March 1st, 2011


and so it is, three months into 2011 – here’s to a killer march, onward to spring.

image kudos

February 28th, 2011

the oscars: neutral gowns.



in full awards show swing, the academy awards were certainly no disappointment. i adore seeing which gowns the celebrities + their stylists choose, especially when the vintage collections come out. so many designers. and so, here were my favorite picks of neutral gowns from last night.

gwenyth paltrow was an oscar herself in that gorgeous golden gown, my favorite of the night – i adored the bottom hem line and simple fabrication.  halle berry, always a vision, in champagne + sparkle marchesa.  hilary swank in gucci, i adore the fade and simplicity of the elongated top.

which were your favorite gowns?

February 26th, 2011

switch modern: picks

oh my! we had the loveliest time over at the switch modern event to enjoy the architectural beauties of the talented keith summerour. because “modern” was in the name, I assumed this might be more a gig for christina but oh, no no. so many gorgeous finds for us both to enjoy.

these were a few of my favorites: my *most* amazing find was this poppy hanging lamp by designer Christine Manguerra, these rustic little wooden side tables, and these really smart looking felt bowls that I first spotted at the January Gift Show from Graf & Lantz. can’t wait for the next event to swoon over the new finds.

February 26th, 2011

leifsdottir contest at polyvore

A Spring in your Step

i”ve long been admiring the carefree fashions from leifsdottir so we quickly jumped on the bandwagon to participate in their style contest on the oh-so-fabulous site, polyvore. i adore the slotmachines inspiration board & pieces I put together above and makes me want to jump into a chic spring day with style. hope you”ll pop over & give me a nod if you like it!

February 25th, 2011

herbs de provence.

variety is the spice of life. that gives it all its flavor – william cowper

via williams-sonoma.

February 24th, 2011

a nude lip.

if there is one makeup rule that is tried & true, it is to spotlight only one feature at time. of course for me, i prefer a simple palette to obtain that classic look, vamping up just the eyes or just the lip to add that piece of glam we all want to achieve. i adore above all else a simple, nude lip to get that perfect pout.

i prefer this nude tint from laura mercier – do you have a favorite?

February 23rd, 2011


oh, to get away. especially this time of year, as spring is slowly nudging it”s way back into the world {and i do mean slowly}. february is a lovely time to escape &  i have online blackjack long been wanting to stay at the little pond inn in north carolina, an area near and dear to my heart. the rustic simplicity of this inn makes me swoon for a soon-to-be spring vacay.

February 21st, 2011

to dine.

to dine in neutral simplicity is to sit upon this glorious wicker seating, among the cast metal and elm wood with stacks of mismatched white pottery. and, the rope tie-back detail on the curtains, swoon.

tabletop experience via restoration hardware

February 18th, 2011

fashion week: neutrally feminine.

fashion week is in full force and I am all over the neutral femininity of the spring collection from bcbgmaxazria. the perfect combination of frilly + indie detailing + classic cuts, i love the way the whole collection compliments itself.

what neutrals are your fav from fashion week? we want to know!

images from bcbgmaxazria

February 17th, 2011

beach cottage sleepover.

i know what you’re thinking … this might go against my “rustic elegance” love for design at first glance, but oh no, not a chance! as i flipped thru my west elm catalog, this wide stripped bedding caught my eye instantly.

i can’t get enough of the strength of this fab grey of course, but the stripes instantly took me away to outfitting the most rustic of beach cottages. the cleanliness of the bedding allows it to easily be paired with some worn beadboard or seriously distressed plank flooring.  i love this ensemble, so classic yet can work in so many ways.

pretty shot via west elm

February 16th, 2011


sending hugs & kisses {and lots of neutral love} your way today. and in the woods, it’s all the sweeter.

gorg wedding image via heidi at our labor of love

February 15th, 2011

all dressed in lace.

when i think frilly & feminine in the last season or so, ann taylor instantly comes to mind. they’ve done a divine job of making it ok to really embrace the flowers, ruffles + frills of life and this antique lace-laden skirt is full on proof.

i love the versatility of this piece and the oh-so-sweet shape, coupled with the layers is killer choice that will take you from church to a night on the town.

lacy frills via ann taylor

February 14th, 2011

love to you.

sending love from us to you this valentine’s day in the form of some of my favorite neutral bouquets of all. my bridesmaids carried these this past summer at my wedding and i couldn’t be more in love with the romance of the soft white petals coupled with the black centered anemones and wild touches of greenery.

and so, on this day of love, much love to all the wonderful readers of our new blog for all your support & encouragement!

much love to gloriosa (foral design) and heidi at our labor of love (photography)

February 11th, 2011

we got married in a fever.

if you must know one thing about me, it’s that i’m a hopeless romantic. johnny + june embody that undying love that simply says – let not a thing can stand in your way. their lyrics & vocals, coupled with their opposite attraction make for a true passion that’s hard to match. i adore the simplicity and honesty of this b/w beauty.

image via musicmaven

February 10th, 2011

hannah heart.

i cannot imagine a sweeter valentine than this. us ladies of neutral hue *just* adore sweet hannah of honey & jam, and i particularly love the rustic approach she takes to styling & shooting. i simply cannot get enough of this shot, or meringue for that matter.

special thanks to hannah – image via honey & jam

February 9th, 2011

the perfect couple.

these darling salt & pepper stumps might just be one of my most beloved gifts ever {thanks holly!} as if they were made for my dining room decor, they are the perfect couple as we celebrate this month of love!

shakers via anthropologie. image via a delightful affair.

February 8th, 2011

it’s a bling thing.

oh, baby it’s a bling thing. there are few things i adore more than a vintage-inspired piece of jewelry with some serious cocktail rocks. i adore the detail j.crew puts into the clasps & such to truly make these rock. and, there’s nothing like a little diamond shimmer to really set off a neutral look.

via j.crew

February 7th, 2011

southern scents.

i fell in love with the simple design of this fragrance at first glance,  my love only deepened by with southern name and the oh-so-unforgettable, lingering scent itself.  i recently had the good fortune to meet the wonderful folks behind elizabethW, and their founding story is just as sweet as they are.

via elizabethW

February 4th, 2011

in the buff.

the handknit, muted tones of these pretty skivvies. you’ll be hard pressed to keep your hands off of them.

images via undrest.

February 3rd, 2011

sweet dreams.

the sleepiest moments in life require the most plush of places to lay your head or lounge. my love for dressing the bed is constant & endless. and, oh how i’ve swooned over these very things in my dreams.

images via wisteria {headboard} . restoration hardware {linens} . etsy {pillows} .