“You can have whatever you want if you dress for it ”

I consider shopping a sport. For unknown reasons, many individuals in fact hate this concept, particularly when it comes to times that you have to look your best, or at the absolute least, professional. Even those of us who would consider a stroll down 5th Ave their perfect Saturday, however, can appreciate the benefit that comes from an expert opinion. Generally speaking, I trust my best friend to tell me if that the yellow dress I picked up makes me look like a jaundiced lemon who is 8-months pregnant, and that I should in fact put on the rack. However, that’s not to say that she is in fact an ‘expert’. She’s merely brutually honest (and we really appreciate it. Honestly.)
A true expert opinion can fill the gaps in your wardrobe, and maybe actually put to use that really cool flower-y shirt you bought two seasons ago but can’t figure out what it matches with. They can convince you that with the right accessories, you really CAN pull off that leather coat without looking like a biker, and that you were in fact wearing the wrong neckline with that jewelry you love. Simple switches and additions to basically tweak what you already have. Who doesn’t want a personal stylist, right?
Well, in theory, now everyone can get one. I’m a busy working gal, so when I saw an advert for the third stylist-in-a-box this week, I saw it as a sign from above. Think Birchbox meets Rent The Runway. You create an online profile of what you love and hate, along with what you look like, and then you get mailed a box of gorgeous designer clothes. You try them all on, keep what you love, mail back what doesn’t work, and ta-da! Brand new wardrobe. While the great part of this is that you only have to pay for what you end up keeping, let’s just say these stylists don’t pick items from the sale rack. I don’t doubt that you’ll always be looking super fabulous if you are a frequent user of the stylist-in-a-box method, however unless you’re raking in some serious dough, you may want to leave the style advice to your bestie.
Below are a few of the companies that I keep hearing about. Based off of their online samples, remind me to call them when I win big 🙂

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And to keep the gents in your life looking dashing…

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Have you ever used a stylist? Would you use a mail-away stylist such as those featured here?

xo SA

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.”

A few months back I was over an old friend’s apartment for a dinner party. It was the first time I had visited his apartment and was expecting the usually college-y minimalism in design given that he was a mid-20-something bachelor. For the most part, I was right. However, what I did notice was that on one wall he had a huge nautical map, framed. Given that his walls were relatively bare otherwise, I made a comment on it, to which he pointed out that it was a gift from a friend. The two apparently had been discussing their love of nautical maps, and it seemed like a natural housewarming gift when the time came. I thought it was a nice, classic, understated piece, that really went well with whatever post-college decor he really would’ve chosen.
Since then, I have seen an abundance of maps in all shapes, sizes, and forms incorporated into artwork and wallpaper in interior design. This probably has a bit more to do with Ralph Lauren than my friend, but we won’t tell him that 😉 See below for a few of my favorites.

What are your thoughts on this interior decor trend? Would you do this to your walls?

xo SA

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest

Lifestyles of the Rich and the Absurd…were the Madden brothers right?

Sorry for the week long hiatus, life sort of got in the way. Anyway, I recently tripped up over some news that I found highly entertaining: 

The ability to poop glitter… Yes, you read that right. I am not talking about the mythical unicorn excrement or even Ke$ha style but actually glittering gold or silver with your number two. 

Apparently old news but been revitalized more recently, this Tobias Wong invention/design/creation has surfaced in a few articles lately. A designer from New York who made some strange pieces of “art” and design (obviously) created a pill that includes 24 caret gold and makes your poop sparkle. He originally created a silver version back in 1998 but now even gold is available. The pills cost $425 a piece and are supposed to “work” for about 24 to 30 hours. I am not entirely sure where they are available but apparently they do exist. 

Tobias Wong on the other hand, unfortunately, no longer does. After suffering for  many years from various sleep disorders the designer committed suicide three years ago in his New York apartment. Although there doesn’t seem to be very much information on him or his death, he was a regarded as an artist on the brink of success before he passed away. Some of his works have been displayed in the MoMA, including his bulletproof quilted duvet and rubber dipped Tiffany pearls, while others are housed in various galleries and even some traveling shows. 

So what do you think? If you had $425 to blow would you try these bad boys out? Or is glittery sh*t not really your thing?