Guest blogger: Home decor meets fashion jewelry

When blogging for Design Spark or buying for Shop Design Spark, I make sure to pull inspiration from all the things around me, be it fashion, travel, interior design, food, etc. It's so crazy how one can create an object pulling ideas from another item or "thing" that is in a whole other category and genre. Take a look at a few of SDS's fabulous home decor items paired up with some stylish fashion jewelry fit for anyone and everyone!

Pair this fab Mosaic Platter with this gorgeous Luxe Bracelet

Super cute Ceramic Elephant accent decor + brass Elephant Necklace

Floral ceramic stool + gorgeous rose gold Flower cuff 

Beautiful picks, Laura! Check out her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter too.


Guest blogger: Salem in the summer

Hello, everyone! I am thrilled to be penning a guest post for the lovely Jaime while she is away. Since we both live in the Boston area, I thought I would highlight a local destination, as I often do on my own blog, Ip & Audrey. One of my favorite past-times is exploring New England haunts; there's enough rich history and kitsch around here to satisfy both the history buff and antiques shopper, say. So why not highlight a New England haunt that is purportedly haunted? For U.S. history, excellent antique shops and antiquarian bookstores, some of the best coffee shops around, and, for good measure, some truly spooky tales, I make a beeline for Salem, MA.

Most folks probably prefer to visit Salem around Halloween, when it turns into a true tourist town, with ghost and witch hunt tours and crazy costumes galore. I've done it but wouldn't recommend it, unless rowdy (and slightly scary) crowds are your thing. In summer things are a little calmer; you can simply walk the cobblestone streets and admire your quaint surroundings. There are some excellent coffee shops, including the Front Street Coffehouse, where one of the best drinks, hands down, is the White Rabbit Latte. A little nutty, a little chocolatey, a little minty... honestly I'm not sure what's in the stuff, but if you take a sip you'll sure have a good time falling down the rabbit hole. You'll need to caffeine up to hit the Derby Square Bookstore, a charming used shop where you can score hardcovers for 50% off their list price. Just be sure to have the energy to scan thousands of titles for what you're looking for, or be open to stumbling across random finds... the books tower precariously in sky-high stacks, and selecting your desired title is like a high-stakes game of Jenga. Careful, careful... got it! Score! Do ask for assistance if a stack is especially high; you don't want any of those hardcovers to fall! Trust me, I've seen it happen. But not to me. :)

From there, you might want to wander over to the Old Town Hall and catch a must-see production of Cry Innocent, a play that allows the audience to participate in a Salem Witch Trial, sitting in on the Puritan jury determining the fate of a girl accused of witchcraft. This show is incredible and brings you back to Salem in 1692, where some truly heinous things happened that are now a blight on the American justice system. But I love the play because it was commissioned, produced and written by professors of mine from my alma mater, Gordon College. Nothing else will quite get you into the Salem spirit as much as this.

After such a harrowing show, you might need a pick-me-up. Head over to Maria's Sweet Somethings, close to Town Hall, for some gourmet ice cream treats. Then check out Modern Millie and browse the racks of vintage and consignment clothes and accessories. The last time I was there, I saw some designer steals, including Dooney & Burke bags and Anna Sui dresses, being sold for a song. For fun, wander over to Harrison Comics and indulge your inner geek. You'll pass the bronze statue of "Samantha" from Bewitched, which is pretty much a must photo-op. On your way out of town, swing by Jaho Coffee & Tea for another cup of joe, or an amazing chai... they sell the best I've ever had. Before you leave, you must take a walk down to the harbor and check out the sailboats and the tall ship Friendship... because hanging out at the waterfront in any coastal New England town is simply obligatory. And hey, if you had a great time, consider braving Salem again for Halloween... if you can hang with both the real-life witches and wannabes. But don't say I didn't warn you... Boo! 

Thanks, Erin! Can you believe, I've never been to Salem?? I need to go ASAP after reading this post. :)

Pics by Erin.


Guest blogger: Bring back the classic styles!

Always wanted to dress like the Classic Style Icons Of Hollywood?

My Picks:

The very elegant and sophisticated actress Ingrid Bergman.
Remembering her in 'Casablanca' or 'Notorious' with leading men like Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant. 
All you need for that look is....
1. Military Jacket: Burberry Prorsum
2. Military-wide belt: Salvatore Ferragamo
3. Nylon skirt: Marc Jacobs
4. Leather Hat: Hermes

As well as the one of most loved actresses Audrey Hepburn.
Remembering her in the movies 'Roman Holiday' or 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' with leading men like Gregory Peck and George Peppard.
All you need for that look is....
1. Feminine ruffled shirt: Forests
2. Elegant flared skirt: Fendi
3. Blue-color scarf: Hermes
4. Belt: Sports

Who's your favorite?

Thank you to Some Kind of Style for today's guest post!


Just beachy

I'm off to Cape Cod today for my company's annual sales kick off meeting. I'm looking forward to meeting some out of town co-workers and putting my toes in the sand once again (there's a rumor going around the office that tonight we're having a beach bonfire- if it's not too rainy!). We are in meetings all day for 3 days, so I have some guest bloggers lined up through the week. See you Friday! :)

Pics: 1, 2-6


Friday Faves

Proposal stories @ M Loves M
Such a sweet proposal story as told by blogger Mara and her fiance.  

Bringing the outdoors in + Glamping @ Brunch at Saks
I love this idea!

Crane Stationary Studio Tour @ Oh So Beautiful Paper
Very interesting series behind the scenes of Crane & Co.

SJP + Burberry=Perfection @ Elements of Style
I couldn't agree more and loving her look for less.

Living in a buggle @ exPress-o
Cute little terrariums.

Reader's home @ Desire to Inspire
From the patio to the kitchen full of globes, this home is so unique and inspiring.

Happy Friday!  I have to give a big thank you to Sogni e Sorrisi and the BonBon Rose Girls for my 2 giveaway wins this week- thank you, ladies!

Tomorrow is the big race, and I am pumped.  Wish me luck! :)

PS: Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win $300 in gift cards!

Blogging last year: Still life with shoes


Share your Success Stories & win!

Having looked for a job for over a year before I started the position I am currently in, I am no stranger to From the daily emails to the great searching abilities, this site is definitely one of the best for job searches.  Recently, let me know about a fun giveaway opportunity for my blog! invites you to take a look at the new Monster Success Stories community, which encourages hope and optimism through the sharing of successful job-search stories and tips. The Success Stories program encourages participants to submit job success stories or career tips via videos, photos, and text on the "Success Stories" tab of the Facebook page.  Submissions will be showcased on the tab to inspire people to make their dream jobs a reality.

Monthly winners will be randomly chosen for both success story submissions and career tip submissions. Prizing for winning success stories includes a $5,000 prepaid gift card towards a new professional wardrobe. Gift cards and career development packages will be given to winning career tips. 

Sounds great, right?  What's even better is by entering and tagging your entry with La vie J'aime, you will be entered to win $150 in gift cards each to Nordstrom and Jonathan Adler.  That way you can outfit both yourself and your office to be your most successful yet!  Some items that you may want to consider if you win...

Here's how to enter and win:
--Visit and submit a photo or video tip/success story in one of the following categories:
1. Success Stories: I Found My Job
2. Tips: Resumes
3. Tips: Interviews
4.Tips: Dress to Impresss
Be sure to Include La Vie Jaime as a tag, so we can count it as an entry.
--Come back here and comment that you submitted (if you'd like to copy and paste what you submit and put in the comment, that's great!).

That's all!  Good luck and cannot wait to see your success stories!

Contest ends September 30th. Winner announced via on October 1.


What I'm Wearing Wednesday

Today marks the autumnal equinox, and it will officially be fall tonight; however, it's going to be 80+ degrees in Boston today! I figured why not whip out my floral espadrilles (that I had packed away in a bucket for storage this past weekend) for one last hurrah.

I am wearing:
  • JCrew peach cardigan
  • Lace top from a boutique in Long Beach, CA (where everything was $15!)
  • Citizens of Humanity jeans
  • Gold earrings from Target
  • Floral espadrilles- got them in Florence!
What are you wearing?

Blogging last year: Inspired by Matthew Williamson


Summer Snapshots: Kyle

"Red, yellow, orange, green – and all the other colors of the rainbow. Large, medium, small, tart, sour, juicy and moist, firm or squishy tomatoes, peppers, and cherries freshly plucked from neighboring state farms, brought to the city – the Union Square farmer’s market in this case – for us urbanites to devour greedily and attain a taste of a calmer, simpler rural life."

Happy last day of summer- thanks to everyone who submitted Summer Snapshots! Relive the series here.

Blogging last year: NYC


NYC trip

This weekend in NYC was so much fun. We shopped in SoHo, ate great food here and here (one of my fave breakfasts ever if you are ever in Fort Greene area), enjoyed a beautiful view of the city, sang karaoke- yours truly did a lively rendition of I've Got Friends in Low Places...Here are some snapshots:
Uniqlo display

Live art at Lacoste!Live store

Pre dinner drinks with my brother, step mom, and her sister

Dinner at Travertine

Margaritas and fabulous view of NYC at Alma

Karaoke... ;)