When it comes to organizing office supplies, I much prefer re-purposing containers from your home, rather than buying generic plastic pen holders. It looks pretty, but also gives new life to orphaned glasses and say, commemorative margarita glasses (I wouldn’t know anything about those). So when I unpacked all of my desk supplies, I combed through a box of props in search of containers.
I picked out three different glasses in varying heights for visual interest. I wasn’t worried about color since my office decorating motto has been basically “anything and everything is cool with me.” The squat tumbler that is really a votive holder is the perfect size for my old business cards and mini pens. I really, really like miniature writing implements. The aqua cordial glass was orphaned by my bad packaging skills, so now it’s found new life as a paper clip holder. And the brass goblet is really a trophy of some sort, complete with an inscription on the other side (1st place!).
There’s something to be said about displaying every day objects as if they were works of beauty themselves. Having a pretty display of pens doesn’t make doing the bills easier, but it sure makes me feel fancy when I sit down at my desk every morning. That’s enough.
In early November (the day after we moved, in fact!), I flew down to North Carolina to shoot this tabletop. Because of the complications of moving, I mostly ordered props online and had them sent down, so when I got to the studio I was very pleasantly surprised by what I had!
We wanted to do a holiday table, but something that felt very on brand. The color palette is totally a Society Social signature, but it also lets you get away with less in terms of decoration–hot pink and gold glitter goes far!
I wrapped small favor boxes with Gold Glitter Paper and tied them with either a hot pink satin ribbon or this lovely gingham ribbon I found in Brooklyn. Intimate parties are the perfect opportunity for small touches like this!
I found the linens at Zara Home on clearance. The quality was impressive and I think I spent $5 for four linen napkins, a total steal. The coupes were vintage on Etsy, but these are similar. I loved the bamboo shape of the stem, a little hint of chinoiserie.
To see more photos of the shoot, check out The Everygirl. They’re hosting a giveaway of two pairs of the Simone Chair!
It’s perhaps time for me to trade in my lilac glasses–Leith Clark for Warby Parker is here. The collection epitomizes Leith’s girly cool look and includes both optical and sunglasses. A percentage of each sale will go to Girl Up, a UN campaign that helps American girls raise awareness and funds for UN programs. And as always, for every pair sold another pair goes to someone in need.
My Leith Clark love runs deep. She styles Michelle Williams, Keira Knightley, and Kirsten Dunst and founded Lula magazine–completely perfecting the modern gamine.
The only lingering question for me is tortoise shell or mother of pearl.
Last week I painted the office/guest room red. I wanted to get the room functional as a work space for now, and I’m really happy with it, crazy color and all!
If you remember from the apartment tour, this room was straight-up pepto pink. I had toyed with doing a light color –even white!– but the thought of covering pink (and the strangest shade of purple below the chair rail) was more than I could process. Then, as I was unpacking, I came across this pairing: tomato red and hot pink. The red was the lid of a Kate Spade box, so off I went to the paint store looking for a match.
I had two contenders: Benjamin Moore Tomato Red and Salsa. Both are bright red-oranges, but Salsa is far less neon. After much sighing over the benefits and drawbacks of bright bright red vs. bright red, I went with Salsa.
The red covered the purple below-the-chair-rail business in two coats, and needed three for the light pink on the top half of the wall. I knocked the whole room out in 1.5 days; usually I don’t have the luxury of a mostly-empty room, so I wanted to take advantage!
For now, the furniture is all Ikea. When I get to the part where I actually make this a guest room as well, I’ll get a vintage headboard and some tortoise matchstick blinds to make the room a little less “BRIGHT WHITE ALL THE THINGS.” Not that I don’t love this new lacquered Expedit, and the desk that fits perfectly over the radiator. Plus, the desk is great for shooting small tabletop vignettes, something I’d like to get back to doing soon.
I just can’t tell you how nice it is to be working in a room that isn’t my bedroom. And not the living room either! I feel heaps more productive in here– getting most of my work done during daylight hours and having a place for all of the things I need for styling is amazing. Our dog, Lily, has also adopted the room as “hers”: she has scattered all of her toys in here, and you can often peek in and find her rolling around on the rug. Lily must love red too.
Holiday party invites have been rolling in, and thus the seasonal dress doldrums have begun. Last year I splurged on a true party dress –complete with a fluffy organza skirt– and while I love it, it’s not the kind of dress you can get a ton of mileage out of. Wear it once this season and it’s done.
Of course, I’m looking to the completely original, totally-not-a-cliche LBD. What dress can take you from corporate holiday drinks to a night out with friends with a swap of shoes and lipstick? Your mind is blown now, I know.
The LBD I picked is a Draped Dress from H&M. The shape is supremely flattering and hey, sleeves so you don’t have to carry around a cardigan everywhere. The deep-v might be a tad risque for a work event, but I don’t think it’s beyond the help of a little double stick tape!
Compensation for this post was provided by Fragments. All opinions are mine.