Friday, August 31
Thursday, August 30
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
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'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.
5. OPI nail polish in Samoan Sand from Amazon
6. House of Harlow 1960 leather and gold sunburst necklace from The Trend Boutique
Monday, August 27
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.
- Bridal Musings features a colorful DIY wedding in France with photography that is straight out of a fairytale - and the bride's Claire Pettibone dress is a dream.
- Elizabeth Anne Designs features an elegant and feminine coutyard wedding - I love every single photograph.
- On Glamour and Grace, a romantic blush and gold wedding with a beautiful dress, parasols, peonies, and calligraphy on chalkboards.
- I'm probably really late to the party on this one, but since a coworker told me about "Hot Cheetos and Takis," from a group of Minneapolis kids in a YMCA afterschool program... pretty much the best rap song ever.
Sunday, August 26
Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year: it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul. - Anonymous
Saturday, August 25
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.
I love the vintage touch these delicate forehead bands lend to a bride's look - and their wavy hairstyles are perfect!
Friday, August 24
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.
Previously featured: The Swenglish Home, Geninne's Art Blog, The Daily Spark, Everyday Occasions, Bright Bazaar, Along the Lines of Style, Skinny Taste, A Beach Cottage, Bleubird, A Beautiful Mess, The Pioneer Woman, Centsational Girl, Dear Lillie, and Tiny Twig.
What blogs are you in love with right now? Let me know in the comments!
Thursday, August 23
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
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
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!
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.
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!
Monday, August 20
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.
- My whole family loves the music of Mumford and Sons. Their newest song, "I Will Wait" would be a great introduction to the band for the uninitiated. Did you know that the lead singer is married to actress Carey Mulligan?
- Table assignments written on a mirror in lieu of escort cards - my absolute favorite new wedding idea. You should also see the bridesmaids' dresses and beautiful rose-accented cake from this lovely Cape Cod wedding at Style Me Pretty.
- Elizabeth Anne Designs features a white and gray South Carolina wedding with great details including a darling flower girl in a baby's breath crown and a cake iced with white roses.
- Heart Love Weddings features a summer camp engagement session - which of course I love! The couple met as campers. A love story does not get much more precious in my world.
- A lovely seaside wedding at Our Love in October.
- Purple wedding of the week: a rustic military wedding on a Texas ranch, featured on Southern Weddings.
- Wedding Chicks is now offering bow ties for babies and dogs... meaning pictures of babies and dogs in bow ties.
- A Holy Experience suggests 14 things to do with the rest of your summer.
- Endless summer in a box at You Are My Fave... so clever!
- Amy Atlas features the most adorable back-to-school themed dessert table from Deliciously Darling Events.
- Back to school breakfast cuteness from Giggles Galore
- 100 Days of Real Food has some helpful tips for prepping school lunches (or any packed lunches) in advance.
Sunday, August 19
“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
Our packing list based on Kate's Olympic wardrobe includes 25 pieces ideal for business travel with your main squeeze combined with sightseeing:
- 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
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 $179, Zappos 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
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
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
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.
5. Alexis K Jewels Gold clover earrings on Etsy 6. Inspiration - Lauren Conrad's pastel hair via Beautylish
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.
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
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.