10.1.17

Fashionable at Home

Designers, models, and muses bring eclectic style into their homes with an effortless mix. Most of them do the decorating themselves, breaking all the rules!! 
Lee Radziwill in her Paris apartment, T Magazine 2013--One of my all time favorite sofas!!!
Amanda Brooks at home in Oxfordshire, England {see the amazing spread in the  September Architectural Digest}
{In her Southampton dining room}
When I was interning for Betsey in college, she told me never run out of two things...toilet paper and champagne!! -Betsey Johnson in her old NYC Penthouse
 Aerin Lauder at her Southampton Home via Garance Dore
Lela Rose in her NYC Home via Elle Decor
(Love her dining room table that lowers from the ceiling!!) 
American magazine editor
Fleur Cowles at Home in London, 1966
Carolyn Murphy in her NYC townhouse {IG pics via Lonny}
Kate Spade in her NYC bedroom via The Selby
“Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s what makes it fun. I just try again.”-Taylor Tomasi Hill, in her old NYC via Vogue 
Ulla Johnson at her Brooklyn home via The Glow --and read her amazing beauty tips via Into The Gloss
Carolina Herrera in her NYC atelier, via Vogue

"It's very difficult to define style. It's not just what you're wearing, it's also the way you live, the way you arrange your house, the books you read. If you go with your instinct and your heart, it doesn't matter what people say." 
Carolina Herrera, Veranda Jan. 2017

8.1.17

Happy New Year!

{Our sweet Anne Barry, born 9.20.16, named after Will's grandmother}
Happy 2017! I have good intentions this year for finding more time to blog. Just when I started up again after we moved, I had terrible morning sickness, and then life got in the way. Things haven't slowed down, but I really miss this space and the way it influences my creativity. Since I started the blog nearly 8 years ago, my mission has always been the same, and I hope that it continues to inspire and bring you joy!!  
{You can also find more on my Instagram feed @jwkstyle}
For our mantle again like last year, I used the pair of dead trees I spray painted white and added bright green moss. When our garland started turning brown right before Christmas, I added eucalyptus to freshen it up. I sewed Annie's stocking out of the same reindeer samples from my mother-in-law, and my mom monogrammed it on cream velvet to match.
 Vintage camel tassels from Mela & Roam...I got to meet Courtney at an event in Houston and she is so great! Go by and check out her new space if you get a chance!!
I got a big lesson in patience and let the kids decorate the tree while I held Annie :) No color-coordinating or themes, just good 'ole fashioned glitter ornaments. They managed to only break a few while we listened to Charlie Brown on the record player and drank egg nog--ended up being one of the best nights of the whole break!!
{Christmas party outfits...My grandmother's vintage coat}
{Target embroidered jacket I found on clearance}
{Live Nativity at Christmas Eve Mass}
I started working on a few things for the nursery, like these pillows I made with linen, vintage trim, and Roberta Roller Rabbit napkins.
Natal visited from Uganda and Betty started working with a wonderful local company called Westpack--check them out!!!
Some of my favorite gifts to give this season...Bath salts in Ball Jars, Pom Pom Hair ties, and mercury glass votives from West Elm with Mexican paper flowers from Fiesta on Main... 
Cheers to the New Year and all the possibilities it brings!!!

8.8.16

Dressing Bump #4

 
Maternity clothes have come a long way since I was first pregnant 8 years ago, but I'm a big believer in buying non-maternity pieces that you can re-wear postpartum. With forgiving pleats, gathers and longer hem lines, I managed to find basics this time around that will also be flattering with extra baby weight in the fall. And most everything is on sale right now!

Black Old Navy Dress {similar here and here} and Pom Pom Clutch from Indigo
World Market Tunic As a Cover Up {On Sale!}

I couldn't avoid maternity bathing suits, so I found inexpensive options like this striped one {I cut the straps to make it into a halter} and it also comes in Gingham and Polka Dots. Some of my other favorites to mix and match are from ASOS, Target Liz Lange, and Old Navy. My rollable Straw Sun Hat and nude flip flops have been summer staples.

Wilt Tank {similar to this HATCH swing tank} with J.Crew Pull-On Shorts and Target sandals. My Baggu Zip Bags have been awesome for wet swimsuits in the pool bag.

Old Navy Trapeze Top {on sale!} with my DIY white maternity jeans, Forever 21 Sandals, Clare V. Tote
For dressier occasions, I've worn flowy dresses and added fun accesssories with a bold lip
Fiesta Engagement Party
DVF Trapeze Dress for a Wedding
My favorite part of being pregnant in the summer is one-size-fits-all caftans you can dress up or down!! Some favorites include the Roberta Roller Rabbit Silk KaftanMirth Kaftans, and The Storq Caftan. 
I found this open-front kimono from Forever 21 (similar here) and sewed it into a V-neck caftan that I wore as a cover-up at the lake last weekend.  
Black and white is a classic combo that works well for summer and fall. I got this Black V-neck swing dress (almost identical to this Hatch one) and I also tried on this flattering striped tank dress. Gap also has a non-maternity V-Neck Swing Dress on sale right now.
 My embroidered Joie top {similar one by Mayra here} that I've worn with white jeans and wedges will get swapped for dark denim and suede booties with a nursing tank underneath after the baby. Lines like Ulla Johnson, Tucker, and Vince all have flowy styles that work great during and after pregnancy.
Ulla Johnson Dress {On Sale!}
 
Other basics I've stocked up on include this super soft Target chambray button-down top that will also be nice for nursing. I still love the Target Maternity Tanks, and I've been wearing this Maternity Button Down Tank-I ditched the waist tie and snipped the thread loops on both sides. This Gauze Dress (I dry clean this one) and this Non-Maternity Tie-Dye Maxi Dress are also on heavy rotation. 
I wear my black ASOS T-Shirt Dress {On sale right now!} religiously, and own multiple sizes for during and after pregnancy. There's also a navy and white striped maternity version that reminds me of this Hatch one {for a fraction of the cost} and would be so cute with booties in the fall!
ASOS also has an Off The Shoulder Dress in Maternity and Non-Maternity sizes that is a steal! In my first trimester, I ordered the ASOS Maternity Striped T-shirt 2-pack, which I've been wearing with white jeans or chambray drawstring shorts. There's no shirring on the sides, so I'll wear them after the baby.
{DVF lookalike from A Pea in the Pod}

Other bump-friendly options include Anthropologie Swing Dresses, linen tunics and dresses by CP SHADES, Topshop, embroidered Mexican tops from Amano (or Mi Golondrina) and DVF Wrap Dresses. One of my favorite inexpensive boutiques in Houston, Pomp & Circumstance, ships for free and has lots of tops, tunics, and dresses-always under $100! 

See more on Pinterest HERE.

Also, Bump #3, DIY maternity jeans, Bump #2