01 July 2015

Now Trending: The Updated Shirtdress

Does anyone remember the show Tim Gunn's Guide to Style? I loved that show, don't know why it didn't last longer! On every episode, Tim Gunn would share his short list of classic items every woman should have in her wardrobe, one being the classic shirtdress. That one always stuck out in my mind, because it's one thing on the list that's missing from my closet. With all of the fabulous shirtdress looks that have been popping up in my magazines and on my Pinterest feed lately, I think it's about time I break down and find the perfect one! Always a classic, but certainly trending right now, fun updates on the shirtdress, like drop waists, fresh fabrications, and oversized proportions, make the style feel so modern and chic, anything but frumpy! And one of my favorite parts is that it's the epitome of effortless chic-- throw one on with sandals and sunglasses and you're good to go for just about any summer occasion.

Shop my favorite shirtdresses below:

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26 June 2015

Friday Follow: @jessikaholiday

Instagram has become my absolute favorite social media platform. I glean so much inspiration from these little tile shaped glimpses into other people's lives. Whether a brief escape to a faraway place or an invitation into someone's beautiful home or garden, a quick scroll through so often feels like a breath of fresh air interrupting the daily grind. Since I always love finding new users to follow, I decided to start a new feature sharing some of my favorite accounts. 
(Heads up-- some serious insta-stalking ahead!)

After drooling over this feature in Lonny Magazine a couple years ago, I sought out the Instagram feed of Jessika Goranson, owner of darling boutique, Holiday in Beacon Hill, Boston. She is currently renovating the dreamy Concord, Massachusetts home she shares with her fiancĂ©, and every room looks straight out of a magazine! I would describe her style as "whimsical traditional," effortlessly combining antiques, animal prints, vintage art, and bold florals. Her knack for print mixing and enthusiastic use of wallpaper are two things I'd love to incorporate into our home. At least I'm already well on my way to matching her enviable collection of Staffordshire dogs!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!! And please share some of your favorite Instagram feeds in the comments! 

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23 June 2015

Rochas Resort 2016

The resort collection that Rochas presented earlier this month combines so many of my favorite things-- gingham, lace, oversized silhouettes, blush + mustard, the perfect little white dress, the perfect little black dress... If I could make a deal that would allow me to trade this collection for everything I have in my closet right now, I would agree to it without a moment of hesitation. Actually, is negotiating allowed? I'd like to keep my bags and my boyfriend jeans. Okay? Okay, deal!

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19 June 2015

Country Book Cottage of My Dreams

When Emma Burns, senior decorator at Sybil Colefax & John Fowler, relocated to a smaller house, she was presented with a lack of storage space for her treasured collection of books. Her solution? Obviously to convert an old barn, described by Burns as a "glorified garden shed," on her country property into a "book room." (A girl after my own heart!) Despite being drawn toward minimalism in my own life as of late, there will always be a part of me that dreams of a traditional English cottage, pleasantly stuffed to the brim with books, art, and knick knacks. The result of Ms. Burns' reimagined barn speaks to that part of my soul, a perfect fulfillment of my cluttered cottage dreams! 

The country retreat was enhanced with charming details like a fresh coat of exterior paint on the doors and shutters in Farrow & Ball's "Pigeon" gloss. Built-in bookcases on either side of the sitting room open to reveal a secret bathroom and small pantry. A study and a bedroom sit in the loft areas above the books, framed by beautifully aged and weathered ceiling beams. All of the furniture is recycled, the decor eclectic, adding to the impression that the cottage had always been there. One of my favorite details from the feature in House & Garden is Burns' anecdote of festive Christmas parties held in the tiny cottage, friends gathered around a giant Christmas tree. What I wouldn't give to experience one of those! 

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