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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What to wear to Berkleefest? Music Festival Style in Vermont.

Alessandra Ambrosio and posse at Coachella. Photo credit: zimbio.com
What is your summer music festival style?  Do you prefer the carefully crafted looks of Coachella or the effortless "I just got back from running/mountain biking/rock climbing" style? Or maybe you prefer the "I'm with the band" edge?  Music festivals are the perfect place to pick up ideas for looking good during Vermont summers.  High heels and high maintenance are out, just casual elegance with boho and rock vibes. 

Although there are many great music festivals in Vermont, this year I have my eyes set on Berkleefest.  Beautiful Stowe scenery at the Topnotch Resort, fresh new indie acts from the Berklee College of Music, craft beer, delicious food, a braid bar and it's FREE if you RSVP here.  (There are two dates, July 26th and August 30th, so be sure to RSVP to both.)

So, if you don't happen to be Alessandra Ambrosio or Vanessa Hudgens and need a little inspiration, here is a sneak peek at the hottest music festival styles for 2014.  Have fun browsing...and see you at Berkleefest!




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Decorating with Antiques and Primitives: THE RUSTIC LADDER

Decorating with Antiques and Primitives: THE RUSTIC LADDER




A good old rustic ladder can offer many solutions to the trickiest design problems. They add height, without bulk. They can transform a blank wall into a display of your most treasured items. They can also be a household workhorse, keeping your most used items an arm's reach away.

Tips:
-Attach ribbons to frames and hang from the rungs for a gorgeous wall of photos.
-Gently remove any debris from the ladder to avoid staining linens.
-Add shelves to the rungs, to display larger items.
-Choose narrow walls or empty walls to display your ladder. Walls with other tall items will compete and make your design look cluttered.
-Search salvage yards (www.tillotsontrading.com) and flea markets (gonewengland.about.com/cs/shopping/a/aafleamarkets.htm) for ladders that show their history. Splattered paint, worn wood and good construction are what give this design piece its charm.


Got a good ladder idea? Please share!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Decorating with Antiques and Primitives: THE WOOD BENCH

Decorating with Antiques and Primitives: THE WOOD BENCH






Did you find a cool old farm house bench at your favorite salvage shop or flea market? Congratulations! Is it still sitting in your garage or basement waiting for your inspiration? You are not alone. Decorating with antiques and primitives can be tricky. The key is to add pieces slowly. Surround them with items from your current decor and ...this is important...give them a purpose! Primitives were built by our ancestors for use, not decoration. They can look very out of place if treated purely as art.

Lucky for us, benches are a great beginning primitive piece in interior decorating. They can be used in almost any room if done correctly. In the bedroom, use it at the end of the bed for dressing or placing your throw pillows at night. Tip: Measure the bench before you move it. It should be just a bit shorter than the width of your bed.


In the bathroom, place your bench near your bathtub. Draping towels and placing candles on the bench give your space a spa look and feel.


That triangle shaped wall in your stair way and mudrooms are perfect places for your bench. Place patterned pillows, a funky folded up blanket or even a sheep skin on the bench to add interest and comfort. And, add baskets below as catch-alls.




Bonus: 1) Try your bench as seating at your dining table. You will have the best luck if your chairs or table are a similar color to the bench. 2) Use the bench on your front porch as a table for your morning coffee and magazines.




Now take that bench out of storage and put it to use. Please let me know what you ended up doing. I love to hear your stories!

If you are looking for primitive and antique pieces like this bench, please visit Tillotsontrading.com.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Black Turtleneck Sweater

Chic, easy to wear and classic. Your good friend the black turtleneck is having a major moment right now. So slip yourself into one of these beautiful sweaters and choose your inspiration. Looking street style savvy has never been so easy and ridiculously practical.

Friday, September 13, 2013

STRUT Fashion Show 2013 - SEABA Art Hop Vermont

Hula hoop light shows, body paint, choreographed dance and more wowed the audience at the STRUT fashion show in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, September 7th. With equal parts theatrics and beautiful design, the show seemed to move very quickly, hence the blur. I loved the performances. I really did. I am sucker for choreographed dance moves on a runway. But, those simple elegant designs (from high schoolers!) stole the show. Sign me up for Olivia Vaughn Hern's pale pink gown with lightning bolt detail. Gorgeous. xoxo


















Saturday, August 24, 2013

Let's hear it for the boys! Featuring Coastal.com's Derek Cardigan Sunnies

Last weekend I was in my usual whirlwind of a bedroom getting ready for a party. Clothes, jewelry, shoes and bags were tossed all around me and I was convinced I had nothing to wear. After choosing my favorite of the 257th perfectly acceptable outfits I created, I decided to check in on my husband. It was then that I realized the true meaning of nothing to wear. I was guilty of severe husband style neglect.

Men's fashion is not my strength. I know what I like, but I have no idea what to buy when I get in the stores. So, I turned to my beloved Polyvore to put together some looks. My goal: To find easy pieces that work well with many outfits. Nothing too flashy, but styled. I grabbed a few Ryan Reynolds images and got to work. By recreating his look with budget friendly pieces, I now have go-to guides for our shopping trip right on my phone, keeping the searching and guessing down. And, getting us out of the mall and in a pub celebrating our purchases faster.

The amazing people at Coastal.com were so happy with one of my sets, that they featured it on their blog, The Look.  Go read that now.......so sweet, right?  Ok, now you can stop reading all this and do what you wanted to do from the beginning, stare at Ryan Reynolds.
Look For Less- Ryan Reynolds


Look For Less- Men's Wear Edition