Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve: Rue Le Chat Style

For the past few years, I've spent New Year's Eve with the usual suspects: chilled bottles of bubbly, must-have Chinese (eat-in or take-out) from my favorite spot and loved ones (including Mr. Chat). Many wouldn't call my ritual purrfectly chic, but sometimes perfection is simple...it's what you make of it. Not to mention, I'm certain my invitation to an ultra-chic New Year's Eve soirée was lost in the mail.

As I bid adieu to a year filled with personal accomplishments and partially touched resolutions, here's how I'll be saluting the 1-and-2.

One Line A Day: Paper Source
Believe it or not, I still journal...on paper! Journaling keeps my thoughts, dreams and goals organized...and it also keeps me honest with myself. This journal from Paper Source is an essential tool for procrastinators like myself.
  
Pure Barre
If I can get myself motivated, it will be wise to hit the morning Barre before hitting the evening bar.
Tuck that tush! 

Stags' Leap Cabernet Savignon
Stags' Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is one my favorite red wines. I have two bottles in the "reserve" cabinet...one if not both will be opened tonight. I think 2012 calls for a trip to Napa! Blogging with a buzz could be interesting. 

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
Who doesn't love a glass or glasses of champagne?!? I was introduced to Veuve Clicquot 10 years ago and have been a faithful connoisseur since. A holiday in Champagne, France sounds rather inviting, don't you think?

Graham Beck Brut Rose
One of my favorite sparkling wines is the Graham Beck Brut Rose. It's a delicious blend of pinot noir and chardonnay. Try it! South African wine sabbatical here I come!

Skinny Jeans + Dumplings = Trouble
After a grueling tuck session to maintain my tush in skinny jeans, I will be rewarding myself with the quintessential (not-so-chic) New Year's Eve meal: Chinese food. There must be dumplings in Heaven.

New Year's Eve
As lame as this sounds, I have been wanting to see New Year's Eve since it hit theaters on December 9. It's my turn to pick the movie anyway. 

Shimmer Brick Compact
Finally, New Year's Eve wouldn't be complete without a little shimmer. I love this bronze Shimmer Brick Compact from Bobbi Brown. There are also palettes in beige, nectar, rose and pink quartz.
Sparkle no matter what you're doing!

Tonight, I will reflect on my past, reward my present and renew for my future. I would like to thank my family and friends for all of their support this year. Wishing all of you a healthy, happy and purrfectly chic New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Design Style: Part 2

After a nice evening shopping for gray, purple and blue bedroom decor for the master suite (was side tracked from my home office project), I finally found a few minutes to write about my design style results...a continuation from yesterday's post (click here if you missed it).

Question 5: What destination is worthy of your precious frequent-flyer miles? 
A) Paris
B) Mountains
C) Seaside
Duh! Paris...strolling the Champs-Elysées in my Tory Burch flatsNext! 
C'est si bon

Question 6: Of these famous women, whose closet would you most like to raid?
A) Jennifer Aniston
B) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
C) Sheryl Crow
Absolutely, positively not Sheryl Crow...I just don't do the the country look. I do love Jennifer Aniston post-Friends. Now a days, she looks flawless and purrfectly chic...even in just jeans and a tank. I especially loved her look at the Bounty Hunter premiere in 2010 where she paired an Alexander McQueen tuxedo jacket with a Valentino couture dress and these hot Jimmy Choo 'Lance' sandals.
Purrfectly Chic
However with that said, I did not choose Jennifer Aniston, but rather Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. For me, Jackie O is the ultimate fashion and style icon because she is timeless. Plus, who wouldn't want vintage Chanel in their closet

Timeless

Question 7: Choose the dog that best suits your life style? 
A) Labrador Retriever
B) Sheltie
C) Poodle 
If you haven't noticed already, I'm not really a dog person. However, I do love all animals and chose the Labrador Retriever since he looked like a cute and cat-friendly breed. 
I love cats!!!

Question 8: Which of these is your dream home?
A) Cape Cod
B) Colonial
C) Craftsman 
I could never get used to the second level windows of Capes (or the Cape Cod). They look decent from the outside, but the funky cut-outs inside are just not ideal for tall people. I chose the colonial with a touch of craftsman...and 2.5 kids, le chat, the lab and a grey-sliver Mercedes Benz S-Class in the driveway! I dream well...you should too.
Dream Home

I was excited for my results. I was sure the quiz gods would describe my design style as "traditional with a modern twist" or perhaps "crisp and clean with a hint of contemporary" or even "conservatively chic". I was prepared of that, but I wasn't prepared for the word Cottage. Seriously?!? Cottage?!? The description read:

"Laid-back" best describes your way of life, which means Cottage style is right up your alley. You love rooms that feel casual, breezy, and informal. Consider slipcovered furniture and painted wood pieces to achieve a put-your-feet-up vibe. Use crisp white as the ideal backdrop for layers of soft accent colors found in pillows, rugs, and vintage accessories.

If you know me well, you would never describe my design style as Cottage. As a matter of fact, I was miserable the first (and only) time I vacationed in a cottage. I do love crisp whites, I do love accent colors, but I don't do slipcovered furniture. I mean even my mother doesn't do slipcovered furniture. The quiz gods must have pegged me for Cottage because I chose that ugly slipcovered chair on question #4...it was a Cottage conspiracy.

In my own words, I would describe my design style as contemporary chic with a hint of traditional. I love crisp, fresh, clean lines against dark black-brown woods with touches of vibrant jewel tones or antique damask patterns.  I love bold colors in the right places and I'm slightly obsessed with glass and mirrored furniture.  What I love...
Bold & Beautiful
Photo Credit: Z Gallerie
Vibrantly Serene
Photo Credit: Z Gallerie
Dream Oasis
Photo Credit: HGTV.com

I'm not professionally trained in interior design. Ultimately, my decorating style just really depends on my mood...it fuels what I love. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be in a Cottage mood and I'll buy a flowery slipcovered chair. Never say never!

Click here to discover your design style and then post your results on my blog. I'm sure they can't be as bad as mine, but I can't wait to find out! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Design Style: Part 1

I was browsing design sites today looking for inspiration for my oh-so-blah home office (discussion for another post) and came across a quiz: What is your Design Style.  Now, I love "personality" quizzes....like LOVE them. I often find that my results truly represent me. So as I answered each question click by effortless click, I was confident that these results would paint a true picture.

Question 1: Which flower arrangement would look best on your coffee table?
A) Rose
B) Hydrangea
C) Tulip 
I absolutely love roses - long, beautiful and classic. But were roses too safe, too common, too predictable? Possibly. I also love hydrangeas - simple, yet complex at the same time. The purple-blue ones always bring me inspiration...usually inspiration to redecorate my entire home in the same hue. Hydrangea it was!
Inspiration

Questions 2: Which shoes best represents your go-to look?
A) Flat  
B) Cowboy boot  
C) Wedge 
What? No flip flops? Really? Who designed this quiz? I absolutely LOVE flip flops...probably as much as I love personality quizzes. Flip flops are the ultimate in summer comfort and versatility...and they are a pedestal for a purrfectly chic pedicure. I chose the flat...it's like a flip flop but with added coverage. I could so picture myself strolling the Champs-Elysées in these Tory Burch Metallic Reva Ballet Flats. I'm a (mere) size 10. Hint. Hint. 
Tory Burch Metallic Reva Ballet Flats

Question 3: Which set of colors make you feel most comfortable?
A
B
C
Yuck. I hated these patterns and none of them made me feel comfortable, calm or cozy for that matter. These colors actually sacred me. I concluded that the person who assembled these combinations was clearly having a bad day. Nonetheless, I chose option C for its softness.

Question 4: Which of these chairs would you like to sink into at the end of the day? 
A) Toile Upholstery
B) Slipcoverd chair 
C) Red and Paisley 
Are these chairs for real? Am I 80-years-old? None of them look remotely comfortable, slightly inviting or at all pleasing to the eye. A glass of wine with a side of red and paisley after a long day?!? I think not. I cut the slipcovered chair some slack and chose it for its countryside feel...even though I would have preferred to pamper my tired toes in this microfiber velvet lounge chair (pictured below) from Crate & Barrel.
Lounge Chair and a Half

Visit me tomorrow when I post the four remaining questions and reveal my "true" design style. In the meantime, I will not be lounging in any slipcovered furniture.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas & Cocktails

What better way to kick-off my new lifestyle blog than with a post showcasing my first annual Christmas & Cocktails. The evening was a stunning success (if I do say so myself). With a lush & classic theme in mind, I methodically adorned my space in red, silver and gray. I can never have too much silver and gray in my life, but they're always accompanied by pops of color.

Ornaments ~ Pier 1 Imports and Pottery Barn
I have always decorated my Christmas Tree in purple and sliver, but this year I was happy with the switch to red and silver. I immediately fell in love with the red partridge from Pier 1 Imports and knew she would grace my tree.

Flowers ~ Olympia Flower Store
I have been doing business with Olympia Flower Store in Boston's South End for years and I have never been disappointed. I worked directly with the owner who has such a creative eye. She certainly captured my vision and surpassed my (always high) expectations.

Velvet Reindeer ~ HomeGoods
I absolutely love the ornate antlers on these reindeer. Not only are the bodies made from a plush velvet, but the base and antlers are lightly dusted with red glitter. Sparkle!

Candle Holder ~ Crate & Barrel
Meats & Cheeses ~ Whole Foods
Wines
J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
Sanoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast
Wines & Bubbles
Veuve Clicquot: Brut Yellow Label
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
              Shrimp ~ Whole Foods  
Sweets ~ Homemade
I love place cards for items on your menu. They are fun, creative and add a touch of elegance. I could spend all day dreaming up unique titles such as Snowflake Salmon Salad, Let it Snow Lasagna and Tannenbaum Tomato & Mozzarella (all served but not pictured). A quick trip to Michaels and you will find all of the crafty ingredients needed to assemble prefect place cards. As for the titles, a creative thinking cap is a must.

Le Chat
And last but certainly never least, le chat (a.k.a. Manolo) enjoying the comforts of a gray, velvet accent chair from HomeGoods which I will have to "de-fur" later. He partially inspired the title: Rue Le Chat.

Merry Christmas!