NYFW Spring 2015: The Row

the row spring 2015 | look 18 // simple pretty

look 18

Regal, flowy looks from The Row for spring. Many of the looks would swallow me whole, but I do love a relaxed silhouette on other people. Best news for me? The two strap sandal trend (my beloved Arizonas) lives on for next summer — albeit with a bit more refinement. See the complete collection at Style.com.

the row spring 2015 | look 22 // simple pretty

look 22

the row spring 2015 | look 24 // simple pretty

look 24

image credits: the row courtesy photos for style.com

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NYFW Spring 2015: Wes Gordon

wes gordon spring 2015 | look 2 // simple pretty

look 2 – black and white separates taken to the next level

An early favorite from New York Fashion Week has to be the Wes Gordon show. Not only are the shoes to die for (quirky strappy flats and I want a pair) but the clothes! Über luxe fabrics in restrained silhouettes make for the kind of collection you can build a wardrobe around. See the complete collection at Style.com, and start saving now.

wes gordon spring 2015 | look 4 // simple pretty

look 4 – a tee shirt dress with pockets

wes gordon spring 2015 | look 8 // simple pretty

look 8 – toss on a coat for elevated glam

image credits: photos by umberto fratini/indigitalimages.com for style.com

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Nick Barclay Designs: Cocktail Prints

nick barclay designs margarita | simple pretty


Perhaps it’s a sign that I’ve acclimated to England’s drinking culture (who wouldn’t?) but I am gaga for Australian designer Nick Barclay‘s minimalist, graphic take on ten classic cocktails. See the complete collection (and pick up a couple for your “lounge”) right here.

nick barclay designs old-fashioned | simple pretty


nick barclay designs bloody mary | simple pretty

bloody mary

nick barclay designs martini | simple pretty

nick barclay designs cocktail prints | simple pretty

the complete series

images from nickbarclaydesigns.com // fellow londoners may appreciate his take on the london underground — which i raved about back in february.

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Back-to-School Shopping List


I’ve always loved back-to-school season: cruising the school supply aisle at Target, considering style options in the flood of September magazines, and anticipating fall weather with every cool August breeze (even when said breezes were few and far between).  As such, I’ve spent the last few days assembling a fall shopping list, organized around one perfect look, because really, it’s all about “What you’re wearing on the first day of school” no matter how old you are.

  1. Vince Cashmere Overlay Hem Turtleneck London is definitely a city where a sweater wardrobe is a necessity. (I’ve already had to dig into my stack of wooly pullovers, in August!) This cashmere t-neck, from Vince, has a gorgeous hem detail that gives a bit of a luxe twist to a classic silhouette, and the t-neck means I’ll stay warm.
  2. The Row Book Bag 10 outrageously expensive handbags are my bread and butter when it comes to wish lists. This season, I’m obsessed with The Row’s new book bag. It’s not only gorgeous, but practical. I’ve already planned out where my phone and Oyster card will go. It’s a sickness.
  3. Tata Harper Be Adored a rosy balm that gives your lips that bit of pinky oomph while keeping them moisturized. Bonus: the color is impossible to overapply, so feel free to touch up sans mirror.
  4. Marks Travelife A6 Notebook the start of a new school year means a new notebook, whether you “need” it or not. Marks Travelife keeps it simple + chic in basic black.
  5. Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim-fit Boyfriend Jeans in Blue Ridge Citizens Emerson jean is a slimmer take on the ever-popular boyfriend cut, but super soft + stretch fabric gives you just enough ease for important activities — like sitting.
  6. Fallon Classique Bracelet I’m not much of a jewelry person — most days I default to my wedding rings + diamond studs — but Fallon’s riff on the tennis bracelet, is wallet friendly, fun, and adds a bit of glam.
  7. Gucci Black Leather Driver with Signature Web The web accent (and pinked tongue) make this classic driving loafer a craveable option.

layout and type by jane potrykus. image credits: 1. vince.com 2. therow.com 3. beingcontent.com 4. marks-japan.eu 5. aritzia.com 6. barneys.com 7. gucci.com

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Transitions and New Beginnings

me, eight years ago, outside our cottage at the inn at palmetto bluff

me, eight years ago, outside our cottage at the inn at palmetto bluff

Eight years ago today, I started a blog. “Midwest Musings” was oh-so-personal as I wrote about my obsessions, observations, and irritations du jour. Later, as I found my voice, I wrote at “The Speckled Egg” about my enthusiasm for stationery and fashion. For a while, I was posting multiple stories daily as inspiration was seemingly everywhere and the ideas flowed.

Since March 2009, I’ve settled into an aesthetic (and voice) as Simple Pretty, sharing Utilitarian Luxe® findings from around the world that I loved and I hoped that you, the reader, would too. I will forever be grateful for the connections I’ve made because I was brave enough to put my thoughts out there for the world to see. The friends I’ve made are oh so dear to me and I treasure every one of them.  (You know who you are.) Blogging helped me find the courage to sell my house, pack up my belongings, and try the expat life in London, confident that I knew at least a few people who would ease the jolt of starting over in a new city/country/continent.

Perhaps my awareness is impacted by the move, but over the past few months I’ve noticed a change in the blog world, both from the writing/producer side and the reading/consumer side. In low moments, I bemoan the lack of comments/feedback on my posts, and yet at the same time I find myself reading fewer blogs and commenting on fewer posts. While I realize Instagram and its visual stimulation is simply the flavor-of-the-moment, at the same time, I appreciate the way it delivers maximum impact and social connection with relatively little demand on my time. It’s how I want to interact at the moment. I’m finding the beauty in optimizing.

In light of that, I’ve decided to transition this blog from a place that I check in weekly to a format where I update occasionally, most likely via my recently revived Tumblr blog. Some months, “occasionally” will look a lot like “frequently”; some months you may see tumbleweeds. I still get so much pleasure from writing travel guides and highlighting favorite looks from Fashion Week, and I will continue to produce and share that kind of content. I know there will be a stationery post or two as well. Follow me and you’ll never miss out!

And there’s even more happy news to share: I’ve just joined the Remodelista (and Gardenista) UK team: their presence continues to grow, both in the US and internationally. As a longtime fan of the Remodelista aesthetic, I’m crazy excited for the chance to work with Christine Chang Hanway and the rest of the team, and look forward to the new experiences and connections that are an integral part of learning the ropes.

Here’s to following your bliss — whatever it is. See you soon at Tumblr.


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