Friday, February 27, 2015

FRIDAY'S FLORALS: Designs by The Green Vase

Happy Friday!  I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to another weekend.

Today's floral designs are from The Green Vase.  Like I've said before, I love a pretty floral arrangement.  How about paper florals?  Yes, the most realistic floral designs made out of paper!  You have to check out The Green Vase.

I spotted their arrangement on the March issue of House Beautiful - their cover issue (whoot whoot).  The woman behind this . . . Livia Cetti.  Her high style flower designs are mistaken for the real thing (fooled me).  Livia has a book, "The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers", where she takes you step by step, to create 27 popular blooms.  I would love to learn this technique!

Featured on many magazines: Martha Stewart Wedding, Bride magazine, More magazine, just to name a few.

Here are some of her designs:

Want a custom design, head on over to the website for details.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: My Look from Revolve Clothing

With winter not letting up and colder temperatures upon us (mid teens to single digits), here's a look I put together to keep fashionably warm.

1.  BCBG Max Azria Stephan Pant
2.  DemyLee Kaia Cashmere Sweater
3.  Matiko Darcy Heeled Bootie in black
4.  Ella Moss - Angelo Cape

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Interior Designer, Tamara Magel takes designs to a stylish yet livable space.  Her inspiration comes from beautiful and unique textiles from around the world.

Tamara opened up her design business in 2011, in Washington, D.C.  Branching into a furniture line, paint and bedding collection.  She has a showroom in Soho and has been featured in many magazines.

Here are some of my favorite rooms:

This space is so bright and clean.  Beautiful design

Perfect mix of industrial meets traditional.  That sputnik light fixture is everything.
Love the cowhide on the chair

I love this color palette

Gorgeous dressing room!

To see more designs from Tamara Magel, click here.


Friday, February 20, 2015

FRIDAY'S FLORALS: Arrangements by The Blue Carrot

Happy Friday!  It's so cold out today. New York has hit their low . . . three degrees. And, that's not factoring the wind condition; making it feel like -20.
Onto a brighter and more cheerful subject. For Valentine's Day, my husband bought me a wide arrangement of flowers.  He knew my love of flowers wasn't just red roses for the occasion.  I was so happy to have received so many different types of flowers; creating my own designs.

I love browsing sites for floral arrangements and stabling upon a new designer.  Meet Susan Hatwood, from the UK.  Her business, The Blue Carrot, started off as a market garden, selling vegetables.  Because of her growing garden, it bloomed into something more.

I love her arrangements; taking her love of flowers, right from the garden to her arrangements.  The soft and delicate designs are simply magical.

Let's take a look:

To see more, check out The Blue Carrot here.

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend. 


Thursday, February 19, 2015


For the past couple of years, I have wanted to own a pair of scalloped edge ballet flats.  I love the look!  Ever since I set my eyes on the Chloe design (sigh).  But, it has been hard to spend the Chloe price tag.  There are certain wardrobe items I'll spend money on, if I know they will become classic pieces.  Knowing how I race around NYC everyday; I would cry if I scuffed the fine leather tips.

But, patience has paid off as other designers have come out with similar styles for a fraction of the cost.

Here's the Chloe 'Lauren' Scalloped Ballet Flat:

Retails for $475.  A cute flat, made of italian calf skin.  Looks super soft and comfy.  I love the taupe color (comes in a variety of colors).

If you're on a tight budget or cost conscious, here are some others that are just as nice!

Exclusive to Garnet Hill, Born Twyla Scalloped Ballet flats are a runner up from Chloe's design.  Retailing for $118, these are a favorite of mine, with a slightly wider scallop design.  I recently learned of the brand Born, from my brother, who owns a cool looking pair of shoe boots.  Their shoes are said to be very comfortable.  I love the brown and natural color.  Too bad they don't carry black.

J. Crew's version, Harper scalloped suede flats.  An alternative to leather, this suede flat has a pointy toe.  Retailing for $128 (and better when on sale).

If you're not a big fan of suede, here's a leather version by Loeffler Randall - Milla Scallop Flat.  This version is also a pointy toe and retails for $250.  Comes in buff, cheetah and snake skin print.

Another favorite of mine, from French Sole, is their version, Jigsaw.  Retails for $150.00.  I own several pairs of flats from French Sole and love their shoes.

I'm loving the Coffee Patent and the Cobalt Blue.

They also have a wide selection of colors and finishes:

Do you know of any other designers who carry the scallop ballet flat?  I would love to hear from you!

I'm still debating which color I'll go with but have narrowed it down to Born and French Sole.

Happy Shopping!