Archive for January, 2012


Christmas Loot Look

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The shoes were the Christmas gift from my little brothers (siblings working at Nordstrom is a GOOD thing (yes, I told them to get this for me)). The pants were my Christmas present from Brian (he surprised me by getting these after I blogged about them here). I love how well they work together- it’s true, animal prints DO work as a neutral!

I kind of feel like I could jump up on the coffee table at any moment and start doing the frug when I wear this.

In other brightly colored clothing news:

I can’t get this ensemble out of my head. Nordstrom, you may be my new J. Crew.*

Photos: Gretchen Lilly,

*I still love the look of J. Crew, but the quality of their garments has really taken a nose dive- I can’t get behind spending $40 for a shirt that starts falling apart after five wearings! I have shirts from Target that have done better!


Cell Phone Photo Year In Review

684 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Photos

What caught my eye in 2011:

Looks like I have a thing for food and old cars. And I totally regret not buying that lipstick lamp!

Photos: Gretchen Lilly


Cover Inspiration


This Elle Decor cover from March 2007 still feels so fresh and interesting:

So I looked around to see what I could put together for a similar vibe and a more reasonable price point:

Tapestry ($183), Embroidered Pillow ($15), Ikat Pillow ($36 for 2), Sofa ($2,199)

For anyone out there that is feeling stumped about putting together an area of your home, try browsing the covers of shelter magazines. Most are available online, or you can check out a bunch from the library. Once you find a look you like, spend an hour or two browsing the interwebs to find similar pieces from the major retailers, Etsy, and E Bay. You can even break it into small chunks of time and just search for a particular item. If time is on your side, check out your local thrift shops. It is possible to take the expensive looks featured in magazines and translate them to a regular-person budget, you just need a specific focus and some time to looks.