Friday, April 27, 2012

Earth Month // Rustic Home Decor

Earth Month // Rustic Home Decor

As earth month concludes, how appropriate was the timing of my stumbling on this line of rustic furniture created from exotic wood materials.  Woodland Creek Furniture, located in Michigan, has been in existence since 1997.  The company's concept is to create unique rustic furniture using different reclaimed (eco-friendly) exotic woods.  Types of woods used include barn wood, juniper, hickory, birch bark, burl redwood, black walnut, aspen log, pine, and cedar.   

Natural Wood Dining Room Table with Ball Base Design

Redwood and Manzanita Chair
Mosaic Burl Wood Coffee Table with Juniper Base

Juniper Bed

Juniper Coffee Table
There are several collections within this line of eco-friendly furniture.  Check them out... 

Barnwood Furniture: only 100-150 year old solid reclaimed wood from old buildings or barns is used

Barnwood Coffee Table - Triple Beam Design

Barnwood Platform Bed

Sofa Table - Juniper with Barnwood Top

Copper Furniture: created from reclaimed copper

Copper Coffee Table with Wood Pedestal Base

Birch bark furniture:  made from harvested dead birch trees

Birch Bark Coffee Table

The contemporary rustic line: a combination of reclaimed wood and modern metal bases 

Modern Mountain Platform Bed

Modern Mountain Coffee Table


Log Checkerboard Table

Pool Table

Rustic Pedestal Sink with Stone Bowl
                                              Photos courtesy of Woodland Creek Furniture

To learn more about this unique line of furniture and to see many more options, take a look at their website  I am not typically a "rustic home decor" type of girl, but several pieces in this line definitely caught my interest.  Beyond that, I found the concept and the photos of the entire line to be amazing.


Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cathy Covets... Pink Jewelry // Rose Gold and Morganite

Cathy Covets... 
Pink Jewelry // Rose Gold and Morganite

Metal jewelry trends have varied over the years from yellow gold in the 90's, to white metals in the 00's (white gold, sterling silver, platinum) to a mix of colored metals right now (yellows, whites, brass, copper, black rhodium).  Along the way, rose gold  has primarily played a minor role (most often as part of the tri-color gold combination), but over the last year or so it has increasingly been making it's own statement.  Picture rose gold jewelry with your bright and pastel pinks for spring...gorgeous!

 Ippolita  18K Rose Gold plated and 18K Yellow gold Link Bracelet - ($1095)

Domed Mesh   14K Rose Gold Ring - ($257)

Blu Bijoux   Pucker Up Rose Gold Plated Necklace - ( $19)

Toscana Italiana    18K Rose Gold Plated Martellato "Fiaccola" Hoop Earrings - ($49)

Oscar de la Renta   24K Rose Gold Plated Multi-row Textured Necklace - ($475)

Splendido Oro   14K Rose Gold Plated Expandable Ring - ($124)

Jules Smith  Perfect 10 Rings - ($85)

Etoile   Rose Gold Plated Leaf Earrings - ($75)

 Infinity   14K Rose Gold Medallion Pendant - ($570)

 Roberto Coin  18K Rose Gold Oval Link Necklace - ($11,100) .  Similar, less expensive version by Vince Camuto ($74)
Maison Martin Margiela    Copper-tone Brass Cuff - ($469)

Taking pink jewelry one step further, add in a peachy pink gemstone like Morganite.  Morganite is relatively new on the fine jewelry scene.  It's not one of your more common gemstones, and some of you may have never heard of it.  It is definitely worth a look!  There are many options in pink fashion jewelry, but if you are interested in an investment in pink fine jewelry, morganite is worth considering.  It is not as pricey as pink diamonds or sapphires and has a unique peachy pink color that I find to be mesmerizing.  Because this is my weekly Cathy Covets post, these are the pieces that I am obsessing over.  Hope that you agree :)  

Premier  10ct Morganite & 1/2ct tw Diamond 14K Ring - ($3216)

Gem Treasures   5.67ctw Trillion Shaped Morganite & White Topaz 14K Rose Gold Ring - ($895)
The morganite gemstones in the above rings are set in rose gold instead of the more common yellow gold setting.  What an appealing color combination!

 David Yurman   Morganite, Diamond & 18K Yellow Gold Cable Wrap Necklace - ($3400)
The morganite stone in this pendant is 24x10mm...almost an inch in!  FYI - David Yurman has an entire morganite collection set in sterling silver and 18k yellow gold which is available on his website.

Also in the pink jewelry catagory, and one of my current obsessions...

 Tory Burch   "Dusty Rose" Resin Chain Necklace - ($195)

How I would work an outfit around pink jewelry...

Dress H&M    //   Shoes LuLus

Look forward to your comments :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Trend: Metallic and Satin Shorts for Evening

Trend: Metallic and Satin Shorts for Evening

As much as I adore all the fun summer dresses, sometimes I just want to throw on a pair of dressy shorts for a fun evening out.  How about you?  Of course, we still want to look polished and classy in the process.  So what types of shorts will work for the occasion?  In my previous post, on lace shorts here, there are a couple of options, but I see the metallic and satin shorts that are trending right now to be a great choice!  The subtle sheen of the metallic/satin amps up an otherwise casual pair of shorts to the dressy shorts category.

Some looks from the Spring 2012 runway...

Chanel Spring/Summer 2012

Chanel Spring/Summer 2012

Iceberg Spring/Summer 2012

Iceberg Spring/Summer 2012

Iceberg Spring/Summer 2012

Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2012

Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2012

Some celebrity and street style looks...

Olivia Palermo at the Rochas fashion show in Paris- March, 2012

Amanda Seyfried in London wearing the new H&M Conscious Collection (blazer $119/shorts $49.90)

Caroline Sieber in a Christopher Kane Spring 2012 metallic shorts suit -February
Vanessa Jackman in NYC for Spring fashion week 2012

Where to find...

NBC Fashion Star shorts by Ross Bennett at Macy's...available in  pink satin, floral print satin, gingham print satin ($59)
Express satin cuffed shorts at ... available in stone (above), coconut milk and whisper pink  ($59.90) 

Burberry satin shorts at ($195)  

 Bebe soft cargo tie shorts at ...available in hibiscus (above) and ses($89) 

H&M metallic shorts at ($49.95)  

Topshop high waisted hotpants in pink at  ($60)

3.1 Phillip Lim skort at ($375)     

Thoughts?  I will most likely be wearing this style of shorts with either a sleeveless, tunic style silky top or button down and add a blazer as necessary...similar to many of the above looks.  Throw on a strappy pair of skyhigh heels and head out the door for the evening!

Happy weekend!