La Cuisine des Martins

February 28th, 2011

This weekend while I was up in Danville, I got to see the most recent update on my parents’ house. The entire kitchen was completely remodeled and finally complete enough for my mom to decorate. My mom has always had an inherent knack for decorating, so I was not surprised that it looked great already. What I was surprised about is the way she took some great old items and featured them in the brand new kitchen.

This vintage milkshake maker, perched up on a shelf at eye level is a great whimsical focal point.

These green jars are a great accent with a bright pop of color. They would be cute to pull off the shelf and use as vases for some wildflowers as well!

This line-up of cookbooks is accented by these jars and scale. The colors of the cookbooks themselves are fantastic, but these little touches are what make the room complete. ♥

Bundle Up Beautifully

February 25th, 2011

As I think about heading home to Danville for the weekend, the weather forecast has put coats on my mind. The San Francisco Bay Area is looking at a possibility of snow! I have a few favorite coats of my own, but being the shopaholic that I am, I had to browse for something extra special. Here are a few of the coats that made the list and each one is so different. The red coat and beige ruffle coat are from one of my favorite sites, Etsy. The fact that they are created by budding designers makes them even more impressive. With as much as I despise the cold, I would gladly venture out into a blizzard if it meant I could rock one of these beauties. ♥



Anthropologie Love

February 24th, 2011

sweater: Anthropologie

leggings: Arden B, flats: Target, pearls: mom's

bag: Coach

With all the buzz about the new Anthropologie bridal line, BHLDN, I was in the mood to wear one of my favorite Anthro pieces. This precious sweater was given to me by my older sister, who happens to be even more obsessed with Anthropologie than I am. It is easy to fall in love with this sweater. The length is perfect for leggings, which I love, but would go with jeans as well. The ruffles are so romantic, and by piling on strands of pearls this intensifies the effect. It feels light and effortless because it is practically a one-piece outfit, but comes across extraordinary and whimsical. After taking a look at their current sweaters I am equally smitten with this petticoat style  and this ornate cardigan. Snag them before the weather changes and makes way for floaty spring dresses and cami’s. While you’re at it, feel free to spend some time lusting over the entire BHLDN site. You will walk away from your computer feeling as though you are in a fairy tale. ♥

Blush Tones and Steely Notes

February 23rd, 2011

top: J.Crew, jeans: Old navy, blazer: Nordstrom

This J.Crew tee is a favorite of mine. My mom, in true support of my fashion addiction, gave this to me for Christmas last year and little does she know it has been an inspiration for many outfits. This tee is begging to be styled, accessorized and just played with. It is so simply colored a light blush pink with 3/4 length sleeves and a slightly shimmery layer of tuxedo-style pleating down the center. It works under almost any type of jacket (blazer/jean/military) or with practically any style pant or skirt. Here I decided to play down the femininity of the pink hue by pairing it with an oversized blazer, faded slim cut jeans and my sky-high Pour La Victoire booties. ♥

bag: Just Fab


shoes: Pour La Victoire

Basso & Brooke Fall 2011 RTW

February 22nd, 2011

While reviewing the most recent lines to hit the runways of London Fashion Week, I came across Basso & Brooke’s Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection. The combination of very simple shapes with extremely detailed and colorful prints caught my attention. These pieces are absolute stunners! Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke create signature digital prints unlike any other and showcase them on perfectly constructed coats, maxi dresses and basic separates. Anyone lucky enough to snag one of these masterpieces would literally be a walking piece of art! Despite my previous post about adding jewelry every which way, these pieces are truly meant to stand alone, and do so in a major way. ♥


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