Coffee Table Books, Edition Two

Last week I promised a follow up to my first coffee table book round up, and here it is. This collection features iconic and inspiring women. Artists, socialites, designers—these women are style personified and will bring a bit of inspiration to your living room. Every time you sit down to flip through these pages, you'll be struck by the classic glamour and confidence that carried these women throughout their lives and their careers.

Chanel and Her World Constantly breaking rules and creating new classics, Coco Chanel is one of the greatest style icons of all time.

Kahlo Both Frida Kahlo's art and her persona are unmistakable. This epic biography was just released this spring, but is a bit more of an investment.

Audrey Style My first coffee table book was a Christmas gift years ago from my godfather and was a book on Audrey Hepburn's style. It's still in my living room.

Advanced Style: Older and Wiser Advanced Style is one of my favorite books and the second compilation of these fabulous images is a must. 

C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon C.Z. Guest enjoyed a high society life and her joie de vivre and style make for gorgeous and indulgent imagery.

Edith Head Quirky, remarkably talented, and a personality for the ages, Edith Head's career as a costume designer makes for a visually compelling story.

Elsie de Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration As the first to cultivate interior design as a profession, Elsie de Wolfe is a decor icon and quintessential to understanding how design became such a big part of our every day.

Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years I came across this book at a used book sale last spring and had to pick it up. It's an in depth account of life at the White House and the clothes that defined those occasions.


Memorial Day Weekend Sale Round Up

Memorial Day always brings with it a whole slew of sales, just in time for stocking up for summer. So, for those of you who aren't sitting on the beach, or are trying to pass by the hours before your long weekend starts, here's your go to guide of where to shop. I'll be updating throughout the day with sales and my picks for what you need this Memorial Day weekend.

Anthropologie: extra 30% off sale items, including my favorite purchase of 2016!

Boden: 30% off with code 2Z7C. Looking for a vintage inspired swimsuit? Or maybe a ruffled girly number? This is your place. You're also covered with both solid and print day dresses.

Club Monaco: 30% off sale with code WARMER. For a cocktail dress you'll wear again and again, pick up this pretty.

J.Crew: 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND. Get the striped cardigan and shell I wore in this post or this great summer blazer from this outfit.

J.Crew Factory: 50% off full price and extra 40% off clearance. If you don't already have a crisp blue and white striped blazer for summer, now's the time to get one. Over a white dress, it's workday perfection.

Kate Spade: extra 25% off sale items and free shipping with code SPEECHLESS. This is the perfect time to stock up on cute gift items—how perfect would this wine tote with a bottle of wine be for a housewarming gift? Or this fun mug?

Nordstrom: the half yearly sale has three of my summer musts on sale—this versatile maxi dress (under $40!), the chicest poolside jellies (under $30!), and gold Jack Rogers 20% off.


A Coffee Table Vignette

Perhaps the impending move has me on a decorating kick or maybe it's my way of spring cleaning when there's nothing really to clean, but these days I find myself rearranging coffee tables and shelves far too regularly. Fortunately for me, coffee table styling is a thing in the blogging world, and so it's totally reasonable that I put a fair amount of thought into which books stack nicely with which candles.

So what goes into a well styled coffee table? A few fabulous books, matchboxes from your travels, coasters for your cup of tea, a piece that earns its keep simply by looking pretty, something sentimental, a deliciously scented candle, and a tray to round it all up.

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coffee table styling

coffee table styling

coffee table styling

You can shop all the items from my coffee table using the images below, but I'll also have my second coffee table book round up later this week, AND a glimpse into another vignette in my living room next week (I already previewed it on Insta!).


Surprise Sale!

Every time there's a Kate Spade surprise sale, it's worth checking out, even if only for the whimsical $19 earrings. But, of course, there's more to be found. I have a few picks for you below and even more at the bottom of this post. You'll find some great colorful and quirky pieces that will take you straight into summer.

I picked up this Flamingo Tee, which is going to look adorable with everything from black shorts to a high waisted full white skirt. If I wasn't trying to do major purging and simplifying ahead of a move next month, I would have also picked up these ladybug earrings. I have an irrational fear of ladybugs, but these red and black studs would look perfect with a black and white striped sailor tee. Check out all the picks I've mentioned, plus many more, in the links below.


Spring Styles, Revisited

Hope y'all had a fun and relaxing weekend! Despite the rain, I was on the go all weekend, umbrella in hand. I went to a concert at one of my favorite venues in DC, tried out a new to me taco spot, and learned all about bourbon at a tasting hosted by a friend. I also stopped by the Warby Parker store with two friends who were looking for new glasses—I swear, one of these days I'm just going to get fake glasses.

Switching gears, since the weather is finally looking seasonable this week, I decided to revisit all of the spring posts from the past month or so. The ones that I haven't actually had the opportunity to wear since it's been this outfit, on repeat, every single damn day.

Navy and White Spring Coat {from Trunk Club, similar here from same brand} - White V-Neck Tee
Clutch - Heels {similar here and here}

White Cropped Jeans - Draped Crossfront Top - Black Clutch {similar here on sale!}
Statement Earrings {vintage, similar here} - Sandals 
Cage Ring - Bracelet {similar here}

White Shorts {last year, similar here, here, and here} - Sandals {last year, similar here and here}

I'll have a new outfit post for you later this week, along with the second edition of my coffee table book must haves, and a peek into what books and items are currently gracing my own coffee table. Until then, get out there and enjoy this sunny Monday!


Cool Sneaks

An oh so hip friend and I went shopping earlier this week. I was on a mission to find a work appropriate, but slightly edgy, spring jacket, but somehow we both fell for the siren call of a display of brightly colored sneakers. Kicks, if you will. I've never thought of myself as a sneaker person, but all these crazy color combinations are making me reevaluate my choices in footwear.

New Balance 574 Sneaker - 2 Christian Louboutin Bip Bip High Top Sneaker

But really, if I had all the disposable income in the world, these glitter high tops would be mine in an instant. They may be veering into why don't you just get light up shoes territory, but no, they're basically a neutral—look how muted that green accent is! On the realistic front, I probably can pull off these high tops with a pair of yoga pants en route to barre class.