DULY NOTED :: 10.24

This was a big huge busy week. And this Sunday is a big day … my birthday. 34. Holy shit. (Sorry. But, seriously… 34!?) To some of you that might seem young. To some, old. To me, it’s somewhere right in the middle. Not quite where I thought I’d be and in some ways so much further than I thought I’d be too. And it’s going to be a fantastic weekend because it’s not really about me. Instead it’s going to be about good friends, brunches, a wedding (congratulations Mr. Beefy!) and spending time with my family… and the people who have become family. And it all starts this afternoon.

But more on that later. For now… some thoughts and links for the weekend, my friends!

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1 // I’ve been on the hunt for perfect side tables for a client and was happy that I reminded myself to pop over to my friend Erin’s shop, Grandiflora, where I discovered this beauty. The shop is small, but well curated. If you’re not familiar, then familiarize.

2 // It seems we’re not the only one with bugs on the brain. Our Swamp Spice Flip cocktail recipe has a new friend in this Swamp Swill Martini. A match made in Halloween heaven.

3 // Funny enough, I blogged about the living room in this home by Pablo Paniagua over two years ago. But then I came across the image of the dining room and was smitten all over again. Why? Because black + navy, that’s why. Also, high shine nickel over brass and gold. And the trim on the wallpaper. Fabulous.

4 // I’ve been working on a little partnership with eBay lately that includes me curating some collections from my favorite finds there. On the top of that list are all the designers in the Martha Stewart American Made collection. We’ve also been posting guides with fun exclusive content, so head over and follow me if you like what you see! In the meantime, that black + metallic twine is on the top of my ‘must purchase’ list.

5 // This week, the world lost a fashion icon. But he wasn’t just a name, or a brand. He was a man who many have paid tribute to, including this brief but heartfelt moment from Anna Wintour describing her last days with Oscar de la Renta. Me? Well, if there was one person I would have liked to dress me going down the red carpet or aisle, it would have been him. This will sound cheesy, but the first time I really noticed how incredible he was at making a woman feel like a woman was when he started dressing Jessica Simpson more. I don’t think she’s ever looked so classy in her life. And as a fellow curvy girl, I appreciated the cut and the style. But it was this dress that I briefly posted about years ago that convinced me he understood what it was to dress a woman – any woman – to make her feel the best possible version of herself. Because while that dress is one I would certainly never wear myself (it would be horrible on me!) it was perfect for her. Plus, its simplicity as a wedding dress is beyond. So, here’s to a legend whose name, I’m sure, will live on for a very long time.

6 // And finally – a little sparkle to end the week with. If you’re familiar with BaubleBar then you know about their guest ‘bartender’ series they do where they partner with some very cool chickadees to create unique jewelry pieces to add to their lineup. Well, they’ve just announced their very first partnership with a BaubleBar customer for a very special cause. Meet Megan Runser, who is battling cancer, and seems to be – by the way – also a super inspiring woman in her own right outside of her fight against this disease. Together, they created a beautiful collection – including these earrings which might be my favorite – where all proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So if you were looking for a reason to treatyourself to something this weekend… I think you just found it.

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  1. Caleigh

    Well happy birthday! I hope it all goes marvelous! And… I know. Each year at every birthday I have a little WTF!? moment. I can remember my 13th, 15th, 17th, 25th birthday like it was yesterday. I remember the kiddie parties, the dancing in club parties and everything in between. And in April 2015 I’ll be 29 years old with a 1 year old and husband and sometimes I think ‘How the heck did this happen so fast?!’ Lol am I the only one that thinks this way?

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  3. Johanne Lamarche

    Happy Birthday Coco! Oh to be 34 again. Sigh. Live it up. Loved your friend’s shop, Grandiflora. Looking forward to seeing what you curate on ebay. MS’s discovery and promotion of US artisans is one of my favorite contributions she has made. Enjoy your birthday weekend.

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Chico’s Gone Wild!

You may remember me blogging last week about a fun little partnership I did with Chico’s for fall, sharing my tips for packing for a weekend getaway (it’s all about the mix and match-ability!). Well, this week we’re upping the style selections by pairing two of my most favorite things – leopard print and black!

leopard + black from chico's // coco+kelley

jacket // black booties // red + leopard booties // leopard clutch (available in boutiques) // faux fur vest // black suede vest // mixed metal studs // leopard studs

If there’s one thing that Chico’s is excelling at this season, it’s the many options for both of these items. I love the leopard print puffer and clutch the most! Ok, and maybe the combo of red and animal print in those boots. And yes, black should always be in the closet, but the touches of fur and leather in these items make them even more luxe. (Also, um, holidays are coming! Hello!)

And this is one option for how I’d wear it all together.

leopard + black from chico's // coco+kelley

blouse // leopard leggings // earrings // necklace // jacket // booties

love the blouse with the sheer pleating in the back – its those unexpected details that are my favorite! Perfect for just a little coverage with tighter pants, like, say these insane leopard leggings? The print has a Versace vibe to me that totally deserves to be dressed up, but hey, if you want to just throw a sweater over those, that’s cool too.

And if there’s one thing I’ve always been impressed with at Chico’s its their accessories. If you’re in the market for some sassy boots, now you know where to go! Add a textured jacket (it is fall after all) and some great jewels and this outfit can go pretty much anywhere!

*this post sponsored by chico’s. all thoughts and opinions my own!

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  1. Paquita Williams

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the gold kitchen cabinets. Where can I get them from? PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, give me the information.

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SETTING A RICH TABLE FOR FALL

I tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to entertaining – and especially when we put together shoots for coco+kelley. I love dreaming up beautiful details for a tabletop, but sometimes all you really need is one really gorgeous centerpiece to set the mood…

a rich floral table setting for fall entertaining // coco+kelley

a rich floral table setting for fall entertaining // coco+kelley

 

a rich floral table setting for fall entertaining // coco+kelley

I love the way the jewel-tone florals look set against a black tablecloth. The rest is simple – layers of dark dishes, organic details like these wood chargers, gold flatware, and – the finishing touch – those perfect floral napkins.

a rich floral table setting for fall entertaining // coco+kelley

a rich floral table setting for fall entertaining // coco+kelley

Now, I know what you’re thinking. This ‘simple’ table is anything but because you’ve still got to put that centerpiece together. Well, you’re out of excuses because this table is one we set for our fall partnership with Starbucks, and over on that site, we’ve put together a tutorial showing you exactly how to put together this floral arrangement. Yes, really.

a rich floral table setting for fall entertaining // coco+kelley

a rich floral table setting for fall entertaining // coco+kelley

And, as florals wane in abundance, you can replace them with plenty of rich colored produce, like golden beets and kale!

To get the look ::

photography by belathée // styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley

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  1. kate Zucconi

    Wow this table looks stunning! The rich autumnal colours of the flowers look so strong against the black ground, and are perfectly highlighted by the warm tones of the wood and the gold cutlery!
    I would love to eat there!!

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HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL :: THE SWAMP SPICE FLIP

Now, unless you’re actually hosting a Swamp-themed Halloween party like ours, you may not want to give such a delicious drink such an atrocious name. In this case, however, it fit quite nicely. But, if you’d like to give it a proper name, we’ll call it the Spiced Pear Flip…

the 'swamp spice' flip // gin, pear, clove, rosemary and lemon cocktail recipe

If you’re feeling so bold, you might even choose to garnish it with a rubber snake for the occassion. Regardless, we’re pretty sure this is one cocktail recipe you’re going to want to add to your fall repertoire…

the pear spice flip - gin, rosemary, clove and pear // coco kelley

The Spiced Pear Flip // serves one

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. rosemary + clove infused simple syrup
  • 1½ oz. pear puree
  • ½ oz. White Whale Filthy Liar (or a lychee syrup or liqueur)
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 sprig rosemary, to garnish

the pear spice flip - gin, rosemary, clove and pear // coco kelley

To start, you’ll need to make the simple syrup and the puree…

Rosemary & Clove Simple Syrup:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 oz. whole cloves
  • 3 sprigs rosemary

Combine the sugar, water, cloves, and rosemary in a saucepan over low heat. When the mixture reaches a boil, remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator, or use right away. This will yield more than enough syrup for two drinks.

Pear Puree

  • 1 pear, peeled and pitted
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. fresh rosemary

Slice the pears and add to the lemon juice and rosemary in a blender. Blend until smooth, then strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and discard any solids. Pear juice can also be substituted here, but be sure to infuse with lemon juice and rosemary overnight.

the pear spice flip - gin, rosemary, clove and pear // coco kelley

While the prep may take a little extra effort, I assure you it’s completely worth it. And now – to finally make the cocktail!

the pear spice flip - gin, rosemary, clove and pear // coco kelley

Combine all the ingredients as listed above (minus the garnish) in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Pour into a lowball glass, and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

If you prefer your egg whites extra fluffy (as we do) then feel free to whip them up using a blender and top the cocktails as you make them with a solid dose of whites. (You can omit them from the shaker!)

The clove and rosemary simple syrup is the real winner in this cocktail – the clove combined with the pear is heavenly. In my experienced-cocktail-drinker opinion. We loved the idea of creating a frothy (known as a flip) cocktail for our swamp theme but you could easily omit the egg whites depending on your taste for them, and keep sipping this delicious concoction all through the chilly months ahead.

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

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GET THE LOOK :: HEAD-TO-TOE GREY

First Birkenstocks, now endless layers of grey? Seattle sure seems to be right on trend these days, doesn’t it? But when you actually live in the grey (or with the guys who are still wearing socks with their birks) the trend doesn’t always seem quite as appealing.

However – being a black-and-white girl myself, I happen to own quite a bit of grey. And while I don’t usually pair it all together at once, the art of layering this monochromatic look is one I’m sure I’ll be trying come winter…

get the look :: head to toe grey // coco+kelley #streetstyle

get the look :: head to toe grey // coco+kelley #streetstyle

The secret to success with this style is contrasting fabrics, textures and shades. And a hit of black or white is a must…

get the look :: head to toe grey // coco+kelley #streetstyle

Since I’m in the market for a new coat, I may just go in this direction. I was considering camel (such a classic!) but grey might be winning me over…

get the look :: head to toe grey // coco+kelley #streetstyle

1. grey coat // 2. slouchy white beanie // 3. gems from catbird // 4. a slubby sweater // 5. perfect dark grey denim // 6. shearling (!!) foldover clutch // 7. white loafers. yes, white.

I know most of you are thinking I’m nuts for putting white shoes in a winter board, and yes, it’s mighty unrealistic for most, so if you need a substitute, go with your basic black boot. Maybe something with a little texture? Or, white sneaks will always work in a pinch!

I added grey denim to my wardrobe for the first time last fall, and I’ve already worn them to death, so these super affordable pair might be on the next-to-purchase list.

To get more of the look, check these out!

images :: a love is blind // unknown // the front row view // harper’s bazaar // my dubio

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  1. Chloe

    I thought it was silly when I heard grey was going to be a huge fall trend, but now I’ve found my closet full of it. I ADORE that chunky grey knit in the second photo.

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