Style Guide: Summer Work Wear

summer work wardrobeThe trend in summer work wear this year could not be easier. It’s all about minimalism. Shorts, cropped pants, and skirts of all styles get dressed up when rendered in navy or black. Lightweight button-down shirts are worn on their own, sleeves rolled up. They will, of course transition beautifully to fall and winter as layers. I always prefer a band collar to a pointed one because I think they look better with statement necklaces. What do you prefer?

If you already have these staples, update the look with new accessories: cat-eye sunglasses, rocker chic jewelry, and slouchy black handbags are new for now and will still be the rage for fall. Shop the look below!

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Renovation Mini-Guide: Four Kitchen Faucets

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It’s summer, which for me and my team always means renovation season. In the past one year we have worked on 7 different kitchen renovations and most of them were summer projects. This month we thought we’d offer a few mini-guides for renovation style, starting with the kitchen faucet. The question of the kitchen faucet is always a serious one. Here’s what we have our eyes on right now.

brass faucet

The brass faucet has built up some serious street cred over the last year or two, where gold finishes have made a major comeback in every area of interiors. Really we think they look luxe and fabulous in any space, but are particularly fond of how they brighten up cool color palettes. This one here is from Delta. We have been loving this company for their perfect Champagne Gold finish and accessible price points.

black faucetI am currently enamored with black kitchen faucets. They look so lovely with wood tones and in rustic inspired spaces, where they really stand out and add elegance to other-wise rough-hewn looks. The matte black finish from Newport Brass is beautiful. It is different from hand-rubbed bronze, which has more polish and brown undertone to them, so be sure to look for real black finishes.

white kitchen faucet

White faucets can go in many spaces, but this faucet in particular works for an eclectic kitchen. The style is antique and contemporary feeling all at once. The white finish reminds me of porcelain hot and cld indicators on retro faucets. But with the white applied to the entire faucet, it will pop against a dark wall too. This single-hole faucet is also from Newport Brass, which specializes in quality faucets in custom finishes.

chrome faucetA chrome faucet is always classic and the finish of choice for most people. I advocate mixing it up for a designer look, but in some cases chrome is a must. Sleek modern kitchens will always have their place, and a shiny faucet with stellar lines is the perfect compliment. The Danze Parma is a classic choice and I think it is very beautiful.

Are you renovating? Do you have a favorite kitchen faucet? Tell us about it!