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The Now: November 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Green with Envy

Sooo, I recently came across my new favorite way to mix up an all-black outfit... Just add verdant green earrings.  What a striking color combination, as seen on Jessica Lowndes, Minka Kelly, and Shantel VanSanten below.  (Don't feel bad, I had to look up who Shantel was too - she's on One Tree Hill, apparently) 

via People

Here are my picks to get the look:

14K Yellow Gold Green Jade Drops via 24Diamonds - $139

Max and Chloe - $48.00

Kendra Scott via Bluefly - $43.20 (Sale)

Urban Outfitters - $18.00!

My 1st choice is definitely the first pair I listed... I love the uniqueness of the teardrop look.  However, you can't beat the prices of those chandeliers!

xoxo A


House Tour: 1930's Oak Cliff Bungalow

A close up of the color coordinated bookshelves!
Love this Moroccan rug!! Lamps from Arteriors Too
Acrylic chairs, antler chandelier, cowhide rug...This room is perfection!
The smallest room of the house makes a big impact.Love the chalkboard wall in the kitchen and the splash of pink!!
The master bedroom
Bianca turned the attic into a amazing closet!! Love the disco ball!
A little friend in the master bath

photos via Dallas Morning News

Bianca Colgin (the owner) is a stylist for Neiman's Last Call, has a love for design and fashion and it definitely shows in her home. She also has a style consulting business on the side. GO BIANCA!

 xoxo E


Tuesday Newsday

  • Baby Mania: Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia had a little boy, Alexander, yesterday. Stella McCartney gave birth to her FOURTH child last Tuesday! Stella was very hush hush about the sex and name until yesterday. Welcome to the world little girl Reiley! Love that name!
  • My favorite Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Kyle Richards has put her house on the market. Check out her digs and the price tag here
  • Alexa Chung will be hosting a show called Thrift America for PBS. Along with Maya Singer, and editor for, she will travel the States going to thrift stores and estate sales looking for treasures! Sounds interesting! fashionista
  • Whoa! Alexander McQueen's diffusion line, McQ will be revamped and priced 25% cheaper than before!
  • A Cartier encrusted headboard with a Bulgari area rug?? Yes please! The December issue, Bazaar Magazine features some photos of a small scale home with lots of sparkle and bling!! Harper's Bazaar
  • Looks like Anne Hathaway and James Franco will indeed be hosting the Oscars. Hmm That might be pretty cool. E online
  • There are some major changes at Barneys New York. Mark Lee, the CEO since September, has just announced the appointment of Daniela Vitale as chief women's merchant and that Julie Gilhart, SVP and women's fashion director and Judy Collinson EVP and general merchandise manager of women's are leaving Barneys. I wonder where they will go! I will follow Julie Gilhart anywhere! 

xoxo E

Monday, November 29, 2010

Have Yourself A Glam Little Christmas

Well now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to strategize on Holiday decor!  For me, it's a no brainer - I'm completely entranced by the glam look (vs. folksy, traditional, etc.), and now need to gather some inspiration and start shopping.  Here are some looks I've pulled to get everyone thinking! 

How amazing is this flocked Christmas tree with the turquoise hues?  Oh wait, except for that completely rando disco ball atop the tree... sayyyy WHHHAT?  Aside from that minor detail, I am in love!  Let's also not forget those gorgeous curtains, the perfect pair of chairs, and the sweet little pup on his little dog bed.  Too perfect!


Love, love, love the peacock color palette, the hanging ornaments as a centerpiece, and of course the fabulous wallpaper!

The teal and turquoise with the candles lit and fire burning below is so festive!  This photo just makes me want to curl up on the couch with a mug of spiced cider and listen to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" on repeat! 


Okay I randomly came across this amazing photo on Google images so we'll all have to use our imagination to get a better sense of the context since the blog author didn't post a photo source.  Even so, how fab is this tree?  So glamorous and fun!

via Audrey's Favorite Things

I'm posting this one especially for Elizabeth... I KNOW she's going to completely freak out when she sees it.  a.) Because it's completely gorge but mostly because of b.) She has a King Charles Spaniel puppy named Pickles who is the cutest pup on the planet (actually tied with my morkie Henry).  This Christmas tree is in the running for Annie's Favorite Tree of the Year!


I fell in love with this next look while clicking through Rue Magazine Issue #2.   This retro-inspired Christmas is SO friggin cute!   Of course, the fact that these photos are set in Elvis's Honeymoon Hideaway in Palm Springs doesn't hurt (you HAVE to visit the link if you haven't seen it), but I'd like to think the vibe could be replicated, right?

Be sure to send us photos of your holiday decor so that we can post them for all of our readers to see!

xoxo A


Cropped Top

There is a very brave crew of celebrities out there that have taken the pixie plunge and I am really loving their looks. Here are some of my favorite girls who have joined the cropped top club.

Ashlee Simpson sporting a blonde cropped coiffure
Scarlett Johannson..I mean, she could pull off an afro
Carrie Mulligan..One of the early adopters
Emma Watson joins the pixie craze
Carmen Kass debuts her new look at the Fall shows

Thoughts?? Are you brave enough to try one of these looks?

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Patch Things Up

I am so happy that it has FINALLY gotten cold in Dallas not only because it is December and I would be pretty weirded out if it was 80 on Christmas Day, but also because I can wear one of my favorite items of clothing..the sweater. This winter I am OBSESSED with elbow patch sweaters!! I need to get my hands on one of these STAT!

Elbow Patch Cardi ASOS
Marc by Marc Jacobs Crew Neck Sweater Shopbop
Carven Cropped Crewneck Pullover Net-a-Porter
ALC Striped Crew Neck Sweater Shop Les Nouvelles

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

image courtesy of Lavender and Lilies

Happy Thanksgiving to our dear readers!  THE NOW has been up-and-running for a little under 2 months now, and we are loving every minute of it.  On this special day, we are especially thankful to each of you for giving us the opportunity to share our passions, musings, and sometimes completely random thoughts.  Every page view and comment is a big reminder of how lucky we are for having readers who want to see what's in our "NOW."

Now we'd like to share the love and encourage each of you to check out some of our favorite blogs, created by some of our new blogging friends.  We promise you'll be as obsessed as we are!!!

Bijou and Boheme is by our friend and blogging soulmate, Christine.  E & I adore our many exchanges with Christine and wish we didn't live in a different country than her!!  She is so talented and her posts are not only UH-mazing, but she's also really witty!

Living LadurĂ©e is by our first blogger friend, Amy!  Elizabeth came across Living LadurĂ©e soon after we began THE NOW, and after trading a few emails, learned that Amy had recently started her blog as well.  We had so much fun writing posts about each other's blogs, and E & I are continually inspired by her =)

How does one possibly convey the amazingness that is Tilly Maison!?!?  E first came across these gorgeous Lucite trays on the Tilly Maison etsy shop and learned that the creator, Carolyn, also has the world's cutest blog!!  We have been so excited to become blogger friends with Carolyn, and we're so proud of her for recently being featured on Apartment Therapy!

There's no cutesy "way we met" story here... but E & I can't get enough of Things that Sparkle by blogger Alexandra.  Each time I look at a post on her blog, I find myself thinking that I have the exact same taste as her!  Don't miss out on her amaz blog!!!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and happy blog reading =)

xoxo A

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Proud of Our Bestie

Just wanted to give a special shout-out to our best friend Kaylen who is hosting her first Thanksgiving at her house!  Of course, this is a HUGE undertaking for any first-time Thanksgiving hostess, but on top of that, Kaylen is the proud mama of a (perfect, adorable, wonderful, smiley, who also happens to be my Godson) 2 month old!  How she's doing it, I don't know! 

In between all of the cooking craziness, I made Kaylen take a quick camera-phone snapshot of her table so that I could share it with you all.

It looks so beautiful... Elizabeth and I are sooo proud of you!  We love you (and Carter!!!)

xoxo A


Today I Am Thankful For: ETSY

I have mentioned my love for Etsy before, but since tomorrow is all about giving thanks, I thought I would show a few lines on Etsy I am thankful for!!!

Parisian photography by Alicia Bock

Vintage finds at Fabulousmess
Candelabras at Fabulousmess
Tilly Maison
Lucite Card Holder
Custom Thanksgiving Tray Using Your Own Photo: Silhouette Shop
Customizable Holiday Cards...sooo cute!!

Have A Great Holiday
xoxo E

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Non-Traditionalist Thanksgiving Table

Call me a Thanksgiving Scrooge, but I just am not one for kitch when it comes to the holidays.  And to me, the words "Thanksgiving Tablescape" conjures up mental images of turkey-shaped napkin rings, strangely shaped gourd centerpieces, and an ill-looking color palette of brown, yellow and orange.  No thanks.  (Side note: Nothing I have said applies if you have little ones... I think a certain level of "cutesy-ness" is a must for celebrating with kiddos)  But back to the adult-talk... I've scoured the Internet and have found some alternatives if your feelings are much like mine! 

Now THIS is what I'm talking about!   For this non-traditional Thanksgiving tablescape, designer Eddie Ross (so obsessed!) created a low-cost (although that's all relative) design for Lonny Magazine.  I love Ross's mixture of vintage and new pieces, and his use of modern pattern to offset the more traditional Thanksgiving "vibe." 

For option #2, I love the pale blue that's used below to create a soft, modern look, while still coming across as fall-ish and festive.  The gold pumpkins and marbleized chargers add a bit of glam, while the wishbone napkin rings bring a bit of whimsy (ugh, I hate that word) into the mix.  This look says "Happy Thanksgiving" in a sweet, subtle way.  I like! 

via Martha Stewart Living

For this modern tablescape, Dwell Studio features a simple, monochromatic backdrop, which lets the food (if you call a single dinner roll "food") be the main attraction.  I absolutely LOVE the brass flatware and the white serving bowls with gold interiors.

via Design Public

So, I'm not hosting Thanksgiving at my house, but if I were, here's what I hope it would look like... Oh my gosh I think this is so pretty!  The perfect mix of holiday, simplicity, and a touch of glam.  And it doesn't look like you'd break your neck putting it together.  Okay fine... maybe I'd throw a few flowers in there, but I do love it! 

via StudioTen25

Sooo, do you have big plans for your Thanksgiving tablescape???

xoxo A

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