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What’s on your Valentine’s Day Wish List this year?  Here are a few items that would be the perfect gifts this February 14th.  I love the new Bajra Pink Wool Cashmere Throw from Ann Mashburn - this is certain to help you stay cozy in style.  I adore the paperweights from Kelly Wearstler, the Classic Little Kiss is available in a variety of marbles, stones, and bronze.  For perfectly sweet desktop decor, shop the Lavender candle from Calypso.

As for jewelry, the limited edition “I Love Texas” necklace from Jennifer Meyer celebrates the opening of the new Ylang 23 store in Dallas and is exclusive to the store and darling. For the beauty addict, how can you not fall in love with the new spring 2014 nail colors from Chanel.  For the art-lover, shop the Dots & Stripes set from Rebecca Atwood - LOVE these.  And, to feed into my current obsession with fringe and tassels, I’m in love with the tassle earrings above available at Blue Print in Dallas.

xoxo

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I had so much fun last month celebrating a New Year at Blushington in Dallas with some of my favorite local style bloggers. On the evening of January 22nd, I hosted an evening of beauty with Lynsey Eaton, Amy Havins, Sally and Molly Miller, and Mary Summers. Blushington is a chic little beauty lounge off Oak Lawn Avenue right next to DryBar.  They offer both daytime and nighttime looks – as well as applying lash extensions, airbrush foundation, waxing, and can help you to finally achieve the perfect smokey eye.  Blushington offers a variety of favorite cosmetic collections to shop as well like Stila, Kevin Aucoin, and (exclusively) Julie Hewett.  My favorite product of the evening was the Julie Hewett Shimmy Palette. With one sweep, it gave me the perfect luminous winter glow and brightened my skin.  Another favorite product? Model In A Bottle! You must try it.

Learn more about Blushington here.

 

 

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Hannah Weiland – Shrimps

photo credit: Suleyman Karaaslan, Opening Ceremony

I’m so excited to chat about this new London based brand with you today.  All eyes on… SHRIMPS!  Shrimps is a newly launched faux fashion fur label by 23 year old designer, Hannah Weiland. As she told Vogue, “I called the line Shrimps, my nickname as a child, because I was small and pink!”

The coats have a very sixties mod feel and the designer currently offers a collection of coats and clutches available at Opening Ceremony, Avenue 32, and from Net-A-Porter this March!   I love the bold colors of the autumn/winter 2013 collection (featured here) and can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2014.  And, the best part?  Hannah’s line is animal-friendly!  As Vogue writes, “With the line taking off and being worn, unmissably, by the likes of Susie Bubble, Julia Sarr-Jamois, and Kate Foley, Weiland is operating out of a building that houses her filmmaker father’s company just off Carnaby Street, the former home of London’s groovy sixties.”  With a love of color and faux fur, I know I’ll be adding SHRIMPS to my list of must-haves.

Find them on the web here, Facebook here, Twitter here, and Instagram here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today, on Nonsense & Sensibility you’ll find absolutely stunning photography from Maggy Frances from the spring/summer 2014 campaign shoot in Palm Springs.  If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know I’m fan of Maggy Frances and enjoy sharing and taking a closer look at each and every collection!  Her latest collection is certainly not an exception.  In fact, this might be my favorite one yet!  In clean and timeless Maggy Frances cuts, you’ll find classically beautiful fabrics and patterns like gingham, eyelet, linens, and 50s and 60s inspired tropical and floral prints.  I adore the shift dresses and can’t get over the gingham playsuit.  It’s an all American collection – pants with a 70s flair, chic blazers, cropped sweaters, and flowy skirts. It’s going to be difficult to choose which pieces are must-haves!

 

 

 

 

 

Each season, Maggy Frances offers the same silhouettes in different fabrics.  She often ties in the collection to a similar color palette as well – so you can mix and match the pieces. The gingham and eyelet pairs together excellently in this collection and even the gingham mixed with the floral patterns looks fantastic. In this particular shoot, you might notice one of the models (featured above) is Katie Schecter from The Henry Millers. Maggy draws her inspiration from everywhere: books, movies, music… particularly The Rolling Stones!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for a pool party and cocktails?  Me too.  Follow Maggy Frances on the web, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. And, check out an interview with Maggy on A Stylish Life below!

 

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I’m so excited to feature one of my favorite design and decor companies on the blog today, Julia B.! Julia B. has a fresh and whimsical style – the perfect mix of both classic and contemporary design. Nonsense & Sensibility caught up with Julia B. founder, Julia Berger, to ask her about her favorite gift ideas and what we can expect this spring from Julia B. (they’ve recently launched a bridal registry)! Before launching her linens business, Julia worked for both Donna Karan and Calvin Klein, developing their international markets.  Raised in Tokyo and San Francisco by a Japanese mother and tan American father, Julia has travelled extensively throughout her life:  both in Asia and the Americas as well as Europe; living and studying in Florence, Italy and working in New York City, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  Julia’s company works to bring the handmade sensibility back into the home and our daily lives.

 

 

N/S: What are a few new things we might see from Julia B. in 2014?

JB: Our latest project is the introduction of the new online Julia B. Gift Registry at www.juliab.com.  We are very excited to launch this platform, which will allow our customers to choose their occasion and personalize items for purchase.  We will also introduce a series of 12 “how to” videos on our site that will talk about everything from how to order our products online to proper etiquette for setting your table.  We look forward to engaging our customers online by bringing the process to life in our videos.

 

N/S: Are there any projects you’ve worked on lately that you’d like to share?  What made them so special?

JB: We worked on a beautiful project that involved transposing a customer’s watercolor painting onto our linens.  This customer cherished a painting that had been done by a family member and she wanted to replicate the painting on her linens.  The painting was a gentle mountain scape of rolling hills in various tones of sage green.  We embroidered the mountains in a very delicate manner that embellished the linens beautifully.

 

N/S: How did your company come to be?

JB: My company came to be as a result of surveying the luxury linen space and taking a big leap of faith that luxury customers who appreciate the hand made and hand embroidery still exist in a world where so many things are mass made.  I wanted to make special, colorful, and modern interpretations of linens that had been created once upon a time.

 

N/S: How do you hope to see your company grow?

JB: I am looking forward to experiencing how social networking and the power of word of mouth allow a specialized company such as ours to grow.  Technology and old-fashioned word of mouth are the best of both worlds when it comes to spreading the word of the hand made.

 

 

 

N/S: What has been the greatest challenge of launching your own company thus far?  The greatest reward?

JB: The greatest challenge in launching my company was the juggling that mothers such as myself do in order to balance family and professional life.  The greatest reward is that I have been able to teach my daughter the importance of perseverance and hard work, which she has translated into her own life.

 

N/S:  What interior design trends are you most excited about for the New Year?

JB: Trends come and go but classic tastes endure the test of time.  I am a purist when it comes to style.

 

N/S: What are some quick and easy updates to a home or interior from Julia B.?

JB: I think using color is always a wonderful way to freshen up to home.  Whether it be great colors for some fresh towels in the bathroom or a couple of beautiful pillow shams for the top of the bed, these are quick and easy ways to tweak a look.

 

N/S: What Julia B. products would you recommend as wedding gifts?

JB: Linens were traditionally a huge part of a bride’s dowry.  Any of our linen pieces would make beautiful gifts.  White on white is always pure and timeless.  A pair of pillow shams in any of our embroidery styles, a set of our signature monogrammed dinner napkins, a set of cocktail napkins with monograms, or even a simple pair of linen guest towels also makes a wonderful gift.

 

 

 

 

 

N/S: What are three of your favorite things?

JB: My daughter, my son and my husband…if you can call them things…!

 

N/S: Please describe your ideal or perfect day?

JB: A perfect day is when customers come back for more of anything at Julia B. and when the day unwinds and I can have a big glass of wine and cook a fabulous meal. I love to cook.

 

N/S: Where do you find your own personal inspiration?

JB: Vintage anything…it could be jewelry, perfume bottles, architecture, porcelain, or silver.

 

N/S: What are your favorite websites, magazines, and blogs?

JB: Nowness is a wonderful website launched by LVMH.  It profiles many artists and craftspeople and highlights what makes them unique.  It is beautifully done.  I love all of the magazines and blogs out there.  Everyone is so talented.

 

N/S:  How would you describe your own personal style?

JB: Whimsical and eclectic.

 

 

Find Julia B. on the web here, Facebook here, and Twitter here!

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Lucy Guinness of Poplin

It was such a treat to come across the gorgeous Poplin pajamas in British Vogue. I had to learn more about the brand and the fantastic founder, Lucy Guinness. I knew for one to design such fabulous silk pj’s, they had to be an equally amazing individual. She began her career living in Bombay, India as a freelance writer for Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, and The Wall Street Journal. I hope you love learning more about Lucy, her travels, inspiration, and company.

 

N/S: Did you always know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

Lucy: I’ve always adored clothes and had a very particular and personal idea of how I like to dress. When I was 3, I was pretty much permanently dressed as a gypsy with a headscarf, armfuls of bangles and the biggest earrings I could get my hands on sellotaped to my ears! Being a designer was always a fantasy I held in my mind, but I was obsessed with ballet and wanted to be a ballerina and then very academic at school which meant that I was encouraged to think along different lines. I remember my school having to make a special exception so that I could take Latin and Art- as if the two were in opposition.

N/S: How did Poplin come to be? How did you come up with the name Poplin?

Lucy: I was living in Bombay, India and working as a freelance writer, contributing to Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, Wall Street Journal... Writing at home, I wasn’t exactly going to get trussed up in a pencil skirt and blazer but I didn’t want to feel like a slob either and coveted classic, chic pyjamas for myself. It was actually really hard to find sophisticated, comfortable loungewear so I started sampling pieces for myself and the idea for POPLIN grew from there…
I’m addicted to notebooks and scribbled the name in one of them. It’s an old word that has come to mean a sort of cotton. There’s something in the sound of the word that I find comforting and familiar. And of course it’s nice that POPLIN Pyjamas is alliterative.
N/S: When did you launch your company?

Lucy: Christmas 2011

N/S: What has been the greatest obstacle of operating your own company (thus far)?

Lucy: Unless you have a lot of upfront investment, when you start your own company you have to be a Jack of All Trades and of course some skills come more naturally than others. Wearing so many hats at once is difficult and inevitably leads to A LOT of decision-making which scientists have proven is incredibly exhausting. In a way, POPLIN is a very straightforward company and idea- we just want to produce perfect pyjamas, but there are intangible aspects to a brand which it can be challenging to hold onto while moving forward and being open to the opportunities that come along.

N/S: The greatest reward?

Lucy: Individual customers who write to me telling me how much they love wearing their POPLIN pyjamas. And then want to buy more!

 

 

N/S:  How would you describe Poplin in three words?
Lucy:
Elegant
Eclectic
English
* (Substitute English for Eccentric if you happen to be American and wear your Iris Classic PJs to the office!)

 

N/S: Who wears Poplin??

 

Lucy: Women with an eye for quality and beautiful design who don’t want to substitute comfort for style. They’re not defined by age but I think they share a sense of perspective- the sort of stylish woman who would prefer to spend the evening cooking supper for her best friends at home in her POPLIN silk PJs, than teetering out to a club in a pair of uncomfortable stilettos.

 

N/S: Who or what inspires your designs?

 

Lucy: As you can tell from the names of the different POPLIN styles, I’m definitely inspired by old movie stars- Bardot‘s dishevelled sex appeal,  or Marlene Dietrich‘s chic androgyny. But inspiration comes from lots of different places. On my moodboard right now is a black and white photograph from the 1930s of a man in his silk dressing gown, some chambray fabric I found in India, lots of images of minimal yet warm interiors… Interiors distill a particular mood and that’s something I find particularly inspiring.

 

N/S: Who are your own style icons?  How would you describe your own personal style?

 

Lucy: I don’t really have style icons because often I really admire other people’s style without wanting to emulate it myself. Margherita Missoni, for instance, seems to have a lot of fun with how she dresses but we have completely different colouring and different lifestyles so her style wouldn’t work for me.
I also really admire the way Lucinda Chambers, Fashion Director at British Vogue, dresses. Like me, I think, her personal style is built around comfort and even if she’s wearing quite simple pieces there’s always a little bit of an edge or an element that’s slightly unexpected. I love chic, classic clothes but I only feel myself when they’re mixed with something a little playful or unusual.

 

N/S: What will you be wearing this winter?

 

Lucy: I bought a pair of navy twill dungarees in the summer which I’ve been wearing a lot with a black and white polka dot printed silk POPLIN PJ shirt (available soon online).
I’ve found myself wearing a lot of black actually, particularly Bella Freud’s The Last Poets jumper which feels amazing against the skin and is a very flattering cut. I like layering it over dresses from the very whimsical British brand Cabbages and Roses.
One of POPLIN’s favourite stockists is Ave 32 and I recently discovered a faux fur brand called Ainea through them. I splashed out on this coat and wear it whenever I want to feel chic (and warm!)

For getting dressed up, I always wear very chunky platforms with old favourite Suno, Topshop Unique and Isabel Marant floaty dresses.

 

N/S: Which Poplin pieces would you suggest as gifts right now?

 

Lucy: You cannot fail to delight with Audrey Silk PJs with a bespoke monogram. Email bespoke@poplin.co.uk.

 

N/S: What’s on your nightstand right now?

 

Lucy: A Diptyque candle in Figuier scent, a silver photo frame given by a friend as a wedding present with a picture of my cheeky little flowergirls and page boys looking very naughty on our wedding day and a book about puppy training- we are about to get our first puppy.

 

N/S: Where’s your favorite place in the world you travel?

 

Lucy: That’s an impossible question to answer. This summer I went to Greece on my honeymoon and completely fell in love, especially with the area around Spetses. I have been dreaming about going back. But now I feel disloyal to India which is very special to me!

 

N/S: What’s one piece of advice or a quote or motto you live by?

 

Lucy: If I find myself getting too stressed I think “life is long”, which somehow reminds me to keep things in perspective.

 


 

N/S: What are a few things you absolutely couldn’t live without!

 

Lucy: Sunday nights with my husband, watching Homeland or The Wire or some other gripping series. POPLIN silk PJs. My Smythson diary.
Prism Sunglasses (and since I’m based in London- getting away to the sunshine from time to time!).

 

Shop POPLIN online here and follow them on Facebook here.

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I don’t know about all of you, but after the busyness of the holiday season followed by a trip to Mexico for a beautiful wedding, there’s nothing that sounds better to me than a relaxing winter weekend indoors.  My fridge is stocked with ingredients for some new recipes to try, a pile of magazines (ready to topple over) is waiting to be read, my iTunes movie wish list is looking more and more inviting (still need to see Blue Jasmine), and I’m forcing myself to finish a bit of busy work I put off during the latter part of 2013.  If I feel extra ambitious, I’m going to reorganize a few of my closets (why wait until spring?).

For now, my Fig & Fireside candle is burning from Haus Interior (HIGHLY recommend this) and I’m dreaming of cozy scarfs and the insanely out-of-my-budget Rebozo scarf from Hacienda Montaecristo paired with a sweatshirt dress and a spritz of Gypsy Water. I guess I’m not quite ready to give up my Mexico state of mind.

How adorable is the Kitty travel set from Charlotte Olympia?  It comes with an eye mask AND slippers!  With those, a pair of socks from J.Crew and this fantastic Pendleton blanket, I think a perfect weekend would be an understatement. And, I think I’m going to try to make these Chocolate Chip Cookies Spoon Fork Bacon posted today – amazing right?

What are your essentials for the perfect winter weekend indoors?

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I have my eyes on a few truly memorable pieces at the moment.  On the top of my list are the Sins & Virtues cocktail napkin sets from Julia B. How adorable are these?  They are the perfect conversation pieces for your next cocktail party.  The new lip chubby from Nars is in the perfect power color – Dragon Girl.  For a bit of glamour, shop the Stoneburst bracelet from J.Crew.   And, pull the entire look together with the new Pashli leather backpack purse from 3.1 Philip Lim and gorgeous black and grey booties from Iro Paris available at Cabana Dallas.

 

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As you might remember, I made a visit to the new Blushington in Dallas last year. Whether you are shopping for new makeup, want to try a new look, or are interested in a cat eye (but aren’t quite sure how to master the look on your own), Blushington is the place for you!  I’ve given out a few gift certificates to Blushington as gifts and they are always a hit with friends.

Dallas friends: I hope you can join a group of local fashion bloggers on January 22nd from 6-8pm as we host an evening of bubbly and beauty.  In addition, if you bring in a gently used accessory for Attitudes and Attire, you can receive 10% off your next service at Blushington. I hope you can stop by for a glass of champagne and we’ll try on some spring colors together!

Please email RSVP@droesepr.com if you can make it!

xo

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Hello, 2014! I know it’s about time for a post, but I’ve been using the past few weeks for some serious refreshing and inspiration! I have so many ideas for the New Year and I hope you will stick around for the journey.  For now, here is a short list of things currently on my list!

1. I was so inspired by Instagram images of the Ralph Lauren Pre-Fall 2014 collection. The many textures of gray and the clean palette felt very “now” and needed after the holidays!

photo credit: LaurenBLauren and Laureni

2. After taking a quick inventory of my office today, I realized it’s PAST TIME to do something with the huge pile of things I’ve been “saving” for who knows how long.  From beautiful wedding invitations, to fashion week invitations, and post cards I’ve gathered on travels, 2014 is the year of the scrapbook. I don’t think I’ve made an adult scrapbook before and I’m very much looking forward to it.  I know India Hicks is a major advocate of scrapbooking and I think I’ll try to find a little bit of advice and inspiration from her.  If you have any advice, please send it my way!

3. I can’t get over these Polka Dot Calf Hair Manolo Blahniks – if someone is hoping to get me an early birthday present or a belated Christmas gift… these are PERFECT!

4. A book club.  I need a bit of a push it seems when it comes to finishing novels within a respectable time frame.  This year, friends and I have decided to start a book club!  We plan to meet once a month and read one book per month.  First on the list is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and next… The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

5. The Garza Blanca Resort.... I had the pleasure of staying here on a trip to Mexico for a friend’s wedding this month.  A stunning place and I can’t wait to share more details and images from the trip with you soon!

6. Sugar Paper Los Angeles for J.Crew…. I bought all of my Christmas cards from Sugar Paper this year.  I was so thrilled to see they recently collaborated with J.Crew for bridal parties and thank you notes – the coasters are adorable too!