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Summer Tote

There are a list of things I can’t live without in the summer including my white converse, a pair of classic espadrilles, maxi dresses and a striped tote bag.

During the summer I tend to carry move stuff in my handbag and have found that carrying a tote works best for me.  I own several tote bag styles but when it comes to a summer tote, stripes are a favorite.

 I’ve done a little shopping for you and rounded up my favorite striped bags of the season.

What makes for a great tote bag:  

relaxed but sturdy shape 

comfortable carry handles

sturdy bottom–I love tote bags that have a reinforced bottom, leather bottom or one with metal feet

easy to get in and out of

a zip closure is ideal but not a requirement

and of course cute!

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Top row:  Stripe Tote / Collins Woven Tote / Oversized Stripe Tote 
Bottom row:  Tara Tribal Tote / Horizontal Striped Tote / Navy and White Stripe Canvas Tote

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With all the space a tote bag has, I know that sometimes the inside can get a little unorganized so here’s a tip that will help you keep the inside of  your bag looking great:

 Buy a purse organizer.  Whoever invented this item is a genius.  A purse organizer allows you to corral all your belongs in a neat and compact way and when you want to change handbags, just pull the entire piece out and place it in your new bag.

Purse Organizer

pink and orange striped tote (below)

Stripe Summer Tote

Summer’s here so grab your tote and enjoy the season.

Shelly

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Happy weekend my friends.  Just popping in to say hello and share a few inspirational links that I came across this week.

Enjoy your weekend and be inspired!

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I’m always on the hunt for clever organizing ideas and this shoe storage idea definitely meets the criteria.

Ottoman Shoe Storage

Fashion Shopping

7 Highly Effective Habits of Fashion Power Shoppers

Brand

This is a great article  filled with valuable advice that you should consider whether you’re building a business or a blog.

Nesting Place--Decorating with Flowers

Great tips for decorating with flowers without spending tons of money.

Dimples and Tangles DIY Door Update

This DIY idea to update a basic door is brilliant.

See you back here Monday!

Shelly

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Nordstrom

I might have mentioned this before but when I lived in Seattle it wasn’t uncommon for me to take the first day of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale off from work.  Given that Nordstrom is based in Seattle, their half-yearly sales are a major deal in that city.   I’ve always loved the Nordstrom sale because it’s a great time to pick up a few in-season pieces and save money while you’re at it.

I spent a little time checking our the deals online and rounded up a few of my faves.

Let’s go shopping shall we…

Espadrilles are the ‘it’ shoe for spring and summer and this black and white platform espadrille is the perfect blend of summer style and comfort.  And the $40 price tag makes it even more attractive.

If I could buy an unlimited number of any one fashion accessory, it would be handbags.  A classic leather handbag should be a part of every girls wardrobe and having one in a fashion color like this beautiful orchid is perfect for spring or summer.  I love the woven handle and all the interior pockets of this Elliott Lucca leather tote.

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I love sporting a white watch during summer and since the cheapo one I bought at the mart has seen its last day, I’m going to invest in a new one.  This Nixon patent leather strap watch is the front runner on my consideration list.  I love the round crystal face, the gold rim and hands and the $74.90 pricepoint.

If you love jewelry, you’ll definitely want to get in on one of these deals.  This turquoise stone pendant necklace is only $8.98 and is perfect to wear with summer dresses, tanks and tees.  This Drusy pendant necklace is a bit dressier but would work just as well with a casual outfit and it’s only $13.98.

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If you’re planning on doing any traveling this summer or if you like to spend your weekends antique shopping like me, this belt bag is for you.  When it comes to style, fanny packs have come a long way and this striped canvas belt bag is both cute and afforable.

Summers are meant for maxi dresses and Nordstrom has a ton of great styles on sale under $100.  Here are three of my favorite-navy and white maxi for everyday wear, a floral maxi for when you need something a bit dressier and this roll-sleeve maxi when you want to look super chic but casual.

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Don’t dilly dally, because the Nordsrom Half-Yearly Sale ends May 31st.  Happy shopping!

Shelly

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Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper

One of the things I’ve noticed since I started blogging is that when a popular blogger decorates with hot design trend, it starts showing up all over blogland in one bloggers home after another. As I designer, I’m exposed to the trends more than the average person and while I find myself gravitating towards what’s ‘hot’, I’m starting to feel like some design statements are becoming overused.

What I see happening is that homes are losing their unique personality because everyone is jumping on the same bandwagon.  And it’s also happening in fashion too!

  Take the black and white Ikea Lappljung pattern.  First it was the pillow

Ikea Lappljung Pillow

and then the rug.  Or did the rug come first?   It wouldn’t surprise me if every home in American owned one or both of these items.

(I own the pillow)

Ikea Lappljung Rug

And I’m not even going to mention the Vargyllen pillow.

Vargyllen Pillow--Ikea

Now let’s take a look at six trends that may be reaching the level of over-exposure…

 I’m seeing this Malakos Malachite pillow showing up in so many bloggers homes and on the pages of magazines. Malachite has been a major trend for several seasons now  and while malachite furniture can be pricey, in a pillow the trend becomes something everyone can afford.

Malakos Malachite Pillow

Ok, how many of you have seen this Eliza J Scarf Print Maxi dress showing up on fashion bloggers feeds over the last two weeks.  I think this is the ‘it’ dress of the summer and will be showing up at parties, soirees and even blog conferences across the country.  I spotted the green version at Dillard’s a few weeks ago and even considered buying it myself.

 Eliza J Scarf Print Dress--Coral Eliza J Scarf Print Dress--Green

It appears that a hot commodity in bedding these days is the black and white Linden Duvet from Crane and Company.  I’ve seen multiple bloggers/designers using this set in recent bedroom designs and I think it just highlights the fact that black and white color palettes are popular right now and classic will always be in style.   I love this bedding but I’m going to put a twist on the look for my spring bedroom refresh that I’ll be revealing next week.

Linden Bedding from Crane and Company

Need a little something to hang on the wall?  Well, how about the Beverly IV Tropical Palm Leaves image that is showing up in droves across blogland. It’s bold and dynamic, and fits in with the bohemian modern decorating style that so many people are loving these days.  If the art is a bit much for you, this pattern is also trending in pillow form and as a wallpaper.

Beverly Palm Leaves Artwork

Beverly Tropical Palm Pillow

Beverly Tropical Palm Leaves Wallpaper

Another super hot wallpaper design is the Cole and Company Birch Tree pattern.  It’s being used in just about every room of the home but I especially love it in a bathroom.  It’s fun to see such a unique look become so popular.  If you’re interested, you can purchase the UK design wallpaper from Anthropologie here.

Birch Tree Wallpaper in the bathroom

Birch Tree Wallpaper form Cole and Sons

When it comes to flooring, this Basket Weave Tile just might win for tile of the year.  The black and white color combo is classic and easily mixes with any accent color.  While the tile might be most suited for the bathroom, I must admit I also like it as a kitchen backsplash.

Basket Weave Tile

Basket Weave Tile in Kitchen

So, what’s your take on these trends becoming over-exposed?  Are you one to join in on the fun or are you doing your own thing?

Shelly

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One-Earring-Only

I love me some jewelry.  If I ever leave home without earrings on, I feel naked and jewelry is one of my favorite impulse purchases. (tip:  I always keep a pair of classic silver hoops in my wallet just in case)

My first buying job out of college was as an assistant buyer in the jewelry department for a department store in Seattle.  This was back in the day when  Monet was the ‘it’ fashion brand, Swatch watches were the style statement and it was trendy to only wear one earring like Janet Jackson did.  (I know I’m not the only one who wore a key as an earring:)

Times have changed and so have the styles of jewelry that are now considered basic wardrobe elements.  I thought it would be fun to take a look back at a few styles that made the 80’s great and what earring styles are considered an essential wardrobe staple today.

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My love for gold leaves started when I found this gold leaf tray to go in my guest bathroom.  Ever since then I’ve been spotting leaf themed items everywhere.

The other day I popped into Michael’s to pick up some craft paint and I spotted these cute ceramic leaves in their dollar section.  The leave came in a pack of two and were meant to be used as ornaments.  Ornaments would be cute but I immediately imagined these little leaf gems crafted into a necklace.

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Gold Leaf Necklace by ConfettiStyle3

One coat of gold leaf paint and a few vintage jewelry supplies and I had crafted this chic pendant necklace.

Gold Leaf Necklace by ConfettiStyle10

Gold Leaf Necklace by ConfettiStyle6

Gold Leaf Necklace by ConfettiStyle8

I’ve got a couple more necklaces in the works and I’ll be sure to share them when their finished.

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Have a great weekend!

Shelly

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It’s about this time of year that I am sick of wearing winter closets and dream about warmer days and spring fashions.  I know many of you probably feel the same way.   Unfortunately we have a few more months of cold weather ahead so it’s time to refresh your wardrobe to give you a lift as we wait for spring to arrive.

Those of you who have read my blog for a while might know that I have a degree in fashion.  I spent 20 years working in the fashion industry and ever since I was a little girl, I have been passionate about fashion.  Today I’m going to share a few tips to help you refresh your winter/transition wardrobe and a few items that are worth investing in right now.  As you refresh your wardrobe, it’s also a great time to give some thought to your fashion style and whether or not you’re presenting the fashion statement you want to the world.

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One of the gifts the hubby and I splurged on for Christmas was new iPhone 6’s for both of us.  So far I am loving all the upgraded features, bigger size and lighter weight.

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I had my iPhone 5 for a couple of years and never invested in a pair of tech gloves that would allow me to operate during the cold months.  I would either take my leather gloves off or I’d wear my fingerless gloves which allowed me to use my phone but expose my fingers to the cold.

Since my brother knew I was getting a new phone he thought it was time I got a pair of tech gloves so I would stop complaining how cold my hand would get.

It’s a good thing that my brother is a techie and loves gadgets because it knew exactly which gloves to get that would merge my fashion sense with my tech needs.

UR Rusched Spandex Gloves--Dillards

These are the gloves he bought for me.  They are the U/R Rusched Gloves and are available at Dillard’s which are now on sale for $24.00.

What I love about these gloves is how sleek and stylish they are.  The rusched detail near the cuff is pretty and feminine and the line detail on the palm enhances the gripping details of the glove.

Rusched Spandex Gloves--Red

Instead of a single finger touch feature, these gloves feature touch capabilities in all 5 fingers.  That means you can use any finger on your phone screen and can easily touch and drag or expand images.  The gloves are also insulted and will keep you hands toasty warm.

Rusched Spandex Gloves--Fossil Grey

If you’re in need of a great pair of stylish tech gloves I highly recommend these.

Shelly

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