Monday, February 29, 2016


1. Orbit Sphere - Z. Gallerie; 2. Golden Fist - CB2; 3.  Marble Tray - Williams Sonoma Home; 4.  A Well-Dressed Gentleman's book - Barnes and Noble; 5. L'Objet Croc Rectangular Box - Williams Sonoma Home; love the tray version here; 6.  Exotic Wood and Brass Box, Black Zebrawood - Williams Sonoma Home; 7.  Hide and Wood box (purchased but no longer available); 8.  Luxury Toys book - Barnes and Noble; 9.  Georgia Orb - Jonathan Adler (I think the males would appreciate this); 10.  Small Horn Sculpture - Jonathan Adler; 11.  GQ Men - Barnes and Noble; 12.  Pocket Watch Clocks - Pottery Barn; 13.  Classic Glass Bath Decanter - Pottery Barn; 14; Abstract Marble Sculpture - Williams Sonoma Home; 15.  The World According to Karl - Barnes and Noble

Apologies - This post was supposed to go live on Friday when I realized my updates were not saved!  I had to revert to draft and bring it to you today.  So, for those of you who caught it and then noticed it disappeared, now you know why (lol).

Monday is a fresh start!

With our bedroom make-over in progress, one decorating challenge has been styling my husband’s nightstand.  One thing to note, the hubs is a simple and low key, kinda guy.  Which left me thinking . . . what do men have on their nightstand?  And, more importantly, how should his bedside table look??  So, I asked my hubby what he would like to see on his nightstand?  His response?  “I don’t need anything – just my cell phone”.  Then, I asked myself, well . . what do I think would go nicely on his nightstand and function as well. 

For women, a pretty candle, vase, tray, decorative box, floral arrangement and/or picture frame would complete our look.  Since my husband’s style is simple and non-specific, I decided to go for a cleaner look but with a masculine flair.  

When decorating/styling a bedside table for him, first think about his necessities.  Does he like to read at night?  Does he wear or need glasses when getting up in the morning?  Does he like to have a glass of water by his bedside?  For example, a tray with these necessities can be a great starting point.  Most of us, having matching table lamps and alarm clock radios (yes, we still use alarm clock radios and my husband has his phone as a backup alarm).  To make it more personal, another item to add could be a picture frame of the family or just the happy couple.  Depending on the size of your bedside table, you can also add an accessory (a sphere, pottery vase or a small accessory).  Does he care about fashion and style?  There are great fashion books for males that would complement the nightstand.  Other options such as sports, photography, cars, etc.  Making his side of the table will balance what you have on your side; creating a beautiful space.

So happy to share with you, updates to our master bedroom makeover; specifically, styling his side of the bed.  Again, the d├ęcor is simple but accentuating that masculine flair with a couple of key pieces, completed the look.  Texture was one key element.  

Plenty of space left to add his cell phone or a coaster for any drinks.

I purchased this hide and box on sale from Williams Sonoma home (sold out but tray option available and on sale here).  It was the perfect size to store items he doesn’t need on a day to day basis.  Surprisingly, he doesn’t wear a watch but has a couple of nice ones that I stored away but still accessible, should he need it.  The color was also perfect; pulling from the gray tones around the room.  

Another masculine item purchased was this Golden Fist from CB2.  I love the sculptural design and the gold tone balances the gold tones I have on my side of the bed.  Here’s a funny story . . . after purchasing and decorating his table (without him knowing what I bought), I was curious to get his reaction.  I think it was either one evening or one morning, I heard him sing, “Fist Pump in the morning” / “Fist Pump in the evening” and was actually fist pumping the piece.  I cracked up laughing!  He said, “I actually like this piece”.  Whoo hoo (with a sense of relief and accomplishment)!!  To layer this look, I added a large book, creating depth and height.  

fist pump . . .

A small picture of us, from our wedding day is also displayed to balance and complete the overall look.  My sister gave this to us as a gift.  I love and will always cherish this piece.  It has been moved to several decorating spots in our home.

When decorating, be creative.  Add personal touches and functional pieces that work for you (and him).  And, most of all, enjoy your space!

Thanks for stopping by and look forward to sharing with you, the entire master bedroom tomorrow.  Stay tuned!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016


1.  Prada Saffiano Lux Small Double Zip Tote Bag (Blush); 2.  Pearl Cluster Earrings (J. Crew);
3.  Felicia Lace Collar Sweater (Club Monaco); 4.  Lace Swing Skirt (Ann Taylor); 5.  Dior So Real Brow Bar Sunglasses; 6.  Christian Louboutin Pigalles Follies Patent 100mm Red Sole Pump (Ballerina Pink); 7.  Jo Malone London Mimosa and Cardamom  . . . one of my favorite scents!

A little inspiration look for Spring!  Inspired by Pantone's color of the year, Rose Quartz.  Loving the soft and feminine shades of pink paired with navy.  This navy lace number from Ann Taylor is a favorite, as well as as the Peter Pan inspired collar sweater from Club Monaco.  I'm loving all things feminine and lace.  A few items on my wish list (and kind to my wallet).

Happy Shopping!


Monday, February 22, 2016


1 - Target // 2 - ASOS  // 3 - Nasty Gal // 4 - Nordstrom (Mural) // 5 - ASOS (Lavish Alice in Navy) // 6 - H&M

Inspiration . . .

Wendy Nguyen of Wendy's Lookbook wearing cape blazer from Nasty Gal

Paola Alberdi / Blank Itinerary wearing Who What Wear via Target

Weekends come and go so quickly.  Wouldn't you agree?  The warmer weather (upper 50's) was a nice change, which left me craving more days like that.  I know. I know . . . soon.  

And, when that warmer weather does roll around, I hope to be sporting a cape blazer.  Cape blazers are trending the fashion scene lately.  A perfect pairing, whether dressing up for a night out or dressing down on the weekend.

Happy shopping!


Friday, February 19, 2016


What a week it has been!  Traveling to and from work this week was filled with delays and more delays.  But, I did have the opportunity for a night out this week - jazz night at Birdland in NYC.   I have always wanted to go to a jazz club in the city.  My father-in-law, a regular at Birdland, invited me for jazz night (yay)!  I jumped at the chance since it was within walking distance from Port Authority and it ended early.  We were entertained by David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.  I was blown away with the talent!  I wish I knew how to play and instrument; especially because I am such a music lover.  I had a blast meeting some of the musicians.  Specifically, David Ostwald, Adrienne Cunningham and grammy winner Vince Giordano.

Guys . . . I am so happy the work week is at a close and the weekend is calling for warmer temperatures.  I'm so looking forward to Spring.  I have flower arrangements all over the house, in soft color tones.  I figured why not bring that spring-time feeling inside the house, since the outside temperatures are so cold.

I just had to share the image above.  There is flower shop near my job called Rose in Bloom.  They have some of the prettiest floral arrangements.  I swear, I could stay there for my entire lunch hour, coming up with floral designs I would love to put together.  The inspiration in a flower shop is just what I crave.  Now, how would you feel if I told you, they have a selection of roses that are naturally preserved in the prettiest vases and can last up to two years?  Pretty exciting right?  I have already picked out my favorite (above).  Buying flowers weekly can start to add up financially. Investing in a naturally preserved arrangement can be cost effective. To see the entire collection, click here.

Wishing everyone a great weekend and enjoy!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Hi!!  Checking in on Tuesday, as I enjoyed the long holiday weekend.  And, man o' man was it cold!! Not a big fan of the cold.  Warmer temperatures are in store for us, which is a blessing.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I enjoy fashion.  I am enjoying the snapchats feeds from fashion bloggers I follow - videos of New York Fashion Week (NYFW).  I have always dreamed about wearing luxury fashion pieces from top designers.  I know that will never happen but a girl can dream . . .

If I were wealthy, here are some looks I would love to wear:

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta
Crushing on this blouse 3.1 Phillip Lim

I love the blouse - Boss
  Designer, Ralph Lauren

Carolina Herrera 

Loving the feminine details with bold print - Derek Lam
Gorgeous top - Givenchy


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FASHION LOOKBOOK: Olivia Palmero x Chelsea 28 for Nordstrom

Olivia makes any piece of clothing look amazing!

via Oliva Palmero

I love the pattern but couldn't pull off the top and bottom without it looking like expensive p.j.'s 
The pop of red in those killer pumps, really play up the outfit.

Cheslea28 Silk Shirt

I love this bohemian-inspired dress.  

via Oliva Palmero


Denim Blazer

Chelsea28 Poplin Peplum Shirt (Nordstrom)

Chelsea28 Pleat Front Trousers (Nordstrom)

via Oliva Palmero
With the start of NYFW, I always enjoy viewing new fashion apparel and seeing what designers come up with.  So, I was excited to see international style icon, Olivia Palmero's collaboration with Nordstrom's in-house brand, Chelsea 28.

The line consists of a mix of chic and feminine styles, bohemian inspired looks and a bit of that 70's vibe.  Their are looks for everyone's taste and style.  And, with a price point starting at $68, it's an opportunity for us to shop these looks without breaking the bank.

To see the complete, 32 piece line, you can view it here.   To shop pieces currently available, head on over to Nordstrom.   I've been holding on to a Nordstrom gift card I received during the holidays and hope to find something from this new line!

Happy shopping!


Monday, February 8, 2016


An up close look at the rhinestone details.

New accessories, like this acrylic leg, tufted bench and accent rug.  

New accessories like this watercolor vase (Williams Sonoma) and ceramic box (H&M Home).  I found this vase for my sister's master bedroom makeover and loved it so much, I bought one for myself.
I'm thinking of hanging fashion illustrations on this wall.

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If you follow me on Instagram, (joann3373), I posted a sneak peek picture of our wallpaper install on Friday.

While the room is not fully complete, I wanted to share glimpses of the wallpaper design.  I'm too excited to keep it to myself!  I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.  It was just as I imagined . . . even more so; especially after seeing it up on the wall.

Still waiting on a few items and look forward to sharing with you the before and after, in the coming weeks.

Here are a few items I've put together that I would like to incorporate in the master bedroom makeover.


Friday, February 5, 2016


Hi!  Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  I am taking a couple of days off of work to nurse my puppy, Quincy, who go neutered.  At the same time, I'm dog sitting - making sure my other dog doesn't go after Quincy's incision.  It has been exhausting with restless nights and long days.

On a brighter note, our master bedroom revamp is coming along nicely.  The wallpaper is up and it's GORGEOUS!!! I'm so in love.  I'm still waiting for a few items I purchased to come in the next couple of week.  One item I did order, an area rug, was delivered yesterday.  Ugh! I was disappointed when I set it up in our room.  It wasn't what I thought it would be.  This is why I don't like ordering online for large items.  It's such an inconvenience when I have to drive to the UPS store and ship it back.  Oh well, back to the drawing board.  It will be a few weeks before the room is complete.  I can't wait to share it with you.  I'll try to snap a sneak peek photo this weekend.  Be sure to check my camera roll on Instagram (joann3373).

In the meantime, for those of you still thinking of Valentine's Day gifts, here are a couple of simple but stunning ideas:

Just my style . . . flowers and a card.  And, how stunning are these!

Blush premium roses in acrylic box via Melissa Andre Events.
I want!

Or, the Ivory Petit Roses in Crystal Acrylic box 

"Ombre Hearts" greeting card via Design by Occasion

"LOVE" Valentine's Day Greeting Card via Design by Occasion

Wishing everyone a great weekend!