home. sweet. home.

ok little lovelies. 
i am just bursting with excitement.
i can finally scream it out loud to the world.

lovie & i are thrilled. blessed. grateful. over-the-moon happy. home owners.

there are hardly words to express my joy in closing on our very first home together.
a home that we will grow our sweet little family in. 
share holidays. build memories. and stir up an abundance of love.
all between these four {pretty} walls.

if you would just join me in my ebullient merriment...

and the best part of all.
we are surrounded by our fave people.
my parents one block to the south. lovie's parents one block to the north.
the sweetest of all blessings!

must say toodles.
we have a boast load of work to get started on.
{oh. and please excuse my iPhone photos. better ones will come}

praise the Lord for our sweet little lot of land.
a lot that stands as the foundation for whole  lot of
love. faith. & blessings.

calypso crush.

i am totally & absolutely crushing on the latest calypso st. barth looks.
they are the perfect transition outfits to wear during the end of summer & beginning of fall.
i simply love the colors. burnt orange. copper. rusty reds.
its almost as if you are staring at the sunset in the painted desert.

how utterly fantastic is this fringe skirt?!
i love how the rugged booties & the denim vest really give this skirt an urban vibe.

a go-to outfit.
skinny jeans. a perfect oversized blouse. leopard print flats.

i adore the color of these skinnies.
the perfect mid-season hue.
and that cardigan is just darling.

this is my all-time have.
a copper silk jumpsuit. mis-season perfection.
i could see this dressed up with heels & glam jewels.
or dresses down with a cardigan & messy bun.
either way. this is so styling. 

calypso. i adore your new get ups. 

bordeaux beauties.

if you are anything like me. 
you can hardly wait for the fall season to get here.
as much as we love summertime...
you know that fall always boasts the best fashions.
and anticipating the rich fall trends is just too much fun.

this year the runways are dripping with deep colors of bordeaux.
and i can already see the boutiques around town filling up with variations of this hue.
wine stained. oxblood. deep burgundy. beautiful bordeaux.
and. i. love. it.

gucci was especially love drunk on these gorgeous wine hues.
everything from their lips. to shoes. to handbags. to gowns.
every fall piece is so perfectly stained with this rich bordeaux color.

essie has a stunning nail polish for this fall trend.
bordeaux by essie.

i am loving this bordeaux clutch.
perfectly over-sized. perfectly structured. perfectly colored.

and wine stained lips are totally on trend this fall.
no need to worry about your glass {or two} of red leaving the proof on your lips.
this fall is all about the bordeaux pout. 

dkny sure knows street chic.
bordeaux & black is impossibly snazzy.
i love how this model is totally running wild with her burgundy.
the fur. the belt. the shoes. the continuity of color makes such a statement.

are you loving bordeaux beauties as much as i am?
how will you wear your wine stained hues this fall?

{images courtesy of gucci. dkny. style.com. essie. pinterest}


i spotted some awfully cute calf hair loafers.
black & white polka dotties a la the gap.

who knew the gap was so chic?!
must. get. a pair. 

black. white. & chic all over.

has there ever been a more dramatic combination than black & white?
i love the bold. high impact. that black & white creates.
especially when it comes to the interior of a home.

timeless interiors. dramatic accents. all black & white.
a glamorous look indeed. 

industrial shakes hands with glam.
a perfect relationship when it comes to interior design.

how striking is this entry way?
i love the boldness of the mantle & bookcase.
black accents. white walls. & deep mahogany woods.
so insanely beautiful.

again. i am loving the huge contrast between the blacks & whites.
a little greenery adds life to this bold room.

do you love this look as much as i do?!

{images courtesy of decorpad. unknown}

going for the gold.

seeing as how today kicks off the 2012 olympics.
i have totally got gold on my mind.
thought it was most appropriate that we celebrate
with nothing other than some glamorous golden goodness.

dying over this golden accent.
has there every been a more glamorous door knob?

love every bit of gold in this bedroom.
the golden wallpaper. golden night stand. golden lamp.
love it all.

there are hardly words to express my adoration for this.
this is golden perfection. times ten.

to have a wall lined with golden gilded mirrors
would certainly be a feast for the eyes.

to pour my coffee from a shiny golden french press?
oh, don't mind if i do.

and this most exquisite golden chair
is a necessity in every marble bathroom.

hello, golden velvet couch.
you belong in my future family room.
have you ever laid eyes on a more lovely couch?

i am absolutely going for the gold.
and i am certain it will dazzle the crowds.

{images courtesy of wit and design. pinterest. micheleverian. delight by design. house beautiful}

golden goodies.

it is no surprise that i am a golden girl.
i love everything gold & sparkly.
i stack on layers of gold jewels. 
& i adorn my house with golden accents.
i live for gold leaf pens & gold gilded furniture.
everything in my little life is just golden.

that is why i need these little pretties.
yes. i neeeeed them.

everything about this little get-up is perfect.
how terribly cute is this gold sequin cardigan?
i am proud to admit that i would wear this. like. everyday.
and this darling black & white peter pan collar dress is just the cutest.
it looks like the uniform for a c'est si bon girlie.

these kate spade shoes are a must have for this girl.
the black is suede. which would be so luxe for the fall & winter.
plus i just adore the gold bookends of this shoe. how chic.
i can honestly say that i would wear these with nearly every outfit in my closet.
wearing black & gold is a regular occurence during the cooler seasons.
so it seems only necessary that these shoesies find their way to me.

oh. how i love this glam necklace.
kate spade sure knows what she is doing.
i love how big & bold this piece is.
the perfect accoutrement to a simple jeans & tee kinda day.
so pretty, isn't she?

just a few must-haves to add to my ever growing list of lovelies.

{images courtesy of zara. kate spade}

olivia love.

has there ever been a more beautiful lady?
i mean honestly. olivia. you are timelessly. classically. glamorous. 

totally. utterly. & completely. loving these images. 
the colors are deeply rich. the designs are impossibly chic.

all of these outfits belong in my fall wardrobe.
especially that fur collared coat.
love. love. love.

{images courtesy of tattler russia}

carolina in my mind.

today. if only for the moment. in my mind i'm gone to carolina.
and anticipating this fall when my lovie & i will really be in carolina
my heart fills with an abundance of joy.

you see.
having gone to school in north carolina.
and my lovie's family being from north carolina.
a piece of our hearts will always be in that charming state.

whether at the outer banks. wandering the islands beside the wild horses.
 or tucked away in the mountains. hiking & biking through the scenic landscape.
there are few places more lovely than sweet, sweet north carolina.

in a few months my lovie & i are headed up to stay in the great smoky mountains.
we will be cozied up in this charming cabin overlooking the nantahala gorge.
how impossibly quaint & sweet is this cabin?

the perfect little getaway for my lovie & some of our dearest friends.
i can already see us spending hours exploring the mountains by day.
and then sitting around the campfire.
drinking spiked apple cider & roasting marshmallows by night.

we have just started to plan our little trip & are counting down the days months.
there are so many activities that we can hardly wait to take part in.
white water rafting. hiking. lake boating. fly fishing. mountain biking.
ahh how fun is this going to be?!

{not to mention. the local towns are sprinkled with fabulous antique shopping}

believe it or not. i have already started planning out my camping attire.
i am going for cabin-chic. woodsy-wowser. rustic-glam.

hello, mountain hideaway must-haves.
this is perfect for the days spent antiquing & wandering small towns.
love the layered chambray. sweater. & vest.
and how about those shoes?! 
love. love. love.

burnt orange pants? tartan button down? charcoal vest?
yes, please!

i have a feeling this will be my everyday hair-do for our cabin retreat.
a perfectly messy french braid. it just seems so terribly romantic.

i cannot wait to share our adventures with you.
i will be certain to take a ton of pictures of our great smoky mountain adventure.
if you are looking for a fall getaway. even just a long weekend vacay.
you should definitely look into staying at the nantahala overlook cabin.
it is so wonderfully charming.

{images courtesy of nantahala overlook cabin. rikshaw design} 

day date.

lovie & i have a day date today.
one of our all-time have things to do is have a day date on sunday afternoons.
just the two of us. just lazy enjoyment. just pure loveliness.

a bike with a basket of books & wildflowers.
the makings of a most wonderful sunday afternoon.

creamy lattes are worth savoring during a day date.

and skimming through the pages of hemingway & fitzgerald
is always a way to enjoy a lazy sunday.

today you can find us riding our bikes through neighborhood streets.
sitting park side with his nose in a book & me flipping the pages of my bible.
sipping on ice cold lattes with extra cream & cinnamon. 

life is sweet.
and even sweeter with my sweetie by my side.

{images not sourced. found on pinterest}

a neutral palette.

with the new house search going full steam ahead.
i have been feeding my imagination with all sorts of decorating ideas. 
ideas of an elegant great room & a comfortable family room.
ideas of an amazing kitchen & a swoon-worthy bedroom.
ideas of a home with style that flows from one room to the next.
perfectly coordinated. perfectly styled. perfectly neutral.

lately i have been loving restoration hardwares decor.
i love the neutral color palette with a little bit of rich brown sprinkled in.
colors that are wonderfully creamy. full of warmth & depth.

this. great. room. is. perfect.
the mix of traditional design & distressed accents is to die for.
i especially love the tufted chairs & their deconstructed exteriors.
i am really digging the neutral palette here. 

there are so many elements of style in this great room.
first & foremost. that coffee table belongs in our future home. 
actually. scratch that. 
i think two of those babies side by side belong in our future home.

this chandelier is unbelievably amazing. 
the pair of standing floor lamps are gorgeous.
& the mirrored layout is simply stunning.

be still my heart.
being a girl who loved to host dinner parties & entertain...
a great dining room is essential to a great home.
please look at the legs of this table.
not to mention the chairs pair so beautifully.
there are hardly words to express my love for this room.
and while i am not much of an antler girl. i kinda dig it here.

again. a most lovely dining room.
this round table is beyond amazing.
and while i am likely to buy a table that seats more people.
i would love to have this great round table, too.

i especially love the natural wood pieces here.
over the years, i have collected a huge amount of lovely white pieces 
that would show so beautifully in a display like these.

don't even get me going on that pendant. 
oh, how i love thee.

i love the traditional feel of this bedroom.
the chandelier & gold frames add a bit of glamour. 
while the symmetry boasts old georgian style.
true design perfection.

i can hardly wait to get in a new home & get my style on.
thankfully, much of what lovie & i already have 
lends itself perfectly to create this kind of neutral palette in our future home.

lets just call it.
traditional. meets rustic. shakes hands with french colonial. says hello to elegant glam.

{images courtesy of restoration hardware}

black & tan.

i am a huge lover of a black & tan ensemble.
something about this combo is so chic. so timeless.

i have decided that this fall i will build my wardrobe around black & tan.
buying staple pieces & accessories of the same colors 
makes for easy & effortless outfit planning.
every piece works with one another so seamlessly.
ensuring that everyday provides a head-to-toe-coordinated outfit. 

this little prada number is to die for.

talk about street chic.
i am swooning over this get up.

who knew simple style could by so classically chic?
add an oversized gold cuff like this for an instant glam upgrade.

love. love. love this.
black skinnies. black tee. & tan vest.
so chic.

i am thinking about grabbing these kate spade shoes
to kick off my black & tan wardrobe.

picking up a key piece like this will provide endless outfit options.
pairing these kicks with black skinnies & a black blouse
is just one effortless outfit that everyone already has.

so, find a few signature pieces to add to your wardrobe.
then work with what you {most likely} already have hanging in your closet.
black skinnies. tan or camel skinnies. an assortment of black tees. blouses. sweaters.

and then the rest should just be killer accent pieces.
a great camel belt. a black & tan printed scarf. 
gold accessories to boot. chic shoes. 
a classic black handbag. oversized round tortoise shell sunnies. 
let these pieces define your personal style.

a black & tan fall wardrobe is a sure way to look street chic everyday.

{images courtesy of vogue. prada. pinterest. fashioncross. chiclittleblog}

brocade brilliance.

i am totally drooling over this hot fall trend.
brocade pants, anyone?

how utterly amazing are those babies?
i love everything about them. 
the print. the color. the lines.
these are the epitome of brocade brilliance.

what floral pants were to this past spring season.
brocade pants will do exponentially so this upcoming fall.
they are storming the runways. boutiques. & fashion sites.
they are popping up on the glossy pages of the latest fashion mags.
and they most certainly will be found hanging in my teeny closet.

all styles. all colors. all designs.
come one. come all.

loving the metallic brocade.
autumnal amazement.
skinny brocade pants. furry vest. chic to boot.

oh. my. goodness.
love this casual street chic look.
leopard print shoes & contrasting brocade pants.
add a trench & a structured bag for instant sophistication. 

these rochas brocade pants are on my latest wishlist.
i can see these fancy pants paired with a deep berry colored cable knit sweater.
the perfect combination. fall perfection. 

tell me, do you love the brocade trend as much as i do?

{images courtesy of vogue.com. pinterest. j.mendel}

always in style.

a photobooth smile is always in style.

just ask jackie & jfk.
classically beautiful people.
the photobooth certainly does them well. 
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