Friday, 17 April 2009

Style Resolutions: Cassandra from Coco + Kelley

Today's style resolutions come from the very glamorous Cassandra at Coco + Kelley. Cassandra has her own style portfolio service, and there's something about her blog which inspires me to smarten up my act, brush my hair, paint my nails and dress in classy neutrals with muted gold accessories. Months on, I still haven't forgotten this fabulous party and her White House inspirations. Next week, when she's not looking, pop back over here to see how I adapted this idea for myself (I tried to get an original but the shipping from the US is extortionate.)

Thank you Cassandra!

Style resolutions: Cassandra from Coco + Kelley

Q: What is your favourite recent design find/achievement?

A: This may be a boring answer for everyone else, but I just finished my first remodeling project - a friend's bathroom - and it's fantastic. I wish I could move in just to use the incredible steam shower we put in and to see the gorgeous carerra marble every day! While I've done design work for clients, I've never done a bathroom - it was nice to work on a project where I felt like I was taking away a lot of new knowledge. These photos were initial inspirations - as soon as I have some final touches done on the real thing, I'm sure I'll be posting it on my blog!

Q: Do you have any design/style ambitions you want to achieve by the end of the year?

A: Interior design/renovating: I would love to learn more about the textile industry and take a look at starting to create my own designs. I'm constantly inspired by color trends and vintage patterns. I think it would be so fun to be able to recreate some of them and give them my own unique twist!

I would also love to start designing more tabletops for clients. I miss having my hands in the event side of the lifestyle industry, and it would be so fun to come up with ideas for smaller more intimate dinner parties where you can really have fun with the style on a smaller scale.

Shopping/Fashion: I haven't really invested in a good handbag for a while - it took me over a year to find my last favorite, and I'm still in love with the color - a very soft caramel brown - but it's totally destroyed. I would love to find a new one this year to replace it... same color and all! I'd love to have a foley+corinna city tote - they're just perfect for lugging everything around!

I suppose I should make it a goal to re-learn how to dress for cold weather. I can't stand it. I'm such a sunshine gal that sundresses are my absolute favorite. I have tons of them just sitting in my closet from living in LA for two years. Now that I'm back in Seattle, I'm struggling with the whole layering and sweaters and whatnot. Time to stock the wardrobe up with some more quality fall and winter pieces!

Q: Which are your favourite style blogs?

A: You know, it's so hard to choose favorites these days! I keep discovering new ones all the time. Some of them are so good at pulling out specific lines and pieces, others are fantastic for inspiration. I'm slowly working on updating my blogrolls, but to see my real favorites, go to "the dailys" list on coco+kelley.

{this is glamorous} and her side project are always full of beautiful finds. Once Wed never fails to have fantastic posts on weddings and tabletops. Making It Lovely is so wonderful for her house projects and resources. And, I always love visiting more local blogs like {frolic!} and my best friend at Apt #34. I could go on... but I think you should just visit the blogroll instead!

Photos as follows: 1: left bath by g.p. schafer, right bath source unknown. 2: wallpaper by schumacher, photography by aaron delesie. 3: bag by foley+corinna, photography by corrie bond.


emily said...

Thanks so much, Cassandra. Coco + Kelley is definitely a favorite too.

chelsea said...

I love Cassandra's blog! Thanks for the shout out!

erin said...

this is great! i love interviews!

coco+kelley said...

thank you so much for your sweet intro lynne!! it was so nice to be able to contribute to this great series :) have a lovely weekend!

Creategirl said...

I read Coco + Kelley everyday, this was such a great insight into Cassandra's wishlist! Great interview!

{this is glamorous} said...

Thanks so much for including me --love Lynne's Style Resolutions series and this one was great. As an aside, the foley+corinna city tote is a lovely choice -- am currently toting around the f+c jet set tote, and it is not only stylish, but also fits absolutely everything!

Thanks again, and hope you have a fantastic week!

Jess Constable said...

I love Cassandra- she is such a sweetheart. It was great to find out what her intentions are, great interview!

Apt. #34 said...

thanks for the link love Cassandra dear!