{a visit to terrain}

Back from vacation in NYC & Upstate. While there, we took a trip to Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills, PA and also had dinner there. Although we miscalculated how long it would take to get there, it was worth it for the inspiration alone. {The food wasn’t too bad, and by that I mean it was fantastic.}

terrain at styers

As you can see from the pictures, everything is impeccably styled, in a well worn and beautifully rustic way. Each of the buildings is built to look like very chic greenhouse or a luxurious shed with large portions of the roofs made of glass panels and shaded by reeds.

I’ve been in love with these lanterns for almost a year now, but it’s quite a different thing to see them in person. They’re absolutely stunning. They give off the coziest glow, and manage to be glamorous and rustic at the same time.

So many great ideas for the home and entertaining all over the store. {A few of my favorite picks at the bottom of this post.} Let’s not even get started on the terrariums.

As for dinner, the Cafe at Styer’s is a quirky little resto that is constantly holding an event {like cowboy campfires, bluegrass night, and all sorts of tastings.} You can BYO, which I saw plenty of guests taking advantage of. At night, the lighting all over Terrain is provided by garlands of bare bulbs hung throughout the buildings and the occasional lanterns, which gave everything a heightened sense of being at a garden party at night. Of course, topiaries and plants hang everywhere; and old doors with stained glass serve as dividers between some of the booths.

As mentioned before, the food was delish! I had a duck tasting with truffled macaroni and ended the meal with chocolate stout ice cream. {In case you’re wondering, yes you can bring kids. The munchkin had hummus, macaroni, and butter almond ice cream.} My favorite touch? The bread is baked in terracotta flower pots. How adorable is that?!

{a few favorites from terrain}
filigree spheres
picture vertical garden
hanging globe terrarium
no 1 terrarium
chalkboard labels

images by ms. jenn for {bits of beauty}

{autumn & the loved one}

Autumn always inspires thoughts of warm reds and age-old soft blankets being brought out from linen chests. It’s a “cozy” season; not too cold or too warm and filled with traditions like decorating pumpkins, baking pies and muffins, and of course, anything pumpkin spice. It’s the perfect time for curling up in some lovely underthings and wrapping oneself in an old afghan. Autumn is the season of leaving the windows open a bit to let the breeze blow the curtains around and picking dried leaves or blooms. And, sometimes, it’s the season to tint your hair auburn or copper, because who could resist?

the loved one by landon metz

hannah by landon metz

the loved one 2 by landon metz

{p.s.} Hannah {the gorgeous red-headed female half of Hannah & Landon} will soon be debuting her new lingerie line for The Loved One. Yes, that’s her photographed by her beau, Landon, in some of her designs above.

photography by landon metz

{DVF & Shopbop Giveaway}

A girl never forgets her first DVF dress. I picked mine up on a trip home from college, which was just around the time DVF was really hitting its revival. I was looking for the perfect dress to wear to a baptism and reception, et voila. It’s the go-to “lady-like-but-not-a-priss” dress.

Quite a bit has changed for Ms. D since then. DVF launched everything from luggage to shoes to handbags. The famous wrap-dresses are still featured in each collection that hits stores, but aren’t as prominent. DVF has gotten a little edge. One look at my Shopbop DVF boards, and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

dvf feather dress

Far from the body hugging jersey dresses, the Davi dress is silk and more “body-skimming.” A touch on the bohemian side, the feather print dress would be perfect with bare legs or black leggings. {Jeans for you very tall girls that we’re all so jealous of.} I’ve paired it with the Alex & Ani wire bangle, 7 for All Mankind Radly Ombre Platforms, and Ciaobella’s Nikko Hobo.

dvf sequins

Inspired by a post Roseline of {This is Glamorous} and my own personal style, I’ve paired some overtly glamorous and feminine items with a casual DVF Sweatshirt Dress. Kova & T lace stirrup leggings, Kenneth Jay Lane Feather earrings, and Alice+Olivia sequin cardi make this dressed-down dress all dressed up. Perfection for autumn.

dvf bag

If you’re not a dress girl, DVF has bags, too. Check these two straight from the runway. Call me crazy, but I really like the furry, multicolored stripe.

dvf bag

Everything above is currently available at Shopbop. Yes, it is the promised land. It’s one giant candy store of clothes, which is why we’re giving away a $100 gift card to be used sitewide. {So you can have all the DVF dresses and DVF handbags you want!} They ship internationally, so this contest is open to anyone.

To enter:

Visit Shopbop and pick out your favorite item from the Diane von Furstenberg dresses. Then leave a comment below telling Ms. Jenn what it is and what you’d wear it with.

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Contest ends 10/08/10 and winner will be announce 10/11/10.

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all images {via} Shopbop edited by Ms. Jenn for {Bits of Beauty}


Recently stumbled upon the beautiful blog, hearblack, which has absolutely GORGEOUS photography by the blog’s author. {Seriously, go look.} To boot, the blog is run by a young couple who lives in Hawaii and is obviously ridiculously, gag-me, smitten with one another. Oh, and they’ve got some great photos of recent Switzerland and Oregon trips that will make you drool. Photography and fabulous life aside, I was fascinated with these fantastic and simple bits of art I found on the site. So simple and lovely. This is a definite DIY project for all. So, while we can’t all live in Hawaii, madly in love with perfect photography and craft skills, we can have these frames.
images {via} hearblack

Love: Tokyo Milk

Not so much a friday finds post as a gush post. I love everything about Lollia‘s cool, edgier sister, Tokyo Milk. The packaging is so pretty I can never bring myself to throw it away, and everything smells delicious.

Obsessed with violets as I am, the Candied Violet confection is the only balm I’ll spread on my lips. It’s also great to rub on the cuticles.

I try to make myself at home wherever I go. When I travel, I bring tinned candles in my luggage. This one is the perfect size.

I spray the rosewater fragrance on my towels and linens. {Sometimes, Ms. Lola will get a sprtiz, too.}

available at anthropologie or online

{spaces: the moore space}

moore space interior

moore space interior

Down in Miami’s Design District, on 2nd Avenue, you’ll find one of the hippest historical spaces in South Florida. The Moore is a true 20’s gem, but with an updated twist; the white membranes that span from floor to floor give the space a sort of odd warmth, while bringing the space into the 21st century. The space is available for events through Brighthouse Events and frequently hosts exhibitions, pop-up shops, parties, and a wedding or two.

images {via} brighthouse events