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I was in Georgetown on Saturday night and saw some great Halloween costumes.  It’s been ages since I dressed up for Halloween, but I do delight in the style choices of those who do go all out — from the babes in arms to the grown folks with a fondness for the holiday and all those in between. I didn’t have time to buy a pumpkin, much less carve one, but if I had it would look just like the ones above! Have a stylishly Happy Halloween.


AphroChic is one of my favorite blogs!  If truth be told, I’ve been know to be a little obsessed with AphroChic.  AphroChic is run by Jeanine Hays, also a former lawyer, who is inspired by beautiful home furnishings and decor.  Interestingly, she’s inspired lots and lots of interior designers and bloggers alike; she’s a contributor on and is a darling of the design world.  So, imagine my delight when I had the chance to meet her in March at the New York launch of her textile line?!?! Surely, it will come as no surprise then that I was OVER THE MOON when she said she wanted to do a feature on effie’s paper . . . click here to see what the fabulous Ms. Hays had to say about my little paperie.

STYLish & Hip

I stumbled upon this image a few weeks ago when catching up on my blog reading. It’s from a blog called Sacramento Street written by Caitlin Flemming. Each week she does a collage of whatever she’s been inspired by. Could be a great way to get some cool artwork that is significant to you in your home or office for not a whole lot of money . . . Hmmm . . . Or maybe if I ever get that new camera, I might start doing something similar myself.  What do you think?

[photo courtesy of Sacramento Street]

Paper Fashion

Have you seen this image somewhere?  Did it make you wonder how Target got so hip?  Or, this one?

They’re the drawings of Katie Rodgers, a hip young fashion illustrator who’s drawings have caught the eye of everyone from Coach to RUE magazine (she illustrates their blogger profiles). If I could draw, I’d want my illustrations to be just like Katie’s!  Her drawings have that certain je ne sais quois that makes my heart leap with each and every one of them I see.

And, if you’re like me (and I suspect you might be since you’re reading this, even if your just a little bit like me) and you like a little touch of glam here and there, you swoon as I did when I saw Katie’s glitter drawings on her blog Paper Fashion. Again, the problem of not having an office with walls is rearing it’s head because if I did, I’d be making a bee-line right over to her store to buy a few prints to adorn my office walls and inspire my creative juices!  There’s nothing like a little sparkle to make everything all right. (You can quote me on that!)

[illustrations by Katie Rodgers]

A Little Touch of Glam

I admit it.  I’m a little obsessed with Kelly Wearstler and her design aesthetic.  I fell in LOVE with The Viceroy hotel she designed in Anguilla – it’s absolutely stunning and now my favorite place to visit.  Her decor at The Tides hotel in South Beach is another gem that I love to frequent when in Miami.  She’s got just the right touch of modernism with pops of glam, glitter, metallic and whimsy that just make my heart go pitter patter.

Known for her daring outfits and sometimes whimsical color combinations, she’s now put her design aesthetic to clothing.  You gotta love a woman with an empire, no?  She’s got wall paper, linens, home accents, a design firm and now a clothing line!  Her Fall 2011 collection will be sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, where she sells her beautiful but pricey home accents, in a specially designated area that will be designed by Wearstler herself.  Donning Wearstler’s togs will be an investment —price points range from $205-$1,395 for clothes; $155-$995 for jewelry; and $795-$995 for bags.

So what do you think?  Should she stick to interiors or is this the right next step for the Wearstler dynasty?

[photos courtesy of Kelly Wearstler]

The Whimsical World of Kate Spade!

I love pops of whimsy here and there and Kate Spade never lets me down!  If you still think of Kate Spade as those cute shiny satiny rectangular bags, you’re a little behind the times  . . . The company is no longer owned by Kate and Andy Spade, but Liz Clairborne Inc. has managed to maintain Kate’s aesthethic, some argue even better than Kate Spade herself could have.

Last year Kate Spade launched its book clutch collection; they’re interpreting some of the greatest novels into cheeky cherry clutch bags.  I think I must have the I Married Adventure clutch! I learned about this book last year and was immediately smitten.  The title made me chuckle because, to me, no truer words could be used to describe marriage.  It’s definitely an adventure. Osa Johnson’s book is about the adventures she and her husband, Martin, had as photographers, explorers, marketers, naturalists and authors while studying the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands and British North Borneo during the first half of the Twentieth Century. They explored then-unknown lands and brought back film footage and photographs, offering many Americans their first understanding of these distant lands. Now this book is a collector’s item for decor enthusiasts; I’m not sure I’ll ever get my hands on a copy of the original, but I know I’ll have fun carrying this clutch bag.

If you haven’t thought about Kate Spade in ages, check out the new online store when you get a minute — great shoes, handbags, clothes and jewelry –there’s  a little something for everyone. Oh, and for the next two days Kate Spade is having a Friends&Family event, 25% off online and instore.  Shopping online? Use promo code  FFSPR11. In store? Print out this coupon (accepted at outlet stores too). Oh and fellas, there’s a promo code for Jack Spade too JACK25.

Happy Shopping!

STYLish Home

As a shopper, I love to get a great deal.  Who doesn’t, right?  Especially when it comes to home goods and the like.  It’s sooo easy to give a room a new look with a change of throw pillows, a new lamp or a beautiful piece of art.  All easier said than done, n’est pas?  Nope!  Just let your fingers do the walking to The Foundary.  I liken it to the home version of Gilt — it’s a members only shopping portal with daily sales starting at 10 am EST of some really cool new and interesting designers.  The Foundary was launched by Hayneedle to further realize its vision of connecting people with the home and lifestyle products that are perfect for them.  In their own words:

“Every once in a while, a product emerges from the stagnant mainstream to capture the imagination of our buyers. These folks see a lot of ordinary in their day-to-day, so when they spot something transformative, they have a cultivated ability to recognize it. And then something funny happens. Like a flipped switch from daydream to wakefulness, there’s a moment of inspiration. They’re compelled not just to buy, but to share.

That’s why we built the Foundary. To create a space where we can share our passion for products of substance. We share this passion with Foundary members through daily emails, which announce new, limited-time sales events, each filled with surprises, delights, and a satisfying dose of indulgence.”

Interest piqued?  Click here to become a member of The Foundary and insure you stay on the cutting edge!

{Are you interested in becoming a member of some of the other flash sale sites? Not to worry my pretty, just click here for an assortment of invitations to some of the hottest members only sales!}

Wall Candy

I think I must have this print, My Favorite Chanel Nail Polish Colors, by Samantha Hahn.  I dream of having an office outside of my home one day soon.  Looking at this piece of art every day would surely bring a smile to my face, no?  And of course it would make my deliberation over which color at the nail salon go much more quickly because I could pick the color out before I even arrive!

[image courtesy of Gallery Hanahou]

A Tally of Two Cities: Paris v. New York

How do I love thee?

Let me count the ways . . .

These posters do a great job of depicting my two favorite cities and make me smile every time I look at them, so I thought I’d share them with you dear readers.  What do you think?

[images from Society6]

Gift Guide: For that Hard to Shop For Person

Is it just me or does it seem like December just snuck up on us all of a sudden? I’m not prepared for the holidays.  I think I’ve bought one gift so far.  Like you, I’m juggling a lot of balls and unfortunately holiday gift buying is one that’s gotten dropped. My family has been after me to get my holiday wish list to them. I appreciate their diligence because I know I’m hard to shop for, I readily admit that. I suspect that most of us have a few people on our list who are “hard to shop for”, so here are a few ideas for that hard to shop for person or persons on your list this holiday season:

For the Bookish

Cool prints from a series called “The Ideal Bookshelf”, starting price $20.

Kindle & Nook Covers from Halsea, $15.

Wacky British humor often tickles the fancy of those hard to shop for people. Simon Doonan’s (significant other of Jonathan Adler and Creative Director at Barneys) book, Beautiful People, about his life growing up in London surely fits the bill. $10.

For the Hostess With the Mostess

Mr. & Mrs. Cocktail glass set, $18.

And what are cocktail glasses without proper coasters? Jonathan Adler coasters, $48.

Beautiful sparkly automatic lighter, $65.

The Midas Touch! Water Carafe and glasses, $25-$100.

I know everyone’s gaga for Lanvin’s H&M collection, but trust me your hard to shop for person will be gaga for this deck of cards! Lanvin, $87.

For the Fashionista

Fun & cool sunglass case that she’ll be able to find at the bottom of any handbag. Jonathan Adler, $38.

Colorful laptop sleeve by Melissa Beth, $30.

Jonathan Adler ($20) and Kate Spade ($40) iPhone cases.

Cool leather iPad cases, customizable in an array of colors and textures, from Vaja. $225.

What Yogi wouldn’t want her own customized yoga mat? $35.

For the Man Who Needs Nothing

If he’s always on the phone responding to calls, emails and texts, this service-blocking hanky, a phonekerchief, made with silver fibers that effectively blocks all incoming calls and data, $15.

Just a little something to make him smile while he’s doodling on those never-ending conference calls, pencil sets inspired by phrases from Anchorman and The Office, $6.

For the Food Enthusiast

The perfect book for the man who is the jack of all trades and the master of none, $12.

The perfect book for the woman who prefers to use speed-dial to a cuisinart when it comes to creating the perfect meal, $16.

For the Woman Who Has Everything

The one thing you can never have too much of is personal stationery! effie’s paper, $45. And the topper? A beautiful fountain pen for her to use to write her hand-written notes, $65.

For the Budding Fashionista

To help that young stylista learn that style comes from within, this great book by Lulu Guinness is the modern day version of Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers. In Lulu’s world, PEARLS, stands for “poised, elegant, attractive, radiant, ladylike, sophisticated” – pretty good lesson to impart, no? $21.

For that little designer in your life, FashionPlaytes might be the thing that helps her become the next Vera Wang – she’ll design her own clothes based on their templates and then receive her masterpiece in the mail! Gift Certificates start at $25.

Happy Shopping!


Bloody Mary Anyone?

Bloody Marys are my favorite Sunday brunch cocktail, the spicier the better as far as I’m concerned.  Nothing beats a good homemade Bloody Mary, but if you don’t have the time or the inclination to mix up a pitcher of Bloody Marys from scratch, try Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix.  To DIE for if you like your Bloody Marys with a little heat on ‘em!

I learned about ZingZang from my BFF Portia’s mom a few weeks ago in Detroit while having lunch at the Renaissance Center.  I admit it, I was a little hung over from the night before and 45 minutes in the gym did very little to help me over the hump.  So, I decided to bite the hair of the dog that bit me.  I ordered a Bloody Mary to cure what was ailing me (for the uninitiated, Bloody Marys are supposed to cure hangovers).  Originally from Mississippi, and back in the day one of the leading tastemakers in “The D”,  Mrs. R sang the praises of ZingZang in a way that made both me and my other BFFs, Nicole and April, want to try it immediately.  I went out and bought it as soon as I got back to NYC.   And, Mrs. R was right, ZingZang did not disappoint.  So, while I’d prefer to whip up a batch of Bloody Marys from scratch, I now have a great secret substitute. I think I’m taking some ZingZang up to the Vineyard this Summer.  Thanks Pearl!


Keep Calm & Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On.  These five words were originally on a propaganda poster created by the British government in 1939 at the beginning of World War II, but never used.  The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been used on clothing, mugs, tote bags, bumper stickers, baby clothes and other merchandise from various vendors.  Leave it to the Brits to be relevant 70 years later!

For me, these five words, kind of sum it all up, no? I’ve adopted “Keep Calm and Carry On” as my new mantra.  What’s your personal mantra?