No Tricks, Just Treats

Happy Halloween! While I should do a pumpkin inspired post, I can’t help but just want to do a little shopping instead. I have been on an online shopping kick recently, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share some great sales I am spotting on my hunt. Today I wanted to share some finds from one of my favorite stores Serena and Lily. They have so many chic pieces and it is even sweeter to shop there with 15% off using the promo FALLTREAT!

So have a great Halloween and remember to treat yourself (plus these treats are calorie free)!

Click links under the pictures to shop!

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Melrose Pendant 

I adore the color and the gold rimming on these pendant lights.

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Huntington Baskets

These baskets are so sophisticated (I love the leather handle detail). A great solution for storing extra blankets for the upcoming chilly days.

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Laquer Brass Tray

This tray is the perfect platter for parties. (or for the bathroom). I love the brass detailing and contrast against the laquered navy.

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Ginko Pillow Cover

There is something about this that looks like it belongs in a Tory Burch store, and I secretly love it. A fresh update to any sofa or chair.

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Round Jute Rug

How fun is this round jute rug?! It is not easy to find a good round rug, and this is full of texture and personality.

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“Greening” by Leslie Grainger

I couldn’t think of a more thoughtful gift than a piece of art. I love the colors and lines in this piece.

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Farmhouse Pottery Cheese Stone 

A fabulous display for your fromage.

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Rivera Side Chair

I love European bistro chairs. They are timeless without being stuffy. These are already on sale for a great price!

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Irving Tray

What a great deep tray for an ottoman or coffee table. Perfect for entertaining.

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Fouta Bath Collection

These would make a beautiful gift- for me! I love the thin and large striped combination.

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Whitewashed Rattan Hurricanes

These are excellent as a gift, or for anyone doing outdoor entertaining. They give the prettiest flicker of candlelight.

 

CITY GUIDE: PARIS

One of the most frequent questions I am asked on instagram is for Paris recommendations. I am finally ready to share some of my favorite places with all of you. From shopping to dining and sleeping to sight seeing, here are my top picks. If this doesn’t inspire you to head to the city of lights, then you are clearly living in the dark.

Passe une bonne semaine! Have a great week!

(I minored in Spanish so I totally googled that)

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Stay

Super Luxe

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The Ritz

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Plaza Athenee

La Reserve

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Four Season George V

Hotel de Crillon 

The Ritz

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Le Meurice

Le Bristol 

Luxe

Marquis Faubourg Saint Honore

Le Roch

Hotel Montalambert

Relais Christine 

Grab a Drink

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Hotel Costes

The Ritz– patio or Hemingway Bar

Restaurants

Breakfast

Cafe de Flore

Angelina– best hot chocolate

Lunch

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L’Avenue– equally fabulous for dinner

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Merci (shop, then eat)

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Ralph’s

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La Masion Rose

Dinner

Le Brebant

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Le Voltaire

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Loulou– a little bit of Italy in the heart of the tuileries

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Ambassade D’Auvergne– mashed potato heaven

Le Grand Colbert– The Somethings Gotta Give restaurant

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Chez Andre

Shop

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Chatelles– Oh don’t worry, I ended up with both!

One of my insta friends recommended checking out this chic shoe store. They quickly have become my favorite. I have even ordered online and had them shipped here! The best!

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Le Bon Marche– They have everything and more.

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Merci– one of the coolest stores in the world

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Bloch– incredibly comfortable and well made flats.

Pierre Herme– bring home some macaroons

Rodin Museum

City of Paris Museum of Modern Art

Musee d’Orsay

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Giverny

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Versailles

If you can’t make it to Versailles, you should at least check out this beautiful coffee table book.

Versailles: The Great and Hidden Splendors of The Sun King’s Palace

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Hope everyone can find a way to venture off somewhere fabulous soon (hopefully Paris)!

Calling All Gardeners (And Wannabes)

Last week I went to the launch party of an amazing new website called Gardenuity that literally makes gardening fool proof. As much as I would like to say I am an expert gardener, I definitely could use some help. For example, what will the weather be like later- rain or freeze, hot or humid? How much water, sun or shade does it need? Gardenuity alerts you when your plant needs watering, how much sun it should have, or if it is time to cover it for a freeze. You simply can’t mess up your plants because they simply won’t let you!

Another great perk of the website is the ability to buy herbs and vegetables for yourself or as a gift for friends. They come chicly designed in bamboo planters with compost and a cute orange scoop. Honestly, an amazing gift for the holidays. Even if you live in an urban apartment or any space without green space, you can be a gardener. If that isn’t enough, they even email you recipe ideas for the herbs and vegetables purchased. Instead of buying fresh rosemary at the store, why not just pick some from your own collection?  I am a true fan of this amazing concept.

Being a little green feels good and having a little green tastes even better.

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purchase an herb box HERE

purchase a veggie box HERE

Gardenuity 4 These fresh herbs come perfectly packaged in bamboo containers with fresh compost. I literally used my fresh rosemary from it last night while cooking. Gardenuity 5

Is this not the most ideal gift for the person who has everything, or the person who doesn’t have any space to plant? I adore the packaging.

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The bamboo containers go with every style.

Gardenuity 6 Another great concept. Rows of seeds perfectly spaced out for planting. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t get any easier to be a gardener with GardenuityGardenuity 2 Beets, Carrots, Tomatoes? It is that simple. The perfect way to plant. Also, how great are the rolling planters?

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Top Tables

While I may be a Kappa Kappa Gamma legacy ( my great-great grandmother was national president), I chose to be a Chi Omega in my sorority college days. That said, I don’t think my family will ever quite let me live it down. While I wouldn’t ever change my choice, I do appreciate how the Kappas put on a top notch fundraiser about tablescapes. This year, I finally decided to take a glimpse at the beautiful tables designed by top Dallas designers, shopkeepers, and tastemakers.

The amount of talent that can be brought to the tabletop is awe-inspiring. It was incredible to see how each place setting was like a personal vignette of linens, place cards, flowers, and accessories. Who needs room for food when there is so much artistic expression to enjoy. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite tables from this year’s KKG Tablescapes event!

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Amy Berry Design

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Collins & Sweezey

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If I had to pick favorites…. Curated by Kristen Mullin

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Melissa Benge/Wild Grace

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Cathy Kincaid Interiors/Ellis Hill

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I missed who created this beautiful one- if you know, message me!

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Collins Coordination

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Mecox

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Peyton Riley Design & Leslie Purdy Glass

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Boudreaux Associates, LLC

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Hazen & Co. 

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The Garden Gate 

An Eye For Beauty

A few Sundays ago, I flipped through Beth Webb’s new book, An Eye for Beauty. I have to tell you all, I was mesmerized by all of the gorgeous images that she has created. The ambiance of the rooms and spaces she touches are truly chic sophistication for everyday living. Her design is light and refreshing. Beth makes rooms meant for Sundays. The ideal environment to sit back with a good book and cup of coffee. Enjoy a little sneak peek at some of the pages and be sure to pick up a copy: here.

Beth Webb: An Eye for Beauty

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