August 31, 2012

The World of Aerin Lauder...

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I just love Aerin Lauder's new beautiful website.  It's full of design inspiration and beauty secrets...and I can use all of that on a daily basis.  She also loves shells and the beach, which means we could probably be best friends! I thought that you may want to see a little peek at what she's posted lately...enjoy.

...oh and Happy Friday!!

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August 30, 2012

J.Crew Fall Wedding Collection 2012



Two years ago, we had the pleasure of attending my cousin's wedding in St. Augustine, Florida in the month of September.  It was the perfect weekend...we hung out on the beach with family and guests, all of us got  great tans, the sky was bluer than blue and there was a nice fall breeze.  I always think about that time on the beach and dancing near the water.  If I were to marry my husband all over again (how fun would that be) it would be in September, on the beach...


Many of you know by now, how much I love J.Crew...and right now I'm head over heels in love with their new Fall 2012 Wedding Lookbook.  All of the images were taken on the coast with my favorite nautical elements. How perfect is that!


...below are my personal scans from the September catalog.









August 28, 2012

Five Things...

Strawberry Dream Cake...if you could take all the flavor of strawberry ice-cream and make it into a cake it would be this one!

{I must bake this strawberry dream cake soon...}


{love everything about this outfit...capri pantspumpsblazer}

peonies I found outside the train station in bern, switzerland  #splendidsummer

{can't get enough of these...if only they lived in Florida}

Pink grapefruit margaritas 1 cup          ruby red grapefruit juice  1/2  cup    fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)  1 cup         triple sec orange liqueur  3 cups      ice  1 cup        silver tequila  1   lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt.  Can we make these for your birthday @Francesca Fernandez? :)    #splendidsummer

{one of the most viewed images on my blog...I wonder why ;)}

{no one can do it better}

{I've been learning this my whole life...}



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August 25, 2012

English Roll Arm Sofas...



I've always admired English Roll Arm styled sofas. I think they would work perfectly with my family's lifestyle and for entertaining guests. Today, I've chosen three of them from different design houses and I would love to know...  

Which one would you choose?
Bedford Sofa


Eton Sofa
3. Ballard Designs $1840.95







August 24, 2012

The Perfect Bed...

Classic Greek-Key Bedding

If you are looking for ideas on how the perfect bed should look like...here it is.  It's always good to start off with a universal sateen fitted sheet, followed by a flat sheet with a simple design, layers of pillows and last but not least...a cozy white duvet. 





August 22, 2012

What I'm Loving Now...



1. Collection Jeweled Collar Sweater 2. Everly Suede Pumps 3. Flower Lattice Ring 4. Candy Shop Necklace 5. Robinson Small Dome Satchel 6. Matchstick Cords 7. Classic Leopard Ballet Flats 8. Nicky Top 9. Polka Dot Scarf 10. Marquess Fleur Bracelet 11. Leather Round Buckle Belt 12. Biennial Medium Satchel 


Hi Everyone!
I'm still here...busy, busy, busy with back to school and all.  I hope you're doing well and enjoying your last summer days!

Happy Wednesday!
XO,
Desiree'

P.S. Look what's happening over at J.Crew! another sale....with an extra 30% off the sale prices.

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August 15, 2012

Fun sales...



Great back to school sales going on right now at Tory Burch!


J.Crew SHORTS and SWIM are an extra 30% off ending tonight!

Here's what I treated myself to...

Corduroy short
...adorable turquoise and navy cord shorts that I will be able to wear most of the fall and winter season here in Florida.
Corduroy short





August 11, 2012

Five Things...

A CUP OF JO: The Best Fries You'll Ever Have (Belgian-Style)

{something I would love to eat every day...home made French fries}

J.crew Intiq For Jcrew Mochila Bag in Blue (brilliant blue)

{this gorgeous Mochila bag...soon to be delivered}


{I waited and waited and finally made the plunge...so glad I did! These shoes are fabulous!}

Beach House kitchen...white

{in case you missed it this week on the blog...perfect white kitchen and gorgeous stools (see similar here}

Gingham Apron

{new gingham apron for fall baking}





August 10, 2012

Photo of the Day...

Presidio Bed

Dreamy late summer bedroom design...

I purchased the buoys pictured on the shelf a few years ago and still love them!




August 05, 2012

Easy Weekend Escape to Montauk...


Love these photos of  Vogue Editor, Valerie Boster's, five day summer trip to Montauk. She chose five chic outfits to wear and mixed new finds with old accessories that she has had for many years.  I've always been a lover of fun prints and since I recently visited the Hamptons, I can see that these looks would be perfect for a getaway to the island.  






 









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