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Just lovely: Eberjey Colette Racer Back

24 Jul

I’ll be the first to admit that the majority of my undergarments are functional. Most of my bras are an oh-so-unsexy, yet practical, nude (for wear under white clothing and just about everything else), and for a while now, my underwear have begun to start moving away from preventing VPLs (“visible panty lines!”) and more toward concealing just how little I’ve hit the gym and how many cookies I’ve consumed of late. Still, there’s something so lovely about elevating an everyday, often plain old wardrobe stable like a racer-back bra into a sweet, delicate work of art. Since I bought my Eberjey Collette Racer Back Bra two years ago, (and seen it re-pinned on my page 57+ times!) I’ve gone out of my way to find reasons to wear it. Like with off-the-shoulder tops so the delicate lace strap is visible or with loose camisoles, so the top peeks out on purpose. And it is so, so, so comfy. I know a “bralet” might send a lot of women running since they do NOT offer much in the way of support, but for my fellow less well-endowed ladies, this is one way to flaunt what you’ve got for a change. It’s so pretty, too, right?

DIY Inspiration: Gold Leaf

23 Jul

gilded headboard DIY

I get so excited about some projects that they keep me awake, literally. This morning I actually awoke from a dream about using gold leaf when I finally refinish our headboard (pictured above), instead of just using gold paint. I’d been looking for some affordable but high quality gold leaf options online the other day and was shocked when I found some great options under $10, so I think my mind probably went into overdrive imagining all the uses. Jewelry? Art? Maybe gold leaf on my rusted old $7 yard sale bike? I really love the look of kind of worn, or aged gold leaf items in case you couldn’t tell from my flowerpot project, so I thought I’d share some of the other “gilded” inspirational photos I’ve been looking to as I approach this next project.

Love the rich look of this gilded, upholstered, tufted headboard next to these velvety, luxe, but simple bed linens

One of the reasons I’m now on the hunt for a set of two wing-back chairs

…and a campaign-style dresser like this

Gilded paint to accent moldings โ€” I am drooling, and this is a favorite color blue

And last but not least, some stunning gold leaf Easter eggs. Definitely bookmarking this one for next year, especially since it’s a family tradition to preserve our blown-out, decorated Easter eggs year-to-year.

So what inspires you so much it keeps you up at night? I’d love to hear!

Love it: DVF Private Jet II Luggage

14 Jul

Diane Von Furstenberg Private Jet II Luggage
To say I’ve had my eye on this Diane von Furstenberg luggage set for a while would be an understatement. After extensive stalking online for months after consulting the Lifehacker guideย The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year and shopping around doing price comparisons, it finally went on sale this spring. But I patiently waited it out, hoping for a “closeout” deal, which is Macy’s absolute lowest pricing and am happy to say it’s finally mine! I also saved an additional 20% using a Macy’s sale coupon. Score! Since the first piece of the set arrived last Friday, I’ve been trolling Expedia for vacation ideas because I’m dying to use it. It’s such a unique color and style, it will be a breeze to spot at baggage claim, too.

Diane Von Fursetenberg rollerbag luggage

This Luggage Pros “Luggage Size Guide” was another great resource I used to help determine which pieces I wanted to invest in. Initially, I was set on just the 28″ for checking, a 22″ for carry-on and the 20″ rolling bowler duffel for overnight or weekend trips, but added the 24″ to complete the set at the last minute, just so I can see it in person to decide if I think I’d use it. Generally, I try to avoid checking luggage as much as possible since a carry-on expedites travel and keeps things simple (great article here on this subject, by Rands in Repose), but figured if the price is right, it’d be better to have it.

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