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Happy (Long) Weekend! …and some faves.

Sigh…  Where did the summer go?  Who knows, but with football kicking off this long Labor Day Weekend, it’s on its way out.  I can already smell buffalo dip, beer, and dry leaves…  hear pep bands…  and feel a chill in the air.  It’s right around the corner! Anyhoo, I hope you get to spend some long leisurely days with good friends and family, doing whatever you please at your own speed.  Because that’s what holiday weekends are for…  right?  On another note…  pssssht, c’mahhn.  I wouldn’t leave you hangin’ on Friday without a few faves!

1.  Bien Fait Tee.  I just bought this the other night, and I CANNOT emphasize how amazing it feels, how amazing it hangs, and how I am going to be wearing it every (single) day until it falls off me.  Runs large; I got an XS.

2.  TOMS Memphis Sunglasses.  I’ve been searching for a pair in a blonde shade, and these are perfect.  As seen on my girl Haskell’s Pinterest.  The former editor of Garden & Gun’s got good taste!

3.  Overdyed Arikara Rug, Rugs USA, 80% off on Labor Day Sale.  Sprint.  Go.  Now.  Hurry.  I just bought this one for our basement.

4.  YSL Gris Underground Polish.  It’s like the perfect serene, moody wall color, but in a bottle of nail polish instead of a paint can.  Can’t wait to try it.

5.  Free People Cheeky Lace Bra.  I am *the* pickiest person on the planet when it comes to bras.  This is my hands-down fave.  It’s beautiful, comes in a rainbow of shades, is comfy and it’s super hot.  And $38.  Bangbang.

6.  Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch.  You’ve probably seen this everywhere, and there’s a good reason for it.  Because it’s &%# awesome.  I have it in pale buttery pink and love it.  Statement staple.  Holler.

7.  Geometric Pullover Sweater.  Who doesn’t love a slouchy sweater for Fall?  And this one’s not boring.  I pinned this from It Chick Jamie Meares, who yes, is renowned for her shop/design work, but she also always pins great fashion finds that are really reasonably priced.  Stalk this Pinterest board of hers for ’em.  This sweater’s only $33.  Can’t beat that.

8.  Scandal.  I may or may not have bags under my eyes today because I accidentally watched the first 5 episodes in Season 1 last night.  Over a bag of Skinny Pop (Paleo cheat meal.  What.)  Where have I been?  A little slow on the update apparently, but this show is delicious.  Also, Kerry Washington’s wardrobe is RIDONC on this show.  I may have to call Dana over at Possessionista and have her tell me where to buy all of Kerry’s amazing Fall jackets.

9.  Ohio Buckeyes Tee.  Two tees on one favorites board = proof that I am a Midwesterner.  Homage makes impossibly soft tees you’ll want to live (and tailgate) in. And if anyone needs me, I’ll be living in this one tomorrow, starting at 8am, in the Buckeye Nuthouse with this little Nutbag Superfan.  What’s that??  No, that’s not Axl Rose.  That’s my boyfriend.

Have a great weekend guys!!

xx,

Steph’s Picks! 75% Off at Rugs USA

I never fully appreciated what a HUGE difference a killer rug can make in a room until I bought this Overdyed Grove Rug in Violet last year from Rugs USA for my dining room (below is a shot from when I first unpacked)…

…Probably because I had always been deterred by the price tag on a great rug, and therefore never bought the ones I wanted.  I always bought the ones that were “just ok” and would get the job done… (Yeah.  Ask me how many of those I still have? Zero.)  Anyhow, when I rolled this bad boy out, I was delighted to see it was FAR more beautiful in person. Below is a pretty accurate representation of the color:

So anyhow…  I know.  Rugs are pricey.  But Campers (!)  Right now, Rugs USA is running their big bad 75% off sale again, which means if you’re in the market for a rug, you can score some pretty great ones for not a lot of coin.  So I am urging you to sprint over there and check it out.  Or better yet, since there are about 2,000 rugs on sale, save yourself the time and peruse my faves, since I sifted through all 2,000 of them last night.  Because I am nuts.

These are my crème-de-la-crème, jaw-dropping faves.  Nomnomnom:

Overdyed Purple – I’m speechless.  I would trade my left nut for this one.  Surely my dad would call it “beat to hell, and like someone threw bleach on it.”  I call it Utter Perfection.  Parents just don’t understand, Jazzy Jeff. | Serendipity Beige Rug (80% off!) – I dig the zig zag. | Overdyed Multi – um, heaven.  I love when the colors are a bit indiscernible. | Overdyed Teal – Dreamy. | Metallic Splattered Cowhide – um, love.  My girl Cates had these at her wedding reception (she’s swanky).  I want one in my office.  Under a pretty lucite coffee table.

…or girls too.  Whatevs.

Satara Chevron Daredevil – Maybe someday I’ll have a rotten little boy, and maybe I’ll put this in his room. | Tuscan Palace Ikat Trellis – I almost want to sing “Prince A-LI, Fabulous HE, Ali-a-bahhb-wahhhhh” when I see this.  | Serendipity Ivory – Would also be great in a beach house or bedroom.  | Serendipity Emerald – Pantone Color of the Year, y’all!

I can’t help it.  It’s the prettiest color in the wwwwwworld!

Tie Dye – my 16-year old self loves it.  My 32-year old self would love it in pillows. | Overdyed Pink – STUNNING.  All that happy pigment.  Would be a great statement piece. | Prescott Natural – I like the asymmetry.  | Tuscan Palace Ikat Trellis – same pattern as above, but great in a girl’s room.

Need something a little more grown-up, a little more masculine (or at least gender-neutral?)  Check out these austere beauties.

Loloi Nyla Slate – uh, yum.  Great in a gender-neutral household.  Nutballs – I just realized this one ISN’T on sale.  My bad. | Beaumont Adileh Natural – this one looks like something you might find at Pottery Barn or Restoration.  All the reviews said how incredibly soft it was to walk on. | Cowhide Chevron – Literally, in 50 Shades of Grey.  This is just gorgeous, intricately done and probably exquisite in person. | Satara Ananda Trellis Nickel – I’m not super into graphic stuff, but I think this is cool.

…or cabin in the woods.  The top two in particular scream “Dad’s Country House” to me…  very Pendleton-esque.  I am having visions of deer heads and antiques and shot guns & such.

Homespun Rockville Beige – Would also look great juxtaposed against florals. | Montero Plymouth Red – so cozy.  I see it in the living room, in front of the fireplace, at Christmas time. | Shyrdak Felt Hanson Red – Kinda tribal and fun…  and Anthro-esque, but it looks a little more unique.  And worldly. | Shyrdak Felt Concord Grey – I feel like I should expect to see something like this when I walk into Jayson Home & Garden in front of a leather sofa.  Or draped over the foot of the bed if it’s thin enough.

Overdyed = my favorite kind of rug.  Maybe it’s the hazy, dreamy look of them… the rich, gorgeous pigment… or maybe it’s that you can spill just about anything and no one would be the wiser.

Overdye Indigo – (sigh).  It looks like a pair of perfectly worn-in jeans. | Overdye Magenta – I don’t usually do reds, but I’d do this one.  I love the faint violet colors in the middle. | Windsor Overdyed Violet – This is what I have in my dining room.  It’s stunning.  The color is PERFECT.  Most of these overdyed rugs are pricey (and I get why… they’re beautiful, and most are 100% wool and hand knotted).  This one is synthetic, but I’ve never minded.  It’s a STEAL.  Because of which, it runs in & out of stock often. | Overdyed Aqua/Indigo – I see sea glass.  Yum. | Overdyed Green – Love the fading, love the pattern. | Overdye Verda Silver Rug – I love that this one also has a bit of a design to it.  And it’s not a run-of-the-mill pattern I’ve ever seen.

The good ones *will* run out of stock quickly, so if you are in love with one of them, NOW IS YOUR TIME!  Also, a word of advice:  Buy the largest one you can afford.  Unless it’s a little guy for a kitchen or an entryway, bigger is almost always better.  I’ve done a lot of 5×7’s or 5×8’s in the past when I didn’t wanna spend the extra money on the bigger size, and I’ve always lived to regret it.  Big guys can anchor any room.  I’ve found that the medium-sized ones get lost underneath things and you can’t see ’em.  Rugs USA is pretty good about doing sales, but I only see the 75% off sale about 1x/year.  Don’t forget to enter IND75 or IND80 at checkout to get the savings!!  Which one is your favorite??

xoxo,





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