Vintage Inspired: Headbands and Fascinators


Being a girl with the utmost love and respect toward all things accessory, I'm a bit surprised that I've never been a big fan of headbands, hats, or anything of the sort. It's not that I haven't tried, but for one reason or another they've never been on my radar when it comes to accessorizing before heading out the door. However, after the royal wedding this year I've become increasingly obsessed with fascinators and headbands, and after coming across these whimsical, vintage handmade beauties, I believe my stance on all such things has shifted. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Dream Bathroom Inspiration: Clawfoot Tubs

There really isn't much to write about when it comes to clawfoot tubs, other than my love for them is endless and I cannot wait for the day I can incorporate one into a bathroom space of my own. Until then, all of these photos are going directly into my inspiration folders...

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Whoopie Pies - Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free

I've been dreaming about indulging in a whoopie pie since the day I was diagnosed with gluten, dairy, and soy allergies. Prior to my diagnosis I'd only ever had a whoopie pie once in my life, yet for some reason, as I sat in my doctor's office listening to her tell me all the foods I should avoid, it was the thought of never having another whoopie pie that left me most distraught. The mind goes to bizarre places, I tell you. Luckily I found this pan at Williams-Sonoma and was able to successfully recreate a gluten free whoopie pie strikingly similar to the original. I added in one half tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice to the recipe for no other reason than it's officially fall, and it was marvelous. Self restraint is in full force this morning, as these lovelies are sitting on my counter...



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Closet Essential: Nude Heels

While I tend not to discriminate amongst any type of shoe, I do find that a nude heel seems to be the best choice for me in terms of everyday wear. They're perfectly inconspicuous yet pronounced, appropriate in most environments, and outrageously versatile when it comes to complimenting the look of an outfit. I recently needed a new pair of nude pumps for an event, and with little time and a strict budget, I ran into Target and found the Mossimo pair (number 9) below. So far I've worn them with a printed pencil skirt, black slacks, and dark denim jeans, and have yet to be disappointed. Here are a few other nude heels I'm loving, priced from high to low.

1. Tabitha Simmons satin-fringe pump $995 2. Christian Louboutin 'Altadama 100' pumps $636 3. Jimmy Choo 'Lovely' pumps $377 4. DVF 'Plateau' sandals $192 5. Stuart Weitzman 'Daisy' pumps $165 6. Michael Kors 'York' pumps $120 7. ASOS 'Mary Jane' heel $82 8. Chinese Laundry 'Whistle' pumps $70 9. Mossimo 'Versie' heels $30

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DIY Headboard Ideas

One piece of furniture that seems to get a lot of DIY publicity, if you will, is that of the headboard. From home makeover shows to decor magazines and design blogs, creating a unique headboard seems to be all the craze. Whether it's made from leftover wood scraps, recycled doors, or even an array of letter decor pieces, DIY headboards are simple to make and, depending on your desired overall look, can literally costs cents from start to finish. Here are some of my favorite DIY headboard ideas:

Not a true DIY, but I liked the mirror as well:
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Ikat Home Decor and Accessories

I'll be honest: it's taken me a while to become comfortable with Ikat. While I love it's diversion from more standard, traditional patterns, sometimes Ikat decor, accessories, and clothing can be a little too wild for my taste. However, the more I see this pattern adorning everything from pillows to ballet flats, the more it's grown on me, and I'm slowly but surely starting to like it. Here are a few Ikat home pieces and accessories I wouldn't mind mixing into my decor and wardrobe:

1. ALDO flats 2. lampshade 3. scarf 4. Minted business cards 5. Target blue & white bowl 6. Pottery Barn pillow 7. MZ Wallace makeup pouch via stylecaster 8. tray 9. West Elm sofa


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Cuffed Leather Gloves for Fall

There is something so edgy yet chic about cuffed leather gloves that I completely love. They're light, comfortable, and easy to wear, too; three things that make a great accessory in my book. After seeing the Valentino leopard print gloves below (number four), I became completely obsessed and searched the internet high and low for all gloves of the sort. Here are some of my favorite finds:

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Emmys 2011 - Red Carpet Dresses - Best Dressed - Gwyneth Paltrow, Lea Michele, Kate Winslet, Nina Dobrev, Minka Kelly + more

The stars were out in full force tonight at the 2011 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, wearing the likes of Donna Karan, Pucci, and Armani Prive, among many other gorgeous designers. If I had to sum up the red carpet in one word it would be...RED! Lea Michele, Nina Dobev, Kate Winslet, and Sofia Vergara were all stunning in the hue, as were many others. Overall it seemed to be a more conservative carpet this year; everyone was polished and none of the dresses were really outrageous or over-the-top.

Lea Michele of Glee in Marchesa:
Gwyneth Paltrow in Pucci:
Nina Dobrev of Vampire Diaries in Donna Karan:
Kate Winslet:
Minka Kelly in Dior:
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Currently Loving...

Designer Monica Rose's Lucifer Bow Spiked Louboutins:
Deborah Lloyd's (President and Creative Director of Kate Spade New York)
vintage suitcases and her Kate Spade Kennedy bag:
ELLE Magazine's Accessories Designer, Kate Davidson Hudson's gorgeously organized closet:
Makeup Artist, Gucci Westman's Balenciaga dress...and her Chanel handbag:
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Intriguing Color - Styling Your Space with Kelly Green

Few colors intrigue me the way kelly green does. It's bold, luminous, and yet strangely inviting as it adds elements of warmth and sophistication when used as decor. I often see it used beautifully in rooms when I flip through home magazines, but I've never given it too much thought because it can be quite an intimidating color as well. After coming across a few of these photos, I realize that the key to using kelly green is to do so minimally, whether it be a single piece of furniture like the dresser above, or a couple of lamp bases like in the living room below. The color is stunning in even the smallest of doses, so I'm guessing sensory overload might become an issue if not used sparingly (this coming from the girl who had purple walls with sparkles for 5 years growing up! live and learn, right?). Here are some of my favorite spaces with kelly green:


This might be a little too bold for me to live with everyday, but it looks lovely:

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Favorite Nail Polish Colors for Fall

My addiction towards nail polish and all of it's stunning hues has been growing for quite some time. While a manicure from a salon is certainly nice, I rarely make my way into one, opting instead to do my nails myself. This, in part, is due to the fact that I like changing up my polish rather frequently. I am constantly swapping out colors to compliment certain tops, dresses, and on rare occasion, a completely random color altogether. As fall officially kicks off tomorrow, I've pulled out my favorite gray nail polishes that instantly get me excited for the cooler months ahead.


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Missoni for Target Collection In Stores Today


Orchestrated and handcrafted specially by the God's of powerhouse collaboration themselves - the Missoni for Target collection is now upon us and readily available in stores and online. OK...it's not that big of a deal, but it's kind of a big deal, if you know what I mean. With all the mid-to-late summer buzz about Missoni for Target opening this fall, I thought I'd refrain from posting until now, you know, in case I decide you decide to go today and need a checklist, or something along those lines. While Missoni is undoubtedly synonymous with gorgeous fashion, I must admit that I'm really in love with the home decor and accessories they've created for Target. The bike is especially swoon-worthy, as are the wellington boots and scarves. What do you think; anything catching your eye? Will you be going today or sometime this week?


top photo: women's dresses and accessories 2. Missoni wellies 3. Missoni dishware
bottom photo: Missoni for Target Bicycle


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Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe- Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Bread

gluten free banana bread recipe (soy & dairy -free too) I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately, practicing new-to-me gluten free bread recipes in preparation for fall and winter. It may sound silly to "practice" such a thing, but I love homemade breads in the colder months and since gluten free baking is a bit trickier, I like to have a few trial runs down before serving anything to friends and family during the holidays. This gluten/dairy/soy -free banana bread recipe is from Silvana Nardone's new book, Cooking for Isaiah (excellent recipe book for allergy sufferers*), and it is delicious. After taking a bite, I literally sat in awe for a few moments, not believing I could actually eat a dessert bread like this again without fear of becoming sick. I may or may not have had a piece or two in lieu of lunch yesterday...

gluten free banana bread recipe (soy & dairy -free too)*this was a not a sponsored post or paid review. personal opinion only

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Satchel Bags for Fall - Priced from High to Low

I recently came across the Proenza Schouler bag below (1.) and while I was instantly obsessed with it's gorgeous color and graceful leather, the price itself was a tad bit concerning, to say the least. So instead of completely embracing the out-of-my-price-range-not-gonna-happen bag, I set out to find other satchels that were more wallet friendly yet equally as swoon worthy. Here are some of my favorites, priced from 1 being the highest to 9 being the lowest.


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