Hanging Out

March 29, 2013

For quite some time now I have had my heart set on someday including a rattan hanging chair in a future home space someway, somehow.  A few months ago I became so obsessed with having one in my life that I scoured the internets in hopes of finding one that was semi budget friendly.  Sadly, no such luck.  Tons of amazing options in the over $1,000 range (well of course) or Serena and Lily’s option which is still pretty pricy for me.  I had never forgotten about the idea but kind of pushed it to the back of my mind…

For quite some time now I have had my heart set on someday including a rattan hanging chair in a future home space someway, somehow.  A few months ago I became so obsessed with having one in my life that I scoured the internets in hopes of finding one that was semi budget friendly.  Sadly, no such luck.  Tons of amazing options in the over $1,000 range (well of course) or Serena and Lily’s option which is still pretty pricy for me.  I had never forgotten about the idea but kind of pushed it to the back of my mind out of exasperation from coming up with nothing in all of my searches (I am typically pretty good at finding things online).  Lo and behold my boyfriend and I were stuck indoors during last weekend’s chilly weather and watching basketball when a Pier 1 commercial came on and a rattan hanging chair (!!!!) flashed across the screen during the commercial.  Pier 1’s Swingasan Chair is the hanging chair of my (future) dreams and the price isn’t horrible on the wallet either.  I am hoping that I can find some sort of a coupon code or special too to make it even more affordable.

I was legit giddy excited after seeing the commercial and totally set to buy this chair and work it into my bedroom in any way I could when my boyfriend crushed my dreams and told me that it was going to require a lot of work to hang and probably wouldn’t work in my apartment.  Something to do with finding studs in the ceiling, leaving a big hole, etc, etc.  Big. Fat. Bummer.  Good thing I am the biggest optimist you’ll ever meet and think that everything will work out and we’ll all ride off into the sunset on unicorns, so I didn’t take what he said too seriously.  Studs and apartments or not, I will be making Pier 1’s hanging chair mine and if I can’t make it work in my current living situation, you can bet that I will in the future.  What do you think of the hanging chair look?  It just screams happiness, fun, and instantly gives that laid back vibe.  I have never been one to take home decor too seriously so why not add a little place to swing into the mix.  Whats a room without a fun little conversation piece like this guy anyway?

(Image 1 via A Note on Design // Image 2 via Emily Henderson // Image 3 and 4 via Jonathan Adler // Image 5 via Serena and Lily // Image 6 via Maurie-Laure Helmkampf Interior Design // Image 7 via The Surf Lodge in Montauk // Image 8 via Your Carpet)

 

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Dress-up / Dress-down

March 29, 2013

Happy Eater weekend, chickens!  I hope you get the eggs with the money in them and enjoy whatever festivities you have planned.  This week kind of ate me alive so I plan on laying low and diving into a new book (Bradley has recommended this guy to me – any reviews?).  I’ve gots some updates below – and I feel kinda like a news reporter for rattling them off, but there’s important things I can’t flesh out in full blog posts! + Hurry, hurry – the Rikshaw giveaway ends today!  I’m wearing the Camp Shirt right this minute and I…

Happy Eater weekend, chickens!  I hope you get the eggs with the money in them and enjoy whatever festivities you have planned.  This week kind of ate me alive so I plan on laying low and diving into a new book (Bradley has recommended this guy to me – any reviews?).  I’ve gots some updates below – and I feel kinda like a news reporter for rattling them off, but there’s important things I can’t flesh out in full blog posts!

+ Hurry, hurry – the Rikshaw giveaway ends today!  I’m wearing the Camp Shirt right this minute and I had on my scarf yesterday… Don’t miss your chance to win these perfect pieces!

+ Today is our last day pinning for OTTE and I’m a little sad for our guest pinning time to be ending ):  Sally and I had so much fun curating images that fit with the “OTTE girl” lifestyle and aesthetic – the board will definitely be acting as our “mood board” for the spring and summer seasons.  So many good things.

+ So honored to be the Forty Five Ten’s “friends and family feature” on their blog last week.  If only we could go to the store and scoop up everything we have our eye on!  A girl can dream…

+ We’re two of the six bloggers featured on Lily & Violet showing what we would be packing for our dream trips – here’s my list and this is Sally’s.  So, so many cute (and affordable) things from Lily & Violet that are perfect for spring and summer… See all the blogger picks here!

+ Thank you to the girls of Anna Crosswell blog for featuring us today as their TGIF post today!  Check it out… We had fun doing the Q+A (:

+ If you liked those Old Navy dresses Sally was sporting yesterday in her post, you’ll love that Old Navy is offering 30% off your entire purchase (online only).  Use the code “THANKYOU” at checkout before April 1st.

(Images 1, 2, 3)

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Wanted.

March 29, 2013

The vivid green Rag & Bone dress above would have been perfect for St. Patricks’s Day – and I know it’s so in-your-face bright – but the detail on it is incredible and it looks like such a flattering fit.  So it made the wanted list…  Some good things to know if you’re in the shopping mood: kate spade Saturday is officially available to buy online!!  I have this iPhone case and love it but there are a couple other black and white stripe things calling to me.  BaubleBar is having a “Spring Cleaning” sale with items up to 60% off.…

The vivid green Rag & Bone dress above would have been perfect for St. Patricks’s Day – and I know it’s so in-your-face bright – but the detail on it is incredible and it looks like such a flattering fit.  So it made the wanted list…  Some good things to know if you’re in the shopping mood: kate spade Saturday is officially available to buy online!!  I have this iPhone case and love it but there are a couple other black and white stripe things calling to me.  BaubleBar is having a “Spring Cleaning” sale with items up to 60% off.  Get at it before everything sells out!  What else?  Lulu Frost is offering 20% off her Power Collection and there are soo many good things.  But I just want an arm full of these vintage-looking brass carving bangles.  And, if your feeling like your drawer of under things is lacking, go look at the intimates from Free People – so cute.  Tootles!

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Rebecca Atwood

March 28, 2013

Working with a creative team everyday at my job, I am in awe of what textile designers come up with…  When you shop – prints and patterns register in your brain but if you’re like me, you probably don’t stop and think about the decision-making, color connecting, pattern matching, or artisan handiwork that came into play to produce whatever it is you’re eyeing.  Even though I don’t wear a lot of prints, I have a love of textiles that use color and pattern in unique and different ways and my textile designer co-workers have given me a new-found appreciation for…

Working with a creative team everyday at my job, I am in awe of what textile designers come up with…  When you shop – prints and patterns register in your brain but if you’re like me, you probably don’t stop and think about the decision-making, color connecting, pattern matching, or artisan handiwork that came into play to produce whatever it is you’re eyeing.  Even though I don’t wear a lot of prints, I have a love of textiles that use color and pattern in unique and different ways and my textile designer co-workers have given me a new-found appreciation for the design process.  My clothes might be lacking in prints and patterns but I let them into my home…  And there’s nothing better than acquiring those textiles from creative women who’ve put their time and energy behind launching budding businesses – all in the name of offering quality and unique goods.  This is why I adore Bailey’s bedding line – and why I am loving the newly-lanched line from Rebecca Atwood.

If the name Rebecca Atwood sounds vaguely familiar it might be because you’re a fan of her sister Grace Atwood, or her blog Stripes & Sequins.  It seems that the love of creating and talented, artistic ability runs in the family (Grace is a DIY genius and Rebecca is a textile magician)…  I love that Rebecca’s line fills a definite void in the market place – “Her original collection of home textiles focuses on the artistic process.  Blending traditional textile techniques and hand painting, Rebecca creates products that are both simple and luxurious.”  Her first collection is literally dreamy… The blues (my color!) and golden yellow textiles + prints focus on Rebecca’s talent in hand dying, printing, and painting.  Check out the collection now – all her pieces are designed and produced in small editions (all in New York).  Gold zippers.  I mean, I die.

P.S. Grace did a lovely behind the scenes post of Rebecca’s Brooklyn studio… So inspiring to read the sisterly snippets, learn more about Rebecca’s career, and a bit and pieces of how the designer lives and works!

(All images via Rebecca Atwood)

 

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Dress Season

March 28, 2013

I don’t know about you all, but I am kind of sick of wearing pants and jeans and realllyy miss the easiness of being able to throw on a dress.  Yet at the same time my legs are kind of ghastly pale.  Think I need to Xen Tan those babies and stat.  Even though there is still a little bit of a chill in the air in Dallas, I finally snuck a dress or two into my attire this week.  I am kind of obsessed with this maxi tee dress.  It is so easy – doesn’t require any type of…

I don’t know about you all, but I am kind of sick of wearing pants and jeans and realllyy miss the easiness of being able to throw on a dress.  Yet at the same time my legs are kind of ghastly pale.  Think I need to Xen Tan those babies and stat.  Even though there is still a little bit of a chill in the air in Dallas, I finally snuck a dress or two into my attire this week.  I am kind of obsessed with this maxi tee dress.  It is so easy – doesn’t require any type of ironing, feels literally like wearing a nightgown, and can be easily be dressed up.  I can already tell that it is going to be a new staple in my closet and think I may have to get it in the navy/blue color as well.  Picturing both for right now with my favorite J.Brand denim jacket or any other cute jacket for that matter.  Just as easy and wearable as the maxi is this striped shirt dress.  Turn a soft striped cotton tee into a dress and I’m sold.  This one is supaaa soft too.  In the summertime this is the ideal type of piece to just throw on with a pair of flip flops and go.  I can never seem to get enough “throw on and go” dresses with the hotter than hades summers we have down here.  When the temperatures get into the 100’s not much seems comfortable aside from a bathing suit and pool!

Images taken by RHW for A Piece of Toast

Look One: Old Navy stripe dress c/0 //J.Crew field jacket // Ray Ban sunglasses // Ariel Gordon love knot ring c/o // Sydney Evan love ring // Ariel Gordon necklace c/o // Sole Society boots c/o // Meli Melo handbag c/o .  Look Two: Old Navy maxi dress c/o // Furbish necklace c/o // Michelle watch // Gigi NY clutch c/o // Cole Haan sandals (similar) // Essie Fishnet Stockings Nail  Polish c/o . Look Three: Old Navy eyelet dress c/o // Anthropologie Perlata Jacket c/o // Kate Spade flats // Kate Spade clutch (sold out) // Warby Parker Sunglasses c/o // Jennifer Meyer Cuff Bracelet c/o // Giles & Brother Cuff Bracelet.

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