Sandal Season

Girl in sandals

I love sandal season.

Because sandal season means summer is here.

And I love summer and all it entails.

I’ve recently done some sandal shopping and I am ready for:

Jazz Nights at LACMA, Wine Tastings at Barnsdall Park,  El Fresco restaurant dining, Summer BBQ’s, flea markets, beach parties, Malibu, summer vacations, and weekend getaways.

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 Photo: www.promenadeonthepeninsula.com

I picked up the black and lilac sandals from J Crew.

A great gladiator style, with a smidge of a metallic heel.

I just couldn’t resist the lilac.

They’ve been fun so far and I am surprised at how many different colors they work with.

I thought I’d use the black more, but the lilac have proven to be more of a staple.

And with the $150 price tag (now on sale for $119), who could pass them up?

Liliac Gladiator

Buy them here:  J Crew

I also picked up two pairs at the Neiman Marcus Shoe Sale after lunch at Mariposa with friends.

If you meet 3 of your best girlfriends for lunch during a shoe sale, it is a guarantee that you are coming home with some new shoes and a pop over in your belly.

I love the color combo of the Lanvin Flats, a little white, brown, and black. They have a bit of a heel so they work with everything and the ankle strap gives the shoe some sex appeal without going over board.

Lanvin Sandals

Buy them Here: Neiman Marcus

I also couldn’t resist this pair of Marni sandals.

 The cherry color is gorgeous and they just so happen to match my favorite necklace from J Crew.

Red Marni Sandal

Marni

Here’s the necklace

Red Flower Necklace

 J Crew

And finally I needed a new pair of sandals with a heel that I could actually walk in.

I found these Elizabeth and James sandals and they fit the bill.

Elizabeth & James Sandals

Buy them here: www.shopbop.com

These Chanel Sandals are next on my list.

I love the chain embellishment.

They add a chic element, but the flat heel makes the ideal for running around.

Chanel Sandals

Buy them here: Chanel

 Go Summer!

xo Carrie

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Packing for the Desert

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We are heading to the Desert for the long weekend and I can’t wait.

The Desert restores me and I always come back to Los Angeles relaxed, refreshed and calm (unless traffic is a bitch coming back).

Here are a few of the things I’m packing.

This Ikea bag is perfect for throwing towels, goggles, sunscreen, snacks, you name it.

It’s a big one and holds everything our family needs poolside.

Ikea Spana Bag

Buy it here: www.ikea.com

The Tom Ford’s have come and gone, but the Ray Ban Aviator has been my go to shades for over 20 years now.

I have my college sorority sister Helaine to thank for introducing me to this style.

They’ll be traveling with me.

Ray Ban Aviator

Buy them here: www.ray-ban.com

I just got this Lemlem cover up from J. Crew and it will be perfect for throwing on when we head to the pool.

J Crew Cover Up

Buy it here: J Crew

I plan on lounging all day poolside with a big stack of  fashion and trashy gossip magazines.

To redeem myself a tad, I am also packing the latest book our book group is reading, “The Tenth of December” by George Saunders.

10th of December

By it here: Amazon

The desert gets cold at night so I am bringing my favorite shawl from Viriginia Johnson to keep warm when the sun goes down.

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Buy it here: www.virginiajohnson.com

I love Scrabble and I am hoping to get my husband to play a game or two with me.

Scrabble

Buy it here: www.hasbro.com

The most important things I am bringing with me are my family.

Adam and Caroline

They make life fun.

Not to be forgotten,  Mr. P is along for the ride, he’s a fan of the Desert too.

Mr. P

It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo Carrie

I’d rather call it Pistachio

I am obsessing over pistachio.

Prom Date

Photo: Julie Schaeffer Nasenbeny

It’s really mint green I am digging right now, but that color sends me too far back in time.  It  pains me to say that my Prom Dress was a polyester mint green number with a sheer matching cape.   It was also the color of  my  circa 1987 Laura Ashley Towels (with a lovely peach accent stripe) that I bought for my first apartment in Chicago.

But I am finding new life and inspiration in this color that I’ m calling Pistachio.

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I think it has to do with the new J Crew catalog.

I did some real damage shopping last night and the stand out color of my purchases was pistachio.

Here are some of my purchases.

(I am praying my husband doesn’t read this)

The pop of green in the flower pattern is what I like about this shirt.

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Carnation Silk Top

Buy It Here: J Crew

The color of the shoe got my attention, but the lilac bow sealed the deal.

My new favorite spring shoe.

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Contessa Snakeskin Bow Pumps

Buy them here: J Crew

I am hoping this brocade number will work for an evening fundraiser I have coming up.

I always feel more comfortable in pants than a dress so when I find a dressy look that will work for a formal occasion I snap it up.

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 Gilded Brocade Pant and Top

Buy them here: J Crew

 Pistachio has also been inspiring color for me in the interior design department.

I just won’t go back to the 1980’s peach and mint green rage, but combining the color with some jewel tones or quiet neutrals can make a room a winner.

Pistachio Walls

Photo: Pinterest

 Designer Lizzie Dinkle did right by pistachio in this lovely Brentwood dining room

Lizzie Dinkle Dining Room

Photo: www.elizabethdinkeldesign.com

Rasberry + Pistachio= a delicious living room

Pistachio & Raspberry Living Room

Photo: Pinterest

The color reflection off of the collection of mirrors in this dining area is simply gorgeous.

Pistachio Kitchen

Photo: Pinterest

I love the pops of green on this neutral mantle.

Pistachio Green Pops of Colors

Photo: www.laylagrayce.com

Certain to never go out of style is the Pistachio nut.

Here’s a great cookie recipe

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Brown Butter Pistachio Cookies

 Photo: www.lawyerloveslunch.com

And who could argue against the beauty of the product packaging and the deliciousness of the Laduree Pistachio Macaroon?

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Photo: www.wherecanifindtheperfect.com

 Pistachio Perfection.

xoxo Carrie

Back to School

I know it is a million degrees out there.

I should be buying more sunscreen instead of shopping for Fall Clothes.

But I can’t help doing a little ‘Back to School” shopping for Caroline, and I’ll confess,  me too.

I do have to look somewhat presentable at drop off don’t I?

 I know, I know it’s drop off….but that first week I always try to look decent.

Then slowly, but surely I slip into the ponytail, sweat pants and flip-flop attire for the remainder of the year.

Here are some of the items I have on Caroline’s Back to School List

1. Girls Fuschia McAlister Boots

I am going to add a turquoise shoe string to these.

Perfect for all types of outfits

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2. The Caroline Cardigan

I am a sucker for stripes and this red and pink number will be a neutral in my kindergartener’s closet.

The sweater’s name certainly makes it all the cuter!

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3.  Georgia Smock Top

My Smock Time is limited with Caroline so I want to get this in while I still can!

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4. Liberty of London Dress

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5. Mini Boden Sock Pack

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6. Plaid Skirt

You all know my affection for plaid and why I couldn’t pass this up.

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7. Zig Zag Lunch Box

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Here are some the items on my Back to School List

1. Yellow Tassel Loafers

So comfortable and the price point makes these shoes a steal!

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2. Boyfriend Pull Over Shirt

Loose, comfortable, and printed with owls.

I adore this top.

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3. Cargo Pants

I love a cargo pant, the olive green goes with everything.

The pant will transition from Indian Summer to Fall no problem.

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4. Celine Color Block Bag

While any of these beauties would do.

My favorite is the grey and brown number.

5. Scoopneck Top In Silk Scarf Foulard

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6. Perforated Cuff

I think I need a cuff bracelet intervention.

I love them and am acquiring quite a collection.

The addicition will continue with this cuff.

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7. Kennedy Jacket

This Jacket is going to be a staple in my wardrobe.

One of my favorite color combinations is black and blue, so this was destined for my closet.

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Now I am off to go buy more sun screen and enjoy what is left of summer!

Enjoy and Happy Shopping

xoxo Carrie

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