Wednesday, September 17, 2014

bookcase of the day

kooky and cluttered. just my speed.
from here

Monday, September 15, 2014

bright new things

i stumbled down a OKL's hole last night looking for nightstands for a client, and came up with these must-haves. a bright bit in a room can make the whole thing shine. bright-things

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Friday, September 12, 2014

no more fashion for a while, i promise.

major says please lord tell me fashion week is over - it seems more like fashion fortnight and a half.

real fast - here's what i've got on my phone to share.

i went to nyc and did a little nyfw with my friend stacey from hampden clothing in charleston.  it was legit, to say the least.  what an amazing experience.  the energy at the shows was exhilarating, and i was unbelievably lucky to get the chance to be part of it all.
bring on the stylez for us to judge.

bright colors and angsty models at a novis presentation. highlight: the daughter from homeland was sipping a chardonnay beside me. hey girl

where my press at, says kanye. here they are.

chassity, blair, that wrestler from the new show divas something or other.
plywood is the new step and repeat.

this wes gordon dress from vermillion rocked my world

slashed plaids at alexander mcqueen got me all wanty.

i stayed at the marlton.  i embraced the small and turned it into cozy. and you must eat the artichoke and fava bean salad. i licked the plate.
turn down for what.

back to raleigh - the fashunz continues with a fall show yesterday at vermillion. fierce was the word of the night. with an order card in each seat like you were making a custom taco at armadillo grill, plus two glasses of sparkling rosé, things were dangerous. buying was made too easy. things were purchased. regrets were felt but pushed aside.

progeny shop owner lauren, vermillion owner ashley, ariel and jessica.  this romper thing is from anthropologie and on sale.  the front is fine but the back is a bit of a long-butt situation and i guarantee it will repel men.  speaking of, she was at every show and you sort of want to cuddle her because although she'd probably hate it, she's just really cute.

and tangent - while i was looking for link for romper, i saw these, and maybe it's just a phase but i'm feeling very romperish so i might look into another.  note widget use.  fancy.


see? fierce

isabel marantness

lauren, me, parlor dry bar owners emily and allison, and jessica.


alright.  we're reinventing the internet so i gotta get back to that.  new things in store next week.  have a fortuitous weekend, sign up to ask me 20 questions next tuesday night, and dream about pumpkin chai candles.  peace out.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

closet cravings

1 - iseline maxi dress revolve clothing / 2 - squire glasses revolve clothing / 3 - eye mask shop bop / 4 - harrow booties shopbop / 5 - pac man necklace shopbop / 6 - bernina boxy top shopbop / 7 - midi tank dress shopbop / tassel bracelets furbish

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

whomp there some things are

hey girl hey.  i am back in raleighwood and here are some items to update you on:

you know we love a tassel and a pom pom, and our updated jewelry section is proof.

check out our newest finds and see if something suits your fancy.  (and our best-selling most-chicest malachite bone cuff from last fall is back in stock!  before you know it we'll have those pumpkin chai candles in the store - yup, the ones you have to aggressively buy 2 or 3 of because they just make things fall-y)

also - next tuesday we're kicking off a series of workshops at the shop, and the first is a cocktails and conversation evening with yours truly.  come with your decorating dilemmas, styling questions, industry inquires - bring it all.  i'm ready to chat, you can you pick my brain for an hour and a half.  the cocktails should make the last half more interesting, as tends to be the case.  if you'd like to sign up, just email leah.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014


ashley harris owns vermillion, my go-to boutique in raleigh when i need something fierce, fabulous and fast.  sure you can order all the big brands online these days, but there's nothing quite like having a specially curated shop in town where you can stop in and try things on, see them in person, chat with a stylist who can help you create a look that's tailored just for you, and walk away with an outfit for a special event the very same day.  ashley's picks are spot-on - she carries all the labels that count, plus a treasure trove of hard-to-find emergent designers, artisan jewelry, and uber-chic designer handbags.

we had a such an amazing morning last week visiting the shop and trying on some of the looks ashley has in for fall.  from isabel marant to figue, balenciaga and rag & bone, to alexander wang and wes gordon, ashley found something for each of us that made us feel runway-ready.  alina, leah, jessica, tori and i all fell in love with just about everything we tried - from the hats to the shoes and everything in between.

if you have any questions about the items shown, you can call vermillion for more info at (919)787-9780 or email 

photos by gary meyer

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