Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Outfit Ideas for Fall 2015 - Fall Fashion

Now since it's September, I am ready for pants, sweaters, boots and scarves! I put together a mood board of my favorite Fall 2015 outfits.  I have 3 outfits for you today - one that is cute and preppy, one that is very California cool, and menswear inspired outfit. 
Outfit Ideas Fall 2015


Outfit #1 - Cute and Preppy
First you start with your chambray shirt (that most of us probably bought this Summer)BP. Chambray Boyfriend Shirt, only $48 // Madewell 'Perfect' Chambray Shirt //  Chambray Shirt
Then, as the temperatures cool down add a cute quilted vestWomen's Year-Round Field Vest //
J. Crew excursion quilted down vest // Barbour Diamond-Quilt Vest with Fleece Lining // Hooded downtown field jacket with zip-out vest
Pair this with white skinny jeans: Treasure&Bond White Skinny Jeans, a deal at $58.90 //
NIC+ZOE White Denim Skinny Jeans
And put on your favorite tall brown leather riding boots: Frye Melissa riding boots //
Tall Brown Riding Boots, only $69! // Tory Burch Riding Boots
Then accessorize with your favorite plaid scarf, I think red looks the best herePlaid Two Layer Infinity Scarf // red plaid square scarf // red plaid scarf

Outfit #2 - California Cool
First wear your favorite new plaid shirt: Treasure&Bond Short Sleeve Plaid Shirt  //
Halogen Plaid Shirt  // Treasure&Bond longsleeve Plaid Shirt  // Mixed Plaid Shirt
Pair it with your favorite grey skinny jeans: Halogen Grey Stretch Skinny Jeans //
Treasure&Bond Grey Skinny Jeans // KUT from the Kloth Grey skinny jeans
Show off your cute booties on your feet: Vince Camuto Fringe Bootie // Sam Edelman Bootie //
Ankle Bootie, only $60!
Accessorize with a floppy hat for Fall: Felt Large Fedora // Floppy hat • J.Crew  //
Helene Berman Trilby Hat

Outfit #3 - Menswear Inspired
Wear a white button up shirt (or borrow one from your husband/bf/fiance's closet): 
White Tunic Shirt //  BP. White Chambray Shirt // White Shirt
Pair it with your boyfriend jeans: Slim Boyfriend Jeans //  Skinny boyfriend Jeans
Boyfriend Jeans - a good deal!
Put on your oxford shoes Lace-Up Oxford - a steal! //AGL Leather Oxford //
Tory Burch Oxford shoes  // Stuart Weitzman 'Schoolboy' Oxford
Make it girly with a chunky necklace: BAUBLEBAR Wreath Collar Necklace //
Faux Pearl Statement Necklace //  Multi-Stone Statement Necklace
Wrap on a scarf to keep the chill away: Portland Striped Scarf // Plaid Wrap // Ombrè Wool & Silk Scarf
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Monday, August 31, 2015

A Bathroom Remodel!

Today I'm sharing with you a bathroom remodel!!  This guest bathroom is actually at my Parents' house... they did all of the work themselves.  
Unfortunately I do not have a "Before" photo... but let me describe what it looked like before:
builder grade oak cabinet, white tile counter top, and for the floors the cheapest tile you could get. 
Here's the after!
French bathroom renovation
Isn't it beautiful?? 
I love the walls... they are actually wallpapered! You can kind of tell in the pictures that the wallpaper has a little shine on it... so you when you walk through the bathroom the light bounces off and shimmers!
Look at the beautiful floors! They are calacatta marble!  My parents did all of the work themselves.. including cutting and laying the tile.  Don't you just love the herringbone pattern they laid the tile in??
calacatta marble herringbone tile floor
Now this bathroom is a Jack and Jill bathroom. What they noticed though was that when you opened the doors they would swing way out into the room and take up a bunch of space.  So... they made their own doors. They cut a door down the middle and made a little double door. Isn't that a great idea? It is space-saving and it is super cute!
open double door
Closed double door... how cute is the little double doors closed? I like the grey-blue on the doors too!
One last look... isn't this bathroom so cute??  (The bathroom does have a toilet and a full shower/bathtub too but I don't have pictures of them).
They saved money on this project several ways: One, they did all of their own tile work.  That saves the most amount of money. For the pieces from RH, they would scour the RH outlet store once a week when they'd drive by. You can sometimes pick up pieces for 25-30% of their original price. Most of the time though it's about 50% off. They hung their own wallpaper too!

The source list:
Sconces - Horchow
Chandelier- Horchow
Vanity and faucets - Restoration Hardware
Tile floor- Calacatta Marble

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites #13

It's Friday! Can you believe it's the last Friday in August already? It seems like yesterday we hopped in the car and drove up from Southern California and permanently moved!!

Pumpkin Week!
If you follow my blog, you will know that I announced I will be hosting a Pumpkin Week Sept 14-18. I will feature a bunch of different pumpkin related posts!  On the finale of pumpkin week I will host a pumpkin themed link party where you can link up your favorite pumpkin posts!  How much fun is that? I will also pin all of the posts to my "All Things Pumpkin" Pinterest board!  
Are you excited? Bookmark my blog, follow me on bloglovin, instagramtwitterpinterest, and google plus.... just so you remember to come back and party!
Salted Caramel Snacks
I was at Costco this week and sampled these salted caramel baked corn crisps.  Obviously they were good, as I know have a Costco-size bag of them at home! They hit my sweet tooth without all of the calories... and they were just the right flavor I was in the mood for as we head in to fall. Don't you think salted caramel tastes better in the Fall and Winter? 

Golfing!
This past weekend we visited my parents house in Reno and went golfing! They live near a golf course and my husband and I decided to go visit and get a round of golf in.  I hadn't swung a club in over 3 years... my husband hadn't played in 4 years.  We were really rusty. Granted, I'm always really rusty since I never took golf lessons. In fact, I don't have my own clubs.. I just use my husbands. We're cheap like that. Anyway, it was pretty fun! I like driving the golf cart but despite driving I still got 7500 steps in on my FitBit and we only played 9 holes! Pretty good! I think it is something we could continue playing in the future.
Do you play golf?

Making S'mores with Ghirardelli
While we visited my parents we made s'mores as they have a fire pit in the backyard. I did take pictures but they all turned out blurry... apparently I can't hold a s'more and try to operate a camera.
Anyway, instead of milk chocolate we tried ghirardelli milk chocolate squares filled with caramel. It was pretty good!
 We *almost* tried this chocolate which now in retrospect I think would have been really yummy!
 With Fall coming up though, I think the pumpkin spice chocolate would taste delicious too!
Alright, that will do it! See you in SEPTEMBER!!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Early Fall Centerpiece Decor

Well, I've started to put away Summer and decorate for Fall.  I'm not quite ready for decorating with pumpkins just quite yet, but I think transitioning into Fall colors is a good idea.  
I put up some harvest nutcrackers... the wine maker and the sunflower nutcrackers as I think they go well with the harvest theme.
 I just love how the fresh sunflowers pop against the Mackenzie Childs courtly check teapot and candlesticks! Don't you think it looks nice?
 I like how the brown dog, teapot, and acorn wreaths all go together too. I am really enjoying this centerpiece that sits on the island in the kitchen.  I have some string lights that are little leaves that you can kind of see in the picture.  They are more noticeable at night!
Are you ready for Fall? I'll admit... I baked some pumpkin bread yesterday. It was delicious!!

Did you check out my announcement yesterday?  I'm having a Pumpkin Week... ends with a pumpkin themed link party Sept 18! Check it out here

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Announcement: Introducing Pumpkin Week!

Guess what?! I had this really exciting idea!  As you may or may not know, I LOVE pumpkins. I love pumpkin patches, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin shrimp (j/k). So I thought, why not host a "PUMPKIN WEEK"?
Pumpkin Week will start Monday September 14 and end Friday September 18. I will feature pumpkin recipes, decorating with pumpkins, and even more pumpkins!

Pumpkin Week will end with a big finale on Friday September 18 with a pumpkin link party where everyone can link up their favorite pumpkin-themed links! Doesn't that sound like fun???

Additionally, I'll be pinning EVERY SINGLE POST at the linky party to my new "All Things Pumpkin" Pinterest board! That means more social media exposure for you!! Help me spread the word out to #pumpkinlovers 

Spread the word on Twitter:
Tweet: Visit Pumpkin Week Sept 14-18 at http://bit.ly/1C9bvrw ends with a #linkyparty on Sept 18 #pumpkinweek @LePetit_Macaron

Follow the new Pinterest board:
Follow Peonies & Orange Blossoms's board All Things Pumpkin! on Pinterest.

I'm excited!! Are you??
sums up #pumpkinweek 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Renting an Apartment in Paris

Today's post is about the place we stayed in Paris. We rented an apartment this time around, which we have never done before! You see, our favorite hotel has closed down and we had to look for an alternative place to stay. Le sigh. So the search began. I have read about staying in gorgeous apartments in Paris, but I was a little iffy on how it actually worked. Well, truth be told, it was pretty easy.

Now, there are a bunch of different websites that rent apartments in Paris. We actually tried to rent an apartment from both Paris Perfect and Haven in Paris but the apartments we were interested in weren't available at the time of our trip.

When choosing a hotel vs an apartment, there a *few* things to consider:
Apartment upsides:
- You have your own kitchen so you can prep a few of your own meals
- There is a dining table, so you can grab things and take them to-go and eat at home. It's a big way to save money.
-Some apartments have their own washer/dryer, so you can do laundry
-You can stay for extended periods of time for cheaper
-If you are traveling with more than 3 people in your party, it is more economical to rent a big apartment then several hotel rooms (That's why we went with an apartment)
-It is usually much more spacious than a hotel room
the beautiful antique oil paintings in the apartment we rented!
Apartment Downsides
-There is no concierge, which can be helpful if you need directions or reservations
-Luggage store could potentially be a problem: If you arrive early and the apartment is not available until 5pm, you will have to have somewhere to store your luggage. There are luggage storage locations in most train stations in the city, but it's such a nuisance!
-Some apartments require you to bring your own linens, towels, and shampoo/conditioner. Go with a reputable place!
-Look to see if it's on the 5th floor. 5th floor means its hot. And a lot of places don't have elevators. So every time you go home, you have to hike 5 floors up to your place.
the beautiful antique oil paintings in the apartment
Things to Consider When Selecting an Apartment (or hotel, even!)
-Is there Wi-Fi?
-What floor is the apartment on?
-Is there an elevator?
-Is there a bathroom located in the apartment or is there a shared one down the hall?
-Is there air conditioning? (unlikely)
-Is there heating?
-Where is the apartment located? LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.  Before we went, I google street mapped where we were potentially going to stay to see if the neighborhood was going to be safe.
-Is the rental company reputable?
-Which way does the apartment face? If it faces the street it could be super noisy
-Is the apartment no-smoking?
-Is the requirement for length of stay?
-How many beds are there AND what size are they? It might say 3 bedroom BUT they are 3 TWIN beds.
-Is there a washer/dryer?
-Is there a kitchen?

The reason we chose to stay in apartment this time around is we were traveling in a group of 4 and it was cheaper to rent a bigger apartment then rent multiple hotel rooms (at least in the hotel-price range we were looking at). The other reason is that we wanted to be able to prep a few meals at home to save some money on dinner. We didn't want to spend 60 Euros per person every night on dinner!
the view into the main room
Now onto the apartment we rented... We rented this very large and spacious apartment located near the Palais Royal. Our closest metro stop was a 5 minute walk and it was Pyramides.

Renting the apartment from this company was easy and done online.

To get the keys to the apartment was a little bit trickier: we had to call the management company once our plane landed from the airport in Paris. Only one problem: our phones don't work in Europe. I know you can buy a sim card for your phone to work over there but we did not. The payphones over in Europe require a special phone card that you have to buy... they don't take coins. Eventually the French lady at the help desk in the airport just made the phone call for us. And everyone keeps saying the French aren't nice... I have *never* had a problem with the French. I think if you're nice to people they'll be nice to you, Kindergarten 101.

Then we met the lady in front of the apartment. Did a quick check in and went over the rules. Super easy!
more of the antique art!
The apartment looked into a courtyard that was quiet.

I don't know if you can tell, but these curtains are made from Fortuny fabric!! Wow!! The old wood floors were a problem - they were so incredibly squeaky and you had to wear your socks or shoes while walking around because the wood and old nail heads would poke you a little.
Checking out was a breeze. You just... leave the keys in the door and close the door. Done.

Here are some of the professional photos of the apartment we rented:
It had a nice kitchen with a stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, espresso maker, and refrigerator!
One of the bedrooms...
The other bedroom...

My overall review of the actual apartment we rented:
-I liked the location, it was easy to get to. It was safe. The Metro was a short walk away. The apartment was clean with new sheets and towels. They provided toilet paper, shampoo, soap. This apartment was also huge! It also felt French to us, which was important! We wanted to stay somewhere that felt French! There were also 2.5 baths here! This place could sleep 6 people!
-My dislikes were the wood floor. It was really squeaky and you couldn't walk around at night without waking the other person up. I wish we were a little bit closer to some of the areas we preferred to shop and eat, but that's okay, all and all this was a great location.

Would I stay in this apartment again? Yes, but I think if I were to stay in an apartment again I would want to stay somewhere in St. Germain, just to try something new!  So, yes, I do recommend this apartment if you're headed over there. An honest unpaid review here.

Where do you stay when you go to Paris? Leave me a comment, I will need a place next time I go!

If you missed my Paris trip recap,  check it out:
A day trip to Chateau de Fontainebleau, a beautiful chateau outside of the city!I reviewed a bike tour of Chateau de Versailles, the highlight of my entire trip!
I talked about my 10 tips for your trip to the Louvre Museum
We strolled around the Champs Elysees and the Tuileries Garden
We went to the Eiffel Tower then strolled around in St. Germain des Pres.
We walked along the Il de la Cite and saw Notre Dame.
I reviewed the pretty pastries at Pierre Herme.
I talked about my fun experience at the Laduree tea room!
I talked about buying a LV in Paris 

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Favorites - #12

It's Friday!!  I saw this little meme and thought it was funny... 
Dior and I
Have you heard of this documentary? It premiered this year. It's about Raf Simons' debut designing for Atelier Dior.  He was in a new position at a new company, and he had to design an entire haute couture collection in 8 weeks.   The documentary goes through the process while narrating excerpts from an autobiography of Christian Dior.  
I really enjoyed this film. It was interesting to see how a concept turned into a reality.  If you like Project Runway, then you will love this documentary. It's like Project Runway, but for real, with a much bigger budget! 
I wanted to share with you some pictures of the famous floral walls from the haute couture show of that season.  Raf had an entire apartment covered floor to ceiling in fresh flowers. Can you imagine how it smelled?  




Paris Maps
This week I received in the mail "Paris Maps".  They are these pretty hand drawn and watercolored paintings from Carol Gillott, an ex-pat living in Paris.  Also, she runs a cute blog, Paris Breakfasts.  While they are only copies of the original art work, every month she has a new issue. It's so much fun getting them in the mail! Additionally she includes little business cards from Paris... so you can pretend you were there! You can purchase both Paris Mail and Paris Maps here.

Fall
I was at Homegoods this week and couldn't help myself.. I bought this cute table runner and little pumpkin candles. I haven't decorated the rest of the house yet (as when it's 106 outside it's hard to think it feels like Fall!) but I am starting to get in the mood. I will admit I will miss the long Summer evenings.
Mackenzie-Childs Wallpaper
Did you know MC came out with wallpaper?  While I'm not too sure I would use it, I certainly think its cute. I really like the polka dot paper! What do you think?

Hope you are enjoying these last weeks of Summer... while I know the start of Fall isn't 'til the end of September, in blogland Fall starts around... now!
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