Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wardrobe Wednesday // New Arrivals at Stella & Dot

I just looked at Stella & Dot's new arrivals and I'm smitten with several of their new pieces- it's such a good collection! 


Stella & Dot has the best scarves, I swear.  And I'm crazy about the color and pattern in this new Geo Ikat scarf. I always feel like pink looks good near the face. These scarves are perfect because they are large (38"x70"), so you can wear them in a ton of different ways, but they are still lightweight so you don't feel weighed down.  I already get a lot of use from my S&D Leopard Print (no longer available) and Union Scarf Frida Print scarves, so I know this one will be in heavy rotation  too.   I really like their new Marine Blue/Rich Red Ikat scarf too.  



I'm still a fan of stacking my bracelets and this studded cuff is so cool.  I'll wear it with my Gilded Arrow Bangle




One thing Stella & Dot is known for is versatility in their pieces so you can wear one piece of jewelry in multiple ways- more bang for your buck.  I adore the chandelier earrings in my favorite colors (looks like my blog! ha!), but you can also wear them as a simple stud. 

 


This geometric shape is a perfect alternative to my go-to gold hoops.  







And, I got my recent Stitch Fix!  My favorite thing in the box this time was the Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank.  I loved it so much I wore it to a casual dinner that Friday night with jeans and wedges.  I'm not sure if you can request certain items, but if so, definitely request this one!  


AND, the Kate Spade Flatiron Maryanne in "geranium/cream" stripe is on sale for $89 (discounted from $198)!  I love my black/white version and have been wearing it everywhere.  It's nylon, so really lightweight, and had lots of compartments, which the organizer in me loves. :)


P. S. I finally decided on a paint color for our dining room and got the room painted.  Can't wait to share it with you tomorrow- I love how it turned out! 


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Choosing Paint for the Dining Room - Sherwin Williams Sea Salt ??


How many samples of paint does it take to find the right color for a dining room?  Apparently, at least eight.  I've been to the paint store three times in the past three days to continue testing paint samples, and I'm not even sure I have a winner yet!  I'm determined to decide today though because Sherwin Williams is having their 40% off sale and I want to take advantage of it! (It ends Monday).


I fell in love with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt after seeing it on Life on Virginia Street, in Sarah's master bedroom.  In her room, SEA SALT looked like a very soothing grayish-green.  I thought that would go well with my dining room drapes and the rest of the house.  I'm looking for something soft  that will brighten my room from the duller ACCESSIBLE BEIGE and look good when I change out the accessories in the room throughout the year.  I like the Accessible Beige pretty well in the rest of our first floor, and I hesitated to change the dining room because I want a cohesive look, but I figured I can find a paint that goes well with the rest of the downstairs since this room is pretty much off on it's own.  I'm not necessarily looking to match the drapes; rather, I'd prefer a complimentary color.

SEA SALT is pretty, but it looks way more blue than green and a little dull in my room.  Still a contender though.  Will be so funny (not really) if I end up with this one after painting all the other colors on my walls. It's the first one I put up.

WATERY was too bright.  Looked so gorgeous on the swatch.

DEWY is nice, close to the color of the lamps I have in the now, but it's pretty white against the creamy wainscoting.

FLEETING GREEN is just a tad darker than DEWY.

RAINWASHED is too blue and bright.

But, it's difficult to judge paint colors by a photograph online, or heck, even on a swatch.  I swear the Sea Salt that's on the swatch looks much more green than it does on the wall, where it reads blue.  

Also, I was painting the colors on top of our existing wall color, not primed walls. 

Our trim is a creamy white (DIVINE WHITE), so some of the blueish colors would probably look better against a crisp, white trim.

Colors look different at different times of the day.  The three pictures below were taken in the afternoon. 




Then, I went back for three more.  These pictures were taken in the evening.

COMFORT GREY - hard to tell in the picture, but this is a pretty pale olive/greenish color.  It's a contender.  I looks good as you peek though to the breakfast room and see the drapes there.

SLOW GREEN - pretty white.

WATERSCAPE - too bright/aqua.


Now my walls are all crazy with these paint swatches everywhere!  I'm going to look again in the morning light- the last three swatches I photographed while still wet.  I don't want to do a bold, bright color in here because that wouldn't flow with the rest of the house, so I'm trying to find the best color that will brighten up the room, but still be soothing.  What do you think??

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals // Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

If you're looking to do some shopping this weekend, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open to the public from now until August 3 and features their best deals on all their Fall clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, and more.  I typically order online from Nordstrom because their site is so easy to shop and shipping and returns are free, but I went to the store yesterday because I wanted to try on their fall boots!  Having not been inside the store in awhile, I almost forgot how helpful and professional their salespeople are.  I remember that's one of the things I like best about shopping there.  Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale has great deals, but the prices go up on August 4.  I found two super cute pair of boots, and brought one home, but the other pair I had to order because they were out of my size in the color I wanted.
                          women's boots/shoes

The boots that made it home with me are the Vince Camuto Vala Bootie (a Nordstrom exclusive).  They look so good on because of the deeper cut on the side.  And they are a high heel, but not too high.  I'm sure these will get a lot of wear with jeans and skirts alike this Fall. 


Vince CAmuto Vala Bootie $89.90, $138.95

The pair I had to order are the Michael Kors Blake Mid-Calf Boot.  These will be my running-around-in flat boot this Fall.  They are the perfect mid-calf length for me!  I'm always a fan of the gorgeous brown color that Michael Kors uses for his shoes and bags. 



I saw some other great boots too, especially the Enzo Angiolini Eero leather boot in a black and tan combo.  So nice to have both colors in one boot.



I found a lot of other great deals too online, but I need to edit down my shopping cart! Pictured below are the things I'm leaning toward purchasing.

tops


Hinge Mixed Pattern Knit Sweater $44.90, $68 (also comes in a pretty soft blue)



scarves & accessories


Nordstrom Animalia Ripple Wool Scarf $38.90, $59 What a cool mix of prints.  This will add some interest to my mostly neutral wardrobe. 

Kendra Scott Elle Drop Earrings $33.90, $52 I already wear my Kendra Scott Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace all the time, so I think I'd get a lot of wear out of these earrings.



kid's shoes

For my son, I picked up the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Street OX in grey with yellow laces. They were originally $39.95, but I got them for $34.95.  He's 4 and wears a size 8 in these. They are so cute on him.  I know you aren't all boy moms, so I included some adorable girl's shoes for ya too! ;)



It's so hard to get a good photograph of a toddler; as soon as I turn the camera on mine, he starts doing this!


Have a great weekend!

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