Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday's Obsessions


I've decided to start a new series, "Wednesday's Obsessions" to talk about things that I am obsessing over but really aren't worth a whole post individually.  First up is Latisse.  My cousin, Dr. Sarah Jackson, an amazing Dermatologist in NOLA gave me Latisee to try as an alternative to false eyelashes.  I really want fuller looking eyelashes for the wedding, but every time that I tried false ones on, Seamus just looked at my face and said, "Something looks weird..." (not exactly the response that I am looking for when deciding on possible wedding day makeup!)  So, she gave me Latisse and my eyelashes are crazy long!  Every without mascara on they look super long.  Very obsessed.
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Obsession number two brings us to some Essie nail colors.  I know what you are thinking: these are the same colors.  Wrong!  When Sugar Daddy is layered on top of Spaghetti Strap, you end up with the most perfect shade of pale pink.  Not too bubble gum, nor too pale, nor to white.

Obsession three: MUDROOMS!  After a particularly wet weekend (Thanks Irene!) I feel like I have spent the last couple days cleaning up the muddy dog paw marks that appear every time that Bojangles goes out.  In my dream home I will have a mudroom where I can hose everyone (Bojangles and Seamus included!) down before they enter the pristine house.   (image 1 image 2 image 3)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Leave me a note

I have to admit, I have relied on my iPhone way more than I thought I would.  But I don't think I will ever give up making little lists and writing little notes on cute notepads.  Notepads are part of my stationary obsession and I am always looking for the perfect one for my to-do lists, grocery lists, notes to Seamus, etc.  There is nothing like crossing off an accomplished task, although when I do, it seems that 5 more things appear!  Here are some of my favorites- I think the elephant notepad by Boatman Geller will have to be my next one.  Enjoy!

elephant notepadGreek Key notepadSkull NotepadHydrangea Notepad
quatrefoil notepadkate spade notepadDabney Lee Notepadzebra Notepad

Monday, August 29, 2011

Yellow and Black


After such a dreary weekend on the East Coast, I thought it would be good to start of Monday morning with some cheerful images.  When I think of yellow and black the first thing that comes to my mind is Batman!  But these interiors have actually made the color combo work.  David Jiminez's Palm Beach home is so beautiful.  He managed to soften the otherwise harsh colors of yellow and black by using gray as the main color and and inserting pops of yellow and black to give it depth and dimension.  And those chairs!!! I love them!  Jenna Lyon's brownstone has been a perennial favorite on the blog world.  I love how her stuff comes together in such a haphazard way;  if someone told me that they were doing their living room with a chandelier, a zebra rug, a bright yellow sofa, and sheepskin throws, I would think that was the making of a hot mess.  But J. Crew creative director puts it together in a way that looks so layered and striking.  And last but not least is one of my favorites, the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs by Kelly Wearstler.  I love the look of this hotel room - it is so crisp and clean.  I love how the main focus of the room is the pair of chairs; the white walls, white bedding, white ceiling, all instantly draw your eyes to those killer chairs.  Happy Monday everyone! 

David JiminezJenna Lyons living roomHotel Viceroy

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fashion Friday


One of my best friends (and bridesmaids), Larissa, lives in New York and now that I am so close to her (2.5 hours by Amtrak!), I am finally paying her a visit in mid-October.   First order of business, after buying tickets of course, is what to wear??  Don't worry, after a whirl on the internet, I devised my packing (wish) list.  Happy weekend everyone!




Day 1: jeansbagsweaterearringsboots
Day 2: scarfnavy blazermulberry bag, sunglasses, jeansblouseboots
Day 3: sweaternecklaceshoe, jeanssunglassesbanana republic trenchmarc jacobs bag

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gone to the Dogs

Any couple who has combined stuff can tell you that some things just won't work in the new home.  And for us it was the typical issue of merging the bachelorette/bachelor pads into an aesthetically pleasing, cohesive home.  Out with my furniture that was a bit too feminine for his taste.  And for Seamus, it was time to get rid of the things I found too boyish, i.e. the camouflage dog bed.  So I think it's about time that we looked into getting Bojiggy something a little more stylish to sleep on!  Furbish Studios in Raleigh, NC has these incredible dog beds made out of some pretty drool-worthy fabrics.  I even spotted my favorite "Rio" fabric from China Seas on the order form.  Enjoy!


All dog bed pictures are from the Furbish Studio Blog, I Suwannee.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Purple & Green

My guest bedroom has been giving me a bit of trouble.  The main furniture in the room is a marble topped dresser with green accents and a white brass and iron bed.  I knew that I wanted this room to be a bit more playful but could not decide on the direction.  While talking with my mom she suggested Purple and Green.  No way!- I thought- that's one color short of Mardi Gras.  But after doing some research, I had to admit she was on to something.  The Rio fabric has been one of my favorites for some time and I love it with the periwinkle, as featured in House Beautiful.  I also love the more vibrant purple with the green "Nitik II" by China Seas in the room designed by Christina Murphy Interiors.  I'm sold, what about you???

room 1 room 2

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fashion Obsession:

The other day I had to go to Nordstrom to get some powder and while perusing the makeup, shoes, etc. I saw out of the corner of my eye the most perfect nude bag waiting to be purchased and brought to a nice home.  I don't know what my obsession is with nude bags lately but I can't shake it- I think they just pull an outfit together instantly.  It immediately softens an ensemble and makes it more ladylike- which I love!  The bag that I saw was Marc Jacobs- see above- and she was perfect: the strap length was perfect, the quilting was perfect- it reminded me of a pillow.  I thought I could convince Seamus to buy it for me as a present- it serves dual purposes!  A pillow and a purse!  However the whopping price tag snapped me out of that dream and I left Nordstom empty handed - except for the powder (but that's boring!).  So here are some gorgeous nude quilted bags so that you can join me in my obsession- Enjoy! 

Marc Jacobs Bag
Chanel Bag
Kate Spade Bag
Lanvin Bag

Monday, August 22, 2011

White Hot:

It's official: summer is almost over- Labor Day is two weeks from today.  And I for one am so excited to see summer go; I don't know if it was the cross country move in the peak of summer or the heat wave on the east coast (Baltimore reached an all time high one day!!!) but I am ready for some cooler temperatures.  So to help you fashionably bid adieu to summer, I have complied some of my favorite summer dresses (some of which are on sale!).  Enjoy!  Also, expect better blogs in the near-future; I downloaded photoshop elements but I am still trying to figure it out.
dress 1
dress 2
dress 3
dress 4
dress 5
dress 6
dress 7
dress 8

Friday, August 19, 2011

Get Excited!!!!

That's right!  That Ladurée truck is coming our way!  According to my new issue of Elle Decor, the famous Parisian confectioner is finally opening it's doors Stateside.  Maison Ladurée will open on August 26 at 864 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.  Little fact: When Seamus and I first started dating, I went to France for a Law School trip.  I wanted to bring him back some of the famed macarons as a sweet treat.  I had to wait outside in the freezing December weather for thirty minutes to get my hands on that beautiful pale green box.  Once I finally got back to New Orleans to give them to him, there were a couple missing- what can I say?  I have a sweet tooth!   So in honor of Ladurée and my love for macarons, I am going to attempt to make them this weekend with this recipe.   I will post pictures next week and here is a link to a You Tube "how to" if you would like to try them at home.  Happy weekend everyone!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

If your stationary could talk....

I have three guilty pleasures in my life: Fresh flowers (favorites include peonies, white oriental lilies and tulips), speciality grocery stores, and stationary.  According to Peggy Post, the great-granddaughter-in-law of Emily Post, "You can tell who someone is by their stationery -- it's really like someone's wardrobe."  So if your stationary were to talk what would it say about you?  Are you a sophisticate?  A fashionista?  A hipster?  Elegant? So I thought it would be fun to match up some of my favorites stationaries with a pair of shoes and a celebrity counterpart:

The Boss:  She is confident, assertive, and ambitious.  She can walk faster than you in these heels, so try to keep up.  Her stationary doesn't need her name on it because it's her trademark.  As soon as you open this letter with the John Derian lettering on the Dempsy & Carroll stationary, you know that it's from someone very important.  The celebrity counterpart: Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada.


The preppy housewife:  She is pretty, appropriate, and fun.  She is the hostess with the mostest, always waiting at the door to greet her guests with her signature Martini.  Never one to be out of control, she will slowly sip her drink all night.  She cooks in sparkly heels and responds, "What?  This old thing?" when you compliment her dress.  Her stationary is as preppy and adorable as she is - and don't be surprised if you find a thank you note in your mailbox before you even get home.  The celebrity counterpart: Charlotte from Sex and the City.



The Hipster:  She is trendy, independent, and eclectic.  She knows about all of the coolest music, underground bars, and new chefs way before anyone else.  She has perfected the look of not trying to hard.  She rides around town on her bike and looks forward to the farmers market every Sunday.  She loves to wear her Missoni flats with her boyfriend's jeans, rolled up with a perfect white v-neck shirt.  With her hair up in a messy bun and her tortoise rimmed glasses, she is undeniably chic and feminine without even trying.  The celebrity counterpart:  Summer from 500 Days of Summer

The Sophisticate:  She is elegant, graceful, and smart.  She speaks four different languages and has traveled all around the globe.  But you wouldn't know it from her humble nature.  She is kind and generous, basically the girl that we all want to be.  She can pull off a classically tailored outfit like no other but she also loves to let loose and has been know to close down a bar or two.  She wears the same heels as Kate Middleton but she knew about these shoes, "ages ago."  She is the perennial IT girl.  Her stationary is classic and crisp (Vera Wang of course) but with a twist- her grandmother would never combine orange and navy- Gasp!  The celebrity counterpart:  Marge in The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Flirt:  She is flirty (natch!), fashionable, and funny.  She is the girl at the bar who is always surrounded by a gaggle of guys.  Everyone wants to dress her, date her or be her.  She never takes herself too seriously which is evident in her choice of stationary.  While her friends chose flat white cards with a hint of personality, she abandoned the norm and chose the brightest stationary that she could find.  She is always ahead of the curve, especially in her geometric print Tory Burch heels- she was the muse for Tory Burch- didn't you know?  The celebrity counterpart: Serena from Gossip Girl.

The fashionista:  She is confident, well-dressed, and trendy.  She lives by the pages of Harpers Bazaar and thinks that Anna Wintour can do no wrong- it's serious business to look this good!  You will never see her sans make-up, she even wears these killer pink suede Louboutins to walk the dog!  She doesn't follow trends, she makes them!  Her friends always wonder in disbelief how she can be so fashionable all the time.  Pink is her favorite color- but not in a cheesy way- so she naturally would pick stationary like this.  With the pink chevron stripes and the orange, navy and pink color combo, she is way ahead of the stationary curve.  The celebrity counterpart: Olivia on The City.

I know which one I am, what about you?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dreaming of Fall

When Seamus told me that we were going to move to Baltimore, I was really excited for a change in weather.  He told me to get some snow stuff on sale so that I would have some warm jackets for the winter.  What he failed to mention was how hot the summers get here!  I hate to sweat and I don't like warm weather- no idea how I managed 11 years in Louisiana- but this summer was nothing like I was expecting!  The heat wave a couple of weeks ago was almost unbearable.  So, I am anxiously awaiting the fall; I grew up in North Carolina and it has always been my favorite season- leaves changing, drinking hot cider, sitting by a fire. So, hoping that mother nature is listening, I have come up with a wish list of fall clothes.  

Love the color of this DVF dress and this shirt would be perfect under a black blazer
J Crew dress- so chic
The best jeans ever for tucking into boots
                        I loved this J Crew coat from last season, I really hope they bring it back.

I love these Chloe boots (It's a wish list!)
These Loeffler Randall's are so classic
I love the idea of a trench coat on a crisp morning

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Here Goes!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog, Wife Life, where you will find daily musings about home decor, travel, fashion, and cooking.  We have recently moved 1,100 miles away from New Orleans to Baltimore where my soon-to-be hubby is doing his fellowship at Johns Hopkins.   I thought this would be a great creative outlet for me as I am getting settled into our new home, trying to find a job, and meeting new people.  I have enjoyed reading so many other people's blogs over the years, they have been a constant source of inspiration.  I look forward to sharing my Wife Life with you and I hope you find some inspiration in my blog!