Friday, March 30, 2012
The 13th Annual Spirit of Spring luncheon and fashion show, Beautiful Journeys, will take place on April 4, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel here in Houston. The event benefits the Children's Assessment Center (CAC), a local non-profit organization that serves the child victims of sexual abuse in Harris County. CAC serves more than 5,000 clients each year and collaborates with more than 45 partner agencies in Harris County to provide sexually abused children with the psychological and medical care that they need.
The event begins with a reception at 11:00 a.m. followed by a seated luncheon and fashion show at 12:00 p.m. featuring Ashley Judd as a guest speaker and Ken Downing, Senior VP and Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, who will showcase his forecast of spring fashions.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
This ought to really be more like obsession of the day. I just bought these tangerine J Brand Jeans (after seeing the style on Kate Middleton, whose style I can't help but adore) and I love them. I've got several white tops and a chambray top I plan on pairing with them.
Order them here!
81 Poppies is designed by native Houstonian, Michelle Weisman who, before starting her own line, worked at Mint by Jodi Arnold and Shoshanna. We're loving the Spring collection of 81 Poppies and are especially big fans of the pretty floral prints and textures, combined with menswear details (like those awesome high waisted pants with the bow!)
Shop the entire collection here.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Here are our Etsy picks for Easter decorations!
This outfit was inspired by one that I saw on Pinterest recently. I think the polka dot pants are really fun and could surprisingly go with a lot of different tops (think white blazer, pink tee and lots of others!). Add a couple pieces of jewelry from two favorite designers and you've got a cute, refined casual outfit.
Pants: Robert Rodriguez
Bangles: Kendra Scott
Earrings: Mickey Lynn Jewelry
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I love, love, love this Theodora & Callum clutch for spring/summer/traveling - really for any time. The exotic print adds just the right amount of pop to an outfit!
Shop the Diane clutch here.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Harvey Faircloth is designed by the former fashion editor of Blueprint and editor and style director of Martha Stewart Weddings, Kate Hatch. The Harvey Faircloth spring collection is currently available on Shopbop and shows vibrant prints that will carry you through spring and well into the summer. We love the way these looks are styled with bright shorts and cropped pants.
Check out the entire collection here.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I'm obsessed with these yellow pants from Gap (with the perfect color name - Lemon Drop) and I picked up a cute striped shirt to go with them. And I plan to balance the whole outfit out with some neutral bracelets and shoes.
Shoes: Nine West
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
We found out about Mickey Lynn Jewelry through Twitter and wow are we happy that we did! Atlanta-based designer, Mickey Lynn, creates stunningly unique pieces with natural Druzy stones and fine, mixed metals. The pieces are one of a kind and above are a few of our favorites. We love that the necklaces and bracelets are great to layer together or with jewelry that you already have.
You can check out the entire collection on the new Mickey Lynn Jewelry website here and don't forget to follow on Twitter and like Mickey Lynn Jewelry on Facebook.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Bright colors, a new fragrance and a tropical vacation...just a few things I'm currently craving...
Friday, March 16, 2012
Add green food coloring to your favorite pancake recipe for a fun St. Patrick's Day breakfast!
This fruit rainbow is an easy idea from cutefoodforkids.com
For the adults in the household here is a great recipe for an Irish Coffee!
For more St. Patrick's Day food ideas visit our "Good Food" post
Thursday, March 15, 2012
This hair pin is cute on girls of any age. Check out MarthaStewart.com for the directions!
I found this picture on Pinterest and I LOVE this idea to make someone feel special on St. Patrick's Day! You can just change it to wife, husband, girlfriend, sister.... anything!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Beer was never really something that I enjoyed drinking until I met my fiance and he introduced me to craft beers. It is kind of like wine in the fact that there is an art to how it is made. I can't do the "light" beers that taste like water. Here are a few of my favorites that are great for people to try who have never really been big beer drinkers. Since St. Patrick's Day is this weekend you can always add a little bit of green food coloring for fun!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Our mom used to make us homemade "green bread" every year for St. Patrick's Day. If you want to make bread, but don't want to do the hard work, or if you don't have a bread-maker machine, here is an easy recipe for Irish Soda Bread. All you need to do is add some green food coloring into the batter!
(I use whole wheat flour when I make this bread)
There are soooo many things that you and make for dessert on this day because all you have to do is add green food coloring. I think that a homemade Shamrock Shake would make a great ending to a day full of green!!
We hope that you all have a very lucky St. Patrick's Day!
Monday, March 12, 2012
It is the perfect time to get Essie's Spring Collection because the green is very appropriate for St. Patrick's Day!! Then you are set with some other great colors for the entire Spring season!
Friday, March 9, 2012
This is by far one of my new favorite trends! I find tucking in any kind of shirt....t-shirt, blouse, tank top.... can change your entire look. I love the classy Kate Middleton look as well as the messy loose feel of a tank top or blouse. It makes me want to go find new cute belts! Something to try this Spring.
All photos courtesy of google images and pinterest
Thursday, March 8, 2012
These are some really fun ideas from Etsy to decorate for St. Patrick's Day!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
We are thrilled to bring you our next success story, one of our very favorites: Ellen Allen, founder of the accessories brand Ellen Allen Annapolis. You all know how much we love Ellen's collection, and we were excited to be able to ask her about her inspiration, favorite pieces and how she balances it all. Check out our interview below and shop Ellen's collection here.
HSS: The pieces you create are so chic, as well as fun and versatile. Where do you find your inspiration for your designs?
Ellen Allen: My inspirations are driven by all things functional and polished. In my quest for glamour or grace in my messy life, I want things to look good. If it holds everything I need, and it makes me look fixed, and the inevitable coffee spill is an easy cleanup, then that's what inspires me.
HSS: Are there any products that you would love to add to your collection in the near future?
EA: Of course!! I'd love to have everything for home, resort, entertaining, and more. Some of these are in the works already! It's important for me to keep these new things tightly edited so that Ellen Allen Annapolis stays special and unique.
HSS: Do you have a favorite piece in your collection at the moment? Do you have a favorite color to work with when you're developing new designs?
EA: Oooh. Tough. I'm torn equally between the Oxford clutch and the Eastport tote. I love both and I'm not sure which one I'd grab in an emergency. So versatile and functional...and they both carry everything I need. Dinner at the club means lipstick, phone, keys, money - everything fits in the clutch. Resort vacation or soccer practice or on the boat - EVERYTHING fits in the Eastport. I really can't pick a favorite.
Navy. Everything works in navy. It's our signature color and the basis of our brand. Everything works off that. If it doesn't look good in navy, it won't look good in anything.
HSS: How do you balance family and continuing to grow and develop Ellen Allen Annapolis as a company?
EA: I don't. There is no balance. I just strive for harmony. Balance is a crock, right? You are never doing what you "should" and I don't participate in guilt. I reconcile reality with the dream and just get ok with making it look like that. At the end of the day, I have to know that I did my best with what I had. I'm learning to let that be ok. My family is at the core of my life and if they're ok, then everything else can follow. If they're not ok, I can't do anything.
Starting a company is like growing up a child. You focus on the biggest, most immediate needs all the while you look at the big picture. I try not to let myself get pulled in too many directions and try to focus on what's critical. Some days I'm a hero, other days I'm a zero. It is incredibly helpful that my husband is involved in everything from the strategy to order fulfillment. My kids help count inventory and make forts out of boxes. Everybody wins.
HSS: What brings happiness, success and style to your life?
EA: Order. I like organization and getting enough time to myself. Having the time alone gives me the space to be creative. I'd add that grace, beauty, and fun do the trick as well. Things need to look lovely - clean surfaces and flowers and a candle and the goal is knowing the linens are pressed and all of the trappings of a graceful life are there...even if I am the one spilling my drink.
My goal is to live in the moment. When the kids get home at 4:00, there are not business meetings or budgets or work calls happening. I am there for them and that matters. They might argue differently--the laptop is open and the phone is ringing but I try!
Monday, March 5, 2012
Maybe it is the unseasonably warm temperatures here in Houston lately, but I'm thinking ahead to spring (also keeping in mind that my shopping is currently on hold until my baby arrives and I get back to normal size!). These are the shoes on my wish list so far and I'm liking a lot of color and, for some reason, some more closed-toe styles than usual.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Between prints and brights, Spring is definitely pushing me out of my fashion comfort zone - and I'm liking it! I would pair any of these floral pants with a solid color top to bring out one of the colors and balance out the pattern.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Hip Hostess not only makes the cutest aprons, but they also have a great blog. This mother and daughter team carry all different styles of aprons that will make you feel like you are all dressed up while you are in the kitchen. Their "Cafe Style" aprons are my favorite AND if you have a little one who wants to be in the kitchen with you they carry an adorable "Sweet Petites" line for your aspiring little cook.
These are a perfect gift idea for birthdays, any holiday, bridal showers, even a gift to yourself for all of your hard work in the kitchen!
Take a look at their website thehiphostess.com and start following them on twitter @thehiphostess!
All photos courtesy of The Hip Hostess Website