Give Me All the Rattan and Woven Everything

Y'all, I can taste the summer right around the corner!  Even though it is rainy and cold today in Charleston, SC, I know that summer temps will be here by the weekend.  With that being said, I am looking forward to updating some home decor and my closet accessories and I am obsessing over everything rattan and woven!  Did you all see that adorable vintage rattan rocking horse in Zeb's nursery? 

It makes since that I would love it.  I like to consider myself as a neutral (and by neutral I mean black with the occasional ivory, blush, or navy) dresser and our home decor is pretty neutral as well, so the natural elements in rattan furniture and woven closet accessories is a perfect fit.  Here are some of my picks for my home/closet refresh!

Home Decor

 

Mirrors

Mirrors are a super easy and fairly inexpensive way to get into this trend.  These are my current favorites!  L to R: Serena and Lily, $298-$398/ Houzz, $145/ Target, $49.99

 

Headboards

I have been looking for a headboard for the bed in our guestroom for years!  I have always loved rattan ones, but always felt they were a little too busy.  These options have very simple lines that will transition well after the trend passes.  L to R: Houzz, $425 (queen)/Pier 1 Imports, $279.95/ Target, $199

Decor

Rattan is great, but rattan in color is even better!  If you can't commit to the trend, colored pieces may help make it feel like your not in your grandma's house.  And if you still can't commit, but want to dabble, then opt for a small piece or too like a lamp or place mats! L to R: Target, $69.99/ Grandinroad, on sale $139/ Target, $59.99/ Target, $34.99/ IKEA, $4.99 for 3

For the Closet

Here are some easy pieces to add to your closet to stay on trend.  I am loving Zara's selection of natural woven bags this season.  I bought one a few weeks ago that I love, but I couldn't find it on the site anymore to link it.  How cute is that palm leaf bag? And I think I have to have the woven flats to go with the belt that I already own!  L to R: Anthropologie, $118/ Zara, $45.90/ Zara, $29.90/ Zara, $69.90/ Anthropolgie, $118

 

Do you like this trend?  Will you be adding pieces to you home or closet? Which are your favorites? Comment below!

xoxo, Alicia

A Peek Into My Closet

Ever since I laid eyes Carrie Bradshaw's blue walk-in closet, lined with gorgeous gowns and rows of Manolos, I have dreamt of having an organizational clothing oasis of my own. When James Lynn Builders sat down with me to design the layout of our new addition, I asked them to keep stretching the square footage of what would be the closet area. Sure it made for a smaller bathroom, but it is so nice to have space for all of my shoes, clothes, and accessories. 

After checking out different closet units, we decided to do it ourselves. Nate checked out online plans and Youtube videos and figured out how to build all of the shelves by hand. Handy husband? Check.

We decided to keep the shelving a bright white to let the clothing and accessories stand out. To give the closet some contrast we used Target's Devine Color peel and stick wallpaper on the back wall.

Have a Happy Monday!

Cheers!

Little Black Dress

It's no secret that I love to wear black!  My daughter says my favorite color is black (it's actually purple, but close) because that's pretty much the only color I wear, along with gray, white, navy, blush, and a few surprise pieces that don't get worn much.  To me, it's the easiest color to wear. Black goes with everything and looks good on everyone.  It can be casual or fancy. 

I would consider myself a connoisseur of black dresses.  I have a handful of them.  So today, I am going to share with you my favorites!

The Casual

Old Navy, $26.94 on sale for $24.00

I bought this dress a few weeks ago and I have been living in it! It's so soft and easy to wear. You can belt it to show off your waist or just let it swing.  I pair mine with thong sandals for a dressier look or slip on sneakers for a casual look.  Add a jean jacket for cooler nights.

L to R: Sandals, Target/ Belt, Loft/ Sneakers, Target

The Trendy

LOFT, $79.50 on sale for $39.75

I bought a dress very similar to this one earlier in the season and I love it.  This one is super light and airy because it's made out of a gauze material, so it may require a slip, but it's perfect for those hot summer nights that we get here in Charleston!  I pair mine with flat sandals or mules and a pashmina for cooler nights. 

L to R: Sandals, Urban Outfitters/ Flat Mules, Lord & Taylor/ Pashmina, The Pashmina Store

The Dressy

J. Crew Factory, $118.00 on sale for %59.00

I just bought this dress last week to wear to a wedding this weekend and I am so in love with it (yes, I wear black to weddings)! It is a perforated fabric (it's lined) that falls below the knee and has pockets.  It slips on over the head and is super comfortable and easy to wear.  I am pairing mine with either wedge strappy heels or booties and a vintage gold belt.

L to R: Wedges, Anthropologie/ Belt, Anthropologie/ Booties, Yoox

The Patterned

Diane von Furstenburg, $171.20

I don't just limit myself to all black.  I have a few dresses with patterns on them too.  I like how this one draws the eye to the lower half of the body (that's my smaller half), but the solid top half gives your eyes a break from the busy pattern.  Plus, who doesn't love a DVF dress?  I would pair this one with solid pumps in a fun color and a simple necklace.

L to R: Suede Pumps, YOOX/ Pumps, YOOX/ Necklace, Anthropologie

The Maxi

The Outnet, $116

This maxi dress is lovely!  It can be worn multiple ways (follow the link to see), it's made out of a stretchy and comfortable fabric, and it has an open back.  I like to wear maxi dresses with flats or low heels, depending on the occasion, and some large, simple earrings. 

L to R: Gladiators, Anthropologie/ Sandals, The Outnet/ Earrings, The Outnet 

The Designer

Mugler, $1075

A girl can dream....This dress is beautiful! I love the silver accents and the sheer fabric on the collar.  I love the fit, the sleeves and the length.  I would pair this dress with black D'Orsay pumps and some pretty stud or drop earrings.

L to R: Earrings, J.Crew/ Earrings, Lord & Taylor/ D' Orsay Heels, Lord & Taylor

There you have it.  My guide to the Little Black Dress.  I'm always looking for a new black dress, so let me know what you're wearing!

xoxo, Alicia

Save or Splurge, Summer Fashion!

Warm weather is here, and I don't know about you, but I've had the urge to clean out my closet and find some cute new looks to fill the empty space.  Here are a few items that I love, priced to save when you want or splurge when you just can't resist!

The Elegant Maxi

 Forever 21 Contemporary Slit Maxi Dress, $24.90

Forever 21 Contemporary Slit Maxi Dress, $24.90

 Sunday in Brooklyn Southport Maxi Dress, $108.80

Sunday in Brooklyn Southport Maxi Dress, $108.80

 

Comfy Pull-on Shorts

 Old Navy Mid-Rise Linen-Blend Utility Shorts, $19.94

Old Navy Mid-Rise Linen-Blend Utility Shorts, $19.94

 Madewell Linen-cotton Pull-on Shorts, $49.50

Madewell Linen-cotton Pull-on Shorts, $49.50

 

Go Everywhere Tote

 Merona Reversible Tote Handbag, $36.99

Merona Reversible Tote Handbag, $36.99

 Madewell Transport Tote, $168

Madewell Transport Tote, $168

 

Easy Day Dress

 Francesca's Liza Striped Shift Dress, $38

Francesca's Liza Striped Shift Dress, $38

 Splendid Capistan Rugby Stripe Dress, $158

Splendid Capistan Rugby Stripe Dress, $158

 

Mismatched Stud Earrings

 Rebecca Minkoff, Linear Stud Mismatched Stud Earrings, $9.60

Rebecca Minkoff, Linear Stud Mismatched Stud Earrings, $9.60

 Elizabeth and James, Marisol Mismatched Earrings, $115

Elizabeth and James, Marisol Mismatched Earrings, $115

 

The Wedge

 H&M Wedge-heel Sandals, $34.99

H&M Wedge-heel Sandals, $34.99

 Sam EdelmanBrenda Espadrille Platform Wedge, Now on sale for $78.00!

Sam EdelmanBrenda Espadrille Platform Wedge, Now on sale for $78.00!

 

Modern One Piece

 Mossimo Crochet Inset Bandeau One Piece, $35

Mossimo Crochet Inset Bandeau One Piece, $35

 Alexander Wang Mesh Combo One Piece Swimsuit, $365

Alexander Wang Mesh Combo One Piece Swimsuit, $365

 

Go forth and shop!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire