The Search For the Perfect Tee

I've talked before about the importance of having a good t-shirt (or a couple). I'm still on the hunt for one with the perfect fit and here are a few of my requirements:

Not too thin/sheer. I don't want to have to worry about my shirt being see through. This is maybe the biggest problem I'm finding. Designers know that we are wanting that slouchy (but not too slouchy) and flattering look (fitted in the right spots) and unfortunately I think a thinner fabric helps achieve that look. However I need a fabric that is thicker and just a higher quality all around. I'm open to any neckline. Actually I take that back, crew necks might be too stuffy for the relaxed look I want, I love u-neck, v-neck or scoop.

I'm a t-shirt and jeans kind of gal. I like getting dressed up, I really really do. But while I'm at home doing chores or out running errands... I just want to be comfortable without looking frumpy.

Going just by looks, here are a few I've found around the web.

One: Madewell
Two: Halogen
Three: Old Navy
Four: Cheap Monday
Five: Everlane


Not All Leopard Prints Are Created Equal

One of my favorite things about Pinterest is that it gives me an opportunity to recognize patterns or repeated styles, colors etc, that I pin a lot of. Whether you're pinning the same color combination over and over or maybe that all your bedroom pics have a bench at the end of the bed, whatever it is... It's a great visual way to see what you love.

Enter: the Scalamandre leopard print. This drop dead gorgeous fabric is basically a non-negotiable for me. There is nothing that will stop me from attaining this pattern in my house one day. Whether it's a pillow, on chairs, an ottoman or bench... I don't care. I just know that I won't be able to live without it. It's so, SO good.
scalamandre leopard, leopard print upholstery, leopard pillows, scalamandre fabric
Images via Lonny Mag


Everyone Needs a Brooch... Or five.

vintage jewelry, iris apfel, enamel brooches
I love jewelry. What's not to love right? I love anything that sparkles, but vintage enamel holds a very special place in my heart. It's common when I walk in an antique store to hear the owner ask, "What are you looking for today?". Brooches are always on my list. The brighter the better and I tend to lean towards animals (especially insects) and flowers. I love to make up stories about the women who must have worn the brooches that I buy. I pretend they are women like Iris Apfel.

Brooches above found here.


DIY Waylande Gregory Tray

Waylande Gregory, OKL, One Kings Lane, diy tray, DIY Waylande Gregory, painted tray

I've been really inspired by Waylande Gregory lately. I spend hours looking at his work. I saw this adorable bowl on a One Kings Lane sale and really wanted to try to create something similar. I saved the image into my Evernote (where I keep all my inspiration) and waited to find something that I could paint. Eventually I came across this great tray for $2 at a thrift store and I loved the faux bamboo detailing around the border.

I used liquid gold leaf for the first time on this project. I don't feel like I can give an accurate assessment on this type of gold leafing as it was old, thick and a bit dried out. This made the application pretty difficult. Had it been it's normal consistency, it would have been a lot easier to paint with. I wanted the tray to be a little more charcoal than black and I was going for a matte look.
What drew me in to the original piece in the first place was the not-so-perfect look of it. I've mentioned before about my philosophy with diy projects; I really like our diy projects to look either completely, completely homemade or brand new/store bought. It's funny though, anytime I do a project where homemade charm is the goal, it seems as though I'm holding myself to the standard of that other side and wanting it to look perfect and straight off the shelf. Am I making sense?

Anyway, I'm crazy about anything Waylande so I know that there will be more future projects just like this. This project was easy and I'm happy with the result. ;)

Linked up here.


She's Adorable: Lisa Eldridge

It's going to be hard not to just post images of her work because she is so amazing at what she does. She has taught me more about makeup than I've ever known. I love everything about her. Her knowledge and experience is nothing short of amazing, she is the best of the best and world renowned for her talents.
Here is only a small portion of her bio straight from her website-

With over 20 years of experience, Lisa Eldridge is one of the most highly regarded make-up artists on the international beauty and fashion circuits. Whether she’s called upon to create her signature look, best described as fresh and flawless or to work her magic for the catwalk or on editorial shoots, her understated, modern approach to beauty has made her indispensable to designers, magazine editors, art directors and celebrities alike. Through her online make-up tutorials, and her role as resident on-screen beauty expert for three seasons of Channel 4’s successful series ‘Ten Years Younger, Lisa has become one of the most recognised faces in the beauty industry, both in the UK and internationally. Having previously lived and worked in Paris, New York and LA, Lisa is now based in London. Throughout her career, she has maintained a high editorial profile working with many of the world's top fashion photographers including Regan Cameron, Solve Sundsbo, Patrick Demarchelier, Thomas Schenk, Paolo Roversi and Horst Dirkgerdes. Her masterful make-up artistry appeared on the pages of virtually every fashion magazine including British, Italian, Chinese and Japanese Vogue, Allure, Glamour, Elle, Numero, Pop and Lula.

On her site, you can find tutorials on virtually anything you've ever wanted to know about makeup. She is soooooooo smart and very good at teaching. She is down to earth, funny and sweet. I love her accent, her style (she always has the cutest outfits in her tutorial videos) and her amazing nails (seriously, check them out). You can see the never ending list of celebrities that she has worked with on her site, it's sort of amazing how humble she with how big of a deal she is. I love her!


The Deal of the Century

I'm not a huge fan of stepping onto bandwagons that are completely full, especially the ones that have made the rounds for far too long. This is the reason I've had such a hard time with deciding to pain this beauty green. However, sometimes there are trends and even fads that just feel like whoever came up with them, had me in mind. And ya know, it feels almost disingenuous to deny that I'm in love with whatever it is. This is how I feel about Moroccan wool rugs.

I've been in love for what seems like forever and just haven't had the money to splurge on yet. I love the authenticity they bring to a room, it's like they immediately reveal to a guest that you can and do appreciate all styles of design.. from all parts of the world. West Elm has beautiful handcrafted rugs, the Souk rug being one I've had my eye on.

The other day I was checking my Craigslist app (since I do every day and all through out the day) and happened to spot a rug that looked almost identical to the West Elm one above. The listing price was $10. Was this real life? I thought it had to be a joke. Or worse, an easy way for a Craigslist killer to reel me in. No matter what it was though, I had to find out and I had to fast! And that I did. Let's just say that within an hour, we were on our way to christmas morning. I made sure when talking to the owner on the phone that I asked where it was from (to which he replied..."West Elm"), as well as how old it was ("2-3 months"... what what?!?!?). I'm happy to say that after a 2 hour round trip and my wallet only $10 lighter.... we returned home with a beautiful, practically new, $500 rug. As well as new friends to hang out with (including a new best friend for Trudy... cutest little girl ever).

Here she is. Like I said, Deal. Of. The. Century.

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