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summer basics . . . the casual (but cool) dress

so, you are at the beach.  you run into some friends.  they say “let’s take the all the kids to dinner tonight some place where we can get a glass of wine.”  perf, right?  so, what are you going to wear??  don’t want to look like you over thought this one.  (obvi.)   but, what DO you wear when you (1) have had too much sun, (2) are not interested in busting out the full make-up kit or styling your hair, (3) are wearing casual sandals, but (4) want to look cool.  sure would be nice if you had shorn this sitch up before you got to the beach.

below, i’ve hooked you up with some sweet options to keep you looking totally sick on your vacay, at the beach, or at the lake this summer.

welcome to your monday!  why not get it rocking from the start?

xo,
cg

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totême cotton twill mini | tomas maier leather sandals

they always have the a.c. CRANKED at the beach and, with a little sun on my shoulders, i ALWAYS freeze unless i have a sleeve in the evening.  this shift would also be smoking with a pair of destroyed, cropped levi jeans right now.

 

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isabel marant fringed noil silk shift | paloma barçelo macramé and leather sandals

because everything isabel marant makes you 100% cooler, this light-weight, loose weave silk-noil fringed mini is perfect for nights at the beach.  and these sandals are exactly on point for summer.beach-basics-stylebriefs-black-shift-sandals

equipment silk shirt dress | dr. scholl’s camel leather clogs

this dress is perfection all summer long, regardless of where you are.  and everyone needs the doctor this summer.

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done!

i’ve expressed this sentiment before. sometimes i just get to the point where i have to complete something. i always feel like i have a stack on my desk at work that never goes down; there’s the laundry at home that never ends and million projects around the house that i just don’t seem to get to. so every now and then i have to pull out articles i’ve saved from southern living and commence to get my hands dirty.

i bought this clay pedastal from elegant earth here in birmingham this past winter. i’ve had it filled with green apples but decided this would be the perfect project to make me feel like i’ve accomplished something. now mine has a watering hole in the bottom so i took the plants out of their plastic and placed into potting soil. if your container does not have a watering hole then simply leave the plants in their container.

it was really easy and i’ve posted the steps below.

before with the green apples. i could have used lemons or limes as well

before with the green apples. i could have used lemons or limes as well

step two: i used an assortment of begonias and ivy; but you could use calla lilies, mini hydrangeas. your imagination is your only limitation.

i was drawn to the yellow begonias but i think next time i may try hot pink

i was drawn to the yellow begonias but i think next time i may try hot pink

step three: use a little peat moss for a little extra color and a finishing touch. lots of options here as well.

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voila! the finished project!

happiness

happiness

xo

martha

thank you to leaf n petal who pointed me in the right direction and then steered me back on track when i started to drift. i know there is a place for the big box stores but for me a local garden store is a better alternative because you are guaranteed to have someone who knows what they are talking about.

also congrats to angela saver of springfield, missouri, the winner of our charlotte tilbury the feline flick liquid shodo pen giveaway!!!  thanks for following via email, angela!!!
be on the lookout for more great giveaways coming up soon!!!
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weekend getaway . . .

it’s those few weekends when the weather is nice and the kids are still in school that have us all craving a weekend getaway before all the summer craziness begins.  this weekend i am heading to south georgia to tour furlow gateway’s house (feeding my design obsession).  so, what DO you throw in the overnight bag when you want to look chic but not like you are trying too hard???  below, i pulled together some great looks to keep you looking super fly.

feel the getaway calling you?  why not get into the groove?

xo,
cg

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 black t-shirt | sunglasses | leather tote | fatigue shorts | brass bangle | cork wedges

 

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 top | silver earrings | silver bangle | fold-over clutch | levi’s | sandals

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dress | necklace | earrings | cuff | clutch

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i’m serious. the bcbg catalog came in the mail over the weekend and while i used to be a huge fan of their pants i haven’t bought anything from them in a while. but i saw this belt and it is a must; a need; a i have to have this right now!

i’m always looking for ways to refresh the older items in my closet and wow this will do it. plus you know how caroline and i have love fringe. see here and here and here and here. ok  maybe i love fringe a little too much but it seriously makes a blah outfit fun and we all need a little fun in our life.

the neutral color of the belt will allow it to go with almost anything. i’m thinking with a maxi dress how it’s pictured here or with a long skirt.  may be i’ll try it with a pair of shorts although the fringe may be too long. what about jeans? too much? but that’s the fun part;  trying all these different options with this one accessory and at this price point it is a no brainer decision. go get this belt now.

seriously how much is this dress now

seriously how much is this dress now

xo

martha

 

run…don’t walk and grab this belt

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the catch . . . fab bag, great price

pssst. . . . wanna get in on this???  zara has an amazingly chic bag for $49.  (get it here)  i am so crazy for it that i literally cannot stand it.  what makes this bag so cool (besides the price)???  for starters, it’s a dead ringer for céline spring 2015 – the rounded lines and clipped corners, the narrow handles, and the full grain leather – all emulate the céline aesthetic this spring.  then the color.  the color is fierce.  imagine it with your typical summer palette of white and chambray.  but then throw it on with head to toe black and now you have stumbled into cool girl chic way beyond the norm.  and, did i mention that this deep (almost but not quite navy) blue is way on trend for spring?

below, i hooked you up with a couple of pics of both the zara catch AND it’s céline sisters so you can see the reference in the lines and in the color.

and, why don’t you turn the volume up on this nugget when you are getting dressed today and rock yourself into tuesday morning?

xo,
cg

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i’m a little water logged

i hope it hasn’t been raining where you are but in the event you find yourself stuck inside here are some rainy day suggestions. all are page turners so you have been forewarned that you may suffer from a lack of sleep when you pick one of these up.

before i go by colleen oakley

before i go by colleen oakley

before i go by colleen oakley

ok i admit, i have an affinity for sad books. i don’t know there is something cathartic about a good cry over a good book. but when my husband and daughter saw tears streaming down my face while sitting in a pool in mexico there was a suggestion for maybe it’s time for a comedy.

this book makes us ponder what would you do if you were only given a short time to live. would you spend it trying to find a mate for your spouse who you are convinced won’t survive without you or would you spend it just living in the moment. the answer isn’t as clear as you think.

the last time we say goodbye by cynthia hand

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the last time we say goodbye

after this book you are going to go turn on lifetime and watch steel magnolias or beaches or better yet pick up amy pohler’s book just so the tears will stop.

i don’t want to say too much about the story because you may not pick it up but let me say this. it is a poignant story about a sister and daughter who suffers immeasurable tragedy but learns you can see the light and while things will never be the same, life came move forward and some respects a little better

dark places by gillian flynn

dark places by gillian flynn

dark places by gillian flynn

for those that read gone girl you already know this author. go back to january 3, 1985. libby’s sisters and mother have been murdered and libby testified that it was her brother ben who did it. flash forward 25 years later and libby, broke and depressed, agrees to attend a meeting of the kill club who are interested in proving ben was not the killer.

this murder mystery will have you on the edge of your seat from the first page.

all the light we can’t see by anthony doerr

all the light we cannot see

all the light we cannot see

i have not read this one but one of my friends recommended it and she hasn’t steered me wrong yet. this book takes place in france and germany during world war II. marie laure, a blind 14 year old french girl, escapes to the countryside when her father disappears. later we will meet werner, a young german orphan, who is sent to hitler’s science academy because he is a science prodigy.

it has gotten great reviews and i can’t wait to break this one open.

we are hoping the sun will break out soon or we might be building an arc but at least we will have a good book

xo

martha

 

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#frf . . . ode to lavender

agreed.  it’s a dicey call. . . it could go horribly wrong.  it not only takes guts, but precision.  but when it is good, it is amazing. . . lavender at once renders a room more regal, more refined, more complex, more ephemeral.  it’s crazy. . . that it does all that.  but it really does.  and, it sets my mind on fire . . . whenever it is done right, that is.

when i had my very first home, i put a ban on all things purple and lavender.  and then i came across an amazing lavender chesterfield in a shelter mag one day that stopped me dead in my tracks.  like paul on the road to damascus, my eyes were opened to the beauty of a world i had previously shunned.  i began noticing how designers like john saladino and jeffrey bilhuber use lavender to add complexity and depth to their palette and scheme.   and, so, many years later, i made the lavender chesterfield happen in my own den (despite it’s prior ban).  it’s the very first thing you see when i walk in my back door.  and, it makes me very happy.

for this fab room friday, i have hooked you up with a super sweet scroll of fabulous rooms with lavender touches.  enjoy, happy friday, and have a great weekend!!!

xo,

cg

the cover of T magazine’s recent design issue

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saladino . . . 

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 from remodelista . . . 

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saladino . . .

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frilly lavender loo featured in this month’s t magazine . . .

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the chesterfield that got it all started for me. . . 

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from vogue living . . .

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saladino . . .

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steven gambrel . . . 

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kelli ford kirsten fitzgibbons . . . 

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david kaihoi

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celerie kemble . . . 

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jeffrey bilhuber . . . 

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jeffrey bilhuber . . . 

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michael s. smith . . .

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saladino . . .

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katie ritter . . .

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kelli ford and kirsten fitzgobbons . . . 

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kelli ford and kirsten fitzgbbons . . . 

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