tablescape envy

House Beautiful does tablescapes the way that House & Garden did vanities (if you can't recall that feature, click here!). Surely you've noticed one of HB's gorgeously dressed tables before - always guest-curated by someone fabulous, they're show-stopping. The two above, saved from past issues of the magazine, are my favorites. The first was designed by Charlotte Moss and the second by Georgiana Chapman + Keren Craig of Marchesa. Are you swooning yet? In her feature, Charlotte Moss had some food for thought that I simply had to highlight: "My mother always said, 'knock yourself out or don't bother.' If you're not entertaining yourself and your guests, why bother?" Touché, Ms. Moss. I couldn't agree more :) 

(photo one: thibault jeanson, two: jessica antola. scanned by moi)


unwrapped: design darling

Hi There! I'm Mackenzie from Design Darling and I'm delighted to be a guest on a lovely being today. This is my very favorite time of year so I'm excited to share a few things I have my eye on this season! 

un: I love these Zara boots! The color is that perfect shade of goes-with-everything tan and I love the tassel detail on the zipper. 

deux: My jewelry collection could use this over-the-top fabulous Loren Hope necklace. It would go perfectly with every holiday ensemble! 

trois: I've had my eye on this Chris Callahan print for ages! It would be the perfect gift for a friend or sibling moving into a new apartment. 

quatre: One of my favorite gifts - to give and to receive! - is new stationary and this Gadabout card set definitely fits the bill! Hanna did a custom illustration for my blog and I just love her work. How pretty would these be with a cherry red envelope? 

cinq: This catbird ring is the most darling thing I've ever seen! It's also availalbe with one initial which makes it an easily customizable gift for all the ladies on your list. 

six: This Nube Green throw looks so cozy! The fact that it's made from all-recycled materials makes it the perfect gift for an environmentally-minded friend or sibling. 

sept: And if any of my family or friends are looking to splurge on my gift this Christmas, I'll take these IOMOI loafers in a size six ;) Hot pink and elepants have my name written all over them! 

Thank you so much for having me, Fallon, and happy holidays to all! 


une citation

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile,
I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” 

-Marilyn Monroe 


ce petit coeur

Every once in awhile, I’ll stumble across an amazing photographer whose work blows my mind. Dara Quesada, a cute young thing who lives in Madrid, is one such artist. Upon sighting the Nina Campbell “perroquet” wallpaper that makes numerous gust appearances in her photos, I knew she was one of my own! Her eye for color and design, in my opinion, is one of a kind. In other words, I’m obsessed :) For more Dara, visit ce petit coeur, her lovely flickr account, + girly, her aptly-titled tumblr. I’m waiting on pins and needles for her next photoshoot - I just know it'll be jaw-droppingly beautiful. 


unwrapped: note to self

(What could be a better holiday coundown than a bi-weekly guest series featuring my favorite
bloggers + their personal holiday wish list?! First up, We have Sarah Tolzman of Note To Self.
Tune in this Wednesday for the next chapter of Unwrapped!) 

Hello, hello! My name is Sarah, I'm the authoress of a little blog, Note to Self, and Associate Designer for the lovely Matchbook magazine. When it comes to Christmas gifts, I'm rather content with books, classic movies and small keepsakes. But while we're wishing big (that's why blogs are fun, right?) I have to say, these items are definitely at the my top my holiday wish list. In no particular order...

 1. Robert Polidor's Versailles ($112)
Thanks to Sofia Coppola, I'm fascinated by the late Baroque art period. I could pour over this trilogy of Versailles restoration photographs for years.

 2. J.Crew Cece Ballet Flats ($128)
I have a pair of these from last season and have worn them into the ground. The newest colors would add a welcome punch to a day-to-day outfit. 

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012 Desktop Calendar ($18)
My mother gives me this every year, and I just love it. It's also the only day-to-day calendar that I have ever remembered to keep up with! 

4. Furbish Lacquer Boxes ($72-$115)
Everything in Jamie's shop is worth wishing for, especially these boxes (plus, orange is my favorite color. Don't tell Elle Woods.)

5. Lulu Frost Knot Earrings ($155)
I've been semi-obsessed with these earrings since making my Matchbook wish list. Pearls with some edge - they're so perfect!

6. Caran d'Ache Ballpoint Pens via Ann Mashburn ($20 each)
Who could not love writing with neon pens every day?

7. Kate Spade Dotty iPhone Case ($40)
The small touches of gold make the perfect amount of "flash" for me.

8. J.Crew Edie Purse ($238)
I've been in love with this purse since its release in July. In my mind, it's literally the perfect shoulder bag. The tan would match absolutely everything.

9. Kate Spade Snail Mail Cards ($25)
Wouldn't it be fun to make someone smile with these cards?

10. Le Creuset Cookware ($130+)
These are classics for the kitchen. I can see many tasty things coming out of these dishes!

Thank you for having me, Fallon! And happy holidays, everyone! x