I love decorating with baskets. There is something so wonderful about the texture they add to a room. Plus, how useful are they?! Not only do they add great style, but they add function as well. And though I have many different baskets in my home, I have to say, that antique or vintage baskets definitely have my heart. First of all, they are usually adorable and often have details that you never find on a basket today. And they have a ton of character and age that you simply can’t reproduce. I’ve settled for the new ones, and even repros, but the authentic vintage ones are the ones that make my heart skip a beat. Especially anything with a buckle, strap, or lid…..
For my money, there is nothing like a great coat to make an outfit. You could be wearing something so simple, and having a dramatic or colorful coat can make the difference between an average outfit and a ‘wow’ outfit. In fact, if you pair it with jeans or neutrals, the coat is the outfit. And in the winter, with rainy, or cold, or just plain dreary weather, it’s great to have that pop of color to add life to your outfit, and your mood!
Scarves are one of the most versatile clothing items you can own. I love how a cold weather scarf can keep you warm, a bandana can add some earthiness, a silk scarf can add a little French style, and a pashmina can be used as a wrap when you are dressed up. I can’t think of very many clothing items that have such versatility. And they’re timeless. When you see them in an old movie, or on an old movie star (like Grace Kelly, below), they still hold up. They don’t look dated. They’re classy, and classic.
I never thought I liked pearls until a couple of years ago. But for some reason, I fell in love with them. I love the classic look of them. They are the perfectly preppy accessory! Although, I admit, I like them better when they are paired with things that are a little less traditional. Not the “twin set with pearls” look, but more like ripped jeans, a white tee, and pearls. Or a leather jacket with a chunky pearl bracelet. I like the contrast of dressy with casual. But the great thing is, they go with everything. You can do them funky, or dressy, or classy, or business-y. They work in all situations and are a staple you can wear forever.
Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite jewelry designers, Melinda Maria. I’m sure some of you are already familiar with her as her line is sold at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, but I just think her pieces are so beautiful. She designs mostly in gold tone (though there are silver pieces here and there) and I would describe it as modern, yet not overly so. She does very interesting and sophisticated shapes without losing that timeless quality. I first was introduced to her a couple of years ago when my husband gave me one of her bangles. The bangles are one of my favorites, as are the rings. She also makes earrings and necklaces. Her line came out in 2005 and had immediate success. It has been seen on the red carpet, worn by celebrities, and listed as an “Oprah’s Favorite Thing,” however, it is not overly pricey. Her pieces are beautifully made and last without tarnishing and they don’t cost a fortune. They look amazing layered or stacked – a definite Friday Favorite!
This Friday I am sharing my love of vintage watches! I have loved these forever. I think I will always love them. It all began when I stole my dad’s old one when I was in college. He had a Longines from the ’50s that he hadn’t worn in years. Since then I have purchased a few more and a couple for my husband as well (which I’ve also been known to steal from time to time!) I love their lines, their faces and the fact that they are not on every other person you see. Some are particularly beautiful, for instance I love old Rolexes and Cartiers (though I have yet to buy either of those!) And yes, some brands are super pricey, but you can still get several brands (Elgin and Longines are two that come to mind) for a decent price at antique stores, flea markets and even on Ebay. Previously, I only gravitated to the men’s (I love the oversize look, and the women’s vintage watches are just too tiny for me). However, I’ve now seen a few of the dressier, slightly larger womens and they are just stunning.