DESIGN CRUSH: MICHELLE SMITH

MILLY by MICHELLE SMITH

In my never-ending love for fashion, I am always interested in the movers and shakers within the fashion industry.  Recently, my attention has turned to Michelle Smith, the gorgeous designer behind the fashion line Milly.

Ever since she was a little girl, Michelle had a passion for clothing and set her sights on becoming a leading American fashion designer.  With a FIT education, training at Hermes’, Louis Vuitton , Torrente and Christian Dior, Michelle honed her skills and launched her own line, Milly, in 2001.

Known for timeless silhouettes and sexy, feminine flair, the Milly by Michelle Smith line will make any woman feel more beautiful.  I especially love the luxurious fabrics, bold colors and stunning prints that Michelle incorporates into her line each season.

  Michelle’s personal style is classic and timeless.  Her natural, wholesome beauty makes her relatable to the everyday woman. 

Soft, feminine fabrics and bold color are signature statements for the Milly line.

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A model walks the runway at the Milly By Michelle Smith Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Promenade, Bryant Park on September 10, 2008 in New York City.

I love this print and the feminine and wearable silhouette of this piece.

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These outerwear pieces and fun and stylish.

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 And, if you think Michelle’s design talent stops with fashion, think again. This is the Upper East Side Manhattan apartment Michelle designed with her husband.  So beautiful.   

Check out more photos of Michelle’s home, here!

  

image via Michelle Smith

If you love the Milly line as much as I do, you’ll be excited to know that in Spring 2011, Michelle will open her flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York.  And, she’ll also be launching her handbag and jewelry lines as well! 

Oh Happy Day!

ASID AWARD WINNERS

Every year, all across the country, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards outstanding interior designer projects with their Design Excellence Awards.  The designers here in Georgia really out did themselves this year, creating some of the most gorgeous spaces I’ve ever seen. 

While several of the winning design firms have long been established here in Atlanta, several of this years winners were new to the winner circle.  It is so exciting to see so much fresh, new talent making their way in the world of interior design. 

Here are my favorite winning designs.   Be sure to visit each designers website for more of their beautiful and inspiring work.

 

GOLD WINNER–Residence over 3,500 sq. feet    turnerdavisinteriors.com

GOLD WINNER–Residential Singular Space  peacedesign.org

GOLD WINNER–Model Home  robertgraysoninteriors.com

SILVER WINNER–Show House  carsonguest.com

GOLD WINNER–Historic Preservation   kittytuttleinteriors.com

SILVER WINNER–Residence under 3,500 sq. feet  elinorjonesinteriors.com

BRONZE WINNER–Model Home  howardhouseinc.com and ikaeinteriors.com

GOLD WINNER–Residential Singular  pineapplehouse.com

BRONZE WINNER–Kitchen and Bath   Sue Wislar Interiors

SILVER WINNER–Residential Singular  tduffyandassociates.com

SILVER WINNER–Residence over 3,500 sq. feet  rabautdesign.com

GOLD WINNER–Residence under 3,500 sq. feet  Cheryl Lucas Interior Design

 
 
 Photo Source:  Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

TUFT LOVE

I just adore tufted furniture.  There is something so old school, yet modern about the look. 

Here are a few of my favorite pieces… 

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I love how dining room chairs with tufted backs make a dining room feel softer and more glamorous.

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When I’m in the market for a new piece of furniture, this chaise will be high on the list of considerations.  I love the lines and the tufted detail gives it a regal feel.

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This tufted leather chair with its fabric back is so stylish.  I love the bold color and nailhead trim.

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This tufted headboard is just beautiful.  

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This tufted bead is so elegant and sophisticated.  Typically used just on the headboard, I love that the tufted treatment was also used on the footboard.  I just want to jump in this bed and take a little nap. 

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This sofa is  pure luxury! 

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 Do you love tufted furniture as much as I do?

IT’S ALL A CROC!

The concept of a watch as a fashion statement has really taken off.  This past Spring and into Summer it was all about the Sandra Bullock Watch from the Blindside movie.  The white Toy Watch and all of its knock-off versions were on just about every womans wrist that I saw.  It was refreshing to see a non-metal, non-gold or silver watch leap to the forefront of style.  It really was the perfect summer watch! 

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But, I am glad that Fall will be ushering in a more classic watch trend–crocodile (or faux) leather bands.  I love the look of a mens inspired watch and how it will mix so great with the feminine clothing that will be in stores for Fall. 

And even better, I already own one of the  gems!

 

What’s your favorite watch style?

 

Photo Source:  Toy Watch, Elle

NY FASHION WEEK ON A BUDGET

Given the slew of fall fashion magazines showing up in my mailbox, Fall most definitely is just around the corner, AND I’ve already told you, I can’t wait!   When it comes to fashion, Fall is my season.  I love sweaters and cozy scarves; I love boots and cute gloves; I love wool coats and anything suede.  I love it all.

This past weekend, I spent several hours looking through my magazines and drooling over all the fabulous fall fashions.  There were so many great looks and “to-die-for” items, my head was spinning just thinking about my shopping excursion.  But then, I came to my senses and realized there was no way I could afford it all. So, being the “value” shopper that I am, I hopped on my computer to find some of these great “NY runway”  looks for less.  Boy did I hit the jack pot. 

Check out the fall fashion trends I fell in love with and the “bargain” finds that will help me bring my fall wardrobe to life.

The NY trend:  MILITARY INSPIRED: 

 military fashion

My fabulous find:  Pleated Military Jacket–$42.00  Forever 21

 

The NY trend:  SOPHISTICATED 70’S

 70s daytime glamour

My fabulous find:  Wide Leg Tweed Pants–$24.99  Newport News

The NY trend: 60’s GIRL GLAM

full plaid skirt

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My fabulous find:  Grey and Black Plaid Skirt–$109  Jones New York

My fabulous find:  Faux Fur Shawl Collar Cardigan–$149  Jones New York

The NY Trend:  LEATHER 

 Leather trend on the runway

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My fabulous find:  Asymmetrical Leather Jacket-$400  Michael Michael Kors

The NY trend:  MENSWEAR INSPIRED SHIRTS

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Petite Ruffle Button-Down Shirt

My fabulous find:  Petite Ruffle Front Shirt–$78.00  Ann Taylor

The NY trend:  CAMEL COATS

Ada Kokosar

Lover 

My fabulous find:  Cottage Wool-felt coat–$610  Net-a Porter

The NY trend:   VELVET

 Velvet clothing trend

Dandy velvet suit trend

Belted Velvet Scoopneck TopBelted velvet jacket

My fabulous find:  Belted Velvet Scoopneck Top–$59.00 Spiegel

My fabulous find:  Belted Velvet Jacket–$49.99 Newport News

The NY trend:  CAPES

Women's Capes

GUESS by Marciano

My fabulous find:  Linley Cape–$238.00  Guess by Marciano

The NY trend:  FUR BAGS

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My fabulous find:  Fantasy Fur Lady Bag–$60.66  Asos

The NY trend:  FRAME & BUCKLE FRONT BAGS

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My fabulous find:  Kate Landry Chain Frame Satchel–$69.00  Dillards 

 

Anyone want to join me on my shopping adventure?

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THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

My wonderful husband rarely complains about my addiction to magazines, but when the September issue of Vogue magazine arrived in the mailbox, he had a few things to say, some GOOD, (he thinks Halle Berry is the bomb), and some BAD, (why the hell is that magazine so heavy?!!)

I, however,  was thrilled beyond words that the “fashion bible” had arrived in the mail.  Ok, I did have a few choice words too, when I picked up the magazine and nearly dropped it on my foot because the weight caught me off guard. 

My love for the September issue of Vogue started a few years back when I causally picked up an issue at Barnes and Noble.  I love fashion and worked in the industry for 16 years, but part of me always felt like Vogue was “too serious” and too “out of reach” for the average person, so I never devoted a lot of time to reading it.  Then in 2006,  along came the movie, The Devil Wears Prada.  Can I say love at first sight!   I absolutely adore this movie, (ok, I’m addicted to it) and watch it at least once a month. 

The Devil Wears Prada was loosely based on the life of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue and her daily musing and adventures as the head of the worlds most famous fashion magazine.  After seeing the movie, and gaining a new level of  love and respect for the fashion industry, fashion magazines and all things stylish, I purchased the Sept. 2006 issue of Vogue.  That was the turning point for my absolute admiration, devotion and love for Vogue Magazine.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen the movie The September Issue, which is a documentary about the making of the September issue of Vogue, check it out.  It too is a fabulous flick.

So, while I haven’t read this years issue yet, at 728 pages, I can only imagine all the wonderful accessories, shoes, clothing and style advice the magazine holds.  I plan to set aside a whole afternoon to devour each page, take notes, make a shopping list and “ooh” and “aah” over all the beautiful people.

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 And after I read the issue, I plan to spend the rest of the day watching two of my favorite movies. 

 Life is Bliss!

 The Devil Wears Prada

images via Amazon

Have you read the September issue of  Vogue?  If so, what were some of your favorite features?  Please share, I’d love to know.

Entertaining FLAIR

I love books, all kinds of books, but one on my  favorite book topics are books about entertaining and decor. And, the newly published book by Joe Nye, FLAIR, takes the cake. This is one of the most exquisite entertaining, design and style books I’ve come across. 

Flair

Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers, and Gorgeous Table Settings

Broken down in to four sections, Table Settings, Paper, Flowers and Essentials, FLAIR offers up detailed party planning information, accented by beautiful photos that will definitely inspire you to entertain. The Table Settings section will show you how to create beautiful centerpieces and unique place settings. In the Paper section, you’ll learn everything you need to know about invitations, complete with a great list of shopping resources.  When it comes to Flowers, Joe will show you how to use flowers to enhance your decor and creative ways to display them.  Finally, in the Essentials section, you’ll be reminded of all the basic party planning techniques, but will surely learn something new like I did.

As a Los Angeles based designer, Joe Nye has been named one of the 100 Best Decorators by House Beautiful every year since 2003.  Just looking through his book, I can definitely see why.

One of the things I love most about FLAIR, are the examples of how to mix old and new items together to create an eclectic and stylish look.  The book also gave me great ideas on how to mix home decor items with traditional tabletop/entertaining items, to create a real sense of personalization.  I’ve never been a big antique china fan, but this book has really given me a new perspective on how wonderful old china patterns are, and how they can really enhance a tablescape.

If you think Joe Nye’s design style is limited to the world of entertaining, think again.  He has an obvious love for interior design and has decorated his NY apartment with loads of personality and FLAIR.  Below are a few photos from the feature that appeared in House Beautiful. 

 

I can’t wait for Joe to publish his next book, but until then, FLAIR will be added to my favorite design book list!  This is definitely one book you’ll want to add to your bookshelf.

 

What’s your favorite design/entertaining book?

ANIMAL INSTINCTS

I’ve begun to check out what will be some of the hottest fall fashion trends and am thrilled to see that ANIMAL PRINTS are back.  To me, animal prints never really go out of style but it is exciting to know that there will be lots more choices for me to select from. Here are a few of my early fall favorites: 
Neely Tote
 
This beauty of a handbag is the Neely Tote from Mulberry. Mulberry items can be a bit expensive, but there is good news if you happen be shopping on a budget like me.  In October of 2010, head to your nearest Target where Mulberry will be introducing a limited edition handbag collection. 

Adrienne Landau Leopard Spot Rabbit Vest

Banana Republic Leopard Print Haircalf Belt

What’s on your shopping list for Fall?

until next time…

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