Posts tagged floral
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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FALL VIBES / 2018
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.

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SPRING SHOES
THE COLLECTION WITH THE FLORAL BALL GOWN

hi there! we finally got a preview of spring this friday (including 65 degree, sunny weather!), and i've started getting excited for a new season -- that means easy fabrics, colorful patterns, and shoes that are not boots! it's been a while since the last "collection with" post, so when i saw norvis' fall ready to wear for 2018 i knew it was worth sharing. this collection was designed for fall but the bright colors, breezy silhouettes and florals makes this feel perfect for spring. my favorite look is definitely the floral gown -- it's positively striking, and i wish i had a garden party i could wear this to.

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who knew tulle and a chunky grandpa knit would go so great together. i also love the playful scallop d'orsay pumps -- a shoe didn't know i needed in my life until now.


two perfect floral gowns.

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i lovvvvve this look. the scarf is enormous, almost comically so, but it looks so cool with a structured plaid dress and undone ankle tie flats. 


there are a few recurring patterns in norvis' collection, including plaid, polka dots and florals. my favorite print is this yellow floral -- it's so versatile!

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collection via   ...   novis fall 2018 ready to wear


WHY THIS WORKS / MIXING LARGE AND SMALL PRINTS

happy friday! i'm back with another edition of my why this works series! -- an attempt to break down crazy print combinations that shouldn't go together, and share my favorite tricks behind why they do.

so let's talk about this gal's outfit: i was immediately drawn to her amazing people-print coat for obvious reasons -- good colors, classic shape, teddy texture, seriously cool pattern. this outfit is also great example of why pairing a large scale print with a smaller style will always look good. there are so many ways you can wear this coat, but instead of throwing on a white dress or jeans (although both would look amazing) consider something unexpected: a long yellow dress covered in dainty florals with a quirky striped basket clutch for example. the trick is playing with scale -- a large print will naturally steal your eye's focus allowing the smaller print to blend into the background. i always look for similar or complementary colors and a distinct difference in pattern size to make sure everything feels cohesive.

scroll down for more print mixing secrets hiding in this outfit!

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+ this coat has a classic shape which helps this loud print feel not so loud -- stick to silhouettes you know and feel comfortable in.

long simple layers create a long and lean look that won't compete with head to toe pattern mixing.

+ when using two different pattern sizes in one look, be mindful of color and difference in size

+ pay attention to content -- florals are a pattern neutral and are easy to mix with trendier prints like the one found on this coat. 

+ don't shy away from playing with accessories in clashing prints (especially bags or shoes!), it's a low commitment way to experiment. 

+ when wearing a lot of patterns you need a place for your eye to rest. i like to stick with simple makeup and hair, like a fresh face and a low bun.

 

original photo / via we what wear


TEN / DREAM CHAIRS FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM

i recently replaced a pair of old, hand-me-down sofas with two new mid-century pieces that i found for an amazing deal. (a really amazing deal). they completely transformed the space and it feels so good! i still need a few more pieces to really tie the room together -- including a new coffee table, rug and tv stand, plus important accessories like pillows and blankets. i'm also toying with the idea of adding a funky accent chair for additional seating and for added interest. i want something that will really stand out. as usual, i started browsing options that are really out of my price range. but what i found was too good not to share: i would do anything to own the floral armchair that is beaded by hand and takes over three months to make. wouldn't you?! it's amazing. 

so yeah, this is basically a slightly impractical list of chair-art:

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NINE / FAUX FUR COATS FOR A COZY FALL
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after a few gross days of humid, sticky weather, we're finally seeing fall-like temperatures here in Boston. and it's about time! i can't wait to start wearing boots, sweaters, and coats (my favorite). almost every year i'll treat myself to a new coat for the season -- since i wear a jacket every day for so many months, i like having a few options to brighten my mood and my mostly all-black winter uniform. this year i'm on the hunt for a cozy faux fur coat to add to the collection. there are so many options it's so hard to pick: do i go with something classic like stripes or leopard? or do i take the plunge and go for something over-the-top?

shop my favorite fuzzy coats from around the interwebs below!

 
 
 

WHY THIS WORKS / WEARING STRIPES AND PALMS
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today i'm talking about one of my favorite topics: mixing prints! i've gone through years of trial and error and honestly mixing patterns can be intimidating, especially if you're trying something new. but once i learned what to look for i was mixing prints like a champ -- all you need are a few tricks. so i thought it would be fun to start a new series that really shows why certain pattern combos just work.

this look from @erealouro has a great preppy-california-cool vibe and is super easy to recreate -- chances are you have a stripe top hiding in your closet right now, am i right? i probably have ten (at least), so we're off to a good start. here are a few things i always consider when i mix prints:

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1. stripes are forever and always a neutral and will always go with everything, especially if it's a long-sleeve t-shirt. 

2.  keep your hair and makeup simple.

3. like stripes, florals are very universal and go with most prints. look for a floral pattern with a neutral color background like white, black, or brown so your outfit has a foundation. if it's an especially loud print like these palm pants, the black background will make it feel easier to style -- i know i never think twice about wearing all-black!

4. like makeup and hair, your accessories should somewhat blend in. try accessorizing with natural materials like a round straw bag. you'll achieve an effortless feel that won't compete with all of the patterns going on.

5. there is a hint of orange in the floral pant, which is unexpectedly worn with a pair of creamsicle-colored block sandals rather than something safe like black or brown. don't be afraid of color -- often that solid pop of color really completes the look.

 

 

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AN END OF SUMMER BOUQUET

fall is my favorite time of year, yet i can't help but feel a tinge of sadness for the end of summer in New England. i'll miss the beach trips, nightly BBQs, picking fresh veggies from the garden and those long days, the most. i know summer will technically be here for a few more weeks, but my mind is already focused on all things fall. so before fulling embracing the new season, especially on here, i figured i'd give one last tribute to sweet summertime -- florals, wicker and the perfect shade of raspberry red:

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image source: 1 - @alyssainthecity, 2 - noraekeli