09/29/16

Let me count the ways…

Let me count the ways…

all the ways to tie/wear a scarf!

Scarves are the ultimate in fall & winter accessorizing, for me, and I practically wear one almost every single day.

Here in the Deep South, the scarf is not so much about warmth, as it is an accessory. The ultimate fall & winter outfit-completer. Gimme a good, rich hued, long, thick scarf and I will show you 12 different ways to wear it.

I tend to be an uncomplicated scarf-wearer. Not a huge fan of all the twists and braids and fishtails that some are sporting, but I prefer simple and classic, but still slightly understated scarf ties.

Speaking of which, here are a few of my favorite ways to wear your favorite scarf this season.

The Classic 

Jean Wang wears grey over the knee boots with an authentic tartan scarf and a leather jacket. Scarf: Sole Society, Tee: Loft, Jacket: BlankNYC, Jeans: J Brand, Boots: Stuart Weizman.:

It’s hard to beat the classic, and honestly, it’s probably the way I wear a scarf the most.

It’s quick, easy to tie, and you can literally do it as you are walking out the door, and it virtually works for just about any scarf- from skinny silk to thick blanket scarves.

Absolutely obsessed with the heels with jeans look! It makes for a chic yet casual look.:

Just simply make a “U” with your scarf, with the bend in the  “U” at the nape of your neck, take the ends behind your head, cross them, and then bring the tails back to the front of your body and adjust as necessary.

Open-Ended 

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As the name would suggest, this scarf is without a tie! It is open-ended, flowy, and perfect.

flannel scarf + puffer vest = great winter/fall casual look.:

I feel that this style works best with thicker and shorted scarves that would bother you bunched up too close to your face, if it was tied. Or if you are wearing another piece of outer-clothing like a puffer vest, a quilted jacket, or pea coat. The scarf makes a great statement laying close to your body in between all the layers.

Knot the ends for a little added interest and flair.

Knotted 

Adorable:

Okay. This is adorable, and completely fool-proof.

Just place around your neck and tie a decorative knot about 1/2 down the length of the scarf, tucking the ends into the knot, or you can leave the ends out too.

'Ex-Libris' Hermès cashmere shawl in a basic slide knot:

So chic! Especially when your outfit is monochromatic like above.

Or maybe try something a little more like this…

love the way she tied this scarf!:

This style is sort of a cross between a Knotted & Infinity style, that I love!

Infinity 

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As the name would suggest, an Infinity scarf is one solid loop, or multiple loops around your neck with no break. You can make your own infinity scarf by knotting the ends of the scarf at the back of your neck, or purchase an infinity scarf from your favorite retailer.

Here is a great graphic from www.thegloss.com below on how to make & wear your own Infinity Scarf.

13 Cool Ways to Wear Scarves This Fall:

I love the simplicity and sophistication of the infinity loop.You can literally do this with almost any scarf in your closet.

High Neck Tie 

I gave up sugar for a week. And it wasn't so bad, except watching the girls in the office eating ice cream on a hot day and not being able to have any! http://spotpopfashion.com/d4av:

I was a slower convert on this trend.

Honestly, I think I had to get over the fact that really only flight attendants wear scarves in this way.

12 Ways to Instantly Make Your Outfit More Interesting via @WhoWhatWear:

But now I am convinced, it is a really, really beautiful way to wear a silk scarf.

Go around your neck once, twice, or even three times (depending on the length of your scarf) being careful to not wrap too tightly, and then tie it in a knot and rotate the scarf to the side so that the tails of your scarf drape over one side or shoulder.

This is truly a classic “French girl” look that never goes out of style.

Belted Shawl 

One of my very favorites!

Cute way to wear a scarf:

So perfectly chic and simple and perfect for when weather is too cold for just long sleeves, and not quite cold enough for a coat or jacket.

Love it worn as a shawl with a belt.:

A scarf can be that perfect outer layer when needed to just give your neck and shoulders a little extra coverage.

Tunic 

This unique trend gave rise to the coveted blanket scarf- a big, bulky, and snuggly scarf that I cannot get enough of!

You can wear it as an outer-piece all on its own.

Love the belted poncho:

Look how great that looks over a maxi skirt and with a simple clutch for a dinner date or special occasion. Just beautiful!

blanket scarf and floppy hat:

I am totally going to do that this fall & winter. So chic!

The Cocoon 

The Cocoon Wrap answers the age old question of, “how many times can I loop this scarf around my neck?”

Blue denim jeans + leather jacket + striped shirt + yellow infinity scarf + heels:

And it answers that question in the chicest way possible… of course!

There are no rules here.

Just keep looping around your neck in loose (or tighter if you wish) loops and then tuck or tie the ends under for maximum wear.

Fall / Winter - street chic style - black leather jacket + white printed t-shirt + dark denim cropped skinnies + leopard print flats + mustard or light brown scarf + red messenger bag + vintage sunglasses + red lips:

Perfect for those chilly winter mornings!

You can even wear this style with a blanket scarf, if you so desire.

That Scarf.:

The Loop & Tie 

I am calling this tie the Loop & Tie, because that is what it is for me- 1 loop and 1 tie.

scarf & jeans:

This is so ultra-sophisticated, and is especially beautiful with a very long scarf so that you have plenty of fabric to play with.

Neutrals:

The perfect blend of both fashion, and function.

And, for a slightly more finished version of this style, also try The Boho.

Scarf tying:

The Southern Cross 

So, I didn’t come up with that name, it had already been identified as the Southern Cross, but I wish I had thought of it!

Four Favourite Scarf Tying Tutorials:

Here is a great graphic from leberpr.com with really good visuals.

Spartina 449 Veranda Scarf tied into a Southern Cross - I used to tie my scarves thus way but I forgot how! Love it!:

I am a visual learner!

I can honestly say, this is one of my favorite ways to tie or “braid” a scarf. And every time I wear one of my scarves like this, women stop me and want me to teach them how to tie their scarf in this way. It’s popular, and again, you can do this with almost any scarf in your closet- long, short, skinny, thick, wool, silk, etc. It’s endlessly versatile!

So, there you have it! My crash-course of Scarf Tying.

Hope it inspires you with a few extra knots and bows this season.

xoxo….

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09/25/16

Paint! | The Before & Afters

{LONG post alert!}

So, I must say, that of all the work, of all the planning, of all the to-dos, and “did you call so & so back?”, and “where should this piece of furniture go?” discussions and countless decisions, I can honestly say that settling on a paint color for my walls in my new home was the one I agonized the most over.

Why? I have no idea.

I guess it’s that I have lived in a white-walled, blank canvas rental situation for so very long that I was so excited about the opportunity to paint and therefore, the pressure! I knew the color scheme and the feel that I wanted when I walked into my home, but deciding on that perfect shade and hue was harder than I thought.

But, I did it.

I looked through hundreds of Benjamin Moore paint swatches and blog posts and Pinterest pins before settling on a few lovely colors for this first home.

But first, the before pictures.

I always think it’s important to look to where you have come from first and then focus on what you have achieved in your desired “after.”

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Here we are standing in my dining room, looking back into the living room and to the front entryway & front door.

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The golden-hued living room in all its glory.

**Side note: Please forgive the admittedly amateur nature of these BEFORE photos. It was just about dusk, so we didn’t have a lot of natural light coming in, and most of the house’s lighting had been removed, obviously, with the previous owner. 

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Master Bedroom.

Master Bathroom.

Pay no attention to that woman in the mirror… she just loves this little house and can’t stop photographing it.

Do you spot those precious little shutters going into the master bath? Those were the original shutter doors downstairs going from dining room to kitchen that the previous owner re-purposed. I love when things that are original to a house, stay in the house, but in a new and different way. Such a character piece for me!

And walking next door into the Guest bedroom & bath, which is just around that corner…

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Yikes!!!

So yes, as you can see, the previous owner did swipe the mirrors in both the guest bath and the downstairs powder room (still to be shown), so not too thrilled with that and the splotches left on the walls, but know that I will be thrilled with the finished product once we re-sheet rock and paint over this damage. Ready to hang another mirror of my choosing.

One thing at a time…

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A brief stop here on the landing with the entrance to the master on my right and the guest bedroom on the left. At the foot of the steps you will see a large coat closet and not pictured, but is directly behind me, is a large linen closet perfect for storing extra pillows, blankets, my down comforter for winter nights, and much, more more. Which means, there is plenty of room for overnight guests.

So come visit me!

And now we go back downstairs…

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I wanted a simple shot of my front door, as it too will undergo a dramatic transformation! Plus, I wanted to show you another precious character piece for me with this house…. the Mail Slot! So retro and I absolutely love it!

(This is a Public Service Announcement- we did cut that ugly piece of rubber strip under the door after this photo was taken. End of PSA. Thank you.) 

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Above is the little downstairs 1/2 bath & powder room that is directly off the front entry way. It’s a small little room, but perfectly functional!

Back into the dining room & kitchen where we will end our tour…

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There are a pair of lovely French doors off the dining room to my gated little patio out back. It’s so charming.

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And then my kitchen complete with colorful back splash, natural wood finished cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.

Plus a few dozen tote bags that Mom and I inevitably come with each time we visit.

It’s our prerogative.

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So, there you have it! My little house was quite colorful before. The previous owner loved color and a lot of it, and I appreciate her for it. I like someone who knows what he/she likes and trusts their gut. But, as for me? I love cohesiveness and big blocks of color rather than choppy room-to-room color changes. One color just naturally flows into the next, flows into the next.

I feel like my house looked smaller than it really was and I wanted to make the space feel more open, the rooms feel bigger, and the ceilings feel even higher.

In order to achieve that, we painted the walls, the trim, the ceilings, and even the cabinets all one fabulous color.

coventry gray BM. For main house:

Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.

I am absolutely in love with this hue. I knew I wanted to go with a shade of gray. Not too light, and not too dark. It’s a true gray, not too blue or too brown, and is a rich and inviting hue.

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To me, it just feels comfortable and warm and inviting. And I felt that it was the perfect backdrop for all my furniture and artwork.

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I am absolutely in LOVE with my kitchen now. Painting the cabinets made the biggest difference!

And a little professional modeling for you…

Mom likes the cabinets too.

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Again, the lighting is still pretty bad, just a bit of overhead lighting in certain rooms, so I feel these pictures do not quite adequately portray the color, but you can get the idea! (More pics still to come as I reveal room to room later!) 

For subtle pops of color, we decided to paint the french doors and the back of my front door a different, slightly darker shade than the walls. I think it makes for a nice focal point and your eyes are immediately drawn to it.

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And my eyes go immediately to the back of my front door. To me, it is the ultimate.

For this task, I went with Chelsea Gray, also by Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray finally after much thought and fact finding and photo searching i have chosen Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey HC-168 for the body of the cottage accented by Chantilly Lace OC-65 with pops of Tropicana Cabana 2048 -50 there its in writing ! now no turning back sticking with these choices ! picking up paint tomorrow!:

And it’s Postcards from the Ridge’s favorite paint color too!

I love this shade! So much so that I plan on painting the legs of my coffee table to match! {They are presently a lovely shade of red, which I love, but no longer goes with my cohesive color scheme.}

And in the bedrooms upstairs…

Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore.

I had seen this subtle blue-green-gray color in my friend Mary Alison’s house when I delivered dinner to her after her baby was born, and I fell in love with it! It’s sort of reminiscent of beach glass.

It’s the perfect shade and is so calming and soothing. I mean, who doesn’t want “quiet moments” in their bedroom?

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Guest Room & Guest Bath.

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And here we are in the Master.

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Please excuse the wood shelving and wire racks in the center of the floor. These pictures were pre-Trash pick-up day.

In the bathrooms, I wanted them to be crisp and clean, so I went with white on both the walls and cabinetry. But, it couldn’t just be any white.

Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Crisp, clean, but not too stark a white. No surprise undertones.:

Simply White, by Benjamin Moore. Subtle and perfectly glossy. I love this shade of white.

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Just wanted the space to be very clean and simple and fresh!

I think the result is stunning and looks and feels exactly like me and the space that I call home. So excited to move my things in!

And because here I was standing in my new master bedroom & bathroom, I thought this was an appropriate occasion for my very first Bathroom Selfie!

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The occasion called for it…

So, the last to-dos are being checked off the list as I type. New carpet is going down and then the real work begins… Moving.

Can’t wait to share with you the finished product. But, it may be a week or 2.

I have decided that “getting settled” is a difficult endeavor indeed. But, a worthwhile one.

xoxo…

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