CB2 Big Dipper Arc Floor Lamp

CB2 Big Dipper Arc Floor Lamp, $199

Target Arc Floor Lamp

Target Arc Floor Lamp, $59.99

Need to add a dramatic touch to your living room?  This arc lamp gives a nod to mid century modern style and casts a stylish glow over any chaise or sofa.  In an instant, this retro lamp with modern lines give your decor an extra dose of style.  Get the cheap version, serve some vodka martinis at your next house party, and no one but you will know the difference!

mirrored desk, mirrored table1. Pottery Barn Park Mirrored Desk, $599

Overstock.com Dalton Mirrored Accent Table

2. Overstock Dalton Mirrored Accent Table, $215.99

Mirrored furniture.  It’s right up there on my desirables list with the likes of Eames rockers, Phillipe Starck anything, and a bottle of red wine on a Friday night.  These gorgeous pieces tend to be pricy/overpriced but today I found this great PB lookalike on Overstock for just over $200 (with $2.95 shipping!).   Now this mirrored piece may just be able to make it’s way into my dining room to serve as a bar cart.

friday edition: time to drink champagne + dance on the table

white top$58 (lipsy.co.uk); IRO Daphne black leather shorts $200 (my-wardrobe.com); brown boots $23 (hm.com); Rebecca Minkoff black clutch $250 (rebeccaminkoff.com); Delia’s neon charm bracelet $8.50 (delias.com); vintage Wayfarer sunglasses (ocshades.com).

Friday is finally here, and after a long week of being cooped up in an office with gorgeous weather taunting me from outside, the [predicted to be rainy] weekend has arrived.  I’m really not concerned about the rain considering I have a fabulous Miami weekend planned w/ friends, and so the main thought on my mind right now is: what to wear?  The weather is starting to get cooler in S Florida, and I did happen to pick up a pair of sweet leather (ok fine, pleather) hot shorts while outlet scavenging in Orlando last weekend, so I need to find a way to work these into my weekend uniform.  After some serious blog-stalking I have come up with a few great ways to wear leather shorts in early fall.  See my faves below, and some cheap and chic copycats in the collage above.

Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific

Stephanie LaCava in APC shorts


September is National Yoga Month and that gives me a great excuse to swap out my well-worn mat with a brand new one.  Rest-assured, you can actually find a mat without the typical hippie swirl designs (why do they do that?!).  There is no shortage of stylish yoga mat options, and today I train my scopes on all the best ones out there.  From your power class to your vinyasa flow, these mats will uphold your toughest poses.  Cheers to a more stylish chaturanga.

so long, summer… and autumn arrives

so long, summer... and autumn arrives



Whether you were enjoying the summer sipping cape cods in… Cape Cod? Or maybe Martha’s Vineyard?  Or coastal Maine… The point is you were either somewhere non-tropical with mainly tolerable weather, or you were sweating the days away in stormy south Florida like me.

Hopefully you soaked up as much summer fun as possible and are ready to bid adieu, as today marks the final day of this fabulous season.  I am more than ready for the cooler weather, which has not quite arrived yet down here, and I mark this last day of summer with a tribute to a wonderful summer color: white.  Fear not the old adage that has us packing away our whites once Labor Day hits.  Oh no, I do not abide by this silly rule.  To prove that white can transition far beyond the three golden months, I’ve put together a montage of awesome clothes and accessories that can transition beautifully into fall.  And just for good measure, some gorgeous white home interiors to keep the inspiration flowing.

Worry not- summer may be over, but summer whites never fade (as long as you wash with bleach).

white living room

Clean, spare white living room with great art elements

White living area and dining room

White living area and dining room

This living area looks so calm and peaceful enveloped entirely in white.

White bedroom

White bedroom

This white bedroom with whitewashed shutters is gorgeous.  The photographs behind the bed lend some personality and grittiness to an otherwise pristine room.

trip board: NOLA

new orleans

Alice Olivia alice olivia dress
445 – oxygenboutique.com

Halston Heritage wool dress
$117 – theoutnet.com

Cheap Monday charcoal shirt
€35 – weekday.com

Erin Kleinberg long tank
58 – glassworks-studios.com

All Saints short mini skirt
$270 – allsaints.com

Valletta Set
$74 – anthropologie.com

Hollister Co. cotton shorts
$20 – hollisterco.com

SECOND FEMALE pleated shorts
€31 – welikefashion.com

Robert Rodriguez feather mini skirt
$308 – theoutnet.com

Missoni bikini bathing suit
$371 – boutique1.com

Faith heeled sandals
45 – debenhams.com

Kenneth Jay Lane amethyst cocktail ring
110 – harveynichols.com

Sequin crystal jewelry
$168 – nordstrom.com

The worst part about going on vacation is packing for it.  Everyone knows this, and we all put it off until the last minute (I’m not the only one, right?).  This often leads to some serious stress before a trip.  The art of dressing chicly for the airport?  I’ve had that down pat since I was 12- and multiple seat upgrades to show for it ;)  The art of packing light?  Haven’t exactly perfected that one yet.

This time around I was determined to get it together beforehand and have a plan.  Especially since I am not checking a bag, for the first time in my life.  Yes, the fees have finally gotten to me.  But alas, here I am on the eve of my little journey to New Orleans and I am still not packed!  The thought of fitting all of my clothes and accessories into a bag that is no more than 45 inches is kind of intimidating.  So, the inspiration board above at least got me thinking about how minimalistic I can bear to be considering my teeny luggage, while still looking chic at my final destination.
So, here is what I plan to pack, to save space in my suitcase and still stay in style:
  • A black dress that can double as a pool cover-up and can work double-duty at a mimosa-laden brunch after a night out.
  • One bathing suit.
  • Gladiator sandals for days I’ll be walking a lot.
  • Versatile denim shorts that can be worn with a tank top for sightseeing during the day, or paired with a velvet blazer for a casual dinner.
  • Sparkly skirt for a big night out.
  • Tan strappy sandals that work for lunch during the day or drinks at bar (I’ll be wearing these on the plane as well).
  • Black eyelet shorts that are comfortable enough to wear all day and even to bed (and yes I will use them for both).
  • Huge gold and black cocktail ring and a gold statement necklace- with two major jewelry items like these you don’t need many other accessories.
  • Sheer tank- again, for daytime or sleeping.
  • White strapless dress- so versatile you can dress it up with tan sandals or play it casual by slipping on the gladiators with this.
  • Purple feather skirt- just for fun.
That’s the plan.  Hopefully I can spring it into action quick enough this evening so that I can go enjoy happy hour!

missoni + the masses

missoni for the masses

So I had planned to spend my lunch hour today browsing Missoni’s debut collection at Target that finally launched  this morning after months of (well-worth-it) hype.  However, word quickly spread that not only were the stores a madhouse with everything sold out by 9:30 am, but the website was down due to other crazies like me who couldn’t wait to get their own discounted Missoni goods.  Luckily, I kept trying and although Target.com is down again, I managed to get through and quickly buy the items I wanted.

I managed to snag both home and fashion items.  Can’t wait until I can add my new Missoni bathing suit, coffee mugs, picture frame, and jewelry organizer to my collection!  And although mixing up a cocktail in the zigzag cocktail shaker would have been tres chic, it was sold out by the time I got through online.  Time to start hitting up Ebay!

Missoni high-end ad campaign

jewelry by design

jewelry by design
To say I am enamored with Marmol Radziner’s sleek and industrial jewelry designs is an understatement.  When I dug in a little further and found out that the creator of these rugged yet simplistically beautiful pieces is an architect who upcycles pieces from his home projects to make the stunning collection above, I really fell in love.  And the best part about it?  There’s no sticker-shock.  All of the pieces above are under $200.   Each one is different in its natural material quirks, and wearing one is like carrying around a little piece of architectural history.  Check out some of Marmol’s prefab home designs below or on his site.

Prefab Marmol Radziner home

Marmol Radziner home