Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Must Haves

It’s time for Nordstrom’s hotly anticipated Half-Yearly sale! It just started and runs through June 5th, so hurry for major savings on some chic must-have items. With savings of up to 40% off on brands including Manolo Blahnik, Tibi, Vince, Jonathan Simkhai, and Jimmy Choo among many others, it’s a great reason to shop!


If you plan to do more shopping this weekend, check out the following Memorial Day sales from some of our favorite resources:

ANN TAYLOR // 50% Off Full-Price Purchase & Extra 40% Off Sale Styles


DATES: 5/26 – 5/31

BANANA REPUBLIC // Extra 40% Off


DATES: Now – 5/30

FURBISH STUDIO // 20% Off Sitewide


DATES: 5/27 – 5/30

J. CREW // 30% Off Your Purchase


DATES: Now – 5/31

LOFT // 60% Off Summer Faves & All Sale Styles + 40% Off New Arrivals

DATES: Now – 5/31

MODA OPERANDI // Up to 50% Off

DATES: Now – 5/30

POTTERY BARN // Up to 25% Off


DATES: Now-5/30

SERENA AND LILY // Save 20% Off Serena and Lily’s Memorial Day Sale


DATES: 5/25 – 5/31

WISTERIA // Save 25% off Everything


DATES: 5/25 – 5/30

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LDV Gift Guide: For the Grads

Graduation season is such an exciting time! The proud graduates feel a sense of accomplishment (as should their parents and members of their support system!) and there is a palpable excitement for what comes next. Chances are, you’ve likely been invited to an upcoming graduation or two and may be wondering what to get. We’ve designed a gift guide for the girls and guys that features an assortment of items that are stylish, thoughtful, and will help to set the stage for success! From calling cards and chic portfolios to take on interviews to personalized stationery used to send a thank you note post-interview and gear to get them through any upcoming work travel, we have a bevy of memorable gifts for you to choose from. If anyone reading is a recent graduate, congratulations!



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{1. Cuyana Coral Leather Laptop Sleeve | 2. Stubbs & Wootton Yale Slippers | 3. Parker Thatch Leaf Cay French Blue | 4. Annabel Ingall Isabella Large Tote | 5. Globe-Trotter 21″ Travel Trolley | 6. Greek Key Personalized Stationery | 7. L’Objet Lapis-Look Limoges Porcelain & 24k Gold Box | 8. Prouna Marble Azure Catchall Tray | 9. Shaffer LA Orange Card Wallet | 10. Graphic Image 9″ Wire-O-Notebook in Embossed Python Leather}


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{1. Parker Thatch Personalized Cable Pouch | 2. Mark & Graham Leather Zip Folio | 3. The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada | 4. J.Crew Garment Bag | 5. Shinola “The Runwell” Leather Strap Watch | 6. Clare V. Catchall | 7. Minted Gentleman Personalized Stationery | 8. Mark & Graham Union USB Flash Drive | 9. Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker | 10. Cambridge Satchel Briefcase}

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Jet Set: Hotel Duque de Loule in Lisbon, Portugal

H10-Duque-de-Loule-Aerial-002Hello LDV readers! For the past couple years, you may know me as Brendan of Blog About Design. I wanted to fill you in on a project I’ve been working on with my sister, Ashley. In/Spree is a social media/shopping app that allows you to shop the style of your favorite fashion influencers in one place! I’d love for you to check it out!

For today’s Jet Set post, I’m taking us to Lisbon, Portugal! Lisbon is an incredible city known for its cafe’s, incredible architecture, and stunning views. The Hotel H10 Duque de Loule is a wonderful boutique hotel set in an 18-century building. The hotel is located near shops, cafe’s, and the metro. In addition, the hotel boats absolutely breathtaking views of the city.h10-duque-de-loule-1(ABOVE) The Limao Rooftop Bar Terrace is a great place to chill out and grab a cocktail while enjoying the incredible views of the city. I love the tile floor, isn’t fun?

10360045_195_z(ABOVE) If you prefer to enjoy your cocktail indoors rather than on the rooftop terrace, you can move indoors. This quaint seating area is located adjacent the outdoor seating area.

(ABOVE) The lobby is very quaint, it has a mix of modern and old world charm. I absolutely love the Portuguese tile art, what a great way to bring history in.

10360045_124_z(ABOVE) The suites are incredibly inviting and fresh. I love the white walls and blue accents, it has such a calming feel.

(ABOVE) If you choose to go with a larger suite, you’ll have a living area similar to this. The space has a very homey, relaxed feel.

Bar-Terraza-montaje-coffee-break_hdl(ABOVE) If you’re hungry the hotel offers many wonderful baked goods and desserts. This looks so good!

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1. Dress: Elizabeth & James | 2. Sunglasses: Self Portrait | 3. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | 4. Necklace: Marc Jacobs | 5. Sandals: Joie | 6. Top: DKNY | 7. Ring: Shashi | 8. Bikini: Missoni | 9. Skirt: Tory Burch | 10. Sunglasses: Wonderland | 11. Bag: Grace Atelier de Lux


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The Style Files: Ann Mashburn

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Ann Mashburn  and her husband, Sid founded their super chic, eponymous stores in Atlanta in 2007 after moving from New York where they’d each had illustrious careers in fashion– he, designing for Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, and she, as an editor at Vogue and Glamour. As you would imagine, they are quite the stylish duo and have impeccable taste– a combination of innate style and training at some of the most hallowed halls in fashion.  I have been a fan since photos of their chic Atlanta store first surfaced around the blogosphere years and years ago. I was thrilled when Ann and Sid opened their second outpost in Houston, which exudes style in every corner and is one of my go-to places to shop in the city. The space is inspiring, the timeless clothes are exactly my style, and the staff is so warm and helpful. The Houston store features whitewashed brick and steel case windows and doors, and seagrass carpeting layered with colorful rugs throughout; a Saarinen Tulip Table, whimsical chandelier, stunning Chinoiserie panels, Parsons-style shelves, and pops of pink on the Ann Mashburn side; blue-grey fixtures, brass accents, a ping pong table, and taxidermy on the Sid Mashburn side.

The Mashburns have an amazing aesthetic which permeates everything they touch, so it should come as no surprise that since opening in Houston just under two years ago, they have recently expanded to Dallas and Washington, D.C. with an expansion to the West Coast coming later this year! I finally had the pleasure of meeting Ann a couple of months ago when we attended a luncheon here in Houston. She not only exudes style, but is so warm and gracious. She instantly made me feel like an old friend with her kind nature and engaging conversation. I have a lot of respect for Ann, not only because she inspires me so much in terms regard to her style, but because she has built such an amazing brand and business in under ten years. If you haven’t shopped in her stores or don’t live near one, you can always shop on her beautifully curated website. Enjoy!


Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Ann Mashburn: My own. I get asked this all the time and I never know what to say. Tomboy, classic, uniform. 95% luxurious basics/5% unique, skewing-towards-costumey vintage pieces or special finds.


{The Original Ann Mashburn Store in Atlanta}

PC: Has living in Atlanta influenced your aesthetic in any way?

AM: For fashion I think it has – we have grown our business since moving to Atlanta, so my fashion life cycle has gone from NY fashion editor dressing (minimal, lots of black) stay-at-home mom suburban chic carpool clothes (button-fly 501s and Saint James) to more of a grown-up business owner who gets dressed for work every day. The weather has had an influence too… It is amazing to be able to wear open-toed shoes almost all year long.


{Ann in her Atlanta Office}

PC: What does your home say about you?

AM: My home is full of my history… a little story of our life. Sid and I have moved around quite a bit and it is so comforting to see the same couch that I nursed a baby on in a past home, now with a teenager asleep on it in a new house. We have a Platner table that our oldest learned to walk around and it’s still in our living room today. And there’s a lot of pieces like that that we bought together as a young, broke couple who were trying to figure out their taste… now it all looks a little more pulled-together, but still has the feel of our first apartment together in NY. Our styles haven’t really changed.

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{Ann’s Iconic Pink Sofa}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

AM: It sounds cliché – but we travel so much for work that I can’t help but be influenced by all the stuff I see on those trips. I have to say, instagram is kind of a game changer for this too since you don’t have to actually go anywhere… though I kind of feel like I am cheating.


PC: Who are your personal style icons?

AM: The fashion editors I worked with when I was Polly Mellen’s assistant at Vogue in the 80s. Many of them are in that great book the Editor’s Eye. Polly of course, Jade Hobson, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele… all older women who had such confidence and looked more interesting and cool than conventionally beautiful. And as a result their fashion choices made them look more like themselves. The clothes were enhancers – not distracters! I loved that – it was a real education…


PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

AM: Fritos out of the little snack packs I still put in my youngest daughter’s lunch. I have been known to eat 3 bags in a row.


{The Ann Mashburn Store in Houston}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

AM: Attentiveness/curiosity… knowing when and how to listen well. You can just feel it across the table: a nod, a look, a certain gesture or change of posture.


{Ann Mashburn Atlanta}

PC: Who has been your greatest professional influence?

AM: I have mentioned her already, and bring her up constantly, but Polly Mellen, my first boss at VOGUE. She was 62 at the time, and I think I learned more in those 18 months than in my entire 23 years up to that point. Lots of fire drills and dramatic situations and crises and tears and hard work, but also a killer introduction to incredible artists (Irving Penn, Richard Avedon.. Steven Meisel, Arthur Elgort…) and to hard work and dedication. Really, more than I could have learned anywhere else. She was a complete pro and passionate about what she did, almost to a fault, but in a way I still so admire.


{Polly Mellen}

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

AM: Loving my loves well and appreciating what I have.

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{Sid and Ann’s Daughters}

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

AM: Los Angeles! We are opening a tiny men’s store there – hopefully late summer/early fall. I adore LA – my brother went to UCLA and I have a long history with it… we can’t wait.

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{The Sid Mashburn Store in Dallas}



Go-To Outfit: ankle boots that are a cowboy-chelsea hybrid, blue cropped jeans and men’s-style shirt from my line. I usually throw a blazer over it.

Style Mantra: chic and comfortable – I have to be able to run in it if need be.

Scent: Annick Goutal Eau de Bonpoint (reminds me of my children and now it reminds them of me…)

Piece of Jewelry: Sid just gave me the most special beautiful, red lacquered cowrie shell Aurelie Bidermann necklace… I look down at it every fifteen minutes. It is unusual and fancy and delicate.

Color I Never Tire Of:  sky blue– my favorite shirt color

Flower: peony

Indispensable Design Element: white paint

Dream Project:  isolated weekend house in the country.. like a super-bare-bones A-frame cabin… Sid and I have been dreaming about this since we met and it’s still in my head.

Fabric/Textile: toile de jouy – used sparingly for me – but I adore loads of it, especially when it’s mixed, in France.

Hostess Gift: books.. ideally, but I am always in a hurry so it usually ends up just being a bottle of wine!

Meal: grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut.

Drink: Aperol (the color is fantastic)

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: always a hot bath at end of evening… but only after feeding people… there are usually at least a few girls around, and I actually really love making dinner.


3 Things I Love About Atlanta: 1. All the green & nature in the middle of the city – piedmont park is a dream and a half … 2. The airport is the best of the best – we do a LOT of travel 3. The weather – spring begins in February!

Weekend Destination:  just our pool in the backyard.

Hotel: Hotel Ritz in Madrid

City: Rome

Museum: Prado in Madrid, but the current exhibit at the Renwick in DC is one of my favorite temporary exhibits I’ve ever seen. Amazing.

Artist: Louise Bourgeois

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: nearly anything Sid spins. We almost always have music going at home and it is like having a private dj.

Prized Possession: my engagement ring

Risk Worth Taking: opening our business in 2007.

Greatest Extravagance: room service… I ALWAYS feel guilty.

Go-To Color Palette: Navy blue. I struggle with color on my line because I could wear navy every day but color sells!

Movie Set Design: North by Northwest. I dream of that big modern house.

I can never have too many… daughters.

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A Tour of the Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse

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{The Living Room by Shaun Smith features White Lacquered Walls and a Mix of Carefully Curated Pieces in a Palette of Various Green Hues}

I hope you aren’t tired of hearing about the Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse at this point! I know I have mentioned it a few times over the last couple of weeks, but it is difficult to contain the excitement of participating in my first showhouse. The whole experience has been incredible. It has been so rewarding to see months and months of work come to fruition in such a public forum. I have loved meeting both my fellow designers and all of the visitors to the showhouse, both at the gala and on opening day. It was so fun to see people come in and marvel at my room and all of the individual elements that make it beautiful.

The Southern Style Showhouse is located at 7618 St.Charles Avenue in New Orleans. It will be open now through June 12th. I have been to my share of showhouses and can attest to the fact that this is one you will not want to miss! It is so interesting to see what Southern Style means to the participating designers and how we all interpreted it. The other thing that sticks out to me about this house is that each designer’s point of view is evident in their individual spaces, but somehow, the house as a whole feels much more cohesive than a lot of showhouses. There seems to be a common thread from one room to the next and it truly feels like a home. I urge you to visit before the showhouse closes! Trips to New Orleans are relatively inexpensive and there is so much fun to be had in this beautiful, historic city! In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a little tour to entice you. I don’t have photos of all of the rooms since they were all finished at different times and the gala was jam-packed with nearly 400 people, but these glimpses should be enough to make you want to visit and see it all for yourself!


{The entry by Melissa Rufty is a riff on the Afro-Carribean influences in New Orleans. The beautiful marbleized wall covering is a silk fabric by Rule of Three Studio.}


{Los Angeles-Based Reagan Hayes took a decidedly more modern slant in the parlor.}


{Artist and Interior Designer, William McLure created a multi-purpose space in the dining room/library. The cheery, yellow walls are punctuated with McLure’s sought-after artwork.}


{The powder bathroom off of the stairs was designed by Denise McGaha. The over-scaled, floral wallpaper by Ashley Woodson Bailey proves that big things come in small packages.}


{James Farmer designed a classic, timeless kitchen with a Southern accent.}


{Lindsey Coral Harper designed a jewel box of butler’s pantry featuring Adelphi wallpaper and a mini chandelier from Circa Lighting.}


{The Family Room by Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living incorporates a palette of blue, white, and pops of yellow in their signature “Southern Regency” style.}


{One of my favorite spaces in the house was the guest cottage bathroom designed by Betsey Nixon Hazard from Shaun Smith’s office. It features a beautiful wallpaper from Stark, a feminine antique mirror, and sconces by Julie Neill.}


{Clary Bosbyshell from Atlanta designed the pretty laundry room featuring a pretty, floral wallpaper and striking abstract painting by Sally King Benedict.}


{The Master Bedroom designed by Ware Porter is thoroughly traditional with its mix of antiques, elaborate draperies and canopy bed, and monogrammed linens from Leontine.}


{Last, but not least, my guest bedroom and terrace which I affectionately nicknamed the Dauphine Suite. The room really came together around the beautiful deGournay wallpaper accented in hand-gilded 12 carat white gold and aluminum, along with the iron Tara Shaw bed. I wanted the room to respect the sense of time and place– an 1890s house on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans–but sought to execute that idea through a modern lens. The result is glamorous, timeless, and feminine.}


{I took the same neo-traditional approach on the balcony, using the blue and white pottery in the bedroom as the jumping off point for the terrace which features outdoor furniture by Woodard, upholstered in Sunbrella fabric and pillows and accessories by Williams Sonoma Home.}

This just scratches the surface of all of the fabulousness in this showhouse. Congratulations to all of the participating designers! I have loved sharing this experience with and getting to know all of you better.

Shaun Smith

Melissa Rufty

William McLure

Denise McGaha

Reagan Hayes

Michel Boyd

Lance Jackson & David Ecton

James Farmer

Lindsey Coral Harper

Lisa Herring Mende

Jonathan Savage

Betsey Nixon Hazard

Catherine Olasky & Max Sinsteden

Ware Porter

Clary Bosbyshell

Robert Leleux

Brian Patrick Flynn

Catherine Brooks Giuffre

Laura Burleson

Chad Graci & Christina Graci Javanmardi

Kenneth & Jennifer Rabalais and Tina Lagasse