I am lucky enough to have a vanity. It’s a very special piece of furniture that was given to me by a dear friend of the family. It’s the essential piece for a lady that loves to get ready. That may not be every day but it does happen. I stumbled upon some gorgeous vanities on {this is glamorous}. I prefer the mirrored versions, you?


via {this is glamorous}, The Decorista

My sweet little vanity :)

On Display

Many of us who love fashion often have a hard time finding storage for (much less getting rid of) our treasures. If you’re short on space and proud of your beautiful things, why not display them? When your beloved items are visible they will be enjoyed by friends that visit and you’ll be reminded to wear them more often.


I love the look of shoes in bookcases or shelves. I’m so proud of my shoes and if I hide them away, I will occasionally forget an old favorite. I also die for the hat display.

Jewelry is another prized possession that can be neglected when one accrues more than a few favorite pieces. Who needs artwork when you have baubles strung about?


Storing clothes and bags in an open space can be a bit tricky. I think it’s important to play up the organized chaos rather than organized or chaotic. Also, play up the femininity with the color palette and furniture. Case in point: chandeliers and pastels.


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As much as we shouldn’t, we often judge beauty products by their appearance. Because don’t you feel more beautiful when surrounded by beautiful things? Especially Chanel…

All of this glorious inspiration is from my favorite blog: {this is glamorous}

Have a lovely weekend!


Coveting the Director of Special Events at Vogue

Lately, I find myself checking The Coveteur almost everyday. As editors and various people at fashion magazines and houses as well as gals-about-town have become style icons in their own right, this site comes at exactly the right time. People are curious about the fashion elite. What are their favorite pieces? What does their closet look like? How do they store their shoes? I was especially drawn to Sylvana Ward Durrett below.

“Sylvana Ward Durrett has been a veteran at Vogue for nearly 8 years,
starting her career at the most iconic magazine of all time as the
Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. Her determination and
spunkiness helped her climb the ranks at American Vogue, moving into
the fashion department as the Accessories Editor and eventually
landing feet first in the role of Director of Special Events, a title
she currently maintains. She’s one girl with a full plate: her
responsibilities include producing over 30 events a year, including
the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner and the annual Costume
Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her style is the
epitome of effortless chic – mastering the art of putting together
envy-defying outfits on a daily basis.” via The Coveteur

<span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Shoes, Various Designers</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>All, Miu Miu</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>The dress is Roberto Cavalli from a few seasons back and I am absolutely in love with it. Every time I bring it out for an event I get butterflies! I love the flapper feel but I always add a touch of edge to modernize it a bit. For example with the Lanvin chain anklet heel pictured here. The chain and leather strap detail are just the right touch. The Chloe rose gold evening bag speaks for itself. It is an evening staple and goes with just about any look!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Roberto Cavalli; Shoe, Lanvin; Bag, Chloe</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I love this photo because it includes two of my favorite things in my apartment and closet: my Stubbs and Wooton skull and bones velvet slippers and my husband’s record player (he has never been so proud of anything in his life). The slippers are my Friday, wear-to-work staples. So comfy and great with a pair of boyfriend jeans. The necklace is vintage, a great statement piece to pair with a day or night look.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Slippers, Stubbs and Wooton; Necklace, Vintage</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>This was one of my favorite seasons from Balenciaga. Such a vibrant print and it never goes out of style. I wear it with opaque tights in winter and with a bare leg and stiletto in summer. The clutch is a perfect statement piece for summer and fits everything!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>All, Balenciaga</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I don’t remember the season but it is a closet staple. I love that it has a preppy look with a modern twist.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clutch, Balenciaga</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Miu Miu; Shoes, Toms</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>Clutches are a necessity for me. I have so many different types and colors and I continue to collect! The brights pictured here make me happy every time I carry them!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clutches, Various Designers</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Shoes, Manolo Blahnik</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>This Chanel clutch literally goes with me to nearly every event. The iridescent midnight blue mixes with most evening looks, casual or formal. Shoes are Miu Miu. I can never get enough of studs!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clutch, Chanel; Shoes; Miu Miu</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clockwise from left to right: Clutch, Devi Kroell; Clutch, Kotur; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Boot, Balmain; Bag, Balenciaga; Clutch, Celestina; Boot, Christian Louboutin,; Dress, Proenza Schouler; Dress, Jason Wu.</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I’m a maniac for a mini. Enough said.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Skirts, Various Designers</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I love these sequin “starry” tops ( Proenza Schouler and Derek Lam from right to left) paired with the photo taken by one of my closest friend, Victoria Will. She is a genius photographer, and this photo was my wedding gift!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>L to R. Tops, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam </span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Bag, Chloe; Necklace, Fenton/Fallon </span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Top, 3.1 Phillip Lim</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>Vuitton bow pump with sequin heel. There are no words, they are just.... incredible. I knew I could not live without them…but then again I feel that way about every pair of shoes.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Shoes, Louis Vuitton</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I’m a huge fan of Jason Wu. He is an old friend, I love him and I love the way his clothes fit. He actually custom made my dress for the Costume Institute last year (my first Met Ball as Director of Special Events!). I felt like the belle of the ball!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Jason Wu; Shoes, Miu Miu</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>When you work at Vogue you are acutely aware of the fact that color always looks better! Whether it’s on the page or on your body. So, needless to say, I have a rainbow of colors in my closet from shoes to dress to clutches and tights!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Victoria Beckham; Shoes, Manolo Blahnik</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>This is a Celine top actually and it goes with a matching white lace calf length skirt. It so clean and simple and can be worn as a separate over my leather pants or tucked into a wide leg trouser. Ms. Philo truly has the Midas touch. Celine is so chic right now!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Top, Celine </span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>I got this dress for my trip to China in November. Going to bring it out for London Fashion Week too!</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Dolce and Gabbana</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'>Another Jason Wu! I wore this to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner in November and got tons of compliments.</span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Dress, Jason Wu</span><span class='fancyPhotoDesc'></span><span class='fancyPhotoName'>Clutch, Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Christian Dior</span>

Images via The Coveteur. Photos by Jake Rosenberg.


Dressing Room Envy

So..this is pretty much my dream dressing room. Mine is coming together…a bit. Yesterday I got a wrought iron daybed (complete with trundle!). We have guests coming in town this weekend and I think a daybed befits a dressing room. I haven’t gotten it set up but I have high hopes. I need to hang pictures and a chandelier would really take everything to the next level.

So this is very raw but I’m going to incorporate the vanity, the shoe display and the day bed (below). I’d love to have a wall of mirrors, lots of art and I’m still considering the screen. Also needed: gigantic oriental rug.

Image Credits: Dream Dressing Room, Blurry phone photos – mine

Screening Process

In my new bungalow, I’m planning to use the second bedroom as a “dressing room” as posted here. For some reason, all of the closets are doorless, so I’d like to set up a screen to close off the closet and provide a little changing area. I’m envisioning Rachel McAdams in Sherlock Holmes (here is the scene). Of course, lovely mirrored screens, like those found on 1stdibs are a bit out of price range. So, I might have to settle for something less dramatic. I’ve found a few lovelies on overstock. Thoughts? The room is sortof black and red, I haven’t decided whether or not to paint but the screen would be on the black side.

1-3 & 6 are 1stdibs but the rest are overstock! I’m leaning towards the faux croc screens (4 & 12).

Hollywood Regency T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (stamped)A Pair of Japanese Silvered ScreensSmokey Mirrored ScreenFaux Leather Silver Crocodile Room Divider (China)New York City Canvas Double-sided Room Divider (China)

Three-Panel Screens

Double-sided 6-foot Amalfi and Riviera Canvas Room Divider (China)Canvas Do It Yourself 4-foot 3-panel Room Divider (China)Double-sided 6-foot Vintage Weekend Paris Canvas Room Divider (China)Double-sided 6-foot Vintage Women Canvas Room Divider (China)Canvas Double-sided Mannequin and Singer Room Divider (China)Faux Leather Black Crocodile Room Divider (China)Double-sided 6-foot Pansy Flower Seeds Canvas Room Divider (China)Double-sided 6-foot Fairy Tale Canvas Room Divider (China)

Screens: one, two, three, four, five, six (I die), seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen

In my dressing room

As I’ve posted, I’m moving. It seems very far away (I haven’t packed) but it is actually fast approaching (two weeks). I found a sweet little bungalow in the downtown area of Fayetteville. It has a backyard and a porch swing and original wood floors. It’s rather small – the kitchen, the bathroom, the closets – but it will be just me living there with my puppies and visitors of course. Still, small bathroom & closet? What’s a fashion-conscious, jewelry-collecting, shoe-hoarder supposed to do? Light at the end of the tunnel: There is a second bedroom! I, without any hesitation, decided to make that room my dressing room. Aren’t those a lovely couple of words? It’s a small room, mind you, but I plan to make it as girly and artsy and feminine as possible. Can’t wait to post pics! For now, some inspiration…

dressingroom012109.jpgdressing room by california closetsstylish dressing room with a neat dream closet by ikea