Thursday, June 30, 2011


One of the things I love the most about all my creative friends and design lovers...
We notice and appreciate the littlest details, the smallest threads of commonality, and the most random pieces of inspiration...
mikael jansson
While traveling, I felt like I was seeing these places and people through quite a different eye than I did the last time around - so many beautiful details. But the one I noticed most? Black and white. Those Italians, they know how to keep in style - keep it simple.

*first two images via my pinterest, second by mikael jansson


Well, my dears, it's been two weeks of wonderful travel through Italy, and I'm spent!! Maybe if I had that Louis Vuitton blanket to rest my jet-lagged head upon I'd feel better...
via this is glam
I can't wait to share so many beautiful pieces of inspiration from my trip, but for now, my loves, I'm taking the morning to catch up on things a bit around here! Tons of photos and more to come!
xo cassandra
*image via {this is glamorous}

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


After days spent by the ocean, I'm loving every shade of blue right now, but especially this combination of such bright royal blue with every shade of nude and tan...
blue+white+nude room inspiration
blue+white+nude+dots bikini romper rughow can you resist this palette in playful polka dots too!?

*image via rikkes stil, pillow by unison, rug at west elm, bikini by j.crew, topshop jumper

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Hey Sailors, It's Allison here from The Social Type. I'm stationery obsessed and would love to share a bit of my world with you. With all this warm weather in Los Angeles, I totally have summer on the brain, which means my entire wardrobe is full on navy and white stripes. Lately I've seen a lot of nautical themed stationery, and in particular anchors are everywhere. I'm totally on board with this trend. I think I'll make a voyage to Sugar Paper  to pick up their Anchor Noteset, and send a few letters before summer hits. Anchors aweigh!

1. Hey Sailor Note, Papersheep Press 2. Postkort - Good Luck & Ankere, Minimega 3. Vera Wang Letterpress Anchor Notes, William Arthur 4. Anchor Love, Smock 5. Anchor Noteset, Sugar Paper


Ciao bellas!! I'll be zipping around Rome today and I can't wait for some city time!
Wheeeee! I think I'll try and hit every gelateria I possibly can before I have to come home!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Those spring Stella McCartney prints we have all been seeing look good enough to eat. So, now you can - in the form of cake…! Appolina from Apollinas blog here to share my adventures in baking! I have so many sweets I want to make - pretty things inspired by fashion, unique flavor combos and just my mood - and I hope to share them here with you in this series!
stella cake1
I pieced together a bunch of different recipes so that you get a ton of fresh orange and lemon flavors in every bite. I also used a 10 inch pan to get more surface area.
 What a fashionable little cake. I call her Stella :)
stella cake4
For your baking enjoyment:

Citrus Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Orange Lemon Icing (a.k.a. Stella Cake)

I. Ingredients
• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pans
• grated zest of 2 oranges
• grated zest of two lemons
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 3 large eggs, at room temperature
• 1 cup whole milk
• Blood oranges*, regular oranges, lemons, limes and mint for to arrange on top of the cake

II. Directions
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter two 8", 9" or 10" round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment, butter again, and dust with flour, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the grated zest of the oranges and lemons. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (don't over mix).
4. Divide the batter equally between the prepared cake pans, leveling the top of each with a large spoon or rubber spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes for 8-inch pans, 22 to 25 minutes for 9-inch pans and 20 to 22 minutes for a 10 inch pan. Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.
1. Transfer one of the cooled cakes to a plate and spread with the lemon curd. Top with the remaining cake and refrigerate to set, 30 minutes. Spread the top and sides with the frosting.

Lemon Curd Filling (adapted from RealSimple)

III. Ingredients
• 4 large eggs
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
• 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
• pinch kosher salt
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

IV. Directions
1. In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and juice, and salt. Add the butter. Set the bowl over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of mayonnaise, 12 to 15 minutes.
2. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper directly on the surface of the lemon curd and refrigerate until completely cool, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

Fresh Orange Lemon Frosting

V. Ingredients
• 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
• 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
• 1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 3 3/4 cups), sifted
• pinch kosher salt

VI. Directions
1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and lemon zest on high until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the orange juice. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the sugar, then the salt, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Ice the cake!

*I went to three different stores in order to find blood oranges... since the cakes were already made and I needed to decorate it... I just bought regular oranges and improvised with red food coloring. I'm sorry! I had to do it... I had no idea how unobtainable blood oranges could be!


I can't believe a week of my vacation has gone by already! Today we head to Rome, and I can't wait to explore the city a bit more before heading back home...
But for this morning, I think I'll linger a bit with my espresso and take time to soak it all in...

Friday, June 24, 2011


I've heard that the waters in Capri are a shockingly gorgeous blue...
vacation in blue
I can't wait to see for myself! We'll be heading there tomorrow - just my sister and I - for a few days of relaxation away from the fam. Away from it all...

Have a happy weekend, everyone! I hope you can make time for your own mini escape - whether a good book, a long walk, or just a little peace and quiet to yourself...
xo cassandra


Gena here from bambilulu with three of my favorite trends from the runway: tribal prints, chunky stripes and delicate lace. I also included some more wearable, equally beautiful (and decidedly more affordable!) pieces for us mere mortals to try. You can test the waters with an accessory like this Aztec clutch or striped bangles, or dive in head first in a full on lace dress. Either way, you’re sure to make a statement!
*Tribal: 1. nanette lepore dress 2. all saints skirt 3. sam edelman shoe 4. bcbgeneration clutch 5. topshop top 6. charlie jade dress

*Stripes: 7. asos dress 8. splendid top 9. nine west shoes 10. rj graziano bangles 11. pleasure doing business skirt

*Lace: 12. reiss dress 13. topshop top 14. french connection dress 15. ella moss shorts 16. miss me shoes 17. tommy bahama sunglasses

Thursday, June 23, 2011


It's been insanely hot in Italy... These days there's nothing on the agenda but time spent on the beach or our rooftop pool! I can't even imagine doing much else...40606199_Bn9aSkbW_c
I think I'll be off for more gelato now...
*images via rue magazine, pinterest, anthropologie


Who doesn't like a pretty little bird motif? Sarah from Smitten Studio here to present my Pattern Spy series! Today I've pulled together some delicate winged beauties shown in fashion, an interior, and an event. These guys make me want to live in that shirt, sleep in that room, and get married all over again. Enjoy!
While they can poke fun at a bird motif, when done right I can't help but swoon.

*shirt at anthropologie (as well as my closet),  wallpaper from Hygge & West designed by Julia Rothman, and paper birds via this Once Wed tutorial and wedding inspiration post shot by Jose Villa

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


This little moment has always reminded me of the Amalfi Coast (it was actually shot in Portofino)... which where I'll be headed today!
Rugged beaches and table wine await! xo
And don't worry... I'm taking plenty of pictures.

*editorial via pop sugar and wine shot by johnny miller


Hi everyone! I'm Mackenzie from Design Darling and I'm hoping to contribute a coco+kelley column called Color Coordinated.

I was interviewing Christina Strutt, the founder of Cabbages & Roses, for the fourth issue of Rue and she said something that struck a chord with me: “In reality, it doesn’t matter whether your coat matches your curtains, but the home products and the fashion do seem to sit together happily.” She was talking about the visual merchandising in her stores, but it made me realize that I often crave the same things for my home that I do in my wardrobe choices. In other words, wouldn't it be fun if your coat and your curtains did match?

This first Color Coordinated column features a palette I'm just loving right now: French blue, creamy white, and a splash of navy for good measure. Mixing ikat, leopard, and a touch of sparkle, this look strikes me as springy and sophisticated. I'm loving the playful romper with edgy gold earrings, a delightfully dramatic bracelet, and a must-have leather bag!

* Diane von Furstenberg Kindle case, $59 // Shoshanna romper, $285Loren Hope earrings, $40 // Dannijo bracelet, $270 Theodora & Callum wedges, $395 // Foley + Corinna bag, $345

Of course, that dreamy French blue will look equally chic chez vous! Use navy upholstery as a base for bringing in punchy patterns and a timeless chevron throw. How lust-worthy is the leather lamp? It's the perfect classic complement to one of my favorite Leigh Viner prints.

Leigh Viner print, $32 // Williams Sonoma Home ikat floor cushion, $128 Ralph Lauren lamp, $350 // Nate Berkus sofa, $499
Layla Grayce pillows, $118 for two // Jonathan Adler throw, $295

I would love to know whether this is a column you'd like to see every couple weeks here on coco+kelley and what color combinations you're loving this season!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


An extravagant room doesn't always mean fancy chandeliers and expensive pieces... Sometimes it means the luxury of a space that provides no function other than a beautiful place to lounge... Picture 2
About as practical as velveteen pants in the summer...and just as beautiful...
Jason Lee Parry.stonecoldfox4
*images via pinterest and jason lee perry for stone cold fox


Hello everyone, it's Megan from MIMI+MEG here with my proposed series here on coco+kelley, Try the Trend! I was crushing over the bold wallpaper in Baily McCarthy's bathroom in the fourth issue of Rue, shown below. Give this trend a try in your home with these amazing bold, black + white wallpapers!
*Frames by Taylor & Wood, Mariemekko Kiss Kiss, Kreme Gate


*Zebra, Fashion from Ferm Living,  Stripes
Left to Right: Madison Humhrey Dog Flock Velvet, Marimekko Joonas, Animal Print

Monday, June 20, 2011


It always takes me a few days to actually get into vacation mode after being used to the hectic pace of running a business and juggling life...
lazy bohemian
But today? I get to be 100% lazy. We'll be spending one last day in Sicily before heading across to Calabria to visit the town my father was born in! I'm so excited for this portion of the trip. It will be brief, but special... I'm sure I'll have plenty of stories to share when I return!

*images via honestly wtf and pure green living


Ciao, it's Jessica, from Life's Little Jems, and I'm here to present a series called With Love From... where I'll be sharing some of my favorite fashion and home decor items inspired by various cities around the globe.

My first destination is the Eternal City: Rome, Italy, where Cassandra should soon be landing! A few weeks ago, I myself returned from a magnificent, much needed vacation to Europe, and Rome was my first stop. Here are a few wonderful treasures inspired by my recent getaway to this beautiful and historic city. Until next time…
1. Elizabeth Cole, Gordian Knot Bracelet 2. Zara, Zip Trousers 3. Mid Century Italian Chairs from Boo Radley 4. SuperHeadz, Wide and Slim Camera 5. Marble Roman Bust 6. Vespa LXV 150 7. Marni, Cannello Sandal 8. Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease Cup and Saucer 9. Ascaso, Dream Coffee Maker

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Ciao from Italia, my loves!! Right about now, I'll be enjoying the beaches of Sicily, soaking up ridiculous amounts of sunshine, and hopefully sipping one these refreshing concoctions...
the venietian spritz cocktail
While this recipe originates in the north, it's popular all over Italy, and is a delightful mix of bitter and sweet... sort of how it's going to feel to leave this magical place in another week.

The Venetian Spritz:

4 ounces Prosecco
A splash of sparkling water
1.5 to 2 ounces Aperol
1 green olive

In a glass over three or four ice cubes, pour the prosecco, a dash of sparkling water and the Aperol, being sure to follow that order lest the Aperol sink to the bottom without mixing. Garnish with a slice of orange, a twist of lemon (or both) and an olive.

*images via the glitter guide, recipe + drink via the nytimes, and marie claire

Friday, June 17, 2011


Be back in two weeks!! In the meantime,  I'll still have plenty of posts from potential contributors and a few I put together myself to keep you entertained.
And when I'm back, there will be so much to share!! Lots of love... and ciao!
xo cassandra
*image via tumblr, source unknown

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Since the moment Cassandra mentioned she was headed to Italy this summer, I haven't been able to stop dreaming of vino in Rome, shopping in Florence and most of all, long lazy days spent sunbathing on the Amalfi Coast...

Camille Styles here, and today's fantasy is totally inspired by the idyllic two weeks my husband and I spent in Capri and Positano on our honeymoon two summers ago. The incredible seafood, deep Mediterranean waters dotted with pristine yachts and sailboats, and the nautical-chic style of the jet-set as they escape the bustle of a bigger metropolis. A lovely little fantasy on which to base today's fête, no?

A sandy stretch of beach and a fun group of friends are really the only necessities for the success of this party. A lightweight folding table and swath of linen fabric are the base for a spread of fresh, seasonal dishes. On the menu? How 'bout a very Mediterranean cucumber, tomato & feta salad and this most-luscious marinated bean salad with grilled shrimp & watercress.
Grilled Shrimp Salad
What to wear to such a summer get-together? A swimsuit of course, although a classic striped boatneck is a must to guard against the sea breezes when the sun begins to set.

Formal invites are not really necessary for a gathering this relaxed, but when the stationery is as charming as this by Mr. Boddington's Studio, you just might not be able to resist. The Wolfgang style is so fitting for an oceanic occasion with it's urchin-like pattern and inky blue script.

Arriverderci, Cass...we can't wait to hear about your adventures!

*images: {row 1} couple, bunting, compass escort cards {row 2} necklace, feathers {row 3} clementine place setting, capri, rope{row 4} map, invites, oyster, dress. all party images: roland bello. invitations: mr boddington's studio.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I've decided it's time for me to consider investing in some art. I love how it can give complete direction and focus to a room - or vignette - in the home. While I'll have to wait until I get into my new apartment to really start decorating, until then, I've been doing my research!
art in the home1
I'm finding so much inspiration in interiors and artists who I've had bookmarked for a while, like Sally King Benedict (top right) and talented friends like Jen Ramos of Cocoa & Hearts, and my favorite Nicole Cohen of Sketch42 (bottom left).
art in the home2
I'm also head over heels for pretty much every piece by Yolanda Sanchez and recently discovered Wendy Letven's 'Water, Land Air' series as well. The big question is do I go soft and let the art work with some of the pieces I already have, or do I go bold and mix things up, regardless of color scheme? That, we will have to wait and see.

For more of my favorite artists and picks, you can also follow my pinterest art board!

*rooms: kate schintzius via design sponge, interiors mag, veranda and suzanne kasler


Hello dear readers!! It's Foodie Fashionista time again! This week I (Crissie from bug&Bear) am crushing in a BIG way on a few things. The first - wide legged jeans. Can we talk about how chic they are right now? (Please tell me they are here to stay!)

And, speaking of chic, I am also obsessed with Elie Tahari's Resort 2012 collection which happens to color coordinate with my favorite summer time snack - fresh berries. So, here's my take on this gorgeous, bright palette...  enjoy!

*Foodtography- Bakers Royal
*Inspiration- Elie Tahari Resort 2012 
*Outfit- Top: Miu Miu; Necklace: Max&Chloe; Bag: DKNY; Jeans: Citizens of Humanity; Shoes: Car Shoe

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


There won't be one piece of furniture or art in the upcoming Manhattan flat that won't provoke some kind of emotion. Now I can't guarantee you'll love every choice in this 1100 sqft, but thought-provoking? Indeed. Plus it's always fun to see highly a confident sense of style rolled into one fabulous space.

Julie here from Chapman Interiors taking you through Robert Passal's untamed home where we find a classic portrait and periwinkle Berger chair paired with a 60's glam mirrored parsons style table.. a cocktail of a room! The bone colored walls lets each piece stand center stage. The graphic rug is the only bold pattern and truly anchors the room.
The cafe colored built-ins clad the walls of the adjoining dining room (which can become a study or guest room when necessary) adorned with a mismatched collection of chairs and a Lalanne Sheep - which I personally love. It would be impossible to have a serious conversation with that piece in the room! Notables here: Love the silver klismos chair and check out the chandelier in the living room! Amazing!
I'll readily admit that the chair is too crazy even for me, and I'm willing to push the envelope quite a bit when it comes to design. However, I love the sconces built in to the head board and the zebra wall-to-wall carpet. The little blue bowl reminds me of the blue candle sticks in the dining room - a pop of simple but vibrant color.

Let's use the bold colors and glitzy accessories to make our own space:

I'm really loving each piece here, especially the 1st dibs sheep (even the knock off one is 8k, so if you're out vintage shopping and spot one of these, at minimum it'd be a great investment). The trick here is to use a few clean- lined pieces (think the Greek key pattern rug and the deco chair) add a few fun glitzy pieces (mirrored side table and crystal candle holder) and then make the rest of the pieces bright and whimsical. Ground your space with a neutral color. Bonus? You are free to swap out the bolder pieces as you tire of them. And then throw fabulous dinner parties where everyone will have sheep-envy.