Thursday, August 30

summer/fall color: neutral home decor

I love starfish and sand-inspired neutrals for home decor- not just in summer but all year round!

West Elm wooden ombre vases

Gold-toned neutral walls make a great backdrop for a fresh living room with pops of green - this room would look great in a any season of the year with a few different accents.  From Better Homes and Gardens.

West Elm Ikat window panel (love the wall art in this staged room, too!)

Wednesday, August 29

summer/fall color: inspiration for a mod citrus wedding

Elements of a mod citrus-themed wedding: a colorblock theme carried through from the invitations to the cake, sculptural flowers in bouquets and centerpieces, beehive hairstyles and bright lipstick, patterns and prints, bridesmaids in shift dresses, and fun touches of color and fun throughout the day.  Here's some inspiration to brighten your Wednesday!

Summer Sun invitation from Minted

Tuesday, August 28

summer/fall color: starfish and mushroom - the now neutrals

Summer's most popular neutral was starfish, a light khaki tan that goes with everything, but looks especially awesome paired with gold and white.  For fall, I'm noticing a lot of mushroom, somewhere between gray and brown, which looks surprisingly great with black.
1. LOFT short sleeved striped sweater  2. Old Navy boatneck striped sweater  
3. Forever 21 Metallic Scarf  4. Sally Hansen nail polish in Dune from  
5. OPI nail polish in Samoan Sand from Amazon   
6. House of Harlow 1960 leather and gold sunburst necklace from The Trend Boutique 
7. Old Navy ballet-style wedges  8. GAP khaki flared pants  
9. GAP slim cropped pants  10. J. Crew patent leather skinny belt  
11. Butter London nail polish in Hen Party  12. Zoya nail polish in Cho

Monday, August 27

clicks of note: nobody ever told you...

get you week off to a colorful start...


  • When I saw Carrie Underwood perform "Nobody Ever Told You" on the Teachers Rock concert CBS aired a few weeks ago, I fell in love with the lyrics.  I want to play this song for the teenagers I work with every single morning.

Saturday, August 25

wedding style trend: forehead bands

One of the trends I'm seeing over and over on wedding blogs and in magazines this season can add a touch of boho or a touch of glam to a wedding wardrobe - the forehead headband.  Floral crowns abound, as to Art Deco-influenced bejeweled version.  

Myrakim on Etsy | Beauflutterby on Etsy

I love the vintage touch these delicate forehead bands lend to a bride's look - and their wavy hairstyles are perfect!

Friday, August 24

august blog loves.

I'm crushing on a handful of awesome blogs this month...

  • I recently discovered Ella Claire and I am so inspired by Kristen's creativity.  She has a shabby-vintage style that I adore.  In addition to cute DIY projects like this autumn hayrides sign and wooden crate luminary, she also plans beautiful parties!  Kristen's going to be contributing to a new blog, Reclaimed Bliss, starting September 5th with the bloggers from Simply Klassic Home and Salvage Dior.

  • Nicole's blog Making it Lovely is about "living a stylish life and transforming the so-so."  The outfit above shows that she's got a great eye for style- it's totally something I'd wear but not something I'd come up with on my own.  She has awesome party throwing skills in common with Kristen!

  • I think Belle's blog Capitol Hill Style is a must-read for working women who are looking for fashionable clothing appropriate for a professional environment.  Belle is a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., but I'm able to find a lot of teacher-wardrobe inspiration on her site.  Her fun regular features include Two Ways and Ask Belle.

What blogs are you in love with right now?  Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, August 23

summer/fall color: deep blues for home decor

Even though Mr. Q and I both love the color blue, we've used it sparingly in our home decor.  These images from some of my favorite home decor blogs and sites around the web really make me want to add a few touches of cobalt to our home decor this fall!

I love the collected style of this room from the home of Dusty Deco's owners, featured on Riazzoli.  The midcentury cradle-style rocking chair, string lights, geometric rug, and blue ikat pillows keep things modern, the spotlight style lamp and coffee table with casters add some industrial style, and the brown leather chesterfield sofa and collected antiques make things eclectic.

Another room that can be described as eclectic - and another leather sofa - but this one skews more cottage and vintage.  The gray walls (and matching shelf backs) are a great background to the room's blue accents, and I'm loving anything with a Union Jack on it right now.  

This is an absolutely fabulous paint color that I would never think of putting in a kitchen, with a painting that I would never think to hang in a kitchen.  That's why other people get paid to do this stuff and I just put the photos on my blog.

Wednesday, August 22

summer/fall color: inspiration for a bohemian citrus wedding

Today's inspiration is for a late summer or early fall wedding and would be perfect for an outdoor venue - a winery or a citrus grove, perhaps?  Think refined bohemian- coordinated beautiful in a way that looks totally effortless.

Wedding Paper Divas invitations via One Wed

TEAM Hair and Makeup for Martha Stewart Weddings

Enchanted Atelier via Bridal Musings

I am a little obsessed with lace bridal caps right now.  They have a vintage art deco look that would be perfect for a bohemian bride.

Tuesday, August 21

steeper or cheaper: polka dot crops

I know I'm not the first blogger to feature similar on-trend items in higher-priced and more affordable versions.  For Chic's Sake calls it Crave vs. Save, and one of my favorite features in Capitol Hill Style is 10th Commandment, which features "Elected Official," "Hill Staffer," and "Unpaid Intern" versions of trends in keeping with the D.C. theme of Belle's blog; Belle also posts an occasional Splurge or Save entry.  I'm not a fashion blogger - I'm just a girl who likes to shop.  But when I noticed two very cute pairs of polka dot capris (similar to the Anthropologie pair featured in this morning's round up, which are now sold out) at two very different price points, I had to point it out!

Old Navy Printed Capris | Tory Burch Polka Dot Trousers from FarFetch

summer/fall color: sodalite and olympian blues

There was a solid chance of me going overboard with a post on ways to incorporate BLUE into the summer-into-fall wardrobe.  In high school, my mother actually put a moratorium on me buying any additional navy blue items of clothing because I had so many navy blue tops and dresses!  I love summery sodalite blue - a striking cobalt (I always get compliments when I wear the Target tee in the first board below!) as well as the olympian blue (a teal-tinged navy) we'll be seeing everywhere this fall.    Blue stripes or colorblocking add an instant nautical touch to an outfit, and blue with polka dots is fun and preppy without being over-the-top.

1. J. Crew sailor striped boatneck tee - find similar items with Polyvore  2. LOFT tiered ruffle tee 
3. Anthropologie polka dot crops - find similar items with Polyvore 4. Gap colorblock tote 
5. Nails Inc. "Baker Street" polish from Sephora 6. Old Navy sheer blouse 
7. Gap ikat shorts - find similar items with Polyvore 8. Mossimo v-neck tee from Target 
9. EldorTina Jewelry sodalite stud earrings from Etsy

Come back later today for designer and affordable versions of the polka dot crops, 
as well as how to style them for colder weather!

1. Modcloth bird print dress 2. Merona ruffle trim cardigan from Target 
3. A.N.A. back-zip skinny pants from J.C. Penney 4. Gap polka dot umbrella
5. J. Crew colorblock ballet flats 6. J. Crew polka dot scarf 
7. J. Crew satchel handbag 8. Mossimo polka dot anorak from Target

Monday, August 20

clicks of note: welcome back

get your week off to a colorful start.
  • Today is the first day of school for my students.  I appreciate any positive thoughts and good vibes you'd like to send my way as I attempt to win another 50+ teenagers over for the sake of the written word.


Sunday, August 19

sunday simplicity #82 - kindred spirits

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. 
It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” 
-  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Saturday, August 18

travel light: packing inspired by kate middleton

Our packing list based on Kate's Olympic wardrobe includes 25 pieces ideal for business travel with your main squeeze combined with sightseeing:

Packing List:
- 1 solid and 1 colored tee
- 2 printed sleeveless blouses (1 polka dot, 1 striped)
- 2 blazers (1 colored, 1 neutral - Kate's neutral is navy)
- 1 cardigan
- 1 windbreaker jacket
- 2 business style dresses (for meetings, receptions, etc.)
- 1 nighttime dress and 1 daytime dress
- 2 pairs of pants (or shorts or capris)
- sneakers, casual shoes, and neutral dress shoes
- 1 belt
- 1 casual and 1 dressy clutch handbag
- 1 tote bag
- 1 colorful scarf
- dangly earrings, studs, and a bracelet to go with everything

I went for an open-front cardigan for this travel wardrobe rather than a fleece jacket like the one Kate wore.  I think a cardigan is more versatile because you can throw it on during a chilly plane ride (or car ride with the AC on!) or over one of your dresses later in the trip.

Friday, August 17

celebrate: kate middleton's olympic wardrobe

My love of and admiration for Kate Middleton is pretty well-documented here at Beyond the Aisle, and I have pretty much squealed and clapped every time NBC has shown her during the Olympics.  I love that even though she probably could have had an extensive wardrobe, she's been dressing very much like a traveler during the Olympics, repeating and rotating key pieces and using a palette of red, white, cobalt and navy blue, taupe and gray to ensure that everything can be mixed and matched.  Today, I'm looking at what Kate actually wore during the London Olympics.  Tomorrow, I'll share my ideas for how to pack like Kate for a trip, with more affordable pieces.

When the Olympic Torch arrived at Buckingham palace on Thursday, July 26, Kate was patriotic in a white Team GB polo, cobalt Zara "Satin Tourser" jeans with back zippers (available from Zara in black for $19.99 or in cobalt from Zara's German site for 39.95 Euro), and navy Stuart Weitzman "Corkswoon" wedges (available in black patent from Nordstrom for $179Zappos for $190.99 in a wider range of sizes, or Stuart Weitzman for $375 in nude patent, white patent, or denim).

Kate wore an ice-blue Christopher Kane coatdress, nude pumps, a grey suede clutch, and bespoke Kiki McDonough earrings to the afternoon reception at Buckingham Palace welcoming international Heads of State and to the Opening Ceremonies on July 27.

Both images via LDNfashion

Kate wore her white polo, navy wool Smythe blazer ($208 at Neiman Marcus, with Team GB lapel pin, skinny navy pants, her Stuart Weitzman wedges and pearl stud earrings for the Equestrian events on July 30th | For equestrian events and a visit to the Olympic Village on July 31, Kate wore a sleeveless striped top, her Smythe blazer, her skinny pants, her Stuart Weitzman wedges, and a Team GB scarf (£10 at Next)

Thursday, August 16

summer/fall color: coral and peach in home decor

My obsession with peach and coral really knows no bounds.  There are ways to add these colors to every room of your house.  If you're completely attached to color, painting walls or investing in large upholstered pieces can make a huge statement.  If you're less certain that your love of peach and coral isn't just a fling, there are plenty of inexpensive, temporary and DIY ways to add these bright, happy colors to your home.

Liven up a white kitchen with stools painted a bright coral- this would be an ideal DIY project for a coral lover.  I love the pops of teal from the blue mason jars in the cabinet.

If coral kitchen furniture is too much of a commitment for you, these bud vases from Heath Ceramics would liven up a windowsill.

Wednesday, August 15

summer color: inspiration for an elegant citrus wedding

Possibly because Pantone has designated Tangerine Tango as the 2012 Color of the Year, citrus weddings have been a major trend this summer.  A citrus theme is a timeless way to celebrate color and sweetness in a summer or early fall wedding.  When I started looking for citrus wedding ideas for my readers who are planning citrus themed weddings, I couldn't stop.  Today, here is some inspiration for an elegant citrus wedding with a tangerine, lemon, and gray color palette - these ideas would look lovely in a ballroom or under a beautiful white tent.  Later this month I'll share citrus-themed ideas from around the wedding blogosphere for those planning bohemian, modern, or vintage-style citrus weddings.

Lemon drops are an adorable favor idea.

Bridesmaids in bright citrus shades and classic ballerina buns... with dresses this fabulous, white bouquets using the same flowers as the bride's bouquet would be a good fit.

Roses make an appearance along with lemons and oranges in this stunning birdcage arrangement.

Tuesday, August 14

summer/fall color: coral and peach

Coral and peach have been my absolute favorite colors this summer.  Cheerful, feminine, and somehow almost neutral, a little pop of coral can really make an outfit.  I especially like to pair coral with its complementary color, teal - together they scream summer, but keep it under control to avoid looking like the Little Mermaid!  It's a little trickier working such a bright color into one's fall wardrobe, but this season it's going to be a lot more doable (and even affordable) thanks to some of our favorite designers and retailers.  I think the key to wearing summery colors into the fall is to pair them with neutrals to keep your outfit looking classic.
1. Old Navy perfect khaki shorts 2. Anthropologie neutral flutter blouse 
3. Scotch Naturals nail polish in Highland Fling 4. Butter London 3 free nail polish in Slapper 
5. Alexis K Jewels Gold clover earrings on Etsy 6. Inspiration - Lauren Conrad's pastel hair via Beautylish 
7. Land's End Canvas extra long skinny leather belt 8. Dooney and Bourke East/West Shopper tote 

The perfect late summer makeup to show off a sunkissed face!  Dramatic lashes, taupe shadow at the browbone and a swipe of highlighter, and just a hint of peach lip color with tinted moisturizer.

I'm finally wrapping my brain around the concept of dressing up shorts, and this looks like the perfect way to do it - an open-weave sweater, large coral clutch, statement necklace, and Jackie O. style sunglasses.  Replace the shorts with a pleated skirt and you have a great outfit for work in early fall.

The perfect sightseeing outfit for your late summer adventures - pain a cool tee, jewelry and shoes with casual shorts, don a fedora to protect your skin from the sun, and throw on a peach blazer for cool evenings.

1. Old Navy polka dot scarf 2. Fossil rose gold watch 3. Anthropologie baubled hair tie 
4. ModCloth rose earrings 5. Golden Globes inspiration from Emma Stone via Zap2it 
6. Xhilaration ruffled trench coat from Target 7. Nars blush at Sephora 8. Old Navy cropped cardigan 
9. Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Girls Just Want to Have Fun at Blue Mercury 
10. J. Crew color block ballet flats 11. Banana Republic leather tote

In this look, the focus is on the cheeks and lips, with the same color being swept over the eyelids and browbones.

I absolutely love the idea of pairing a colorblocked (or floral, or plain...) maxi skirt with a sweater to make it a useful piece for fall.  This look is made even better with a big, neutral leather hobo bag.