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Trending: Emerald Green + Leopard

trending this fall 2013: emerald green, leopard and cats - by delphineThis fall we’re loving everything emerald green, leopard, and cats. Lytle spotted the cat flats in the window of a shoe store on King Street in Charleston and Erika is now obsessed. And that green leather tote bag with handy dandy pockets and pen holders … Santa? Saaaantaaaaa????

SOURCES: 1. Nail Polish in Stylenomics  |  2. Emerald Leather Tote  |  3. Black Kitty Cat Flats  |  4.  Delphine Meow is the Time green tablet cover  |  5. Leopard pumps  |  6.  Emerald Leopard and Classic Leopard phone case by Delphine for Keka  |  7. Cat ring  |  8. Green juice   |  9.  Leopard Clutch  |  10. Delphine Yellow Meow is the Time iPhone case

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Summer Round Up | Beach Fever

Summer Round Up: Beach Fever via DelphineIt’s that time of year again! Whether you’re hitting the sands on your day off from work or are heading for vacation, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite beach needs.

SOURCES || 1. Beach Read: Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close is hilarious and cute, nothing too deep so your beach day is the epitome of relaxtion.

2. Adorable Summer Straw Hat by J Crew in sunwashed pink.

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs cat-eye sunglasses– a sunnies trend that seems to be so deliciously popular lately. These babies can go from street to beach all the while sporting 100% UV protection.

4. Sick of the typical flip flop look? These Mardis Gras Sandals by Roxy are the right amount of criss-crossingly chic.

5. Stay ec0-friendly with these highly absorbant, fast drying, 100% Turkish cotton towels from Etsy.

6. Everyone has delicate, beautiful, sensitive skin that needs to stay protected from the harsh rays of our dear frenemy, Mr. Sun. Banana Boat Natural Reflect Baby Sunscreen Lotion is wonderful for large areas, while Clarin’s SPF 30 Sun Control Stick is perfect for those hard to get spots on the nose, eyelids and ears.

7. Beach waves are lovely but sometimes you just need to get your hair out of your face. We thought this cute Mixed Print Headwrap from Urban Outfitters would be just the right accessory.

8. Julie Brown Reversible Beach Chairs are not only easy to carry but they are so fab as well.

9. Finally, we couldn’t think of a better, more classic beach bag than the Shoreline Tote by Lilly Pulitzer. So girly, so beachy, so roomy. J’adore!

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Summer Necessities

French Rattan Lounge Chair Summer Wish List by DelphineLately I’ve been day dreaming about lounging with a great book and a yummy cocktail. This summer you’ll find me relaxing in my backyard, but my head will be in the Côte d’Azure.

SOURCES || Rattan Lounge Chair | Paris book | St. Germaine + Hendrick’s Cocktail

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7 Tote Bags for 17in Laptop

big tote bags for 17 inch laptop bags via DELPHINEI’ve been using big 17in laptops for nearly 10 years … and I’ve been searching for a cool laptop bag to fit my 17 inch laptop for nearly 10 years! After fruitless searches (they’re all too ugly, too boring, too small, or too expensive) I’ve resigned myself to using a big tote bag as a laptop bag instead of a traditional laptop bag. The Orla Kiely one I have now is awesome for day to day toting around my MacBook Pro, but not perfect for traveling because the handle isn’t long enough to go over my shoulders if I’m wearing a jacket. It looks like I’ll be doing a bunch of traveling over the next few months, so it’s the perfect time to invest in a new travel tote bag. At least this is the way I’m justifying the expense. Which one do you like best? I bought one … can you guess which?

SOURCES // top left: yellow tote  top right: emerald green tote  2nd row: canvas tote  3rd row left: cognac brown leather tote  right: mint green leather tote  4th row left: navy and white stripe tote  right: brown leather tote

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Holiday Gift Wrap & Trimmings

Gift Guide 2012 for Holiday Gift Wrap Ornaments TrimmingsI think Christmas shopping is super stressful. I REALLY don’t like crowds — the noise gives me migraines and all the people who shop with runny noses and hacking coughs make me crazy.  But I do really love wrapping gifts. I think it’s one of my favorite parts of the whole holiday season. Finding the right wrap and the right ribbon, with the oh so perfect embellishment is way more fun than shopping for the actual gift, in my opinion.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite trimmings for a pretty package: 1. Knit owl, fox and bear ornaments 2. Silver deer, penguin and bear ornaments  3. Silver and Gold Washi tape 4. Faux wreath — a perfect canvas  5. Beautiful velvet ribbon  6. Brown baker’s twine  7. Winter scene wrapping paper  8. Woody with Christmas tree ornament  9. Bottle brush trees  10.  Owl on Branch Christmas ornaments  11. Mirrored letter ornaments

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Wine and Cheese

wine and cheese party via delphine

 

Chilly weather is the perfect time for casual get togethers with neighbors and friends. My parents are the ultimate hosts, and they taught me to always have some cheese, wine and crackers in the kitchen, so as to be prepared for guests at any time. The tip has served me well, and I’m looking forward to lots of impromptu happy hours at my place with my neighbors this winter.

Right now I use an old wood cutting board for serving, but it’s old in a scary did-you-find-that-in-a-dumpster way, not in a that-must-be-from-a-turn-of-the-century-estate-sale kind of way. I’d love to have a fancy slate board or a pretty wood serving paddle so I can serve in style (holiday elves, are you listening?). Also on my wish list is the darling juice glass caddy from Bixby & Ball — I’d use it for dips, cornichons, and olives.

Entertaining wish list, clockwise from Crate & Barrel Slate Board / Crate & Barrel Cheese Tool Set / Northern Natives Numbered Wood Coasters via Etsy / Yummy Saxelby Cheesmongers Choice / Orange & Pear Rams Head Knife Set / Crate & Barrel Acacia tree slice serving platter / West Elm Raw Wood Board /Bixby & Ball Juice Glass Caddy

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I Love Turquoise

I Love the Color TurquoiseI do love the color turquoise so so much. Turquoise reminds me of happy days sailing, snorkeling, and lounging about with my family.  Green is my absolute most favorite color in the world, but turquoise is a close second. It’s the color right next to green on the color wheel, so it’s no surprise that I love it so.  Looks lovely paired with gold accents, don’t you think?

Some beauties representing my fave color of the moment: No. 1 Cotton taffeta J. Crew strapless party dress in fresh emerald   No. 2 Pretty Elva Fields  ”Keeping Them Close” turquoise triple strand necklace with gold accents   No. 3  “Slapper” turquoise Butter nail polish  for my toes  No. 4  Preppy Sperry Top-Siders in pretty aqua (reminds me of my preppy middle school days)    No. 5  beautiful photo of SoCal lifeguard tower by the super talented friend Jessica Davis. 

By the way, this is an example of one of the type of posts students will be learning how to create today at Camp Delphine! 

 

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Wish List for my Alter Ego

christmas wish list for erika's alter egoI’ve been so busy at the studio that I hardly noticed the entire Fall season swoosh by in a flash. We don’t have a television in our bedroom, so I watch a lot of HBOgo. I’m so bummed that the Bored to Death season is over already! Sidenote: I recently met a man who is a dead ringer for Ray’s character. True story … during an important, albeit impromptu, meeting he wandered away from the group to stretch. Someone asked him what he was doing stretching during an important meeting and he said, “I’m not stretching, I’m practicing my gay throw. If I just move your hand like this I can look gay, but I have to practice.” Ummmmm, no words.

Inspired by Jonathan on Bored to Death, here are some goodies my alter-ego would love: No. 1 Versace for H&M leather studded jacket   No. 2 Duotone glasses from Warby Parker   No. 3  Shiny & bright orange rain boots from Cole Haan   No. 4 Nearly neon ring from Pomeletto    No. 5 Skinny cords with zippers à la 1985 from Anthropologie   No. 6 Shiny green-blue “henley regatta” Butter nail polish    No. 7  A faux leopard trapper hat (J. Crew) to keep my ears warm.

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Tools for Design Inspiration: a Wish List

tools to inspire design wish listIt was a very, very, very busy summer and early fall here at the Delphine design studio. So much design happening here I could hardly keep track (or breathe). I have been dreaming about pixels and Pantone colors, fonts and finishes, brand theory and color theory.

Now that a major chunk of work is off my desk I feel like treating myself to a little something from my wish list. Basically, I’ve bribed myself: Erika, if you stay up one more hour and design 10 more files you’ll get a treat. I like to tell myself (and the bookkeeper) that everything on this list is really an investment back into my design career. The purse, you ask? Oh, that … that is a very important tool: a file carrier for safely transporting client files to and from meetings. Right? Pssst, clients: Christmas bonus me anytime : )

WISH LIST ITEMS: No. 1 ”Dish,” by Shax Riegler, a book full of inspiring colors and patterns.   No. 2  A trip to AltSummit, a conference full of inspiring people.   No. 3 A beautiful tortoise fountain pen from Sam Flax South, because I’m full of flashes of inspiration and need to get those thoughts down on paper.  No. 4 STOP THE PRESSES: I NEEEEEED THIS: the new genius Wacom Inkling, to sketch illustrations in my sketchbook while capturing a digital likeness of said sketch in vector format. That’s right. Genius!!  No. 5 A subscription to Uppercase magazine, full of inspiring stories and pretty pictures.  No. 6 Hudson bag, because it looks perfect for carrying around all the items on my wish list (and stylish enough to carry to No. 2). 

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Wanted for the Studio: a comfortable office chair

comfortable office chair roundup for the studioI really need (okay, want) a new office chair. I sit at my computer all damn day and my butt is getting sore from sitting on a hard chair (I currently rock No. 7 in pale blue — a piece of plywood from Ikea). I started looking around for a new chair and HELLO, can you say crazypants prices? The new Eames Executive from DWR (No. 5) fits all my criteria except one. It is decidedly not cheap at just over $3k! And it’s not even leather!

I took a look at office supply stores but all I could find are ugly black chairs that look like they belong in a cubicle. Ick. I do like white, but am super concerned about a white chair getting disgustingly dirty in my studio, since it will get a ton of use. I am leaning toward a green, gray or yellow chair.

At the top of my list is No. 1, a replica of the famous Eames chair — gotta love that Pistachio color! But I’m a little nervous to commit. Will I like having arms on my chair? Will it be too soft? Will the light color get destroyed immediately by rogue Sharpie marks? What should I do????

Office chair roundup: /1/AG Management Chair in Pistachio from Advanced Interior Designs $219  /2/ Ripple Leather Chair in Ivory from Crate & Barrel $299  /3/ Freedom Task Chair from DWR $2,465 /4/ Haworth Very White Office Chair from Crate & Barrel $799 /5/ Eames Executive Chair from DWR $3,079  /6/Eames Aluminum Management Chair in Apple Green (LOVE) from DWR $1,889  /7/ Jules office chair from Ikea $39 /8/ White Grant Office Chair from World Market $229

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