Archive for September, 2011

Get The Look – Fall Fashion 2011

Get the look - Fall fashion trends 2011

Colorblocking: Like this trend but not sure how to make it work? Stay refined and ladylike with a colorful print dress, taking it to the next level with vibrant solid color tights and colorblocked heels that pick up the colors of the print. Bold, gold cuffs tone with the tights and pull the look together.

1. Plenty by Tracy Reese Arrow Zip Front Dress, 2. Chartreuse Opaque Tights, 3. Pierced Cuffs 4. GUESS by Marciano Christina Platform Pump

Get the look - Fall fashion trends 2011

Midi and maxi lengths are back! Give them an edge by rocking a paneled leather midi skirt with a relaxed striped knit top, tucked it in to define your waist. Pointy toe wedge boots, spike star earrings and a chunky crimson necklace take this skirt length from primly modest to prima donna hot.

1. Ella Moss Knox 3/4 Sleeve Top, 2. Paneled Leather Midi Skirt, 3. Star Earrings, 4. Looped Pigments Double Strand Necklace, 5. Ash Paradise Boot

Get the look - Fall fashion trends 2011

Cabernet and caramel: Welcome in fall with deliciously warm and inviting color combinations. We’re loving the updated 70’s feel of flare leg cords and platform heels paired with a cascading flutter sleeve top. Layer on long necklaces for a boho chic look.

1. Kendra Scott Necklace, 2. Kate Spade Ring, 3. Ella Moss Girl’s Best Friend Flutter Sleeve Top, 4. J Brand “Ali” high Rise Cords, 5. Club Monaco Francoise Bag, 6. Steven Noizey Platform

Extra Extra! Read All About Tiffany’s Big News!!

Tiffany's baby Shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
1. The grand fete was swathed in neutral hues of grays, whites and earth tones honoring Tiffany’s tastemaker style and creating the perfect background for the newsprint accents and bouquets of flowers. 2. Cake toppers carry out the vintage newsprint theme and colors. 3. Tiffany Harris, co-owner of Layla Grayce and glowing mom-to-be wears a necklace from Kendra Scott. Photography: Tara Rochelle

They say lightning never strikes twice, but we’re feeling an extra bolt of good fortune as we get ready to celebrate a 2nd set of Layla Grayce twins. Nearly four years after Wendy Estes had identical twin girls, her Layla Grayce co-owner and good friend Tiffany Harris has extra big news of her own – she is expecting a boy and girl this fall! Wendy teamed up with Sara Westbrook of Sara Westbrook Designs (formerly with One Charming Party) and stylist Samantha Pothier for a big bash to shower Tiffany with blessings and baby basics for the big arrival.

Tiffany's baby Shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
The newsprint inspired theme had vintage elements with a modern twist, artfully incorporated into the smallest of details: 1. A vintage typeset frame with “T” for Tiffany accents the buffet table along with vintage inspired candlesticks and hydrangeas arranged in galvanized buckets. 2. An antique typewriter displays a welcome letter to guests, inviting them to partake in homemade caramels and take a name tag. 3.Vintage newspapers with a baby theme crossword puzzle and cleverly worded headlines entertained guests (plates resting on velvet trimmed napkins from Pom Pom at Home). 4. Name tags printed with typewriter font are arranged alphabetically by the entryway and adhere with diagonal black and white striped tape. 5. Vintage newsprint wrapped hydrangeas tied in jute string nestled into numbered crates from Gabby are displayed throughout the party. Inspired by newsstands from days of old when flowers were often sold wrapped in newsprint, they served a dual purpose of party decoration and post-party favors for guests. Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany's baby shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
Delish to the eyes and palate: 1. Homemade caramels wrapped in vintage newsprint wax paper. 2. Carrot cake cupcakes with toppers from South Pasadena’s Heirloom Bakery. 3. The dessert table showcases a lemon cake filled with lemon curd and cream cheese frosting (designed by Sara Westbrook and Sam Pothier) flanked by carrot cake cupcakes displayed on Aidan Gray Metal plate stands and hostess style old-fashioned cupcakes. 4 & 5. A savory lunch from Heirloom Bakery highlights sliced Panini sandwiches resting on vintage newsprint waxed paper. A printed menu with gray and white pennant flags hangs over each buffet table. Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany's baby shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
Tiffany’s ties to Layla Grayce are so much a part of her that incorporating them into the shower was a must: 1. Mixing elements made a modern statement with Aidan Gray decorative pillows scattered along a rustic bench juxtaposed with Eloquence gold trimmed chairs. A galvanized side table by Aidan Gray topped with the Grenich Urn table lamp gave this vintage inspired shower an edge. 2. Simple hydrangeas in old fashioned water bottles get wrapped in white cotton and burlap, secured with a white diaper pin. 3. Newsprint and decorative papers get pleated and folded to create decorative rosettes and swags. 4. Letterpress flash cards hang overhead. 5. An industrial chic Jamie Young steam punk lamp helps set the mood as guests arrive. 6. Hydrangeas displayed in numbered crates from Gabby. Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany’s baby shower – it’s a boy AND it’s a girl!
The shower was held at a private residence in Pasadena where the black and white awning tied in perfectly to the party theme. Ruffled Audrey tablecloths from Pom Pom at Home add a feminine touch to the dessert and entry tables. Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany's baby shower - it's a boy AND it's a girl!
Tiffany never stops, so no wonder we saw lots of wheels in the gifts from her Valco Baby stroller of choice to the motorcycle menagerie of Blabla knit dolls designed by the ladies of Layla Grayce. 1, 2, 3. Otto and Lola ride circles around a diaper ring filled with gifts from Little Giraffe and Skip Hop, perched on motorcycles assembled from diapers and Aden + Anais swaddling wraps. 4. Layla Grayce gals on hand to celebrate: Back row: Sydni, Tristan, Kerry, Layla Grayce co-founders Tiffany Harris and Wendy Estes, Luanna, Karine. Front Row: Yvonne, Natalie. 5. Wendy and Tiffany with celebrity guest and client, Roselyn Sanchez. 6,7,8. Valco Baby stroller Photography: Tara Rochelle

Tiffany’s baby shower – it’s a boy AND it’s a girl!
1. Tiffany with her sister Kristin and mother Marsha. 2. Custom printed “Extra! Extra!” thank you cards especially designed for post event notes of gratitude. 3. The headline making invitation for Tiffany Harris, “designer to the stars”. Photography: Tara Rochelle

***EXTRA*** Tiffany’s twins aren’t the only thing coming soon, we can’t wait to see them in their new nursery, complete with Tiffany’s first exclusive furniture design for Layla Grayce and Newport Cottages.

Photography Tara Rochelle
Event Planning & Details Sara Westbrook Designs
Event Stylist & Flowers Samantha Pothier
Catering Heirloom Bakery

Blogging to CURE Childhood Cancer

CURE Childhood Cancer

September should be about back to school night and soccer start-up, the frenzy of normal parenting. But too many families are waging a bigger battle, so in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we’re thrilled to support CURE Childhood Cancer. Hoping to raise awareness through blogging, and cash through a raffle (where a $10 ticket gives you a chance to win $250 Layla Grayce gift certificate), the organization is dedicated to finding a cure to childhood cancer in our lifetime. It’s an issue that hits close to home, as our efforts are inspired by the two women on our team who are survivors.

Shannon was just 9 when diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. The effects of 3 years of chemotherapy are still with her. As she looks back, Shannon remembers a close hospital friend who didn’t make it. But she holds to the memory of her sister who “had my back” on the playground, defending her as kids made fun of her bald head when the wind blew her wig off.

CURE Childhood Cancer
Shannon at 10 years old with her family

Shellie was 13 when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She missed 2 years of school and describes feeling awkward and not fitting in. But Shellie remembers her friend shaving his head in solidarity and her Make A Wish dream coming true, planning and designing her first girly bedroom (no surprise she’s found a professional home at Layla Grayce!).

CURE Childhood Cancer
Shellie and friend at Camp Hobé

Get To Know: Cassandra LaValle, coco+kelley Editor

Get To Know: Cassandra LaValle, coco+kelley Editor
Clockwise from top: Bliss Studio Z Accent Table in Gold and Bliss Studio Z Accent Table in Silver, DwellStudio Labyrinth Pillow in Citrine, Batavia Pillow in Citrine and Labyrinth Pillow in Ash, coco+kelley, Walnut Center Table and Eloquence Lyon Mirror

Cassandra LaValle is the editor behind the style blog coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle. Coco+kelley has been recognized by editors at Martha Stewart, House Beautiful and Sunset Magazine, and was honored to be listed on the London Times 50 Best Design Blogs.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and hot trends to watch out for!

  • My signature colors: I love wearing red, kelly green and black, but for decor, I tend to go with more beachy tones – aquas, spring greens, shades of coral and orange, and tons of neutrals.
  • 5 things in my handbag right now: I always have my iphone, chapstick, gum, hair ties and (duh) wallet. Those are my essentials!
  • Trends I have my eye on: I love that green is coming back as a huge color for fall! I’m also happy to see this global/collective trend continue in home decor and on the runways. Embracing traditional pieces from other cultures and finding ways to reinvent them and mix them all together creates such a stunning visual treat. Educating our eye on the history of all these different pieces, patterns, and textiles is so fun. We’ve seen a lot the influence from Morocco, India, and even Native American, but I’m seeing a big Japanese influence coming into play now too. Very sculptural and origami inspired.
  • The superpower I would love to have: The ability to clone myself. There’s never enough time in the day for one person to get it all done!
  • I can’t live without: Art – and I mean that in the broadest sense of the word. Music, fashion, paintings, photography, architecture, landscape. Anything that comes from a core of creativity. It’s like food for me. Also my laptop comes in quite essential as a blogger. Add in a good pair of jeans and a comfy t-shirt and I’m pretty good to go.
  • My favorite place on Earth is: My home. It’s the one place I can be alone, be totally me and have complete creative control over my environment. Of course, if I had to put my home anywhere in the world? Hmmm… that’s a tough one. It would definitely be on a beach, probably in some small seaside community just outside a big city. I need both in my world!
  • Music I am listening to right now: I just finished a few books while on vacation – it’s the only time I have to sit and get through them! I read The Help, The Paris Wife and One Day. The Paris Wife made me want to revisit Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As for music, I listen to it ALL. Really loving my Seattle peeps, The Head and the Heart though.
  • Big plans in the works: We’re working on a total redesign of the blog that I’m SUPER excited about! It’s going to freshen things up a bit and organize posts to be more searchable. I’m seeing the blog not only as a place for daily inspiration but a really great resource and I want readers to be able to use it that way. Along with the revamp will come some exciting new original content and series that I can’t wait to share!
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: can honestly say I covet pretty much everything in the ‘home’ category at Layla Grayce! Right now I’m shopping for my new apartment and I’m obsessed with finding the perfect settee for my breakfast nook! I love the high back of the Layla Grayce Norton design – it’s so cozy! Some of my other favorites are the Walnut Center Table and Eloquence Lyon Mirror.

Operation “Shower Them With Great Gifts And Gratitude”

Bratt Decor Chelsea Crib
Bratt Decor Chelsea Sleigh Crib in Antique Silver converts from a gorgeous crib to a tastefully chic toddler bed. One lucky mom at the Operation Shower event will receive this crib, a matching Chelsea Double Dresser with changer top and crib bedding

Little Giraffe Security Blankets
Little Giraffe Security Blankets

Little Giraffe Layette & Clothing
Little Giraffe Layette & Clothing

JJ Cole Myla Diaper Bag in Honey Lotus
JJ Cole Myla Diaper Bag in Honey Lotus

Travel accessories from JJ Cole
Travel accessories from JJ Cole to keep baby snug and protected. Top: Bundle Me Urban Infant in ice Bottom: Reversible Strap Covers in pink

Itzy Ritzy reversible infant car seat covers
Itzy Ritzy reversible infant car seat covers

Itzy Ritzy Shopping Cart / Highchair Covers
Itzy Ritzy Shopping Cart / Highchair Covers

Baby JaR Burp Cloth and Bib
Baby JaR Burp Cloth and Bib

If there’s one thing you will hear at a baby shower (besides labor and delivery stories), it’s a chorus of “oh how cute” as gifts are opened. We can’t wait for these ooh’s and ahh’s as we team up next week with our vendors and Operation Shower to give military moms the supplies, support and party they deserve while their spouses are deployed during the pregnancy. Bratt Decor will provide one baby sweet dreams in its grand prize crib with changer and bedding. And we’re sharing other favorite go-to gifts as we dec these military mamas out in chic diaper bags by JJ Cole and OiOi while the babes receive the latest from Little Giraffe, Itzy Ritzy, Clairebella, Baby JaR and BlaBla Kids. We’re taking the proverbial “oh how cute” to a new level.

Get To Know: Kristen Lubbe, Apartment Therapy Contributing Editor

Get To Know: Kristen Lubbe, Apartment Therapy Contributing Editor
Clockwise from top right: Oly Studio Grayson Chandelier, Jonathan Adler Nixon Throw Blanket, Kate Spade Gold Coast Jules Wallet, Apartment Therapy

Kristen Lubbe has been contributing to Apartment Therapy for 3 years; it has ignited a passion for art and interiors that she couldn’t live without and the luxury of meeting others in the industry that she can share her passion with!

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and hot trends to watch out for!

  • My signature colors: Black & white.
  • 5 things in my handbag right now: MAC Sheer Pressed Powder, iPhone4, Kate Spade Gold Coast Jules Wallet, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Moleskine Notebook.
  • Trends I have my eye on: All over white, bold wallpaper, preppy accessories (think gold, nautical).
  • The superpower I would love to have: To be able to read minds.
  • I can’t live without: My iPhone 4.
  • My favorite place on Earth is: A sandy beach.
  • Music I am listening to right now: Cypress Hill – their debut album.
  • Big personal or professional plans in the works: I’m having an absolute blast planning my September wedding & a move to Long Beach, CA. My design background is playing a huge roll in the creative and visual aspect of the planning process! I can’t wait to live beach side.
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: I’m typically an all-white bedding type of gal; but I would love love love to dress my bed in these Dwell Studio Home Draper Stripe sheets. I love how gaudy-in-a-good-way the Oly Studio Grayson Chandelier is. It’d look great in an entryway, dining room or bathroom. And this Jonathan Adler Nixon Throw Blanket is the perfect modern/preppy combination for the living room or bedroom.

The New Look Of Crystal Chandeliers

The new look of crystal chandeliers - Modernized glamour
Modernized Glamour: Fabian Chandelier

The new look of crystal chandeliers - Boldly geometric
Boldly geometric: Chelsea Chandelier

The new look of crystal chandeliers - Colored crystal accents
Colored crystal accents: Chloe Pendant

The new look of crystal chandeliers - Eclectic
Eclectic: Fiona Chandelier

The new look of crystal chandeliers - ornately luxe
Ornately Luxe: Lily Juliana Chandelier

The new look of crystal chandeliers - Romantic traditional
Romantic traditional:

We love when designers take at traditional go-to staple item and infuse it with new life and a distinctly updated sensibility. Crystal chandeliers are the latest thing to get a modern makeover and we’re introducing a new collection that features glamorous new interpretations of classics. Strands of crystal beads spill down in waterfall effects, often interspersed with colored crystal accents that showcase a flair for geometry that is more 21st century than Grandma’s old heirloom chandelier. Draped swags of crystals or semi-precious stones read as alternately over the top glam or delightfully eclectic. We still have a soft spot for traditional looks (especially when decked out as fine as these lovelies are), but we’re sure even Grandma would approve of this makeover!

Layla Grayce To Partner With Operation Shower

Operation Shower
Images above are from an Operation Shower event held January 25th at Torrey Pines   Photo Credit: LeeAnn Widyn of Widyn Photography

Operation Shower
“Sunshine Farms” Operation Shower event held January 25th at Torrey Pines   Photo Credit: LeeAnn Widyn of Widyn Photography

Just after Labor Day, the timing is perfect to announce our partnership with Operation Shower in Atlanta on September 21st. Founded by LeAnn Morrissey to support military families, the organization hosts base-wide baby showers for women experiencing pregnancy and child birth while their spouses are deployed serving our country. In addition to the box of supplies, gear and goodies for each mom and her baby, the shower offers these moms the thanks, support and party they deserve. Welcome LeAnn to the blog to share what makes Operation Shower so memorable to all who participate, and to see how you can get involved:

  • What has surprised you most about starting Operation Shower?
    I am consistently surprised at the generosity of individuals and small companies. The desire to help is huge!
  • How are the women who attend selected?
    We always work directly with the bases to select the women because they have the most knowledge and are able to select the moms in the best way for us.
  • What difference does attending make in their lives?
    We hope first that it makes a difference by letting the moms know we are thankful for their family’s service and sacrifice. If they did not know this prior to the shower, they will know it after the day is done. We also hope that it provides a great and joyful day, so that one day they can tell their child “you won’t believe the baby shower I had for you!” Then, we hope that they are able to make connections with other moms and carry those connections beyond the day.
  • Tell us about one of your favorite moments from a shower.
    There are many! Most of my favorite moments come when I have the opportunity to really talk to the women and hear their stories. These are the moments that resonate the most. At a recent shower, we had a mom whose husband was deployed, she was pregnant with twin boys (due any day) and her mom was helping her out. However, her mom was deploying the following week as well. When she told this story at the shower, so many other women stepped up and told her not to worry, they would be there for her when she delivered. It was great and is why we host these showers.
  • How can others contribute to the cause?
    We have many ways to contribute. Our greatest need, as with most non-profit organizations, is cash. We have on-line donation through Paypal and Google Checkout on our website ( and you can also send checks. We love it when people host parties in the spirit of our organization and raise money through small fundraisers or events. We also always need product donations and have a Wishlist on Amazon. In addition, we are always looking for sponsors to help us host the showers.

To learn more about what Layla Grayce and our vendors will be contributing for the September 21st event, be sure to check out our Operation Shower information page.