Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bar Cart Sale on Joss and Main!


Hey all! Signing on to share the good news that Joss and Main has a terrific bar cart sale going on right now–it's under the "Toast to Festive Style" sale. If I didn't already have one I loved from Society Social, I'd definitely be snatching up one of these beauties just in time for holiday entertaining and buckets of spiked cider.

I'd probably choose the top right brass style for $178. Which one is your favorite?

Monday, October 20, 2014

25% Off Paris-Inspired Fall Essentials

My recent trip to Paris confirmed one thing... everything I packed last fall worked again this year. With the exception of two new fall trends, slouchy pants and fancy sneakers (preferably Nike), Parisians are still rocking the black and white, classic silhouettes. I actually also noticed the men seem a bit more put together and accessorized while the women look extremely casual. More of a thrown-together look complete with messy hair and little make-up.


Fortunately for all of us, J.Crew does a pretty great job of designing these basics worth investing in and right now everything is 25% off with code #TGIFALL. So here's a list of my Paris-inspired 2014 Fall Fashion Essentials. And I'll be sharing photos from my trip this week and next! Stay tuned!


the accessories:
a great hat
a simple catch-all tote
barrette to pull your hair back
chunky jewelry to jazz up your simple clothes like this necklace and bracelet
hints of leopard like a belt and a scarf 

the clothes:
collarless coat
sexy silk blouse to go with everything
classic white button-down
the perfect sweater
white vneck tee
black skinny pants
black slouchy pants

and the shoes are everything:
oxfords and sneakers are on trend this season
booties and tall leather boots are investments that never go out of style

GET 25% OFF EVERYTHING AT J.CREW USING CODE #TGIFALL
AND AN EXTRA 30% OFF FINAL SALE!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Silver or Gold?

More and more frequently I find myself tiring of the polished brass/shiny gold hardware and accents trend. 

Ok ok bold statement. Strike that from the record. Not tiring, per se, but let's just say that a year ago, any time I walked into a store (virtually or in person), I was all...


Now I find myself considering the polished nickel and sterling silver color swatches of an online or in-store purchase. I know. I don't even know myself anymore. 

For example. I was in want of a new desk lamp

Full story goes... we moved my Ikea task lamp upstairs because it wasn't providing enough light in our very dark first floor living area (lots of exposed brick, few light-colored surfaces to bounce the light around, you get the gist). As fate would have it, I received an email from the kind folks over at Lamps.com asking if I wanted to review a product. Um.. yes please! But let me tell you, the site has a vast, almost overwhelming selection. So many lovely options to choose from. To narrow it down, I filtered through to a brand I knew I liked, Hudson Valley Lighting, and there it was: the Thayer 1 Light Table Lamp.

I loved it. It was the size, color, and shape I wanted with a lovely white silk shade perfect for enhancing whatever wattage I put in it.

But there I found myself struggling with a decision I hadn't debated over in a while...

I loved both! I mean - that polished nickel is looking pretty shnazzy, is it not? And I found myself wondering if the brass was going to look out of style in a year or two. Which to get? Silver or gold? After a few days of pining, I made my choice. Old dog, I am. Anticlimatic end to this story, huh?

Well, it arrived. And I love it. And to my delight, it has a dimmer! It's like the gift that keeps on giving! (I'm a BIG believer in the importance of lighting options.)
But all of that being said, I want ya'll to weigh in. Which would you have chosen? Are you over the brass/gold trend? Or do you believe it's here to stay another decade?

SHOP MY DESK
lamp | mug | desk | notepad | pinboard | A letter object | magnifying glass

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pass It On Potluck with Le Creuset

My roomie signed on with Le Creuset to participate in a Pass It On Potluck and asked me to do it too. If I'm being honest, it brought back the best kind of nostalgia to simpler times... when people hand wrote mail and had pen pals in other states (sometimes even other countries! Oooo! Aaaahh!) and the only way you could get ahold of anyone was to pick up the phone and call (and risk long-distance charges) or send them a letter. Remember that? Anyone? No? Well, it was fun stuff.


Anywho back to the Potluck. Le Creuset is sponsoring the really fun concept of a Pass It On Potluck. It's really kind of awesome. This gorgeous Le Creuset Dutch oven in Lapis (that's the beautiful blue color you see on your screen) arrives at your doorstep eager for you to cook up something delightful in it! The only rules are you blog about it or document it in the journal that also comes with it, then pass it on to the next person (the brand will send you the shipping label to print)! So all you have to do is enjoy cooking!

Oh, and clean the pot.

Easy enough, right? Right.


Another truth. I've never cooked anything in a Dutch oven so this was 75% exciting, 25% scary. Fortunately the chilly weather in Chicago's been having has me all excited for fall so I opted to try a new recipe, something I've always wanted to do: a risotto. A baked mushroom risotto to be exact. With dried porcini mushrooms and cremini mushrooms and garlic and white wine... Mmm can you practically smell it? It was good stuff.

I found the recipe at The Kitchn, and it ended up being really easy! I opted to forgo the caramelized onions and craime freche on top like the recipe suggests - it tasted good enough as is. Will definitely be making this again come colder weather. Cozy up on the sofa with a blanket, a glass of Pinot Noir, and all the new fall shows.

SHOP THIS POST
Dutch oven | polka dot towel | gold flatware | white dishware | diamond napkin



Are you going to sign up for the Pass It On Potluck? What would you cook?

photography by Danielle Moss

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LCY Yard Sale: Pottery Barn English roll arm sofa - only $600!

Hey gang! I am selling my Pottery Barn English roll arm sofa. I bought it almost 2 years ago for $1800 plus shipping and am selling for $600 or best offer, cash and carry! It will be available in mid-late September. The only reason I am selling is because I have a new sofa (that The Everygirl designed with Chicago-based Interior Define) arriving next month! See more product details here and on PB's site here.

Email me at alaina.lcy@gmail.com if interested with subject line ENGLISH ROLL ARM!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Everygirl and Birchbox, sitting in a tree!

We are so excited to have teamed up with Birchbox this month to offer an Everygirl box, which will contain five Affordable Luxuries - our favorite beauty products priced under $35.

We can't believe that within an hour, 7500 already-subscribers ALREADY signed up to get this box in August; and now it's only available to new subscribers. So click over and sign up for only $10 to get this sweet deal delivered to your door step in August!

And Danielle and I answered a short q&a with Birchbox about launching The Everygirl, our beauty routine, and the products we chose - check it out here!

photo by Stoffer Photography

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