Glitteratti!

I’ve always fancied myself the kind of girl that could live in a house made of sequins. This reality is a long-shot as my boyfriend would never agree to this actually happening. So I’m forced live out my decadently glitzy dreams on this blog. Plus the neighbors would totally talk about the crazy lady who’s house is made of glitter. Awkward!

 

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Coastal Love

Living in Manhattan feels, at times, quite overwhelming. The constant hustle and bustle of people. Cabs flying by you at rapid rates. Or the grittiness and loud noise all the time. Don’t get me wrong, the city is amaze-balls. We have theater and fashion and people from all walks of life. This city can 100% make your dreams come true. But being immersed in this metropolis makes me miss the comforts of home. That being the coastal towns of New England. So I’m inspired to write this post on coastal living and the chic way to decorate.

First up is the use of sea shells. In order to not have your decor feel in any way de-classe, you’ll want to use a glass hurricane or tumbler of some sort. Mixing the organic shells and glamorous glass is the perfect way to keep it chic. I never stray from using bold colors like black lamp shades too. This will give a more upscale feel to the ambiance. Then add in some white candles ( my fave ) with crystal candle holders and possibly a moss tree in a cute little pot made of clay and you’ve got yourself a sea-side retreat with the uptown feel.

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Another thing that I love are the addition of natural or beach related elements like using a surfboard as decor. The combination of all white interior and with the natural wood of the surfboard is perfection. Then adding a natural wood chair brings life to the otherwise stark room. I also love the brushed wood doors on the cabinet and the small embellishments of sea-foam. Something I think a lot of people fall into is the over-use of blue. It becomes way too in your face and takes away from the elegance of the room.

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This may feel a bit too girly for the men in your lives but I always feel like mixing in pendant lamps or chandeliers is a win every time. If you can convince your man to go with it by adding a masculine table as seen here, you’ll be so happy with the outcome.

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And last up is the all time favorite ever on this earth. Lanterns!!!! I’m a huge candle lover. It’s so calming at the end of the day. I adore how peaceful it can make a room. I would get a extra large size and a slightly smaller size in a slightly different pattern. Or you can match the styles but try not to use the same size. It looks so much more put together when they are different sizes. Add in a white candle or if you want to add some color, this is a great opportunity to do so.

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-StyleMeShea XOXO

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Let There Be Bright!

This time of year we all feel a little invigorated by sunny days and calm spring evenings! I’m super inspired by bright, neon and day-glow tones. So let’s shed our blacks, greyscale nod neutral tones of the winter and look to Spring for color color color!

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Sleepy Street Style

So my latest obsession is silky pajama pants worn out! I love that you be so chic and so comfy all at the same time. For the spring / summer months this might be my go to item. They are so great for a nice daytime look and can even be worn at night if you’re, for instance, grabbing a cocktail early or just having a chill night. Here are some of my fave looks that will aim to please.

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Georgia On My Mind: Savannah

I’ve always fancied myself a Northern Yankee, but since living here in college, I have had a place in my heart for Savannah, GA. It’s a local like no other and is filled with mysterious gardens, delectable eats, historic architecture and scorching nights. It’s been voted one the 10 most beautiful paces to visit and that is so true! During my college days I didn’t appreciate it as much as when I visit now. It’s a such a little gem and the people and places that make it up are the exact reason why.

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Where to stay: Bohemian Hotel http://www.bohemianhotelsavannah.com/

So if you’re like me, you enjoy staying in a place unlike the run of the mill hotel. We love Bohemian Hotel on the riverfront. The hotel is filled with some of the most beautiful works of art. The owner Richard Kessler certainly appreciates a vast art collection. http://grandbohemiangallery.com/ The hotel design elements evoke the 18th century era of maritime settlers, while modern luxuries and amenities bring a contemporary flare to guestrooms. The roof deck bar is the best! Get yourself a cool mint julep and watch the sun set in pure bliss. I especially loved the chandeliers in the bar area, they feature real oyster shells instead of the traditional crystal. Amazing!

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Where to eat: Olympia Cafe http://olympiacafe.net/

We came down to Savannah for our dear friends Danielle & Sergio’s wedding last year. I always knew about Olympia Cafe but had not eaten there. Olympia Cafe sits along the Savannah Riverfront and has this old world Greek feel. When we arrived, the owner Nick, had a grand feast waiting for the everyone at the table. The food was out of this world delicious! The bride and groom knew the owner well, so we had the red carpet treatment the whole way. I had the Red Snapper Filet whole fish and a bounty of sides that felt like they just kept coming. Which was the best thing ever for this girl who loves to eat.

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What to wear: Day to Night

Day: No doubt about it Savannah is a steamy town. You’ll want to wear something light and flowy and quite girly. Something like this sundress. While you are sipping a mimosa in the park or just strolling the beautiful streets, you want to be comfortable although chic.

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Night: As the sun sets you’ll want to break out a little sassy! This scalloped sequin number is perfection! Take a swing By ZIA Boutique on 325 West Broughton Street for an accessory or two. It’s the best! https://www.ziaboutique.com/

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What to do: Gardens, Homes & Pretty Things

Savannah is filled with illustrious gardens rich in mystery and historic homes of the deep south. There is so much to see while you stroll the streets and sip on a spiked sweet tea! Yes you can drink and walk around at the same time!!! Kinda the best thing ever!!!

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XOXO Style Me Shea

 

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Office Options: Bright & Beautiful

So nothing excites me more than putting on something vibrant during these dull weather days. It almost awakes the spirit, not only in yourself but in others too. Maybe a color blocked outfit or a flowy bright pastel? Anything to change it up from black &grey. Ya’ll know here on the East Coast we get too much of that in the sky. Here are a few options for your weekly office worthy wardrobe to help set the bright & beautiful tone!

Monday: Color Block. Grab a red wide leg pant with a pink blouse and viola!

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Tuesday: Stripes a Plenty! This is such a great look, and the ruffles ad a nice embellishment.

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Wednesday: DayGlo Love. I feel like people are leery of wearing such vibrant tones but they are so on trend. Pair with a gold heel and you’re off!

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Thursday: You can never go wrong with a tailored white skirt and brown or skin tone blouse. Super duper chic!

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Friday: Since you’re already in weekend mode, why not give in to your flirty self. This look is so fun and feminine.

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XOXO, StyleMeShea

 

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Weekend Wonderland

Recently, we were asked to join some friends at their log cabin in the woods upstate. We both snowboard so we love a chance to get out of the city and enjoy nature. Snow blanketed the trees and it was so beautiful! I’d wake up and have a latte on the porch while rocking away in the chairs. We would snowboard all day until dusk then cook a huge feast (Recipe Below) and ultimately sit by the fire and relax. Amazing what a little relaxation can do for the soul. Plus I needed to break in some new snow boots (Link to Buy Below) & puffer jacket (Link to Buy Below) so loved the opportunity to.

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Cole Haan Collection Short Belted Puffer Coat

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Joan of Arctic Boots

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Truffled Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu
Ingredients
for the gnocchi
  • 500g potatoes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½-3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon truffle oil
  • NoMU smoked salt and pepper to taste
for the mushroom ragu
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 500g mixed mushrooms of your choice, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon NoMU Spanish rub
  • 100ml red wine
  • 300ml stock (I used NoMU beef fond, but Vegetable is also fine)
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • NoMU salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh Parmesan, to serve
Instructions
  1. To make the Gnocchi, pre-heat the oven to 180°c and place the potatoes on a baking sheet.
  2. Place in the oven and bake until the potatoes are soft and fluffy on the inside.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Halve the potatoes and scoop out the flesh and place into a bowl.
  5. Mash the potatoes and add the egg yolk, truffle oil, seasoning and just enough flour to form a soft, but firm, dough.
  6. Break tennis ball-sized pieces off the dough and roll into long sausages. Slice your gnocchi into desired lengths and press on them with a fork to create little indents to suck up the sauce.
  7. Place on a floured tray and set aside until you’re ready to cook the gnocchi.
  8. To make the ragu, melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the mushrooms until golden brown.
  9. Add the garlic and rub and fry for another 30 seconds then add the wine, stock and thyme.
  10. Allow the sauce to bubble and reduce for 10 minutes then add the lemon juice, cream and season to taste.
  11. To cook the gnocchi, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and drop the gnocchi in gently.
  12. Once they float to the top they’re cooked. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and toss them with the mushroom ragu.
  13. Serve immediately with a generous amount of grated Parmesan.

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XOXO StyleMeShea

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