Trendwatch // Nordstrom Fall Collection

instalog As much as I love online shopping, there is just something about getting catalogs in the mail that reminds me of flipping through pages of pretty things with my mom when I was little.

When the new Nordstrom Fall ‘instalog’ arrived this weekend, I excitedly cracked it open for a little style inspiration and, was so honored to see my self-portrait inside! (That’s me in the kicky floral top above!)

It was a TOTAL blast working with a handful of fellow NYC instagrammers earlier in the summer, and seeing our square-shaped snaps gracing the pages has been a bit surreal for someone who is such a fan of the brand. :)

Keeping reading to see a few of my other favorites from the shoot, and be sure to check out their blog for more Fall-friendly styling tips!

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Peppery Picks // Second-hand Scores

Photo Aug 10, 5 10 25 PM Meet my sweet little vintage bike, “Ruby”… One of my best second-hand finds ever!

We’ve talked about my love of treasure hunting here before, but today I’m excited to share a bit about WHY I love finding perfectly pre-loved goodies to spice up your personal style and your space at home.

My ongoing love-affair with thrift stores began when I started searching for beat-up band tees at my local Savers as a freshman in high school (I promise it was waaaayy cooler than it sounds back then)…

Even now, they are STILL some of my all-time favorite places to shop – especially when I travel – and over the years, thrifting has gone from being a hobby of mine to becoming something that I consider a true craft!

I’m delighted to be working with Savers to bring you some special features this month, and many thanks to the very place where my habit started for making these tips and tricks possible. ;)

Here are a few of my favorite reasons to shop second-hand, and be sure to check out the snazzy new page that shares my resources for how you can make thrifting work for you!

  • Spend less.  Retail prices rarely makes their way to my budget.
  • Be unique.  I am nearly always able to find and wear pieces that no one else has.
  • Get inspired.  Hardly ever a corner without something cool to be uncovered.
  • Trend forward.  Get a chance to try out the latest looks without the risk of spending full-price.
  • Mix & match.  Blend second-hand with high-end for a luxuriously layered look.
  • Love the planet.  Savers keeps more than 650 million lbs of used goods from landfills every year.
  • Shop with purpose.  Most thrift stores partner with local non-profits to impact their community in a positive way. (Check with the shop directly to see what organizations they support.)

Find more inspiration by visiting Savers on facebook or twitter, and check out more of my favorite finds from their stores as I take over their Instagram account over the next few days!

Ps. – Bikes on both coasts! (Duh.) More cycling-style right this way, folks. ;)

This post was kindly made possible by Savers.
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Color Crush // Gray + Grapefruit

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 8.17.57 PM Zipped over to the West Coast for a fun project with bareMinerals today, but of course I couldn’t leave you without a little mid-work-week inspiration!

grapefruit-margarita-recipe-apartment-34 Miss Kelly asked if I’d blog-sit just a bit while she gets settled into her new digs halfway across the country, and the pairing of grapefruit + gray that you see here is just a snippet of what’s being served up by yours truly over on her site this morning.

Take a second to shop the look below, pop over to see the full post on Design Crush, and check out all of our past Color Crushes right here!

Ps. – This polygon bangle is prancing through my daydreams today… Perfectly aligned with today’s scheme!

Images: wall hanging design // grapefruit margaritas // cozy interior

S&P TV // DIY Leather Cuff Bracelet

celine leather cuff The original leather cuffs at Céline Spring/Summer ’13

Well, HELLO ravishing wrist-wrap!  

When you rode down the runway on the ends of arms at Celine a few seasons ago, I just knew we must be friends.

Sadly, your expensive taste has prevented us from spending any quality time together, so I decided to let you inspire a new creation of my very own.

She falls WELL within my budget, cuffed herself right around my arm mere minutes, and shines up my own wrist in an instant…

See how I pulled together this Celine-inspired cuff bracelet on this week’s episode of S&P TV, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel in order to be the first to know about all of my latest videos!