ROUNDUP :: THE SUMMER PONCHO

It may seem a bit ridiculous to some to be planning my summer wardrobe already, but lately I’ve been on a major wardrobe overhaul. Tweaking and refining my style to suit life as it is now… not life as it was 4 years ago. My only problem is that I live in a city that’s not LA. Because everything I want screams 72 and sunny.

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My most recent obsession? The summer poncho.

I am such a west coast girl at heart, but Seattle style is very different from our friends down south. For weather reasons amongst others. Still – I’m determined to make it work. Something a bit more like this perhaps?

Liya Kedebe in a Lemlem top via harpers bazaar

I actually love the contrast between the summery, striped poncho and the leather skirt. I’m thinking I can do the same with my leather leggings, yes?

the daybook tunic and jeans

This simple outfit, however, is right up my everyday alley. And yes that top is sold out, so don’t even bother trying to hunt it down (I already did.) 

But if you’re interested in jumping on the poncho bandwagon with me…

summer poncho and tunic style // via coco+kelley

1. ulla johnson ‘cusco’ poncho // 2. koza ‘maria’ poncho // 3. dorian striped poncho // 4. lemlem stripe top for jcrew // 5. hackwith ‘finn’ top // 6. topshop fringed top

Try these babes on for size. And if you like something a bit more tunic-inspired, go for the stripes in a simple top that evokes the same feel. It might be a bit more flattering, depending on your body type.

Here are a few more selections to fit your personal style (and budget!)

images :: could i have that // harpers bazaar // the daybook

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IN THE DETAILS :: 10 WAYS TO ADD UNEXPECTED COLOR

It’s funny how many people will claim they love color, and want to use more of it in their home, but then when faced with the reality of bold blue walls or citron sofas, they back away because – let’s be honest – color like that is quite the commitment.

So for you wanna-be embracers of bold, here are 10 ways you can easily infuse a little color into your home without overdosing…

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1. Fabric Trims // If you’ve got straight edges on your furniture, this solution is for you. Without even having to fully commit to true trims, you can add a thick band of color to your cushions. Ready to fully commit? Buy some basic pillows or lampshades and add fun pom pom or ribbon trims on those too. I love the way it looks paired with a warm camel or nude.

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2. Floating Plexi // I wouldn’t have thought about this option at all had I not stumbled upon a few awesome plexi DIY’s online. This box is a super cool way to display a fabulous object. I also saw colorful plexi floating shelves as well – unexpected and a great way to introduce a new material into the mix.

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3. The Mini Wall // I’ve seen a couple examples of this painted mini wall, and I have to admit – I have been searching all over the new house for the perfect spot to incorporate this. I’m thinking I might do it at the bottom of our stairwell that leads to the upstairs. So much easier to paint over than an entire room too!

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4. Railway to Heaven // Speaking of stairwells – this is a really great way to spice up an otherwise simple space in the house. The black stairs help too, but I would love to see a bold blue or coral with natural wood steps. PS – another place where this pop would be similar in style would be a garment rack – paint those poles, people!

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5. The Bold Door // One of my favorite unexpected moment in any home – a colored door. In this case the neon green works well against all the neutrals. I say pick your door wisely though – and don’t get too carried away. Not every door in the hall needs it – maybe just one fun main area?

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6. The Window of Color // THIS is happening. I’m doing it in a client’s house and I want to do it in my little closet room at home too. Pick a space that’s well lit and playful and just go for it! Maybe just pick a smaller accent window to start…

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7. Get Edgy // Find an edge and paint it. I love this mirror idea, because I happen to have a similar one, but I also think that painting just the top of the baseboards here is genius. The inside of any door will do as well. Take a peek around your house and find the edge of something boring – then spice it right up.

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8. Furniture Trim // Putting bold color in places that you’re less likely to constantly see it is a trick many interior designers employ – hence the number of super wallpapered, crazy powder rooms. (It’s not like you’re spending hours in there.) This idea kind of incorporates the same concept – trim items like tables or chair legs in mini pops that your eye will overlook half the time. It feels less intrusive that way.

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9. Take the Stairs // It used to be that painted floors were a cheap refinishing solution, but I have to say I’m envious of anyone who can lacquer up their wood! Especially jealous if you have stairs like these to add a little jolt to. My parents have a sunken living room in their home and now I’m determined to make this happen. Another cool place for this trick? Stairs leading up to the house outside!

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10 Washi it Up // And finally, for you true commitment-phobes out there… there’s always washi! You can stick this stuff everywhere, so you have zero excuse not to try it! Make some faux molding on a door, frame a piece of art, or trim your kitchen counter for a week. Just have fun!

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  1. Silvia

    I just love these ideas! The door and windowframe are on my top-list. I’ll keep them in mind as soon as I move into my new home!

    Have a lovely day!

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  2. Deb

    Wow..some really different ideas. Love the painted interior door idea as well as the mini wall. I am looking with a more critical eye at my house to find a spot to incorporate some of these.

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DULY NOTED :: 3.20

It’s officially the first day of SPRING!! And I will probably be spending it inside all day watching basketball because this might just be my most favorite time of year. And if yesterday was any indication, this tourney is gonna be a crazy one!

But on to other things. Like brightly colored homes, DIY’s and shoes that are screaming sunshine and warmer weather! So no matter what your weather, treat yourself to a virtual spring awakening…

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1 // Good news. You don’t have to hunt all over the internet for the best egg DIY for Easter because it’s right hereBouffant egg heads? I die.

2 // As if I needed an excuse for some spring entertaining … these sweet linens will be topping my tables for sure!

3 // They may not be as striking as the single flower earrings we blogged yesterday, but these Kate Spade floral studs are just as gorgeous… and probably a bit more suitable for everyday spring accessorizing.

4 // The cutest little studio belonging to Sugar & Cloth is motivating me to finally put the finishing touches on our studio kitchen. I want that mint Smeg fridge!

5 // A perfect quote for spring! Be happy my friends!

6 // I mean, those heelsI don’t need to explain myself do I? Also, we’ve got a ton more spring favorites selected in the ‘shop’ at the moment so pop on over!

Happy weekend and Go Zags! ;)

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DOUBLE DARING :: ROSIE + ROXANNE ASSOULINE

I always look forward to seeing my friend Nicole Cohen’s images from the Rosie Assouline show during NYFW. She gets the behind the scenes, as well as the presentation, but this year there was something more that caught my eye than the usual dramatic pieces put forth by the talented designer…

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The statement-making single flower earrings created for the collection by Rosie’s mother-in-law, Roxanne Assouline.

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The gold is worthy of a goddess,  while the red lends a bold, exotic feel…

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And the white and jewel-encrusted are would be perfect for the most chic of occasions…

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Speaking of which…

rosie assouline Fall 2015 // coco+kelley

If a ring were to appear on my finger this year, I would absolutely claim this as a wedding dress possibility. I love the cut, the unique hemline, and the simplicity. It’s classic and original all at the same time.

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Another favorite looked evoked a deconstructed Carolina Herrera moment for me.

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But this look may have stolen the show in my book. I love a dramatic, bare back! The pieces in that insanely good stripe were all stunning though.

See all the complete looks here, and the rest of Nicole’s shots on her blog, Sketch42.

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  1. Accidental Icon

    I absolutely loved this collection, including the statement earrings which are such a part of my own fashion statement. The draping on these clothes was just gorgeous and I am jealous of your friend for being in such close proximity to them. I really enjoyed these photos and got to re-expeience the joy I felt the first time I saw these clothes again.

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HOUSE TOUR :: MALENE BIRGER’S MAJORCA HOME

Design dilemmas abound in my new house, but the biggest one might be the challenge I posted on my instagram yesterday – the Spanish tiles that line our entire basement floor.

I knew even before I moved in that the trick to making them work would be going with a bright black and white palette that could simultaneously feel modern yet ‘tropical’. And then I recalled the Majorca home of Malene Birger

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Her at-home style reflects her clothing line to perfection. (Can’t you picture yourself lounging in this dress… in this room?) 

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But back to the tiles.

Ours don’t have that mix of cream in them (really wish they did) but the eclectic, worldly style all in black, white and wood is exactly what I had in mind for making this thing work. But there are other details giving me ideas here too…

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The artwork. The use of white white white. The textures. And that gorgeous black trim around the windows (that is SO happening.)

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She even makes Spanish tile counters look good! (Our downstairs kitchen counters are laminate – a whole other challenge to embrace!). Another item I’m realizing will be a necessity – stripes!

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They make things feel fresh, don’t you think? Of course, styling is a big part of this too – using items that blend with the tile instead of fighting it, but I do think we could go a little more modern in some parts and get away with it.

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The bedroom is devoid of tile, but I had to show it to you anyway. Because – you know – it’s amazing.

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I’m digging the pops of saturated blue and little bits of yellow too…

So what do you think? Should I work with the tile, or should we rip it out? We’ve also been considering staining it white or a dark rich grey… anyone else tackle that project? It’s all so overwhelming, but exciting to think of the possibilities too!

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  1. Kevin | Thou Swell

    I think with the right mix of colors, the tiles will work great! My grandparents beach house actually had those tiles (without the cream mix) and they looked a bit dated until they redecorated with a beautiful teal and blue palette (I actually posted some photos of their space here: http://www.thouswell.co/pool-blue-white-at-the-beach/ ). A neutral ground and some strong blacks are definitely key to pairing with the strong clay tile color. Can’t wait to see what you do with the space – I think sometimes design challenges like these really bring out the creativity!

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  2. Peggi

    After living for years in AZ, I came to view saltillo tile as the wood floor of the southwest- just a warm neutral. I kind of like it! That blue sponge paint, on the other hand…

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  4. Deb

    This is such a relaxing and inviting look I think I would stick with the tiles and try to duplicate the feel of this home. Ripping out old tile is so messy and painting them could look well….like you painted tile. I say embrace the look and see what happens.

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  5. Stefanos

    When I look at pictures that look so elegant and beautiful, I just cannot open my mouth and say literally anything lol!

    Maybe one line could cover me more or less: unimaginably, mesmerizingly beautiful!

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  6. The Office Stylist

    I totally understand what you’re feeling right now. There are a few parts of my house that I’m not too fond of either. I think it’s a great idea to work with the tile and add in elements that work well together. So many possibilities!

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  7. ~abi~

    i would vote for you to keep the tiles! i think it would be more interesting to see how you style the room and make it all look good, than ripping it out and redoing. :)

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  8. Carrie

    i never chime in but had to here, I vote keep the tiles. Will look so diff with updated light bright paint. And you could even consider doing a bit of a white wash paint in different degrees on various tiles to get a look similar to that in this home while working with and enjoying some of the original look of the existing tile.

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