DULY NOTED // 10.17

This week was a reminder to myself of a lot of things. Of the incredible support I have from friends and collaborators and fellow creatives. Of the fact that I should really stop waiting until Oct 15th to file taxes. That simple communication can often solve even the most daunting of problems. And, judging by the pile of tinsel I just pulled out of storage for a shoot next week, that the holidays are just around the corner (oy vey).

With the speed at which the days are flying by, the work is piling up, and the fact that I feel like I’m constantly planning life 1-2 months ahead of schedule, this weekend – and hopefully the next couple of weeks – will be about being in the moment a bit more.

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1 // A stylish reminder to slow down time? Sure. I’ll take that. Plus I love that slim little burgundy band.

2 // This house tour is making me ready to spend a little time in my own loft this weekend, cozying it up for fall. But now all I can think about is how bad I want that sofa. That color.

3 // My love for Heidi Merrick knows no bounds. She’s one rad gal, and so are her pieces. Her fall lookbook just landed in my inbox, and I’m over the moon for that skirt…

4 // I’ve decided to focus some design efforts on updating the decor our family restaurant, Radici, and this collection at Target might be where I start. Copper shakers and pitchers at the bar? Yes please. While I’m at it, I may steal a few for myself…

5 // Have you heard about this little site called ‘Where I’d Stay‘? I discovered them through a friend recently, and am obsessed with the fact that I can rent a little flat in Paris that features such decor as Hermes wallpaper, or those insane bathroom tiles.

6 // Now that we’re starting to take on design work again, I’m reminded of how dangerous it is to constantly be sourcing for other people. We recently recommended a few of these pillows to one of our clients, and now I’m thinking about how badly I need it to update my own sofa for fall…

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 10.16

One word about this week’s room: Pistachio.

nicole najafi's gorgeous mint walls in her living room // coco kelley

Well, maybe it’s a bit minty too. But if there’s one thing about this small apartment that’s really making it stand out to me, it’s that wall color, taking things to a whole other level. Especially against that mauve-toned couch…

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And touches of gold…

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This space belongs to Nicole Najafi, founder of Industry Standard denim – hence the piles of jeans on her bookshelf – and she happens to use this chic NYC living room as her showroom for the line as well.

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The styling is spot on – curated and eclectic, but simple at the same time, which is just what city living calls for.

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Well, that and a great bar.

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I love all the little details throughout the space, don’t you? And now I’m seriously considering coating my walls in that delicious shade of green…

images via elle decor

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DIY :: A CREEPY CRAWLY HALLOWEEN WREATH

If you all haven’t figured it out yet, my favorite DIY’s are the ones that are easy, and practically foolproof. So, when we decided to put together this swampy-themed Halloween party, I decided a mossy wreath was in order, and easy enough for me to whip up on a whim!

how to DIY a mossy wreath for halloween // coco kelley

When I say whip up, I’m not messing around. This thing probably took me about 5-10 minutes to make!

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For the moss, I found some sheets at the floral supply store that make things much easier than trying to spray down loose moss. The sheets have a backing that adheres to a porous surface – like styrofoam – way better. Making this part pretty easy!

how to DIY a mossy wreath for halloween // coco kelley

Start with one section, and plan how you’ll lay it out, cutting around the curve of the wreath as you go, and giving the moss enough of an edge to wrap around the back of the wreath. I used spray adhesive to put the moss down initially, and then a hot glue gun to secure the edges to the back.

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Once the wreath is totally wrapped, it’s time to add a little dimension and detail! I purchased some reindeer moss and glued it down in a couple of sections, along with the bugs and snakes!

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I found these larger snakes here, and used just one on the wreath, then added some cockroaches that we found at the dollar store and painted in green and gold to add details!

mossy halloween wreath DIY // coco kelley

Tucked behind the party table, over some green gauze and in behind a branch filled with cobwebs, the wreath is the perfect backdrop! Of course, ours is now hanging on the front door to greet trick-or-treaters come Halloween!

photography by meghan klein

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  1. Rebecca_FeltBallRug

    What a fun idea, and I totally agree with you….easy is always better! I love crafting but unfortunately the business of life always seems to get in the way. This seems like a quick and easy way to bring a bit of spooky Halloween into your house. Thanks for sharing!

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A SWAMP SOIREE FOR HALLOWEEN!

I’ve always loved Halloween – what kid doesn’t? Free candy and playing dress up? Count me in. And as I’ve aged that sentiment certainly hasn’t changed much – but the celebrations definitely have! We’ve gone from scandalous costumes at college house parties that last late into the night, to trick-or-treat gathering with friends who have their own kiddos. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped having fun…

swamp soiree2So for this Halloween, I dreamed up a swampy little soiree just for us… with swamp sips and snacks, dripping moss, and creepy crawlies that even the kids can appreciate…

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

Mossy cheese balls and cocktails foaming with egg whites suit the menu and theme perfectly, while dollar-store painted bugs and snakes creep through the setting…

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

We cut down an old branch to set the backdrop to the table – and covered it with plenty of cobwebs. Then, we finished off the wall with a mossy wreath (DIY coming!) adorned with a few creepy friends…

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This setting is really all about the layers and layers of green and foliage that lends to that swampy feel – which actually makes it really easy to replicate! You can find the mossy urn right here.

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

The key to a classy Halloween party is, of course, choosing a few items that, despite being covered in moss, gauze, cobwebs, snakes and bugs will still shine – like these fabulous snake candleholders and gold-rimmed glassware.

Here’s how you can get the look ::

photography by meghan klein // styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley

want more halloween ideas? check out last year’s tabletop inspired by gotham city and the year before that when we created what might be my favorite – a table set for midnight in the garden.

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COCO KELLEY + CHICO’S!

It’s always fun when you get a sneak peek at what’s coming from your favorite brands before they arrive on the shelves or in the store. So I was pretty excited when the team from Chico’s reached out to me to shoot a little somethin’ for their site and catalog, and I found myself in upstate New York, layered in vests and sweaters, talking fall fashion…

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And I happily said yes! And when I saw some of their latest fall pieces, I have to say I was impressed – especially with the variety of vests, which I’m obsessed with this fall. This little army jacket with sequins was calling my name, so we layered it over a shimmery sweater and denim for a perfect fall look.

And then…

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We put together this cute little video with my tips on how to pack for the perfect fall getaway! Appropriate, since I’m planning one of those myself at the moment. Of course it’s all about layers and pieces that you can mix and match… but you should just watch it to see!

It was so fun to be on set for the day – especially in this gorgeous location (yes I wanted to steal the car too…) 

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The selections for fall are really taking Chicos’ styling in a direction that I’m digging. Don’t believe me? Check out these favorites …

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1. blouse // 2. fur vest // 3. leopard skirt // 4. charcoal pant // 5. tassel earrings // 6. gold cuff // 7. boots

Or you can just head to the Chico’s website to see all of my picks, and read a quick little interview they put together as well!

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  1. Cassidy

    Hi! Love this so much especially because Chico’s has such great fitting clothing for petites. Thank you…

    I was wondering.. I love the tassel earrings, but where did you find the tassel necklace? Is it Chico’s, too?

    Thanks again!
    Cassidy

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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Yep! Everything you see here is Chico’s so if you can’t find it on the site, I’d contact a store! It could be an item that’s not out yet! Thanks for the sweet comment too!

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  2. Desirae

    Wow, Chico’s is cool? There is oddly a store less than a mile away from me and I’ve never been in (I always thought they sold clothes for older woman). Guess I’ll have to pop in now!

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  3. Elaine

    It’s nice to know that Chico’s has a lot of vests – – I love them more than sweaters. As odd as it may sound, I like my arms being free from too many layers! I always have long sleeves pushed up my arms so vests are perfect! Thanks for the sneak peak.

    Elaine
    http://www.OMGlifestyle.com

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