Collector of Stripes // A Lifestyle Blog // Boston


SJP answers 73 questions

Vogue recently visited Sarah Jessica Parker at home in New York for their latest installment of Vogue Diaries. I'm just hearing about this web series but I'm hooked. SJP's interview in particular is one of the cutest, most original interviews I have ever seen. I.can't.stop.watching. Vogue has a few other episodes with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tina Fey... so I'll probably stalk those eps as well.


I can't lie though... My favorite part of this video is getting a small glimpse into SJP's home.

Love it!
Books, more books and baseballs.
Ugh, I love her.

Isn't it all so good?
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Jenna's life rules

One of my favorite people is Jenna Lyons. Not only is she super chic, but she's also a great business woman and role model. Her J.Crew story is inspiring and I only hope to be as innovative as she is one day. She was recently features in Net-A-Porter's new Porter magazine and her advice is something I will carry with me always.
  1. I work on my instincts. At the end of the day, it's all you have. If you don't trust yourself, no one else is going to either.
  2. You can't fix yesterday. And don't beat yourself up over it – the only reason to beat yourself up is if you don't learn from it.
  3. Respect honesty and transparency. There is no room for people who can’t give a clear and honest opinion.
  4. I feel like I’m learning – and making mistakes – all the time! But if I wasn't and suddenly felt stagnant, that would be the thing that would make me not want to work.
  5. When I was younger, I always wanted things to be easier – but I learned that there are always some things in flux and always changing. Then I realized that makes things far more interesting.
  6. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. There is no question. It's a cliché, but it's true.
  7. Never assume that just because we did it one way means that we can do it again the same next time.
  8. I realized early on that no matter what I am feeling and no matter what is happening to me, either personally or professionally, there is no place for that [in the workplace]. I am really good at compartmentalizing, probably to a fault! When you force yourself to do it, you realize that it’s not as hard as you think.
  9. I don't want to stay looking the same. Someone once said that they didn't recognize me because I wasn't wearing a red lip, so I thought, "Oh, I won't wear a red lip for a while."
  10. Giving feedback in the creative world is so delicate. I spend a lot of time picking my words carefully.
So good, right?
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The big house of chic

The ever lovely Bailey over at Peppermint Bliss just redesigned this home after a total gut reno... and homegirl nailed it. Bailey has the most original eye for design, color and style. It reminds me of spring (just what I need right about now).

That wallpaper!


Of course you put a cheetah carpet in the kitchen! Amazing!

No words. Carry on.

Nope, not afraid of color.

I want to lay there right now.

STRIPES. Killin it.

The most fun and adult kids room ... ever.

So many things. So chic.

Those are some good looking bookshelves!

One of the best things I have ever seen.

Really digging the coral red.

Such a well styled coffee table. I would kill for these books btw.

In the words of Matthew McConaughey, "Alright, alright, alright, alright".

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The Style File: The Classic White Button Down

Ever have one of those mornings where you plan out your outfit in your head, then you get dressed and it all goes to shit? Oh, and you have five minutes before you need to be out the door? Yeah... I feel you. Well, I can't help prevent those mornings, though that would be a great superpower, but I can hook you up with my favorite fallback plan...

The white button down. It's simple, clean and chic. The epitome of effortless style. You can dress it up, dress it down, or just give it the respect it deserves by wearing it with a simple pair of jeans.

LOVE the bold necklace!
Dressed down with ripped jeans.
Polka dots! Such a fun take on the classic.
Casual chic.
My favorite.
Perfect brunch outfit.
This is everything.
White on white. Word.
Classic meets boho.

A few of my favorites:


Book Club: February 2014

Top row: Where'd you go, Bernadette?, The Goldfinch, One More Thing, Memos: The Vogue Years
Bottom row: The Girl You Left Behind, Reconstructing Amelia, The Paris Wife, The Fault in Our Stars

I'm trying to get back into reading. A few months ago I read all of Gillian Flynn's books and that was really my last big run. (BTW if you haven't already read Gone Girl, you should probably get on that.) So anyway, I was at Target a few weeks ago and I bought "Where'd you go, Bernadette?". It was a totally random purchase. I bought the book because a) I liked the cover, and b) Johnathan Frazen said he "tore through the book with heedles pleasure" (it's on the cover). Can't lose right? Right. It's a great story about an unconventional family, specifically the mother, and it's narrated by her high school daughter, Bee. Boring synopsis but I don't want to give anything away. Just trust me and read it. I couldn't put it down.

Next on my list is The Goldfinch. I have heard great things about this story. I'm pretty sure it needs be a Kindle purchase since it's literally HUGE. I'm also reading Steve Jobs' biography but since I failed at finishing it the first time around, I think I'll multi-task and read two books at once.

I'm hoping to tackle all eight of these books in the next six months or so. I'll keep you posted on my progress. Send any recs my way. I'm always happy to add anything to my list.

Happy reading!
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