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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall lifestyle

When I think about what I will be wearing for fall I think about lifestyle and what things I will be doing.  The answer is driving kids to and from school, going to countless soccer games, bar method classes, the Santa Monica "big" libaray, going to lunch with friends, PTA meetings, car wash, swim lessons, BBQ's, Halloween festivals, date night, and church. Here are some of the things I need to make this all happen:
This Salvatore Ferragamo bag will carry really everything I need.  Juice boxes and diapers included! 
This Roberta Rolller rabbit quilt is perfect for sitting on during all the soccer games at Will Rogers Park. I love the royal blue for fall!

This Lands End library bag is the best medium size that can stuff in about 30 children's books. Also, my card and the printed out list of books we checked out is in that front pocket.  Keys go on the chain attached to the inside of every fine lands end carry-all (genius)!

These Oliver Peoples glasses will make even the dumpiest of "drop off" clothes look French chic.

More to come on this post later...daughter Ruby is beside herself!

Sugar Paper canvas padded sunglasses case available only in stores: Brentwood Country Mart

And for the yoga clothes that sometimes (often!) don't come off until bedtime...

Cool Racerback *XLong
Lululemon Cool Racerback Tank
Energy Bra
Lululemon Energy Bra
Nike air Safari iD shoe customized

James Perse Raglan long sleeve Tee

My favorite night of the week is Saturday night date night.  This is exactly what I want to wear!
Fall Date Night 2012
Fall Date Night

Peter Pan collar without looking like well....

Round-Collar Shiftdress
Madwell round collar shift dress
Horse Head Buckle Belt
Jigsaw London horse head buckle belt

I would wear this belt with the shift dress and these booties from Madison.

Ankle Bootie
Proenza Schouler ankle bootie

Citizens of Humanity 'Rocket' Skinny Faux Leather Jeans (Black)
Citizen 'Rocket' skinny faux leather jeans

For a more casual look I would wear the shift dress with these Citizen faux leather jeans with ballet flats like these:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Family room design board

Thibaut Marathon fabric Navy
Schumacher Jaipur Tree

Schumacher High Voltage linen fabric

Calypso Home Zig Zag Jaipari Rug

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SFB05395 Adam Mirror

                                                                                 Schumacher Adam Mirror

Brentwood Country Mart Calypso St. Barth

One of my favorite lunch spots in LA is Farmshop at the Brentwood Country Mart. Before lunch I hit Calypso for some inspiration before the lunch of my life--hot pastrami with kale on a butter infused white rye and skinny fries.  I lost my train of thought for a minute thinking about that sandwich! Here is what I found at Calypso that I love: Website link: Calypso St. Barth

I love this with Citizen Animal print jeans

This with everything. I love the earrings too.

These are lavender sachets that will look amazing on my dresser or in a drawer.

These rugs are divine! I love the color combo of the blue and pink!

This is a small tray to hold anything, really.

The same idea, different aesthetic.

DIY instant Dorthy Draper all during naptime

Inspiration: Dorothy Draper meets Newlywed furniture
My mother and I ventured into Southern Virginia prior to my wedding date to fill a truck with furniture for our new home.  John and I were moving to San Francisco for our first jobs, right out of college, and not a dime to our names. This was the first piece that we purchased.  Cost $200 circa 2000.

This desperately needed a make-over after 11 years of marriage and three children later.  This is home to every Barney DVD under the sun, random "husband" papers to the left and "mom" papers to the right. The look I was going for was antique, vintage, Dorothy Draper. Here are the photos of the steps that I took to complete this project.  Start to finish 1 hour.  Cost $25.

First, I took all the drawers out sanded it lightly with some sandpaper.  Then I spray painted it black with Rust-oleum 2 coats in flat black--1 coat was plenty

Next I did the drawers. I didn't even tape.

Next I taped just the top drawers so I could use a metallic paint with a small, natural brush to make it look rustic around the edges of the top drawers. I used Modern Masters in semi opaque brass ME289. This took 20 minutes to do all the drawers.
This is the final product.  Ignore the emptied out contents of the drawers on my dining room table in the background! Much better and a statement piece for a fraction of what it would cost me to buy.  My next step is the wallpaper the inside with something fabulous like this:

Schumacher Chenonceau in Coral
Materials: Blue masking tape
Sand Paper sheet
2 bottles Rust-oleum flat black 2 in 1 paint
1 small bottle Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Brass