Black & White

I never get tired of black and white prints, especially when they're paired with something simple. It's a sophisticated color combination that looks fresh each season, no matter how you style it. One of my favorite coffee table books is Black & White (and a Bit in Between) because it's filled with interiors that still look current. Here's a few things I have my eye on right now...
My cream and black skirt with a simple black tee and espadrilles. 
Settee made from vintage kilim rugs via Design Sponge.
Princess Diana
Similar Scarf HERE.
Quadrille curtains via Black & White
Similar Sweater HERE.
Zara Girls Jacquard Dress $35
The kids' toys in striped Container Store bins.


Kid Art You Both Like!

I'm always trying to find new ways to display the kids' art, without it taking over the house. This watercolor tulip was a quick project and I love how it turned. It would be fun to come up with some simple designs like birds or fish for a nursery or to give as a baby gift!  
Pearl drew and cut out the pattern pieces with black paper and then traced them on the watercolor paper. Then she used watercolors to fill in the pattern pieces, going as far outside the lines as she wanted. Then I cut them out and glued them on watercolor paper. I'd like to try grasscloth or newspaper as the background next time.
A few other ideas for displaying kid art...
(Pigeon with pastels on sketch paper that fits the Ikea Ribba frame)
Pearl's giant caterpillar we did with oil paint sticks on plywood over the crib.


Love Her Style: Barrie Benson

A Southern lady that isn't afraid to use color! 


Ready for Fall

I can't wait to wear layers! I was in my third trimester this time last year, so I shopped my closet to see what still works. This cableknit sweater from Zara inspired a quick DIY project.
I cut one of my old maternity sweaters down the back and sewed grosgrain ribbon to either side:
Stacking Horn Bracelets and Cuffs by my sister-in-law Katherine Gainey:
A chunky cable knit sweater (like this one from Gap-comes in 8 colors) with white jeans...
Layered with necklaces and booties.
Love a pop of red!
My favorite 5 jacket to throw on with yoga pants and a gray t-shirt.
A swingy shift dress with T strap heels...
Like this one from Zara. I'd layer it with scarves and cardigans and then wear it with espadrilles next spring.
Lots of great prints for girls too!



"When we are authentic, when we keep our spaces simple, simply beautiful living takes place."
-Alexandra Stoddard


Boots No.7

My skin changes so much with each pregnancy, that I can't justify spending $$$ testing out different moisturizers and eye creams! I finally found a line I love by Boots, the UK based pharmacy, and I get it at Target or Amazon when it's out of stock. I really like the Protect & Perfect Intense Serum, the Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream, and the Eye Cream. I just ordered the Lash Serum, which supposedly works just as good as RevitaLash for a whole lot less! xo


The Many Uses of a Fouta Towel!

When we were in Jackson Hole this summer, I picked up a fouta towel on our way to Jenny Lake as a last minute picnic blanket. Aspens Market is a really great deli/butcher/grocer in Wilson that also stocks brands like Rifle Paper CoCake Vintage, and Baggu. It's a good thing I don't shop there regularly :) I wasn't very prepared for our hike, so I ended up using my fouta towel as a nursing cover on the boat across the lake, knotted it as a sling for Lela, and then as a scarf! Multitasking at its finest! 
We went to the Matisse exhibit in San Antonio and I nursed my way through it too. I've never been able to maneuver nursing covers gracefully, but the fouta towel is big enough for you and baby to stay covered without causing a scene. The dimensions are 34"x68" so it makes a nice throw for the sofa too! Here's a few websites that carry them:  Scents & Feel, Turkish T Fouta Lifestyle, and I've found them on sale via Gilt and One Kings Lane. I also use this one backed in terry cloth from Serena & Lily. The best part is that they dry so much faster than regular bath towels!! 


So Long, Summer!

This was my first summer with three, so there wasn't much time for blogging :) Hope everyone has a happy Labor Day and a much-needed 3 day weekend!!! 

Also, I created a new tumblr, with my personal, blog, and shop photos all in one place. Click HERE if you'd like!