Wednesday, April 25, 2012

spring pastels

Sweet Essie polishes, pshiiit.com, via Glitter Guide
I'm loving the festive spring colors this season - soft pastels, playful florals, neons and brights...however, I'm particularly drawn to the pastels. They are soft and lovely, and it's so liberating to know that there are no holds barred when it comes to pairing different colors, textures and patterns.  
Made to order herb garden labels, paulova
Perhaps my favorites are mint and peachy-coral. But then I get sad that I'm excluding the soft pinks and blues. And I guess I'll throw yellow in there too (though I have a slight resentment toward yellow, since it never seems to look good on my fair skin).

Such lovely dresses, as seen on Such Pretty Things
I want this entire look, threads-of-fashion.tumblr.com via Nicole
These sweet colors are so perfect for spring and can easily be transitioned into summer. Also, how gorgeous to pair them up with soft lace, florals, polka dots...you name it. And they would be simply charming at a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower or even girls' brunch. I'm seriously thinking about upcoming birthday parties/events for an excuse to use these hues.

I need these - I'm just not sure for what exactly...custom invitations by MoonbeamsAndRainbows  
Chevron cake, Cake Central

Monday, April 16, 2012

bows

Simple bow shorts, obaz.com, via Helen Carlson's pin
Bows are the epitome of femininity, in my humble opinion. They take you back to when you were a little girl, with a big bow on the top of your head (particularly if you were a child in the 90s like me; I even sported the occasional Blossom floppy hat).

faboooosh headband by ban.do, the queens of girly accessories 
I need this dress to be in my closet. Like yesterday. asos spot shift dress with bow
Fabulous TB Eddie Bow Flats, Shop bop
The great thing about bows is that they can be adapted to any girl or woman at any age. They grow with us and reflect our style. Whether you're feeling big and playful, soft and romantic, or colorful and quirky, you can find a bow to fit any mood or occasion.   

Sweet, girly hair bow. Sorakeem tumblr, via This is Glamorous
Homemade, grown-up pencil skirt on Say Yes to Hoboken
Via Dreamsicle Day. Is it bathing suit season already? Sigh.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

round top antiques fair

We gasped when we saw this patch of poppies. In someone's front yard. All photos by Frances Moulin
Apologies, my friends. I know it's been a while since I've posted, but I have my reasons, I promise. 1) My 9-5 job has been super busy (zzzzz), 2) I haven't quite figured out my new camera (so excited about it though!), and 3) I've been traveling a bit. Nothing too crazy, but most recently, I went with my mom and sisters to the Round Top Antiques Fair.

I hit the jackpot when I scored these old earrings and brooches for about $20. Can't wait to use them as embellishments.
Lovely displays, complete with chandeliers, drawing us in from the streets.
Round Top is a small Texas town with a population of 90. Seriously. But during the Antiques Fair, held in the spring and fall, hundred of thousands of people flood the town to see miles of gorgeous antiques, unique furniture and homemade goods.

The famous Royer's Cafe. And a mish-mash of fun objects.
Pie selections at the This Must Be Heaven in Brenham. You know we had two pieces.
We stayed in the Ant Street Inn in nearby Brenham (famous for its bluebonnets) and spend two days eating, people watching, listening to live music and shopping. And trust me, two days is not enough. We learned quickly that to see all of Round Top, you need three or four days. And comfortable shoes (I recommend cowboy boots). And even though we didn't get a chance to see all that Round Top has to offer, we each bought a few things that made us happy, and we had a good ol' Texas time.

My absolute favorite piece, made of repurposed English wood and old French lockers. May I please borrow $2,400?