It's no secret I'm a fan of mixing high and low....in weather and in fashion. Since my days of 60 degrees one day followed by 80 the next are over I'll have to keep a tight grip on the hi low that I do have control over....my wardrobe! Lately I cannot get enough of flannel shirts. In an effort to avoid the look of those Curt Kobain days I almost always mix them with a fancier shoe.
It's also not new news that I'm rather partial to pattern mixing. Did you know that you can easily mix plaids. Keep it in the same color family to be safe. Such an eclectic, chic and unexpected look that works SO well. I just adore it!
I have to admit that not having a home is really starting to get to me. I'm that gal that likes her stuff. A pretty little vignette sitting on the coffee table or the entry table makes me smile. I'm feeling utterly clostraphobic and bored with my current surroundings. Having never lived in temporary housing for such a long period of time, I didn't realize that I should have brought waaay more "stuff" than I did. We are renting all the large furniture items, brought a few small things and our bedding, towels, kitchen stuff but that's about it. I am DYING for my gallery wall, my little glass box of sequins sitting on the coffee table, A bookshelf full of of jewelry, Stacks of inspiring books all around. I never realized how much my surroundings effected my mood until now.
The house building process is moving along very nicely. Walls are being framed, windows are being framed. I kinda' love it. Once the roof is on I'm moving in! Until then I am stuck on polyvore (not that that's the worst place to be) dreaming up interiors and creating vignettes that would inspire me...if I had a coffee table to put them on.
If you are in need of a quick fall spruce up around the house....believe me, it will lift your mood.... you can dash on over to target and pick up a few things. Here are my top Target picks...
My absolute fave thing at Target (yes, really, probably in the WHOLE store...besides the mommy juice boxes) are MELT candles. I am the most picky candle person in the world. The girls get so annoyed with me because I won't let them have candles that I don't like the smell of...which is most candles...until we discovered MELT. A line of candles made specifically for Target by Nest Candle co. I die over these candles. Loving the new fall line...Spiced Pumpkin and Amaretto. My true fave is the French Tulip fragrance (and it's pink to boot!) but on a chilly, rainy, fall day nothing compares to the true smell of fall...Pumpkins and Amaretto, of course!
Fortunately for you ladies, I'm feeling particularly indecisive this morning.Since Tar-jay seems to have stepped their game up even further (did you know they could reach any higher?) and I'm loving some of their new fall pieces. I knew I wanted to feature a tip to toe Target look for today's post but there were so many great pieces that I just couldn't decide on which ones to style. Sooooo, today we're looking at two Friday Fancies....Casual Friday.
Look one strikes a balance of playful and professional with a classic white oxford, fitted jacket and high tops!! Studded high tops!!
I actually bought these a few weeks ago..they were on sale. i was really really indecisive as to if I should buy them for myself...or just for my almost 13 year old. In the end we both got a pair. She'll be wearing them more playfully, I'll be wearing them ONLY with a very structured blazer to add maturity to the look. Are there really pieces that are age apropo for both 13 year olds AND people ehem, three times their age?? Jury is still out but I've got a backbone to give it a whirl!
Options two is all about pattern mixing. A jacquard pencil skirt, a checked sweater and leopard boots dressed down with a denim shirt. Every single piece is from Target! Feel free to swing by on your way to work to grab a new outfit for today.... you know, if you are having a hard time deciding on what to wear to work.
One of the perks of moving to Ohio is that Mr. Suit and Tie no longer has a MASSIVE commute. He has gone from 3 hours a day in the car round trip to work to um, 30 minutes...and he doesn't even need to get on the freeway! Once our house is done, he'll even be able to work from home from time to time. He has one room in the house designated as his own...it's his office. All he has ask is "no pink, (he's VERY accepting of everything else I do in the house-- including his amethyst headboard!) something bold and comfortable..and masculine." It's a challenge for me! I know we want a large desk in there so that we can both work in there if necessary so I have been looking for a smaller dining table. Desks tend to be rather narrow and a dining table just seems to make more sense space wise. The front of the room will be a large custom bay window and the ceilings are 10 feet so it will be able to handle a pretty sizable piece. I have a few options that I'm looking at, this concrete one is at the top of the list for now.
It's pretty cold so I'll need to be careful with colors, rugs and other textures in the room and I'm working around my SoCal thrift shop score...that gorgeous vintage leather chair with nail heads.
So far I'm loving this look...we'll see what Mr. Suit and Tie has to say about it...I have a few more options up my sleeve, including a glass one with gold legs ;) Perfectly masculine don't you think??
With the amount of time I am spending on Houzz lately I am overflowing with interior inspiration so I figured it is time to share some of my favorites.
The Toronto home of Tim Lam is pure joy! The pattern play in his living room is perfection, don't you agree?
The way he mixes styles and colors in his dining room grounds the space and yet keeps it playful and full of personality at the same time....love that traditional bench tucked in under the console table.
I'm loving the huge floor mirror casually leaning against the dark wall, it is definitely something I'll be working into the decor of our new home. The rug is also TDF...and it's from IKEA! Although I just scoured their website and am not sure if it's still available. I'll have to check our local store and get back to ya'll on that. Doesn't the rug look amazing with the wallpaper...see it reflecting in the mirror? Makes my heart do a little dance.
Tim describes himself as a "design enthusiast, in love with design and decoration." It's very apparent in his home. He changes things up often so make sure you swing by his blog to check out his adventures in design as well as what is inspiring him lately.
Apparently it rains a lot here in Cincy....a lot. I'm ok with that, mostly because rain here means a pop up shower that last just an hour or two and then moves on. I'm good with a quick shower or fast moving thunderstorm. We had a storm two weeks ago that was SO loud and crazy, I was in complete awe. We walked into the grocery store with cloudy skies...but not black skies... and within the 20 minutes we were in there it just started throwing it down. So much so that a lot of people wouldn't leave the store, there were about 20 people just waiting in the lobby for it to slow down It didn't stop for a good 2 hours. Loudest thunder I have ever heard.We made Mr. Suit and Tie make a run for the car and then come pick us up under the overhang, the storm was so loud and crazy that it actually made us laugh! It was fantastic! Who knew weather could be so exciting? What's not exciting is that I don't own a rain coat! This SoCal gal is grossly ill prepared for this sort of weather!
I've been scouring the internets for some rain coat options...I don't love raincoats to be honest but i did find a few that I like. I love the army green Zara one..it has leather sleeves and a fur lined hood...What's not to love about THAT?? A classic trench is always in style and this one has a hood so I find it a bit more intriguing and different. The Dooney and Bourke bag is on my list...like at the top...I may even forgo a light fixture or two for it :) And those Union Jack Hunter boots....well, I'm a Brit....enough said!