This Week’s Obsession: Swimsuit Season!

I’ve been slacking on my posts lately in a major way. Between being busy with life and trying to soak in as much sun as I can now that it’s finally here, I’ve found myself neglecting this quaint little blog. But I’m back!

In the past week or so, I went from wearing my winter coat to sweating in sun dresses and ninety degree weather…thank you New England weather! I thought it would be appropriate to bring on the beachy weather with a post about some fab swimsuits and cover-ups I’ve come across. Here are some that I’m particularly fond of:

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Robin Piccone ‘Penelope’ Crochet Overlay One Piece – Nordstrom

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Zebra-Print Caftan: Victoria’s Secret

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Milly – Boca Eyelet Bikini: Saks Fifth Avenue

 

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This Week’s Obsession: French Provincial

Love it, love it, love…it. I don’t know if all of these would technically be classified as French Provincial, but I’m gonna go with it anyway. And you can get all of these pieces now at wonderfully discounted rates from One Kings Lane or Joss & Main. You’re welcome!

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One Kings Lane, Flynn Armchair: $399

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One Kings Lane, Gilded Italian Iron Sconces: $1695

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Joss & Main, Bordeaux Console: $362

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Joss & Main, Bristol Pot: $12

This Week’s Obsession: Picnics!

One of my favorite Springtime activities is going on picnics with Alan. On a beautiful day, there is something so relaxing and romantic about finding a lovely spot in the park and plopping ourselves down with a plate of fruits and cheeses and a bottle of wine. Ahhh! It makes me so happy just thinking about it! Here are some picnic essentials for your next excursion:

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Blanket: West Elm

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Picnic Basket: Williams-Sonoma

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Fruit Plate: A Pinterest Find!

This Week’s Obsession: Herb Gardens

I’m happy to be back home after a busy week last week! Between a business trip which included long days and flight delays, a beautiful rehearsal dinner and wedding for some dear friends this weekend, and lots of catching up to do, I finally had a moment to relax today! I slept in, ran some errands, and started an herb garden.

Since we moved into our apartment last year, Alan and I have talked about growing an herb garden. The summer slipped by last year and winter didn’t exactly seem like an opportune time to start growing anything. But this year it’s on! We went to the store today and are ready to grow some basil, parsley, cilantro, chives and strawberries. I self-admittedly have a knack for killing off plants. No matter how hard I try to grow something, I end up with a rotten looking sprig. I’m feeling pretty confident about my green thumb this year and I can’t wait to see my little seedlings sprout!

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This Week’s Obsession: Soaking Tubs

We all want what we can’t have, right? Well right now I’m wanting a soaking tub. Since we live in an apartment, I refuse to take a bath in our tub no matter how hard I scrub. I get so grossed out thinking of all the people who have bathed in there before me…yuck. But a nice bath is just so great once in a while. Like after a rough day at the gym when all you want to do is relax your muscles. For now, all I can do is dream of a perfect soaking tub for my future home….

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Image: Color Outside the Lines

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Image: Christina Murphy Interiors

This Week’s Obsession: Elie Saab

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There is nothing that Elie Saab has created that isn’t absolutely stunning. Every collection he has put out has been so incredibly detailed, delicate and feminine. If I could wear Elie Saab every day of my life I would be one happy girl. Aside from all of the precise details, the shape and flow of each garment is unlike any other designer. I can gush about Elie Saab all day, but I think his work speaks for itself.

Image credits: New York Magazine, I Dream a World of Couture, Fashion Diva Design, Style Bistro

This Week’s Obsession: Fresh Spring Flowers

Fresh flowers really can brighten up any room. I absolutely adore vases of flowers throughout the home, especially during Spring. There’s just no room they don’t look pretty in! Below: my home office, living room and kitchen (please excuse the creased tablecloth, I haven’t had time to iron). Don’t they bring extra life to these spaces? Fresh flowers are a must this Spring!

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This Week’s Obsession: Elbow Pads

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I seem to have a problem with my bony elbows lately. In one week, I managed to bust through the elbows of 3 shirts… sadly, no, that isn’t a typo. Hence my new-found love for elbow pads. Function & fashion? It’s a win-win. I haven’t actually sewn elbow pads onto my shirts yet, but expect to see me wearing a lot more of them in the coming weeks!

Images shown above from: Classy Prim & Proper, Alley E. Dean, Dress Interest, Renovatio

This Week’s Obsession: The Weekender Bag

I happen to love weekend trips. I don’t travel as much as I’d like to, so a weekend exploring a new city with Alan or visiting my girlfriends is always a great time. I’ve been on a search for the perfect weekend bag – big enough to hold my many products and outfits, small enough to lug around if I have to take the train or walk a lot. Here are my fave finds:

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Left to right:

The classic Louis Vuitton – $1290 at www.louisvuitton.com

The sophisticated Des Kohan – $958 at www.deskohan.com

The just-rugged-enough Bric’s – $415 at www.zappos.com

This Week’s Obsession: Herringbone

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I’ve had a mild to moderate obsession with herringbone recently, especially when it comes to tile work. Herringbone fireplaces, entry way tiles, bathrooms…be still my heart!

Since our landlord would not likely appreciate hand-laid tile work by an amateur like myself, I’ve started my latest project: a herringbone mirror. The vision: using a combination of gold and silver mirror tiles in a herringbone pattern. No frame or border, just raw edges. Stay tuned for the result…