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wallpaper: best of the best 08.09.2012

Well, we told you today was gonna be good!! Sorry we have been missing for the first half of this week…we’ve just gotten a bit slammed with work, but we haven’t forgotten about you! We get asked all the time where to find great wallpapers….so, we’ve been gathering our all time favorites to share with you! We have both been getting the itch to do some projects at home and I (Morgan), am thinking wallpaper is going to be involved. Have you guys used wallpaper? Advice is welcome!

1. Orla Kiely stem wallpaper (image) , 2. cannot find the original link for this ( please let us know if you know it!) , 3. Glitz – Soft Gray/Fuschia by Julien at Graham & Brown, 4. Frames by Taylor and Wood at Graham & Brown, 5. Petal Pusher by Joy d. Cho of Oh Joy for Hygge & West, 6. photo from Domino magazine, 7. Madison Humphrey – Dog Flock Velvet Wallpaper (image), 8. Daydream (in blue) by Julia Rothman for Hygge & West, 9. Eskayel wallpaper via Coco + Kelley

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  1. Gina Spengel

    looks like the unknown papers is from

    August 23, 2012 1:54 am

we heart kansas city: kate spade store grand opening 11.01.2011


(pssst….those our our feet!!)
This past weekend Carrie and I attended the grand opening of our very own Kate Spade store right here in Kansas City on the Country Club Plaza!! As many of you know, Kate is actually from KC, so, needless to say, this has been a long awaited opening! Our dear friend Megan Biram of Mimi + Meg co-hosted this little shin-dig and really helped make it a truly Kansas City event! The insanely gorgeous photos above were taken by another dear friend, Eric, of the awesome duo Lemon Lime Photography! Seriously, these guys are insanely talented! Yet another bestie, Tobe Reed (of Because it’s Awesome), and Melanie Bridges, both lettering designers from Hallmark Cards, were on hand to customize Kate Spade totes with a hand-lettered rendition of your name (wishing we had photos of those-but we will share when we find some)! And, last but definitely not least–those beautifully bright French macarons in the photo above? Those are from my very own mom, Barbara Shaw! If you want some of your very own macarons and you live in KC,  you contact her at (her website is not quite up yet)
Now, of course, we couldn’t help but do a little bit of shopping while we were there…so here is a special little playing favorites! Lots of the things we really loved were only in store and not online yet, so we couldn’t get images to share, so definitely go to the store to find even more goodies (321 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO)!
And, of course, really the best part is getting to hang out with friends-old and new! Here we are hanging out with two ridiculously stylish KC girls: Jessie Artigue of Style & Pepper and Melanie Knopke of The Shopping Scout (thanks to Melanie for this photo)! Carrie and I both forgot our cameras that night (I know, shame on us), but we will share more pics as we can get our hands on them!)
(Links: everyting in “playing favorites” available on, and if you haven’t already visited, you should probably check out the kate spade tumblr)

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  1. Sadie + Stella

    >Gorgeous girls!! Wish I could have been there! Need to trip back to KC to check out the new store!!

    November 1, 2011 12:48 pm
  2. carlyklock

    >I didn't know your mother made those macarons, Morgan – they were amazing! So good to finally meet you.

    November 1, 2011 3:17 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >it really was a fun event! Carly, it was so fun to finally meet you, too!!

    November 2, 2011 5:44 pm
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playing favorites: living room accessories 08.17.2011


We’re sort of always dreaming about how we could refresh any one room of the house at a time…so, today, we went with the living room and chose a few objects on our current wishlists…even though this can change daily! ha!
Carrie’s (dream) living room: 1. Abstract Idea Pillow, 2. Bellesol Mirror, 3. Diego Desk Table Lamp
Morgan’s (dream) living room: 1. Suzani pillow (sold), 2. brass urchin, 3. Moroccan diamond rug (also sold out-sad)

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playing favorites: summer must-have outfits 06.29.2011


 There are all kinds of summer events that are calling for the perfect outfit, so we brought back a reader favorite: Playing Favorites! It’s the “summer must-have outfit” edition! hope you all enjoy :)

Carrie’s outfit:1. Liberty strapless dress via shopbop, girlie satin bow headband, 3. Mar Y Sol Raffia clutch via shopbop, 4. Pour La Victoire Espadrille wedges via shopbop
Morgan’s outfit: 1. Bougainvillea Tassel Sandals from anthropologie, 2. Laura Lombardi Geometric Bib Necklace from urban outfitters, 3.Ella Moss T-Bags maxi dress via shopbop, 4. contrast headwrap,

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  1. carlyklock

    >love these posts – keep 'em coming!

    June 29, 2011 6:10 pm
  2. Melanie

    >LOVE both! That Ella Moss dress is a fantastic color!

    June 29, 2011 7:15 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >thanks ladies :) We love you guys right back!

    June 29, 2011 7:22 pm
  4. Lauren

    >just got the red, white, and blue e-mail from one nineteen. SO fun – and exciting to learn the opening date for trader joe's!

    June 30, 2011 5:51 pm