We’re counting down the days until Emery turns 3 and these little gems just arrived in the mail. You might remember my flamingo party inspiration that Emery picked out during a recent Pinterest browsing session. A lawn flamingo and striped umbrella order later, we officially have a theme for Emery’s third birthday along with the cutest flamingo party invitations. Of course, I have to throw as much black and white in as I can while I still have the power to do so. Still finishing up other details for the party and I’ll be sure to share the final results along with all the birthday fun on the blog.
P.S. If you’re a font nerd like me, discovering and using new fonts is practically a hobby. The typeface for “Emery” on the invite is one of my new favorites – Ribbon font. Download it here.
Okay, so when it comes to calendars and organization for the new year, maybe I’m a little late to the party, but as they say, it’s better to arrive late than to be ugly. (Someone says that, I’m sure). I have been using my lovely Emily Ley Simplified Planner for the first two weeks and really love it. I’m able to write down all my important notes and reminders in one place to stay on track and organized. One thing I also like to have at my desk is a little monthly calendar with just the dates. It’s not anything I write on, but use it more for a quick glance to reference a specific date, day of the week or see the month in a clean, simple layout. For those of you who like a little something pretty and useful staring at you all day, I’ve rounded up my favorite free printables from around the web. While these monthly snapshots are adorable as a set for the whole year, I think I’ll be switching it up just to have a little fun and mix up the styles. Check out my top picks here and tell me which one you’ll be downloading.
Oh the Lovely Things
Design Is Yay
The Ink Nest
My Scandinavian Home
This Girl Loves
Clean & Scentsible
I came across a House Beautiful article the other day titled “14 Signs You Decorate Like You Live in Beverly Hills.“ First I thought, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by glitz and glam, feeling like a pampered A-lister? I’ll take that any day. Second, I started thinking about how my style has evolved over the years. With fashion, my preferences certainly indicate multiple personalities. In the realm of decor, my taste is becoming more fine-tuned, even if I can’t quite turn my wish list into a reality just yet. Where I once loved rustic, shabby chic styles with muted neutrals and frilly pastels (yes, there was a time!), now I love simple, streamlined looks with contrast, pops of bold color or pattern and a little sparkle. I still love lots of white and clean coastal style, but now with a little more glam factor. Mixing Beverly Hills and the beach, I like to call this style “coastal glam”.
There are a few key elements to achieve Coastal Glam in my book:
- Black and White Stripes. Think glitzy Hollywood pool decks and chic Miami Beach cabanas clad in classic black and white stripes. Even Coco Chanel adored crisp stripes for their ”graphic sensibility”.
- Rich Texture. Leather, cashmere, a little (faux) fur and a few soft flower arrangements work wonders.
- Bright White. A coastal design just wouldn’t be right without crisp, clean, brilliant white. It just makes everything feel fresh.
- Bold Patterns. The Beverly Hilton has their signature palm print, David Hicks has posh hexagons and coastal glam needs fresh, fun patterns like dots, (more) stripes, bright florals or clean geometric patterns.
- Small Bursts of Color. Saturated shades in small doses stand out and make a statement, helping to soften the overall look. Think Marilyn Monroe pink in Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friends, Tiffany blue and sunshiny yellow. In our case, 30A’s signature turquoise and emerald waters would be a great pop.
- Shiny Accents. Just a few finishing touches in the way of pearly shimmer, diamond-like sparkle or metallics like gold leaf and mercury add just the right amount of shine for a fabulous feel. I have to say gold is my favorite and it’s really hard to go wrong with gold accessories.
Here’s a little more coastal glam inspiration. Can I take them all?
The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, FL
Room design by Wendy Schwartz.
Glam bathroom via Coastal Living
Benjamin Moore “Ballet Slippers” pink Palm Beach
via Elle Decor
Ahh, shoes! What girl doesn’t want a fabulous pair of shoes fitted comfortably around her foot, perfectly completing an outfit and single-handedly taking confidence levels from zero to hero (or heroine, in this case)? I would feel absolutely lovely in any of these kicks, which are each great company as we walk the line between end-of-summer and fall. These can go just as easily with sweet summer frocks as with stronger fall jewel-toned looks. Besides, this is the beach and heavy boots are still a long way off. Our transition period really lasts all fall long. Stay tuned for inspiration outfits in an upcoming post, and yes, go ahead and express your surprise — I am even CONSIDERING purchasing flats. Of course, only fabulous ones will do.
Leopard: Pour la Victoire Leopard Pumps (currently on sale for just $85!) | Bootie: MICHAEL Michael Kors York Bootie | Ankle Strap: Zara Tri-Colour Sandal | Kate Spade New York Licorice Polka Dot Pumps | Fun & Flat: J. Crew Cece Metallic Gold Ballet Flat | Nude: DVF Zia Platform Shoes (currently on sale for just $143!)
If you’ve ever visited our beaches here in South Walton and wandered around Seaside, you’ve probably seen the bold striped curtains and sweet blue sign welcoming you to the beach store Deja Vu. It’s a quaint and cute clothing and accessory shop with a style that seems one party beachy, one party preppy, one part hippie, one part Southern belle and one part cool girl. It’s hard not to find something to like. Trust me. What’s even cooler? Stephanie Nichols, the owner and super cool local, designs the Judith March clothing line carried in the store! The line, named after two grandmothers, is gaining national popularity and is popping up in stores all around the South and beyond. It’s been so exciting to watch it grow!
Stephanie and her team do an amazing job representing our little beach town to the fashion set and always have captivating campaigns that show just how versatile the lovely little dresses, tops and shorts are. I’m a dress girl all the way, so I love seeing so many options for wearing an all-in-one outfit. For their 2012 lookbook, the Judith March girls took to the super chic Moroccan style Caliza Pool at Alys Beach
and used its gorgeous water and white walls for their fashion backdrop. The final look? Fab.u.lous!!!
Take a look:
Just lovely! Very cute and dresses that can really be worn anywhere. If any of you are really into gift giving, feel free to bestow one or all of these snazzy frocks upon your favorite blogger. Wink, wink.
To keep up with Judith March on their blog, go here. To keep up with owner/designer Stephanie Nichols on her blog, go here. To shop Deja Vu and Judith March, go here.
Another Monday has arrived. The weekend’s over. The alarm goes off way too early. The one cup of coffee doesn’t cut it. The email inbox is overflowing. The day seems to drag on. One of these black and white signs would be just the right inspiration to sweeten any first day of the week. On second thought, I think I’ll get carried away and ask for both.
I don’t think I can ever get enough black & white. It’s the definition of classic and can be done in endless combinations, prints and styles. Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf always dresses so ladylike and this outfit is no exception. This top could be recycled for years and still be fresh each time. Blouses have been at the top of my list lately and this black and white Alexander McQueen houndstooth version is right up there. I love it with the Brooks Brothers skirt and I could definitely see myself sporting this look to work. So cute and you know the top just wouldn’t have the same effect if were any other color combination.
Photo: Giovanni Rufino/The CW (2) via InStyle
As you’ve probably noticed by now, I am a total sucker for anything black and white. It really never goes out of style and is always exciting to the contrast in new patterns and styles. In this case, it’s fun to see a classic print like houndstooth jazz up an otherwise so-so living room. When I came across this photo, I thought the chairs were absolutely fabulous and I wanted them for myself instantly! I’ll take them both! Wouldn’t they look great with a touch of yellow or a nice calm blue? They have just enough edge without being overwhelming.
Lately I’ve been trying to plan a little girls’ trip to Europe in the fall, so I’ve been obsessed with anything travel related. I’ve never been, so it’s a pretty big deal for me. A friend of mine went to Greece not too long ago, and I seem to be falling madly in love with the pure whites and beautiful blues of the landscapes. The palette is just gorgeous and so relaxing. Everything pops against the bright white. It’s a similar look to a favorite local community
and oh so pretty!
Simple and beautiful!
Of course, I can’t help but think of what I would wear! I think I would live in either version of this dress, or maybe both. The blue is fun, but you can’t go wrong with black and white.
Just pack a pair of heels and gladiator sandals — you’re good to go!
Photos: DB, Forever 21
I’m already in love with my new black and white envelope clutch from Deja Vu
in Seaside (and Pier Park). Of course the color combo never goes out of style, but the fact that it’s oversized makes it much more practical for carrying the essentials out and about. It’s so classic! This bag just reminds me of my grandmother who was always so fashionable and loved to say when she was younger that she wouldn’t be caught dead without a pair of heels on. Any pair would be perfect with this clutch!