Friday, July 21, 2017

Net-a-Porter Sale Dress Picks

You can't go wrong with a great dress, no matter what the occasion.  I love wearing dresses and like finding good quality dresses, on sale, buying styles that will last many years and span multiple seasons.  Net-a-Porter has great sales and right now their clothes are marked way down, some have an extra 20 percent off, so you can buy some top designer names for a reasonable price. Here are some of my picks.....

1) Emilia Wickstead Dress
This brand is frequently worn by The Duchess of Cambridge.  Love the color and the style.  It's 30 percent off.


2) Pucci Dress
I love Pucci prints.  This dress is now 70 percent off.


3) Preen Dress
I adore this dress and wish it was still available in my size.  This could do black tie or cocktails. And it's 70 percent off.


4) Needle and Thread Dress
I also adore this dress.  It's 60 percent off.


5) Cotton Day Dress
This dress is so versatile.  It's 50 percent off.


6) RedValentino Black Dress
I almost pulled the trigger on this dress.  It's a light wool crepe and can go formal or informal and it's an extra 20 percent off the 50 percent off price.


7) Temperley London Dress
This looks like something the Duchess of Cambridge would wear.  


8) Roland Mouret Black Dress
If you have the figure to pull this off, then I say go for it.  Lovely!


9) Roland Mouret Wool Crepe Dress
Another dress that can go anywhere.


10) Oscar de la Renta Dress
I'll swoon over this all day long. Love this dress.  It's Oscar!  


Find a reason to go out and dress up!  Have a great Friday!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fish Hippie

I just returned from a mini-vacation in one of my favorite spots on the planet - my family's beach house in North Carolina.  While I was there I met a lady whose daughter is associated with the brand Fish Hippie.  The brand has an interesting story but the company is based in North Carolina near the place where I once lived.  Their clothes are made for men with some boys' stuff but the accessories like the hats, visors, coolers, can be used by all of us.  I am not a fisherman but I do love the label and their tag line, "drift off course" is spot on.  Many of the photos in their ads were taken in North Carolina. 



The clothes are a bit expensive but the quality is very good.  They try to make their stuff in the US (hence the higher price point) and they even have a wine label.  Their t-shirts are super soft.

You can shop the brand here.  Some of the men in my life will be seeing the Fish Hippie logo for sure.  Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Local Virginia Artists

About a month ago, we had a small festival in the tiny village near the farm.  Two very talented artists displayed their work and I took a number of photos to share.  Their work is very reasonably priced and I was tempted to do a lot of Christmas shopping that day.  We have so many cows around here and landscapes that it's a treasure trove for anyone who can paint.  I took photos of their business cards. They will ship.  Enjoy!











Monday, July 17, 2017

Etsy Finds

Etsy is one of my favorite sources for gifts, especially at holiday time.  As someone who likes to have my shopping completed long before December, I peruse sources like Etsy frequently. Here are some of my recent finds...

These journals will make great stocking stuffers or gifts for that horsey person who has just about everything. See them here.

These leather key rings also will make a great gift for $30! See them here.


I love these monogrammed pillows. See them here.


And these monogrammed pillowcases will make a great gift. See them here.


Monogrammed cocktail napkins anyone?  See them here.


An inexpensive tassel necklace?  See it here.


And for the person who loves dishes, try these monogrammed plates. See them here.


Happy Monday!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tennis Chic

The Wimbledon Finals are this weekend and like Wimbledon, tennis chic never goes out of style.

Stan Smith shoes are back in style. Did they ever really go out of style?  I wore these many years ago.  They look great with dresses, shorts, jeans.

This looks so Ralph Lauren. What year is this?  Does it matter?

I'm not sure if this is real or a joke, but it's creative.....

But I love the green and white lattice looks that so reminds me of that Wimbledon aura....



And then there is the Ralph Lauren Wimbledon influence....

Happy Friday. Go Venus and Sam! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Z & Z Designs Fabulous Jewelry

I recently discovered Z & Z Designs, a small jewelry company that makes fabulous necklaces. So beachy and summery......








You can see their Facebook page here.  The company is based out of Morehead City, NC (on the NC coast below the Outer Banks).  Love their style......

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Disappearing Dining Room

Where did the dining room go? Missing in action. Houses don't come any more with formal dining spaces and I hate it.  My current home seats 12 nicely in the dining room and it's so much fun to plan a splendid dinner, mixing guests with people they've never met.  Why has our casual lifestyle evolved to eating at a bar in the kitchen.


It seems that dining rooms are not the only victim here - large foyers, staircases, living rooms are all less important to homeowners now according to a panel of homebuilders at the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference in Houston. People seem to be more practical now than ever before when it comes to entertaining (they don't do it) and eating in the kitchen seems to be the new normal.



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