Archive for August, 2012

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Open Tabs

Aug
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Do you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Me too. Here’s what’s been open on my desktop this week:

I’ll be eating paletas the rest of the summer, and this recipe looks divine.

A Prada by the side of the highway. Fascinated with this whole series.

These stylish rugs are on sale for a great price.

A great Pinterest collection of all things Lilly Pulitzer.

Image: Mix and Moxie

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Fall Trend: Printed Pants

Aug
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The printed denim trend is pretty much universally accepted at this point (I mean, when they’re sold at Target…). But would you wear printed dress pants to the office? How about to dinner or cocktails? I’m excited for this fall trend, for a few reasons:

  • it’s a fun update from the 60s (thankfully no printed suits)
  • a great reason to keep your top simple and show off the jewelry
  • creates some visual interest when you’re in your heavy coat

Here are a few options for printed pants, whether you just want to dip your toe into this trend, or go all out:

Pants/Top

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Cute Cruisers

Aug
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On our road trip last month, we were able to stay with our dear friends in Southern California for a few days, who were gracious enough to indulge my need to sight see. We hit up Old Town Pasadena, which is a great place to window shop, and walked into a pop up shop for Linus Bikes.

I was immediately taken with the clean lines and classic colors of these Venice, CA made bikes. It was hard to turn down a test ride around the block, and even harder to not impulsively buy one on the spot! Our friend Frank even offered to lend us his bike carrier for the 24 hour drive home. Alas, practicality won out in the end (they ARE sold in our area), but I’ve had cruisers on my mind ever since. Do you ever imagine yourself pedaling down the road with a smile on your face and a wicker basket filled with pastries and fresh flowers?

I’m also taken with the fashion label bikes that have been getting attention over the last few years (and a classic tandem to boot!).

1st Row: G by Guess, Schwinn, Lilly Pulitzer.

2nd Row: Kate Spade, Liberty of London, Alexander Girard

Top photos: Gretchen Lilly

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Open Tabs

Aug
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Do you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Me too. Here’s what’s been open on my desktop this week:

Is the International Space Station flying over your house tonight?

I don’t want to say goodbye to the summer, but I love looking at new clothes.

You can’t beat the view, but could you literally crawl into bed every night?

P.S. Have you ever given yourself a retro updo? I’ll be trying one out for my friend’s wedding this weekend.

Image: Unknown

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Easy Dinner for When it’s Hot Out

Aug
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Seattle is having a bit of a heatwave right now. I’m lucky our apartment stays relatively cool, but I still don’t want to turn on the oven. I don’t even want to eat anything hot! A nice, cold pasta salad is made for this kind of weather, but I wanted something that wasn’t just carbs. I had some pesto in the fridge that I wanted to use, and I referenced this recipe from Real Simple as my guideline.

The pasta salad I made was with Tinkyada gluten free pasta, which holds up really well when you’re mixing everything together (and only requires two minutes over a hot burner!) I also used a rotisserie chicken, and used basil instead of kalamata  olives (Brian isn’t a fan). Cherry tomatoes would be great to mix in as well.

Putting the whole thing together was a snap, and I was pleasantly surprised at how elegant it tasted. I think the fresh basil really did the trick. It also felt like a substantial meal, without being too heavy. Any suggestions for a great dinner to whip up when it’s sooo hot out?

Photo: Gretchen Lilly

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The Shops at Target Fall Collection- My Picks

Aug
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I always get excited when a new collaboration with Target is announced. Who doesn’t love the chance to grab a limited edition piece at a good price? I’ve gotten swept up into the madness that has surrounded their higher profile designer collaborations (like driving 70 miles round trip to a small town Target to buy Missoni, or dragging Brian out of bed so we could divide and conquer at Jason Wu). The Shops at Target seems to be less about tapping into an already existing fan base, and more about bringing small business owners into the national spotlight. The benefit to all of us regular Target shoppers is that we probably won’t be faced with a long line of folks who showed up at the bull’s eye before dawn, and there are some really beautiful items to add to your home and wardrobe.

The fall collection of The Shops at Target comes to stores September 9th. Here’s what I’ll be looking for:

From New York City boutique Kirna Zabête, I’ll be picking up pieces that should transition nicely from summer to fall. We all know the maxi dress isn’t going anywhere, and I love how it is styled here, with a bit of an edge, but I can also see it looking great with my favorite gladiator sandals and a fedora. You can’t tell from the photo, but the dress in the middle has long sleeves, which is always a great option for fall, and the abstract grey and white pattern makes this a great piece to pair with this season’s brightly colored sweaters. I’ve been contemplating faux-leather pants for a while, and $30 seems like an easy way to try the trend.

Patch NYC has nice selection of soft goods as well as some ceramics. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to cute little bunnies every morning on your comforter? The neutral palate keeps the sham and comforter set from looking too juvenile. So many cake stands are white, I just know the black base on this one will stand out in a good way with my collection (and the bucks illustration on the surface makes for a nice surprise as you hand out cake slices). This serving tray has classic lines and just the perfect amount of detail with the feather impression on the handles.

The Curiosity Shoppe has some fun 50’s style old west kitchen and serving items. The arrow feather detail on the serving spoons brings the salad bowl set from basic to quirky. These tea towels would make a great hostess gift, and could even be framed for some simple art. While I don’t usually blog about menswear, the New York men’s shop Odin has this elegant soy candle (not sure about the scent, but I’ll be checking it out). And while I’m not holding my breath, perhaps these desert boots will come in a small enough size to fit me (or I’ll just get them for Brian and live vicariously through him).

What’s caught your eye from The Shops at Target?

All images from Target

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