Chic Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table books serve many purposes. They are beautiful to display, they showcase your personality and interests and they are great to pick up and flip through by yourself or to share with someone else. Coffee table books don’t necessarily need to be displayed on a coffee table. They can also be displayed on a sideboard, bookshelf, console table, or any type of accent table. I think it’s more fun and useful to place them on a coffee table though. Here are some coffee table books I am interested in adding to my collection…

 
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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Bootie Love

Tory Burch Rivington Bootie

Tory Burch Rivington Bootie

Booties are even more comfortable to me than flip flops. You can even show off your pedicure with peep-toe booties. They can be dressed up or down and look great with dresses, jeans, and leggings.

Here are some of my favorites for the 2014-2015 season…

 

 

Ann Taylor Tonya Suede Zipper Shooties

Ann Taylor Tonya Suede Zipper Shooties

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Snake Printed Buckle Boot

Marc by Marc Jacobs Snake Printed Buckle Boot

 

Coclico Suede Bootie

Coclico Suede Bootie

 

Valentino Rockstud Harness Ankle Boot

Valentino Rockstud Harness Ankle Boot

 

Tory Burch Brenda Wedge Bootie

Tory Burch Brenda Wedge Bootie

 

MICHAEL Michael Kors Yvonne Suede Cage Bootie

MICHAEL Michael Kors Yvonne Suede Cage Bootie

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

Diane von Furstenberg Beckett

Diane von Furstenberg Beckett

 

Vince Calf Hair Bootie

Vince Calf Hair Bootie

 

Rebecca Minkoff Alex Bootie

Rebecca Minkoff Alex Bootie

 

Tory Burch Orchard Bootie

Tory Burch Orchard Bootie

 

Guiseppe Zanotti Metallic Textured Ankle Boot

Guiseppe Zanotti Metallic Textured Ankle Boot

Ralph Lauren Collection Meadow

Ralph Lauren Collection Meadow

 

Rag & Bone Ryland Suede Ankle Boot

Rag & Bone Ryland Suede Ankle Boot

 

Ann Taylor Billie Cutout Leather Peeptoe Booties

Ann Taylor Billie Cutout Leather Peeptoe Booties

 

Alberto Fermani Suzzara Suede Buckle-Strap Bootie

Alberto Fermani Suzzara Suede Buckle-Strap Bootie

 

Alexander Wang Clarice Leather Bootie

Alexander Wang Clarice Leather Bootie

 

Salvatore Ferragamo Narrer Glass Croc-Print Bootie

Salvatore Ferragamo Narrer Glass Croc-Print Bootie

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Haute Hot Tubs

I’ve been gone for awhile and I apologize for the sparseness of my posts. Life has kind of taken over, but things are getting a little better now. Everything seems to go in cycles.

I decided to post about my latest love! I am in love with my hot tub! One of my favorite things is to work out hard – cardio and strength training – and then come home to a gin & tonic and my hot tub! I can’t imagine living anywhere without one. Pools are great, but a hot tub is even better. They are less work than a pool, AND, especially in the Northeast, it is great all year round. Sometimes in the winter it is the only way I can get the chill out of me, and it’s wonderful to grab a cold beer and jump into the hot tub when it is snowing! Lately it has been a nightly routine for me. It’s a great way to soothe your muscles and de-stress. Here are some very creative and beautiful settings for hot tubs. I love all of them! A girl can dream, right? Enjoy the images!

 

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Green with Envy!

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of the Emerald Isle and St. Patrick’s Day I have put together some beautiful items that create the feeling of envy in me when I see them. Green is one of my favorite colors – it makes me feel warm and happy.

Erin Go Bragh, Slainte!

FEDERICA RETTORE Emerald Drop Earrings with Tourmaline


Lalique Emerald Fish Figure


Entwined Emerald I 35" Square Giclee Canvas Wall Art


Marc Jacobs Clutch


Michael Trimpol "Optic Rib Flat Low Vase in Candy with Emerald" Art Glass Vase


EMILIO PUCCI Short dress


Worlds Away Conrad Green Tray with Greek Key Gold Leafed Base


David Bromstad "In a Blink" Artwork


Banana Republic Exotic Leather Bangle - Emerald green


Emerald 30" High Oval Twist Wall Mirror (3W535-Y5334)


Linda Saytes Emerald Dawn Artwork


Emerald Green Cottontail Stud Earrings


Patrizia Pepe Pepe Fly Laser Emerald Green Leather Belt


Waterford Crystal Araglin Prestige 9" Vase, Emerald


PANDORA 'Irish' Murano Glass Charm


Designers Guild Aksu Vinyl Wallpaper


BOAZ KASHI Pure Twenty-Four Emerald Necklace


Swarovski Collectible Figurine, Lucky Clover


Mariposa Pillar Holder


Raw Cut Emerald Small Harmony Necklace


Ghibli Python Leather Clutch w/ Golden Chain Strap


Nina Runsdorf 18-karat white gold, diamond and emerald earrings


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How to Wear Radiant Orchid

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Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s color of the year for 2014. Unfortunately it is not a color that is easy for me to wear. I am classified as an Autumn according to the color analysis of Color Me Beautiful. The description is: “Your natural coloring is fiery, earthy, golden and natural. The Autumn palette is easy to remember if you think about a beautiful Autumn landscape. You can wear both muted and rich, warm colors like the autumn foliage or exotic spice colors. You receive compliments in shades of the autumn season: moss, rust, terra cotta.” So, naturally, Radiant Orchid does not go well with my coloring so I would most likely incorporate it into my wardrobe by the way of a handbag, shoes or jewelry.

Here are some ideas for incorporating Radiant Orchid into your wardrobe…

 

Nicole Miller Dakota Jersey Dress


Leslie Francesca Drusy Ring Pink


B Brian Atwood Priscilla Twist Strap Wedge Sandals


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J Brand RTW Aiah Leather Jacket - Hibiscus


DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Flirty minaudiere clutch


Almari Panel Dress With Belt, Pink


Steve Madden Glitter Dial Bracelet Watch, 44mm Pink


River Island Pink embroidered organza shell top


MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Jet Set Medium Chain Leather Tote Bag


LA PETITE ROBE di CHIARA BONI Knee-length dress


LANVIN Blouse


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2014 Pantone Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

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This year’s Pantone color of the year is Radiant Orchid. Pantone describes the color as: “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

I love that description and I feel they have described the color and tone perfectly. I can actually feel it when I look at the color. Purple can be a difficult color to add to your decor, but, if you add it with accents, one large accent or a few large accents, it can really pop and not overwhelm your room. In some cases it’s appropriate to let the color consume the room – such as a little girl’s room with a princess theme. In other cases just a touch or an accent wall makes the statement to convey the feeling you may be looking for. Here are some of my favorite uses for Radiant Orchid.

 

 

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Happy, Sparkly New Year!

17234545-champagne-glasses-in-front-of-gold-glitter-backgroundNew Year’s Eve celebrations remind me of gold and silver and sparkles. I love sparkly things all year long, but on New Year’s Eve I have full license to be as sparkly as I want and this year was no exception!

The new year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and prompts us to pause and make plans for the year ahead. I like to learn from past experiences and challenge myself by setting goals for the year ahead. Most of my goals have to do with my career and continued health and fitness. Taking care of ourselves and our bodies is not only advantageous for enjoying life but also beneficial to our loved ones as we are as important to them as they are to us.

I had an enjoyable holiday and birthday season.  I hope you did too. Here are some of the gifts I received and some of my absolute “go to” items for the season.

Happy New Year!

Cheers to a prosperous, safe and healthy 2014!

 

Ann Taylor Top

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 Ann Taylor Peep-toe Booties

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 Kate Spade “Putting on the Ritz”

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Putting on the Ritz Stud Earring - Gold/crystal

 J. Crew Belt

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 Infinity Scarf

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 Michael Kors Bracelet

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 J. Crew Sweater

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 Moto Jacket

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 Kate Spade “All that Glitters” Bracelet

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 Columbia (so….warm) Jacket

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 OPI Designer Da Better (silver foil with copper and bronze flecks)

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 Donald J. Pliner  Sandor Boots

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 Swarovski “Vi” Necklace

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 New Balance Workout Top

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 GapFit gFast Capris

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I recently redecorated my living room in time for the holidays and finished with these pillows from West Elm which pulled it all together! It’s amazing how accessories can do that to a home or an outfit!

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Happy New Year! Bring on 2014!

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Tory’s Gift Guide – 2013

I apologize for not posting in so long. Life seems to be crazy lately, but I vow to finish up the ones I am working on and get back to posting regularly.

Christmas season would not be complete without a post showing my favorite items from Tory Burch’s Gift Guide. Tory Burch is one of my favorite designers and around Christmas, and my birthday, since I am a December babe, her style just seems so appropriate. Here goes…

 

Crystal Cosmetic Case

Logo Drop Earrings

Smartphone Wristlet

Pave Box Flat Thong

Thea Round Tote

Bow Glove

Walter Thin Bracelet

Lace Chandelier Earrings

Marion Tote

Desk Calendar

Statement Earrings

Metallic Clutch

Cosmetic Case

Rivet Hoop Earrings

Dome Satchel

Fur Funnel

iPhone 5 Case

Pendant Necklace

Medium Satchel

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Pavé Bow Necklace to Support Breast Cancer Research

imageServiceAnn Taylor does it again! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month they are selling the Brilliant Bow collection. They will donate 70% of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! While I support all types of cancer research and searching for cures, this is a great way to support a wonderful cause and have a beautiful piece of costume jewelry for yourself to remind you of the cause. I purchased a beautiful pavé chain bracelet from Ann Taylor a few years ago during Breast Cancer Awareness month and the clasp, just like this one, has soft pink crystals that are barely noticeable. They are noticeable enough though to catch my attention every time I put it on to remind me why I purchased it – besides being beautiful and sparkly enough to dress up and brighten up any outfit!

To purchase your necklace, click here!

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Bars with Spirit

I wrote a previous post on conversation areas, but there is no better area to have a conversation, get caught up with family and friends, or unwind than a bar! Here are a collection of fantastic bars. My criteria? Could I see myself sitting there enjoying a cocktail? Oh, Tanqueray and tonic with a lime, please!  Cheers!

 

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