This could be the most perfectly girlish dress I’ve ever seen. And I think what makes it work on Alexa is her undone hair and the casual black belt. Or does she just look like she’s dressing up in an old prom dress circa 1991? Either way, I kinda like it. That and I’ve been coveting a diamond peace sign necklace. (Such a hippie these days!)
After discovering the images I posted yesterday from Lisolette Watkins, I happened by the Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear collection from Nathan Jenden, and couldn’t help but recognize the same theme.
Big floppy bows…
MONTHS ago, I emailed Grace over at Design*Sponge to see if she had anyone working on a Seattle Shopping Guide. No!? Well, then let me just whip one out!! Little did I know how much work it would actually be to keep up with such a quickly growing city with beautiful shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes constantly popping up.
Well, it’s finally done! And it’s finally up, so go check it out right here right now. Thanks so much Grace, for letting me contribute to your inspirational blog! And to those of you Seattleites, please add your own favorites in her comments section! I know there are many more great spots on top of the ones that made the list.
Admittedly, I am not the girliest girl I know (that title is reserved for Lyndsy over at Yellow Brick Blog), but I do have my moments. And lately, I’ve been feelin’ the girly side of me come out. Haven’t been watching as much ESPN. Letting myself get stupid about boys. Decorating with pink. And, falling in love with these pretty baubles from jewelry designer Wendy Gell.
Wendy creates all sorts of jewelry but her wristies, as she calls them (how cute is that?), are my favorites. They’re absolutely ridiculous and over-the-top. The one above might be the most tame design she has. Other pieces exhibit large Disney characters, overloads of bling, and small figurines. My other fave is this one…
I mean, if that’s not girly, I don’t know what is. And, you know what? I would ROCK that barbie wristie right on my tan little arm. Talk about an easy way to fancy up a simple ensemble. Add it to the wish list!
It’s Armani. It’s hot. There is no pink, no ruffles, no bows, and I freaking LOVE it. Especially the zig zag accessories ~ what a perfectly subtle way to add a trendy pattern. Dig it.
A couple weeks ago I posted on the talented Lisolette Watkins, who is an incredible stylist and (as one reader pointed out) illustrator. I promised to share my second favorite series with you, so here it is!
I promised I’d be back this week with more girly-inspired posts, so today I’m celebrating my new favorite obsession with interiors (which is an old one for many of you, I’m sure): a dash of pink.
So warm and unexpected in grown-up spaces, using pink sparingly is quickly becoming one of my favorite design practices.
This interior from Alan Higgs is amazing for one reason: It successfully combines two colors typically reserved for nurseries into a clean modern space. I love how, looking through the rooms, the colors all play off of each other. The pink wall and the rug; the blue chairs and the painting. Lots of white keeps it simple. I also like the warmth of this pink the best – it’s almost peachy!
This space, via the archives of desire to inspire has been a longtime favorite of mine, and uses a similar color scheme. There are so many great details going on here, yet the decor is very simple. The white trim on the neutral door and the blue striped walls in the adjacent room play off the colors in the dining area – natural rattan and a bit of blue in the painting. I think my favorite part though is the use of the pink cushions on such an organic material. The tree trunk table is just a little extra touch of genius.
How adorable is this? The pink chair and door adds a dash of playfulness to this dining area. Again, I love the use of pink in contrast with a more organic material like these raw wood floors. Photo via emmas designblogg.
A couple more kitchen spaces:
Via living etc.
A brighter pink backsplash from a post I did back here. I also like a pop of bright pink in a room – it’s a little more sassy and adds character! Of course, it’s also a bit more obvious, buuut…
… how cute is this bedroom from Amanda Nisbet? There’s a lighter pink panel on the awning over the bed, and then you get the pop of fuschia down the hall. Very girly. VERY fun!
Another pop of pink from a pair of chairs flanking a very cool console bar from Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors.
While I don’t know if I could do a whole room in pink and live with it for very long, these little accents have me swooning… and thinking I could use a little dose of this color in my own life!