Thursday, August 15, 2013

H&M Home...Do we love it? I think...YES!

If there is one thing I know...its that people desire style!  No matter your taste...everyone wants to obtain a certain look for their home.  Now, more than ever, that style is available to the masses!  I don't know if its a good or bad thing, but I like it!

Check out a sample of H&M Home...I have a feeling we are going to be seeing some super chic dorm rooms this fall!

With such affordable prices, anyone can update a space for not a lot of cash!

Here are some great tips when it comes to revamping your casa style!

1. MIX IT UP - Don't be afraid to mix patterns.  To insure that it doesn't look like you just threw up on a space, keep these simple rules in mind.  If you want to mix pattern scales, keep it monochromatic.  If you want to mix colors, make sure the patterns are the same scale.

2.  ACCESSORIZE - Just because you have the same furniture doesn't mean you can't have a new look!  Update a sofa with new pillows!  Boring coffee table?  Add decorative boxes, bold books or other accessories.  Just a few items can add a layer of texture and dimension to a space!

3.  THINK VERTICALLY - Don't forget about the most your walls, they need love too!  Add art work to drab color walls.  Draperies can soften up any space.  If you have a small room..mirrors will always make a space feel bigger!

Its Gettin' Hot...But I Have Coat Envy

Like most of the nation, I too, am obsessed with SCANDAL!  Olivia Pope is one of the most amazing characters on television...I have not admired a fictional character so much since Claire Huxtable.  She is poised, confident, determined and most of all...sharply dressed.

Every episode, I find myself saying "I love that coat!" 

With that said, here are some of my favorite "Pope Coats"

The keys to a "Pope Coat" are the following:

1. FIT...A perfectly tailored coat will bring you one step closer to achieving the classic look.  Even if your wallet doesn't allow you to invest in the most expensive pieces, you can always find a bargain at lower end stores and take a trip to your local tailor.  Now you have a coat that looks as expensive as Ms. Olivia herself.

2. NEUTRALS...For a more sophisticated look, opt for a more neutral color palette.  This means, creams, grays, blushes, and blacks.  These colors are ALWAYS in style and are flattering for all shapes and sizes.  So if your budget allows, go ahead and spend a little more for an investment will have it forever.

3. WHAT'S UNDERNEATH...Don't create more bulk by wearing chunky garments underneath your perfect coat.  Instead, wear thinner layers to keep warm.  

Here are some of my favorite coats inspired by Kerry Washington's hit character.




If you were curious about those most fabulous gloves...try these on!!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Attack of the Black....Kitchens

I have been in my house for a little over a year, and now, I finally have time to think about how I could turn it into a home.  I have finally decided how I am going to remodel my kitchen...
All Black Everything!!!  

Some people are afraid to go black, especially in a kitchen, but it is actually very chic and as timeless as a white kitchen.  What I love about these kitchens are the simple lines created.  No paneling, no ogee edge counter tops, no fluff!  Just pure minimalism and function at its best.



However,  if minimal isn't your thing...try going Hollywood Glam!  You get the chicness of the black and the glitz at the same time!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Hint of Mint

I have recently decided to step out of my comfort zone when it came to my nail color. I am typically a neutral gal and on occasion, I will throw in a berry tone.  But I was feeling adventurous and decided to go for a mint green.

Needless to say, I LOVE IT!  I have gotten so many compliments and wonder, what have I been so afraid of all these years!?!

With that said, here is today's blog inspiration!  MINT!

It is such a beautiful color that works with many skin tones.  Plus, it is light and airy and will surely keep you looking cool during the hot temps!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Klismos

Lately, I've been obsessed with a particular's so fabulous, it can easily stand alone.  Its the KLISMOS!

A brief history from my favorite source, Wikipedia: 

The klismos chair  is a type of ancient Greek chair, familiar from depictions of ancient furniture on painted pottery and in bas-reliefs from the mid-fifth century BCE onwards.

The klismos was revived during the second, archaeological phase of European neoclassicism. Klismos chairs were first widely seen in Paris in the furniture made for the painter Jacques-Louis David by Georges Jacob in 1788, to be used as props in David's historical paintings, where the new sense of historicism required visual authenticity.

 It would be hard to find a French klismos chair earlier than the ones designed by the architect Jean-Jacques Lequeu in 1786 for a decor in the "Etruscan style" for the hôtel Montholon, boulevard Montmartre, and executed by Jacob; the furnishings have disappeared, but the watercolor designs are conserved in the Cabinet des Estampes. Simon Jervis has noted that Joseph Wright of Derby included the tablet of an approximation of a klismos chair in hisPenelope Unraveling Her Web, 1783-84 

In London, early klismos chairs were designed by Thomas Hope for his house in Duchess Street, London,[9] which George Beaumont had described as early as 1804 as "more a Museum than anything else";klismos chairs were illustrated by Hope in several variations in Household Furniture and Interior Decoration(1807), the record of his semi-public house-museum. Klismos chairs in their purest form furnished Hope's Picture Gallery (pl. II) and the Second Room containing Greek Vases (pl. IV), but the swept legs featured in variations on the classical theme illustrated in other plates. Henry Moses' illustration of genteel company playing cards seated on klismos chairs appeared in Hope's Designs of Modern Costume 

These days, one can find a number of reproductions of this classic piece!  Below are some of my favorite versions:

Michael Taylor

Scala Luxury

If your pockets won't aren't deep enough to get these beauties, have no fear!  West Elm makes a beautiful version!

West Elm

Style is available at any price point!  So be sure to introduce this classic piece into your decor...I promise you will not regret it!

The Eyebrows Have It!

I always wondered how some girls just seem to have the most perfect eyebrows, and no matter what I do...I can never achieve that polished eyebrow look!

Pinterest has been the answer to this girl's prayers!  There are so many tutorials on how to tame your bushy brows or add volume to ones that are lacking a certain "oomph"

This pin was the most helpful and helping me achieve my desired look!

After LC helped me shape my brow, another pin helped me define that shape

Check out this favorite mentioned in InStyle Magazine!  This nifty kit is key in creating the best brow!


Here are a few of my favorite celeb brows...if these girls are known for nothing else...their brows
will go down in history!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Orange You Glad Orange Is In?!

In the past, red was the go to color when people wanted to add a pop to their ensemble.  It was the best way to stand out in a crown.

Now, red is out and ORANGE is in.  Not just any orange, but the iconic "Hermes Orange".

The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.

Here are some great ways to brighten up your everyday life with a pop of orange.  Get out there and get noticed!


This throw should be a staple in every house hold.

I absolutely love the look of a barn door...and it doesn't get any better than an orange one!!!


This is by far, my favorite bag this season!  A twist on one of LV's classic bags.


Devil in a blue dress?  Heck no!  Look hot as hell in this form flattering garment!  

Another thing that is great about orange, its an amazing neutral!  It goes with absolutely everything.  Don't be try these bold color combos!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Get Out and Lounge!

This summer season, take advantage of the warm weather and move all of those fabulous parties outdoors.  

At the beginning of the season, many manufacturers have sales on all of their outdoor furniture.  So use this opportunity to update your outdoor furniture (or in my case, actually get some) and create an oasis on your patio!

Here are some of my favorite looks this season




No outdoor lounge area is complete without the perfect grilling station.  Williams-Sonoma is my go to for all things grilling!

The literally have everything you need to grill (except the meat & veggies)...but they have everything else covered!

So now that the kids are out of school, take advantage of the longer days and spend them outside!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

If you can't build it...Mould It!!

We are currently working on a huge project...a 23,000 sf has a 
ballroom in the basement!!!  I know...MASSIVE!  What is even crazier is that
they are literally building as we draw.  Even worse, the original designer
left us with a ton of issues they we are rushing to solve.

What has our solution to these issues been? MOULDING!!

More is can hide some of the worst issues with moulding, but you can't skimp! 
Moulding is better when you layer it on!

The Wall Street Journal wrote an amazing article about the origins of French Mouldings...
so educational!  They gave 5 tips for effective mouldings:

1. Experiment with layering: It's possible to create a "subtle complexity" with moldings, says New York-based Classical-style architect Gil Schafer. He advises combining different types—from streamlined to ornate—rather than using stock millwork.

2. Decide how much you want your moldings to pop: To visually heighten the ceiling, paint crown moldings the same hue as the wall they're embellishing (white-on-white is classic and nuanced). For a more emphatic effect, paint or stain moldings an accent color. If you're feeling unusually daring, use paint to pick out certain moldings in different colors or shades of the same hue. In his own home, as related in "French Accents," architect Jean-Louis Deniot played with three or four different tones to highlight the moldings and decorative plaster motifs. That color layering, he told Ms. Swift, "provides a better sense of rhythm and volume."

3. Remember that some moldings are also practical: Baseboards, for instance, protect walls from damage caused by cleaning implements. "Chair rails, placed at the point where chair backs bang into the wall," writes Ms. Swift in her book, "create barriers for plaster, Sheetrock and drywall."

4. Consider going vintage: To avoid the McMansion effect that can result from using stock, injection or plastic molding, comb estate sales and shops that specialize in antique variations. Note, however, that most reclaimed moldings were bespoke-crafted for a specific home. You'll likely need to recruit a millworking shop to make them fit your interiors' needs.

5. Cavernous old-school rooms are prime candidates for moldings: If you live in a more traditional residence with unusually high ceilings, installing additional moldings helps to warm the room and make it feel less "warehouse-y," said Guy Carpenter, whose New Orleans millwork firm Supreme Restoration replicates moldings found in 19th-century, French-styled homes.
But, there are more contemporary companies that have put a twist on mouldings.  One of my new favorites is Solomon & Wu.  They have put a new edge on mouldings with geometric and organic shapes.  

So next time you aren't sure how to solve for issue while designing...mask it with moulding!

Love, F&F

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's a BUG's Life!

With the weather warming up...the bugs are coming out.  This season, those pesky 
pests will be welcomed in the hottest trends of the summer!

From dragonfly silk capes from Alexander McQueen to bee rings from Kate Spade, 
there is something for everyone at every price point.

So BUG out and indulge on these slimy yet satisfying creatures!

Love, F&F

Natural Hair is EVERYWHERE!!!

I have been going natural for about 2.5 years now...I'm about 98% through my transition.  But since I made the choice to go au natural, I have seen more and more kinky curly hair in the main stream media.  From movies to commercials to magazines...gone are the days of racially ambiguous girls and here come the soul sistas rocking their own hair in its natural state.

After years of following one of my favorite bloggers, Curly Nikki (be sure to grab her book, Better than Good Hair), for hair wisdom, something amazing happened. 

A couple of weeks ago, I received my latest issue of InStyle Hair issue.  To my astonishment, there was a ENTIRE spread, not just a blurb or a mention...on real kinky curly hair!  Finally!!! 

Just in case you missed it is, with the gorgeous Zoe Saldana!

Isn't this AMAZING!!!  I think so.  They even had a little blurb on braids!!!

Go out and cop the latest issue, on stands NOW!!!

Love, F&F