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By 11/18/2018
hola amigos. it's a lovely afternoon Mexico - I just of now like one second ago recovered from a terrible illness that over the last 48 hours only allowed me to eat one of one half of a grilled cheese sandwich and 3 French fries.

if you've ever been on a trip with me, you know the detriment to my spirit this causes. i eat. i'm an eater. i get excited about food.  i put it in my mouth, i talk about it, i get more of it, i plan around it and i want it.

we do about 4 things in playa del carman: sleep, drink iced coffees with tad's sister and her polite spotted dog stella (front paws always crossed), shop at Zara, and EAT. we eat the most amazing northern italian food, we eat crusty pizza with hot sauce from street vendors, we eat sushi, and scrape salty shrimp paella from the bottom of the pan at a fantastic spanish restaurant, and queso fundita with mushrooms, and eggs, lord, we eat the most delicious fluffy scrambled eggs with boursin from a french bakery. so this was a blow.

i laid in bed with dh Khaled (aren't they all him now?) hits thumping from the pool below, watching cnn on mute and pretty much dying of stomach death, head death and body ache death and i missed two days of eating. but as of this afternoon, i've paid my dues to the karma gods for my continued failure to go get my car renewed (I just can't make it happen), and i made it to tulum, alive and a little bit hungry and working on my laptop by the ocean in a zip up one-piece looking like damn carmen electra in Baywatch because I'm maybe probably lost 1 pound. SO I AM THRIVING.

that's just me. what else. furbish's pop-up artist this week is Hayley Mitchell. we've had the pleasure of working with her for several pop-ups now, and it's great that her art keeps evolving, and it seems like she's really finding her vibe. i did it. this collection of faces -- i want to call them busts, because her work is taking on this cool classical vibe, and the subjects just feel more statue-esque to me. more greek and yet more modern. i think a few hung in a set in the right frame would be killer. there are several sizes, smallest around 6", and largest around $2500 (the big ones are such an amazing size for a statement piece - 22" x 30").

aren't these pretty?
the sale goes live this tuesday at 12pm est. the last thing to tell you is that i am working on the most epic series of giveaways for my blog readers this december. and i do not play. i'm putting together the raddest collection of gifts, all 115% things i love (and things i do) ((and places go))! and 12 lucky winners are gonna get to share some of my absolute favorites - here's a hint: from head to toe, from coast to coast, and from tiny splurges to extra-large luxuries, it's gonna be a fun time.

closet cravings

By 11/13/2018
these pants feel very Melania trump to me, like on her best day when she has something to offer, and it's pants inspiration.  // this green tiger number may be my holiday jam // I picked these boots up for LA because they feel very fancy urban current not-too-expensive.  I wore them to dinners with the Levi's below and felt that I had come close to stylishness.

you can catch me just about all winter in a sweater exactly like this.  nailing it. // I'll never get tired of a cat-eye tortoise pair of sunglasses  - these are just right // take a walk on the wild side with these animal print golden goose sneakers

you'd be the belle of the turkey day ball in this blouse // and go ahead and pair it with these jeans for maximum stylez // loving all things asymmetrical this season and this dress is a steal

when Alex refreshed my closet last week, I asked her 'which Levi's am I supposed to get again?", and she said these.  she's right.  // this whole row really - I'd wear the whole winter long.  such a fun sweater // my sneaker game is going up a notch with these simple and sleek vejas

updates

By 11/12/2018
good morning friends of the internet.  let's catch up.

i've been in southern california celebrating tad's cousin's wedding this past weekend.  it's a bit surreal to be toasting and taking photos while a monster fire rages just miles from us.  several fires - california is really having a time.  do what you can for these people - wherever you are, and however you can help.  7000 buildings and homes completely burned to the ground - schools, hospitals, retirement homes, farms, businesses - these communities are going to need help, and hope.  

the humane society of ventura county is accepting animals evacuating from the hill and woolsey fires. you can also donate directly to the organization or purchase items like food and toys through their amazon wish list.

the los angeles fire department foundation supports the first responders fighting on the frontlines of the wildfires. They are currently requesting donations to put towards hydration backpacks for the firefighters.

american red cross workers have set up temporary shelters and food sites across the state. donate to the efforts by visiting redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. donors can even specifically request their monies go towards california relief efforts by writing the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check made out to the organization.

in the particular news of what i'm doing - all that talk of new dresses and i just wore one that i had from a school of old.  it's tibi.  it was fine.  no one cared.


also, there are many and assorted new items on the site, and we're gonna keep them coming through the holidays. all the gifts, so many stocking stuffers, a few treat yourself tid bits, and a lot of awesome new finds. go check it out. my current faves are these suzani pillows - we just have a few, but your entire bed could be made with two (they're a great size), these tiny little table lamps that DON'T HAVE A CORD!,  and this super-fancy candle set - perfect to give as a really rad holiday gift, or break them apart for easy hostess gifts all season - just grab one and gift!


i'll be in and out the next few days - we're flying tomorrow from lax to mexico where my main goal is to not use my hands.

the real raleigh :: Harriet Mills

By 11/09/2018
name harriet mills
occupation ceo / co-founder of wine & design
what’s your sign pisces



who do you live with my husband patrick, and my three kids patrick jr. - 9, abigail - 7 and cooper - 1, and hallie, my sweet golden retriever who passed away right after this shoot

what do you collect i like to keep my old designer things that i can pass down to my daughter.  my first pair of jimmy choos , and my first louis v.  i have designer dresses and outfits i have also stored for her in hopes she will love them as much as i do one day.

describe your style in 3 words classic, artsy, chic
fool proof dinner party tip a good 90s playlist is a must, great flowers and when i say flowers i mean flowers everywhere, bathroom, side tables, center pieces etc. flowers bring anything to life ;)




what would be your perfect weekend at the beach, on a boat with my family and my brother and sister in law and niece and nephew


favorite piece of clothing right now i am loving all of ulla johnson things right now! but just bought a pair of vejas and feel pretty hip in them! Oooo and since leopard print is my favorite and it’s apparently hot right now i have gone on a leopard print buying spree and loving every piece so far

dream dinner party guests bradley cooper (have you heard him sing? ..WOW) ...snoop dog, prince harry and princess megan, will smith, rebel wilson, joan rivers




favorite cocktail champagne..or vodka water with two lemons!
what’s always in your refrigerator milk, because i have a 1 year old who could be a cow he drinks so much. and of champagne!


what do you attribute your success in business to being brave, confident and motivated and always being ON TIME! also, my husbands support, the love for my franchise partners and my amazing team.
two things you love about your job my team and finding creative solutions to help my franchisees make more money and do their jobs easier

your favorite 3 things in your house my interior designer, betsy anderson and katie o'neal helped me and love everything they did, so finding 3 things will be hard. but i love my designers guild wall paper in my dining room, with the pink velvet seats. i also love the painting i did in my hallway - it has holes in it from where my son and his friends shot darts through it -- so i incorporated that into painting and love it even more. lastly I would say my photos of my family.  it can looks cluttered, but i like to look up and see photos of my grandmother, mom & dad, brother and sister in law, etc.  makes you remember them when you don’t get to see them every day.


best concert you've ever been to U2.  one of the first dates my husband took me too. he had me hooked from there.
favorite song to dance to mustang sally



3 favorite things about your house i love love love our neighborhood and neighbors.  i love the fact that I have children in and out of my house at all times of the day.  it's so great that I can just let my kids run out and not have to worry.  plus my neighbors are pretty awesome as well.  i also love the french modern feel of my house.




favorite restaurant pooles diner
what smell do you love roses
what would people be surprised to learn about you i love sports.



what do you like to do in your home i actually like to cook when i have time. then sit on my back porch and eat as a family. it’s a tradition that my family did when i grew up, and it just brings back a little bit of “home” for me. 



one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring entrepreneur get a mentor and listen to everything they say, line up meetings and stick with them. i have been lucky to have the CEO of great clips who has taken me under her wing and really has helped me along the way.
what’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year that life is short. try to take out the drama and focus on the important things around you.
what’s really important to you right now family -- i always thought it was funny hearing your parents and grandparents say they grow up so fast, but honestly i have no idea what and how 9 years have gone by and i have a 9 and 7 year old.

favorite place to get coffee in raleigh third place
what surprises you about raleigh we don’t have a neimans yet!




netflix obsession sharp objects
what can you not stop thinking about my trip to italy next year!



book you're reading right now circle maker, 100 days to brave, thrive
favorite hotel greenwich hotel NYC



what do you bring with you everywhere you go lip gloss and my work notebook and my jesus calling prayer book
favorite place to buy clothes vermillion, fleur, shopbop, moda operandi, zara
who would you want to play you in your biopic whoever the modern day Scarlett o'hara would be today.



shop harriet's style!

flings

By 11/07/2018
my friends Matt and Nicole are the proprietors of Raleigh's newest boutique hotel, guest house, and they graciously extended an invite to several of my friends and me this weekend to enjoy the house with them before it opens for online booking.  what. a time.  a true indulgence - it was a little staycation in raleigh, and such a lovely experience to share it with the owners.  we filled the 8 bedrooms with lots of laughs, some really loud 90s music and a contagious optimism for the current vibe in raleigh.  they are opening their online booking later this week, and I couldn't be more convinced that this is the spot to be.  a gorgeous restored historic home with 8 thoughtfully furnished rooms, several communal spaces for socializing, and a beautiful back garden for lounging, plus the MOST comfortable mattress I've ever slept on - treat yourself to night away from the everyday at Matt and Nicole's magical new spot.

remember all those cropped wool pants I dug out of the closet in aspen?  they're tad's mom's - she literally left a treasure trove of vintage finds that I'm slowly working into my wardrobe.  these rust colored ones are giving me autumnal life, and I've got a gray, navy, and khaki pair ready to move into rotation.  Asher stole/borrowed the pink ones, and I can't wait to her angle on our new vintage-aspen lewk. 

I've got a few small spaces in the kondo that need some love - the laundry room being a total eyesore right now that can use all the help it can get.  I brought home this vintage rug, thinking it would do the trick, but it's just a touch too big.  my loss, maybe your laundry room's gain.  it's so soft and the color palette is perfection.

extra-into both of these nikes for the winter-timez.  love the shoelaces on the side.  top pair here, and bottom pair here.

last night I saw the new queen documentary and it had me grinning from ear to ear when I left the theatre.  I'm so glad I learned some of the history of the band, and of Freddy mercury.  I think it's important to layer the story over the music.  it all makes sense now - that it never really needed to make sense.

I've had a consistent girl crush on Sara Kate little for a long time.  her shop in Oklahoma City seems like a jewel box of pretty little bits.  I haven't been able to go, but I did send tad in for a FaceTime visit so I could virtually geek out on her color-filled world.  I love following her IG feed for an insta-dose of happiness, and always leave inspired.

top ten : Willa heart

By 11/05/2018
get to know tomorrow's pop-up shop artist just a bit better (and maybe get you some leopard pants too - rawr!)

pants // kiehl's musk // Parker Palm Springs // scalamandre pillow // Henry darger book // wtrmln wtr