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Happy end of the (shark) week!  Celebrate with a pretty little pendant, sweet salutation, or a daring addition to your wall.  And make sure to catch the tail end – pun intended – of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.    

(1. shark tooth necklace; 2. shark week card; 3. shark head faux taxidermy; 4. embroidered shark tooth pendant)

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As summer dwindles to an end (seriously how did this happen.. again?), I can’t help but wish for lazy days soaking up the last of the sun.  How perfect would it be to wake up to that classic New York view from the Mandarin Oriental?  Then spend hours in bed reading ‘The Beautiful Fall’ (a book frivolous enough to be ‘summer reading’-worthy, but substantial enough to make it one of my favorites). And finally, spend a long afternoon window shopping wearing these beauties from Anthropologie (perfect now with a floaty dress, and into fall with skinny jeans and nubby sweaters).     

(p.s. this is my first installment of Lust, Must, Trust.. but I’m hoping to make it a regular series!)

(Lust: Mandarin Oriental; Must: Anthro Boots; Trust (me): The Beautiful Fall by Alice Drake)

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Just a little mid week mash up of a few pretty things I’ve come across since the weekend including: Miranda Kerr (posing for Harper’s Bazaar in boots and a smile), this color shock Amy Sia print, and a little sketchbook practice on drawing paper planes I did awhile back.  (Collage, my own).  Here’s to making it past the hump!

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There’s a special place in my heart for any room that manages to rely on neutrals without being boring, use florals without being overly feminine, and mix prints without screaming ‘eclectic’.  The bedroom of Lonny Editor in Chief Michelle Adams (featured in this month’s Lonny Magazine) does all this and then some.  It’s the perfect mix of glamour (helloo leopard x-benches) and ingenuity (she made her own canopy bed using industrial piping) and therefore a natural for my first installment of “How to Ware It” – a series converting a great room into a great outfit.

(1. Bedroom; 2. Shoemint leopard sandals; 3. Loeffler Randall bag; 4. J.Crew trousers)

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The image on the right stopped me in my Pinterest tracks today and made me (if possible) even more exited for my upcoming stay at The Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Color drenched and with it’s own in-house whiskey bar; the only thing better would be if I had that rainbow hued dress to wear on my visit.  (I’ll post my own pictures next month!)

(left; right)    

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