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Showing posts with label guest post. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


My Dream Home


I was so excited Paloma of La Dolce Vita asked me to participate in her Dream Home guest series. Piecing together the perfect house was fun but also a real eye-opener. Sifting through photos of beautiful rooms, I really took notice of not only what I think looks pretty but what was practical. Characteristics and details and furniture pieces I’d actually want to live with every day. I’m quite starry-eyed at the home I put together; above are just a few details. I encourage you to check out Paloma’s blog at 3pm EST to see the rest! Let me know if it’s what you thought it would be or not!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


New Column: Stylish with Pets

I’ve been asked by Canadian-based Animality Pet Magazine to write a monthly column on living stylishly with pets. I’m so excited to let you know that the first post is up today. Entitled A Tartan Holiday, I’ve compiled a product round-up featuring some of my favorite pet products for the cold wintery months, including these custom ceramic ornaments that sell for a mere $4 a piece! Please show your support and check out the post; you just may find something for the furry friend in your life.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


10 Things That Make Me Happy


My dear friend, Caitlin of Sacramento Street, asked me to share 10 Things That Make Me Happy on her blog today. Here’s a sneak peak; a few things look familiar, yes? You can see links, prices, and why I chose these items (and six more things that make me happy) by clicking over to Sacramento Street. At the very least, you might get a few great gift ideas!


In other news, I put up my Christmas tree and added white drapes to my living room over the weekend! Pictures will come in a week or so. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Guest Post: My Stuff at A Diary of Lovely


My sweet and lovely friend from across the pond, Helena, invited me to participate in her My Stuff Series. How perfect that my guest post coincides with a week when I am out of the blogging loop. So, dear readers, please pop on over to A Diary of Lovely today to check out everything from where I get my design inspiration to what I consider my go-to beauty products and favorite wardrobe pieces.


Normal blogging resumes tomorrow!

Cheers,
A

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Guest Post and The Verdict is In

Hello, lovelies! Today I am sending you over to designer Kelley Moore’s blog to read a guest post I did, part 2 of 4 Kelley will feature on the Rue team! It’s a fun Q&A where you’ll learn everything from the three things I cannot live without to what I consider the best event I’ve ever attended. So go on – check it out!

And you can find last week’s post on Caitlin Flemming, Rue’s Market Editor, here.

For the 71 people who partook (what a goofy looking word) in the fun debate as to what color I should paint my bar tray – grey, black, white, or teal – and have since been waiting with bated breath as to what color I chose, I have news. 1. The results are in, and black wins 32 (other contenders grey and teal both had 16 votes). 2. I didn’t paint it! For now I just switched the dark espresso-colored West Elm tray I’ve had on my coffee table in to see how the dark would look. I love it! Tres chic, no?

Unfortunately that means the ugly wicker tray is now on my coffee table, so I will let you know when I decide to do something with that. I want a new coffee table before I make any rash decisions, so it may be a while…

As always, thank you so much for the help!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


LCY presents: “Elements of Style” based on the true story of Erin Gates

Wow – I have been waiting to share the movie of Erin Gates’ life since April! The popular blogger behind Elements of Style was one of the first to submit her answers, and her humorous and stylish responses got me so excited for this guest series. Without further ado, LCY presents to you what the biopic of Erin Gates’ life would be like!


1. Who would play you in the movie about your life and why?

Oh geez – well everyone keeps telling me Anne Hathaway is my doppelganger but I would choose Rachel McAdams because I think she could be equal parts funny, dramatic, deep, shallow, awkward, graceful, and annoying. Like me. 🙂

2. Who would play your love interest and/or best friend in the movie and why?

My husband would be played by Ryan Reynolds- they have very similar sarcastic, goofy personalities and I think he is pretty much the hottest thing around.


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3. Where does the movie primarily take place and why?


Boston fo’ sho’. I love this place and wouldn’t want it shot anywhere else.

4. Where do you go in the vacation scene that inevitably
takes place in every movie?

Barcelona is currently my city of choice to visit to, so I’d have to chose the Hotel Pulitzer – lots of fabulous architecture, music, food and wine to set the stage for plenty of film worthy hijinks.via


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5. The first scene is a shot of your feet walking down a street – what shoes are you wearing?

For sure these Alexander Wang leopard wedges- I love love love the comfort of wedges and animal print anything so these sum me up to a T!

6. What are some key wardrobe pieces you’d insist your character wear?

A fabulous DVF wrap dress is my signature piece so one of those for sure,


a tweed Chanel jacket,
great jeans,

a Tory tunic,

perfect nude pumps by Louboutin,

and a killer maxi dress,

a big studded bag to hold all my work stuff and personal items,

and my fave Tom Ford Whitney sunglasses.


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7. What song plays during the opening credits?

I spend a really strange amount of time curating playlists that could serve as soundtracks to my real life so this question is tough! Either Black Swan by Thom York, Breathe Me by Sia (somber, but an all time fave), 15 Step by Radiohead or Freedom by George Michael Quite a variety, huh? Although I’ve been told it should be Madonna’s Material Girl… LOL



8. What section of Netflix will the DVD be filed under: Action and Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance?

Comedy, for SURE. 🙂 Although sometimes it could be filed under drama….so perhaps a “black comedy”. 🙂 And it would be directed by Wes Anderson FOR SURE.
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9. How big a role does your blog, Elements of Style, play in the movie?

The blog would be a huge role since it’s gotten me everything I have professionally and has been quite the adventure!
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10. What is the name of the movie and its tagline?

No idea for a title at press time. 🙂 “The Untitled Erin Gates Project” LOL.via

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Thank you so much Erin! Inspirational, as always. And I’m pretty sure a Rachel McAdams/Ryan Reynolds combo would sell out theaters nationwide!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


DIY Nailhead Bulletin Board


I mentioned last Friday that I had a guest blog post over on La Dolce Vita yesterday, but I’m assuming many of you were getting your tan on or grilling hot dogs with your loved ones and didn’t get to your computer. To that I say, “Bravo.” Now that things are back to normal and you have some time to kill, I encourage you to check it out. It’s the transformation of my home office from January to now, and it features one of my favorite DIY projects: the makeover of my ho-hum, oversized bulletin board. I didn’t include the step-by-step process of how I transformed the cork board, so I thought I’d share it with you here.

I should preface this by saying I used the tutorial on Bryn Alexandra’s blog but tweaked it a bit as I went.

Materials:
1 oversized cork board
1.5 yards of duct cloth
6 packs of upholstery nailhead pins
1 can of spray adhesive for fabric
approx. 10-20 mini nails

Per Bryn Alexandra‘s recommendation, I ironed and ironed and ironed the duct cloth that I purchased at JoAnn Fabrics for $7.99/yard.


The only other materials I had to buy, in addition to the duct cloth and the bulletin board which I already owned, were upholstery nailhead pins and spray adhesive. Both can be found at your local craft store for dirt cheap. The nailhead pins I bought were $1.49 for a pack of 20 or so. I think I needed about 6 packs. I think.


I sprayed the adhesive all over the board, excluding the frame, and laid the fabric on it and flattened it as best I could. There are a few wrinkles, but nothing I’m losing sleep over. Two items of note: 1. use gloves because the adhesive soaked through the fabric as I flattened it and got all over my hands. Not fun. And 2. SPRAY OUTDOORS. The stuff stinks and is super hazardous to your health. Safety first, folks.


Next I began inserting the nailhead pins along the edge of the cork. This was super easy and I didn’t need a hammer or anything. I guestimated the spacing as I went along. I think the space between nailheads was a little more than the width of my forefinger.


Attaching the edges of the fabric to the back was the biggest pain in the patoot. I glued it to the back, but ultimately, it wasn’t sticking so I used really tiny nails and just pinned it around in places. A staple gun also would have worked.


I’m loving it and almost didn’t want to cover it up! Alas, that wouldn’t have been a very inspiring inspiration board.


So I grabbed some of my favorite inspiration pieces and hung them back up. Notice a grey trend?


As I mentioned on Paloma’s blog, it’s a bit crowded in the corner with the shelves, book case and desk, but it’s a tiny space and it really doesn’t bother me. It’s pretty and that makes me happy!

Close-up!

**NOTE: Many of the comments on this post are not showing up! They come to my email but are not posting. Any thoughts?!? : (

Thursday, June 24, 2010


LCY presents: “Peppermint Bliss” based on the true story of Bailey Quin.

This week I am so pleased to feature another (new) Chicagoan in the LCY presents series! Bailey of Peppermint Bliss is here to share with us a bit about what the movie of her life would be like. Fun, yes? I can pretty much guarantee this biopic would be one heck of a romantic comedy – one to last the decades given the personality her and her fiancé bring to the table. See, I’ve known Pete since 6th grade, and he met Bailey freshman year in college; they got engaged, moved back to Chicago last summer, and now Miss B and I have become good friends given all our common interests (hello blogging!). Anyway, I don’t want to spoil everything, so I’ll let Bailey take it from here…


1. Who would play you in the movie about your life and why?

Jamie Lyn Sigler, because that is who I am told I look like most often. I am mostly sure it is just flattery. But on occasion, after a few cocktails, I believe it. I cannot attest to her acting abilities, but I do think she is a babe.


2. Who would play your love interest and/or best friend in the movie and why?

I think my movie would be a love story, and Pete (my fiancé) would be played by Seth Meyers (From SNL) based on appearance/overall demeanor. Or Bradley Cooper cause I wanna lick his face.




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3. Where does the movie primarily take place and why?

This is just impossible. Pete and I have been together for six years and have lived in DC (together), New Orleans and Austin (apart), Houston (together) and now, finally, Chicago (together) over the course of our relationship. I think Wes Anderson would have to direct it, and each city would be its own chapter. He would use those fabulous dioramas, and make us seem wickedly funny. Plus I’d finally get that hipster cred I so crave; which would be nice since Pete has refused my requests for him to grow an ironic mustache (surefire ticket into hipster hearts).




4. Where do you go in the vacation scene that inevitably
takes place in every movie?

I think our flitting about the country like a pair of drunken gypsies is enough travel for one film. Although…you COULD do a little Crossroads style roadtrip music video tracking our moves. In fact, can I go back and recast Britney in my role? Because I love her. And if she were to play me I would require her to get a decent weave and wear a bra- which would cross a major item off of my to-do list.


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5. The first scene is a shot of your feet walking down a street – what shoes are you wearing?Add Image

My Old Gringos cowboy boots. I am probably wearing them in every scene. Think Steve Zisou and the red hat.!


6. What are some key wardrobe pieces you’d insist your character wear?


My character would only wear dresses. I am proud to say I made it through a Chicago winter without AN singular pant (save jeans) gracing my big ol’ thighs. It wasn’t easy. Chicago tried to test my resolve with its bullsh*t wind and snow. But I survived, armed with only some spanx tights and a good attitude. I am vehemently anti-pants. Dresses are just way more fun.


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7. What song plays during the opening credits?

Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. My new favorite tune. It has this quirky old school Prairie Home Companion vibe to it, and I think the words would be perfect “Home, let me come home! Home is wherever I’m with you.”



8. What section of Netflix will the DVD be filed under: Action and Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance?

Comedy. Peter S. Pie and I are truly, madly, deeply ridiculous human beings. I just cannot think of anyway to categorize our story without leading views astray.

9. How big a role does your blog, Peppermint Bliss, play in the movie?

Everytime I go to answer this question I imagine the scene from Royal Tenenbaums when Owen Wilson is being interviewed about his latest novella and he goes, “Well everyone knows that Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book PRE-SUPPOSES is…Maybe he didn’t?” I think I sound about as ridiculous as that when I try to talk seriously to people about my blog.



10. What is the name of the movie and its tagline?

And for the name of our movie…I still don’t know! The only thing that keeps popping into my head is Home. As in “Home is Wherever I’m With You.” As in our theme song. Because Pete and I have moved nearly 10 times in our 6 years together. He is my constant, wherever I am, if I can snuggle up in his nook, then I am Home. I likey him. Ok, now I am done being sincere, unless any movie execs are reading this. In that case I sincerely think you should consider making this movie. I smell Oscar.

Alaina, thank you so much for letting me participate, this was seriously SO much fun. I have loved reading everyone’s, and I am just dying to see yours!
xoxo
BQ
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As always, thank you so so much, Bailey, for taking the time to do this! So much fun to imagine your movie.

Friday, June 18, 2010


LCY Presents: “Plush Palate” based on the true story of Crystal G.

Now that I’ve personally gotten to know Crystal of Plush Palate, it was fun comparing how I thought she’d answer these to how she actually answered them. I was wrong on most accounts (definitely guessed Italy for the vacation scene), but after reading through her answers, it couldn’t be more her. So that being said, I’m thrilled to bring to you the next LCY Presents, Crystal of Plush Palate:



1. Who would play you in the movie about your life and why?

If it were based on resemblance alone, I’d say Giada De Laurentiis as people stop me constantly to tell me how much I look like her, which I take it as a huge compliment because I think she’s lovely. I’ve also been told I look like a young Sophia Loren, Minnie Driver, Audrina Patridge, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy (they couldn’t be more different!). But for my movie, I’d like to cast someone whose demeanor and essence I’m drawn to and admire: Cate Blanchett for her marked sophistication and compelling poise.


2. Who would play your love interest and/or best friend in the movie and why?

Perhaps an obvious choice, but Brad Pitt would play the love interest in my movie (the irony that Cate and Brad were love interests in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ does not escape me). Sure he’s got unbelievable good looks, but he’s also a man of depth, intelligence, and a charitable heart, all of which I find irresistible to resist.



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3. Where does the movie primarily take place and why?

Since I’m one to love winter more than summer, cozy spots more than sprawling spaces, the cute little English cottage in ‘The Holiday’ would be the perfect backdrop to my movie. Oh the charm and romance of that little place!



4. Where do you go in the vacation scene that inevitably
takes place in every movie?

As a foil to the cozy winter setting in my movie, a hot and sultry vacation scene will definitely be in order. I’m picturing steamy temperatures and hot white sand beaches in Sri Lanka somewhere.


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5. The first scene is a shot of your feet walking down a street – what shoes are you wearing and what street are you on?Add Image

Black Ralph Lauren stilettos because they’re classic, walking down a busy street in London with purpose and presence!


6. What are some key wardrobe pieces you’d insist your character wear?

My dream wardrobe would be anything Jennifer Aniston wears in her real life. I love her easy elegance, natural glamor, and the way she can rock a sexy evening dress!



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7. What song plays during the opening credits?

The song playing during the opening credits is undoubtedly John Mayer’s ‘Edge of Desire.’ With beautiful lyrics, it’s foreshadowing of a complicated, intense, beautiful love…



8. What section of Netflix will the DVD be filed under: Action and Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance?

Romantic Drama sounds good to me (does this category even exist?)!


9. How big a role does your blog, Plush Palate, play in the movie?

My blog does play a role in the film, but more as a reflective writing tool alla Carrie Bradshaw’s writing at the end of each episode in Sex and the City.


10. What is the name of the movie and its tagline?

A name for my movie? Oh my, this is difficult! Help anyone???

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Thank you so much, Crystal!! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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