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#frf . . mark d. sikes

mark d. sikes has taken the design world literally by storm in about five years flat.   while others may toil away for years seeking meager notoriety, mark, a virtual “no one” some five years ago, has since seen his personal residence twice published in three years, once in house beautiful (see the story here) and once again after a major re-design in veranda (see the story here).  mark developed his design chops over the course of two decades by first starting out in retail visual merchandising for banana republic and gap stores.  he worked his way up the ranks to eventually helm the store’s visual impact strategy.  he entered the design world when he transitioned to head pottery barn’s visual merchandising and marketing and help overhaul the brand.

lucky for us he decided to take his talent to the streets, opening his own design firm and starting a design/fashion blog (follow here). and, when he did that, he quickly set the world on fire with his impeccable eye for both fashion and design.

and avid devotée of his blog, at this point, i am not sure where mark’s tastes end and mine begin (i am pretty sure that is a clear sign of a clinical swf sitch).  what i mean is, if mark sikes likes something, even if i wasn’t on board before, i find myself justifying why i now like it, too.   i mean.  i honestly feel like i am back in seventh grade and mark is the cool girl and i am the chubby girl with braces and glasses (did i just reveal too much about myself??) who tries to pretend like she coincidentally came up with the same idea. snl’s girlfriends talk show is a perfect metaphor with mark playing kiera to my morgan except that, it’s actually way worse in real life because mark sikes does not claim to be my best friend.  or even, like, know me.  at all.

today’s #frf is mark’s bedroom.  i think this could literally be the most beautiful bedroom ever.  and, i am not really picky about which version, before or after, they are both equally lovely.  i’ve included pictures below from the way the room was at the house beautiful photo shoot and then later at the veranda photo shoot.  i think the shade of blue is just heaven and incredibly soothing, two adjectives that are perfect for bedrooms. the mix of textures and the play between formal and casual work together to nestle the room squarely into a place of relaxed elegance — where we can all feel comfortable and inspired.

martha and i are off next week for spring break.  we’ll be back monday, april 6.  in the meantime, check out mark’s portfolio here follow mark’s blog at markdsikes.com. 

xo,
cg

photos courtesy of house beautiful and veranda

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epic fail

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leather purse tassel

well, it just wasn’t meant to be. remember last week when i was so excited about the kooba sale? i thought i had found the one, the one that would last me another ten years but alas it just wasn’t right.

yesterday i opened the box with the anticipation of santa claus on xmas eve; the bag was a beautiful color, the leather as smooth as butter but unfortunately just too big for my needs. i blame myself. i’m just too darn picky so the search continues. i’ll keep you updated on my search.

so now what am i to do with my well worn purse? how do i freshen it up til i find “the one”?  i’m glad you asked. i’ve recently found the purse tassel. now please don’t misunderstand me, this is simply a bandaid without breaking the bank and i’m not saying it is the be all end all but desperate times calls for desperate measures; i’m just glad the purse tassel looks good. i love all these colors and for less than 20.00 it’ll help brighten things up.

xo

martha

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

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Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold. 
Her early leaf’s a flower; 
But only so an hour. 
Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
So Eden sank to grief, 
So dawn goes down to day. 
Nothing gold can stay. 

Robert Frost
1874-1963

i attended a funeral monday for a good friend who died way too young.  during the service, which was held in the clearing of the woods that is his family’s cemetery, and then, later, while i was driving back from florence, i couldn’t help but notice all of the budding trees and plants.  the coincidence of the untimely passing and the abundant budding of nature brought to mind this beautiful poem by robert frost.  

these days are the only few days of spring that we may enjoy those first tufts of gold – just as nature wakes from its deep sleep.  with those fleeting dots of gold, i am reminded to love and cherish my family and friends and my life as it is right at this very minute.

stay gold, pony boy, stay gold!

xo,
cg

 

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it has been said before

this past weekend, i started going through my spring clothes in an effort to fill up another   thred up bag as well as start thinking about what to pack for spring break. plus it gives me an opportunity to see what i need (want)for the new season

as i was going through my clothes i came across this. i blogged about it here. what surprised me is how much i’ve seen it this spring. now, don’t get me wrong. i wore my mesh sweater a lot last year. honestly i wore it so much that i ended up buying the white version when it went on sale but i didn’t think it would become a classic like the white blouse that it would return again but what do you know.

so the point is if you didn’t get on the mesh band wagon last year go for it. i’ve hooked you up with a few pics of where i’ve seen the mesh trend/classic at some great price points. each item is below 100.00.

 

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chunk of change. . .

whether you’re all about culottes right now or not, chances are you are considering at least one pair of cropped pants.   crops have been on the scene for a while, to be sure, but this spring, they are front and center.  what’s so different this time around?  well, this trip the fuller-leg crop called shotgun, so skinny crop is stuck in the back seat.

right.  and, that means?

well, it means it’s time to consider the chunk or stack heel sandal.   it’s the perfect way to rock a crop with volume.  the more substantial heel balances the wider proportion.  and, it will look great and fresh and hip.  trust me on this.

below, i’ve hooked you up with five fab options plus some street picts to help you feel the groove.

xo,
cg

1.  j.crew marcie suede sandals, $168 (plus 25% off with code SPRINGSALE)

2.  club monaco jayda sandal in nude/soot black, $298

3.  emerson fry thin strap heel sandal in shark, $325

4.  tory burch bleacher scrappy sandal, $350

5.  rocha leather platform sandal, $825

bonus link:  tabitha simmons elvy cork t-strap sandals, $825 pre-order (my fave-o-faveorite!!! drool!!)

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all that glitters…

working as an attorney is not all “l.a. law” or “the good wife” and there come times when i need a little sparkle to pick me up. unfortunately a little blue box with something shiny in it is not in the cards so i start looking elsewhere. lately in all my magazines i have seen this ad from revlon and i became intrigue.

what can be better than adding a little glitter to your eyes; so i decided to stop by my local drug store and pick one up. i tried black brilliance. just a few hints. first this color is too dark for me to wear over the entire eye. i used it like an eyeliner on my eyelid and it was better. it goes on really smooth but just know if you want it for your entire eyelid you probably want to go with one of their lighter colors. second, you need to wait a few minutes until you put on the glitter on top or otherwise you will just get a big ol blob on your eyelid. now it isn’t going to be used every day but i can see me stashing it in my desk drawer and if i have plans after work throwing this on to make myself feel a little more sparkly heading out.

but why stop there? let’s glitter up. here are a few other “glitter” items i found that are less than 200.00 that might to serve as a pick me up

xo

martha

dkny slip on sneakers

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kate spade glitter iphone case

kate spade glitter iphone case

kate spade glitter eye glasses

kate spade glitter eye glasses

bobbi brown high shimmer lipgloss

bobbi brown high shimmer lipgloss

revlon eye shadow duo

revlon eye shadow duo

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Fashion

today’s the day . . .

today is the day mansur gavriel is re-stocking!!!  get’em here and get’em while they are hot girls. . . the shelves will be empty in a matter of hours!!

good luck!!

xo,
cg
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