My default thought process goes something like this: when in doubt, make a list. (Shocking, right?) Getting my apartment from where it is now to being ready to be shared on the blog feels a little daunting right now so I thought I'd break it down and share what I'm working on. 

1. Buy/plant a cactus and a lemon tree
For whatever reason, I have been obsessed with cacti lately. And having a lemon tree in my apartment is part of my 101 in 1001 list!

2. Plant something for my window
My grandmother suggested a little herb garden. Any recommendations?

3. Chair and headboard from Katie Kime
I am so excited about these that I can hardly contain myself. It has been a dream of mine (no, seriously) to own one of Katie's designs and I became even more obsessed after touring her workspace on our trip to Austin. I'm so excited to invest in such high quality workmanship and I know these pieces will get a lot of love over the coming years. But it wouldn't be my apartment without a mix of high and low, which brings me to the next to do item...

4. Finishing touches from Target 
I'm excited to be working with Target for some of the remaining decorating. You've already seen my green X benches but I'll give you a sneak peek of the striped duvet that's on its way... LOVE.

5. Order frames and mattes for Design Darling art prints
We're really ramping up the art selection in the boutique to make it a one-stop-shop for pretty prints for every room in your home.

5. Hang everything up!
Brace yourselves for a seriously epic gallery wall. I cannot wait!

What's on your to do list for your home? I'd love to compare notes!


1. A flash mob for a great cause. I'll be at our friends' wedding that weekend but if you're in New York, you should sign up here! I'm sure it will be a remarkable experience.

2. From the archives: ten dream bedrooms.

3. I bought this olive tank to wear with white jeans. Can't wait!

4. My friend Grace released her first collection for BaubleBar! I love the rope bracelets.

5. Nautical new arrivals for summer.

6. Real estate envy.

7. Such a pretty party look on Julia.

8. Target does it again! Striped espadrilles for only $20. (They look a lot like this J.Crew pair!)

9. There are just four pieces left in the Kerry Steele pop-up shop! Don't miss out on a chance to own one of her originals.

10. This makes me want to plan a day trip to Montauk.


This outfit is so common it's practically a cliché (at least on my college campus and in line at my corner Starbucks every weekend). Let's call it the I'm-wearing-workout-wear-because-it's-comfy-not-because-I-have-any-intention-of-actually-working-out look. Are you familiar? I'm pretty sure we've all been there: comfy t-shirt, running shorts, and a dash of mascara if you remember it before you race out the door. It's the easiest combination to throw on for running errands in the city, chasing around the family dog, or heading to the beach on a windy day. Trendsetting? No. But practical? Very.

Any old t-shirt will do but I've got a secret weapon when it comes to cute running shorts. Enter Krass & Co., a collection of preppy shorts for men and women. Want something nautical? Here you go. Quirky? Voilà. Patriotic? You bet.

I also have a gingham pair in the works with Krass & Co. so stay tuned for an announcement when those are available! I just wanted to share this festive pair in case you wanted to order in time for the Fourth of July (just place your order by Sunday!).

Ralph Lauren t-shirt (old, also love this and this)  //  Krass & Co. shorts c/o

I'm so happy it's the weekend. This week was super productive (art pop-up and new arrivals!) but I definitely need a couple days to hit the reset button. Are your weekend plans adventurous or relaxing? Whatever you're up to, make it a good one! xx


It's impossible for me to go to Nantucket without embracing my love of nautical style. This monogrammed bikini is basically my new favorite thing in the entire world. Can you even?! Other summer musts: an anchor infinity scarf, mint cat eye sunglasses, and a cross-body bag that doubles as a clutch.

The Naushop clubhouse... So many memories of Marco Polo and shuffleboard with my siblings.

Amy and I are always on the lookout for colorful doors and cute door-knockers. Don't you love this starfish? I wish I could add an anchor or a lobster to my apartment door but somehow I don't think my landlord would be keen on the idea. :(

Spotted my dream car in the neighborhood. I learned to drive in a Land Rover Discovery so I'll always a soft spot for them! The Defender is the ultimate island car in my book.

No trip to Nantucket is complete without a stop at Sankaty. My parents took their wedding pictures here 28 years ago! 

My mom grew up spending summers in a house on Baxter Road... Safe to say that's the address of my ultimate dream home.

Fell in love with this little ship on the outside of one of the cottages. Would love to find a similar vintage piece for my parents' place!

The Chanticleer, where my parents had their rehearsal dinner. No matter how many times I stroll the streets of 'Sconset, I'll never tire of its quaint charm.

Watching the sun set over Old South Wharf in town. I've been living in this Swiss dot tuxedo top.

Always nice to pop into One Orange Shop and see what's new. Will picked up this belt that matches the one my grandmother needlepointed for me!

Jacks and Krewe... What else is new? ;) Itching to get back for July 4th next week!


I took a bunch of art history classes in college but I'm definitely still figuring out what artists and styles I'm drawn to. My newest life goal? To own a piece by Jenny Prinn. I love the bold layered strokes, her embrace of bright color, and the fact that she lives right here in New England. Can you imagine one of her larger abstracts over a console table in your foyer or a smaller piece in a gallery wall above your sofa? Bright white walls + vibrant abstract art = my dream room. Her studio must be a very happy place!


I don't know how I haven't gotten around to posting about Tipsy Parson before today because it is without a doubt one of my top five favorite restaurants in New York. If you're visiting the city (or you live here and somehow haven't already been), run, don't walk. You will not be disappointed!

What: Dinner at Tipsy Parson

Where: 156 9th Avenue, Chelsea

Why: Get. The. Brussels. Sprouts. A little sweet, a little spicy, and generally perfect. I like the chicory salad but I've been known to indulge in the mac and cheese if it's freezing out and I need to warm up. The Tipsy Palmer cocktail is so good you'll want more than one. Oh and I'd like to cover my life in their Brunschwig & Fils Bibliotheque wallpaper.

Need more recommendations? You're in luck. Check out more of my NYC favorites here!


Today you're getting two for the price of one (...still free). Roxy was one of the very first friends I made through blogging. We met when I was still in college and she was just leaving her first job and trying to figure out her next steps. Fast forward five years and she's at the helm of Society Social, a line of furniture that she designs and that's been featured in every blog and magazine ever. She's found her footing, moved to New York, carved out a niche for herself, and brought back the bar cart in her spare time. I'm continually blown away by her can do attitude and so proud to call her one of my friends.

Roxy introduced me to Inslee, an insanely talented artist with whom she shares a chic-as-can-be office space in SoHo. She does custom illustrations for gifts and wedding, sells prints and stationery on her website, and also writes the most clever blog you'll ever read. They're two of the most brilliant, charming, and innovative women I've met and I know you'll all love getting to know more about them!

Names: Inslee Fariss and Roxy Te Owens 
Ages: 28 and 30, respectively
Titles: Illustrator and founder/designer of Society Social, respectively
Location: New York City and New York City/North Carolina, respectively

What was your first job ever? Have you always wanted to do what you're doing now?
Inslee: My first job was in a clothing boutique when I was 18. I've always wanted to be in the fashion/design/art arena, but I didn't always know this would be my career. For a long time, I thought that illustration was just an outlet for me to be creative, an escape from a "normal" job. It took me a while to realize that my creative outlet could be my source of income.
Roxy: Yes! Mine was at a retail store at the local mall when I was 16. I didn't know it then but my experience helped me land amazing internships while I was at Parsons. The fashion brands I worked for liked that I already had experience on the sales floor dealing with customers and in-store merchandising. Never underestimate a modest first job!

When did you know it was time to launch your business?
Roxy: It was more of a gradual realization versus one moment. I was in my third year of a corporate job in the buying office of a large department store. I was buying for about 300 stores and helping manage millions of dollars. Not only was it extremely stressful but it was also the same drill every day: 9 to 5 (though usually 7 or 8) in a gray cubicle hammering away at a computer. It wasn't rewarding or fulfilling — not the kind of life I wanted to live!
Inslee: I didn't really realize it until after I'd started my business... Whoops! I launched my website and sold a small collection of stationery while I was still in school. It was very much a back-burner side project. For a long time, my parents fielded the requests that were coming into my website while I was finishing up my degree at Washington & Lee. After graduation, we transitioned into me reading and replying to those emails directly. When I realized how many people were interested in my illustrations and willing to pay for them, I quit my post-graduate unpaid internship and threw myself fully into growing my art into a brand.

Tell me a little about the process of creating a new piece.
Roxy: My designs start with a variety of things: a look I love, a fabric, or a proper cocktail hour! I'm not technically trained so my team of designers and engineers are instrumental in making my ideas come to life. For my first bar carts, I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of faux bamboo, fretwork, natural cane, color, and functionality. There's a lot of dialogue and brainstorming around the key attributes of my initial ideas, then sketches, then editing, then the spec'ing of the product. The designs that make the cut go to prototyping and on to production. It's a fun collaboration with all parties involved but nothing makes it to the next stage without my direct approval. 
Inslee: When I'm working on something like my yearly calendar or a new card design, I create a big secret Pinterest board and compile tons of image inspiration. When I'm working for a client, I let their vision inform how I work. I always ask what little details make them unique. Things like "I always wear these earrings my grandmother gave me" or "please make me five inches taller" are common remarks that help me capture my subjects.

What does a typical day look like for you?
Roxy: Running a small business requires you to take charge of many roles, from designer to bookkeeper to marketing manager, so every day is different. I’m always learning something new!
Inslee: The beauty of this job is that there rarely is a typical day. Today began with working on a new blog post and then I had a client come in to meet with me about a commission... the subject of which is "two little girls and their cat, Olaf!" This afternoon I'll be working on an interesting mix of administrative and creative work: both installing our air-conditioning unit and beginning a new bridal commission.

You crack me up. Besides your new AC unit, what's inspiring you right now?
Inslee: I just launched a new product that I'm so inspired to work on: large, gestural nudes done in bright watercolor washes and sumi ink. It's so much fun for me to do something different from my usual pen and ink and watercolor small character sketches.
Roxy: Travel! I just returned from a spectacular Mediterranean cruise. We visited Italy, Greece, and Croatia. The buildings were powder blue, bright pink, salmon, terracotta, minty green, golden yellow, and so much more. And the sea! Deep, saturated shades of cerulean and teal. I want to splash my apartment and all of Society Social with the hues of the Mediterranean! 

That sounds amazing! What's the most fun part of your job?
Roxy: It is my absolute favorite to receive notes and pictures from my sweet customers. It’s still surreal to think these designs started out as just a thought, and seeing them in real homes – styled by real people – gets me every time. My customers’ enthusiasm keeps me going!
Inslee: I love interacting with my clients. It is by far the most fun part. I love helping them celebrate important milestones with commissions, launch new businesses with illustrations for their websites and branding, and plan parties with illustrations for invitation designs. 

And the least fun, just to keep it real?
Inslee: Trying to find more than 24 hours in each and every day. Being an independent and creative entrepreneur is a major undertaking and requires a ton of focus, energy, and the ability to wear many hats. You try installing an AC unit and painting a bridal portrait in the same 2 hour window and tell me how it goes [laughing].
Roxy: The least fun is the uncertainty of it all. I’m relatively new at this so there are definitely days when I feel overwhelmed and unsure of myself.

I know that feeling all too well. How do you stay organized?
Inslee: I use Salesforce to keep trace of my incoming leads and commissions. I would be lost without it.
Roxy: Google Calendar! I wouldn’t know what day it is without it.

I need to start using both of those! What's one goal you have for your business in the next year or two?
Roxy: At this point most of my wholesale business has come through my website, but I would love to see how buyers would respond to SS at an industry trade show. I can’t decide between the NYC show, the Atlanta show, and High Point, of course. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Inslee: I'd love to establish myself as a resource for not just illustration work but fine art (like my nudes) and other larger pieces.

What's one pinch me moment you've had so far?
Roxy: About three years ago, I was unemployed and deeply entrenched in the 20-something battle of finding my life path and passion. Sounds dramatic, right? Well, it was! When I see my designs in national glossies, I still can’t believe it. I’m so grateful.
Inslee: Well, I can't reveal too much just yet, but I'm partnering with an NYC stationer with a rich history in the finest of papers. Our collaboration will launch in a matter of weeks so stay tuned!

That's so exciting! When will you know you've made it?
Inslee: When we can afford an apartment with a dishwasher.
Roxy: Really all I'm asking for is a little more natural light and a second bedroom. ;)

You know you live in New York when... Ha! Any advice for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs?
Roxy: Five tips, to be exact!
Inslee: Learn how to build and code your own websites!!!

Keep up with Inslee: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter
Keep up with Roxy: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter


Blogging isn't always as glamorous as it seems. I've had a few friends take a stab at blogging for all the perks, only to jump ship when they realized how hard it is to actually sit down and make yourself write something new every single day. There's a lot of alone time, constant comparison to what other people are doing, and plenty of self-doubt over whether your diligence will ever amount to anything. That said, I'd be lying if I said the pros don't completely outweigh the cons. I've met so many incredible people, had so many cool experiences, and even seen new-to-me places because of this little blog I started back in college. So while I'll never complain about getting to collaborate with a new brand or receiving a free handbag in the mail, it's the experiences and the friendships I value above all else.

Getting to travel out to the Hamptons with C. Wonder last week is exactly the kind of experience I'm talking about. Fill a bus with my favorite bloggers and business women and drop them off at a gorgeous home in Southampton... It's the kind of day that dreams are made of. The public relations team at C. Wonder is one of the most awesome groups of women I've met in New York; they're all so perky and smart and just really well-suited for their jobs. They wear the clothing in a way that makes me see C. Wonder totally differently — I swear I could have stolen their outfits right then and there. (D-y-i-n-g for this silk dress in olive green.) Instead let's settle for a little early summer shopping spree, shall we?

Can we talk about this pool? It's definitely the crown jewel of Chris Burch's home. (And it should come as no surprise that I love all the hot pink and navy!) It was such a treat to get out of the city and spend a little time in the Southampton sunshine. 

Want to know the way to my heart? Easy: lobster rolls. My favorite summer food and extra pretty when served on a navy coral tray.

Oversized pots of hydrangeas? This must be heaven on earth.

I loved this side view of the house. Such a dream home! I dream of having that much space to decorate and landscape and wallpaper as I please. I'm pretty sure every other blogger there felt the same way!

Thank you, C. Wonder, for getting together such a good group of people and showing us all such a wonderful time! 

P.S. If you've had your eye on something from C. Wonder but haven't pulled the trigger, there's a good chance it's in their epic summer sale. Shop it here!


"When one door closes, another opens."
—Alexander Graham Bell

My parents are putting our family home on the market this week and it's been a really tough move for all of us to wrap our heads around. They'll stay in the same town at least until my brother graduates high school but we all know it won't be the same. Cleaning out my childhood bedroom, donating old clothes and toys, painting over the striped walls in our kitchen... Every step feels like a particularly painful part of growing up. I know it's the right choice for our family but it's been heart-wrenching to slowly say good-bye to the place where we grew up.

Every corner of that home is filled with countless childhood memories. My sister and I taking over the playroom with a Playmobil village that deserved a spot in their catalog. My parents surprising us with Coach on Christmas morning. Setting up obstacle courses for all our neighborhood friends. Celebrating my dad's 40th birthday with a big tent on the front lawn. Learning my back handspring on the trampoline. Eating veggies from my mom's garden. Hosting a French exchange student. Picking flowers from my dad's peony bushes. Celebrating my high school graduation. Finding out I got into Bucknell. Saying good-bye to Fenway. Launching my business from the dining room table. The surprise launch party my family threw me the week before it went live. Bringing Rory home. More than a dozen Christmas mornings with my grandmother and cousins.

We had a good family cry with everyone home a couple weeks ago and it was pretty incredible to hear everyone share their favorite memories in that house. Big transitions like this one always remind me how profoundly lucky I am to have the parents I do and how proud I am to be a big sister to my siblings, all of whom are funny and smart and growing up so fast. It's the people who make a house a home and I'm so unbelievably thankful that these are my people. Goodbye, beautiful home, and hello to our next chapter.