The New Chic

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Rebecca de Ravenel, designer of the cult-status Les Bonbons earrings is proving that she is no one-trick pony! She has recently expanded her chic, eponymous line with the addition of new earring silhouettes including the new Christy Hoop and has expanded into handbags and clothing with the introduction of the Lolli Bucket, available in either acetate or raffia with a tortoise shell lid and stylish gold chain strap and the Ming Shirt, a longline silhouette featuring double-knot buttons. The new collection was just recently unveiled during New York Fashion Week and is currently available for pre-order on Moda Operandi. I love all of the new pieces in Rebecca’s collection, but am especially smitten with the Ming shirt for its chic, timeless silhouette that can be worn several different ways. Now I just have to choose which color to get. I’m currently deciding between the pale blue and the navy. Which would you choose?

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Tate Turns 8!

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{Hey Hey, It’s Tate’s Birthday!}

Today is my dog, Tate’s eighth birthday! It’s hard to believe that it has been eight years or to imagine what life was like before Tate came along. Tate has taught me an endless number of things. He has shown me the meaning of unconditional love, patience, and loyalty. Tate has brought so much joy to our entire family and is so much more to us than “just a dog”. He is our little baby, our constant companion, and a source of unwavering love and loyalty.

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My husband, Fabian had German Shepherds growing up, so he knew what it was like to have a dog, although their dogs were really just the family dog versus getting the royal treatment that Tate does. Fabian has said countless times that he has never had a bond with a dog like he has with Tate. I never had a dog growing up. I was completely afraid of dogs and generally indifferent about most animals before he came into our lives. How things have changed! Because of Tate, I have become a devout animal lover. My fear in earlier parts of my life was due to not understanding dogs or other animals. Tate really changed my life by converting me into a true dog person. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a dog’s love. It’s unlike anything else. He is our unwavering, fiercely loyal, and incredibly sweet companion.

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As most of you know, Tate has gone through the wringer in the past few years with a couple of injuries that finally resulted in spinal surgery in the summer of 2015. Both of his injuries were extremely trying and sad to witness, but if we learned anything from those experiences, it was that he is a fighter. He is a tough little guy and I truly believe that he fought to get better so that he could remain by our side. He knows how much we love him and he loves us just as much.Tate Contreras

Just last week, Tate sprained his leg and has been on crate rest quite a bit. It’s never easy seeing him that way, but thankfully, it was minor and he is doing a lot better today. For anyone who has met Tate, you know that he can be a little timid and anxious at first, but once he gets to know you and you become one of his “people”, he will love you forever. He loves the girls in my office so much that he gets super excited when they arrive at the office each morning and cries when they start packing up to leave in the afternoons. It’s really sweet, but that’s Tate. Tate Contreras 2

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For more of Tate’s adventures and more regular updates, follow me on Instagram along with his hashtag #TatetheCockapoo. If you’re not acquainted with Tate and are curious about him, he is a Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel/Poodle Mix). As a result, he is highly intelligent, hardly sheds, allergy friendly, and extremely affectionate and adorable. He is on the larger side for a Cockapoo and weighs about 36 pounds making him a medium sized dog. If you’re considering a doodle, they really are the most wonderful dogs!

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Far East Fantasy

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The new issue of Architectural Digest just hit newsstands and if you’ve already read it, then you likely noticed the new cover, logo, and format courtesy of the new editor-in-chief, Amy Astley. The look is really fresh and I’m liking it! Speaking of fresh, the Indian home of the former fashion designer behind the Tocca line, Marie-Anne Oudejans at the Narain Niwas Palace is featured in the issue and it is a true exotic fantasy. Marie-Anne also designed the glorious Bar Palladio which was previously featured in AD and has essentially gone viral on Instagram and Pinterest because of its chic interiors. I blogged about Bar Palladio back in August of 2015 (read the post here).

Like the stunning Bar Palladio, Marie-Anne’s home features the same mix of sophistication and whimsy. Pagoda-style daybeds, ceilings tented in stripes, and beautiful, Indian-style floral patterns make an appearance in both spaces to great effect. Red is not a color that I often use in interiors, but it looks so vibrant and fresh paired with a dusty, robin’s egg blue in the home’s bedroom and living areas, while a full-on red application is bold, yet classic in other areas of the home, including the kitchen and dressing room. I have never been to India, but Marie-Anne’s stylish interiors make me want to plan a trip soon!

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{Photography by François Halard for Architectural Digest}

Lust List: March 2017

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{Broderie Anglaise Top | Navy Dreamcatcher Earrings | Chinoiserie Silk Scarf | Ravello Metallic Intrecciato Mules | Camel Trench Coat | High-Rise Skinny Jeans}

I know that several parts of the country have been dealing with winter weather this week, but spring is so close that I can just taste it! In fact, the first day of spring is on Monday, March 20th, which will also be Tate’s 8th birthday. As always, I am currently loving updated classics in a palette of black, white, camel, and navy. This month’s list is filled with style staples and pieces with feminine details as well as some great jewelry to dress up any look along with pieces to get you through the transition period if you live in a part of the country with real seasons. That being said, it was 80 degrees in Houston last week and this week it’s been significantly cooler, so it always helps to have great layering pieces.

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