Grammy Fashion 2012

There was more to the Grammys this year than the music, performances and fashion. The star-studded event had a more somber tone in the loss of icon Whitney Houston. Just hours before the event, the news of her passing shocked the music world. There was no mistakening the sadness that filled the air.

RIP Whitney Houston

Adele stole the night away winning 6 Grammys! Her comeback performance was the talk of the night.  The British songstress, among many others, walked the red carpet looking oh-so-fashionable (some not so much).

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Design Smarter, Not Larger!

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I have nothing against beautiful massively large homes. However, our societies obsession over bigger homes equals better homes, seems to be dwindling. The state of our economy has made us re-examine our way of life and how we spend our money. People are downsizing! The cost of purchasing, furnishing, upkeep and heating and cooling a large home isn’t ideal right now. Also, as houses grow bigger and bigger, people feel less and less at home.

Here’s to designing smarter, not always larger!

How do we do this? Follow a few of these ideas:

1. Hardest part….Say good bye to clutter!!! Donate or throw anything that is not needed. Emptiness allows the eye to travel someplace and rest.

2. Organize, Organize, Organize. Did I mention Organize?

3. Light neutral colors for the wall. Neutral does not just mean white and beige. Lavenders, greys, soft yellows, the list goes on. It will open a small space.

4. Say GOODBYE to large, heavy and dark window treatments. Go with floor-to-ceiling light and flowy curtains.

5. Get past the idea of small room = a bunch of small furniture. A large piece or two will make your space seem larger.

6. Multi functional products!!! They are the biggest bang for your buck and space!

7. Mirrors and more mirrors. Oldest trick in the book.

For more ideas and products…..

Pick up the July/August issue of House Beautiful

“Living Large in Small Spaces”

To get ideas at HouseBeautiful.com click here.

For more affordable options…

Ikea 2012

“A Home Doesn’t Need to Be Big, Just Smart”

For ideas and products from Ikea.com click here.

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“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

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“Buy the right shoes, and we can conquer the world.”

Loving these shoes…

With every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need! One for one!

Watch the TOMS You Tube Video Below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKhV9kpGM-k&feature=player_embedded

They come in women’s, men’s and kid’s styles.

Here are a few of my favorites.

TOMS Silver Women’s Glitter

$54.00 

TOMS Charcoal Canvas Men’s Stitchouts

$58.00

TOMS Navy Purple Tie Dye Tiny TOMS

$29.00

Mary Kate and Ashley Olson teams up with TOMS, to bring you their own collection called, The Row. They’re made with cashmere and Italian wool.

    TOMS The Row

$140-$150

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Shopping for a really good cause is the best way to shop!

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice!!!

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While visiting San Francisco last month, I stopped at this bakery in the Ferry Building, called Miette. It was like a fairy tale! Jars of candy, dessert, adorable cake plates, and delightful little Macaroons that are all the rage right now!! They are so pretty and yummy!

Miette.com

However, if you don’t live near a Miette or any other bakery that sells them, Trader Joes sells cute macaroons in their freezer dept. They are quite delicious!

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Hello Summer Colors!

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Say goodbye to Black & Grey! Celebrities are loving pops of color!! Find a hue that looks great on your skin tone! If your not daring enough to dress head to toe in a bright colored flock, then take mini steps and accessorize with it! Here are some great affordable options…..
 
Asos.com,

ASOS Shift Dress with Scallop Detail

$77.58
Pleated Woven Dress
$19.90

This Little Heart Strapless Fuchsia Dress

$43.50

Stevemadden.com

GETREAL

$76.97

Royal Blue Nude Smooth Velvet Round Close Scalloped Trim Platform Heels Pump
$18.99

Miss Gustto ‘Bonnie’ Faux Patent Leather Shopper

$98.00

Don’t worry about standing out, worry when you’re just fitting in!

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What better way to start off then with Sex and the City??? Arguably, one of the best shows! Carrie Bradshaw….the essence of fashion and style! But she didn’t become fashionable on the show by wearing what everyone else wore. She stood out in her extreme fashion. Why couldn’t we have learned at such a young age that standing out is not always a bad thing! Being an original individual is so much better!!!

Hello world!

Cheers to my first blog post!!

This blog is for everyone that loves design, fashion, traveling, and/or great food! Every time I come across an amazingly designed room, a great piece of furniture, looks for less, stylish clothes, great places to travel, and yummy food, I just want to share it. What better place to do this than through a blog? I hope that I will inspire people to live their best life beautifully!

and here we go……