Gazebo Mornings

Gazebo Mornings
Warby Parker glasses, Alexander Wang pullover, Undrest silk shorts (sold out - boo! But here are some similar ones in a pretty honeydew color), Heath Ceramics mug, Catstudio geography pillow, Woolrich moose pillow, West Elm throw, Melissa Harmonic flip flops

I'm happy to be home in Minnesota for the next week to work with clients and spend some overdue quality time with my family. One of my favorite routines at home is waking up in the morning and going straight out to our backyard gazebo for coffee and long chats. I don't bother changing out of my pajamas (hello, neighbors!) but I always grab a cup of hot coffee on my way out. Small town life is delightfully slower paced than I'm used to, so I love to linger out there for as long as I want, catch up on all my favorite catalogs and trashy mags, and map out the day ahead. We repeat the activity about 8 hours later, only then we have glasses of wine in hand.

Channel It: The Sound of Music


Ever since I was a little girl, I have never been able to get enough of the hills, Maria, Georg, and the Von Trapps - and after our "Choose the next Channel It" poll, I see that I am not alone! The Sound of Music won by a landslide, and I have to say I was hoping it would! While Maria certainly knows how to rock her bowl cut, burlap dresses, and single handedly turn those drapes into seven different outfits (some of which might even translate into today's fashion - check out the strong shoulders on Brigitta's drape dress!), I can't help but picture what they might be wearing if the film took place in the 2010's, while of course still maintaining their classic signature looks.

I Have Confidence

I'd like to think that on Maria's trek from the abbey to the Von Trapp estate, she would stop for Starbucks for a Skinny Vanilla Latte - extra hot. She deserves a little treat after all that time she spent around women who see her as nothing but "a problem." When she finally arrives to meet the family, there's no way the captain would have anything bad to say about this little getup, especially when he feasts his eyes on the perfectly draped top after she removes her Topshop boucle jacket. And you know Liesl would be eyeing her Burberry bag...

I Have ConfidenceI Have Confidence by thelifestyled featuring Burberry bags

16 Going on 17

We all know how things end up with Leisl's first boyfriend. Dating a Nazi almost never works out, and she knows that now. But oh that lovely dress she got to wear when prancing around the gazebo with Rolfe! Had she known he was going to show up, perhaps she might have brushed a bit of NARS Orgasm blush and Turkish Delight lip gloss on before the impromptu date. It also may have been suitable to grab a silk Chanel umbrella before she slipped out, considering that her soaking wet hair and chiffon dress were a dead giveaway of her shenanigans after getting caught in the rain. And I know what you're thinking - why are a 16 and 17 year old drinking champagne in this scenario? It's Austria, people. They don't really have a drinking age, and no one is driving.... unless you count Rolfe's bike.

16 Going on 1716 Going on 17 by thelifestyled featuring Christian Louboutin shoes

Do Re Mi

When I was little, I wanted nothing more than to be included in Maria and the childrens' daily jaunts around Salzburg, singing and having a marvelous time. Maria of today might not be able to compete with the amazingness of the original drape clothes (plus, that was a special situation that required her to be creative with what she had), and I'd like to think the children's outfits would coordinate rather than match exactly, or else they'd likely attract quite a few stares. Luckily, nowadays they'd be able to capture all their memories and musical rehearsals on their trusty Flip camera. Something tells me Kurt would be in charge of that. He's so incorrigible, that one.

Do Re MiDo Re Mi by thelifestyled featuring Giambattista Valli dresses

Especially at this time of year, there's no better daydream than the one where you're frolicking in the hills and singing at the top of your lungs like Maria. And who says you can't actually make it happen? Just find the nearest hill, and make sure you dress for the occasion.