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August 26, 2014

At the Auction: A Sneak Peek of Heritage Auction's September Event...

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There are few social events that compare to the specific feeling of a live auction. I love that sense of quiet anticipation and strained composure. Everyone jockeying for the same selected lots without trying to let on their eagerness to win. The events I have attended boasted magnificent jewels and antique Persian rugs, both rich in history and value.

When Heritage Auctions invited me to select ten lots from their upcoming Fine & Decorative Arts event happening in Dallas next month I eagerly accepted the challenge. One glance at the inventory for the auction won me over. As expected, my greatest challenge was limiting the list to only ten great finds. Régence-style mirrors, brilliant emerald and diamond necklaces and spectacular framed works of art from some of history's most noteworthy artists are just a few of the marvelous items that will go home to lucky bidders at September's auction.

Those of you not in the Dallas area will appreciate that Heritage boasts a robust online bidding process. In real-time you can compete by proxy with other collectors attending the event without missing a cue. Theoretically, you could sip bubbly from behind the wheel of your Riva Aquarama while acquiring a prized Louis XV gilt bronze figural clock via their flawless online bidding method. No need to sit with the masses at their Design District location. However... attending auctions in person is so much fun, isn't it? I think so. 

Here are just a few of the fabulous pieces I highlighted from the lots. First up, a pair (let that word sink in for a moment) of Régence-style gilt wall mirrors. These magnificent golden beauties are as fabulously ornate as you'd hope they would be. The idea of finding a perfectly matched set of this quality is remarkable. Their scale is equally impressive... a staggering 88 inches tall and 46" wide. These would be beautiful over a pair of demilunes flanking a fireplace or grand entryway. 

Perhaps it's my fascination with the Romans, but this figural of a Roman officer is impressive on many levels. The gilt bronze finish and marble base lend it the gravitas you'd expect from a sculpture of this nature. I envision this on a table in an executive's home library or in a modern loft owned by an erudite couple. It's a beautiful figural sculpture made even more appealing by the musculature of the horse and the presence of the officer's spear and shield. Just magnificent. 

Finally, a shimmering 23 carat emerald, diamond and white gold necklace. I don't know about your city, but Dallas is a town that needs no excuse to get dressed up for the evening. It is easy to imagine this making a spectacular gift for a lucky socialite craving a bit more sparkle on her neck. With over 100 full-cut diamonds surrounding those radiant emeralds, it's clear this piece of jewelry is ready to enjoy some time in the spotlight. 

These are just a few of my selections. Additional lots will be revealed in an upcoming post. I would love to extend an invitation for you to join me as I preview all of the lots for September's event. The live auction takes place September 13th beginning at 10am CST through September 14th in the Dallas Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street, Dallas, TX 75207. I will be attending the Reception Preview on Tuesday, September 9 at the same location. Please come out and join me as we peruse these lovely decorative objects and fine jewels. Perhaps you'll even be inspired to go home and bid on a few fabulous things. Happy auctioning! 

August 18, 2014

Happy Monday...

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Today really feels like Monday, doesn't it? I need an extra boost to propel me into the week today so I'm pulling out all the stops. Pink is always the cure, isn't it? A dash of sparkle, lots of gold accessories and of course the perfect pink mani. 

Monday Essentials

Essie Hi Maintenance // H&M Corsage Flower (similar) // Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet // Dresser top tray (similar & similar) J. Crew Bracelets (similar & similar) // Perfect Gold Hoops (similar)

August 13, 2014

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It starts with 100 year old olive trees and doesn't stop there. Restauranteur Lisa Vanderpump's newest venue made it's online debut via Domaine. The interview of she and designer Jeff Lewis is as much about their witty repartee as it is the incredible features of the space. Reclaimed wood from around the globe and Parisian artifacts warm up the space in Lisa's signature perfect patina.

“I wanted to make people feel like they’d been transported somewhere else, somewhere distant, and do something totally different than anything else in West Hollywood.”
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The patio, the restaurant, the entire presentation is beautiful. Plump pillows on elongated banquettes, white tablecloths, flowers on every available surface and those previously mentioned ancient olive trees. Yet what binds the space together is Lisa's warm vision for the potential of such an intoxicating environment. Lisa wants her guests to step in, feel transported to another place far, far away even if only for one evening. Perhaps they'll feel as though they've stepping into a romantic patio in Tuscany. IDesign has the power to do just that... to move you and whisk you away.

See the rest of this elegantly aged space on Domaine. And by the way, Jeff seemed to just be along for the stylish ride. According to him she makes every design decision herself. I don't doubt it at all. Her homes, her businesses... they all offer that special Vanderpump vibe which is every bit as enchanting as the grand dame of Beverly HIlls herself. 

August 09, 2014

Desktop Refresh: Upgraded Office Essentials with Feminine Appeal...

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Somewhere along the line we decided that desktop accents and accessories didn't have to be so cold and boring. Gone are the black staplers and oversized calendars. Now, options abound to keep your home or office desk looking chic and feminine.

Let's start with the petite powerhouse otherwise known as the espresso machine. Hello, pretty soft white Nespresso! This is their newest introduction and it can be found for as little as $99. Perfect for the java lover in your life (perhaps that's you!). When you're focused on your projects all day a nice little pick me up is a lovely thing, is it not?

While we're sipping, why sip from anything less than a leopard spotted gold rimmed cup and saucer? It is the sum total of those individual moments in life that comprise your life story. Make every delicious private moment count. Ralph Lauren's matching set does not disappoint. You'll feel every bit the sophisticated

Try as we might to be tidy, we all need a place to corral small objects. I suggest a chic tray that serves dozens of uses. This acrylic version via Tory Burch is every bit as functional as it is glamorous.

A small brass sculpture resting on a stack of chic books and smart gold-lined correspondence cards set the tone. This is your professional oasis. This is your daydreaming, plan making, life's work achieving nook. Your chic little perch is a spot for knocking out killer work for clients (or perhaps just filling out thank you notes) without ever forgetting you're fully and fabulously feminine.

THE GIRLY GOODS

Nespresso Inissia Stand Alone Espresso Machine // Ralph Lauren Hutchinson Cup & Saucer //  Tory Burch Lucite Desk Tray // Trefoil Knot Sculpture // Giambattista Valli Book // Kate Spade Correspondence Cards

Brand Watch: Aesthetic Content...

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There must be something in the Dallas water, as we are birthing new businesses every day. Our interior design community is massive and growing. Our boutiques are bursting forth with amazing design products. There are entire furniture and home interior lines built and born here. Dallas is truly an amazing place to be right now.

Aesthetic Content reached out to say hello, They are new lifestyle brand offering lighting, textiles candles and tabletop accessories for those whose tastes lean towards the sleek and modern. The clean appeal of these pretty wares is obvious, but I love their commitment to the artisan community at large. Lighting and fabrics will be online soon, but for now they are winning over my fellow Texans with their streamlined aesthetic and unexpected materials (cork, for example, is prominently featured in their tabletop wares).

Their finely fragranced soy-blend candles are popping up in chic boutiques all over town. These unique creations feature lead-free cotton wicks and use essential oils as to achieve their distinctive combination of scents. They were kind enough to send me two to try and I was obsessed with lighting them first thing each day. These are not your ordinary frangrance combos. Grapefruit & Prosecco, Red Cedar & Vetiver, Ripe Pear & Jasmine Blossom... wowza. Exotic blends in unexpected combinations that were much more complex than the average candle. 

One thing I adore about my southern city is that Dallas LOVES to see its own succeed. Their list of Dallas stockists continues to grow and you can follow them on instagram for the latest updates. 

Weekend Hair Inspiration: Low Side Pony...

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Saturdays are fuss-free and effortless... right? In theory. I've discovered that my weekend 'do is shifting to a pretty little low slung side pony lately. And you know what? I love it. A burst of bangs swept to the side, loose waves and a bump at the crown are all that you need to keep this easy style looking better as the day goes on.

You only need three things: a blow dryer & a round brush (for adding volume at thr crown and styling those bangs) and then a medium hold hair spray. That's it. Let yesterday's waves be the star of the show and don't over style this look. Use a good quality elastic to hold the pony, adjust to emphasize the volume at the crown. Boom! You're looking fabulous and off on your day. What better way to rock second day hair?

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Buttercup Blow Dryer // Money Maker Medium Hold Hairspray // Round Brush

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It's been interesting to observe the evolution of the traditional business card. The rise of the creative class and the growth entrepreneurial movement has been a boon to this time-tested method of professional introduction. Concepts have vastly improved and diversified, but it's the quality of production that I most value. After all, a brilliant idea poorly executed is a disappointment to all parties involved. And business cards are often the first line of defense in the "first impressions" battle. 

Whether it be for business cards or other print needs, the printing company itself has long been the Achilles heel of graphic design. Moo has certainly stepped in to fill a void for the masses, but I admit to still needing a local printer for many of my professional needs. 

What's my sticking point? Paper. I want accurate color matching and smudge-free designs, of course, but I'm a true paper snob. Cards need to be be substantial and impressive to the touch. Embossed cards should have a sensual quality to them. And please don't engage me in a discussion about the virtues of matte versus gloss. No aqueous coating desired, thank you very much. 

As if descended from the heavens, Signazon recently reached out to me recently to offer me a free test run of cards to demonstrate their (are you ready for this?) triple thick luxury cards. Triple? I've demanded double thickness for as long as I've had my own cards, so triple layer cards on demand sounded like a graphic designer's dream.  

As it turned out, a girlfriend's husband needed cards so I was able to facilitate a needs match between the two businesses. The cards? Lustrous. Perfectly printed and thick, thick, thick. As a man appreciated the impressive weight and impressive stiffness of the cards.

Business cards this substantial are project winners, I assure you. No one forgets a high quality card when they are handed one. It's a small touch, but a key touchpoint in the mind of the potential client. These cards even boasted a contrasting layer in between front and back added that extra visual "pop" that all new businesses need. Memorable. 

Why am I telling you about a Dallas printer? Because they are a national brand with online ordering, so you can whip up these triple thick beauties from anywhere in the country. If you find yourself needed premium professional branding (and we all do), the Tri Luxe cards do not disappoint, these luxurious cards are exactly what a mover and shaker like you deserves. Love placing your orders in person?, you real peeps of NJ have a location near you too. Happy printing, everyone!

August 08, 2014

Blown Away...

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Monday morning I had the pleasure of hosting a stylist from Blownaway App who arrived ready to whip my tresses into tip top shape. Like other blowout services, Blownaway offers no cuts, no colors, no trims. Using the app you book an appointment and viola! an uber talented pro arrives at your doorstep ready to turn your freshly washed locks into a Botticelli-worthy mane.

There's nothing complicated about this incredible concierge service whatsoever. Download the app, choose your style, your date and time and you're all set. Boom! At $55 the pricing is no different than other in-salon blowout services. My stylist Samantha was fun, incredibly talented and obviously loved her role in this rapidly growing mobile glamming empire. And... she came to me. 

Prior to her arrival I washed & conditioned my hair. In no time, Samantha had my hair smoothly blown into supermodel shape. From there she transformed those sleek strands into cascading loose curls worthy of a magazine spread. Hello, gorgeous! 

Blowouts done well last for days and this one exceeded any expectations I had. Those beachy curls lasted for several days and I was able to rock a very pretty low side pony on Wednesday with the remaining waves that was perfectly tousled. There's no question I'll be booking Blownaway appointments for myself to keep up this good hair affair. 

Obviously this service is perfectly in line for our present love affair with on-demand services. Photo shoots, events, and just looking fab on the regular are all great reasons to book a blowout. A girl just needs a little boost sometimes, you know? And frankly, it gets more and more difficult to get out to the salon for pampering. To say I felt fabulous was an understatement and of course the in-home aspect makes this a no brainer. It was a reminder of just how important it is to treat yourself to quality services, especially when the price point is in line with competitor pricing. 

While I harbor no grand illusions that I'll be able to mimic Samantha's red carpet ready look, I do pride myself on daily effort with my 'do. Here are a few of my tools of choice for fixing the mane between those oh-so-essential Blownaway App pampering sessions:

WEAPONS OF CHOICE

Bumble & Bumble Super Rich Conditioner // Bumble & Bumble Gentle Conditioner  // Hot Toddy Heat Protector // Buttercup Blow Dryer // Round Brush // 3 Day Bender Ceramic Curling Iron // Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray // Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse // Morning After Shower Cap

Fall Focus...

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Sometimes a girl wants glamour, sometimes a girl just needs gear and gadgets. Sliding into fall my non-fashion wants are quite simple. I'm going to stare at that mobile device far less, teaching my aspiring photog about composition & light and whipping up fresh chimichurri at every opportunity.

The gear I need is reasonably priced, cute as can be and doesn't require much space. Why the pretty new iPhone case if I'll be using it less? Frankly, this one is even lovelier when the face is pointed straight down. I'll consider this my high-tech paperweight. After all, tortoise shell looks great with every decor and is trending for fall.

MUST HAVE GADGETS

J. Crew Tortoiseshell iPhone 5 Case // FujiFilm Instamax 8 // Cuisinart 4-Cup Die-Cast Food Processor

August 07, 2014

Weekender: What to Pack for a Quick Getaway...

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Finally... an escape from the city. What to pack for a short trip out of town? A maxi, simple (yet glam) gold thong sandals and just a few pretty essentials. Overpacking is so uncool. Here's what to bring for a quick getaway.

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Melissa Odabash Metallic Straw Hat // Clarins SPF 50 for the face // Tom Ford Oversized Sunglasses // Splendid White Maxi // Hammered Gold Earrings // Thora Gold Logo Thong // Givenchy Gold Shopper // Aerin Beauty Essentials // Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Update: Terri McGhee Collection Art...

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Do you recall my earlier post about my very talented artist neighbor? Well, her amazing abstract paintings are now officially for sale through the prestigious Saatchi online gallery. There you can choose from a few of her originals (hello, original paintings on stretched canvas!) or opt framed reproductions.  

If you could see these magnificent pieces in person you'd be so impressed by her texture and depth. These are not your ordinary abstracts. Terri applies dozens and dozens of layers of paint and other materials over a period of time to achieve a dimensional painting with fascinating subtleties to be seen and appreciated throughout the work. They are absolutely captivating. 

I find myself drawn to her blue and aquamarine pieces the most, but all of them are spectacular. If you're in the Dallas area, she also shows her work at Frisco Mercantile in Suite #914. There you'll find originals and framed giclee on canvas works of art available for purchase. 

Terri is an absolute doll and I know all of you have a fondness for art and artists. If you've ever created original art you know what it feels like to "put yourself out there" for the world to see. Terri is an incredible individual who has lived a very interesting life. 

Here's a bit more about her background and her artistic approach: 

Terri McGhee is a lifelong artist with a personal story as richly layered as her magnificent acrylic paintings. She graduated high school early to attend Bauder Fashion College in Miami. There, she earned a degree in fashion merchandising while also building a career as a model for legendary designer Christian Dior. Discovering she loved the limelight, Terri later enjoyed success as a performing artist singing solo concerts across the US.

Today, she celebrates her love of beautiful things through contemporary abstract paintings. Her goal as an artist is to inspire others to have an emotional response to her pieces. Art should speak to the viewer and perhaps trigger a memory of an occasion or spark inspiration in some way. Through her work as a contemporary abstract artist, Terri continues to bring people joy and express herself creatively.

erri and her husband live in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. They are proud parents to two successful sons and an adorable pup named Buffy.

Each piece is unique, as it is an extension of Terri's feelings, mood and inspiration during the period in which it was created. Paintings vary greatly in color, scale and style in addition to an uncommon range of materials and techniques used in the creation of each painting.

One common thread that connects all of her painted works is her unique layering process. These are not simple designs that cover the canvas with a thin layer of random strokes. Each painting is the result of Terri's focus on developing texture, depth and a complex visual story. It is through this layering process, Terri believes, that her emotions are conveyed to the viewer and the art itself truly comes to life.

I encourage you to check out her site and her online gallery at Saatchi. Have a lovely day! 

August 06, 2014

Tory Burch's Colorful Corporate Aerie...

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Note to self: build a wildly successful global lifestyle brand, design my corporate offices to look surprisingly cozy & residential and display an oversized brass version of my iconic logo on a mirrored wall. Those perhaps were once the subconscious goals of fashion mogul Tory Burch... now they are her reality. I suspect these photos via Arch Digest will be on every style blog from here to St. Petersburg, but that aquamarine velvet deserves to be seen and seen again. 

What can I say about this incredible Daniel Romualdez designed space? It is warm and deeply personal, going so far as to hold a vintage edition of a prized childhood book The Little Prince on display. Tory's taste is completely traditional, yet somehow fresh thanks to the undeniable Palm Beach influence. I love that she sidesteps the predictable sleek Manhattan corporate glass-walled complex in favor a sunny space bathed in soft floor to ceiling drapery panels and fabulous furniture (I'm talking to you, velvet covered Louis XVI sidechairs!) that any interior design lover would covet. 

Strategic planning sessions are likely much more pleasant beneath a wall of sunburst mirrors. But lest you think looks are all that matter within those paneled walls, trust that a greater purpose is at work. Design elements and the floor plan were carefully designed to enhance positive Feng Shui. Keeping the flow of good energy and success directed into the office rather than out is the name of the game. Say what you will about the ancient practice, but if Ms. Burch's unstoppable rise to the top is any indication, I'd say we could all use a bit more good chi in our lives. 

See the full tour here

The Hilfigers Get Groovy in Miami...

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It takes a certain client to encourage Martyn Lawrence Bullard to unleash his "groovy" side within your waterfront Miami residence. Tommy and Dee Hilfiger not only let the celebrity designer wild with his retro-sexy vibe, they tasked him with taking it further. It is Miami, after all, and there's no such thing as over the top in this vibrant city. 

The result? An unexpectedly modern look that is far less shagadelic than one might have imagined. Bullard incorporates some of the best of 60's and 70's vintage Italian design to lend a visible nod to the past while still being unabashedly "now" in concept. 

No question this look is far too geometric and bold for my taste, but I relish having this behind the scenes look at how a master designer brings his client's vision to life. The Hilfiers' pad is a living art gallery with sweeping views of the water and sleek furnishings abounding with chrome. Black and white may be heavy hitters in this space, but there's no question they all harbor a deep love of color and bold flourishes.

See the entire project at Arch Digest, and be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes video.

August 04, 2014

The $100 Challenge: Luxe Treasure Hunting at ThredUP...

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ThredUP recently extended me a challenge: What could I score for less than $100 at their recommerce site? Is it possible to stock up on back-to-school supplies and still score a little luxe for myself in the process? Amazingly, it is. 

As you may know, I've been doing a massive closet edit. To do so I'm using a combination of Tradesy and Threadflip. For some reason I has ruled out ThredUP thinking they didn't offer designer brands. Wow, was I wrong. Their X-Collection is the answer to every fashion want a girl could have. Valentino, Prada, Tibi, Theory... the lines you want are all there and all at incredible prices. And lest you toss your hair over your shoulder thinking it is akin to trolling a thrift shop, let me share a secret... they have tons of "New with Tags" merchandise to choose from. 

Did I accept the one hundred dollar challenge? After evaluating the site and realizing my preconceptions were wrong, you bet I did. ThredUP is a much more luxe experience than I ever could have guessed. The most difficult part of the process was choosing amongst so many designer options. Should I focus on children's apparel or plunder that delicious upscale X-Collection boutique? Hmmm... decisions, decisions. In the end I opted for dance supplies for the girls (ThredUP has tons of brand new Bloch shoes & apparel for my dance moms out there) and a very chic Trina Turk chiffon leopard blouse for moi. $100. All new. All fabulous. All delivered in less than a week. 

The X-Collection part of the site cannot be overlooked. There you will find every major designer you love. They curate it into terrific little boutiques for a great online experience. I really love the ability to search by "new", as it puts me at ease (not that there's anything wrong with investing in quality pre-owned goods!!) especially with precious items like tights and leotards. 

ThredUP really won me over with this exercise and my next bag of items to sell is going to be shipped out to them (via their fun little green polka dotted bag). They've won a new convert in this discriminating Venti Girl.  

I thought it might be fun is to share what I didn't buy that I spied in this yummy online clothing venue. Take a browse below at goodies I had to pass up for now. ALL of these are NEW and less than $100. Enjoy! 

FRANKI'S FAVORITE THREDUP FINDS

Archivast + Venti Cup: The Uptown Fashion Framed Art Giveaway

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Art. You can decorate your home to the hilt, but without art even the most lovely of spaces will feel cold and impersonal. Thankfully we seem to be in the midst of an era where art and all artistic endeavors are encouraged and celebrated. While you might be quick to think of new and emerging art, recent history is one of the most marvelous resources we possess for curating great works.

Archivast seeks to bring hidden or forgotten photographs back into the limelight. Their first curator, John Derian, has pulled together a remarkable collection of black and white photography that pays homage to New York City's marvelously rich cultural history. Some of the images date back to the early 1900's, others are from the more recent 1960's but are no less a romp through the city's vibrant past.

Archivast describes their vision and their goal:

In an accelerated world that is digitized, synthesized and increasingly disposable, we find extraordinary and engaging images, recognize their worth and give them the exposure they deserve. The world's archives have rich historical and contemporary photo collections, yet there are stunning images in these collections that never see the light of day and a great many are being discarded.
Over the years many newspapers threw away their glass negatives from the 1800s, perhaps some of the most beautiful and artistic in their archives. Stemming this loss motivates us - as our society becomes more and more digitized, Archivast will become a platform for discovering, saving and exhibiting the best of this photography and making it accessible to our customers and fans.

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I am so happy to announce that I'm partnering with Archivast to bring you an amazing giveaway. One lucky winner will win a framed Fashion Show for the Uptown Ladies photo from 1965. The image was captured during an afternoon fashion show in The Crystal Room of the legendary Sherry-Netherland hotel.

I chose this image because I absolutely love the subject matter. The model in the foreground hides behind a feathery masquerade mask as editors and members of high-society look on with awe and an air of absolute seriousness. There's an interesting tension there between the playful nature of the models and the grandeur of the ballroom and its seated occupants. It's such a brilliant random moment captured in a delicious photograph. I just love it!

How does a lucky reader like you win a fabulous framed work just like this one? Like so... 

1. Drop a comment below
2. Like the Archivast Facebook page
3. Sign up for Archivast newsletter (scroll down their home page & you'll see the signup form)

That's all there is to it.  

Bonus tip: If you share this giveaway on Facebook or twitter using hashtag #ventigiveaway you'll be entered AGAIN for an additional chance to win. (Those of you who score those extra credit points, please swing back by here to let me know!)

I'm really excited to be giving away such a phenomenal prize for you, dear readers! I LOVE art and I especially adore black and white photography. It brings me great joy to offer you the gift of such a lovely framed piece with such glamorous subject matter.

The lucky framed art winner will be chosen at random from all qualifying entries received by midnight EST August 17th. Comment below to get started! 

{All images the exclusive property of Archivast}

August 03, 2014

Spotted...

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Yes. Yes you can rock spots without looking like you're trying too hard. Here's how... Choose one amazing piece. For summer, pair it with white. The key is to keep it simple and let the spots themselves be the statement. It's been a long, hot summer and I've had my ocelot wares tucked away... but as fall approaches I'm warming to it again. Below are a few of my favorite pieces.

SHOP THE SPOTS

Charlotte Olympia Clutch // Macayla Curule // Matthew Williamson Bikini // Leopard Shorts // Cavalli Panther Bracelet // Tory Burch Reva Scarf

August 01, 2014

Follow me...

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Are we connected on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter? If not, you're missing pretty little moments of my daily life like this one. I'm easy to find on all of them. Just look up @frankidurbin and let's connect. Don't be shy, I'd love to get to know you better.  See you elsewhere, loves! xoxo

Boldness in Softness...

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I don't know about you, but I'm craving unapologetically girly things these days. Floral fragrances, delicate rose bouquets on my tables, rings on my fingers and soft, flowing curls in my hair. Perhaps it's a result of this gender-neutral fashion we've been sold lately, but right now i'm all about ruffles and dresses and heels. Girly things. It just feels "right" at the moment.

What about you? Are you feeling feminine and frilly? Is it just the end of summer mood that ushers us into fall? Perhaps. But I suspect it's something more than that.

I think a return to "pretty" is just what we need right now - in our closets and our lives. Ladylike behavior and girly glamour is actually quote bold. There's a power and a confidence that comes from dressing like a woman and embracing (fully embracing) your female side. I ask this: Are you bold enough to be soft?

SHOP THE POST
Flowerbomb Body Cream (my new obsession!) // Lace Hipster Briefs // Brian Atwood Jeweled Sandal // Lace Shift Dress // Coco Mademoiselle // Chain Link Bracelet // J. Crew Jeweled Necklace // Rockstud Heels in Poudre // Simone Perele Blush Seamless Bottoms // Chloe Satchel in Anemone Pink

...And Every Texan Girl Said, "Amen!"

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YSL studded western ankle boots. Yes. They exist. I don't see them yet online at NM, but they are on the YSL site. Hello, high heeled black cowgirl boot heaven. These are now at the very top of my "wanted" list. 

The Directed Mind...

Dreams

If ever a quote was apropos of my "moment" in life, this is it. Leave it to Ralph Waldo Emerson to craft such a meaningful passage of text. It is timelessly relevant to most everyone's life at all levels of success and maturity.

"Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams."

Amen to that. This is a skill so many need to master: directing your own thoughts and being in control of your focus. Yoga has certainly helped me in this area. Finding quiet time uninterrupted by external distractions is key. For you it might be a moment of quiet meditation, for me the sweat-inducing solo workout is my favorite method of getting my "mental center" back. With a busy life I relish those quiet early morning moments where I'm in full command of my time and my thoughts. 

My yoga practice not only gives my body a great workout, it sets my mind free. The solutions I've been seeking all bubble up and come into focus. The bits of worry or stress can be laid to rest and squelched. It's amazing, this mind-body connection. A good solid walk early in the morning and watching that special pinkish-orange glow in ths sky is another great way to clear my head and get on top of your thoughts. 

These are simple things, but for me they are essential. Carving out that dedicated time to regain perspective is key. Even better? Travel. Nothing truly puts daily life in perspective like phyiscal distance and a dramatic change of scenery. 

What about you? How do you get clarity and perspective? Are you a runner? A yogi? A weight lifter? 

 

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