August 28, 2011

August 25, 2011

Coastal Chic Designer ~ Lynn Morgan

I always feel so blessed when I find a new (to me) designer that exudes coastal sophistication.  Take a look at Lynn Morgan's beautiful interior creations!


Workout Inspiration ~ Tracy Anderson

I received this webisode yesterday from Tracy Anderson.  It's just what I needed to get myself off the sofa and back to working out!  My eating and workout habits have changed in the past few weeks due to vacation and going back to school and I just haven't felt energized.  I decided to make a plan and start working out six days a week again!  That's when you see big time results. I know that I'll feel better once I get my heart pumping.  

Style and Grace ~ Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy will always be remembered for her style, elegance and grace.  Here are a few images of her that I love.

August 19, 2011


It's Friday and this weekend I hope to relax, start reading The Help and lay out on the beach......

What are your plans for the weekend?

I'm so very happy to have almost 300 chic friends here and 400 on Facebook! 

Thank you everyone!

August 16, 2011

Lovely Thoughts.....

Here's just a little thought that will keep me going as I begin a new school year.  Today is my first day back at work and I will be spending my day decorating and setting up my classroom.  I'm not sad that summer is over for me, but glad that it happened.

Have a lovely day everyone!

August 15, 2011

3 Ways To Wear The Wedge ~ Tory Burch

I had the best shopping day yesterday and bought three pairs of wedges!  They're so comfortable and go perfectly with many outfits.  Of course, I came home and tried them on with almost everything in my closet! Exhausting, but fun!  Below are some suggestions Tory Burch has for wearing a chic summer wedge. 

Tory Burch Summer 2011 - Shop Now

August 14, 2011

How To: Fishtail Braid {Cupcakes and Cashmere}

Cupcakes and Cashmere blog is a daily read for me and I was thrilled when Emily posted a video tutorial on how to do a fishtail braid.  My sister-in-law does a perfect job creating this braid for my nieces and I am determined to learn. Anyone want to join me?

                                          video via Cupcakes and Cashmere

Summer Fragrance Trends ~ Guest Post on Mom Trends

Hi friends and family! I'm blessed to say that I have been invited to do another guest post! Today you can visit me at Mom Trends!  Nicole Feliciano, the editor-in-chief of Mom Trends asked me to share with her readers my top five summer fragrances!  I had a ball researching and trying out new fragrances to add to my already long list of sun and sand favorites! I think I came up with a lovely line-up.  Thank you Nicole!

A little about Nicole Feliciano.
She is a writer and trend expert based in Brooklyn, New York. She received an English Literature from Vanderbilt University and now runs a business helping moms lead fashionable and fabulous lives.

Click here it read my post!

Malibu Beach House Designer Trip Haenisch

Award winning interior designer, Trip Haenisch, is well known for his broad range of styles and having an extraordinary eye for refined work.  His design signature is sophisticated, eclectic and always comfortable.  I love his work and was so excited to see more of it on his website. If you are intrigued by his work as well, visit his gallery online.

August 13, 2011

Tory Burch Resort 2012

Tory Burch Resort 2012 was inspired by all the colors and textures of Santa Fe.

Savoring Summer ~ Spicy Guacamole

I love guacamole and this recipe is sure to quench my summer lust for great food. 

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Spicy Guacamole

Yield | 6 servings


3 ripe avocados, halved, seeded and scooped
2 limes, juiced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Sriracha* (use less or more to taste)
1/2 cup diced red onion (about 1 small onion)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (leave some seeds in if you want to crank up the heat)
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced


In a large bowl, toss the scooped avocados with the lime juice. Mash the avocados using a fork or potato masher. Add the salt, cumin, and Sriracha and mash. Fold in the onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.


-If you don’t have Sriracha, you can substitute another hot sauce or use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
-Play around with the measurements – If you like more garlic, add more, etc.
-If you don’t like your guacamole spicy, simply omit the jalapeno and cut back on the Sriracha.
-Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

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August 12, 2011

Pillow Addict: Guest Post Over at classic.casual.home

Hi friends and family!  Mary Ann over at, classic.casual.home, invited me over to talk about my pillow addiction!  It was so much fun, I'd have to admit!  I kinda got carried away and didn't realize how deep my addiction was to cozy comfy pillows!

Mary Ann is a dear blog friend who lives in Newport Beach California. She is the owner of that gorgeous chic coastal kitchen that I posted about in January 2011!  Click {here} to see that post!

Thank you Mary Ann for having me over!

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Malibu Beach House Design by Trip Haenisch

Interior designer, Trip Haenisch, has decorated homes for many celebrities including Courteney Cox's Malibu retreat.  Love all the details and of this surfer chic Malibu beach house charmer that he created.  Easy, beach-living design.

By David A. Keeps<br />
Interior designer <a href="">Trip Haenisch</a>, who has done homes for Courteney Cox, Christina Aguilera and Cher, recently completed a contemporary architectural home in Malibu that took its cues from the surrounding sand, surf, sky and sunlight. On the deck, a teak table and seating are from <a href="">Summit Furniture</a>, and the striped outdoor fabric on cushions is by <a href="">Perennials</a>. To see how Haenisch brought the outdoor elements inside, keep reading ...

August 10, 2011

Serena and Lily Summer Sale

Serena and Lily is having an extra 20% off their summer sale items! Click the link below for the extra savings!

Stop by Michaela Noelle's design blog! I'm guest posting over there today!

Savoring Summer with Coastal Blues

I loved these images of beautiful coastal blues that interior designer, Frank Randolph, used to bring a touch of the ocean to a Kiawah Island home in North Carolina.  The prints and mix of accessories are exquisitely beachy.

Mixed Textures

Guest Blogging Today Over at Michaela Noelle Designs

I was thrilled when the lovely, young and talented Michaela from Michaela Noelle Designs invited me to be a part of her She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not Series! Stop by and see what I had to share!

Michaela Noelle

August 09, 2011

Williams Sonoma Home ~ Fall Preview

Williams Sonoma Home just launched their Fall Preview.  They did a beautiful job blending late summer design with early fall, using hues of blues and greens. 

Casual and chic.

image via WSH

What I'm Loving Now ~ lemlem Pre-Fall

Can these colors be any more gorgeous? Love.


August 08, 2011

Surfer Chic Beach House

I was thrilled beyond belief when my September issue of House Beautiful arrived the other day and low & behold....there was a beautiful beach house inside! Yes, there's still time to savor the feeling of summer and everything that comes along with it....sun, sand, more sun and beautiful summer beach house design and inspiration. 

This colorful beach house was inspired by the 60's California surfer chic look.  The designer, Mona Ross Berman, based the hues for the home starting with the retro stripes in the dining room table.  How fun is that!  Click here to read the interview with the designer.

House Beautiful
Berman based her palette on the orange, yellow, turquoise, and white tabletop. "In a summer home you have greater license to have fun, be irreverent. The 'surfer' part is a laid-back feeling. The 'chic' is taking all those elements and distilling them in a new way."

I love this's fun, vibrant and chic!

What I'm Loving Now

COVERGIRL Eye Shadow ~ Blue Notes

COVERGIRL Queen Collection Eyeshadow Quads

August 07, 2011

Breathtaking Malibu Beach House Designed by Tim Clarke

This magnificent, one-of-a-kind seaside estate was designed by renowned Malibu architect Doug Burdge with interior design by my favorite beach house designer, Tim Clarke.  With breathtaking views, this beautiful spacious home sits above one of Malibu's finest beaches. Living in this luxurious home will always feel like a vacation!

August 06, 2011

Sunroom Beauty in Bridgehampton

This stylish sunroom was designed by Jeffers Design Group for the 2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton to benefit the Southampton hospital.  I love the bright fabrics, mix of eclectic pieces, and all of the little details that make it chic.

August 02, 2011

Modern Hamptons Beach Retreat

Architect Leroy Street Studio and designer Thad Hayes worked together to create this modern beach house that is all about geometry, glass and great views.  I love it!  Want to know all the details? Visit AD for the complete interview.  What's your take on modern beach houses?

August 01, 2011

Chic Surf Shack

This charming little surf shack is located in Newport Beach, California.  The homeowners wanted their guests to sit back and relax when visiting the shack, so they upholstered much of the furniture in comfortable, rich vibrant fabrics and batik prints. I think this shack provides great ideas for small spaces.

Surf Shack Chic

Glitter Guide ~ Summer Cocktail Party Picks

I love glitter and just painted my nails with a little gold glitter to brighten things up a bit!  Speaking of glitter....have you ever visited the Glitter Guide? Those girls always have chic ideas to love!

Stop by their blog to get all the details for dressing glittery at a summer cocktail party!

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