16 October 2010

Join the Club

Club Monaco, a former staple of my work wardrobe in New York, is now available to order online via Shopbop!

The men and women's lines are so chic, streamlined. Modern yet classic. I love everything about this outfit. The supple faux vest. The sexy masculine pleated pant.  Perfect with the flannel Louboutins I am coveting.

11 October 2010

Domino Effect

Looking better than ever, Lonny celebrated its one year anniversary in the newly released Fall issue. And may I comment on the site redesign: so clean and streamlined (with no faux magazine fold across the spread, thank you!), allowing us to focus on exploring the rich, stylized photographic features. A few of the drool worthy ideas:

Rich dark backdrops and geometric patterns.

Pops of color against white walls.

Gold accents and almost perfect symmetry.

Living greens and patterns against patterns.

As the most sincere form of flattery, there are now two other shelter mags delivered gratis right to your electronic doorstep: Rue and Australian Adore.

I really like the depth of Rue's suggestions, and how seamlessly they tie overall style with interior aesthetic.  The magazine founder's abode is amazing. And I was convinced it was somewhere in Europe, but in fact, it's a charming spot in Chicago's north end.


Adore's cover story features an amazing apartment in Dubai. Not quite exotic, but it all seems very familiar.  Adore seems to, well, adore the style that Domino captured.

10 October 2010

Style Compass

Love this city guide for Pittsburgh on design*sponge. Well done to the creative minds who compiled suggestions and shared some of the hidden secrets here (some of which I never knew existed!) This feature is chock full of amazing, one of a kind places in Pittsburgh, and I could still think of a few other worthy to make the list. My additions: Big Dog Coffee, Roxanne's Dried Flowers, Paris 66, Vanilla Pastry Shop, Penhollows, to name a few.

I love the images. It really captured Rooster at OhYeah, and chic Hot Haute Hot among other great places. (Although I'm kind of sick of the outdated incline pic, missing 3PNC from the skyline.)

Thanks for putting Pittsburgh on the design*sponge map, ladies!

07 October 2010

Phipps Fabulous

A dazzling evening at the city's most dazzling venue is approaching. The Phipps Conservatory's annual EcoFabulous Garden Party is next Thursday evening, October 14th. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and garden programs. Be fashionably early at 6pm for dining and live music, or get funky at 8pm with cocktails and dancing. Tickets start at $45.

06 October 2010

Give Back


On October 13th, open your heart, wallet and web browser for the Pittsburgh Foundation's annual Day of Giving, benefitting over 400 local non-profits.

The rules and web support for the initiative have changed to accommodate the overwhelming participation last year. A prorated amount of the reserved $500,000 contribution from the Pittsburgh Foundation will be allocated based on donations to participating organizations.

Apparently Pittsburgh was ranked the most charity conscious city in the US, meaning we are most generous per capita. I sense a strong correlation with our most livable ranking. The non-profits are what make this city so culturally vibrant, and that is something I'm willing to support.

04 October 2010

Fall Forward

I spent most of yesterday whirling around the house cleaning and organizing my life. Maybe it's my September birthday, or aligning myself to a school calendar, but for some reason Fall always feels like a crisp, fresh new start to the year.

A good part of my cleaning had to do with fashion: compiling old magazines and catalogs for recycling, and pulling out my warmer clothes from the attic. One of the most amazing features of our house is the walk-in cedar closet on the third floor. (That sealed the deal for me.) I raced up and down to complete the great clothing exchange: putting away the cotton blends for cashmere, corduroy and cowls. I love Fall.

Now that I've taken inventory, I know what I plan to add to my wardrobe. Without further ado.

The gray blazer, with a twist. One of my thoughtful friends gave me an Anthro gift card for my birthday. It took me no time to pick this out. I love the clean ruffle detail. I can see wearing this with jeans or black wool slacks. I went for the gray (surprise, surprise) although I was really considering the lovely burnt orange.


The wrap sweater. Enough said, and can't have enough.


I love the color of these versatile green corduroys. J.Crew is definitely the staple of my closet. Jenna just keeps making it better and better. (Side note- select pieces are available on Net-a-porter. To be able to sell it across the pond, perhaps?)

Fur. (faux for me, at least.) I love this vest. But so do many others, which is why it's sold out.


One quick glance into my closet and it's a sea of greige, beige, black and navy. I really need a pop of color, and this pretty Madewell scarf could do the trick. In fact, all of their accessories are pretty great and affordable.
Never mind daywear, this red-hot number is perfect for a night out. I have a classic go-to LBD, but sometimes that is just so... predictable.

And then a girl can dream... Unfortunately, I have absolutely no where to go in these gorgeous flannel Louboutins. Walnut or Butler Street? Mmm no. And they are not in my ideal price range. Sigh.
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