Friday Favorites: 07.27.18

I am sorry it has been a little quieter than usual around here. Between client projects, hiring two additional members, and looking for a new design office/showroom to support all of our new growth, it has been a little crazy as of late. I have been working non-stop, but have found it a little more difficult to find the time or inspiration that I usually need in order to create new content for the blog. All of this growth is simultaneously exciting and a little terrifying, but I know in my heart that it is what we need and I am so thrilled about the latest developments happening behind the scenes. I’ll keep you posted as everything comes together. In the meantime, here is what has been on my radar as of late.

 

Design: The Southern Living Idea House recently opened in Austin and it looks fabulous! Designed by the talented Meredith Ellis, a Michael S. Smith alum and owner of James Showroom, which has locations in Austin and Dallas. I am so overdue for a trip to Austin, so I’m hoping to make it before the showhouse closes in November. If you don’t have plans to be in Austin by then, you can check out the full before and after here.

Style: I recently came across these super chic mules by Alepel. They’re stylish enough on their own, but this special collection features hand-painted monograms and floral designs to take even the plainest outfit up a few notches!

Read: Bill Cunningham was a true original and a veritable arbiter of style. His loss a couple of years ago was deeply felt within the fashion world, but his new memoir, Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs, promises to deliver the fascinating story of how he went from an adoring “people watcher” on the street to the iconic man in the blue jacket. I am pre-ordering this book now!

Career: Are you a list-maker? I definitely am and start each day with a new Post-It note next to my keyboard with the day’s tasks on it. I find that having a physical list keeps me on track and crossing things off of it is extremely satisfying. However, I just read this article on Forbes.com on the idea of shifting one’s focus from being purely task-driven to thinking more about the outcomes. I find that both things go hand in hand and when you run a multi-faceted, project-driven business like I do, you have to simultaneously think about project outcomes while managing all of the tasks that will get you to the finish line. What are your thoughts on this?

Eat: By now, I am sure you all know just how much I love Ina Garten. I have watched every episode of her show, Barefoot Contessa, and I have all of her cookbooks as well. Naturally, I am anxiously awaiting her newest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro, which comes out on October 23rd. You’d better believe that I’ve already pre-ordered my copy!

Shop: The end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just a few days away. Luckily, some of my favorite items from the sale are still available including this pretty top, these stylish booties, and this fabulous AERIN Fragrance Discovery Set which includes a few of my favorite scents and would make a lovely gift. You can find the rest of my favorite sale picks here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. i had to come back after reading the forbes article on outcomes vs. to-do’s. i thought that was a brilliant way to describe it! it seems to me that comes more naturally to some than others because i struggle with legacy employees who consistently wail they don’t have enough time to finish everything. i’ve tried every way i can think of to explain they don’t have to because some of those items are more important to others in the company, but don’t contribute to the bottom line; some won’t hold their value six days much less six weeks or months; etc. then i end up prioritizing their action items for them, grrr. i’m going to try this with them!