My Favorite Color is Leopard

Leopard has for some reason always held a dear little place in my heart for fashion. It has come and gone and come again, often gaining a bad rep for being ostentatious and a bit tacky. It comes in many shades and while it can be a bit much at times, when worn right it adds an unexpected twist and a chicness to any outfit. I recently acquired an awesome pair of Jeffrey Campbell leopard loafers which have since made permanent residence on my feet.
I am in love with them. My style can be a little plain and simple at times and I love what a splash of leopard has done to it! I throw those puppies on and a bounce inhabits my step. I've gotten a taste of the wild side and I can't stop, and why should I? Especially when it's all over J.Crew's fall line and I wish to own it all.

Wear with neutrals, earthy tones.
Or with brights.
J. Crew
Bianca Brandolini
Apps shmapps, I would actually turn in my Crackberry just for this cover.
J. Crew
love love love love.
Alexander Wang
And of course, everything old is new again..and again...and again.
Ann Bancroft, The Graduate


Lemonade out of Library Visits

The topic of this post is a pretty good indication as to why I have been MIA lately. My new obsession are those little index card drawers you see in libraries. As I sit here tethered to a desk trying to wrap my head around the confines of hegemonic masculinity and intersecting levels of oppression (blah blah blah) in a stuffy, poorly lit room in the library- the only thing I can actually focus on is that row of drawers, which one I would pick and how I could refurbish it.

I do love the natural wood, but I could see one in an entryway painted shiny black with an awesome statement mirror above it..or a country, warm red in the kitchen... or maybe a soft, sunny yellow in a home office...Do you think they would notice it if I tried to hide one under my jacket??

A girl can only dream, but one would look great in a walk-in closet for accessories and other odds and ends.

Love all of the subtle imperfections

Just the drawer for sale on Etsy.
This turquoise antique wash is so lovely!

Thanks for readin'!


For the Love of Lanterns

Lanterns are usually an outdoor accessory only, but when brought inside they create a beautiful centerpiece to any room. I recently bought one at a random home furnishings warehouse and, like I do with most things, got that had-to-have-it urge and swiped the card before thinking about where I might put it or how I would get it there. Sometimes I see things I just want to own, just to have, because one day I'll have a room in my home or a client's home that it will look like perfection in...is that how people become hoarders??

Anyway, I took the long metal hook it was displayed on for good measure. Once I got home I realized it was way too big for my tiny apartment and for the existing hook I had in mind and who knows when I'll get around to putting up another hook...for now it is on my kitchen table :) Here are some photos of rooms with lanterns that I absolutely drool over (and the reason for my impulse by)

Would love to wakeup and see that!

Gives a vintage-y feel to an other wise too traditional space

As a wall sconce.
(Image via House Beautiful)

This is very similar to the one I got; white but with more lattice detail on the top.

Inexpensive and so cute!
$35, Melrose International