Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

I did the unthinkable.  I failed to cover the Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 Collection the moment it was shown. You can blame my daughter, or our move, or my crazy work schedule… your pick!  Either way this is another Chanel collection that I am excited to share with you.

Why?  Well.  First, I am a Chanel loving girl and I never miss an opportunity to share a collection.  And second, no one puts on a show like Karl Lagerfeld.  This tartan rich collection was set in an old Scottish castle.  Yep.  Perfect Chanel drama.

As you can guess, the collection has a distinctively Scottish aesthetic.  In typical Lagerfeld fashion, the Chanel collection takes what could become a costume party and translates it into a collection filled with wearable pieces.

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Of course the coats and jackets are standout pieces.  The Scottish patterning lends itself well to the tweeds and woolens characteristic of the French fashion house.

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I also love the pairing of pieces with combat boots and patterned tights.  There is something reminiscent of grunge, but with a distinctly high-end feel.

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As for the gowns, these definitely brought the drama of some sort of Highland period piece.  I appreciate the airiness of these pieces in an otherwise very heavy collection.


Now it is your turn!  What are your thoughts on the Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 Collection?


Images by Alessandro Garofalo /  via



Inspiring Work with Isabel Quiroga

I am always collecting photos of things that inspire me.  This isn’t limited to the fashion realm, but is encompasses anything that strikes my fancy.

Lately, I have been obsessed with workspaces.  When we moved to Chicago I vowed to have a productive workspace up and running.  After all, I do work from home and traveling between the sofa and the dining room table (although quite large) doesn’t seem like the most productive option.

Unfortunately, the workspace kind of got put on the back burner with the discovery that there would be three of us living here instead of two.  With the extra room being dedicated to baby, my office area will stay in the main living room.

The challenge, consequently, is to make the spot both functional and visually stimulating (for work and public consumption).

So, when I stumbled across these photos of these Isabel Quiroga designed desk and shelves (named ‘Storyteller’) I couldn’t help but become intrigued!

I love the reuse of the coffee tables.  By painting all the pieces a single color there is congruency and the wall instillation maximizes vertical space without looking like a warehouse.

I would love to do something like this in our living room!  Hmmmm… now only to convince Lukus it is a good idea…

Tell me what makes a great public workspace?  Do you like the Isabel Quiroga design?


Images via Isabel Quiroga website check out this and more of her interior designs HERE.

Runway To Room: Serena Marron

When the heat gets particularly extreme, I find myself craving a light and airy look.  And I am not just talking in terms of clothing, but in my home as well.

So, when I came across this photo of model Serena Marron I couldn’t help but do a double take.

Yes.  It is insanely simple.  But the fitted nude tank paired with the airy skirt leaves me feeling like I could take on the most extreme level of humidity in stride.  And something tells me a corresponding home look could have a similar effect.  Making this the perfect look for a Runway To Room post!

Tell me:  Do you like Serena Marron’s look?  Are you a fan of a neutral home?  How about these spaces?


1. Serena Marron at the MoMA PS1 Gala Benefit 2012 in New York. Photo: Getty Images via
2. Image originally appeared in Metropolitan Home November 2009, via  Photo by Joshua McHugh.
3. Image originally appeared in Elle Décor April 2006, via  Photo by Simon Upton.
4. Image originally appeared in Jan/Feb 2011.


Lush Landscapes

Friday I shared that I have made my way to Atlanta for some rest and relaxation with the family.  I also mentioned that I find Atlanta particularly inspiring.

A lot of that inspiration is drawn from the outdoors.  The city is a very lush green environment something that I have always appreciated after spending many years in Los Angeles (aka the desert!) and now in Chicago’s urban jungle.

I wanted to share some of the images that inspire me.  These photos are taken from around my parents’ yard.  Now, to be fair, my mother has quite the green thumb and loves planting in the spring and summer, so not every yard in Atlanta has quite the varied plant life.  But, the saturated colors, the varieties of green?  Those you can find all over the city…

A little photography inspiration:

Tell me, what is inspiring you?

A Getaway

You must be wondering: where have I disappeared to?!

Well the answer is simple: ATLANTA!

That’s right, with Lukus working a ton and me being penned up in a hotel room all day, the timing was just right for a visit to my family.

Why should you care about this?  Well, let’s just say Atlanta is providing some much needed inspiration… but you will have to wait until Monday to see all that I have in store!

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy your weekend!!!!