Travel: Wes Anderson Style

Since we're snow-bound today, I found myself going down a good, old-fashioned Instagram rabbit hole and found this amazing Wes Anderson-inspired luggage collection from a company called Very Troubled Child. I'm a big Wes Anderson fan and, unless you're new here, you know I'm pretty much a sucker for fine leather goods featuring giraffes and elephants and the Darjeeling range of travel bags has both + ZEBRAS (and other adorable exotic creatures). Add the monogram and I'm all in. With luggage as magical as this, you essentially have to take a fabulous trip. Where to? 

Shop the Darjeeling bags here and VTC's range of Wes Anderson goodies here (which are great gift ideas for Wes Anderson fans).

Wes Anderson Darjeeling Luggage Travel Duffel Bag Camera Case

Wes Anderson Darjeeling Luggage Travel Duffel Bag

Wes Anderson Darjeeling Luggage Travel Duffel Bag


Spring Sandals: Loeffler Randall

I'm consistently obsessed with Loeffler Randall no matter what the season, but the Spring 15 collection is speaking directly to my soul. These tassel tie sandals and this pair of fringe sandals are the stuff of my dreams. There is always an animal-inspired print that grabs your attention but is subtle enough to not overpower, and I'm loving the cheetah as well as the snake-type skin that's happening this season. Another thing I must say, LR's shoes are consistently high-quality and well-made. My Matilde boots are still gorgeous after almost 7 years and 2 re-soleings. You 100% get your money's worth. I love the boho vibe, so effortless, now all I have to do is decide what to get!!!  

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J Crew + Spring

J Crew Yellow Swing Coat Trench Raincoat

Still freezing in NC this weekend. Spring is all over the interwebs and it is providing a much needed inspiration boost. I love some of J Crew's latest additions, especially since they're offering 20% off this weekend with the code SHOPPINGTIME (get 25% off with your J Crew card and code CARDSHOP). It's an excellent weekend to start building your Spring wardrobe boosters. I'm really hoping this look comes to fruition, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for it online. In the meantime, here are a few of the items on my list this weekend:


Opening: Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott Jewelry Store Durham NC Streets Of Southpoint Jewelry

I spent a good part of my Valentine's Day with my seester-in-law exploring the new Kendra Scott store that just opened at the Streets At Southpoint in Durham. We knew, of course, that we would love all of the jewels, but the store was just as spectacular. The KS ladies told us that it was meant to feel like Kendra's closet, which I can only assume is the sickest closet on the planet based on the store. It's a really warm space, gold accents and pretty seating are complimented with a gorgeous color changing wall dotted with the shape of one of her signature medallions. 

My main obsessions decor-wise were the succulents. In keeping with the new "Avant Garden collection" there were AMAZING succulents all over the store. I 100% am going to implement the look at home, I'm told even gardening-incompetents can handle succulents so I think I've got a shot. There was also a lovely selection of sweets and bubbles, which were perfect for the occasion. I can't tell you how sweet and helpful the staff is; truly friendly and helpful + adorable. I left with more treasures to add to my growing KS collection and will definitely make the trip over again soon!

Shop some of my KS favorites here:

Kendra Scott Jewelry Store Durham NC Streets Of Southpoint Party Tassels

Kendra Scott Store Durham NC Streets Of Southpoint Jewelry Necklaces

Kendra Scott Store Durham NC Streets Of Southpoint Jewelry Avant Garden


Wrapped Up

Plaid Scarf Cable Knit Sweater NC Style Blog Southern Arrondissement

So it's about 17 degrees here in Raleigh. We simply aren't mentally prepared to live like this here. Cold air + wind makes me feel like a turtle; I'm constantly trying to burrow my neck into whatever jacket/coat/sweater I'm wearing. Wrapping up in a big, soft scarf definitely helps. It's like a cold forcefield. They don't have to be expensive either; this one from the Gap (similar here) was around $30 and it is super soft and lovely. I also feel like everyone should have a great chunky cable knit sweater in their repertoire, something like this maybe? Or you can ignore all of this and just stay inside wrapped in a blanket like a giant burrito. I won't judge.

Sweater: Old Navy, similar // Scarf: Gap, similar // Jeans: J Crew, similar and LOVE these // Clutch: Madewell // Sunglasses: RayBan // Boots: Frye

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Plaid Scarf Cable Knit Sweater NC Style Blog Southern Arrondissement

Plaid Scarf Cable Knit Sweater NC Style Blog Southern Arrondissement

Plaid Scarf Cable Knit Sweater NC Style Blog Southern Arrondissement

Plaid Scarf Cable Knit Sweater NC Style Blog Southern Arrondissement

Plaid Scarf Cable Knit Sweater NC Style Blog Southern Arrondissement

Plaid Scarf Cable Knit Sweater NC Style Blog Southern Arrondissement

Plaid Scarf Cable Knit Sweater NC Style Blog Southern Arrondissement


Pillow Talk

I've been trying to figure out a pillow scheme for the bedroom, as in I have literally have shamless pillows on the bed for weeks. The rest of the rooms is essentially white; I did a DIY headboard with white linen and silver nailhead trim (I'll share someday), white curtains and the walls are the faintest, faintest gray. I am not really a pink person for bedrooms, so that has led me down a blue/green/black/gray path. I'm now considering that orangey-persimmoney color too! I love the idea of mixing a solid and a print or two prints in the same color family. Part of me would just stick with all-white-everything and pretend like I live in a spa. I'm also really prone to the Greek key---I already have two sets of this guy in two colors; I wish I could find it in a Kelly green. How doth one decide???

Any input from you decorator-types is much appreesh!


Beauty: Winterizing

It's good and cold here in NC we are preparing for #snowpocalypse part 2; aka potentially 1 inch of snow that will shut us down for two days. (Don't hate, we don't know what to do with snow.) Cold weather tends to dry out my skin terribly and, while I usually don't have to do too much skin maintenance, this time of year forces me to be a little more vigilant about a routine. One of my bigger problems is that my lips completely dry out and get flaky, making lipstick look super weird and not awesome. I've been using the Sugar Lip Polish from fresh., which makes things worse before they get better, but ultimately really helps smooth and moisturize chapped lips. I top my scrubbed pout with Smith's Minted Rose lip balm which is really heavy and adds the slightest hint of color. 

I have a similar face routine. When I was looking for a scrub, the guy at the Chanel counter was like, "let's be real, the Clinique 7-Day Scrub is the only thing you need." I appreciated the #truth; it's a classic, it's affordable and you know it works. Why bother with anything else. For moisture, Beautycounter's face oils are the shiz. If you have dry skin, you owe it to yourself to try it. It's a little on the pricey side, but well worth it. The Lustro #2 is the one I've been using. You can feel the difference almost immediately.

Winter means I can't let my hair dry, so I really love the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, which helps keep my ends healthy since it's exposed to the hair dryer so much more this time of year. I also get really dry hands because I'm an obsessive hand-washer, which means my nails tend to get a little brittle too. Julep's Oxygen Nail Treatment helps keep them healthy and shiny. What do you use to fight winter skin?  


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