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! 


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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.


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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.

10/14/14

{a chat with}: Rebecca Atwood

This week I have the pleasure of interviewing textile designer, Rebecca Atwood. That last name might sound familiar if you read her sister, Grace's blog: Sequins & Stripes. Quite the stylish family, right? Rebecca's designs are truly breathtaking and are all handmade. There are tie dye prints, stripes, dots, etc. They all have a sort of uniqueness about them, as they are all handmade. Scroll below to read the interview and to learn a bit more about Rebecca + her designs. Once you're done reading, you can shop pillows, fabrics, and more on her website!

What three words best describe your style?
Relaxed, Patterned, Sophisticated



Have you always been interested textiles & design?

Drawing and painting were always a huge part of my life.  My parents were very supportive and so I took painting classes from a young age.  I really only got into textiles my last year of college, and then afterwards I worked at Anthropologie as a home product designer.






How long would you say it takes to complete one hand-dyed pillow from start to finish?
Well we always work on multiples at once to keep things efficient, so it is a bit hard to say….but the whole process probably takes around a day if consolidated.  The fabrics are washed and scoured, cut, folded, dyed, ironed, trimmed, sewn, inspected, ironed and stuffed with their insert.


On a lazy saturday afternoon I....
An ideal Saturday involves sleeping in late, lounging around with my husband, an afternoon yoga class, and dinner out in the neighborhood.






 Do you have any favorite spots in Brooklyn?
A di la trattori and Littleneck are two favorite restaurants.







Do you have any plans to expand your company right now? (I could go definitely go for Rebecca Atwood bedspreads!)
We just launched fabric by the yard and will be expanding that part of the business in January.  After that we’ll see! We’re working on fall 15 concepts now and hoping to introduce a few new product categories.





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10/13/14

the art of layering






Club Monaco tee // Aritzia blouse // Industry Standard jeans // Club Monaco jacket (extra 30% off with code FALLSALE) // C. wonder boots (similar) // Pamela Barsky clutch // J.Crew scarf // Rebecca Minkoff bag

one black tee + one long sleeved black blouse + green jacket + scarf. 
This was one of my other outfits from NYC which I loved. I started out with black jeans, a black top, and black boots as sort of a "blank slate" and then added a green jacket from Club Monaco and my new favorite J.Crew Scarf. I actually went back and forth on wether to get the scarf as I felt I wouldn't love it and I'd rarely wear it. I opened the package and fell in love with it! Navy + Maroon and a pop of pink make the perfect fall combo and you can wear it around the neck (shown above), just draped, or as a cape (my personal favorite). I also got this wonderful crossover top from Aritiza just the night before that is the perfect basic for this jacket. Plus, let's talk about this Pamela Barsky clutch. I found it at the Brooklyn flea @ Chelsea Market and became obsessed with it the minute I saw it. Whenever people ask me what I do in NYC, I respond "eat and shop",which is true. Whenever I'm in the city, there are no limits on the amount of food/coffee I will consume. Back on the subject, how do you layer for fall? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Happy Columbus day!

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