Monday, February 28, 2011

Weekend Barn Crawln'

Sorry for the technical difficulties this morning. Probably entirely due to the third glass of champagne at the Oscars gala last night. But its worth the wait because I'm super excited to show you some great shots from this weekend. On Saturday, I traded in bar crawls for a Barn Crawl in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of DC. Barnsales (think pop up antique/flea market in a barn) are a new discover to me, but I'm instantly addicted. Check before you go because they're only open selected weekends/times. It just so happened that this weekend, local area barns teamed up to all open for the same weekend. And thus a barn crawlin' we went.

First stop: The Barn Show
Fashioned in a cool looking horse barn (lucky for me no horses) they had a mix of old an new
A daily reminder you are fabulous

I basically got on the floor and hugged this chest goodbye because I was so devastated to leave it behind. Someone please buy it and invite me over for playdates.
Chalkboard mirror are a barn sale staple I discovered.
This vintage highchair was in such good condition and just needed a fresh coat of paint. No pooh bear here.
Stockin' up
This vintage postcard holder would make a fantastic picture display

Next up was Chartreuse & Co. which is actually a collection of 3 barns all on the same property. I could basically die and go to heaven and heaven would look exactly like this.
The first 2 barns are salvaged and not-refinished pieces for AMAZING prices. I saw chairs for $7, old doors for $12. All need work, but great finds. The largest barn is a combination of refurbished pieces and new pieces.
This old typewriter was in nearly mint condition and oh so, so cool.
I loved the detailed backs on this set of chairs. Sadly, they were already in someone else's sold pile.
This secretary haunts my dreams with its amazingness. Priced under $100, I'm kicking myself for not scooping it up. I would swap out those red pulls for some brushed gold and stock it to the brim with fantastic stationary.
Nobs and pull and hooks galore.
A great find for the budding starlet in your life.
Re-purposed into some fabulous picture holders these reminded me of elementary school math gear.
My new life motto:
Almost as cool as the green chest at the last barn, these individual baskets would be storage saviors in a loft.
My backup motto: For all the times I'm trying to justify 12 teacups to myself.
I found this fabulous fur wrap for such a good price it would have been a crime not to take it home with me. The matching hat is going to be transformed into something else, because I look like a ridiculous Russian school marm in it. My lovely fur made it's grand debut last night at the Oscar's many smashing compliments. Mostly from myself to myself in the mirror.
This is the party hat I would want to wear when I'm 80.
I also couldn't resist this beautiful gravy boat (cue secondary life motto) in a fairly rare pattern (Queens' Solid Green). I'm going to start piecing together a set for myself from ebay.
A big thanks to Nathalie for taking all these great shots as I ran from one pretty thing to the next yelling "Omg, over here. come take pictures over here"

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday Tabletop: Oscars Party

Gold and red tablesetting, even if just stacked up on your kitchen counter will make your Oscars party feel pulled together. The official Oscars website also has a downloadable ballot and funny bingo cards for spotting some great onscreen moments like "Oprah sighting" and "Crying"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oscars Party: Menu Ideas

The theme of your Oscars party menu should be: simple. You can't be in the kitchen flambe-ing your entree while the best dress of the night strolls down the carpet. Plus, everything thing you serve needs to be eaten with eyes locked on James Franco, so think glorified finger food.

Main Entree
Pizza-Buy the dough and assemble the rest yourself. Fancy up the toppings for your wow factor
1) Caramelized onions and gorgonzola
2) Shrimp and red peppers
3) Fresh arugula, prosciutto and figs (fig spread subs in the off-season)

Lillet Champagne Cocktail
(or sub in any slightly sweeter white wine. Add a dash of flavored
vodka for those who can sleep in on Monday)

Mini-Pies are the new cupcake.
DC peeps, these are from Baked and Wired.
Everyone else, hit up the bakery for some turnovers

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Topping:
-Mix ground ginger, crushed red pepper, pinches of sugar and salt and sprinkle over buttered popcorn

A must if you're going to have something to throw at the TV in protest of 80's shoulder pads and hideous applique.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oscars Party Inspiration

Whether you're in it to critique the films or the dresses, there is no doubt that Oscar's night is the superbowl of yearly watch parties for many ladies. For those who swear they become disaster balls of stress when they try to entertain at home, this is the perfect opportunity to babystep yourself into hostess fabulousness. This week I'll be featuring some easy inspirations and DIY's for hosting your own get together.

Step 1: Pick a color palette or theme. Go beyond the black and gold party inspiration seen everywhere else and try something fresher. Lipstick red gives a shot of glam, mixed in with gold and some pops of bold yellow. Keep everything else simple. Period. Done. Stop stressing. The main event is already done for you. You just need some accessories.

Add some easy, but awesome details like these DIY printable charms from Hostess with the Mostess

Stay tuned tomorrow for your easy, simple, menu and shopping list.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The New Talbots?

I use to roll my eyes and endlessly complain every time my mother would walk me into Talbots and hold up an endless array of sweaters she thought would look adorable and overly age appropriate on me. Whatever age I've happened to be over the years, I've always counted their wares as a store for those 10+ years above that age. So, yesterday when one of my most stylish friends posted a status update about loving everything she saw at Talbots, I was a little unnerved. Then this little ad pop'd up on the side of my screen and I thought "Oh, cute jacket..Loft? JCrew?......OMG, Talbots." Either I'm on a slow decent to mom jeans and mock turtlenecks, or Talbots is revamping their image. Dear god, save me if it's not the later.

Inspired by JCrew's look book style?

Any of these jackets/shirts could make a nice little home in my spring wardrobe.