Life Meets Style: Perfectly Plated

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I’ll be honest–It’s not every day that a table setting catches my eye. This one, however, is a different story. From floral details to pattern to shine, everything about this scene is perfection. I mean, don’t you want to know what the story is with this setting? Isn’t it a party you’d like to attend? I do! I would! Bold, feminine, and beautiful–eye-catching and aspirational. The perfect plate!
xo,
Liza, Editorial Director

Life Meets Style: Urban Shoe Paradise

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While I’ve never particularly identified as a “shoe girl”, I can definitely appreciate a particularly fabulous pair of pumps, a wear-everywhere boot, or a classic sneaker–especially when they’re on display. This snap from ELLE Decor showcases ALL of the aforementioned players in a quality shoe game and expertly arranges them from floor to ceiling. A little overwhelming? Perhaps. But I, for one, am totally down with the clothing-as-decor movement that appears to be sweeping through the interior design scene. Fashion and function is an absolute must for smaller spaces…and when your footwear collection is this massive and enviable, I’m sure there’s just an innate desire to show off put your sartorial goodies on display. No shame.
What do you think of this amazing space? Do you meld fashion and function or delve into style-meets-storage solutions?
xo,
Liza, Editorial Director

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Life Meets Style: Chic Handbag Storage & Display

Confession: I’m kind of obsessed with handbags, but I am totally terrible at arranging them. I drape my current bag-of-choice over the arm of a chair, leave it on the counter, or place it next to our trunk, all while I leave the rest of my collection scattered randomly throughout the house. Coat closet? Check! Desk drawer? Check! Bedroom closet? Check? Under the desk? Check! And I don’t even have that many bags! It’s an issue. Back in the day, the guy I was dating had a super rad vintage coat hanger that I adopted as my own and used specifically for handbag storage and display. It was pretty perfect–everything was in one place, access was easy enough, and the display itself was interesting and fairly attractive. For me, the whole display aspect of purse storage is almost as important as functionality. I love a good fashion-meets-interior-design item! Love! I think my collection of clutches and crossbodies jammed into my top desk drawer is making my bags sad, guys! I mean, maybe my luggage-sized nylon totes are fine to being relegated to the top shelf of my closet, but my cute little bags? I think not! There are a ton of Life Hack-type pins suggesting that purses should be hung on shower hooks in your closet, for example, which seems like a fairly legitimate storage solution, but I’m not into that. I want to be able to SEE the hot pink Marc by Marc, the cognac Hayden Hartnett, or the brushed gold Botkier without trying, then select the right bag with ease. The above photograph, which I found on Pinterest, is apparently of Joy Bryant’s apartment/purse storage system. See how she made the whole thing kind of arty and cool? I LOVE that! Of course, I couldn’t display an entire handbag collection on slices of wood alone, but it’s a start, and a potential solution for my smaller pieces. I can’t help it – I need it to be pretty. So those in-the-closet purse hooks are out, as are bins, as are desk drawers. On my radar: Cubbies, exceptionally cute or creative hooks, and a shabby chic, perhaps parisian-inspired hat tree. This needs to happen. The bags must be seen! 😉

How do you store YOUR handbags? What do you think is the most functional, attractive, and simple way to display and stow your purses?

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Must See: The Zoe Report’s Tips for Closet Cleansing

New seasons always seem like the ideal time to make beneficial tweaks and changes, no? There’s no better time to be productive and freshen up, even if the only cleansing you’re doing in your life involves your closet! Wardrobe maintenance is a must for any style-conscious woman, which is why this post from Rachel Zoe’s newsletter is so absolutely appropriate. And timely! The article in question features organizational tips and tricks from the founder of Closet Rich, Elizabeth Kott. While closet tips are a no brainer, the piece also features tools of the trade, tips on consignment, and info on how to pair down your wardrobe. It’s genius. Take some time out of your Tuesday night to check it out!

Pro Tips For A Closet Cleanse via The Zoe Report.

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Fashion News: Marchesa: Chic & Cheap?!

Introducing: Marchesa Voyage. Image Credit

Introducing: Marchesa Voyage. Image Credit

Major news for Marchesa fans: Design duo Georgina Chapman an Keren Craig, major purveyors of coveted evening gowns and makers of  all of the costumes in 2010’s Black Swan have launched a new mid-priced line! Marchesa Voyage premiered at an NYC launch party earlier this month, with bohemian-inspired pieces ranging in price from $260 – $1000–a deep discount from Marchesa’s famed $1000 – $7000 frocks. The line quietly hit stores on the15th of this month, with co-designer Chapman promising, “It’s got the Marchesa DNA.” So, what else can we all expect from MV? Daywear, for starters! Heavily bohemian-influenced pieces include silk tunics, lace loungewear, and kimono jackets with a heavy focus on detail and embellishment. Look out for gold thread, lace accents, opulent prints, and beading galore–all of which is primarily hand-done in Marchesa’s own studio. If you’re into a glam-but-boho vibe, you’re going to be all over this line – promise.

Designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, both in Marchesa Voyage. Image Credit

Designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, both in Marchesa Voyage. Image Credit

For more on Marchesa Voyage, including images from the collection and the team’s recent launch party, click over to Vogue.co.uk. You can shop Marchesa Voygae NOW on Saks.com.

What do you think of Marchesa Voyage? Are you excited about the upcoming collection?

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director