Design Bloggers Conference 2013

March 11th, 2013

My third trip to the Design Bloggers Conference was the best!  I’m delighted to finally sit down and tell you about my time there this year!

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My soul sister, Amy Lee, of House of Wentworth and I kicked off the week with a dining experience we’ll never forget!  Having dinner with Adam Japko, founder of the Design Bloggers Conference and writer of WineZag wine blog, is always a treat, but this time it was extra special!  We were joined by one of the speakers at the conference, Richard Auffrey, The Passionate Foodie, who happens to be a Certified Sake Professional…a dream dinner companion when you’re headed to LA’s hottest Japanese restaurant, n/naka.

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I knew when we walked in the door and Richard started speaking Japanese to the waitstaff that we were in for a treat!  We enjoyed a 3.5 hour tasting menu that was visually stimulating and full of taste and texture combinations. Simply splendid!  A night to remember, for sure!

Find Richard’s review of the night here.

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OK…enough about food…I’m suppose to be telling you about the Design Bloggers Conference, right?  *focus*

Oh, shoot…One more diversion…

Before the conference kicked off, I paid a visit to the flea market on Melrose with Kim Turner of Dwell With Dignity.  This year I went more to people-watch than purchase and I wasn’t disappointed.

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This year’s conference kicked off at HD Buttercup, LA’s brick and mortar emporium full of goodies from around the globe…both modern and classic…all displayed in the old Helm’s Bakery building.  As wonderful as HD Buttercup’s collections are, we were all distracted by reuniting with friends that we had met at past DBC gatherings or were meeting for the first time, yet virtually visit daily on their blogs.  Imagine the chatter!

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For the next two days we heard from some of the world’s most admired design industry influencers, social media experts, world-reknown bloggers, prominent published designers and editor in cheif’s of some of the nation’s most read magazines.  The biggest highlight was seeing my precious friend, Amy, share of her recent success in seeing her chair designs come to fruition through her collaboration with Plexi-Craft.  Find out more info about these beautiful chairs here.

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Look what happened for two days during the conference on Twitter!  #DBC2013 trended No. 1!  Very cool, no?

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I’ll never forget the words that flowed from Barbara Barry , one of my favorite speaker, as we all sat mesmerized by her melodious voice and inspiring thoughts on beauty.  There’s no doubt that she has us all viewing the world in a different way…

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Amy and I had lunch at The Ivy after the conference was over and Barbara’s influence had me finding beauty in the seeds and grain of the roll on my plate…bread-seeds-the-ivy-The-Hidden-List

…and finding much more vibrance in the roses on the table…  Thank you Barbara!

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Another highlight was having the privilege to meet Grammy winner, Patti Austin.  I have such fond memories of listening to her music as a teenager and young adult.  She has one of those voices that causes rememberance to resurface and sends chills down your spine.

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I was delighted to find that her gorgeous voice is second to her warm spirit and generous heart as I learned of her non-profit, Over My Shoulder Foundation.  Founded by Patti and Dawn Carroll, lyricist and Executive Director of OMSF, their mission is to promote mentoring and “mentorology” (the art and science of mentoring) through music and design.  Find out more about this non-profit here and see the video she shared of a 2011 performance of Dawn’s song performed at a Martin Luther King Celebration in Boston.  Warning:  Could induce goosebumps!

It was a trip to remember.  New friendships formed…reunions happened…and inspiration flourished…

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I now have a new soul-sister…Irene Turner.  What a delight to give her a physical hug instead of communicating online!

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We adore Andrew Joseph

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and fellow-Texan, Clinton Smith, Editor of Atlanta Home and Lifestyle mag.

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(l to r) Mitzi Beach, me, Amy Lambert Lee, Elle Cole, Shelly Mabry Rosenburg

The connections are strong at DBC and I’m so thankful that I was able to go back for the 3rd time!  Next year we all head to Atlanta and I can’t wait to see what is in store!

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This photo kind-of sums up the week…  As we were leaving a fabulous party at the Harbinger showroom in West Hollywood we requested the photography skills of Bethanne Matari, PR Maven at Currey & Company, to get a party pic of Amy, Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess and this was the result.  Complete and utter BLISS!

 

 

Happy Monday!

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September 14th, 2012

Here’s my list of favorite links for the week…

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We’ve learned a few things about beauty since the 19th Century.

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This print makes me giggle…  Stay classy!

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J Crew’s Spring 2013 collection blows me away!

This weekend I’m trying to figure out how to fit everything in…  Why does everything seem to happen at the same time?  There’s The Dallas Flea, A&M vs SMU game, Blogger’s Bootcamp, a concert at The Kessler….and that’s just Saturday!  What’s on your agenda for the weekend?

XO! Kelley

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September 11th, 2012

I love this verse…

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August 29th, 2012

Ever think you’d see Neiman Marcus and Target collaborating?  Well, it’s about to happen just in time for the holidays!

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These two power retailers have recruited 24 designers to create limited-edition gift items.  Is anyone having flashbacks of the Missoni release? I’m hoping that Target has made a few adjustments for this event!  Some of the designers will step out of the product category comfort zone and others are staying with what they know best.  Most items will be priced under $60 with the prices ranging from  $7.99 to $499.99.  Neimans stayed very close to the design process which resulted in products made with real leather and silk, hand beading, hand-blown glass and 18K gold!  Watch for ad campaigns to begin in the fall.

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The collection drops into Neiman Marcus stores, Target stores, NeimanMarcus.com and Target.com on December 1st, so mark your calendars!  The two companies are jointly making a $1 million donation to the Council of Fashion Designers of America to celebrate the partnership and affirm their continual support the American design community.

The following designers have contributed to this collection:

Alice + Olivia

Altuzarra

Band of Outsiders

Brian Atwood

Carolina Herrera

Derek Lam

Diane von Furstenberg

Eddie Borgo

Jason Wu

Judith Leiber

Lela Rose

Marchesa

Marc Jacobs

Oscar de la Renta

Philip Crangi

Prabal Gurung

Proenza Schouler

Rag & Bone

Robert Rodriguez

Rodarte

Skaist-Taylor

Thom Browne

Tory Burch

Tracy Reese

Recently magazine editors in NYC got a sneak peek at the collection.  Here’s what they had to say about it…

OK….NOW I’m excited!

Real(ly) Real

August 27th, 2012

Pat Smith is among a group of women that I truly admire. She’s the real deal! Sure…it’s pretty cool that she married one of the most well-known Dallas Cowbo

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y legends, Emmitt Smith, but there’s SO much more to Pat. She’s most known for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of women and children and her active involvement in church, civic and community activities.

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I’m convinced that Pat wakes up drop-dead gorgeous every morning. She is the definition of sophisticated style and today through August 29th you have a chance to nab a piece of her wardrobe from the online re-sale shop, therealreal.com. Proceeds from the sale will go to Smith’s non-profit, “Treasure You” where she serves as Founder/CEO. This organization’s mission is to mentor, inspire and uplift women to pursue their passions in life despite their circumstances or setbacks.

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Items from the sale includes a full range of luxury lines including handbags, shoes and apparel from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Jimmy Choo, and Alexander McQueen just to name a few. Also contributing to the sale is Pat’s husband, Emmitt Smith. (Did you know that Emmitt will soon be back on Dancing With the Stars as an All-Star? Go Emmitt!!)

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Pat Smith is among a group of women that I truly admire. She’s the real deal! Sure…it’s pretty cool that she married one of the most well-known Dallas Cowboy legends, Emmitt Smith, but there’s SO much more to Pat. She’s most known for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of women and children and her active involvement in church, civic and community activities.

I’m convinced that Pat wakes up drop-dead gorgeous every morning. She is the definition of sophisticated style and today through August 29th you have a chance to nab a piece of her wardrobe from the online re-sale shop, therealreal.com. Proceeds from the sale will go to Smith’s non-profit, “Treasure You” where she serves as Founder/CEO. This organization’s mission is to mentor, inspire and uplift women to pursue their passions in life despite their circumstances or setbacks.

Items from the sale includes a full range of luxury lines including handbags, shoes and apparel from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Jimmy Choo, and Alexander McQueen just to name a few. Also contributing to the sale is Pat’s husband, Emmitt Smith. (Did you know that Emmitt will soon be back on Dancing With the Stars as an All-Star? Go Emmitt!!)
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August 23rd, 2012

It’s Friday!  Let’s celebrate!!

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Dog Shaming – the most hilarious new website!

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A nice way to send your kid a sweet message in their lunch…fruit stickers!

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Colored denim is a “must have” for fall!

I would patch my kid’s jeans like this

I would wear this Herkimer Diamond!

Literary Jukebox is kind of fun!

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An electric bike with major style!

Find more of my favorite links here.

 

Made In A Flash

August 22nd, 2012

Confession:  I’m a flash sale junky.  I’m too embarrassed to tell you how many flash sale email announcements I get on a daily basis.  We love them all, right?

Well, I just found out about a new one that I’m pretty excited about!  It’s all about all things made in the USA!

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August 17th, 2012

This week has flown by! Can’t believe it’s already time for me to share some of my favorite finds this week!

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Never thought I would want gold sneakers, but I do!

A Martian’s sunset is similar to one in West Texas…

Crayons for ammo! Cool!

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The very best deal for this Friday night in Dallas! Friday night at the Nasher Sculpture Garden

Minnetonka Red Kitty Moc for fall!

Zara’s August Lookbook

Fruit cobbler three ways

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This week I saw Crosby, Stills and Nash in concert! Don’t miss them when they’re in your area! Old school at it’s best!

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Find many more of my favorites here.

Ya’ll have a great weekend!! XO!

 

 

That’s A Wrap!

August 10th, 2012

Sending out Friday link love!!  XO!

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A booklover’s map of literary geography

Quiet possibly the coolest library parking garage ever!

This is the perfect weekend for a skinny margarita!

What little boy wouldn’t love these cupcakes!  Check out what’s inside!

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Imagine attending this school in Paris

I wish I had somewhere to wear this dress.

The perfect photo for a Christmas card

I’m diggin’ these bangles from Spartina 449

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I think the bangles would go nicely with these.  No?

Follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration!

Ya’ll have a great weekend!!


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