Fine Dining

by Lauren Setum

Last week, a friend brought my attention to Kate Spade’s Wickford Dinnerware Collection (shown below) featuring a fantastically fun wiener dog motif. I love the combo of kelly green and navy that the collection utilizes, very fresh and chic. The set inspired today’s post which showcases a handful of dinnerware collections that I find endearing, each for a different reason. Imagine the tablescapes that could be created with these…

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  Airplanes Kip O’Krongly at Northern Clay Center: Functional and artful all in one. I love that the design isn’t overly feminine and nods to a vintage aesthetic.

 Blue floral Blue Fluted Mega by Karen Kjaelgaard Larsen at Bloomingdale’sClassic blue and white with a modern twist. I find this line simply stunning. Each piece is slightly different; unexpected yet definitely cohesive.  

  Wiener dog set Kate Spade at Macy’sThe catalyst for today’s post. A wiener dog motif plus stripes; can’t go wrong there!

 Orange floral AnthropologieThis is a smaller, salad size plate, but I think the pop of color it has to offer a more neutral table setting is just delightful. Not to mention the unique shape.

 Taxi Kirk Lyttle at Northern Clay Center: If you prefer a more handmade look, this plate is a great option. The taxi illustration sets it apart from other run-of-the-mill handmade pottery items. A great conversation piece.                                 

 Classic white set Montes DoggettBecause classic never goes out of style. I totally understand having a set like this as a staple item in your kitchen. Plus, it’s a great backdrop for different pops of color throughout the year. I selected this particular set because of the bowl design. I think the pedestal is so elegant; quietly intriguing. 

I Have Nothing to Wear!

by Lauren Setum

Be honest, how many times have you stood in front of a closet full of clothes and uttered these words? With all the preparation that goes into holiday festivities, thinking about what we’re going to wear often ends up on the back burner. Online shopping certainly has its place, but seeing as tomorrow is Turkey Day, there’s no time to deal with items that require 5-10 business days to ship. So, for today’s post, I’m sharing a handful of my picks for holiday attire that can be found in store at your local mall. There are a ton of sales going on right now, and some websites even allow you to choose your size online, put it on hold and then pick up in store. When asked about your fabulous outfit tomorrow, just go with, “What? This old thing?!”

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Nic +Zoe dress at Nordstrom. Currently 40% off! Pair it with black tights and boots and a chunky necklace. Too cold for short sleeves? Layer a turtleneck underneath for added warmth. Comfy AND it twirls…perfection.

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Fitted jacket from H&M. For just under $50, you can add this fabulous pop of pattern to your wardrobe. Definitely a piece that you can use time and time again. Pair with black leather pants and a flowy blouse.

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I can personally attest to the loveliness of these blue leopard tuxedo pants by Trouve at NordstromI tried them on a couple weeks ago (and they’re now on my wishlist!). They are so comfy and the pattern makes for a more interesting pant than a plain blue jean.

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These suede wedge booties by Ann Taylor would go great with the Trouve pants! The color-blocking adds a little intrigue.

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If you’re traveling rather than hosting for the holiday, this cape from Ann Taylor will be just right. The material is terrific; the cape is a great alternative to not-always-so-stylish outerwear.

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These calf-hair block heels are also from Ann Taylor, and they add just the right amount of pizzazz! Who doesn’t love a good polka dot?

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This side-button sweater from J. Crew takes a simple sweater and makes it extra stylish with well-placed details. This red color way is ravishing, but it also comes in several other colorways that would go well with some of the other pieces in today’s post.

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Last but not least, I love this casual-chic look from Banana Republic.