Bloglovin' and never looked back. I've been meaning to do a post about this forever, but true to form, I'm here at the eleventh hour...anyway, if you're a procrastinator just like me, you have until the end of the day to move your feeds over from Google Reader. USA Today, does a much better job of explaining how than I could ever hope to and also breaks down the benefits of some additional newer alternatives, like Feedly, (which I'm hearing great things about). How do you keep up/subscribe to blogs? I'd love to hear about it in the comments as there are so many different ways to do so, these days!
Here's what I've been obsessing over lately...first and foremost, we just got a ton of great looking new jewelry up on the site, these earrings and this bracelet are so preppy/nautical/perfect for summer, I'm sporting them both right now. Be sure to head over to zhush.com and see what else is new (and don't forget to enter the zhush.com giveaway).
For frizzy/curly hair girls like me, the heat and humidity here in New York this week is no joke. I literally discovered Living Proof products in the nick of sticky weather time, this leave in conditioner really does what it says it will and helps keep the frizz factor down, way down, making it my new fave. Speaking of faves, just got a new lip gloss that I'm absolutely loving. Brilliant Gloss in Charm by Chantecaille ... it's the perfect summery pinky/beige/nude that I've been searching for (and it's available over on Net-a-Porter, who knew)?!
Finally, I've been a fan of Inslee Haynes Fashion Illustration for quite some time, so I'm super excited to see her fashionable notecards over at Shopbop! With two fashion loving daughters off at camp for the next couple of weeks, I can't wait to surprise them with some very special snail mail! That was an awful lot of exclamation points for one small post, what's got you throwing excessive punctuation around this week???
So many new and cool things have just gone up on the site! I'm so excited about each and every one of them, and most of all, so excited that we finally having a gift certificate option! Every week we've been adding things over at zhush.com, (like these fun monogram shades!) above are just a few of my current faves. As I hinted on instagram, tomorrow we'll be doing a chic little giveaway here, so be sure to check back. Also, click in on zhush.com often, as we'll be adding to the mix all summer long! P.S.~ Speaking of adding, I just recently had a Pinterest overlay added here on the blog...if you hover over an image, you should be easily able to pin it now! What can I say, it's the little details that always make me the happiest!
Today I'm sharing a great packing tip, just in time for any fun summer trips you might be taking. A friend of mine tipped me off to these clips, and now I do just like she does and keep them stashed in my luggage all the time, so that they're always with me when I travel. I no longer need to worry that I didn't bring the right bra to go with every summer tank top and sleeveless dress I own...as these clever clips can turn any regular bra into a racer back one. We haven't firmed up any real plans yet, but I'm hoping to get away on at least one spontaneous weekend trip this summer. Now that my clips are packed and ready to go, I'm contemplating these chic summery purchases (all well under $150.00!) to accompany them below...
Hamptons Cottages and Gardens so much less painful. Now on to the other 914 back issues weighing down my desk drawers, not to mention all the other things that I can't seem to easily find...
Ruthie Chapman Sommers Interior Design, featured in Veranda Magazine are helping to soothe my weary mood. There's something so fundamentally reassuring and uplifting in traditionally pretty spaces like these.
Today's the first day of summer! For someone like me, who LOVES summer, who basically lives for summer, this fact alone should make me very happy...but instead, for some weird reason, I'm feeling anxious. Like it's already all going too fast...which is crazy I know! But, instead of just going with the flow this year, all winter long I've been creating a huge "summer bucket list" for lack of a better term, for all the things I want to do and enjoy, and now that summer is finally here, I'm feeling like there just isn't enough time, and summer has only just started today!
Here's just a small sampling of all the things I want to do this summer: I want to focus more on exercise (and clearly I need these!) I want to catch up on all my reading, and finish the books I've already started (like this one!) take at least one weekend trip with Mr. Zhush, (it's not just an excuse to buy a new bag, it's not!) catch up with my friends over margaritas, (the best recipe is here) indulge in some "me" time (Sunday Funday is calling my name) enjoy some date nights with the hubs (preferably wearing my new favorite top)...the list goes on and on, this is just the tip of the summer list iceberg. Do you do this too? Please tell me you do!
For our vacation home, I want to go with a more modern vibe. I'm really into the look of this whole set, and, I can't get these stylish seats out of my mind as well. But right now, I'm laser focused on getting all three kids off to camp next week...after which, I plan on spending a lot more time right here...
Coming home after a week away is always a drag. The worst part is the giant pile of mail, mostly junk and always bills. However, this week's postal onslaught was made a whole lot sweeter by the arrival of this fabulous white cotton Henley from the thoughtful folks over at Stateside. I'm always a bit leery of accepting gifts as a blogger...but when the Stateside company mentioned that it was founded by Moises Emquies, the very same person that started up two of my all time favorite casual clothing lines: Ella Moss and Splendid...I knew immediately that I would love whatever they sent. This simple white tee did not disappoint, it's ultra soft and little details like the deconstructed cut on the sleeves and the shirttail hem (my favorite, as it's so flattering) make it feel a a bit more special than your average white tee. I've already worn this top once, and I'm looking forward to wearing it again soon, exactly the way I've shown here. No doubt this will be my go-to summer casual outfit!
I've been hunting around for inspiration for our back patio area in Florida. These images from Better Homes and Gardens, are a great starting point. Our home in New York has a traditional style back porch, complete with swing...it's one of my favorite spaces in the whole house, even though we only get to use it a few months out of the year. I'll try to snap some pics of this space and post them here this week. For our Florida home, I want to do something entirely different than New York, and because it's a vacation house, the outdoor furniture needs to be very low maintenance. All I need is that one image to get started, it might be as simple as the furniture layout, or in this case, the idea of using drapes or matchstick blinds as an added way of shading out some of that hot, southern Florida sun.
School's officially out for summer around here. Last week, we thought we would keep our three kids busy and possibly tire them out a bit with some tropical sun and surf by taking a quick trip down to Florida. Of course, my children have more energy than ever with all that fresh air. One cancelled flight odyssey back to New York, this past weekend, has left Mr. Zhush and I completely exhausted. I did manage to take a few pictures of the progress on our home, although truthfully not much was done this trip. While artwork and light fixtures still wait in boxes for installation, I'm happy that our new navy drapes with white Greek key trim (see below) were installed. This all white, extra tall room really needed some color and I think these new window treatments really helped to define the style of this space. Hopefully, the next time we head down, I'll have a lot more to show...I'm especially interested in tackling some of our outdoor spaces now, since that's really what a vacation home in Florida is all about.
Last weekend, I was able to sneak in a little rest and relaxation at the beach, and I'm hoping to repeat that same magic and escape to the sandy shores again tomorrow. In fact, my beach bag is already packed with my essentials...an easy read, (I'm only on page 10 of Revenge Wears Prada, but so far, not bad) some big stylish shades, a great sunscreen (obsessed with this stuff!) and some soft, bright towels. (Of course it helps if Mr. Zhush is willing to schlep a beach chair and an umbrella:)
my left coast envy. Viewing the laid back stylish "Golden State" interiors of Schulyer Sampterton have sent this envy straight into overdrive. My house, not to mention my life could use a big dose of laid-back-California-cool. I completely dig this whole vibe...(man).
SIMO design, that's exactly what comes to mind...
zhush.com purchases...LOVE! Even better, getting to see a full home tour. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I received these lovely images! How pretty is the Boston area home of up and coming interior designer, Paige Pettit? I sort of feel like I know Paige, even though we've never actually met. An early customer of zhush.com, Paige purchased her python tray from zhush...the very one styled so beautifully below. Since then, we've exchanged several emails through the years, and of course I love to follow Paige's beautiful style on instagram. You should too (PaigePettit11), she's "one to watch!"
Today is the last day of school for all three of my kids. I can not tell you how happy this makes me. I'm so over being the home work nag, the endless chauffeuring from sport to sport...and don't even get me started on major projects remembered in the very eleventh hour. This article in the Huffington Post really made me smile, it's so completely relatable! Which brings me to today's post and how utterly grateful I am for online shopping! For children, summer officially starts just as soon as school ends...and I'm now scrambling to get all three up to date on out grown swim suits, camp gear, pool toys , etc. I've already bought this adorable embellished top and these floral shorts for my daughter and with several summer parties on the horizon, the thought of dragging all three along on a beautiful summer day to try on party clothes just doesn't seem right. For the next few days I'll be happily crossing everyone's summer needs and a few wants, off my to do list...all right from home. Do you also shop this way for your family?
New Canaan Thrift Shop (rumored to be one of the best sources around for great little vintage finds) however, I came out empty handed. Inspired by Hillary Thomas, and her knack for styling beautiful vignettes using vintage pieces, I'm now thinking this summer will be the perfect time to put my popping tag skills to the test. Have any of you ever scored some really great finds this way?
I was all set to indulge in some sort of personal fashion want for myself (again) today, when I realized that Father's Day is only twelve short days away! I always like to pick out a nice gift for my kids to give my husband...and of course I have my own Dad and Father-in-law to shop for as well. Is it just me, or are men a bit hard to shop for? Here are some of my best ideas from gifts past (particularly partial to the father/son board shorts idea)...I'm hoping you'll share some of yours with me in the comments below...
Traci Rhoads Interiors, it was literally love at first sight. The blue and white focus completely drew me in and then once I spied the all white traditional kitchens with modern upgrades, clean and simple bathrooms, not to mention the chic wallpaper choices...well, it was like finding a design soul mate. Corny? Maybe. But, also kind of true!