Gilded Thanksgiving


Gilded Thanksgiving - The Life Styled

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a wonderful opportunity to decompress before the intensity of the holidays and the end of the year are upon us, kicking back with family and friends, cooking up a storm, creating a beautiful table, and taking time to give thanks for all our blessings. My parents are coming to spend it with us this year, so it’s the first Thanksgiving in awhile that we’ll be cooking at home. There are a few dishes I always love to make (sweet potato soufflé and homemade cranberry sauce) and a few I’ll be a little rusty at (turkey and pumpkin pie) – but that’s half the fun of hosting. The other half is setting the scene and picking out an outfit that’s equal parts comfy, cozy, celebratory, and expandable (of course). While Thanksgiving tends to provoke a color scheme of deep earthy neutrals, I say go gold instead. It’s the perfect festive shade that still honors the traditional warm palette, but adds a glam factor that this holiday sometimes falls short on.

Gilded Thanksgiving / The Life StyledPilgrim hat, LSA champagne glass, Nate Berkus candleholder, House of Holland skirt, Kenzo trousers, DKNY sweater, Ark eagle necklace, Indigo dessert plate, Pied a Terre napkin, Cutipol gold flatware, Z Gallerie ostrich feathers, Sugar Paper striped coasters, Cire Trudon candle, Z Gallerie woodland deer, Joanna Dahdah feather ring, Rochas gold slipper flats
By Catherine & Alex

Home Shopping List


Home Shopping List

Threshold cocktail shaker, West Elm glassware set, Kelly Wearstler hand bottle stopper, Pottery Barn Moroccan wedding blanket euro pillow, Emily + Meritt for PB Teen star pillow and unicorn pillow, Blamo Toys “Rice Baby“, West Elm gold flatware set, Nate Berkus trays, West Elm throw, Jonathan Adler agate coasters, Made Good boxes, West Elm placemats, Areaware pig bank

As I shared in this post, we’ve been making little updates to our home these days. It’s been five years that we’ve lived in our place now, and even though we’ve still got more projects to do, it’s finally feeling like the home we want it to be. Interiors don’t come super easy to me, which is why I sought the help of Jessica who really knows what she’s doing. After a little break from buying stuff for our place, I’m starting to get excited to make more updates. There’s something about the holidays coming around and a chillier season that makes me think more about nesting and making my home pretty. These are some of the fun accessories that are currently on my wish list.



Living Room Refresh


20131005-IMG_6209Sometimes I find that it’s best to devote your attention to one aspect of your style at a time. Making updates can be time consuming and expensive, so rather than trying to shop for new ankle boots and throw pillows on one morning coffee, it helps to have tunnel vision on one category while you let the rest take a breather. As summer came to a close, I was on a rampage for blazers and leather trimmed dark jeans (a fall closet refresh which I plan to go back to soon), but lately I’ve been home focused. It was time. Time to put away a few pillows and accents that were starting to feel like old choices I no longer stand behind, and bring in some new pieces that honor our combined styles and help make better use of the space. We started with the living room and with the help of the insanely talented Jessica Marx, rearranged, repurposed, and refreshed. We made no major furniture purchases, aside from the credenzas – a new sofa and coffee table are next on the list. So for now we just focused on accessories, but the results feel more impactful.



20131005-IMG_6280A new Jonathan Adler piece makes a big statement in the corner of the room. The faces are different on every side, so it’s fun to rotate it each week.

20131005-IMG_6218Jessica found these ram skull lamps at Home Goods, which I still can’t even believe. I love the way they toughen up the room and add more balance to a lot of the feminine details that creeped in and started taking over the place. The old ladder was a flea market find a few years ago, and we gave it a new purpose by using it as a magazine rack. Little white pumpkins we picked up at our favorite fall field trip spot, Underwood Farms, add a nice seasonal touch without straying from the color scheme.


20131005-IMG_6224This room is gravitating over to a higher contrast palette of black, white, and gold which feels just right. New pillows on the sofas gave the room an instant makeover (these are from West Elm, Target, and H&M). But now, on to the next!

Photos by Ian Sheppard

Afternoon At Home


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The truth is that even though my job often requires me to do a lot of running around, a great deal of my days are spent doing work at home. I really love these days. I move around from room to room for different work setups and inspiration, with my computer and pups in tow, treating myself to a square or two of dark chocolate and a cup of green tea around 4pm (I love the Yogi brand Blueberry Slim Life). When I don’t have a meeting or appointment, I don’t have to give a moment’s thought to what I wear. Often times it’s special if I throw anything but sweatpants and a drapey tee, which can be every bit as chic as a fully styled outfit in my book. But what I reach for in my closet when I’m on autopilot is usually some variation of this outfit – rolled up boyfriend jeans and a casual shirt of some sort. I love a rumpled crisp white men’s shirt like this one from Banana Republic. It’s comfy for lazing around at home, but if I have to run out the door I’ll throw on a watch and my favorite Moschino belt and I’m set for casual errands without feeling frumpy.




20130331-IMG_5755-EditBanana Republic shirt (c/o), Joe’s jeans, Moschino belt, Nixon watch (c/o Watch Co), Jonathan Adler mug, YSL lipstick, Warby Parker Beckett specs (c/o)
In case you missed it back in June, you can see lots more of my home in Glitter Guide’s Style at Home feature.
Photography by Ian Sheppard

Design Duel



Entry Way

Z Gallerie chandelier, Fine Web Stores cowhide, Jonathan Adler console, Dwell mirror, Nashpop skull, Generate coat tree, Martha Stewart Plumage

When the ladies from PULP Design Studios asked me to go head to head with Sarah from Smitten Studio to design our dream entryways with a fall décor twist, I threw caution to the wind and chose pieces with the unabashed glamour, edge, and dreaminess that I love so dearly. Ah to have a huge entryway with a big heavy door and high ceilings in which to put these lovely things. These were my picks. See the whole duel on Hello, Splendor and check out Sarah’s amazing blog, which I promise you’ll be hooked on immediately.

Photos: Mine by Sarah Yates, Sarah’s from her blog 
Wish List: Jonathan Adler
Mr. and Mrs. Muse mugs, Eyelashes canister, Bird bowl, George Washington pillow, Anchor sculpture, Dora Maar vase, Futura salt & pepper shakers, Charade studded box, Banana bud vase

I’ll be honest, I used to like but not love Jonathan Adler. I could appreciate the aesthetic and loved what he did with the Parker Palm Springs, but ultimately felt his stuff was a little too colorful and quirky for my style. But then I had one of those moments when I was totally converted into a full-on fan. I wandered into the store as I sometimes do but this time I fell in love with almost everything I laid eyes on. I don’t know if his style or mine changed, but it doesn’t matter. All I know is I have a very long list of items on my wish list now and I like it better this way.


Little Delights

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Macs in gray and black - perfect go-to bags for whatever neutral accent the outfit calls for.
Adorable Fifi Lapin phone cases c/o Iconemesis (cupcake, teacup)
Favorite new makeup goodies: NARS American Dream eyeshadow palette, Giorgio Armani blush in #10 (I’m completely in love!) and Eyes to Kill mascara, NARS eyeshadow pencil in Goddess and lipgloss in Turkish Delight, Chanel lipgloss in Sweet Beige #297 - the most perfect nude gloss from the fall collection (it’s serious – I need to buy a backup)
The cutest mint green camera watercolor print from my mom – for Ian’s new desk setup.

Enjoy all the little delights of your weekend!



Hunt & Gather


It’s true – Minnesota does have its fair share of sprawling cornfields and cow herds, but that’s not all it’s known for. There are some real one-of-a-kind shopping gems in these parts. One of my favorite places to hit up when I’m in town is Hunt & Gather, an eclectic antique store in south Minneapolis that is well stocked with more over-the-top quirky finds than you could ever imagine. I have been known to spend hours browsing each and every corner of this place – 25 booths to be exact – for cool statement items that would jazz up any room in the house. On my visit this weekend, I scored some clever stemmed glasses for the bar cart at $4 a piece. Who needs an early morning flea market when you can spend all your summer days here?


Crystal Clear


Crystal Clear

Isotoner bubble umbrella, Juju dining chair, Liberty acrylic water glass, Lipstick Queen Shine lipgloss, Kantek stapler, AMT acrylic diamond ring, Thierry Lasry sunglasses, Love This Planet skull flask, Acne cosmetic case, Juicy Couture watch, Russell + Hazel jotters, River Island sandals

My crush on all things transparent is set to be a lifelong one. No matter how you would define your personal style, I just bet there’s a place in there for something ghostly. I love how it instantly modernizes your look and contrasts against everything else with a touch of futuristic. So if you don’t already have a collection of pretty little clear things forming, I highly recommend you get started. Any of these items will do.


I was recently given the exciting opportunity to be featured on one of my favorite glamourous online publications, Glitter Guide, in their Style at Home column. It was super fun (all be it scary and a bit naked feeling) to let readers into every corner of my home and share more aspects of my life and style than I ever have before. Luckily, I had the help of Jessica to fluff the interiors (and the girl’s a wizard with flowers), Jaimi to make my nails look awesome, and Sarah to capture it so beautifully. There were too many great shots to choose from, so I thought I’d share a few outtakes here. Head on over to Glitter Guide to see the rest of the photos and read the interview if you feel so inclined.


Photos by Sarah Yates