Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday Tabletop: One Table, Two Ways

Bobbi Brown recently hosted a super cool event to launch their Long-Wear Eye Collection to the press, and put their money where their mouth was by having guest live a day in the product. First up, coffee and makeovers, yoga (check out the yoga mat I'm not coveting), and a product run through, and then cap it all off with lunch. Simple tables, super stylish swag and a makeover. These ladies had it rough.

 (Table #1)

I want this yoga mat like nobody's business...

 Did you read this article?: The Mogul Next Door 
(super interesting and pretty honest look into her work life)
...and she gives casual presentations while sitting on tables.

The simple tables are basically the same with just a few stylish differences:
One table, Two Ways

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Life in Instagrams: March

 Cherry Blossoms in DC and My favorite calendar
 #1 Reason I love my 'hood and Mani & Mimosas Brunch
Workin' It at a recent event and Margaritas

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stylish (Black Thumb) Gardening

I have a notorious black thumb when it comes to gardens. The harder I try, the faster they die. Seriously, plants and I are not friends. So while I was reading this article in the WSJ (Home section, not the scary part), written by the enviable Marian McEvoy, I thought maybe if my tools of the trade improved, so would my gardening skills.

Or, I'll have the best planters on the block and a pile of dead ferns. Whose placing bets?


Stylish Gardening Gear

Monday, March 26, 2012

Map lust + Pretty love = prettymaps

I have a thing for maps. And an even bigger thing for pretty maps. Like these by Aaron Straup Cope on 20x200 (I also have a thing for fantasize about living in a big white airy loft with framed pieces stacked floor to ceiling, which this site doesn't help). I love that prettymaps merge utilitarian city outlines with the awe seeing city lights from a distance. I can't even pick a favorite.

San Francisco Bay Area

Los Angeles

New York City

Paris

Dallas/Fort Worth

Chicago

DC/Baltimore

Boston

Amsterdam

Instanbul

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thanks Washingtonian.com!


Washingtonian.com not only launched an awesome new site today, they included a round up of local blogger's picks for spring, Moi included! 



My tip: Big Trays! Everywhere. The brighter the better.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Braking for Yard Sales...and Puppies.

Check off one entire weekend spent sitting outside in the 80-degree March (?!?) sun. Global warming is surely going to kill all of us.  But if I'm going to die a bizarre death, let's be realistic, it's going to be from a stack of magazines burying me alive.

Which is just about how I found this great feature on Good Morning Ameria's host Lara Spencer's upcoming book, I Brake for Yard Sales. Being a devotee of Matt Lauer (Ann, when you stop pretending this new gig is working for you, I will reinstate my fan-ship), I never watch GMA and would have completely missed this. Instead, I've already pre-ordered my copy. Read the full article for Lara's practical tips on market finds.
Lara is my new flea market idol. I had two red ikea side tables in my first apartment that I thought were the most to die for coffee table in the world at the ripe age of 23 years old. Bar officially raised.

Photo Credit: Michael McNamara

I love how Lara's use of symmetry in everything balances out the bright colors and fabrics.




Photo Credit: Michael McNamara

Lucite chair = To die for flea market find











Photo Credit: Michael McNamara

I am incapable of finding the exact perfect headboard from the 1 zillion options available online. Perhaps this calls for making my own. Inspired by the lines and trim on Lara's.
Photo Credit: Michael McNamara

All Image Source: redbookmag.com (Photo Credit: Michael McNamara) via Abby on Pinterest

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On Proving it to Yourself:


On Proving it to yourself….

Sometimes you work so hard at something not to prove it to anyone else, but just to show yourself that you’ve got it in you. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months. I just wrapped up planning an incredibly big event. With every obstacle short of a natural disaster that came up along the way (and then it started to rain...). That’s why my wall calendar still says December and my inbox is 2,000 messages deep. Finding a balance between pushing yourself hard enough and  holding yourself to impossible standards is usually one I fall solidly in the loss category on.  I have reserved seating in Perfectionists-Anonymous. But this one I pushed, just to see how far I could go. And what I realized about half way through, was that I was pretty amazing at what I do. And if I could put that much effort into something I was not only good at, but passionate about- I’d pretty much be unstoppable. So pushing myself this time, checked off in the win category. Not because the event turned out great (it did), but because that’s what it took to finally get through to myself.


How I Get it Done

How I Get it Done by agiffin featuring forever 21 jewelry

And I'm not kidding, my wall calendar really does say December...
(It's also from Etsy and it's great: Get this year's here)