Style: December ’08

Looks like I’m loving ruffles this month…

Style: December '08

I’m not normally a big fan of Steve Madden shoes, but I saw these Impereal T-Strap Ruffled Pumps in a shop window and was instantly smitten. The Knitted Ruffle Dress from Boden looks like the kind of comfy, warm dress that would be perfect all fall and winter (and would likely fit over my ever-expanding midsection). To counter all of the frilliness in the outfit so far, I think the Monogram Bowler Handbag would be an excellent choice. Simple tights would keep your legs warm, and bright red lipstick would liven things up a bit.

OK, now this is where I have to just gush over Cookoorikoo’s necklaces. I met Shana last year at Design*Sponge’s Biz Ladies event here in Chicago, and I’ve seen her in local shows a whole bunch since then. I already own two of her necklaces, and I just bought the partly sunny yo-yo necklace that’s shown above. BUT, Shana has similar styles available in her shop, and she also does custom orders (so you can get the same colors as mine if you want to).

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  • Karrey
    December 1, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I love how a lot of Steve Madden and Madden Girl shoes look, but I just can’t get over the uncomfortable factor. I wish I could!

  • grace
    December 1, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Totally off subject of this post, but I have a question about buying furniture. when you are buying big pieces like couches, rugs, etc – do you recommend buying in a basic color such as brown, cream etc? Or making a statement with color on a staple piece?


  • Making it Lovely
    December 1, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Grace, I think it’s nice to do a mix. I have a neutral couch, but my rug and chair are patterned and colorful. Lena Corwin has a mostly neutral house but her couch is amazing.

  • shana
    December 1, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    thanks nicole!

  • Averill
    December 1, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Again, off topic but I totally love your Madeline Weintraub zig-zag rug. Is there any way to snag one without making the trek to NYC? (I live in Texas….)

  • grace
    December 1, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    That is really cool…I can’t see the rest of her house but love her couch. I’m trying to decide between a dark chocolate smoky brown, a paprika, a cream color and a pear. I have a mid 1960’s ranch and want to stay in the feel of the house! Agony is trying to decide on a couch color! The brown seems to be the most versatile to updates and kid friendly (a must with two little ones) but the paprika and pear are more statement pieces!

  • Making it Lovely
    December 1, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Averill, you could probably call ABC Carpet and Home and place an order over the phone.

    Grace, paprika and pear sound interesting! If you go with brown though, that’s what throw pillows are for. ;)

  • julie.
    December 1, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I love that BR bag…it’s on my Xmas wishlist, but I highly doubt my husband will spring for it! I’ve also put it into my “waiting to go on sale” folder… :)

  • Jackie
    December 1, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I agree, I’m not a huge fan of Steve Madden shoes, but I adore the ruffled pump too. Of course, I’d probably never be able to wear those; I don’t think I’ve even owned a show with a heel that high.

  • cheryl
    December 1, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I have those shoes in black, and they’re FABULOUS!!! You must buy them at once!

  • Tatyana
    December 1, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I love all the style boards you do. I just don’t have the confidence to wear a yellow dress (or I think in one of them you had green tights). I’m the brown and black kind of girl, always buying “neutral”. But I do love the looks and always am so impressed with people that do actually wear color. I think the shoes are great but being a student and having to run from one class to another, I don’t remember the last time I wore heels… I’m afraid I’m going to have to retrain myself to walk again in a pair. :)

  • evy
    December 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    i love that yellow dress!

  • grace
    December 1, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Went with brown. You have such a good eye – can’t tell you how much inspiration I get from this site! now off to hunt for throw pillows and a throw….thanks for your help :)

  • Erin
    December 2, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Ooo, thanks for posting about Cookoorikoo. I saw one of her yo-yo necklaces in a photo of yours and was really taken with it. I love her bracelets, too.

  • Anna @ D16
    December 2, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I really wish you would pick out an outfit for me to wear to Christmas parties! I am SO BAD at choosing “fancy” clothes. It’s so stressful! I don’t even know how to wear a dress!

  • Rita
    December 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I have been debating over whether to buy that yo-yo necklace! But how far does it come down when you’re wearing? Can we see a pic of you wearing the lovely yellow necklace? :)

  • Miss B.
    December 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I am soooo in love with this post! I LOVE it all! The dress (swoon), the shoes, the lipstick, the everything! You are so ridiculously good at everything!

  • The City Sage
    December 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    That necklace is a work of art! I love it with the outfit you’ve created, and I can also see it looking smashing with a plain white tee and dark straight jeans.

    And I know what you mean about Steve Madden shoes—they can be touch and go. But these beauties are to die for. Great ensemble!

  • megan
    December 2, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    what a gorgeous outfit-i am loving the ruffles AND the color yellow this season so this post really made me smile. those shoes are gorgeous-can you imagine them in bright red?? oohlala!

  • Rachel May
    December 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I just have to tell you that I just finished reading all of your archives in your blog. I love getting a little window into people’s lives, and I too am into crafts! I hope your family is doing well and your house is looking amazing! I can’t believe the transformation you had made by the 6th month mark-unbelievable.

    My feedback is that I really like reading your blog and the different directions you take it. I like the style boards you do, the home improvement projects you show, and hearing about your work.

    Thanks for writing such a great blog and inviting people into your life!

    Rachel May

  • phoenix
    December 2, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Those pump are beyond adorable!

  • Alison MacPherson
    December 3, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Just wanted to say that I have a very large midsection (sadly fat not baby!) and the Boden dresses cover it with ease. I wasn’t brave enough to go for the yellow but have the grey and purple ad both are wonderful. As is your blog.

  • Marybeth at
    December 4, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Oooh, where are you going to shop for maternity clothes? I can’t wait to see your finds!!

  • Terrah
    December 5, 2008 at 2:03 am

    ooooh, LOVE those shoes. $80 though? Ouch! I may just need to fantasize…

  • Making it Lovely
    December 5, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I’m trying to fit into my normal clothes for as long as possible… it’s not been too bad so far since I have so many dresses.

    Rachel – Wow, all of the archives? :)

    Rita – I’m wearing the necklace in this photo.

  • Heidi
    December 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Despite my previous experiences with Steve Madden shoes being
    uncomfortable…Macy’s was having a sale and I bought those pumps in red patent leather.

    I made the mistake of wearing them out on a night where I went to to concerts (one sitting, one standing).

    They hurt so badly that at the end of the night, my boyfriend practically had to carry me to the car!

  • Stacy
    December 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    Love this look – I agree I think we could hide our growing bellies with that dress.

    I saw these and thought of you, had to share: