Chic Ways to Use Family Heirlooms

Lately I have found myself drowning in family possessions - not the usual “kid clutter,” which I’d gotten good at figuring out over the years, but frankly “senior clutter,” things passed down from Ted’s late dad & my late mom. Thankfully both sides of the family have beautiful pieces, but it’s been hard to tease apart the sentimentality of pieces with what is really best for the way we live…

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Destination: NYC

If you are in need of a visual & decor “fix,” there’s no place with more eye candy than my original hometown, NYC! Even a quick 24-hour blitz through NYC can recharge my senses in a way that nowhere else can. Here are some of my favorite haunts…

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6 Rules for Dressing Cool in Winter

Yes, you read that right — it’s not an oxymoron. Let’s just say that being told you look HOT has a whole different meaning to me now vs. 20 years ago….today it means, NO REALLY - open a window, now!  If you’re in the same boat — or maybe you just work in an overheated office or your skin doesn’t like dry winter air — here are some solutions & lessons I’ve learned (as a mentor of mine says “mostly the hard way” — meaning, they are time-tested & WORK)…

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FashionLeland Prince
New Year, New Ideas and Inspiration!

In classic fashion, I’m doing a Year End Review a little LATER than the rest of the blogosphere. A Southern friend said to me with a smile, “You’re like the bloodhound trying to catch the rabbit!” And it DOES feel like it sometimes — everything takes more time than I imagine, while others (younger??) seem to snap their fingers & voila, DONE! But we all know that’s not exactly true & no matter, I’m quite happy with the pace of things & don’t WANT greater speed in my life right now…

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In A Rut? Meet Some Inspiring Women Leading Lives of Style & Substance

I wanted to share something kind of personal with you all in this post, about transitions and opportunities-in-disguise, as it’s been on my mind a LOT these days.

Lately I have been meeting more & more people who are embracing change & finding new ways to “live their best life,” as Oprah used to say:) So in that spirit, here’s a bit about who they are, what they’re doing & how we can all learn from their experiences!

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Insiders View of High Point Market: Part 1

I’m still processing the whirlwind 2-day adventure of High Point, as I was selected by Esteem Media to be on the High Point Market Fall 2018 “Design Bloggers Tour” along with 9 incredibly accomplished blogger/influencers. It was an amazing experience & I have so many insights I want to share with you…

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5 Easy Pieces For The Dog Days Of Summer

It’s summer & the living is “supposed” to be easy, right?? If that were the case, my whole closet would be dresses because they are the most effortless way to look pulled together - especially when you’re sweltering! To wit, here are a few new pieces that have helped me keep cool these days + a few I have my eye on…..

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An Appreciation: Kate Spade’s Artistic Eye

I got to meet Kate Spade just once, a very long time ago at a family wedding in Napa. She had yet to officially kick off her handbag empire but there she was at the luau-themed brunch with - if memory serves me! - a little purse she made out of a REAL coconut. Classic. Adorable & so original, just like the style she came to be known for.  SO I decided to dedicate this post to Kate Spade and her artistic eye, which brought beauty, warmth & personality into everything she did.

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Interior Style from L.A.’s Peter Dunham Straight to Your Home

I have been slightly obsessed with Carolina Herrera for years - from investing my own meager funds in college to buy her eponymous perfume, to more recently ogling her at NY Fashion Week. So you can imagine my shock when I opened the New York Times 2 wks ago to find she is “stepping down” and handed the creative reigns over to a young designer, Wes Gordon. What??! I’m in a bit of withdrawl so I decided to create a post on her and sum up the things I admire about her so much...

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3 Key Lessons on Fashion & Life from Style Icon Carolina Herrera as She Steps Down

I have been slightly obsessed with Carolina Herrera for years - from investing my own meager funds in college to buy her eponymous perfume, to more recently ogling her at NY Fashion Week. So you can imagine my shock when I opened the New York Times 2 wks ago to find she is “stepping down” and handed the creative reigns over to a young designer, Wes Gordon. What??! I’m in a bit of withdrawl so I decided to create a post on her and sum up the things I admire about her so much...

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Entertainment & Self-Development to Beat the Winter Blues

It’s the time of year when we all need a boost to stay motivated, right? For me, that energy almost always comes from entertainment or infotainment — some way to get out of my own head & think about or LAUGH about something else. I’ve been lucky lately, finding all kinds of stuff to keep me engaged. Check these out & feel free to add your own favorites in the Comments so we can ALL enjoy!

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Sale of the Century: Rockefeller Art & Antiques on the Block this Spring

If you missed the epic Bunny Mellon sale a couple years ago, here’s your chance to ogle another great American collection, which Christie’s and all experts agree could easily be the highest-grossing auction of all time. But much more important than the sheer size of the collection is how clearly personal it is, representing a lifetime of thoughtful collecting by the late David & Peggy Rockefeller who were married for over 50 years.

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How To Sell Your House Quickly

I’m not a real estate professional, but thankfully I work with a great one, my longtime friend Hans Wydler of Wydler Brothers! Hans sold our previous home in record time and did so again this time around, with contracts submitted just 1 week after first listing. My husband & I were not “planning” to move from our house below this Fall after 12 happy years here, but the chance to try a different lifestyle (moving from Washington DC suburbs to closer downtown, in Georgetown) kind of fell into our lap & so our move is ON — officially set for 10 days from now (gulp!).

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3 Things I Think Are Great

Last week was my husband & my 21st anniversary, bittersweet because it was same day as a memorial fundraiser for our late friend & Best Man, Bob Miller. So there was no celebration exactly but there was some talk about our time together. “You’ve done some CRAZY stuff in the decades we’ve been together,” Ted said, "but THIS... is by FAR…. the craziest yet,” shaking his head. “This” is our decision to put our house on the market and move to this place….a 19th century row house in a historic part of DC, Georgetown.

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