I’m so loving the crop tops, airy knit sweaters, cut off jeans, lace tops, gypsy feeling clothing, florals, prints, boyfriend jeans, tanks and how everything is carelessly put together~it’s summer style on steroids! So gorg and beautiful, the mix of styles, colors and textures! So much inspiration to be worn and oh, so many fun places! Summer = a merge of all things carefree and great.
I do love attending charity events and recently attended the annual Wentworth by the Sea Crossroads gala. I don’t like keeping my look the same and enjoy experimenting with new hair and make up styles. My beaded dress felt appropriate for a Spring event by the water. It was on the shorter side, white and the beads are stitched in a slight chevron style. The shoes stood out and I wanted them to have that bootie feel. When I think of spring make up on my olive complexion I think of bright pink. My toes and fingers along with my lips were covered in a deep pink color. I layered on two long necklaces to give a flapper feel. My hair dresser felt that I needed some pretty bling in my hair, so we stuck with a silvery sparkly flower.
Dress by Parker, shoes by Guess, necklace by Chanel and hair by Salon Sabeha
I’m surprised at how much I am loving shorts in the evening. I find they can be so much fun and then if it gets cooler in the evening, add a shirt on top. The best way for my body type is to keep the shorts on the short side and wear a tank top and layer over~my body type broader shoulders, smaller chested, a bum, long legs and more on the slender side but I’ve had two children, so I do have extra to hide in the lower belly.
You can also pair with a jacket as I did in the second photo. The matching print top is a bit too much for my liking, but if it’s that fabulous, then go with it. Mix up your outfit with prints, textures, jewelry and color. Also make sure your legs are perfectly shaved, lotion applied and I even put a little oil on mine to add sheen.
Shorts by J. Crew
Lace blouse by Ralph Lauren
Tank from Target
Shorts by BASIX Black Label
Blazer by INC
Shoes by Vince Camuto
After 13 years, last March I decided it was time to revamp the living room! We were using our 13 year sofa that was all wrong. The rug is only 10 years old, but I was ready for a new style. Since my kids were babies I’ve used a round soft ottoman with tray on top, but now the kids are 6 and 9 time to have some sharp corners! Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.
Cover the sofa or buy a new one….we bought a new one!
Painted the wall a new lighter creamy color.
Cover the chair or buy a new one….new one of course!
Swapped out the rug for a new style. My old style was more traditional and now I like cozy mod.
Ditched the TV, stand and ottoman
I wanted a more neutral and cohesive look when you walked into my living room. The focal point is the fireplace and after I painted it, it felt so fresh and light and that’s when I made the decision to start “Project Living room”.
The old wall color was a brownish taupe that worked really well with gold tones. Painting the walls was my first change and I went for a creamy color. The color really lightened up the room and gave me room to play with the upholstery colors. Before I was really stuck with golden/taupe sofa.
Moving away from brown tones to cream tones gave me the freedom to switch to gray. I loved going for a deeper sofa color since all the walls went so much lighter.
You can also see my old oriental rug in photo above with my old chesterfield sofa. Below is my new chevron rug in gray and cream.
I ditched the soft round ottoman and added two square mirrored tables that I had from three years ago. I picked them up at Target for $35.00 each.
Before my sofa faced our fireplace but once I knew I was ready for a change, I wanted to have a chaise on my sofa and move it to the right of our fireplace. The antique brown cabinet stores my china, candles and various decor items.
I didn’t want to have the TV in a cabinet any longer, so I talked my husband into getting a flat screen and console.
I found this stunning mirror and silver Paltrow Console Table on Joss and Main for $450. This console not only matches my coffee tables, but my starburst mirror that is high above my fireplace.
Though the brown paisley chair was so cozy with the matching ottoman, it was worn out and ready for a new home. Our new chair is in a solid light gray. By keeping the sofa and chair print free, I had the freedom to go bold on the floor and will have fun with throw pillows and blankets.
My New Living Room!
I accessorize with antique, new and collectables. The mantel turned out far better than expected. Several items are one of a kind, from various trips my father in law took. The large jar is filled with beach finds than my boys search endlessly in the summer on several Maine beaches. The other two tables in the room are antique finds. The mirror and copper bowl of over sized grapes are also antiques from our family. I’m not afraid to repaint things as you can see from the items that are hung high over the mantel. I have several framed photographs and figurines that are put away or in other rooms, but if there’s anything I can’t say enough is ‘edit’ and ‘edit again’. Less is more and quality is always better.
When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade. When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art. There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.
Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry
Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs
Linen Napkins by Pillow Link
Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery
Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere