Lately I've been embracing Seattle's farmers market culture and picking up as many succulents, $5 bouquets, and cacti as I can possibly arrange into my tiny apartment. However, after checking out these interiors I'm seriously considering some palms or oversized ferns for my new place in New York!
Its not often that we stumble upon an amazing footwear brand that is creating high quality pieces with a one-of-a-kind feel that won't completely break the bank. Introducing Fréda Salvador, the San Francisco based artisan shoe brand started by friends Megan Papay and Cristina Palomo-Nelson. The line, consisting of everything from strappy snakeskin embossed leather sandals to croc patterned boots is a MUST for mixing daring looks with ease of wear. Plus, they have tons of styles marked down right now!
Being that it is April in Seattle, the weather has been slightly less than preferable up here. Every time I go shopping or perusing a new magazine, I can help but start fantasizing about a tropical getaway, complete with bright flowing dresses, shades, and a piña colada... or four.
Whenever I start to think about what colors I want to paint my walls, I am always drawn to grays and cool tones. However, after seeing magenta pop up everywhere, its beginning to stand out to me more and more as a viable option for my walls. Check out these rooms splashed with this unexpected hue.
Ever since this collection emerged, wide brimmed black hats have been the go to accessory for achieving a rocker chic look. Made even more famous by Ms.Moss and Brigitte Bardot, the look is a definitely more glamorous solution to a bad hair day than a messy ponytail. Take our word for it; rockstar style has never been so easy.
I've been seriously obsessed with Daphne Groeneveld ever since she emerged on the fashion scene a few years ago as a teenager. Today, its totally apparent that Ms.Groeneveld is beaming with energy and confidence in her latest spread for Harper's Bazaar Spain.
Many designers think that less is more when it comes to decorating. I, on the other hand, love a space that has different wild elements layering on top of each other while always keeping me guessing where to look. Case in point, designers Cris and Marcelo's Sao Paulo home with geometric walls, exotic textiles, and trinkets from all over the world. Check out the rest of the home here!
Whenever I'm going through street style photographs of fashion editors during Fashion Week and wherever else photogs snap their pictures, I can hardly ever imagine the majority of their looks actually being wearable on a day-to-day basis. Meet Eleanor Strauss, Senior Fashion Editor at Lucky Magazine. This Refinery29 profile showcases Strauss in her daily getups for colder months, but most of them can easily translate over to other seasons.
I have always been a huge fan of gray walls in main living areas rather than harsh black. However, lately I can't seem to get away from images of dark black walls from all sorts of designers and publications. I have always strayed from using black to decorate my personal spaces, however, after seeing these rooms, it is clear that black works well with everything from neutral textiles to electric pops of color.
Three years ago while living in New York, I somehow wandered into Liza Sherman's seemingly simple West Village antique shop. My first impression couldn't have been any more poorly influenced by Ms. Sherman's entrance. Inside, meticulously cared for antiques created small spaces within her store with everything from Indian ivory armoires to Turkish chandeliers and ancient Afghani dresses in picture frames. Last summer, when I started at ELLE Decor, I was surprised to discover that they were profiling Liza's Manhattan apartment, which clearly displays her aesthetic for all things antique and fabulous.
When I'm feeling especially lazy while getting ready for a night out, the first thing I go to in my makeup bag is a crazy bright color lipstick. A bright lip automatically gives a fresh faced look without a maximum effort. Whether it be a fuchsia, coral, or magenta, a touch of color is an easy route to a flirty look.
As a Vogue Contributing Editor and co-founder of luxury E-Commerce site Moda Operandi, Lauren Santo Domingo knows a thing or two about trendsetting. Santo Domingo opened up her French apartment to give Vogue readers a peek into the glamourous space. Needless to say, we're amazed by the apartment's classic French architecture, complete with high ceilings, gorgeous crown molding, and plenty of sunshine with pops of modern art and edginess.
:: images via Vogue
Living in Seattle definitely takes a toll on the vibrancy of your wardrobe. I'm guilty of opening my closet and grabbing the first combination I see of drab grays and blacks. This spring, I'm making it a goal of mine to step out of my comfort zone and hit the streets in some wild prints, kinda like these gals!
:: images via ELLE Magazine
Lately I have been preparing for a move into my apartment in New York, as well as a new apartment in Seattle come this Fall. With all of the crazy ideas I have for wall colors, art, and textiles, one color in particular keeps standing out to me as my go to pop of color; fuchsia. Whether its pillows, art, or even an entire bookcase, its the perfect vibrant color to fit in any space.
:: images via Amsterdam Home & Pinterest
Even though I became extremely familiar with hundreds of beautiful homes while interning at ELLE Decor, none of them had as huge of an impact on my personal aesthetic as much as fashion designer Liza Bruce and Nicholas Alvis Vega's Moroccan home near Marrakech.
:: images via ELLE Decor
This editorial photographed by Sharif Hamza for W Magazine's March 2012 issue has always stuck in my mind as the standard for Spring fashion inspiration. Models in everything from 70's inspired suits to fresh hipster beanies remind us that each season brings a variety of new trends to reinvent.
A few years ago we learned about a brand named MSGM founded by Italian designer Massimo Giorgetti. Every collection since its initiation in 2008 has had us absolutely hooked on the brand's spunky prints and flirty cuts. MSGM's Spring Summer 2013 collection is full of tribal inspired head pieces and wild layers of pattern, and is now available at our native Seattle Nordstrom stores. Enjoy!
:: images via MSGM