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What did I ask for in my orange inspiration post? That’s right. Orange cotton. And, what did I find during my Marshall’s trip this afternoon?
I know, I know. It’s not orange in this picture, but this image is the closest image that I could find on the Max Studio web site…. you know that if it’s at Marshall’s, the “designer” stores have taken any trace of the item off their web site and permanently deleted evidence of its existence from their records. But, yes, I found this top in a lovely coral. Easy, breezy and perfect for summer evenings sipping mojitos outside at Zocalo. I can’t wait to wear it this spring with some white pants accented with some turquoise jewelry, like this.

Pair it with some tan leather flats or platforms and a cute clutch and you’re good-to-go. I’m thinking this little clutch would work well.

Yes, most definitely.

And, get ready…. this weekend we are going to visit the Dodsons in Raleigh for the first time! And, we love that we’ll get to see Pat, Mel, Lacey, and Cam, too. Get ready for some super-cute picture overload early next week.

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Have you guys heard the predictions of orange being the hot color for spring? I sure have… and I’m kind of loving it. I suppose orange has an unusual place in my life, being the dominant school color of both my high school and college, and I should be tired of it by now, but I’m not! In fact, when I think about orange, I don’t really think about the ruddy 70’s orange of Monacan high school nor do I think of the carefully selected, perfectly replicated, highly saturated orange of U.Va. athletics. I’m loving the idea of blues and oranges together: navy and clementine, aqua and coral. Here’s how orange has been capturing my attention (and imagination) recently:


Around the kitchen.


In old sheet music.


Around the house.


I don’t know what I’m going to do with all this inspiration— maybe we’ll have to throw some kind of party so I can decorate!— but I figure it’s not a bad idea to compile the images that inspire me and draw upon them when I need them. I know a lot of people have look books or inspiration books, but I stole my idea directly from Ryan’s company, Filament, who prepared inspiration books, in tandem with the video and lighting design,  for Tim McGraw’s 2011 tour. I thought the idea of showing an inspiration book to a very high-end client was so unexpected and kind of genius. It’s risky, because done poorly, it could end up looking like a magazine photo collage on a 13 year old girl’s bedroom wall. But, done well, it can convey the entire feeling of tour, without the dreaded corporate, power point presentation or nervous blabbering that often accompanies such power points.

As for me, though, a more practical application of my orange inspiration might be in my wardrobe! Lord knows it needs some help. I found these cute orange finds this morning at bananarepublic.com.

I have to say, though, silk?!? Seriously, I am so sick of silk. I’m sure Stacy and Clinton would slap me if they could hear me (though, this would require them knowing that I exist), but seriously, who wants to go to the dry cleaner that much? I love silk tops but I end up wearing them about twice a year because I wear them once and then they sit in my drying cleaning pile for months, so I never get any use out of them. So, here’s hoping my orange inspiration will bring some nice, cotton, orange tops my way this spring.

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