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For the Menfolk #2... Wait for the Fit

For the Menfolk #2… Wait for the Fit

Friends often ask me about how and where I shop. The answer is undoubtedly vintage and thrift. So, let’s chat for a moment about second hand shopping… specifically about a guideline that I think is of the utmost importance (and far too often neglected by moi). FIT! Yes, it’s all about the fit when shopping...
The Art of Presentation

The Art of Presentation

This post may be a little late considering that the holiday season has already past us, but I felt it was worth posting regardless. I received the Barneys New York Holiday 2011 catalog at the beginning of the season and was struck by the beautifully simple and artistic presentation. While most retailers choose to inundate...
Ambassadors of Style: Episode 3

Ambassadors of Style: Episode 3

Introducing my good friend Leslie Pritchard of Again & Again… the vintage maven of Dallas!! I took an afternoon to visit her new furniture warehouse and found an incredible treasury of vintage designs! In today’s episode of “Ambassadors of Style”, I ask Leslie a few questions about vintage design, her growing business in Dallas, and...
Love the Local

Love the Local

My, my, my… this has been one heck of a week. I apologize for my unexpected absence from the blog. As you can imagine, a lot has been happening recently. To make it easier for all of us, here’s a list of recent events in the life of Hilary: Shared a holiday gift guide on...
A Gift Guide with Modern Eve

A Gift Guide with Modern Eve

I have recently had the pleasure of getting to know Katie Anderson of Modern Eve, a Dallas based “lifestyle blog that provides a personal, inside look into {Katie’s} life as a modern wife living in Dallas, TX”. Keeping up with her blog was lots of fun but then I got this sweet email with an...
In Love with InVintage

In Love with InVintage

Today’s post is a story about an English teacher and home school tutorial founder turned jewelry designer and vintage re-purposer. What happens when you work for years developing something, it takes off, becomes a great success, and then you give it flight and move on? You find something else to create and make wonderful! This...
Crew Colors

Crew Colors

I received my J. Crew November catalog in the mail this week and oh my golly… it is gorgeous! Now, I promise what you are about to read is not a product push or hidden marketing effort – this blog isn’t that big yet. ūüėČ No, I’m just totally smitten by the sophisticated yet unexpected...
A Night at the Thrift Studio

A Night at the Thrift Studio

Oh dear, dear, dear…. we are already half way through the week and I haven’t spoken to you once! The weekend is well over and I am a full week and a half behind in telling you about what I did the weekend before! Despite my tardiness and delayed posting, however, here I am –...
Daily Paper (bag)

Daily Paper (bag)

I don’t read the newspaper. In fact, does anyone read the paper anymore? (that’s a sad thought to think about). Print publications are becoming more and more of a luxury as fewer and fewer people purchase them. While the paper isn’t a part of my morning routine (I prefer to listen to NPR) I do...
Curated

Curated

1.¬†Peacock Creamware Vase¬†2.¬†Organic Beach Bath Towel¬†3.¬†Gold Brown Paper Vessel¬†4.¬†Cobalt Blue Glasses¬†5.¬†Brass Hollywood Regency Lamp¬†6.¬†Original Gouache Painting¬†– 1¬†7.¬†Original Gouache Painting – 2¬†8.¬†Green & Blue Marbled Earrings¬†9.¬†Wooden Letter “H”¬†10.¬†Jeanne D’Arc Embroidered Dress¬†11.¬†Two-Sided Pedestal Vanity¬†12.¬†Needlepoint Pillow¬†13.¬†Retro Yellow Urn¬†14.¬†Graphic Orange Steelcase Chair¬†15.¬†Blue Floral Heels¬†16.¬†Cadeaux Beaded Necklace #1 Favorite thing about Etsy: their spirit of community and entrepreneurship. #2 Favorite...
Confessions of a Thrifter

Confessions of a Thrifter

By now, most of you know that I have a keen appreciation for hidden treasures and diamonds in the rough. My favorite pastime is vintage, antique, and thrift shopping. After my “This to That” series, which I am taking a short break from, and other second-hand inspired posts, I thought a brief summary of my...

Still Loving…

…Etsy and all the beautiful things to be found there. Yes, I’m still browsing (…I told you it wouldn’t be good!). This time I revisited a few of my favorite shops including “Two Art Directors and a Photographer“. I first learned about Jamie and Larry’s “grown-up lemonade stand” Etsy shop through Rue Magazine’s¬†photo spread of...

Emerson Made (my day)

I can’t believe it…I’m still in a swirl of excited shock…I am totally honored to have been awarded Emerson Made’s New Year Bonanza Raffle Giveaway!! If you’ve been around since last Spring, you may remember that I have been in love with Emerson’s beautiful work for quite some time.¬†So, to have the chance to own...

Hot Off the Press

Joyful holiday celebrations with dear friends and family…DONE. New Year’s resolution…DONE. Un-Goal list…also DONE! So what am I forgetting? Oh yes, of course. My yearly purchase that gives me something special to admire throughout the year as well as keep me on track throughout the week….my wall art calendar! This is something that I look...

Dear Santa, Meet Zara

Dearest Santa, I would kindly like to introduce you to my new best friend. Her name is Zara and she has me smitten!! In my Christmas list preparations, I have become completely distracted by her sharp shapes, classic colors, and sophisticated styling. I wouldn’t want to pull you from your seasonal duties, but I think...

I Read My Magazine!…Rue Review

Shocker…I know. Who reads magazine articles anyway? Don’t we all just flip through the pages to capture the visual candy between the paragraphs? Not this gal apparently! After completing my article for Rue Magazine Issue 2, I became a tad more interested in the stories behind the spreads. So, at the earliest chance available after...

White Elephant…Part 2

I told you there would be more! By now you’ve probably picked up on the fact that White Elephant is a treasure trove of gorgeous antiques. Here is the last installment of my Antiquing After Dark photos: I am also a huge fan of the silver screen antics of Laurel and Hardy (a favorite watch...

White Elephant…After Dark

Whew! What a crazy last few days! Much apologies for my unannounced departure from daily posts. I will have some very exciting news that I can share with you next week…and it will help you understand my brief absence. But for now, you’ll have to wait in eager anticipation. Until then, let me fill you...

FLOR-ed

For quite some time now I have been a huge fan of the residential rug company, FLOR. Aside from the endless accolades I could give this group for environmental friendliness (the design itself is intended to reduce waste, not to mention all THIS) , affordability (buy as much or a little as you want and...

From Basics to Bolds

After last week’s Blog Crawl, most of you now know that David and I are living the student’s lifestyle while David attends graduate school at TCU. Between school supplies, groceries, bills, rent, etc, etc, there is not much left, as you can imagine, for leisurely apparel shopping. So, I have developed a creative strategy to...

Organic Eatery

What comes to mind around the beginning of the holiday season? Family, hospitality, entertaining, food? Yes, yes, and yes, of course! Our focus shifts from outdoor sports to indoor gathering and suddenly our home presentation becomes a concern. After all, the people are only part of the experience! Home is the other half and something...

Deco City

    The Art Deco and Nouveau movements have long been favorites on my list of art and architectural periods. I love the layered use of pattern, classically inspired shapes, exotic textures, and relentless use of geometry. And its popularity amongst the decorative arts and fashion design make it all the more interesting to study....

It’s Toast!

I just found the coolest clothing company based out of the UK,¬†Toast. For those Anthropologie lovers out there, you’re going to adore¬†Toast! I was especially inspired by their Fall 2010 Lookbook. So, here’s a peak into the enchanting world they’ve created for this upcoming season. And here’s the item that I would like to put...

Autumn Planning with Polyvore

So, what is the latest buzz about town?…Fall is Right Around the Corner! Retailers and publishers alike have been tempting us with heavy knits, long sleeves, and sassy boots at every angle. But now it is your chance to take on your own Autumn planning. I have long been a fan of Polyvore for blogging...

Etsy Envy

Surprise, surprise! Two posts in one day! During my coffee and blog routine yesterday morning, I was catching up on one of my favorite daily reads at City Sage and, by way of her morning post, I got turned on to Etsy again. Similar to my experience a few days ago, I found myself rummaging...

Antiqueified

Wow! Minnesota sure can heat up in the summer. Who knew? So today’s agenda included a lovely outing to a few architectural antique destinations with my friend and director of¬†Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, Kim Nofsinger. We discovered some real treasures and along the way I decided to document our findings. I was having fun identifying...