Friday, February 16, 2018

Love the look - taking flight

I am counting the days down (well my eight year old daughter is) until our Disney trip. I'm excited and a little nervous about having a regimented schedule. I prefer a relaxing vacation and nothing overly scheduled! Are you heading anywhere to escape the cold this winter?? Do you have favorite travel items? Here are mine:

I choose comfort when flying. Long gone are my days of trying to impress anyone with my travel outfit. Ha!

1. Tissue tee shirt. I like light tee shirts, opposed to heavy cotton.
2.  How cute are these headphones? I will be chilling out with some music for a bit on the plane.
3. Bring a little piece of home with you with this coordinate bracelet. I think I may use the coordinates from my favorite beach or my parent's back yard - (it has a lovely view and will always feel like home to me)
4. I love totes and need one I can throw over my shoulder. I like the striped should strap on the Clare V. version. This canvas one is great too and supports a wonderful cause -EMC
5.  I'll leave Boston in a light jacket.
6. I always travel with a cozy scarf. I wear them around my neck or as a blanket if the plane is cold.
I find planes are either too color or too hot and rarely "just right" temp wise.
7. I'll be wearing these all week. New Balance sneakers are cute and comfy. This new 696 version is adorable.
8.  Lip balm and hand cream are a must on the plane.
9.  Comfy pants that aren't overly casual looking.
10. I also drink a ton of water in flight and always bring almonds to snack on.
11. I will toss a good book and magazines in my carry on!
12. My phone/music source is obviously on the list too. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Flower Power - Ashley Whittaker

With Spring around the corner, I've got punchy hues and floral prints on my mind! I adore the cheer that color brings to just about anything! I often use punches of color or even subtle sophisticated hues in my work to add dimension, interest and always a hint of drama. Ashely Whittaker is a master, she fearlessly mixes textures, pattern and color perfectly in this Connecticut weekend home! The beautiful floral prints and wallpaper make this bathroom sing!! Images via House Beautiful. Photography: Read McKendree

This breakfast room is stunning!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Charming + Chic in NYC

As you may recall, last Friday I shared my conundrum with finishing off Emmi's bed room. When I finally think I've nailed it, she decides she wants something else. You can say put your foot down, but I want her to love her room too! I think we have settled on Farrow and Ball's borrowed light for the wall color. I am also waiting on the wallpaper sample from Serena and Lily. I thought I'd share the rest of designer Cece Barfield's chic home with you. I love the historic charm and feminine details of her Manhattan apartment. Cece trained with Bunny Williams before starting her own design firm in 2015. Learn more about her home and shop the look on OKL

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

heart day

Whether you choose (or chose) to be single or not (we have ALL been there) on Valentine's Day, a little heart day inspo never hurt anyone. During the years that I was single, I still chose to embrace celebrating the love in my life and often found an excuse to pick up a pretty little something for myself. Today I'm sharing some pretty Valentine's Day ideas:

1. These look adorable on! They also come in pink. 
2. I am often looking to brighten up my wardrobe by February! A new handbag is a great way to add some color to your life!
3. I need a new car and am actually toying with the idea of going with something slightly smaller. I need something roomy and safe for my kids but I always appreciated a nice, European looking cars. I will most likely stick with an SUV for work purposes but I want something sportier!! How cute is this little car? The Countryman Mini is on my radar but I think it is too small. I also need a car that can plow through the snow!
4. Flowers are the perfect way to brighten anyone's day. Ranunculus are one of my favorites!!
5. These are on my wish list. (hint, hint)
6.  The gift of music is a great one!! Bose still makes a fabulous sounding speaker. 
7. + 10. The girls over at Twine and Twig are killing it. Don't miss out on their 25% off sale! I am loving their Spring collection and the Valentine's blush stack. I think I need a new piece for Florida. 
8. I love the look of wrap sweaters. This one is reversible and super comfy. Size down, it runs a large - I would say if you are a size 4 to get an xxs. **It is 30% off** 
9. Beautycounter is my go to for moisturizing, chemical free lipstick and gloss. This color collection is versatile and would make the perfect gift. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Shelter Loves...

Hola!! Happy weekend, lovies! I bet you're happy to see it too!! Lots of good stuff happening over here and every week is a balancing act but I wouldn't trade it for the world! Here's a peek at this week's "hot list" and lusts! Enjoy your weekend! xoxo 

1.  What a sweet tee - Get this one before it sells out. I layer tees under everything!!
2. The casual fashion trend is all right by this Mama. Five inch heels? I'm all set. I'll be wearing this look most of the weekend. There are so many Golden Goose sneaks, how do you choose?? Would you splurge on this cult fave?
3. Honestly, LET THAT SHIT GO. We all run into bizarro behavior and assholes from time to time..Try to move on, it's not worth anything else.
4. I want to change up my daughter's room. I have been agonizing over it for a year now. I finally came to a decision on a wallpaper and my daughter negged it, said it looked "too grey". I am going to show her this image. (I actually love this feminine with a touch of granny chic look - This entire apartment is divine, I'll be sharing that next week). I am 90% sure I am going with pale blue walls, an even paler blue bed, a light blue and white wallpaper, lavender and a hint of pink as a scheme. I hope she gives it a thumbs up!! The winning shade here is Farrow and Ball's - Borrowed Light. It's a stunner.
5. I'm not a huge football fanatic like most I know around here but I will be pigging out and watching the Pats on Sunday! I'm making these - I love myself some yummy home made wings!! Go Patriots!!
6. I need to find a reason to use this tile. I like the simplicity of it. It won't feel tired in a couple years!
7. Okay, I need to some how wear my hair like this...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Love the look - Escape

This is the time of year most people in the states are thinking about escaping the cold! As I've mentioned, we're taking the kids to Disney in March. I'll be sure to share my looks for that trip soon! In the meantime, here's a peek at some of my favorite resort staples this year. Throw a pair of cut off denim shorts, white jeans, a beach cover and hat into the mix with these items and you're all set! Of course don't forget the sunblock, toiletries and your favorite baubles. 


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cottage Love #61 - Take me away

I will not be sorry to say good bye to the month that would never end! The Fat Jewish posted this today - umm, yes agreed!! This year's get away is going to be a week doing the Disney thing with the kids (not complaining, I swear) but next year?? Harbour Island! How perfect is this guest cottage? The architect did a great job marrying the historic and traditional elements of Bahamian vernacular architecture with modern elements of a new home.     
All images via Garden and Gun. The owner pool side. Interior Design by Amanda Lindsroth. Photography by: Brie Williams

I need her top!


Friday, January 26, 2018

Shelter Loves

Happy Friyay! Any big plans for the weekend? I had every intention of heading to VT this weekend to go skiing but I've had such a busy week. I just can't escape today. With that said, I heard conditions aren't great on the mountains, I may wait until they get more snow! Here's what's on my radar - besides a slew of exciting new projects.

1. White lace shirts have such a feminine look. I recently purchased this one here. I plan to bring it on our Disney trip with the kids this Spring.
2. I am in love with this bag. I have the XL size and I had my initials monogrammed on it in hot pink. It is the perfect casual weekend bag and holds a ton. (even my pillow 👶) I may need the medium size. 
3. + 4. I am most definitely into the strong mind, strong body, strong woman concept! I do not love to ski in the frigid cold but on a gorgeous day, I find it refreshing to be outdoors away from technology - I enjoy the views and exercise! Just look at Hannah Teter, the professional snow boarder - snow boarding and skiing keep you fit. I'm ordering a pair of her inspired ski socks via Bomba. These are cute too
6. How adorable are these slides???  I love this shade of pink. J. Crew has a similar pair to the Loeffler ones. 
7. If I had a ski house it would look like this but filled lots of soft blankets and sheep skin rugs. The windows would face the mountains. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


We are in the thick of it here in Boston - snow, sleet, rain, mud, ice - you name it, it happens. I am not going to lie. I have mudroom envy. I think in my next house (or if I add onto this one) a mudroom is tops on the list. Finding a spot for all of the shoes, coats, and BACKPACKS most of the year is tricky. I have hooks and a closet but they just aren't cutting it. Here are some of my recent favorites spotted. They aren't all even large but definitely serve a purpose. 

This is a great solution!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Love the look

Hello, hello! I hope you had a fabulous week. Things are good here, a little busy but great! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for updates on current Shelter projects and happenings. I'm hustling to get my work done this am. Later this afternoon I'm hosting twelve girls at my home for a birthday party for Emerson. It'll be fun, hectic but fun. I enjoy a good party and obviously the decorations. She is all about "a dance party" this year. (that's my girl). 

Onto my post.....Winter can get old and truthfully when working at the office I am guilty of dressing for comfort and warmth. When I venture out to meetings and appointments I do however adore a sharp outfit. Lately, I am all about camel (or chambray) and wide leg winter white pants. This combo is sophisticated but approachable - it's perfect for work or  better yet afternoon drinks with the girls. The white pants I shared are darling!  Cheers to a fantabulous weekend! Links below

* A kitten heel bootie would look adorable with this too.


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