Thursday, May 30, 2013

Recent Acquisitions

Despite the cold, rainy weather here in Chicago I have not taken these lovely sandals off since I purchased them at J. Crew last week. I went through a period of hating silver - I blame it on the abundance of Tiffany's jewelry I wore in middle/high school - but just recently I've fallen back in love with the sophisticated metallic.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a golden girl through and through but sometimes it's nice to switch things up at bit.  The silver is understated yet chic and seriously spices up any outfit.  I contemplated buying a second pair but instead opted for a Moroccan wedding blanket (details to follow) which just so happens to coordinate.  Bling, bling.

image by kristin kerr luber for simply smitten

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Smitten | CZ Burnes

My dear friend Caitlin got engaged over the weekend and while oohing and aahing over her gorgeous ring I couldn't help but notice the bling on her arm.  Caitlin always has the best jewelry and since I obviously can't buy her ring I just had to find out more about the next best piece she was wearing - her cuff!  I was excited when she told me that she had purchased the gorgeous piece from her sister-in-law's Etsy shop, CZ Burnes.

Carolyn Zimmer Burnes launched her luxe jewelry line in 2013 but she's no stranger to high-end design - she graduated from Parsons and has worked at numerous fashion houses throughout New York.  Her love for over-the-top, outrageous fashion began at a young age but her time working at Ralph Lauren designing children's clothing helped her gain an appreciation for delicate pretty things - the collection is the perfect balance between the two, pretty vintage rhinestones but A LOT of them! She's expanding her line to include necklaces but her clever cuffs, with clever names like, And the Kitchen Sink, are my absolute favorite.  Pictured above are just some of the head turning, one-of-a-kind cuffs currently available in Carolyn's shop but word is she plans to add more pieces in the next few weeks so be sure to follow the CZ Burnes Facebook page for updates!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inspired by Cynthia Frank

.01 Abstract painting | .02 Regent demilune table | .03 Orange chair | .04 Horn accent table | .05 Casa Bello Sofa | .06 White floor lamp | .07 Rope coffee table | .08 Seagrass table |.09 Grey velvet pillow

I know, I know....I took a very long break from the blog - But let me say this: When one steps away from the internet for a bit and focuses on business, one gets a whole lot accomplished and finds new sources of inspiration!  One also ends up swooning over other people's homes and contemplating selling everything you own and starting over!

One such home is that of Elle Decor contributing editor, Cynthia Frank!  I've loved Cynthia's style for a while now and didn't even realize it - turns out photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank consulted Cynthia, her mother-in-law, while decorating her lovely New York apartment (blogged about here).  Now I'm being a little exaggerated when I say I now want to sell everything I own and start over - I just really love this home.  Those vintage plaster lamps made me sigh and the black and white marble floor! This inspired me to add a little bit more color to my home for summer and was the overall style inspiration for my "Girl on a Budget" project (which I share more on later) - think lots of white and pops of color!

I put together a Cynthia inspired board above with some great pieces from Horchow (they're having an incredible sale right now), West Elm and Etsy.  That rope coffee table has my name written all over it!   Granny chic, what?

Where do you get decor inspiration from?