10/28/14

{a chat with}: Audrey Kelleher




Today's {a chat with} is with a stylish lady, Miss Audrey Kelleher. Audrey is part of the "KJP gang" (that's what I like to call it), that group of beautiful people we all follow on instagram. I had been seeing her recently pop up on my feed, especially on the Vineyard Vines page and thought she'd be perfect for my series. I hope you enjoy my "chat" with Audrey and scroll down below to follow her on social media! 

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What three words best describe your style?
classy, girly, nautical


What's it like being part of the "KJP Crew" (we are all dying to know ;)) and how did you get involved with them?
I had been following KJP since he first started out. It was a dream of mine to meet him. Last year my cousin Jenna and I visited him at Head of the Charles Regatta. He invited us to tour his factory and we kept in touch. During the spring we spoke with him again and asked if there was anyway were could be a part of the team. Kiel and Sarah created a mini internship for us and thats what we’ve been doing ever since. It has been so much fun and I’ve meet so many amazing, interesting people. 


My go-to outfit is....
Definitely an oxford with a sweater, jeans, and Sperrys. 


According to your Instagram, it looks like you had a wonderful summer, what was your favorite part?
My favorite part was spending Forth of July with the KJP crew on Chappaquiddick Island
 [e.n.: shout out to my home away from home, Martha's Vineyard]


Where are your favorite places to shop?
J. Crew! J. Crew! J.Crew! But I also love Gap, Vineyard Vines, Banana Republic, and Loft. 


Looks like you recently had a great time at the Head of Charles Regatta, what was that like?
So fabulous! It was lovely seeing some of the interns from the summer again. And it was great seeing how many people came to visit us at the Brooks Brothers tent. 


If I could travel anywhere right now I would go to......
I’ve always wanted to go to the Taj Mahal 

My favorite KJP item is....
The Lucky Sailor belt… I wear it with everything 

Choose one: Cable knit cashmere or Barbour jackets ?
Cable knit cashmere



So, how long does it really take to plan/set/take these elaborate insta photos 
It depends on what it is. For the most part there aren’t really specific sets that are used. But for example the Safari shoot took a little longer because there were so many details. 
Follow Audrey on….

tumblr // instagram // twitter

I hope you enjoyed this interview & put suggestions for who you'd like to see next below!
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10/27/14

limbo





Baby it's [not really] cold outside. 
Don't let this post fool you. Although the hellish temperatures of summer have left [for now], cold weather isn't in full blast yet. We are currently in a state of limbo and its actually pleasant outside. I donned this OTK boot look with a shirt sleeved tee & my favorite scarf. I actually wore a similar version of this in NYC which I planned to shoot but a plane delay and a rainy weekend derailed those plans. Anyways, this scarf from J.Crew has been an essential addition to my fall wardrobe and it's a great statement piece with all of the colors it has. I decided to do something a bit unorthodox and wear my scarf as a cape/poncho-type thing. I feel it makes this outfit more interesting and it dresses it up too! If you're not a fan of this way of donning a scarf, scroll below for a few more ideas. 



The 3 basic techniques
            •    Fold in half to create a triangle and then hold it out in front of you (tip of triangle towards you) and wrap each edge around your neck.








  • fold it into a triangle and hang around neck 










  • Fold it into a triangle and drape over shoulders, with the tip of the triangle in the back to create the cape/poncho look 




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10/22/14

Fall colors

graphic ℅ of Julep 

jeans // shirt // heels // bag  // polish

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October is almost over people. 

Isn't this crazy? I swear it was September yesterday, but fall is swinging into high gear. While the weather's fickle temperatures make it so that "fall" isn't quite in Texas yet, my nails are now sporting fall colors. Julep has put together the best graphic for figuring out your fall color. Do you love bright pinks in the summer? Try Julep's clara, an opaque peach to go with the darker fall tones. If you're one to gravitate towards bright reds, stick to a darker hue for fall. Even though there are so many wonderful fall colors to choose from, my favorite had to be Roc Solid, a darker emerald hue. Emerald isn't the go-to fall color for most people, but I think it's a great alternative to a traditional color and it goes surprisingly well with virtually any color! I put together a little outfit with emerald, with my new favorite nail polish of course. Who wouldn't feel ready for cooler temps and the holidays in this look? 

I now challenge you to put together something like this with your favorite fall color from the graphic! If you do, please leave a link in the comment section below so I can check it out! You can also shop all Julep nail polish here!
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I was asked to write this post by Julep, a brand I use and love. Thank you to everyone who supports Stripes & Peonies!

10/21/14

{A chat with} Lindsay Narain of Vaughan

Meet Lindsay, the designer of the shirt featured on the blog yesterday.


Todays {a chat with} is with Lindsay Narain of Vaughan, the company I was wearing in yesterday's post. Vaughan sells only silk shirts, an essential to any girls wardrobe. She "wanted to create a beautiful, easy to wear shirt that was priced for stocking up and not a precious piece meant only for special occasions" and all of her shirts are made of the highest quality silk. I thought Lindsay would be the perfect addition to my {a chat with series} as she's a designer that's created a unique identity and I can tell you that her products are beautiful. Enjoy the interview with Lindsay and you can shop her silk shirts here

What three words best describe your style?
 Classic, luxe, comfy.  Probably an odd combination.
  

If you could chose another fall basic besides a silk shirt, what would it be?
 Boots!  I adore boots and they are perfect for transitioning from summer/fall to fall/winter.  They can go from cute and a little off beat with skirts and of course always easy with tights or long pants when temps drop.  The worst part about living in a place like Singapore is that it's VERY hard to justify wearing boots.


Is there any significance behind the name Vaughan?
 Yes, Vaughan is my maiden name.  My line was inspired by my grandmother who wore a long sleeve white button down shirt almost every day of her life... cotton in the summer, tuxedo shirts for family parties, you name it.


What's been the most rewarding moment since starting Vaughan?
It's still really exciting for me to see how people style my shirts and wear them day-to-day.  From my Mom's generation who always look sleek and polished to my friends who wear their shirts as coverups over their bikinis, draped over micro denim cutoffs or tucked into tailored pants for the office.  I love seeing what people come up with and how the look varies so much depending on the wearer.


What's it like living in Singapore?
I'm still pretty new to Singapore, but it's a great place to live.  It's definitely a weird little bubble that's incredibly safe and easy, but it's perfect for now.  I have a one year old son so "safe and easy" works for me!  The big drawbacks are that it's far from my family in the States... and the boots thing. 


You currently have two styles -- the Bettie and the Hepburn, will there ever be more styles or will you just stick to the two?
 Yes!  I'm going to launch a couple of limited edition shirts over the next few months which I'm really excited about.  The first is called the Cassie, and she'll hit my website at the end of October.  The Cassie is a pussy-bow shirt with a detachable tie that will be a lot of fun to style.  I think it will be an incredibly versatile piece for lots of women.

I think that most women work so hard, whether they're studying, interning, working, volunteers, moms, wives, whatever.  We never really get up, go to work, and come home.  There's usually a million stops in between so I try to keep that in mind when designing new style.  I hope that with a few tweeks (button up/button down, tucked in/tucked out, more/less jewels/heels) VAUGHAN shirts will be incredibly wearable for lots of situations.


If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, you would go to....
St Petersburg, Russia. I've never been to that part of the world and it looks just stunning.  


What's your typical work routine look like?
Every day is different but generally I have my breakfast and coffee while I clear my email.  Then I hit the gym to enjoy off-peak hours (perks of running my own business).  When I get back I spend the rest of the morning clearing admin and settling any customer service issues.  I almost always make my own lunch, it's fast, healthy and easy. The afternoon is spent on bigger projects or meetings.  I always finish up by 6 to put the little guy to bed.


What advice do you have for others aspiring to run their own e-commerce site and/or become a designer?
 A friend's mother has a very successful fashion business and she's just fabulous... smart, stylish, shrewd... the whole package.  I was telling her about VAUGHAN and her advice was "Do whatever you think is right.  Ignore what the 'experts' tell you if it's not what you think is best for your business.  Only you know best." 

It's something I knew in my heart already but it was really powerful to have someone I admire articulate it for me.  I think it's excellent advice for just about every aspect of life.


Follow Lindsay on

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10/20/14

off duty




Vaughan silk shirt c/o // AG jeans // Joie sneakers (similar) // Rebecca Minkoff tote // Madewell necklace (similar)

May I present to you, the off duty look.
 Oversized silk shirt, my favorite pair of denim, and comfy sneakers are the perfect match for sunday. These sneakers are a little out of my comfort zone as I bought them on a whim, but they've proved to be an essential pair of shoes in my wardrobe. They are the perfect touch of glam for a slightly relaxed outfit. I discovered Vaughan clothing a while ago and fell in love with their classic silhouettes. They use Hangzhou silk, the best in the world so you know you are wearing the best quality. I actually am interviewing the designer of these shirts tomorrow for this weeks installment of {a chat with} so stay tuned!


So you can get your very own silk shirt, use code stripespeonies for 20% off your Vaughan order. Start shopping ladies!
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10/15/14

Shopbop sale!

It's that time of year people; the time for me to do the shopping for you. Us bloggers do a little thing called "market research" which is basically online shopping. I know a sale like shop bop can be a bit daunting because there are thousands of items to scroll through and half of them are probably out of your price range. To make things a little easier for you, I've pre-shopped the sale for you. I've tried to pick relatively low prices, but I also included high quality items that are worth the investment. Now you can save yourself some time and simply shop from this page! I've also separated them into some popular categories!












*Brand exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Canada Goose, Cedric Charlier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jamie Wolf, Jason Wu, Jay Ahr, Katie May, Maison Martin Margiela, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch York Totes, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Vika Gazinskaya, Wes Gordon and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage.

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