Day Planners: The Unstoppable Obsession

If someone would have told me a few years back that I would be head over heels for all things related to agendas and day planners, I probably would have laughed in their face. Then again I was in my early 20s and didn’t plan anything except for wine nights and what I was going to wear the next day. I’m approaching 30 and have decided to kick it old school with a written planner. Well, “a” planner isn’t exaclty correct. At this moment I own 6, yes 6. And they are all amazing. I’m partial to Kate Spade personal size planners. I’m not sure if its because they’re timeless and beautiful or because of their elusiveness, but KS planners kind of have my head spinning. I’ve recently learned that I am not the only one this has happened to. There are TONS of planner lovers/obsessors out there. On facebook there’s countless groups (I’m in most of them) devoted to the Kate Spade planner and filofaxes in general. There is something about the creativity and craftsmanship that comes along with owning a planner I find exciting. My new favorite pasttime is making dashboards and dividers for planners. Now I’m even selling them! Diving into the planner world has gotten me deep into the craft world. I dream of pretty cardstock and sparkly washi tape. I love stationary and my craft supplies keep growing, as well as my dashboard output. I know this all sounds a bit wonky but its really cathartic and helpful. Meeting other “Planner People” is also really neat. They get it. They understand the obsession and will help you hunt down your unicorn (planner lingo for someone’s dream planner), they will send you RAK’s (random assortment kits or random acts of kindness) that consists of a variety pack full of planner accessories- paper clips, page flags, stickers, washi tape, you name it! All of which is pretty and fun to swap. As geeky as it sounds, my planner swap buddies know a lot about me and are so supportive and kind. I love getting a RAK or creating the perfect one to send. I also love scoring the planner I’ve had an eye on and sharing the good news with a fellow filofax lover- they get it! Planner loving can be consuming and beware-addicting. I’ve seen some planners go for $700 on ebay and the average Kate Spade runs around $200 these days. But with good planner karma and patience, finding your unicorn can really be a reality. In addition to these fun parts of filo-loving the real deal comes with the organization planners provide. Like real life “I’ve got my shit together” organization. Schedule all written out, lists made, finances accounted for, and to-do lists checked off. They’re functional, beautiful, and fun. What could be better?

Check out some of the set ups from the  KS beauties I have now and previously owned.

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CV Seen Around The Web

La Vie Clare Vivier

Every week we’re flattered by the love we get from some of our favorite ladies. From major leo love to the season’s latest styles, they always wear their CV in the most ingenious – and inspiring – ways. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite shots that we’ve seen around the web!  -Alexis

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(Photo courtesy of @damselindior)

We had the privilege of hosting Damsel in Dior herself, Jacey Duprie, at CVHQ a few weeks back. She decided to take the Spotted Sandrine for a spin – and it looks like the perfect work to weekend bag on her.

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We’re pretty much obsessed with all things J. Crew and Jenna Lyons. So when we saw their profile of Lucy Chadwick on their blog, with her cleverly clutching the Leo flat, we flipped. How brilliant is that styling?

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(Photo courtesy of @SincerelyJules

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Pumps on My Mind!

Results of Poll: Kate Spade Floral Print- Up for Grabs!

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As summer turns into fall, I’m stashing my sandals and thinking about shoes! Heels have been on my brain; specifically Kate Spade heels. I’ve always loved the craftsmanship and quality the Kate Spade New York consistently delivers. I’m particularly partial to the “Licorice” style. There’s something about the elegant pointed toe, the height, and the fit that consistently pulls me towards these heels. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some DVF heels, Troy Burch, and Schultz pumps. But Kate Spade has been on my fashion radar for so long, nothing seems to top them in my book. I’ll post some of the pairs I’ve recently acquired after the jump. Now, I definitely don’t need every pair and decided to make smart choices and sell a pair or two. I’m really into the blue croc pair and will definitely be keeping those! Its tough to decide on which pair(s) go…

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Pumps on My Mind!

As summer turns into fall, I’m stashing my sandals and thinking about shoes! Heels have been on my brain; specifically Kate Spade heels. I’ve always loved the craftsmanship and quality the Kate Spade New York consistently delivers. I’m particularly partial to the “Licorice” style. There’s something about the elegant pointed toe, the height, and the fit that consistently pulls me towards these heels. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some DVF heels, Troy Burch, and Schultz pumps. But Kate Spade has been on my fashion radar for so long, nothing seems to top them in my book. I’ll post some of the pairs I’ve recently acquired after the jump. Now, I definitely don’t need every pair and decided to make smart choices and sell a pair or two. I’m really into the blue croc pair and will definitely be keeping those! Its tough to decide on which pair(s) go to a new home. What do you think?

Kate Spade "Licorice" Blue CrocKate Spade "Licorice" Real Rose Printed

Kate Spade "Licorice" in Patent Camel

 

 

 

UPDATE: Get the Floral Pair now at 

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Hey, August, where’d you go?

Summer is gone?? Cute heels are always in style!

Keira Lennox

IMG_2618 { s’long white jeans… see you next summer. }

I’m sitting on the couch in my sweatpants because I got greedy with the long weekend, slowly tapping out my first blog post in over a week (I’m rusty) and choking down a giant green smoothie to atone for the sugary sins of the holiday (more on that tomorrow).

I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like I blinked and August disappeared.

This summer was so good to us: the flower shop was much busier than I anticipated, we made it to the beach, C spent a week in Canada with his family, our friends had a beautiful baby girl, we celebrated birthdays and holidays with our favorite people, and I tackled some overdue projects on my to-do list. It was pretty perfect, as summers go.

At the start of it, I decided to cut myself some slack…

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NC Wedding Photography!

While planning our wedding almost a year (!) ago, there were so many aspects and details to attend to, priorities to ensure were met, and just a lot to do!! I remember making a list of all that needed to be attended to, booked, and decided upon. One of most important pieces of the wedding for us was our photography. Pictures were something I wanted to hold on to forever and I was at a loss for who to call, what to ask for, and what prices were reasonable and doable. Reiss (the now husband:) mentioned he had a friend from college who did awesome extreme sports photography and weddings as well. So I checked out his blog and website and really liked his pictures and loved the ones from weddings he’d done in the past. They were extremely well done, contained all of the types of photos I would like at the wedding but had a unique flavor to them that brought them apart from your run of the mill “wedding pictures.” I liked that he had an organic approach to his work and his ability to capture natural emotion in his photos. They weren’t staged or fake. Thats what I wanted- real, unique and timeless….just like our marriage!

Reiss called Matt who’s based in Wilmington, NC and he was kind enough to drive to Asheville (6 hours away) not just for our wedding but also for our bridal shoot we took a few weeks before the wedding. His work phenomenal- so phenomenal our wedding is featured on Borrowed & Blue Asheville. Check it out here: http://www.borrowedandblue.com/asheville/weddings/jane-reiss

Matt was a blast to work with and produced images I’ll cherish forever. I know we’ll be calling him again to come hang out with us and for any pictures we would ever need in the future (baby pictures….someday)! So check out some of the work he did for us, and head to his Matt’s website or blog. If you give him a shout, he’ll be happy to make some amazing photos for you and have fun with you while doing it!

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3 Tips for “Tucking” a Faux Bob

 

 

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Before the “Tuck”

Bobs. They are the go-to cut for celebrities everywhere. From lobs, to shaggy bobs and faux bobs, this infamous hairstyle is a regular on the red carpet. Celebrity Hairstylist Frank Barbosa who has worked A-listers like Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, and Sarah Jessica Parker shares 4 tips for “Tucking” a faux bob.

1. Shorter Hair. “Tucking” gives the illusion of shorter hair without having to cut your clients’ locks off. Simply take the ends of the hair and roll them under or even over. But why this style? Worn curly or straight, it’s an easy way to re-invent your image and temporarily try out any length.

2. Variety. There are many variations to “tucking,” including a vintage version that includes a flashback to the ’50s or even looks from the ’20s as worn by Nicole Richie. A modern “tucking” includes various textures and angles. Think Taylor Swift. To veer away from a conventional bob, opt for an asymmetrical or A-Line tuck with longer tendrils cascading or by adding a braid.

3. Length = Look. To achieve a faux bob, the hair must have some length (at least hitting your client’s shoulders). It isn’t necessary to have ultra-long hair, just enough length to roll under or over.

Tucking How-To
To start, use a great working hair spray like IT&LY Pure Definition Hair Spray. It allows you to create a smooth finish or enhance texture while imparting shine and a natural hold. To begin, have your foundation ready to go. This means having elements like the part, texture choice or fringe already in place. Loosely gather the bottom portion of the ends of the hair and tuck under into a roll, securing with bobby pins. This is where you can also decide how short or long you would like to go. Remember, for straight hair; opt for a paddle brush to mold a smoother, sleeker “tuck”. Trying this out with a wave? Use your fingers to arrange curls in place (brushing will only disturb the texture).

Once tucked, work the style with your fingers to fan out the sides. Apply a headband or for added volume and tendrils, use the tail end of your comb to lift or pull out shorter pieces. Finish with more IT&LY Pure Definition Hair Spray for shine and staying power. Want more styling options? Add an accessory or even slide the hair behind one ear.

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Similar experience recently! Chopping it off- 10 inches to be exact was amazing! There’s so many new things I can do with short hair…with the right products of course:)

Keira Lennox

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Chopping your hair is such a thing right now, isn’t it? I jumped on the bandwagon late last week, after I realized all those topknots and tortured ponytails weren’t a fashion statement; they were a rut. I needed a makeover.

So I waltzed in to my hair appointment Thursday afternoon and declared to my stylist that it was time to freshen things up with a good old fashioned chop, “up to here.” [Insert dramatic hand-gestures to communicate desired length, somewhere between chin and shoulders.] 

We agreed to compromise with a healthy three-inch snip. “We can always take more off later,” she reasoned. But when she finished, I asked her to lop off one more inch, which removed the last of my layers and left me with a long, one-length bob that falls to my collarbone. Hash tag: clavicut.

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