Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Stuff Series **Live Creating Yourself**

The timing is marvelous this time, and I promise you it wasn't planned. Today's guest is non other than the fabulous Alaina from Live Creating Yourself and yes yes Rue. I'm not going to say much, because we all know she is... well AWESOME. Her home is my constant inspiration, her art hangs in my bedroom and her sweetness is immeasurable. 

Favorite Discovery: the Adobe Creative Suites – I can get lost working in them for hours, not to mention my livelihood is based on their existance.
Favorite Place in the World: Covent Garden in London
Style Icons: Kate Middleton and Jen Anniston – I wear skinny jeans, leather riding boots, and a fitted blazer every day of the week come October 1
Favorite Designer: Oscar de La Renta and Ralph Lauren for fashion, Brad Ford for interiors
Favorite Movie: You’ve Got Mail, Pride and Prejudice, The Family Stone

Jeans: Abercrombie’s Erin Skinny – love the look and the price
Underwear: Chantelle – a recent discovery of mine, I’m now completely obsessed with this bra. Go figure the most confortable, sexy bra I ever put on would be French.
Watch: Currently wishing this Timex was on my wrist. 
Day dress and day bag: A cotton shift from J.Crew and my leather Burberry that I half bought/half got as a birthday gift when I was 21, and I love it more and more every year.  It’s ventured with me across Europe and the States.
Evening Dress: As with my entire wardrobe, 99% of the time I rely on J.Crew – I’m anxious to get this emerald dress for the holiday season. 
Shoes: What I lack in designer clothes I make up for in shoes. Louboutin, Prada, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Burberry – I LOVE fancy shoes. My favorite shoe purchase was an $1100 pair of Ralph Lauren leather boots on sale for $250. That’s cheaper than most leather boots. Loves it.

Inspiration: Blogs. Pretty much everything I’ve done in my home has been inspired by something I first saw on a blog. Grey walls, black walls, DIY furniture makeovers, vertical spine bookshelves, Ikea’s tulip table… everything.
Favorite Art: my LCYgraphics prints, of course! They represent what I truly love – simplicity, travel, and DIY.
Bedding: West Elm organic bedding
Stationery: My monogrammed stationary by Rytex
Coffee table books: My French Life, Domino Book of Decorating, and A Photographer’s Life
Flowers: blue hydrangeas

Perfume: Burberry Brit – but perfumes make me sneeze so I hardly wear it.
Moisturizer: Cetaphil for face, Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk body creme for body
Mascara: I don’t wear mascara but I wear by CARGO black eyeliner.
Shampoo: Fekkai Glossing Shampoo – like magic for your hair

Thanks Alaiana!


  1. What a lovely post! I love this series and it's great to get to know a little bit more about all the talented bloggers and creatives out there.

    P.S. thanks for swinging by to say hi! It's much appreciated! Have a great day!

  2. The minute I saw Burberry I knew this girl was awesome!

  3. Sounds like a girl after my own heart with the shoe collection! And I love My French Life!

    I don't know how many times I can tell you this but I LOVE this series :) xoxo

  4. Such a lovely post! Alaina, your stuff, including your *amazing* shoe collection, is gorgeous xx

  5. What a lovely post!
    I like your blog!
    xx Mary

  6. Such a great post! Alaina's home is gorgeous, and now so curious about that bra...and how amazing does Fig Apricot soap sound! Love this fun.

  7. This series has been like a breath of fresh air and i love this post! I love all of Alaina's picks. xx

  8. Love her blog! I have My French is the perfect coffee table book :)

  9. Love the Family Stone and Burberry Brit! Envying her shoe collection! xo

  10. Ahh yes "You've got mail" was such a great movie! Gotta love a gal who can also get awesome deals on boots!

  11. Loved this post so much...amazing stuff! And I love that photo of Jennifer Anniston...she's my inspiration too!

  12. Love your blog , lets become fashionable blogger friends , lets follow each other.

    Maybe you'll be interested in the FENDI GIVEAWAY I'm having on my blog.

    Everyone needs the chance to have Fendi in their lives.

  13. Love this post! I've already read the latest RUE cover-to-cover! It's so great to get to know bloggers better and to be introduced to new blogs. Great series : )


  14. Such a great feature, I cannot tell you how much I love Alaina's blog! She's got some serious talent!

  15. You've got mail and The Family Stone....Love those movies ! x

  16. I LOVE this, Helena. I know I always say that, but I so look forward to this series! XX!

  17. Aww this was such fun to read! Great, thanks!!!

  18. cute post, i will have to check her blog out

  19. A woman after my own heart - her love of fancy flats and the boots/jeans/blazer look. An interesting insight... Lou x

  20. LOVE Alaina and her blog. She also designed a really cute print for me (from her Etsy shop) that I used to spice up my cube. Great post!

  21. Love Alaina's blog.
    Thanks for sharing your stuff list!

  22. I love all her picks...She sounds wonderful:)

    Ps: I am hosting a sweet GIVEAWAY today :) Hope you will join in :)!!!

  23. I was lucky enough to meet with Alaina in NYC this weekend - she is as bubbly and fun in real life as she is on her blog. P.S. Those pics of her in London and Paris are so cute!

    Enjoying catching up on your blog, Helena! xo

  24. Thank you so much, everyone!

    And thanks, Helena, for asking me to participate!! : )


  25. This is a fabulous post! I loved reading Alaina's inspirations.

  26. great post!! i could totally use her shoe collection!

  27. I love this post! SO fun getting to know other bloggers! I like all of Alaina's inspirations- mine would be very similar! xoxo

  28. i'm loving her style and inspiration - can definitely agree with her on adobe CS being my favorite discovery! and hats off to her and her friends on rue - spectacular work! xo,jane

  29. Really like how all her tastes work together. So interesting to learn people's unique combinations.
    Always individual ! Love your blog !

  30. I love the green dress in the second set. Wow. She seems wonderful!


    p.s. be sure to check out my Lil Petite Jewelry giveaway when you get the chance love ;)

  31. love her picks!!!! some great choices of inspiration. :)


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