Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fashionably Feminine Rooms

I going through a pretty big transition right now, a break-up, and soon I'll be living alone for the first time in my life!  I'm not sure how that's going to feel exactly, but one thing that cheers me up a bit is the thought of getting to decorate a new apartment/home!  And for the first time ever, I won't be sharing my bedroom, or any room, with a man so I could go as girly as I want!  ...But I'm not a teenager any more so bubblegum pinks & unicorns don't exactly appeal to me these days.  I've spent so many years decorating in a gender neutral style that I'm not even sure how to do a feminine room that also looks like a, ya know, grown-up lives there! 

Once again the internet comes to my rescue!  Here are my picks for chic, lady-like spaces.

First and foremost, fresh flowers at the breakfast table are a must! :)
And also flowers on her nightstand.

pretty pattern play
deep cranberry pinks are more adult
Just a touch of animal print is fun!
Balance pastels with neutrals like grey or cream
I'd never buy a pink sofa, but how great is this room? It's like Barbie, grown up.

I like this room although I think the lavender lamp is just too much pastel.
And of course any single gal should have a fabulous dressing room!  I mean, if you actually have an extra room to spare! 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Good Morning from Minneapolis!

Oh boy, I made a promise I could NOT keep when I said I'd be doing blog posts from San Francisco!  I really underestimated how much taking care of my 1 year old niece would poop me out!  So.... sorry for that! 

Well I am back in Minneapolis (for the time being!) and it's a gloomy rainy day outside.  But it's cozy in my apartment, my kitty cat is sleeping soundly on our rumpled up bed sheets, and I'm just starting my second cup of coffee.  I am perfectly content.

You know, this has been just the strangest start to the wedding season.  The weather across the country has been flipped upside down!   The whole time I was in San Fran, it was their worst cold and rainy week of the winter, while back in Minnesota they were enjoying record highs and sunshine!  It's really thrown brides for a loop as far as planning their wedding wardrobe!  It just goes to show that with climate craziness it's best to be prepared with a beautiful bridal bolero to keep your warm and lovely umbrella to keep you dry!  Below are my picks for spring cover-ups and rain catchers from Etsy

The adorable silk shrug is available here
I love these customisable parasols to keep sun out of your eyes during photos!

Finally a beautiful bolero available in Plus-sizes! How lovely!!!
How about a Victorian Lace umbrella?

This silk pleated jacket is oh so chic and will keep you warm on a chilly spring day!
I love this couture beaded parasol!  So chic!