It’s certain that my parents both have green thumbs. I always grew up with the most beautiful plants and flowers outside my bedroom window and around my home. On top of our gorgeous magnolia trees, peonies in bloom are one of the things I’ve always looked forward to and not just because they bloom right around my birthday in May. Here are some shots of the gorgeous peonies at our lake house. I hope you find them as beautiful as I do!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And, maybe it’s because I am looking forward to a weekend at the beach with my own mother (and the fact that we had an extra cold winter), but I have picked some relaxing and travel inspired gift ideas. The Tropical Pajamas from India Hicks are at the top of my list. How fantastic are these?
For the perfect gift, place them in a fabulous tote from Dash and Albert at Lily Lane Home that you can monogram as well. This tote is perfect to stash a summer book and a Turkish Beach Towel from Serena and Lily. One of my mom’s favorite bath products is the Island Living Shower Gel (it smells wonderful). And, I’m in love with all products from Mud Australia. I definitely think she needs this coffee mug. As for candles, you must check out the new Xela Aroma candles. I have been burning the French Lavender all week. The scent is clean, fresh, and natural without being overpowering. And, finally, the Big O Keyring is always the perfect accessory to keep her organized all year and is available in Dallas at Five and Ten.
Things are looking sweet this spring 2014. Here are a few perfect pieces to carry you through the season in style. My favorite? The Large Oversize Detail Silk Trench Coat from Burberry. I’m in love with this piece in Pale Nude. As for notes, we love the Dear Note Set from Sugar Paper LA and be sure to try the Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon from Swanson Vineyards. A perfect accessory for the season is the Kendall Conrad Lupe Sino in Charcoal leather. Walk on clouds with Sophie Webster and, be sure to shop the Love Letter Napkins for a touch of romance.
Don’t miss Sara Beltran of Dezso at Forty Five then this week- April 23rd and April 24th. I hope you can stop by the store to see the latest designs. Inspired by beach life and seashells, life by the ocean inspires her entire collection. The line is called Deszo which is Latin for “desire.” Her pieces offer a raw natural elegance that’s perfect for spring and summer.
Large Shark Tooth Polka Bracelet
Sharktooth Diamond Earrings
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the new boutique off of Knox Street in Dallas, Planet Bardot and to chat with owner, Diana Tabeshi. Tabeshi has extensive experience in the fashion industry as an authority on denim in the celebrity market (previously launching designer labels including Aristocrat Denim, Denim for Immortality, and more). Planet Bardot is the perfect dose of L.A. for Dallas. The chic boutique offers labels like Robert Rodriguez, Helmut Lang, Paul and Joe Sister, Clover Canyon, Haute Hippie, Alice + Olivia, Joie, Ray-Ban, Rebecca Taylor, and many more. They even have the gorgeous Fornasetti candles I’ve been eyeing for some time. I snapped a few of my favorite pieces in the store. I hope you can stop by soon! Learn more here.
The perfect Easter dress, right?
Maybe it’s due to the fact that I missed the spring break boat, but I definitely have spring fever and am dreaming of a trip to the beach. These are a few essentials that will definitely be in my carry-on for a long weekend by the sea. I’m in love with the Cyprian Dress in Orange from India Hicks paired with Ledburry sunglasses in Ebony. As for a top, pair the Arlana Crochet Tunic with these adorable Liberty London Track Shorts (you have to check out the ENTIRE collection). As for accessories, you need the lemlem Adama Scarf, Cusco Espadrille Slip-Ons, and the Onward Bottle and you will be stylishly set for your next journey. And, yes, you need the Buddha Charm Necklace to complete the look of course.
Dianora Salviati Two Tone Cotton Scarf / Lizzie Fortunato Cosmic View ll Necklace / Horses Atelier Charmeuse Sundress / Sophie Hulme Leather Backpack / Zimmermann Elastic Cross Ballerina Flat
What is the secret to looking effortlessly chic? Although there are many opinions on the matter, most would agree that beginning with a simple palette and dressing up with chic accessories, will lead you in the right direction. I love the idea of a simple black chic dress, a luxurious leather backpack, and bowed heels. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting the genius duo behind the new fragrance line, Regime des Fleurs (to be sold locally at Forty Five Ten). The scents were unlike any I’d ever encountered and choosing a favorite was certainly a feat. At the end of the day, I decided upon Nitesurf – as one of the ingredients is crushed seashells and I thought that it would be a perfect scent of summer. When I’m longing for the smell of waves by the sea, maybe a spritz of the fragrance will provide a bit of relief. You should certainly check out the full line here. To dress up the look, add a beautiful gold chain necklace and a color block scarf for the ultimate je ne sais quoi.
Blushington with Stephi Maron from Haley Schultheis on Vimeo.
Interview with Stephanie Maron
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing, Stephi Maron, the founder of Blushington at her Dallas store location. I asked Maron how Blushington came to be and what tips and trends are popular in Dallas versus LA. I also interviewed lead professional makeup artist, Jessica Scantlin. We then took DROESE PR maven Lauren Millet’s look from day to night! I hope you enjoy the video interviews and tutorial.
Blushington with Jessica Scantlin from Haley Schultheis on Vimeo.
Interview with Jessica Scantlin
Maybe it will provide some spring and summer inspiration?
Take your look night to day with Jessica Scantlin styling PR maven, Lauren Millet
Makeup – Day to Night with Jessica Scantlin and PR maven, Lauren Millet
REDValentino Jumpsuit / Eugenia Kim Hat / Maggy Frances Shrimpton Shift / Charlotte Olympia Raffia Tote / Stella Jean Kimono Style Gingham Shirt / Veronica Beard Pencil Skirt / See By Chloe Elaphe Wedge Sandals / Stella Jean Gingham Bikini / Maggy Frances Bardot Bustier / Maggy Frances Golf Shorts
I love all of the gingham pieces we are seeing this season – in fresh cuts and styles. On my must-have list: a gingham bikini, a shift dress, and anything from Stella Jean. If you are feeling extra daring, I’d definitely purchase the Gingham Bustier from Maggy Frances paired with a fantastic pair of high waisted shorts (white or denim)! This pattern is bright and fun and you can wear it in so many different ways. It works well with raffia accessories and wedges. And, it’s a perfect pattern to add a hat to the mix – how darling is the red one from Eugenia Kim?
Sometimes, it truly is best to go back to basics when it comes to building a seasonal wardrobe. This spring, I love fresh and clean cut styles accented with a variety of accessories. With a great pair of jeans and a changeable top, the options for your seasonal style are truly limitless. I was thrilled to work with Gap and Vogue for their March 2014 “Lived In” campaign. The first step, was to check out the gorgeous ad in the March 2014 issue of Vogue. “Lived In” pieces are all about cool comfort. They are stylish new favorites, but pose as classic pieces that have been in your closet for years.
I tried on a variety of the 1969 denim jeans and ended up choosing the Legging Jeans in a Vapor Wash. Gap was one of my favorite brands growing up when it came to denim, so it was amazing to find a pair that felt like they’d become a new style staple. They are comfortable, stylish, and may be dressed up or dressed down. I also chose a top from the “Lived In” collection. The 1969 One Pocket Denim Chambray shirt was my final choice. I’m looking forward to pairing it with white denim jeans and a whiskey leather skirt this spring. I also think it would be equally beautiful paired with eyelet lace or gingham. I have my eyes on a few pieces to mix up the look!
You can shop your favorites from the Lived In collection on Gap.com here. What are your favorites?