Saturday, August 23, 2014

Home Renovation Project: 'The Palace'


Every year after we vacation I return home with a sense of bringing the vibe of our holiday destination with us. That explains why our backyard looks a bit like a Jamaican resort and our kitchen has a decidedly European flair to it. So, after a week at the plush Waldorf Astoria during our trip to New York I was excited to dive in to jazzing up our home office. Our home office has been a major eyesore over the past few years as I dumped mail and odds and ends in there. After 2 weeks, of de-cluttering (and getting the green light from Dean to go as glam as my heart desires!) I present my new space, now referred to as 'the palace':


Hayworth vanity as desk, Mirrored Damask Panel, Floor Vase all from Pier 1. Vaughn Slipper chair from Target. I applied contact paper to the closet door for a pop of contrast.
I got rid of one bookcase and then used rubber cement to attach mirrored squares to the other one



Onyx Silkana curtains (Amazon). Elegant Designs Crystal Ball Table Lamp (Amazon), Mirrored Console Table (Target).

Couldn't decide what to put on the wall so I went bold with silver discs from WildThings. Skyline Chaise and Mirrored Accent table from Target, Park Madison Table Lamp from Amazon. Gray shag rug from IMSRugs (via Amazon)

My Piece de Resistance- French Empire Chandelier from Amazon. I love her!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Keeping It Pretty in the City

Last summer during our trip to Paris my only regret was that I had such a dressed down look. And yes, I know that I was on vacation, but there is something about being in the fashion capital of the world looking sloppy that just didn't sit well with me. So, when Dean announced that he was taking me to New York for my birthday this summer I immediately began mapping out my go-to looks. There is lots of walking involved in NYC but I firmly believe that I can make this work. 
Monday was day one and I rocked a cute LB peplum top over my striped Eloquii scuba skirt. During the day I wore sensible flats but for meeting friends (and Morgan Freeman!) for dinner, I added my leopard print heels. My chunky Kenneth Jay Lane necklace added a pop of drama. 



Monday, June 16, 2014

Super-hero Dress

This Eloquii dress is unlike anything I've ever worn.... it is truly spectacular! I wore it for the first time today and it not only looked amazing but felt just as good.
Today started my second week at my new job and so far it has been excellent! Things had become so..... complicated... at my last organization. A merger happened a year and a half ago and things had just gone steadily downhill. In early May they did some layoffs and while they didn't affect my department directly, I realized that the mismanagement of funds was not going to end anytime soon and I really couldn't see my future there. I put out feelers and in short order had 2 great offers and ended up going with the company that I felt more passionate about. It's also a step up in my career so that I am now part of the senior/executive leadership team as a director of operations. Last week was exhausting as I learned names and tried not to get lost but was excited about what we're doing. This week will be much better....just ask my dress!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Gadget Love: Livescribe Sky Wifi Smartpen

In spite of all the available technology I must confess that nothing beats handwritten notes. I tried the Galaxy Note 8 for a bit but that didn't quite meet my needs, even though I wasn't quite sure what they were at the time. This time I think I have it figured out- I need to write, then have the notes physically available on paper, then available electronically. With that in mind I decided to check out the Smartpen options and decided on the Livescribe Sky Wifi. It arrived today and I am excited about being able to take notes and then have them available in Evernote. 



As an added bonus, I found that I could also save the image of my written page to email or attach to a blog post!

I splurged and got the portfolio case and some extra notebooks. My goal is to be able to tote this setup during my first few days at my new job (starting on Monday!- more on that later!) so that I can capture my training notes and have them sync to Evernote.

And before you say it, yes, I am aware that I could accomplish this by taking a picture of my page- but what fun would that be? :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Droid Maxx Battery Life

While I was generally pleased with my Droid Ultra I couldn't get my deep desire for wireless charging out of my mind. After much research I decided to do a minor switch to a pre-owned Droid Maxx. It arrived in the mail on Thursday and after the initial charge I decided to do a deep discharge to calibrate the battery over the weekend.
The only problem is that the battery simply wouldn't run down over the weekend! I unplugged it 7am on Saturday morning and it lasted on single charge until 4pm on Monday afternoon. It was crazy!
I am beyond thrilled that I have finally found a phone that has battery life that I've always dreamed of. As an added bonus, when I do need to charge it I can simply toss it onto my Tylt Vu for wireless charging. Yep, I'm in love!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekend Watching: True Detective


Now that the season is over, it's the perfect time to binge watch the entire season of True Detective. I watched all 8 episodes over an intense weekend and I have to admit that it more than lived up to the hype. The storyline is dark but gripping and the acting is superb.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Striped Sheath

My Tahari jacket is one the hardest working pieces in my wardrobe. I wore it atop my casual travel wear to dress up my plane look to and from Paris. And in this case I used it to perk up an otherwise plain dress that I picked up from Ashley Stewart. Here is a look at the dress from the AS site:












I love the jacket so much that I've got it in green and purple.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pop of Pink

I picked up this Herringbone jacket on sale from Lane Bryant a few weeks ago and hadn't given it a lot of thought until I decided to buck my conventional black and pink pairing for this dress. I pulled out the jacket and found it goes quite well with my pink sheath.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Olive(ia Pope)

Blouse & Skirt- Ashley Stewart, Bag- Burberry, Shoes- Zappos
I must admit that I spent most of this day feeling very 'Olivia Pope' circa Scandal. The structure of the blouse and the highwaist skirt made me feel like it was possible the president might well walk through my door and pledge his undying love breathlessly in my ears. While that didn't exactly happen, I did get lots of work done while looking, if I do say so myself, quite sharp.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Wild Wallflower

After I took this picture I noticed that the pieces are nearly the exact shade as my wallpaper. Henceforth, this look will be known as 'the wallflower'. However, there is nothing mild about these Lane Bryant separates- the cut is unbelievable and is the classiest looking suit available in multiple colors that I've seen in a long time.
I wore this look to a daylong conference and my only disappointment was the amount of wrinkles in my skirt at the end of a long day of sitting. This one is a win- especially if the day includes less sitting.