I probably should have included "The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure in this round-up of vibes because it was the book I finished for my book club - and I really loved it and so did the whole group. But I was already behind on getting this posted and happen to have a grouping of stuff I'm really, truly vibing for...so ya, the book club book didn't make it this time. But I host the next meeting (yay!) and chose "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng as the book and I can't wait to start it! (keep reading to actually get to my vibes for the week!)
1. LELA LOVING // LELA ROSE BRIDAL FALL 2018: No no no. I am not bridal shopping. But I’m still a girl and that means that I can’t totally turn a blind eye to weddings, dresses, etc. And hey, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I love bridal dresses. When Sally was planning her wedding, watching her try on gowns was my favorite part of the process. Lela Rose has always been a favorite designer as far as bridal collections are concerned. Her ready-to-wear is always beautiful but her bridal…I mean, each season is totally breathtaking. I don’t know how she turns it out time after time but each new gown design feels fresh and thoughtful – classic silhouettes are restructured and new textiles and touches are introduced. Bridal Fashion Week for the Fall 2018 season was the other week and I’ve obviously been drooling over all the white confections. And Lela’s collection did not disappoint. I mean…this, this, this, and this. Can someone get engaged and let me come play dress up with them?!
2. SEASONING // JENNIFER FISHER SALT: When I think Jennifer Fisher I think jewelry (duh), gothic fonts, Savannah Guthrie (she’s never without her “v” and “c” pendants and usually has her long chain with mixed charms on, too), edgy…I do not think food or cooking. So small minded of me. Jewelry designers can be foodies! Under the Lifestyle tab of the site, there’s a “JF Kitchen” section with some delicious-looking recipes (the Mediterranean Chicken Burgers look unreal) and you can shop a selection of salt mixes. Universal Salt and Curry Salt to be exact. Based on how great her jewelry is, my interest in the Jennifer Fisher salts is quite piqued. As someone who cooks a fair amount at home (scrambled eggs, veggies, pasta…it’s all impressive) I love the idea of changing up my usual pinch of kosher salt with the Universal Salt (it has not onion or garlic and is said to be great on everything) and trying out the Curry Salt for marinating.
3. VELVETING // SEASONAL SOFTNESS: You can’t really wear velvet year-round. It’s one of those textiles with such a cozy, luxe vibe that only really works for fall/winter/cold-weather. I had this deep green velvet blazer for years (since freshman year of college) and finally consigned it last year…now I’m kind of kicking myself because velvet is so on trend! I’m not totally one to be all “ahh! Trendy! Buy it now, wear it once, forget about it after that” but I do think that velvet pieces can be very timeless when made well and with the right silhouettes. The pieces that have been catching my eye are of the tank variety (probably because I picture them with lighter wash jeans as a way of taming the glam nature of the fabric). Loving this simple scoop style, this button-front cami, this high-neck racer-back, and this bustier style. And I really can’t help but love this bodysuit (especially in dusty pink) and this slip dress (so elegant).
4. ADORING // TEENY T-REX STUDS: If you haven’t thought about checking out the jewelry collection at Coach in a while (they are more all about leather, after all) let me re-direct your attention. What you’ll currently find are classics like bangles and cuffs and then a selection of pieces adorned with whimsical and cute little charms. Skulls, a rocket ship, T-Rex dinos, a feather, a tea-rose…the mini symbols hang on necklaces, sit on rings, anchor delicate bracelets, and stand as earrings. They caught me by surprise in the best possible way and I’m starting to justify buying more than one set of the studs due to their teeny size (the Rexy Studs are a quarter of an inch!) and the fact that I can wear up to for earrings in each ear.
5. COOKING // “CHERRY BOMBE: THE COOKBOOK”: I know, I know – it seems like I’m always talking about Cherry Bombe – the biannual magazine that celebrates women and food with stunning images, fantastic cover girls, glorious recipes, great stories and more. After producing nine issues over the past four years the “Bomb Squad” team (led by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu) has finally released their first-ever cookbook. 100+ recipes from 100+ of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today (all women!) along side beautifully styled and shot images. “Cherry Bomb: The Cookbook” literally dropped three days ago and you can do yourself a favor in making your eyeballs, your heart, and your tummy happy by ordering a copy right here (yup, mine is on its way!). Pssst see if your city is a stop on the cookbook tour!
6. CONTAINING // CABLE BOXES: So, I’m type-A and organized. Open any drawer in my house and you’ll find some sort of divider situation, drawer liner, and everything in it’s place. Maybe even color coded. As sentimental as I am I’ve tried to declutter as much as possible with each passing year and I’ve gotten pretty good at either a) pairing down and parting with “stuff” or b) containing clutter. One of my favorite can’t-live-without things (that I’ve convinced several family members to buy): BlueLounge Cable Boxes. They’re so simple but so genius. A power strip or surge protector with multiple outlets sits inside and feeds through one side opening while all the cords that plug into your TV/computer enter through the other side opening then get power from the power strip. It hides the mess that comes with excess and abundant cords in a contained, safe space. I keep one below my desk and one by my TV. And call me a nerd, but I think everyone needs at least one of these in their lives to recognize their magic.
7. COSTUMING // HALLOWEEN INSPO: I’m sure there was a time in my life when I was really into dressing up and costumes and Halloween in particular. My mom always made us the best Halloween costumes so I know there’s no way I didn’t love it. But with all the theme parties that came with college whatever love I once had for dress-up became a total anti feeling. Spend money to buy weird clothes and props to not look for feel like myself? Whyyyyy? The last time I got excited about Halloween was when my housemates and I (seven girls) dressed up as garden gnomes (white beards, giant pointy hats – nothing slutty involved). I like I was into the inexpensiveness of the whole look and the fact that we all looked like weirdos together. Alas, I’m friends with so many fun-spirited adults that love costumes, dress-up, theme parties, and going all out for Halloween. So this year I’m trying to get into the spirit and embracing the idea of getting to costume. Thank gawd for Camille Styles and her team for all the great costume inspiration they produced for this season! I’m *this* close to convincing a group of girl friends to dress up as “A League of Their Own” Rockford Peaches players thanks to this amazing DIY. And if I can’t sell the baseball players idea, I’m going to pout for a minute then suggest Tropicana Girls!