The Etsy Elite

Etsy-Elite-7Row 1:  Layered + Long necklace / La Fabrique a Lettres design / Little Flower Soap Co. bath set / Row 2: Kate Zaremba Company wallpaper / Lee Coren make-up bag / Seedling Plantation serving bowl / Row 3: The Object Enthusiast ring dish / Gray December measuring cups / Tocamade ear pin

Layered + Long – A simple, stylish jewelry shop that offers customization for special gifts

La Fabrique a Lettres – Letters and figures made of fencing materials from France

Little Flower Soap Co - All natural soaps, lip balms, bath salts, and more, made with only the highest quality ingredients

Kate Zaremba – Prints and papers made from original designs from this DC based artist

Lee Coren – Escapism inspired fabric prints made into everyday usable pieces

Seedling Plantation – A collection of vintage pieces that put an emphasis on pretty

The Object Enthusiast –  Handmade dishes, potters, and other ceramics with a golden touch

Gray December – Hand painted pottery for the quirky ones

Tocamade - Modern and delicate jewelry from Spain




Hit List



With the weather cooling off I’m dreaming of tall boots. I love my 5050′s so much I’m kind of itching for another pair, like these for instance.

I was just introduced to the Serial podcast and I’m hooked. Anyone else listening?

This Halloween I’m thinking a scary movie marathon with one of these in hand is just what I want.

While we’re on the topic of scary movies, this will be your guide to all things spooky this month on Netflix.

Gisele Bundchen, proving yet again she is nothing less than the queen of chic, stars in this Chanel short celebrating Chanel N. 5 directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Feeling in the DIY mood after my pumpkin post yesterday. Here’s another simple project to try at home this weekend.

The wait is finally over to see this. But I gotta say I’m not getting up at 5am for anything in there.

Are you coming to this on Wednesday? Hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend you guys!

Photo: x

Case Study


louis vuitton luggage

OK guys, I need your help. I wanted to conduct a little survey of sorts on here because I’ve been obsessively researching (as I tend to do) and I’m having a hard time finding like minded ladies’ opinions on this topic across the general internets. Here’s the deal: I’m heading to Italy in a couple of weeks (eee!), and I’m in need of new luggage. I’m in hardcore shopping mode and I’m all over the place between the cheapest and pricier options. I feel like a suitcase is one of those coming of age purchases. Since it does take a beating over time, it’s normal to go through luggage fairly frequently, having to say goodbye to the one the TSA has battered and abused for the past few years, and move on to something new. While the fact that luggage gets so beat up is a reason not to spend a lot, at the same time there is nothing worse than a suitcase breaking on you mid-trip. I know because it’s happened to me with every piece of luggage I’ve ever owned, and it makes me SO ANGRY. Ok maybe that’s also because I’m usually hungry and tired while it’s happening, but still. THE WORST. I’ve never splurged on luggage but I’m considering stepping it up from the cheapest of the cheap for this next purchase. What kind of luggage do you use? Hard side or soft side? Cheap-o or splurgey? I’m considering going middle-of-the-road. Not the cheapest, but not $800 either. And I’m REALLY into the white hard side cases, regardless of how silly that may be. It’s just so chic, and I don’t mind putting in a little work to keep it clean. Has anyone owned a white suitcase? I’m dying to know your luggage experience and tips ladies, so please do share!

Case Study

Victorinox / Globe Trotter / Rimowa / Mandarina Duck / Tumi / Louis Vuitton / Ben Minkoff / DVF / Samsonite

The Etsy Elite

Etsy-Elite-4Row 1: Pani Jurek chandelier / Beautiful Line bookends / Minetta necklace / Row 2: Fabulous Mess glasses / Sarah Mimo clock / Native Bear canvas pouch / Row 3: In Haus Press tags / Beach Blues jars / Up in the Air Somewhere vessel

Pani JurekA polish shop focusing on creating multi-purpose products and promoting sustainability

Beautiful LineHandmade designs and vintage treasures

MinettaA UK based minimalist jewelry shop with delicate pieces for everyday wear

Fabulous MessGlamorous old hollywood and mid-century modern finds

Sarah Mimo –  A Brooklyn based shop creating intricate laser cut wooden clocks

Native BearOriginal stamps, prints, and bags made by artist Leela Hoehn Robinson

In Haus PressSan Francisco based letterpress shop offering minimalist yet quirky cards and gift tags

Beach BluesDistressed and painted mason jars in a variety of colors and metallics

Up in the Air SomewhereHandmade ceramics and housewares that dance the line between raw and luxury


Grecian-Blue In case you’ve been around these parts for a long time, chances are you already know that there’s a certain shade of blue that’s the only exception to my “no color” ways. Maybe it’s because it makes me daydream about lazy days wandering around Santorini, or maybe it’s the fact that it sometimes seems like the only color that complements fair skin and dark hair in a way that manages to maintain some edge. Whatever the reason, Grecian blue is my jam. When summer comes around, it’s almost like another neutral even though it’s so delightfully bright and saturated. At the very least, a solid silk dress in this color is a must for every summer wardrobe.  It also makes a great handbag or shoe investment since it goes with so many other colors. Do it in stripe, do it in tie dye. Whatever you do… just do it.

Color Code / Grecian Blue


Vionnet dress / Hugssy necklace / Marc Jacobs phone case / J Crew tank / Capri Blue candle / Saint Laurent tote / Rablabs coasters / Giuseppe Zanotti heels / Marc Jacobs bracelet / C Wonder plate / Vince Camuto watch / Loeffler Randall espadrille / J Crew Bikini top & bottom / Dior nail lacquer / Preen blouse / Lamps Plus chair
Photo: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 78



Designer Duel




Borsalino / Biltmore

Steal Spotlight

Markus Lupfer sweatshirt / J Crew necklace / Rag & Bone cropped jeans / Saint Laurent sunglasses / Rebecca Minkoff purse / Marc Jacobs watch / Alexander Wang sandals / LPD tee / Paul & Joe shorts / Stella McCartney swimsuit / Madewell cuff / See by Chloe clutch

Gift Guide / Him


Gift Guide / Him


1. Crazycafts88 vintage leather briefcase, $39 / 2. Le Labo Petit Grain 21 candle, $60 / 3. Muuto wood architect lamp, $295 / 4. Ion turntable, $50-150 / 5. Hermes Poker Cards, $85 / 6. Tovolo sphere ice molds, $11 / 7. EXOvault iphone case, $205 / 8. Comme des Garçons sneakers, $110 / 9. Areaware concrete desk set, $60 / 10. Barbour flask, $59 / 11. GoPro Hero3+ camcorder, $299 / 12. Jawbone Jambox, $149 / 13. Lacie key flash drive, $25 / 14. Givenchy wallet, $385 / 15. Brooks Brothers tie rack, $148 / 16. The Wes Anderson Collection book, $40 / 17. Uniform Wares watch, $300 / 18. Anonymous Ism socks, $28

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Hit List


The Life Styled - Burberry - Cara Delevingne - 121 Regent StreetI don’t know about you, but I am already twitching at the thought of how the rest of this year is going to scream by. Right now I’m trying my darndest to use my time wisely and finish up all those outstanding projects so I can enjoy the holidays when they suddenly sneak up on me. And yes – I do say that every year and never quite manage to get it together without some level of panic around the second week of December. This week I’ve had the pleasure of working on a ridiculously fun styling project that involves picking out a lot of clothing for tiny humans. The shoes are so little, I can’t even deal with it. One thing that has been surprising me as a non mom is how much cute stuff is out there for baby boys, especially at Zara. Chunky cardigans, velcro high tops, and suspenders. Teeny tiny suspenders! Maybe dressing a little boy wouldn’t be as hard as I thought…

Since this opened one block away from my place on Monday, I’m permanently in big trouble. Huge.

Lately I’m trying to do this three times a week and as obnoxious as this may sound, it really is addicting in the best way! Their cute workout clothes are a draw too, not gonna lie.

Every year when the holidays roll around, I love to treat myself to a pair of these or these. Affordable, comfy, and the best part is that they come in three lengths!

This wine label translation is hilarious. Especially the one about Papyrus.

Did you catch this intriguing short film/30 Seconds to Mars music video about LA that Jared Leto directed?

I’ve realized you really can never have too much of these.


Image via Burberry’s 121 Regent Street Campaign

Friday Links


The Life Styled - Cara Delevingne - Vogue Australia - October 2013It’s Friday y’all and I’m here with a few links for you to peruse to {hopefully} help make this day go a little faster. I’ve got a lootttt of work to finish before the week is allowed to be over (eek!), but I’m perfectly happy sipping a pumpkin spice latte and covering ground on some challenging yet inspiring projects before I can kick back for the weekend. Speaking of inspiring, how stunning are these photos of Cara looking all Elizabethan this month’s issue of Vogue Australia? I’d like to make one of these Aesa crowns an everyday staple in my wardrobe. Practical, right?

The Life Styled - Cara Delevingne - Vogue Australia - October 2013

One of my favorite jewelry designers - Luv AJ - is now making leather jackets and such - coming in December. Ahhh!

The trailer for Wes Anderson’s new film came out and it looks just as stunning as all the rest.

When this week’s Shopbop sale started, I felt an immediate need to order these and these. BUT Stuart Weitzman was an exclusion (blast!), which was reason enough to be a good girl and refrain.

So far I’ve only been to 11 of these restaurants but I’m determined to try all of them!

We’ve been working through some of Emmy’s emotional baggage with the most amazing dog trainers at The Good Dog. Emmy’s like a different dog after only one week of bootcamp and I can’t say enough good things about them!

This and this are our new weeknight staples. Both are so healthy, quick, tasty, and easily customizable.

I guess I’m late to the party on this a cappella group who are making me feel nostalgic for my music geek days in high school. But it’s probably safe to say that they’re cooler than I was.


Images: Cara Delevingne in Vogue Australia – October 2013, shot by Benny Horne