CAN I LIVE HERE / A VICTORIAN TOWNHOUSE IN LONDON

man oh man — this one is an absolute gem.

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looooooooook!

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say hello to this vibrant setting: home to london based stylist, maude smith, and a flawless representation of my dream cottage. there’s so much goodness going on here! persian rugs, paper birds flying from a bedroom ceiling, strong wooden furniture, worn in floral armchairs, and wacky kitchen cabinets covered in seashells and wine corks — it’s all tucked inside this cozy townhouse.

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the bathroom’s hand painted tile is definitely my favorite part of the house. seriously, i found myself googling where to buy bug tiles because they’re incredible. i love that each tile is a little different and imperfect, and that maude chose to pair them with vintage fixtures in mixed metals.

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i’m also obsessed with the rich colors — burgundy, gold, royal and eggshell blue — paired with flashes of hand drawn wallpaper and murals. what a cool backdrop for displaying this colorful collection.

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smith’s kitchen is an amazing mishmash of corks, seashells, broken china, dried flowers and empty wine bottles. a diy that totally works and (let’s be honest) offers a strong argument for installing seashell cabinets. who knew!

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just another sweet corner in the sweetest house. wasn’t this home the cutest? i would probably end my days here reading a book in this floral armchair. i love spaces that use every inch to display memories found along the way, and maude smith’s home does not disappoint. glad i stumbled upon this treasure!

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VERY COZY

after several days of really cold temperatures, i’m ready to trade in my everyday leather boots for a snakeskin pair. nothing personal (i adore those boots) i’m just searching for little ways to brighten up these winter days. you feel me? whenever i feel like i’m wearing the same sweaters every week, i will play with different accessories like bold earrings, or an unexpected purse to switch things up. lately i’ve been on the hunt for a pair of snakeskin boots, a fresh alternative to leopard, and a print i don’t own too much of. these loeffler randall boots are v. luxurious — i would pair them with something more casual like a textured, oversized knit, simple straight jeans and chunky gold earrings. so cute for work or out to sunday brunch.

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JUST ADD PRINTS / OPHELIA PANG

happy new year! can you believe 2019 is already here, not to mention we’re already a week in?! it’s wild. i started my year with a cold — the too-sick-to-leave-your-house kind — and spent nye on the couch watching a movie marathon with tissues and chinese takeout. thankfully i’m back to feeling myself again, and it feels like 2019 is just about to start. i finally bought a planner (this one from ban.do), spent the day prepping healthy meals for the week, and even got a blog post up. so far so good.

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i haven’t done a post like this in ages (!) and felt like bringing it back (hopefully) as a regular series. i love the no-print outfit in this post — blue and rust are an amazing combination. buuuut i couldn’t help myself, and added a fun print to spice things up. this beautiful ophelia pang geometric pattern is bright and happy, and totally transforms the look.

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MOOD / LATE FALL BUT PRE-HOLIDAY

hello! i wanted to share this cool moodboard with you guys — i put this together the night before i started my new job (!!!) and it’s a peek of what i’ve been inspired by over the past week. lately that means mustard with mauve, the square tiles we recently added to our kitchen, and my obvious obsession with 70s decor. this roundup is not quite holiday, but has wintery vibes: silver stars, chanel sheepskin jacket (yes), oversized statement earrings, black strappy sandals, fig tarts, pink hair…all so good:

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WHY THIS WORKS / LEOPARD AND PLAID

ICYMI, LEOPARD IS HAVING A MOMENT. It’s everywhere and it’s awesome. in my humble opinion, the only thing you need to know about leopard is that leopard goes with everything. leopard is made of tones of brown and black, a magical combination that makes it a dream to wear alone as a statement piece, or together with other prints. i like to think of leopard as a pattern neutral: pretty much anything and everything is fair game when pairing patterns with this animal print.

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i love the look of leopard worn with plaid (another very forgiving print — they’re basically stripes) as seen here on Tamu McPherson, author of all the pretty birds. Tamu’s laid-back look is bold yet extremely wearable — everyone feels comfy wearing a hoodie of course. she makes wearing head-to-toe print effortless thanks to the colors and shapes she chose to pair: a bright red sweatshirt which tones down the sweetness of the unexpected ruffle pants, and the coat that has an easy silhouette, helping to tie the whole look together. once you get to your destination and take off your faux fur leo coat, you’re left with a very simple outfit.


SHOP THE STORY

 

FALL VIBES / 2018
CAN I LIVE HERE / THE "GREEN" HOUSE

for this australian home, the word “green” has multiple applications. you might be referring to the collection of cacti, palms and succulents that grow throughout the house. or you could be talking about that amazing shade of green that is used in the most perfect places. the word “green” also defines the eco-friendly mission upon which this living space was created: a sustainable and impossibly chic method to urban living.

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i really love using the color green in kitchens (as last seen here). it feels clean, homey, unexpected. although the color made me fall for this kitchen upon first glance, it is the seamless use of squares throughout the home that i really love. you can find squares in the kitchen and bathroom tile, that amazing grid partition, and the retro square wall that frames the patio. there is a sense of simplicity and minimalism yet there are so many patterns hidden if you take a second look.

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one thing you might notice is the amount of concrete used in the living space. it was an intentional eco-friendly decision which might have translated as stark and cold — not the best material for a cozy retreat. somehow this house feels the exact opposite. it feels relaxing, light, natural. the homeowners used a mixture of recycled materials and found or vintage accents (plus plenty of plants) to add warmth. so smart.

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i love love love the unexpected green tub. in all honesty, i’ve always wanted a colorful tub for my bathroom and now i think mine will have to be a similar emerald hue. it’s a surprise accent and it pairs nicely with the grid motif, uneven concrete, and stark white faucets.

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this beautiful patio is amazing outdoor space for urban living. i especially love the square retro accent wall and the way the homeowner decided to mix reclaimed wood with rusting metals.

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PATTERN PSA / LEOPARD IS HAVING A MOMENT

it’s probably time we all agree that leopard is one of the best prints of all time, because i’m officially calling it the pattern of the season. in case you haven’t noticed, leopard is absolutely everywhere this fall, making me one happy gal. SINCE buying MY FIRST PAIR OF leopard ballet FLATS way back in high school, I’ve passionately believed that every wardrobe should include AT LEAST something leopard. and why not? it’s a statement on its own, easy to mix, and insanely versatilE.

lately i’ve been eyeing leopard coats and head to toe leopard (a big fan of the matchy-matchy look), so i’ve rounded 9 great outfits featuring fall’s pattern darling. my takeaway? the more leo the better!

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FALL CUT AND COLOR / BY ALLIE K

hello there! it’s been a while since I’ve jumped on here so it’s about time for a new post. during my unintended hiatus, i’ve tackled a few personal goals (starting the dreaded closet purge which is the worst), and accomplished some professional goals (presenting on a panel about social media and small business — a big one for me this month!) and sadly blogging is always the first project that takes a backseat. But i’m back because fall is officially here, which means a new season, fresh starts and oh so many good patterns. but more on that later.

today, i’m talking about hair — my hair specifically! September has always been my favorite time of year; there’s something about that crisp air that generates a feeling of newness, and it’s so motivating. i treat fall like a head-start to the new year, and the first thing i tackle come September is making an appointment for a fresh cut and color. cutting off dead-ends, hiding those creeping grays (eek!), and introducing a shape back into my ‘do does wonders for my confidence and overall attitude. with new hair, i feel like i can take on anything!

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if you’re anything like my friends and I, finding the right hairstylist in the city is always challenge. luckily i’ve stumbled upon an absolute gem — one who needs to be shared!

meet Allie K: boston hair stylist, balayage queen and all around amazing human being. since my first appointment with her, i’ve trusted allie completely with my hair. she just gets me. when i walked into her salon at the beginning of the month, i gave her full creative control for both cut and color. the result: possibly my favorite hairstyle i’ve ever had! i am obsessed with the honey color, and the blunt cut.

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i have a lotttt of hair and Allie managed to take the weight out, giving me a modern cut with movement and versatility. rather than throwing my hair up in a bun (my go-to), i can’t help but wear it down as much as possible!

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one more thing? i adore the thoughtful placement of color. those face framing highlights really brighten my skin tone, and i can achieve a brand new look simply by changing my part. i’ve gotten a handful of compliments from friends, colleges and strangers since walking out of allie’s chair — the mark of an amazing hairdresser for sure!

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all in all, i love my new look and am ready to conquer what this season throws at me.

if you’re interested in booking an appointment with allie, she is currently accepting new clients at Salon de cheveux in south boston. and please tell her i sent you her way! i promise, you will love her as much as i do!

hair: allie k. / salon de cheveux, south boston

what i’m wearing: everlane dress / apprvl bag / loeffler randall heels (different color linked)


FROM MY SHOPPING CART / 02

hello friends! i'm back with another intriguing look inside my shopping cart(s): the things i bought and what i left behind. today's list is definitely longer than my last post, but it's packed with some top-notch finds including this amazing embroidered circle bag from claire v. (below) and a really really good pair of white mary jane sides that have a cool heel. i've also include a few goodies for your home (clearly still inspired by my most recent post), because everyone needs a watermelon pillow to complete their living room, right?

go on, take a peek!

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this embroidered purse is so lovely, and definitely on my wishlist -- i adore the Mexican floral design and bright emerald handle.

embroidered circle clutch / claire v.

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this movement!

fringe halter dress / zara

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arguably the perfect leopard pumps. and therefore a wardrobe requirement (because #leopardgoeswitheverything).

jane mid heel leopard pump / loeffler randall

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a cute friend to brighten up your desk or perfectly curated bookshelves.

cheetah statue / hm

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a dream in a sweater.

landscape pullover / lorod

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jade bangle / kenneth jay lane

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mornings just got chicer with these modern minimalistic mugs -- can you believe these are only $7? i love the golden yellow.

stoneware cups / hm

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just perfect. love the wooden heel -- it makes this mary jane slide feel so fresh.

white mules with wooden heels / matiko

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ideal for a day at work, a garden wedding, date night, or all of the above.

floral mini dress / marc jacobs

 
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love the shape of this ladylike bag!

olivia object bag / rejina pyo

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red beaded drop earrings / anthropologie

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i've gushed about boston designer artemis design co on this blog before, so you may already know i'm a big fan. i was thrilled when they teamed up with another fashion love of mine, madewell, for a cheery collection of slides. i love the stripes -- fun colors!

artemis design co kilim slides / designed for madewell

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this may give you deja vu, but i wanted you to know that i really like this vase.

brown vase / cb2