New! Cluster Earrings in Vermeil

I have received quite a few emails begging for these cluster earrings in gold vermeil and I am so pleased to announce - they are here!! 14k gold vermeil post back earrings with London blue topaz and light blue topaz (set upside down to look like rose cuts). These are a must - have for fall - so chic, so elegant and people will be stopping you left and right!!!

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Introspection + Utopia

On my last trip to Barcelona, I fell in love. The name: Hoss Intropia. The moment I walked into the first Hoss Intropia store I felt like I had come home. Every single piece of clothing, the decor, the style, the detail was just as I would have it if I could design a clothing collection. The use of color, the meticulous use of detail (tiny pleats, bias cuts, special buttons, fabric layers, I can go on) had me. I went to every store in Barcelona and every store in Madrid wanting to see absolutely everything they carried. I think the reason why I was so captivated was that not only were the clothes beautiful to the eye, I could tell that there was an artist behind all of this - not someone trying to make clothing for clothing's sake, but someone who carefully chose the fabrics and chose the designs as an art form. The stores themselves were beautifully arranged and spoke of the detailed artistry the brand invokes. I came home to find that this love affair was to be more of a star crossed one - there were no US Hoss Intropia stores. The website is filled with beautiful photos, new designs, and blog posts about art, but this only grieved me more because I found the only online way to purchase was their last season discounted on Yoox (awesome website - the product photos don't capture Hoss Intropia's details as well as it could though) and I made use of this method. But I am so pleased to announce that Hoss Intropia is now in the US! The line is carried in select Bloomindales (see list of stores here) and few shoes can be found at Calypso, and if you are in Dallas, a few styles are carried at Cabana. Now all that needs to happen is a full Hoss Intropia store to come to Dallas and I will feel like this three year long distance love will be over. Until then, I will just Yoox the last season ( this, this, this, this, and this, please) and hopefully find myself in one of the lucky US cities, or if you find me on a plane to Denmark or Indonesia, you will know the reason why. All photos via Hoss Intropia

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New Earrings

I just got my pictures back and will be uploading them to the website this week. Thank you Will Graham for the lovely photos!

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Get Your Gun

My sister introduced me to this gem in the magazine world: Garden & Gun. She called to tell me of this discovery and I took one look at the magazine and I was smitten. Garden & Gun where have you been all my life and why did I not know about you? I will take the excuse of spending the last 4 years in the not so southern states of New York and California, but I am thrilled to join the train even if I am a little late. This magazine is filled with amazing music (back porch sessions with the likes of Holly Williams and Jason Isabel), home tours (plantation style), southern interest articles like this one discussing the artist Jesse Freidin's exhibit: Contemporary Hunters and their Gun Dogs, and city guides to southern staples from Knoxville to Baton Rouge. Not to mention the food articles: hot sauce, shrimp and grits, mint juleps, pecan pie - you get the idea. If you are not from the south (so unfortunate) subscribe to brush up your Shakespeare. If you are blessed to be from this glorious part of the country, Garden & Gun is a celebration of all that is real and nostalgic. Reading makes me feel like I am sitting under a magnolia tree sipping a milk punch and nibbling on cheese straws and pimento cheese sandwiches - cut in triangles with no crust, obviously.

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The Best Sunless Tanner

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Pro Perfect Airbrush Self Tanning Mist Anything with a name that long should be good! I have to give my mother in law credit for this one. She an informational maven, always in the know when it comes to just about everything: pinterest, interior design, the news, the weather, foreign policy and even self tanners. This is the first one I have tried that takes my pale skin to a natural tint and not the vibrant orange. It is fast drying, minimal odor, and it says to not rub it in but from personal experience and her advice I would do a fast once over rub after you spray.

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Parasol Swim Shirt

    Some people say this is the year of the one piece swim suit. I say its the year of the Swim Shirt. I've seen them popping up everywhere this season and they are finally looking more fashionable and less sporty. Parasol Sun makes some of my favorite styles - how chic is this striped one? The fabric is all UPF 50, lightweight, and no chemical coating. There are also adorable children's versions and I bought the light blue one below one for my little girl.

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10 Pregnancy Style Tips

This is me - 7.5 months pregnant on my birthday last year. JBrand maternity jeans, Forever 21 dress worn as shirt, Zara jacket, shoes by Pedro Garcia. Feel free to go to my "Maternity Style" board on Pinterest to get a visual idea of what I am about to talk about. Shop Your Closet: My first advice when determining your maternity wardrobe is shop your closet. Move your blazers, maxi dresses, shift dresses, tunics, long cardigans, leggings, and anything that does not have a defined waistline to the front. You can then build from there. I feel like maternity clothing can sometimes look a little boring, but if you work to make it fit with your style, its more of just a supplement and not a wardrobe shift. Non-Maternity Clothing Route: My first pregnancy I prided myself for not owning a single maternity item. Instead I cut a slit down the front of my jeggings as my stomach grew and I bought larger sizes from H&M, Zara, Calypso, and the mecca of amazing finds in NYC, Loehmanns. If you want to go high end, shop the sales at stores like Saks, Neimans, the Out-Net since you will have an elusive and changing size. Its all about guessing with sizing and buying for what works about a month out from now and then purchasing as the need changes. This method works for those who are the hunter-gatherer types and enjoy the thrill of the find. Maternity + Personal Clothing Route: My second pregnancy came along and I bought maternity jeans and wondered why I thought it was cool to DIY my maternity pants last time. Some things are just better maternity and pants are one of them. I had JBrand and loved them. As I got bigger I realized that maternity tops can be helpful because they are cut for the pregnant body and actually can be much more slimming than the shop up a size route. Rosie Pope, Hatch, More of Me and Splendid (so soft!) makes great basic maternity clothes. TopShop, ASOS and H&M all have maternity lines now that are soo cute and less expensive. I found that ZARA was great for structured jackets to wear over the shirts and it is a great price for the look. Claridge & King makes this shirt that I lived in and still live in! 10 Ways to Build Your Pregnancy Wardrobe With Style: 1. The Bottom: white, black, denim jeans or leggings (Splendid ones win!). I found dresses were easier than skirts, but I did find this amazing silk pleated mini skirt I wore with opaque black tights and boots from H&M that I wore all the time - the zipper just kept coming further down as the months passed. JBrand jeans are great, and I haven't tried Zara but they sure look nice! 2. The Top: cotton tops if you want your bump to show (Splendid makes the softest ones for maternity), cotton tunic shirts, oxford shirts, or peasant blouses sized up for not maternity items, with a blazer or long cardigan if needed. I'd suggest doing a quick H&M or other discount run to see if you could get some basics there before supplementing with the more expensive. This Claridge & King shirt would be a great shirt to use to maternity-ize the first look, and a Splendid grey tee w/ maternity jeans will get you the second look: 3. The Shoes: Wear those heels until your back hurts! The thicker heels are more comfortable and give stability. I had a pair of flat boots, (I love these!) Chanel booties w/a thick heel, and some pretty flats.  If your back is giving you trouble, try platforms without heels like these from Emerson Fry - just be a little more careful when walking because the bigger you are the less stable you can be.   4. The Accessories: I've heard people say to pile on big jewelry during pregnancy. Anything goes at the beginning but towards the end I felt like it just added to the mass. Statement earrings and longer necklaces are fine, but the larger bib necklaces or arm parties get a little busy during late pregnancy in my opinion. I wore these earringsall the time when I was pregnant.   5. The Coats: If going non-maternity look for swing coats. I borrowed a friend's and towards the end of pregnancy felt like I looked a little like Tweedle-Dee but I was able to button it up the whole time. If you don't want a swing coat, avoid inclement weather or use a regular coat and wear sweaters and layers underneath and add a thick scarf. Or, you can go for the obvious and just buy or borrow a maternity coat like this one from Rosie Pope. 7. The Dresses: If its summer maxi dresses are your best friend. If it is fall, you can accessorize with a jacket. I liked shorter shift dresses too since I was very pregnant last summer. If you want to go non-maternity, maxi dresses with undefined waistlines or empire waists work. When it comes to non-maternity dresses many people say empire waist will work all the time, but my advice is proceed with caution. It really depends on how your pregnancy goes, and the short empire waist dress can make you look all bust and all hips with no definition in between. The Hatch maxi dress is darling, and More of Me makes some pretty dresses. 8. The Panty Hose: I flew a lot with both pregnancies and had these compression hose from Jobst. Not top on the fashion list and I am still getting mailings from geriatric compression catalogs, but they were really, really comfortable. If your legs are starting to hurt somewhat, Spanx makes hose that are not as compression and if it is winter you can wear them under pants and no one will know. Now I may or may not have worn my Jobst lovelies under my maxi dresses last summer .... 9. The Workout: Lululemon makes these great tanks that can work well for maternity - I saw a Lululemon employee who was pregnant wearing one and her bump looked awesome! I wore their pants the whole pregnancy too. You will probably want to go up a size in the sports bras since your endowment does tend to increase at this time! 10. The Intimates: I know your body is changing but you can still look cute underneath. This Eberjey night gown is flattering for pregnancy. Since I was convinced our air conditioner was broken during my entire pregnancy, this style was perfect for me! They are now making cute nursing bras (finally) or if your bra is starting to get too tight - buy a bra extender. Now that you have a list, don't forget to cruise over to My Pinterest Board for pregnancy style photos and shopping ideas. Come back for my next post: "What to Pack for the Hospital When You are Expecting." And thank you all so much for the overwhelming email response to Yesterday's posts - 10 Post Pregnancy Style Tips and Post Maternity Style, UGH. I am still trying to respond to all of them emails but I guess this issue is close to many of us. I've added more pins on pinterest per your suggestions and thank you for your feedback - keep it coming ladies! Image 1 (mine), 2, 3, 4,5  

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10 Post-Pregnancy Style Tips

As I mentioned in the previous post, my always fashionable French friend and her mother gave me a shopping list for what to wear for my post-baby fashion crisis. Before the baby I loved spending the time to put an outfit together and pick out the right accessories. Post baby, it was the reallocation of time (or no time) combined with the fact that after pregnancy I was so sick of my maternity clothes and eager to wear my old ones, combined with my body being in a stage of graceful change that led to my fashion demise. Your experience does not have to be this way. Here are 10 things to consider in the post pregnancy wardrobe: 1. The Shoulder: Its a 1980's fact that if you increase the width of the shoulder, the waist and hips appear smaller. Use this knowledge to your benefit. Zara makes excellent structured blazers for any season. I find that cardigans sometimes do not have enough structure and just collect at the wrong place. 2. The Tunic: Anything that flows a little longer and bypasses the midsection is what you are going for. There are so many pretty colors, patterns, and cuts. Joie and Calypso always have a great selection of tunics and Loft makes great shirts and clothes that are are very forgiving on the body without sacrificing style.   3. The Button Down Shirt: This is great for nursing. Buy it over sized enough to not hug the mid section. You can wear this with a tailored jacket to dress up. You could wear this shirt with leggings and some cute shoes and have an outfit in 30 seconds. Zara People4. The Pants: Leggings work wonders. You can also try getting inexpensive jeans (H&M, Old Navy have great ones). Get a few sizes to try and if you still cant find something that fits the leg and the waist, get the best fit and take it to a tailors and have a slit cut on the side seams of the waist and insert some elastic so the button isn't cutting into you. Even if you can squeeze into a smaller size, know that doing this can increase the size of your muffin top and you can avoid this by getting one size larger. Or, a hybrid pull up jean made by Jag Jeans, could be your solution: taking care of business on the top (stretch waistband) fashion on the bottom (tapered denim). These jeans come in pretty colors too. This is the only picture I could get so you have to imagine that a shirt will be covering the waistband... 5. Swimwear: Worst. I know you don't want to talk about it, but it is summer. A friend gave me this tip - look for ones with a side tie. Not a string tie but more substantial one. Or a fold-over bottom. This way your thighs and belly are not being squished in. This one piece swimsuit is incredibly flattering. Find a pretty Tunic cover up and you will look smashing! 6. The Dress: shift dresses are your friend. Look for ones with a more defined shoulder or sleeve and that way everything below will look smaller. Maxi dresses can work too, but not the slinky material that looked so cute at pregnancy - those will show every ripple - run away. Also - Buy Some Spanx. This will allow your dresses to fit much better as it smooths your stretched skin. Must Have.... 7. The Long Coat: make sure there is structure in the shoulders like this one from Irving & Fine. You can wear all black underneath and all of a sudden you have a flattering outfit. Irving & Fine 8. The Lululemon Tank: Workout clothing is where it gets rough. My maternity tops were all cute and tight, and then after I tried wearing the tight ones as an incentive for me to get smaller, but its a depressing, non rewarding route. Instead, this tank from Lululemon is great - tight at the bust and flowing below. 9. The Night Shirt: I can't say enough about this Eberjey night shirt. It is so soft, flattering (defined shoulder again) and great for nursing. Its a must have. 10. The Accessories: If you only did heels before the baby, find some nice flats. You will need something to wear to chase after a child. You don't need to buy a diaper bag - I use large totes like this GiGi New York tote and then have a small pouch to put diapers in that I can move from purse to purse. When it comes to jewelry, pretty post back earrings and dainty necklaces are my favorites, since you don't have to layer them on and off. The days of all the bracelets is over - one simple bracelet is great but all the others can end up pinching the baby - they are better to wear when you are off duty. Implementation Stage: Now that you have a plan, you can pop over to my Post Pregnancy Style Pinterest page (I spent a lot of time on this and wish someone had made one for me) to begin to get a visual idea of what to look for when you shop. And lastly, here are 3 Things to Remember: Accept: It may take your body over a year to get back to your old size. You will slowly be able to add more of your old clothing as the months go by, but you are not going to wake up one day and be the same as before. You did just have someone living inside you for 10 months. Remove: After the baby is born, remove all tight or body-con maternity clothing from your closet. The bump definition was cute, the aftermath does not carry the same effect. Embrace: Once you understand this list, know that you have limitations. When you shop, pull multiple sizes, don't bother about the size just consider the fit. Don't pull shirts that are short and tight. Rompers or jumpsuits are an obvious no. Pencil skirts, no. There are so many options out there where you can look beautiful at any size, you just need to know what to look for. Come back for tomorrow's post on "What to Wear When You are Expecting"

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Post Maternity Style ... Ugh.

This picture is me glowing at 8 months pregnant with my second child. I also have a collection of tired but radiant photos from the hospital, followed by a few photos the first few days at home. Then I vanish from photographic history. Why? Partially because I spent those vague months as the person behind the camera and partially because my wardrobe choices were one of four options: my khaki maternity shorts (bad fit), 2 button down shirts on rotation and one maternity dress. My frugal husband kindly told me to go buy some clothing because I was looking like "the UPS man," and if he is telling me to shop, I know I have hit rock bottom. This was my problem though - I had no idea what to buy. I walked in stores and walked out depressed and buying a size 3-6 months pajama for the baby because I had no idea what size I was and didn't know where to begin. I sent an email entitled "My Fashion Crisis" to my friend and her French mother because they haven't had an unfashionable day in their lives. Here is an excerpt from my letter: "I am in the midst of a post baby fashion crisis. My maternity pants don't fit. My un-maternity pants don't fit. I've tried wearing them unbuttoned with a rubber band and they are falling down. I need a mom uniform. Something where I look put together without having to think about it and can put it on in 5 minutes. I don't want to look like frump-fest, but I feel like I could easily turn into that with my current list of activities: driving, baby feeding, cooking, preschool drop-off /pickup playing on the floor and the occasional park." These ladies came to my rescue and gave me a fashion template. Their opinions are below: Madame: "One of the things which might work best would be, I think leggings and tunics. There are lots of tunics in nice cotton, like Lafayette, or any brand and they can be looser or not; it certainly would be comfortable and could be worn with cute flats, booties or even a small heel. Then you accessorize them as you wish. Joie, for example and Vince have a lot of things like that and nobody will see your waist or little belly. You are so pretty, Cannon, that I am sure you will look good in anything! These tunics can also be in silk for an evening out and just change your accessories. Later on you can still wear them with a big belt or open on a pant or tank of the same color, as a jacket." Mademoiselle: "Some ideas for the in between mom uniform--leggings and tunics-- good for all sorts of roaming with the kids--keep it fresh with your gorgeous chunky jewelry, and cute flats and scarves. You know how we French ladies love the versatility and chic-ness of a well chosen and well made silk scarf! Alternatively, Anthropologie last year was selling great corduroy jeggings that essentially functioned like leggings, but were a step up, style wise, and the thin fabric was slimming. Also, wedge booties are comfy and mom friendly while still giving you a little lift. Spandex is your friend and Tucker makes great shirts. Hope this helps a little! Remember, no one thinks you're Heidi Klum and your body will bounce back in mere weeks! I'm certain you look beautiful, as always. " I took their advice, made a shopping list and ran with it. Once I got the "look" down and knew the silhouette to look for I could create it at any price. Both mother and daughter mentioned something else that I think is key to note - they mentioned that I looked pretty. When I read their emails I was touched overcome with emotion due to post pregnancy hormones. After the excitement of the birth is over and you look down at body that isn't the same as before its hard to process blessing of motherhood and all its implications, especially with a tired mind filled with a deluge of emotion as you are ushered into a new unknown role. I had to realize that beauty doesn't mean perfection. To those of you who look like Giselle after birth you are lucky cats, but to everyone else, consider this time a part of motherhood, buy a few things to make you feel attractive, because the beauty you had before didn't go away, it just got richer. If you are a man reading this article applies to you too - open up the wallet a little, tell your wife she is beautiful and send her shopping for something special. Now for the fellow type A's amongst us: 1. I will be listing away on this blog all week. 2. I will have shopping lists with links and ideas to get you started for pregnancy, hospital and post pregnancy style suggestions. 3. I have also started a maternity and post maternity style board on my Pinterest if you like to make more visual lists.

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Pajama Game, Part 1

My all time favorite place to go in LA is the Brentwood Country Mart. I could write a whole post about why I love the Country Mart (someday I will), but it was on one of my jewelry delivery runs to Broken English that I discovered a new reason to love the Country Mart: Roberta Roller Rabbit Children's Pajamas Now I have searched high and low for the perfect pajamas because I hate 90% of the options. Little baby clothes are so soft, but it seems like when the size hits 2T out with the soft and in with the stiff cotton and joker prints. But not these pajamas - this cotton is soooo soft and the colors stay vibrant wash after wash with NO PILLING. The baby footed pajamas even have a snapped back flap which just looks precious when the little ones crawls across the floor.

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