Winner: Rugs USA Giveaway

The winner of the giveaway
is #64:  Call Me Pretty 411

You will be contacted about how to obtain
your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated,
and to for the great giveaway.


Random Chanel Item

No. 25

What's the score this summer...


Wishing you every advantage this weekend!

Image via:  GoogleImages

Look + Listen

I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me...
She showed me her room, isn't it good, Norwegian wood?

Image via:  ElleDecor
Lyrics by The Beatles


Can't Get Enough: Mosaic Magic

When the possibilities are endless,
it really is magic!

Images via:  ElleDecor; Canadian House and Home; DecorPad; AnnSaks;
                     ApartmentTherapy; Remodelista; MosaicHouse


Summer Style Secrets: Little Blue Deer

For this week's summer style secrets segment, please welcome,

Shari has such great style,
she even created this amazing collage of
all her summer staples!

My Style Secrets that are featured are:
Suave Rosemary and Mint shampoo: I just can't get over this shampoo, it smells just like Aveda, and it's only about $2 a bottle!

LL Bean Boat n Tote: I LOVE my monogrammed Boat n Totes, they have been with me everywhere, from city to country, and trust me, you will never be embarrassed carrying a monogrammed Boat n Tote. They're a classic!

Eres bikini: I love Eres, their suits fit so beautifully, no weird lumps or bumps, they don't slip and slide, and their super chic designs are really unique. Definitely worth the investment.

Diptyque Ofresia perfume: This is my signature summer scent, it's a light and lovely floral that isn't too overpowering when it gets really hot.

Boyfriend shirt: I always wear an oversized men's button-down over my bikini when I'm going to or from the beach. It's a million times more sophisticated than fussy cover-ups, very preppy chic.

Spa water: This is my favorite summer drink! Fill a pitcher with purified water, slice up a cucumber and a lemon or two, throw in a few sprigs of rosemary and let steep in the refrigerator overnight. It's inexpensive, refreshing and all-natural!

Thank you to The Zhush for asking me to share my Summer Style Secrets! I think Sue is one of the most stylish women I know and definitely one of my favorite bloggers, so it is super flattering to be asked!
 Thanks again Shari!
I adore all your picks,
and your fabulous blog as well!


Rock Of Ages

Is it my imagination?
Or are rocking chairs from decades
past, appearing in all the chicest spots lately....

Images via:  ElleDecor;DesireToInspire;SkonaHem;ApartmentTherapy;Remodelista


Giveaway: Rugs USA

I'm so excited to host this fun giveaway with!

 Rugs USA has a fabulous selection of rugs, in all different styles.
Take a look at these gorgeous Flokati rugs they offer.

These are so similar to the ones I used throughout my
vacation home.

As you can see, I love layering smaller rugs
over broadloom carpet or larger rugs.
It creates such a warm, textured look.

Rugs USA offers so many options and choices
of rugs in all sizes and styles.
I think animal print rugs are another great way
to achieve a chic layered look.

This decor trend has so many options,
whether you layer with contemporary rugs,
or more traditional ones.

Which is why I am so happy to offer this beautiful rug
from to one lucky winner.

At only 2' by 3' it's small in size but large in style.
100% wool, hand tufted,
it would look amazing layered almost anywhere....
{or even on its own}

Just leave a comment below by midnight July 30, 2010,
and mention what room you would use this lovely rug in.

This giveaway,
which is valued at $71.20,
is only open to residents of the contiguous U.S.
and includes shipping.

A winner will be drawn by random
and announced on Saturday, July 31, 2010.

Good Luck!

Images via: RugsUSA, TheZhush, ElleDecor

Monday's Pop of Purple

purple packin' punch!

{thanks to Leigha of elle oh}


Sunday Style Obsession: Rainboots Gone Rogue

I want to know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin' down on a sunny day

~Creedence Clearwater Revival

1. Hunter, 2. Burberry, 3. Chloe, 4. Jimmy Choo for Hunter, 5. Marc Jacobs, 6. Kate Spade,
7. Hunter
Images via: Net a Porter;Bloomingdales


Random Chanel Item

No. 24

How you feelin'?
hot, hot, hot?

With record breaking temps across the globe this summer,
even my Chanel is melting!

Cool weekend wishes everyone!

Image via:  GoogleImages

Look + Listen

A foxtrot above my head
A sock hop beneath my bed
A disco ball is just hanging by a thread.

Image via:  Peppermint Bliss
Lyrics by Owl City


That, Not This

I recently spent an inordinate amount of time
on the Hermes website. Completely drawn to tassels,
I found myself contemplating THIS:

Carmen Key Holder
$200.00 @

Fortunately, a quick and curious Google search
led me to THAT, instead:

Two's Company Leather Tassel Key Chain
$11.00 @

For $189.00 less,
You can get with this,
or you can get with THAT,
I think you'll get with THAT,
cause, THAT is where it's AT!!!


Summer Style Secrets: Sogni e Sorrisi

This week's Summer Style Secrets are coming from up north
in Canada!  Welcome Connie from Sogni e Sorrisi!
Summer is here! Where I live that means beaches and pools, sunlight and patios, and the right products to beat the heat. Here are some of my preferred beauty items for the summer and beyond...

I have curly hair and it's a constant battle, especially in the warmer months. I've never gotten up the courage to try Japanese straightening or Brazilian Keratin treatments (I'm always worried about how my hair would grow out), but this DIY at home kit seemed like a safe alternative. It doesn't give you straight hair it just makes your hair shinier, softer and easier to straighten and manage. Really works well with my hair.

Fake it until you make it, right? These bronzing rocks are the perfect thing to use before or after you get a sun-kissed glow this summer (and if you prefer to stay out of the sun altogether they work just as well). The shimmer can be brushed on or the little rocks can be wielded like chalk and used on eyes, cheeks or lips.

This is a year-round thing. Love the way it prepares my face pre-makeup and I also like that it contains SPF. I'm absolutely terrible about putting on sunscreen so this is a good way to incorporate it into my routine.

I think a good exfoliator is a must-have, especially in the summer when you need to get rid of all the heat-induced grime caused by everything from sunscreen to perspiration. I like this one from Origins. It leaves me feeling all fresh and shiny.

I know I've talked about this stuff before, but I'm still excited about having discovered it. Before my manicures would last 2-3 days, max. I never wanted to get my fingernails painted when going away because I knew once the polish started to chip I would have to find someone wherever I was to fix it. No more. This gel is natural-looking and there are no files or drills, it just gets baked on your nail and lasts between 2-3 weeks. Even better? The product comes in a large variety of colours including my two fail safes Midnight in Moscow and Bubble Bath--and a new fave, You Don't Know Jacques!

I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone elses style secrets--and will be taking notes! Thanks so much to Sue for asking me to participate in this series and I hope you all enjoy the summer! xo Connie

These all look great...
Thanks Connie!

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