Category Archives: Decor

The Never Ending List

Does anyone else feel like, when it rains it pours?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Back to School is coming, Birthdays, Summer Vacations  … the list goes on!

There are so many things that I need want – so I keep them on my ‘watch list’ – Some are not so fun … some are YUMMY!

For my little baby girl who is about to turn FIVE (I tear up as I am writing this) – she is needing a room makeover and a few other essentials.

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For my amazing husband who never gets ANYTHING! (that’s what happens in a house full of girls!).

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For the never-ending house projects that keep moving down the list (new shoes seem to trim a light fixture over here!).

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And last but not least … S.C.H.O.O.L. (I hate to even use that word as we LOVE summer).

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And so it goes!!

I am sure there are many things I am leaving off (my list may take too long) – but this is the current ‘must haves’ for the time being!

One day and one purchase at a time – the list goes on.

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Summer Whites.

Simple, Classic, Timeless.

I am obsessed with anything white these days. Makes our sun-kissed skin glow, our bleached hair shine and spells out s.u.m.m.e.r.!

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Dress, Earrings, Candle, Swim Suit, Hat, Nail Polish, Glasses

We hope everyone is having a great summer!

Mark & Graham Monogram Maker

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I got my most recent Mark & Graham catalog over the weekend in the mail, and I must admit I have been having way too much fun with their new {free} tool online, the Monogram Maker.

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You can make free monograms for your blog, your email signature, anything!

Here’s how:

1.   go to www.markandgraham.com/makeyourmark

2.  Play with fonts and color

3.  Enter your email, and they’ll send you your ‘mark!’  

4.  Share to Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

 

Here are some of the monograms I played around with for Erin and I to sign off on our blog posts here at Style Spies:

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Do you have a favorite for us?  For you?  We’d love to know.

Speaking of favorites, there are a lot of other favorites of ours in the Mark and Graham catalog that would make amazing, personal gifts this holiday season.

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Italian Leather Touchscreen Gloves, $115

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Italian Leather Classic Gloves – Free personalization, $115

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Acrylic Serving Tray, $59 (personalization in color as well)

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Everyday Travel Pouch, $79 & $110

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City and State necklaces, $150

 Signing off in Style,

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FEED + Target = COOL

When you come across someone or some thing that brilliantly combines fashion and feeding others – it is awesome to witness.

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Lauren Bush Lauren (niece of George W Bush and married to Ralph Lauren’s son, David) designed a cotton-burlap tote in 2005 that provided  a child with food for one year to fulfill a dream.   Fast forward today and her group has raised over $6 million for agencies worldwide.

She has teamed up with Target to launch a line of more than 50 FEED products … dish ware, outdoor gear, paper goods, totes, jewelry, paper goods and more. All sales will help feed hungry Americans.

How cool is that?

Each item has a  number indicating how many meals the product donates … brilliant.

We will definitely be running to Target to support this awesome collaboration!

Check out some of the items …

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All of this and more to see …

We LOVE this … and hope you do to.  Please support those in need.

Available June 30th at your local Target.

Signing off in Style,

Erin & Mollie

On our Summer radar…..

Summer rolls around, and everything seems lovelier.  Maybe I am just seeing things through rose-colored glasses from all of the extra Vitamin D, but I want to try new things and be more adventurous.  What’s on my radar for the month of June?

First off, I must try the Skinnygirl Mojito.  I am a huge fan of Mojitos and love having one in the summer.  But of course, I’m not a huge fan of the calories and sugar content.  Cheers to this making the cut!

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Now let’s talk about the Banana Republic/Milly collaboration.  I’m not overly impressed (I think they played it way too safe), but I do love these shorts.

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Milly Collection Feathers Short, $55

 

A collab I’m much happier with the result is that of Target and Sam & Libby.  I was in there over the weekend and wanted to buy all of them!  Great prices, great timeless yet trendy enough style.  Here’s my favorite:

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Sam & Libby Karina 3 Sandal, $24.99

 

This might seem silly, but I can’t stop thinking about ordering a few pairs of these barre socks.  You don’t have to wear them specifically for bar method, barre, or daily method classes (although the skids are super helpful during the workout) – and they will give your boring old white and black sock drawer a lift.  Aren’t the prints and colors cute?

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Who knew socks with skids weren’t just for kids?

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Barre Socks in Trekker Orange, $10

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Barre Socks in Yellow Stripe, $10

 

These past couple of months a few of my friends and family members have had new babies.  What to get a 2nd or 3rd time Mom?  I actually saw this (well not this exact one)  in a client’s home recently and had to ask her where she had it made.

Etsy, of course! The shop is called Designs by Nicolina.  You can personalized this with your own size and color choices, and I plan to head to Hobby Lobby for a pretty white frame and mat.

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‘First we had each other’ Art Print, $20.50

Lastly, I can’t get enough of Gorjana’s ‘Greer Bow Tie necklace.’  It would go with everything, and eliminates the need to have to layer your necklaces because it’s just interesting enough on it’s own.

Gorjana’s Greer Bow Tie Necklace, $80

Hope I’ve piqued your interest with a few things on my radar this month – what did I miss?  Please tell us what you’re thinking about for the first month of summer!

Signing off in Style,

Mollie & Erin

Monogramming Obsession

My name is Erin and I am currently obsessed with Monogramming.

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Yes, it is true.

Lately, I am finding myself obsessed with initials, monogramming – and it may be a problem.

From the home …

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to my girls …

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to the runway!

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My dear friend, Jodi has a business Keepsake Designs by JS that has filled my obsession for the moment and I had to share!

These are my recent purchases that I am LOVING!

For a girls night out …

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Island Clutch $35 (Avail in more colors)

At the pool …

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Floppy Pool Hat $28 (Avail in more colors)

and for my ‘not so good’ hair days!

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Baseball Cap $21 (Avail in more colors)

I ADORE every one of them!  I have already worn my baseball hat to the gym a few times and the floppy hat can’t wait to make its debut for summer!

Perfect gifts for yourself and your friends …

Signing off in Style,

Erin & Mollie

Bargain Shopping Sites – Oh MY!

It is that time of year when we are supposed to be done spending and playing catch up after the holidays, right?! Well then why do I keep finding boxes from my favorite UPS driver at my door everyday … AFTER HOLIDAY SALES!!

Speaking of sales, we wanted to share with you some of our secrets when it comes to shopping …

We LOVE a bargain and these favorite sites are the best (in our eyes) when it comes to bargain shopping.  Most of these sites have ‘sample sales’ or flash sales that only last a few days and when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Here is an insight to some of today’s sales …

In no particular order:

#1: Rue La La

Today they have the amazing Foley & Corrina bags…

‘Suede City’ Shoulder Bag

$425, on Rue La La for $199

#2: Gilt 

Today’s sale = Brian Atwood. Awesome.

‘Mortessa Bootie’

$729, on Gilt for $349

 #3: HauteLook

Today’s sale is Marika, perfect for our after holiday slim downs!

‘Tek Sole Constrast Jacket’

$88, on HauteLook for $22

For the kiddos, moms and babies:

#4: Zulily

Todays, sale is Swanky Baby Vintage, a favorite in our household!

‘Ava Skirt’

$30, on Zulily for $15

For the Home:

#5: Joss & Main

Today’s sale includes a ‘French Farmhouse’ look.

‘Berdine Pillow’

$75, on Joss & Main for $45

 and last but not least …

#6: One Kings Lane

Today’s sale includes some great gift ideas for the men in your life.

‘Silver Shaving Kit’

$97, on One Kings Lane for $57

Make sure to sign up on their sites to receive daily deals.  And let us know if you have any favorite sites we are missing.

Happy Shopping!

Signing Off In Style,

Erin & Mollie

Instagram is my new Facebook

 

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I have found myself, in moments of calm, checking my Instagram account on my phone much more oftten than my Facebook.   Anyone else been doing this?  As much as I still do love Facebook, there’s something about just looking at pictures to inspire you rather than words.  Seeing what other people are doing, wearing, finding out there, all across the country – all through a picture.

So, I thought I’d share a few of the users I’ve recently come across on Instagram just in case ya’ll are like me.

 

First up:  ‘B_Soup’

Lots of personal style and ideas you can steal to jazz up your wardrobe; Bethany also has a blog that will have you mixing and matching prints and colors you never would have dreamed in no time.

Her blog: http://bsoup.blogspot.com/

Next up:  ‘cozycomfycouture

Fashionista turned domestic goddess after she tied the knot is how Dominique DeLaney describes herself.  She has adorable style, and  I also enjoy the pictures of her cute pup!  She has a lot of self-taken pictures of her outfit of the day (love this) as well as a lot of interior design pictures/inspiration.

Her blog: http://comfycozycouture.blogspot.com/

Third: ‘yourstylescout

Our very own Melanie Knopke (our KC Style Spy) is always inspiring me via Instagram.  Somehow she has mastered the whole ‘do your nails, then artfully hold the bottle of polish and showcase your work’ thing.  She has a nice mix of fun finds while out shopping from baby and kids stuff to mommy and home stuff.

Her Blog:  http://yourstylescout.blogspot.com/

 Fourth: ‘whhostess

Kelly Lyden is the Editor of the lifestyle + entertaining blog ‘The Party Dress’, designer of the social stationery shop ‘WH Hostess’, and creator of Cake Plate Clings.  She does it all – and lives in my neighborhood!  Need new stationary?  Have a birthday party, wedding shower, or baby shower to throw?  Go to Kelly’s instagram, blog, and website to be inspired!!!  She’s uber talented at making your party stylishly personal.  Or personally stylish.  ;-)

Her blog:  http://www.whhostess.com

Finally:  ‘snoopnattynat’

Natalie’s signature pose in front of the mirror capturing what she’s put together for the day is what I look forward to!  She’s always got something cute on, and accessorizes to a T.  This girl is also ALWAYS cooking – and it ALWAYS looks delish.  Makes me want to uphold my new years resolution of cooking more for my family!

Her Blog:  http://designerbagsanddirtydiapers.blogspot.com

Need more style inspiration via Instagram?  Here are some of my other favorites:

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‘chasingdavies’

‘swankychicfete’

‘damselindior’

Signing off in style,

Mollie & Erin

Eat your heart out Cinderella…

This glam DIY black + pearl pumpkins is an easy (less than an hour) way to add some Halloween decor around your house.  Now if I could only find that fairy godmother!

 

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-Pumpkins

-Black spray paint

-Pearl embellished straight pins

-Gloves

Instructions

1.  Go to your local grocery store and buy a bag or a couple of pumpkins.

2.  Wrap the stems in painters tape before spraying the pumpkins.

3.  Spray paint them black.

4.  Use pearl straight pins to embellish them.

Make sure to wear gloves when spraying the pumpkins…don’t want to spend hours scrubbing paint off your hands!

Yours in style,

Syreeta Rose

Source:  http://www.fabulouskblog.com


Always Timeless…

If you are anything like me, it is hard to go to Target and just grab a couple of things.  And this time is no different!  I adore Target’s new Timeless Home Decor Collection..with great fall colors like black, gold and white, this collection is sure to spice up any room!

 

 

Signing off in Style,

Syreeta Rose


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