Yup, I am missing in action. (I'm actually at work through the rest of the week, but don't tell anybody.)


I had every intention to get my blogs done for this week... buuuut it just didn't happen. And still isn't happening. So I'll be back next week with regularly-scheduled content ;)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


P.S. - Santa was extra nice this year and brought me my first ever iPhone... So you can now follow me on instagram! @misschelseaelyse


Favorite Spaces :: 12.21


I am in love with this house. I'd totally live here. The clean lines plus the rustic materials plus the GORGEOUS landscape paired with huge windows equals heaven in my book. Wouldn't it be lovely decorated for the holidays, with a 10 foot tree in the living room?

Brought to you by CWB Architects.


P.S. - Happy TheWorldDidn'tEnd Day! ;)

Trend Report :: Fair Isle

Fair Isle was around as a 2011 trend, but stuck around in 2012 too (and for good reason)! Any trend that allows oversized, baggy sweaters is okay in my book. It makes me think of curling up to a fireplace in a cabin in the Rockies after a long day on the slopes.. although, more realistically, I'd probably wear it with boots and leggings (duh) out running errands.

Since this is a pattern that is typically winter-only (unless you really like breaking the rules), I wouldn't suggest spending major bucks on a Fair Isle article of clothing. Most of the pieces below are closet-worthy without breaking the bank!

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11

The countdown continues.. 4 days until Christmas!!



W2WW :: Wear to Work Wednesday

W2WW :: Wear to Work Wednesday

Sweater / Sheinside / $27
Skirt / Dorothy Perkins / $32
Boots / Tory Burch / $495
Ring / Stella & Dot / $35
Necklace / Jonnybella / $50

Who's got two thumbs and doesn't care that it's 70 degrees outside and wore her long winter coat complete with fur collar today anyways? THIS GIRL! True story. 

Come on Santa, all I want for Christmas is a little snow. Heck, at this point I'd be okay with any weather below 50 degrees. Come on! Global warming, you suck. 



Favorite Spaces :: 12.14





Some more breathtaking interiors from the fantastic Luis Bustamante. He has such an incredible talent, it takes my breath away! I love how he uses symmetry without being too formal or stuffy. Absolutely mesmerizing. Enjoy! 



Making Spirits Bright

Every hostess with the mostess knows the importance of a well-stocked bar. Especially around the holidays, you never know when you might receive an unexpected visitor! 

Stocking a bar is slow process, as my roommate and I are discovering. Sure, you could go out and buy everything you need all at once, but I can't even image how expensive that would be. Plus, it's fun to find little objects every now and then to add to your collection! I love scouring antique and flea markets for one-of-a-kind pieces.

Below are some of my favorite choices for a home bar... 

1. Cocktail shaker and ice bucket. Self-explanatory. Another glam option here.
2. Cocktail napkins. Your furniture will thank you.
3. Barware. Other options here, here and here.
4. Shot glasses. Because you know how to keep the party going. Party hardy here and here.
5. Stemware. Other favorites here and here.
6. Bottle opener. The more unique, the better. I particularly love this one.
7. Coasters. I also love thesethese and these. 
8. Wine stopper. Other impressive pieces here and here.
9. Drink tray. More here, here and here.
10. Wine bottle holder. To impress your guests. I have 2 of these in my own home!
11. Decanters. Read about the difference between a carafe and decanter here. Who knew? Not me.
12. Snack bowls. Because a hungry guest is an grumpy guest. More here and here.
13. Straws. More fun here and here.

And a delicious winter drink that will warm your tootsies up.. 

Cider rum punch | The Sweetest Occasion

Happy holidays! How do you celebrate the season? What's your favorite holiday libation? I'd love to hear! 



W2WW :: What to Wear Wednesday

W2WW :: What to Wear Wednesday

Sweater / H&M / $50
Pants / Ann Taylor / $140
Shoes / Zara / $80
Bag / Gucci / outrageous
Tassel Necklace / Kenneth Jay Lane / $220

Happy Wednesday! You're halfway to the weekend!



Monday Morning Motivation


"Let light shine out of darkness". If life gets dark, just remember that darkness is nothing but the absence of light, so create your own light to fill the dark. 

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did do. So let's face today, this week, this month, this life, head-on! What will you do? 

Here's hoping you have a wonderful week. 



Favorite Spaces :: 12.7

It's December! Time to bust out the holiday decorations and lust about a white Christmas (something we can only dream about in the South).

When it comes to holiday decorating, I LOVE a neutral color scheme. (Think golds, silvers, whites. Shocking, I know). I just find it so peaceful and calming. These spaces are right up my alley!

Images from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Traditional Home. 



Drumroll, Please...

Pantone announced last night that the color of the year for 2013 is emerald! Which is no surprise, considering how overdone Tangerine Tango ended up becoming. I mean, that sh*t was EVERYWHERE.

A nice regal, cool color is just what people (or maybe just me) are craving. Not just green, which is lively and fresh, but emerald. Big difference there. Emerald conveys a sense of richness, formality and elegance.

Steven Stolman, president of Scalamadré, said "As the only Jewish member of the Irish Georgian Society, I feel uniquely qualified to discuss the color Emerald. It's a happy-go-lucky color. Although I've never really been comfortable with the green beer ... I love emerald green for jewelry, of course, and clothing." As a part-time Palm Beacher, he added, "I know how important it is when mixed with pink."

Not into Pantone's choice? Sherwin Williams picked a similar aloe while Benjamin Moore went with lemon sorbet.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

And let's not forget one of the most iconic emerald dresses... 

"Great balls of fire. Don't bother me anymore, and don't call me sugar."



W2WW :: Wear to Work Wednesday

W2WW :: Wear to Work Wednesday

I'm pretty convinced that there's nothing comfier than a fur stole and a big, oversized sweater. If it was socially acceptable, my outfit would be a big sweater, leggings and flats. Every. single. day. 

Alas, society expects us to change up our attire every now and then. I LOVE these green pants and would be so happy if they magically appeared in my closet!

Pants / Nordstrom / $50
Blouse / Monki / $45
Sweater / Sheinside / $40
Bag / Louis Vuitton (duh)
Fur stole / Jack Wills / $50
Pumps / Mango / $110

What's your favorite outfit to rock on a daily basis?



Right Meow

For those of you who aren't aware, this is Tard the Grumpy Cat.

I am feeling a bit like Tard today. Grumpy and mean and I might bite you if you get too close. Don't test me right meow.


Back tomorrow with some W2WW and hopefully a better mood. 



Favorite Spaces :: 11.30




How amazing is this space by Spanish designer Luis Bustamante? There's so much detail going on, yet everything works together perfectly. There's not just one "style" that defines the space, instead it's many different ones work together in harmony. 

Wishing you a fabulous December weekend!



W2WW :: Wear to Work Wednesday


This outfit could work in so many different environments, including a casual office, which is what makes it so perfect. Run to the office, run some errands, stop for drinks - all without worrying if your outfit is appropriate. For a more formal look, simply take off the vest. 

Many people say leggings shouldn't be worn as pants, but unless you're this woman I say GO FOR IT! Yours truly does it at least twice a week. 

Sweater / Donna Karen (similar) / $780
Leggings / Urban Outfitters / $34
Pumps / Zara / $90
Laptop case / / $150
Vest / J.Crew / $77 (on sale!)
Earrings / Kate Spade / $130
Sunglasses / Ray-Ban / $150


Thanks For This Beautiful Life

Dear God, 
Thanks for this beautiful life, and forgive me if I don't love it enough. 

Hope you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day with your friends and family! 

Moi, I am in Birmingham, AL for the day with family, then off to Oak Ridge, TN for three days of camping with some great friends. 


NOTE: All images belong to the incredible talented Jaime and Kevin of From Me to You. I do not claim any ownership of these images. Please visit their blog, as Jaime is one of the most talented photographers I have ever laid eyes on! 


25 Things To Accomplish Before 25

1. Make peace with your parents. Whether you finally recognize that they actually have your best interests in mind or you forgive them for being flawed human beings, you can’t happily enter adulthood with that familial brand of resentment. - Done, my parents are my best friends and role models. 

2. Kiss someone you think is out of your league; kiss models and med students and entrepreneurs with part-time lives in Dubai and don’t worry about if they’re going to call you afterward. - This sounds fun... Am I allowed to say that out loud?

3. Minimize your passivity. - Something I try to live by.  

4. Work a service job to gain some understanding of how tipping works, how to keep your cool around assholes, how a few kind words can change someone’s day. - Does high school count? 

5. Recognize freedom as a 5:30 a.m. trip to the diner with a bunch of strangers you’ve just met. - TBD.

6. Try not to beat yourself up over having obtained a ‘useless’ Bachelor’s Degree. Debt is hell, and things didn’t pan out quite like you expected, but you did get to go to college, and having a degree isn’t the worst thing in the world to have. We will figure this mess out, I think, probably; the point is you’re not worth less just because there hasn’t been an immediate pay off for going to school. Be patient, work with what you have, and remember that a lot of us are in this together. - Check. I have a business degree, definitely not useless, but I still don't make any money. Oh well! 

7. If you’re employed in any capacity, open a savings account. You never know when you might be unemployed or in desperate need of getting away for a few days. Even $10 a week is $520 more a year than you would’ve had otherwise. - Working on this... slowly... see above about income...

8. Make a habit of going outside, enjoying the light, relearning your friends, forgetting the internet. - Something to work on daily! Difficult to accomplish when working an 8-5 desk job. 

9. Go on a 4-day, brunch-fueled bender. - Is this even possible, let alone socially acceptable? Challenge accepted. 

10. Start a relationship with your crush by telling them that you want them. Directly. Like, look them in the face and say it to them. Say, I want you. I want to be with you. - Again, challenge accepted. 

11. Learn to say ‘no’ — to yourself. Don’t keep wearing high heels if you hate them; don’t keep smoking if you’re disgusted by the way you smell the morning after; stop wasting entire days on your couch if you’re going to complain about missing the sun. - In progress. Easier said than done. 

12. Take time to revisit the places that made you who you are: the apartment you grew up in, your middle school, your hometown. These places may or may not be here forever; you definitely won’t be. - This sounds like a good idea, I'll get on it! Who's with me?

13. Find a hobby that makes being alone feel lovely and empowering and like something to look forward to. - Experimenting with new hobbies all the time. This blog is one that makes me happy! 

14. Think you know yourself until you meet someone better than you. - Not sure how you accomplish this one, but I'm working on it! 

15. Forget who you are, what your priorities are, and how a person should be. - TBA

16. Identify your fears and instead of letting them dictate your every move, find and talk to people who have overcome them. Don’t settle for experiencing .000002% of what the world has to offer because you’re afraid of getting on a plane. - What about spiders? 

17. Make a habit of cleaning up and letting go. Just because it fit at one point doesn’t mean you need to keep it forever — whether ‘it’ is your favorite pair of pants or your ex. - Let's just say I'm not a hoarder. 

18. Stop hating yourself. - Check? 

19. Go out and watch that movie, read that book, listen to that band you already lied about watching, reading, listening to. - In progress..ish. 

20. Take advantage of health insurance while you have it. - Thank you parents and Obama! 

21. Make a habit of telling people how you feel, whether it means writing a gushing fan-girl email to someone whose work you love or telling your boss why you deserve a raise. - TBA

22. Date someone who says, “I love you” first. - Accomplished, more than once I might add. 

23. Leave the country under the premise of “finding yourself.” This will be unsuccessful. Places do not change people. Instead, do a lot of solo drinking, read a lot of books, have sex in dirty hostels, and come home when you start to miss it. - I would love to. See above about "I don't make any money" and "student debt is hell"

24. Suck it up and buy a Macbook Pro. - I received an iMac and iPad as graduation gifts and have a company laptop - does that count? If so, check. 

25. Quit that job that’s making you miserable, end the relationship that makes you act like a lunatic, lose the friend whose sole purpose in life is making you feel like you’re perpetually on the verge of vomiting. You’re young, you’re resilient, there are other jobs and relationships and friends if you’re patient and open.” - I enjoy my job and am working on a good relationship! 

by Greta Tuckute


Favorite Spaces :: 11.16

Some very colorful interiors to tide you over until Monday...

Images from here

This weekend I will be relaxing with Millie and attending a coworkers wedding.. what crazy plans do you have?