Sunday, July 31, 2011

streamers everywhere!

Last week I assisted the store manager with a new window display for Alligator Purse! While Blaire was in New York last month, making runs to the different show rooms to purchase Fall 3, Holiday, and Resort Wear for the end of the year...she did some boutique browsing as well. While wandering the city streets she was inspired by the window displays in the Kate Spade store (what a shock) and decided to try it out for Alligator Purse in Hyde Park! The Kate Spade store had streamers hanging from the top of their window to the ground...they draped them back to make curtains...and that was our original plan, until we saw how amazing they looked as a screen!

We had a collection of new black and purple Milly dresses in the window, and with the pink and red streamers in the black was SUCH a great look. Just the pop of color we needed (and we got a little privacy as well!) The project took a couple of days and no child of mine will ever have streamers at their birthday celebration...not sure if I could ever love them that much to do such a craft again!! But it was fun to put everything together...and we have received many compliments on the windows! 

The pictures I took didn't turn out that I will just dedicate today's inspiration to streamer decoration and you can envision the Alligator Purse windows in all of their glory!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Toodles!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Country Kiss

It's A Country Kiss playlist

Love Story    Taylor Swift
Somebody Like You    Keith Urban
Honey Bee    Blake Shelton
Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not    Thomas Square
I Run to You   Lady Antebellum
Love Like Crazy    Lee Brice
Amazed     Lonestar
Don't You Wanna Stay    Jason Aldean w/ Kelly Clarkson
Just a Kiss     Lady Antebellum
You're Still the One    Shania Twain
Without You   Keith Urban
Remind Me    Brad Paisley w/ Carrie Underwood
Leaving on a Jet Plane    John Denver
You Make Me Smile    Uncle Kracker

Thursday, July 28, 2011


One of my wonderful friends from school, Taurey, sent me this video last year! I thought about it again this week and wanted to share it with all of you! It was made awhile ago, but inspirations have no timelines.

Enjoy, Toodles!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

black and white

As we end July, I want to pay a quick tribute to the colors of the month: Black and White. Throughout the year, every month Kate Spade picks a color. The color inspires her merchandise as well as her whimsical blog, which is one of my favorites. This year, I am living colorfully, tipping my hats to one of my favorite companies...Kate Spade!

Here's a look at some of my favorite pictures in classic black and white with a summertime slant!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Guest Post from Debby at Inspired Design

One of my new blogging friends, Ms. Inspired Design herself, has created a beautiful display of inspirations for me today and I am so happy that she could treat us to a little bit of her blog!

Hello, it's Debby, from Inspired Design! I am thrilled to be here guest posting for the lovely Clare. Today's post was inspired by two of my favorite things.... fashion and decor!

The inspiration?
Alluring photos that evoke a feeling of femininity and romance

Gorgeous pastel hues, beautiful wallpapers, elegant furnishings, fresh flowers... Does it get any better?
Thanks for having me Clare! xoxo

Sunday, July 24, 2011

raspberry pink and blue

How about color combinations of blue and pink? To avoid a "baby shower" feel, I used pops of raspberry as details with the blue shades. 


photo credit: absolutely beautiful things

white out

I am a huge fan of white during the summertime. Actually, all year long I prefer white...but it is the most practical under the summer sun! Throughout the summer months there are few days where I am not sporting something white. I am a firm believer in white, contrary to many hesitancies that the color makes you look wider...and isn't the most figure flattering. Well I say, everything looks better in white! For a fresh, effortless, and fabulous look...pull out that white!

Some of my favorite WHITE clothing items:

 maxi skirt 
linen pants
statement necklace
tunic dress
crisp button down
flower (for your hair, wrist, or as a pin!)

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