Decor Inspiration: Summertime Design

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How gorgeous is this cheery summer decor? Perfect for a beach house or any home that you want to make feel bigger and more open. The light and bright color palette is the perfect blend of costal contemporary that would make even the biggest pessimist a ball of sunshine. This look was featured in Harper’s Bazar and would cost a pretty penny to copy in your own home! Recreate the look with my budget-friendly picks and the perfect summer paradise right in your own living room.

Brentwood Outdoor Pillow, TJMaxx, $10 each

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Pack a punch on your couch– decorate with bright patterned pillows accented by solid ones in a complimentary color. I love the design on this pillow. Yellow is a color that just doesn’t get enough recognition. It is so cheery and really brightens up a room. Plus, it looks great on a linen couch. Although these are outdoor pillows they can be used indoors, especially if you have kids or critters. You’ll appreciate how durable they are. At $10 a pop, you can afford to pick a few up and then rotate them out once we say so long to summer!

Aquanova Taco Tray, Amara $29

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A pretty tray is the easiest (and most organized) way to dress up your coffee table. I love this lacquered aqua tray for a few reasons. First, it is so beautiful but second, it can provide a home for odds and ends that you are not quite sure what to do with.  I keep a stack of magazines or coffee table books in mine, along with a silk arrangement of peonies. It also is a great place to hold coaters (or put a drink on if a coaster isn’t in reach) and TV remote.

Brass Round Coral Bowl, Ethan Allen $249

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Mimic the seaside feel of this tablescape with a kitchy coral bowl. If you plan to keep your decor costal all year long you can easily “winterize” your living room by adding a few natural wicker spheres to the bowl. This bowl looks way more expensive than it is and can be a fun alternative if crystal or china isn’t exactly your style.

Thomas Linen Sectional in Cream, One Kings Lane $2,599

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When my husband and I were picking out furniture I HAD to HAVE a couch with grommets. It was the one piece I would not compromise on! At the time it was hard to find a good quality, affordable couch with beautiful details like this one. Our couch is more like a love seat (although the salesperson insisted that it was full size) and it barely fits the both of us on move night. I love this couch from One Kings Lane. Sectionals are certainly the way to go! There is more than enough room for everyone to stretch out and it is especially great for entertaining– I wish I had found this one two years ago.

Signature Design Coffee Table, Wayfair $299

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This table is the perfect centerpiece of your living room. Big enough to be practical (love the bottom shelf) and so beautiful! The natural wood look and casual style push the beach theme of this room home. The glossy aqua tray and the vintage wood provide a nice contract that makes sense!

Lexie Geometric Print Curtain Pair, Overstock.com $32

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Geometric prints (no matter the design) usually pair nicely– thats why I love these curtains and the pillows together! Aqua blue and yellow is a cheery, beach combination that will make your space look bigger than it is. If you want to match your curtains and pillows like the inspiration image above you can easily pick out upholstery fabric at your local craft store (I like JoAnn Crafts). Ask the salesperson at the fabric counter for help on measuring out how much you will need– they will most likely be able to tell you!

Stitch Fix Review- June 2015

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I have officially been a Stitch Fix subscriber for one full year!

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that delivers five handpicked pieces to you each month. When you sign up you complete a survey that assesses what you love, what to hate and what you can’t live without. A stylist is assigned to you and based on your answers she sends you clothing and accessories that she thinks you’d want to wear. There is a $20 styling fee per fix, which can be applied toward your purchase should you choose to keep any of the items.

If you are like me you get super excited when you see a package at your doorstep. I love getting my monthly fix because it is always a surprise when I open that box. Sometimes my stylist totally gets me. Like when she sent me a black RD Style sweater that I already had in cream and NEEDED to find in another color. Or when she shipped me a faux leather reversible tote that was brown on one side and black on the other (that is forever my bag battle– which color do I get!?). It is like she read my mind for those fixes.

But sometimes, like this month, I really wish I could read HER mind to know what she was thinking when she put my fix together! Here are my thoughts on all of the items in my fix!

Bay to Baubles Misha Floral Gem Necklace, $34 

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My first thought is “pretty” and my second is “I think I have something like it already.” But pretty nonetheless, and I have been really big into statement jewelry lately. I like that it is purple and gold (two of my favorite colors) so I am considering keeping it if nothing else works out. Lately I have kept some of the accessory items only because I didn’t want to lose my $20 styling fee. The necklace is certainly my style, I’m just not sure if I NEED it. On to the next item in the box…

Market & Spruce Short Sleeve Tee, $44

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As soon as I pulled this out I knew I didn’t want it. I am generally not a tee shirt kind of gal, but I decided to try this one on anyway because it was soft and I loved color. I’m not a fan of the fit or length and I just can’t justify spending $44 on a tee shirt. A little pricey for such a Plain Jane top. Not keeping for sure!

Ezra Maud Mixed Material Knit Top, $48 

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At first glance this top isn’t so bad. I like that it is roomy and has a little flare at the bottom (I usually gravitate tops with this silhouette), so I am not opposed to trying it on. Once it is on I hate it. I feel like I look like a little girl wearing an adult sized version of one of my back to school outfits from the third grade. The mix of patterns is fun but possibly a little too juvenile for me. Back in the box it goes!

Kut From The Kloth Danny Pant, $68 (also pictured above)

These are really comfy! Not too high and not too low– actually a perfect rise! They are basically a knit ponte pant with lots of stretch. As a makeup artist I really appreciate a stretchy and comfy black pant that don’t look like slacks. This pair can be dressed up to the point where I look professional but not like I am about to head in to a board meeting. If I didn’t already have a bunch of pants just like these I would have kept them. A great fit!

Moon Collection Bailee Poncho, $58

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Here is the pièce de résistance of the entire fix– the Bailee Poncho. When I saw a bulky sweater in the box I said to myself “You have GOT to be kidding me!” For those of you (including my stylist) that don’t know, I live on Long Island, about a stone’s throw away from the beach. It is June (and officially summer as of yesterday) and it is HOT. If I wore this poncho out now, even if it was let’s say a “mild” day of 70 degrees, everyone would look at me like I was CRAZY. That point aside, I LOVE IT! I love, love, LOVE the color. And the fit. I even love how soft it feels. I want to keep it but I am not sure if it makes sense. The color is super summery and I have a small obsession with coral, but can I really wear it in the fall? Is it too summery for fall but too wintery for summer?! That is why I need your help!

Help me decide what to keep– the poncho or the necklace? Leave me a note in the comments with which one you think is the better buy! Remember, I get to apply my $20 fee, so the necklace would be $14 and the poncho would be $38.

Overall this fix was certainly not my favorite. After a year of fixes I can honestly say there has not been one shipment that I really wanted to keep all five pieces (if you do you get 25% off your entire purchase!). Some fixes have been better than others and I usually end up loving one, maybe two items. The quality of the clothing is quite good and there are brands that I know and love like Olive & Oak, Just Black Jeans and Street Level. I like the personalized service and the fun of trying on the pieces each month. I will for sure continue to get fixes through the next year!

If you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself you can sign up here!! Try it and tell me what you think!

It’s National Lilly Day!

I am a major lover of Lilly! But I have to be honest, I did’t know too much about the Princess of Prints until I went to college in upstate New York. It was a favorite of my classmates and convenient becauce a super cute store called The Pink Paddock sold Lilly in nearby Saratoga. Summertime and Lilly are pretty synonymous, so it makes sense that the first day of summer is National Wear Your Lilly Day! Lilly is offering all shoppers gifts with purchase to celebrate today!  Here are my favorites from the new collection to help you shop away.

If you are local to me on Long Island, check out The Island in Garden City. They retail Lilly Pulitzer along with some other fabulous preppy essentials. If you are near or in Saratoga make it a point to visit The Pink Paddock on Broadway. Plenty of good shopping and food nearby! Make a weekend out of it– you won’t be sorry!

Gabby Shift Dress, $198 [in sea blue summer haze]

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Astrid Knit Crochet Lace Shift Dress, $248 [in pop pink]

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Dusk Strappy Silk Slip Dress, $198 [in sea blue coral cove]

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2015 Agenda, $28 [in Lilly’s lagoon]

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Pool Flip Flops, $32 [in scuba to Cuba]

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Beach Tote Bag, $88 [in Capri pink samba]

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Hand Painted Wine Glass, $30

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