save vs. splurge

floral pumpsIvanka Trump $109.95 or Manolo Blahnik $695

Florals are always a big trend whenever Spring rolls around (are you reminded of this Miranda Priestly quote from the Devil Wears Prada?) but the watercolor inspired print and classic shape of these pumps help them to feel modern and different. I love a good floral, and will definitely be adding a pair of pretty pumps to my wardrobe once the warmer weather rolls around.

Typically with trendy items it makes sense to skimp a little and to save your splurges for wardrobe staples, but I have a feeling that the floral pump is here to stay for quite some time That being said, these two pairs are so similar that even if I could just pop out and buy the Manolos, I think I’d go for the more affordable (and equally chic) Ivanka Trump pair, especially since I’ve heard good things about her range of footwear.

What do you think – are these worth a major spend, or would you make the same choice as me?

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house of honey

IMG_0287 I was in Pasadena the other day for work and since it was a bit of a trek to get over there, I figured that I might as well check out a few places that I’ve read about and been meaning to visit over the years. The first place on that list was Julienne, and the second spot was interior designer (and fellow Canadian!) Tamara Kaye-Honey’s design shop and studio, House of Honey.

Entering the shop is like stumbling upon an extremely well edited flea market or antiques shop. It’s chock full of a fantastic selection of curated vintage and modern accessories, furniture, and works of art, all arranged in artful vignettes around the space to help you visualize how to use and accessorize with the pieces.

Honey’s design aesthetic has been described as ‘New Vintage’ which is definitely apparent in the shop, but I think that there are items that would fit into just about any style and space. I like a more traditional, classic look, but can definitely see myself accessorizing with one of her modern light fixtures or antique side tables. I actually found about fifteen things that I “needed” but managed to restrain myself (for now). If you find yourself in Pasadena or San Marino, make sure to stop by!

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OBSESSION: CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYE CHEAT

charlotte tilbury eye cheatI’m one of those people that is easily roped into buying makeup and beauty products; if a salesgirl tells me something is amazing or if I read about something on a blog that I trust, I’m instantly sold, and usually disappointed. Cosmetics so rarely live up to their hype and promises – but not this time. I bought Charlotte Tilbury’s Eye Cheat when I popped into Violet Grey a few weeks ago and have been obsessed (overused word, I know, but it’s how I feel!) with it ever since.

Eye Cheat is basically a thick kohl formula eyeliner in a nude shade that, when worn on the waterline of your eye, makes you look instantly brighter and more awake. It’s like a tiny little makeup miracle, I’m telling you. You can watch this tutorial on the Charlotte Tilbury website for more info on the formula and how it works – I find that the key is to apply the liner carefully so as not to get any on your lower lashes or else they look like you’ve put white mascara on, which isn’t a good look, though it’s easily fixable by adding a bit of mascara to cover it up. Have you tried Eye Cheat, or any of her products? I’ve heard that this moisturizer rivals Creme de la Mer, which is quite the compliment and really makes me want to try it.

Here are a few of my other favorites from the brand:

Daylesford Farm

WHITNEYThese photos are from Daylesford Farm, from a few months ago when Justin and I were in England. I hadn’t posted them yet and I’m not really sure why – though I think it might have been because I loved everything about the place and obsessively took massive amounts of photos, so they were a little tedious to go through and narrow down. Honestly, I want to live at Daylesford Farm, but I would happily settle for another visit (or two).

Calling it a farm seems like a bit of an understatement; while there is in fact a working farm on the grounds, there’s also a gourmet food marketplace and shop (complete with a cheese room), a cooking school, a spa, a small hotel, and a delicious restaurant, nestled among picturesque rolling hills and farmland (with sheep!) as far as the eye can see. I had read about Daylesford in magazines and seen it written up on a couple of blogs so I had an idea of what an amazing place it would be, but visiting it was so much better than I had anticipated.

We were only there for the day to have lunch (and spend quite some time wandering the grounds and looking at all of their beautifully packaged and displayed items), but next time I want to stay on the grounds in one of these cottages. Now I just need to look at my calendar to figure out the next time we’ll be able to visit…
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watch out

chic affordable watches1. Nixon $150 2. Tory Burch $895 3. Larsson and Jennings $385 (I have this watch and I love it) 4. Timex $65 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs $175 6. Shinola $575

I’ve always liked wearing a watch. My dad had a watch business when I was younger, and I remember poring over the catalogs and just marveling at the variety and sheer selection. I remember one Christmas when I was about seven my sister and I were allowed to choose any watch we wanted – anything! – and the one I chose was this enormous Nike one with interchangeable multicolored sweatbands. It sounds (and thinking about it, it was) pretty ugly now, but at the time I thought it was the coolest thing in the world…even though I wasn’t very athletic at all and had absolutely no need for a sweatband, let alone multiple of them as part of a watch. Luckily, my taste in watches has improved, and I now alternate between the above one from Larrson and Jennings, and a Timex.

Watches are obviously a nice accessory, but I gained a newfound appreciation for them after visiting a watch factory in Switzerland a few years ago and learning about the history or watchmaking and the artistry and technique that goes into crafting them.

Do you wear a watch? This is my dream watch, although I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable wearing it even if I could afford it!

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