charlotte chesnais

charlotte chesnais jewelryI have a new favorite jewelry designer. Have you heard of Charlotte Chesnais? I just discovered her beautiful, sculptural designs the other day while browsing at The Line (where of course they would carry a super chic, under the radar French jewelry designer). This is the pair of earrings that I fell for in the shop; they’re somehow both simple and ornate at the same time, and are so delicate and beautiful in person. I don’t wear much jewelry besides my wedding rings, but I do tend to find myself drawn towards a great pair of earrings or a pretty ring, and now pretty much everything in Chesnais’ current line.

Chesnais got her start working under Nicholas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, where she designed jewelry for the brand before launching her debut collection early last year. Her jewelry is designed and handmade in Paris, and is available in the US online at places like Matches, Net a Porter and The Line.

A few of my favorite pieces are below:

chic affordable patio furniture

71e9654db323396bbe4b4d6e6cc10962 We’re basically all settled into the new house which is nice, but there are two pretty important areas that I still need to address and look pretty horrible; the little sitting area on the walk street outside our place, and the spacious patio outside of our bedroom. Both of them could be (and will be!) such amazing spaces but I’m having a hard time figuring out where to start. The problem is that outdoor furniture is so dang expensive! I don’t want to buy any ‘investment’ furniture for the areas since I don’t know how long we’ll live here and how it would work in a future space, but I definitely don’t want anything too cheaply made and rickety. A tough dilemma, right?

Luckily I’ve found a couple of pretty chic outdoor patio furniture options, like this one from Target which I just realized is on a major sale. I think I’ll probably end up getting it, and then just zhushing up the different areas with outdoor accessories like cushions, potted plants and a pretty outdoor rug. Overstock also has some really great, affordable patio furniture, and I’m planning on getting some accessories from Terrain and Pier 1, and of course I’ve already ordered outdoor string lights. Scroll on for some gorgeous patio inspiration, and shop my picks below. Happy Wednesday!

outdoor patio furniture inspiration

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chic straw hats

7ff650edc4f20e710ac3cb031b3df27b I’ve been on the hunt for a great straw hat for the last couple of weeks. I have a few that I can toss on before heading out the door to the beach to keep covered up a bit, but they’re more practical than chic, and not exactly something I’d wear out and about. So that’s the kind of hat I’m in the market for; one that looks good enough to wear when out doing errands or to pack for checking out the sights on vacation. Since I’m leaving for Greece on Thursday (!) I spent this morning doing a little hat recon and wanted to share my findings in case you’re in the same boat.

J.Crew always has a couple of good hat options, and their classically styled Panama hat is what I’m leaning toward, though this raffia hat is pretty great as well and would look so cute with cut offs and a tunic. Madewell makes a pretty great hat as well, which is classified as ‘packable’, which is a bonus since not crushing a hat in your suitcase can be tough (I’ve found you either have to just wear it on the plane or else fold something inside of it to help keep it’s shape and try not to put anything to heavy on top). For something a little more funky (though less practical) there’s Eugenia Kim’s popular ‘Wish You Were Here’ sun hat.

Let me know if there are any amazing hats out there that I should buy for my trip instead of the J.Crew one – I’d love suggestions!

best straw hata few of my favorites: 

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The Best Soft Lace Bra

 

hanky panky braI don’t talk about underwear around here very often, but I felt like this was something I had to share. I just discovered that soft lace bras are the best thing ever. I know that people have been wearing them for years but I kind of thought they were either a hippy-dippy thing, or that girls only wore them to show them off under tiny Coachella outfits. While I think both of those things are probably true, I realized the reason they’ve become so popular; they are insanely comfortable, very pretty, and do provide a touch of support.

The exact bra I’m particularly obsessed with is Hanky Panky’s Signature Stretch Lace Soft Bra. It’s cut low enough that it won’t peek out under most shirts, the straps are thin and simply made of elastic (good if you’re like me and not really out to show people your bra) and I know I already said it but wow is it ever comfortable. I realize that if you have a super large bust that these probably won’t work for you and I’m sorry, but if you’re small to medium sized then honestly do yourself a favor and buy one. You can thank me later! Have a good day :)

shop my favorite bra here, and a few other things I love from Hanky Panky are below:

schumacher citrus garden

175761Schumacher’s Citrus Garden print is another all time favorite of mine, like Samarkand which I talked about here. Every time I’m in the Schumacher showroom pulling fabrics for work I always end up looking at Citrus Garden – it’s just such a fun, happy print. I have a fabric swatch of it at home that I’m keeping in the hopes of one day using it in my future house. I think it would be just so pretty in a kitchen as either a built in bench cushion or some sort of window covering. It’s quite a bold fabric so I think I’d keep everything else quite neutral, though I do like how Taylor Jacobsen used the fabric on a pillow in this room which is already pretty busy. Doesn’t it look great?

I also love how the fabric is used as an incredibly chic tablecloth in one of the images below – isn’t that amazing? I’m kind of tempted now to get some to make into pretty napkins or something. A couple of Etsy shops sell pillows made in both colorways of the print; this bolster pillow would make a perfect pop of color and pattern in a kitchen nook or on an armchair. Thoughts? Do you love it as much as I do? Have a good day!

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