Lifestyle

what to bring…

greek quinoa salad

greek quinoa salad

to the memorial day invite. it’s the day the before a long holiday and as i’m typing this, i don’t have time to think about what to cook, plus my brain is fried. but last weekend when we had our neighbors over for hamburgers i made this side dish and it was a huge hit. it actually was even better the next day which makes it the perfect dish to make ahead.

what is its name? i call it greek quinoa salad but only because it has a lot of elements of a greek salad but another plus is lots of alternatives to add depending on your taste. oh did i mention it does not require any measuring of any of the ingredients.

so here goes…

cook one package of quinoa, drain well. add olives, feta cheese, grape tomatoes and green onions. you can add cucumbers or mixed peppers or use a different kind of pasta, it really doesn’t matter, the elements remain the same. for the dressing, mix 1 part dijon mustard and 2 parts olive olive as well as kosher salt to taste. mix it all together and you are out the door.

xo

martha

happy memorial day. let me end by encouraging you to read this usa today article about 29 year old cardinals baseball player mitch harris. officer harris graduated from the us naval academy in 2008. the cardinals had drafted him after his senior year but officer harris had made a commitment to his country and so served almost five years in the navy. in 2013 after completing his commitment the cardinals brought him in and he has worked his way up the farm and minor leagues and this year he was called to the majors. if this story doesn’t show that dreams are possible i’m not sure what will. thank you officer harris and all the men and women who serve our country.

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Fashion, Lifestyle

the knock-off: a fab top & a great read

the only thing i love better than the ultra “cool girl” style of french designer isabel marant is owning it without the hefty price tag. a.k.a., a knock-off.*  maybe this is why i have come to love zara way down deep in my heart.  zara gives me what i need, when i need it, and she never asks for much. . .

so, i have been seeing this fab étoile isabel marant top around for a month now . . .

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and everytime i see it, i covet it but i can never justify the $340 on what i recognize as a very trendy piece.  marant’s broderie anglaise (what i am prone to calling eyelet) is a trend that is sure to evaporate by next summer.  but, this top is totally sick.  i think it would look slammin’ with both destroyed denim and anything white.

so, thank you zara for coming through with a very close second that seems to capture what i love about the top without the slightest guilt about the price.  feel me?

xo, cg

*see below.

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top | bag | belt | skirt | shorts | espadrilles | sandals



beach reading rec . . .

The Knock-Off: A Novel by Lucy Sykes Rellie and Joe Piazza.

don’t get me wrong . . . i love a good jonathan franzen novel, just like the next gal, but when it comes to beach reading, i need a stack of celeb trash mags like In Touch and Us, and, if the gods are showing favor on me, a lightweight but delightfully smart work of chic lit. like sex and the city or the nanny diaries or the bridget jones diaries, the really good chick lit doesn’t come around that often.

this summer reading season, we are in luck!  lucy sykes rellie, twin sister to plum sykes (bergdorf blondes), has written a novel (!) and it is set in the high fashion world of magazine publishing (!!) (are you smelling the devil wears prada?  me too!).  lucy and plum are former british “it girls” who took new york society by storm in the early ’00s with their high fashion jobs at marie claire and vogue, respectively, and their amazing good looks and sense of style. lucy was at marie claire forever and went on to start her eponymous children’s label, lucy sykes baby, with clothes for kids so cool it killed me (until j.crew started crewcuts and totally copied her ideas and look and kind of put an end to her dream (insert sad kitty cat emoji here)).  she had a stint at rent the runway before she took to the pen.  certainly, she is no stranger to the fashion world, socialites, ambition, heartache, back-stabbing, stilettos, galas, runways, birkins and knock-offs . . . i could go on, but better that you just buy the book!  (get it here).  can’t wait for my copy to arrive!!!

xoxo, cg

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Fashion

i’m going humphrey bogart on you today

 

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whenever i think of humphrey bogart i think of the white suit. i don’t know; maybe the whole casablanca monte carlo and rick’s cabaret. with memorial day right around and corner and the i can definitely wear white without anyone judging me i thought it was the perfect opportunity to bring the white suit to the forefront. it also seems the white suit has been showing up in my email from different designers so here goes.

the white suit is a great day to night look. you can go a number of ways. first you can wear a bright blouse underneath and at night just remove the jacket or you can can go all white and leave the jacket on and simply change shoes. either way put the white suit in your closet. now just as an fyi, i wouldn’t spend a ton of money on this suit. it is going to get hot and i’ve found that i have to replace my summer whites more frequently just because it doesn’t hold up that well i.e. hello sweat stains. so i’ve given you three suits at three different price points

xo

martha

banana republic sleeveless top

banana republic sleeveless top

tibi crepe halter top

tibi crepe halter top

zara lime green blouse

zara lime green blouse

vince sleeveless top

vince sleeveless top

 

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Fashion

the beach edit . . .

yikes!  are you ready????  me either!  this weekend officially kicks off beach season and it just dawned on me that my cover-up needs to hit refresh.  and, i need to be spending money on a cover-up right now like i need a hole in my head.  at $79, this fab dress from zara hits all of the right notes and will be perfect over a swimsuit.   the straw tote is literally a steal.  with all this money i am saving, i am now kind of in the mood to splurge . . .

if you’re having a hard time feeling summer coming on, maybe this will help . . .

xo,
cg

 

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sandals | hat | cover-up | bathing suit | sunglasses | straw tote

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Fashion

i’m all about the dress

like caroline there are some days that i’m not feeling the shorts but when it gets hot i need an alternative and lately i’ve been all about the dress. luckily vince has had some great dresses this season and with some good sales i’ve been able to stock up.

i love the vince dresses because like most of their other items they are timeless and i’ll have them in my closet for years to come. another plus is that i can dress up and down so my dress(es) can take me from a picnic to a night out.

the ones that i’m showing all have a draw string waist. i like that feature because my waist is one of my better features but i’ve seen the shift dress on and it looks great. it is your preference which one you choose.

 

vince summer dress

vince summer dress

koolaburra sandal

koolaburra sandal

koolaburra wedge

koolaburra wedge

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vince summer dress

dolce vita flat

dolce vita flat

pedro garcia bootie

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vince summer dress

sam edelman sandal

sam edelman sandal

via spiaga sandal

via spiaga sandal

xo

martha

don’t forget we’ve got a give away and when i say you need this lip gloss, i’m not kidding.

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Design

#frf . . . kips bay show house

today’s installment of fab room friday takes us to the granddaddy of all design events, the 2015 kips bay showhouse, which opened yesterday in new york city.  each spring for the past forty-three years, the best designers in the land vie for a spot on the chosen list of this storied event to test their mettle.  if they are lucky, and also extremely talented, they get an opportunity to demonstrate to the city, the states, and the world their own personal design alchemy.

this year, mark d. sikes wins my prize for the most captivating and inspiring of all the rooms.  first, i cannot get over how crazy good the checks are.  as a child, my mother, a colonial williamsburg-o-phile, decorated the walls and furniture of our den and kitchen with the same checks, large and small, in navy with a chair rail (back in the seventies heyday of shelter mag, colonial homes).  so, the checks serve a dose of nostalgia for me, to be sure, but here, they are at the same time fresh AND classic  – and whenever that happens i always snap to attention.  i actually fell back in love with checks a couple of weeks ago when i toured furlow gateway’s house in south georgia.  mr. gatewood, who has perhaps this country’s greatest collection of antiques and interiors, has clearly never taken his eye off of checks.  while his are mainly in the blue family, they are profuse.  and amaze-balls.

mark’s use of red in his kips bay dining room brings me to my second point:  wow.  it’s been, like, thirty years since anyone on the cutting edge of the design world would dream of doing a red dining room for public viewing.  while jackie’s red dining rooms held sway over the baby boomers for a generation, eventually by the early nineties, the red dining room gave way to beige, and taupe, and off-white, and cream, and tan.  it seems like a lifetime ago that the completely neutral palette felt fresh.  if you are a fan of shelter magazines, you know that color has been coming on strong for almost a decade.  but, with this red dining room, i think color’s moment has come to complete fruition.  i. totally. love. it.  love.

while it seems crazy that mark has used outdoor furniture for his dining table and chairs, that makes a ton more sense knowing that he has a new line of outdoor furniture for soane.  (also, when you learn that marella agnelli served as the inspiration for the room).

below, i have collected some photos of mark’s crazy good room but you can catch more details on the inspiration for his room, the sources, and a slide show of most all of the rooms in the show here at architectural digest or here at the new york times.  if you are fortunate enough to be heading to the big apple before june 11, or are looking for something totally awesome to do, find the detes on the location and timing here.

enjoy!

xo,
cg

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check out james andew’s post on mark’s room, and his awesome blog, what james is wearing, here.

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Beauty

in search of a beauty bit

youngblood lipgloss

youngblood lipgloss

it was my turn in the rotation and my brain wasn’t firing on all cylinders so i did what i do best and turned to my friends for ideas. luckily for me one of my friends happens to be a fabulous dermatologist and she gave me a great idea.

youngblood cosmetics was started by medical aesthetician   pauline youngblood. the line was born out of her desire to help her patients cover their skin after a laser treatment or those individuals who are suffering from roscea or acne. youngblood’s flagship product is the mineral foundation but my friend wanted me to try their lip gloss and in particular the color “coy”.

because she has never steered me wrong i was game. “coy” looks very pink but when you put it on it comes across as just a hint of pink and what is even cooler is that it is a “plumping shade”.  “coy” actually makes your lips look fuller without the tingling and without the whole kardashian i can’t even talk about what she does to her lips look.

you can find youngblood cosmetics online here or locally at village dermatology

and so since i’m a believer and caroline and i are all about the giveaway we want to give this fabulous lip product to a lucky reader.

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as always we love to share what our favorite bloggers are up to so go check out  buffy’s The Style Gathering today — she’s talking about the beauty blender.  amy lemley bailey of My Scoop  and, heather gives us the milani lip at My Life Well Loved

 

xo

martha

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