ’14 runways…

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Chloé embroidered white coat / Marni coat / Sportmax coat / H&M blue coat, $80 / H&M coat, $64

Say what you want to say… – Sara Bareilles

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Today, while running on the treadmill, endorphins pumping, the song Brave by Sara Bareilles came on and I felt a surge of confidence.  “Say what you want to say, let the words fall out, I want to see you be brave”…

I am confident in my sense of style, it is not for everyone, but I know it has certain appeal to a set of people. Still, I’ve hesitated to elaborate beyond my pintrest collections. Will the words I write reflect the passion I feel about style? Style speaks for itself, that said, being “silent” is not my strong suite.

I’ve gained a great deal of inspiration from music in throughout my life. The song spoke to me, I need to do this, there is so much inside, so much to share. Whatever the result, this will be worth it. Whatever the reason I know this is true.

So…thanks to Sarah. I’ve decided to let the words fall out and see where it takes me!

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