Boho Bride

I'm lurve Mara Hoffman; her prints and patterns come from such a distinct place of creativity. I also love a good boho hippie look, and she does that so well-without being on-the-nose about it. They've just launched a bridal collection that is swoon-inducing. I don't know how many of us would actually be Mara Hoffman brides, but I can picture these for a rehearsal dinner or a "going away" dress (since really, is one dress enough?). The beading and detail is beautiful, and they all look so comfortable and ethereal. There are even a couple of swimsuits for tropical honeymooners that are spot on. Check out the full collection here.

The Isis Gown, my fave!


Cut Glass

Apart from smelling darn good, the packaging of Voluspa candles is bonkers. (Next level bonkers for anyone counting.) I want to keep the containers just to look at on a shelf. At under $30 these beauties are great to put on the list as we head into holiday shopping season.


Bundle Up!

Rebecca Taylor Shearling Trimmed Vest
I'm abnormally obsessed with this camel colored vest from Rebecca Taylor. I'd like for it to join my wardrobe ASAP. Also: all of the RT coats and jackets are insane and super versatile. There are also several sweaters I'd be interested in wearing ALL OF THE TIME. This is also the last day of Rebecca Taylor's 25% off Friends & Family discount (use code: RTFALLFF13), so I'm planning to go ahead and invest in some of my faves. You should too! Yay!

Rebecca Taylor Gray Shearling Trim Hoodie Coat
Rebecca Taylor Blocked Layered Leopard Sweater

Rebecca Taylor Abstract Intarsia Knit Sweater



Hump Day. Here's some art to get you through!

All by super dank artist Michelle Armas


Dark N' Stormy
That Bowtie I Like


Monday Inspiration

I had a fun Friday lunch|meeting with my friend Erin of Shawlsmith London at the end of last week, and it really got me thinking about the business landscape and what I'm interested in and feel most passionately about. It inspires me so much to be attempting to build a brand and business in the company of so many women. When I stopped to look around me, what I see is a thriving community of businesses started and run by a lot of really interesting, smart and funny ladies. I don't want to get all girl power on you, but I am incredibly encouraged by what has emerged out of this horrible recession. Fleur is celebrating 10 years in business this month. Charlotte's has been a mainstay since we were little bits. There are super talented jewelry designers, beauty gurus, artists and DIY geniuses setting up shop. The businesses above are literally just a few folks I thought of in short order, and are just representing Raleigh. It is happening across the South though, and further, and it's awesome. See below for the shops pictured, and please feel free to shout out your favorites that I've missed! Check these ladies out; shop them, like them, get to know them! They are all amazing at what they do. If you're thinking about going for it, close your eyes and jump, there are plenty of people here to help and to cheer you on!


Lela Rose | Trunk Show

Calling all shoppers with impulse control problems: the Spring '14 trunk show is happening at Vermillion. Get over there ASAP-they are packing up tomorrow, and you will really be sad :( if you miss it. Lela Rose really requires no explanation; the attention to detail, the fit, the trim-it's all superbly exquisite. And I'm really not exaggerating. My pictures can't even come close to capturing the workmanship. I won't even tell y'all what my "wish list" added up to. (It was the GDP of a small island nation.) (Seriously.) (Totally worth it.) There were a lot of highlights, see my MOST favorites at the verrrry bottom... 

C. Wonder

I had the great fortune to attend a luncheon this week introducing C. Wonder to the Triangle! In just a few short weeks, a new C. Wonder storefront will be gracing The Streets at Southpoint!!! If you are not familiar with the NYC-based store, prepare yourselves: they have everything from zebra-print blouses to lucite dog beds. I would call it "Hamptons lifestyle" without the outrageous prices. Our hosts even brought us a sampling of the goodies that will be in store, which included this gorgeous bracelet and A GIRAFFE DISH...how could they have known how I feel about giraffes??? Everything was tucked into a monogrammed version of their signature tote, which I have since transfered my life into. Until now I have been shopping C. Wonder via the web (ceramic foo dogs, chevron blankets), and now we will get the full experience! Stay tuned for more updates, but they are expecting to open in early November! 


Call It A Duncan

I was lucky enough to score an invite to the C. Wonder luncheon today at Vivace here in Raleigh. I'll have more on that later, but Raleigh folks, get excited! I was also equally lucky enough to score the gorgeous Duncan skirt by Troubadour from Fleur, which was perfect for the event. I'm in love with the "Inkblot" print-which is also available in dress and top form here and at Fleur. I was going to do the pattern on pattern thing, but opted for a simple navy tee this time (J Crew tissue tee-comes in a million colors). I added some sparkle instead. ALSO: Pinterest is a liar, fishtail braids are hard, but I persevered. Click here for a pretty self explanatory chart. Have a drink before you try it yourself. PS: the Duncan skirt runs a touch small, I'd size up!

1. Troubadour Duncan Skirt-Fleur or here | 2. J Crew Long Sleeve Tissue Tee | 3. Sam Edelman nude slingbacks (similar) here | 4. Ray Ban Aviators (use code INTHEFAMILY25 for 25% off almost everything!) 5. Kenneth Jay Lane Gecko Ring (similar) here (also 25% off with code FRNFAM) 6. Maybelline Baby Lips in "Pink Punch" 7. David Yurman Cerise Mini Earrings 8. Celine Clutch (similar) here

photo credit: Robyn Lehman



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