Home Decor Discovery

I’ve always been a huge fan of Polyvore.  Always.  Amazing solution to aggregate fashion online, and hands down my favorite source for discovery.  If I had a specific item in mind (gold strappy high-heels for example) I’d type it in, filter by price, and voila, there were options at my fingertips!

Well, amazing AMAZING news!!  I just discovered that in addition to fashion, they also have a home decor filter.  Yes… I know…. HUGE!

Let’s say I’m looking for a rustic side table (or coffee table)… chose “tables” from the main category, filter with the keyword “rustic” and there you have it!  Could it be simpler???

After discovering this, I felt inspired, and pulled together some collections of things I’ve been browsing myself…
First up: the rustic occasional table… to replace our dark faux wood coffee and side tables that are currently in our living room.  I’m really drawn to the lighter natural wood finishes, metal details, x-bar reinforcements, and tiered storage…

Rustic Occasional Tables

I also went a step further to browse art, since I’ve been toying with the idea of revamping the gallery wall in our living room… for fall, I am really liking the more muted color palates, nature inspired pieces, and quirky photographs with an aged “instagram like” quality.  The elephant is absolutely AMAZING, and I think Kris would like the old surf photo.

Art

And, while we are not necessarily IN NEED of gorgeous chandeliers, or lamps right now, I’ve been toying with the idea of swapping out the brushed metal lamps in the living room, for something a little more mid-century… just for a while!  These lamps have served me well – six years, and four apartments!!

Lamps

This is in no way sponsored by the way – I just happen to love Polyvore, and think that this is so cool!  Fashion, AND home decor??? Such a cool tool when you’re looking for something specific!

Birthday Outfit: Fashion Inspiration

Oh gosh, I’ve been trying not to think about it, but my birthday is just around the corner!  While I am lining up dates, and making plans to celebrate, I need to start thinking about what to wear.  While I’m not going to go out and buy a new wardrobe, I put together a few fun fashion inspirations to get my creative juices flowing…


DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY:
Coral and aqua… yup, I went there… again.  I just can’t get over this combo!!  It’s fun, and bright… puts you in the mood to salsa with a stranger, or party it up at a gay club (gay men seriously love me… it’s true).

Birthday Dress I

House of dereon dress, £90
BCBG Max Azria envelope clutch bag, $68
Kate Spade hardware jewelry, $48
Tear drop earrings, $38
Aqua jewelry, $35
Liz Martins Elevation Lashes, $15
Amazon.com: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme, Just Enough Buff…, $9.99
Essie Shine Of The Times Nail Polish 15ml Health & Beauty | HQHair.com, £9.95

DINNER WITH MY HONEY BEAR:
I’m thinking candlelit and romantic – somewhere old San Francisco with a live Jazz ensemble, a manhattan in hand, and my love.

Birthday Dinner

Button up dress, $200
Zara heel pumps, $80
Zara clutch hand bag, $36
Carolee glass earrings, $28
A V Max gold bangle jewelry, $35
Supercalifragilipstick! In Adventurous Red, $24
OPI Nail Lacquer, Big Apple Red, 0.5 Ounce, $5.94

DINNER WITH CO-WORKERS:
Something fun but still work appropriate – slacks and a blouse with ruffles to draw the eye away from my full tummy 🙂

Dinner with Co-Workers

Karen Kane ruffle sleeveless top, $95
Tailored pants
Shoes, 150 AUD
Biba clutch hand bag, £116
LORD TAYLOR yellow gold jewelry, $350
Wet Seal plastic jewelry, $8.50
Animal print belt, £20

Lady Like Elegance: Splurge vs. Save

I’ve been spending more and more time on Polyvore, and find myself totally drawn to the super expensive designer shoes, handbags, and clothing.  Obviously, its easy to make fabulous outfits out of Valentino, Gucci, and Manolo, but I’ve decided that for every FABULOUS designer outfit I put together for inspiration, I match it with the budget version that normal people can actually afford.

The first installment is the ultra lady-like outfit.  Peplum screams “I’m a lady” since it nips in the waist, and flatters the natural curve of a woman’s body (or enhances if its you are lacking in the curve department).  The Splurge version of this outfit will cost upwards of $20,000.  Crazy right?  Unfortunately that Chanel bag’s price isn’t listed, but its at least $10K.  At least.

SPLURGE:

The Dream - Lady Like Elegance

Mulberry beige shirt, $600
Valentino gauze skirt, £747
Christian louboutin shoes, $625
Chanel quilted handbag
Marco Bicego gold engraved jewelry, $5,610
Forzieri gold earrings, $1,194
Cartier jewelry, 1,572 CAD

Now take a look at the “Save” version of this same look.  Still cute, still lady-like, but a heck of a lot more affordable!  From head to toe, this is $400 – $500.

SAVE:

Look for Less - Lady Like Elegance

Peplum top, $17
Paul Costelloe knee length pencil skirt, £39
MICHAEL Michael Kors studded heels, $120
Python handbag, $89
Majorica south sea pearl earrings, $75
Jon Richard chunky jewelry, £40
Banana republic jewelry, $50

Obviously a lot of us have the staples to this look – you could substitute the pearls for CZ studs, or grab that cute black clutch you use out on the town.  I love playing around with looks, because maybe it’s just the peplum top you are looking for, to pair with your own pencil skirt and sky high heels, or maybe you’ve got a great peplum top, but have been looking for something to wear it with.  I look in my own closet and there is never anything to wear!  Now, I can look to the designers who know what they are doing, and model looks after the runway!

Lazy Day

Lazy Day

If this isn’t the perfect outfit for running errands, grabbing lunch, or hitting the stores to look for a new sofa (aka, my exact plans for this Saturday), then I don’t know what is – warm slouchy sweater, dark dark dark skinny blue jeans, and blush everywhere – in the bag, bracelet, ballerina flats, and scarf.  Chilly weather just hit San Francisco, and I am not going anywhere without something wrapped around my neck!

XO

Lazy Day by beckyc1923 featuring leather shoes

Dorothy Perkins stripe sweater
$44 – dorothyperkins.com

Mango cropped jeans
£40 – mango.com

Chloé leather shoes
$450 – kirnazabete.com

Yves Saint Laurent tote handbag
£1,499 – harrods.com

Chanel hammered jewelry
€376 – lindestore.com

Fresh water pearl jewelry
rockabellajewels.bigcartel.com

Miss Selfridge acrylic scarve
$22 – missselfridge.com

Valentine’s Day Shoes

I sort of LOVE the idea of outfitting your feet for the holiday, and once again Polyvore saves the day!  The great thing about most of these shoes is that they are not Valentine’s Day specific (well with the exception of the ever fabulous Vivienne Westwood Heart pumps which I Love, love LOVE!! Imagine these shoes taking you year round – red’s and pinks can be hot in the summer and do double duty as holiday festive!

Enjoy!

Valentines Day Shoes

Christian Louboutin nude pumps, $625
Melissa shoes, £120
WALTER STEIGER high heels, $1,075
Steve Madden high heels, $110
Carvela Kurt Geiger high heels, £120
FS NY ballet flat, $198
Paul Joe ballet flat, £145
Zara platform heels, $90
Dorothy Perkins boat shoes, $35
Flat, $130