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Just popping in with a few pattern favorites from my pins over the weekend.  I love that cat print! To see more of my inspiration, click HERE.

Images, clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4


by Kayla on 03/11/2013

tagged as in ART,INSPIRATION

home goods by onefortythree shop | via
Loving the home goods over at the new onefortythree shop! I remember stumbling across Logan’s blog by the same name years ago, I think via a link from The Brick House. I love where the shop has gone and how lovely and simple the new products are. My fave? The brass shade wall lamp.  What’s yours?


by Kayla on 02/11/2013


january reading list |
I’ve been spending a lot of my free time enjoying some good books this winter. Some days there really is nothing better than sitting with a cozy blanket in a warm house, with a hot cup of tea and diving into a good book. If all of this happens to include being completely draped with wiener dogs, well, I would expect nothing less in my house. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more, so I’ve been actually keeping track of my reading list on my iPhone notepad. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from last month and a few that I’ve got stacked up and waiting for me for February.

Side note: I don’t use an e-reader, so all the links I’m including are to actual paper books. Something about the weight of a book in my hand, the sound of the pages turning, and the smell of actual paper…I’m hard pressed to give them up. And I really like supporting my local library, plus that frees up my pennies to buy really important stuff…like shoes.

february reading list |

January picks:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

February picks:

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
This Cake is For The Party by Sarah Selecky

P.S. Which one of these doesn’t belong? It may seem like Killing Lincoln is the odd duck here, but I really love interesting historical novels and the like.  I actually listen to a great podcast everyday on my commute called Stuff You Missed In History Class. It’s really fantastic, sort of like an audio book with interesting stories and anecdotes. I would highly recommend it if you are at all interested in history. My all time favorite is this two-part series on H. H. Holmes and the mysteries of Murder Castle (this episode series was from January 2012.  Sort episodes by release date and scroll down until you find it.  If you like macabre tales of mystery and murder, I promise, it’s worth it!).


by Kayla on 02/06/2013


I really loved this post that Emily did a while back on blue paint, and I especially love Loyal Blue by Sherwin Williams (I’m currently using it on an interiors project that’s in the works for a local office space, but that’s a story for another post).  I’d love to add a bit of navy blue to our home.  I’m not sure I can commit to a full wall (or walls) just yet, but maybe a little touch of it in the form of some blue velvet curtains or an art print is just the thing to eaaaaaase my way into it.

What do you think?  Could you go bold blue?

Room images, clockwise from top left: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Product images, clockwise from top left: 1 2 3 4 5


by Kayla on 01/23/2013


I was scrolling back through my Pinterest boards the other day when BAM! These Proud Mary clutches came up and smacked me in the face.  I’ve seen these around on other blogs, but I thought I’d post a few images here in case any of you haven’t heard of them.  Gorgeous, right? Bonus: the company works with international artisans to produce all their products and makes sure that they are receiving a fair wage for their work.  Stylish and socially conscious?  Yes, please.

All images via Proud Mary.


by Kayla on 01/22/2013

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I spied these gorgeous bags by Monserat De Lucca the other day over on Pinterest and I just can’t get enough! The texture, the color, the hardware, and the perfectly worn-in leather. Oh my! My favorite is the Artacho bag. I’ll be dreaming about you, bag. I sure will.


by Kayla on 01/17/2013

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I’ve been thinking about resolutions for the new year.  I’ve never really been one to make an official resolution, I thought that this year I’d put it out into the world in hopes that it will motivate me to stick to my guns.  I’m one week in and so far, so good.  Here are my top four goals for the new year:

Drink more water. This is something I constantly struggle with.  I get so wrapped in work throughout the day that I just forget to hydrate.  I got one of these water bottles for Christmas and it has really been helpful to see how much water I am consuming per day.  And I really do feel better!

Keep up good exercise habits.  I feel like I’m pretty good about getting workouts in during the week (it doesn’t hurt that my gym is one block away from my office), but I always feel like I could be in better shape.  I’m turning 30 this April (!) and my goal is to be in the best shape of my life.  I have four months…we’ll see how this shakes out.  Aside from the weight lifting classes I take at the gym, I LOVE the HIIT workouts from Zuzka Light.  I do them at home and they only take 15 minutes or so.  They are HARD, but they are awesome!

Read. Again, something I do every night before bed, but what I’d really like to get into the habit of is keeping track of all the books I read.  I just think it would be interesting at the end of the year to see how many books I’ve read.  This one is next on my list.  P.S. I finally read Gone Girl.  While I love Gillian Flynn’s writing, I hated the ending of this book.  Did anyone else feel the same way?  I definitely liked Dark Places better.

Prioritize travel.  John and I really want to get out into the world and see new places!  We’re thinking about trying to squeeze in a trip in February for a few days.  Hopefully somewhere warm.  Hawaii is quick and easy.  We may just have to splurge.

Images: 1/2/3


by Kayla on 01/07/2013

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I’ve got a little holiday party to go to tomorrow evening, so I thought I’d put together a little roundup of what I’m thinking about wearing.  A little black dress, a little sparkle, a little, and a little minty green.  I’m ready to party (it’s going to be an open bar – What?!)!!

I have a special treat for you as well!  Because you’ve been good this year (I’m sure of it), the rad gals at BAN.DO have generously offered a 20% discount for you to get your sparkle on!  Use code FEELPRETTY for 20% off the entire site.  Personally, I’m eyeing one of these to add to my ever growing collection of hair goodies.

Also!  For those of you in the LA area, is hosting a style night at their Pop Cart at The Grove.  It should be really fun, so go check it out!



by Kayla on 12/19/2012

tagged as , in INSPIRATION,STYLE

I had a little fun last night putting together an inspiration board for Minted’s Wedding Inspiration Board Challenge. Named “A Greenhouse Affair” this board pulls colors and textures from the natural landscape. I really can’t get enough of that invitation by Krista Messer, it’s just gorgeous!  Minted is giving away weekly credits to their website, so if you felt so inclined to “like” my board on Minted, I will send you a virtual hug.  Just click here! Thanks guys!


by Kayla on 12/12/2012

tagged as , in INSPIRATION

A friend of mine recently threw a birthday party for her two-year-old son in which she asked for guests to bring books instead of toys or cards.  I had the best time picking out books for the little man.  One of my favorite illustrators is Oliver Jeffers, so I had to pick up his latest book, This Moose Belongs To Me. It’s really gorgeous and I would be lying if I said it was easy for me to give it away.  Today I thought I’d share with you lovely readers a snippet of work from one of the people that inspires me most.  Enjoy!

All images via Oliver Jeffers except for the quilt story, which is via Anthropologie.


by Kayla on 12/10/2012